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August 6th, 2011

Guilty: Mendez receives 18 year sentence

August 6, 2011

After four hours of deliberation, Albert Mendez, Jr. was found guilty of indecency with a child by contact and was sentenced to 18 years of prison with a $10,000 fine on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 in the 32nd Judicial District Court by a Grand Jury.
The morning began at 9 a.m. with presiding Judge Glen Harrison giving the complete charge to the 10-man, 2-woman jury. The indictments read were for three counts against Mendez—aggravated sexual assault, indecency with a child by contact and indecency with a child by exposure, following a Jan. 17, 2010 allegation of crime on his step-daughter.

August 5th

Night Around the Drag

August 5, 2011

Facebook page, I Grew Up in Sweetwater, Texas invites all residents to drive around the old drag, around the old Sonic and back up to First Financial Bank. The event will be from 9:30-11:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011.

Mendez takes the stand

August 5, 2011

Day three of the Albert Mendez, Jr. trial continued on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in the 32nd Judicial District Court on the counts of sexual assault of a child, indecency of a child by contact and indecency of a child by exposure against Mendez following an incident with his step daughter on Jan. 17, 2010 at his residence in Sweetwater.
The day was full of testimonies — including Mendez taking the stand himself during the afternoon block of the trial.

Heart Walk planned for October

August 5, 2011

The 2011 Sweetwater Heart Walk will take place on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at the Sweetwater Mustang track field. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. An informational breakfast was held this week with speakers telling about the local heart walk and heart disease. One speaker was Scott Lambert (right). His son, Zane (left) was born with a heart problem. At nine days old he had open heart surgery to fix a pinched aorta. Lambert stated that he was never limited by the operation and is currently a student at Sul Ross State University in Alpine.

Highland Heights UMC donates suitcases to Gateway Family Services

August 5, 2011

Highland Heights United Methodist Church recently consecrated and delivered a collection of 55 used suitcases, toilet tissue, Kleenex, paper towels, paper cups, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, soap and toothbrushes to Gateway Family Services. Gateway ministers to individuals involved in family violence and sexual assault in a five county area, Scurry, Nolan, Mitchell, Fisher and Kent. Pictured above is only a section of the altar that was filled with suitcases and supplies.

Darlene Jones

August 5, 2011

A graveside service for Darlene Jones, 61, of Sweetwater, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at Sweetwater Cemetery with Rev. Jimmy Don Bennett. Interment will follow under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Jones died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, in Abilene.

Blotters for Aug. 3, 2011

August 5, 2011

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 59 calls for service, issued two citations and made two arrests on Aug. 3, 2011.

The SPD received 27, 911 calls.

Calls for service:
• Burglary of a habitation — 1700 block of Hailey.
• Theft — 1500 block of Ragland.
• Theft — 2400 block of E. Broadway.

Arrested by SPD
• Londa Bussey, 44 — Public intoxication.
• Jeremy Johnston, 36 — Warrant.

The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had six calls for service, served five civil papers and made two arrests on Aug. 3, 2011.

Arrested by NCSO:

Stanley Goff

August 5, 2011

Stanley Goff, of Mason, passed away on Monday, August 1, at the age of 61.  Mr.

August 4th

Testimonies continue at Mendez trial

August 4, 2011

Five testimonies were heard during the second day of the criminal case against Albert Mendez, Jr. on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 in the 32nd Judicial District Court at the Nolan County Courthouse.
A competency hearing was held prior to the jury’s entry to determine if the alleged victim was capable to take the stand for the case, which came about from an alleged incident which took place in the early morning hours on Jan. 17, 2010 at Mendez’s residence at 702 W. New Mexico in Sweetwater. The victim was nine years old at the time.

New pharmacist joins Rolling Plains Memorial team

August 4, 2011

Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) has named Lynn Staggs as its new pharmacy manager. Staggs, who joined the team in June, is responsible for continuing the hospital’s commitment of providing the best healthcare services in Nolan County.
Staggs, who was previously a pharmacy operations manager at a private company, is an accomplished pharmacist and executive leader who has an excellent history of caring for patients. He is now in charge of daily operations at the hospital’s in-house pharmacy.

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