Archive for November, 2010

Lubbock Co. Sheriff’s Office Implements Operation St. Nick

November 30, 2010

As area families continue to prepare for Christmas, the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department will be out in force working to reduce opportunities for burglars to put a severe dent in someone’s holiday.

Sheriff Kelly Rowe has implemented Operation St. Nick this month, reassigning officers to patrol in areas where increases in burglaries and property crimes have been seen. The Sheriff’s Office plans to increase the number of marked and unmarked cars patrolling area neighborhoods. This measure does not require extra taxpayer funds, since the patrolling officers are only reassigned on a temporary basis from other areas of the department.

The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department also offers a vacation watch program to citizens living in unincorporated areas of Lubbock County, which involves deputies randomly checking in on homes while the resident is away during this season. For more information, contact the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office at 775-1601.

Springlake-Earth High School Burglarized During Holiday Weekend

November 30, 2010

The Lamb County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a weekend burglary that took place at Springlake-Earth High School.

At least 20 laptop computers were reported stolen from teachers’ desks and classroom cabinets.

So far, no suspects have been arrested in the burglary.

Auburn Avenue to Close from University to North Vernon Ave Wednesday

November 30, 2010

A North Lubbock street will be closed for a portion of this week.

The City of Lubbock will begin utility work at the corner of North University and Auburn Avenue tomorrow morning.

As a result, Auburn Ave. will be closed from University to North Vernon Avenue.

Motorists are urged to find alternate routes. The work is expected to take three days to complete, weather permitting.

Lubbock and San Angelo Zoo-Kini’s Now Closed by Judah Receivership Trustee

November 30, 2010

The Lubbock and San Angelo locations of a popular restaurant are now closed.

Zoo-Kini’s has been closed, and their employees have been relieved of their duties, as the parent company Zoo-Koncepts LLC has been taken into bankruptcy.

The owner of the company, Benny Judah, has had his assets seized by a court-appointed receivership trustee to pay back the numerous people swindled by a ponzi scheme orchestrated by Judah.

Zoo-Kini’s of Abilene will remain open for the time being in hopes of selling the restaurant.

Grand Jury Hands Down Indictment for Year-Old Murder

November 30, 2010

Murder charges have now been issued in a homicide that happened slightly over a year ago.

48-year-old Paul Allen Brown was found dead in his pickup outside of the Boulders at Lakeridge Apartments near 82nd and Quaker on November 18th, 2009. An autopsy revealed that Brown died from blunt force trauma to the head.

A grand jury this evening indicted 60-year-old Carol Nusbaum. A trial date will be set soon.

Tech’s School of Nursing Second-Highest Producer of Nursing School Graduates Statewide

November 30, 2010

Texas Tech Health Sciences Center’s School of Nursing is working to decrease Texas’ nursing shortage.

This year, The TTU HSC’s School of Nursing graduated 601 nurses, 79 more than 2009, making it the second-highest producer of nursing school graduates in the state, just behind Texas Woman’s University.

TTUHSC President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., said he is “proud of our School of Nursing for its diligence in addressing the major shortage of nurses facing Texas and the nation.”

Two Tech Football Players Named to All-Big 12 Second Team

November 30, 2010

Two Texas Tech football players have been named to the All-Big 12 Second Team.

Junior offensive lineman Lonnie Edwards and senior defensive lineman Colby Whitlock received the second team honors.

Senior Baron Batch earned honorable mention honors for the third-straight year.

Public Hearing Will Take Place in Austin Concerning Nuclear Rules

November 30, 2010

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — People can comment in person on proposed rules to allow low-level radioactive waste from 36 states to be buried in West Texas.

The wording of the proposed rules was approved Nov. 13 by a commission overseeing disposal of the radioactive materials. The proposal was published Nov. 26 in the Texas Register and allows for a 30-day comment period.

Written comments to the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact commission will be accepted through Dec. 26.

People wanting to comment will be limited to 10 minutes at the Dec. 9 hearing at the offices of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in Austin.

Texas and Vermont, which make up the compact, are already allowed to bury their low-level waste at the not-yet-built facility in West Texas near the New Mexico border.

Neugebauer Predicts 3-Year Extension Of Bush Tax Cuts

November 30, 2010

Predicting what Congress will do regarding the Bush tax cuts is not an easy task. 

For example, three weeks ago, Congressman Randy Neugebauer said the lame-duck Congress might approve a 1- or 2-year extension.  But last week, Neugebauer wrote that Congress was no closer to extending the tax cuts.  This week, he is more optimistic.

“I think in the final analysis, we see – possibly — a 3-year extension of those [tax cuts], and here’s the reason why.  I don’t think they want to be debating that during the presidential election in 2012.  So if you push those past 2012 into 2013, then the next president has to address that issue.”

And what about the death tax?

“We’ll see how that plays out.”

Gunman hits a Whataburger in South Lubbock

November 30, 2010

Lubbock police are searching for a gunman who robbed a hamburger place in south Lubbock last night. A man dressed in black and brandishing a small caliber pistol robbed the Whataburger at 82nd Street and University Avenue  around 11 p.m. He reportedly fled in a black Jeep heading south on University. Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to all Crime Line at 741-1000.

LCU teams win again over Wayland Baptist

November 30, 2010

The 20th-ranked Lubbock Christian University women beat Wayland Baptist 75 to 53 at the Hutcherson Center in Plainview last night. The LCU men had a more difficult time, defeating Wayland 63 to 58. Both LCU teams had beaten Wayland earlier this year in Sooner Athletic Conference opening games.

Tech’s junior volleyball star named to Al-Big 12 team

November 30, 2010

Texas Tech’s junior volleyball star Amanda Dowdy has become the first Red Raider named to the All-Big 12 first team since 2002. The post-season award announced yesterday is the second of Dowdy’s career. She was named to the Big 12 All-Freshmen team in 2008.

Red Raiders take on Oral Roberts tonight at United Spirit Arena

November 30, 2010

Texas Tech’s Red Raiders will try for their fifth basketball victory of the season tonight when they take on Oral Roberts at United Spirit Arena. This will be Tech’s first game against the Golden Eagles since winning an overtime victory 100 to 98 in December 2000. Tip-off time is 7 p.m.

City of Lubbock Water Rate Increases to Go Into Effect January 2011

November 29, 2010

Water rate increases for Lubbock citizens won’t hit the population’s pocketbooks until 2011.

The sizeable flat-fee increases will go into effect in January, rather than hit right before the holidays. The increases for homes with a ¾ inch water meter are $6 per month for the base water rate and $2.26 monthly for the sewer rate. Homes and businesses with a 1 inch water meter will increase monthly by $10.01 for the base water rate, and $2.68 for the sewer rate.

The average bill will increase around $98 dollars annually, which mainly covers wastewater treatment, and the Lake Alan Henry Pipeline Project.

The Lubbock City Council approved the increases effective December 1st, but City of Lubbock Chief Financial Officer Andy Burcham said that if the increases were implemented in December, that could leave some people paying the higher fees for their November bill, prompting the City to enact the rate increases in January.

Thanksgiving Fires in Melonie Park Neighborhood Ruled as Arson

November 29, 2010

An outbreak of fires over Thanksgiving Day has been ruled as arson.

Multiple fences were set ablaze last Thursday in the area of the 4000 block of 68th Street, and the 3700 and 3800 blocks of 69th Street, and a car was set on fire in the 7000 block of Miami Avenue.

The first fire was set around 1:30 a.m., and the last was set at 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

No injuries have been reported. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimeline at 741-1000.

Missing Autistic Man Returns Safely to Family

November 29, 2010

An autistic man who went missing yesterday is now safe with his family.

KAMC-28 reports that 27-year-old James Blake Roberts returned, on his own, to his southwest Lubbock County home around 5 this morning.

Roberts’ family contacted authorities after he went missing around 2:30 yesterday afternoon from their home in the 12000 block of County Road 1240 south of Wolfforth.

During their search last night a DPS helicopter assisted the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department in the search.

Kotkin to Speak at Tech’s Presidential Lecture and Performance Series Wednesday

November 29, 2010

An internationally recognized authority on political and economic trends will be the final speaker for Texas Tech’s fall 2010 Presidential Lecture and Performance Series.

Joel Kotkin, author of the new book “The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050” will speak at Tech’s Allen Theatre at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $12, and can be purchased through Select-A-Seat by calling 770-2000. Student tickets are free with a valid ID at the Student Union Ticket Booth.

Texas Tech Athletics and SGA Team Up for Raiders Sharing, Raiders Caring Program

November 29, 2010

Texas Tech Athletics and the Student Government Association are teaming up to provide tickets to basketball games for underprivileged kids.

Texas Tech students are encouraged to participate in the Raiders Sharing, Raiders Caring program, in which they donate their admission at men’s and women’s basketball games over the holiday season.

Student attendance at these games generally declines over the Christmas break. Students can donate their admission at raiderlink.ttu.edu.

TCU to Move to Big East Conference

November 29, 2010

Texas Christian University will be making a change in athletic conferences, mainly to better their football program.

TCU at an afternoon press conference in Fort Worth today, announced a move from the Mountain West Conference to the Big East Conference.

The move will take effect for the fall of 2012 and includes all TCU sports.

The Big East Conference is an Automatic-Qualifier in college football’s BCS Championship, while the Mountain West is not.

Neugebauer on WikiLeaks: How Did This Happen?

November 29, 2010

The WikiLeaks story is news around the world, leading to discussions about national security, trust between nations and the role of the media. 

On Lubbock’s First News on KFYO, Congressman Randy Neugebauer had this reaction.

“I think the most troubling thing about all of this – certainly it’s going to be embarrassing and certainly there can be some national security implications from this – but most importantly here is how this happened, how these  leaks occurred, and what are we doing to prevent that from happening in the future.”

Neugebauer said if there are holes in our security, we need to fix that very quickly.