Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
Sunshine, highs near 73
Meteorologist Bobby Johnston says today is the last day with these mild temperatures. Some high clouds today with lots of sunshine. A light breeze from the west/southwest 8-18mph. Tonight will be a little milder, still chilly, with the low near 37. A cold front will drop highs around 10 degrees Wednesday with more cloud cover. Rain chances increase Thursday-Friday, some freezing rain possible.
Bodies of first responders return to Lubbock, and how to memorialize them
The bodies of Lubbock Fire Rescue Lieutenant Eric Hill and police officer Nicholas Reyna are back home. They were escorted from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner on their return to the community they died serving. Lubbock police picked up the escort at the county line and continued back to the Lubbock County Medical Examiner's office. Lieutenant Hill and Officer Reyna died Saturday, working crashes on North I-27 in icy conditions. City leaders blame speed and careless driving for their deaths. Police stationed Officer Reyna's patrol unit at 10th and Texas. It's to serve as a memorial for his service. He'd only been on the job for a year. Officer Reyna was 27 years old.
Lubbock Fire Rescue is asking that any commemorations for Lieutenant Hill be placed at the Regional Public Safety Memorial. That's near 66th and Quaker. Cross-trained as a firefighter and paramedic, Lieutenant Hill protected the city for ten years. He was promoted back in July, and worked at Station 10B. Funeral services for Lieutenant Hill set for Friday. His memorial will start that morning at 9 at the Rip Griffin Center on LCU's campus. After his "last alarm," Lieutenant Hill will be laid to rest at Resthaven Cemetery. He was 39.
Also injured in that crash, firefighter Matt Dawson. The last update we heard was Sunday. He was doing better than expected,. and doctors reduced his sedatives.
Dawson responded to his wife and moved his fingers and toes. He was supposed to be evaluated for surgery on his legs yesterday. Dawson is a 5-year veteran at Lubbock Fire Rescue, stationed at 2A. Lubbock Fire Rescue's asked you to keep him and his family in your thoughts.
If you want to contribute to support the families of these first responders. the Lubbock professional police association has created a memorial shirt. It's the only one approved by the city, the LPPA and the Lubbock Professional Firefighters Association. They're $15 each and all proceeds will go to the three families. They aren't available just yet. The first public shipment is expected Wednesday, with more orders expected to meet demand. we'll let you know where they will be sold once available.
Grief help is available
Experiencing the death of a loved one can have long-lasting effects, and public servants, families and friends are still reeling from the deaths of the two first responders. Some counselors say everyone grieves differently, and anyone affected by Saturday's wreck may need to seek help.
90-day suspension for Level nightclub in wake of deadly shootings
The TABC has issued an emergency 90-day suspension for Level nightclub's permits, after it initial investigation shows the business was threatening public safety. The suspension comes after a deadly shooting early New Year's Day that left two young men dead. Community activists are applauding the TABC and are calling for a permanent shutdown. A new group of concerned citizens called the Hub City Guardians is also trying to address the root cause of teen violence. There are also plans for a town hall meeting, although a date has not been set.
Lubbock man accused of covering up a death
A suspect who is jailed is now accused of covering up the death of a man Friday night. Investigators say Calvin Brown Jr told them he shot and killed 67-year-old Ronald Sepeda, in self defense. Brown charged with tampering with a corpse, a second degree felony. He faces up to 20 years in prison for the crime. Police report Brown said he'd gotten into a fight with the victim, then shot Sepeda to protect himself. Investigators now say brown confessed to using cleaning chemicals to conceal Sepeda's death, and moved his body to the cellar outside his home near 25th and N, before calling the cops. Brown is held on $100,000 bond. Investigators still asking for tips in Sepeda's death. If you know anything about this case, you're asked to call Detective Fielding at 806-549-8043.
Democratic Presidential debate tonight on CNN
Six presidential candidates take the stage today at the CNN - Des Moines Register Democratic Presidential Debate in Iowa. This is the last face-to-face meeting of the hopefuls prior to the Hawkeye State's all-important caucuses. Fireworks already sparking and the six democratic presidential candidates haven't even taken the stage yet. Senator Elizabeth Warren says Bernie Sanders told her in 2018 that a woman couldn't win the White House. The debate starts at 8 pm, CT on CNN. Candidates needed to reach polling and fundraising minimums to make it to the stage.
Burrow, LSU cap magical season, beat Clemson 42-25 for title
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Joe Burrow threw five touchdown passes, ran for another score and capped one of the greatest seasons in college football history by leading No. 1 LSU to a 42-25 victory against No. 3 Clemson Monday night to win the national championship. The small-town Ohio kid turned Louisiana legend delivered the Tigers their first national title since 2007 and fourth overall, breaking a few more records along the way. The five TD passes and 463 yards passing set records for a College Football Playoff title game as did his six total touchdowns.
The Energy Department has agreed to turn over its documents related to Ukraine.
They include communications by former Secretary Rick Perry and his chief of staff, which should be released in early February. A second batch of documents, to be produced in March, will include communications by President Trump's private attorney, Rudy Giuliani. That's according to an agreement the department struck with the watchdog group "American Oversight."
The group sued for those documents three months ago under the Freedom of Information Act. Until now, the department has been refusing to turn over the Ukraine documents, even when they were subpoenaed during the house impeachment inquiry. Meanwhile, Giuliani has reportedly been pushing to join the legal team heading up President Trump's impeachment defense in the senate. Giuliani says he knows the case inside-out.
The White House isn't commenting but Giuliani is telling reporters he would love to try the case. But sources say they don't see that happening considering Trump has been advised against it. Giuliani's dealings with Ukraine are a key part of the case itself.
Governor Abbott awarded the state's highest civilian honor to the man who killed a gunman at a North Texas church
The shooting happened a few weeks ago. Jack Wilson does volunteer security for West Freeway Church of Christ. On December 29th, it took just seconds for him to pull out his own gun and fire the shot that took down the attacker who had killed two church members.
Governor Abbott presented Wilson with the medal of courage. 64-year old Anton Wallace from Fort Worth, and 67-year-old Richard White from River Oaks were the two victims in the attack.
Look Around Lubbock: Code Ninjas
Meredith Aldis is with these kids as they learn how to code through a game-based curriculum. It's a skills path from white to black belt. They say it could turn into a well-paying career.