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Assault Victim Dies After 18 Days in Hospital

The victim of an assault earlier this month has died, and the Special Crimes Unit in now investigating the case as a homicide.

On the morning of October 5th, officers were sent to the 1900 block of Northwest 12th on a disturbance. They found Clinton Norton Junior, 40, unconscious in a vehicle and had him taken to the hospital. Norton died Thursday and autopsy results show he died from complications of blunt force trauma to the upper body.  

A suspect, 24-year old blake remington welch, was arrested last week for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the incident.  anyone with information is asked to call the Special Crimes Unit at 378-9468.

Hillside Christian Pastor Arrested for Prostitution

A campus pastor for Hillside Christian Church in Canyon was arrested Thursday on a prostitution charge.

Cameron Reeves, 34, and a woman, Kristina Gayle Moon, 31, were booked into Potter county for prostitution after being taken into custody at the Motel 6 on Paramount. Hillside Christian Church issued a statement Friday saying Reeves had resigned his position effective immediately.

Dalhart Man Killed in One Vehicle Crash

A Dalhart man is dead after a one vehicle crash in Dallam county.  

DPS officials say it happened just before 3:00 a.m. Thursday on FM 1727 about 4 miles west of Dalhart. Bernhard Giesbrecht, 21, was driving east when he ran off the left side of the road. He overcorrected and rolled several times. Giesbrecht was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pampa Man Dies After Car Crash Earlier This Month

A Pampa man has died from injuries received in a car crash earlier this month.  

Authorities say it happened on the evening of Thursday October 2nd on County Road 3 about 6.5 miles west of Pampa.  29-year old abraham rios-rodriguez 29, was driving south when he went into the barrow ditch. He over corrected and rolled several times. He was taken to Northwest Texas Hospital by Lifestar where he died on Monday the 13th.

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week

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

Danny Gorman is wanted out of Potter county for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Anyone with information on Gorman is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online at If your anonymous tip leads to his arrest, you could get a reward of up to $300.

Armstrong Fire Dept. to Hold Zombie vs. Superhero 5K

Armstrong Fire is holding their 2nd annual 5k run and a mile walk through the streets of Claude this Saturday, where they have a Halloween twist of Zombies versus Super heroes.
Susan Overcast, coordinator for the run, said there are three ways to participate.
"As a human runner, which is a real runner, no one will touch them," Overcast said. "We also have zombie bait runners, who have flags, and can come as human zombie bait or as superhero zombie bait. And then there's the zombie hoard, who will be chasing the zombie bait."
"It will be held at the rodeo grounds," Overcast said, "registration will open at 9 a.m. The actual 5K Fun Run, which also includes a one mile, will start at 11."
The day is also their 3rd annual Safety Day which promotes safety awareness, emergency preparedness, and a fun way to learn more about the safety equipment up-close for all ages with free kids' activities. 
All proceeds from the run go to Armstrong Fire, a group of volunteers who help serve Claude and Washburn. For more details and how to sign up, visit or call 335-7023.

Mad Scientist Ball at DHDC

Have you ever wanted to be a mad scientist, with you very own lab coat, eating Sherlock Holmes food and drinking from four open bars?
The Don Harrington Discovery Center is promising just that from 7 to midnight this Saturday.
"The Mad Scientist Ball is our annual fundraiser here at the Discover Center," Amy Juba said, "we have adults only and it helps us raise necessary funds for our wonderful travelling exhibits, for overhead, and for our educational programs."
Juba adds people will receive their own signature lab coat for the night of fun on top of a photo booth that has over 150 green screen backgrounds, and a black light snowball fight.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, go to or call them at 355-9547.

Sewer Main Construction on Pierce; Expect Traffic Delays

Starting Wednesday, motorists should expect some delays on south Pierce Street, beginning at southeast 4th, all the way down to southeast 9th in downtown as construction of a sanitary sewer main and other facilities will commence.

Traffic has been limited to two lanes but will now be down to one. The work is scheduled to be completed by November 26th. Drivers are encouraged to take alternate routes and are asked to proceed with extreme caution as there will be heavy construction equipment being used. 

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