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Breezy today, highs in the lower 50s
Behind the cold front things will be drying out with less cloud cover through the afternoon. North wind will be a little breezy 10-18 mph making it feel colder, high near 52. A warmer weekend with highs in the 60s Saturday, then lower 70s Sunday. More strong wind and another big drop in highs next week.
Reagor Dykes Auto Group may be forced to liquidate
The chief investor in the re-organization plan dropped out. That's according to First Capital bank in a new filing. Henry Resources, an oil and gas company from Midland, had agreed last fall to sponsor the restructuring plan. It would've put up $13M to get the business running again. First Capital Bank reports "The Henry Group" has found the plan doesn't work and is no longer interested in moving forward. Without that sponsor, First Capital wants the Justice Department to take over and liquidate the Reagor Dykes estate to cover its debts. A hearing will be in two weeks.
The bankruptcy court has also scheduled a trial for Reagor Dykes v. Vista Bank. It regards the estate's fraud claims against the bank we told you about yesterday. This is a separate lawsuit filed *within* the bankruptcy case. The auto group's estate charges Vista with actively facilitating the massive fraud that led to the auto group's collapse. The bankruptcy estate's attorneys claim Vista nearly doubled its size in two years because it was willing to do things other banks wouldn't and coordinated with former Reagor Dykes CFO Shane Smith to do it. The filing also implicates Vista president John Steinmetz. Smith is awaiting sentencing on federal fraud charges. Vista Bank's legal team rejected the claims. That hearing is set for late July, nearly two years to the day since Reagor Dykes declared bankruptcy.
Red Raiders performing in the Super Bowl
The Hub City has some connections to the Super Bowl, other than Patrick Mahomes. The 49-ers also have some Tech grads on their side, both Kris Kocurek and Wes Welker now coach both the defensive line and wide receivers, respectively. Marquis Goodwin, a wide receiver on the 49-ers is not a Tech grad, but was born in Lubbock and still has family here,that will be cheering on the team this Sunday. No matter which team takes home the Super Bowl rings, a Red Raider is guaranteed to win.
Charges lessened for man accused of pointing gun at Lubbock officer
A jury has convicted a man of a lesser charge for pointing a gun at an officer during a drug raid. 29-year-old Peyton Wilson was originally charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, a first degree charge. Wilson was accused of pointing the weapon at a sergeant during a fentanyl investigation as his home. When Wilson reportedly confronted the team, an officer fired at Wilson, hitting him once. Wilson will be sentenced for aggravated assault, a second degree felony. Instead of life, he faces two to 20 years in prison.
Body of a soldier from Lubbock who died at Fort Bragg is now home
Private Second Class Caleb Smither graduated from Frenship just last year. He enlisted with the army last February and was assigned to the legendary 82nd Airborne Division. His celebration of life will be tomorrow morning at 10 at turning point community church. Private Smither was 19.
Long-time radio personality in Lubbock has died
Dee-Anne Rampy, better known as "Kelli D'Angelo"... had cancer. She started at KSEL in the late '70s and was once named one of the top personalities in the country. Her "wake up with the morning show" was carried in Dallas, Austin, Chicago, and San Francisco. She returned to Lubbock in 2000 and over the past couple decades was on Mix 100 and KLLL. You can celebrate her life today at 2:00 pm at the Lake Ridge Chapel. Instead of flowers you can contribute to UMC's Children's Miracle Network, the Haven Animal Shelter or the "Reach" community. Kelli D'Angelo... was 61.
Could be final days of impeachment trial
President Trump's impeachment trial could come to a quick end as it appears republicans have just enough votes to block witnesses. Democrats needed four republicans to side with them on this. Republican Susan Collins of Maine announced late yesterday she's a yes. In a statement she said this "would give each side the opportunity to more fully and fairly make their case." Senators Mitt Romney, and Lisa Murkowski were seen as republicans who could join her.
Coronavirus now considered a global emergency
The deadly coronavirus has now spread to more than a dozen countries prompting health officials to call it a global emergency. 213 people have died from the virus in China, with nearly 10,000 confirmed cases. The WHO cites its biggest worry as the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weak health systems. The state department raised its travel advisory to the highest level, warning Americans not to travel to China amid the growing outbreak. Several airlines around the world are now canceling flights to the country. Passengers arriving from China say the situation there is "quite serious." This comes on the same day the first case of person-to-person transmission was reported in America. However, health officials believe this does not change the risk to the general public. President trump echoing that sentiment, calling the problem in the U.S. very small at the moment. China now has more confirmed cases of this virus than it had of SARS. That's the respiratory illness that broke out back in 2002 and spread to more than 24 countries before it was contained.
Look Around Lubbock: Super Bowl party planning at Market Street
Meredith Aldis is showing us some of the party dips and dishes that will be easy to prepare for your Super Bowl party.
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