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Cold start to the day, temps to reach 46
Frigid temperatures this morning with the wind still breezy, wind chills in the single digit and lower double digits. You will need the jacket before heading out as the high will only be near 46 with the wind calming after lunch. Not as cold, but still cold tonight with the low near 26. Sunshine for the rest of the week with milder temperatures as highs climb to the upper 50s and lower 60s. Then 70s with strong wind returning this weekend.
A warning from the CDC to Americans about the Coronavirus
In blunt terms, officials are saying it's not a matter of if, but when the deadly virus will spread here and that we should be prepared for disruptions to everyday life including school closings and people working from home. But the Trump administration is downplaying the potential pandemic, saying it's under control. There's a request for $2.5B to fight the outbreak. The funding will help develop vaccines and therapies, as well as provide supplies such as surgical masks. President Trump is defending his administration's response to the outbreak, tweeting, in part: "Several companies are working to develop a vaccine for the virus...and the first clinical trial of a possible treatment is now underway in the U.S."
New details from police on how they tracked down a bank robbery suspect
Police identified Matthew Courtney as the man who robbed the City Bank branch at University and Glenna Goodacre. Investigators say he handed the clerk a hand-written note demanding money. She gave it to him. Then, investigators say, Courtney ran out and got into a getaway car. Investigators say they found one of Courtney's fingerprints on the note he gave the teller. He's held on a $100,000 bond and will likely face federal and state charges.
The fire marshal's office is searching for whoever started a fire in Rodgers park last night
That's near the Maggie Trejo Super Center. An employee told investigators they saw three juveniles running from the scene. Crews were able to contain the fire before it spread to the building. No one was hurt. If you know who set it, we have the number to call in the FOX34 news app.
A grand jury indicted a man accused of starting a fire at the Copper Caboose last June
A police report shows employees at the bar kicked Andres Guevara out for trying to start fights. They say he then started a fire in the back of the building in retaliation. Security footage shows Guevara driving behind the bar multiple times in his work truck. Then, 45 minutes later, he returned in a white car. The fire can be seen on that footage, just minutes after he drove off. He's held on a $5,000 bond. If convicted, Guevara faces up to two years in prison.
Grand jurors indicted a murderer for breaking his parole and trying to hide drugs
The Texas Anti Gang Unit stopped Miner Thompson on the 6th for a traffic violation. Investigators say he identified as a member of the "Bloods" gang. When deputies ran his ID, it showed a parole violation for that murder conviction. He told deputies he'd just gotten out after 21 years in prison. When the deputies tried to get him out of the car, they say he fought with them and tried to kick a baggie of cocaine out of sight. If convicted of breaking his parole, Thompson will be taken back to finish out his original sentence.
Sex assault indictments:
The grand jury true-billed a man for taking in a young runaway and having sex with her. David Lawrence was indicted for aggravated sexual assault of a child. Court records show the girl ran away from home and went to stay with Lawrence, because he offered to buy her things and take care of her. The child, younger than 14, told police she consented to having sex with Lawrence several times during the week she stayed with him. Lawrence is charged with a first degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.
The grand jury also indicted a man for having sex with two teenagers. Court records show 21-year-old Dillan Smith got one accuser drunk at a party and enticed the other using Snapchat. Both girls told the Children's Advocacy Center they felt pressured to consenting sex with him. Smith faces two felony charges of sexually assaulting a child and up to 20 years in prison for each if he's convicted.
Dante Lemons indicted, accused of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Investigators report Lemons knew the girl was underage and unable to give true consent. If convicted of that first degree felony, Lemons faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.
Survivors of sex trafficking now may have a second chance
It's part of a state effort to end the cycle of abuse and associated crime. Governor Abbott established a new customized clemency application last Thursday, that could lead to a full pardon for crimes committed by persona while under the influence of a trafficker or an abusive partner. According to the National Survivors Network, 90% of people who are trafficked have been arrested. Often they will do things just to survive, and even when they escape, it becomes a burden. The application will be reviewed by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, before clemency is granted by the state.
Doctors say vaping a dangerous yet desirable habit among our kids
To help fight it, a Lubbock oral surgeon is campaigning with "Project Save a Mouth" as part of National Children's Dental Health month, to teach kids and teens about the dangers of the habit. In addition to lung injuries, vaping can also lead to major dental problems. Dr. Robert Iopollo will take this new initiative into schools, to encourage students to refrain from the habit and sign the "Stop the Vape" pledge.
A pair of Floridians are asking a state court to remove Senator Bernie Sanders from Florida's March 17 primary ballot
A lawsuit filed in Leon County argues that Sanders is an Independent and not a Democrat, and therefore should not be allowed to appear on the Democratic ballot. Sanders is officially an Independent U.S. Senator from Vermont but caucuses with Democrats. He is now the front-runner among a dwindling field of Democratic White House hopefuls. Florida Democratic Party executive director Juan Peñalosa called the lawsuit “ridiculous.” Peñalosa said the state party had unanimously voted to place Sanders on the Florida ballot.
Look Around Lubbock: Black History Month Gala
Meredith Aldis gets a preview of the event on Saturday at Lubbock Garden & Arts Center from 5-7 p.m. She'll meet with the praise/African dancers who will be performing at the event.
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