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February 23rd, 2012
The Abilene Police Department Bomb Squad robot destroyed a suspicious package in Sweetwater Wednesday afternoon.
"It was taped up with some black electrical tape and athletic tape, and did not have a proper label on it," said Det. Lance Richburg of the Sweetwater Police Department.
Sweetwater PD called in the Abilene Police Department Bomb Squad after a postal employee picked it up at the Nolan County Courthouse and brought it to the post office.
"Once the postal employee began looking at the package more closely, he became concerned and left it in the parking lot," Richburg said.
The 2011 racial profiling statistics for the Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) were presented during the February 2012 regular meeting of the City Commission by Sweetwater Police Chief Jim Kelley.
According to the written report, racial profiling is defined as "a law enforcement-initiated action based on an individual's race...rather than on the individual's behavior or on information identifying the individual as having engaged in criminal activity [and] pertains to persons who are viewed as suspects or potential suspects of criminal activity."
The "Adopt-A-Mustang" program is back again. Lady Mustang Softball players have decided to take part in the program starting Thursday, Feb. 23, for the Varsity tournament. The program is designed to let students from kindergarten through sixth grade "adopt" a high school athlete. Students have the chance to adopt a Lady Mustang varsity softball player. Registration is still $25, and students will get a t-shirt and button with their adoptees name and picture. And because the varsity players are in such high demand, students can adopt the same Lady Mustang if they want.
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, the Friends of the Library will present award-winning Texas historian Bill Oâ€™Neal, who will speak about his book, The Johnson-Sims Feud: Romeo and Juliet, West Texas Style.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 40 calls for service, issued no citations and made one arrest on Feb. 21, 2012.
The SPD received 12, 911 calls.
â€˘ 100 block of Musgrove.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€”Â 1200 block of Ragland.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 1700 block of Hailey.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 500 block of Pine.
â€˘ Sexual assault â€”Â Sweetwater area.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 1700 block of Lamar.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 1900 block of Hubbard.
â€˘ Family violence assault â€”Â 900 block of Circle Drive.
â€˘ Unattended death â€”Â 1600 block of Bristol.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Anthony Bentley, 19 â€” Warrant.
A tense situation was diffused in front of the Sweetwater Post Office after an Abilene Police Department bomb squad robot destroyed a suspicious package this afternoon.
Officials in Sweetwater were reportedly on heightened awareness following the presence of several protesters outside the Nolan County Courthouse yesterday and its close proximity to the post office.
The package reportedly contained a cellphone.
There were no injuries.
Jesus Cecilio Villa pled guilty to indecency with a child by contact, a second degree felony, during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.
Along with their recent renovation, First Financial Bank in Sweetwater updated the furniture in their offices. Their older furniture was donated to several local churches. Shown loading furniture for their church, Highland Heights United Methodist Church, are Melvin Walker, Rusty Allen and Doug Taylor.
The rescheduled City Commission meeting took place on Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, 2012 at City Hall.
The resolution recognizing the contributions of the Ludlum family to the economic life of Sweetwater along with the 50th anniversary of Ludlum Measurements was approved, following the reading of the resolution last Tuesday, Feb. 14 by Commissioner Jerod Peek.
Ken Becker, Executive Director for SEED, recently traveled to Washington DC in conjunction with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and their â€śWind Power on Capitol Hill 2012â€ť. This is an effort to educate the legislators on the importance of passing the Production Tax Credit (PTC) extension.Â "We were looking for a minimum one year extension that would be tied to the Payroll Tax Bill," said Becker. "The current PTC will expire on Dec. 31, 2012.Â The importance of the PTC extension is vital in keeping the emerging renewable energy markets expanding, investing, and hiring employees."