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March 28th, 2012
The trial against Robert Williams began on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in the 32nd Judicial District Court with presiding judge Glen Harrison.
Williams is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity as part of the crack cocaine distribution house on 1110 Runnels which was busted by local and area authorities on October 6, 2010.
Jury selection began Tuesday morning, with the final twelve jurors being selected shortly after 2 p.m. Opening statements were heard starting around 3:30 p.m. from District Attorney Ann Reed for the state and David Thedford for the defense.
Four people have recently entered guilty pleas during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings with District Attorney Ann Reed and Assistant District Attorney Barrett Thomas prosecuting and Judge Glen Harrison presiding.
On Monday, March 26, Leo Garcia PeÃ±a, with attorney Tom Watson, pled guilty to aggravated assault with a serious bodily injury, a second degree felony. Court documents state that PeÃ±a hit a family member with his fist, breaking the victim's jaw on April 13, 2009.
A 30 mile-per-hour limit was approved to be set for Nolan County Road 277 during the county commissioners' meeting on Monday, March 26, 2012 at the Nolan County Courthouse.
Though no residents from the area were in attendance at the meeting, Precinct 3 commissioner Terry Locklar presented the information given to him. The narrow road has seen increased traffic from trucks in oil field work, which has brought a concern to parents in the area.
Doug Sitter State Farm, one of two State Farm agencies in Sweetwater, has recently opened an office in the community. The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce honored the new office with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, March 23, 2012. The local office is located at 208 Lamar Street.
Shown right are Doug and Brandi Sitter, along with their children, Maddox and Chloe and employee Danica Hickson, accepting their first dollar from Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Brenda Stirl.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 138 calls for service, issued nine citations and made eight arrests from March 23-25, 2012.
The SPD received 57, 911 calls.
â€¢ 300 block of Lamar.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Theft â€” 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€¢ Theft â€” 1100 block of E. Broadway.
â€¢ Duty upon striking â€” 300 block of Lamar.
â€¢ Theft â€” 1100 block of Burch.
â€¢ Forgery â€” 1200 block of Marvin.
â€¢ Counterfitting â€” 400 block of NE Georgia.
â€¢ Burglary â€” 900 block of E. 17th.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Richard Montemayor, 54 â€” Public intoxication.
Craig Slaughter, Sweetwater High School's head football coach and athletic director the past three years, announced today that he is resigning to accept a similar position at Llano.
Slaughter has posted just a 9-21 record at Sweetwater, with three straight sub-.500 seasons and no playoff appearances, since replacing the highly-successful Kent Jackson in 2009 at a school known for its winning football tradition.
JavaJax recently hosted a special, mid-week live music performance on Wednesday evening, March 21. En route from Austin's SXSW (south by southwest) Music Festival to a show in Lubbock on March 22, Hudson Moore performed in Sweetwater.
Check him out on the Videos section of our website to see a live performance he gave at the Reporter office.
Itâ€™s March â€“ the birds are singing, the grass is green and the sun is shining for a longer period of time, it seems. Embrace the season by doting a bit on your major appliances.
Spring cleaning includes cleaning large appliances â€“ such as the air conditioning unit and refrigerator â€“ that might have been overworked in previous months. Equipment maintenance could save money on electricity and help you avoid costly repairs.
Sweetwater Jaycee MichaelÂ Hurd visited students at J.P. Cowen Early Childhood Center and made a presentation about rattlesnakes and rattlesnake safety for Headstart and Pre-K classes on Wednesday, March 7.
San Antonio â€“ The Swine Skillathon was held Feb. 9, at the San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo.
This contest uses participantsâ€™ knowledge of the swine industry and several youth were recognized for their outstanding results by being rewarded with a 2012 San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo Scholarship.
One such youth was Tyler Brauneck of Sweetwater, Texas. Brauneck, an active member of the Roby FFA, enjoys horse judging and is an eagle scout. He hopes to eventually attend college for nursing.