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Clouds clearing, highs in the 40s
Cloudy morning with areas of patch freezing fog possible, then clearing through the morning/early afternoon. High near 49, southerly wind 10-15mph. Where we are chilly again today, temperatures quickly climb this weekend. 60s Saturday, 70s Sunday and Monday, but winter returns after that with a possible chance for rain & snow.
First Capital responds to fraud claims
Reps for First Capital Bank say they did not participate in any fraud with Reagor Dykes. The bank issued the statement in response to Reagor Dykes attorneys' making the claim that the bank's CEO worked with former Reagor Dykes CFO Shane Smith to cover up the check kiting scheme that was part of the company's downfall. Smith is awaiting sentencing on a federal charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Court filings show Vista Bank is willing to pay $7.5M, drop all its claims against Reagor Dykes and approve a new bankruptcy liquidation plan. But the bank denies any involvement with fraud.
First Texas confirmed case of coronavirus
Concerns are high after the CDC announced the first case of coronavirus was discovered in the state of Texas, but the state department of health says the risk of the disease spreading remains low. Texas is now the 6th state where a case of the Wuhan coronavirus has been identified in the U.S. The patient is in the middle of a 14-day federal quarantine at Lackland Air Base in San Antonio after evacuating from China.
Education is one of West Texas' strong assets
The "state of education" in our area is strong, according to one non profit focusing on it. "Raise Your Hand Texas" invited administrators to discuss developments at the state level. It focused on the future of public schools, after a historic 2019 session. Overall, lawmakers pumped billions of dollars into school finance and allowed across-the-board raises for educators. One requirement the legislature saddled administrators with is "board goals." Those are targets the board must set years ahead of time. Lubbock ISD Assistant Superintendent Doyle Vogler said his district's biggest gain was in full day pre-k. He said that will allow the district to better support its at-risk students and families living in poverty.
Man who shot his girlfriend sentenced to 27 years
A jury convicted Courtney Dobbins of shooting his ex-girlfriend last February. The two of them got into a fight and while beating her, Dobbins shot Alexis Hernandez, grazing her neck. Aggravated assault is a second degree felony but with the "deadly weapon" enhancement, a judge gave him a heavier sentence. After serving half of it, Dobbins will be eligible for parole.
20 years for Lubbock man who pleaded guilty to 2017 murder
Daniel Rangel shot and killed 20-year-old Isaias Rodriguez. Rangel got into a fight with Rodriguez and at least three other men in an alley near Akron and Amherst. Rangel then pulled a gun and shot Rodriguez in the chest. He's already ready serving 20 years on an aggravated assault charge and will serve his murder sentence at the same time. Rangel must serve at least 10 years for the murder charge before he's eligible for parole.
Defense takes a turn in baby's death case
In the trial for the woman accused of assaulting her child, leading to his death, it's the defense's turn today. Madison Rodriguez is accused of aggravated assault for throwing her one year old on the floor. Yesterday afternoon, the state called more detectives to the stand. One testified, saying on the day of the child's funeral, Rodriguez didn't seem to care. He said that it seemed like Rodriguez's boyfriend at the time cared more about the child than she did. He's referring to Charles "Dylan" Flournoy. He's awaiting trial for injury to a child, related to the case. Police arrested him at the same time they charged Rodriguez. He's back in jail after he was arrested late last year for domestic violence and public intoxication.
Reward offered to catch robbers
Lubbock police offering $1000 for tips that help arrest the robbers that hit a stripes near 4th and Q on the third. Several people went into the store and bought something - to case the place. They met in a parking lot nearby with someone else inside a pick-up. A few minutes later, while an employee was emptying safes, a man stormed the store. He grabbed the basket the clerk was putting cash into and when he saw there was more money in the safe he pushed the 71-year-old employee down. He took more money out of the safe, then ran. He got away in the pick-up. Everyone involved is wanted for aggravated robbery. The only description we have is for the guy who attacked the employee: he's black, between 5'8" and 5'10'' with a thin build, about 160 pounds. If you can name anyone involved, call crimeline to get the money. You will remain anonymous.
License suspended for Lemesa doctor
A Lamesa doctor's license temporarily suspended after police say he was walking around the ER belligerent and in only his underwear. Doctor Rafael Garcia was arrested for public intoxication. He was the on-call doctor in the medical arts hospital's emergency room at the time of the arrest. Dr. Garcia was previously convicted of a DWI that was reported to the Texas Medical Board. The suspension remains in place until the board takes further action.
Two democrats challenge Rep. Burrows
Two democrats facing off in the primary next month are running to unseat republican Dustin Burrows to be state rep for District 83. James Barrick and Addison Perry Franks debated last night. Perry Franks owns a small tech business in Snyder. She cites public education as a pillar in her campaign. Barrick is a retired Texas Tech geology professor. They discussed HB3, the school finance reform bill. Burrows is running unopposed for the republican nomination. Early voting for the primaries starts Tuesday. State-wide voting is Super Tuesday, March 3rd.
Look Around Lubbock: Valentine’s Day at Market Street
Meredith Aldis is giving us a look at all the options for gifts today including flowers, chocolate covered strawberries, and some healthier sweet options.
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