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November 2nd, 2012

Betty Rathmell Jarratt

November 2, 2012

Betty Rathmell Jarratt "BJ" left this life Nov. 1, 2012, at her home in Big Spring, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at the Handley Cemetery in Mitchell County.

Dennis Ausbie

November 2, 2012

Dennis Ausbie, 52, of Lubbock, formerly of Big Spring died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at his residence in Lubbock. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Mount Olive Memorial Park with the Rev. Holston Banks officiating.

He was born Sept. 4, 1960, in Big Spring, Texas, to Ruby Jewel (Scott) and James Edward Ausbie. He grew up in Big Spring and lived most of his life here. He relocated to Amarillo in 2006 and had most recently moved to Lubbock. He had worked for Price Construction and was a Baptist.

Bill Griffen

November 2, 2012

Bill Griffen, 73, of Big Spring died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

He was born Dec. 30, 1938, in Mechanicsville, N.Y., to Nettie (Poucher) and William Herbert Griffen. He married Darlene Brooks on June 29, 1968, in Old Lyme, Conn. The couple relocated to Big Spring in 1993 from Connecticut. He was a retired carpenter.

November 1st

Arrest made in shooting death case

November 1, 2012

A local man wanted in connection with the Saturday shooting death of 33-year-old Luis Adolfo Pena has been arrested in San Angelo.

Chris Daniel Marquez, 19, of Big Spring was arrested at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 1900 block of Sherwood Way in San Angelo, according to Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker.

“Marquez was arrested on the warrant for aggravated assault issued in the Saturday morning shooting in Howard County,” Parker said. “Marquez was arrested by the San Angelo Police Department with the assistance from the U.S. Marshals and Texas Rangers.”

Early voting ends Friday

November 1, 2012

Time is running out for area voters looking to cast their ballots early in Tuesday's election, as early voting will wrap up Friday.

At mid-week, approximately 4,239 ballots had been cast in the Crossroads area, accounting for more than one-quarter of the registered voters in the county, according to Howard County Elections Administrator Saundra Bloom.

Police/Sheriff/EMS 11-01

November 1, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• JAI ANTHONY KEYS, 43, of 1906 E. Highway 350, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• LUIS ALBERTO GARFIAS, 24, of 1300 Johnson, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for no driver's license – when unlicensed (two counts), failure to appear (two counts) and driving while license invalid.
• JAVIER DIAZ, 27, of Denver, Colo., was arrested Tuesday on a charge of no driver's license – when unlicensed.

October 31st

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.

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