April 14th, 2012
Sexual assault and drug cases dominated Thursday's session of the Howard County Grand Jury.
The grand jury returned a total of 28 felony indictments against 19 individuals during the session.
Among those true-billed were Albert Trevino Carrillo, 34, of 1500 Mesa in Big Spring, who was named in three indictments â€” one for first-degree aggravated sexual assault of a child and two for indecency with a child, both second degree felonies.
If convicted, Carrillo could face up to 99 years or life in prison for the aggravated sexual assault charge and up to 20 years on the indecency charges.
By BRIAN MCCORMACK
Wind whipped through Steer Park Friday and with a potential playoff spot at stake, the Big Spring Steersâ€™ baseball squad faced off against district leader Abilene Wylie (6-1), treating fans to yet another exciting outing.
Unfortunately, the Steers were on the short end of a 2-1 ball game despite Adam Francoâ€™s brilliant performance from the mound.
Franco recorded a loss but allowed only one Bulldog hit, striking out six batters. The hit that went through, however, was a two-run blast in the top of the fourth, propelling Wylie to a hard-fought victory.
By BRIAN MCCORMACK
ABILENE â€” The Big Spring High School Lady Steers won the District 5-3A Championship Friday, racking up 197 points to Wylieâ€™s 180, ending the Lady Bulldogs 20-year stranglehold on district titles.
Bridgett Tuitt led BSHS by winning five gold medals and setting a school record with a time of 24.2 in the 200 meter. Ambra Hill also left her mark in the record book with a time of 47.54 in the 300 meter hurdles.
A woman was killed Wednesday afternoon when the truck she was driving was hit by a Union Pacific train at the Alon USA owned Big Spring Refinery.
According to Alon USA public relations spokeman Blake Lewis, the woman was a contractor working at the local facility and not a refinery employee.
Emergency personnel with the refinery's emergency response team, the Howard County Sheriff's Office and Big Spring Fire Department all responded to the accident, which happened on refinery property at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Area residents will have a chance to show the mountain â€” Scenic Mountain, that is â€” who is boss this weekend.
The 14th annual Master the Mountain 5K/10K Fun Run and Walk is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in Big Spring State Park. Registration is $25 and will take place from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
â€śThis year, one of the big things is we are bringing back the 10K run,â€ť Ron Alton, state park manager, said.
The 10K run had been put on the back burner the past few years, but with the support of volunteers and other planning details, it will resume for 2012.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. today:
â€˘ JORDAN ALLEN MCLEOD, 21, of 618 Tulane, was arrested Wednesday on charges of evading arrest or detention with a previous conviction and purchasing/furnishing alcohol to a minor.
â€˘ JOHNNY ISIAIAS GONZALES JR., 22, of 810 E. 14th St., was arrested Wednesday on charges of evading arrest or detention and purchasing/furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Edna Faye Smith, 97, of Big Spring died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at her residence. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Lindsey, pastor, officiating.
She was born Oct. 23, 1914, in Lampasas, Texas, to Lemuel and Hanorah Rutledge. She married Jack Y. Smith on Oct. 14, 1932, in Walters, Okla. He preceded her in death Dec. 1, 1986.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Big Spring.
Oscar Solis Sr. 50, of Big Spring died Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Pampa. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Myers & Smith Chapel with the Rev. Joe Torres officiating. Burial will be at Mount Olive Memorial Park.
He was born May 23, 1961, in Big Spring. He lived most of his life in Big Spring. He married Sally Rodriguez on April 6, 1993, in Big Spring. He was a welder and a Baptist.
Clyde Gafford, 95, of Bastrop, formerly of Big Spring died Friday, April 6, 2012, in a Bastrop nursing home. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park with the Rev. Mark Lindsey, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
She was born May 22, 1916, in Westbrook, Texas, and married Monroe Gafford May 18, 1933, in Colorado City, Texas. He preceded her in death May 23, 2005.