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Posted: Sunday, June 2, 2002 12:00 am

Around the Valley


Pit bull attacked, killed

by swarm of bees

Bees attacked and killed a pit bull Sunday morning. A swarm of bees apparently

attacked three dogs at the 700 block of East Polk Street, injuring two and

killing the third. The Brownsville Fire Department and Public Health

Departments Animal Control division were called to a home on East Polk with

reports of the attack. Fire department officials reported the pit bull was

dead on the scene and the remaining dogs were saved by Animal Control. Health

department officials could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Blood drive set for Thursday

Brownsville firefighters, the City of Brownsville, The Brownsville Herald and

United Blood Services are inviting residents to donate one pint of blood to

help replenish Rio Grande Valley blood supplies. Blood supplies are running

low across the Valley. A blood drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and

2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Central Fire Station, 1000 E. Adams St. in

downtown Brownsville. The first 50 donors will receive a free T-shirt. Donors

must be at least 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. People who

have had a tattoo in the past 12 months or have taken antibiotics in the last

48 hours will be temporarily deferred. Donors are urged to drink plenty of

fluids and eat a hearty meal before donating.

DUI stop leads to assault charges

A McAllen man was arraigned Friday in connection with an assault on two police

officers. Gordon Pistokache, 40, was arraigned on two counts of aggravated

assault on a police officer, a third-degree felony. Municipal Court Judge

Ernest Aliseda set bond for each count at $50,000.

The incident occurred about 2 a.m. when an officer stopped someone he

suspected of driving drunk, according to Mitch Reinitz, public information

officer for the McAllen Police Department. He said the officer stopped the

driver of a blue Cadillac in the 600 block of East Nolana Look. While

attempting to handcuff the man, he resisted and struck the officer on the face

with a closed fist, Reinitz said.

At that moment, a second officer arrived and assisted the first officer,

Reinitz said. The officers were able to get the suspect handcuffed but both

officers were injured and required medical treatment for their injuries,

Reinitz said.

Pistokache was also arraigned on one count of Class A misdemeanor resisting

arrest, with bond was set at $3,000 on that charge. He was also charged with

driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor, and bond was set at $2,000

on that charge.

Fight for DVD player ends in stabbing

A local man was arraigned Friday in connection with a stabbing early Friday

morning. Jason Barrera, 21, was charged with one count of second-degree felony

aggravated assault by Municipal Court Judge Ernest Aliseda, who set bond at

$70,000, according to officials. The incident occurred at about 1 a.m. Friday

the 2800 block of West Iris Avenue, according to Mitch Reinitz, public

information officer for the Police Department.

He said officers discovered that Raymond Mestas, 20, had been stabbed several

times. Mestas was taken to McAllen Medical Center where he was treated and

released, Reinitz said. Reinitz said that fight had broken out between two men

over a DVD player and a video game. Barrera was transferred to Hidalgo County

Jail in lieu of bond.

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