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Winter Weather Advisory in place until 6am Wednesday
There's a chance of freezing rain, sleet, and periods of snow all possible. This will lead to slick conditions on roads through the day. Drive more slowly than the posted speed limit and keep extra distance between vehicles while driving. Temperatures stay in the low 30s today with a breezy northeast wind 10-20 mph making it feel colder.
Trial begins for Lubbock mom accused of abusing young son
Today, opening statements are expected to be heard in a trial revolving around the death of a child. 23-year-old Madison Rodriguez was initially charged with intentionally causing serious bodily injury to her 1-year-old son in July 2015 then later in October of that year she was charged with capital murder. But the state has switched gears and a grand jury indicted Rodriguez for aggravated assault last month instead. According to police reports, Rodriguez admitted to forcibly throwing her infant on the ground, a few days before he died from head trauma. Her boyfriend at the time, Charles Flournoy, was also charged for reported child abuse. His case is still pending. An aggravated assault can carry a punishment of probation to life behind bars with possible parole.
Trial underway for man accused of attacking ex
Courtney Dobbins is accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend in her home last February. Police said the shot struck her in the neck and upper back but she's ok. It was originally considered reckless discharge. Dobbins fled to Odessa, where Ector County deputies arrested him. Aggravated assault is a second degree felony. He faces up to 20 years in prison with the possibility for parole if he's convicted.
Max sentence for Clovis man
A man from Clovis will spend nearly two decades in prison for threatening two men with a large knife last May. Lucio Torres also tried fighting off the police during his arrest, and had drugs on him when they finally got him. Torres told the judge he didn't deserve 20 years for being high. Judge Matthew Chandler disagrees, citing Torres' criminal history dating back to an attempted murder conviction in 1996. Judge Chandler said he's afraid Torres will kill someone, and hit him with the max sentence: 19 years. Torres has to serve 85% of that before he's eligible for parole.
Partnership between LPD and Dallas Police
The city of Dallas wants to share some grant money with Lubbock police to fight child solicitation and child pornography. It's part of the justice department's "Internet Crimes Against Children" program. As part of the partnership with Dallas Police, LPD can bill Dallas for up to $22,000. It covers expenses, and can partially fund an investigator, specifically tasked with solving and preventing those crimes. City council's expected to approve the deal today.
Former Crosbyton ISD employee turned herself in for improper relationship with student
Zailly Almarez quit her district job last week and investigators issued a warrant for her. She was not a teacher. No other details are available. Having an improper relationship with a student is a second degree felony. Almarez faces up to 20 years in prison.
Samples to be brought back to handle criminal cases
A rep from the Lubbock County Medical Examiner will travel to San Diego to retrieve material and samples for cases here. This is part of an agreement the office signed with NAAG Pathology Labs in October. That's the company that was previously in charge of the ME's office. The administrator will transport tissues and records. It's intended to allow criminal cases to proceed in the courts. A couple of high-profile lawsuits last year claimed NAAG had mishandled remains and harvested them for research. NAAG chose to end its contract, citing personal and political agendas made it difficult to work here. Dr John Lang, the new M.E. said the office made great progress in closing investigations before the end of the year.
Renaming the outer loop
By just renaming a couple things, Lubbock and Lubbock County can bring in more money for the outer loop project. Instead of calling it "Loop 88," the outer loop connecting Highway 84 from Slaton to Shallowater will be called "Highway 84 Bypass." The strip that runs through Lubbock, will instead be "Business 84." That'll include the Slaton Highway, Avenue Q, and Clovis road. That may also help widen those roads. and reduce congestion eventually. The "outer loop" itself is a 20-year project. The county commissioners approved the decision yesterday. City council's expected to green light it at today's meeting.
"555" program may save lives
The family of Fire Lieutenant Eric Hill wants to carry on his legacy. He was one of the Lubbock first responders killed in a crash last month. They're forming the "555" program which is asking you to leave 5 minutes early, slow down 5 miles an hour below the speed limit, and hug 5 people you love every day.
Look Around Lubbock: Science Spectrum
Meredith Aldis gives us a preview of the Children’s Business Expo on Saturday. There's a local market where the vendors are all child entrepreneurs (6-18 years old). It features different products & services. There's also a Puzzle Jamboree on Saturday where visitors compete to see who can put together a puzzle the fastest. It's also a date night idea.
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