July 7th, 2011
When Sweetwater Police Department detectives Sam Cunningham and Lance Richburg first saw four year old Angel Flores on Tuesday morning, June 28, sitting inside police headquarters, it was just another day at the office.
And while the question of the emotional impact on the detectives might come into play for locals absorbing the case, the detectives say it's as easy as turning on a switch.
Cunningham, with 19 years of service with the SPD under his belt, takes it all "a day at a time". While the mantra might sound overused, he has seen the results of slowing down.
Team holding fundraiser
The 2011 Sweetwater Little League Allstars (10-11 year olds) are district champs. After a two game win over Wylie, they have earned the District 5 Championship title for the second year running and will advance to the Sectional tournament in Waco for a week-long tournament with a chance to move on to the State Championship.
They now advance to the Texas West Section II tournament July 13-17 at Waco. The same players went to a sectional tournament in Fort Worth last summer as 9- and 10-year-olds.
Shown at the monthly Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Coffee are Brenda Stirl, Pam Willman and Liz Howard enjoying coffee and conversation. The Coffee was held at Best Western Inn and Suites on Wednesday, July 6, 2011.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 44 calls for service, issued five citations and made one arrest on July 5, 2011.
The SPD received 25, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Burglary of a building â€”Â 800 block of E. 16th.
â€˘ Burglary of a vehicle â€”Â 1500 block of E. 12th.
Arrested by SPD
â€˘ Jamie O'Connor, 25 â€”Â Warrants.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 11 calls for service, served three civil papers and made no arrests on July 5, 2011.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Domestic disturbance â€”Â FM 608.
â€˘Â Information only â€” 4th Street, Roscoe.
Only a handful of teams are good enough to make it to the sectional round of Little League all-star play each summer.
But not only does Sweet-water have a pair of teams going to sectionals, most of the players on those teams have been there before.
Later this week, an important decision will be made about who will care for a 4-year-old boy found along the side of Interstate 20.
Angel Flores was found in Sweetwater covered in cactus spines. He was then taken to a Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital where he has been recovering.
Police say his father, Carlos Rico, choked him and left him to die on the side of the road.
Rico says a divine power told him to kill his son. He's behind bars on $500,000 bond, charged with attempted capital murder.
Community connections extend beyond a townâ€™s physical limits. Those connections extend the hand of friendship and care during times of hardship.
The First Salem Lutheran Church in Roscoe collected funds during the Easter holidays to help those in Colorado City who lost their homes during the February wildfire.
â€śThese are very caring, very good, generous folks who are always looking for a way to give and share,â€ť Howell Martin, pastor said.
Martin, who is a coach and sixth grade science teacher at Colorado Middles School, was well acquainted with the fire situation in Colorado City.
Evangelical Methodist Church invites everyone to hear David and Debbie Hawk speak at the church, located at 700 Lamar Street, on Monday, July 13, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. They are missionaries to El Salvador. Debbie is the daughter of William and Joyce Mayo of Sweetwater. Shown are the Hawks, Debbie, Blake, David, Kaitlin and Taylor.
Three people pled guilty to Judge Glen Harrison during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Tuesday.
Kenneth Gene Wiley pled guilty to theft over $100,000 but less than $200,000, a second degree felony. For his plea, Wiley received 10 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, probated for 10 years. He will have to pay a $2,000 fine, $309 in court costs and $193,354.29 in restitution to GE Energy. He will also have to serve 240 hours of community service.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 202 calls for service, issued 29 citations and made nine arrests from July 1-4, 2011.
The SPD received 69, 911 calls.
â€˘ 800 block of E. 17th.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Runaway â€”Â 400 block of Seaton.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€˘ Counterfeiting/Forgery â€”Â 100 block of NW Georgia.
â€˘ Assault â€”Â 100 block of E. Broadway.
â€˘ Information report â€”Â 1100 block of Mulberry.
â€˘ Information report â€”Â 600 block of E. Arizona.
â€˘ Accident involving damage to a vehicle â€”Â 800 block of E. 17th Street.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 1700 block of Lamar.