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December 11th

Police blotter

December 11, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity:
• MARK ANTHONY SALAZAR, 20, 212 E. Robinson, was arrested on a warrant charging driving while intoxicated.
• MONA ALICIA SALDANA, 25, 1400 Virginia, was arrested on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid.
• SOMER DANAE LANCASTER, 32, 1804 N. FM 700, was arrested on three warrants from other agencies.
• RENE ANGEL VALDEZ JR., 49, 2205 Johnson, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.
• TONGCHEN LIU, 28, Ithica, N.Y., was arrested on a charge of hindering officers from discharging official duties.

December 10th

Alon suit awaits verdict

December 10, 2010

The property damage trial pitting three Crossroads residents against oil giant Alon USA continued in 118th District Court today, with the case expected to be handed to the jury sometime this morning or afternoon.

According to court officials, the case — which began Monday with jury selection — was brought by local residents Beverly Smithie and Ron and Debra Walker, who allegedly sustained property damage in February 2008 when an explosion ripped through the Big Spring refinery, sending a shock wave through the community.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 10, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
• TIFFANY ANN ELDER, 28, of New Mexico, was arrested Thursday on warrants for public intoxication, failure to appear (two counts), no driver's license – when unlicensed, failure to maintain financial responsibility and consumption of alcohol by a minor.
• INEZ GUTIERREZ ZAVALA, 30, of 208 Circle, was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid – no insurance.

Accident takes local woman's life

December 10, 2010

Separate accidents Wednesday left one Big Spring resident dead and two in serious but stable condition in area hospitals.

The fatal accident occurred late Wednesday in the 1700 block of Gregg Street. Big Spring Police Department officers responding to the scene discovered that 2007 Saturn driven by Gabriel Paredez, 23, of Big Spring, had struck a traffic signal pole at the intersection of 17th and Gregg.

December 9th

Police/Sheriff/EMS

December 9, 2010

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
• ADRIAN PATRICK VALENCIA, 22, of 908 S. Nolan, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
• WILLIAM TROY HOGAN, 44, of 302 N.E. Second St., was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
• MICHELLE LYNN GARDNER, 20, of 1906 Morrison, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid – no insurance.

Angel Tree gifts fall far short

December 9, 2010

Officials with the Big Spring Salvation Army say donations to the local charity's annual Angel Tree program are trickling in at an alarmingly slow rate with just days before the holiday effort meets its deadline.

Bessie Flores, newly appointed social worker for the Salvation Army — taking over for longtime social worker Paula Lafler, who has been sidelined with health problems — said the lack of Christmas gifts donated for the annual effort has her very concerned.

Child-free shopping? College group can make it happen

December 9, 2010

Parents of small children who want to get some Christmas shopping done without having to tote their tykes around may have a way out of their dilemma Saturday — Howard College will babysit your little one.
And you'll be supporting a good cause, to boot.

The college's Student Government Association will offer the event, called “A Night Without Your Little Smiles,” from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum. Cost is $25 per child, said Marcia McNew, SGA advisior at HC.

Local group looking for laughs — literally

December 9, 2010

Local comedy troupe Goondock Saints will be holding auditions Saturday at the Comanche Trail Park Amphitheater in preparation for an Austin performance slated for late January.

According to troupe spokesman Clay Vickers, the local comedy group is slated to perform at The Hideout Theater in Austin on Jan. 28, but the company of comedians is in need of other funny men and women to help round out the show.

December 8th

Charter review committee to recommend term limit election

December 8, 2010

The city of Big Spring's charter review committee may not be able to agree whether term limits, initiatives and referendums are a good idea for the municipality, but the board was unanimously in favor of putting the issue before Crossroads voters during Tuesday night's meeting.

The committee voted unanimously to submit ballot language for term limits for the city council to consider Tuesday, as well as open discussions concerning initiatives and referendums during the same meeting, with a vote on the issue not being taken until the first meeting in January.

Drive-Through Nativity begins Friday

December 8, 2010

For the 24th consecutive year, First Church of the Nazarene will give visitors a step-by-step account of the birth, life and death of Jesus — all from the comfort of their automobiles.

FCN's annual Drive-Through Nativity, which annually draws thousands of visitors from across West Texas, will be held Friday through Sunday at the church, located at 1400 Lancaster.

Event times are from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each night. Admission is free, although donations (which go toward future Nativity expenses) will be accepted, said C.J. Ward, church secretary.

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