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Jerry Dewitt Washington was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance, namely cocaine, and was sentenced to 8 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) with a $1,000 fine on the second and final day of his trial held in the 32nd Judicial District Court on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.
Testimony from the defense was slated to begin shortly after 8:30 a.m., but conflicts with a potential witness who was considering testifying led to an extended recess period.
The East Ridge Elementary School PTO, with the help of students, teachers and parents, held many fundraisers throughout the 2011-2012 school year to be able to purchase new equipment for their classroom teachers.
The East Ridge PTO raised the funds necessary by holding their annual ABC Pie Sale, several popcorn and pickle sales, The Santa Shop and PTO also ran the concession stand at the Mustang Bowl.
Carola Martin was recently named Teacher of the Year for Sweetwater Middle School within the Sweetwater Independent School District. She is a seventh and eighth grade science teacher.
Martin's entire teaching career â spanning 26 years â has been with Sweetwater ISD. She earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Ed. Biology and Life/Earth Science from Abilene Christian University.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 56 calls for service, issued one citation and made no arrests on May 29, 2012.
The SPD received 35, 911 calls.
â¢ 2300 block of Lamar.
Calls for service:
â¢ Criminal mischief â 700 block of Lamar.
â¢ Forgery â 800 block of E. 14th.
â¢ Theft â 400 block of NE Georgia.
â¢ Theft â 1000 block of Cedar.
Arrested by SPD:
â¢ Darren DeLeon, 18 â Warrants.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 11 calls for service, served no civil papers and made two arrests on May 29, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
Area artists Brandon Bohall and Joah Henry teamed up to bring Sweetwater a musical event for Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday night, May 26, a concert was held at the Nolan County Plaza parking lot. This is the first time for the acts to perform in Sweetwater. Performing acts included Sambo Sly, Tony Rainwater and the Spiting Image Band, Shane Henry and the 4 x Band, the Brandon Bohall Band and Joah "Beaver" Henry. Shown above is Joah "Beaver" Henry (far right) performing with Mike Woodward, Ricky Ballenger (4 x) and Jimmy Curly (4 x).
Roy Juarez, Jr., motivational speaker, has reached a milestone of working with over 100,000 students on the âMy Bag, My Home: Homeless By Choiceâ Tour. Juarez spoke to students from Sweetwater ISD a couple years ago as part of the tour.
The Tour began as a dream (literally) to inspire students not to give up on life, their dreams, and understand the value of a higher education. In 2010, Juarez set out on his self-funded tour with a mere $100 and a full tank of gas.
During the regular monthly meeting of the Nolan County Hospital District's Board of Directors held on Monday, May 21, 2012 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, three unopposed board members were sworn in to continue their service. Board Chairman Steve Holcomb (far left) is shown administering the oath of office to (from left to right) Wayne Chowning, Cheyenne Smith and Carlos Alvarado.
The trial against Jerry Dewitt Washington began on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 in the 32nd Judicial District Court. Washington was previously indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely cocaine, occurring on July 14, 2011.
Jury selection began on Tuesday morning, with the panel dwindling to become the 8-woman, 4-man jury. A pre-trial motion outside of the jury's presence was heard on Tuesday afternoon in an effort for the defense to suppress any evidence found in the trunk of the car Washington was in, but was denied by presiding judge Glen Harrison.
Two issues regarding voting were approved by the Nolan County Commissioners during their meeting held on Tuesday morning, May 29, 2012 at the Nolan County Courthouse.
Approval was given toward the elimination of five voting precincts for the county. On March 16 of this year, with the county moving into one district following the state's redistricting process, precincts 10 through 14 were removed.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 200 calls for service, issued 21 citations and made eight arrests from May 25-28, 2012.
The SPD received 124, 911 calls.
â¢ 300 block of Lamar.
â¢ 1200 block of Hailey.
Calls for service:
â¢ Theft â 300 block of E. New Mexico.
â¢ Family violence assault â Sweetwater.
â¢ Information only â 1100 block of Mustang Drive.
â¢ Family violence assault â 800 block of Poplar.
â¢ Minor in possession â 300 block of Hailey.
â¢ Criminal mischief â 900 block of Circle Drive.
â¢ Theft â 700 block of SW Georgia.
Arrested by SPD: