Archive - Dec 2012
A Big Spring man received three 30-year prison sentences after being convicted of child sexual abuse Wednesday.
Hector Manuel Gonzales Jr., 33, of 3730 Adams St., was assessed the sentences â€” along with a $10,000 fine â€” at the end of a two-day trial in 118th District Court.
He will serve the sentences concurrently. Under state law, he will not become eligible for parole until he has been in prison at least 15 years.
For the 26th consecutive year, First Church of the Nazarene will give visitors a step-by-step account of the birth, life and death of Jesus â€” all from the comfort of their automobiles.
FCN's annual Drive-Through Nativity, which annually draws thousands of visitors from across West Texas, will be held Friday through Sunday at the church, located at 1400 Lancaster.
Event times are from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each night. Admission is free, although donations (which go toward future Nativity expenses) will be accepted.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ROSHUN DONISHA VANDERBILT-MCGEE, 17, of 104 W. 24th St., was arrested Wednesday on charges of failure to maintain financial responsibility, expired registration, violation of driver's license restriction and driving without a safety belt.
RANGER â€” The Hawks remained perfect on the season as Howard College defeated Ranger College 84-70 Wednesday.
The 10-0 Hawks started slow, according to Head Coach Mark Adams, but picked up the pace when it was needed.
â€śIt was an important game for us against a very good Ranger team,â€ť Adams said. â€śIt was a hostile environment and we were down at halftime. They played really hard the second half and found a way to win.â€ť
Adams appreciated the test as the Hawks prepare for a tough conference schedule.
For the second time in four days, the Steers found themselves mired in an overtime battle with San Angelo Lake View on Tuesday, and for the second time, Big Spring came away the victors after nipping the Chiefs 65-63.
The first meeting between the Chiefs and the Steers was Saturday at the Doug McCutchen Memorial Basketball Tournament in San Angelo. BSHS ended the weekend with bang when Tyler Graves sunk a three-point shot as time expired to put the Steers up 57-56.
Last night's affair at Steer Gym was just as dramatic.
The only thing better than heading a team full of All-District athletes is knowing most of them will be back next season
Several Big Spring football players who received District 4-3A honors are underclassmen expected to return to action. That is a good sign for Steer football, according to Head Coach Phillip Ritchey.
â€śWe have quite a few juniors recognized by the district coaches,â€ť Ritchey said. â€śMore so than any other class. That's certainly a good thing for next year.â€ť
Jury selection is expected to begin in 118th District Court this morning in the trial of a Big Spring man who is charged with four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Hector Manuel Gonzales Jr., 33, 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.
Officials with the Big Spring Salvation Army Angel Tree program say the cards are being chosen from the charity-driven trees quickly this year, however, they have been a bit slow to be returned.
According to Ada Lafler, Angel Tree coordinator for the local charity, these first few weeks of the program â€” which provides Christmas gifts for area children and seniors of low income families â€” have been encouraging.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ TERRENCE ALI YOUNG, 23, of 711 Abrams, was arrested Monday on charges of evading arrest or detention with a previous conviction and violation of a protective order.
â€˘ ROBERT RUBEN SANCHEZ, 48, of 1023 Stadium, was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ BRENDA LUNA VALDIVIA, 32, of 1603 Wood, was arrested Monday on a charge of abandoning/endangering a child â€“ criminal negligence.
Randell "Wade" Compton, 50, of Dallas, formerly of Big Spring, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in a Plano hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Interment will follow at the Greenwood Baptist Church Cemetery, in Midland-Greenwood.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at the funeral home.