Obituary: Betty Reffner, 93 of Levelland

Betty ReffnerFuneral Services are scheduled for Betty Reffner, 93 of Levelland.  Services are set for 2pm on Tuesday, April 25 in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  She passed away on April 22.  Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Home.

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Sheriff’s Office Report for Friday, April 21-Sunday, April 23

hockley-county-sheriffs-officeHockley County Sheriff Ray Scifres has issued the Sheriff’s Office report for this past weekend.


-1000 blk Avenue S, Levelland: Assault. Deputies responded to a residence regarding a family violence assault. A juvenile was detained and taken into custody for a felony assaultive offense. The investigation is ongoing.

-6800 blk Armadillo Rd, Smyer: Juvenile Complaint. Deputies responded to a reported juvenile issue. No offenses were reported and remedies were provided to all parties.

-600 blk Justin Rd, Levelland: Loose Livestock. Loose cattle were reported in the area. The owner was contacted and responded to help secure the livestock.

-FM 41 at Dove Rd, Ropesville: Vehicle Crash. Deputies responded to a reported vehicle crash in the area. No one was located on scene and it was released to Troopers, who conducted the investigation.

100 blk College Avenue, Levelland: Pedestrian Contact. Deputies contacted an individual who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. The individual was released to a sober individual.


-US Hwy 84 at FM 2130, Anton: Check Welfare. Deputies were dispatched to check welfare of a female observed walking along Hwy 84 near Anton. The individual was located and advised she was walking from Littlefield to Lubbock. The individual was transported by deputies to her residence.

-FM 2646 at Hwy 114, Levelland: Loose Livestock. Deputies responded to reported loose livestock along the highway. The area was searched and no ne were located outside of fenced areas.

-FM 300 at Black Gold Rd, Levelland: Suspicious Person. A Deputy was dispatched to attempt to locate a reported suspicious person in the area. The area was searched and the individual was not located.

-FM 301 at Gusher Rd, Sundown: Vehicle Crash. Deputies respon ded to a reported crash in the area. Deputies assisted as needed and the scene was released to Troopers to investigate the crash.

-FM 2130 at FM 2641, Anton: Vehicle Crash. Deputies responded to another vehicle crash in the area. A deputy aided in the investigation and the information would be turned over to Troopers. Deputies remained on scene until the area was cleared of vehicles.

-3100 blk Hwy 114, Levelland: Burglary. A deputy responded to a call related to an individual forcing entry into a residence and committing an assault. The individual fled the scene prior to arrival of deputies. Information was taken for a report. The area was searched and the suspect was not located.

-6500 blk Elk Rd, Smyer: Medical Assist. Deputies responded to a medical issue at a residence. EMS responded and one individual was transported for treatment. No offenses were reported.

-2600 blk Robert Lee, Levelland: Juvenile Complaint. Deputies were dispatched to a juvenile issue at a residence in the area. One individual was transported for medical treatment by a deputy. No offenses were reported.

-900 blk Avenue B, Levelland: Assault. A deputy was dispatched to an address in Levelland related to an assault that occurred at a location outside of the city. Information was taken for a report for Assault.

-2300 blk E. Ellis, Levelland: Found Property. An individual turned over a found identification card to a deputy. The property was returned to the owner.

-3200 blk FM 2646, Levelland: Disturbance. Deputies were dispatched to a verbal disturbance at a residence in the area. No assaults or other offenses were reported. Remedies were advised to all parties, and the parties were separated.

-100 blk Lawrence, Anton: Civil Complaint. A deputy responded to a residence regarding a juvenile issue between family members. No offenses were reported and civil remedies were advi sed to the parties.


-2000 blk Longhorn, Levelland: Criminal Trespass. A deputy was dispatched to serve a criminal trespass notice to a resident for several properties. The notice was served and a copy provided to the recipient.

-600 blk Sylvan, Anton: Disturbance. A deputy responded to a residence regarding a verbal disturbance. No offenses were reported and parties were separated.

-300 blk Avenue F, Levelland: Assist Levelland PD. Deputies responded to assist Levelland Police with a reported offense at a residence in the area. Levelland arrested one individual and transported him to the jail without incident.

-800 blk Grant, Smyer: Suspicious Activity. Deputies were dispatched to attempt to locate a vehicle in the area. It was reported the drier was holding a long gun out of the window as he drove around. The area was searched and the vehicle was not located.

-1310 Avenue H, LEC: Warrant Servic e. A deputy responded to the jail to serve a warrant on an individual who wanted to turn himself in.

-3800 blk East Hwy 114, Smyer: 911 Hang-up. A deputy was dispatched to a 911 hang-up call at a residence. The call was determined to be accidental and all parties in the residence were contacted. No offenses were reported.

-6881 East Hwy 114, Smyer: Check Welfare. A caller requested deputies check welfare of a juvenile at a residence in the area. Multiple attempts were made to contact the residents but no one was home. Additional remedies were provided to the caller.

It was also reported that their are currently 51 inmates in the Hockley County Jail with 4 awaiting to be processed and 14 are being housed out of county currently.

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Early Voting Starts April 24 in School Board Election

imagesEarly Voting runs April 24-May 2 for the Levelland ISD Board of Trustees election.  There are two at large seats on the ballot and one district five seat.  Ronnie Watkins is the incumbent for district five and is running unopposed.  Glen Smith and DeEtte Edens are incumbents for the two at large seats they will face Stephen Sanders, Carrie Ellis and Scott Dobson.

Early voting will take place in the Elections Administrator’s office on the south side of the Hockley County Courthouse Annex building at 624 Ave. H in Levelland, Monday-Friday April 24-May 2.  Hours on April 24-25 will be 7am to 7pm and April 26-May 2 from 8am to 5pm.  Voters will need to show a valid form of photo identification including a drivers license, state issued ID card, US Citizenship certificate with photo, US Passport, Military ID with photo or valid license to carry.  If you do not have one of these forms you may obtain a election ID certificate from your local drivers license office.

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Traffic Stop leads to Recovery of Stolen Car and Various ID Items

10306479_825500670877069_1946972718073611415_nLevelland Police on routine patrol, made a traffic stop and located a stolen vehicle and over 100 pieces of identifying items.

After running the license plate on the silver Infiniti I-30 car, officers were advised those license plates belonged to a 1985 pickup.  It was confirmed by the Lubbock Police Department that the Infiniti had been stolen out of Lubbock.

The driver, Patricio Vela, was arrested and remains in the Hockley County Jail on multiple charges including, fraudulent use/possession of identifying items, two separate charges of possession of a controlled substance, driving without a license with prior convictions plus three warrants out of Lubbock county.  He is being held on a total of $18,000 bond.  The passenger, Sandra Ocampo,  which provided false identity to the officer on the scene was arrested on two charges of possession of a controlled substance, fraudulent use and possession of identifying information, failure to identify and providing false information.  She is being held on $15,500 bond.

Police officers report after a search of the car they located numerous checkbooks belonging to various individuals, vehicle title belonging to someone else, various bank forms belonging to various individuals, along with multiple drivers license, social security cards, and ID cards belonging to multiple individuals.  Officers said there were approximately 125 different pieces of identifying information belonging to approximately 32 different individuals.

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Federal Agency Investigating Accident at Worley Welding

letstalkOccupational Safety Health Administration representatives have confirmed they are investigating an accident at Worley Welding Works in Levelland.

OSHA told KLVT late Friday by phone that an accident was reported and they are investigating.  We are told that a 44 year old employee was transported to a Lubbock Hospital after suffering an on the job injury.  He passed away from those injuries later that day.

A media relations representative for OSHA confirmed the investigation is underway and would release no further information.

Company representatives have declined comment.

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Congressman Jodey Arrington Addresses Farm Bill in Ag Meeting in Levelland

20170419_08123219th Congressional District Representative Jodey Arrington was in Levelland on Wednesday.  He was the keynote speaker for the “Flapjacks for Farmers” event hosted by the Ag Committee of the Levelland Chamber of Commerce.

Arrington gave a brief update on the farm bill.  He currently serves on both the Agriculture and Budget committee in Congress.  He said “We must get cotton back in the farm bill or we are in real trouble in America.”  He continues to testify before Congress saying “We need to make investments in Rural America in order to keep America’s great image.”  He said he represents the people of the 19th congressional district.

West Texas is rural backbone of America, Arrington said.  He continues to remind the ag committee “you have to help us, if we don’t get the farm bill fixed we will lose the ability to feed and clothe America.”

He was asked, if there was any chance of getting help for the cotton producers that had a rough 2016 crop, possibly some ginning assistance such as they offered on the 2015 crop?  Arrington said “we are working on it but legislatively it may not happen, may have to get the new Ag Commissioner to work it through his department.”

He summed up his presentation by noting the 4 main goals to be accomplished in this session:  regulatory reform, healthcare reform, tax reform and immigration reform.  He noted the welfare system has to be addressed but he does not see it getting overhauled in this session.

Arrington is a graduate of Plainview High School and Texas Tech University and has a long background in with various public leadership positions.  He served as an advisor to then Governor George W Bush and later advised President George W. Bush and helped put the leadership team in place for the Bush Presidency.  He also later served as Chief of Staff for the FDIC and Texas Tech University.  Following his time in public office he entered the private sector, serving as President of Scott Labs before taking his first term as House of Representatives for District 19 in January of this year.

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Town Hall Meeting Held in Morton on Pending Wind Energy Project

letstalkNextEra representatives were in Morton Tuesday night to discuss the Wildcat Ranch Wind Project to be constructed in Cochran County.

The project manager for NextEra told KLVT news the project will be constructed near the intersection of FM 1585 and Hwy 214.  The project is expected to create over $50 million in property taxes and over $28 million in landowner payments.

The project will be owned, constructed and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources.  The expected maximum capacity of 150 megawatts produced by approximately 67 wind turbines and will be capable of generating enough electricity to power 45,000 homes.

The target completion date is set for late 2018.  The company is expecting approximately 250 construction jobs and will generate 5-7 full time positions.

NextEra Energy Resources is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc., a leading renewable energy developer in North America..  They are the largest generator of wind energy in the world and currently operate more than 115 wind projects in 20 states and more than 13,000 megawatts of generation from more than 9,000 wind turbines.  They currently own and operate 20 wind and solar projects in Texas and New Mexico, a capitol investment of $8.4 billion.

Cochran County Commissioners will be meeting soon to take action on tax abatement guidelines.  NextEra Energy have requested an abatement.  The project manager for NextEra said this project is totally independent from the project which has been discussed in Hockley County and an abatement has been approved by Hockley County Commissioners.

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