Lubbock police have issued an arrest warrant for a man suspected in a carjacking and multiple robberies. Dyone Johnson is a suspect in a carjacking that took place on March 21st in the 50th Street and Indiana Avenue Hastings parking lot. The car that was taken was seen after two other robberies that night, as well which occurred near 82nd and Indiana and 74th and Indiana. Lubbock police attempted to stop the stolen blue Mazda, which led to a car chase that ended after a collision with a gas meter in an alley in the 2000 block of 65th Street. The man got out of the car, and shot at the officers while escaping on foot. Dyone Johnson is described as a clean-shaven black male, last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and jeans. He is believed to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Line at 741-1000.
Archive for March, 2010
A former candidate for state representative District 83 has endorsed the incumbent. Local attorney Zach Brady today endorsed longtime State Representative Delwin Jones, after coming third in a three-man race. Brady says that he now believes that “Jones is an honorable man who understands and advocates for West Texas agriculture.” Jones now faces Lubbock accountant Charles Perry in a runoff on April 13th.
A Lubbock man has sentenced for having sex with an eleven year-old girl. Eighteen year-old Joshua Quevedo admitted that he had sex with the girl who was a family friend, while he was seventeen years old. Quevedo spoke to the girl on the phone, and when he found she was home alone, he went to her house. Quevedo was sentenced this afternoon to five years in prison.
The City of Lubbock will soon have a new fire chief. Interim Fire Chief Mike Kemp has been appointed as the next fire chief for the city. Kemp, a Lubbock native, has been with the Lubbock Fire Department since he began as a firefighter in January of 1982. Kemp’s appointment must be confirmed by the Lubbock City Council, and they’ll consider the confirmation at their meeting next week. Once confirmed, Kemp will be the eighth fire chief in the history of the City of Lubbock.
Code enforcement officers will be in the Maedgen area neighborhood searching for violations tomorrow. They’ll be looking to identify violations relating to junked vehicles, nuisance weeds and rubbish, substandard housing, and zoning. A field office will be set up at the corner of 44th Street and Louisville Avenue in the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church parking lot, and a roll off dumpster will be provided as well.
A Texas Tech debate team member has won a second national championship in two weeks. Adam Testerman became the first Texas Tech contender to be named the top individual debater in the country at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence last weekend at Azusa Pacific University in California. Testerman beat 128 debaters from across the nation. He was also part of Texas Tech’s win at the National Parliamentary Debate Association’s championship tournament in Lubbock.
A Clovis woman will spend the next decade in prison after attempting to defraud the government. Forty-one year-old Lori Howard was found guilty today of thirty-three counts of fraud, twenty-three counts of identity theft, and fourteen counts of forgery, all of which took place while she was trying to defraud the government of funds meant to help those affected by tornadoes in New Mexico in 2007. Howard, an employee of the Eastern Plains Council of Government was embezzling by stealing the identities of twenty-four Clovis residents and using them to apply for federal housing assistance. She managed to scam the EPCOG out of over 145 thousand dollars. She’ll also spend five years under strict supervision after release and be required to pay full restitution.
A West Texas gang member received his sentence today for his role in a drug conspiracy. 31 year-old John Guzman of Big Spring, a member of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation, was sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison by Judge Sam Cummings. Guzman pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. He’s been in federal custody since his arrest in February of last year.
The 68th Annual ABC Pro Rodeo takes place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the City Bank Coliseum. Events start at 7:30 each evening with an additional 1:30 matinee on Saturday. Rodeo events include steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Tickets are still on sale at all Lubbock-area Select-A-Seat outlets, Dollar Western Wear, Boot City and Cavender’s.
Republican State Rep District 83 candidate Charles Perry is speaking out against legislation that he says is hurting Texas. Today, Perry announced his desire to see laws allowing in-state college tuition and scholarships for illegal immigrants repealed. Perry also attacked the voting record of his run-off opponent Delwin Jones, who voted for legislation to allow in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants back in 2001. A Dallas Morning News story from earlier this month cites a $33 million dollar cost to Texas taxpayers for the tuition program between the years 2004-2008.
The groundbreaking for more major construction in Lubbock will take place tomorrow. Dignitaries will be at the Marsha Sharp Freeway and Avenue L tomorrow morning for the groundbreaking of Phase 4 of the Marsha Sharp Freeway project. Phase 4 will continue construction of the Marsha Sharp Freeway from Avenue L to Interstate 27 and include an interchange at the Interstate. The construction will cost $47 million dollars and be completed in 2012.
A former Texas Tech Basketball coach may get another shot at running a program. James Dickey was Tech’s Head basketball coach from 1991-2001 and an assistant with Oklahoma State from 2002-2008. Within the past day he has emerged as a candidate for the vacant University of Houston head coaching position. The Houston Chronicle reports that Dickey is expected to interview with Houston administration later this week. During Dickey’s tenure at Texas Tech he led the Red Raiders to a Sweet 16 appearance in 1996 and coached the team’s first season at the United Spirit Arena.
The late March heat today broke or tied many temperature records across the region. Today’s high of 91 at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport broke the long-standing record of 90 set in 1946. Amarillo tied this date’s record high of 87, also set in 1946. Dalhart’s high of 86 broke the record of 84 set in 1974 and El Paso’s high of 86 tied their record high originally set in 1893. The higher than normal temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week.
TXDOT will be holding a Town Hall meeting in Lubbock on Wednesday. The meeting will take place in the Lubbock City Council Chambers at 6:30pm. TXDOT, the Lubbock Metropolitan Planning Organization and other agencies will make presentations on future projects and funding and answer citizen questions. TXDOT will also use citizen feedback to develop new transportation systems for the region.
Congressman Randy Neugebauer will host Service Academy Forums for prospective students in Lubbock and Abilene in early April. The Lubbock forum will take place April 7 at the Byron Martin Advance Technology Center, registration starting at 5:30p and the program starting at 6p. The Abilene forum will be April 8 at the Cisco Junior College, Room 152, with registration starting at 5p and presentations beginning at 5:30p. Representatives from the Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, West Point and Merchant Marine Academy will be at both forums.
The Texas Comptroller’s Office today awarded $6.3 million dollars in Equipment and Job Training grants to 17 colleges and non-profits across the state. South Plains College will receive a $210,000 dollar grant for Hybrid Automotive Technology equipment; Western Texas College in Snyder will receive a $227,000 dollar grant and Project Quest’s South Plains chapter will receive a $404,000 dollar grant. The grant money will be used to purchase new equipment for career and technology programs.
Three Frenship ISD teachers have received nationwide recognition. The three teachers will be presented The Beaumont Foundation’s 2010 Newton Excellence in Education Award later this year. The teachers are: Saundra Wimberly from Crestview Elementary, Kristina Janeway from Terra Vista Middle School and Janet Flusche from Frenship High School.
A new business spun-off of Texas Tech research will receive state funding. Lt. Governor David Dewhurst was at Texas Tech earlier today to officially award an Emerging Technology Fund award to MicroZAP. MicroZAP was created from patented technology in food sterilization research at Texas Tech’s International Center for Food Industry Excellence. The amount of the ETF will be up to $1.5 million dollars for MicroZAP. MicroZAP uses specialized microwaves to target disease-causing microorganisms in food. In return for the ETF grant to MicroZAP, the state will take an equity position in the company.
The City of Lubbock’s summertime water usage restrictions go back into effect later this week. Starting Thursday, outdoor watering with a sprinkler system is confined between 6pm to 10am. Also, local businesses and residences are restricted to watering landscape to two days per week. If you see businesses or residences violating the city’s Water Ordinance you can all the city’s Water Hotline at 775-3952 to report violations.
A one car accident earlier this afternoon spooked some children at a local park. KAMC 28 reports the accident happened around 4:30 at Maxey Park at 28th and Peoria. The car rammed into some guard rails for a handicap access ramp and severely damaged a concession stand building. No one was injured in the accident and a cause hasn’t been determined.