Good Day Lubbock, Monday, Dec. 23 - FOX34 Lubbock

Good Day Lubbock, Monday, Dec. 23

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Wreck knocks out power in South Lubbock

A two-vehicle crash at 103rd Street and Indiana Avenue Sunday afternoon caused a power outage in parts of south Lubbock including at FOX34; our broadcast was interrupted for a couple hours.

Lubbock Fire Rescue reports one vehicle hit a utility pole. Live wires fell onto the vehicle, trapping the driver inside. The power was cut to the area to safely remove that person. Police say there are no serious injuries. The downed lines also caused several small fires, which were put out by passers-by, using fire extinguishers. 

Market Street gives free groceries during power outage

The power also went out at Market Street, about a mile west of the wreck. Instead of making customers wait until power was restored or making them put their groceries back, management decided to let guests leave with the goods without paying. Store Director Allen Smith said it just made sense. 

"We just wanted to make sure we took care of our guests," Smith said. "You know, it was right after church, we had the church rush. It was busy. We wanted to make sure that we got them out of there. So we just decided it was one of those deals where you had to just decide in a quick moment what to do."

The decision likely cost thousands of dollars in revenue, but Smith said it was worth it to provide the best customer service. 

Security changes coming to Smylie Wilson 

There will be some changes at Smylie Wilson middle school when classes resume in January after a third incident of a student bringing a gun to school within the last few weeks. 

The district will provide each student a clear back-pack. No other type of bag will be allowed. The district will also give each student a light-weight jacket. No other coats or outer-wear will be allowed allowed.

Read the Lubbock ISD statement here

Ride-sharing reminders for the holidays

With so many people traveling for the holidays in the weeks ahead, ride-sharing apps will be busy. But they come with risk. Uber reported this year there were thousands of sexual assaults connected to rides through its platform. 

Allison Matherly with the Lubbock Police Department says the most important thing is for riders to confirm it's the driver you think it is, and make sure they know you. 

"Before you get in, ask the driver for their name - most people do the other way around," Matherly said. "Instead of saying 'my name is so and so' ask 'what's my name and where am I going?"

Matherly said one of the most important things is to trust your gut. If something doesn't feel right about the ride, don't get in or get out safely as soon as you get an opportunity. 

Saudi Arabia sentences 5 to death for Jamal Khashoggi's killing

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced five people to death for the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year by a team of Saudi agents. Saudi Arabia's state TV reported that three others were sentenced to prison.

All can appeal the verdicts. The kingdom's crown prince drew international condemnation for the killing because several Saudi agents involved had worked directly for him. The kingdom has carried out the trials of the accused in near total secrecy.

US soldier is killed in Afghanistan; Taliban claim attack

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S. military says an American service member has been killed in action in Afghanistan. The statement didn't provide further details, identify the soldier or say where in Afghanistan the service member was killed. However, the Taliban said they were behind a roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province that killed the American soldier.

Last month, two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan when their helicopter crashed in eastern Logar province. The Taliban also claimed responsibility for that crash, a claim the U.S military dismissed as false. Monday's death brings the number of U.S. soldiers'deaths in Afghanistan this year to 20. There have also been three non-combat deaths this year. 

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