A former Texas Tech student is discovered dead in the ventilation system leading into a restaurant in Austin. How and why she wound up there is a mystery. 26-year-old Jamie Minor had been missing since May 23rd. Her body was found Monday in a duct leading into Perry’s Steakhouse. Police Cmdr. Julie O’Brien called it an incredibly tragic accidental death. Toxicology tests were ordered to help determine the exact cause of death but police do not think foul play was involved. Minor had showed up for work May 23 as a hostess at the Trace restaurant at the W Austin Hotel. But her co-workers and supervisors became concerned because she was acting “erratically” and arranged for someone to pick her up at 10 p.m. The Austin American Statesman reports that no one saw the woman after that but surveillance camera footage showed her trying to get into Perry’s steakhouse where she was once employed.
The Texas House has voted against a budget bill that slashes $4 billion from public education and is considered necessary to balance the budget. The Senate passed the bill several hours earlier yesterday before calling it quits. Plainview’s Republican Rep. Jim Landtroop said he voted against SB8 in order to protect small town teachers. Landtroop said in a statement, quote: “Education has to bear some of the spending cuts, but when we have a 1 to 1 ratio of teachers to non-educators employed in our Texas schools, the obvious place to begin cutting is outside the classroom.” Landtroop said that when a teacher is let go in a rural district, as opposed to an urban area, there are not many nearby districts where they can find employment.
Trinity Christian School has lined up Denver Broncos quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow to speak at its annual fundraiser next spring. The event scheduled for next April 23rd will include a reception and autograph session at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. School superintendent Rob Winkler said the former University of Florida star athlete will be speaking about his faith and fame. Table prices for Tebow’s appearance will range from $2,500 to $25,000. For $50,000 people can sit at Tebow’s table. Some individual tickets will be sold for the dinner and the speech but those prices have not yet been set. Trinity, a nonprofit group, has a fundraiser every year. The school receives no state funding.
Texas Tech reportedly is interested in bringing a branch of the University of Houston in south Texas under the Tech university system. The Victoria Advocate reports that Tech is hiring former University of Houston-Victoria chancellor Tim Hudson is to become vice chancellor at Tech. The Advocate says a formal announcement of his hiring is expected today and could pave the way for the University of Houston-Victoria to become a part of the Tech system. Last August Hudson was reassigned a special assistant to the chancellor for international programs and initiatives at the University of Houston. His supporters say he was reassigned as punishment in the wake of efforts to realign UHV with another system, which turned out to be Texas A&M University. The Aggies were not everyone’s first choice. Victoria businessman Claud Jacobs says quote: “My first choice was Texas Tech, and they really wanted to be here.” Jacobs and others say Tech Chancellor Kent Hance displayed strong interest in having UHV join the Tech system. But legislation was filed earlier this year aimed at putting UHV under the A&M university system. Talks about that realignment have been delayed because of the legislature’s special session and the stepping down of A&M’s own chancellor. Some Victorians now see Tech as getting back into the picture. The University of Houston-Victoria has been an upper-division and graduate school only, but is being expanded to admit freshmen and sophomores for the first time this year.
Lubbock suffered record heat yesterday. The temperature in the city hit 112 degrees, topping the previous record high for a June 26th of 111 set in 2004. The temperature yesterday at 4:24 p.m. was only two degrees short of Lubbock’s all-time record high for a day, 114 set on June 27th 1994. Little relief from the heat is expected today. The National Weather Service is forecasting a high near 107. A heat advisory cautions people against extended outdoor exposure and physical activity which could led to heat cramps, heat exhaustion or sunstroke.
Lubbock suffered record heat yesterday. The temperature in the city hit 112 degrees, topping the previous record high for a June 26
of 111 set in 2004. The temperature yesterday at 4:24 p.m. was only two degrees short of Lubbock’s all-time record high for a day, 114 set on June 27
1994. Little relief from the heat is expected today. The National Weather Service is forecasting a high near 107. A heat advisory cautions people against extended outdoor exposure and physical activity which could led to heat cramps, heat exhaustion or sunstroke.
A Lubbock kennel owner who stirred considerable controversy after being videotaped spraying Raid insect killer on his dogs has sold the property and given up most of the animals he was keeping. Nicole Chagolla says she bought the property from the kennel owner, a neighbor who goes by the name of Mr. Li. The property located on County Road 7250 had cinder block kennels with about 70 dogs. A local rescue group took over many of the dogs and others were placed in homes. The Lubbock County District Attorney’s office has been investigating the case.
A 22-year-old Lubbock woman has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty yesterday to her involvement in a fatal shooting during what police have said was a robbery gone wrong. Charity Wilcots had been charged with capital murder in the death of 28-year-old Marqus Lewis, but she pleaded guilty to murder and three unrelated aggravated robberies. Wilcots will not be eligible for parole for 25 years. Lewis was found shot to death last year inside a home in the 5600 block of Grinnell Street. Charges are pending against two teenagers also accused in the case.
A former Slaton police officer will go to trial in August on child pornography charges. 50-year-old Richard Lee “Rick” Lewis was indicted in early June on six counts of possessing, receiving, and transporting sexually explicit images of children. Yesterday he appeared in federal court in Lubbock and entered a not guilty plea. On May 11th Lewis’ home was searched by investigators who reportedly seized 10 VHS tapes, 80 CDs and three computers. He resigned from the Slaton Police the next day, admitting to downloading and viewing the illicit images. His trial is scheduled to begin August 15th.
The 36th Infantry Division Band will be performing a series of concerts in West Texas, including appearances this weekend at the Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock and at Buffalo Springs Lakes. The band’s classical woodwinds and jazz ensemble will perform Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Silent Wings Museum. On Sunday at 6 a.m. the band will provide the Triathlon Kick-Off Music at Buffalo Springs. Other West Texas performances begin today, starting at San Angelo tonight and moving to Odessa tomorrow evening. Other performances are set for Sunday evening in Amarillo and Tuesday night at Wichita Falls. The 36th Infantry Division band is composed of members of the Texas Army National Guard, along with law enforcement people and other civilians. The West Texas appearances are part of a 15-date summer concert series scheduled across the state.
A Lubbock teenager must stand trial for murder in connection the death of a man found fatally shot in his car last December. Two other young men also are accused in the case. Seventeen-year-old Zeven Sanders was indicted by a grand jury yesterday. He had originally been held on an attempted murder charge. Sanders was16 at the time of the shooting of Brian Brinson. He has now been certified to stand trial as an adult. The victim was found dead in his car on December 19th near 24th Place and Avenue L. Also charged in the killing are 18-year-old Devante Jones and 22-year-old Arenn Davis. All three are being held in the Lubbock County Detention Center.
A motorcycle collision with a car east of Slaton injures a 28-year-old biker. Slaton police said 28-year-old Donald Buxkemper collided with a car as it turned yesterday morning near the intersection of County Roads 7700 and 3600. Buxkemper was flown by Aerocare to University Medical Center where he was later listed in satisfactory condition.
An early morning collision in Lubbock has left one person critically injured. The accident happened around 2 a.m. today at the intersection of 46th Street and Joliet Avenue. Police said the wreck occurred when the driver of a red Dodge truck failed to yield to a yellow Mustang. The car hit the truck and sent it truck rolling. The truck’s driver was taken to a hospital. The female driver of the Mustang and her male passenger suffered minor injuries. Police said alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.
A U.S. Marine from Midland has been killed in the fighting in Afghanistan. Josue Ibarra died Sunday during combat operations in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. Ibarra was assigned to a battalion based in Hawaii.
Mike Leach is returning to Lubbock, not as football coach and not as a court plaintiff but as the author of a book about his life and often stormy times. Texas Tech’s former head football coach is scheduled to appear at Barnes & Noble on July 19th to sign copies of the upcoming book, “Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life” — that title being a takeoff on Leach’s well-known fascination with pirates. The publisher, Diversion Books, says the book will delve into Leach’s bitter parting from Tech, where he was fired in 2009 after being accused of mistreating a player. Leach has been in courts challenging his firing – so far unsuccessfully. But his lawyers say they haven’t given up the legal battle. A foreword in the book, written by author Michael Lewis, says, quote: “It borders on a sin that Mike Leach is writing books instead of coaching football right now.” Leach currently is living jobless in Key West Florida.
Lubbock firemen fought a blaze at a house in East Lubbock for several hours yesterday and prevented its spreading to other residences. The fire broke out around 6:20 p.m. at East 3rd Street and Guava Avenue. The home that was destroyed was vacant. Officials said the fire was started by a discarded cigarette.
A 32 year old Lubbock man drowned in Lake Texoma while trying to save a 3-year-old nephew who had fallen into the water. The child was rescued by family members but Carlton Peters was overwhelmed by high waves in strong winds at the lake. The accident happened during a family outing on Father’s Day at the lake along the Texas-Oklahoma border. Peters, a father of two, jumped into the lake when the 3-year-old slipped off a sandbar where they had been fishing. A fund has been set up for the Peters family at Citibank.
The City of Lubbock Health Department will be giving state supplied childhood immunizations tomorrow afternoon at the Patterson Library. Shots will be given to children from 2 months to 18 years old between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Library’s community room. The Patterson Library is located at 1836 Parkway Drive. Medicaid and CHIP are accepted. No shots will be given unless a child’s complete shot record is presented
The driver of a tractor-trailer is seriously injured after losing control of his rig and crashing near South Loop 289 and Quaker Avenue. Officers say the tractor-trailer appeared to be headed west on the South Loop access road Saturday morning when it hit a guard rail and overturned, stopping just east of Quaker Avenue. The unidentified driver was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
The National Weather Service says fire dangers remain high across West Texas because of dry weather and high winds. A Red Flag warning is in effect for the area. A fire on Father’s Day threatened some 1400 homes in Cochran County. The blaze began Saturday afternoon, reportedly eventually covering about 1500 acres near Whiteface. Firemen from Cochran County, Whiteface Levelland and the Texas Forest Service were on the scene Sunday. Rehab units were being dispatched from Lubbock County yesterday afternoon. Other fires over the weekend charred houses in Lubbock, Levelland, and Floydada, where two homes were destroyed in a Saturday night fire.