Archive - Dec 10, 2010 - News Article
The property damage trial pitting three Crossroads residents against oil giant Alon USA continued in 118th District Court today, with the case expected to be handed to the jury sometime this morning or afternoon.
According to court officials, the case â€” which began Monday with jury selection â€” was brought by local residents Beverly Smithie and Ron and Debra Walker, who allegedly sustained property damage in February 2008 when an explosion ripped through the Big Spring refinery, sending a shock wave through the community.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ TIFFANY ANN ELDER, 28, of New Mexico, was arrested Thursday on warrants for public intoxication, failure to appear (two counts), no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed, failure to maintain financial responsibility and consumption of alcohol by a minor.
â€˘ INEZ GUTIERREZ ZAVALA, 30, of 208 Circle, was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid â€“ no insurance.
Separate accidents Wednesday left one Big Spring resident dead and two in serious but stable condition in area hospitals.
The fatal accident occurred late Wednesday in the 1700 block of Gregg Street. Big Spring Police Department officers responding to the scene discovered that 2007 Saturn driven by Gabriel Paredez, 23, of Big Spring, had struck a traffic signal pole at the intersection of 17th and Gregg.