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February 28th, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
â€¢ 500 block of E. Ave B.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Disorderly conduct â€”Â 200 block of NE Georgia.
â€¢ Family violence assault â€”Â 1700 block of Hailey.
â€¢ Theft â€”Â 500 block of E. Louisiana.
â€¢ Family violence assault â€”Â 500 block of E. Louisiana.
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€”Â 900 block of Circle Drive.
â€¢ Burglary of a vehicle â€”Â 1000 block of Bawcom.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Christopher Thompson, 29 â€” Warrants.
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 1â€™s 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 childrenâ€™s 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.