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Thursday, October 17, 1996

Dean's trial moved east, starting date not yet set

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Staff Writer

PECOS, October 17, 1996 - Reeves County Democratic Party Chairman Bobby
Dean won his bid to have his trial on a charge of tampering with
government records moved to Monahans, but no trial date has been set.

Visiting Judge Paul McCollum of Odessa granted Dean's motion in a
pre-trial hearing Sept. 20 in the absence of District Judge Bob Parks.

Judge Park's court administrator, Cathy Adams, said this morning that
she is awaiting Judge McCollum's order so she can set a trial date
before Judge Parks.

A Reeves County grand jury indicted Dean for allegedly changing election
forms submitted by Mickey Vasquez in his effort to become a candidate
for Precinct 1 Reeves County Commissioner in the March Democratic

Vasquez' filing petition was unsigned when it was notarized by Dean just
before the Jan. 2 filing deadline. Vasquez was unable to re-file before
the deadline, and is running as one of two write-in candidates against
incumbent Lupe Garcia in the Nov. 5 election.

Former Pecos artist's book gets notice in Austin

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Staff Writer

PECOS, October 17, 1996 - With the publication of his hard-bound comic
book earlier this year, Walt Holcombe has been discovered and was
recently featured on the front page of the Life and Arts section of the
Austin American-Statesman.

The 27-year-old Holcombe, son of local attorney Walter Holcombe,
was in town Aug. 24 for an autographing party of his first book, The King of Persia, hosted by the West of the Pecos Museum.

More than a month prior to his Pecos appearance, the junior Holcombe had
a similar reception in Austin.

At both assemblies, Walt entertained groups by playing his musical saw.

He is a 1987 graduate of Pecos High School, from where he went on to
study art at institutes in California and Austin.

The King of Persia, a slim, 56-page, stiff-back volume, was released by
Accordion Press and printed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada by Quebecor

The American-Statesman story said Walt's work was featured in three
separate exhibits displayed at 8-Ball Studios, Alternate Current
Artspace and the FringeWare store.

In the write-up Statesman staff writer Harley Jebens explains that
Holcombe doesn't expect to get rich off his work, which he describes,
"laboring in the field of `alternative' or `underground' comics."

Walt states, "I'm compelled to exorcise pitiful little aspects of my
personality in my comics. Otherwise I'd go nuts."

The achievement of his latest work was financially aided by grant monies
from the Xeric Foundation. "There's a small bit of prestige associated
with receiving a Xeric grant," said Walt. "It can serve as a springboard
to future projects with publishers; it helps you get noticed. I also
think the Xeric grants have inspired a lot of people. An `If that lazy
(guy) can do it, so can I,' type of thing," he continued.

The young Holcombe's first cartoon was published at the age of 11 in
Jack and Jill magazine and he began drawing cartoon for the Enterprise
at age 13. He has published comic strips and other art work for comic
books, National Lampoon, Pal-Yat-Chee and Jab.

Stickels seeks car's forfeiture in coke arrest

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PECOS, October 17, 1996 - District Attorney John Stickels this morning
filed notice of seizure and intent to forfeit a 1984 Buick owned by
Willie Gochicoa, 412 E. Fourth St.

Gochicoa was arrested by narcotics officers Clay McKinney and Paul
Deishler Monday as he traveled on Cedar Street. They charged him with
possession of cocaine.

Municipal Judge Phyllis Salyer set bail at $5,000 on the charge.

Deishler said in an affidavit filed with the forfeiture petition that he
believes the Buick was used in connection with a drug violation.

Early voting's opening day moves slowly

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Staff Writer

PECOS, October 17, 1996 - Early voting moved like cold molasses on the
first day Wednesday, with only 57 voters showing up at the polls in the
lobby of Reeves County Courthouse.

Another 28 had voted by noon today, said voting clerk Nora Briceno.

Briceno and Debbie Thomas are conducting the early voting for the
General Election, which is set for Nov. 5.

Voters will be casting ballots for president, as well as in U.S. Senate
and House races. Republican Phil Gramm is being challenged by Victor
Morales in the Senate race, while GOP incumbent Henry Bonilla is facing
Democrat Charles P. Jones in the House race.

All Reeves County voters will cast ballots in the county's uncontested
state representative's race, while Orla's votes will also cast ballots
in the multi candidate race for District 28 in the Texas Senate.

Locally, there is only one contested race on the ballot, in Precinct 1,
where incumbent commissioner Lupe Garcia is being challenged by two
write-in candidates, former commissioner Felipe Arredondo and Mickey

Voters will also have the chance to write in Walter Holcombe's name in
the race for Reeves County Attorney. There is no candidate's name on the
ballot for that position, after incumbent Bill Weinacht declined to seek
a second four-year term.


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EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained
from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County
Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, or other agencies;
and from interviews with officers of those agencies.

Mark Renteria was arrested on a warrant for terroristic threat on Oct.
8. His age and address were not mentioned.
Roberto Ybarra, Jr., was arrested for theft over $50 Oct. 8 at Gibson's
True Value store, 810 W. Walthall St., after police received a report of
a shoplifter. His age and address were not given.
Police arrested Manuel Florez, 54, for DWI, refusal to submit to
breathalizer, on Oct. 9 in the 300 block of North Walnut Street.
Jorge Ramirez, 25, 546 Martinez St., was arrest at his residence by
police for assault under the Family Violence Act the morning of Oct. 10.
Adan Cardenas reported to police that sometime between Oct. 11 at 8:50
a.m., and Oct. 12, his vehicle had been broken into while parked at his
residence, 2012 Washington St. Other details of the crime were not
Police arrested Gabriel Ornelas, 18, 905 S. Pecan St., for deadly
conduct in the corner of Fifth and Oleander Streets the night of Oct. 12.
Ricky Dominguez reported a hit and run accident on Oct. 12., occurring
in the rodeo grounds parking between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 11:30
p.m. that day.
On Oct. 14, Joseph Urias, 21, 1812 Washington St., was arrested by
police on a warrant motion for surrender of principal on an original
charge of aggravated assault. He was taken into custody in the corner of
Third and Orange Streets.
On Oct. 10, Herby Garcia Armendariz was arrested for theft and having no
driver's license. He was stopped by police after receiving reports of an
individual taking two barbecue grills from the Wal-Mart sidewalk.


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High Wednesday 89, low last night 55. Wednesday, partly cloudy. High 85
90. Southwest to west wind 10-20 mph. Wednesday night, fair. Low around
55. Thursday, mostly sunny. High around 85.
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