The Odem-Edroy Times (Odem, Tex.), Vol. 58, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 8, 2004 Page: 6 of 8
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Thursday, January 8, 2004
San Pat County residents
asked not to burn trash
A frigid cold front brings cold
weather, and the perfect climate
for brush fires in and around San
Two separate brush fires
occurred in the area during the
first week of the new year. The
first and smaller brush fire,
occurred north of Sinton around 1
p.m. Jan. 5.
According to Fire Marshal
Clemente Sanchez "The grass is
really dry right now, so residents
should be careful when burning
The second and much larger
burned about a 1,000 acres near
an area known as Copano Cove
in Rockport on Jan. 6.
Firefighters from San Patricio,
Refugio, Taft, Odem, Gregory
Portland, Aransas Pass,
Ingleside, and Rockport Fulton all
reported to the late night/early
morning brush fire. Sinton fire-
fighters, Wally DeLeon and
Sonny Serna were dispatched to
help containing the fire around
The Sinton men traveled to
Rockport with a fire truck capable
of carrying 2,500 gallons of water.
They returned around 5 a.m.the
same day. Roughly 100 fire fight-
ers assisted in containing and
extinguishing the fire that was
visible from miles around the city
According to officials at the
scene, the fire formed two sepa-
rate lines and spread out around
1,000 acres. Thirty to 40 m.p.h.
winds helped fuel the fire that
was contained 15 hours after it
began. At this time the cause of
the Rockport fire is unknown.
County Court Records
The smaller fire near Sinton on
Monday did not damage any
inhabited homes and did not
cause any major injuries. Two
Sinton fire trucks and two fire
truck from the Odem volunteer
fire department responded to the
scene and put out the brush fire
in 20-25 minutes according to
Sanchez. The departments were
assisted by resident Tony Kunitz
who sent two backhoes and oper-
ators to spread dirt to control the
The fires were different in the
way they took very different times
to be extinguished.
One in under half an hour, and
the other took more than half a
day. They were also alike in that
they spread and burned grass
Residents are advised to. use
caution when dealing with any
type of open flame.
■ David Alaniz and Maria
Adelaida Leal on Dec. 24, 2003.
■ Antonio Chia Jr. and Monia- T.
on Dec. 24, 2003.
■ Joseph Douglas Dow and Tanis
Fern Stewart on Dec. 30, 2003.
■ Eva K. Saucedo, 35 of Portland.
Guilty of driving while license
suspended on Sept. 10, 2003.
Sentenced to six month proba-
tion, $ 100 fine.
■ Chad Dewayne Smith, 20 of
Portland. Guilty^of possession of
marijuana under 2 oz. on Sept. 6,
03. Sentenced to deferred adjudi-
cation probation 12 months,
■ Renee Ilene Gray, 47, of
Ingleside. Guilty of Driving While
Intoxicated on Aug. 23, 03.
Sentenced to deferred adjudica-
tion probation 2 years, $1,500
fine, 120 day suspension of
■ Lonnie D. Blaylock, 25, of
Sinton. Guilty of Driving While
Intoxicated on July 12, 03.
Sentenced to 1 year probation,
■ Rudy J. Ansulda 27,of Sinton.
Guilty of possession of marijuana
on July 12, 2000. Sentenced to 6
months probation, $700 fine.
■ Pete Villarreal Jr. 30, of Sinton.
Guilty of bond jumping on Aug.
29, 03. Sentenced 30 days in jail,
granted time served.
■ Ross Goben 25, of Taft. Guilty
of with a suspended license on
June 6, 03. Sentenced to 1 year
probation and $250 fine.
■ Casilda Hernandez 25, of Taft.
Guilty of criminal trespass on
Aug. 18, 03. Sentenced to 6
month deferred adjudication pro-
bation, $300 fine.
■ Peter H. Wheaton, 70 of
Ingleside. Guilty of Driving While
Intoxicated on March 28, 03.
Sentenced to 12 months proba-
tion, $750 fine.
Mathis man injured in
A thirty year old Mathis resident, Rolando
Espinoza, was shot in his lower left ribcage by a 12-
gauge shotgun Friday morning Jan. 2
The incident occurred around 10 a.m. on the
southwest side Mathis off of Co. Rd. 1038.
According to investigators, the shooting appears
to be a hunting accident.
Espinoza was quail hunting with with his 51-year
-old step-father Juan Estrada when he was shot in
the side. The shooting is supected to be accidental,
said San Patricio County investigator Joe Gaitan.
On Friday morning, the two men were sitting in
two plastic chairs, outside of a relatives trailer on
CR 1038. At some point during the morning, inves-
tigators said Espinoza’s stepfater stood to shoot at
a group of birds. While attempting to stand Estrada
lost his balance and fell discharging his shot gun,
Espinoza was later airlifted to Christus Sohnn
Memorial hospital in Corpus Christi sometime
around 10:30 a.m. Espinoza is currently in serious
but stable condition at Spohn Memorial hospital, but
is expected to recover form his injuries, deputies
No charges have been filed against anyone
involved in the incident. The shooting is still under
Odem-Edroy ISD Schools will be closed Monday, January 19, 2004 for Teacher
Regular School Schedule will resume on Tuesday, January 20, 2004
The Odem Edroy ISD will also be closed for the A and H show Thursday and
Friday, Jan. 22nd and 23rd. Regular classes will resume on Monday Jan. 26,
The Odem-Edroy Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring a Food Handler’s Class
at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27, 2004 at the new Odem High School Gym p.e. Classrooom.
This class is for anyone who needs a volunteer food handlers permit. The class
will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Therfore you might want to arrive by 6:15 p.m. As
the doors will be closed at 6:30 p.m. And no one will be let in after the class
begins. This would be a great opportunity for any individuals or organizations that
run concession stands or food booths to get a jump start on these permits.
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Vargas, Richard, Jr. The Odem-Edroy Times (Odem, Tex.), Vol. 58, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 8, 2004, newspaper, January 8, 2004; Sinton, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1047302/m1/6/: accessed July 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Odem Public Library.