It is the mission of the Big Spring Police Department to enhance the quality of life throughout our community by working cooperatively with the public to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, minimize fear and provide for a safe environment. We are committed to excellence in law enforcement and are dedicated to the people we serve, and to the traditions and diversity within our city. We will provide service with professionalism and understanding, response with compassion, performance with integrity and law enforcement with vision.
On the 29th of June 2015, Animal Control Officer Michael Arista submitted his resignation of employment while under investigation with the City of Big Spring. The resignation was made effective immediately.
The Criminal Investigations Division has continued to investigate this cruelty case and has since submitted a case to the County Attorney’s office for prosecution purposes.
Although it appears this was a tragic mistake made by Arista, the Big Spring Police Department believes it is a mistake that cannot be taken lightly.
The cruelty case is still an open investigation and the Detectives will continue to work with the County Attorney’s office regarding this incident.
This is an ongoing criminal investigation and no further comment will be made by the Big Spring Police Department.
On 07-09-2015, at approx. 8:54 am, Officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Lancaster in reference to an accident. Upon arrival officers located a wrecked van belonging to The First Church of The Nazarene, 1400 Lancaster. The vehicle had struck a fence. Officers were told by a witness the driver of the van had gone in the church. The officer approached the church and found broken glass door and a suspect inside the building. The male suspect was taken into custody and officers began surveying the scene. The suspect had broken into three buildings on the property and had caused damage throughout the buildings. He had entered and operated two church vans and intentionally wrecked both. At the time of this report damage estimates have reached $ 20,000 and may go higher. The suspect is identified as PAXTON, DOUGLAS 31 y.o.a. of Big Spring. Paxton is in custody charged with Burglary and 2 counts of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. More charges may follow as the investigation continues. Paxton will be arraigned at a later date. No motive has been determined in this senseless offense.
On the 9th of July 2015 at approximately 10:00AM, the Big Spring Police Department’s Narcotics Unit and Criminal Investigation Division executed a search warrant at 1400 Princeton. The search warrant was the result of information received from within the community and an investigation initiated by the Narcotics Unit. Upon entering the residence investigators located over 350 ecstasy pills a small quantity of marijuana and 3 handguns. Dontae Carr B/M 33 years of age and Leslie Burciaga H/F 30 years of age were both arrested from within the residence. Carr was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2 less than 400 grams and multiple Class C Misdemeanor traffic warrants. Burciaga was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2 less than 400 grams. This is an ongoing investigation by the Narcotics Unit and additional charges are expected.
On 07-13-2015 at approx.. 9:10 am, Officers responded to the 2000 blk. Of S. Monticello in reference to shots fired. Officers learned that a male subject had fired at least one shot from a weapon and went into his residence in the 1300 blk. Of Barnes st. It appeared that this was the result of a domestic dispute at the residence on Barnes. A female subject left that residence and went to a relatives house on S. Monticello. The male subject is believed to have fired one shot from an unknown gun at the residence on Monticello. The subject then went back into the residence on Barnes which Officers established a perimeter around. Attempts were made to contact the male subject who was now identified as RICHARD ANDERSON, 48 y.o.a. After about two hours Anderson emerged from the residence and was taken into custody. There were no injuries to anyone and Anderson was arrested and charged with Deadly Conduct. At least 3 weapons were found in the residence. As of this report Anderson is in the Howard County Detention Center and will be arraigned later. No further at this time.
On 07-21-2015 at approx. 11:55 am, Officers, along with E.M.S responded to Comanche Trail Park in reference to an injured child. Once on scene it was determined that a twelve year old Big Spring boy had used a knife and cut himself in the throat. The boy was alone and was observed bleeding from the neck by passersby who notified authorities. It was determined that the boy was attempting to take his own life. He was taken to the Emergency Room by ambulance and was immediately flown to Lubbock. As of this report his condition is unknown. His parents were notified and were with him at the hospital. Due to the age of the victim no further details can be released.
On 07-22-2015 at approx. 8:10 pm, Officers responded to 2616 Ann, in reference to a Burglary of a Habitation. Upon arrival Officers met with the complainant who advised he had stopped by his parents’ house to check on something. His parents were not at home and when he entered the residence he came face to face with a male subject who broke into the home. A struggle began between the two and at this point the complainant saw a second burglar coming toward him with a shotgun that belonged to the home owner. The second male suspect demanded the release of the first suspect. The victim waited until the second suspect got closer. He released the first and began struggling for control of the gun. The victim was able to take the weapon from the suspect and cycled the weapon, only then discovering the weapon was not loaded. Both suspects fled out the back door of the residence, leaving the items they had planned to steal behind. As the victim was calling 911, another family member followed the two suspects and Police were led to them a short distance from the burglarized home. Both were taken into custody and were found to be juveniles. Both were 16 years of age. No one was injured during the incident. While interviewing both suspects investigators learned the a third male had entered the home with them but had fled prior to the victim coming home, possibly taking items stolen from the residence. It was learned that the suspects had planned hitting three homes in the neighborhood but were caught while committing the first burglary. The third suspect is expected to be arrested soon.