On the 22nd of October 2016 at approximately 12:30 P.M., Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to 707 Lorilla in reference to a “suicide”. Big Spring Fire Department and EMS also responded and found the victim was deceased. The victim has been identified as Gloria Martinez Hispanic/Female 52 Years of age. The Criminal Investigations Division personnel responded to the scene and found suspicious circumstances surrounding the death. Detectives are proceeding with this investigation as a homicide and are continuing to piece together information and evidence received. Unfortunately, with this being an ongoing criminal investigation we will not be able to release any further details regarding this incident.
If you have any information regarding this incident please call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-tips (8477). You can also leave an anonymous tip using the “P3 Tips” mobile application or from the Big Spring Police Department website www.bigspringpd.net
In the last 48 hours there have been several cases in Big Spring, where counterfeit fifty dollar bills have been passed at local businesses. We are asking all businesses to be very careful and check all bills closely. At this time only fifties are showing up, but as in the past tens, twenties and hundreds may surface as well. If you are unsure how to spot these bills go to the United States Secret Service website or contact the Police Department for assistance. If you receive one of these phony bills contact Police immediately.
On the 11th of October 2016 at approximately 5:55 PM, the Big Spring Police Department’s Narcotics Unit utilized the Big Spring/Howard County Swat Team to execute a narcotics search warrant located at 202 NE 3rd Street. Upon entering the residence investigators located approximately 113 grams of cocaine and five firearms. Joe Ernest Valencia W/M 53 years of age was arrested from within the residence. Valencia was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group one 4-200 grams. This is an ongoing investigation by the Big Spring Narcotics Unit and additional charges are expected.