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September 26th, 2011

Police Beat

September 26, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• AMADOR RIOS, 30, of 4215 Dixon, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
• ISAAC NATHAN RIOS, 21, of 2911 W. Highway 80 Apt. 124, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid – no insurance.
• FRANK GARZA JR., 61, of 405 N.E. Ninth St., was arrested Saturday on a charge of theft.
• MELINDA GAMBOA, 35, of 1200 Dixie, was arrested Sunday on a charge of public intoxication.

City Council to approve tax rate, budget

September 26, 2011

Big Spring City Council will look to put the finishing touches on its 2011-2012 fiscal plan Tuesday with final reading of its proposed budget and ad valorem tax rate.
The budget — which passed first reading Sept. 13 on a 6-1 vote — includes $1.5 million for a centrifugal sludge collection system for the city's water treatment plant, a project city officials are hoping will help raise the quality of water delivered by the municipality by lowering turbidity levels.

Kernick to serve as community parade grand marshal

September 26, 2011

Leading the Big Spring Herald Community Christmas Parade this year will be an individual who lives up to the theme — “A Wild West Christmas.”
Grand marshal for the Dec. 3 event will be Howard College Rodeo Coach Greg Kernick.

September 23rd

Push to rename medical center zips past House

September 23, 2011

Officials are one step closer in their quest to rename the local VA medical center after Big Spring's only Medal of Honor recipient.

U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Lubbock), announced Wednesday that his provision in the Veterans Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act of 2011 to rename the local VAMC after George H. O'Brien Jr. passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly.

The vote, to rename the facility the George H. O'Brien Jr. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was 412-3 in favor of the measure.

Big Spring man receives 12-year sentence in child porn case

September 23, 2011

A 76-year-old Big Spring man indicted in November 2009 for possession of child pornography was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison this week in an Abilene federal court.

Harvey James Pelland — who was convicted in March of two counts of possessing child pornography and five counts of receiving a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct — was sentenced to serve 151 months in prison to be followed by 10 years of probation.

The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

September 23, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• JOEY EUGENE MATA, 23, of 1 Courtney Place Apt. 402, was arrested Thursday on a charge of forging/altering prescription.
• BEN TORRES GONZALES, 41, of 1200 S. Nolan, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for criminal mischief.
• JON COLE MCLEOD, 21, of 618 Tulane, was arrested Thursday on warrants for Consumption of alcohol by a minor (two counts).
• JAMEY SCOTT JOHNSON, 48, transient, was arrested Friday on a charge of disorderly conduct – noise.

September 22nd

Weapon at college results in arrest

September 22, 2011

A 19-year-old Howard College student was arrested Wednesday afternoon after allegedly carrying a firearm onto the campus, prompting officials to temporarily increase security at the school.

Mobey Cordell Lewis, of 506 Young, was arrested following an altercation at the college on charges of unlawfully carrying a weapon in a prohibited place and possession of marijuana (two ounces or less) in a drug-free zone.

Skull to be studied further

September 22, 2011

Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker announced Wednesday the human skull found at a salvage yard in mid-December is being prepared for DNA analysis in hopes of identifying who it came from.

According to Parker, the skull was sent to the Lubbock County Medical Examiners Office shortly after its discovery in an effort to determine the cause of death and identify where — and who — it may have come from.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

September 22, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• MONA ALICIA SALDANA, 26, of 1400 Virginia, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for driving while license invalid (five counts), failure to appear (eight counts), failure to maintain financial responsibility and expired motor vehicle inspection certificate (three counts).
• CATARINA FRANCO, 20, of 1407 Scurry, was arrested Wednesday on charges of failure to identify and resisting arrest, search or transportation.

September 21st

Seven BSHS classmates score in elite level on national AP exams

September 21, 2011

For most educators, AP stands for Advanced Placement, college prep courses offered through many Texas high schools.

To Mike Ritchey, however, the letters stand for “Absolutely Perfect.”

Ritchey, the principal at Big Spring High School, was using those words to describe the test results of seven BSHS students in the latest round of national AP exams conducted earlier this year.

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