The Littlefield Police Department continues to investigate a deceased body found a residence on Thursday.
Littlefield Police Chief Ross Hester, said officers were called to the 100 block of north West Side Avenue on Thursday, around noon. Upon arrival, police discovered a body in the front yard of the residence. Police said the residence was vacant at the time.
Littlefield Police Chief Hester identified the victim as Ruben Soto, 53 of Littlefield. He said the next of kin was notified and Littlefield Police continue to investigate.
Multiple fire departments from the area are fighting a large grass fire in Cochran County.
The Morton and Whiteface Volunteer fire Departments were called this afternoon to a large grass fire on FM 1585 west of 1780. The Levelland and Sundown Fire Departments are also on the scene assisting. The Levelland Fire Department currently has a grass truck, tanker truck, command vehicle and an emergency operations vehicle on scene.
The fire reportedly jumped FM 1585 forcing the road to be closed west of CR 217.
Emergency crews in Hockley County responded to a one vehicle rollover Wednesday afternoon.
The accident occurred near US 62/82 and Owl Road in Ropesville. The Hockley County Sheriff’s Office, Levelland EMS and Levelland Fire Department responded to the scene. The accident caused non life threatening injuries to two individuals, they were both transported to a Lubbock Hospital by Levelland EMS.
The Texas Department of Public Safety responded and troopers will investigate the accident.
Crews are now working in downtown Levelland, replacing sidewalks and making improvements.
Crews are currently working on the sidewalks on Austin street on the south side of the square and will be working on some sidewalks on Avenue G. This project will finish up the sidewalks on Austin street and will start on Avenue G.
The money for the project is part of a Texas Capital Improvement Grant the city received for the Main Street program to continue with sidewalk renovations.
Main Street Director, Missy Passmore, stressed that businesses are open through the construction and stated that some are offering special construction discounts.
The Hockley County Republican Party has announced they will be hosting precinct meetings and their county convention later in March.
The Precinct meetings are set for 9:00 am on March 24th in the Levelland Christian School and the County convention will be held at 10:00 am in the same location.
In order to attend the meetings you must have voted in the March primary. Delegates for the County Convention will be elected during the precinct meetings. Resolutions could also be presented to be voted on. Delegates to the state convention will be elected at the County Convention.
Hockley County may send 11 delegates to the state convention which will be held in San Antonio June 14th through June 16th.
A runoff election is set in Cochran County following a recount this week in two commissioners races.
Matt Evans, a candidate in the commissioners race for Precinct 2 had requested a recount in hopes of avoiding a runoff according to elections administrator, Cheryl Butler. She said the re-count resulted in three additional votes for Bruce Heflin and did not change the results for Matt Evans. Final count showed Evans with 81 votes and Heflin with 63. Butler said a runoff will be required in the race.
A runoff is also scheduled in the commissioners race for Precinct 4. The recount resulted in additional votes for both candidates. The final count showed Jake Timmons with 44 and Reynaldo Morin with 45.
The runoff election for both races will be held on May 22 and early voting will be held May 14th through the 18th.
The early voting location will be in the county clerk’s office in the Cochran County Courthouse.
Polling locations for election day will include:
The basement of the Cochran County courthouse for Pct. 1, 3 and 4
Whiteface Elementary School for Pct. 2
and the County Barn on the Bledsoe Highway for Pct. 3.
Lubbock Police made an arrest Tuesday morning in a case of child enticement from a school earlier this month.
The arrest warrant served on Rosa Linda Serna, 33 of Lubbock accused her of enticement of a child from a Wolfforth Elementary After School program on March 1st. Police reports indicate that Serna arrived at the school on March 1st and told school officials she was the mother of two girls who were playing on the playground. While school officials were working to confirm she was authorized to take the two girls, Serna reportedly grabbed the two girls by their arms and left. School officials immediately notified the children’s father who only lived a few blocks away, he reportedly saw Serna with his children and confronted her. He was able to get the children back and took them home, however, Serna followed him and kept saying she was his wife’s sister. She fled the scene when he called police.
Reports indicate both Serna and the father of two children called police. Police stated that Serna was confused and it was hard to understand her during the call. Police said she appreared to have been on narcotics or in need of a mental evaluation.
Serna was arrested at a Lubbock residence on Tuesday and is being held in the Lubbock County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.