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Monday, December 27, 1999

Santa, diners have dinner at Civic Center

Staff Writer
PECOS, Dec. 27, 1999 -- Thanksgiving at the Reeves County Civic Center was busy, but Christmas was even busier for volunteers with the Pecos Christian Home's annual holiday dinner.

"We fed about 350 people, and we fed 305 at Thanksgiving, so we were a lot busier this time, said Bruce Dury, Director of the Christian Home. That total is up by about 40 from last Christmas, and includes dinners delivered to people enrolled in the Meals on Wheels program.

"We also had some little bags of goodies and some gifts for the kids who were there. We had 58 kids show up," Dury said.

Santa stayed around with the kids until about 1 p.m., and most of the Christmas dinners were served by about that time. Dury said volunteers delivered dinners to a little under 110 people, with the remainder either picking up their food at the Civic Center to take home, or eating at the Civic Center.

Thanksgiving also saw an increase in the number of people taking advantage of the Christian Home's holiday dinner, and while Dury said that might indicate an increase in people in need of food at the holidays, that wasn't necessarily the case.

"We may be getting a little more popular because we've been here for a while now," Dury said. The dinners were held at the Pecos Community Center for several years before being moved out to the larger Civic Center facility. "Once you stabilize things at a certain place and at a certain time each year, people know you're going to be there, and that helps.

"There may be more needy people, but it may be because more people just wanted to get in on a good thing," he added. "A lot of people just don't want to cook. There were some elderly people who you could tell were pretty well-to-do, and they just walked in sat down and had a meal, which is fine, because we don't restrict it to anyone."

A number of items that were left over from the Thanksgiving dinner were used on Saturday, and Dury said donations filled the needs for some other items, including pies.

"Like everything else, it showed up at the last moment, but we had more than enough pies," he said.

Fight before Christmas sends three to hospital

Staff Writer
PECOS, Dec. 27, 1999 -- Three people were taken to Reeves County Hospital following an altercation that happened on Christmas Eve on the east side of Pecos, and the Friday incident continues to be investigated by local law enforcement officials.

A report was called in to the Reeves County Sheriff's office at about 11:03 p.m., and officers responded to the scene in the 1200 block of Ash Street, where a fight was in progress.

The incident is still under investigation, according to sheriff's deputy's report.

"There's a lot that needs to be sorted out and we are still investigating this incident," said chief deputy Victor Prieto. "There were a lot of conflicting stories."

No arrests have been made, according to Prieto.

Candidate hopefuls have week left to file

PECOS, Dec. 27, 1999 -- New candidate filings took a bit of a break for the Christmas holiday, and anyone wanting to run in the March 14 primary elections has only eight days left to get their name on the ballot.

Reeves County Clerk Dianne Florez said today that Clinton M Glenn has filed his treasurer's designation to run for Constable in Precinct 2. He designated Linda F. Glenn as his treasurer, Florez said.

Candidates must file both a treasurer's designation and either a filing petition or a filing fee to run in the Democratic or Republican primaries. . If you are interested in running for local office as a Democrat or in becoming a precinct chair contact Bobby Dean at 915-445-3071 or 915-528-7447, for the forms necessary to have your name placed on the ballot.

Candidates seeking spots on the Republican Party ballot should contact Republican Party Chairman is Lou Lewis, who can be contacted at Desert Distributors, 2323 Oliver St., or call 447-9078.

Filing deadline for both the Republican and Democratic primary elections is Jan 3.

TxDOT says to watch traffic lights on Y2K

PECOS, Dec. 27, 1999 -- Motorists are being urged to use caution as they travel after the first of the year, especially at controlled intersections.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) does not expect Y2K problems with traffic signals, but says motorists should always be careful when entering an intersection.

"We have been working since early 1998 upgrading and testing equipment on the nearly 6,800 traffic signals on the state highway system," said Carlos Lopez, director of traffic operations for TxDOT. "If power is available, our traffic signals should handle the Jan. 1 date change without a problem. If the power goes out, motorists will need to use caution and watch out for other drivers."

Motorists should take extra care at an intersection with a traffic signal that is not working and they should be prepared to give other drivers the right of way if necessary, according to TxDOT.

"Right of way is something to be given, not taken," said Lopez. "Courtesy is the key to safe driving," he said.

Crashes can be prevented if motorists play it safe, according to TxDOT officials. Driving at a speed appropriate for the conditions, using seat belts properly and never drinking and driving are some of the safe driving practices they say motorists should always follow.

"Holiday periods, like New Year's Day, are often a time to celebrate, but they should never be an excuse to get behind the wheel of a care after you have been drinking," said Lopez.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, nearly 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in Texas last year were alcohol related.

In addition to checking and upgrading signal lights on state highways, TxDOT has also been serving as a resource on traffic signal issues for cities and counties across the state.

GTE is in search of the people who reportedly stole telephone cable line worth over $18,000 last month on the northwest side of town.


Pecos Valley Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000 cash reward for information that leads in the arrest of individual or individuals responsible for the theft that occurred on Nov. 15.

At about 9:15 a.m. a GTE employee advised the Reeves County Sheriff's Department that sometime during the early morning hours someone (or several individuals) had stolen approximately 310 feet of "telephone cable line." The cable line was located two miles north on Duval Road and it had been laid approximately 15 yards from the roadway on top of the ground. The cable line had been cut and removed. Tire tracks were found and photographed at the scene. The value of the stolen phone line cable was placed at $18,600.

The theft of this cable caused an interruption of phone service for several residents on Duval Road.

Anyone with information on the individual or individuals who might be attempting to sell a large amount of copper, which may have possibly been removed from the stolen phone line cable, or if anyone knows who might have taken the cable contact Pecos Valley Crime Stoppers at 445-9898 and you will remain anonymous.

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.


Saul C. Saucedo, 21, was arrested at 1:10 a.m., on December 11, at Reeves County Civic Center, for public intoxication/resisting arrest.


Ventura Mendoza, 43, and Evelyn S. Prieto, 18, were arrested at 1:15 a.m., on December 11, at Reeves County Civic Center. Mendoza was charged with public intoxication; Prieto with disorderly conduct/resisting arrest.


Walter Raymond Waight, 21, was arrested at 4:42 p.m., on December 11, on Highway 17, on a Capias Pro Fine warrant.


George Lopez Hidalgo, 28, was arrested at 2:51 a.m., on December 12, in the 2000 block of Hackberry Street, for driving while intoxicated.


Anthony R. Wilson, 27, was arrested at 6:20 p.m., on December 13, on a local warrant.


A male juvenile was arrested at 12:53 a.m., on December 14, in the 1700 block of Alamo Street, on a curfew violation.


Hal Pratt, 58, was arrested at 2:51 p.m., on December 15, in the 1000 block of South Cedar Street, for public intoxication and a violation of a city ordinance (4-9).


Matthew Millan, 18, was arrested at 7:32 p.m., on December 15, in the 100 block of Western Avenue, on three warrants (evading arrest, engaging in criminal activity, and theft).


Nelson Lee McGrew, 36, was arrested at 11:25 p.m., on December 15, in the 100 block of West 13th Street, for assault under the Family Violence Act.


Rolando Raul Hernandez, 23, was arrested at 3:08 p.m., on December 16, at the Adult Probation Office, on a motion to revoke probation.


George Brainard, 49, was arrested at 3:54 p.m., on December 16, in the 1000 block of South Eddy Street, for public intoxication.


Jerry Ochoa, 29, was arrested at 2:03 a.m., on December 17, at the corner of Ninth and Cedar streets, for driving while intoxicated.


Irma Jimenez, 33, was arrested at 10:20 p.m., on December 17, at La Offecina Club, for public intoxication.


Patricia Tapia, 36, was arrested at 1:07 a.m., on December 19, in the 600 block of Mulberry Street, for evading arrest.


Braulio Esquivel, 36, was arrested at 1:21 p.m., on December 19, in the 200 block of Bois D' Arc Street, for assault under the Family Violence Act under Class `C'.


Danny L. Hernandez, 37, was arrested at 11:03 p.m., on December 19, at the corner of Highway 17 and Palmer Street, for driving while intoxicated/breathalizer test refusal.


Hilbert Martinez, 21, was arrested at 4:13 p.m., on December 20, in the 1900 block of Washington Street, for assault under the Family Violence Act under Class `C'.


Herbey Armendariz, 47, was arrested at 10:24 p.m., on December 20, near the Uncle's on Cedar Street, for theft under $50.


Jose Alberto Barreno Jr., 17, turned himself in at 8:46 p.m., on December 21, at the Pecos Police Department, on a warrant for deadly conduct.


Nicolas P. Hernandez, 34, was arrested at 9:35 p.m., on December 21, in the 1300 block of East Fourth Street, for public intoxication and resisting arrest.


James Macias, 39, was arrested at 11:36 p.m., on December 21, in the 1600 block of East Second Street, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon under the Family Violence Act.


Bill Hargrove

Bill Hargrove, 77, of Pecos, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at Midland Memorial Hospital.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 26, at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Ron Garcia officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.

He was born March 31, 1922, in Barlett, was a retired plant operator for Enron, a lifelong Pecos resident, a veteran who served in the Air Force in World War II, and a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Hargrove of Pecos; two sons, William E. Hargrove of Atlanta, Ga. and Ronnie Hargrove of Seymour; three sisters, Betty Lambert of Batesville, Ark., Marie Naiser of Tomball, and Sue Roddy of El Campo, and two grandchildren.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


High Sunday 55. Low this morning 39. Weekend precipitation .12 inch. Forecast for tonight: Fair. Low in the mid 20s. Northeast wind 10-15 mph diminishing by midnight. Tuesday: Sunny. High in the lower 60s. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Tuesday night: Clear. Low near 30. Wednesday: Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 60s to the lower 70s.

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