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April 12th, 2011

Barking dog alerts family to fire

April 12, 2011

Investigators believe the fire that destroyed a couple's home west of Elbow during the early morning hours today was caused by an electrical short in or near a dryer.

Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan said the fire was reported shortly after 1 a.m. at a home located in the 6800 block of W. FM 818.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

April 12, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• TIMOTHY TOD BECK, 50, of 707 W. Seventh St., was arrested Monday on two warrants from another agency.
• DANIEL VERA FLORES, 42, of 907 E. 15th St., was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• ROBERTO RAMOS, 59, of 910 E. 15th St., was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• STEVEN RAY EVANS, 22, of 1103 E. Sixth St., was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.

April 11th

Snyder teen killed in rollover

April 11, 2011

A Snyder teen was killed early this morning following a one-vehicle rollover north of Big Spring, according to officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Tyler Lance Sawyer, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, approximately 12 miles north of Big Spring on Highway 350.
According to Operator Matt Cockerell with the regional DPS office in Midland, the accident occurred at approximately 1:46 a.m. when a south-bound 1998 Chevrolet sports utility vehicle driven by Sawyer left the road.

Health Fair has something for everyone

April 11, 2011

From general information to blood pressure checks, the 2011 Health Fair had something for everyone Saturday.

“We are out here because of the interaction with people,” Sheila Crockett, area manager of Encompass Home Health, said. “There are lots of people who don't know about the help that is out there and this is one way we can get it out to them.”

Police Beat

April 11, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• KRYSTAL DYANNE HERRERA, 24, of 406 N. Fifth St. in Coahoma, was arrested Saturday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
• WILLIAM SCOTT SIMPSON, 48, of 1300 Stanford, was arrested Saturday on warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear.
• DANIEL VERA FLORES, 42, of 907 E. 15th St., was arrested Saturday on a warrant for assault by threat.

April 8th

Trustees renew teacher contracts

April 8, 2011

Big Spring Independent School District is finding other ways to make budget cuts without going to the employee chopping block.

Thursday, BSISD trustees approved contracts through the 2011-2012 for all professional employees.

“A lot of hard work went into making this possible,” Superintendent Steven Saldivar said following the meeting, which lasted only about a half-hour.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

April 8, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• MARK WILLIAM EDWARDS, 53, of 806 E. 16th St., was arrested Thursday on a warrant from another agency.
• TONY DELAGARZA, 46, of 11002 E. 16th St., was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
• MATTHEW ELISEO DELAGARZA, 19, of 1608 Young, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for speeding in a school zone.
• VERONICA MARIE ORTIZ, 28, of 800 W. Marcy Apt. 10, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for no safety belt.

Voter registration deadline nears

April 8, 2011

Time is running out for Big Spring residents to register to vote in the May 14 municipal election, as the April 14 deadline is less than a week away.

With early voting set to begin May 2 and run through May 10, Howard County Elections Administrator Saundra Bloom said she and her team of election judges are gearing up for the political contests.

April 7th

Brush fires roar through Crossroads

April 7, 2011

Howard County volunteer firefighters had their hands full Wednesday, as a pair of wildfires threatened vast amounts of the Crossroads area.

The first fire, reported at approximately 12:50 p.m. near Glasscock County on Highway 821, destroyed more than 350 acres, according to Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan.

Commissioners begin redrawing county lines

April 7, 2011

Howard County commissioners began the arduous task of resetting precinct lines Wednesday morning in an effort to address disparities in the county's population identified in the 2010 Census.

Commissioners — with Precinct 1 Commissioners Emma Brown and Precinct 3 Commissioner Jimmie Long absent — met with Austin attorney Bob Bass, a partner with Allison Bass & Associates, to go over the changes in the population through the county's four precincts and look at possible ways to correct the issues.

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