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March 3rd, 2012

Coahoma student arrested

March 3, 2012

COAHOMA — A Coahoma High School student was taken into custody late Friday afternoon following an alleged assault that led to the lock down of the campus and a earch of the area that included support from the Texas Department of Public Safety Aircraft Division.

Law enforcement officials spent much of Friday afternoon searching the area in and around Coahoma High School for the teenage student who, according to witnesses, attacked a female student before fleeing the campus on foot.

Project updates focus for Howard College trustees Monday

March 3, 2012

A new time, indeed, but familiar topics will greet Howard College's board of trustees Monday.

Expansion is the focus as trustees and college officials will convene at 6:30 p.m. to discuss growth at the San Angelo and SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf campuses. The board normally meets at noon, but the time was pushed back this week to give staff more time to prepare.

Howard College is considering constructing two buildings at its San Angelo campus, located at the West Texas Training Center.

March 2nd

Garcia gets 35 years for sexual assaults

March 2, 2012

A Big Spring man found guilty on multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child this week in 118th District Court was sentenced Thursday to serve 35 consecutive years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility.

Ernesto Dutchover Garcia, 60, 1300 E. 11th Place, was found guilty by a jury on one count of indecency with a child and two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to Assistant District Attorney Robin Orr.

Rocky start expected for annual gem show

March 2, 2012

Lola Lamb has been intrigued by rocks since the 1970s, when her mother got her interested in the Big Spring Prospector's Club.

“It's a learning process every day. Every rock you cut open, you are the first to see what the good Lord made there,” she said with a smile. “it's never ceased to amaze me how just a dull rock can hold something so beautiful inside.”

Police/Sheriff/EMS

March 2, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• MICHAEL DALE PRESTON, 27, of 2100 Morrison, was arrested Thursday on charges of duty on striking unattended vehicle, driving while intoxicated – third or more offense, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle with a previous conviction.
• LUIS ADOLFO PENA, 33, of 1105 E. 14th St., was arrested Thursday on a warrant from another agency.
• SAMANTHA CYBIL LINDQUIST, 26, of 1306 Tucson, was arrested Thursday on a charge of theft.

March 1st

Man found guilty of sexual assault

March 1, 2012

A Big Spring man was found guilty of sexual assault of a child — a first-degree felony — in 118th District Court Wednesday, with sentencing expected to take place today.

Ernesto Dutchover Garcia, 60, 1300 E. 11th Place, was found guilty on several counts of sexual assault of a child Tuesday afternoon following several hours of deliberation by a jury.

Few candidates for municipal elections

March 1, 2012

Time is running out for area residents looking to toss their political hats in the ring for this year's municipal elections. Monday is the deadline to file.

In Big Spring filings have moved along rather slowly during the past several weeks, with none of the three incumbents having yet filed to run for re-election to their seats on the city council.

The District 2 seat, currently held by Manuel Ramirez Jr., has drawn a single candidate so far, as local resident Carmen Moreno Harbour has filed to run for the office.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

March 1, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• AVELARDO CASTILLO JR., 22, of 601 St. Paul St. in Stanton, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for theft (two counts).
• ROY PAIZ GARCIA, 52, of 1212 E. 16th St., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
• MARK W. PETERS, 21, of Woodlawn, Tenn., was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for possession of marijuana – two ounces or less.

February 29th

Man charged with harming two children

February 29, 2012

A Big Spring man was arrested and charged with two counts of injury Tuesday evening after allegedly assaulting two children, according to officials with the Big Spring Police Department.

Ray Martinez Alvarado, 34, of 1500 Lincoln Ave., was arrested on charges of injury to a child with intent to cause bodily injury (two counts) after police officials say he physically assaulted the children, who are members of his household.

Landtroop talks redistricting, education

February 29, 2012

Redistricting may have been the scheduled focus of Tuesday's town hall meeting at the Hall Center of the Arts, but it was by no means the only topic addressed.

State Rep. Jim Landtroop opened the meeting by honoring Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan and Fire Marshal Carl Condray with flags that flown over the capitol. The presentation was made as a way to recognize the service demonstrated during the past year's fire season.

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