Funeral Services are scheduled for Jerry Don Haile, 63 of Levelland. Services are set for Wednesday, April 24th at 11:00 am in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. He passed away on Sunday, April 21st. Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Home.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Ernest Gaona, 60 of Levelland. Services are set for Tuesday, April 23rd at 2:00 pm in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Home.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Margarita Mendoza, 85 of Levelland. Services are set for 10:00 am on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019. Rosary services will be held on Monday, April 22nd, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. She passed away on Wednesday, April 17th. Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Home.
Hockley County Attorney Anna Hord has announced that all parties have agreed to abate or suspend the case to remove Constable for Precinct 5, Michael Lance Scott from office. The case is being abated pending resolution of all criminal cases, including three misdemeanor charges and two felony charges.
Upon resolution of the criminal cases, the plaintiff in the case will be required to file a motion to dismiss or a motion to continue the case.
Scott was indicted for stalking and abuse of official capacity in March. He was arrested for public intoxication and assault family violence in January and driving while intoxicated in November.
The City of Shallowater and University Medical Center have been in negotiations for 10 months on EMS Services. Shallowater currently pays for the services, and has asked UMC to take over paying for those services in full.
UMC has made two counter offers to the City of Shallowater, one of those involves the city paying UMC $120,000 for UMC to fully operate the service. Shallowater administration says that is close to what they are currently paying for staffing the service. The second proposal was to pay UMC $30,000 per year and they would in turn station a truck in Shallowater when a truck is available. The city of Shallowater says that option is not good for the residents. EMS Director Gary Vaughn says the Shallowater City Council has pushed UMC to cover service costs in full, adding that in 1975 when the Lubbock County Hospital District EMS was created, they were responsible to provide EMS Service to all cities in Lubbock County, that all began to change when UMC established their name in the early 2000’s.
UMC responded in a statement saying “UMC EMS will respond to calls in and around the community of Shallowater. When someone needs an ambulance, UMC EMS will respond.”
UMC has provided Shallowater’s emergency medical services with an ambulance, medical supplies, medication and medical gasses. Shallowater’s responsibility was to cover the costs associated with staffing the ambulance with qualified staff. Starting in 2002, UMC began providing stipend payments to Shallowater to assist with the costs associated with staffing the ambulances.
The Hockley County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the help of the public in solving a burglary case from the early morning hours of Monday, April 15th.
Officers responded to a report of a burglary in the 3300 block of Highway 385. The burglary occurred at approximately 2:20 am on Monday. Reports indicate that a subject entered a building on the property and stole some items. A surveillance image released by the Sheriff’s office clearly shows an apparent white male on the far right side of the image. It was also reported that he left the scene in a dark green ford pickup with a light bar on top of it.
If you have any information contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigators at 894-3126. It is believed the individual is responsible for two burglaries in the area.
Funeral services are scheduled for Mona Lisa Merritt, 67 of Levelland. Services are scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th at 10:00 am in the Austin Street Church of Christ in Levelland. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. She passed away on Friday, April 12th. Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Directors of Levelland.