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Ward deputies seek three in Barstow incidents
By BRENDEN BRIGGS
Ward County sheriff's deputies are continuing to look for three suspects in connection with a series of vandalism incidents, which occurred in Barstow earlier this week.
Barstow residents reported the vandalism on Monday, which involved four incidents that were reported to the Ward County Sheriff's Office between 12:25 a.m. and 10:59 a.m.
Four vehicles were damaged in the overnight incidents. All three cases were filed as criminal mischief offenses, and according to Ward County Sheriff Mike Strickland, the investigating deputies have identified several juvenile suspects, but the cases are still under investigation.
According to the reports, the sheriff's office received a 911 call at 12:25 a.m. Monday morning from the 200 block of Putnam. A vehicle at a residence on that street had its front windshield broken out. The caller stated that she heard a car drive by and the windshield shatter at the same time.
As the morning progressed more calls began coming in. At 9:50 a.m. a second call was received from the 700 block of Faye Street. Deputies said a woman reported that two of her tires had been flattened and all of the windows of her van had been broken out.
She also stated in the report to the sheriff's deputies that she heard some one banging on her windows around 1:30 a.m. that morning and saw a red pick-up driving away from her house. According to the sheriff's office the damages to the car totaled $2,200.
The third call to deputies occurred at 10:59 a.m. A resident near the intersection of Woodridge and Concho Streets reported that a vehicle at their residence had been vandalized in the night. The driver side window was smashed and the left rear tire was slashed, according to the report. The owners have reported the damages at $1,800.
And finally, a fourth vehicle was damaged with two tires slashed and the front and rear driver's side windows were broken. This incident, which occurred in the 200 block of West Railroad Street, wasn't reported with the other because the owners of the vehicle did not notice the damage until later. Barstow residents said that the damage occurred the same morning as the others.
According to Ward County Deputy Ben Deishler, a deputy on patrol that morning spotted three juveniles riding around the areas where the vandalism occurred. The juveniles fled on foot once the patrol car was seen and the deputy gave chase. The suspect did get away, but the vehicle they were riding in was impounded. Deishler said the three were positively identified and arrests are pending.
Council to discuss finalists for city manager
By BRENDEN BRIGGS
The Town of Pecos City Council will meet tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the final three candidates for city manager, along with a number of other items during their regularly scheduled meeting
The council will also consider a reappointment to the Pecos Economic Development Corp. board, renew the city's contract with Cebridge Connections for cable services, review the service agreement between the city's police department and the P-B-T ISD, as well as hearing from the municipal department head for their monthly reports.
The council narrowed their choices down over a series of executive sessions earlier this month, and decided upon three candidates, Jimmy Dutchover, Joseph Torres, and Georgina Vines.
Torres and Dutchover are both from the Pecos area, and Vines hales from Devine, south of San Antonio. According to Councilman Michael Benavides, the remaining candidates are well qualified for the position, but he would like to see the position filled by the end of the month.
The final deliberations are slated for the executive session near the end of tomorrow's meeting. Benavides expressed his hopes that Mayor Dot Stafford would have an opportunity to review the three finalists and add her input into the selection process. Stafford has been ill lately, but according to City Secretary Connie Levario, the mayor is feeling better and will be in attendance for tomorrow's meeting.
The council will also be looking at the reappointment of Johnny Terrazas to the PEDC board. Terrazas, a former councilman, has served a one- year term on the board, and has the recommendation of the rest of the board members and has made public his desire to remain serving on the corporation's board of directors.
In other business the council is set to review the municipal contract with Cebridge Connections. Cebridge provides cable service to the area, and according to the FCC website, it is up to the local municipality to decide which provider to allow to service the area. The city makes its selection, and then enters into a contract with the cable company for a set number of years.
The council is also set to consider a contract between the school district and the police department for the serving of truancy summons to students in exchange for a fee to be paid back to the PD, according to Police Chief Clay McKinney.
"Previously the sheriff's department had a deputy at the high school who could serve court summons to truant students. However, that position has been cut from the county's budget, as I understand it, and (Superintendent) Don Love and I discussed the possibility of the PD taking over the duties," McKinney said.
Also on the council's agenda for tomorrow is a request from Main Street Program Director, Tom Rivera, seeking permission from the council to begin drafting ordinances to restrict the types of businesses that can move into the downtown-historic district of town.
"The request covers two possible ordinances for the district," Rivera said. "The first is to give the city the power to control blight in the area, such as broken or boarded up window and doors, and the second will place restrictions on the kinds of businesses that can come into the area. We are just trying to make sure that any business in the district won't take away from the ambiance of the historical area. We would love to see a nice sandwich shop or something come in, while at the same time trying to avoid a tattoo parlor, for example, in the downtown district."
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