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Slots Business Robbed Sunday Night

Police are looking for three people that robbed the Slots business at 2801 Amarillo Blvd. W. Sunday night.

Around 11:30, officers were checking the business and employees asked them if they had just seen three people leave, as they had just been robbed. They told the officers the three suspects had forced their way into the business and shoved some of the employees. One suspect was described as a short, Hispanic male with a tear drop tattoo on his face. The other two were wearing hoodies and masks. The three suspects left with the contents of the cash register.

No one was injured and the incident is still under investigation. 

Armored Car Stolen; Driver Missing

APD investigators are looking for a man involved with a stolen armored car.

Around 7:50 Monday morning, a report was filed with the APD about a Rochester Armored car that was found in the 3200 block of Northeast 22nd, unoccupied and still running. Both the driver and contents of the vehicle are missing. The missing driver, 24 year old Trent Michael Cook, is described as 5'6", 165 pounds, with blond hair and hazel eyes and was last seen wearing the company uniform. He lists an Amarillo address and was not an armed employee and is listed as missing/endangered.

If you have any info on the whereabouts of Cook's disappearance, call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.

$24K in Pot Seized in Sunday Traffic Stop

Texas DPS conducted a traffic stop Sunday afternoon that yeilded over 53 pounds of marijuana valued at over $24,000.

Around 3:30, a trooper pulled over a 2013 Chrysler 300 that was travelling eastbound on I-40 near Amarillo in Potter County. After searching the vehicle, 5 bundles of pot were found in the trunk and 36 year old Fredrick Grundy of Phoenix was booked into the Potter County Jail.

The illegal drugs were reportedly being transported from Phoenix to Columbus, Ohio.

North Mirror Resident Booked for Child Pornography

A man was arrested in connection with child pornography last week.

Around 4 Friday afternoon, APD Crimes Against Persons Squad was investigating a report that involved sexually explicit photos that led them to a home in the 2900 block of North Mirror. The resident, Joshua Michael Myers, 33, gave the officers consent to view the contents on his cell phone, which contained explicit images that investigators believe depict juveniles. They will have to find the origin of the images.

In the meantime, Myers was arrested for possession of child pornography and was booked into the Potter County Detention Center.

Michelle Billiard's on Boulevard Robbed

Police are looking for a man in connection with an armed robbery that happened over the weekend.

Saturday afternoon, officers were sent to Michelle's Billiards #2 at 5641 Amarillo Boulevard East. The female victim explained that she had opened the door in response to a knock and found the suspect there who then came inside the business, pointing a small silver handgun at the woman and demanding money. After she gave him the money, he may have fled east and then north on foot.

The suspect is descrived as a Hispanic male, about 5'8'' with a slim build wearing a ski mask over his face with a brown hooded sweatshirt and gray pants. No one was injuried and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is being asked to call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.

National Weather Service: No White Christmas This Year

This Christmas holiday seems to be breaking the expected weather patterns for this winter which officially started Sunday.
Just 4 days after the start of winter, the Texas Panhandle is expecting temperatures in the high 60's with no chance for rain or snow. Kurt Buffalo, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Amarillo says to not let that fool you for the upcoming season.
"The winter outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for the next few months is still calling for slightly higher chances to see below normal temperatures and above average precipitation."
But that isn't our forecast for this week. Buffalo says while we might get some light rain or snow in the western panhandle Monday, and Tuesday might be a little bitter after a small cold front, we won't be getting a white Christmas.
"We're looking at high temperatures in the 60's on Christmas Day, no precipitation expected, a little breezy with winds out of the west around 15-20 m.p.h."
Then it's back to cooler temperatures for the day after Christmas with highs back in the 40's for Friday. 

TX DPS Adds 109 New Troopers Just in Time for Holiday Travel

The Texas Department of Public Safety has added more than 100 troopers as other officers carry out increased patrols during the holiday period.
The latest 109 men and women becoming troopers were commissioned Friday during graduation ceremonies in Austin. DPS says the new troopers, who've been training since July, will report to duty stations across Texas in coming weeks. The troopers join the force as expanded patrols began friday for the two week holiday period running through January 2nd.  The time frame includes Christmas and New Year's Day.  
A TXDOT grant pays for increased patrols as troopers watch for drunken drivers and other violators during high travel periods.

One Man Killed in U.S. 385 Crash in Dallam County

One man is dead after an crash in Dallam County.

DPS officials say it happened just after 8 on Saturday morning on U.S. 385, 4 miles northwest of Dalhart. A car driven northbound by Benito Zuniga, 38, attempted to pass an 18 wheeler in dense fog. Due to the foggy conditions, Zuniga was unable to see the oncoming traffic and subsequently struck a car driven by Jose Ortega, 47.

Ortega was pronounced dead at the scene. Zuniga was uninjured. 

One Man Killed in Roberts County Crash; Woman and 3 Year Old Child Have Serious Injuries

One person is dead an two in critical but stable condition after a two vehicle accident in Roberts County.

Officials say it happened Saturday shortly after noon on State Highway 70 approximately 26 miles south of Perryton. An 18 wheeler traveling south attempted to make a left turn when the second vehicle rear ended it. Adrianna Maria Ortiz, 24, and a 3 year old juvenile were transported to Northwest Texas Hospital with serious injuries, Santos Manuel Ortiz Jr., 27, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the semi was uninjured. 

Mail and Packages Stolen from Amarillo USPS

The Amarillo Police Department is cautioning people to mail their letters and packages through inside USPS Office collection points instead of the exterior drop boxes.

On Saturday, police recieved a report that someone had broken into a mailbox outside of the U.S. Post Office at 2301 S. Ross where two collection boxes on the east side of the building were damaged and the mail stolen out of them. Since the original report, other mailboxes have been reported damaged.

Mail may have been stolen from Post Offices located at:

- 2301 S. Ross

- 5000 S. Western

- 307 S. Western

- 505 E. 9th

- 1220 S. Georgia

- 3510 NE 24th

- 1000 S. Polk

- 15th and S. Tyler

Crime Stoppers is asking anyone with information to call 374-4400.

DPS Patrols Rise During Christmas Time

Tis the season for party's and drinking, which can lead to drunk driving, and local authorities want to stop it before it turns deadly. Trooper Chris Ray with the DPS told KGNC a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation is funding increased patrols in Amarillo from now through January 2nd.
"Our whole goal for this program is to get the intoxicated and impaired drivers off the roadway. We know that during the holidays, people have an increased potential of drinking during Christmas events," Ray said.
While driving home, be extra cautious between the hours of 10 p.m. till 3 am. Ray said historically those are the worst hours for intoxicated driving incidents. Ray said if you are drinking always find a designated driver.


Amarillo Bulls Sweep Lone Star

The Amarillo Bulls were able to successfully increase their winning streak to two as they defeated Lone Star in a close 3-2 win. The Bulls increase their record to 11-15-3 with 25 points on the season. The Bulls jumped Rio Grande Valley and now sit at the sixth spot in the South Division. The Bulls will take a short break for Christmas and will be back in action on New Year's Eve as they will be home against Wichita Falls.

WT Basketball Update

Tez Dumars scores 19 points as the West Texas A&M Buffaloes defeat Missouri-St. Louis 67-59. The Buffs win gave Missouri-St. Louis their first lost of the season. Carl White had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Buffs up their winning streak to four. The Buffs are currently 7-4 on the season. WT will be off until January 2nd as they will be back home to faceoff against Mid-America Christian. The Lady Buffs are also off until January 7th as they will begin conference play against Midwestern State.


Southwest Beef Symposium

What will the future of the beef industry look like? On January 14 and 15 that topic will be discussed at the Southwest Beef Symposium in Amarillo. For more information and a way to register, go here



Argentinian Beef Issue

USDA has extended the comments period regarding the proposal to allow fresh beef from Argentina to be imported into the U.S. Many in the U.S. livestock and meat industry oppose this proposal because of concerns about foot-and-mouth disease. The new deadline for comments is Dec. 29. To find out more and to submit comments, go here http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-31/html/2014-25936.htm


USDA Info On Risk Management Programs

Big decisions are coming for farmers related to their participation in various Farm Bill programs, most notably Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage. Information about PLC, ARC, base reallocation, and yield updates is available here


For more information from the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M, cllick here


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In addition to bringing you the insights of ag experts from around the High Plains region, our show also offers up-to-the-minute market information, veterinary news, wildlife reports, and features that explore the daily endeavor of those good people – the farmers and livestock producers – who provide us with the food and fiber we all need.

If you are unable to listen to the Agribusiness Hour live, remember you can hear recordings of past programs in podcast form by going here: http://multimedia.kgncam.com/audio/ag.htm


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