Looking back, 2012 was a turbulent year for the Crossroads area as numerous high profile incidents and court cases found their way into the headlines.
The Big Spring Police Department had its hands full early, as the investigation into the shooting death of a 27-year-old Crossroads man began New Year Day. Christopher Castanuela, 27, of Big Spring was pronounced dead at Scenic Mountain Medical Center emergency room shortly after 6 a.m. Jan. 1 by Howard County Justice of the Peace Quail Dobbs, who later ordered an autopsy.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ MICHAEL DEAN NALL, 34, of 4201 W. Highway 80 Apt. 5, was arrested Sunday on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a warrant from another agency.
â€¢ ERNEST WILLIAM CLARK, 72, transient, was arrested Sunday on a charge of criminal trespass.
â€¢ DARRIN JAY CROOKS, 53, of 4200 Bilger, was arrested Sunday on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
â€¢ THEFT was reported:
In the 1500 block of Tucson.
In the 200 block of W. FM 700.
By STEVE REAGAN
Dedications, construction, elections, crime, death and drought â€” this was the year that was.
Soon after the calendar flipped to 2012, the Veterans Administration Medical Center was renamed after Big Spring's only Medal of Honor recipient, and just before the year drew to a close, a long-awaited re-opening nearly four decades in the making took place.
In between, there was 12 months full of news, good and bad, but no news was bigger in 2012 than what happened one night in early November when local residents headed to the polls.