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March 30th, 2012
Update: Williams was sentenced to life in prison with a $10,000 fine, the maximum sentence he was faced with during the trial. Come back for the full story.
As day four of the trial against Robert Williams continued on Friday, March 30, 2012, a witness was called to the stand for the defense, one of Williams' former employers. Williams only spoke outside of the jury's presence and closing arguments began afterwards.
The jury came back around 12:45 p.m. and found Williams guilty. The punishment phase began around 2:15 p.m. and closing arguments began.
ill, doctors help us recover. Their expertise in helping to make Nolan County a healthier place is invaluable. In commemoration of National Doctorâ€™s Day on March 30, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) wants to recognize the doctors who dedicate their lives to ensure that we maintain the best health possible.
â€śIn our time of need, our doctors are there for us. They save lives, literally, on a daily basis,â€ť said Donna Boatright, administrator of RPMH. â€śI always think of doctors as some of our communityâ€™s most prominent heroes.â€ť
ROSCOE, Texas â€” Seventy percent of firefighters in the United States are volunteer and the only way for these departments to update and repair their lifesaving equipment is through community donations. The Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department faced a very dry year with many fires and is in need of extra funds to purchase new equipment. Thanks to one local farmer and Americaâ€™s Farmers Grow Communities, the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department can continue to keep its community and surrounding area safe.
First Financial Bankâ€™s new motor bank officially opened to the public on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. The new motor bank addition is located on the north side of the existing bank building on the corner of Broadway and Elm Street. There are six drive up lanes, a commercial lane, a night depository and a new state-of-the-art, deposit taking ATM. The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors honored the new addition with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. President and CEO Kirby Andrews, along with wife, Leah Andrews, is shown cutting the ribbon.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 40 calls for service, issued eight citations and made one arrest on March 28, 2012.
The SPD received seven, 911 calls.
â€˘ 1500 block of Hailey.
â€˘ 500 block of E. Ave C.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Theft â€” 700 block of NE Georgia.
â€˘ Theft â€” 600 block of E. New Mexico.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Michelle Castillo Jackson, 32 â€” Family violence assault/warrants.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had nine calls for service, served no civil papers and made one arrest on March 28, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
Approximately 40 acres burned in Nolan County on Thursday afternoon when a controlled burn became an uncontrolled burn. Two Sweetwater Fire Department trucks and the Trent Volunteer Fire Department tanker worked on the blaze with eight firemen working to extinguish the fire.
The second day of the Robert Williams trial took place on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 in the 32nd Judicial District Court at the Nolan County Courthouse.
The entire day was made up of further testimony from the lead investigator at the time of the incident, Tim Blount, formerly with the Nolan County Sheriff's Office. Several videos and a number of photographs were submitted to evidence and shown to the five-woman, seven-man jury.
On Sunday, April 1, the staff and men from Teen/Life Challenge of Dallas will be sharing music, testimonies and a sermon in the 10:30 a.m. service at Cornerstone Church in Sweetwater.
Teen Challenge, now an international ministry with well over 1100 centers in 86 countries, was started in 1958 by the late David Wilkerson. It is considered one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind in the world.
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and as a way to celebrate the efforts to end child abuse, the West Texas Children's Advocacy Center will host the seventh annual awareness banquet.
According to David McDonald, Board President, last year's banquet was a great success due to generous donors. "We are optimistically looking forward to another successful event this year."
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors honored new business and Chamber member, Luluâ€™s Super Mercado, located at 1001 Lamar in Sweetwater with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, March 23, 2012. Owner Danish Siddiqui is shown receiving his first dollar from Ambassador Gay Nell Cherry.
Also, the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors honored new business and Chamber member, Open Window, located at 316 Oak in Sweetwater with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.