June 30th, 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.
After a press conference given by Sweetwater Chief of Police Jim Kelley, new details emerged about Sweetwater's Angel and his ordeal.
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.
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).
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:
â€˘ Endangering a child â€”Â IH-20.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 900 block of Oak.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 500 block of E. Broadway.
â€˘ Burglary of a building â€”Â 600 block of W. Alabama.
â€˘ Assault â€”Â 200 block of FK Williams.
â€˘ Assault â€”Â 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:
All four Sweetwater teams are still chasing District 5 championships after the first three days of their respective double-elimination all-star tournaments.
Two teams stayed alive by winning losers bracket games Wednesday.
Sweetwaterâ€™s 9-10 year-olds were a 17-7 winner over Breckenridge, and advance to play Snyder at 7 p.m. to-day in Snyder.
Sweetwaterâ€™s 11-12 year-olds were a 2-1 winner over Breckenridge, and advance to play Snyder at 6 p.m. to-day at Wylie.
The Bomb Squad, a local 12-under softball team, won first place at a state tournament held recently in Wichita Falls. Pictured in no particular order are players Alyssa Villanueva, Maddie Berry, Annalese Espinoza, Jacinda Garcia, Naomi Gonzales, Lauren Jones, Karleigh Coldiron, Senora Medellin, Ashley Parker, Abby Garcia and Savannah Kamer and coaches Marc Villanueva, Lamar Berry and Eli Espinoza.
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.
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.
Sweetwater Regional Federal Credit Union and First Financial Bank in Sweetwater partnered with The American Red Cross to help collect food and water for the first responders of the White Hat Ranch Fire in Maryneal and Nolan Fires by holding a water/Gatorade and food drive to support the The American Red Cross Big Country Branch yesterday. Shown is Jonel Guihama, American Red Cross volunteer, standing in front of some of the donations received at the Sweetwater Regional Federal Credit Union in Sweetwater. Donations will be distributed to areas of need for fire victims and fire fighters.
SWEETWATER, Texas â€” First Financial Bank, N.A., Sweetwater announced the promotion of Rode Owen to Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager for First Financial Bank in Merkel and Trent. He replaces Vice President Eddie Mitchell who recently retired from First Financial Bank after eight and a half years of service.