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February 3rd, 2011

Police/Sheriff/EMS

February 3, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
Note — No arrests were reported for the corresponding period.
• STOLEN VEHICLE was reported in the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.
• HIT AND RUN was reported in the 3600 block of La Junta Drive.
• HARASSMENT was reported in the 1800 block of Hearn.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office reported the following activity:
Note — Officials with the Howard County Jail reported having 63 inmates at the time of this report.

February 2nd

Lights out: High demand prompts outages across most of Texas

February 2, 2011

Rolling 15-minute blackouts began early this morning through much of the Crossroads area as the Electric Reliability Council of Texas implemented outages statewide in response to high demand following an ice storm.

Oncor spokeswoman Jaeamy Molina said the structured outages began around 6 a.m. She told The Associated Press that the Dallas-based utility is complying with a power emergency declared by ERCOT, which operates the electric grid and manages the deregulated market for 75 percent of Texas.

VAMC healing center: A journey of recovery

February 2, 2011

The VA Medical Center's new Veteran's Healing Center offers more than just treatment to vets suffering from homelessness, substance abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and mental illness — hope and home are also on the menu.

Open house and dedication for the new 40-bed facility was held Tuesday and officials touted it as an entirely new way to help treat veterans suffering from the above-listed conditions. The center is the direct result of a federal review conducted several years ago.

Four Chaplains service set Thursday

February 2, 2011

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces who died during the previous year will be honored Thursday morning during the Four Chaplains Memorial Service at First Baptist Church under the direction of the Big Spring VA Medical Center.

The memorial service — which is named after four U.S. Army chaplains who sacrificed their lives to save others when the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was sunk by a German U-boat in 1943 — will get under way at 11 a.m. In the main chapel at the local church, according to VA Chaplain Dean Thomas.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

February 2, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• MARIO GABRIEL ANASTACIO, 38, of 1511 S. Lancaster, was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
• RONALD LEE COVINGTON, 31, of 2704 Apache, was arrested Monday on a warrant for accident involving damage to a vehicle.
• BURGLARY OF A BUILDING was reported in the 2100 block of S. Gregg Street.
• BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported:
In the 4200 block of Hamilton.
In the 3600 block of Connally.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office reported the following activity:

February 1st

The search for Hailey Dunn

February 1, 2011

A reward has been offered for information leading to the whereabouts and/or safe return of 13-year-old Hailey Dunn of Colorado City, who has been missing since Dec. 27. Call the Colorado City Police Department at (325) 728-5294 with information.

Winter storm blasts area

February 1, 2011

Recent mild winter weather came to a close in the Crossroads area Monday evening as a massive winter storm caused temperatures to drop throughout the area.

Residents woke up to a formidable dusting of snow, prompting most public schools to delay classes, then cancel them altogether. Big Spring, Coahoma, Forsan, Grady and Sands school districts all canceled classes, as did Howard College.

Throughout Big Spring, private schools and clinics either delayed opening or decided to remain closed.

Be careful while staying warm

February 1, 2011

With low temperatures dipping well below freezing this week, many area residents will be looking for some extra warmth, a search fire department officials say can turn deadly if precautions aren’t taken.

Big Spring Fire Marshal Carl Condray said there are many different types of secondary heating, ranging from portable electric units to wood-burning stoves, but the most common causes of fires involving them are avoidable.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

February 1, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• CHRISTOPHER BENNETT WOOTEN, 50, of 1700 Runnels, was arrested Saturday on a charge of public intoxication.
• GAUDY LYNN COX, 47, of Weatherford, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while license invalid – DWI related.

January 31st

Mental health focus for VA rehab center

January 31, 2011

West Texas VA Health Care System officials will cut the ribbon on their new residential rehabilitation trentment center Tuesday.

The “Veteran Healing Center,” which will provide treatment for veterans suffering from drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness, will be formally dedicated during ceremonies at the center, located on the northwest section of the VA Medical Center campus, at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Parking will be available in the employee parking lot adjacent to Ryan Street.

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