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Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

Amarillo Crime Stoppers is asking for help with their crime of the week.  

Early Saturday morning, the Toot 'n Totum at the Boulevard and Columbine was robbed at knifepoint.  The suspect is described as a hispanic male, 5'7"-5'10" with a goatee and glasses, wearing a black t-shirt with a hatchet-man logo on the back.  

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online at amapolice.org.  A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered. 

Photos: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ByyaY8BIcAErb0B.jpg:large

Man Hit by Van Monday Night

The APD traffic investigation unit is still investigating after a Monday evening's accident that sent a man to the hospital.

Around 9:15 an officer pulled up to a collision just after it occured, and found a 57 year old black male had walked out in front of a 2001 Plymouth Voyager Van. The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

The driver of the van Isaiah Sanchez-Hernandez, 32, was uninjured.

Ice Cream Man Robbed in West Amarillo

An ice cream vendor in west Amarillo was robbed at gunpoint Friday night.  

Just before 8:30, the vendor had finished selling ice cream from a push cart near northwest 2nd and Bowyer and was walking back to his van.  A man walked past him then circled back, asking for a cigarette and ice cream.  

When he was told there was no more ice cream, the suspect pulled a gun and took the money from the vendor. The suspect is described as a hispanic male about 18-20 years old, 5'1" and thin, wearing a dark colored hat and a blue and black striped shirt.

Two Armed Robberies Saturday

Police are investigating two armed robberies over the weekend.  
 
The first happened just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday  at the Toot 'n Totum at the Boulevard and Columbine. A hispanic man armed with a knife demanded money from the clerk and fled on foot.
 
He's described as 5'7"-5'10" with a goatee and glasses, wearing a black t-shirt. The second robbery happened about an hour later at the Whataburger at 45th and Western. A man wearing navy coveralls and a hockey mask came in armed with a handgun and demanded money.
 
No one was injured in either incident and no arrests have been made.

Three Stolen Vehicles Recovered Over the Weekend

Three stolen vehicles were recovered and two men were arrested in separate incidents over the weekend.  

The first one happened late Saturday night near 6th and Prospect.  Grant Tyler Curtis, 22, was arrested after being caught in a jeep that was stolen earlier this month.

The second incident happened around 4 hours later when Jesse David Freeman, 48, was arrested after being caught in a stolen Malibu. Further investigation showed Freeman to be in possession of a stolen BMW out of Odessa.

Both men were booked into Potter county for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and numerous other charges.

APD Takes 1 Million Dollars Worth of Drugs Out

The Amarillo Police Department and three other agencies were involved in an investigation that took over a million dollars worth of drugs off the streets.  
 
After a two day investigation, a narcotics warrant was executed Friday night in the 4400 block of south Ong. During the search 26-1/4 pounds of meth and 2-3/4 pounds of cocaine were recovered, along with two firearms - one of which was reported stolen out of Dalhart.  
 
Juan Manual Meza, 28, was arrested for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The other agencies involved were the DPS, ICE, and the FBI.

Xcel's 200 Mile Project Completed

The Signature Transmission project in Xcel Energy's Power for the Plains grid improvement plan for Texas and New Mexico is now in service.
 
The 200 mile project connects regional customers to a wider power market.
 
"These lines are giving us better access to markets back east and what that means for customers here is that we have more access to cheaper sources of power and additional sources of power," Wes Reeves with Xcel said.
 
He said these lines can bring in a lot of power for outside sources and while we won't see an immediate price reduction, we will as the price of energy grows. These new completed lines also give us an export route for the wind energy produced here in the panhandle.

Joe Straus Speaks in Amarillo

Community and business leaders welcomed Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus to Amarillo Monday at the Chamber of Commerce.  
 
One of the topics he discussed was Prop 1 on the upcoming November ballot.
 
"Leaders of the business community, of conservation groups, agriculture, 160 of the 181 members of the legislature are all supporting this. Manufacturers and heavy industry to the Sierra Club," Straus said.
 
He said if Prop 1 passes, it will add about $1.5 billion to the transportation fund

Amarillo Fire Department Sells Their Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts

The Amarillo Fire Department is selling their firefighter pink t-shirts again this year to support breast cancer awareness.  
 
Proceeds from the sales will go to Komen Greater Amarillo and the Harrington Cancer Center.  T-shirts will be sold for $10 and are on sale now.  
 
List of fire stations selling the shirts:
 
Fire Station 5 at 3200 S. Washington
Fire Station 7 at 3816 Amarillo Boulevard East
Fire Station 8 at 108 S. Western
Fire Station 9 at 3445 S. Western
Fire Station 12 at 3100 SW. 58th
Fire Sation 13 at 6383 SW. 45th
 
For more information, call captain dana havlik at 671-3867.

Weekend Motorcycle Crash Hospitalizes 2

Two people were hospitalized, one in critical condition, after a weekend motorcycle crash.  
 
Around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, a Harley driven by Michelle Lynn Forbus, 47, was northbound on Fillmore taking the turnaround to go south on north Taylor when she lost control and crashed in a field.
 
She was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries but has since improved. A passenger was also taken to the hospital with less serious injuries. Speed is a factor and alcohol is a possible factor in the crash.

KGNC-AM SPORTS NEWS

Lady Buffs Volleyball Takes on Wayland Baptist Tonight

The West Texas A&M University Lady Buffs volleyball team will travel to Plainview to face off against Wayland Baptist tonight at 7:00.

The Lady Buffs go into the contest with a 12-3 record, while the Pioneers hold a 9-8 record on the season. The Lady Buffs are currently riding a 4 game winning streak going into the contest.

KGNC-AM AGRIBUSINESS NEWS

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

http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=arpl&topic=landing

Master Marketer Enrollment

Enrollment is underway for the next edition of Texas A&M AgriLife’s Master Marketer Program. Classes will begin in January of 2015. The program offers participants education on a variety of ways to strengthen their risk management skills. Past graduates report increasing their personal profits by an average of more than $33,000 a year. For more information about Master Marketer, go here  https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/index.cfm/productDetails/ProductID/1545/

Dairy Day Coming Soon

The annual Southwest Dairy Day is scheduled Oct. 8 at the Del Rio Dairy near Friona. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Gingg family are hosting the event. For more information, go here http://today.agrilife.org/2014/09/08/southwest-dairy-day-to-offer-look-at-modern-dairy-oct-8-near-friona/

  

Cotton Program Sign-Up

Farmers can now enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program. CTAP will provide cotton farmers in the 2014 crop year with interim payments until USDA can begin offering the new insurance product known as the Stacked Income Protection Plan, which was created in the new Farm Bill. For more information, go here

http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/newsReleases?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=ner&newstype=newsrel&type=detail&item=nr_20140807_rel_0136.html 

Water Regulation Proposals Controversial

Many in agriculture are concerned about what is commonly referred to as “The Waters of the U.S. Rule.” This “rule” involves the Clean Water Act, and what many fear is an attempt by EPA to reinterpret the Act in ways that would make even small bodies of water like ditches and ponds subject to regulation and thereby impose new restrictions on common agricultural practices like fertilizer and herbicide application. A public comments period regarding the Clean Water Act proposals is open through Oct. 20. To learn more about the issue and submit your opinions, go here  http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm

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