After some phone issues late on Wednesday, the Levelland Police Department is business as usually Thursday morning.
Wednesday evening at about 10:00 pm the Levelland Police Department phone network crashed and while 911 emergency lines ran as normal, the non-emergency line was off line for about 12 hours.
Levelland PD maintains backups lines at 598-0406 and 598-0411 during certain circumstances like the outage experienced last night.
The system was restored a little before 10:00 on Thursday. That number is (806) 894-6164.
The Lubbock Police Department is investigating a one vehicle crash Thursday morning. Accident investigators with the Lubbock Police Department said that at 11:55 pm Wednesday night, officers received a call of a motorcycle accident on the West Loop 289 access road near 41st street. Officers said the passenger was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered life threatening injuries. The passenger has been identified as Tracie Scofield, 43 of Lubbock. She was transported to University Medical Center in Lubbock, listed in critical condition. The driver, 38 year old Jody Jones was arrested at the scene for intoxication assault. He remains in the Lubbock County Detention Center.
Lubbock Police Accident Investigation Team continues to investigate and planned to close the area from traffic on Thursday while they conduct a full investigation. Lubbock Police said they will block all northbound traffic on the loop access road between Marsha Sharp and 34th street Thursday morning. A release from the Lubbock PD said, the initial investigation appears the motorcycle was traveling north on the West Loop 289 access road in a turn only lane and struck a concrete median. The female passenger was thrown from the motorcycle when it collided with the median.
Texas Department of Public Safety continues to investigate a fatal traffic accident which occurred on Highway 62/82 and FM 1585 intersection in southwest Lubbock county Wednesday night at around 6:30 pm.
Reports indicate a jeep driven by Robby Rodriguez, 29 of Brownfield was traveling east on 62/82 when a Ford Taurus driven by David Peavey, 71 of Sundown failed to yield right of way at the intersection and collided with the Jeep.
Rodriguez and two passengers in the Jeep were transported to University Medical Center with serious injuries. Peavey was transported to University Medical Center, he died of his injuries a short time later.
DPS has not released a cause for the accident. Their investigation is ongoing.
A Lubbock Jury which found Pete Garcia, of Levelland guilty in the murder of musician, West Garza this week, handed down a sentence of 35 years in prison for the crime late Wednesday.
The jury deliberated just over two hours before delivering the sentence. The jury said it was NOT a crime of passion, meaning, Garcia could have faced up to 99 years in prison. If the jury had found it to be a crime of passion the sentence would have been limited to a maximum of 20 years.
During the punishment phase of the trial, the prosecution, presented evidence to the jury that this killing was planned for weeks and their was evidence of stalking for several weeks.
Garcia has been in jail since he turned himself in to Levelland Police several hours after the murder.
Texas Tech University has announced a new on campus medical clinic especially for faculty and staff. The clinic will be located inside the Student Wellness Center. The new clinic will open on January 17, 2018.
The new Texas Tech Physicians Family Medicine Faculty/Staff Clinic will be located on the second floor of the Student Wellness Center and will offer the convenience of a full service on-campus medical clinic. the clinic will be staffed by Texas Tech University Health Science Center Department of Family and Community Medicine personnel. It will feature a waiting area, three examination rooms, a lab and an x-ray room. It is designed for urgent medical issues and minor injuries. In addition to the clinic, a pharmacy located on the first floor will be available to fill prescriptions.
According to a release from Texas Tech, the clinic will be open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday. Standard co-payments will apply and you will need to bring your insurance card with you to appointments.
Cotton modules continue to catch fire across the South Plains and that is costing area farmers thousands of dollars per module.
Modules are valued at approximately $4,000 each according to experts and are prone to sparking a blaze due to the dry fall and winter. Experts also say the low micronaire cotton quality is also attributing to the blazes.
The Levelland Fire Department has responded to numerous cotton module fires in Hockley County in recent days. This past weekend they responded several times to the same module fire in the south part of the county as the module continued to re-ignite.
Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. Director of Policy Analysis and Research, Shawn Wade said it is a little bit finer fibers which is harder to pack and allows more air space within the modules which may be attributing to the fires. Wade continued, this year has been above average in terms of production, leaving more modules awaiting transfer to the gin for production.
The dry weather pattern also is not helping the situation. According to Jody James, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, it has been 33 days since the area has had measurable precipitation. It was noted that after one of the wettest summers on record, a La Nina weather pattern has developed which is leading to the dryer weather.
Area fire departments remind everyone to keep all outdoor burning to a minimum. Hockley County is NOT under a burn ban currently, however, all counties to the west and north are under a burn ban according to the Texas Forest Service.
Levelland Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect who fled from Levelland Police on Sunday.
Police reports indicate, an officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a white Chevrolet Camaro Sunday afternoon. They attempted to stop the car for traveling 52 mph in a 35 mph zone. The driver refused to stop for the officer who activated his emergency lights and sirens. The camaro led officers on a chase which led them north on College Ave and through the United Supermarket parking lot before the vehicle turned east on Cherry street. The vehicle continued east on Cherry, turning north on Cedar proceeding to Highway 114. The driver turned east on Highway 114 and led officers at a high rate of speed to Research Boulevard in Lubbock county, the vehicle turned north on Research and Levelland police terminated the chase.
Officers have since obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect, who faces charges of fleeing and disregarding numerous traffic control devices. Police say the driver disregarded stop signs and traffic lights several times during the chase.