By BILL McCLELLAN
Gunfire erupted Sunday morning in what appears to be two unrelated altercations that sent a couple of people to an area hospital.
The two were among three people injured in a drive by shooting about 2 a.m. in the 1400 block of Mesa.
Ines Jesus Gonzales, 25, of Big Spring suffered a bullet wound to his right forearm and was airlifted to Lubbock. David Garza Jr., 27, of Big Spring suffered a bullet wound to his left lower leg and another to his buttocks. He was also airlifted to a Lubbock hospital.
Russ McEwen, longtime businessman and former councilman and mayor, died Sunday at his home. He was 63 years old.
A lifelong resident and Big Spring High School graduate, McEwen for-med the Russ McEwen Agency in 1975. He ser-ved as a city councilman from 1981 until 1988 and as mayor from 2000 until 2010. Under his leadership, the community expanded the youth sports complex on Interstate 20, made numerous downtown renovations and built the water park in Comanche Trail Park.
By THOMAS JENKINS
The Big Spring City Council will have a number of routine items before it when it meets Tuesday evening, including final approval of a franchise agreement with Atmos Energy Corporation.
The council approved first reading of the agreement during its Oct. 9 meeting on a unanimous vote.
The agreement â€” which expires at the end of October â€” is for 10 years and will net the city $170,000 annually, according to City Finance Director Peggy Walker.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ GARRETT WAYNE ROBBINS, 18, of 138 Jonesboro, was arrested Sunday on two warrants from other agencies.
â€¢ EDDIE JAY WHITE, 20, of 1501 W. Cherokee, was arrested Sunday on a warrant for disregarding a stop sign.
â€¢ CLAUDIA C. LUJAN-RECIO, 21, of 1005 S. Nolan, was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
â€¢ ANTONIO GARCIA JR., 24, of 1208 Wood, was arrested Sunday on charges of driving while intoxicated, in park after hours and failure to appear.