Archive - Feb 28, 2012
Carlos Rico was the man at the center of a case that shocked the Big Country. In June of 2011, Rico strangled his young son, then dumped him along the side of Interstate 20 in Sweetwater. On Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, 32nd Judicial District Judge Glen Harrison found Rico not guilty of attempted capital murder by reason of insanity.
"It was my position all along that he was not competent to stand trial, but even much more important is he was not sane at the time of offense," said Michael Brown, Rico's attorney.
Though some changes are being made at the local level for State Farm, its new yet familiar agent wants to ensure that the company continually cares for its customers.
Richard Fergeson has taken over the State Farm establishment located on Broadway, but has been with the company since November 2009. He worked under local former State Farm agent Mike Reed until May 2011, when he began a nine month internship in Austin to make the transition into his new role beginning on March 1, 2012.
Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce President Rodney Foster presented a check from the Chamber to Coach Roland Herrera on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. The donation will be used in the upcoming Wood Bat Classic Baseball Tournament. The tournament will start Thursday, March 1 and end Saturday, March 3.
The Third Annual Ridin' For Cash bull riding champion was Guthrie Long of Gardendale, TX. Second place was Will Anderson of Haslet, TX; third place was Stormy Rasberry of Roby, TX; fourth place was McKennon Wimberley of Cool, TX; fifth place went to Bradley Brittion of Odessa, TX and the sixth place winner was Kyle Carson of Ranger, TX.
The Mutton Bustin Champion was Kaleb Hall of Sweetwater.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 141 calls for service, issued 17 citations and made six arrests from Feb. 24-26, 2012.
The SPD received 65, 911 calls.
â€¢ 500 block of E. Ave B.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Disorderly conduct â€”Â 200 block of NE Georgia.
â€¢ Family violence assault â€”Â 1700 block of Hailey.
â€¢ Theft â€”Â 500 block of E. Louisiana.
â€¢ Family violence assault â€”Â 500 block of E. Louisiana.
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€”Â 900 block of Circle Drive.
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€”Â 1000 block of Bawcom.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Christopher Thompson, 29 â€” Warrants.
Funeral services for Jimmie Jeanette Bennett, 80, of Sweetwater, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2012, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Rev. Terry White officiating. Interment will follow at Belvieu Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Bennett died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at Abilene Regional Medical Center.
Archie M. Carr of Sweetwater, loving husband, father and PawPaw went home to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 74 on Feb. 27, 2012, surrounded by his family who loved him deeply. He will be greatly missed but his passion, his strength and his unconditional love for all of us will never be forgotten. Archie leaves behind his loving family and a multitude of friends.
Edward (Eddie) Longoria, age 30, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 in Amarillo, Texas.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel, recited by Maria Herrera.
Christian funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Deacon Bill Butler officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Sweetwater High Schoolâ€™s softball team is back on the road for a game at Merkel at 4 p.m. today.
Sweetwater is 6-2 overall after winning two of its three games at Sweetwaterâ€™s tournament. The Lady Mus-tangs began their event with a 13-2 win over Perryton this past Friday at the Jerry Collins Complex, lost to Clyde 8-5 later that day and beat Colorado City 6-3 in their final game Saturday.
The Sweetwater High School girls golf team shot a two-day total of 776 at the Sweetwater Classic for a third-place finish this past weekend.
Only Abilene High (707) and Abi-lene Cooper (719) finished ahead of Sweetwater, which was in fourth place after an opening 385 on Friday but moved up one position on Saturday after a finishing 391. Jim Ned (793) and Wylie (801) completed the top five, while Sweetwaterâ€™s No. 2 team shot 866 to place eighth and the No. 3 team shot 951 to place 12th among the 14 teams in the field.