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January 10th, 2012
Thereâ€™s nothing like needing to rinse your hair and discovering that not only are you out of hot water, but youâ€™ve lost water pressure all together. Now, imagine that happening in the middle of winter.
A busted water pipe in the freezing weather is one of those things that can turn the refuge you call home into a nightmare. Itâ€™s also something that can be prevented by taking the right measures before the coldest months in Texas are upon you.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 143 calls for service, issued four citations and made 13 arrests from Jan. 6-8, 2012.
The SPD received 68, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Assault â€” 800 block of E. 14th.
â€˘ Burglary of a habitation â€” 900 block of W. Louisiana x2.
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€” 1100 block of James.
â€˘ Burglary of a habitation â€” 700 block of W. Arizona.
â€˘ Criminal mischief â€” 600 block of Throckmorton.
â€˘ Robbery â€” 1900 block of Chester.
â€˘ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 1700 block of Hailey x2.
â€˘ Burglary of a vehicle â€” 900 block of E. 16th.
On Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, the Sweetwater Police Department led a search along with the Nolan County Sheriff's Office, 32nd Judicial District Attorney's Office investigators and the Department of Public Safety at 209 E. Avenue B, after obtaining a search warrant.
According to Sweetwater Chief of Police Jim Kelley, several people were allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab in the house and selling the controlled substance from that location.
During a called School Board meeting held on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, Highland ISD School Board voted to hire Duane Hyde as their new Superintendent.Â
Hyde was previously in the position of the schoolâ€™s Secondary Principal, a position that he has held since 2005.Â Prior to that, he had also been principal for Merkel ISD and for Blackwell CISD.Â His experience also includes math teacher, coach and Athletic Director.Â
The Sweetwater Police Department is currently investigating a robbery that took place over the weekend on the 1900 block of Chester Street in Sweetwater.
On Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, officers responded to the home in which three people allegedly entered the home of an 82-year-old man by kicking the back door open, held him against the wall and took items from his home.
Items stolen include money, a watch and several other items. No arrests have been made in the case, but officers continue to investigate.
The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers in Nolan County â€“ cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer â€“ to organize and recruit fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, seek refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2012 event.
Three ladies are making a difference every Thursday at Sweetwater Healthcare Center. Marie Leach, Irene Ludlum and Barbara Keeney host Bingo day every Thursday afternoon for residents of the nursing home, providing an activity for those wishing to join the group.
Leach and Ludlum have been hosting the games since the early 90s, beginning when both of their mothers were residents at the facility. "The people just enjoy it so much," said Ludlum.
"They are always glad to see us and that makes us feel great," added Leach.
A child placement trial has been set for the 4-year-old boy who was abandoned on Interstate 20 in Sweetwater last June.
Angel Flores was found covered in cactus needles after his father, Carlos Rico, allegedly choked him and left him on the side of Interstate 20.
Angel was initially placed under the care of child protective services, then given to a foster family.
Angel is still in foster care, but a trial has been set for May 21 of this year to decide his final placement.
The Texas State Technical College Police Department in Sweetwater recently purchased a 2009 Ford Police Interceptor. The vehicle was provided by the Nolan County 32nd Judicial District Attorney's Office and was purchased utilizing drug seizure funds. TSTC Police Chief Mike Keller reported, "On behalf of the entire TSTC Police Department, I would like to personally thank District Attorney Ann Reed for her valuable contribution to our department."
Shown from left to right are Mike Keller, Ann Reed and Charles Armstead.