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November 22, 1996

Pair plead not guilty in July beatings case

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Staff Writer
PECOS, November 22, 1996 - Two young men pleaded "not guilty" in 143rd
District Court this morning to aggravated assault in the July 21 beating
of a man and woman on Eddy Street.

Jose Urias, 21, and Gilberto M. Rayos, 26, are charged with beating
Ruben Mendoza with a bat and shovel, which they denied.

Joe Machuca, 21, is also charged with beating Ruben Mendoza. He said he
plans to hire an attorney, and Judge Parks ordered him to return Dec. 6
with his attorney for arraignment and pre-trial.

Charlie Arenivas, 17, is charged with beating Ruben's sister, Lupe
Mendoza. He appeared without an attorney and asked District Judge Bob
Parks to appoint him one.

However, Judge Parks said the parents are responsible for their minor
son's attorney. With the mother's promise to hire an attorney, Judge
Parks reset arraignment and pre-trial for Dec. 6.

The charge is enhanced by an allegation that the four and co-defendant
Gabriel Gonzales, 19, acted as members of a criminal street gang and
conspired to commit the offense.

All are free on $15,000 bail.

Others entering not guilty pleas were Robert Jimenez, 17, attempted
murder of Eliseo Lujan; Aguedo Rubio, 27, burglary of a building; Mireya
Munoz, 27, drug possession; Arturo Munoz, 29, drug possession; Cruz
Salazar Jimenez, 23, burglary of a building; Maria Ornelas, burglary of
a habitation; Jesus M. Martinez, 19, burglary of a building; Joe Manuel
Minjarez, 37, drug delivery; and Manuel Melendez Quiroz, aggravated

Bill Weinacht, representing the state in the absence of District
Attorney John Stickels, presented a dismissal in the civil forfeiture of
a 1985 Mercury sedan owned by Hector Pando.

Pecos Police seized the car in relation to an alleged drug offense.

Judge Parks ordered a psychiatric examination for Jonathon LaCedric
Smith, who is charged with burglary of a building and violation of his
probation on a previous conviction.

Harris using White's site for new office

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Staff Writer
PECOS, November 22, 1996 - Dr. Norman Harris has announced the planned
opening of a medical office at 1000 S. Eddy Street, in the former
White's building.

The Odessa physician specializes in obstetrics and gynecology.

When he purchased the White's building in the Parker Heights Addition,
Dr. Harris applied for a change in zone from C-1 to C-2 to allow a
varied mix of commercial operations.

However, because of an ongoing dispute between community residents and
Furr's Supermarkets over sale of beer and wine in the same addition, Dr.
Harris instead sought and obtained an exception to the C-1 zone for the
White's property, which includes the former Texaco/Fina service station
fronting on Eddy Street.

That exception allows mobile home sales, minor vehicle services, such as
tires and oil changes, medical office, restaurants, day care center,
used car sales with a full-service department, and mini storage.

The first business to open in that location was the Pecos Autoplex,
which sells used cars from the front parking lot.

Others reportedly being considered are a convenience store with auto
service in the former Fina location and a Western Auto Store on one side
of the White's building.

Both are permitted under the zoning exception, but the sale of beer and
wine are not.

La Tienda Thriftway owner Bill Fenn is also seeking a change in zone
from C-1 to C-2 on Lots 1-6, where the store is located. La Tienda
bought out Furr's a year ago, and Fenn said he wants to add beer and
wine sales to the supermarket's offerings, which include a new bakery
and deli.

Harris Properties are seeking the zone change on lots 15-21 inclusive
and part of lot 14, where the White's building is located, said City
Secretary Geneva Martinez.

The Family Dollar Store, Showtime and Pizza Pro would not be affected
at this time by a zoning change.

Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission have set a hearing on the
La Tienda and Harris Properties applications for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the
city council chambers.


Miguel Navarrette

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Services are incomplete for Miguel Navarrette, 90, of Pecos who died
Friday, Nov. 22 at Reeves County Hospital.
Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ysabel L. Vasquez

Ysabel L. Vasquez, 95, died Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Pecos Nursing Home.

Rosary will be held today at 7:30 p.m. at Martinez Funeral Home chapel
and on Sunday at 7 p.m. at his residence in Marfa.

Mass is scheduled for Monday at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in
Marfa with burial at St. Mary's Cemetery.

He was born July 8, 1901 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, was a lifetime
Marfa resident, a Catholic and had lived in Pecos for five months.

Survivors include his wife, Areopaquita Vasquez; two sons, Alonzo
Vasquez of Pecos, Ricardo Vasquez of El Paso; four daughters, Maria
Luisa Machuca of Marfa, Gloria Rodriguez of Pecos, Julia Lujan of El
Paso, Celia Williams of Sunnyvale, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; 25
great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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High Thursday 79, low last night 45. Tonight, mostly cloudy. Low around
50. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Saturday, mostly cloudy and breezy. High
around 75. Southwest to west wind 15-25 mph and gusty.

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