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Murder Suspect ID Released from October 16th Murder of Michael Williams

The Special Crimes Unit of the Amarillo Police Department, in a press conference Tuesday, announced a man wanted for aggregated assault causing serious bodily injury.

The incident happened the evening of October 16th, resulting in the death of Michael Todd Williams from pneumonia as a complication of blunt force trauma to the upper body. Anthony Campbell, 37, is the suspect named and reportedly frequently stays in motels along Amarillo Boulevard and is believed to still be in the Amarillo area.

APD asks anyone with information on Campbell to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.

Garfield Murder Suspect ID Released

The Amarillo Police Department has announced a suspect in relation to a homicide that happened over the weekend.

On Sunday evening, APD was dispatched to 1621 N. Garfield where a man had been stabbed in the head who later died at a local hospital. Jose Miguel Hernandez, 21, is wanted out of Potter County with a murder warrant. He is currently at large and reportedly does not have access to a vehicle so is likely still in the Amarillo area.

APD is asking anyone with information on the location of Hernandez to contact Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400. Police say that if you come into contact with Hernandez to call 911 immediately.

APD Releases Paradise Club Murder Suspects ID

The Amarillo Police Department's Special Crimes Unit held a press conference Tuesday where they announced the suspect's name in connection with the homicide that happened outside of the Paradise Club at 714 N. Fillmore this last Sunday morning.

APD says that the autopsy on Eric Ontario Smith Jr. indicates that he died from a gunshot wound to the back of the head. Tyrone Dawayne Black, 22, is wanted out of Potter County for a murder warrant. Black also goes by the nickname "K.R." He is considered armed and dangerous.

APD is asking for you to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 if you know of his whereabouts but say that if you come into contact with him to immediately call 911.

Richard Havens is Named Animal Management and Welfare Director

A new director of Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare has been named.

Out of the 62 people that applied for the position from 19 states, Richard Havens has snagged the job. Havens holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Wichita State University and is currently the President and an instructor for the Kansas Animal Control Association. The recruitment by the City of Amarillo was assisted by Strategic Government Resources.

Havens is expected to start his new role on January 5th of 2015.

Xcel Energy Says Holidays Are the Worst Time for Scammers

Xcel Energy is cautioning customers to protect themselves from utility scams, especially since we're in the holiday season.
Wes Reeves says you may be taking some time off from work to enjoy it, but scammers are not.
"The problem is scammers just keep working, they don't take a holiday. In fact, holidays tend to be the time they come and prey on our customers the most because holidays are times when people are busy, they'll catch you at a bad time and ask you to pay a late bill or else."
Normally the scammer will ask victims to pay using pre-paid debit cards, such as a Green Dot Card and will manipulate the caller ID to display a fake number. 
Scammers have targeted all classes of customers, but particularly small businesses such as restaurants, which account for nearly two thirds of all scams reported to Xcel.

Robbery Hits Home in Northwest Amarillo

The Amarillo Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that happened early Wednesday morning.

Shortly before 3, officers were sent to a home in northwest Amarillo where a man reported being robbed at a local parking lot. The victims says he was approached by two black suspects, both about 5'2" with slim builds, one with a black rag or cap on his head while the second had braids in his hair. They put a gun to the victim's neck and took the money from his wallet and pockets.

Both robbers left southbound on Florida Street on foot. The victim wasn't injured and no suspects have been arrested. 

APD Recovers Stolen Vehicle Out of Dallam County

The Amarillo Police Department has recovered a vehicle stolen out of Dallam County.

Tuesday, shortly after noon, patrol officers saw three people walking away from a parked Dodge Nitro in the 2800 block of Northwest 5th. Upon inspection, the officer found a black paper temporary tag which should have gone with a Chevrolet.

Jarret Moklebust, 30, was arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, Gary Garcia, 29, was arrested for an outstanding warrant for burglary of a motor vehicle, and the third person was released without charges. 

Canyon Police Department Warns of Scam

The Canyon Police Department is warning people about a phone scam. 
"We got 3 or 4 calls, one right after another. They said that an individual having a foreign accent, which they identified as an Indian accent, said they were from the 'Canyon City Police Department'," said Chief Dale Davis.
Chief Davis says they haven't been called that in ages. The scammer is saying the victim has an affidavit against them, and the caller ID even displays the department's number.
If you get one of these calls, hang up immediately, and call the Canyon Police at 655-5005 to report the scam.

City of Amarillo Employee Killed in 1 Vehicle Car Accident

A one vehicle accident Tuesday night left a woman dead in the 800 block on SE 10th.

Around 12:45, officers responded to the accident involving a white 2006 Dodge pickup driven by Lonita Stout Leal, 60. She was driving westbound when she struck the concrete along the north side of the under pass, crossing both lanes, and hit the concrete center support.

Leal, a City of Amarillo employee, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

River Road High School Starts Snack Shack Program

Another high school has joined Snack Pak 4Kids in feeding hungry students.
River Road High School opened their Snack Shack on Tuesday with the help of Potter County.
"They had a Pop-Tart and peanut butter drive, also made a monetary donations to Snack Pak 4Kids for River Road," said Kim Franks with the high school. "We're also joining with Cactus Feeders with a grant to help us meet our needs."
Franks put together a small group of sophomore students that will be helping find the kids in need and raising and distributing the food.
One of those students, Keevin Conner, said it's going to be up to students like him to identify those in need.
"If they're tired, maybe a little more draggy in school, if they went from a straight A student to C's or D's, stuff like that really stands out. They can come up to us and ask us because we're going to present to our entire student body."
Another way is by going online and submitting themselves into the program.
"They can go to the website, click on "Snack Pak 4Kids", they can pick their order, put in their lunch number and the person they trust," said sophomore Mattisyn Lilley. 
Mattisyn, Keevin, Seth Barbarino, and Hunter Finley will be helping distribute the food and finding what other needs their peers may have.
If you would like to help these kids out, you can go to their website, rrisd.net, call them at 337-5252, or get in touch with Snack Pak 4Kids.

DPS Seizes $184K in Cash Near Conway

The Texas Department of Public Safety seized over $184,000 in cash Saturday near Conway.

While at a Love's Truck Stop on I-40, a DPS trooper suspected that a man he made contact with was engaged in illegal activities. During the encounter, the trooper discovered two bundles of US currency in the vehicle.

Billy Edward Covey, 66, of Paradise, California was booked into the Carson County jail for a second-degree felony of money laundering. The illegal cash was allegedly being transported from Asheville, North Carolina to Reno, Nevada. 

Accidental Stove Top Fire Kills Amarillo Man

A fire last week took the life of an Amarillo man.

Around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, the Amarillo Fire Department was called out to 5316 Amarillo Boulevard east on a medical call, where they found a small travel trailer that had recently been damaged by fire. Inside they found the body of Michael Livers, 35, and the autopsy indicated Livers had died of smoke and soot inhalation.

The Amarillo Fire Marshal's Office determined that the incident occured because of an accidental stove top fire. 

Amarillo High School Donates Over 21,000 Canned Goods to the Children's Home

Every year right before Thanksgiving, Amarillo High School's student coucil gathers canned food donated by their peers and deliver them to the Presbyterian Home for Children.
Over 21,000 cans were collected this year, and President of the Home Darrin Murphy spoke about the kids that this food goes to.
"Our kids are typically those that have had something traumatic happen in their life, made their home an unsafe place to be, so the state has brought them to us and we get the chance to be with them after that."
The partnership has been around for at least 71 years. Murphy says they usually get enough to take care of their kids for the entire year.
In a letter dated in 1943, The Children's Home thanked the student body for donating 1,097 cans and $77 to their organization during times of rations and the point system which came about during World War II.


WT Basketball Preview

The West Texas A&M men's basketball team is preparing for their next game against Pittsburg State. The Buffs go into the contest with a 1-3 record and they are coming off their first win of the season against Colorado State-Pueblo. The game is tonight starting at 7:00 pm.

The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs basketball team is getting set to play this Friday at 5:00 pm as they will take on Truman State. The Lady Buffs are going into the contest with a 2-1 record and currently riding a two-game winning streak. The Lady Buffs are led by Chon White who is averaging 18 points pre game and 11 boards per game.

Amarillo Bulls-Lone Star Preview

The Amarillo Bulls and Lone Star will play the final game of their three-game series tonight. The Bulls head into the contest with a 7-13-2 record and 16 points on the season. The Bulls have dropped the first two games of the series. Game time starts at 7:00 pm.


Signup Deadline For Dairymen

December 5 is the signup deadline for the new Margin Protection Program. For more information, go here


A New Checkoff For Cattlemen?

USDA is seeking input from cattlemen and other interested parties on a proposed new checkoff for beef. For more information and to submit comments, go here



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


AgriLife Farm Bill Meetings

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. 4 – Hemphill County, Hemphill County Exhibition Center, 10865 Exhibition Center Road, Canadian.

Dec. 5 – Donley County, Church of Christ Family Life Center, 300 S. Carhart, Clarendon.

Dec. 10 – Oldham County, Oldham County Barn, 305 Coke St., Vega.

Dec. 11 – Roberts County, Roberts County Annex, 122 Water St., Miami.

Dec. 11 – Hutchinson County, Morse Community Building, Morse.

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.






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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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