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Partly sunny, chilly today with highs in 40s-50s
A chill in the air today with highs in the upper 40s and low 50s, though it will feel colder because of the northerly wind 12-22 mph. This wind will increase late today with the passage of another cold front wind speeds 20-28 mph with much colder air pushing in. Lows tonight in the teens and 20s, but it will feel like low double digits because of the wind. Partly sunny today with isolated shower possible, clouds clear tonight with sunshine but chilly still Wednesday.
Man arrested in City Bank robbery
Lubbock police arrested 48-year-old Matthew Courtney after the bank robbery at City Bank near Texas Tech. A man in a black parka walked in, went up to the teller and demanded money. Investigators haven't specified whether he showed a weapon or threatened the teller. The clerk gave him some money, and he walked out to a getaway car.Lubbock police arrested 48-year-old Matthew Courtney after the bank robbery at City Bank near Texas Tech. A man in a black parka walked in, went up to the teller and demanded money. Investigators haven't specified whether he showed a weapon or threatened the teller. The clerk gave him some money, and he walked out to a getaway car. Federal agents investigating a robbery at the Aim bank near 65th and Slide. It happened near close of business yesterday. Investigators haven't said whether Courtney is a suspect in that robbery or if the two crimes are related. It's the second bank robbery in Lubbock within a week.
Public's help sought in carjacking
Police need your help to find the person who car-jacked two people near E 4th and MLK yesterday. Someone got in their car, showed a gun, and ordered the person behind the wheel to drive. Later at 34th and Q, police say the carjacker shot the front seat passenger. The shooter then ordered the other person to drive again, leaving the victim in the roadway. That person is expected to survive. The shooter later jumped out and ran away. If you know anything about this, call crime line at 741-1000. you can remain anonymous.
Coronado Inn murder suspect arrested
A felon who did time for drugs and weapons charges is now in custody for the murder of Jawhan Jones at the Coronado Inn Thursday morning. A witness told police he and Jones were smoking crack cocaine when LaCharles Curtis drove up. A warrant shows when Jones got in the car to buy more drugs, Curtis tried to Rob Jones, then shot him three times. A witness identified Curtis and said they served time together in prison. Court records show Curtis gave police a similar timeline of what happened Thursday except he said someone else shot Jones. Police searched his home and found a revolver Curtis said was used in the murder. If convicted for Jones' murder, Curtis faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.
A man is dead after a crash near 73rd and Slide
Initial reports suggest it may be related to street racing. Police had to close down parts of Slide and 75th street to investigate right after school, slowing traffic near Irons and Whiteside. 69-year-old Howard Wright died at UMC. 19-year-old Xavier Montalvo is in the hospital with moderate injuries. Investigators haven't released any other details about the collision.
Mexican Mafia member accused in SWAT shooting
The man a Lubbock County SWAT team member shot in Levelland Saturday morning is a felon and a member of the Mexican Mafia. DPS provided the update on 61-year-old Samuel Garcia Garzez. He's still in critical condition, now in a Lubbock hospital. Multiple law enforcement agencies were trying to serve a warrant at his home. Investigators say as SWAT entered, he pointed a weapon at one of the SWAT members. A team member then shot Garzez. No law officer was hurt. The Texas Rangers are investigating which is standard protocol for the use of lethal force.
Peyton Wilson sentenced to 15 years in prison for pointing a gun at a SWAT member
The SWAT team was entering his home in November of 2016 as part of a fentanyl investigation. Wilson pointed a gun at Sergeant Chad Wurm, who then shot Wilson. Police told us then they believed the illegal distribution of this powerful drug was tied to about six overdose deaths within the three months prior. In 2018, Wilson pleaded guilty to distributing fentanyl. He was sentenced to about 10 years with the term to run concurrent with this latest sentencing.
A man's headed to prison for 40 years for the role he played in a murder
A jury convicted and sentenced Ivan Fierro for Robert Dendy's murder. The victim was shot and killed last summer defending a neighbor's home from burglars. When he confronted them, prosecutors say a teen shot him with a gun Fierro gave him. Assistant District Attorney Barron Slack said even though Fierro wasn't there, he knew every detail and had as much vision for the murder as anyone could have. Fierro's attorney promises an appeal. Kyi Baker, who testified against Fierro, is awaiting trial - also charged with murder. Court records show Baker confessed to the entire thing. Baker's arrest warrant shows the 14-year-old admitted he shot Dendy while Baker ran. If convicted, Baker faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.
Safety is the focus of Interstate 27 construction
If you've happened to be driving on I-27 recently, you may have noticed some major construction. According to TXDOT, it's all in the name of safety. The $34.3M project closed off inner lanes on the interstate, to install new concrete barriers. Last year, the Texas Transportation Commission granted $600M to help improve safety on the roads. This project will actually span 27 miles, all the way up to Plainview. The barriers to prevent the worst kind of accidents. According to TXDOT, 548 people died from head-on crashes in 2018. The entire project is expected to finish in fall 2021. But Lubbock County drivers will see those improvements much sooner.
Harvey Weinstein was convicted on sexual assault and rape charges against two women
The ruling is being hailed as a landmark "me too" moment. Steven Garcia, with Women's Protective Services, says society must do a better job of believing women when they come forward.
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