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Two Men Arrested for Unlawfully Carrying Weapons

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.

Amarillo City Council Meeting Preview

The Amarillo City Council meets Tuesday at 5:30.
There they will hear a project proposal from the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation for the establishment of a laboratory to be run by Food Safety Net Services. On the consent agenda is an award for Martin Road Lake drainage improvements which would include the removal of 407 thousand cubic yards of material to lower the floodplain elevation.
The Council convenes on the 3rd floor of City Hall in downtown Amarillo.

T&M Discount on Hughes Robbed

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. 

Be Careful of Newly Formed Potholes in Amarillo

Sonja Gross with the City of Amarillo says drivers can expect a few dips in the roadways as the weather creates potholes. Most notably 34th street...
"Now we don't expect them (workers) to have to close the roadway, but traffic may be down to one lane at times with flaggers controlling traffic or very narrow lanes," Gross said. "Motorists are asked to proceed with caution since there will be workers in the roadway."
Gross reminds folks to drive the speed limit and be watchful of workers on the road.

Personal Robbery Near Western Bowl

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.

Two Arrested in Cell Phone Robbery on NE 16th and Apache

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.

Personal Robbery Saturday Near Downtown

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.

Spring Break Tip from DPS: Don't Go to Mexico

There may still be snow on the ground, but many people are beginning to make plans for spring break. But there's one place the Department of Public Safety wants you to avoid.
"With the current unpredictable nature of cartel violence and what's going on down there, we're urging people to avoid any travel to Mexico at this time," Trooper Chris Ray said. "We're working the border now, we're right there where the majority of everything's going on. I can tell you, right across the border there is some cartel violence going on."
Trooper Ray also says to make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip, don't drink and drive, and buckle everyone up.

Head-On Collision on Amarillo Boulevard

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.

Field is Set for Amarillo City Elections

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.

Defense Department to Buy 19 V-22 Ospreys

The Navy has made a decision to use the V-22 Osprey as the new vehicle to take people and equipment to aircraft carriers. Congressman Mac Thornberry spoke to KGNC.
"The good news here is this is a new mission for the V-22, it means we're going to build more of them, and we've seen that in the president's budget requests that that decision has been made," Thornberry said.
The Defense Department's 2016 budget includes $1.6 billion for 19 V-22's. Thornberry says other countries are also looking to buy.
"As more of this tilt-rotor technology gets used and people watch it, there become more and more uses for it here at home and around the world and obviously that's good for jobs here in Amarillo," Thornberry said.
Bell Helicopter is under contract this year to deliver about 25 V-22's.

Mock Murder Mystery Event in Fritch Next Saturday

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. 

DPS to Hold Symposium for Officers Wishing to Become Troopers

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.


WT Sports Update

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.

High School Basketball Playoff Recap

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.

Amarillo Bulls Split Weekend Series With Wenatchee

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.

Ryan Palmer Tied for 40th in Honda Classic

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 Basketball Player Antjuan Ball Advances to Semifinals

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.


Wheat Crop Receives a Boost; Benefits Cattle

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.

Cattle Conference

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….



Herbicide-Resistance Videos

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…



Dietary Guidelines Report Released

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




USDA Info On Risk Management Programs

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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