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Thursday, December 26, 2002

Christian Home feeds 280 at Christmas dinner

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Dec. 26, 2002 -- Several families enjoyed a good Christmas dinner this year, thanks to plenty of volunteers who have been providing this service for several years.

"We had just enough food to feed everyone," said Christian Home Director Bruce Dury.

Dury and his group of volunteers provide a Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner for those who don't have anywhere to go during the holidays, at the Reeves County Civic Center each year.

About 280 people attended this year's Christmas Dinner, fewer than the 327 who had Thanksgiving dinner either at the Civic Center or took meals from the Civic Center home to their families.

"The number is about the same as last year, but we had a few less than the Thanksgiving Dinner," said Dury.

Dury said that the group is thankful that the community once again came through for them and helped them provide the meal. "We're just glad that we had enough to feed everyone," said Dury. "Towards the end we had a large family come in and we're glad we had plenty of food for them."

"We also had plenty of volunteers, which is great," said Dury.

The group also delivers meals to the individuals on the Meals on Wheels program. "That's a lot of help, when you have people that will go out and deliver the meals," said Dury.

Dury said that everything worked out really well, in what was his last Christmas dinner as director of the Pecos facility.

"I hope that whoever takes over at the Christian Home continues this program," said Dury, who recently was married and will continue to be the director of the Christian Home until they can find a replacement for him.

"My wife and I plan to open a little shop here, so I won't be able to be the director of the home anymore," he said.

Dury said that he was glad that there was enough for everybody that went to the yearly dinner. "I'm just glad that there was enough food for everyone," said Dury.

"People really came through for us in fine style," he said, but adding that Wednesday's event was missing one thing.

"This year we didn't have a Santa Claus," said Dury. "It would be nice if somebody could organize that and gather a few gifts for the children who come eat with their parents."

Dury said that if anybody is interested in providing this service, it would really be beneficial to the community.

"If they do, they might want to start thinking about doing this early in the year and getting it organized," said Dury. "That would really be nice for the children."

Grand jury returns indictment in Acosta murder

aff Writer
PECOS, Thurs., Dec. 26, 2002 -- A man arrested in a South Plains town has been indicted for first-degree murder in the death of an 81-year old man at the Del Rio Bar in late September.

Pecos Police Department's Lt. Kelly Davis said that Juan Gonzalez, 20, had been indicted for the murder of Anastacio Acosta, which is considered to be a first-degree felony. Gonzalez was indicted late last week by the 143rd District Court grand jury.

The beating of Acosta occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 28, in his own home, located in the 400 block of East Fourth Street, while he was sleeping. Because there was no sign of forced entry and the fact that Acosta lived by himself there the police do not know if he had been robbed.

Gonzalez was arrested several days later in Muleshoe, located 240 miles northeast of Pecos, on unrelated charges of aggravated assault against a police officer. Pecos Police then sought and obtained a warrant for his arrest, and he was brought back to Pecos on Oct. 9, the day after Acosta died at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

Acosta lived in an area located between the Del Rio Bar and a storage area.

Police received a call about the assault and when they arrived found Acosta severally beaten in the head.

He was transported first to Reeves County Hospital, then airlifted to Lubbock that same night, Davis said. He survived for a week after family members had him taken off the life support system because of the severe head injuries he suffered in the beating.

Social Security sets 2003 dates for Pecos visits

PECOS, Thurs., Dec. 26, 2002 -- January 7 will be the first visit to Pecos by Social Security Administration representatives in 2003.

Representatives will be in Pecos on the first Tuesday of each month to meet with recipients on any problems or concerns they have with their Social Security benefits. The representatives will be at the Pecos Community Center, 506 S. Oak St. from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon on those days.

Appointments can be made by calling the Social Security Administration's area office at 1-800-772-1213 or by stopping by Building C 200, 2626 John Ben Sheppard Parkway in Odessa before Feb. 21, and 2015 E. 37th St., in Odessa after Feb. 21.


PECOS, Thurs., Dec. 26, 2002 -- High Christmas Day 53. Low this morning 32. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Lows near 25. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Fri.: Sunny. Highs 55 to 60. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Fri. night: Clear. Lows 25 to 30. Sat.: Sunny. Highs near 60. Sat. night: Mostly clear. Lows 30 to 35. Sun.: Partly cloudy. Highs 60 to 65.

Police Report

EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Office, or other officers of those agencies. The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are considered arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines were paid. In such instances we will indicate payment and release.


Eric Florez, 23, was arrested at 8:48 p.m., on December 25, in the 2100 block of South Hackberry Street for violation of the Family Violence Act.


Gumaro Perez, 38, as arrested at 1:41 a.m. on December 25, in the 2300 block of Texas Street on a Ward County Sheriff warrant for Driving While Intoxicated.


Jesus G. Salazar, 20, was arrested at 2:25 p.m. on December 24, in the 1700 block of South Alamo Street for violation of the Family Violence Act causing Bodily Injury-Class A.


Oscar Archuleta Jr., 20, was arrested at 12:29 a.m. on December 22, in the 1000 block of West Third Street for Driving Under the Influence and possession of marijuana under two ounces.


Jae Ewing, 19, and Hector Garcia 18, were arrested at 1:18 a.m. on December 22, in the 700 block of South Maple Street for Evading Arrest.


Ramon Rodriguez, 54, was arrested at 9:58 p.m. on December 20, in the 2300 block of South Eddy Street for public intoxication.


Joe Corrales Reyes, 34, was arrested at 3:49 p.m. on December 20, in the 200 block of Locust on Reeves County Sheriff Office warrants for Delivering of Marijuana.


Raul Fierro, 27, was arrested at 11:52 p.m. on December 19 at La Tienda on warrants for Capias Default of Payment for Public Intoxication and a Reeves County Sheriff's Office warrant for Alias Capias of Reckless Driving.


Miguel Castillo, Hipolito Martinez and James Titus

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