Archive - Dec 2012 - News Article
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.
It may have taken six long years filled with skeptics and naysayers, but when the last few lights clicked on at the historic Hotel Settles during Friday night's opening ceremonies, Big Spring native Brint Ryan looked a lot like the cat who ate the canary.
Ryan â€” joined by his wife, five daughters and hundreds of friends, family and guests â€” hosted a private reception at the downtown landmark, including a lighting ceremony where onlookers got to see the hotel lit floor by floor, leading up to the large, red sign atop the building.
For the second time in a century, the historic Settles Hotel will again open its arms to weary travelers tonight, as the downtown landmark marks its reopening with a special lighting ceremony.
With a public lighting ceremony slated for 7:30 p.m., the hotel â€” which is being operated by the La Corsha Hospitality Group â€” will see a rather unique set of visitors in the next couple of days, according to Publicity Specialist Ryann Collier.
Change, it seems, was a constant at the local VA medical center in 2012, starting with its name.
In January, the hospital officially changed its name to the George H. O'Brien Jr. VA Medical Center â€” in honor of the Big Spring native who received the Medal of Honor during the Korean War â€” and it seemed something new was popping up at the facility all the time after that.
â€śIt was the external event which kicked off a lot of change here,â€ť said Jamie Park, executive assistant to the medical center director.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JAMES ARTHUR WHITED, 47, of 309 W. Fifth St., was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ CURTIS THOMPSON, 53, of 500 S. Goliad, was arrested Thursday on charges of possession of a controlled substance (two counts), possession of marijuana â€“ two ounces or less and tampering/fabricating physical evidence.
â€˘ THOMAS ALLEN YOUNG, 17, of 1425 E. Sixth St. Apt. 15, was arrested Thursday on a charge of possession of marijuana in a drug free zone â€“ two ounces or less.
Notable people are all around and once a year the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce gives the community an opportunity to recognize those key players.
Nominations for the 2012 Man and Woman of the Year are being accepted through the local chamber until 5 p.m. Jan. 9.
â€śThere are people all around us who are constantly working to make this community a better place,â€ť said Debbye ValVerde, chamber executive director. â€śMany of those people work in the background so as to go unnoticed, but little do they know someone is usually watching and noticing the amazing things they are doing.â€ť
It was a big year for Big Spring Independent School District â€” about 300,000 square feet big, to be exact.
That's the approximate square footage of the four new elementary campuses christened by BSISD this year as part of a $60 million construction bond approved by voters two years ago. In addition to the new schools, the high school and junior high received considerable renovation.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ALISON LEA PLATTE, 19, of 416 Dallas, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of consumption of alcohol by a minor.
â€˘ TRACY LEE PATTERSON, 50, of 3801 County Road 2, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for expired motor vehicle inspection certificate, failure to maintain financial responsibility and failure to appear (two counts).
â€˘ JAMES ARTHUR WHITED, 47, of 309 W. Fifth St., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of public intoxication.