Archive for June, 2010

New Dean of TTU Honors College Announced

June 30, 2010

Texas Tech University today named an interim dean for the Honors College.

Stephen Fritz takes over the position effective tomorrow.  Before coming to Texas Tech, Dr. Fritz served as the president of Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska and is a member of the Registry for College and University Presidents.

Fritz fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Dr. Gary Bell last month.

34th Street Reconstruction Project Meetings Continue

June 30, 2010

This evening will mark the third of four consecutive days of public meetings for the 34th Street Reconstruction Project in Lubbock.

Tonight’s public meeting will discuss the Quaker to Indiana section of 34th Street.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the Overton Elementary School Gym, located at 2905 Louisville Avenue.

Thursday’s meeting will focus on the section of 34th Street between Slide Road to Quaker Avenue.

That meeting will take place at the Coronado High School Auditorium, located at 3307 Vicksburg Avenue at 6 p.m.

Lubbock ISD Announces New Head Baseball Coach for Estacado HS

June 30, 2010

Lubbock ISD announced the hiring of the new head baseball coach for Estacado High School today.

Mark Llanas takes over the Matador program which made the 3A State Finals earlier this year.

Since 2003, Llanas has served as an assistant baseball coach and P.E. teacher at Estacado.

He is a graduate of Lubbock Christian University.

Lubbock Volunteers, Senators Prepare for Alex

June 30, 2010

Preparations are underway in Washington and here in Lubbock for Hurricane Alex, which is expected to affect South Texas. 

With Hurricane Alex approaching Texas and Mexico, the two U.S. senators from Texas have called on President Obama to expedite consideration of a request from the  State of Texas  for a state of emergency declaration for 19 Texas counties.  

In a letter to President Obama, Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison write  that the declaration is critical to ensuring that important recovery assistance is made available to the residents of 19 counties. 

  Meanwhile, at least two Red Cross volunteers from Lubbock will be helping Texans affected by the hurricane.  Dwain Cox and Karl Craig will deliver a mobile feeding unit known as an Emergency Response Vehicle to a staging area, and if the hurricane impacts the Texas coast, they will spend up to 14 hours a day providing hot meals and cold drinks to Texans who need them.

Red Cross Sends Volunteers to Rio Grande Valley

June 30, 2010

The first hurricane of the Atlantic season is Alex, which is headed for the Texas-Mexico border. The Category 1 storm had maximum sustained winds at 75 miles per hour late yesterday. Forecasters say it’s likely to make landfall tonight.  The Red Cross and other relief organizations are sending personnel to the region.  Lubbock’s Red Cross chapter is sending a group of volunteers and an emergency response vehicle to the Rio Grande Valley.

East Lubbock House Burns Down

June 30, 2010

An abandoned home in East Lubbock County burned down last night.  The Sheriff’s Office and Roosevelt and Idalou Fire Departments were called out to the intersection of County Roads 3500 and 6500 around 8:30 last night.  When they arrived the home was completely engulfed in flames and the decision was made to let the fire burn itself out.  Fire Marshalls are investigating the cause of the fire.

Grand Jury Makes Indictments in Two Cases

June 30, 2010

A Lubbock County Grand Jury yesterday indicted a 23 year-old man on a murder charge.  Aaron Dial is accused of stabbing to death Christopher Mark Clark in a June 4 incident at the Cricket Court Apartments in the 1100 Block of 58th Street. The two men were fighting in the parking lot of the apartment complex when the stabbing occurred. Additional charges are pending against Dial and he also prior convictions on his record.

The Lubbock County Grand Jury yesterday also indicted a former City of Lubbock employee on a theft charge.  55 year-old John Cobb was indicted on a charge of theft by a public servant.  Cobb was fired by the city in April after questionable charges appeared on his city issued credit card.  He was arrested last month and previously charged with credit card abuse.

Autistic Hale Center Man Found After Disappearing from Home

June 29, 2010

An autistic man from Hale Center that went missing last night has been found.

Twenty-six year-old Shelton Martin wandered away from his home in the 500 block of East 3rd Street in Hale Center.

He was found around 1 p.m. this afternoon in a vacant house near his home, safe and sound.

Escaped Terry County Inmates Back in Custody

June 29, 2010

Both inmates who escaped from the Terry County Jail yesterday have been apprehended.

Cornelio Zepeda Delgado turned himself in, and David Lee Rodriguez was arrested without incident around 2:25 this afternoon in the 1400 block of E. Hester Street in Brownfield, less than a mile away from the jail.

Authorities believe the duo escaped the jail through an air conditioning vent.

McCay: Courthouse Cells Will Keep Citizens Safer, For About $700,000

June 29, 2010

On Monday, the Lubbock County Commissioners decided to build holding cells in the basement of the courthouse. 

On LFN on KFYO, Commissioner Bill McCay defended the project, with emphasis on safety.

“It’ll be a secure sally port environment that will be attached to the courthouse, [with] a secure elevator,” McCay said.  “It will keep the citizens safer, detention officers will have control of the inmates, and it’s just a smoother way of handling inmates heading to trial.”

On Monday, County Judge Tom Head had no specific numbers regarding the cost of the project.  On Tuesday, Commissioner McCay had an estimate.

“I haven’t got the final numbers yet,” McCay said.  ” I anticipate somewhere around $700,000.  It could be $800,000.  It could be $725,000.”

Man Robbed in West Lubbock Apartment Building Parking Lot

June 29, 2010

One man was robbed last night at a West Lubbock apartment building.

The victim, a twenty-six year-old who was sitting in his car around 10 p.m., was robbed at the Hunter’s Way Apartments in the 5500 block of 56th Street.

Two men held him at gunpoint and took his car keys, wallet, and cell phone. T

he suspects are described as Hispanic males in their early twenties, about five feet eight inches tall, with small to medium builds.

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

Tech Professor Receives Grant to Study Resilience of Communities After Hurricanes

June 29, 2010

A Texas Tech University professor has received a hefty grant to study the economic resilience of communities after hurricanes.

The National Science Foundation has awarded about $280,000 for the project, under the direction of Daan Liang, assistant professor of construction engineering.

Liang says that the study could be used to facilitate policy changes for making coastal communities more resilient in facing future disasters.

Tech Law Professor Earns Award from State Bar of Texas

June 29, 2010

A Texas Tech Law Professor has earned an award from a prestigious organization of burgeoning barristers.

Professor Wendy Humphrey will receive the State Bar of Texas President’s Award of Merit for her service to the Texas Young Lawyers Association during the past year.

Only fifteen lawyers out of approximately twenty-three thousand young lawyers in Texas were selected to receive the award, and this is the second consecutive year that Humphrey has received it.

Neugebauer Pushes for September to be Designated for Prostate Cancer Awareness

June 29, 2010

Congressman Randy Neugebauer today introduced a house resolution supporting the designation of the month of September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Neugebauer pointed out that in 2010 alone, just under 218 thousand men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the disease, and around 32 thousand will die from it.

Neugebauer said that “many men never take the time to get screened or don’t even know that it’s something they should be doing.”

September 30th will mark Neugebauer’s one-year anniversary of being cancer free.

Public Meetings Regarding 34th Street Reconstruction Continue

June 29, 2010

Today is day two of four consecutive days of public meetings for the 34th Street Reconstruction Project in Lubbock. Tonight’s public meeting discussed the Indiana to University section of 34th Street. It was held at 6pm in the Hutchison Middle School Auditorium at 3102 Canton Avenue.

Wednesday’s public meeting is for the Quaker to Indiana section of 34th Street. It will take place at 6pm in the Overton Elementary School Gym at 2905 Louisville Avenue.

Hale Center Police Searching for Missing Man

June 29, 2010

Hale Center Police are searching for a missing man.  26 year-old Shelton Martin went missing last night from his home in the 500 Block of East 3rd Street in Hale Center.  Martin is described as a black man, approximately 5’3”, 120 pounds, who is also autistic.  When Shelton Martin was last seen, he was wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shows.  If you have any information on the missing Shelton Martin, you’re urged to call the Hale Center Police Department.

Texas Tech Receives Federal Grant for Hurricane Studies

June 29, 2010

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ Texas Tech University has been awarded a federal grant to study how communities bounce back after hurricanes.

          The funding from the National Science Foundation was announced Tuesday by the school in Lubbock.

          The $280,000 project is under the direction of Daan Liang, an assistant professor of construction engineering.

          Liang says the funding, meant to study economic resilience, will focus on the long-term impact of hurricane damages. He’s previously studied probability models to determine how the construction of buildings affects their vulnerability during windstorms.

Terry County Escapee Back in Custody

June 29, 2010

One of the two inmates who escaped from the Terry County Jail yesterday has been apprehended.  

Terry County Sheriff Larry Gilbreath tells KFYO News how they got 23 year-old Cornelio Zepeda Delgado back in custody: “Well, he came walking in this morning (at) about 12:30 and surrendered.  We haven’t interviewed him yet. Of course I asked the (Texas) Rangers to investigate this (escape).”  Sheriff Gilbreath also tells KFYO News steps are being taken to prevent another escape: “Jail Commission Inspectors were here yesterday afternoon and we sat down. They, looked at what we got here and what occurred.  We’re working with them to try to correct some issues that we feel like we need to address.” 

Authorities in Texas and New Mexico are still searching for the other escapee, David Lee Rodriguez.

Large Brawl at Central Lubbock Park Leaves Three Injured

June 28, 2010

Three people are injured after a large brawl in a central Lubbock park over the weekend.

Police believe the fifteen person brawl at Leftwich Park, located at 6200 Elgin Avenue began before Midnight Saturday.

The fight initially began with two people, and continued to grow.

Two men were cut during the incident, and one woman was injured by a punch to the head.

So far, Lubbock police have made no arrests in the incident. None of the injuries were serious.

Peggy Merimon to be Laid to Rest Saturday

June 28, 2010

After four years of waiting, murder victim Peggy Merimon will finally be laid to rest.

Services for Merimon will be held this Saturday at Trinity Christian Church at 11 a.m., with burial at Resthaven Cemetery following the service.

Merimon and coworker Kay Harrelson went missing on August 9th, 2006.

Harrelson was found just eleven days after the murders. Merimon was found on May 8th of this year.

Their coworker, Mickey Patterson, is in jail awaiting trial for both murders.