Archive - Nov 2010 - News Article
The Department of Family and Protective Services and Brazoria County law enforcement officials have begun an investigation into the death of a Howard County youth who died at a residential treatment center in Manvel Friday.
Michael Keith Owens, 16, died Friday at a Houston-area hospital. The preliminary cause of death, officials said, was believed to be asphyxiation although a final determination is awaiting results of an autopsy. DFPS officials said earlier this week that a preliminary investigation showed evidence of â€śrestraint techniquesâ€ť being used on Owens prior to his death.
Officials are declining comment about a shooting that reportedly occurred at a Geo Group (formerly Cornell Corrections) prison late Tuesday morning.
According to several sources, an inmate was accidentally shot just before noon Tuesday at the Flightline Unit, one of Geo's prison units in this area.
Big Spring Emergency Medical Service units responded to the scene and the prisoner was transported to an area hospital.
The inmate's wound was not believed to be life-threatening.
It is unknown at this time what prompted the incident.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ MELANIE DAWN HENDERSON, 27, of 9509 E. Interstate Highway 20 Lot 26, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction, , failure to appear, driving while license invalid, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft.
â€˘ JIM BOB WHITE, 43, of 1305 Lincoln, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JALEZA ANTANEZ TERRELL, 22, of Econolodge Room No. 5, was arrested Monday on a warrant for theft.
â€˘ JESUS ACOSTA TARIN, 50, of 811 Lorilla, was arrested Monday on warrants for theft and failure to appear.
â€˘ BELINDA ELLEN STRONG, 18, of 604 Baylor, was arrested Monday on a warrant for expired motor vehicle inspection certificate.
â€˘ ALBERT EDWARD AKEN, 56, of 2205 Johnson, was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
MANVEL â€” Brazoria County authorities and state child welfare officials Monday were investigating the death of a 16-year-old Howard County boy at a residential treatment center that's been under state scrutiny because of allegations of abuse.
Emergency medical technicians were summoned Friday evening to the Daystar Facility in Manvel, about 25 miles south of Houston, where CPR already had been started on the boy. He then was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, the Brazoria County Sheriff's Department said.
Howard County commissioners agreed to form a committee to look into the way the county deals with employee sick leave during its Monday morning meeting, following an executive session to discuss the matter.
According to County Judge Mark Barr, the county has seen an upswing in the amount of sick leave being used by county employees this year.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ TRISTAN MARCEL WARD, 19, of 109 N.E. 10th St., was arrested Saurday on warrants for no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed and failure to appear.
â€˘ VICTORIA MARIA LOZANO, 25, of 605 Holbert, was arrested Saturday on warrants for expired license plate and failure to appear.
â€˘ SONNY OLIVIO, 37, of 811 S. Aylesford, was arrested Saturday on a charge of evading arrest or detention.
If Tuesday night's meeting of the Big Spring City Council seems like a circus, it won't be a coincidence, as council members are expected to consider an amendment to its newly revamped animal control ordinance that will allow circuses to perform in Big Spring.
According to Assistant City Manager Todd Darden, the previous animal control ordinance included a section addressing traveling carnivals and circuses, exempting them from many of the standard codes, including the dangerous animal provision.
Come all ye faithful!
That's the cry going out from officials at First United Methodist Church to area vocalists and singers, as the local church gets ready to present its 32nd annual Living Christmas Tree next month.
Cotton bailing goes on well into the dusk on this stretch of property owned by Lloyd Underwood north of Big Spring on the Gail Highway. Underwood said he's expecting this year's crop to eclipse last year's numbers.
HERALD Photo/Thomas Jenkins