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December 20th

Perez case affirmed

December 20, 2010

A Big Spring woman convicted of burglary in 118th District Court in 2009 had her nine-year sentence affirmed by the Eleventh District of Texas Court of Appeals last week.
Sabrina Gutierrez Perez, 45, was sentenced to nine years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility and fined $1,000 in March 2009 by a jury for her part in the October 2008 burglary of the Northcrest Apartments office.
The memorandum opinions were issued by Justice Rick Strange from a panel including Chief Justice Jim Wright and Justice Terry McCall, upholding the conviction.

Police blotter Dec. 20, 2010

December 20, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
• ROBERT ALLEN RIOS, 32, of 409 Sunset, was arrested Saturday on charges of public intoxication and urinating in public.
• MATTHEW DELEON, 20, of 1210 Marijo, was arrested Saturday on a warrant for possession of marijuana – two ounces or less.
• GAYLAN KRISTOPHER HARDING, 28, of Westbrook, was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
• EDER ANGEL ZUNIGA, 25, of 904 N.W. Third St., was arrested Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

December 18th

Conroy pleads to child pornography charges

December 18, 2010

A Big Spring man indicted on two counts of producing child pornography by a federal grand jury pleaded guilty Thursday, facing up to 50 years in prison, according to officials with the U.S. Attorneys office.

John Alan Conroy, 36, was first arrested by law enforcement officials July 3 on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Conroy was later taken into federal custody — where he remains — after allegations tied to the Dec. 27, 2009, incident identified in the indictment were made.

Santa Cossack comes to town

December 18, 2010

Santa didn't have his reindeer with him Saturday, but he had plenty of “hogs.”

The Harley-Davidson-riding Cossacks Motorcycle Club escorted Santa around town to help him dispense toys and food to needy families as part of the group's annual Christmas Toy Run Saturday morning.

Despite cold temperatures, a large contingent of riders were on hand to participate in the event, which the Cossacks have held for almost 20 years.

Police blotter

December 18, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Friday and early Saturday morning:

• HERMENEJILDO OROSCO III, 45, 1011 N. Bell, was arrested on a charge of theft over $50/under $500 (shoplifting).
• CLINT ELLIOTT, 48, 202 Circle, was arrested on a charge of driving while license invalid/DWI related.
• IRENE RODRIQUEZ, 39, 4203 Muir, was arrested on a charge of driving while license invalid/suspended.
• BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE was reported in the 1900 block of Wasson.
• CRIMINAL MISCHIEF was reported in the 1800 block of Laurie and the 400 block of E. Fourth.

December 17th

12 indicted by grand jury

December 17, 2010

A Howard County grand jury handed down a dozen indictments Thursday morning, including several first-degree felonies.

Among those true billed were:

• Amber Ray Alexander, 31, of 1907 S. Runnels, theft less than $1,500 with two or more previous convictions (state jail felony).
• Ashley Michelle Batterton, 22, of 2609 Neill, possession of a controlled substance (state jail felony).
• Bobby Lynn Dykes Jr., 30, of 2627 Fairchild, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (state jail felony).
• Christy Jo Clark, 37, of 6602 E. Robinson Rd., attempted aggravated robbery (second-degree felony).

Financial dark cloud looming over school districts

December 17, 2010

A storm is coming, and it has nothing to do with the weather.

Big Spring Independent School District officials are awaiting with a degree of trepidation the start of the 2011 session of the Texas Legislature. The reason? A projected multi-billion dollar state budget shortfall that's liable to have a chilling effect on any agency dependent on state funds.

BSISD Superintendent Steven Saldivar braced school trustees for some possible bad news during their monthly meeting Thursday night in the high school board room.

Marisa's dream deferred; academy makes it possible

December 17, 2010

A dream deferred is not always a dream denied.

Four years ago, Marisa Torres came oh, so close to a high school diploma, which would have been the first anyone from her family had ever earned. But some bad science scores on a state test denied her that diploma, so she walked away from school, and stayed away.

But Marisa took a second swipe at that elusive diploma this school year, and with the help of a new Big Spring High School program and some dedicated teachers — but mostly through her own determination — she collected that sheepskin.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 17, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• ROBERT RUBEN SANCHEZ, 46, of 1023 Stadium Ave., was arrested Thursday on a charge of public intoxication.
• JOE CRUZ GUTIERREZ, 23, of 1010 N.W. Second St., was arrested Thursday on warrants for speeding in a school zone, no driver's license – when unlicensed and failure to appear (two counts).
• BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE was reported:
In the 3700 block of Hamilton.
In the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.
In the 1900 block of Wasson Road.

December 16th

FAST track very good for Forsan

December 16, 2010

FORSAN — School officials here are pointing with pride to a state report that indicates the district is getting a bang for its educational bucks.

As part of the state-mandated Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST), Forsan Independent School District's expenditures were compared to those of similarly sized districts across the state, and FISD came out the the highest-rated district of the group.

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