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Seminole (Texas) Sentinel
Wednesday,August 8, 2012
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areco-leadingthe investigation,
whichalso includes officers fromthe
Hobbs, N.M. Police Dept. and Lea
County (N.M.) Sheriff's Dept.
Arrested thus far in connec-
tion with the case are Nicomedes
Daniel "DanDan" Sosa, II, 34; Juan
"Smokey" Castillo, 32; Bobby Ray
Ruiz, 25; and Desirae Mata, 25; all
of Hobbs, N.M.
Sosa, Castillo and Ruiz all re-
main in the custody of Lea County
law enforcement officials, while
Mata is awaiting extradition back to
Gaines County after being arrested
in Shelby County, Ala. last week.
In addition to seeing each ar-
rested individual charged with one
count of capital murder, Sosa was
alsoassessedonecountofmurder in
connectionwith the case, via a June
28 indictment handed down by a
Gaines County Grand Jury.
According to Gaines County
Life orDeath:
Officials Await Full Report
Sheriff Jon Key on Monday morn-
ing, the GCSO and Texas Rangers'
investigation into the May 10 case
continues.
"There is a lot associated with
this investigation, and we are still
working on sorting out everything
that has happened," said Key.
He offered no time table on
when the case would be wrapped
up or if additional arrests or charges
would be handed down as a result
of the continuing investigation.
"It has been a lengthy investi-
gation, and there will be a lengthy
report associated with it," said Key.
"It's going take a while to get every-
thing wrapped up."
Kingston stated Monday he
expected to receive "several hun-
dredpages" of information fromthe
investigative report.
"Anytime you have a large
case, such as this one, there is a
lot associated with the report," said
Kingston.
In theMay10 incident,Gaines
CountySheriff'sDeputiesresponded
to a call in western Gaines County,
about 1/2 mile east of the New
Mexico state line, on an unrelated
call at around 3:30 p.m.
While on the scene of the call,
GCSO Deputies were approached
by an individual fromHobbs, N.M.,
who was not identified by the press
release, who informed officers she
had gone to a friend's residence
and found thedoor of the residence
open.
Shestatedshesawamalesub-
ject lying inside, whowas deceased.
The identityof the first subject found
inside thehousewasnot releasedby
Gaines County Law Enforcement
officials during their initial release of
the murder investigation.
A subsequent search of the
residencefoundthesecondshooting
victim deceased in another portion
of the residence.
Doyal and Allen were both
pronounced dead at the scene on
the morning of May 11, at 9:25
a.m., by Gaines County Justice of
the Peace Tammy Clark, according
to the GCSO report.
Preliminary autopsy results,
according toKey, indicatedbothAl-
len andDoyal had suffered suffered
"several gunshotwounds,"anddied
due to those wounds.
At the present time, both Key
and Kingston confirmed that Sosa
and Ruiz were fighting extradition
back to Texas in relation to their
respective capital murder charges.
Mata, this past week, waived
her right to extradition, while it was
unknown of the status of Castillo's
extradition process, according to
both Key and Kingston.
Because of the continuing
investigation of the May 10 case,
local law enforcement officials have
not released any specifics of their
case or how the four arrested indi-
viduals were allegedly involved in
the incident.
Capital Murder in Texas
According to the online re-
source, Wikipedia, capital punish-
ment has been used in the State of
Texas and its predecessor entities
since 1819.
Asof July2012, 1,234 individ-
uals, all but six of whom have been
male, have been executed in the
Lone Star State, leaving Virginia as
theonlyotherstatethathasexecuted
more individuals overall.
However, since the death
penalty was re-instituted in the
UnitedStates inthe1976,Texashas
executed -- all via lethal injection --
more inmates than any other state.
Under current state law, the
crimes of capital murder and capital
sabotage (see Texas Government
Code§557.012)orasecondconvic-
tionfor theaggravatedsexual assault
of someone under 14 is eligible for
the death penalty.
In order for a murder to be a
"capital murder," it must meet one
of the circumstances:
• Murder of an on-duty public
safety officer or firefighter (the de-
fendant must have known that the
victimwas such);
• Intentional murder in the
course of committing or attempting
to commit a felony offense (such as
burglary, robbery,aggravatedsexual
assault, arson, obstructionor retalia-
tion, or terroristic threat);
• Murder for remuneration or
for promise of remuneration (both
the person who does the actual
murder and the person who hired
them can be charged with capital
murder)
• Murder while escaping or
attempting to escape a penal insti-
tution
• Murder while incarcerated
with one of the following three
qualifiers: (1) While incarcerated
for capital murder, the victim is an
employee of the institution or the
murder must be done "with the
intent to establish, maintain, or par-
ticipate in a combination or in the
profits of a combination", (2) While
incarceratedforeithercapitalmurder
ormurder,or (3)Whileservingeither
a lifesentenceor a99-year sentence
under specified Penal Code sec-
tions not involving capital murder
or murder;
• Multiple murders (defined
as two or more murders during
the same "criminal act", which can
involve a series of events not taking
place at the same time);
•Murderofanindividualunder
ten years of age; or
•Murder of a person in retalia-
tion for, oronaccount of, theservice
or status of the other person as a
judge or justice of any court.
If found guilty a capital murder
charge, defendants could receive
either is either death or life in prison
without the possibility of parole, de-
pendingonwhetherornot thedeath
penalty was sought by prosecutors
prior to the start of the trial.
If the defendant is declared to
be incapacitated (e.g. with a men-
tal disability or is declared insane),
then he/she will be spared from the
death penalty. The minimum age
in Texas to receive the death pen-
alty is 17 years of age.
By Brian Brisendine
Special
to the
Sentinel
BROWNFIELD -- An unwel-
come intruder is expanding its ter-
ritory in the South Plains, causing
local farmers to regress back to
rudimentarytechniques tokeeptheir
fields under control.
Palmer Amaranth -- more com-
monlyknownaspigweedorcareless
weed -- is rearing its ugly head in
amounts never seen before.
Evenmoreworrisome, research-
ers with Texas AgriLife Extension
Service have confirmed that this
strainof thenoxiousweedis impervi-
ous to glyphosate herbicides, more
commonly known as Roundup.
Terry County Extension agent
Scott Russell told a group area
farmers recently that “this is a huge
problem.”
“Wehaveconfirmed that there is
aresistanceinTerryandsurrounding
counties, ” he said. “For more than
20 year, “Roundup-ready” cotton
has made our jobs much easier,
because we could spray it and kill
the weeds without harming the cot-
ton. Now, we can’t do that because
Roundup isn’t killing these weeds
anymore.”
Russell said a genetic variation
in the weeds is the result of selec-
tion pressure for more than two
decades.
“This is what Mother Nature
does,” he said. “Plants and animals
evolve and this one found that
genetic mutation that made it with-
stand the chemical we have used
to fight it.”
Farmers have long killed sus-
ceptible weeds with chemicals, but
a small percentage of those weeds
were not affected.
Now, that strand of weeds has
propagated on a grand scale and
is repopulating the area with its
chemical-resistant offspring.
“There are male and female
specimens of this plant and they
pollinate to reproduce like other
plants,”hesaid. “But thefemaleputs
offbetweenaquartermilliontoahalf
million seeds every time so they can
get out of control very quickly.”
The seeds have the size and ap-
pearance of pepper flakes, making
them highly portable on animals,
insects and even gusty winds.
“They can just take over a field if
you let them,” the agent said. “And
theywill continue torepopulateover
and over.”
The chemical-resistant strain has
Chemical ResistantWeeds
BeingObserved inAreaCrops
likelybeen inTerryCounty for a few
years, it is thought, but the problem
was masked by other factors, such
as the weather.
Two years ago, excessiveweeds
were blamed on higher-than-aver-
age rainfall during the summer.
Last year, the drought affected
how all plants grew so indicators of
a problemwere not noticed.
This year though, many farmers
have reported problems controlling
the weeds and have had to forego
chemical weed control, in favor of
“hard steel.”
“They’re having to hoe, or disc,
or plowor mow,” Russell said. “For
a long time, we’ve been able to get
weeds out with just a few applica-
tions with a sprayer. Now, we’re
going back thirty or forty years and
seeinga lotof crewswalkingtherows
with hoes in their hands. And that’s
allwecando.We’re tellingour farm-
ers, if you see the weeds, get them
out of there as fast as you can.”
Commonproblemareas suchas
barditches, turnrowsandwellheads
have become seed banks that will
spread millions of weed seeds.
Those hot spots can quickly
encroach on entire fields.
LukeEtherage, aweedmanage-
ment specialist for Monsanto, told
the group Thursday morning that
the problem can’t be ignored and it
isn’t going away.
“Driving throughTerry, Dawson
andGaines counties, I’mamazedat
the amount of pig weed or careless
weed that I have seen,” he said.We
know it’s in the area. Theweeds are
developing their own immunity to
what we’re putting on, which has
been Roundup for a lot of years.
From what I can tell, Terry County
isgroundzerofor thisweedproblem.
It’s very worrying.”
Russell urged all farmers in the
area to be proactive about the pig-
weed, even if they aren’t yet seeing
an infestation.
“In my opinion, every farmer
should treat every field this year as
if they have the resistant weeds,”
he said. “The threat is real for it to
occur anywhere in the county, so
just assume you’ve got it and return
to basics. It’s a real issue. Get it out
of there in any way possible. The
plants are pollinating right now, so
it could get even worse if we don’t
tackle it.”
The agent suggested the use of
more pre-emergents next year with
good, yellow herbicides and also
said that thisproblemwillmakecrop
rotation even more important.
“Some of the chemicals we use
on peanuts are still affective in killing
theweeds, so if you can have a sea-
son of that it will help to keep them
down through the rotation.”
The agent said he didn’t know
of any locations where an entire
fieldhadbeen lost to theweeds, but
manyareasareunsightlybecauseof
them, including in town.
“They are called careless weeds
forareason,”hesaid.“Theycouldn’t
care lesswhere they grow. I’ve seen
themin flowerbeds, yards, sidewalk
cracks, alleyways, they’re every-
where.”
The SeminoleMinisterialAlliance is once
again gearing up to assist local youth in need,
to prepare for the upcoming 2012-2013
school year with their "OperationKidsteem"
program.
The program, according to organizers, helps
children in need prepare for school by provid-
ing themwith a $50 voucher to the Seminole
Walmart location, where they can purchase
school clothes, shoes and/or school supplies.
"Every year, we help almost 200 students
frompre-kindergarten through 12th grade,
start their school year with confidience," said
Teresa Sims, Director of OperationKidsteem.
"We want to say thank you (to everyone)
for their generous support in the past. This is a
very important programandwe simply could
not do it without your help."
All donations made to the programare
devoted toward the programand is tax-
deductible.
For more information about "Operation
Kidsteem," contact Teresa Sims at (806)
441-4510.
Donations to the programcan be sent to the
following address:
"OperationKidsteem"
c/o SeminoleMinisterialAlliance
P.O. Box 74
Seminole, TX79360.
AUCTION
Owners: Gaines County Farmers
Located:
From Seagraves, TX-3 miles Southwest on US Hwy 62; Or from
Seminole, TX-12 miles Northeast on US Hwy 62
__________________________________________________________
Consignments Welcome
All equipment must be in place by 5 pm on Wednesday, August 22
The following is only a partial listing
TRACTORS * COTTON HARVEST EQUIPMENT
* PEANUT HARVEST EQUIPMENT * TRUCKS *
TRAILERS * TILLAGE EQUIPMENT * TANKS *
SPRAY EQUIPMENT
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Fletcher Auctioneers
Auctioneers and Real Estate Brokers
PO Box 609 - Wolfforth, TX 79382
Joe Gonzales (806) 778-8927
Reggie Trout (432) 209-0948
John Monroe Owens
J
ohn Monroe Owens, age 83, died August 7 at his
home at Loop. He was born May 7, 1929 to Reuben
and Mae (Hobbs) Owens at Seagraves.
He is survivedby hiswife, Linda (Slaughter)Owens
of thehome and three sons, Robert andAmy,Mark, Jim
Ratliff Funeral Homes
Denver City
Seminole
Seagraves
806-592-2321
432-758-2431
806-387-3838
and LaChelle; two daughters, Kara and Conner Hunt
and Kathy and his brother Earl and Wanda and sister
Betty and Bob. He leaves eight grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline Brasell and Maurine Bingham.
Services will be held Thursday, August 9, 2012, 11 a.m. at Loop
Church of Christ under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home of
Seagraves.
Larry Baze
Larry Baze, 57, passed away Friday, August 3, 2012 at Carlsbad
Medical Center in Carlsbad, NM.
Visitation was held 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 7 at Denton-
Wood Funeral Home, Carlsbad, NM.
Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday (today), August 8,
10 a.m., at Denton-Wood Funeral Home Chapel with
Philip Lairson officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset
Gardens Memorial Park, Carlsbad, NewMexico.
CarlsbadVeterans Honor Guardwill providemili-
tary honors.
Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the
arrangements.
Larry Baze was born on September 6, 1954, in
Brownfield to Ira B. and Georgie M. (Sims) Baze. He served his country
in theU.S. Navy for three years. Larryworked in the oil fieldover 35 years
in southeast New Mexico and west Texas. He worked for Haliburton
and currently Gandy Corporation. Larry married Linda Robertson on
September 29, 1984, in Carlsbad, NM. He loved riding his motorcycle,
fishing, watching TV, but most importantly spending time with his fam-
ily. Larry was preceded in death by his father, Ira B. Baze; sister, Dolores
Cole; grandparents: Bay and Alta Sims and Burt and Florence Baze.
Survivors are his wife, Linda Baze of Carlsbad, NM; daughter,
Wendy Hardin and husband, Don of Carlsbad, NM; grandson, Ruben
Graham of Carlsbad, NM; mother, Georgie Baze of Seminole; sister, Pa-
tricia Marquez and husband, Jimmy of Midland and numerous nieces,
nephews, great nieces and nephews, and extended family.
Condolences may be expressed at dentonwood.com.
NOTICE OF SALE
THELMA’S BUILDINGS AND
EQUIPMENT
The Thelma’s building, residence, garage,
walk in cooler and a/c compressor are being
sold by sealed bid. These buildings and equip-
ment are being sold as is to be moved or torn
down within 60 days.
Bid sheets are available at city hall. The dead-
line to submit a bid is 9:00 a.m. on September
18, 2012. For more information, call Tommy
Phillips at 432-758-3676.