Levelland Police Arrest Juvenile For Criminal Trespass and Criminal Mischief

Levelland Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Hickory Thursday night in regards to a Children’s Hope juvenile on top of a storage building.

When police arrived they found Childrens Hope staff attempting to get a juvenile off of a storage building, they reportedly had been working to get the juvenile down for over an hour. Staff reported that they had two juveniles at a nearby park when the juveniles fled from staff. Staff was able to get one juvenile in a van, the second juvenile ran into the back yard of a residence and climbed on top of a building.

Levelland police notified the fire department to respond to the area with a ladder. Police gained permission from the homeowner at 304 Hickory to go in the back yard. The juvenile repeatedly ignored commands to come off the roof and then jumped across to the storage shed roof in the back of 306 Hickory. The juvenile then began ripping shingles off the roof and ignored commands of officers to stop. The officer had to climb the ladder and use minimal force to take the juvenile into custody on the roof and with the assistance of the fireman forcibly carried her down to another officer who placed her in the patrol unit.

The juvenile was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, search or transport and criminal mischief less than $750 and criminal trespassing. Following being processed, she was released to Children’s Hope staff.

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Man Wanted By Levelland Police Arrested In California Friday

Levelland Police announced Friday night that the suspect wanted in a Levelland Assault case was arrested in California Friday.

According to information released by the police Friday night, the arrest was made possible due to the help of multiple law enforcement agencies.

Police said that last Saturday, May 23rd at approximately 11:30 am they were dispatched to the Covenant Hospital Levelland Emergency Room in reference to a victim who had been assaulted and sustained severe injuries. The responding officer observed the victim to be bleeding heavily from the mouth with numerous missing teeth, a cut lip, head injury, bruising on from the arms and hands and a fractured jaw. The victim was able to identify the suspect as Jimmy Matamore Jr. The victim provided a written statement to police detailing the assault, stating that Matamore assaulted the victim with his fists and feet, kicking the victim and punching the victim all over his/her body.

According to reports, the victim was given a blood transfusion and then airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. The victim is listed in critical condition with acute blood loss. The victim had two jaw fractures and a spinal fracture.

On Wednesday, the US Marshals in Lubbock and Levelland coordinated a combined effort to locate and apprehend Matamore. Over the course of Wednesday and Thursday, various partnering agencies including the US Marshals, North Texas Fugitive Task Force, Levelland Police Department, Hockley County Sheriff’s Office, 286th District Attorney’s office and the Texas DPS Criminal Investigation Division developed information that Matamore was hiding in California. The information was immediately relayed to US Marshals in California who engaged the Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force including the US Marshals, California Office of Correctional Safety and the Bakersfield, California Police Department. The task force worked day and night and was able to apprehend Jimmy Matamore with incident in Bakersfield, California on Friday. No weapons or narcotics were located at the time of the arrest.

Levelland Police said in a statement, “It is due to the cooperation among multiple agencies in law enforcement that make fugitive apprehensions like this a success.” They thanked all the agencies for their assistance.

Matamore faces a charge of Aggravated Assault and other charges are possible.

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Levelland Woman Sentenced on Drug Charges

A Levelland woman was sentenced Thursday to 6 1/2 years in prison on Federal drug charges out of Lubbock county.

Marissa Nicole Guillen, 23 was arrested at an apartment complex in the 1700 block of 26th street in Lubbock, back in September of 2019. A Texas Department of Public Safety Special Agent made the arrest as a result of a search warrant. She was found in possession of a pound of methamphetamine when police arrested he in the residence. The meth was in a plastic shopping bag next to her on a couch.

She plead guilty to Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

She was on probation out of Hockley County when she was arrested.

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Levelland Police Searching For Suspect in Assault Case

The Levelland Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect in an assault case.

Police are asking for help in locating Jimmy Matamore Jr. He is wanted for questioning in regards to an Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon case.

If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, please contact the Levelland Police Department at 894-6164.

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Hockley County Jail Passes State Inspection

Hockley County Sheriff, Ray Scifres announced Monday that the State Commission on Jail Standards conducted the annual inspection on the Hockley County Jail last week.

Sheriff Scifres said “I am proud to announce that once again our jail has passed the unannounced inspection, he went on to say, it is due to the professionalism and dedication of our detention officers, supervisors, and administrators that we continue to provide a safe and secure facility for all.”

Scifres thanked Capt. Robinson and all of the detention staff for their continued hard work.

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Hockley County Grand Jury Returns Indictments

One person was indicted by a Hockley County Grand Jury on a charge of arson. Chandler Trey McKay, 21 was charged with arson causing bodily injury or death.

The indictment states that on or about, March 11th, McKay started a fire or explosion by using gasoline. The fire was at the former West Texas Grill at 201 Houston Street. One person suffered serious injuries in the fire.

The building is the former Bounty Inn. The owner of the building is currently in the process of demolishing the building following the fire. McKay was listed as the owner of the West Texas Grill.

The Grand Jury also returned an indictment for murder on Brennon Guerra, 24. He was charged with knowingly causing the death of Anthony Delgado on May 2nd. He was also indicted in a second count of committing an act dangerous to human life causing the death of an individual. He remains in the Hockley County Jail, charged with murder, theft of a firearm and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. He is being held on a combined bond of $210,000.

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Three New Cases of COVID-19 and Five Recoveries Reported in Hockley County

Hockley County Judge Sharla Baldridge has announced that Hockley County has five additional recoveries from COVID-19 and unfortunately three new cases reported Wednesday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed five additional recoveries in Hockley County on Wednesday. Unfortunately at the same time, they also confirmed three additional cases.

The three new cases are in Levelland residents.

Case 25–Under the age of 20

Case 26–Between the ages of 20-30

Case 27–Between the ages of 20-30

It is believed that all three were in common contact with each other.

With the update Wednesday, Hockley County now has 27 total confirmed cases with 21 recoveries and 1 death leaving five active cases.

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