On the 27th of February 2015 at approximately 5:45 A.M. the Big Spring Fire Department was dispatched to 1413 Wood in reference to a structure fire. When fire personnel arrived it was found that a storage building behind the residence was fully engulfed. During the fire investigation it was found that the person responsible for starting the fire was still on scene. Big Spring Police Department Officers responded and contacted Steven Rodriguez W/M 42 years of age. Rodriguez admitted to starting the fire which resulted in the damage to the property. It was also found that Rodriguez had an active Criminal Trespass Warning for 1413 Wood. Officers attempted to take Rodriguez into custody at which time he resisted their efforts. Rodriguez has been charged with Arson, Criminal Trespass and Resisting Arrest.
On the 9th of February 2015 at approximately 6:00PM the Big Spring Police Department Narcotics Division conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by Jessica Burden W/F DOB 8/21/92 and Marshall Coker W/M DOB 3/18/83. Subsequent to the traffic stop Burden and Coker were found to be in possession of marijuana and were arrested. A search of the vehicle revealed numerous forms of identification including checkbooks, driver’s licenses, social security cards, tax forms etc. and a .22 caliber 9 shot revolver.
Yesterday, (02-05-15) Big Spring Police and Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office, responded to a shooting at 1610 Oriole in which a 16 year old was shot. Almost immediately, information was provided to Police from Crimestoppers. The information led Investigators to a possible suspect. It was learned that the victim was shot by another 16 year old and the shooting was gang related. It appears the shooting stemmed from a Facebook argument that lead to threats and then to the shooting. Investigators learned that the suspect had left town after the shooting and was in Midland. Midland Police were contacted and went to an address on Dakota street and located the suspect and detained him. Big Spring Investigators went to Midland and transported the suspect back to Big Spring. He was interviewed by Detectives and confessed to the shooting. At this time he is in the custody of The Juvenile Detention Center, charged with Aggravated Assault w/ Deadly Weapon. Police are continuing the investigation and more arrests could follow. There is no update from Lubbock on the victims condition.
On 02-05-2015 at approx.. 8:15 am, Officers responded to 1610 Oriole in reference to numerous shots fired. Dispatch advised that one subject had been shot. On arrival officers found a 16 year old male subject inside the residence with two gunshot wounds. He was struck in the right hand and left arm. He was immediately transported by ambulance to the Emergency Room. Officers found that someone had stood outside the residence and fired at least six shots through the homes picture window and struck the victim as he slept on the living room couch. Numerous witnesses reported hearing shots but saw nothing. As of this release no motive has been established. There were several other people asleep in the home including an infant. None of them were injured. The victim was transferred to a Lubbock hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No further at this time.
Officer Wright Taking time out to play some ball with some local children.
The Big Spring Police Department is pleased to announce they will begin accepting applications for the CitizensPolice Academy Class to begin in May 2015!
“The CPA is 30 hour program intended to enhance understanding and cooperation between the citizens of Big Spring and Howard County and the personnel of the Big Spring Police Department,” said Brian Gordon, Administrative Lieutenant of the BSPD.
The Academy is designed to give participants a “tip of the iceberg” overview of the tasks, responsibilities and procedures of the men and women serving in local law enforcement. It is an opportunity for citizens to hear from officers in various functions of police work such as: Dispatch, Records, Animal Control, Recruiting and Training, Patrol Operations, Criminal and Narcotics Investigations, Crime Scene Processing, Crime Stoppers and SWAT functions. Robust question and answer sessions are encouraged throughout the program. Few questions are considered off-limits, and participants receive the most honest, straightforward answers available, from the people most qualified to give them.