Hockley County Sheriff’s Report for 5/19-5/23



-1100 blk Alaska Rd, Levelland: Suspicious Activity. A deputy was dispatched to the area regarding a complaint of individuals selling door-to-door in the area. A second call was received from the 1800 blk County Rd. It was determined the individuals worked for a local company and were selling services in areas outside of the city.

-6000 blk East Hwy 114, Smyer: A deputy responded to a call about an individual walking along the highway. The deputy contacted the individual, who requested a ride home due to the heat. The individual was transported to his residence.

-FM 1585 at Hardhat Rd, Levelland: Loose Livestock. A call was received about loose cattle in the area. The area was searched by the deputy and no loose cattle were located. All were secured.

-3200 bl k FM 2646, Levelland: Assault. Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the area related to an individual who had been shot by a relative. Deputies secured the scene and located one individual who suffered a non-life threatening injury. The individual was transported for medical treatment by EMS. An investigation into the incident was initiated and is currently underway. More information will be released when it is available.

-Hwy 114 at Owl Rd, Smyer: Civil Issue. A deputy responded to a call in the area regarding child custody issues. Civil remedies were advised to all parties involved.

-3rd St at Veal, Sundown: Assist Sundown PD. Deputies responded to assist Sundown Police with an active pursuit. Deputies were advised the individual fled the scene on foot. The area was searched and the individual was not located.

-6900 blk Elephant Rd, Smyer: Assault. A deputy responded to a reported assault at a residence in the area. One of the parties advised an assault occurred and minor injury was observed. Deputies learned the suspect had an active warrant for his arrest and he was taken into custody for the warrant. A report was completed for the reported offense.


-Hwy 385 at FM 1585, Levelland: Traffic Complaint. A deputy responded to a complaint of an individual walking in the roadway. The area was searched and no one was located in the area.

-800 blk School St, Sundown: Disorderly Conduct. A deputy responded to a reported fight involving two individuals. The individuals were located and it was determined both agreed to engage in the conduct. Parties were separated and a report was completed related to the incident.

-6700 blk FM 597, Anton: Harassment. Deputies responded to a call related to an individual being harassed by a family member of an ex-girlfriend. Information was collected and remedies were advised. No offenses were reported to deputies.

-100 blk Eagle, Levelland: Traffic Complaint. A deputy was dispatched to a call regarding an individual being “chased” in the area. No offenses were reported by any party involved and all parties were separated.

-1500 blk Avenue X, Levelland: Shots Fired. Deputies responded to calls of shots fired in the area. Two calls were received related to the incident. A complainant advised individual in a Ford pickup truck were believed to have shot from the vehicle on the roadway. The area was searched and no vehicle was located.


-200 blk Cleveland, Smyer: Welfare Check. A deputy was dispatched to meet with a complainant regarding child custody issues, and a request for a check of his child at a residence in the area. Civil remedies were explained, and there was no one at the residence when deputies tried to locate them.

-2800 blk FM 1490, Levelland: Theft. Deputies responded to a reported theft of property from a residence in the area. A complainant advised that at some point during the previous several weeks an ATV was taken from the property. Information was collected for a report and an investigation is being conducted.

-800 blk East 8th St, Anton: Possible Suicide Attempt. Deputies responded to assist with a possible suicide attempt. EMS was on scene and one individual was transported to a local hospital to be evaluated.

-100 blk Hwy 114 Estates, Smyer: Suspicious Vehicle. A deputy was dispatched to attempt to locate a silver sedan driving in the area. Deputies checked the area and the vehicle was not located. The only individual contact was a property owner checking on equipment on his land. No offenses were reported.


-6800 blk Arkansas Rd, Smyer: Shots Fired. A deputy received a report of individuals shooting on property in the area. All individuals were contacted and no offenses were observed or reported.

-500 blk Hwy 114, Levelland: Theft. A deputy completed a report related to a theft of an ATV from property in the area. Video was also recovered from the owner. The information was collected for a report and the investigation is ongoing.

-100 blk Cleveland, Smyer: Disturbance. Deputies were dispatched to a verbal disturbance at a residence in the area. All parties were contacted and it was determined no offenses occurred.


-Mason Rd at East Ellis, Smyer: Stolen Vehicle. Deputies responded to the area related to a stolen vehicle being located. The vehicle had been reported stolen in Lubbock and was recovered. Arrangements were made to have the vehicle returned to the owner.

-700 blk Carson, Ropesville: Disturbance. A deputy was notified of a verbal disturbance at a residence in the area. Parties advised the incident was verbal only and no offenses were reported. Parties separated for the night.

Deputies also conducted close patrols/vacation watches, patrols in areas of the county, investigative follow-up activities, and civil process service.

Their are 46 inmates in the Hockley County Jail with 5 to be processed and 13 housed out of county as of May 24.

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Obituary–Ruby Bailey, 83 of Levelland

Ruby BaileyFuneral Services are scheduled for Ruby Bailey, 83 of Levelland.  Services are set for Thursday, May 25 at 1pm in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.  Visitation is scheduled for 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, May 24 in the Krestridge Funeral Home.  She passed away on Saturday, May 20 in Lubbock.

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Dawson County Sheriff’s Office Captures Wanted Fugitive From Hockley County

Captured Raul GonzalezHockley County Sheriff, Ray Scifres announced Tuesday morning that Dawson County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a wanted fugitive from Hockley County.

Raul Gonzalez was arrested by Dawson County authorities recently and was transferred to the Hockley County Jail.  He was wanted on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

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City of Levelland Appoints Next City Manager


Mayor Barbra Pinner and Levelland City Council congratulate Incoming City Manager Erik Rejino

The Levelland City Council has approved an employment agreement appointing Assistant City Manager Erik Rejino to serve as City Manager upon the retirement of current City Manager Rick Osburn. The employment agreement with Rejino will take effect on January 30, 2018 upon Osburn’s retirement. Osburn recently announced his retirement effective January 29, 2018 after 36 years of service.

Rejino began his career with the City of Levelland in 2008 and has served the City in numerous positions, most recently as the Assistant City Manager. As Assistant City Manager, Rejino assists Osburn in overseeing all areas of city operations. He has also been instrumental in helping the City secure and administer over $6 million in state, federal, and foundation grants during his time working for the City.

“During my time as Mayor I have worked with Erik very closely and have been very impressed with his knowledge and expertise as well as his demeanor in dealing with members of the public and City staff,” said Mayor Barbra Pinner. “I am confident that the City will be in good hands under Erik’s leadership. He has a proven track record and has a long term vested interest in Levelland.”

Rejino is a 2003 graduate of Levelland High, a 2006 graduate of South Plains College, a 2008 graduate of Texas Tech University, and a 2014 graduate of West Texas A&M. Erik holds an A.S., B.B.A., and an M.B.A. Rejino is also a 2017 graduate of the Public Executive Institute through the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, a 2011 graduate of the Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program, and a 2010 graduate of Leadership Levelland.

Rejino has served and currently serves on various regional and state committees and boards. He is a member of the Texas City Management Association and is currently serving as President of Region 2. He has also served on a number of committees through the South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG) including the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, of which he served as Chairman of the committee and the Government Application Review Committee. He currently serves on the SPAG Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and the Economic Development Committee. In addition, Rejino recently joined the Cooperative Teamwork and Recycling Assistance Board, a nonprofit organization formed to provide cooperative marketing of recyclable commodities.

Rejino also volunteers locally in various capacities. He is a member and past President of the Levelland Noon Lions Club, a member of the Wallace Theater Advisory Committee, Covenant Levelland Foundation Board, Hockley County Area Endowment Board, and coaches youth soccer through the Levelland Youth Soccer Club.

“This is a career I have trained for, a job I have prepared for, and the community my family and I would like to live in,” said Assistant City Manager Erik Rejino. “I am very grateful for the confidence that the City Council has shown in me and for the opportunity to serve as Levelland’s next City Manager. I am also very grateful for Rick’s leadership and mentorship over the years. I would not be where I am without him.”

Rejino is a long term resident of Levelland and has been married to his high school sweetheart Celinda for almost eight years. Rejino and his wife have a five year old son named Eli and a one year old daughter named Isabel.

“Levelland is our home and it is a place that we absolutely love,” said Rejino. “We are fortunate to have great people that work for and live in the City of Levelland. I will continue to work tirelessly with those in our organization and the community to help make Levelland one of the greatest places to live in the nation.”

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Obituary: Shane McWaters, 48 of Levelland

Shane McWatersFuneral Services are scheduled for Shane McWaters, 48 of Levelland.  Services are set for Tuesday, May 23 at 10am in the College Avenue Baptist Church in Levelland.  Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.   Family visitation is scheduled for Monday, May 22 from 5pm to 7pm in the Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland.  He passed away Saturday, May 20 in Lubbock.  He owned and operated Script Office Products in Levelland.

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Obituary: Geneva Parkinson, 87 of Levelland

Geneva ParkinsonFuneral Services are scheduled for Geneva Parkinson, 87 of Levelland.  Services are scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 2pm in the Cactus Drive Church of Christ in Levelland.  Her body has been donated to the Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Medicine.  She passed away on Thursday, May 11.

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Hockley County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Suspicious Activity in Smyer

hockley-county-sheriffs-officeThe Hockley County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports recently about individual(s) possibly shooting guns from the roadway near Smyer.

We continue to receive information that in the area of North Grant Street, north of Smyer, an individual in a white in color Chevrolet or GMC pickup truck is shooting from the roadway while driving in the area.

The latest incident was reported to us during the afternoon of 5/12/2017 near the 900 blk Grant St, Smyer.

There are several statutes that apply related to individuals shooting from a roadway. First, in Texas Penal Code 42.01(a)(9), it is an offense to discharge a firearm on or across a public roadway. Second, in Texas Parks and Wildlife Code 62.003 and 62.0031, a person commits an offense if he or she hunts certain animals and/or birds from a roadway with punishments ranging from a Class C citation to a Class A Misdemeanor.

Anyone with information about these incidents, or has information about those responsible for the incidents, is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Shooting from a vehicle on a roadway is not only a crime, it is a safety issue for our citizens.

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