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December 28th

Scam alert: Sheriff's office warns of bogus telephone calls

December 28, 2011

Officials with the Howard County Sheriff's Office say area residents should remain vigilant as they investigate reports of a possible phone scam where callers are identifying themselves as county employees.

According to Sheriff Stan Parker, the calls have come from a number identified as “private” by caller identification services.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 28, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• MARK ANTHONY MOLINA, 47, of 502 E. 11th Place, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of assault causing bodily bodily bodily injury – family violence.
• VALERIE MICHELLE MARTINEZ, 23, of 4101 Parkway, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for speeding and failure to appear.
• GILES RAY HORTON, 48, of 2510 Peach St., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for expired motor vehicle inspection certificate.

December 27th

Coming soon to a ballot box near you: Brown vs. Torres

December 27, 2011

When the Democratic primary polls open in April, longtime incumbent Howard County Precinct 1 Commissioner Emma Brown will take on challenger Larry Torres for the Democratic nomination to represent the seat on the ballot in November.

Assuming a Republican challenger doesn't file before the primaries, the fate of the seat could be decided in April, as the winner of the election would go unopposed in November.

VA renaming slated Jan. 18

December 27, 2011

VA Medical Center officials have finalized plans to rename the facility after Big Spring's lone Medal of Honor recipient.

The hospital will be officially renamed the George H. O'Brien Jr. VA Medical Center during ceremonies scheduled for Jan. 18, said Iva Jo Hanslik, community relations director for the VAMC.

Legislation to rename the center after George H. O'Brien Jr. passed Congress earlier this year and was signed into law by President Obama in October, and local officials had planned to officially rename the facility on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 27, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• JEREMY JOHN MILLER, 34, of 1425 E. Sixth St. Apt. 2, was arrested Friday on two warrants from other agencies and a charge of operating motor vehicle with wrong registration.
• JOHN MICHAEL WILKINSON, 26, of 2304 E. FM 700, was arrested Friday on two warrants from other agencies.
• DAVID C. GANDARA, 33, of 805 W. Seventh St., was arrested Friday on a charge of public intoxication.

December 23rd

A time of good cheer, but also to beware

December 23, 2011

Santa won’t be the only one making a list and checking it twice this season, as local law enforcement officials warn residents to be extra-vigilant against burglars and other criminals looking to cash in on the holiday.

According to officials with the Big Spring Police Department, the number of reports of burglary of a habitation increase during the holiday season, as criminals look to fill their stockings with other people’s gifts.

St. Nick to visit Festival of Lights gift shop tonight

December 23, 2011

There is one last chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Santa will be at the Comanche Trail Festival of Lights Gift Shop tonight from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. before he heads back to the North Pole.

The Big Spring Symphony Guild has teamed up with the Festival of Lights to provide items for the gift shop. Symphony Guild will offer ornaments, aprons and Nutcracker shirts. The Festival of Lights is selling poinsettia shirts, ornaments and light pins.

Schooler Photography will be on hand for those wanting to get photos with Santa. There is no charge for visiting with Santa.

Police blotter

December 23, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• REBECCA NICOLE RODRIQUEZ, 25, of 1405 Settles, was arrested Thursday on charges of failure to identify – giving false information, dog or cat running at large and a warrant from another agency.
• THEFT was reported:
In the 100 block of N. First Street in Coahoma.
In the 700 block of W. Interstate Highway 20.
• ASSAULT was reported in the 2500 block of Wasson Road.

December 22nd

Chamber wraps up another year, plans for future

December 22, 2011

The year is wrapping up for everyone, including the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber president Terri Johansen presided over her last meeting Wednesday afternoon.

“It has been a joy,” Johansen said. “If it wasn't for the great staff I wouldn't have been able to do this. The chamber has some gems working here.”

Travelers: Check the weather first

December 22, 2011

As motorists look to hit Texas highways this holiday season, local and state law enforcement officials are warning drivers to take precautions when getting behind the wheel.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, one of the things travelers should check before pulling out of the driveway is the weather.

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