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Media Release 4/1/14


On the 1st of April 2014, The Big Spring Police Department executed several felony arrest warrants for Narcotics Violations. The arrest warrants are the result of approximately 6 months of investigation by the Big Spring Police Department’s Narcotics Division. Assisting with the arrests were the Howard County Sheriffs Office, Sterling County Sheriffs Office, Homeland Security and the U.S. Marshals. The following have been arrested as a result of this sweep;

Carl Wells W/M DOB 9/25/82
Delivery Controlled Substance SJF 
Andy Lee Cuellar W/M DOB 3/11/85
Delivery Controlled Substance F1 
Carol Scaggs B/F DOB 8/1/47
2 counts Delivery Controlled
Substance In A Drug Free Zone F3 
 Dolly Woodard W/F DOB 10/11/44
Delivery Marijuana SJF
 Christopher Salazar W/M DOB 7/31/87
Possession of Marijuana MB
 Demetrius Pruitt B/F DOB 12/25/66
Delivery Controlled Substance In A Drug Free Zone F3
 Steve Lopez W/M DOB 2/7/64
Possession of a Controlled Substance SJF
 Steven Sims  W/M DOB 2/1/83
Delivery Controlled Substance F2
 Nicole Prather W/F DOB 1/10/95
Possession of Marijuana MB
 Phillip Mendoza Sr. W/M DOB 4/29/51
2 counts Delivery Controlled Substance F1
 Brandon Mindling W/M DOB 4/16/91
Possession of Marijuana MB
 Stacy Poe  W/F DOB 11/17/72
Possession Controlled Substance SJF


The following individuals are still pending arrest as Police are attempting to locate: If you have any information to the whereabouts of any of these subjects please contact “CRIMESTOPPERS” at 432 263-TIPS

Thomas White  W/M DOB 4/7/91  Zachary Clanton W/M DOB 8/31/82 
 Donnie Robertson  W/F DOB 12/27/89  Thomas Bolton   W/M DOB 5/29/82
 Mark Ryerson W/M DOB 09/10/87  Robert Johnson  W/M DOB 11/7/82
 Mary Kate Nelson W/F DOB 11/18/61  Kessandra Urbina W/F DOB 7/25/91


These investigations are a result of a collaborative effort with the citizens of Big Spring and the Big Spring Police Department.  We share an interest in a Drug Free community to live and raise our children.  The Big Spring Police Department is committed to serving the community and providing a safe environment for all. 

Media Release 3/20/14

On 03-20-2014, at approx. 2:00 pm, The Big Spring Police Department Narcotic Division executed a search warrant at 801 Wyoming St. Assisted by the Big Spring/Howard County S.W.A.T. Team, Investigators made three arrests and seized marijuana, crack cocaine and U.S. currency. The following suspects were arrested.
  1. FREDWRICK DOTSON  B/M  07-02-71
  2. CHRISTOPHER TYLER  B/M  07-15-78
  3. NATHANIEL WRICE  B/M  10-01-89
Found during the search was 38.5 grams of crack cocaine. 67 grams of marijuana. $ 872.00 in us currency. All were charged with manufacture/Delivery of cocaine and Possession of marijuana. The suspects were booked into the Howard County Detention Center and as of this release are awaiting arraignment. No further.

Sgt. Tony Everett
Lt.Brian Gordon
Chief Chad Williams

Media Release 4/11/14

As a result of a Crime Stoppers tip, on the 11th of April 2014, at approximately 10:00AM the Big Spring Police Departments Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at Motel 6 room 232 (600 W. Interstate 20).  Upon entry into the motel room, investigators located 3 grams of Heroin packaged with the intent to be distributed as well as a small amount of marijuana and prescription pills.  Scotty Ray Bland W/M DOB 12/9/78 and Melinda Gamboa W/F DOB 5/22/76 were both arrested and charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance Felony 2.  The Big Spring Police Department commends the citizens of Big Spring for the collaborative work with the common goal.

Scotty Ray BlandMelinda Gamboa

CID Sergeant Tony Everett
Administrative Lt. Brian Gordon
Chief Chad Williams

Media Release 4/15/14

On 04/14/2014 acting on a tip and after follow up investigation, The Big Spring Police Dept. Narcotics Division executed a search Warrant at 1706 S Johnson. Approx. 14.2 grams of crack cocaine, approx. 170 grams of marijuana and two handguns were seized. The following were arrested and charged with possession of controlled substance and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. They remain in The Howard County Detention Center awaiting arraignment. The Big Spring Police Department would like to encourage the citizens of Big Spring and Howard County to continue giving tips on suspected drug trafficking.

Brittany Clayton

Brittany Clayton, B/F, 01/17/1987,
Spencer, Oklahoma 

Eddie Ray Hunter Clayton

Eddie Ray Hunter Clayton, B/M, 02/21/1986,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 

Linger James Evans

Linger James Evans, B/M, 06/30/1961
Cordova, California 

Media Release 4/15/14

Scam Alert!

A person identifying himself as Lt. John Roberts with the Howard County  Sheriff's Office Warrant Division has been calling local residents advising them they have a warrant. They are given instructions to either take a sum of cash to a certain location to pay for the warrant, or they are told they can send the money by Western Union.

This is a SCAM, the Howard County Sheriff's Office does not have anyone employed by that name nor would we ask you to ever bring cash to a location. If you receive a call from this individual please contact the Howard County Sheriff's Office at 432-264-2244.

Sheriff Stan Parker

Media Release 4/18/14

Child Pedestrian Accident

On the 17th of April 2014 at approximately 8:40PM Big Spring Police Department Officers and Emergency Medical Service personnel were dispatched to the 1200 block of Gregg Street in reference to a small child being struck by a vehicle.  By 8:42 PM EMS and Officers had arrived on scene and the child was immediately transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment.  It was found that the child (2 years of age) was with his elderly grandmother in the parking lot of “Hunan’s restaurant” (1201 S. Gregg) when the “rambunctious” child had ran into the roadway and was struck by a 2005 Red Ford F-150 PK.  The investigation led Officers to believe that the incident was a tragic accident and no charges will be filed as a result.  The child was treated and released from Scenic Mountain Medical Center the night of the 17th of April 2014.  Investigators contacted the child’s mother on this date and found the child is doing well though they are following up with physicians as a precautionary measure.

CID Sergeant Tony Everett
Administrative Lt. Brian Gordon
Chief Chad Williams

Media Release 11/20/14

 Within the past several days Midland Police Department Investigators have developed three suspects involved in a Murder which occurred in Midland Texas last week. The U.S. Marshalls Office, Department of Public Safety and the Big Spring Police Department / Howard County Sheriffs Office SWAT Team, assisted Midland Police Department Investigators and the Midland Police Department SWAT Team execute Arrest Warrants on Michael Anthony Gomez W/M DOB 12/9/91, Tyson Demetrius Barker B/M DOB DOB 1/11/91 and Cruz Gutierrez W/M DOB 1/7/93. Gomez and Barker were both located at 710 Pine St. Big Spring Texas and Gomez was located at Park Village Apartments #52 (1905 Wasson Big Spring Texas). All suspects were booked into the Howard County Detention Center each charged with Murder. The Big Spring Police Department and Howard County Sheriffs Office have no further information regarding this investigation. Any further inquiries are directed to Midland Police Department Public Information Officer Sara Bustilloz (432)413-5021.

Michael Gomez

Michael Gomez

Cruz Gutierrez

Cruz Gutierrez

Tyson Barker

Tyson Barker

Media Release 11/13/14 - Habitation Burglaries

Big Spring Officers are currently investigating two habitation burglaries that occurred in the early morning hours of 11-13-2014. The first took place in the 1200 block of W. 6th. A female subject, preparing for work at approx. 3:50 am, went out to start her vehicle. She went back in the house and left the door unlocked. She heard a noise and she walked into the hall and was met by a black male subject pointing a gun at her. At this point her sons were awakened and jumped on the suspect, wrestling him out of the house and to the ground outside. They were not able to keep him there and the subject left the area on foot. The suspect is described as 5'11" tall, athletic build, wearing all black (hoodie, pants, and boots).

 At approx. 4:23 am, Officers responded to the 200 blk of Circle in reference to a similar incident. The complainant advised that a black male armed with a handgun had entered her residence through a door left unlocked when family members had just left for work. The female victim was sleeping with her 5 grandchildren when she was awakened by the man. She described the male as 6'3" 190 lbs, wearing a black jacket and black gloves and was bald. She advised that he seemed confused and did not point the weapon at her but tried to get her to leave the room with him, she refused and her grandchildren began waking up at which point the suspect left the house. In both cases the complainants did observe a 4door or extended cab pickup, older model, with loud exhaust. Both cases are under investigation at this time.

If you have any information please contact Crimestoppers at 432-263-TIPS (8477). Also remember, when you are in your home it is an excellent idea to keep doors closed and locked at all times. Always be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious activity immediately.

Media Release 11/13/14

On 11-12-2014 at approx. 3:34 pm, Detectives served an arrest warrant at 1508 Sycamore. The warrant was for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  Arrested was JOHN M. SOLIS h/m 11-11-85 of 1508A Sycamore. His arrest stems from an incident where Solis is alleged to have shot his neighbor, Nathan Robinson, in the leg on 11-06-14. The shooting was the result of a dispute over parking spaces. Solis was taken to the Detention Center and booked and is awaiting arraignment.

Media Release 11/12/14

On the 8th of November 2014 just before noon, Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to the Roy Anderson Sports Complex (1700 W. IH 20) in regards to suspicious incident.

Officers learned that a child was in the parking lot when an older White/Male told the child to come to him and that he had something for the child.  The child then ran off, locked himself in his own vehicle and later contacted his mother.  At the time of this the older White/Male was within his own vehicle described as a White Chevrolet Silverado with a Black grill guard.  The mother of the child told the Police once she learned of the incident she responded to the parking lot and received the license plate of the suspect vehicle as it was driving off.  The license plate given to Police is registered to an elderly female individual in Big Spring.  

At this point within the investigation, Officers do not have the required information to formally charge anyone with a criminal offense.  The charge Enticing a Child requires an element to the offense to prove the individual intended to interfere with the custodial rights of the guardian.  At this time we do not know what the intent of the older White/Male was.  

The Criminal Investigations Division is following up on this incident.  

This is an ongoing investigation and the Big Spring Police Department has no further information available at this time.

Media Release 11/7/14

On 11-06-2014 at approx. 4:05 pm, Officers responded to the 1500 block of Sycamore in reference to shots fired. Officers were advised that one person had been shot. On arrival officers found one victim with a gunshot wound to the lower leg. The victim was identified as, NATHAN D. ROBINSON III, b/m 40 yoa. The victim advised officers that he had been involved in a dispute with a neighbor over parking rights. The dispute went from verbal to physical at which point the neighbor pulled a pistol and shot the victim in the leg. The suspect threatened to shoot the victim again and the victim made it into his residence and called 911. The suspect fled the scene at this point. The victim was taken by ambulance to the emergency room and at last report was in good condition. The neighbor is being sought for questioning by detectives. No further at this time.

Media Release 11/2/14

On 11-02-2014 at approx. 4:18am, Officers responded to 1002 N. Main Apt. #51, in reference to a possible death. Officers arrived on scene and found that a male subject was deceased in the residence. He was identified as DARREN ZITTERKOPF, w/m, 49 years of age of Big Spring. It was learned that the resident had notified Police and the victim does not live in the residence but is an acquaintance of the resident. Officers observed no obvious signs of foul play and no obvious injuries. Justice of the Peace Green responded to the scene. Due to the age of the victim and the absence of obvious injury, Judge Green ordered an autopsy which will take place Monday at 10:00 am in Lubbock. This investigation is ongoing and there is no further information to release at this time.

Media Release 10/28/14

Phone Scam

Recently The Big Spring Police Department has received complaints from citizens regarding a phone scam. The complaints are regarding phone calls they are receiving from subjects who claim to be law enforcement officers. They tell the citizen that they have missed a court date and owe fines and attempt to collect those fines over the phone. Neither the Police Department nor the Howard County Sheriffs Office are contacting citizens about fines. If you receive one of these calls listen carefully to the name and agency given. Do not give ANY personal information to the callers. Report the call to the local Police or Sheriffs office immediately.

Media Release 10/23/14

On the 22nd of October 2014 at approximately 9:00 P.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to 1002 N. Main (Northcrest Apartments) in reference to a gunshot victim.  When Officers arrived they located the victim, identified as Alfredo Harper B/M DOB 4/3/89.  Harper was found lying outside in-between two of the Apartment buildings.  Harper was found to have been shot in the arm, abdomen and hip.  Harper was immediately transported by EMS to a landing zone for helicopter transport to Midland Memorial for treatment.  The initial investigation revealed some type of verbal altercation occurred between Harper and the suspect, in the parking lot of the apartments, when the suspect pulled out a handgun and fired multiple rounds striking Harper.  Harper was found to have run approximately 100 yards through the apartment complex before collapsing.  The suspect is believed to have departed the apartment complex prior to Officers arrival.  At the time of this release Harper’s condition is unknown.  This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.  If you have any information regarding this shooting please call the Big Spring / Howard County Crime Stoppers at (432) 263-TIPS (8477).

Chief Chad Williams
Lt. Brian Gordon
Sgt. Tony Everett

Media 9/18/14 Update

On 09-17-2014, the body of a white male was found on the railroad tracks near 1st and Austin streets. His name was not released pending notification of next of kin. That notification was made and the victim is identified as OLDAKER, ALLEN 62 years of age, last known residence was in Odessa Tx. There were no signs of foul play and we are awaiting autopsy results.

Media 9/18/14

On the 17th of September 2014 at 9:14PM, Big Spring Police Department Officers and EMS personnel were dispatched to 1st and Austin in reference to a male laying on the train tracks. Officers arrived on scene and observed a 62 year old White/Male laying on the train tracks. Further inspection revealed the subject was deceased. The initial investigation indicates the subject was not struck by a train. There is also no initial indication of any foul play involved. Justice of the Peace Benny Green ordered an autopsy on the subject. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is working with Union Pacific Investigators on this matter. The name of the individual is not being released until next of kin is notified.

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