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Friday, August 16, 1996

Girl returns passports to French couple

Teen museum worker offers foreign aid

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Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 16, 1996 - A French couple can now avoid the hassle of
having new passports issued to them thanks to the integrity of young
museum employee.

Olivia Valenzuela, 17, a worker at the West of the Pecos Museum, will
soon be starting school with the satisfaction of knowing that two people
will now be able to get to their Rennes, France home without any

Valenzuela found the foreign female's "fanny pack" that contained
documents that seemed important to the visitors on a kitchen counter
late Wednesday morning, after the couple had been touring the local
facility earlier that day.

The teen said that she first asked a family that was in the #11 Saloon
if the pack belonged to them. When they said it didn't he decided to go
through its contents for identification.

Valenzuela said that she picked out something that had French writing
on it and looked like a passport when she closed it up and decided to
wait for the couple to return for their lost item.

"They said they were going to Carlsbad and were going to come back to
eat at Socorro's," said the young museum employee, and she and other
workers decided to go ahead and wait for them to return.

Valenzuela said they waited all afternoon and evening for the couple to
return to no avail, but were relieved when they called Thursday morning
to ask if their lost bag was there.

Valenzuela said she plans to continue to work part-time in the
afternoons when classes at Pecos High School resume on Monday.

Dean pleads not guilty to records tampering

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Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 16, 1996 - Reeves County's Democratic Party chairman pleaded
"not guilty" this morning to two charges of tampering with government

District Judge Bob Parks continued pre-trial until Sept. 6 to allow
Robert Camp "Bobby" Dean to attend the Democratic National Convention in

Dean is charged with changing a date on a campaign document filed in
the 1996 Democratic Primary and with notarizing a signature that was not
on the document.

His attorney, Scott Johnson, filed a motion to quash the indictment
because it does not specify who was harmed or defrauded.

District Attorney John Stickels said he would submit a proposed
amendment to the indictment. He also said the indictment's allegation
that Dean has been convicted of a felony is for punishment purposes only.

Johnson objected to that portion of the indictment on the grounds that
the conviction was not final.

Also in 143rd District Court this morning, Evigael Juarez "Israel"
Navarette pleaded "not guilty" to a charge of drug possession. His
attorney, Roddy Harrison, asked that pre-trial be continued to Aug. 30
to allow him time to file pre-trial motions.

Judge Parks set trial for Aug. 19 on Angel Garcia Fuentes and approved
Stickels request to dismiss a charge of unlawful use of a motor vehicle
against Debra Villalon Martinez because she is serving a sentence on a
misdemeanor revocation probation.

Fort Davis crash kills one, injures four

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FORT DAVIS, Aug. 16, 1996 - A one-vehicle rollover in Jeff Davis County
early Thursday morning claimed the life of a Fort Davis man and injured
four other persons.

Esteban Rene Martinez, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene by Jeff
Davis County Justice of the Peace George Vickers, about an hour after
the incident was reported to local Department of Public Safety

The call was made at 12:09 a.m. and Trooper Richard Jacobs was
dispatched to a location about three miles north of Fort Davis on Texas
Highway 17.

Jacobs said that Martinez, the driver of a 1991 Mazda, was northbound
and driving at a speed too high to negotiate the curve when the vehicle
ran off the roadway to the left side and rolled over three full times.

The injured in the accident were transported to Big Bend Regional
Hospital in Alpine. Listed in good condition with bruises and abrasions
at were: 20-year-old Lisa Hartnet, of Fort Davis; 18-year-old Manny
Dutchover, of Fort Davis; 22-year-old Rebecca Aguilar, of Fort Davis and
22-year-old Hector Ozuna, of Del Rio.

No seat belts were worn reported Jacobs and two individuals were ejected
from the car. It was not indicated which of the passengers were ejected
during the accident.

Ex-Pecos mayor Parsons hospitalized after surgery

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PECOS, Aug. 16, 1996 - Former Pecos Mayor Marilea Parsons is undergoing
dialysis treatment in Odessa Memorial Hospital following surgery and
kidney failure.

Parsons underwent surgery three weeks ago on her neck arteries. She is
doing and she has a collapsed artery in one arm.

Her son, Bill Parsons, is preparing a room in his Midland home to care
for Parsons when she is discharged from the hospital, and will take her
to Midland Terminal for dialysis treatment three times a week.

Parsons served the city of Pecos as a water department clerk, city
secretary, municipal court judge and as its first woman mayor from 1990
to 1992.

Family gets $150,000 in motel lawsuit

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Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 16, 1996 - A Pecos family received $150,000 from the
settlement of a lawsuit filed after their daughter was injured when she
fell through a plate glass window at the Pecos Holiday Inn.

According to the agreement, filed in the 143rd District Court, the
damages were awarded to Oscar G. and Lillian Archuleta and their
daughter Rebecca Alexis Archuleta, "as a direct result of a dangerous
condition on the Defendant's property."

Holiday Inns, Inc., manager David Besser, manager, and PHI, Ltd. d/b/a
Holiday Inn, were named as defendants in the lawsuit.

The $150,000 was divided between the parents, for medical expenses and
other related expenses, and the minor child, which will be deposited in
the registry of the Court, and Weinacht.

First naturalization ceremony at new courthouse on Monday

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PECOS, Aug. 16, 1996 - Senior Judge Lucius Bunton will preside Monday at
noon for the first naturalization ceremony to be held in the new federal
courthouse that bears his name.

Magda Montes, the court's interpreter, will pledge her allegiance to
the United States. Montes is a native of Juarez, Mex. and attended high
school in Juarez and El Paso simultaneously.

She is a certified court interpreter and is employed full time in the
Pecos and Midland-Odessa divisions.

Also on Monday's docket are 19 sentencings and eight pleas in criminal

Tuesday's jury docket includes one criminal case, styled U.S.A. vs.
Juan Daniel Sanchez-Rios; and one criminal case, Dana Adams vs. Presidio
County, Texas, et al.

Richard Abalos of Odessa represents Sanchez. Melissa Hirsch of Odessa
represents Dana Adams, with Richard Bonner and Thomas Goff representing
the defendants.

A sentencing and magistrate arraignment are set for noon Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Judge Bunton will hold a preliminary examination and
final hearing on revocation of supervised release for Michael Meridyth
in a Midland-Odessa Division case. Warren Heagy is Meridyth's attorney.


Possession of a controlled substance charges were brought against Hector
G. Pando, 24, who was arrested along with his wife for traffic
violations during a traffic stop by local police at the Beer Depot #2
parking lot Wednesday night. A substance believed to be cocaine was
discovered on his wife's person during a thorough body search at Reeves
County Jail. She too, was charged with possession.

An article in Thursday's Enterprise, incorrectly stated that
a $500,000 bond was set for Pando's on the traffic violations only.
We apologize for the mistake.


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PECOS, Aug. 16, 1996 - High Thursday 100, low last night 71. Tonight,
partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Low 65 70. Southeast wind
5-15 mph. Chance of rain less than 20 percent. Saturday, partly cloudy.
High in the lower 90s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph.
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