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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

WTAMU Cheerleader killed by train

CANYON, TEXAS -- A 21-year-old West Texas A&M University cheerleader was killed early Tuesday morning in a train crash, police said.
According to the Canyon Police Department, officers arrived on the scene of a crash involving a vehicle and a train near the train tracks in the 100 block 4th Street just after midnight.
The student was identified as Shelbi McClure, officials said. McClure was a sophomore pre-nursing student from Lubbock, University officials said. She was also a cheerleader.
According to WT's student newspaper The Prairie, an administration-circulated email confirmed a candlelight vigil will happen tonight at 9 at the WT Pedestrian Mall.
She was pronounced dead by a Justice of the Peace.
An autopsy has been ordered and this crash remains under investigation, police said.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Child abducted during car theft located

Alert: UPDATE on Copper colored Toyota RAV4 SUV containing 1 month old child stolen. VEHICLE AND CHILD HAVE BEEN LOCATED

UPDATE: Child and vehicle were located at 5407 E Amarillo Blvd. A search for the suspect continues.

APD is investigating the theft of a copper colored 1998 Toyota RAV with black trim and unknown TX tags that happened at Amarillo Blvd. and Columbine about 40 minutes ago.

There was a one month old male child in the car seat when it was stolen. It was taken from a convenience store parking lot. There is no direction of travel known, more detail to follow when available. Please call 911 if you suspect that you have seen this vehicle.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

City Commission approves city-wide ban on driving while using hand held devices.

The Amarillo City Commission approved a citywide ban Tuesday afternoon banning hand-held divices while driving, 4-1.
Commissioner Jim Simms cast the lone dissenting vote.
People can still use hands-free devices. The fine will be up to $200 if a driver is caught violating the ordinance.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

4 arrested after Amarillo nightclub riot

4 arrested after Amarillo nightclub riot: Four men were arrested early Friday morning after officers said the crowd at an Amarillo nightclub become disruptive.

Tasers had to be used to break up the crowd, police said.
Just before 2 a.m, police were flagged down by a witness near Pink's Night Club that said five men were overheard talking about being involved in a shooting. Officers said they located the group in a nearby parking lot. As officers approached the men they then took off running, police said.
The men were soon located at Tatum's Night Club in the 800 block of South Polk.
Police escorted 21-year-old Brashaud Keon Evans outside to speak with him. When they were outside police said 21-year-old Aaron Dathan Davis grabbed Evans arm and tried to get him away from the officers.
Davis was then taken into custody, police said.
Officers said that as they were explaining their actions, Davis and other bar patrons started yelling at them.
Bryson Shamael Evans, 22, started yelling and enticing others to join the crowd, police said. He was placed under arrest for inciting a riot.
Police said while arresting Evans, 20-year-old Thomas Edward Brown, Jr., stepped up and shoved an officer in the chest. He was trying to prevent the officer from arresting Evans, police said.
Brown was then taken into custody. As he was being handcuffed, police said Davis then became irate and jumped on the back of an officer and began punching the officer in the head with his fist.

Monday, September 10, 2012

South Texas drug bust leads to Amarillo home ...

AMARILLO — A hand-drawn map seized in a South Texas marijuana bust and a six-figure cash trail led Randall County investigators on a hunt to an Amarillo house.
After a months-long investigation into the finances of Jessie Sierra III, also known as Jesse Sierra III, authorities filed a seizure notice last week for the house at 3302 S. Hill St. — a home investigators said was purchased with drug money. The affidavit alleged Sierra, 32, bought the house with proceeds from sales of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and Ecstasy.
Federal authorities in October landed the map that pointed to the Hill Street home, what one suspect described as a “stash house where they were taking the marijuana,” court records show.
The border drug bust and other sources sparked narcotics investigators’ review of Sierra’s finances, Randall County Criminal District Attorney James Farren said.
Authorities reviewed Sierra’s bank statements showing he deposited more than $151,000 in a Wells Fargo account from late 2005 to June — cash they said he reaped from drugs sales. Sierra had applied for multiple lines of credit for car purchases and lied about his employment and income on the applications, investigators said.
Sierra’s monthly expenses often exceeded his legal monthly income during that same period, court records showed.
The fiscal investigation began earlier this year when Sierra’s defense attorney asked Randall County prosecutor Robert Love to end Sierra’s 10-year-probation sentence early. Love consulted investigators, who told him they’d heard Sierra was still selling “large amounts of both cocaine and marijuana,” the affidavit said.
In 2005, authorities executed a search warrant on the Hill Street house, where they found small traces of cocaine, drug packaging equipment and more than $2,000 in cash.
Sierra received the probation sentence a year later after pleading guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering, records show.
Randall County authorities tied Sierra and several others to more recent drug involvement after they executed another warrant Aug. 3. Investigators found Sierra’s cellphone with drug-related voicemails and contacts whom they knew to be drug traffickers, according to the court documents.
The home belongs to Felix Pacheco and is worth $101,556, according to county appraisal records. Prosecutors haven’t charged Pacheco with a crime.
Pacheco told investigators in a sworn affidavit he placed the Hill Street house in his own name “as a favor” to Sierra, court documents said.
Pacheco also told investigators he never paid any money for the house, nor did he live there, the affidavit said.
Bank statements showed the house was in Pacheco’s name, was bought with a $20,000 down payment and monthly mortgage payments of $743, mostly paid in cash, records show. Randall County prosecutors said they think Sierra made the payments.
Farren said he plans to file a motion to revoke Sierra’s probation.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Air Fair this weekend at River Falls Airport

Support Ministry Wings Aviation and turn your eyes to the skies at the Texas Panhandle's first-ever Air Fair and Car-nival on Saturday, Sept. 8!
Located at River Falls Airport on the northern end of Palo Duro Canyon, this fly-in air and car show features a performance by airshow pilot Ron Cain and his de Havilland Chipmunk, a large-scale RC aircraft performance by Johnny and Mark Cavitt, appearances by a Supermarine Aviation Spitfire, a T-34 Mentor, and DPS and LifeStar helicopters. 

The band Lifeless to Life will be performing alongside a variety of airplanes, helicopters, cars, trucks, motorcycles, and RC aircraft on display.
Best of all, admission to the show is absolutely free! (Donations accepted.)

*Bring your lawn chair. No coolers please. Drinks and food will be available for sale.

Storms bring welcome rain - but some damage to Amarillo

AMARILLO.CaOM "Area thunderstorms graced the Texas Panhandle with much-needed moisture without too much reported damage Wednesday evening, National Weather Service Amarillo meteorologist Lance Goehring said.

 About 7 p.m., the weather service recorded 0.39 of an inch of rain at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, 0.47 of an inch northwest of Canyon, 0.09 of an inch six miles northwest of Fritch, 0.26 of an inch southeast of Pampa, 0.06 of an inch in Hereford and 0.44 of an inch in Bootleg, Goehring said. Residents reported wind damage at Southeast Park Complex at Southeast 46th Avenue and South Osage Street with at least one utility pole snapped and a tree uprooted, but no injuries were reported, Goehring said.

 Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves reported 800 houses lost power in the Borger and Fritch areas Wednesday evening, but crews restored power to those houses in about an hour. The weather service warned of high winds, hail and flooding Wednesday afternoon as severe thunderstorms hovered above Potter and Randall counties, meteorologist Andrew Moulton said. “We’ve gotten reports of what we believe to be at least quarter-sized hail near (the Tradewinds area),” Moulton said. “We’ve measured over 60 mph winds in multiple locations, especially east of the city.” Residents also reported flash flooding near Westgate Mall, he said. READ MORE AT AMARILLO.COM

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cadillac Ranch painted blue in honor of prostate cancer awareness month

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness month. 
Friends of Fogelberg reminds you to Think Blue too! Cadillac Ranch turns Blue for September's Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
One goal of this annual promotion is to spread the word that prostate cancer treatments available now are highly effective and survival rates approach 100 percent — when the cancer is detected early! This is an important message, considering that in the United States this year, approximately 241,740 men will learn that they have prostate cancer and nearly 28,170 will die from the disease. Likewise, 80 men in Cayuga County will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, and eight of them will not survive it.
Prostate cancer, like most other cancers, usually has no symptoms in its early stages. With advanced disease, symptoms would typically involve difficulties with urination. While most prostate cancers cannot be prevented because of risk factors beyond a man’s control (such as age, race and family history), there are steps that can be taken to reduce risk for the disease. Eating a high-fiber, low-fat diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables daily, coupled with getting screened every year starting at age 50, can help reduce risk for both prostate and colorectal cancers. The American Urological Association supports a baseline screening at age 40 if there is a first-degree relative, such as a father or brother, with a history of prostate cancer. The decision to get tested is one that a man should make with his doctor following a careful discussion. This conversation should include not only the benefits and risks of screening, but a man’s personal and family medical history. Black men are at high risk, and face a one-in-three chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Medically underserved men are at highest risk for prostate cancer, due to lack of screening for the disease. Screening for prostate cancer consists of two steps: a doctor’s exam of the prostate gland, and a blood test that measures a protein made by cells in the prostate. The blood test is called a PSA, which stands for prostate-specific antigen. High PSA levels in a man’s blood indicate a prostate problem, but not necessarily cancer! Since neither of these screening techniques are 100-percent effective, it is the combination of the two that allows for the early detection of prostate cancer.

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