Archive - Mar 2012

March 23rd

Gender of remains determined

March 23, 2012

The Big Spring Police Department has issued the following release regarding the gender of the remains found near the McMahon-Wrinkle Airport Tuesday afternoon:
The autopsy on the remains found in Big Spring, Texas began a short time ago in Tarrant County. Detective George Oliver of the Big Spring Police Dept. is in attendance. It has been determined that the remains are that of a male. As of this time nothing else has been determined and we will put out another release following completion of autopsy and a preliminary report from the medical examiner. No further details at this time.

MasterScapes opens Sweetwater office

March 23, 2012

MasterScapes, a landscape business that has been open since 1991 in Abilene, has recently opened an office in Sweetwater. The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce honored the new office with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 22, 2012. The local office is located at 608 E. Avenue A. Ryan McCorkle is the local general manager. MasterScapes has been designing, constructing and maintaining the landscape of the Big Country for 20 years, including that of the Sweetwater Independent School District properties. For an appointment, call 235-1937.

Nolan County Courthouse repairs: progress made toward county projects

March 23, 2012

Rodney Harvey with Curtainwall Design Consulting led the powerpoint presentation and discussion regarding the state of the courthouse and the options available for repair during the special County Commissioners' meeting on Friday morning, March 16, 2012, in which several steps were taken toward the progress of the Nolan County Courthouse renovations as well as the construction of the new jail and sheriff's offices for the county.

Progress made toward Nolan County Jail, Sheriff's Office project

March 23, 2012

During the special County Commissioners' meeting on Friday morning, March 16, 2012, several steps were taken toward the progress of the Nolan County Courthouse renovations as well as the construction of the new jail and sheriff's offices for the county.
The three hour meeting included thorough presentations for the two projects from Wiginton Hooker and Jeffrey, the architect selected by the county, and allowed for in-depth dialogue between the commissioners and the presenters.

High speed chase ends in Nolan County

March 23, 2012

Tye Police Department Officer Chad Campbell arrested Anastasia Michelle Brown, 35, of Arlington, after the woman led law enforcement officers through a high speed chase on I-20 spanning three counties Wednesday evening.
It happened around 6:30 p.m. Brown, driving a black Honda Civic, led police on a chase through Abilene and Merkel and ended in Nolan County near mile marker 248, according to Nolan County Sheriff David Warren.
"The pursuit began in Callahan County and the driver reached speeds of 120 miles per hour during the chase," said Sheriff Warren.

Blotters for March 21, 2012

March 23, 2012

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 43 calls for service, issued four citations and made one arrest on March 21, 2012.

The SPD received 25, 911 calls.

Calls for service:
• Family violence assault — 300 block of Louisiana.
• Runaway — 200 block of Clark.

Arrested by SPD:
• Female juvenile, 14 — Runaway.

The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had five calls for service, served no civil papers and made three arrests on March 21, 2012.

Arrested by NCSO:
• Heather Nina Castelan, 31, of Snyder — Warrant/bond forfeiture.

R. Don Wright

March 23, 2012

R. Don Wright, 69, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Highland Church of Christ with Lynn Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy 277 South. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

March 22nd

Forensic Anthropologist Surmises on Time Frame for Identification of Remains

March 22, 2012

Forensic anthropologist William Stevens says the amount of time it could take for a positive identification to be made on the body found in Big Spring depends on the condition of the remains.
"If a body is mummified like that usually I think we'd rely more on X-rays to look at growth and development to predict the age of a person. Positive ID would depend entirely on what is available for the suspective person, you know, X-rays or dental records which tend to be the easier route," Stevens said.

Ribbon cutting planned for Doug Sitter State Farm

March 22, 2012

Sweetwater is getting another "good neighbor" as State Farm has introduced another agent to the area, Doug Sitter.
A native of the Midwest, Sitter graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Communications and pursued his post-graduate degree in Business at Webster University. Prior to joining State Farm, he worked for three years in Europe, including England, Germany, Ireland and Scotland.

Fundraiser to help restore Freddie the Fire Truck

March 22, 2012

Nolan County 4-H is selling chances to win a framed un-authenticated Railroad savings bond. Chances are $1 each and those interested are encouraged to stop by Tractor Supply on Saturday, March 24, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to purchase chances for the drawing. The drawing will be Monday, April 9. For more information, contact Tasha Baxter at 235- 3184. After Saturday chances can be bought at the Nolan County Extension office. The funds raised will go to help restore Freddie the Fire Truck.

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