June 29th, 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.
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.
The Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) received 35 calls for service, issued five citations and made two arrests on June 27, 2011.
The SPD received 10, 911 calls.
Calls for service:
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 300 block of W. Arkansas.
â€˘ Theft â€”Â 1500 block of Bristol.
â€˘ Information only â€”Â 200 block of Jenny George.
Arrested by SPD:
â€˘ Leonard Delgado, 17 â€”Â Family violence assault.
â€˘ Johnny Gunter, 26 â€”Â Warrant.
The Nolan County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had nine calls for service, served five civil papers and made two arrests on June 27, 2011.
Arrested by NCSO:
The Junior League (ages 13-14) all-stars were the only Sweetwater team to come away with a win in District 5 Little League action on Tuesday in Abilene.
Sweetwater routed Clyde, 26-1, and will now take on Snyder at 5:45 p.m. Thurs-day at Wylie. Thursdayâ€™s winner advances to the semifinals on Saturday.
Sweetwaterâ€™s 9-10 year-old all-stars lost, 18-17, to Abilene Cedar Creek in their District 5 opener. The loss means Sweetwater must defeat Breckenridge at 6 p.m. today at Cedar Creek in order to stay alive through the losers bracket of the tournament.
Sweetwaterâ€™s 10-11 year-old all-stars have been totally dominant through the first two games of the District 5 Little League tournament they are hosting at the Major League field.
After Mondayâ€™s 22-0 win over Snyder in its opener, Sweetwater again showed little mercy Tuesday as it shut out Merkel, 12-0, to reach Fridayâ€™s semifinals.
Sweetwater will be taking on Wylie, which is also 2-0 in the tournament after an equally convincing 20-1 win over Abilene Southern in Tuesdayâ€™s other game.
SAN ANGELO, Texas â€” A four-year-old boy covered in cactus spines was found in the middle of I-20 near Sweetwater this morning, police said.
The boy's father, Carlos Rico, is in jail in Saginaw, where he has been charged with endangering a child for allegedly abandoning his child, Angel, said Sweetwater Police Chief Jim Kelley.
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A four-year-old boy named Angel was found on Interstate 20 this morning near the East Interchange by Sweetwater residents on their way to Abilene, according to Sweetwater Chief of Police Jim Kelley. The boy, who is Hispanic, was found around 6:30 a.m. with "possibly hundreds" of cactus spines in him. "He is in good shape, is very bright and sociable," said Kelley.
Kelley stated that Child Protective Services are now involved and the Amber Alert organization and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have been contacted, as well as many other law enforcement entities.
The Nolan County Commissioners Court held its regular meeting on Monday morning, June 27 at the Nolan County Courthouse.
As approval must take place on a weekly basis, approval was once again given to extend the disaster declaration for Nolan County along with the order prohibiting outdoor burning for one week.