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More sunshine today, highs in the 40s
Some freezing patchy fog this morning for parts of the area, otherwise the precipitation has cleared east overnight. Wet roads and freezing temperatures left with slick roads this morning. Give extra time for your commute and drive slow. More sunshine today with a breezy west-northwest wind 12-22 mph, high near 48. 40s and low 50s to end this work week, milder this weekend.
Lubbock police arrested a man in another man's death
Hector Lopez is charged with killing Leroy Gonzales. Police say he beat Gonzales and left him in the victim's back yard near 23rd and Avenue V on January 26th. Gonzales died at the hospital the next day. Lopez is charged with criminally negligent homicide. That's a state jail felony. If convicted, he would serve up to two years in prison and faces up to a $10,000 fine.Lubbock police arrested a suspect for a man's death. Hector Lopez is charged with killing Leroy Gonzales. Police say he beat Gonzales and left him in the victim's back yard near 23rd and Avenue V on January 26th. Gonzales died at the hospital the next day. Lopez is charged with criminally negligent homicide. That's a state jail felony. If convicted, he would serve up to two years in prison and faces up to a $10,000 fine.
Man indicted for deadly shooting last month at Hotel Ava
Gilbert Cardona III is charged with the murder of Joshua Gomez. Police say Cardona attacked the victim near the front entrance to Hotel Ava. Court records indicate Cardona confessed to the shooting but said he did it in self-defense. He said 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.
Trial underway for mom accused in baby son's death
The state stacking its evidence against the Lubbock mother accused of causing the death of her one-year-old son. Madison Rodriguez's infant son died June 15th 2015. The prosecution called on several witnesses including the first police and paramedics on the scene. The state also admitted hundreds of crime scene photos. A final piece of evidence introduced: an audio recording of Rodriguez's testimony to LPD the day her son died. Nine days after that statement was given, Rodriguez also told police she forcibly threw her son to the ground during an argument with her boyfriend. This was a few days prior to the child's death, according to police reports. If convicted, of aggravated assault, Rodriguez could face anywhere from probation to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Man on trial for shooting girlfriend in fight
Courtney Dobbins is on trial, accused of shooting his girlfriend at the time, after a fight. Prosecutors say Dobbins beat her with a handgun to get his point across. The state claims he fired the gun, grazing her neck. Since then, prosecutors suggested the victim thought about not pressing charges. The defense concedes there was a fight but claims these cases are complicated. Dobbins' attorney said the victim knew she would lose her kids based on her CPS record. If convicted of second degree aggravated assault, Dobbins faces up to 20 years in prison with the possibility for parole.
Texas AG requests holding off on liquidating Reagor Dykes
The office opposes two motions to convert the cases to chapter seven, set to be heard today. In its filing, the AG's office states the auto group has worked diligently to resolve tax, title, and license issues. There are still about 100 customers who haven't received their titles. And the estate is working on a settlement. The office specifically names Rick Dykes, saying he's close to resolving the last of those cases.The AG's office writes approving liquidation tomorrow would hurt those customers. The state wants completion of a deal that would have Dykes put up money to fund someone working on behalf of the customers. Attorneys promise more details tomorrow. The estate has lost its most recent investor making its latest restructuring plan less viable. Vista Bank, First Capital bank and the Department of Justice have all asked Judge Robert Jones to convert the case into government controlled liquidation.
Results are in for the first in the nation primary
Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire’s presidential primary election last night, narrowly edging moderate rival Pete Buttigieg and scoring the first clear victory in the democratic party’s chaotic 2020 nomination fight. In his win, the 78-year-old Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, beat back a strong challenger from the 38-year-old former midwestern mayor, two men representing different generations and wings of their party. "This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” Sanders declared. Sen. Amy Klobuchar finished a strong third, giving her campaign an unexpected boost, while Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden finished way behind.
Almost all the migrants arriving at the southern border can not enter the U.S legally
It's because of a series of policies implemented by the Trump administration over the past several months. Acting customs and border protection commissioner Mark Morgan says nearly 95% of people who cross the border do so illegally. One example of recent policy is the "remain in Mexico" rule,which has kept tens of thousands of migrants in Mexico to await their immigration proceedings. Such migrants used to be allowed to remain in the U.S. legally while waiting for hearings. New asylum agreements with central American countries also allow the U.S. to send migrants seeking asylum to those nations. Morgan says anyone caught crossing the border illegally will be removed and returned.
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