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   Winslow Mail (Newspaper) - August 3, 1990, Winslow, Arizona                                SORT Corp. Lorraine Jones 1127 W 2320 So. UT 84119 USPS 247-160  Gass Postage Paid at 86047  on Wednesdays and 3 1 1894 Volume 96 Number 50  Winslow, August 3,1990  Copy 25 Death Raises Questions For large number of collector such as the one which is owned by Wanda Hensley of will be on display during this weekend's doll show at the county The festivities will also include the Southwest Quilt Festival and Navajo County Old Time Fiddlers Contest Country and Bluegrass by JoLynn Alkire Plans Retirement From Winslow Fire Chief Mel Alkire will retire from the Winslow Fire Department on Aug. IS. Alkire has been with the City of Winslow for 20 eight of those years as fire he is retiring from the Winslow Fire a new position at Doney Park Fire District awaits Doney Park is a rural community located east of Flagstaff and north of 1-40. with a population of about 4.0()0 am looking forward to the new challenges in Doney but my concerns are still with the city National Weather Service forecast for the weekend is for mostly sunny mornings and cloudy afternoons with a chance for widely scattered thundershowers as the monsoons Seasonal temperatures will be in the lower to mid 90's and the lows will be in the low to mid 60's.  Boney Candelaria will serve as acting fue chief until such time as a new chief is hired and approved by the city As he will supervise the six full time and 28 firefighters who the Window Fire Man Is Killed In Interstate Winstow man was fatally injured on Aug. 1, in a pedestrian accident on about seven miles west of Christopher 19, died at the scene of the accident of massive internal to the report filed by Patrolman Wally Phillips of the Department of Public Mr. Sandoval was walking west in the eastbound lane about 1:40 a.m. He reportedly stepped into the path of an eastbound truck driven by Kevin who was not injured in the This Paid and been a most troubling week not only for the family of George C. Tracas but the entire area as Whether the young man in involved in drug trafficking is a matter that perhaps will never be young man's friends wonder if his arrest have been affected in a way that would not have resulted in so much A lot of people will have an opinion one way or the but at this time it appears that we should give the authorities an opportunity to complete their investigation and make a public it is understandable that his family and others would grieve over the sudden loss of a brother and also need to have some for the police officers who have to make split second decisions under the most trying this tragic loss of life may still have some beneficial effect if it points out that drug abuse is a serious and that our law will take action to try 10 curtail kmg time many mOrn Beth an official city council meeting on the matter was cancelled earlier in the approximately ISO people showed up at Holbrook City Hail Tuesday evening to voice their concerns over the Monday morning shooting death of George 21, was killed early Monday morning after law enforcement officials attempted to serve him with nine was to have been charged with possession of possession of cocaine for sale and/or transfer of and three counts each of sale or transfer of marijuana and possession of The charges stem from previous narcotic sales allegedly made to crowd gathered around the brick tree holder in front of the which served as a podium for Tina Larson of who read a statement she had written order to tell my side of the story and hear the questions of the unofficial public meeting took place after city attorney Tim Hall advised the Holbrook Police and city council members that the special meeting should not be conducted until an investigation of the Tracas death had been the start of the Larson explained that she if given the or member could have talked Tracas into coming out to police without July 30 at approximately 6:50 my mom received a call from my who told her that there were cops surrounding George's Immediately we went to the still in our As we drove toward his we were stopped about a third of the way by the sheriffs department and the Department of Public When we got out of the we saw men with I begged the officers to let me go in there and talk George The officers threatened to arrest my mother and me if we did not stay I did not know and was not informed at that that George had already been They did tell us that shots had been but that no one had gotten was told that everything was okay and I should just go We heard an explosion just then and I don't shoot Let me get him out of They told us it was just so we waited for George to come When he we asked what the explosion was and we were informed that it was a percussion grenade used as a diversionary three hours we were notified that George was stated crowd responded with questions that Larson said she would get answers to if she couldn't provide woman asked why members of the tactical teams did not shoot Tracas in the leg to stop Others in the crowd C. Tracas courtesy of the Tracas know if it was possible that the teams went in to kill there were no city or law enforcement officials present at the the two main questions asked by several How much did the Holbrook Police Department have to do with the and why the ambulance personnel were not allowed to attempt to help Tracas once it became evident that he had been of conflicting reports among the the sheriffs the police department and a few people in the crowd Continued On Page 10  Answers Community thought it to fool around with of illegal they seem to is an acceptable health hazards of drug abuse are so abundant they need not be repeated By this time surely everyone in his or her teens or older must realize that illegal drugs can only ruin their their life and their there are those who simply refuse to face the This week's events ought to make them realize that possession and/or sale of illegal drags is a in this months ago the area's law enforcement agencies put out the that they intended to crack down hard on drug trafficking in this Probably some of those involved just it off as another threat that didn't have any real It wasn't as Monday's arrests may be some readers out there who think that their of illegal drugs be at by the law enforcement Thinking that could be a very big mistake and could get then to big of drugs lor sale iDf one's own me is and drap ft ii ai im ii mmf you dw Iww Ii ii 061. It ii lU liw I s The questions raised at an unofficial public meeting held Tuesday evening in front of Holbrook City Hall regarding the shooting death of George C. Tracas were referred to Holbrook Police Chief Lester Chief James answered those questions he referred some legal questions to the county attorney's office and left four questions Who is the person to whom questions should be directed and will answers be received from the police First of let me preface these questions by suiting that there are certain questions that I cannot because this is a Navajo County Task Force which is a The death of George Tracas is still under At the completion of that all reports and related materials will be turned over to the Navajo County Attorney's Office for Who was in charge of the raid on the Tracas as far as law The Navajo County Task assisted by a How was the Holbrook Police Department involved in the The Holbrook Police is a member agency of the task Did the police knock before they went in or did they just knock the door They knocked and and then forced Why did the police who entered the residence wear ski goggles and army That is standard equipment for tactical Did the police go into the Tracas home to intentionally kill George Tracas or anyone No. The other subject in the house was arrested Did Tracas actually have a gun and what kind was It was a loaded 12-gauge riot type pump Why didn't police shoot Tracas in the leg or arm instead of in the Where was Tracas actually He was shot in the Where was he when he was That is currently under but preliminary reports indicate he was either at the entrance to the hall or a few feet into the living Was he shot more than He was himself in his bedroom or in the bi die How is defined by law enforcement Who were the people who would not let the ambulance and why wasn't it allowed in when it was ordered to the scene by law enforcement Did Tracas bleed to death and how long do the police estimate that it took between the time Tracas was shot and the time he The Pima County Medical Examiner stated he lived between 20 and 60 Would Tracas have lived if help had been according to the medical When was the body removed from the The body was removed after the scene was We were waiting for the Critical Incidents Team to Why were Tina Larson and her mother barred from going in to bring Tracas out Why wasn't the family notified of death three hours after the We do not make notification until a medical examiner makes an official Why were most of those suspects who were arrested released on their own even though some had been charged with more than one while the sheriffs office held Mike who was charged with one count of sale of Bond is set by the If an innocent bystander had been shot and would Mike Wood have been charged as an accessory to No. Officers had an arrest warrant for he was not at that time committing a Will there be a federal investigation of the shooting I have no Is there a law that states that the city council has give a 24-hour notice of the cancellation of a No. The law requires that a 24-hour be given of a meeting of the city but cancellation of such a meeting carries no such Why weren't members of the Holbrook Police allowed to attend the The meeting was In the original meeting was scheduled with the intent to brief the council in executive session on legal matters I have no idea how it turned into a public forum on this matter is still being  

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