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April 30th

Body ID'd: Death apparent accident

April 30, 2013

Human remains discovered Sunday in a ravine east of the Walmart SuperCenter have been identified as a Big Spring man who was reported missing by family members early this month, according to law enforcement officials.

The remains were identified as 32-year-old Michael Birmelin of Big Spring, according to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department. The announcement was made Monday during a press conference at the Troy M. Hogue Joint Law Enforcement Center.

Boom draws concerns over water, other issues at hearing

April 30, 2013

Water seemed to be the topic of choice Monday morning, as the Howard County commissioners court held a public hearing on a number of proposed regulations designed to address the housing boom in the county created by the ongoing boom in the oil field.

While no one spoke against the changes, concerns regarding a regulation that would have any operator of a RV or mobile home park serving more than 14 water users designated as a public water source drew questions from several people in the audience.

Police/Sheriff/EMS 04-30

April 30, 2013

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• ROBIN ARRENDONDO CERVANTES, 40, of 110 N.W. Fourth St., was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• TAMMY LOCKHART COKER, 36, of 1106 W. Third St. Apt. 11, was arrested Monday on a warrant for contempt of court – disobedience of a court order.
• STOLEN VEHICLE was reported in the 3600 block of W. Highway 80.
• ASSAULT was reported in the 3600 block of W. Highway 80.
• BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 1400 block of Tucson.

April 29th

Early voting under way today

April 29, 2013

Early voting in the May 11 municipal and school elections began today at the Howard County Courthouse.
Qualified voters can cast their ballot during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through May 7.
Extended voting — from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — will be held Tuesday and again May 2.

Human remains found following arrest

April 29, 2013

A foot pursuit of a theft suspect led to a grisly discovery by Big Spring police early Sunday afternoon, as they found the decomposed remains of an unidentified male.
Police were called to the Walmart Supercenter just after noon Sunday in reference to a theft.
“Upon arrival, officers became involved in a foot chase with the female suspect,” said Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer for the Big Spring Police Department.

April 25th

Woman found dead at county jail; Rangers called in to investigate

April 25, 2013

A Big Spring woman was pronounced dead at the Howard County Detention Center early Wednesday morning after being arrested on a charge of public intoxication, according to law enforcement officials.

Stephanie Elaine Baker, 32, of 1606 Settles, was arrested at approximately 9:11 p.m. Tuesday at a location in the 2300 block of Wasson Road by Big Spring Police Department officers, arrest reports stated.

According to Sheriff Stan Parker, the local woman was then transported to the county lockup.

Food, games, music planned for Funtastic Fourth

April 25, 2013

Preparations for this year's Funtastic Fourth downtown celebration are starting to pick up steam.

The 11th annual event, sponsored by the Downtown Revitalization Association in conjunction with Alon USA/Alon Brands, will be held June 28-29 on Scurry and Main streets between Third and Second, organizers said.

There will be food, vendor booths, games and children's rides aplenty, but most of all, there will be music — lots and lots of music.

Allen Johnson and Christy Brorman, two of the event's organizers, said several music acts are lined up for the two-day festival.

Police/Sheriff/EMS 04-25

April 25, 2013

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• BRENDA GONZALES, 38, of 1210 Sycamore, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for speeding, no driver's license – when unlicensed and failure to appear (two counts).
• CHRISTINA MARIE ROJAS, 26, of 1503 W. Cherokee, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.
• JUSTIN KYLE DAHMER, 24, of 2313 Gunter, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for failure to maintain financial responsibility and bail jumping – failure to appear (fine only).

April 24th

Police/Sheriff/EMS 04-24

April 24, 2013

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• ALFONSO GARCIA POSADA, 47, of Austin, Texas, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• TERELL HOUSTON, 21, of 2609 Hunter Dr., was arrested Tuesday on a charge of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.
• STEPHANIE ELAINE BAKER, 32, of 1606 Settles, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.
• MARY BETH KLINGENBERG, 27, of 1104.5 S. Nolan, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication.

April 23rd

Lack of state funding prompts HC tuition hikes

April 23, 2013

Faced with the high probability of more cuts in state money in its future, Howard College will raise certain tuition and fee rates this coming fall.

College trustees unanimously voted in favor of the increases during their monthly meeting Monday afternoon.

Howard has absorbed $2 million in cuts in state appropriations the past five years and even more are likely on the horizon — College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said the Texas House version of the state's new budget calls for a $371,000 cut in state appropriations over the next two years.

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