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Jury finds Alon USA negligent, awards $350,000 in damages

December 11, 2010

A 118th District Court jury awarded three Howard County residents a total of more than $350,000 for property repair and medical expenses incurred as a result of the February 2008 Alon Refinery explosion.

The jury verdict came at the end of a week-long civil trial Friday afternoon.

Plaintiffs Beverly Smithie and Ron and Debra Walker sued Alon USA to recoup property and medical expenses they sustained from the explosion, which occurred Feb. 18, 2008.

The jury found that Alon had been negligent in assisting the plaintiffs and awarded the following damages:

Commissioners to mull fireworks ban

December 11, 2010

Howard County commissioners are expected to consider a ban on fireworks Monday morning, approximately a month after the government panel issued a burn ban in hopes of staving off wildfires in the Crossroads area.

County Judge Mark Barr said the county is required to wait until the drought index in the Crossroads area reaches a specific level before issuing a fireworks ban, a level Howard County has already surpassed.

College aims for June completion date on renovations

December 11, 2010

Check off another construction project at Howard College.

The college's administration building is once again open for business after workers recently completed extensive renovation of the facility. That work is part of more than $20 million in renovation projects ongoing across the Birdwell Lane campus.

College trustees will hear about the state of renovation when they hold their monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the student union building's Tumbleweed Room.

Police blotter

December 11, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity:
• MARK ANTHONY SALAZAR, 20, 212 E. Robinson, was arrested on a warrant charging driving while intoxicated.
• MONA ALICIA SALDANA, 25, 1400 Virginia, was arrested on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid.
• SOMER DANAE LANCASTER, 32, 1804 N. FM 700, was arrested on three warrants from other agencies.
• RENE ANGEL VALDEZ JR., 49, 2205 Johnson, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.
• TONGCHEN LIU, 28, Ithica, N.Y., was arrested on a charge of hindering officers from discharging official duties.

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