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Friday, August 20, 1999

Cedar St. site picked for new Post Office

Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 20, 1999 -- It's official.

Eighth and Cedar is the location chosen for a new post office.

Postmaster Ramona Sterling got the official notice this morning that the Postal Service chose the block between Eighth and Ninth Streets, Cedar and Ash over two other locations in the final elimination.

Lots next door to Gibson's on West Walthall Street and the former Bob's Thriftway at Eddy and Third Streets were the other two finalists announced by the Postal Service in July.

Surveyors earlier this week staked the new location, tagging water, sewer and gas lines with bright paint.

Roddy Harrison, who owns most of the block, said he was surprised to see the stakes, as he only received word of the decision this morning.

Mary Perea owns a small house on the block, and has agreed to sell it, Sterling said. Perea was out of town today and not available for comment.

Proposed locations rejected earlier by the Postal Service's real estate department include the former Pecos Furniture and neighboring buildings in the 200 block of S. Oak St., a lot at Fifth and Eddy Streets land a triangular lot near Pizza Pro/Showtime on Walthall Street.

The U.S. Postal Service announced in January is was seeking a site to build a new Post Office, replacing the 64-year-old three story building at Fourth and Oak Streets. A lack of parking space at the site, which also housed the U.S. District Court for Pecos until December 1995, was cited as a main factor in the decision.

Ex-RCDC guard indicted in drug case

Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 20, 1999 -- Federal grand jurors on Thursday indicted a former Reeves County Detention Center guard for possession of cocaine and with using a communication facility to obtain it.

Ruben Baeza, 28, of 879 Martinez St. is charged with possession of two grams of cocaine on Aug. 10 and with receiving the cocaine through the U.S. Mail.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for cocaine possession and four years in prison plus a $30,000 fine for using a communication facility.

Of the 23 indictments naming 29 defendants, 12 were for marijuana possession with intent to distribute, six for importing and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, one for cocaine possession and one for possession of hyrocodone tablets, a controlled substance.

Three of those charged also allegedly used a minor to avoid detection, one is charged with fleeing to evade a checkpoint, and one is charged with conspiracy.

Immigration violations include five transporting illegal aliens, four illegal entry after deportation and one false claim to citizenship.

Defendants live in Alpine, Odessa, El Paso, Olton, Fabens, Lamesa, Oklahoma, California and other states, as well as Mexico.

Grand jurors return drug, perjury indictments

Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 20, 1999 -- Two persons were indicted Thursday by the Reeves County grand jury for aggravated perjury, while three others were indicted for alleged cocaine possession; three for burglary and two for theft.

Quentin Cole Armstrong Jr., 48, and Paul Coleman Armstrong, 39, are charged with making a false statement under oath during a hearing in 143rd District Court.

Both defendants testified Aug. 6 in a hearing on motion to adjudicate guilt of Paul Armstrong in a cocaine possession case.

Paul Armstrong said he went home after leaving the Reeves County Civic Center on July 4 and did not go out again that night.

Cole Armstrong Jr. testified that Paul was not at the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Barn that night after they both left the civic center.

The indictments allege that Paul Armstrong was at the Posse Barn after leaving the civic center, and that the false statements could have affected the outcome of the official proceeding.

Bail was set at $10,000 for Paul Armstrong, who is on probation in the cocaine case, and $5,000 for Cole Armstrong Jr.

Clifton Ray Ikeler, 19, is charged with possession of cocaine on May 14. His bail is $10,000.

Seneca James Wilson, 19, and Demisha L. Ford, 22, are charged with possession of cocaine on June 8. Bail for each is set at $10,000.

Javier Arredondo Jr., 18, is charged with burglary of a building owned by Fred Martin on Feb. 26.

Erek Randall Brown, 18, is charged with burglary of a building owned by Genaro Luis Tellez on July 1 and stealing coins.

Jose Romo, 20, is charged in burglaries: First United Methodist Church and Cattleman's Restaurant. His bail is $20,000 and $15,000.

Hector Castaneda and Pam Casteneda, 40, are charged with theft of cash from Michael May on March 17.

Court to review policy on drugs, alcohol

PECOS, Aug. 20, 1999 -- A drug and alcohol policy for Reeves County employees will be the topic of discussion at Monday morning's regular Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting.

Commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m., on the third floor of the courthouse to discuss several issues including lease vehicles through Houston/Galveston Area Council of Governments and Ford Motor Credit Corporation for Reeves County to lease to the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force.

Other items to be discussed are consolidation of election boxes for the Nov. 2, 1999 election; request to refund partial payment of annual golf course fee paid by Harry Clinton, who is deceased, and a survey project by Dawson Geophysical Company Seismograph, covering 640 acres.

Also on the agenda will be to discuss the Fiscal Year 2000 auto registration fees and an agreement between the Office of the Attorney General and Reeves County Contract No. 00-02919.

Commissioners will also discuss and take action on:

* Reports from various departments.

* Budget amendments and line-item transfers.

* Personnel and salary changes (RCDC, sheriff's office, maintenance).

* Minutes from previous meetings.

* Semi-monthly bills.

* Spread on the minutes: Pitts Energy Company Brine Salvage Plant RRC ID#2783; continuing certificate for Elodia Garcia and official bond and oath on Crissy Martinez.

DA seeks car, cash, phone seized by task force

Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 20, 1999 -- District Attorney Randy Reynolds has filed notice of seizure and intent to forfeit a vehicle, cellular telephone and cash allegedly used in or derived from the sale of illegal drugs.

Lorenzo Arredondo, Trans Pecos Drug Task Force officer, seized a 1991 Ford two-door and a Motorola cell phone from Emilia Garcia of 1311 S. Cypress St. on Aug. 6, the notice filed in 143rd District Court alleges.

Jose R. Bravo, who lives with Garcia, is the registered owner of the vehicle, and both their names are on the insurance papers, Arredondo said.

Officer Jose Franco of the task force seized $1,000 in cash from Felix Rivera Sr. of Fort Davis on Aug 4, another petition alleges.

Franco said in his affidavit that he stopped a red and white Chevrolet pickup based on information given to Jeff Davis County Sheriff Steve Bailey that it was on the way to Fort Davis from Odessa carrying illegal narcotics.

A vehicle search turned up one pound of marijuana and $1,000 cash, Franco said.

Felix Rivera and Felix Rivera Jr. said the money came from sale of watermelons, but they had no trailer, and the pickup bed showed no indication that melons had been there, Franco said. They had no supporting documents for the money.

Bailey's informant said the money came from selling part of the marijuana that the men picked up in Odessa, the affidavit states.

Eagle grid tickets on sale Monday

PECOS, Aug. 20, 1999 -- New season tickets sales for the Pecos Eagles' 1999 home football games will begin on Monday at the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah business office and continue for the next four weeks

Anyone wanting buy tickets for the team's four 1999 home games can do so at the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Business Office, 1302 S. Park St., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Season tickets this year are $20 per seat.

Buyers have until Sept. 23 to purchase tickets, since Pecos' 1999 home opener is not until Sept. 24, when they host Crane at Eagles Stadium. The other three home games are Oct. 1 against Kermit (homecoming), Oct. 15 against El Paso Mountain View and Oct. 29 against Canutillo.

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.

Charles Neal, 37, was arrested at 2:16 a.m., on August 13, in the 1300 block of Cedar Street, for public intoxication.


Tomas Marquez, 31, was arrested at 2:24 p.m., on August 13, on a warrant service.


Domingo Mata, 33, was arrested at 5:04 p.m., on August 13, in the 100 block of Cedar Street, for driving while license suspended.


Carlos Nino, 19, was arrested at 9:15 p.m., on August 14, in the 2000 block of Park Street, for assault under the Family Violence Act/disorderly conduct/public intoxication/resisting arrest.


Bobby Enmon, 58, and a female juvenile, were arrested at 1:28 a.m., on August 15, in the 1400 block of South Eddy Street Enmon was charged with disorderly conduct/terroristic threat; the female juvenile was arrested on a probation violation.


Sandra Ann Rodriguez, 20, was arrested at 11:44 p.m., on August 15, in the 3000 block of Cedar Street, on Capias Pro Fine warrants.


Juan Carlos Villegas, 21, was arrested at 8 p.m., on August 16, in the 2100 block of Hackberry Street, on a warrant for terroristic threat.


A female juvenile was arrested at 10:16 a.m., on August 17, in the 100 block of Cedar Street, on a probation violation.


Jill Madrid Franco, 19, was arrested at 8:45 p.m., on August 17, in the 900 block of Cedar Street, on a Sheriff's Office warrant.


Ricardo Cerna, 19, was arrested at 4:43 a.m., on August 18, in the 1600 block of Morris Street, for public intoxication.


Hal Pratt, 58, was arrested at 3:39 p.m., on August 18, in the 1000 block of Cedar Street, for public intoxication.


Lucy C. Vela, 38, was arrested at 8:04 p.m., on August 18, at La Tienda, for shoplifting.


AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Thursday night:

Winning numbers drawn: 6-16-20-25-26. Number matching five of five: 0. Matching four of five: 300. Prize: $678.

AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Thursday by the Texas Lottery, in order:

7-4-5 (seven, four, five)


High Thursday 100; low last night 69. Tonight, partly cloudy. Low 65-70. East to southeast wind 5-10 mph. Saturday, mostly sunny. High in the upper 90s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Extended forecast, Saturday night, fair. Low 65-70. Sunday through Tuesday, mostly sunny days and fair nights. Lows in the mid 60s to near 70. Highs in the mid 90s.

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