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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:

October 30th

Warrant issued in gun death

October 30, 2012

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Big Spring man believed to have been involved in the shooting death of a 33-year-old man early Saturday morning.

According to investigators with the Howard County Sheriff's Office, an arrest warrant on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon has been issued for 19-year-old Chris Daniel Marquez of Big Spring.

The warrant was issued by Justice of the Peace Kathryn Wiseman, according to a press release issued Monday morning by Sheriff Stan Parker.

“More charges are expected as the case continues to develop,” Parker said Monday.

Early balloting going at rapid pace

October 30, 2012

Averaging approximately 500 ballots a day so far during early voting, election officials say Howard County is on track to collect upwards of 10,000 voters in this year's general election.

According to Howard County Election Administrator Saundra Bloom, her office has averaged approximately 500 in-office voters a day since early voting opened Monday — a whopping 617 Monday, 580 on Tuesday and 491 recorded Wednesday — with no signs of slowing.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

October 30, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• JUSTIN DELAGARZA, 27, of Midland, was arrested Sunday on a charge of theft – more than $50 and less than $500.
• DANIEL WAYNE MCKNIGHT, 35, of 1114 Mulberry, was arrested Sunday on two warrants from other agencies.
• MARY ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ, 45, of 104 N.E. Ninth St., was arrested Sunday on a warrant from another agency and a charge of failure to identify as a fugitive – giving false information.

October 29th

Reverend charged wih sexual abuse of a child

October 29, 2012

A Big Spring man was arrested this week on charges of sexually abusing a child, according to local law enforcement officials.
Samuel Lee Lyte, 70, of 1811 S. Lancaster, was arrested Monday night and charged with indecency with a child – sexual contact and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair. According to officials with the Howard County Detention Center, Lyte was later charged with continual sexual abuse of a child less than 14 years of age.

One killed in apparent shooting

October 29, 2012

Law enforcement officials with the Howard County Sheriff's Office are investigating a shooting early Saturday morning that claimed the life of one Big Spring man and injured another.
Luis Adolfo Pena, 33, was pronounced dead at Scenic Mountain medical Center shortly after 2:30 a.m. from what investigators say appears to be a gunshot wound.
According to Sheriff Stan Parker, HCSO deputies were alerted to the scene at approximately 2:33 a.m. Saturday.

Sexual assault trial to begin

October 29, 2012

Jury selection is expected to begin in 118th District Court this morning in the trial of a Big Spring man charged with four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Hector Manuel Gonzales Jr., 33, 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 the indictment, the incidents took place in 2010 with the first occurring March 1 and the last happening on or about Nov. 24.
The case was investigated by the Big Spring Police Department, according to court records.

Steer Band loses out on tie-breaker

October 29, 2012

LUBBOCK – The Big Spring High School Band was oh-so-close to earning a spot in the state marching contest, but close wasn't good enough in this case.
The Steer Band lost out on its ticket to state by tie-breaker at Saturday's Class 3A Area Marching Contest in Lubbock.
Lubbock Cooper, Abilene Wylie and Monahans finished first through third, respectively, to earn a spot in the University Interscholastic League state marching contest, which will be held in Austin next month.

October 26th

Salvation Army starts heater drive

October 26, 2012

The ability to stay warm when the mercury falls is something most Crossroads residents take for granted, but according to officials with the Big Spring Salvation Army, there are many within the community who struggle when the weather turns cold.

Bessie Flores, social worker for the local Salvation Army, said the weather — from the heat of summer to the freezing winters — poses a very real problem for many low-income residents, a problem that can turn deadly.

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