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LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES

Neal Unit Escapee Caught

The inmate that escaped the Neal Unit east of Amarillo has been recaptured.

Marvin Garcia, 34, a convicted murderer out of Harris county, scaled the perimeter fence around 3:40 this morning. He was captured about 41 miles north of Amarillo.

"He was seen near the area of Texas Sand and Gravel and from there either walked, ran, or caught a train. Somebody that spotted him called us. Potter County deputies saw him on the railroad tracks. We had an airplane in the air, with a DPS employee inside that plane and he was able to verify that it was someone dressed in prison clothing," said Texas Department of Transportation's Chris Ray.

Garcia was convicted in 2010 of murder and was sentenced to 25 years.

Deaf Smith County Escapee Recaptured

The inmate who escaped from the Deaf Smith county jail has been recaptured.  

George Contreras Junior, 23, was found around 11:30 a.m. Saturday at an address in Hereford and taken into custody without incident. He was booked in on the previous charges, plus escape from a correctional facility, a warrant for evading arrest with previous convictions, and burglary of a habitation out of another county.  

Contreras escaped early Thursday morning during the course of regular cleaning duties in the lobby of the facility.

Make-A-Wish Receives $20K From Homer's

Homer's Backyard Ball Foundation has made a big donation to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of north Texas.

The $20,000 given last Friday will help grant the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions right here in the Texas panhandle. 

Amarillo Road Wastewater Treatment Facilities Awarded

The City of Amarillo's River Road and Hollywood road wastewater treatment facilities were recently recognized with peak performance awards during the National Association of Clean Water Agency's 2014 Summer Conference and 44th annual meeting in Portland, Oregon.

The River Road plant received a 'Platinum 8' award which means they have had eight consecutive years of 100% compliance. The Hollywood road plant received a 'Platinum 7' award, meaning they have had seven consecutive years of 100% compliance. 

Two Stabbed at Westgate Mall

A 16 year old boy has been captured for the stabbing at Westgate Mall.

At 1:40 p.m. Friday, APD officers were dispatched to the 7700 block on Canode on a vandalism and trespass in progress where the caller had caught a male and female suspect. The two juveniles took off and entered the Mall near JC Penny's, heading for the food court area.

A female employee of the food court stepped out to see what was happening and was stabbed by the male suspect. One security officer in the Bealls department store was stabbed by the male before a citizen struck him with a chair. Both victims sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The male suspect was transported to local hospital but will be taken to the Youth Center of the High Plains afterward.

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