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Man Hospitalized After Violent Crash in West Amarillo

A man was hospitalized in critical condition after a crash in west Amarillo.  

Around 10:00 p.m. Thursday, Jentry Bryan Smith, 20, was driving east on I-40 when he rear-ended a car near the Western street overpass. He lost control and went over the guard rail, down the concrete embankment, and landed on Western street. Smith was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, and the other driver was not hurt.  

The two drivers knew each other and had left the same bar earlier. Speed and alcohol are contributing factors in the crash.

Two Motels Robbed Early This Morning

Two motels were robbed at gunpoint early Friday morning.  

The first one happened around 3:00 at the Super 8 on I-40 east. The second one was just after 5:00 at the Hilton Garden Inn on I-40 west. In both robberies, the suspect was wearing a tan jacket with a hoodie and wearing a ski mask. No one was injured in either robbery and police are investigating to see if the two are related.

Snack Pak 4Kids and Happy State Bank Raise Over 137K Poptarts

Kids that rely on Snack Pak 4 Kids for their food are going to get a real treat this weekend.
As a part of Poptober, Happy State Bank employees and customers raised over 137,000 poptarts, which comes out to over $21,000 worth. 
"We invest in a lot of nutritious items be it beef sticks, juice, or milk, or cereal," Dyron Howell of Snack Pak said, "but, everyone wants something special and so the poptarts Happy State Bank donated will put a smile on these kids' faces over the weekend."
"Our employees contributed themselves, they solicited donations from customers and other contacts in the community," said Happy State Marketing Manager Cari Roach.
Snack Pack 4 Kids provides packs of 12-15 non-perishable food items to over 5,800 children identified by school staff as food-insecure, possibly missing meals for more than 66 hours while at home for the weekend.

Gas Prices Even Lower for Turkey Day

Turkey day travelers will be thankful for lower prices at the pump this Thanksgiving.  
According to the Triple-A Texas Gas Watch, drivers here are paying an average of $2.57 a gallon - down 9 cents from last week. This is the 6th week in a row that gas prices have fallen.
Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in the Lone Star State, drivers in Beaumont and Houston are paying the most at $2.67 per gallon while drivers here in Amarillo are paying the least. 

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week

Amarillo Crime Stoppers is asking for help finding their fugitive of the week.  

Omar Cruz is wanted out of Potter County for two warrants for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 and one warrant for forgery of a financial instrument.  Anyone with information on Cruz is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online at  

You could get a reward of up to $300 if your tip leads to his arrest.

Amarillo Man Arrested After Ramming Ex's Vehicle Then Takes Off

A man was arrested early Thursday on charges of criminal mischief, possession of pot, and evading arrest.

Around 11 p.m. Wednesday, APD officers were dispatched to the 3600 block of SW 45th on a vandalism call. The complainant said her ex-boyfriend had intentionally rammed her vehicle with his 90's model red Chevy,pushing it into a concrete barrier. Officers found the Chevy in the 5900 block of Plum Creek, pursued the driver, then called off the chase due to his erratic driving.

Just a little after 1 a.m., officers found him walking in the 4600 block of Bowie and arrested him. Bernard Hill, 32, was booked into the Randall county jail.

Business Robbery on SW 45th

Police are looking for a suspect who robbed a business on SW 45th Wednesday evening.

Around 7, APD officers were sent to 2510 SW 45th where they spoke with the female employee who stated that she was preparing to lock up for the night when a hispanic male walked wearing a black hoodie and ski mask over his face. She ran to the office and locked the door, but the suspect was able to kick it in and threatened her with a hammer.

He took an undisclosed amount of money then left. There was no vehicle to be seen or heard and there is no further discription at this time.

Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society is marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday in November each year.
Today, the Society is encouraging smokers to quit, even if only for a day. Jason McCoy says everyone has the means to do it and can get information.
"Our Facebook can be found by searching for Amarillo Area American Cancer Society. We can also give people information on cessation classes that Amarillo College and Tobacco-Free Amarillo are partnering on. They offer free cessation classes at a $25 dollar value."
"About 80% of all lung cancer cases are attributed to tobacco use. In 2014, the estimated number of lung cancer instances is 88 for the Amarillo area and the mortalities are 57. As preventable as lung cancer can be, it has a very high mortality rate."
Tobacco use is still the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in America. Around 42 million Americans smoke cigarettes, which is about every 1 out of 5 adults. For steps to a smoke-free life and information on quit-smoking programs, visit or call them at 1-800-227-2345.
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