Archive for December, 2010

Lubbock Police Search For Bank Robber – FBI Names Suspect

December 31, 2010

Lubbock police are searching for the culprit that robbed a downtown bank this afternoon. An unarmed man walked into the Lubbock National Bank in the 1000 block of Main Street around 12:45 p.m. and held up a note that said “It’s a hold up.” The robber escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The FBI has named 54-year-old Carlton Taylor as their main suspect.

Police describe Taylor as a black male, about 6-feet tall, around 40-years-old, and weighing about 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing a set of blue overalls and a baseball hat. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimeline at 741-1000.

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Cause of SPEC Power Outages Near Shallowater Found

December 31, 2010

Power outages near Shallowater are expected to be repaired soon. South Plains Electric Cooperative has been experiencing power outages and unreliable power for some customers just east of Shallowater.

SPEC has found the cause of the outages, which was a line that had blown free during the high winds. Repairs are expected to be completed by this evening.

Hockley County Grass Fire Completely Contained

December 31, 2010

A fire in Hockley County that burned a sizable amount of land is now completely contained. The Levelland, Littlefield, Whiteface, and Smyer fire departments have gotten the blaze which burned around 1,500 acres now 100 percent contained.

One home and outside building were threatened and saved, and another home was evacuated. No injuries have been reported. Authorities believe the fire may have been caused by a downed power line.

Texas Tech Mens and Womens Basketball Teams Play First Games of 2011

December 31, 2010

The Red Raiders basketball team will be back in action on Sunday, facing off against the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders. The game will be at 2 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. Texas Tech leads the Islanders 2 to 0 in the series, which began in 1999.

The Lady Raiders will also play Houston Baptist on Monday. The game will be at 7 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. This is the final non-conference game of the season, and is the first meeting between the two schools.

No Contract Renegotiation Yet Between Suddenlink and Viacom

December 30, 2010

No contract renegotiation has been made between Suddenlink Communications and Viacom as of yet, for the cable company to keep Viacom’s channels into 2011. Suddenlink Senior Vice President Pete Abel says that Viacom has not budged from their original price increase of over 20 percent.

Abel said that “Viacom is attempting to leverage its current channels, including its children’s programming, to force a significant increase in what they’re paid and a new network with R-rated programming.” The current contract with Viacom expires at midnight on Friday. Viacom provides channels such as MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and Spike TV.

West Loop 289 Frontage Road to Close Next Week

December 30, 2010

A section of West Loop 289 frontage road will close next week. TxDOT will close the northbound West Loop 289 frontage road from 34th to 19th Street beginning Tuesday.

The closure is to allow crews to construct the tie-in between the existing roadway and the new frontage road alignment. Traffic will be detoured to Frankford Avenue at 24th Street, then back to 19th Street. This phase of construction is expected to be completed by the end of January.

Lubbock Gas Prices 12-30-10

December 30, 2010

According to a KFYO News survey, the average price for regular self-serve gas in Lubbock this week is $2.86 a gallon. That’s up 5 cents from last week.

According to a AAA Texas survey, the average price in Texas this week is $2.91, up 6 cents from last week.

The cheapest gas among the 11 Texas cities surveyed by AAA is in El Paso, $2.85 a gallon.

The most expensive … in Texarkana, $2.93 a gallon.

Nationally, the average price is $3.07, up 6 cents..

Long-serving judge Rod Shaw is dead at 87

December 30, 2010

A man who had served as a Lubbock County judge longer than any other to sit on the bench has died at age 87. Rod Shaw succumbed Monday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was Lubbock County judge for 26 years from 1964 to 1990. During his long career Shaw also served as president of the West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association and president of the South Plains Association of Governments.

South Plains faces high winds with wildfire risks

December 30, 2010

Lubbock and surrounding South Plains counties are in for stiff winds and the risk of grass wildfires today. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook saying the area should expect strong winds along with an elevated grassland fire danger today and at times tonight. Sustained winds from 25 to 35 miles an hour, with gusts to around 50 miles an hour, are expected. The weather service says blowing dust may cut visibility to below a mile at times.

Tech senior guard Roberson is suspended indefinitely

December 30, 2010

It was one win on the road and one loss at home for Texas Tech’s basketball teams last night. The Red Raiders lost a tough one to New Mexico 61 to 60  at United Spirit Arena. They were playing without senior guard John Roberson, who has been suspended by Coach Pat Knight for an unspecified violation of team rules. Knight said how long Roberson is suspended will depend on his attitude. Knight said, quote: “If you’re going to be a bad teammate, you’re going to pay the consequences.” The defeat to the Loboes left Tech with a 6 and 7 record.  Meanwhile the Lady Raiders were beating Western Kentucky at Bowling Green, 70 to 60. Tech’s Kierra Mallard scored 19 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. The Lady Raiders now have won 12 of 13 games.

Blood Test Taken From Colorado Senator Responsible for Amarillo Woman’s Death

December 29, 2010

Texas investigators have taken a blood sample from the Colorado state lawmaker involved in a fatal crash Sunday near Amarillo.

But they haven’t decided yet whether to press charges in the wreck that killed a pregnant woman and critically injured her baby.

Troopers say the crash happened when the SUV state Sen. Suzanne Williams was driving veered into oncoming traffic.

Lubbock Economic Index Dips Slightly in November

December 29, 2010

The Lubbock Economic Index for November fell slightly compared to the October index report, as well as that of November 2009.

The November 2010 index stood at 124.4, down 0.1 point from October’s index of 124.5.

Retail spending and jobs are two trend issues that contributed to the sluggish economy.

Taxable retail spending in November rose 1.2 percent from the previous year, and remains down 1.1 percent from last year.

Children’s Programs At Mahon Library Will Resume

December 29, 2010

Mayor Tom Martin says that because of problems caused by street people loitering at the Mahon Library, at times defecating on the property, children’s activities such as the Storytime  program are no longer  taking place.  But now that the city council has passed a curfew ordinance for the library and other city buildings, those programs will soon start up again.

“That’s the intent of the council and the library staff, to reinstitute those programs, because they’re very, very valuable.,” Martin told KFYO. 

” There’s nothing more valuable to a community than the education of its children, so we do intend to start those programs once the cleanup is complete.”

Library officials say the programs will likely resume after the curfew ordinance takes effect, and the mayor says that could happen around the 8th of January.

Raiders play Loboes tonight at United Spirit Arena

December 29, 2010

Texas Tech’s basketball teams are playing tonight. Coach Pat Knight’s Red Raiders will be taking on the University of New Mexico Lobos at United Spirit Arena. Tip off time is 7 p.m. The Loboes have a strong 10 and 2 record, most recently beating Colorado and then losing to Northern Iowa. Tech is 6 and 6 for the season. The Loboes won the last meeting with Tech, in Albuquerque, 90 to 75.  Meanwhile the Lady Raiders with an 11 and one record  will be in Bowling Green Kentucky playing Western Kentucky. Coach Kristy Curry’s team will return to Lubbock for a non-conference finale on January 3rd against Houston Baptist.

Stimulus fund help is given to 807 area residents in 2010

December 29, 2010

Federal authorities say  as many as 807 area residents received assistance this year from the City of Lubbock’s Community Development Department. The city today is being recognized by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs  for using all of its federal stimulus Community Services Block Grant funds to help low income individuals make a transition toward self-sufficiency. The federal government  contracts the city’s Community Development Department to administer the block grant program in Lubbock County. The city received over 626 thousand dollars last year from the Department through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , commonly referred to as the economic stimulus package. That act featured new guidelines allowing the state to reach larger numbers of low income people.

LCU students almost freeze overnight on a New Mexico mountain

December 29, 2010

Four Lubbock Christian University students survived a night of freezing temperatures on a New Mexico mountain last week before being rescued. Two of them wound up in a hospital suffering hypothermia. It happened last Thursday when Brittney Allison, Toh Yu Jin, Grace Kang and Trey Akin set out to hike in the Florida Mountains near Silver City. Grace and Brittney got stuck in a place from which they couldn’t climb down. As darkness fell, they huddled together while Toh Yu Jin andTrey Akin used a cell phone to call for help. Allison told KAMC-28, quote: “We basically just sat there and huddled and I kept my face in my jacket for a long time because i felt like passing out.” Grace was barely conscious by the time help arrived at 9 a.m. the next morning. The girls were told that two hours more and they wouldn’t have made it. They’re all okay today.

Suddenlink Continues Negotiations with Viacom

December 28, 2010

Suddenlink Communications is still in negotiations to renew a contract with Viacom that expires at midnight this Friday. According to Suddenlink, Viacom, which provides channels such as MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and Spike TV, is requesting a 20 percent overall increase in what they are paid, including significant payment for a new network that has not been requested by Suddenlink.

Suddenlink Senior Vice President Pete Abel says that “in the unusual event these negotiations are unsuccessful and Viacom removes its channels, we reiterate our pledge to reduce customer’s prices by the cost of the affected channels for whatever length of time they are unavailable.”

Lubbock County Commissioners Appoint Two to UMC Board of Managers

December 28, 2010

Lubbock County Commissioners unanimously appointed two new members to the UMC Board of Managers. The Commissioners Monday appointed Rhonda L. Brown and L. Ken Jones to two-year terms on the UMC Health System Board of Managers, which is the entity’s governing body.

Former Lubbock Mayor Marc McDougal has been reappointed to an additional two-year term and area attorney Noe Valles has been reappointed to a one-year term.

Man Injured in ATV Crash in Stable Condition

December 28, 2010

The man involved in an ATV accident is now in better condition after suffering serious head injuries over the weekend.

43 year old Jesus McHaney flipped his ATV while turning onto a county road near FM 179.

He was not wearing a helmet.

He was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition, but was moved out of intensive care yesterday.

Name of Girl Killed in Go-Cart Crash Released

December 28, 2010

The name of a girl killed in a go-cart crash on Christmas eve has been released.

Lynn County authorities say 9 year old Kaeleigh Weatherly of Meadow was airlifted to Covenant Medical Center after she was ejected from the go-cart around 3:20 pm.

She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Officials are still investigating how the go-cart crashed.