Hockley County Wanted Subject Captured in Midland

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Hockley County Sheriff Ray Scifres announced Tuesday that Fabian Antonio Barrera who was wanted in connection with a case from January 2017 involving the Levelland Police Department and Hockley County Sheriff’s Office has been Captured.

Barrera was arrested in Midland over the weekend.  He will be returned to Hockley County to stand on various charges including Evading Arrest and Detention with a vehicle and Unauthorized use of a vehicle.

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Cochran County Sheriff’s Office Assists Hockley County in Recovery of Stolen Trailer

cochran-county-sheriff-genericHockley County Sheriff Ray Scifres is appreciative to Sheriff DeLa Cruz in Cochran County for their help in recovering a stolen travel trailer.

Sheriff Ray Scifres, reported that a Hockley County Deputy had taken a report of a stolen camp trailer late last week.  On Friday, deputies in Cochran County located the camp trailer and was able to recover it and return it to the owner in Hockley County without the trailer being damaged.

 

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Levelland Police Chief Announces His Retirement

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Police Chief Toney Cowan pictured with Asst. Chief Tom McCain and Asst. City Manager Erik Rejino after Cowan announces his retirement to City Council Monday Night

Levelland Police Chief Toney Cowan announced to the Levelland City Council Monday night that he will retire from the position effective April 30, 2017.  He has been a police officer in the City of Levelland for 38 years.  He served as Assistant Police Chief from 1985 to 2002 when he was named Chief of Police.  He began his law enforcement career in Levelland and has been here ever since.

Cowan and his wife Sandra will be opening a new business in downtown Levelland later this year.  Sandra is currently a nurse with Covenant Health in Levelland.

Following the announcement the council met in executive session for approximately 30 minutes to discuss personnel.  Following the executive session the council reconvened in open meeting and authorized City Manager Rick Osburn to enter into an agreement with Strategic Government Resources to handle the search for the next Police Chief.  Osburn pointed out there are a number of people on the current staff of the police department who will be encouraged to supply, however, he feels a nationwide search is necessary to make sure Levelland gets the best candidate for the position, noting that the best candidate may very well be in the department.  The search will take several months to complete.  It was also noted that hiring the next police chief is the sole responsibility of the City Manager.

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Hockley County Tax Office Closed Monday and Tuesday

CourthouseHockley County Tax Assessor and Collector, Debbie Bramlett has announced that the Tax office will be closed on Monday for the President’s Day Holiday, it will also be closed on Tuesday for installation of new equipment for the Motor Vehicle Division.

The office will reopen on Wednesday, February 22 at 9am.  Bramlett, said if you need a vehicle registration you may go to Sundown City Hall and they can process it.  You may contact Sundown City Hall at 229-3131

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Hantavirus Possible in Area After Local Store Closed Due to Mice Issue

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UPDATE:  2/20/2017, 5:30PM

The Family Dollar store on College Avenue in Levelland remains closed until further notice according to a sign posted on the door.  Late Monday afternoon, Randy Guiler, Vice President for Investor Relations for Family Dollar parent company, Dollar Tree, Inc. released the following statement.

“At Family Dollar, our top priority is ensuring that we maintain a
      safe and comfortable environment in all stores for both our customers
      and our employees. On February 8, Family Dollar voluntarily closed
      its store in Levelland, TX as a precaution after suspicion of pest
      infestation in the building’s ceiling. Family Dollar immediately
      alerted city health inspectors who cleared the store to reopen on
      February 11. Since that time, three store employees have reported
      having flu-like symptoms, and while initial tests results indicate
      that the employees’ health was not impacted by the infestation, the
      State Health Department is currently confirming those results, as
      well as conducting a more thorough review of the store to confirm it
      is safe for employees and customers. The store will remain closed
      until the investigation is complete. We are committed to working
      closely with state and local authorities to ensure this issue is
      resolved.”

KLVT News will continue to follow this story and will bring you updates as they become available.

KLVT News has learned that the Family Dollar store on College Avenue in Levelland has been closed due to the possibility of an issue of mice.

Mice can be carriers of the Hantavirus, and according to the Centers for Disease Control website, Deer Mice are the main carriers of the Hantavirus in this region.

Bruce White, Chief Operating Officer for Covenant Health in Levelland told KLVT News, “Covenant Health in Levelland and Covenant Clinics Levelland, cannot confirm or deny the status of a patient or patients treated here due to Patient Privacy laws.”  He went on to say, “Hantavirus is very serious and will have symptoms similar to the flu.”

The Hantavirus is carried in the feces and urine of infected mice and is spread through air borne spores according to the Centers for Disease Control website.

A local medical provider said that it will present with the same symptoms as flu including muscle cramping and severe respiratory symptoms.  A person can be exposed to symptoms simply by sweeping up mouse droppings without wearing a mask.

Because the area is in the middle of the flu season medical officials are concerned someone infected with Hantavirus may mistake it for the common flu.  If you have any of the symptoms of Hantavirus, you are urged to contact your medical provider immediately.

A person exposed likely would have been exposed in the past 30 days.

Management of Family Dollar in Levelland nor the cooperate offices of their parent company, Dollar Tree Incorporated has been reached for comment on the reasons for closing the Levelland store or when it may reopen.

No information has been received from the Texas Department of Health’s offices in Lubbock as an investigation or information on the outbreak of a virus, such as Hantavirus would come through that office.

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Levelland City Council to Meet Monday

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Levelland City Council will hold a regular meeting on Monday, February 20 at 7pm in the Council Chambers of Levelland City Hall.

On the agenda for the meeting they will discuss personnel matters as well as take action on passing an ordinance for a temporary moratorium on free standing commercial signs in Levelland on a second and final reading.  They also will take action to approve a bid for a pickup for the Parks Department.  They also will receive an update on the internal and external operations of the Levelland Police Department.  They will also meet in executive session to discuss personnel and discuss legal matters.

The full agenda is posted below.

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Levelland PD to Start Enforcing Parking Rules Around Area Schools

10306479_825500670877069_1946972718073611415_nThe Levelland Police Department has announced they will have officers out in the areas around schools and will be cracking down on violations.

The Police Department has had numerous complaints concerning cars parking in no parking zones, blocking private driveways and blocking the roadway.  The police will be around the schools and will enforce the violations and all other violations.

Motorists are reminded that it is a violation of Texas State Traffic Laws to park or stop a vehicle in the roadway.  Not only is it illegal it is a safety hazard for a child to enter or exit a vehicle in the roadway.

If a motorist has any questions you are asked to contact the Levelland Police Department.

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