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March 22nd, 2012
Four indictments were true-billed on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, by a Nolan County Grad Jury. Two of those indictments were sealed.
Fidel Zapata was indicted for driving while intoxicated, a third degree felony. The indictment stemmed from an incident on Dec. 4, 2011. Zapata has also been convicted of driving while intoxicated on May 12, 2008, in the 32nd Judicial District Court in Nolan County, on June 26, 2000, in the 32nd Judicial District Court in Nolan County and on Jan. 9, 1995, in the County Court at Law in Nolan County.
His bond was set at $10,000.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 45 calls for service, issued 12 citations and made two arrests on March 20, 2012.
The SPD received 23, 911 calls.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Emelio Cabrera, 38 â€” Warrants/theft.
â€¢ Jose Garcia, 18 â€” Family violence assault/unlawful restraint/criminal mischief.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 11 calls for service, served one civil paper and made one arrest on March 20, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€¢ Troy Alan Stills, 29, of Abilene â€” Judgment.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Information only â€” Austin.
A woman led law enforcement officers through a high speed chase on I-20 spanning three counties Wednesday evening.
It happened around 6:30 p.m. The driver of a black Honda Civic led police on a chase through Abilene and Merkel and ended in Nolan county just past exit 249 near Sweetwater.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office said the driver may have a felony arrest warrant out of Tarrant County.
The driver was arrested for evading arrest or detention using a motor vehicle.
Tracey Marc Daniel, 42, of Sweetwater was killed in a one-vehicle crash on Monday, March 20, 2012, in Nolan County.
Daniel was driving a 2002 Freightliner and towed trailer west bound on County Road 147 in Nolan County, one mile west of Farm Road 1809, around 11:46 p.m. He failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. The truck traveled off the roadway to the south and overturned. Daniel was not wearing a seat belt. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:50 a.m. by Judge Tim Fambrough. His body was taken to McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.
Investigators are not saying if there were any clothes found at the scene where human remains were discovered Tuesday afternoon in Big Spring.
They are also still unable to determine the gender of the person whose remains were found near the McMahon-Wrinkle Airport, just two miles away from Shawn Adkins' mother's house.
Investigators did say that the remains were located in a dirt and grass area where workers do not go frequently, although they did not say if the remains were in a bag, or what they were found with.
Sweetwater has seen several new businesses in the past months, creating growth for the community and its economy. The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors honored Cornett Computer Repair with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at their office located at 204 E. Broadway. The office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lone Star Ag Credit will host a Chamber After Hours event from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at their office located at 400 E. Third Street.
The local office building was built in 1993 after merging with the Roby and Colorado City branches. Tim Weldon is the branch manager for both the Sweetwater and Abilene offices; four workers are employed with the Sweetwater branch.
The Sweetwater office works within Nolan, Scurry, Mitchell and Fisher counties, along with parts of Borden and Kent counties.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 36 calls for service, issued one citation and made no arrests on March 19, 2012.
The SPD received 18, 911 calls.
â€¢ 1300 block of Alamo.
Calls for service:
â€¢ Criminal mischief â€” 1600 block of Crane.
â€¢ Fraudulent use of information â€” Sweetwater area.
â€¢ Information only â€”Â 500 block of NW Georgia.
â€¢ Information only â€” 1000 block of W. Oklahoma.
â€¢ Information only â€” Sweetwater area.
â€¢ Assault â€” 300 block of Lamar.
â€¢ Runaway/terroristic threats â€” 1000 block of Walnut.
According to CBS affiliate KOSA in Midland/Odessa, at the time of Hailey Dunn's disappearance, a company called American Limestone owned the land now owned by Desert Tanks, where the human remains were discovered on Tuesday.
It is being reported that American Limestone did not keep their gates locked, often leaving them open.
It is believed that since the area was gated, investigators never searched it after Dunn's disappearance.
Eight entered guilty pleas during 32nd Judicial District Court on Monday, March 19, 2012. The cases were prosecuted by District Attorney Ann Reed and Assistant District Attorney Barrett Thomas. Judge Glen Harrison presided over the cases.
Speedy Rudolfo Zambrano, with attorney Tom Rees, Jr., pled guilty to possession of marijuana, a state jail felony.
Zambrano was arrested on Aug. 22, 2010, when local authorities found a large marijuana plant growing in his yard.