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Chilly day, highs in the 40s, mostly sunny
Another cold morning followed by a chilly afternoon. Possible areas of patchy freezing fog with the low near 25. Ending this work week with sunshine and a light breeze 10-18 mph from the south, high near 53. Temperatures climb to near 70 through the weekend!
Reagor Dykes has another month to figure a way out
A new settlement with Vista Bank has brought some hope. Before a potential "make or break" hearing yesterday, the bank announced a plan to pay $7.5M to the estate. Vista still denies it was part of massive fraud at the auto group, but agrees to pay the money and end all its claims in the bankruptcy estate. This motion still needs the court's approval. There are still 108 consumer issues outstanding. And yet another development: new filings show a New Orleans-based auto group wants to buy Spike Dykes Ford in Lamesa. Premier Automotive would buy the dealership for $1M. The filing states the group does not yet have approval from Ford, but expects it in the next month. The bankruptcy judge would have to approve this deal. And there are other terms that must be cleared for the sale, including purchase of the real estate. Technically, many Reagor-Dykes locations have been in business since summer of 2018. But in reality they've sat dormant with few or no sales while the bankruptcy case has crawled along.
Police: Mother of dead baby referred to him in the past tense before being told he died
Yesterday was day 3 of the trial for a mother accused of injuring her infant son, causing his death. Former LPD detective John House testified something seemed suspicious about Madison Rodriguez's behavior during that initial interview. The prosecution claimed Rodriguez had only cried for four-and-a-half minutes after she was informed about her one-year-old's death, and referred to him in the past tense before she knew he had died. Her defense lawyer called into question the officers' training and claimed they intimidated the witness who was 18 years old at the time. Rodriguez is facing charges of aggravated assault. If convicted, she faces up to life in prison.
25-year sentence for Lubbock man in murder case
Raynaldo Enriquez will serve 25 years in prison after confessing to the murder of a man in 2017. He pleads guilty to shooting and killing Gabriel Salazar in January of 2017. Police found Salazar's body in the parking lot of the carriage house inn and suites. They say he was shot, stabbed, and beaten with a bat by Enriquez and Geneva Leal. Leal is also charged with Salazar's murder. Enriquez has to serve half his sentence before being eligible for parole.
Testimony in case of man accused of shooting girlfriend
Jurors heard from the Ector County deputy who arrested a man reportedly fleeing to the Permian Basin after shooting his girlfriend. Courtney Dobbins is accused of wounding Alexa Hernandez. A deputy tracked down Dobbins after he skipped town to Odessa. The deputy pulled Dobbins over, reporting finding a pistol in his car. Hernandez was brought in to verify Dobbins didn't directly instruct her to plead the fifth. A surgeon testified there was a severe gunshot to Hernandez's neck and it wasn't self-inflicted. She also said while being treated, Hernandez told her multiple times Dobbins shot and beat her. If convicted, Dobbins faces up to 20 years in prison with the possibility of parole.
Man with overturned murder conviction may go back to prison
Lubbock's DA wants the state to put a man previously convicted of capital murder back in prison. Thomas Dixon has been out on bond for more than a year. He was convicted of hiring a hitman to kill a romantic rival back in 2012. A judge sentenced Dixon to life without parole, but the Seventh Court of Appeals ruled some of the state's evidence was improperly gathered and overturned the conviction. That allowed Dixon to appeal for a new trial and get out on bond. The state's highest criminal court reinstated the conviction and sentence but remanded the case back to the seventh court of appeals for more review. Now the state's arguing that - citing a statute showing a defendant sentenced to ten or more years after conviction of a felony doesn't automatically get that benefit.
Health officials: Americans should be wary of coronavirus
A CDC official says the coronavirus could gain a foothold in the U.S. The director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said while most cases of the virus are in China, the U.S. should be prepared for it to increase here. Right now there are 13 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S. The CDC is taking steps to help prevent its possible spread and prepare if there is an outbreak. That will require the government, the public health system, and communities to work together. That includes making sure there are enough supplies, such as face masks.
Record debt for American households
Americans are in debt more now than ever before, but some of that debt comes from new homeowners. Interest rates for mortgages dipped below 4% in 2019, making it more affordable to buy a home. But when it comes to spending, U.S households are putting more on credit. The federal reserve says total household debt set a new record of $14 trillion for Americans. That's more debt than 2008 when the U.S. was on the verge of a recession.
"First Bank and Trust" merges with Aimbank
The parent company for First Bank and Trust, Heartland Financial, is acquiring the parent company of Aim Bank, Aim Bancshares. The combined bank will operate under the First Bank and Trust brand. The merger will create heartland's largest bank subsidiary with almost $3B in assets and 33 banking centers. First Bank CEO Barry Orr says for Aim customers, it should be business as usual for the next six months with a conversion to FBT later this year. The merger is expected to close early in the third quarter of this year with a systems conversion planned for the fourth quarter.
Your morning coffee could help strengthen your bones
A study published in the the journal of clinical endocrinology & metabolism studies hundreds of people and found those who drank coffee daily had better bone density than non-coffee drinkers. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic say while there have been conflicting studies when it comes to bone health, it shouldn't be too major of a concern for regular coffee drinkers.
Look Around Lubbock: Lubbock ISD Elementary Ground Breaking
Meredith Aldis is giving us a look at what this means for the community and the school district.
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