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Shane McBryde
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"Shane McBryde is a native of Alabama. He brings to KGNC over two decades of experience in broadcast radio journalism. Shane and his team of reporters are dedicated to providing news coverage for Amarillo and the Panhandle region."

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LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES

3D Mammograms

Breast cancer screenings just became 41% more effective in Amarillo. Clinical Breast Radiologist and Medical Director of the Texas Breast Specialists Dr. Arenivas explains why 3D mammograms are better.
 
"The limitations of 2D mammography are that dense tissue, or the shadows, cover breast cancer and then we can't see it, we can't detect it," Dr. Lova Arenivas said. "The shadows can also overlap and look like a lesion when it's not a true lesion."
 
That can mean multiple unnecessary visits. 3D images are sharper and more accurate. For more information or to schedule a mammogram call 457-2060.

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

Amarillo Crime Stoppers is asking for help with their Crime of the Week. Around 4:30 Tuesday morning, a woman in a home on Reba Circle was awakened by a burglar in her home. The suspect ran from the home and the woman found that two computers, a rifle, handgun, and other items were missing. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online at amapolice.org. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered if your tip leads to an arrest or recovery of the stolen property.

Multi-Vehicle Burglary Tuesday Morning

APD officers have arrested a woman involved in a multi-vehicle burglary in Amarillo. About 2:30 Tuesday morning, officers heard reports of a car burglary on Lometa. They found a female sitting beside a tree in an alley, with two backpacks and a flashlight. An I-Phone, cases, chargers, books, perfume and several other items were found to be stolen from other vehicles parked on Lometa, Janet, and Fleetwood. 22 year old Annelies Hall was booked into Randall County.

Dumas City Commission Passes Homestead Expemption and Abandoning of Alleyway for Hospital

The City of Dumas Commission met Monday night and passed the 2015 Homestead Exemption. Dottie Crockett, Finance Director, says the amount for this year is the same as last year.
 
"We have raised it the last two years in a row. It went from 50 to 52 to 55 and this year they decided to stay at 55," Crockett said.
 
She says if a person's home is worth $55,000, they would not pay the city any property tax because that amount is subtracted from the value of the home before it is taxed.
 
Also Monday night the Commissioners decided to vacate, close, and abandon the alleyway on East 2nd Street between Bliss and Meredith Avenues at the request of the Moore County Hospital District. CEO Jeff Turner...
 
"We have an expansion of our hospital that is planned and the square footage is going to extend into where the alleyway is, which was just a little bit of property that was still in the city's ownership that needed to be abandoned in order for us to complete the project," CEO Jeff Turner said.
 
He says the 2 storey, 55,000 square foot expansion is still in the financing stages now, but hopes construction will start by mid to early 2016.

Dumas Girl Found

Dumas Police give credit to the community after a run-away teenager was found in California. Dumas police Sgt. James N. Jordan with the Criminal Investigations Division says 16 year old Chelsea Hogue, who'd been missing since last month is OK. Police specifically thanked the people for all the tips on social media saying that information made the job of finding Chelsea a lot easier.

House Fire on King Street

Four people escaped unharmed from a house fire Monday afternoon at 4225 King.

The Amarillo Fire Department had the fire under control in less than 20 minutes. Fire was located inside an exterior wall and extended into the attic. The Amarillo Fire Marshal's office says the fire started inside that wall, above a gas heater. It was ruled accidental.

Damage is estimated at $15,000.

Severe Weather Awareness Week

It certainly doesn't feel like spring yet, but the National Weather Service is reminding folks that this is Severe Weather Awareness Week. 
 
"Just because it's Severe Weather Awareness Week doesn't mean we're anticipating severe weather at all," meteorologist Todd Lindley said. "We do average about 18 tornadoes across the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles each year. And of course, we're no strangers to hail and damaging thunderstorm winds in our area."
 
For updates on severe weather is your area this spring, check out weather.gov/ama.

Two Men Arrested for Unlawfully Carrying Weapons

Two men were arrested Monday by the Amarillo Police department for unlawfully carrying weapons. APD officers attempted to pull a vehicle over near Southeast 3rd and Grand and observed a semiautomatic handgun thrown from the car. The driver, 44 year old Dewayne Camp was found to have a set of brass knuckles. He was arrested as well as his passenger, 34 year old Tanner Houghton. Both were booked into Potter County.

Amarillo City Council Meeting Preview

The Amarillo City Council meets Tuesday at 5:30.
 
There they will hear a project proposal from the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation for the establishment of a laboratory to be run by Food Safety Net Services. On the consent agenda is an award for Martin Road Lake drainage improvements which would include the removal of 407 thousand cubic yards of material to lower the floodplain elevation.
 
The Council convenes on the 3rd floor of City Hall in downtown Amarillo.

T&M Discount on Hughes Robbed

The APD is investigating a robbery at T&M Discount on Hughes Monday. The female victim said two men entered, one armed with a handgun and the other with a stun-gun device. Forcing everyone to the floor, the suspects took money from the register and bank bags, and several cartons of cigarettes. No one was injured in the robbery and no arrests have been made. The suspects are described as males, both about 6 foot 1, and both wearing dark clothing with hoods and masks. 

Be Careful of Newly Formed Potholes in Amarillo

Sonja Gross with the City of Amarillo says drivers can expect a few dips in the roadways as the weather creates potholes. Most notably 34th street...
 
"Now we don't expect them (workers) to have to close the roadway, but traffic may be down to one lane at times with flaggers controlling traffic or very narrow lanes," Gross said. "Motorists are asked to proceed with caution since there will be workers in the roadway."
 
Gross reminds folks to drive the speed limit and be watchful of workers on the road.

Personal Robbery Near Western Bowl

No one was injured after a robbery in southwest Amarillo. Police say it happened just after midnight Monday morning in the 5100 block of Canyon Drive. The victim said he was walking from his apartment to Western Bowl to pick up food when a man walked up behind him and stuck something in his back. The suspect took the man's wallet and fled on foot. He is described as a white male, 5'11'' and wearing a black trench coat. No weapon was actually seen and the victim was not injured.

Two Arrested in Cell Phone Robbery on NE 16th and Apache

2 people have been arrested in connection with a robbery on NE16th and Apache.

Victims told officials they were sitting in their vehicle next to a home when a gray GMC pulled up and blocked them in on the street. A hispanic female approached the vehicle, pointing a rifle at the female victim, then proceeded to break into the house. A cell phone was taken from a man inside the home, as well as the two victims inside the vehicle. With the help of one of the victims, officers were able to identify both suspects: Olivia Quintero and Ricardo Jimenez.

Both were booked into Potter County.

Personal Robbery Saturday Near Downtown

Police are investigating a personal robbery that happened Saturday night near downtown.

The victim told police he was in his apartment when there was a knock at his door. When he opened the door, an acquaintance came in - followed by another man who was armed with a gun. The two suspects took money from the man and forced him into the bathroom. The suspects are only described as black men in their 20's and were possibly driving a light colored 4-door car.

The victim was not injured.

Spring Break Tip from DPS: Don't Go to Mexico

There may still be snow on the ground, but many people are beginning to make plans for spring break. But there's one place the Department of Public Safety wants you to avoid.
 
"With the current unpredictable nature of cartel violence and what's going on down there, we're urging people to avoid any travel to Mexico at this time," Trooper Chris Ray said. "We're working the border now, we're right there where the majority of everything's going on. I can tell you, right across the border there is some cartel violence going on."
 
Trooper Ray also says to make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip, don't drink and drive, and buckle everyone up.

Defense Department to Buy 19 V-22 Ospreys

The Navy has made a decision to use the V-22 Osprey as the new vehicle to take people and equipment to aircraft carriers. Congressman Mac Thornberry spoke to KGNC.
 
"The good news here is this is a new mission for the V-22, it means we're going to build more of them, and we've seen that in the president's budget requests that that decision has been made," Thornberry said.
 
The Defense Department's 2016 budget includes $1.6 billion for 19 V-22's. Thornberry says other countries are also looking to buy.
 
"As more of this tilt-rotor technology gets used and people watch it, there become more and more uses for it here at home and around the world and obviously that's good for jobs here in Amarillo," Thornberry said.
 
Bell Helicopter is under contract this year to deliver about 25 V-22's.

Mock Murder Mystery Event in Fritch Next Saturday

Lake Meredith Aquatic and Wildlife Museum in Fritch is hosting its fourth annual Mock Murder Mystery Event Saturday, March 7 from 7-9 p.m. at the museum under the water-tower in Fritch. This year's mystery features a casino style event with Blackjack and poker tables where guests and suspects alike will intermingle as guests try to figure out who killed the victim. 

DPS to Hold Symposium for Officers Wishing to Become Troopers

For those peace officers who wish to become troopers, the DPS will be hosting two symposiums on March 13 from 9 to noon and from 2 to 5. Trooper Chris Ray says they'll take place at the DPS Office here in Amarillo at 4200 Canyon Drive and says if you've already put your info in online, just bring you paperwork so you can get a testing date scheduled.

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