Two Vehicle Accident Reported During Lunch Hour North of Sundown

DPS LogoEmergency Crews in Hockley County responded to a two vehicle accident north of Sundown on FM 303

Reports indicate the accident occurred just after 12:30 pm on FM 303.  Levelland EMS responded and took two people to the hospital according to authorities.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the accident and no further information has been released.

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Lubbock Police Looking for Help in Locating Suspect in Attempted Kidnapping

Lubbock PoliceLubbock Police is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect in an attempted kidnapping.

Lubbock police responded to a residence on 62nd street on Sunday at around 8:30 pm.  Reports indicate that a male subject had just attempted to kidnap a 20 year old female resident of the home.  Officers were told the male suspect knocked on the door and claimed there was a water leak at the home. When the female walked outside to check on the leak, the male subject grabbed the female and began to hit her multiple times. Officers were advised the suspect attempted to drag the female way from the home. The victim was able to kick free from the suspect and ran into the home to call police.

Upon further investigation, officers determined that the male suspect had been to the residence a few days earlier asking for help in locating a missing dog, however, the residents did not come out of the house that time.

The suspect has not been located.  He is described as a hispanic male, 30 to 40 years old, standing approximately 5′ 7″ tall and weighing approximately 250 pounds.

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Texas Department of Public Safety Urges Safety during Spring Break Travel

DPS LogoEach year in Texas, more than half of drivers involved in deadly drunk driving crashes are between the ages of 17 and 34. With many college students and young adults heading to Spring Break destinations in the coming weeks, the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Plan While You Can” campaign reminds them to make a sober ride part of their festivities.

“Enjoy Spring Break, but do so responsibly,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “If you drink and drive, you run the very real risk of being killed or destroying your future and the lives of others. It’s irresponsible and just not worth it.”

During last year’s Spring Break* in Texas, there were 410 crashes involving young drivers who were driving under the influence of alcohol. Those crashes killed 20 people and seriously injured another 48.

While drivers under the influence of alcohol risk killing or seriously injuring themselves or others, they also face up to $17,000 in fines and fees, jail time and loss of their driver’s license. Visit to find alternatives to drinking and driving, such as:

  • Designating a sober driver, or calling someone for a sober ride home.
  • Contacting a cab or ride-share service.
  • Using mass transit.
  • Spending the night.
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City of Olton Under Boil Water Notice Until Further Notice

letstalkCity of Olton officials have confirmed a major water line break inside the city.  City crews worked much of the afternoon and evening on Monday to make repairs.  Due to a drop in the water pressure the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is requiring a boil water notice be issued.

City residents are being told to boil their water prior to consumption.  Water should be brought to vigorous rolling boil for two minutes and allowed to cool prior to consumption.  In lieu of boiling, residents may purchase bottled water or obtain water from another suitable source.

This notice is in effect until further notice according to Olton City officials.

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Obituary: Juan Rocha, 74 of Smyer

Juan RochaFuneral Services are set for Juan Rocha, 74 of Smyer.  Rosary services are scheduled for 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral mass is set for 10:00 am Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.  He passed away on Friday, March 9th.

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Cochran County to Hold Re-Count in Two Commissioners Races

letstalkCochran County has announced they will host a recount this week in the two commissioners race from last Tuesday’s ballot.

Elections Administrator, Cheryl Butler said in the Commissioners race for precinct 2, Matt Evans received 81 votes while incumbent Bruce Heflin received 60 votes.  If the recount does not change the results their will be a runoff between the two candidates.

Butler said, there will also be a recount for Commissioner Precinct 4 as well.  In Tuesday’s election, Reynaldo Morin, incumbent received 43 votes, while his challenger, Jake Timmons received 41 votes.  A runoff is also possible in this race.

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Levelland Housing Authority Names New Director

letstalkThe Levelland Housing Authority Board of Directors has selected Olga Gonzales to be its new Executive Director for the Levelland Housing Authority. Mrs. Gonzales is currently the Bookkeeper at the Hockley County Senior Citizens Association and has been there for the past eight (8) years. She also served as a leasing agent and property manager for two apartment complexes over a nine (9) year period.

“We are excited to have Olga join our organization,” said Lisa Hanna, Board Chair. “We had a total of eight applicants to choose from and it was not an easy decision.”
Mrs. Gonzales will be responsible for approximately 50 housing units in three locations in Levelland and will work directly with the Board of Directors and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to ensure for the proper management of the properties.

“Opportunities like this do not open up every day,” said Olga Gonzales. I have enjoyed my time at the Hockley County Senior Citizens Association and am looking forward to a new challenge.”

Mrs. Gonzales first day on the job is planned for April 2nd.

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