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April 20th

Software to aid county, schools

April 20, 2013

Howard County commissioners will meet Monday morning to discuss a number of issues, including the use of a new computer application to help improve security at the county courthouse.
According to County Judge Mark Barr, the program — known as Copsync — will basically turn every operational computer in the courthouse into a way to reach out to law enforcement if something goes wrong.

Police Beat

April 20, 2013

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. 04/19/13 and 7 a.m. today:
• DONNIE RAY SCHMALTZ, 27, of 2004 N. Monticello, Big Spring, Texas was arrested Friday on a charge of theft greater than or equal to $50 but no greater than $500, all other.
• JOHN GERARD ESCOVEDO, 34, of 2902 E. IH 20, Big Spring was arrested Friday on a charge of sex offenders duty to register with previous conviction.
• ALFONSO GARCIA RAMOS JR., 26, OF 2604 Dow Dr., Big Spring was arrested Friday on a charge of assault: family violence threat or offensive touch.

April 19th

4 arrested on kidnapping charges

April 19, 2013

Four Big Spring residents remain in the custody of the Howard County Detention Center following their arrest on charges of burglary and kidnapping Thursday morning, according to law enforcement officials.
An investigation into the incident continues.

All four were arrested on charges of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit other felony and kidnapping. Arrested were Ricardo Ramirez, 24, of 4004 Connally; Sophia Conception Marmolejo, 29, of 2521 Chanute; Juan Eduardo Diaz, 23, address not provided; and Abilene Renee Mojica, 30, of 1207 Sycamore.

Mayoral hopefuls cite experience

April 19, 2013

Infrastructure and forecasted growth attributed to the coming shale oil boom took center stage Thursday night as candidates for the mayoral seat on the Big Spring City Council presented their political platforms during a Meet the Candidates forum on the Howard College campus.

Candidates Larry McLellan and Roger Rodman — a third candidate, former city council member Manuel Ramirez Jr., bowed out of the race this week — spoke about their qualifications and unique views of the Crossroads area during the forum, held in the Hall Center for the Arts.

Police/Sheriff/EMS 4-19

April 19, 2013

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. 04/18/13 and 7 a.m. today:
• ANTHONY HEATH WRIGHT, 25, OF 1106 Stanford, Big Spring was arrested Thursday on charges of use or possession of illegal smoking material.
• HALIE MICHELLE BURNETT, 17, OF 2802 S. CR 1220, Midland, Texas was arrested Thursday on a warrant, other agency.
• TERYN ANTHONY GONZALEZ, 27, of 712 Colgate, Big Spring was arrested Thursday on a charge of possession of marijuana less than or equal to 2 ounces in a drug free zone.

April 18th

Major meth supplier sentenced

April 18, 2013

SAN ANGELO — A man described as “the Mexican Mafia methamphetamine supplier from Lubbock to San Angelo” was sentenced to federal prison Wednesday after entering a guilty plea last year.

Eric Cortez Flores, 32, a ranking member of the Mexican Mafia, was sentenced to 360 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings. Flores had pleaded guilty in November 2012 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Award-winning BSHS bands in concert Sunday

April 18, 2013

Strike up the (award-winning) band.

The Big Spring High School band, fresh off another sweepstakes award winning performance, will hold a free public concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school auditorium.

The program will feature both the BSHS Honor Band and Symphonic Band, which recently competed in the University Interscholastic League Band Contest in Odessa.

Police/Sheriff/EMS 4-18

April 18, 2013

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. 04/17/2013 and 7 a.m. today:
• JACKIE TRUETT HOLMES III, 51, transient of Big Spring, was arrsted Wednesday on charges of public intoxication.
• JERRY ALLEN CHANCY, 42, of 107 W. 21st St. Big Spring, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant other agency.
• RONALD STANLEY HASELBY, 62, of 1302 Tucson, Big Spring was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
• RICARDO RAMIREZ, 24, of 4004 Connolly, Big Spring was arrested Thursday on charges of burglary of a habitation and intend other felony, kidnapping.

April 17th

Chamber-sponsored candidate forum Thursday

April 17, 2013

Made up your mind over who to vote for in the May 11 city council and school board elections?

If not, plan on attending Thursday's Meet the Candidates Forum, scheduled for a 6 p.m. start in the Hall Center for the Arts.

The format will be simple.

“Each candiate will be allowed to speak for five minutes,” said Debbye ValVerde, Chamber executive director. “This will not be a question and answer forum.”

However, she added that voters will be able to meet one-on-one with candidates after the forum and ask questions at that time.

Howard College's best: Students honored at convocation

April 17, 2013

Kyrstin Baker was the top honoree at the annual Howard College Awards Convocation, held Tuesday in Garrett Coliseum.

Baker, a sophomore from Ira, was named recipient of the Presidential Award, given to the outstanding student at the college.

More than 200 HC students were honored during the convocation.

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