6A | LAREDO MORNING TIMES FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2006 Two men arrested in connection with robbery By CELINA ALVARADO an undetermined amount of mon- LAREDO MORNING TIMES ey from the register and watched as he fled in a maroon Chevrolet Two men were arrested Thurs- Lumina driven by a second man. day following an armed robbery Authorities placed a lookout at a local convenience store. on the suspected vehicle, which Police said one suspect at- was located just moments later at tacked the store clerk and stole the intersection of Chacon and money from the cash register at Urbahn. knifepoint and the other drove the R. AREVALO L. AREVALO One male occupied the vehicle. getaway vehicle. warrants for unrelated charges. He led investigators to the 600 Reynaldo Arnulfo Arevalo, 19, The incident was reported at block of South Meadow, where and Leon Miguel Arevalo, 21, who 6:57 a.m., when police received a the two men suspected of com- are of unknown relation, were ar- call about an armed robbery at a mitting the robbery were located. rested and charged with first-de- Citgo convenience store in the Officers found $220 in cash, al- gree felony robbery shortly after 1600 block of Market Street. legedly taken from the store. the attack. On arrival, officers met with Police seized the money and They were each booked and the 36-year-old clerk, who told of- submitted it for evidence processing. taken to the Webb County Jail, ficers that a man entered the Investigations continue. pending bond. store, threatened him with a knife (Celina Alvarado may be Police said the two suspects and demanded money. reached at (956) 728-2566 or by e- were also served with outstanding The clerk said he gave the man mail at email@example.com) Photo by John Schmid/Kerrville Daily Times | AP The blackened remains of a Bible are seen inside a burned-out Mazda sedan on Thursday in Kerrville. A body found in the car was identified as Sandy D. Smith, 44, and authorities said they believe the man was the killer of a mother and her son found in a mo- bile home on Wednesday. Officials ID body of likely killer ASSOCIATED PRESS Tina M. Clark, 32, and her 13-year-old son, Derick T. Lackey. Authorities were called to the mobile home KERRVILLE — A body found in a burned out car shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday after Clark’s 5- was identified Thursday, and authorities said they year-old daughter called saying she couldn’t wake up believe the man was the killer of a mother and her her mother or brother. son found dead in a mobile home. Barton said Clark and Lackey died of blunt trau- Sandy D. Smith, 44, was identified through den- ma to the head and that no weapon has been found. tal records, said Kerr County Chief Deputy Clay Clark and Smith had been dating, Barton said, Barton. and the car in which Smith was found belonged to The preliminary cause of death was carbon Clark. monoxide poisoning from the car fire, and Smith Barton said that after leaving Clark’s home, likely committed suicide, said Barton, adding that a Smith burglarized a business where he used to work, notebook found outside the car was believed to in- stole checks and cashed one for $525. clude a suicide note. Child Protective Services has approved the 5- He said the contents of the note were unclear. year-old staying with a family friend until other “We are satisfied that our suspect is deceased,” arrangements can be made, said Mary Walker, a Barton said. CPS spokeswoman. The victims in the mobile home were identified as Kerrville is about 65 miles northwest of San Antonio. THE BLOTTER Oil well accident FRAUDULENT USE In the 4700 block of Maher, at 2:59 p.m., 31- year-old Linter Cortez of the 500 block of Calle del Campo in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, told police kills worker, Tuesday that someone in Laredo was using his Social Security number to gain employment. The case was referred to the Laredo Police Crimes Against Property Division for further investi- injures two gation. ASSOCIATED PRESS Anyone with information should contact the po- lice at (956) 795-2800. OKLAHOMA CITY — One oil field worker was killed and two others were injured Thursday when a malfunction at a FIRE southwestern Oklahoma oil rig sent pipe careening through Arson investigators said fireworks may have the facility, authorities said. been the cause of a structure fire that started July 4 Caddo County Undersheriff Walt Brown said the acci- at 11:20 p.m. in the 500 block of South Meadow. dent was reported at 3:47 p.m. at an oil well drilling opera- On Tuesday evening, a small building about 450 tion near Hinton, located about 50 miles west of Oklahoma square feet in area caught on fire. Fire officials said City. The well, owned by Dominion Exploration and Pro- the structure was a small shed located in the back duction of Oklahoma City, was being drilled by Patterson- yard of Juan Izaguirre. UTI Drilling of Snyder, Texas, officials said. Entex was called to the scene to shut off any gas lines in the area as a total of 18 fire personnel worked ‘Stuff came crashing down’ to extinguish the fire. The fire was controlled at 11:37 p.m.,but fire officials Preliminary reports indicate that piping was being pulled stayed until 12:44 a.m.to make sure the fire was com- out of the drilling area when a brake gave way, allowing the pletely out. No injuries were reported at the scene. material to fall down on the rig platform. The investigation continues under the direction “Some stuff came crashing down through the rig,” Brown said. of the Laredo Police Department and Laredo Fire De- The name of the dead worker was not immediately re- leased pending notification of next of kin. Efforts to re- partment arson investigators. move his body from the debris were still under way Thurs- Last year there were 78 calls made to the Laredo day evening, Brown said. Fire Department on July 4.This year there were only 13. Sheriff Gene Cain identified the injured workers as Fire officials said all but one were reported grass Jonathan Jones of Gracemont and William Pittman of Hin- fires. Fireworks allegedly caused them all. ton. Cain said they had been pulled off the rig but the extent of their injuries was not known. THEFT Matt Skinner, spokesman for the Oklahoma Corporation On Monday,Jose Ornelas told police he bought Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, said some furniture in May at a local store but never re- the accident will be investigated by the U.S. Occupational ceived it. Safety and Health Administration. According to the police report,Ornelas told police “It’s like any other workplace accident,” Skinner said. he paid a total of $4,100 for the furniture. A representative of the furniture store — Elsa’s Citations issued before Boutique, located in the 1200 block of Guadalupe — told Ornelas he was given credit on his credit card for Last year, OSHA issued citations against Patterson-UTI the purchase. Drilling and proposed penalties totaling $187,000 for safe- Ornelas told police the credit never appeared in ty violations that led to a worker’s death in August 2004 at his account. the company’s oil rig site in Hinton, according to a report on As of Thursday evening, Ornelas said he still had OSHA’s Web site. Citations included failure to remove a de- no furniture or his money. Ornelas also said repre- fective forklift from service which resulted in the death of the worker and serious injury to another. sentatives of the boutique refuse to talk to him. OSHA said then that 11 fatalities had occurred at Patter- The case was referred to the Laredo Police son-UTI Drilling’s various Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming Crimes Against Property Division for further investi- rig sites in the previous three years. OSHA has cited the gation. Anyone with information should contact the company with 17 safety violations and proposed penalties police at (956) 795-2800. totaling $725,900.
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