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Wednesday, May 12, 1999

Juvenile court has full docket

Staff Writer
PECOS, May 12, 1999 -- It's been an extremely busy month for juvenile court officials, with several cases pending and others getting ready to go to trial, according to Reeves County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Alberto Alvarez.

Alvarez said officials are trying to deal with the juvenile problems as fast as they can. "It was a very busy month, but it's frustrating for the county prosecutor (Walter Holcombe)," he said.

"He's working on them as fast as he can, but there's a multitude of problems when dealing with juvenile offenders," Alvarez said.

In listing the juvenile crime activity, Alvarez said there currently is one juvenile in the Reeves County Juvenile Detention Center.

"There might be more today, if those offenders are picked up," said Alvarez, referring to juveniles scheduled to be arrested for violating probation terms within the next few days.

However, until improvements are made in the local facility, Reeves County has to send most of its juvenile detainees to other West Texas locations.

Two juveniles from Pecos, one male and one female, are currently in boot camp at Sweetwater in Nolan County; one juvenile ordered held for a probation violation is in the Pecos County Juvenile Center in Fort Stockton; and there is one male and one female being detained in Midland County and one male in Ector County.

There have also been nine juveniles who have all been charged with aggravated assault, a felony.

One juvenile offender has a pending court date for reckless conduct. "He took shots at the Lamar Middle School with a rifle, some months back," said Alvarez.

One juvenile has court pending for resisting arrest, another was arrested last week, on a probation violation and a third teenager was arrested for minor in possession of alcoholic beverage. "This one had been arrested, and then was re-arrested for the minor in possession charge just a few days later," said Alvarez.

One case is pending, for sexual assault and one other case is pending on a juvenile for possession of marijauna over 30 pounds, according to Alvarez.

Alvarez said the juveniles have to be relocated to other facilities because the Reeves County Juvenile Detention Center is only certified for now as a holdover facility.

"This costs the county from $60 to $70 a day," said Alvarez.

The county foots the bill to have these juveniles detained elsewhere, since most of the time, the parents are indigent and have the ability or the money to pay for this, according to Alvarez.

Alvarez said two other juveniles will be going to court soon to get their case heard, on criminal mischief, involving grafitti and other damage that occured on Dec. 14, 1998, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 416 S. Plum.

According to police reports, there was extensive damage done inside the church. The suspects, both of whom police described as juveniles, damaged the parish hall, study office and the pastor's office. They also entered the sanctuary, but no extensive damage was done in that area of the church.

However, everything that was breakable in the other parts of the church was damaged, according to the investigative report provided by the Pecos Police Department.

Several items were also taken at this time and both juveniles have been in trouble in the past, according to reports.

"So these two are ready to go to court, they're starting the process," said Alvarez. "At a hearing held last week, one of the juvenile's attorneys filed a motion to suppress evidence."

However, Reeves County-Court-At-Law Judge Lee Green ruled the evidence could be used in court, "So we're ready to proceed," Alvarez said.

The juveniles, who have been charged with aggravated assault could face a possible life sentence, if they are tried as adults, according to Alvarez.

"What these kids are looking at whether they be tried as adults or juveniles, in what court," said Alvarez. "Will they be tried in juvenile court or as adults? That's the first step."

The county attorney will decide how to file the petition. "If he decides it's referred to adult court, they'll have a transfer hearing to hear the evidence," said Alvarez.

"They're a lot of things that need to be addressed," said Alvarez.

If they are tried as juveniles they can still receive 40 years. They will be detained at a juvenile facility, they do so much time at this facility and then are transferred to an adult prison, according to Alvarez.

The cases are currently being reviewed by Holcombe.

"It's just really tough right now. He's got a lot to do and there's a limited amount of attorneys in the community," said Alvarez.

Classic seeks right to close local office

Staff Writer
PECOS, May 12, 1999 -- Cable rate increases, franchise fee, a local office and an option to renew after 10 years are changes to be considered by Pecos City Council Thursday when they negotiate a new franchise with Classic Cable.

In response to the council's earlier proposal, Classic has agreed to a 10-year franchise term with a 10-year option to renew.

Classic Cable currently has an office in Pecos at Second and Oak Streets and employs two local technician. But under the franchise agreement the company has offered, Classic said they did not have to have an office open here, but would make an 800 number available to all subscribers, and a technician would assist with system-related issues or questions.

United Video Cablevision had a similar system in place in the early 1990s, after it closed all of its area offices except for Monahans. Classic Cable reopened an office in Pecos and added a local technician when they bought United Video's West Texas franchises in 1995.

City Attorney Scott Johnson said he would recommend that the council not approve a new agreement until the stipulation about maintaining a local office is put into the contract.

As to rates and charges, Classic added a clause to the contract that they would charge in accordance with federal law.

The council will also consider amending the ordinance relating to officers of the fire department as follows:

* One chief, a first assistant chief and second assistant chief

* Seven captains, one of each company

* One secretary

These officers are to be elected for a two-year term by members of the fire department, confirmed by the city council, and commissioned by the mayor. Elections are to be held on the first Thursday in November of odd-numbered years.

Anyone who wishes to run for the office of fire chief shall possess at least a basic certification license, issued by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, at the time of the election.

Other agenda items include an updated cafeteria plan for employee health insurance, award bid for water well with pump and concrete pad at Worsham well field, policy on sale of tax foreclosed property, appoint member to tax resale committee,

Consider semi-annual audit report by Dan Painter, consider engineering agreement with Frank X. Spencer on water well project, discuss sale of real property - part of Lot 2, Block 3, North Pecos Addition - offer made by Arturo Hinojos.

Monthly reports include municipal and juvenile courts.

Newly-elected city councilman Larry Levario will take the oath of office, and the council will elect a mayor pro-tem.

Councilman Danny Rodriguez will lead the pledge of allegiance, and Ricky Herrera will voice the invocation to begin the meeting at 7:30 a.m. in council chambers at City Hall.

Pot smugglers receive five-year terms

Staff Writer
PECOS, May 12, 1999 -- U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson handed out 60-month jail terms on Monday to three defendants for importing and/or possessing marijuana with intent to distribute

As part of his weekly docket in the Pecos Division Furgeson sentenced Oscar Ortiz-Venegas, Francisco Acosta-Estrella and Alberto Ramos to the five-year terms, adding that Ortiz-Venegas' attempt to escape from officers increased his time in prison.

Sentenced to 24 months in prison for marijuana possession were Refugio Villalobos-Franco, Carlos Valdez-Castillo, Laurenzo Villa-Espinosa and Cliff Ellis. Reynaldo Grielva-Hermosillo drew 24 months for importing marijuana, and Yeden Alvarado Lujan was sentenced to 24 months for illegal entry.

Israel Brito-Rodriguez was found guilty in a bench trial of unlawful transportation of firearms.

Officers testified that Brito had a Taurus .357 Magnum revolver in a holster and a Lorcin .25 caliber pistol in his possession at the time of his arrest.

Omar Cano-Rodriguez pleaded guilty to importing marijuana.

Madera Valley receives grant for  tank, pipelines

PECOS, May 12, 1999 -- Work is already underway on a 66,000-gallon ground storage tank and distribution lines for the Madera Valley Water Supply Corporation.

Funding is through a $460,400 loan and a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency, said Steve Carriker, Texas state director.

Carriker was in Verhalen Friday to present a $1.5 million check to Madera Valley directors. Sue Lee, widow of the late Cecil Jim Lee, for whom the project is named, was also present.

"USDA Rural Development is charged with assisting rural communities by administering programs targeted to strengthening the economy and infrastructure of rural areas," Carriker said.

Dubbed the Cecil Jim Lee Well Field Project, Madera Valley's storage tank will handle water from a well field to be developed to transport water to the Lindsay Addition and Sand Lake area, serving 640 users.

Herman Tarin is president of the district. Directors are Jack Hoffman, Gus Natividad, R.P. Bowie, Elia Estrada, Paul Ward, vice president; Clay Lee, secretary; John Clark and Charles Bowers.

"One of the goals of USDA Rural Development is to provide water and wastewater treatment programs that target public health benefits and economic opportunities to America's rural communities," said Carriker.

"The Clinton-Gore Administration strongly supports clean water and modern sewage systems for all Americans. Projects such as Madera Valley WSC will help make the environment cleaner and protect the public health issues of the local residents."

In fiscal year 1998, USDA RD made loans and grants totaling $58 million to rural communities for water and wastewater improvements. USDA's water and wastewater program is designed to bring fresh, clean drinking water and sanitary and environmentally sound facilities to rural America's 53 million residents.

Track pact, grid coach on P-B-T agenda

PECOS, May 12, 1999 -- An interlocal agreement with Reeves County and the Town of Pecos of City on repairs to the track at Eagle Stadium will top the agenda for the regular Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board meeting scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday in the board room.

The high school track was last fully repaired in 1983, and its poor current condition has forced the cancellation of both the West of the Pecos Relays, and the Pecos Junior High Relays in recent years.

Board members will meet behind closed doors to discuss applicants for head football coach, and are expected to name a replacement for Dan Swaim, who resigned the post on April 8. Assistant coach Gary Grubbs, Zavala Middle School coach Jerry Parent and Ector County ISD junior high coach Fred Carter are the applicants for the position.

The board will also recognize boys and girls golf district champions; girls softball district champions; boys baseball district champions and the junior engineering technical society regional champions during Thursday's meeting, and will present plaques to outgoing board members Alberto Alvarez and Daisy Roquemore.

Billie Sadler and Frank Apolinar, Jr. were elected to the board in uncontested races, and will be sworn in for three-year terms during the meeting.

In other business the board will discuss and approve proposal for purchasing software and hardware for tax collection services for Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD; approve resolution for Media Honor Roll; listen to the second reading of TASB Policy Update 60; and discuss/approve appointing representative to be on the committee to sell foreclosed property and set length of appointment.

The board will listen to a Y2K report and discuss and approve summer recreation program, and discuss other personnel and an under-evaluations of minerals lawsuit.

Other items for discussion and approval include:

* 1998-99 budget amendments.

* Bid for Lot 8, Block 4, Briggs Addition, Barstow, Ward County.

* Set budget meetings.

* Safe and Drug Free Co-op.

* Payday schedule for 1999-2000.

* Revising Policy DK (Local) Assignments and Schedules.

* Bids for Pecos High school Building A roof repair/replacement.

* Appoint board member as TASB delegate and alternate

After the executive session the group will reconvene in open session and discuss and approve responses to Apache Corporation's discovery requests (under-evaluation of minerals lawsuit); discuss/approve head football coach; discuss/approve professional personnel: appointment, resignations, retirements, reassignments; discuss/approve placing all secondary principals and special education director on 226 days contracts.

In addition, board members will discuss "Dress for Success"; attendance report, tax report, depository securities report, cafeteria report, commodities received report, current bills and financial report, investment transaction report and reconciled bank balance report.

Under miscellaneous the board will discuss parents and board members to present diplomas at the Pecos High School graduation, May 28, at Eagle Stadium (weather permitting).

Appraisal meeting to begin review process

Reeves County Appraisal District's review board will meet at 9 a.m. Friday to begin the 1999 review process, said Carol King Markham, chief appraiser.

Markham will notify all taxing jurisdictions of the estimated appraised values for the 1999 tax year. These estimates are subject to changes made by the appraisal review board during the hearings in June.

The review board will be in session on other days until all tax appraisals have been equalized and approved and all protests heard.

Review board members are Bob McNutt, chairman, Reecia Pigman and Charles Mitchell.


AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Tuesday night: Winning numbers drawn: 10-18-29-35-37. Number matching five of five: 1. Prize per winner: $86,709. Winning ticket sold in: Laredo. Matching four of five: 227. Prize: $573.


AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Tuesday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 0-5-1 (zero, five, one)


Lela Kelley

Lela Clyde Cole Kelley died Monday, May 10, 1999, in Escondido, Calif.

A graveside service will be held in Balmorhea.

She was a teacher of many years. After she graduated from Sul Ross State Teachers College in Alpine, she began teaching in Pecos at Earl Bell School, moved to Odessa in 1957, where she taught at Milam and Goliad Elementary Schools. She studied photography under Martha Edwards at UTPB and was an active member in the Permian Basin Gem and Mineral Society, the Permian Basin Stamp Club, the West Texas Archaeological Society and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wm. E. Kelley, her parents, Jeff and Edna Cole, one brother, Julian Cole, one sister, Mary Lou Cole.

Survivors include one son, Bill Kelley of San Diego; two daughters, Mary Ussery of Coronado, Calif. and Elizabeth Smith of Odessa; five grandsons; one granddaughter; two great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters.

Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, May 12, 1999 -- High Tuesday 86; low last night 54. Tonight, increasing cloudiness with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Low in the mid to upper 50s. southeast wind 10-20 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent. Thursday, partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. high in the mid 80s. South wind 15-25 mph and gusty.

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