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Friday, August 28, 1998

Sheriffs back drug task force plan

Staff Writer
Four county sheriffs have agreed to support a local drug
task force hosted by Reeves County, said sheriff Arnulfo

Gomez and Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney visited Wednesday
with sheriffs in Culberson, Jeff Davis and Presidio
counties, and all agreed to participate, he said.

"Some counties don't have the money, but we are trying to
get five beds in their jails to be used strictly to do
matching funds on the task force," Gomez said.

Revenue from the U.S. Marshal Service inmates using those
beds would be earmarked for matching funds. With those
funds, Gomez hopes to obtain a state grant to pay the salary
of a task force chief and other operating expenses.

"We will get grant money," said Gomez. "I have a
(application) package and the county judge and commissioners
are looking at it."

Gomez said it is important that the counties support the
task force with local money.

"We don't want people to think we are going to pull every
car over to make our matching funds," he said.

The four counties were among 17 that were part of the former
Permian Basin Drug Task Force, which was de-funded by Gov.
George W. Bush's office in May. Ector County commissioners
opted against hosting a new task force under terms set down
by the governor's office, and no other county has offered to
serve as host. A new task force, operated by the Texas
Department of Public Safety, is expected to begin operations
in September, but it is opposed by most area sheriffs.

Jeff Davis County Sheriff Steve Bailey, Presidio County
Sheriff Danny Dominguez and Culberson County Sheriff Glenn
Humphries agreed to provide some beds -- although not all
can set aside five -- for the Reeves County project, Gomez

"They are going to send me a letter of support. We can start
with three counties and then try to add more of the 17," he

Cooperation between the counties is already good, but none
has the money to buy equipment and pay extra manpower to do
undercover work, Gomez said.

District Attorney Randy Reynolds said he will prosecute for
any legitimate agency that files legitimate cases.

As to added liabilities hosting such a task force would
bring to Reeves County, Reynolds said it is just expanding
law enforcement capabilities.

"Aren't we liable anyway?" he asked. "We are just gathering
information. We will have to weigh the liabilities as
opposed to the benefits, and if it is a liability we want to
assume or not."

The district attorney's office is one entity that legally
can host a task force, but Reynolds said he would not have
the time to devote to it. However, he said he would be glad
to help in an advisory capacity to ensure the integrity of
the local task force.

Reynolds said he will also support the DPS task force that
is expected to be in operation soon by prosecuting any cases
they file.

"If the DPS task force works cases in Reeves County, I will
welcome them with open arms," he said.

"Son Shine `98" to feature Jimmy Edward

Good music that soothes the soul will again be featured
during the long Labor Day weekend in Pecos, with different
performers scheduled throughout the evening at part of the
annual Son Shine concert at Windmill Square.

The festival has become a tradition for many Christians
throughout the area, and for the tenth year, the local group
Sudden Impact will host the Festival of Concerts -- Son
Shine '98, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.

Headlining this years concert will be former Tejano legend
Jimmy Edward.

In his long career, Jimmy Edward has had roughly 25 albums
released. He has had several hit singles, including
"Memories" from 1976 and "Tu Prieto" from 1981. His Tejano
career brought him the success he dreamed.

"I had everything," Edward said, "but there was still a void
in my life."

Edward went through a long stream of struggles and
disappointments in the early 1990s, and a New Year's dance
in Pecos in 1994 was one of the last secular engagements he
would do. Later that year, Edward surrendered his life
completely to the Lord. His life has since changed

Many had considered him as MIA -- missing in action. This
was due to a span of time that he did not tour. It was
during this time that the Lord was dealing with him and his
life. Now, Edward has returned to the music with a drive
that never existed previously. He now has a strong desire to
serve the Lord.

His performances now emphasize Jesus, not the music of Jimmy
Edward. "There is no more pressure on me like before,"
Edward said. "My concerts are no longer about glorifying
myself, they're about glorifying Jesus Christ."

Edward is busier now than he had been in the last five
years. His first release since his conversion is entitled
Los Cristianos. He terms the music on this release as
"Christian Tejano music." Songs like "Los Cristianos" and
"Ya Regrese" have received heavy air play not only on
Christian radio stations but also on many Tejano radio

He will make his second appearance at the Son Shine
Festival, but this will be his fourth visit to Pecos since
his Tejano days. "Pecos is becoming like my second home. I'm
anxious to be there again."

Pecos native Jennifer Martinez of Pecos will make her debut
appearance here next week, aside from her performance in the
Golden Girl of the Old West pageant, where she won the
runner-up title.

Martinez received a standing ovation for her talent
performance at the pageant where she sang the popular
Christian song, "On My Knees," by Jaci Velasquez. she will
again be singing the ever-popular song along with others.

The Abundant Life Praise Band will also make their first
appearance outside of their church congregation.

The local group Sudden Impact will again join the others to
perform at this year's event. The group, which began in 1986
as a secular pop/rock band, has four releases out. Their
latest No Illusion was recently released this past May.

Sudden Impact is not just a group of young men playing
Christian music. They truly believe God is using them to
reach the youth as well as the young of heart. A young girl
once said that Sudden Impact had "made a difference in our

Also to be performing will be Arett Janel Wireman of Sonora
who shares her country brand of song to Pecos, Oasis of
Carlsbad, N.M., which has been involved with the Son Shine
Festival for many years.

Another artist in this year's event is Darlene Bahr of El
Paso. Darlene has a CD out entitled Journey Back, which
contains folk/rock driven arrangements that motivates one to
examine how God fits in this crazy world. Her contemporary
style is light-hearted and seasoned with the soul searching
reality of her own journey.

Also to appear on the Son Shine '98 stage will be Cheyenne
Reeves of San Angelo. Formerly with Blessed Hope, Cheyenne
steps out in faith on a solo ministry for Christ. This will
be her second time in Pecos for the Son Shine Festival.

For those in attendance, there will be plenty of sodas,
snacks and water not to mention T-shirts, CDs and cassettes
of several of the artists who will be performing.

Make plans to attend this year's 10th Annual Festival of
Concerts -- Son Shine '98 to be held at Windmill Square,
behind the West of the Pecos Museum on South Cedar Street.
Admission is free.

District court jury clears Lee of charge

Staff Writer
Dr. Chun S. Lee won a jury verdict Thursday in 143rd
District Court, which cleared him of an assault allegation.

Mary Lou Arenivas claimed that Dr. Lee sexually assaulted
her in his office during an examination. However, after
hearing testimony, the jury found that Dr. Lee did not
assault Arenivas.

David Zavoda represented Dr. Lee, while Arenivas was
represented by Cindy Wier-Irwin.

In a trial earlier in the week, Mary Katherine Zeman won a
directed verdict against Mobil, et al, over an oil lease

District Judge Bob Parks returned to the bench this morning
for the weekly non-jury docket, disposing of 10 tax suits
and several family matters, plus a few criminal matters.

Hunt goes on for missing in Del Rio

Associated Press Writer
DEL RIO, Texas (AP) -- Huddled together on the street where
their father's house used to be, Aviel and Enrique Zuniga
could do nothing but watch and wait as a search dog sniffed
under a pile of rubble, hunting for the body.

As layers of debris were peeled away, so, too, was their
hope. The brothers braced for the worse. They expected it.

But when the trash was pushed aside, rescue workers found
only a dead racoon. Enrique Zuniga Sr., 73, remained

The brothers were overcome with relief -- and a renewed
sense of dread.

``It's frustrating, very frustrating,'' said Enrique Zuniga
Jr., 52. ``We just want to find out what happened to him.
I'd like to know right away.''

The Zuniga family is one of dozens still waiting for word on
people who have been missing since a wall of water swept
through this border town early Monday, killing at least

Authorities released the names today of about 170 people
still unaccounted for. Of those, nine are confirmed to have
been in the city when the floods struck, said Texas
Department of Public Safety Lt. Judy Altom.

By making the names public authorities hope to track down
people who may simply have been out of town when the
flooding occurred.

``They might have been here, but we don't know if they were
here,'' Ms. Altom said.

Like the Zunigas, the authorities are bracing for the worst
but trying to remain optimistic.

``We're going to find more,'' said Del Rio police Chief
Charles Bruce. ``But some are buried in the mud and we're
just not going to ever find them.''

So far, 17 people have died in Texas and Mexico since the
remnants of Tropical Storm Charley sent creeks and rivers
spilling over their banks. In addition to the seven people
in Del Rio, five people were killed across the border in
Ciudad Acuna and five died in the Texas Hill Country.

The search for the missing has been hampered by the level of
devastation. In neighborhoods along Del Rio's San Felipe
Creek, about 1,000 home were damaged. More than half of
those were destroyed, leaving mountains of rubble under
which people might have been trapped.

But even those homes still standing could be unsafe for
rescue workers to comb through, Ms. Altom said.

``What we're trying to do is preserve life. We don't want
somebody getting hurt trying to find a victim,'' she said.

Teams are scouring the neighborhoods using dogs, air boats
and helicopters. But as the days pass, the pessimism grows.

The Zuniga brothers hold out almost no hope that their
father will be found alive. He lived alone and was a heavy
sleeper, they said. When the water rushed, he probably was
in bed.

``He didn't have a chance,'' said Enrique. ``He lived right
on the creek, and the water took everything.

``He could be here. He could be down the creek. He could be
at the Rio Grande.''

Enrique has given police a photo of his father. He has even
gone to the airport, where those bodies that have been
recovered are being kept, to look among the dead.

His brother, 43-year-old Aviel Zuniga, arrived from Dallas
with his wife to help in the search. Their seven other
brothers and sisters, spread from South Carolina to
California, are sitting by their phones, waiting for word.

``I have a gut feeling that he's in there somewhere,'' Aviel
said, pointing at stacks of debris near where he found one
of his father's prescription bottles and some wrenches
engraved with his initials.

``But we're not the only ones suffering,'' he said.
``There's a whole lot of grief to go around.''


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
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.
Esiquela Martinez, 42, was arrested at 8 p.m., on August 19,
at the corner of Seventh and Sycamore streets, on a warrant
for terroristic threat. She was transported to Reeves County
Joel Rubio, 23, was served with three warrants at 10:59
p.m., on August 20, at Reeves County Jail. The warrants were
for a violation of a promise to appear in court, driving
without a license, and running a stop sign.
Jesus Ortega, 18, was arrested at 12:16 a.m., on August 21,
in the 1500 block of Cowan Street, on DPS warrants. He paid
the fine and was released.
Arnulfo Miranda Jr., 32, was arrested at 5:11 p.m., on
August 21, in the 500 block of Walnut Street, for public
intoxication. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Francisco Ortega, 66, and Jeremy Renteria, 18, were arrested
at 8:25 p.m., on August 21, at La Tienda Thriftway, for
disorderly conduct. They were transported to Reeves County
Hal Pratt, 57, was arrested at 2:13 a.m., on August 22, at
the corner of Third and Cedar streets, for public
intoxication. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Michael Roberts, 19, was arrested at 3:30 a.m., on August
22, on a warrant for aggravated assault. He was transported
to Reeves County Jail.
Robert Abila, 41, was arrested at 11 a.m., on August 22, on
a warrant for possession of a controlled substance. He was
transported to Reeves County Jail.
Jose Reyes, 30, was arrested at 11:04 a.m., on August 22, in
the 500 block of South Ash Street, on a warrant for assault
causing bodily injury. He was transported to Reeves County
Doyle Reed, 43, was arrested at 11:30 a.m., on August 22, on
a warrant for possession of a controlled substance. He was
transported to Reeves County Jail.
Victor Mendoza, 18, was arrested at 4:13 p.m., on August 22,
in the 100 block of North Cedar Street, on a warrant for
forgery. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Cesar Zermeno, 20, was arrested at 5:58 p.m., on August 22,
at the corner of Fourth and Eddy Streets, on a warrant for
theft. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Daniel Sotelo, 24, was arrested at 7:29 p.m., on August 22,
at the Circle M Bar, on capias pro fine warrants. He was
transported to Reeves County Jail.
Nicholas Hernandez, 32, was arrested at 2:57 a.m., on August
23, in the 1300 block of East Fourth Street, for assault
under the Family Violence Act. He was transported to Reeves
County Jail.
Osvaldo Garcia, 35, was arrested at 3:04 a.m., on August 23,
in the 500 block of Mesquite Street, for public
intoxication. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Maria Patino, 38, was arrested at noon, on August 23, on
capias pro fine warrants. She was transported to Reeves
County Jail.
Maria Sauceda was arrested at 11:25 p.m., on August 23, in
the 400 block of South Alberta Street, on a DPS warrant. She
paid the fine and was released.
Edmundo Saenz Sr., 54, was arrested at 1:25 p.m., on August
24, for driving without a license. He was transported to
Reeves County Jail.
Pecos police arrested a minor at 9 a.m., on August 24, at
509 S. Pecan St., on a warrant for criminal mischief. He was
transported to Reeves County Jail.
Gary Treadwell, 23, was served with a warrant at 11:27 a.m.,
on August 25, at Reeves County Jail, for terroristic threat.
Albert Prieto, 17, was arrested at 11:30 a.m., on August 27,
at Pecos High School, on a warrant for a simple assault. He
was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Jose Luis Rodriguez, 45, was arrested at 4:36 p.m., on
August 27, in the 100 block of North Pecan Street, for a
simple assault under the Family Violence Act. He was
transported to Reeves County Jail.


High Thursday 99. Low this morning 74. Forecast for tonight:
Partly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Low in the upper 60s. Northeast wind 5-10
mph. Saturday, partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of
thunderstorms. high near 90. East to northeast wind 5-15

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