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November 24th, 2010

Sheriff's office to round up toys for Crossroads youth

November 24, 2010

Deputies and dispatchers with the Howard County Sheriff's Office will be doing their part to brighten the holiday season for children in the Crossroads area, as they kick off a toy drive to benefit the local Salvation Army's Angel Tree.

Jessica Olivas, a dispatcher with the HCSO, said she and fellow dispatcher Jennifer Bakley came up with the idea to do the toy drive to not only help needy children, but to try to erase a nasty stereotype within the community.

Arson suspected in DQ fire

November 24, 2010

Officials with the Big Spring Fire Department say the fire reported at the Fourth Street Dairy Queen late Tuesday night was set to cover up a burglary at the local restaurant.

Big Spring Fire Marshall Carl Condray said the fire, which was reported just after 11 p.m., has been ruled arson, an apparent attempt by the thief to cover his or her tracks.

Salvation Army ready for community feast

November 24, 2010

Crossroads residents looking to fill their Thanksgiving quotas of turkey and dressing won't have to wait long, as the Big Spring Salvation Army hosts its annual holiday meal Thursday.

While prep work for the meal actually began Tuesday — with the breadth of the work expected to be completed this afternoon — the dinner won't be ready until Thursday morning, according to Salvation Army Capt. Terri Cheshire, when Salvation Army staff and a slew of volunteers lay out the turkey and trimmings.

Holidays prompt many closures

November 24, 2010

Most municipal and school operations will shut down for the Thanksgiving weekend, officials announced.

Except for emergency services, City of Big Spring offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. This includes trash collection and landfill operations. Offices will resume normal operations Monday.

The same holds true for Howard County offices, which will close at 3 p.m. today and remain closed through the weekend. These include the library and senior center. Emergency services will remain open, officials said.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

November 24, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• EDWARD JOSEPH BATEMAN, 20, of 2513 Chanute, was arrested Tuesday on warrants for failure to appear (four counts), speeding, expired motor vehicle inspection certificate and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
• ERICKA KRYSTLE GONZALEZ, 20, of 1605 Kentucky Way, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of possession of marijuana – two ounces or less.
• THEFT was reported:
In the 600 block of W. Interstate Highway 20.
In the 1900 block of E. FM 700.

November 23rd

Research: Most cities have initiatives, referendums

November 23, 2010

As city officials continue efforts to bring revisions to the municipality's charter to local voters in May, many area residents may be asking themselves with one very important question: what are initiatives and referendums?

Brought to the Big Spring City Council by newly-elected Mayor Tommy Duncan, the city staff has been asked to research the possible use of term limits, initiatives and referendums in the Crossroads area.

Commissioners OK burn ban

November 23, 2010

Howard County commissioners approved a 90-day burn ban Monday morning as the amount of dry grass and brush — coupled with high winds — threatens to turn the Crossroads area into a tinder box.

The court approved the ban by a unanimous vote after County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan explained the danger posed by reckless burning in the area.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

November 23, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• LOGAN EARL ROSE, 28, of 1509 Stadium, was arrested Monday on a charge of disorderly conduct – fighting.
• PHILLIP JON ROSE, 27, of 1614 E. 15th St., was arrested Monday on a charge of disorderly conduct – fighting.
• JOHN THOMAS MARTINEZ, 24, of 4203 Wasson Rd., was arrested Monday on charges of assault – family violence and assault by contact.
• ALFONSO VERGARA-HERNANDEZ, 47, of 208 E. 17th St., was arrested Monday on a charge of unlawful restraint.

November 20th

Career academy produces its first graduate

November 20, 2010

The Big Spring Independent School District's Career Academy, designed to give dropouts and at-risk students another chance at a diploma, is seeing the first fruits of its efforts.

Director Charlie Thomas said the academy, which opened its doors at the start of this school year, has already produced its first high school graduate.

“We got our first graduate (Friday), plus we have a few kids who are getting pretty close,” Thomas said.

The academy's first graduate will receive her diploma at Big Spring High School graduation ceremonies in May.

12 indicted on sex-related charges

November 20, 2010

A Big Spring man indicted on federal child pornography charges in August was indicted on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of continuous sexual assault of a child by a 118th District Court grand jury Thursday.

John Alan Conroy, 37, 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 in Brownfield — where he remains — after allegations tied to the Dec. 27, 2009, incident identified in the federal indictment were made.

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