Archive for September, 2010

Former Terry County Correctional Officer Arrested on Charges of Sex with an Inmate and Possession of Prohibited Items

September 30, 2010

A former Terry County correctional officer found himself on the other side of the bars.

59-year-old Larry Labadie was arrested today, after being indicted on charges of improper sexual relationship with an inmate, possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility, and possession of a prohibited item, a cell phone, in a correctional facility.

Labadie resigned his post at the Terry County Jail last June, following an investigation by the Texas Rangers after a female prisoner was found in possession of cigarettes. He’s been released from the jail on $3,000 bond.


Trial of ex-Texas Youth Prison Official Charged With Sexually Abusing Inmates Moved to Lubbock

September 30, 2010

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The trial of an ex-Texas youth prison official facing charges he sexually abused teenage inmates has been moved to Lubbock.

John Paul Hernandez, the former principal at the Texas Youth Commission’s West Texas State School, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and nine counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student.

The charges stem from allegations of oral sex with students during 2004 and 2005 while Hernandez was at the facility in Pyote.

The Odessa American reported Thursday that the facility closed this summer.

In April, Ray Edward Brookins, a former assistant superintendent at the school, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing a then-18-year-old inmate in 2004.

The case eventually led Texas lawmakers to order an overhaul of the system.

Central Lubbock School Evacuated Due to Nearby Bus Fire

September 30, 2010

A bus that caught fire resulted in a nearby school being evacuated.

The bus caught fire just after 11 a.m. in a parking lot near Richard Milburn Academy, located in the 4900 block of 34th Street.

Some in the area say that kids had been smoking inside the abandoned vehicle before the fire. The school suffered no damage from the nearby flames, and no injuries have been reported.

Anyone with information about this particular fire is asked to contact Crimeline at 741-1000.

City of Lubbock’s Director of Purchasing and Contract Management Retires

September 30, 2010

The City of Lubbock’s director of purchasing and contract management has retired.

Victor Kilman, who has over thirty years of experience in local government and private enterprise management has retired, effective today.

Kilman also serves on the Texas Council on Purchasing from People with Disabilities, for a term that expires in 2015.

Time is Still Left to Register for Saturday’s Race for the Cure

September 30, 2010

It’s not too late to register for the Race for the Cure.

The race is scheduled for this Saturday at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, and includes a 5K and 1 mile run/walk.

Online registration for the 2010 Race for the Cure is available on the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Lubbock Area Affiliate site at

Individual registration is $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger. Those wishing to support the race without entering can register for the “Sleep In for the Cure” for $35 and will receive a T-shirt and a set of eye covers.

For more information, contact the Komen Lubbock office at 698-1900.

Texas Tech Softball Begins Play This Weekend Against ENMU and Western Texas

September 30, 2010

Texas Tech Softball begins their fall schedule this weekend, facing off against two schools this Saturday.

The Tech softball team will play Western Texas College at 10 a.m. and Eastern New Mexico at noon in a doubleheader at Rocky Johnson Field.

The team finished 38 to 18 last season, ultimately falling to Hawaii in the NCAA Stanford Regional Final.

Tech will play eight exhibition games in October, all at Rocky Johnson field.

TxDOT Implements New Pothole Reporting System

September 30, 2010

TxDOT is working to make reporting problems easier to the general public.

TxDOT’s new “report a pothole” initiative is available online or by phone, to help expedite the repair process. Operators will answer phone lines from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and evening and weekend reports will be recorded by voicemail.

To report a pothole on roads maintained by TxDOT, call their toll-free number at 888-885-8248 or visit

Car Crashes Into Central Lubbock Subway

September 30, 2010

A car crashed into a west Lubbock fast food restaurant earlier today.

The incident happened just before 12 Noon at the Subway at 57th Street and Slide Road.

A sedan apparently jumped the curb on Slide before crashing into the eatery.  No one was injured in the accident.

Tech and Big 12 Release New Conference Football Schedules for 2011 and 2012

September 30, 2010

Texas Tech and the Big 12 Conference released new conference football schedules for the 2011 and 2012 seasons today.

Starting next season, the BIG 12 will become a 10-team conference and will play a 9-game round-robin format in football.

Next season, Texas Tech will start Big 12 play at Kansas on October 1st and have conference home games against Texas A&M, Kansas State, Iowa State and Oklahoma State.

Two Area High School Football Players Honored

September 30, 2010

Two high school football players within the KFYO listening area were named Texas Ford High School Football Players of the Week today.

The players are Ryan Martinez, quarterback for Hereford High School. Martinez is the 4A Player of the Week.

Also, Eli Untermeyer, from Grape Creek High School in the San Angelo area, was named the Class 2A Player of the Week. Untermeyer plays running back and defensive end for Grape Creek Eagles.

Neugebauer Unhappy About House Adjournment

September 30, 2010

Congressman Randy Neugebauer is criticizing the House leadership, for adjourning until after the November election, without taking an up or down vote on extending the Bush tax cuts. 

In a news release, Neugebauer wrote, “It is unconscionable for the Democratic leadership to place their job preservation ahead of helping job creation, which is exactly what they are doing by heading home to their districts to begin campaigning.” 

Neugebauer also said that the Democrats are making matters worse by failing to pass a budget for the 2011 Fiscal Year, opting instead for a continuing resolution.  Neugebauer said the Democrats are creating even more economic uncertainty for American families and businesses.

Driver is indicted in fatal high-speed rollover on East Erskine

September 30, 2010

A 30-year-old Lubbock driver must stand trial on charges of  manslaughter and aggravated assault filed after  the death of a friend in a rollover three weeks ago. A Lubbock County grand jury handed down an indictment Tuesday against Vincent Saucedo Jr., who was accused of driving recklessly after drinking before the accident in  the 4300 block of East Erskine Street. Lubbock police said Saucedo was driving 86 mph immediately prior to the rollover that killed 33-year-old Anthony Vega. Two other passengers were seriously injured in the wreck.  

Judge Sets Escapee’s Bail

September 29, 2010

Bond has been set for a man who escaped from a work detail yesterday afternoon.

Gilbert Anthony Marcias’s bail has been set at $50,000. Lubbock authorities spent yesterday afternoon combing the area near South Loop 289 for Marcias.

They eventually found him hiding in a dumpster in the 6700 block of Hartford Avenue.

He was previously jailed September 9th on two felony theft charges.

He now faces additional charge of escape.

All inmate work crews have been suspended following the incident, pending an investigation into Macias’s escape and work crew procedures.

Prep for Construction on 82nd Begins

September 29, 2010

Crews began preparing 82nd street between University and Flint avenues for new construction.

The construction, expected to last until January of next year, has not received a warm welcome from the surrounding community.

Many are concerned about access being blocked for businesses in a similar style to construction recently completed on South University.

However the city assures residents and businesses that this round of construction will not inhibit traffic.

They plan to only shut down one lane at a time.

Lubbock State School Employee Arrested On Assault Charge

September 29, 2010

A Lubbock State School worker has been accused of assaulting a disabled person she was caring for.

Charges have been filed against Shetara Swearengin after she allegedly punched the man in the eye.

However she claims she has been falsely accused.

She says he yanked away from her and hit his left eye on a wheelchair.

Swearengin was arrested and faces charges of injury to a disabled person.

Two Clovis Men Arrested In Stabbing

September 29, 2010

Two Clovis men accused of a stabbing on September 18th were arrested Monday.

Angelo Vargas and Kenneth Lamar Nash allegedly stabbed Eric Lundgren after forcing entry into his apartment in Clovis.

Lundgren escaped through a window and asked a neighbor for help.

He was flown to a Lubbock hospital for treatment of knife wounds.

Covenant to Offer Support Group for Diabetics

September 29, 2010

Covenant Health System has began a support group for those suffering from diabetes.

Beginning October 4th the group will be meeting the first Monday of every month at 6pm at the Kipling Education Conference Center on 21st st and Louisville ave.

Officials at Covenant urge people to attend this free monthly event so they may better understand diabetes.

LCU soccer takes on Oklahoma Christian today after a postponement

September 29, 2010

Lubbock Christian University’s scheduled Sooner Athletic Conference soccer games yesterday against Oklahoma Christian University had to be postponed until today. The women’s game is set for 2 p.m. today. The men’s game will follow around 4 p.m. at LCU’s soccer field near Frankfurt and 25th Street.

No indictment against Lubbock teacher accused in pot case

September 29, 2010

A Lubbock High School teacher who had been accused of possessing marijuana will not be tried. Grand jurors yesterday declined to indict 24-year-old Trent Nickerson after the district attorney presented evidence directly to the panel. However, Nickerson’s roommate, 24-year-old Christopher Andrew Scott was indicted for possession. Marijuana plants had been discovered in a locked back room of Nickerson’s house in the 2800 block of 57th Street on September 3rd. Firemen discovered them when called to deal with a fire at the residence. LISD officials were to discuss today when Nickerson would be allowed to return to teaching.

Lubbock escapee was behind bars on felony theft charges

September 29, 2010

A network of Lubbock authorities went into action in South Lubbock yesterday afternoon tracking down an inmate who disappeared from a work detail near South Loop 289 and Indiana Avenue. Lubbock County sheriff’s deputies with a canine unit caught the escapee hiding in a dumpster near the 6700 block of Hartford  Avenue. He surrendered without resistance. Sheriff Kelly Rowe said 36-year-old Gilbert Anthony Macias was on the loose 51 minutes before being apprehended. During that time several schools in the area, including Evans, Honey, Parsons, Waters, and Murfee campuses were put on lockdown. The sheriff said Macias’s capture involved Lubbock Police, LISD Police, Texas Parks and Wildlife officers and county constables. Macias had been booked into the Lubbock County jail on September 9th on two felony theft charges.  He now faces additional charge of escape. All inmate work crews have been suspended following the incident, pending an investigation into Macias’s escape and work crew procedures.