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August 24th, 2011

City tax rate goes down

August 24, 2011

The city of Big Spring took a step forward Tuesday night in solidifying its proposed 2011-2012 budget and ad valorem tax rate, calling for a public hearing on the matter to be held during its next council meeting.

The proposed budget is based on a 94.95-cent per $100 valuation tax rate, a drop of 5 cents compared to last year's 99.95 cent rate. The proposed rate is also nearly 5 cents below the effective tax rate of 99.7 cents per $100 valuation.

Jury acquits man on aggravated assault charge

August 24, 2011

A 118th Judicial District Court jury Tuesday acquitted a Big Spring man of assaulting a woman with his automobile.

The jury deliberated about 30 minutes before finding Joseph Alton Murley not guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon at the end of the one-day trial.

Murley was accused of deliberately hitting a woman with his car in the 1300 block of Stanford on July 1, 2010. If convicted, he would have faced a prison term of between two and 20 years in state prison.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 24, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. today:
• LOGAN EARL ROSE, 29, of 1100 Nolan, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for disorderly conduct – fighting.
• ORLANDO SANCHEZ JR., 54, of 1407 Virginia, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of driving while license suspended/invalid – no insurance.
• JOHNNY LEE RIOS, 26, of 710 Creighton, was arrested Tuesday on charges of driving while license suspended/invalid with a previous conviction and theft.

John W. Ray

August 24, 2011

John W. Ray, 84, of Big Spring died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Myers & Smith Chapel with the Rev. Pat Ray officiating.

James Michael Thurman

August 24, 2011

James Michael Thurman, 57, was born to James M. and Dana Collins Thurman on Aug. 5, 1954, in Baird, Texas, and died Aug. 22, 2011, in Pangburn, Ark. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at Family Funeral Service, located at 100 West Searcy St., Heber Springs, Ark., www. dwightfamilyfuneral.com

August 23rd

Shots fired in home

August 23, 2011

Local law enforcement officials are investigating a report of a foot chase that gave way to gunfire Monday morning in the 500 block of State Street.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, the altercation involved several black, male suspects.

Suspect sought in Martin County murder

August 23, 2011

MARTIN COUNTY — What is believed to have begun with an argument turned deadly during the weekend in Martin County, leaving one Lamesa man shot to death and a second on the run.

According to law enforcement officials, the shooting was reported at 8:51 a.m. Sunday when a local resident called 911 to say that someone had been shot at their residence in the 3100 block of County Road D 3600 in central Martin County.

Police/Sheriff/EMS

August 23, 2011

The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. today:
• SHOTS FIRED was reported:
In the 600 block of N. San Antonio Street.
In the 500 block of State Street.
• THEFT was reported:
In the 300 block of S. Owens.
In the 400 block of E. Fourth Street.
In the 700 block of Creighton.
In the 2500 block of Lynn Drive.
In the 1300 block of S. Gregg Street.
• BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 200 block of E. 11th Place.
• BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE was reported in the 1400 block of N. Highway 87.

Dorothy Ellen Stripling

August 23, 2011

Dorothy Ellen Stripling, 81, of Big Spring died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Bill Ivins, the Rev. Keith Wiseman and the Rev. Sharon Wiese officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Olive Memorial Park.

Peter Kim 'P.K.' Barnes

August 23, 2011

Peter Kim "P.K." Barnes, 62, of Big Spring died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, in Mitchell County. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene.

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