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Two men were arrested Monday by the Amarillo Police department for unlawfully carrying weapons. APD officers attempted to pull a vehicle over near Southeast 3rd and Grand and observed a semiautomatic handgun thrown from the car. The driver, 44 year old Dewayne Camp was found to have a set of brass knuckles. He was arrested as well as his passenger, 34 year old Tanner Houghton. Both were booked into Potter County.
The APD is investigating a robbery at T&M Discount on Hughes Monday. The female victim said two men entered, one armed with a handgun and the other with a stun-gun device. Forcing everyone to the floor, the suspects took money from the register and bank bags, and several cartons of cigarettes. No one was injured in the robbery and no arrests have been made. The suspects are described as males, both about 6 foot 1, and both wearing dark clothing with hoods and masks.
No one was injured after a robbery in southwest Amarillo. Police say it happened just after midnight Monday morning in the 5100 block of Canyon Drive. The victim said he was walking from his apartment to Western Bowl to pick up food when a man walked up behind him and stuck something in his back. The suspect took the man's wallet and fled on foot. He is described as a white male, 5'11'' and wearing a black trench coat. No weapon was actually seen and the victim was not injured.
2 people have been arrested in connection with a robbery on NE16th and Apache.
Victims told officials they were sitting in their vehicle next to a home when a gray GMC pulled up and blocked them in on the street. A hispanic female approached the vehicle, pointing a rifle at the female victim, then proceeded to break into the house. A cell phone was taken from a man inside the home, as well as the two victims inside the vehicle. With the help of one of the victims, officers were able to identify both suspects: Olivia Quintero and Ricardo Jimenez.
Both were booked into Potter County.
Police are investigating a personal robbery that happened Saturday night near downtown.
The victim told police he was in his apartment when there was a knock at his door. When he opened the door, an acquaintance came in - followed by another man who was armed with a gun. The two suspects took money from the man and forced him into the bathroom. The suspects are only described as black men in their 20's and were possibly driving a light colored 4-door car.
The victim was not injured.
Two men were hospitalized after a head-on collision in east Amarillo.
Police say it happened around 2 a.m. Saturday in the 3300 block of Amarillo Boulevard east. Manuel Irias, 49, had driven left of center causing a crash with Marcos Saenz, 43. Both drivers were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Speed and alcohol are factors in the crash, which is still under investigation.
Friday was the last day to file for city elections in Amarillo.
The field is set now with 73 year old, self-employed Roy McDowell seeking to upset the incumbent 64 year old auto dealer Paul Harpole for Mayor. The two met last in 2011 in a crowded filed of 11 candidates. Harpole won that race out-right with 77% of the vote. Incumbents for Places 1 & 2 both have challengers. Place 3 will have 5 contenders, including the incumbent and Place 4 will have 5 hopefuls as the incumbent there, Ron Boyd is not seeking election.
Lake Meredith Aquatic and Wildlife Museum in Fritch is hosting its fourth annual Mock Murder Mystery Event Saturday, March 7 from 7-9 p.m. at the museum under the water-tower in Fritch. This year's mystery features a casino style event with Blackjack and poker tables where guests and suspects alike will intermingle as guests try to figure out who killed the victim.
For those peace officers who wish to become troopers, the DPS will be hosting two symposiums on March 13 from 9 to noon and from 2 to 5. Trooper Chris Ray says they'll take place at the DPS Office here in Amarillo at 4200 Canyon Drive and says if you've already put your info in online, just bring you paperwork so you can get a testing date scheduled.
Chon White led the charge for the Lady Buffs as she scored 21 points as WT gets a win on Senior Day over Eastern New Mexico 99-67. The Lady Buffs outscored the Zias 58-38 in the second half. The Lady Buffs finished the regular season with a 24-2 overall record and a 15-1 conference record. They will be the one seed in the Lone Star Conference tournament as they will take on Angelo State Wednesday at 6 pm.
David Chavlovich led the way for the Buffaloes with 26 points and six rebounds as WT defeated Eastern New Mexico 96-86 on Senior Day. WT seniors Miles Gatewood, Tez Dumars, and Antjuan Ball each scored at least 17 points in the game as the Buffs finish the regular season with a 17-11 overall record and 7-7 in conference play. The Buffs will be the fifth seed in the Lone Star Conference tournament as they will take on Texas A&M-Commerce this Thursday at 8:30 pm.
The WT baseball team lost three of four games to Texas A&M-Kingsville this weekend on the road. The Buffs only produced nine runs in the four-game series as the Buffs drop to 9-7 overall and 1-3 in conference play. The Buffs will be returning home for a four-game series with Eastern New Mexico this weekend starting on Friday at 7 pm.
The West Texas A&M softball teams' four-game series with Tarleton State this weekend was cancelled due to unplayable field conditions. The games were originally supposed to be played Friday and Saturday, then was moved earlier in the week to Sunday and Monday, and then the final decision came to cancel. Due to Lone Star Conference rules, the series will not be made up. This was the only meeting between the teams in the regular season.
In girls high school playoff basketball action this weekend, Amarillo High falls to Plano West 52-48. Canyon advances to the state tournament with a 55-49 win over FW Trimble Tech. Gruver beats Canadian 39-34. And Nazareth tops Follett 56-43.
In boys high school playoff basketball action this weekend, Amarillo High beats Midland Lee 75-60. Childress tops Idalou 69-39. Brownfield blows out Dimmitt 69-35. Farwell beats Wellington 60-59. Stratford easily beats Abernathy 81-45. Darrouzett beats Hart 62-55. And Valley beats Happy 52-41.
The Amarillo Bulls split the two-game series with Wenatchee this weekend with a 4-2 lost on Saturday and a 4-2 win yesterday. The Bulls' record goes to 19-26-4 overall with 42 points on the season. The Bulls will be back home this Friday and Saturday as they will take on Topeka.
Amarillo native Ryan Palmer is currently tied for 40th in The Honda Classic as the final round was suspended due to darkness. He currently has a tournament score of four over. Palmer is 11 strokes behind the leaders Paul Casey and Ian Poulter.
WT Senior basketball guard Antjuan Ball has advanced to the semifinals of the State Farm Dark Horse Dunker Competition. Ball is now one of four finalist to try to participate in the 2015 State Farm College Slam Dunk competition that will air on ESPN during Final Four Weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana. Fans can vote for Ball at www.DarkHorseDunker.com and voting will be open until March 4th at noon.
With above average snowfall the past couple months, the wheat crop has definitely received a boost. And the good wheat out there has been a benefit for cattle producers on meeting their grazing needs. In fact, Oldham County Extension Agent Austin Voyles says the wheat crop is a big reason why he’s hearing more optimism from those in the cattle business.
"As I get around and talk to the ranchers in our area, I do see a lot that are hopeful for the rebuilding of the herd and with the added moisture and vegitation that we have, have slowly and very meticulously started to add a higher quality animal to the herd, not necessarily just sheer numbers," Voyles said.
The Northeast Texas Panhandle Beef Cattle Conference is Friday in Lipscomb at the Wolf Creek Heritage Museum. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and two CEUs are available for pesticide license holders. There is a $10 fee to attend. For what’s on the agenda, go here….
One of the biggest challenges for farmers is herbicide-resistant weeds. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has just put out a series of videos to help producers. The four videos cover the resistance issue from the historical to the biological to weed control before and after emergence to new technologies to help manage weeds. To access the videos, go here…
The full report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committtee has been released. Beef and cattle organizations have been very critical of the Committee's recommendations regarding meat consumption. See what you think by reading the report, which is available here
Farmers are faced with some difficult decisions 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
And for cotton-specific information from the National Cotton Council, go here http://www.cotton.org/issues/stax-farm-bill-meetings.cfm
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