Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
Warmer today, some slick spots remain, highs in upper 40s
Precipitation may have ended but some slick spots on the roads remain from water that froze overnight. It will be sunny through today with temperatures above freezing by noon, high near 47 with a westerly wind 10-18 mph. Dropping to the 20s tonight. Mostly sunny through the weekend with highs in the mid 50s, 60s Sunday ahead of another rust of cold air to start next week.
President Trump acquitted on both counts in the Senate
The senate voted to acquit President Trump on both impeachment charges. Just hours after the vote, several demonstrations began popping up in major cities across the country. After the final vote, majority leader Mitch McConnell blasted the democratic party, saying the impeachment trial was a failed political move. Senator Mitt Romney voted to impeach the president on the charge of abuse of power - the only republican to support removing him from office. And despite the impeachment trial, the president's popularity has reached an all-time high. The latest Gallup poll reveals his approval rating is at a personal best of 49%.
Silver Alert for 82-year-old New Mexico man Arthur Huse
Police in New Mexico are asking for your help finding a missing man.Rio Rancho police, north of Albuquerque, issued a silver alert for 82-year-old Arthur Huse. He's 6' tall, weighs about 180 pounds with gray hair and hazel eyes. His family last spoke to him on Monday on Nagoya Road. He mentioned he'd be traveling to Gallup and is believed to be in a 2002 maroon Honda CRV with the license plate KFF558. Please call 505.891.7226 with any information.
Mortgage-free home for widow of fallen officer
The family of one of the first responders killed last month in an icy weather wreck is being given a gift. Officer Nicholas Reyna's family is receiving a mortgage-free home. The Stephen Siller "Tunnel to Towers" foundation is named after a fallen 9-11 firefighter and honors first responders killed in the line of duty. Christina, Officer Reyna's widow, says the home will eliminate worry and stress for her and their daughter Catalina. The "Tunnel to Towers" foundation reports it will spend $250M on first responder families by the end of this year.
Mother and boyfriend charged in death of toddler
Two people in Levelland could face execution for the death of a two-year-old boy. The child's mother, Samantha Mathis and her boyfriend, Robert Garza Jr., are charged with capital murder. Police were called to Levelland Covenant emergency room this week where the child was unresponsive with severe bruising. Witnesses told investigators the couple assaulted and abused the child. The baby died at the hospital. The boy's four-year-old brother also showed signs of abuse, according to CPS. If convicted, Mathis and Garza face the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
Abernathy man charged with murder in death of wife
Randy Downs is accused of killing Linda Downs last weekend. Investigators found her body in a burned car near 7th St. and Avenue D. She was shot in the head and stabbed several times in the back and neck. Police say Randy Downs confessed to killing her, then trying to kill himself. If convicted, Downs faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.
Former Whitharral coach will have to register as a sex offender
A former coach at Whitharral High pleaded guilty to a federal crime related to having sex with a student. Gregory Flores admitted to using a phone to message the girl's name and address to a third party. Court records show the message started a sexual relationship. Flores faces up to five years in prison and a fine. He also has to register as a sex offender.
Dozens of human trafficking cases in Lubbock
More than 500 cases of human trafficking were reported in Texas in 2019, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. It's is one of the nation's fastest growing crimes, and it's happening here in Lubbock. Last year, Voice of Hope identified 60 new cases of human trafficking in Lubbock. That's up from the previous year. Governor Abbott encourages all Texans to learn more about the risks and signs of human trafficking and to do their part to help end these "horrific" crimes.
Man in CBP custody died
Customs and Border Patrol officials are not commenting about the death of a U.S. citizen in its custody. Officials say 32-year-old James Paul Markowitz was arrested as a suspect in an alien smuggling incident Tuesday afternoon. But they say he started showing signs of distress at a border patrol station in Brackettville, Texas. Border patrol agents gave him first aid, before he was rushed to the hospital. He died there about six hours after his arrest.
Accusations of poor treatment of detainees in CBP custody
The border patrol has been under scrutiny over the treatment of people in its custody. Relatives and advocates allege that a 5-year-old boy who fractured his skull in an accident and suffered bleeding around his brain is not being properly treated at an immigration detention center in Texas. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained the boy and his family in January, about a month after he fell out of a shopping cart. The mother and her children are being held at the family detention center in Dilley. Dr. Amy Cohen says the boy is sensitive to sound and suffers headaches. ICE says he was hospitalized on Tuesday and Wednesday “for additional evaluation and imaging to rule out any concerns."
Minors fingerprinted in ICE shelters
A senior ICE official says its officers are now fingerprinting migrant minors in shelters. According to ICE, the minors being fingerprinted are over the age of 14 and are not in ICE custody. Instead they under the care of the office of refugee resettlement. The job of ORR is to make sure that unaccompanied minors are kept safe. ICE argues that fingerprinting the children will help protect them. The agency has been criticized before for methods it uses to ID and monitor migrants. For instance, critics have said ICE's DNA collection policy raised serious privacy and civil liberties concerns.
International travelers being questioned amid coronavirus outbreak
People entering the U.S. may find themselves answering additional questions upon arrival. Customs and Border Protection officers are vetting international travelers to screen for potential exposure to the Wuhan coronavirus. They are complying with a presidential proclamation issued last week that suspends entry to most foreign nationals who have traveled to China in the last two weeks. Travelers can expect to be asked about recent travel and contact with people from certain areas. People coming to the U.S.through the eleven airports with a direct connection to china may face additional questions. Airlines are tasked with the end responsibility of denying travel to passengers that can't pass the CBP's benchmarks. At least one person has been denied entry into the U.S. since the proclamation. A Canadian citizen was turned away at the northern border Monday.
Look Around Lubbock: Business Expo
Meredith Aldis gives us a look at this event held by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. This year includes a new expo series: Business at its Best. There will be two seminars, each focusing on different techniques to strengthen your business. There'll be more than 170 exhibitions, ranging from "mom and pops" to larger businesses. The expo acts as a networking opportunity to get as many businesses under one roof. It will be at the Lubbock Civic Center from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets will be available at the door the day of the expo for $10.
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