Archive for November, 2010

Pat Knight expects Red Raiders to make the NCAA tournament

November 29, 2010

Texas Tech Red Raider basketball coach Pat Knight doesn’t seem that worried about his team winning only four of its first seven games so far this season. He’s looking for the Raiders to improve over their non-conference performances by the time Big 12 Conference play begins. Knight said after Saturday’s loss to South Florida, quote: “I don’t care about the preseason record. I think this is a lot better team. I still say we’re going to the NCAA tournament.”


Lady Raiders beat Sam Houston state to win Classic title

November 29, 2010

Texas Tech’s Lady Raiders beat Sam Houston State 65 to 52 yesterday afternoon to claim the championship of  the Basketball Travelers World Vision Classic at United Spirit Arena. Tech led at halftime 32 to 15. The Lady Raiders were winning their third straight game of the Classic. They beat   Charleston Southern Friday night 82-57 and on Saturday knocked out  American 63 to 37. Tech ends a  seven-game home stand Wednesday, hosting U-T  San Antonio. Tip-off time is 7 p.m. at United Spirit Arena.

Hobbs looks to upgrade airport preparing for direct flights to Houston

November 29, 2010

The airport at Hobbs New Mexico is planning to upgrade things before  Continental Airlines begins flights between Hobbs and Houston. The manager of the Lea County Airport says the airport needs to improve perimeter fencing, update striping and signs on runways and taxiways and assess any wildlife threats around the airport. But he says the airport runways are capable of handling the 95-foot  jetliner that Continental plans to use on direct flights from Hobbs to Houston starting next March.

Car crashes into Central Lubbock home on a daughter’s birthday

November 29, 2010

A car ran into a central Lubbock home while most of the family was sleeping. Fortunately no one was injured in the crash which occurred yesterday at 6304 Quaker Avenue. George Aguiano said the fireplace was the only thing stopping the vehicle from going completely through his house. Aguiano said otherwise the crash would have gone into the kitchen where his girlfriend was making a cake—it was his daughter’s birthday. The American Red Cross has temporarily put the family up in a hotel to help them get on their feet.

Search continues for driver suspected of fatal hit-and-run

November 29, 2010

Lubbock police continue searching for a driver suspected of hitting a man on an East Lubbock street and leaving him for dead. The victim of the Friday morning incident was 23-year-old Juan Antonio Carmona Jr., who was found dead in the road just after 3 a.m. in the300 block of Parkway Drive. A sister said she last saw Carmona Thursday evening leaving home to go to the Tequila Jungle night club. Police said the suspected hit-and-run vehicle was reported to be a Mitsubishi Eclipse which fled west on Parkway Drive after Carmona was hit. A vehicle matching that description and license number was located Friday afternoon.

Autistic man located safe after hours of search

November 29, 2010

An autistic man who had been the object of a search since yesterday afternoon has now been found safe. KAMC-28 said 27-year-old James Blake Roberts was been located after hours of searching on ground and by air. No details were immediately available on where he was located. The family contacted authorities after Roberts went missing after 2:30 p.m. yesterday at their house at 12708 County Road 1240 south of Wolfforth. Last night a DPS helicopter assisted Lubbock County authorities in the search.

Accident Between Truck and Train Leaves One Dead

November 27, 2010

A Kress man has died after his pickup truck collided with a train north of Plainview, Friday afternoon.

The Plainview Daily-Herald reports that 65 year-old Elvy Louis Strange was driving west on County Road 20 when he failed to yield the right-of-way at railroad tracks near the I-27 access road.

Strange’s King Ranch pickup was flipped over on the top of its cab after the collision.

DPS reports that he was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

Midland Teen Dead After Thanksgiving Home Invasion

November 27, 2010

A 19 year-old Midlander is dead after a Thanksgiving morning attempted home invasion.

The Midland Reporter-Telegram reports that Gabriel Escontrias Jr. was pronounced dead Thursday morning at Midland Memorial Hospital after he was stabbed by the dwellers in the apartment he tried to invade.

Police reports state that Escontrias forced his way into a unit at the Park Glen Apartments around 2am, Thursday, where a struggle then ensued with the female occupant of the unit.

A male friend of the female occupant then came to her aid and stabbed Escontrias with a knife.

No charges have been against either of the survivors in the incident.

TTU Basketball Sees Both Triumph and Loss in Friday Games

November 27, 2010

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders last night triumphed over Charleston Southern in a 82-57 win in the first game of the Basketball Traveler’s World Vision Classic at the United Spirit Arena.

The Lady raiders are now 5-0.

The Red Raiders however were defeated by Saint Mary’s in the third round of the South Padre Invitational last night.

Saint Mary’s had a 88-68 victory over the Red Raiders, who are now 4-2.

TTU Football Season Finale Begins This Evening

November 27, 2010

Texas Tech Red Raider Football plays their regular-season finale this evening against the Houston Cougars, 7pm at Jones AT&T Stadium.

The Cougars beat Texas Tech 29 to 28 last year in Houston.  Coming into tonight’s game Texas Tech’s record is 6 and 5, while Houston is 5 and 6.

You can hear complete pregame and postgame coverage of today’s game on SportsRadio 1340 The Fan with Countdown to Kickoff starting at 4 o’clock.

Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run in East Lubbock Early Friday

November 26, 2010

One man is dead following a hit and run accident in East Lubbock. Police received a report of a man lying in the street in the 200 block of East Parkway around 3 a.m.

The victim, 23-year-old Juan Carmona, was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities believe that Carmona was walking in the area when he was hit by a black Mitsubishi Eclipse.

Police have taken a car matching that description to the impound lot, but no word on any arrests.

Theft Suspect Caught Using DNA Evidence Database

November 24, 2010

A man is now in jail under a $50,000 bond after stealing two 30-packs from a Lubbock 7-11.

24 year old Samuel Salinas used a brick to smash in the window of a 7-11 on 19th street this past August, leaving about $850 in damages.

He was matched to the crime via dna evidence he left on the scene.

He has been jailed since Aug 26 on other charges, including stealing more than $1,500 in credit card abuse.

Toddler Found Roaming Streets of Slaton

November 24, 2010

KMAC 28 is reporting that a 3 year old child is now in foster care after being found wandering the streets of Slaton yesterday evening.

The police department received a report of a young girl wandering along a street alone.

Her mother arrived at the police station to claim her, saying that she thought she was being babysat by a friend.

Police are currently investigating to see if the parent should be charged with child endangerment.

Conditions of Two Shallowater Residents Involved in Crash Updated

November 24, 2010

An accident Tuesday morning has left two Shallowater residents in a Lubbock Hospital.

48 year old Kenneth Cooper and 19 year old Tye Edwards were both rushed to the hospital after a crash on U.S. 84 and FM 1294 around 7:30 yesterday morning.

Edwards failed to yield to Cooper’s truck and crashed into him, flipping Cooper’s truck on its side.

Cooper was airlifted to UMC and is now in fair condition.

Edwards was rushed by ambulance to UMC, where he remains in serious condition.

Former Texas Tech Coach Sues ESPN

November 24, 2010

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is suing ESPN Inc. and a public relations firm allegedly hired by Craig James for libel and slander.

The suit filed Wednesday claims the network’s coverage of Leach’s firing last year was “willful and negligent defamation” and that it failed to “retract false and damaging statements” it made from “misinformation” James provided to ESPN.

The network, based in Bristol, Conn., did not immediately have a comment on the lawsuit filed in Texas district court.

The university fired Leach last Dec. 30, two days after suspending him amid allegations he mistreated James’s son, Adam James. Leach has denied the claim.

The suit also names Spaeth Communciations as a defendant, claiming James hired the firm for “purposes of creating public opinion hostile to Leach.”

Lubbock Gas Prices 11-24-10

November 24, 2010

According to a KFYO News survey, the average price for regular self-serve gas in Lubbock this week is $2.62 a gallon.  That’s down 2 cents from last week.

According to a AAA Texas survey, the average price in Texas this week is $2.68, down 3 cents.

The cheapest gas among the 11 Texas cities surveyed by AAA is in San Antonio… $2.65 a gallon.

The most expensive … in Austin, $2.70 a gallon.

Nationally, the average price is $2.87, down 1 cent.

Neugebauer Continues His Campaign Against “Biggest Tax Hike In American History”

November 24, 2010

With just over a month left in 2010, Congressman Randy Neugebauer writes in his weekly newsletter about the expiration of the Bush tax cuts that will take place as the year comes to an end, unless Congress extends the tax cuts. 

Neugebauer writes, “After the first week of the Lame Duck session, Speaker Pelosi’s Congress is no closer to preventing these job-killing tax hikes for every taxpayer. Letting the estate tax return to 55 percent, cutting the child tax credit in half and letting several other tax provisions expire is a tax increase our economy cannot handle.“ 

 Neugebauer said  that raising taxes during the worst economy in decades will kill even more jobs and lead to greater uncertainty for small businesses looking to expand. 

Red Raiders and Lady Raiders roll over visiting basketball opponents

November 24, 2010

Texas Tech’s basketball teams recorded easy victories last night at United Spirit Arena. The Red Raiders had a lot of long-range shooting in beating Georgia Southern 103 to 79. Tech made 12 of 27 shots from 3-point range. The Red Raiders now have a 4 and 1 record for the season. The Lady Raiders extended their record to 4 and oh with an easy 73 to 38 victory over Mississippi Valley State. The Lady Raiders dominated from the start, going on a 26 to 4 run the first 10 minutes of the game.

A new book describes two decades of Lubbock’s Cowboy Symposium

November 24, 2010

A new book is out that describes two decades of a colorful event which each year brings thousands of  people to Lubbock to indulge in all manner of cowboy things: western poetry, chuck wagon cooking, cowboy history, music and more. The book is the first published history of the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, which was started in 1989 by Alvin G. Davis and others interested in preserving and commemorating western cowboy culture. The book is by professor and author Dr. Richard Slatta, who has written several books including The Cowboy Encyclopedia, which is regarded as a reference on cowboy history. The book on the national Cowboy Symposium and Celebration contains interviews and quotes, more than 200 pictures from over the years and a listing of American Cowboy Culture Award winners since 1989. For information about the book, call the symposium and celebration office at 806 798-7825…or go online to the organization’s website,

Shallowater collision injures two men

November 24, 2010

A highway crash at an intersection near Shallowater sent two injured men to a hospital in Lubbock. The accident happened about 7:22 a.m. yesterday at U.S. 84 and FM 1294 near Shallowater. A state trooper said 48-year-old Kenneth Cooper was driving a 2011 Chevrolet pickup eastbound on U.S. 84 when a 2006 Dodge pickup driven by 19-year-old Tye Edwards pulled in front of him off Farm to Market Road 1294. Cooper’s truck was flipped in the wreck. Cooper was taken by AeroCare to University Medical Center. Edwards went to UMC by ambulance. Both men are from Shallowater.