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Westgate Mall Hosts "Mall-O-Ween"

There are a few places around town that are offering a safe place for youngsters to Trick-or-Treat tonight.
One such place is Westgate Mall with their annual "Mall-O-Ween". Stephanie Fretwell, marketing manager for the mall, says all you have to do show up.
"It's pretty easy, just good, old-fashioned trick-or-treating," Fretwell said, "and it's just until candy runs out, so you never know."
Children walk to participating stores where an associate will be handing out candy, inside away from the maybe too cold weather conditions outside. Mall-O-Ween is for children 12 and under and starts at 6.

DPS Trooper Rescues Crash Victim From Burning Vehicle

A DPS trooper Thursday helped rescue a crash victim from a burning vehicle in Randall county.  
Just before noon, the trooper encountered a two vehicle crash while traveling north on FM 1541, just south of Camp Don Harrington. DPS trooper Judy Haley noticed that one of the cars was on fire and went to assist the driver, who was trapped inside. Trooper Haley was able to extinguish the fire, and with the help of a bystander, force open the car door, so that emergency personnel could reach the driver.  
The injured driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Two people in the other vehicle were also hospitalized. The crash remains under investigation

Wheeler County TDCJ Escapee Recaptured

The prisoner who escaped Monday from the TDCJ's Wheeler unit has been caught.  

Just after 7 a.m. Thursday, Plainview police received a 911 call of a man beating on the back door of a house in the 2600 block of Joliet. When officers arrived, they say that it was Charlie Davis Junior, 38, in the backyard. He was taken into custody and transported to the Hale county sheriff's office where he's being held.  Davis faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of felony escape.

APD Warns of Door-to-Door Salesmen

The Amarillo Police Department has received some complaints about door-to-door solicitors.  

The callers said that two men were first checking for unlocked doors before ringing the doorbell. When the homeowner answered the door, they claimed to be selling vacuum cleaners - even though they didn't have one with them.  

When they were turned away, the two men went to the next house, again checking the door first then knocking. The APD wants to remind citizens that anyone doing door-to-door solicitations are required by city ordinance to obtain a solicitors permit from the police department. If they do not have a permit, call the police department.    

Amarillo Business Develops Product Used in Kentucky Derby and Breeder's Cup

Each major sport has certain garments the athlete uses to increase their advantage...sleek swimsuits, lighter shoes, skin-tight pants.
But Matt Darby of Darby Racing Technology here in Amarillo says no one has ever sought to change jockey clothing for horse-racing.
"So I started looking into the technology they use," Darby said, "I discovered a patented fabric called Aero Dimplex which is textured to reduce drag. In the same way that a dimpled golf ball will flies farther than a smooth golfball would."
Darby's product is called "Speed Silks" which is made out of Aero Dimplex and viewers of the Breeder's Cup races coming up this weekend may catch a glimpse of the clothing. Darby says his products have been used for all three Kentucky Derby races and some of the highest profile trainers and used them.

Meth Arrest in 900 Block of West 6th

A man was arrested on a methamphetamine charge after a traffic stop.  

An APD motorcycle officer made the stop Wednesday morning in the 900 block of west 6th. While the officer was talking to the driver, a passenger who had got out of the car was bending over like he was getting something from his shoe. The officer looked under the passenger side of the car and found a small nylon bag with three bags of meth inside.  

Jacque Mario Sanford, 46, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. The driver was issued a traffic citation and released. 

Marijuana Bust Near Westgate Mall

A traffic stop near the mall led to an arrest and seizure of 5 pounds of marijuana.  

A Potter county deputy made the stop Thursday on I-40 and mile marker 64. The driver gave consent to search and the deputy found a suitcase with approximately $18,000 worth of pot inside.

Robert Prater, 45, was booked into Potter county on a third-degree felony charge of possession of marijuana. The drugs were reportedly being taken from California to Wichita, Kansas.

Motor Vehicle Crash on Airport Drive Turns Fatal

An Amarillo man that was taken to the hospital after a wreck in the 1500 block of Airport drive just after 6:00 a.m. Wednesday has died.

William Duncan Baker, 64, was driving the 2011 Chevy Equinox that struck the trailer being pulled by an International Harvester. The driver of the Harvester, Carlos Arturo Carrillo, 58, of Nogales, Arizona, was uninjured. Speed was a factor in the collision.

The incident is still being investigated by the Traffic Investigation Squad of the Amarillo Police Department.

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week

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

Jessica Esparza Conley is wanted out of Randall county for criminal non-support and possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone. Anyone with information on Conley is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online at

If your tip leads to her arrest, you could get a reward of up to $300.

Hockey Masked Man Robs Female on Georgia

Amarillo Police are looking for a man who committed an armed robbery Thursday morning.

Around 10:00, APD officers were sent to the 700 block of south Georgia where a female employee told them she was robbed by a black male, 25 to 30 years old, just below six feet tall and weighting around 150 pounds. He was wearing a blue hoodie and a white "Jason" type hockey mask.

He demanded money from the employees purse and ran off in an unknown direction. The female was not hurt and anyone with information is asked to call the APD or Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.

TXDOT Tips for a Safe Halloween

The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging drivers, parents, and trick-or-treaters to stay safe this Halloween.
That means no running out in front of cars, no drinking and driving, and if you're a parent, Trooper Chris Ray says you need to be mindful of houses you don't want your kids to go to.
"We now have a mobile app for your Apple or Android where you can check to see if there are sex offenders near you," Ray said. "If you go to our website, there's a link where you can download the app. That's a great deal when you're trying to keep those kids safe."
He adds kids should never enter the cars or homes of strangers, and to avoid homes without visible porch lights. Make sure your children know their home phone numbers and how to call 911 in case they run into an emergency or get lost.
Ray also says face paint allows for better visibility and peripheral vision than masks and the children should carry flashlights. Be sure to travel in groups with adult supervision and only cross the roadway at intersections and crosswalks.

Hit and Run Driver Injures Jogger on I-27 Service Road

The Randall county sheriff's office is looking for a hit and run driver.  

Around 6:30 p.m. Monday, a jogger was running south on the I-27 service road when he was hit by a car. The jogger suffered injuries to his left arm and was taken to the emergency room. The man could not give a description of the car that hit him, and anyone with information is asked to call the Randall county sheriff's office at 468-5751.

Xcel Energy Sees Increased Scam Activity

Reports of scams against Xcel Energy customers has picked up again. Spokesperson Wes Reeves says this isn't anything new.
"We've been dealing with this for a couple of years," Reeves said, "customers get this call and it sounds very convincing, someone from Xcel calling them to say that they're behind on their bill and they're sending someone to cut their power off."
Unless, of course, you pay over the phone. Reeves says in some cases they will ask you to pay using a pre-paid debit card, and manipulate the caller ID to display a fake number. All four of Xcel's operating companies have seen increased scam activity in recent years.
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