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July 12th, 2012
After almost four hours of deliberation, Larry Staton was found not guilty by a six-man, six-woman jury on two charges of indecency with a child â€” one by contact, a second degree felony and the other by exposure, a third-degree felony â€” on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in the 32nd Judicial District Court.
Staton was on trial following his indictment of the two charges that stated the offenses occurred on or around Sept. 1, 2010, to a child younger than 17 years of age.
Gail Rose has recently been promoted to become the new manager of the Sweetwater Regional Federal Credit Union, located at 1900 Preston Road.
Ms. Rose has been with the establishment for the past two-and-a-half years. Prior to her promotion, she served as a bookkeeper as well as an operations manager. Her training in accounting has led to the acquisition of 20 years of accounting experience under her belt.
The West Central Texas Center for Economic Opportunity has been awarded $400,000 to help individuals take steps toward self-sufficiency as part of their Individual Development Account program. Grant monies of $200,000 were received from the Office of Community Services (Assets for Independence Project) and matched by the Dodge Jones Foundation, Dian Graves Owen Foundation, and the Shelton Family Foundation.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 26 calls for service, issued two citations and made one arrest on July 10, 2012.
The SPD received 15, 911 calls.
â€¢ 100 block of W. Arizona.
â€¢ 500 block of E. First.
Calls for service:
â€¢Â Criminal mischief â€”Â 1300 block of Lemon.
â€¢Â Informationâ€”Â Sweetwater area.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Justin Nash, 23 â€” Aggravated assault with deadly weapon.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had seven calls for service, served no civil papers and made three arrests on July 10, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
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Area officers from the Nolan County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Sweetwater Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety were trained over the last two days in high performance tactical police driving maneuvers. Four specialized driving instructors and one intern came to Sweetwater to offer the instruction that covered two days. All of the instructors were Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, according to Sheriff David Warren.
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Chamber Coffee event at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at the Sweetwater Country Club, located at 1901 Country Club Drive, and will be co-hosted by the Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Rick Rhoades, who is the administrator for rural affairs and Robert Howden of Texans For Economic Progress. AT&T will also co-host the event. Randy Teakell is the local AT&T manager.
A trial began on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, in the 32nd Judicial District Court against Larry Clarence Staton with Judge Don L. Jarvis officiating. District Attorney Ann Reed and Assistant District Attorney Barrett Thomas are prosecuting the case and Jeffrey Allen is the attorney for the defense.
Staton has been charged with indecency with a child by contact, a second degree felony and indecency with a child by exposure, a third degree felony. The indictment states that the offenses occurred on Sept. 1, 2010 to a child younger than 17 years of age.
The SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) Board of Directors met for their monthly meeting on Monday morning, July 9, 2012 at the Chamber of Commerce.
Among the action items from the meeting was the 2012-2012 FY (fiscal year) budget, which was approved. A sample budget had been discussed at the June meeting, with a complete budget prepared and proposed to the board by SEED Executive Director Ken Becker during this meeting.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 57 calls for service, issued five citations and made two arrests on July 9, 2012.
The SPD received 16, 911 calls.
â€¢ 100 block of SE Georgia.
â€¢ 100 block of W. Arkansas.
Calls for service:
â€¢Â Criminal mischief â€”Â 1500 block of Lubbock.
â€¢Â Criminal mischief â€”Â 600 block of W. Alabama.
â€¢Â Theftâ€”Â 900 block of Mulberry.
â€¢Â Assaultâ€”Â 900 block of Circle Drive.
â€¢Â Theftâ€”Â 400 block of NE Georgia.
Arrested by SPD:
â€¢ Jamie O'Connor, 26 â€” Warrant.
â€¢ Jay Walton, 47 â€” Public intoxication.