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May 11th, 2011
Both city council candidates who allegedly took illegal campaign contributions said Tuesday they did so without knowing they were breaking the law.
Marcus Fernandez, a candidate for District 1 in Saturday's city elections, and James Glen Carrigan, who is running for the District 3 seat, said they became aware they had possibly taken illegal contributions when Big Spring Mayor Tommy Duncan came under fire last week for accepting campaign contributions from two local corporations, Quad A Inc. and Hydro Dynamics.
As early voting in this year's municipal elections closed Tuesday, election official say more than 700 local residents have already cast their ballot in a contest that will decide the fate of proposed term limits for Big Spring City Council members.
Howard County Elections Administrator Saundra Bloom said the total number of early voting ballots collected is approximately 750, slightly higher than she had expected in the municipal contest.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ PEDRO SAUCEDO, 40, of Stanton, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for failure to control speed and failure to appear.
â€˘ REBECCA RIVAS, 32, of 1505 Johnson, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for no driver's license â€“ when unlicensed, failure to appear and two warrants from another agency.
The Howard County Sheriffâ€™s Office reported the following activity:
Note â€” Officials with the Howard County Jail reported having 73 inmates at the time of this report.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ DANIEL RAYMOND LUTZ, 37, of Sarasota, Fla., was arrested Monday on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ KIMBERLY NICOLE RIOS, 24, of 1606 Bluebird, was arrested Monday on a warrant for criminal mischief.
â€˘ CHRISTOPHER RYAN COLEGROVE, 19, of 3209 Oasis Rd., was arrested Monday on warrants for theft, failure to appear and no safety belt.
â€˘ DANIEL MONTEZ VIERA SR., 23, of 1907 S. Main St., was arrested Monday on a warrant for criminal mischief.
Firefighters with the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department and Big Spring Fire Department spent much of Monday battling a blaze in the southeast portion of the county that destroyed at least 2,300 acres and several structures.
Firefighters responded to the Tubbs Addition â€” located approximately a mile south of Big Spring on U.S. Highway 87 â€” around 1 p.m. after a wildfire was reported in the area.
Two corporations which a year ago allegedly gave mayor candidate Tommy Duncan campaign contributions â€” a violation of the Election Code â€” have also made donations to two individuals currently seeking seats on the Big Spring City Council, the Herald has learned.
Marcus Fernandez, a candidate for District 1 in Saturday's city elections, and James Glen Carrigan, who is running for the District 3 seat, filed campaign finance reports with the city of Big Spring indicating they have accepted donations from Quad A Inc. and Hydro Dynamics.
May is Mental Health Month, and West Texas Centers is raising awareness of mental illness by hosting a number of community-based events.
Mental Health Month was created more than 50 years ago by Mental Health America to emphasize the importance of mental wellness and promoting good mental health.
West Texas Centers hosts several events throughout the year calling attention to the importance of recognizing and treating mental illness but puts a special emphasis on the month of May in conjunction with Mental Health Month.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ ROBERT LEE EVANS JR., 29, of 1502 Tucson, was arrested Saturday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
â€˘ ASHLEY NICOLE KENNEDY, 26, of 1005 Stadium, was arrested Saturday on warrants for failure to yield the right of way at an intersection, failure to appear and expired license plate.
The Big Spring City Council will entertain a number of amendments to its Code of Ordinances Tuesday, including a change to its Business and Occupations section to help prevent the sale of stolen goods to secondhand stores.
According to Big Spring Police Chief Lonnie Smith, the amendment would provide a number of processes designed to prevent the sale of stolen goods and promote the recovery of such items.
All Big Spring High School Speech and Debate coach Jennifer Adams wanted for her birthday was for one of her students to win a University Interscholastic League academic state gold medal. Turns out, her birthday was twice as nice.
Big Spring High School students Jessica Rubio placed first in Persuasive Speaking and Shermila Kher placed first in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the 101st Annual UIL State Tournament.
â€śWe felt we had a really good shot at winning at least one gold medal,â€ť Adams said. â€śThese two girls have been performing well all year.â€ť