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July 1st, 2011

Not guilty verdict in injury to a child case

July 1, 2011

Jesse Lee Sturdivant was found not guilty by a jury on the charge of injury to a child on Wednesday afternoon, June 29, 2011 in the 32nd Judicial District Court. The two-day trial was presided over by Judge Glen Harrison.
The trial, which started on Tuesday afternoon, June 28, stemmed from a visit made by Child Protective Services (CPS) nearly two years ago on June 25, 2009, to the home of Sturdivant's girlfriend, Jennifer Bates, on 815 Circle Drive. Sturdivant lived with Bates and her children for approximately three months.

Blotters for June 29, 2011

July 1, 2011

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 38 calls for service, issued four citations and made no arrests on June 29, 2011.

The SPD received 19, 911 calls.

Calls for service:
• Criminal mischief — 400 block of Alexander.
• Burglary of a habitation — 800 block of Bluff.

The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had 10 calls for service, served seven civil papers and made one arrest on June 29, 2011.

Arrested by NCSO:
• J. Santos Beltran, 24 of Breckenridge — Warrant/motion to revoke probation.

Calls for service:
• Criminal trespass — Hickory, Roscoe.

June 30th

Hailey Dunn's father arrested for failure to appear

June 30, 2011

Clint Dunn has been arrested on two failure to appear warrants: one for possession of marijuana, and one driving while license invalid.
He was scheduled to be at Mitchell County Court at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, and was arrested around 10:15 p.m. the same day.
According to the Sheriff's office, Dunn said he didn't know he was supposed to be there.
He is being held at the Mitchell County Jail on a total of $5000 bonds, and if he can't come up with the money he must stay until his court date, which could be up to 90 days.

Manhunt on in Eastland after police chase

June 30, 2011

The driver of the vehicle involved in a pursuit this morning in Callahan County near Baird, Texas has been identified as Adrian Alberto Garcia. His last known address was in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a Hispanic male standing at 5'7'' and weighing approximately 145 pounds.
The pursuit ended near mile marker 342 in Eastland County. Garcia abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. At present, tracking dogs, helicopters and several police agencies are searching the area. DPS advises citizens to be on the look out, and do not offer this suspect a ride.

UPDATE: Charge upgraded to attempted capital murder

June 30, 2011

UPDATE: According to Sweetwater Police Chief Jim Kelley, Carlos Rico has been booked into Nolan County Jail charged with attempted capital murder. His bond has been set at $500,000. The charge is a first degree felony and possible punishment includes 5-99 years or life in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Original story:
After a press conference given by Sweetwater Chief of Police Jim Kelley, new details emerged about Sweetwater's Angel and his ordeal.

Alvarado honored at RPMH board meeting

June 30, 2011

The Nolan County Hospital District Board of Directors met for their regular meeting on Monday evening, June 27, 2011 at the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH).
The meeting opened recognizing two individuals on the Board. Linda Kite, who is once again serving on the board, was sworn into office by Hospital Chairman Steve Holcomb. Previous board chairman, Carlos Alvarado, was then presented with a plaque for his 10 years of service, the longest tenure of anyone in the position thus far.

Mitchell retires from FFB

June 30, 2011

A retirement reception was held on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at First Financial Bank to honor Eddie Mitchell, who has been at FFB for over eight years. Those attending enjoyed refreshments and congratulated Mitchell on his retirement. Also, employees enjoyed giving Mitchell gifts, as well as gag gifts in the lobby of the bank. He is shown with FFB President and CEO Kirby Andrews (left) and Mitchell's wife, Cresta Mitchell (right).

Blotters for June 28, 2011

June 30, 2011

The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 45 calls for service, issued one citation and made no arrests on June 28, 2011.

The SPD received 19, 911 calls.

Calls for service:
• Endangering a child — IH-20.
• Theft — 900 block of Oak.
• Theft — 500 block of E. Broadway.
• Burglary of a building — 600 block of W. Alabama.
• Assault — 200 block of FK Williams.
• Assault — 200 block of FK Williams.

The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had nine calls for service, served five civil papers and made two arrests on June 28, 2011.

Arrested by NCSO:

June 29th

Town falls in love with an Angel

June 29, 2011

A Lubbock man is spending the night behind bars after his 4-year-old son was found wandering in the middle of Interstate 20 on Tuesday morning in Nolan County.
The child was found at 6:30 a.m. near the Highway 70 split on the east side of Sweetwater.
When turning onto Interstate 20 early Tuesday morning the last thing Sweetwater high school basketball coach Al Hunt and his son expected to see in the middle of the road was a child.
Yet standing in the middle of the dangerous freeway was 4-year-old Angel Flores.

Community comes together for prayer

June 29, 2011

The Nolan County community came together on Tuesday evening for prayer. The event took place on the lawn of First Financial Bank in Sweetwater. Many attended the prayer for rain in light of so many local fires and lack of rain in the area.

 

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