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January 3rd, 2012

Shooting leaves one dead

January 3, 2012

Law enforcement officials with the Big Spring Police Department are investigating the Sunday shooting death of a 27-year-old Big Spring man in the 200 block of N.E. Third Street.

Christopher Castanuela, 27, of Big Spring was pronounced dead at Scenic Mountain Medical Center emergency room shortly after 6 a.m. Jan. 1 by Howard County Justice of the Peace Quail Dobbs, who later ordered an autopsy.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the BSPD, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of N.E. Third Street at approximately 6:10 a.m. in reference to a shooting.

EDC looks forward to prosperous year, executive director says

January 3, 2012

Big Spring Economic Development Corporation has been hard at work in the past year and has no plans of slowing down this year, according to its executive director.

“BSEDC has been effective in fulfilling our mission statement to assist, stimulate and enhance economic develoment in Big Spring,” Executive Director Terry Wegman said. “... to utilize its sales tax revenues to increase the job opportunities available to the citizens by assisting the expansion of local businesses and attracting new businesses activities.”

Police/Sheriff/EMS

January 3, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• DAVID RUSSELL BARTLEY, 25, of 2600 Chanute, was arrested Friday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
• ISAAC DANIEL CHAVARRIA, 25, of 215 N.E. Ninth St., was arrested Friday on a warrant for failure to maintain financial responsibility.
• MANUEL REY CHAVARRIA, 29, of 2526 Fairchild, was arrested Friday on a warrant from another agency.

December 30th, 2011

Robbery suspect sought

December 30, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that took place at a convenience store in the 800 block of East Interstate Highway 20 Thursday evening.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the BSPD, officers were called to the Star Stop No. 8 at approximately 8:50 p.m. in response to an aggravated robbery.

No more doggone room at Humane Society

December 30, 2011

There is no more room at the inn — the inn for animals, that is.

Howard County Humane Society is at a point where animals are having to be turned away. As of Thursday afternoon, the shelter was housing 159 dogs and 65 cats.

“If we can take an animal we will and the situation changes daily, but the normal flow is for every one animal we adopt out we have one or two to take its place,” Jo Stone, Humane Society coordinator, said.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 30, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• MICHAEL ANGELO GARZA, 23, of 601 N.W. Fifth St., was arrested Thursday on a charge of evading arrest/detention.
• AISHA MALIK, 22, of 3304 W. Highway 80 Apt. 40, was arrested Thursday on a charge of assault – family violence.
• BRANDON DENNIS OLIVETTI, 19, of 1403 Oil Mill Rd., was arrested Thursday on a charge of assault – family violence.

December 29th

Taxing times: To avoid penalty, pay property taxes by Jan. 31

December 29, 2011

Area residents who haven’t paid their property taxes have until the end of January to ante up their 2011 tabs or face penalties and interest, according to local tax officials.

Area property owners can avoid the annual last-minute dash to pay their taxes by getting them out of the way early in the month, said County Tax Assessor Kathy Sayles.

Trout restocking to resume at park

December 29, 2011

Summer isn't the only time for fishing, especially if you are angling for rainbow trout.

Comanche Trail Lake will receive the second group of rainbow trout from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Jan. 12.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 29, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• KRYSTAL KAY HENDERSON, 26, of 1600 Brown, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for no driver's license – when unlicensed (two counts), failure to appear (four counts), failure to maintain financial responsibility, driving while license invalid and expired registration.
• MICHAEL ANGELO GARZA, 23, of 601 N.W. Fifth St., was arrested Thursday on a charge of evading arrest or detention.
• BURGLARY OF A COIN OPERATED MACHINE was reported in the 1500 block of E. Marcy.

December 28th

Feds OK BSISD district maps

December 28, 2011

Big Spring Independent School District officials have received federal approval of its new single-member district maps.

BSISD Business Manager Debbie Green said the district recently received a “notice of no objection” to its redistricting plan from the U.S. Department of Justice, meaning the new boundaries will take effect in time for the 2012 trustee elections.

Population and demographic shifts forced the school district to make changes to its single-member districts. Since the 2000 Census, that all-important demographic makeup has changed well beyond federally approved limits.

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