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Car Stolen Twice; Leads to 3 Arrests

A car that was stolen twice in a 10 day span has led to three arrests.

Early Wednesday morning, an officer saw the car in the 200 block of McMasters. A computer check showed that the car had been stolen on Tuesday. The officer pulled in behind the car at a convenience store and two juveniles got out and took off on foot. While the officer was handcuffing one of the suspects, he saw the car driving away on McMasters.

Officers later caught Nicci Rene Hill, 30, and booked her into Potter County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicl, a bond forfeiture warrant, and four municipal warrants. The two juveniles were taken to the Youth Center of the High Plains for auto theft. 

$387K of Cocaine Seized on I-40

Over a third of a million dollars worth of cocaine was seized after a traffic stop on I-40.  

A DPS trooper made the stop Tuesday morning near Conway for a traffic violation. During the stop, the trooper found the coke, worth over $387,000, hidden inside a false floor. Two people in the car were booked into the Carson county jail on a first degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. The drugs were reportedly being taken from L.A. to Atlanta.

17 Year Old Stabs Man in 1200 Block of Jasmine

One person was hospitalized after a stabbing in east Amarillo.  

Police say it happened just before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of Jasmine. Officers found an unidentified man there with a large cut on his forearm. They discovered that he and another man had been in a verbal argument when the suspect grabbed a large knife and swung it at the man.

Mula Htoo, 17, was booked into the Potter County Jail for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a family member. The victim was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuires.

High Plains Food Bank Surpasses Goal by around 330,000 Meals

The High Plains Food Bank's Annual Together We Can Food Drive was a huge success this year.
Broc Carter with the Food Bank says not only did they meet their goal this year, they surpassed it.
"Our original goal was 500,000 meals, we would have done that by collecting about $90,000 and 120,000 pounds of food. With the generousity of the people in the panhandle we were able to collect enough monetary and food donations that allowed us to make 835,000 meals possible," Carter said.
While the Together We Can Food Drive is over for this year, the Food Bank offers meals year round and would always welcome donations for their cause.

575 Pizzeria Named Best Pizza in U.S. by Urban Spoon

One Amarillo restaurant is getting national recognition after being honored with the title "Best Overall Pizza in the country".  
575 Pizzeria was awarded that distinction from the social media site UrbanSpoon, where customers send in their reviews. Owner Brian Kelleher tells what's on the Omni Pizza.
"Pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, black olives and mushrooms. It's a tasty pie, it's kind of a shock to us because it's about the number 2 pizza as far as our sales go, but for some reason it made number 1 on UrbanSpoon's list."
575 Pizzeria also has very favorable ratings on TripAdvisor and Yelp.

Hockey Mask Robber Indicted

The man who police believe was responsible for the string of hockey mask robberies over the last few months has been indicted by a Randall County grand jury on eight counts of aggravated robbery.  

The charge is enhanced against Mark Carlos Brown, 43, because of a prior conviction of burglary of a habitation and aggravated robbery. Brown was already in custody on a charge of armed robbery, parole violation, and escape. He remains in the Potter County Detention Center on a one million dollar bond.

Search Warrant Finds Child Pornography in 4000 Block of Pine

A search warrant served at a home in the 4000 block of Pine street led to a child pornography arrest.

The investigation began in October, when an out-of-state agency investigating their own case recovered pictures of the local juvenile. Using information from the Dallas Police Department, APD officers were able to make contact with the victim and suspect. The victim had been contacting the suspect through more than one type of cell phone app and believed she was talking to someone her own age.

Officers obtained the address and arrested Kevin Cotney, 48, who was in possession of a cell phone that contained graphic images of the victim. Detectives seized computers and other hardware in an attempt to find more evidence, then booked Cotney into the Randall County Jail.

Prescribed Burns for Lake Meredith Begin

Over the next few months, you might see smoke coming from areas around Lake Merideth and officials want to make sure you aren't alarmed.

Starting Monday and going through March 31st of next year, there will be prescribed burns to reduce hazardous fuels in the park brought on by the amount of rain and growth of grass in the last six months. The areas of North Canyon, Spring Canyon, the Stilling basin, Water Authority, South Canyon, Sanford Yake, Cedar Canyon, and at the south end of the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument and Mullinaw Crossing will be closed surrounding the days that the burns are planned.

Maps soon to come.

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