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February 27th, 2012
The man who left his 4-year-old son on the side of Interstate 20 last June was in court today.
Carlos Rico was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a Nolan County courtroom this morning after both sides waived their rights to a trial-by-jury.
Rico was found incompetent to stand trial last August after meetings with a clinical psychologist. In January, it was determined that Rico was actually able to stand trial, which took place today.
The Sweetwater High School Mustang Band participated in the UIL Region Solo and Ensemble Contest at Abilene High School. Sweetwater earned more solo medals than any other AAA, AA or A school at the competition. Twenty student musicians made 1âs on their solos.
The Sweetwater Fire Department held its annual MDA lockup on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. Over 15 volunteers were locked up until they could raise their bond in donations. Sweetwater Healthcare Center administrator, Leslie Lane (right) was bailed out of MDA jail. She is seen accepting donation for MDAÂ from Cowboy Pump and Supply representative Tommy Coons (left). The proceeds from the event benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and local families.
A national initiative will be commemorated locally on Friday, March 2, as Southeast Elementary School will take part in the NEA (National Education Association) Read Across America Day, a joint celebration of reading as well as the birthday of children's literature legend Dr. Seuss.
Incepted in May 1997, an NEA small reading task force created the idea with the basis of celebrating reading in the same excited manner of football and character building. Thus, the first Read Across America day took place on March 2, 1998, with the group choosing the date to honor Dr. Seuss' birthday.
Recently, the Blackwell FCCLA has been campaigning against bullying. They have done several activities, including Trick-or-Treating for a local women and childrenâs shelter, inviting speakers from Gateway Family Services to inform students about bullying and also held a school-wide poster contest where each class created one poster to help increase knowledge of bullying and how it can be prevented. Also, the chapter adopted six children between the ages of 15, and one month. The children were sent three presents each.
Ray Cornutt, Sweetwater Jaycee President and Chairman of the 54th Annual Worldâs Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up, has released the schedule and prices for the upcoming Round-Up on March 9-11, 2012. The Jaycees have released that they will be paying $10 per pound for live Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes. The Jaycees have collected more than 300,000 pounds of Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes since the start of the Round-Up in 1959.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 48 calls for service, issued three citations and made two arrests on Feb. 23, 2012.
The SPD received 17, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â¢ Information âÂ 400 block of W. Louisiana.
Arrested by SPD:
â¢ Justin Cole, 22 â Public intoxication.
â¢ Ricardo Guzman, 22 â Burglary of a habitation.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had seven calls for service, served four civil papers and made zero arrests on Feb. 23, 2012.
Calls for service:
â¢ Animal control âÂ I-20 MM 227 west bound.
â¢Â Prisoner transport âÂ Plainview.
Big Country Biggest Loser Winner is coming to the Big Country next month for those who want to boost their New Year's Resolutions and are getting ready for summer and swimsuit season locally, as well as compete for a cash prize.
The contest, sponsored by the Big Country Medical Reserve Corps, The Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Rolling Plains Rural Health Clinic, Texas State Technical College and the Sweetwater Reporter will be from March 14 to May 14 with registration dates from March 5-15.
Sweetwater Animal Control currently has one dog available for adoption.
Available for adoption is a Westie mix puppy.
According to Sweetwaterâs animal control officer, Don Kite, animals that are picked up are kept for a minimum of three days, but he tries to keep them from a week to 10 days.
Dogs and cats are available for adoption for a $15 fee and the cost of getting the pet vaccinated for rabies.
The pets are required to have their vaccination before they leave to their new homes.
The trial for Jill Frizzell has been set for Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in the 32nd Judicial District Court. Frizzell was indicted for fraudulent possession of a controlled substance, a third degree felony. Court documents state that Frizzell attempted to possess an increased quantity of a controlled substance, namely Zopiclone, by misrepresentation or deception. The date of offense was July 17, 2010.