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A car that was stolen twice in a 10 day span has led to three arrests.
Early Wednesday morning, an officer saw the car in the 200 block of McMasters. A computer check showed that the car had been stolen on Tuesday. The officer pulled in behind the car at a convenience store and two juveniles got out and took off on foot. While the officer was handcuffing one of the suspects, he saw the car driving away on McMasters.
Officers later caught Nicci Rene Hill, 30, and booked her into Potter County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicl, a bond forfeiture warrant, and four municipal warrants. The two juveniles were taken to the Youth Center of the High Plains for auto theft.
Over a third of a million dollars worth of cocaine was seized after a traffic stop on I-40.
A DPS trooper made the stop Tuesday morning near Conway for a traffic violation. During the stop, the trooper found the coke, worth over $387,000, hidden inside a false floor. Two people in the car were booked into the Carson county jail on a first degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. The drugs were reportedly being taken from L.A. to Atlanta.
One person was hospitalized after a stabbing in east Amarillo.
Police say it happened just before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of Jasmine. Officers found an unidentified man there with a large cut on his forearm. They discovered that he and another man had been in a verbal argument when the suspect grabbed a large knife and swung it at the man.
Mula Htoo, 17, was booked into the Potter County Jail for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a family member. The victim was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuires.
The man who police believe was responsible for the string of hockey mask robberies over the last few months has been indicted by a Randall County grand jury on eight counts of aggravated robbery.
The charge is enhanced against Mark Carlos Brown, 43, because of a prior conviction of burglary of a habitation and aggravated robbery. Brown was already in custody on a charge of armed robbery, parole violation, and escape. He remains in the Potter County Detention Center on a one million dollar bond.
A search warrant served at a home in the 4000 block of Pine street led to a child pornography arrest.
The investigation began in October, when an out-of-state agency investigating their own case recovered pictures of the local juvenile. Using information from the Dallas Police Department, APD officers were able to make contact with the victim and suspect. The victim had been contacting the suspect through more than one type of cell phone app and believed she was talking to someone her own age.
Officers obtained the address and arrested Kevin Cotney, 48, who was in possession of a cell phone that contained graphic images of the victim. Detectives seized computers and other hardware in an attempt to find more evidence, then booked Cotney into the Randall County Jail.
Over the next few months, you might see smoke coming from areas around Lake Merideth and officials want to make sure you aren't alarmed.
Starting Monday and going through March 31st of next year, there will be prescribed burns to reduce hazardous fuels in the park brought on by the amount of rain and growth of grass in the last six months. The areas of North Canyon, Spring Canyon, the Stilling basin, Water Authority, South Canyon, Sanford Yake, Cedar Canyon, and at the south end of the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument and Mullinaw Crossing will be closed surrounding the days that the burns are planned.
Maps soon to come.
Canadian is getting ready for their final game of the season as they take on unbeaten Mason for the Class 2A Division I football state title. Canadian rolled over Mart last week in the semifinal game 49-14. The Wildcats are 2-1 all-time in state title games winning in 2007 and 2008, but losing in 2009. A win would make Canadian the fourth Panhandle school to have three or more state titles. They would join Amarillo High, Stratford, and Wheeler. Canadian and Mason will play today at 1:00 pm in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
In girls high school basketball action Tuesday, Tascosa defeats Randall in a close match 63-60. Canyon takes care of Portales, N.M. 42-28. Dumas beats Borger 58-42. Follett rolls over Pampa 60-30. Childress defeats Tulia 53-46. Friona blows out Bovina 50-25. White Deer beats Sanford-Fritch 50-27. Valley beats Clarendon 65-50. Claude knocks down Memphis 71-44. Wheeler takes out West Texas High 66-21. Canadian beats Perryton 56-33. Stratford beats Felt, OK 83-35. Sunray defeats Boys Ranch 52-37. McLean gets an easy win over Kress 56-14. Happy beats Mart 52-31.
In boys high school basketball action Tuesday, Darreus Brown scores 20 points to help Tascosa beat Randall 64-51. Borger beats Dumas 64-49. Plainview gets past Hereford 65-61. Friona beats Bovina in a low-scoring match 44-41. Childress gets a 78-28 win over Tulia. Sanford-Fritch beats White Deer 65-42. Clarendon wins a close match against Valley 53-48. Shamrock survives against Booker 45-44. Stratford beats Felt, OK 68-56. Boys Ranch beats Sunray 68-43. Happy beats Hart 71-38. McLean beats Kress 72-58. Darrouzett knocks down Hardesty, OK 62-24.
The West Texas A&M men's basketball team is preparing for a showdown in the "Sunshine State" against Nova Southeastern. The Buffs enter the contest with a 5-4 record and winners of two straight. WT is winless on the road or at a neutral site this season. They will play today at 6:30 pm.
The WT Lady Buffs basketball team will be traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada to face off against Western Washington. The Lady Buffs enter the game with a 7-1 record and have won seven straight games. Their only lost of the season came in the first game of the year against UT-Permian Basin. The game will be today at 3:15 pm.
The Amarillo Bulls are back home for the first time since November 16th as they have a two-game series against Lone Star. The Bulls are 1-3 this season against Lone Star. The Bulls enter the contest with a 9-15-3 record overall and 21 total points. They currently sit at the 7th spot in the South Division. The two teams will play tomorrow and Saturday at 7:05 pm.
The signup deadline for the new Margin Protection Program has been extended again, this time to Dec. 19. For more information, go here
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
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
The farm bill education meetings offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service continue through Dec. 18. All the meetings are free and open to the public. They will start at 10 a.m. and conclude at noon.
The remaining meetings by date and location include:
Dec. 16 – Carson County, War Memorial Building, 500 Main St., Panhandle.
Dec. 17 – Gray County, Clyde Carruth Show Barn located in Recreation Park, Pampa.
Dec. 18 – Collingsworth County, Bura Handley Community Building, 802 10th St., Wellington.
For more information on a particular meeting, contact the AgriLife Extension office in that county. For a list of county offices, go to http://amarillo.tamu.edu/ and click on the County Offices tab.
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
The KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour is your daily opportunity to hear from agriculture newsmakers from around the region. The program airs Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. on KGNC-AM.
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