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January 13th, 2012
After around only an hour and a half of deliberations, a five-woman, seven-man jury found Julian Castillo not guilty of indecency with a child by contact on Thursday evening, Jan. 12, 2012.
A number of testimonies from the defense were heard on the second day of the trial â€” including the defendant himself, in the 32nd Judicial District Court in the Nolan County Courthouse.
SWEETWATER, Texas â€“ Sweetwater Goodfellows, the cityâ€™s annual holiday season fund drive for Nolan County residents in need, has received a $1,000 donation from Tenaska, Goodfellows President Billie Johnston has announced.
â€śOn behalf of Sweetwater Goodfellows, I want to thank Tenaska for this generous contribution,â€ť she said. â€śThis donation will help provide a happier Christmas and holiday season for many of our neighbors in need this year.â€ť
Last Saturday the top student musicians across Texas gathered to participate in the final round of competition for the Texas All-State Band. In Lubbock, over 250 students were invited, representing over 100 competing schools, from Abilene to Amarillo to El Paso. Three students from Sweetwater High School competed. Sophomore French hornist Stephen Le finished in seventh place out of 20 auditioning, just missing all-state by three chairs. Sophomore alto saxophonists Chase Scott placed third out of 15, just missing all-state by one spot.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 43 calls for service, issued no citations and made one arrest on Jan. 11, 2012.
The SPD received 12, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Fraud â€” 1300 block of Lamar.
â€˘ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 1200 block of Bristol.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Christopher Reed, 35 â€” Theft.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had two calls for service, served three civil papers and made two arrests on Jan. 11, 2012.
Arrested by NCSO:
â€˘ Jesse James Gamez, 24, of Sweetwater â€” Warrants/public intoxication and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
Year after year, saving money and eating healthier rank high on the list of New Yearâ€™s resolutions, but as many know all too well, busy schedules can make it hard to keep these resolutions up.
â€śPretty Deliciousâ€ť author and â€śTop Chefâ€ť alum Candice Kumai has partnered with The Glad Products Company to create delicious recipes that help bring healthy food out of the kitchen, and in turn, help to
save you both the cost and calories associated with eating lunch out.
The final pledge was received this past week from the First Responders Appreciation and Recognition Dinner held on Oct. 25, 2011, and the committee announced that the community raised $18,910.92 at the dinner. All six Nolan County fire departments will each receive a total of $3,151.50 to help restock and repair what they used in the many wildfires of 2011. "Our committee is most proud of the appreciation and recognition dinner for our first responders and their families and the way our community came together to make it such a successful event.
Brookshireâ€™s Food and Pharmacy stores have brought back the Food Club Frenzy to give customers a chance to win $500 and a new Chevrolet Camaro valued at approximately $40,000.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 49 calls for service, issued no citations and made no arrests on Jan. 9, 2012.
The SPD received 59, 911 calls.
â€˘ 100 block of Lamar.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Assault â€” 1000 block of Oak.
â€˘ Theft â€” 1500 block of James.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 25 calls for service, served no civil papers and made no arrests on Jan. 9, 2012.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Domestic disturbance â€” Main Street, Roscoe.
â€˘ Reckless driver â€” I-20 MM 238 east bound.
â€˘ Vehicle accident â€” I-20 MM 237 west bound.
The SEED (Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development) Board of Directors met for their first meeting of 2012 on Monday morning, Jan. 9 at the Chamber of Commerce.
The board approved a resolution supporting the extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind development. Ken Becker, the Executive Director for SEED, noted that this year he will be attending the AWEA (American Wind Energy Association) Washington Day in February, which allows him and others associated with the group to interact with and encourage Congress to take action on the matter.
The first day of testimony in the Julian Castillo trial began on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at the Nolan County Courthouse, with the state presenting their whole case and the defense beginning their case by presenting an audio recording.
Castillo is charged with two counts â€” aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child â€” from an incident occurring around May 15, 2002. Opening statements were heard from both the state and defense, 32nd Judicial District Attorney Ann Reed and defense attorney Jacob Blizzard.