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A 118th District Court jury awarded three Howard County residents a total of more than $350,000 for property repair and medical expenses incurred as a result of the February 2008 Alon Refinery explosion.
The jury verdict came at the end of a week-long civil trial Friday afternoon.
Plaintiffs Beverly Smithie and Ron and Debra Walker sued Alon USA to recoup property and medical expenses they sustained from the explosion, which occurred Feb. 18, 2008.
The jury found that Alon had been negligent in assisting the plaintiffs and awarded the following damages:
Howard County commissioners are expected to consider a ban on fireworks Monday morning, approximately a month after the government panel issued a burn ban in hopes of staving off wildfires in the Crossroads area.
County Judge Mark Barr said the county is required to wait until the drought index in the Crossroads area reaches a specific level before issuing a fireworks ban, a level Howard County has already surpassed.
Check off another construction project at Howard College.
The college's administration building is once again open for business after workers recently completed extensive renovation of the facility. That work is part of more than $20 million in renovation projects ongoing across the Birdwell Lane campus.
College trustees will hear about the state of renovation when they hold their monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the student union building's Tumbleweed Room.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity:
â¢ MARK ANTHONY SALAZAR, 20, 212 E. Robinson, was arrested on a warrant charging driving while intoxicated.
â¢ MONA ALICIA SALDANA, 25, 1400 Virginia, was arrested on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid.
â¢Â SOMER DANAE LANCASTER, 32, 1804 N. FM 700, was arrested on three warrants from other agencies.
â¢ RENE ANGEL VALDEZ JR., 49, 2205 Johnson, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.
â¢ TONGCHEN LIU, 28, Ithica, N.Y., was arrested on a charge of hindering officers from discharging official duties.
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 â which began Monday with jury selection â 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.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. today:
â¢ TIFFANY ANN ELDER, 28, of New Mexico, was arrested Thursday on warrants for public intoxication, failure to appear (two counts), no driver's license â when unlicensed, failure to maintain financial responsibility and consumption of alcohol by a minor.
â¢ INEZ GUTIERREZ ZAVALA, 30, of 208 Circle, was arrested Thursday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid â no insurance.
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.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â¢ ADRIAN PATRICK VALENCIA, 22, of 908 S. Nolan, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction.
â¢ 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.
â¢ MICHELLE LYNN GARDNER, 20, of 1906 Morrison, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid â no insurance.
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 â taking over for longtime social worker Paula Lafler, who has been sidelined with health problems â said the lack of Christmas gifts donated for the annual effort has her very concerned.
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 â 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 âA Night Without Your Little Smiles,â 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.