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April 22, 1997

PHS students win regional academic competition

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Staff Writer
PECOS, April 22, 1997 - Pecos High School's current events team earned a
trip to Austin over the weekend, by placing first in the University
Interscholastic League regional competition at Angelo State University
in San Angelo.

The team was one of three to earn berths at the regional meet, and one
of two to place, as the PHS accounting team took home a second place
finish in their regional competition.

They were among a number of PHS students involved in extracurricular
competition during the past week. The PHS symphonic and concert bands
competed in area competition at Permian High School in Odessa, while the
school's one-act play team was in Big Spring for their District 4-4A

Daniel Tarin, who won first place individually in current events in the
district competition, also took top honors at regional, while Mikel
Parent, second at district, was third in San Angelo. Ty Graham, the
other team member placed seventh, to give Pecos an overall first place

The top three teams at district advanced to regional, but only the first
place teams in each event move on to the state finals, Barbara Scown,
UIL Academic Coordinator for the high school, said last week.

Pecos' accounting team of Denise Camarena, Bryan Brownlee and Albert Lee
just missed out on a trip to state with their second place team finish.
Individually, Camarena was sixth, Brownlee seventh and Lee eighth.

Individual medals were given out to the first, second and third place
winners, at San Angelo, along with team plaques.

For Brownlee, it was the first of two straight weekend trips to San
Angelo. He'll be on the ASU campus this weekend along with his brother
Jeff at the Region I-4A track and field meet, seeking a trip to Austin
in the discus and shot put events.

Parent, who also threw discus and shot in track for Pecos this season,
was also part of the PHS Science team, which qualified for regionals
along with the Current Events and Accounting teams. Elizabeth Montgomery
and Alan Fleming were the other members of the Science team, while a
scheduling conflict prevented Lee from competing there, after he placed
second individually at district.

Montgomery also earned a regional spot in Computer Application, as did
Jeff Lam in Numbers Sense and Corina Carrillo in Poetry Interpretation.

Coaches for the academic teams are Science, Jerry Workman; Current
Events, Priss McNutt; Accounting, Charlie Wein; Poetry Interpretation,
Ben Price; Number Sense, Jim Barfield; and Computer Applications,
Jackeline Mandujano.

In addition to her regional berth in poetry, Carrillo earned an
individual honor at the district one-act play competition in Big Spring,
in which Pecos' performance of "Elektra" placed third, behind Big Spring
and San Angelo Lake View.

"We had four members of the All-Star cast, which was more than the first
two did, which was surprising," said Price, who also served as PHS'
one-act play coordinator.

Along with Carrillo, Maribel Pena, Christine Gonzales and Ali Castillo
were also selected as members of the All-Star cast.

The PHS band competed last week in symphonic and concert events at
Permian. The symphonic band received threes in both concert and sight
reading, while the concert band earned a two in concert and three in
sight reading from judges.

PHA adds policy to detect fraud

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PECOS, April 22, 1997 - Pecos Housing Authority directors on Monday
adopted a policy designed to help staff and management detect and report
suspected fraud.

Fraud is defined as the intentional, false representation or concealment
of a material fact for the purpose of inducing another to act upon it to
his or her injury.

Crimes such as bribery, kickbacks, bid-rigging, embezzlement and false
claims are possible in the areas of contracting and procurement. At PHA,
these crimes ultimately affect the tenants because funds intended to
improve their living conditions are diverted for the personal gain of
others, the policy states.

PHA operates on rental from low-income tenants, subsidies from HUD and
grants through the comprehensive improvement assistance program.

The board also approved eviction proceedings against one tenant for
lease violation, agreed to sponsor the West Texas Council of Housing
Authorities training June 9-11, heard a report on One Strike training of
two employees and approved monthly reports.

One Strike is a policy allowing the board to evict tenants who break
their lease without going through the 30-day eviction process.

"You have three days to get out, and that's it," said Nellie Gomez,
executive director. "If you are disturbing your neighbors or the
neighbors have enough evidence you are into drugs, we don't have to

She said the PHA security staff, law enforcement officers and judges
will be made aware of the policy.

In the Farm Labor Housing meeting, the board learned they will have to
remodel two apartments for handicap accessibility.

Otherwise, most apartments are ready for migrant workers, since they
were painted last year. Some cleaning of stoves and refrigerators has
already been done, said Gomez, and maintenance foreman Tony Palencia is
completing repairs without the need for extra help.

The board approved the audit report, showing expenses of $94,740 and a
$10,995 balance.

Gomez presented the proposed budget with $87,000 in expenses, which the
board approved.

They also agreed to require tenants to pay a full month's rent in
advance, plus a $100 deposit.

The meeting was a continuation of last Wednesday's regular meeting,
which was cut short when one of the three board members present had to

Board President Frank Perea and Yvonne Martin were absent Monday.
Vice-president Ken Winkles chaired the meeting, attended by Ray Golden
and Debbie Flores.

Employee uses county truck
while burglarizing house

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Staff Writer

PECOS, April 22, 1997 - A Reeves County employee apparently thought it
would be a simple matter to burglarize a house in a sparsely populated
area on a county road in the Alamo Gin area Sunday. But an alert
passerby realized what was happening and used his cellular phone to
notify the Reeves County Sheriff's Department.

As a result of the call Sheriff's deputies arrested, Florencio Herrera,
65, and charged him with burglary of a habitation, Sunday, April 20.

Herrera, of 1006 E. 2nd St., was arrested while using a county vehicle
to burglarize the home of Jerry Hardwick on Reeves County Road 336,
according to the report filed by Sheriff's Deputy Floyd Estrada.

Responding to the call, Estrada arrived on the scene at about 9 a.m.

Estrada found that Herrera had entered the Hardwick house through an
open back door. Herrera then removed two rolls of carpet from the floor
of the house and light fixtures from the ceilings.

According to Estrada's report, Herrera admitted to the burglary and told
Estrada that he thought "it would just be easy to take the carpet."

Herrera was placed in the Reeves County Detention Center but later was
released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

According to Reeves County officials, Herrera, a county employee for 12
years, has been suspended without pay pending final investigation of the

Herrera worked on the road and bridge crew.

Jury finds Jenkins guilty

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PECOS, April 22, 1997 - Jurors in 143rd District Court on Monday found
Tyrone Jenkins guilty of aggravated assault and recommended a two-year
state jail sentence with community supervision.

Jenkins was charged with striking Booker Fobbs in the face with a beer
bottle, a deadly weapon, on Nov. 10, 1996.

District Attorney Randy Reynolds prosecuted for the state before
District Judge Bob Parks. Jeff Parras was attorney for the defense.

Andrews girl wins, will join pep squad

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ANDREWS, Texas (AP) - A wheelchair-bound high school sophomore has ended
her struggle to join the cheerleading squad, opting for a newly formed
pep squad instead, her mother said today.

Callie Smartt decided this semester that she'd rather join her friends
on the yet-unnamed pep squad rather than try out Thursday for Andrews
High School's cheerleading team.

``She said she knew if she got on the cheerleading squad she'd be
treated the same, and she didn't desire to go through that anymore,''
mother Fonda Smartt said of Callie's alleged treatment by Andrews
cheerleaders last year.

The pep squad is open to any Andrews student who maintains passing
grades. They'll practice and wear uniforms, but their cheering will take
place from a special section of the stands, not from the field.

Callie, restricted to a motorized wheelchair, had waved pompons and
cheered alongside junior varsity cheerleaders during her freshman year.
Last year, school officials restricted her sideline activities, citing
safety reasons.

Callie had planned to participate in Thursday's tryouts before opting to
join the pep squad instead.

``She said she probably would have chosen the pep squad all along if
there had been one,'' Ms. Smartt said.

Andrews is located about 30 miles north of Odessa.


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PECOS, April 22, 1997 - High Monday 92, low last night 56. Tonight,
fair. Low in the lower to mid 50s. East wind 5-10 mph. Wednesday, partly
cloudy. High near 85. East to southeast wind 10-20 mph.
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