March 1st, 2012
A Big Spring man was found guilty of sexual assault of a child â€” a first-degree felony â€” in 118th District Court Wednesday, with sentencing expected to take place today.
Ernesto Dutchover Garcia, 60, 1300 E. 11th Place, was found guilty on several counts of sexual assault of a child Tuesday afternoon following several hours of deliberation by a jury.
Time is running out for area residents looking to toss their political hats in the ring for this year's municipal elections. Monday is the deadline to file.
In Big Spring filings have moved along rather slowly during the past several weeks, with none of the three incumbents having yet filed to run for re-election to their seats on the city council.
The District 2 seat, currently held by Manuel Ramirez Jr., has drawn a single candidate so far, as local resident Carmen Moreno Harbour has filed to run for the office.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ AVELARDO CASTILLO JR., 22, of 601 St. Paul St. in Stanton, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for theft (two counts).
â€¢ ROY PAIZ GARCIA, 52, of 1212 E. 16th St., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
â€¢ MARK W. PETERS, 21, of Woodlawn, Tenn., was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for possession of marijuana â€“ two ounces or less.
T.E. (Steve) Stephenson of Duncan, Okla., formerly of Big Spring, Texas, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. He was born April 3, 1924, in Odell, Wilbarger County, Texas, to George R. and Mary J. Stephenson. As a child, he and his family moved to Romney, Eastland County, Texas, where he lived until he went into the service.
Deidra Whatley, 84, of Bandera, formerly of Big Spring died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Bandera Rehabilitation and Health Center. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Myers & Smith Chapel with burial at Trinity Memorial Park.
Deidra was born July 10, 1927, at Texon, Texas, to Mildred and A.O. Vanderford. She was a resident of Big Spring since 1938, graduating from Big Spring High School in 1943 at the age of 15.
Born to a West Texas pioneer family in February of 1936, Mary Ann Baker peacefully left this world in the same month as her birth.
She was born Feb. 17, 1936, to Lanham Brown and Mary Lois Hodnett in Howard County. The elder sister to Guy Hodnett of Sand Springs and to the late Roger "Butch" Hodnett of Vincent, she attended school with them in Coahoma. There she met the love of her life and was later wed to Bobby Gene Baker, who still resides in Sand Springs.
Ruben David Thomas, 85, of Big Spring died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Hospice House in Odessa. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Mount Olive Memorial Park.
He was born Feb. 2, 1927, in Boyle County, Ky. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He owned a mowing and lawn service.
He is survived by three brothers, Don Thomas, Jimmy Thomas and Mike Thomas, all of Sweetwater; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Billy Gene Dykes, 84, of Big Spring died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with the Rev. Elwin Collom officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
Billy was born Aug. 18, 1927, in Boswell, Okla. and married Sybil Kennedy. She preceded him in death Aug. 3, 2000. Billy served his country in both the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.
Judy Tucker, 56, of Midland County, formerly of Big Spring died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at her residence. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Victoria Escovedo, 71, of Big Spring died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Hospice of Midland Inpatient Unit. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.