Traffic stop leads to drug seizure

first_img By admin – January 4, 2018 Facebook Twitter Previous articleMan in custody charged with coin machine theftNext articleI-20 passing lanes to be closed overnight admin Chad Arnold A traffic stop by an Ector County deputy led to the discovery and seizure of various narcotics, an Ector County Sheriff’s Office press release stated.Chad Arnold, 43, was pulled over around 1:50 a.m. Thursday morning, the release detailed, and was reportedly nervous and visibly shaking upon exiting the vehicle.After consenting to a pat down search, a deputy found two small bags of suspected methamphetamine and four pills identified as Clonazepam, an anti-seizure medication, as well as a digital scale, a glass pipe and a hypodermic syringe, the release stated. About 2 ounces of marijuana were also found upon searching the vehicle.Arnold was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of marijuana, the release said.Jail records show Arnold was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Thursday and released the same day on three bonds totaling $11,500. Pinterest Twitter Local NewsCrime Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Traffic stop leads to drug seizurelast_img read more

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Man receives 45-year sentence for enhanced DWI

first_img WhatsApp Ector County logo, Scales of Justice An Ector County jury found a man guilty Wednesday of an enhanced felony charge of driving while intoxicated in 2016 and handed down a 45-year prison sentence. Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said over the phone on Thursday morning that residents of the area are tired of people driving while intoxicated. “There’s no doubt it was a high sentence, but it was justified based on the facts of the case,” Bland said. “The jury returned that verdict based on those facts. Our citizens are fed up with drunk drivers on the streets and violating that law carries serious consequences.” Bland said the district attorney’s office proved Joe Antonio Luna, 59, had two previous driving while intoxicated convictions — one from Dawson County and the other from Lubbock County — but he added there were more than those two. Luna also has a charge of bail jumping and failure to appear, a third-degree felony, and Bland said that charge is still pending. Luna had previously pleaded guilty to separate counts of failure to identify, giving false or fictitious information in 2016 and 2018. Each were class B misdemeanors. Bland said once Luna decided to go to trial, a guilty sentence would carry 25 years to life in prison. Bland also stated Luna was a habitual criminal which included a burglary of a building in 1988 and assaulting a peace officer in 1991. Local NewsCourts Twitter Man receives 45-year sentence for enhanced DWI Pinterest Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 center_img Pinterest Facebook Previous article011119_SandHills_10 file photoNext article011119_SandHills_04 Digital AIM Web Support TAGS  WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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Car Camping is Cool

first_imgIt was sitting there in my garage on the far back shelves—in a dusty place where ancient gear and electronics, and a troubling number of mice, go to die. I stumbled upon it when I was rummaging for an old, trusty The Clapper to hand down to my seven-year-old son. I’m referring to my long-distance backpack. I bought it in Fairfax, Va., in 1995, back in the era when my wife and I were young, living in sin, and making preparations for an Appalachian Trail thru-hike for the following year.Since then, the pack has outlived its purpose. I’m a harried dad of two young kids now, and when I’m not yelling at them or driving them to and from soccer practice—or doing both at the same time—I don’t have the energy to lug several days’ worth of supplies on my already chronically aching back. Don’t get me wrong, I still love sleeping under the stars, serenaded by cricket chirps. I just want to do it on an inflatable queen-sized mattress after shutting down the electric generator and putting away the popcorn popper. That’s right, I’ve gone to the dark side. I’m now a car camper.Before all you long-distance backpacking purists start spouting off about the “true outdoor experience,” I have to warn you: there’s a sporting chance that when you settle down and have little ones, you’ll become one of us—and like it. We car campers turn the campgrounds of the Blue Ridge into our own little rustic islands of good-living party time. Yes, it’s true that the amount of gear we bring isn’t measured in cubic inches. Nor do we generally crap in the woods, thank you very much. And our idea of cutting edge performance apparel is an official NFL gameday jersey. But wait until that first time when you cook over an open fire (started by gasoline, if you really go old-school). You won’t be able to stop the words “Good times!” from spewing from your mouth like beer from a shook-up can of Budweiser.This is not to say that letting the old backpack collect dust in the garage has been easy. It served as my trusty companion as I hiked literally thousands of miles on the trails, alternately being soaked in near-monsoons, coated with ice, and baked in the summer sun. It sprinted with me from a bear in the Smokies, and was once raided by a Snickers-hunting skunk in Shenandoah National Park. The transition to car camping wasn’t quick, either. It occurred gradually, after my daughter was born nine years ago.At first, as a new dad, I still got to escape once in a while to go backpacking with the guys. The wife and I also got to escape into the backcountry a couple of times, asking family to do the babysitting. But over time, the backpacking trips dwindled, and then stopped altogether.Our first attempt at spending a night in the tent with the kids occurred in the backyard, when our daughter was three and our son was two. It went so well that we soon started packing up the car and heading to a local campground for a night. And then two nights. And then, vacation time permitting, sometimes three or four. We initially used all of our lightweight backpacking equipment—the micro-sized headlamps, the titanium sporks, the coffin-sized tent. The wife would still prefer to do it this way, frankly.But I couldn’t help jealously eyeing the nearby campsites, pulling out their shiny hatchets to chop firewood–even though they could buy an armful of logs from the nearby camp store for a couple of bucks—and lovingly adjusting their satellite dishes to just the proper angle facing the brilliant night sky. Naturally, I wanted to be just like them. I began by buying a Coleman camp stove. With a griddle, of course. The kind with legs so it can stand alone—also ideal for tailgating, by the way. The next purchase, over the course of many months of saving and planning, was a pop-up canopy to place over the campsite picnic table—with the optional bug netting accessory to drape around it, so I could leave a bowl of potato salad out all day without fear of flies diving into it.car camping signThe wife grudgingly got into the spirit by picking up a couple of telescoping forks for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire, and shortly after, a gas lamp that was so blinding it made our car’s halogen headlights seem like dull embers. Her biggest concession was giving the go-ahead for an inflatable mattress. I got one that was “raised and flocked” according to the box. I’m not sure what raising and flocking is, but I like it.I feel like the point of no return for my transformation into a car-only camper came with the purchase of the 80-quart cooler, named something awe-inspiring like the Cooltastic Chillmaster Extreme. It’s big enough to hold 106 beer cans (with ice) so you can rehydrate yourself all morning, afternoon, and night, and not run out. It even sports two studded off-road wheels that look like they were pried from an ATV. I took it with us this last Memorial Day weekend when we reserved a group campsite in the Smokies with a few other families. Their jealousy brought me great joy.I still have a way to go before completing my car camping equipment arsenal, though. My family still only sleeps in a cozy four-person tent, though I’m eyeing a condo-sized one that has a separate room for the kids. And though I was kidding earlier about the electric generator, I could envision myself someday sitting in one of those camp chairs (with the footrest, of course), my camouflage jacket blending me into the surrounding woods like a chameleon, as I watch college football on satellite TV while enjoying fresh air of the great outdoors. Dare to dream. Sometime, years down the line when the kids are older and bigger, I’m sure we’ll buy some new backpacks, and return somewhat to our minimalist camping and distance-hiking ways. But not today. Please pass the gasoline.last_img read more

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Britain aims for millions of COVID-19 tests in months after criticism

first_imgThe Department of Health said that a new testing laboratory set up by AstraZeneca, GSK and Cambridge University would aim to carry out 30,000 tests a day by May, and Thermo Fisher would continue to supply the UK with testing kits and aim to scale up manufacturing.Government testing adviser John Newton said the 100,000 daily test target was feasible, and that 20,000 National Health Service workers had already been tested.”Testing capacity now is not what we would like, but it is by no means inconsiderable in terms of what we need,” Newton told lawmakers on Wednesday.”We do anticipate that the need will increase dramatically, and therefore we want to get as much testing in place as possible.” Britain said on Wednesday it aimed to roll-out millions of coronavirus tests in months after criticism that it had moved too slowly on the issue, adding that a partnership with private firms would help it hit 100,000 tests a day by the end of April.The move came after England’s Chief Medical Officer conceded on Tuesday that there were lessons to learn from Germany and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab testing said there was “more work to do” on testing.A British official on Wednesday also said that the government was looking to get its money back after ordering antibody tests which didn’t work. ‘Not good enough’The government also said a business consortium had launched plans to develop an antibody test, in order to detect those who have been infected with COVID-19 and therefore had immunity.But otherwise officials played down the urgency of producing such tests compared to the antigen tests, which establish whether a person has the disease currently.Health minister Matt Hancock said last week that Britain wanted to buy 17.5 million antibody tests, subject to them working, but none of the tests have proven fit for purpose.Kathy Hall, director of COVID-19 testing strategy at Department for Health, said that having bought some of the tests already to trial them, the government was now looking to cancel orders and get their money back.And in a call with diagnostic firms on Wednesday, Hancock focused on how they could help develop antigen testing rather than the antibody tests, according to one participant.Newton said he did not expect antibody tests to be widely available by the end of April and would not rely on them to contribute to the target, even though some laboratory-based tests were beginning to come on stream.”They all work, to some extent, but they’re just not good enough to rely on,” Newton said of the antibody tests.”Because the requirement for those tests is a little bit down the line, the judgment was made that it’s worth taking the time to develop a better antibody test before rolling it out.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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