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June 19th

Darden named new city manager

June 19, 2013

Tuesday's special meeting of the Big Spring City Council proved to be special indeed. Following 30- to 45-minute interviews with the remaining three city manager candidates and a lengthy deliberation, the Big Spring City Council voted unanimously late Tuesday evening to grant Todd Darden the position of city manager.

“We had 34 candidates when we started,” said newly elected mayor Larry McLellan. During the June 11 meeting that number was reduced to three.”

BSISD trustees to start tackling budget

June 19, 2013

Big Spring school trustees will begin hammering out details of the district's next budget when they meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

Budget crafting is never a pleasant undertaking, but it may be worse Big Spring ISD officials this year. As things stand now, the district is looking for ways to make do with about $1 million less in state appropriations this coming fiscal year.

Police/Sheriff/EMS 06-19

June 19, 2013

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• BRAD WAYNE DUGAN JR., 29, of 4614 Aspen, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of possession of a dangerous drug.
• OSCAR ORTIZ, 24, of 1401 N. Highway 87 Apt. 1002, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear.
• ASHLEY ANN TAYLOR, 33, of 1112 Sycamore, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for parent contributing to the non-attendance of a minor.

June 18th

City establishes information registry

June 18, 2013

In an emergency situation, few things are as important as having a way to get reliable information and Crossroads residents have a new way to do just that.

Officials with the Big Spring Police Department recently announced the creation of a system that will allow residents to receive critical information about the community by text message or e-mail.

Agencies hold city-wide disaster drill

June 18, 2013

Crews from across Howard County joined in a city wide drill conducted by the Howard County Emergency Management team this month.

Involved were Scenic Mountain Medical Center, Big Spring State Hospital, George H. O’Brien Jr. VA Medical Center, Big Spring Police Department, Big Spring Emergency Medical Service, Howard County Sheriff's Department, Air-Evac LifeTeam and West Texas Centers. Also assisting were members of the Church of the Nazarene youth group.

Police/Sheriff/EMS 06-18

June 18, 2013

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• JASON SCOTT EDWARDS, 24, of 1208 Harding, was arrested Monday on two warrants from other agencies and a charge of shoplifting – more than $50 and less than $500.
• AVEL ABREO RAMIREZ, 66, of 1512 Wood, was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• FRANK HERNANDEZ, 43, of 311 N. Aylesford, was arrested Monday on a charge of theft – more than $50 and less than $1,500.

June 17th

Council to consider city manager applicants

June 17, 2013

The Big Spring City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday evening which is expected to include interviews with candidates currently vying for the municipality's city manager position, as longtime manager Gary Fuqua prepares for retirement.

The meeting was called for by the Big Spring City Council during its June 11 meeting, part of an ongoing effort to fill the position currently being handled by Interim City Manager Todd Darden.

Man jailed on attempted murder charges

June 17, 2013

Law enforcement officials remained tight-lipped Monday morning regarding the arrest early Saturday morning of a Midland man on a charge of attempted murder.

Joshua Aaron Kirby, 28, of 1302 S. Connell in Midland, Texas, was arrested early Saturday morning in the 700 block of W. Interstate Highway 20 — near the TravelCenters of America Truck Stop — on a charge of attempted murder.

Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, declined to comment on the arrest, citing an open investigation.

Police/Sheriff/EMS 06-17

June 17, 2013

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• JOSHUA AARON KIRBY, 28, of Midland, Texas, was arrested Saturday on a charge of attempted murder.
• AUSTIN AUGENE BERRY, 21, of 400 N.E. Ninth St., was arrested Sunday on warrants for expired motor vehicle inspection certificate and failure to appear.
• SABRINA JANE LOPEZ, 30, of 610 George St., was arrested Sunday on a warrant from another agency.

June 15th

Local man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

June 15, 2013

ABILENE, Texas — A 51-year-old Big Spring man, was sentenced this week, by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis, to the statutory maximum of 10 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.
In addition, Judge Solis ordered that Juan Jose Guerra pay $150,000 in restitution to a victim whose photographs were included in his child pornography collection.

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