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House Bill 593 May Have Passed, But APD Started De-Escalation Months Ago

Ahead of the preliminary passing of House Bill 593 last week, Sergeant Brent Barbee said Amarillo Police officers began de-escalation training procedures last year.
"Last November is when the department started training officers because not only does it deserves some indication of a need for it, but there was some anticipation that a law or some law like it would pass and it would be mandated training," Barbee said.
The law would require 4 hours on understanding canine behavior and learning non-lethal tactics of defense.

Amarillo City Council Meeting Preview

The Amarillo City Council will convene Tuesday at three for their regularly scheduled meeting.

On the agenda is an award to remodel the Regency Kitchen in the Amarillo Civic Center, a Summer Food Service Program application, an agreement with AISD to help with the Summer Food Service Program, and improvements to Buchanan Street's Storm sewer drainage.

The Council will gather on the 3rd floor of City Hall in downtown Amarillo.

$1.3 Million Worth of Meth Confiscated in Traffic Stop

The Texas Department of Public Safety has seized over 15 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Monday morning.

The $1.3 million worth of meth were confiscated from 57 year old Grabel Gonzalez and 19 year old Julio Gonzalez as they were travelling on I-40 near Bushland. Both were booked into Potter County. The drugs were allegedly being transported from San Diego to Memphis Tennessee. 

Lake Meredith Proposing New Off-Roading Rules

Lake Meredith National recreation area is proposing new off-road vehicle rules. Paul Jones, Chief Ranger for the area, says they are asking for public comment.
"We're going to designate routes, obviously. One of the new regs is the ATV flags, a good safety idea. If you operate an ATV, you've got to have the safety flag," Jones said.
Public input must be received by May 4th and can be given at
Regulation Identification Number (RIN): 1024-AD86
Mail to: Superintendent, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, P.O. Box 1460, Fritch, TX, 79036
Hand deliver to: Superintendent, lake Meredith National recreation Area, 419 E. Broadway, Fritch, TX 79036

2 Men Arrested After Stealing from United on Boulevard

2 men have been arrested for stealing from the fuel island at the United on the Boulevard. Officers matched the description of the vehicle with a car that committed two traffic violations near Western and Gem Lake. They stopped the car, but the passenger took off running. Dallas Haley was eventually caught and arrested, however, the driver was no longer with the vehicle. Wesley Dixon was identified as the driver. He was found and booked into Potter County as well.

City Council Place 3 Incumbent Runner: Lilia Escajeda

We start the week off today with a preview of the incumbent candidate for city council place 3, Lillia Escajeda. 
"My involvement in the community is extensive," Escajeda said. "I want to keep moving forward to make Amarillo the place to work, live, and play. I support economic development that creates living wage jobs and community development to lift neighborhoods."
Having served on the council the past four years, she indicated she wanted to continue the work in which she's been involved.
"I want to continue to protect our Triple-A bond ratings and we want to continue to do the needed infrastructure needs, whether they're old or new," Escajeda said.
One of the issues Escajeda has been stewing over is this proposed pet registration fee.
"I've already had people calling me about this issue, and none of them are for it. So this is going to be a very emotional issue for people but the city council will act accordingly, based on public input."

Saturday Morning Fatality on Hollywood and I-27

A motorcycle collision at Hollywood Road and I-27 has left one man dead.

Early Saturday morning, APD responded to the scene where 24 year old Anthony Payton Warren was riding his motorcycle and ran a red light. He struck a vehicle in the southbound lanes of I-27 service roads. Warren was pronounced dead at the scene.

Speed, along with the red light violation, are considered factors in the crash.

TxDOT Lane Closures Across Amarillo

The Texas Department of Transportation is warning drivers of possible delays at various places around Amarillo.

On I-27, motorists can expect lane closures from Parker Street to Washington. On I-40, lane closures from Nelson Street to Whitaker Street. On FM 1719, lane closures from U.S. 87 to Loop 335 and on the I-40 frontage roads, drivers should expect the right lane to be closed in both directions from Coulter to Soncy.

Man Shot at Paradise Party Place Saturday

A man was shot multiple times while at the Paradise Party Place at 714 N. Fillmore Saturday morning.

APD responded to the call and discovered several shell casings in the parking lot, before learning of a man in a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. The man says he was shot at the Paradise Club. He was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. 

Georgia Street Repairs

The City of Amarillo is warning area motorists to expect delays starting Monday on Georgia Street.

Construction of a sanitary sewer interceptor project will begin south of Wolflin. Two lanes of traffic will remain open in the north and southbound direction, but the center lan will be closed to accommodate equipment used by the contractors. Once complete, the project will improve wastewater collection and allow the City to remove the existing lift station in Austin Park.

Seliger Talks Texas Budget: Mental Health, Research, and State Employee Retirement

The Senate passed the Texas budget last week and Senator Kel Seliger says a portion of it - about $2.8 billion - will go into general revenue across state government for mental health programs.
"Including that for veterans, for jail and emergency rooms, for crisis mental health, and for additional psychiatric beds, and to keep waiting lists at 0," Seliger said.
Senator Seliger says it will also add funding to state employee retirement and will eliminate the Technology Fund.
"Which a lot of people thought was not functioning well. A part of that money will go to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for university research initiative grants to bring some of the best researchers in the world to the state of Texas," Seliger said.
We will hear from Seliger about his education bill in coming days.

34th from Washington to Monroe Closed for Sewer Repairs

The left lane of westbound traffic on 34th from Washington to Monroe will be closed beginning Monday, April 20th. Contractors will make repairs to the sanitary sewer main. The project is expected to last five days.

Northwest Texas Hospital Offers Candidate's Forum

Northwest Texas Hospital is putting together a candidates forum for the upcoming May municipal elections. Marketing and Public relations person Caytie Martin says they've conducted one for the past three elections.
"We just feel it's very important to our employees to give them the opportunity to be educated when they're making the decision to vote and what it's doing for their community," Martin said.
She says everyone is invited to the Pavilion Auditorium on Monday, April 20th at 5:30 to hear from all of the candidates.

Potter County Online Ballot System is Up

Potter County has their sample ballot online system up. Elections Administrator Melynn Huntley:
"You put in your address, provided you're a registered voter, it will pull up your ballot," Huntley said. "From there it gives you all the time in the world to research your candidates."
Remember, though. You are not actually voting.
"All that sample ballot is doing is marking what your choices were that day, then you can print it out and take it to the poll as a go-by," Huntley said.
Check it out here:

League of Women Voters to Hold Candidates Forum April 23rd

Another city election forum has been announced, this one by the League of Women voters on April 23rd. Forum chairman Robert Goodrich told KGNC how important voter knowledge is.
"Hosting a candidate's forum is one way to help citizens that they know who is running for office, what those people stand for, and it helps them to make better quality decisions about who they're going to vote for," Goodrich said.
It starts at 6 at the Amarillo College Downtown campus. For more info, call 418-2445.
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