October 30th, 2012
Averaging approximately 500 ballots a day so far during early voting, election officials say Howard County is on track to collect upwards of 10,000 voters in this year's general election.
According to Howard County Election Administrator Saundra Bloom, her office has averaged approximately 500 in-office voters a day since early voting opened Monday â€” a whopping 617 Monday, 580 on Tuesday and 491 recorded Wednesday â€” with no signs of slowing.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. today:
â€¢ JUSTIN DELAGARZA, 27, of Midland, was arrested Sunday on a charge of theft â€“ more than $50 and less than $500.
â€¢ DANIEL WAYNE MCKNIGHT, 35, of 1114 Mulberry, was arrested Sunday on two warrants from other agencies.
â€¢ MARY ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ, 45, of 104 N.E. Ninth St., was arrested Sunday on a warrant from another agency and a charge of failure to identify as a fugitive â€“ giving false information.
David Rosales Marquez, 90, of Big Spring died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Parish. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel.
David was born Oct. 29, 1922, in Big Spring and married Juanita Ramirez on June 26, 1988, in Big Spring. He worked in the street maintenance department for the city of Big Spring for 40 years, retiring in 1988.
Luis Adolfo Pena Jr., 33, of Big Spring, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Chapel, with Robert Rivera officiating. Burial will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.
Dennis Ausbie, 52, of Lubbock, formerly of Big Spring, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at his residence in Lubbock. Arrangements are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
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.