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Rico found not guilty of trying to murder son

February 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.

Grand opening slated for State Farm establishment

February 28, 2012

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.

Chamber donates to Wood Bat Classic

February 28, 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.

Bull Bash raises $8,700

February 28, 2012

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.

Blotters for February 24-26, 2012

February 28, 2012

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.

Accidents:
• 500 block of E. Ave B.

Calls for service:
• Disorderly conduct — 200 block of NE Georgia.
• Family violence assault — 1700 block of Hailey.
• Theft — 500 block of E. Louisiana.
• Family violence assault — 500 block of E. Louisiana.
• Criminal mischief — 900 block of Circle Drive.
• Burglary of a vehicle — 1000 block of Bawcom.

Arrested by SPD:
• Christopher Thompson, 29 — Warrants.

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