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Xcel Energy Tips for Holiday Decorations

Thanksgiving is over, and some people may be thinking about starting to set up for Christmas.
 
Wes Reeves with Xcel Energy says there are some things you need to keep in mind.
 
"People are putting lights up and I think we've all watched 'Christmas Vacation' and seen Chubby Chase and all the antics, stringing too many lights together. Funny in the movies but it is very dangerous.
 
He says stay at least 10 feet away from electric wires, check for broken sockets, frayed wires and loose connections, and to replace or repair damaged light sets. 
 
Use no more than three light sets on one extension cord. Also turn off lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house, and for those of you who prefer artificial trees, choose one that is tested and labeled as fire resistant.

Gas Prices Keep Falling Heading into Holiday Weekend

According to the Triple-A Texas Weekend Gas Watch, drivers in Amarillo are paying an average of $2.49 for a gallon of regular unleaded, down 10 cents from last week.

Satewide, prices dropped 8 cents a gallon to an average of $2.60. Triple-A Texas projects 3.6 million Texans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period which runs through Sunday. That’s a 5.2% increase in travel volume from last year and the highest volume for the holiday since 2007.   

Thursday Morning Crash on McCormick Leaves 1 Dead

A crash on McCormick left one person dead Thursday morning.

Around 3, Mayola Raquel Dominguez Inman, 19, was travelling east in her 2000 Saturn SL1 when she drove off the north side of the road and struck a culvert running underneath a private drive at 6700 McCormick. Inman was wearing her seatbelt but was killed on impact.

BBB Offers Tips for Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday Sales are upon us, and the Better Business Bureau is offering some tips to help ease the stress of shopping for those perfect gift items.
 
Janna Kiehl with our local chapter of the BBB, says to do a little research before heading out for those Black Friday deals.
 
"As you prepare to go shopping on Thursday or Friday we suggest you take copies of sales ads, or any coupons you have, and read the fine print before you go so you'll know all the limitations."
 
She adds that shoppers should also check the store's website for easy access to coupons while on location, as well as ask about the stores return policies, which items are "all sales final", and if there's a restocking fee to avoid any sort of unwanted surprises.

Plumbing Service Calls Rise Day After Thanksgiving

The day after Thanksgiving is one of the year's busiest for plumbers, as they work to clear household drains clogged by grease, potato peels, and heavy use following the holiday feast.
 
Paul Abrams, with Roto-Rooter, says his company has been tracking service calls for close to a decade.
 
"Almost like clockwork we see anywhere between 47-51% up-tick in calls for service on the day after Thanksgiving. We think the reason people don't call so often on Thanksgiving is many people think 'I'll suffer through it and on Friday I'll call the plumber.'"
 
He says it gives new meaning to "Black Friday". 

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

Amarillo Crime Stoppers is asking for help with their crime of the week.  

The Super 8 on I-40 east was robbed at gunpoint early last Friday morning by two men. Video of the two suspects can be seen on their website at amapolice.org.  Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered if your tip leads to an arrest or recovery of stolen property.    

Texas Tech University's Health Science Center Ranks 24 for Online Colleges in Texas

Texas Tech University's Health Science Center has been ranked number 24 for online colleges in Texas.
 
The survey looked at 488 schools with the assessment based on the cost of tuition, academic support, retention, and others. Melinda Mitchell Jones, Associate Dean Department Chair for undergradute nontraditional programs for the school of nursing believes they have gotten such a high ranking because of two things.
 
"We really do value the faculty to student relationship. I know we really support that small class size so that the students have time to interact with the faculty."
 
She says the other reason boils down to technology, where they have invested in the equipment, and staff, so that the faculty and students have adequate amounts of support and service. 

Murder Suspect ID Released from October 16th Murder of Michael Williams

The Special Crimes Unit of the Amarillo Police Department, in a press conference Tuesday, announced a man wanted for aggregated assault causing serious bodily injury.

The incident happened the evening of October 16th, resulting in the death of Michael Todd Williams from pneumonia as a complication of blunt force trauma to the upper body. Anthony Campbell, 37, is the suspect named and reportedly frequently stays in motels along Amarillo Boulevard and is believed to still be in the Amarillo area.

APD asks anyone with information on Campbell to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.

Garfield Murder Suspect ID Released

The Amarillo Police Department has announced a suspect in relation to a homicide that happened over the weekend.

On Sunday evening, APD was dispatched to 1621 N. Garfield where a man had been stabbed in the head who later died at a local hospital. Jose Miguel Hernandez, 21, is wanted out of Potter County with a murder warrant. He is currently at large and reportedly does not have access to a vehicle so is likely still in the Amarillo area.

APD is asking anyone with information on the location of Hernandez to contact Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400. Police say that if you come into contact with Hernandez to call 911 immediately.

APD Releases Paradise Club Murder Suspects ID

The Amarillo Police Department's Special Crimes Unit held a press conference Tuesday where they announced the suspect's name in connection with the homicide that happened outside of the Paradise Club at 714 N. Fillmore this last Sunday morning.

APD says that the autopsy on Eric Ontario Smith Jr. indicates that he died from a gunshot wound to the back of the head. Tyrone Dawayne Black, 22, is wanted out of Potter County for a murder warrant. Black also goes by the nickname "K.R." He is considered armed and dangerous.

APD is asking for you to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 if you know of his whereabouts but say that if you come into contact with him to immediately call 911.

DPS Partners with Toys for Tots

The Texas Department of Public Safety is once again collecting toys to give to needy children this holiday season.
 
For the past three years they have collaborated with Toys for Tots as an official collection center. Trooper Chris Ray tells how you can contribute....
 
"People can take the toy they've acquired to one of the Highway Patrol Offices and there should be a box there," Trooper Chris Ray said. "If for some reason the box isn't there or the box is full, if you see a highway patrolman, just anywhere, wave them over, visit with them, give them the toy and they will make sure it gets to Toys for Tots."
 
Ray asks that toys remain in their original packaging. Toys for children ages 0-2 and 12-13 are in the most demand. Great toys for the 0-2 range are teething rings, plush toys, ring towers, anything that will stimulate their senses. As for the 12-13 range, board games, books, jewelry, anything to prepare them for their teenage years would be helpful.
 
You can donate anytime between now and December 12 at any of these locations:
 

Amarillo Highway Patrol Office
4200 Canyon Drive
Amarillo

Clarendon Highway Patrol Office
723 W. 2nd
Clarendon

Dumas Highway Patrol Office
817 S. Bliss
Dumas

Pampa Highway Patrol Office
2909 Perryton Pkwy
Pampa

Borger Highway Patrol Office
3249 Fairlanes Blvd
Borger

Childress Highway Patrol Office
1700 Ave F, NW
Childress

Hereford Highway Patrol Office
807 W. 15th
Hereford

 

 

DPS Takes Part in I-40 Challenge; to Reduce Thanksgiving Travel Crashes

Texas DPS announced their participation in the I-40 Challenge traffic enforcement campaign to reduce traffic fatalities during the Thanksgiving holiday.
 
According to the Texas DPS, here are some of the numbers from last year:
 
- 32,000 in the U.S. killed in traffic accidents 
- 3,377 in Texas killed in traffic accidents
- 1 fatal crash every 2 hours, 36 minutes
- 1 person injured every 2 minutes, 16 seconds
- 1 reportable crash every 71 seconds
- 44% of crashes killed people who did not use their seatbelt
- Over 1,000 fatalities attributed to alcohol (which is 1/3 of the fatalities in Texas)
- 460 killed just in distracted driving
 
Law enforcement officials from Texas, west to California, and east to Tennessee will be participating in the I-40 Challenge, placing troopers and officers every twenty miles along the corridor. Special enforcement will be used for Wednesday and Sunday.
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