Archive for May, 2010

Sowder Strikes Down Requests From Mike Leach

May 28, 2010

A Lubbock district judge has denied a request from Texas Tech’s former football coach.

Former Tech Coach Mike Leach called for sanctions against the university, due to an email between a member of the board of regents and a former member, which was reportedly withheld.

Sowder also denied Leach’s request to strike an affidavit from a neurosurgeon which claimed that Leach’s treatment of player Adam James as inappropriate.

Sowder has yet to rule on whether or not leach can sue certain individuals involved and whether or not Tech will be exempt from a lawsuit by Leach due to sovereign immunity.


Former Lubbock DJ Accused of Theft Stabbed, Bomb Hidden in Vehicle

May 28, 2010

A bomb scare in Hale Center leads authorities to search for two suspects.

Experts detonated a bomb around Noon Thursday near 15th and Main Street that was found underneath the hood of a vehicle.

The owner of the vehicle, Charles Joslin, had been stabbed Thursday morning and told authorities that he saw the bomb inside his pickup truck. The bomb scare caused the evacuation of two city blocks and a junior high school in Hale Center.

Joslin, a former radio disk jockey for Ramar Communications of Lubbock, faces theft charges after being suspected of swindling listeners out of over twenty-six thousand dollars, which was supposed to go to a single mother whose children had cancer, and her husband had been killed in Iraq. The story was false, and authorities arrested Joslin, also known as DJ Chuck Dakota, last week.

Joslin was treated at an area hospital for wounds, and then taken to the Hale County Sheriff’s office for his own protection.

Authorities are searching for two men involved in the incident.

One is described as a white male, about six feet tall with a salt and pepper beard, completely bald, with a swastika tattoo on his left forearm.

The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male, around 5 feet 8 inches tall, black hair, and clean shaven.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimeline at 741-1000.

Snyder Duplex Destroyed in Explosion

May 28, 2010

An explosion in Snyder destroys one duplex this morning.

The gas explosion happened in the 2000 block of 26th Street in Snyder around 7 a.m. Nobody was inside during the explosion.

Officials believe that the circumstances surrounding the incident are suspicious, and are investigating the case further.

VA Hospital for Lubbock?

May 28, 2010

Is a veteran’s hospital in Lubbock’s future? 

At Thursday’s city council meeting, the council unanimously approved a resolution  recommending that a full-service veterans hospital be located in Lubbock.  But in an interview on Lubbock’s First News on KFYO, Mayor Tom Martin suggested that’s not likely.

” The resolution of the council gives several options for the VA to deal with the issue,” Martin said.  “One of those, the more likely, is the voucher system or allowing veterans to receive care paid for by the Veterans Administration but at local hospitals.  It would be nice to think we could get a new hospital, but more likely a voucher system may be what they ultimately do.”

Currently, the closest veteran’s hospitals are in Amarillo and Big Spring.

Ammo Report for 5-28-10

May 28, 2010

Five dealers took part in the KFYO ammunition survey this week:  Sharp Shooters, LSG Tactical Arms and Gander Mountain, all in Lubbock; Rayco Hardware in Idalou; and Tibbets Gun Works in Floyd County. 

Once again this week, we checked on the availability six calibers — 22, 9mm, 380, 40, 357 and 45. 

On the day we surveyed, Sharp Shooters, LSG Tactical Arms, Gander Mountain and Tibbets Gun Works had all six calibers in stock.  Rayco Hardware had 5 of the 6 calibers, the exception being 357.    

This week’s price spotlight is on 22 caliber ammo at Gander Mountain.  The price range for 22 caliber ammo on the day of our survey was $3.99 to $9.99 a box.   Gander Mountain reported that overall, its ammo stock this past week was as full as it’s been since before the 2008 election.

Lubbock Gas Prices Drop

May 28, 2010


 There was a big drop in gas prices in Lubbock this week.    

 According to a KFYO News survey, the average price for regular self-serve gas in Lubbock this week is $2.51 a gallon.  That’s down 9 cents from last week.

According to a AAA Texas survey, the average price in Texas this week is $2.66 a gallon — down 7 cents from last week.

The cheapest gas among the 11 Texas cities surveyed by AAA is in Ft. Worth —  $2.62 a gallon.  The most expensive  is in El Paso — $2.74 a gallon.

Nationally, the average price is $2.75 a gallon — down 8 cents from last week.

Tech takes on Missouri tomorrow in Big 12 baseball

May 28, 2010

Texas Tech knocked off top-seeded and regular season champion Texas 4 to 2 yesterday in the Big 12 baseball championship tournament at Oklahoma City. It was the second loss for Texas and eliminates the Longhorns from title contention in the double-elimination tournament. Tech plays Missouri at 9 a.m. tomorrow in pool play but even with a victory cannot win the title. Texas A&M beat Missouri 7 to 2 yesterday and beat Tech earlier in pool play.

A bomb incident at Hale Center prompts school lockdowns

May 28, 2010

A bomb scare at Hale Center prompted a precautionary lockdown of the town elementary and middle schools yesterday. An explosive device was found under the hood of a truck several blocks away. The Lubbock County bomb squad was summoned to the scene and dismantled the device. KAMC-28 reports that an address found at the location lists the owner of the home as that of Lubbock DJ Charles Joslin, who was recently charged with scamming listeners of thousands of dollars through a phony charity scheme. The connection with the bomb incident was not clear. Law officers said they have a couple of suspects in mind in the bomb incident but no arrests have yet been made.

Driver charged after fatal collision with motorcyclist

May 28, 2010

A Lubbock motorcyclist has died of injuries suffered when he was struck by a pickup truck driven by a man now charged with intoxication manslaughter. Thirty-nine-year-old Rickey Allen Parks II died yesterday after the accident Wednesday night at 4th Street and Milwaukee Avenue. Police said he was hit by a pickup driven by 43-year-old Manuel Martinez Jr. which ran a red light. Martinez was charged after failing a field sobriety test. Ironically, Parks was a member of the Messengers Clean and Sober Riding Club, a fellowship that spreads the message of sobriety. Martinez was held in the Lubbock County Jail yesterday in lieu of a $45,000 bond.

Lubbock City Council Tables Water Vote

May 27, 2010

The Lubbock City Council met in an all-day session today to discuss zoning variances, a VA Hospital in Lubbock and new water and sewer rates for Lubbock citizens.  A proposal for a zoning change for Premier Sportsplex at 9000 Memphis Avenue was tabled until the council’s June 10th meeting.  The change from a General Retail C-3 to a Specific Use C-3 would have allowed Premier to expand their facility.  Some area residents are against Premier’s expansion plans because of issues of traffic and parking in their neighborhood.  The council also voted 5 to 1 to delay a vote on possible changes to the city’s water and sewer rate structures.  Mayor Tom Martin was the dissenting vote, with Councilman Jim Gilbreath absent.  A modified rate and charge structure plan could be voted on at the council’s June 10th meeting.

Texas Tech Names New Arts and Sciences Dean

May 27, 2010

Texas Tech officials this morning announced the appointment of a new dean for the College of Arts and Sciences.  Interim Dean Lawrence Schovanec (skoo-van-eck) effective June 1 will become the college’s new dean.  Dr. Schovanec has served as the interim dean for the College of Arts and Science since 2008.  He was among a field of over 30 candidates who applied for the dean position.

Facility Formerly Known as Lubbock State School Criticized in Report

May 27, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Independent monitors have turned up more problems at the long-criticized institution formerly known as the Lubbock State School.  A report on the Lubbock State Supported Living Center found the facility is critically short of nurses, resulting in “significant medication errors.” The report is based on monitoring done during a one-week period in mid-March.  The Lubbock State Supported Living Center serves the mentally disabled.

Lubbock ISD School Board Names Two New Administrators

May 27, 2010

The Lubbock ISD School Board met this morning and announced two administrative appointments.  Julie Sims has been named the new principal of Wester Elementary.  Sims is currently the assistant principal of McWhorter and Ramirez Elementary Schools.  Joel Castro has named Associate Superintendent for Quadrants 3 and 4.  Castro has previous education experience as a teacher and principal in Houston ISD and has completed graduate coursework at Texas Tech.  Castro replaces Dr. Sam Ayers who was promoted to the position of principal of Estacado High School earlier this year.  The Lubbock ISD School Board also tabled consideration of hiring a new district police chief.  The school board is expected to hire a new police chief during the summer.

Lubbock Economic Numbers for April Released

May 27, 2010

The Lubbock National Bank and Lubbock Economic Development Alliance this morning released April economic statistics for Lubbock and the surrounding area.  The Lubbock Economic Index in April rose 5 tenths of a percent to 125.1.  Some trends noted in the report: Taxable retail spending was down 7.3 percent in April 2010 compared to last year.  General spending is down 4.9 percent for year-to-date 2010 compared to 2009.  Employment has dropped by an estimated 400 jobs over the past 12 months.  Automobile sales dramatically increased in April by 65 percent compared to April 2009.  And the Lubbock Consumer Price Index fell to 1 percent April, compared to March’s 1.3 percent rate of change.

Hays Resigns, Astros Lose, Tech Baseball Wins

May 27, 2010


In sports… Lubbock Christian University Softball Head Coach Larry Hays announced his resignation today.  Hays spent one year at LCU after coaching Texas Tech Baseball for 22 seasons from 1987 to 2008.  LCU today announced Larry Hays replacement, his son, Darren Hays.  Darren’s brother Shannon is the head coach for Texas Tech Softball and won a national championship with LCU Softball.

Texas Tech Baseball keeps their hopes for a Big 12 Conference Tournament Championship alive by beating Texas 4-2 earlier today.  Chad Bettis picked up the win by pitching 7 and 1/3 innings and giving up only 2 runs.  The Red Raiders have tomorrow off and play Missouri Saturday morning at 9.

Texas Tech Red Raider Basketball announced the addition of a new player today.  Guard Marshall Henderson is transferring to Texas Tech from the University of Utah.  Last season, he started 30 games for the Utes averaging 11 points per game.  Henderson will have to sit out the 2010-2011 season and he will have three years of eligibility at Texas Tech.

In Major League Baseball the Brewers beat the Astros 4 to 3, in 10 innings.  The Brewers scored their winning run via a bases loaded walk with 2 outs.

San Angelo Man Faces Child Porn Charges

May 27, 2010

A San Angelo man has been indicted on five counts of child obscenity and child pornography offenses.  38 year-old Granville Danilowicz has been in federal custody since his arrest on May 7.  Danilowicz will face trial later this year.

Senator Cornyn Takes Issue with the President

May 27, 2010

Texas U.S. Senator John Cornyn today took issue with President Barack Obama’s extension of the offshore drilling moratorium.  A portion of the senator’s statement released today says –quote- Further hindering domestic energy production will lead directly to job losses, lost revenue and higher fuel prices for all Americans –unquote-.  Cornyn has joined forces with other Gulf Coast senators in trying to preserve offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Lubbock City Council Passes Resolution Supporting Full-Scale VA Hospital for Lubbock

May 27, 2010

At their meeting this morning, the Lubbock City Council unanimously passed a resolution recommending a full service in-patient veterans hospital in the city of Lubbock.

The resolution, offered by District 3 Lubbock City Councilman Todd Klein, urges the facility to be opened as soon as possible.

As an alternative, the resolution also makes room for the possibility of an existing hospital facility offering hospitalization services to veterans at a cost similar to those at the Veterans Administration hospitals, the nearest of which are in Amarillo and Big Spring.

Lubbock has a VA outpatient clinic, but no facility that offers full scale hospitalization.

The decision to open a full scale veterans’ hospital would be made at the federal level, and Klein says that he’s received positive feedback from Congressman Randy Neugebauer on the issue.

Terrorist Coming to Texas?

May 27, 2010

Homeland Security officials are asking for help from Texas authorities regarding a terrorist who may be on the way to Texas. 

Homeland Security officials have asked authorities in Houston to watch for a member of a terror group based in Somalia who may be coming to Texas through Mexico. 

Last week, the agency issued an alert for a suspected member of the Al Shabaab group, which has declared allegiance to al-Qaida.  The alert was issued after federal prosecutors in San Antonio filed new charges against a 24-year-old man from Somalia, Ahmed Muhammed Dhakane,  who was taken into custody in Brownsville back in 2008.  Prosecutors say he has ties to terrorist groups.

Lubbock indicts man who fled across two counties last month

May 27, 2010

A Lubbock man who led lawmen on a hour-long chase through two counties last month has been indicted on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault. The indictment was handed down yesterday against 28-year-old Eric Gonzales. He’s been held in the Lubbock County jail since last month when he was accused of nearly running over deputies with a vehicle, carjacking a vehicle from a Target parking lot and fleeing pursuing officers. The chase began in the 5900 block of 50th Street after Lubbock County sheriff’s deputies tried to serve Gonzales with a warrant for parole violation.