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Child sexual assault trial postponed

October 31, 2012

The trial of a 33-year-old Big Spring man charged with four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child which was expected to get under way Tuesday in 118th District Court has been postponed, according to court officials.

Hector Manuel Gonzales Jr., of 3730 Adams St., was indicted by a Howard County grand jury in mid-April on four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, all first-degree felonies.

According to officials with the District Attorney's Office, the trial has been postponed to Dec. 3 because Gonzales' counsel — local attorney Don Richard — fell ill.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

October 31, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• VINCENT EDWARD MCVEA, 42, of 2510 Dow, was arrested Monday on warrants for expired registration (two counts), failure to appear (two counts), driving while license invalid and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported in the 1600 block of Kentucky.
• STOLEN VEHICLE was reported in the 3600 block of S. Highway 87.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office reported the following activity:

Ollie Denning

October 31, 2012

BRECKENRIDGE — Ollie Denning, 82, of Breckenridge, Texas, went to be with his Lord on Oct. 29, 2012. Ollie was born Feb. 2, 1930, in Graham, Texas, to Charlie Denning and Jessie Alice Bilby. He married JoAnn Frazier on Aug. 8, 1949, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Ollie began his refinery career at Onyx Oil Refinery in Abilene, Texas, and was transferred to Cosden (Fina) Refinery in Big Spring, Texas, in 1958.

Pedro M. 'Pete' Salazar Sr.

October 31, 2012

Pedro M. “Pete” Salazar Sr., 70, of Big Spring died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at his residence. Vigil services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Chapel with Deacon Johnny Arguello officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olive Memorial Park.

He was born Feb. 22, 1942, in Nueces County, Texas, to Dominga and Adolfo Salazar. He farmed for 45 years on the Robert Beall Farm. He was a lifetime resident of Howard County and a Catholic.

Bill Griffen

October 31, 2012

Bill Griffen, 73, of Big Spring died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

Richard Harold Parker

October 31, 2012

Richard Harold Parker, 75, of Knott died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in a San Diego, Calif., hospital. His services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.

Howard County Players of the Week

October 31, 2012

Big Spring
The Steers have lost three straight. After a nearly flawless 5-0 start, Big Spring has yet to taste victory in District 4-3A. It appears unlikely — barring some miracle — the Steers will be making a playoff appearance. It may sound bleak, but this time last season, the Steers were winless. With that perspective, 5-3 isn’t all that bad.

Lady Steers win bi-district, advance to area playoff

October 31, 2012

ALPINE — The Lady Steers volleyball squad opened postseason play with a bi-district win over Fabens at Sul Ross State University on Tuesday. Big Spring only needed four sets to defeat the Lady Wildcats.
The Lady Steers dropped the first set 27-29, but came back to win three straight by scores of 25-17, 25-17 and 25-11.
Posting a 28-14 record on the season, No. 17 ranked Big Spring only lost three district matches and will travel to Lubbock Coronado on Saturday to face the Dalhart Lady Wolves. Game time is slated for 3 p.m.
Individual statistics:

October 30th

Warrant issued in gun death

October 30, 2012

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Big Spring man believed to have been involved in the shooting death of a 33-year-old man early Saturday morning.

According to investigators with the Howard County Sheriff's Office, an arrest warrant on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon has been issued for 19-year-old Chris Daniel Marquez of Big Spring.

The warrant was issued by Justice of the Peace Kathryn Wiseman, according to a press release issued Monday morning by Sheriff Stan Parker.

“More charges are expected as the case continues to develop,” Parker said Monday.

Early balloting going at rapid pace

October 30, 2012

Averaging approximately 500 ballots a day so far during early voting, election officials say Howard County is on track to collect upwards of 10,000 voters in this year's general election.

According to Howard County Election Administrator Saundra Bloom, her office has averaged approximately 500 in-office voters a day since early voting opened Monday — a whopping 617 Monday, 580 on Tuesday and 491 recorded Wednesday — with no signs of slowing.

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