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									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 celina@lmtonline.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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