Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
Sunshine and mild today, highs near 70
Meteorologist Bobby Johnston says there will be gusty south/southwest wind increasing 15-25mph, calming this evening. Temperatures to start Tuesday morning below freezing, 31 with a clear sky. Sunshine again Tuesday with the high near 72. Chance for rain to end this work week.
Flags at half-staff across Lubbock County for 2 fallen first responders
All across Lubbock County this week, flags ordered to fly at half-staff in honor of the two first responders killed in a wreck Saturday morning.
A third is recovering in the hospital from critical injuries and we're told he's doing better than expected. It was the first time in Lubbock that a police officer and a firefighter were killed on duty on the same day.
Police say they wanted to finish mapping the scene before they determine whether any charges should be filed in the crash. It happened on a stretch of icy road on I27. Emergency crews responded to a single-car rollover. 10 minutes later, a second car with a trailer slid across the median, and crashed 25 to 50 yards from the rollover. While crews were working both wrecks, a third car crossed the median, hitting two firefighters and an officer.
27-year-old officer Nicholas Reyna and 39-year-old Lieutenant Eric Hill killed. Reyna had been with Lubbock police for a year. Hill was a 10-year veteran of Lubbock fire and rescue. 30-year old firefighter and paramedic Matt Dawson is expected to need multiple surgeries, and faces a long road of recovery.
Early morning fire injures 1
A person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after the fire that broke out around 2:30 this morning. It happened at a duplex on 525 42nd street.
Heavy damage has been done to the front of the home. We were told a family has been living at the location with no utilities. The fire is under investigation.
Man charged in shooting death at Hotel Ava
Gilbert Cardona III, is accused with murdering Joshua Gomez. Cardona was already in jail for an unrelated crime. Jail records show he was arrested Wednesday for domestic violence and being a felon with a gun. He's now held on more than $400,000 bond.
Police say Cardona shot Gomez near the front entrance to the hotel. His arrest warrant indicates Cardona confessed to shooting Gomez, but said he did it in self-defense. Cardona told investigators he saw someone with a military-style rifle, and heard someone shout "kill them both" in Spanish.
Cardona's warrant shows he thought Gomez had a pistol in his waistband when Cardona shot him. Investigators report never finding a gun on the scene and witnesses told police Gomez didn't have a weapon for weeks leading up to his death. If convicted Cardona faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.
Seminole man pleads guilty to sex trafficking
Michael Don Billups cut a deal for interstate transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Billups cut a deal for interstate transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. He confessed to taking a boy from here to Alabama to assault him.
Billups told prosecutors he's been friends with the child's family since 20-12, when they lived in Hobbs. Back in October, court records show the victim told his mother Billups had been abusing him for years, since he was 10 years old. The latest was in the summer of last year on the trip to Alabama.
The plea agreement indicates the victim told his mother that Billups bribed and guilted the boy to keep him from telling his family. Billups faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole, a $250,000 fine, and unspecified restitution to the victim's family.
Retrial denied for Bart Reagor in fraud case
Senior U.S. Judge Sam Cummings denied the Reagor Dykes co-owner's request to re-litigate how much he owes the credit agency. His request boiled down to attorney fees. Reagor was ordered to pay $49.2M back in November. That includes $1.7M in attorneys fees. Reagor tried to persuade Judge Cummings that Ford Credit was wrongly claiming fees for the bankruptcy cases.
Judge Cummings finds Ford Credit's guaranties Reagor signed entitle it to all attorneys fees, so the payment stands.
Iran admits to role in Ukrainian plane crash
Iran now admits it unintentionally shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed this week. It was reported by Iranian State TV, per a military statement. All 176 people onboard were killed when the Boeing aircraft crashed early Wednesday near Tehran. It happened only hours after Iran fired missiles at Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops.
Most of the victims were Iranian and Canadian nationals. In a tweet, Iran's foreign minister said the crash was due to "human error at time of crisis caused by U.S. adventurism." The statement went on to convey "profound regrets, apologies and condolences" to families of the victims. The plane bound for Kiev went down shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini airport. Video appeared to show a missile strike an object in the sky, around the same time as the crash.
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