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Final Update on I-27 Back-Up

The Canyon E-way was closed down for over 5 hours Friday due to a multi-vehicle accident that sent several people to the hospital.

It began just before 8 in the northbound lanes where cars were slowing for a minor accident near I-27 and Washington. That crash played a role in causing an 18-wheeler pulling a load of manure to hit several cars and crossing the center guard rails on the moss street overpass.  7 people were taken to the hospital, six from a van and one from a pickup.

Investigators believe that excessive speed and faulty evasive action by the driver of the 18-wheeler were factors in the accident. None of the injuries were life-threatening.  

TXDOT Looks Into Putting Airport in Randall County

The Texas Department of Transportation has approved over $44,000 for a feasibility study. The study will look into the possibility of an airport in Randall county just outside of Canyon. A consultant will be selected this fall, and project costs will be funded through Randall county and TXDOT's aviation facilities grant program.

Amarillo Animal Management Euthanization Drops 15%

Since May of this year, the number of pets euthanized at Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare has steadily dropped compared to the same time period last year: by 15%. Interim director Scott McDonald talked about one of the reasons for the decrease.
 
"We're doing some diversion," McDonald said, "we have citizens come up to the front counter and they're wanting to donate their animals. We have to explain to them that we're just an open intake shelter and many animals get euthanized here. Not necessarily the best solution for someone's pet."
 
He says another factor is a stronger relationship between the shelter and its partnering agencies, including the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society. On Monday's Newsday Amarillo, McDonald will talk about what's next for animal management

24 Pounds of Meth Seized in I-40 Traffic Stop

The Texas DPS seized over 24 pounds of meth Thursday.

Troopers conducted a traffic stop a little after 7:30 in the evening on a 2004 Jeep traveling eastbound on I-40 near Conway in Carson County. The driver, 21-year-old Franscisco Jouse Beltran of Glendale, Arizona  was booked into the jail after the trooper found 23 bundles of methamphetamine in the rear bumper.

The illegal drugs were allegedly being transported from Phoenix, to Oklahoma City.

DPS Apprehends Murder Suspect Out of Alabama

A traffic stop on I-40 led to the arrest of a murder suspect out of Alabama.  

A DPS trooper made the stop Thursday afternoon near Amarillo in Carson county after receiving information from Amarillo DPS communications that the driver was wanted for homicide. The trooper confirmed that the driver, Brett Richard Yeiter, 46, was the person named in the homicide warrant and booked him into Carson county.

Possible Scam Alert for Amarillo Chamber of Commerce

The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce is reporting a possible scam concerning some of their members.

They've received calls from someone claiming to be updating information from the Chamber asking questions to verify addresses and other information. The number was from out of state and when asked why they were calling from out of town the call was disconnected.

The Chamber says anyone calling on their behalf will use their local offic phone with the number 373-7800 and will let you know in advance if they have someone gathering information. 

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 amapolice.org.

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.

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