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January 18th, 2012

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 18, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• CHRISTINA JEAN DIAZ, 28, of 610 N.W. Eighth St., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from another agency and a warrant for no driver's license – when unlicensed.
• MICHAEL THOMAS MERRILL, 33, of New Orleans, La., was arrested Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication and use or possession of illegal smoking paraphernalia.

January 17th

VAMC renaming ceremony Wednesday

January 17, 2012

The time is here …

Wednesday, the VA Medical Center's name will officially become the George H. O'Brien Jr. VA Medical Center. A special ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., following a reception at 3:30 p.m.

“We're excited that this has become a reality and we will be honored to recognize such a distinguished veteran who was raised in the Big Spring community,” Iva Jo Hanslik, public affairs officer at VAMC, said.

Venue change for symphony

January 17, 2012

The gold medalist of the Van Cliburn piano competition, Hauchen Zhang, will perform with the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra in Garrett Hall of the First Methodist Church at 8 p.m. Feb. 4.

The event was to have taken place in the Municipal Auditorium, but due to a delay in construction, it was moved to Garrett Hall. Zhang, of China, is the first gold medalist to perform with the orchestra.  

Dr. Keith Graumann, conductor, said several Van Cliburn finalists have played in Big Spring, but added, “It is really special to have the gold medalist.”

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 17, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• ANNALISA IVANKA LEVARIO, 21, of 405 Pennsylvania, was arrested Monday on a charge of driving while intoxicated – blood alcohol more than .15.
• CESAR MARTINEZ, 29, of 307 N.E. 10th St., was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• CLARISSA BRIONNE TORRES, 22, of 1803 Alabama, was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• JESUS CERVANTES JR., 30, of 110 N.W. Fourth St., was arrested Monday on a charge of criminal mischief.

January 16th

Burn ban revoked? Decision to come Tuesday

January 16, 2012

According to Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan, county officials will likely lift the existing burn ban during Tuesday morning's meeting of the commissioners court, marking the first time in more than a year-and-a-half since the Crossroads hasn't been under such a ban.
Sullivan said considerable rain showers — not to mention snowfalls, which just recently melted off — have at least temporarily slaked the thirst in the county's brushlands, giving local land owners a much-needed window to perform some upkeep.

Police Beat

January 16, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• CHANCE PATRICK NEWTON, 21, of 1309 Virginia, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
• BOBBIE VILA OLIVAREZ, 27, of 1302 Wright, was arrested Saturday on warrants for failure to appear (three counts), failure to identify, no driver's license – when unlicensed and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
• RODRICK LAMOND CONELY, 43, of 1425 E. Sixth St. Apt. 10, was arrested Saturday on a warrant from another agency.

January 14th

Heater treater fire — three catch fire

January 14, 2012

A heater treater erupted into flames Saturday morning, causing a huge smoke streak across the city of Big Spring. The heater treater was located on the northwest portion of Howard County off FM 176. Howard County Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene, ensuring the fire did not spread to a nearby tank battery.

According to other media sources, three heater treaters were on fire at once. The fire has been contained and put out according to reports.

Barrow show at Howard County Junior Livestock Show

January 14, 2012

Entrants take part in the barrow competition Friday at the Howard County Junior Livestock Show. Coahoma FFA members Brody Coates and Anna Fontana show off their entries. Coates’ barrow was named champion and Fontana’s was named reserve champion of the class. The show was to wrap up with Saturday’s auction.

Best of the band

January 14, 2012

Nick Conner continued a family tradition.
Sebastian Hernandez started one of his own.
Motivated in different ways, both Big Spring High School Band members overcame tough competition and admitted cases of nerves to be named to the Association of Texas Small School Bands Class 3A All-State Band.
Hernandez, a senior percussionist, and Conner, a freshman trombonist, will perform with the Texas All-State Band at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio Feb. 11.

Police blotter

January 14, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday:
• SCOTTY RAY BLAND, 33, of 1900 Martin Luther King Blvd., was arrested Friday on a charge of driving while licenses suspended/invalid with previous conviction and warrant from other agency.
• APRIL NICOLE TURNER, 17, of 4215 Hamilton St., was arrested Friday charged as a runaway.
• JUSTIN IVAN SPEER, 36, of 1608 E. Fifth St., was arrested Friday on a warrant for driving while license invalid.

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