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One dead, one seriously injured in Easter morning crash

LUBBOCK, Texas - One person is dead and the other is taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a crash Sunday morning.

Lubbock police said two pickup trucks collided into each other near Grace Presbyterian Church at 19th and Vicksburg.

The names of those involved have not been released.

LPD will release additional details once more information is available and next of kin has been notified.


Victim of home explosion described as "brilliant engineer"

LUBBOCK, Texas - According to Fire Marshals, the fire on 21st Avenue and Elgin started in the back of the house before it detonated tanks of compressed gas.

One of the victims of the explosion was 72 year old resident, John Fleming. An engineer who his brother, Graham Fleming described as, brilliant.

"He did a lot of design work and tests here, but anything dangerous he did not have at this house," said Graham.

John Fleming had more than fifty design patents. The project he was working on before the explosion, was a device to make ammonia cheaper to produce.

His brother described his product as an efficient way to fertilize places across the globe and produce a liquid fuel that would be as cheap as gasoline.

John did not have a lot of money. He was the father to two daughters and a two year old granddaughter who lives in London. He never had the chance to meet her, but was about to get an inheritance from his parents, which his brother Graham said he was going to put toward a trip to meet his granddaughter.

"He never got to see his granddaughter," said Graham. "He's told me that they've talked to them on Skype and his daughter was talking with him and calling him granddaddy. I wish he'd had that chance to take that trip."

John left behind his business which is what Graham hopes continues to grow. The explosion killed 45-year-old Rodica Gelca and hospitalized two others.


Future of Lubbock ABC Pro Rodeo still uncertain

LUBBOCK, Texas - A few months ago the city council discussed giving the Coliseum back to Texas Tech. 

According to Mayor Dan Pope, the Lubbock loses around $700,000 and others say that the arena is just simply undesirable. 

Caught in the cross-hairs the ABC Pro Rodeo and its nearly 75 year history in the building along with the money it raises for the Boys and Girls Club of Lubbock.

"If the building goes away before it has a suitable replacement so does the ABC Rodeo and the money that we raise for the boys and girls club," former Chairman Ray Short. 

The plan is to not have the ABC Rodeo leave town though.

"We're praying for next year, said Chairman Cary Jones. "We're glad we got this one as close as we have to being done. Here in a month or so we'll really start hitting the pathway to see what we're going to be able to do next year. Hopefully maybe we'll have one more year. Maybe Tech will let us come back so it's just kind of on pins and needles until we get us another venue."

Jones said he does think the Rodeo will last another year which would give organizers more time to find a more permanent venue.


West Texas salutes to Veterans

LUBBOCK, Texas - Lubbock Veterans Advisory Committee and Interim Healthcare Foundation hosted West Texas Salute to Veterans. This event not only showed appreciation but provided information on resources available in West Texas. 

Doris Reding with Interim Healthcare Foundation wanted to honor veterans beyond Veterans Day.

"So I looked at opportunities for veterans," Reding said. "What I saw was there are a few things around Veterans Day, and the Lubbock Veterans Advisory Committee had a good event, but there wasn't a lot during the rest of the year." 

The main focus of this event was to provide support. Reding said breakout session included a range of topics like education, employment, and suicide prevention.

Keynote speaker, Ron Milam served in Vietnam. He is now a history professor at Texas Tech. His message was how to address war with children. 

Milam said it is important to have opportunities to interact with fellow vets. 

"I think it's good for those of us like me who've been around for awhile to recognize how many young veterans we have and they are going to be the future of what we do in America, the fact they have those experiences having served in Iraq and Afghanistan," Milam said. 

Veterans from over 16 surrounding counties participated. 


Data from SUV shows deadly wreck may have been intentional
  
MENDOCINO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say data recovered from the wreckage of the SUV carrying a large family from Washington state shows the deadly crash may have been intentional.
  
The California Highway Patrol says the SUV carrying the family accelerated straight off a scenic California cliff.
  
A spokesman says the data shows the vehicle was stopped at a flat pull-off area before it sped off the steep rocky face.
  
Five members of the Hart family were found dead. Three of the children are still missing.
  
Authorities don't know exactly when the wreck took place. A passing motorist discovered the vehicle on March 26, three days after social service authorities in Washington state opened an investigation apparently prompted by a neighbor's complaint that the children were being deprived of food.

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