October 29th, 2012
A Big Spring man was arrested this week on charges of sexually abusing a child, according to local law enforcement officials.
Samuel Lee Lyte, 70, of 1811 S. Lancaster, was arrested Monday night and charged with indecency with a child â€“ sexual contact and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair. According to officials with the Howard County Detention Center, Lyte was later charged with continual sexual abuse of a child less than 14 years of age.
Law enforcement officials with the Howard County Sheriff's Office are investigating a shooting early Saturday morning that claimed the life of one Big Spring man and injured another.
Luis Adolfo Pena, 33, was pronounced dead at Scenic Mountain medical Center shortly after 2:30 a.m. from what investigators say appears to be a gunshot wound.
According to Sheriff Stan Parker, HCSO deputies were alerted to the scene at approximately 2:33 a.m. Saturday.
Jury selection is expected to begin in 118th District Court this morning in the trial of a Big Spring man charged with four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Hector Manuel Gonzales Jr., 33, of 3730 Adams St., was indicted by a Howard County grand jury in mid-April on four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, all first-degree felonies.
According to the indictment, the incidents took place in 2010 with the first occurring March 1 and the last happening on or about Nov. 24.
The case was investigated by the Big Spring Police Department, according to court records.
LUBBOCK â€“ The Big Spring High School Band was oh-so-close to earning a spot in the state marching contest, but close wasn't good enough in this case.
The Steer Band lost out on its ticket to state by tie-breaker at Saturday's Class 3A Area Marching Contest in Lubbock.
Lubbock Cooper, Abilene Wylie and Monahans finished first through third, respectively, to earn a spot in the University Interscholastic League state marching contest, which will be held in Austin next month.
Pedro Salazar, 70, of Big Spring died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at his residence. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Luis Adolfo Pena Jr., 33, of Big Spring died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Ramon Florez was born in Big Spring, Texas, to Felix and Jesusita Florez. A longtime resident of Atwater, he passed away Oct. 14, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz., at the age of 89.
He was a retired lead janitor for Merced County, a World War II veteran and member of Crusillista de Cristiandad of St. Anthonyâ€™s Church in Atwater.
He is survived by his children, Aurora Florez, Rita Florez, Cruz (Phillip) Sanchez, Lucy (Frank) Perez, Felix (Simona) Florez, and Ruben (Mary) Florez; and 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Bessie Ruth Green, 96, of Lenorah, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Manor Park in Midland. Memorial services were tol be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church in Stanton with the Rev. Monte Kreis, officiating.
The family will received friends Friday, Oct.26, 2012, at Gilbreath Funeral Home.
Ruth was born in Roxton, Texas, Sept. 26, 1916, to Wincie H. and Daisy Lillian Dale Maness. She graduated from Wellman High School. She married Odee Green on April 25, 1936 in Brownfield. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Stanton.
Richard Paul Fleckenstein, 83, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. At his request, there will be no services, as he has donated his body to the Texas Tech University Willed Body Program in Lubbock, Texas.
The ability to stay warm when the mercury falls is something most Crossroads residents take for granted, but according to officials with the Big Spring Salvation Army, there are many within the community who struggle when the weather turns cold.
Bessie Flores, social worker for the local Salvation Army, said the weather â€” from the heat of summer to the freezing winters â€” poses a very real problem for many low-income residents, a problem that can turn deadly.