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Cloudy and chilly day with the high near 47
Slight chance for light rain later this afternoon mainly in our southern counties, then spreads northward tonight as temperatures drop below freezing a chance for light wintry mix. Some light snow and freezing drizzle may lead to light icing on higher elevation surfaces. Low near 28 with the wind becoming breezy in the early morning and through Thursday from the northeast. A colder day with highs in the 30s and low 40s with a cloudy sky.
Closing arguments will begin today in the trial of Madison Rodriguez
She's accused of assaulting her child and contributing to his death in 2015. On Tuesday, the defense pointed the finger at ex-boyfriend Dylan Flournoy who served as the baby's step-father. Flournoy admitted to detectives to the child becoming injured while under his care, but claims they were all accidents. A medical examiner said the baby's death was likely the result of a forceful throw. According to police reports, Rodriguez angrily threw her baby boy down on the ground days before his death. Closing arguments will begin today in the trial of Madison Rodriguez. She's accused of assaulting her child and contributing to his death in 2015. On Tuesday, the defense pointed the finger at ex-boyfriend Dylan Flournoy who served as the baby's step-father. Flournoy admitted to detectives to the child becoming injured while under his care, but claims they were all accidents. A medical examiner said the baby's death was likely the result of a forceful throw. According to police reports, Rodriguez angrily threw her baby boy down on the ground days before his death.
The trial's underway for a man accused of murder
Ivan Fierro is charged with the death of 49-year-old Robert Dendy. Prosecutors say Fierro was part of a burglary at Dendy's neighbor's house near Auburn and North Toledo last July. Detectives report two other people in the group intended to steal a safe with drugs, money, and an AR15 from the home. Dendy confronted them in the alley with his gun. Police say a teen shot Dendy, square in the chest. He died at the hospital. If convicted Fierro faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.
The Lubbock grand jury has indicted a man for child molestation
Curtis Williams is accused of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Court records show he forcefully touched a young girl last month. It's a first degree felony, so if convicted, Williams faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.
A man wanted out of Terry County for indecency with a child is jailed
Victor Martinez Jr. is accused of the incident in 2017. He was indicted in 2018, but wasn't arrested. Lubbock police pulled him over for having an expired registration. If he's convicted of the second degree felony, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
Boy Scouts local chapters: operations in Lubbock won't be affected by the bankruptcy
The local chapters are reassuring parents following the announcement by the Boy Scouts that the organization is filing for bankruptcy. It's the first step toward dealing with the barrage of sexual abuse lawsuits that have piled up against it. The organization is urging victims to come forward, and is planning to create a huge compensation fund for thousands of men who were molested as youngsters decades ago. It could top $1B. The South Plains Council emphasizes this bankruptcy will not affect its operations here. It operates separately and will still hold camp, go on excursions, and hold its nightly meetings for all scout ranks. The South Plains Council reports all of the money it raises stays here in our area and does not go to the national organization.
The Lubbock Habitat for Humanity will build three homes in 10 days
It's part of a partnership with blitz home builders to help habitat move forward with its building plans. The Lubbock affiliate currently builds four to six houses a year. The "blitz build" will kick off labor day weekend in September. Blitz home builders have traveled across the U.S. for more than 20 years, with builders looking forward to being in West Texas. This is the first blitz build that Lubbock Habitat for Humanity has conducted in more than a decade.
The Texas Presidential Primary happens Super Tuesday, March 3rd, but early voting is underway
Texas is traditionally red but democrat candidates aren't taking it for granted. Demographics are shifting in the state. More liberals are re-locating to Texas from places like California. Analysts say Trump will likely win Texas. But in the event it's a competitive race, spending time and resources here is not something his campaign would want to do.
President Trump grants pardons and shortens prison sentences for multiple high-profile figures
Rod Blagojevich is now a free man. The former Illinois governor arrived home in Chicago after spending nearly eight years behind bars. On Tuesday, the democrat's 14-year prison sentence was cut short thanks to a clemency grant from President Trump. Among other crimes, Blagojevich was found guilty of trying to sell off the senate seat once held by Barack Obama. He was convicted back in 2011, just months after competing on the president's reality show "celebrity apprentice." Blagojevich is one of 11 convicts the president issued pardons or commutations to. Among those pardoned, former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr.,former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik and financier Michael Milken. Alice Marie Johnson's life sentence was cut short back in 2018 after her case caught Kim Kardashian's attention. She was convicted in 1996 for her involvement in a Memphis cocaine trafficking organization and sentenced to life in prison. Those granted pardons will now have their convictions wiped clean, while those like Blagojevich with commutations will still have their crimes on record.
Look Around Lubbock: Lubbock Christian student’s art
Meredith Aldis is getting a preview of Matthew Montanez's artwork. He will have it displayed at the state capital. She'll meet with him, his classmates & his art teacher.
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