Texas DPS Increases Reward in a 1993 Cold Case from Hockley County

The Texas Department of Public Safety is asking for the public’s help in solving the 1993 disappearance of Stephane Meeks Henderson, and an increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible if the tip is received before the next featured Texas Rangers cold case is announced. (A $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest is routinely offered on all cases on the Texas Rangers Unsolved Homicides website.)

Henderson was 21 years old when she went missing from her home in Levelland, Texas, on Nov. 27, 1993. She had called her grandmother to come pick her up at the house, but Henderson was gone when her grandmother arrived. Stephane’s husband, Ricky Don Henderson, told authorities she had left with friends from Hobbs, New Mexico.

Henderson has not been seen since this day in November 1993. She would be 46 years old today. The Texas Rangers are asking for the public’s help for any information that will lead them to evidence in this case or information that will help solve this crime.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous.

Individuals also can submit information through the Texas Rangers cold case website or by contacting us at 1-800-346-3243 (DPS Missing Persons Hotline).

The DPS Texas Rangers Unsolved Homicides website provides information on more than 75 cases in an effort to help garner public interest in unsolved or “cold cases.” Texas Crime Stoppers offers rewards (funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division and administered by DPS) of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for any Rangers cold case listed on the website. For more information, visit the Texas Rangers cold case website.

As part of a DPS public awareness program, one case from the Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation (Cold Case) Program will be featured bi-monthly in an effort to generate new investigative leads and bring attention to these cold cases. The Texas Crime Stoppers reward is increased up to $6,000 for the featured case in hopes that the higher reward money will generate additional tips. The higher reward amount will only be paid if the tip is submitted before the next case is featured.

The Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program was created to assist Texas law enforcement agencies investigating unsolved murders or violent serial crimes. Since there is no statute of limitations for the offense of murder, investigators pursue these cases to a successful resolution or until no viable leads remain.

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Obituary: Lunette Dickson, 87 of Levelland

Funeral Services are scheduled for Lunette Dickson, 87 of Levelland. Services are scheduled for Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the First Baptist Church in Levelland. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. Visitation is set for Monday, April 15th, 2019 in the Krestridge Funeral Home from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Services are under the direction of Krestridge Funeral Directors of Levelland.

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Texas DPS Executes Search Warrant, Seizes Methamphetamine

The Texas Department of Public Safety, Criminal Investigations Unit executed a search warrant on Avenue A in Levelland Friday.

Five people were arrested on multiple charges. Robert Vestel, 31 was arrested on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance from 4-200 grams, he is being held on a $10,000 bond. Joanna Flores, 34 was arrested on various charges including, possession of a controlled substance of 4-200 grams, criminal mischief, and possession of a dangerous drug, she has been released on bond from the Hockley County Jail. Lori Ann Cardona, 33 was arrested on a possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, and two charges of possession of a dangerous drug, she is being held on a combined $6,500 bond. Alejandro Garza, 32 was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams, he is being held on a $10,000 bond in the Hockley County Jail. Melissa Marquez, 34 was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams, she is being held on a $10,000 bond in the Hockley County Jail.

Texas Department of Public Safety officers seized more than 300 grams of methamphetamine. According to reports, agents also discovered that the electric meter at the house had been tampered with and wires were run to supply power to a storage building and garage on the property.

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Levelland Legacy Award Presented to Longtime Downtown Levelland Business

The Levelland Main Street program presented the Levelland Legacy Award to Brock’s Carpet on Friday at the Volunteer Appreciation luncheon.

The Levelland Legacy Award Program recognizes the accomplishments of
businesses and organizations within the defined Main Street area that have
enhanced the city’s economy for at least 20 years. Created in 2018, by the
Levelland Main Street Program to celebrate 20 years as a Texas Main Street City,
the program pays tribute to the city’s well-established businesses and
organizations and their exceptional historical and continued contributions toward
the Levelland Square’s economic growth and prosperity.

Kirk Bock began laying carpet for Stacy Mason Furniture in 1977. After working
for them for several years and with the closing of the furniture store, Kirk decided
to open Brock’s Carpet in 1980, where they are located to this day. Initially, his
Mother Gail Brock worked with him and his Father Jerry would join them upon his
retirement from farming. Kirk, Gail and Jerry worked together to provide quality,
caring service for many years. After the last of his children started school in 1996,
Beverly joined them at Brock’s Carpet where they continued to offer the best
products and service. Gail retired in 2007 and Jerry followed by retiring 2009.
Upon graduation from Texas Tech University, Kwail joined Kirk and Beverly.
Brock’s Carpet has always been a very family-oriented business as other family
members have assisted when needed throughout the years. They continue to
offer the same caring and dedicated service and has become a very trusted name
in the flooring business throughout this area. When considering this business for
this award, we kept hearing how much of an asset these business owners are to
our community.

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Main Street Presents Hero Award at Volunteer Luncheon

The Levelland Main Street Program awarded the Levelland Main Street Hero Award on Friday during the Annual Volunteer Luncheon.

The award honors an individual who has contributed to the Main Street Program for the past year or more, compassionate about the revitalization of downtown Levelland, involved in other civic and community service organizations or events and unselfish with time and talents on behalf of the community and Main Street Program.

The Main Street program presented the 2019 Main Street Hero Award to Alycyn Keeling.

For more than three years this volunteer has worked tirelessly to coordinate,
partner and promote events in downtown Levelland. As Executive Director for the
Wallace Theater she started with a “storage building” with some renovations in
progress and has forged partnerships with the Levelland Main Street, Burklee Hill,
and reached out to every business in downtown Levelland to create more
experiences and opportunities to visit and patron downtown Levelland. On less
than a shoestring budget she managed to host a summer series of Kids Club
Movie Experiences, Concerts, Murder Mystery Dinners, Theater Camp, Magic
Shows, Red Carpet Oscar’s Watch Party and so much more.

She has partnered with organizations like Zig Ziegler to establish a ground floor
student leadership program called Gen-Z for area students, the Texas Tech
Orchestra program to bring in musicians for a silent picture screening of
Nosferatu, and has hosted Comedy Troops from New York and Boston.
When the Levelland Main Street or another business downtown wants to create
an event or experience to draw people downtown, The Wallace Theater and
Alycyn Keeling are looking for ways to do their part to add to the patron
experience.

Alycyn has and continues to oversee some major renovations at the Wallace,
indoor and out to make sure that the Wallace is not an eyesore and that it’s safe
for attendees as well as worked hard to preserve this treasured historic theater so
that it’s a crown jewel for the Levelland Main Street program and future
community members and visitors to our downtown. From joining together to enhance current events to future events and partner with others to become a tourist destination, Alycyn Keeling has and continues to work countless hours to bring patrons of all ages and dollars into downtown and create; to quote her vision for the Wallace, “a cultural experience while preserving, enriching and creating the history of Levelland and Hockley County as we entertain, inspire and positively impact growth and pride in our community.”

Beyond Main Street, Alycyn grew up in Levelland and attended Texas A&M
University. Upon graduation she moved to Washington, DC and served at the U.S. Department of Education during the George W. Bush Administration. Following the Administration, she became a Project Manager for Margaret Spellings & Company, an education policy and consulting firm. In January of 2014 she moved to Dallas and began to work for George W. Bush Presidential Center as a Special Projects Manager where she worked on the development and implementation of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program. Alycyn currently serves as President Elect and Program coordinator for Levelland Noon Rotary Club, is on the board of the Medici Circle at the Texas Tech School of Art, Bill’s Backpacks and a member of the Lubbock Association of Fundraising Professionals. Previously she served on the board of the Levelland Main Street Program, the Hockley County Endowment, and the Texas A&M University Young Alumni Advisory Council.

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Levelland Marigolds Receives George R. Keeling Main Street Award

The Levelland Marigolds was recognized on Thursday during their monthly meeting. They were presented with the George R. Keeling Main Street Award by the Levelland Main Street program.

In 2017, the Levelland Main Street Program established the George R. Keeling
Main Street Award. This unique award is only awarded to individuals or groups
who have demonstrated an outstanding lifetime of dedication to downtown
Levelland and the Main Street Program. Like George, this person or group must
show commitment of his/her self to the development and improvement of the
Main Street Program, has been instrumental in the success of the Program and
proven to be unselfish with time and talents on behalf of the community and the
Main Street Program.

The Marigolds have been a tried and true partner of the Levelland Main Street
Program for many years! From the window decorating contest, to the Winner’s
Choice Trip Raffle, Christmas on the Square (for more years than Main Street has
existed!), to Movie on the Square, even potted plants for downtown businesses
and Christmas lights for the Courthouse and all the grounds… event after event,
project after project and year after year…. the Marigolds of Levelland have shown
dedication without selfish motivation to support and promote downtown
Levelland and everything Main Street, always willing to try new things and
enhance tradition for the future.

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Levelland ISD Board of Trustees Holds Regular Meeting

The Levelland ISD Board of Trustees held a regular meeting Thursday night.

Trustees approved the monthly financial report. It was noted that several large expenditures was included in this months expenses. Most of those were for buses and other large vehicles that were recently delivered to the district. It was also pointed out that the district is on track to save over $100,000 from the LED retrofit.

The board also agreed to an extension of the current depository contract for three additional two year periods. The current contract is with Prosperity Bank. They also re-negotiated interest rates with the bank, it was noted that the district has negotiated higher interest rates, which will generate approximately three times more interest than the current agreement.

The board also approved a budget amendment to move funds to cover additional expenses associated with the LED Lighting retrofit.

The finance director provided a legislative update, concerning school finance. It was noted that their are still questions on how the money will be utilized. The main allotment is set to increase for the first time in five years, there also is not a separate allotment for high school which was in place, it is part of the basic allotment. Several other allotments were also moved into the basic funding formula. There was also an adjustment for mid-size districts which Levelland ISD is part of, they have extended career tech funding down to the 6th grade. There has also been funding to fund full day Pre-K programs. It was pointed out that the Educational Commissioner will have the power to make changes to funding for three years to correct any unintended consequences of the new funding, it would have to be approved by the Legislative Budget Board. It was pointed out that it does include a raise for all full time employees, not including administrators. The minimum salary requirement will also have to change to match the raise which will have an impact on the district. The bill will also compress the property tax rate down four cents per $100 property value. This is all preliminary information and could definitely change as the legislative session continues.

They also received a report on fundraisers that have been approved by the Superintendent. Both of the fundraisers was to raise money by the High School Cheer program.

The board also reviewed the Trustee Training Record for school trustees.   Trustees are required to complete a minimum number of Continuing Education hours each year by the State.

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