Good Day Lubbock: Wednesday, May 13 - FOX34 Lubbock

Good Day Lubbock: Wednesday, May 13

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Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.  

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Highs in the 80's with winds 12-22 mph

Another morning with a Dense Fog Advisory for parts of our area until 10am. Could be hard to travel with reduced visibility, so give extra time and drive slower than you normally would with clear visibility. A active afternoon expected with storms likely developing along the dryline. These have the potential to become severe with large hail, high wind gusts, with a possible tornado. Stay weather aware as these storms could quickly become severe. High near 89 with a breezy southerly wind 12-22mph. Storms clear east tonight, then mostly sunny with highs in the low 90s Thursday.

The city council held its first work session and regular meeting at Citizens Tower

Council members approved accepting a grant for more than $600,000 to support the police department. It's justice department money and will go toward personal protective equipment, remote working, and overtime. That equipment... Is discarded each time an officer interacts with someone else, so each officer goes through multiple sets a day.

The City of Lubbock confirmed seven new cases of coronavirus yesterday

That brings the city's total to 605 since testing began in March. 227 cases are active. Currently 15 people are hospitalized with confirmed cases of the illness. The city now has more than 100 more recoveries than active cases. The city also reports 14 more people have recovered from the virus. Click here for more details.
One of the drive-though testing sites in town is changing its hours.  Starting Friday, the site at the Walmart near 114th and Quaker will be open from 7 am to 9 am Monday, Wednesday and Friday. All tests must be by appointment. Anyone getting tested must wear a mask and stay in their car. For more information on how to make an appointment or to find out if you qualify to be tested check here.


The city health department's 20-member contact tracing team is working around the clock to identify and prevent new COVID-19 cases

It's tedious work, that involves a lot of questioning and even some detective work to get in contact with people who may have been directly exposed. 85 positive cases have been identified out of 860 individuals monitored by the team, so far. As the state continues to take steps to re-open, the team may be expanding soon, because the workload is expected to increase.

We now know the name of a man killed in West Lubbock early yesterday morning

Court records show 23-year-old Walter Harper was at his girlfriend's apartment near 50th and Bangor when another man she was seeing showed up. Investigators say Harper opened the door for Christopher Carmona, who was drunk at the time. They reportedly got into a fight over the woman, and when Harper tried to leave, that's when police say Carmona pulled out a glock and started shooting at Harper, hitting him. Police arrested Carmona at the same apartment. He's charged with murder. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole. More details on the case here.


The Lubbock grand jury has indicted a murder defendant, for a related burglary

Casey Owens is out of jail on more than $500,000 bond. He's charged with murdering an ex girlfriend's new boyfriend, back in 2017 in southwest Lubbock. Owens was in jail until the past week, awaiting trial for Landon Terry's murder. His family gathered up enough money to pay off his bond for that charge, so Lubbock County's DA stacked the burglary charge. Owens attorney asked for a reduction on his bond, since the family couldn't afford the new one. Judge William Eichman granted the reduction. Owens is on house arrest in Shallowater with an ankle monitor. If convicted for Terry's murder, he faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.

The men who shot Ahmaud Arbery in south Georgia said they were following him because of a reported break-in at a nearby construction site

But the man who owns that site says he didn't know about the incident before the shooting. A surveillance video from the house under construction appears to show Arbery entering and looking around, but not touching anything before walking away. A neighbor had called 9-1-1 to report the incident but Larry English says he had nothing to do with it. English's attorney says by the time he saw the video, Arbery was already killed. Greg and Travis McMichael were arrested for Arbery's murder by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation more than two months after the shooting. 

Look Around Lubbock:  Chamber of Commerce Keeping Businesses Connected Webinar Series #5

Meredith Aldis features our local businesses and an in-depth look at how their servicing the community while upholding the federal, state, and local orders during the coronavirus pandemic. Today, we get tips for local businesses from All Flowered Up Too, Main Event Lubbock, & Texas Farm Bureau Insurance. Each speaker will share what their company is doing to stay connected with its customer base while sharing tips and ideas for how attendees can do the same.

Do you know someone celebrating a birthday? Let us know, so we can announce it on-air around 6:55 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. e-mail birthdays@fox34.com.

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