Archive - 2013 - News Article
Area educators are casting a wary eye at new school accountability ratings announced by the Texas Education Agency.
TEA Commissioner Michael L. Williams announced the four components that will be part of the new 2013 state accountability system for school districts, campuses and charters in Texas. The first ratings under this system will be issued by the Texas Education Agency this August.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ, 23, of 2526 Ent Dr., was arrested Tuesday on warrants for driving while license invalid and failure to appear.
â€˘ HEATHER L. MAY, 28, of Joliet, Ill., was arrested Tuesday on charges of shoplifting and possession of marijuana â€“ two ounces or less.
â€˘ MARTY DEWAYNE RICHTER, 45, of 120 Moore Rd., was arrested Tuesday on a charge of criminal trespass of a habitation/shelter.
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.
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.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ROBIN ARRENDONDO CERVANTES, 40, of 110 N.W. Fourth St., was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ TAMMY LOCKHART COKER, 36, of 1106 W. Third St. Apt. 11, was arrested Monday on a warrant for contempt of court â€“ disobedience of a court order.
â€˘ STOLEN VEHICLE was reported in the 3600 block of W. Highway 80.
â€˘ ASSAULT was reported in the 3600 block of W. Highway 80.
â€˘ BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 1400 block of Tucson.
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 â€” from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. â€” will be held Tuesday and again May 2.
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.
â€śUpon arrival, officers became involved in a foot chase with the female suspect,â€ť said Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer for the Big Spring Police Department.
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.
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 â€” 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.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ BRENDA GONZALES, 38, of 1210 Sycamore, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for speeding, no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed and failure to appear (two counts).
â€˘ CHRISTINA MARIE ROJAS, 26, of 1503 W. Cherokee, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant from another agency.
â€˘ JUSTIN KYLE DAHMER, 24, of 2313 Gunter, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for failure to maintain financial responsibility and bail jumping â€“ failure to appear (fine only).