Regional News Headlines for Tuesday, October 17, 2017

klvtnewsbannerDALHART, TX:  Officials with the Dalhart Police Department have asked the Texas Rangers to investigate an officer involved shooting which occurred early Monday morning.  According to reports, police was called to Dalhart Self Storage in reference to a suicidal person.  When officers arrived, they found a female subject armed with a shotgun.  They attempted to negotiate with the woman however, she turned the gun on the officers and they shot her multiple times.  She was transported to a University Medical Center in Lubbock.

ABILENE, TX:  A 17 year old has been arrested in Abilene following a Sunday afternoon robbery where a 15 year old was shot in the chest.  The 17 year old is facing a charge of Aggravated Robbery, he remains in the Taylor County Jail on a $100,000 bond.  He is accused of shooting the 15 year old in the chest during a fight.  The fight occurred at approximately 3:30pm Sunday afternoon in an alley in Abilene.

AMARILLO, TX:  Northwest Texas Healthcare System has appointed an interim CEO.  Stan Tatum has been appointed Interim CEO for Northwest Texas Healthcare System.  Mark Crawford has submitted his resignation and is leaving to pursue other opportunities.  The hospital says the recruitment and selection process for a new CEO will begin immediately.

Approximately 285 alumni, current residents, staff and friends of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch gathered on the campus Saturday for a dinner celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of the first girls’ home for Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.  “The introduction of girls to Boys Ranch marked a significant milestone in the rich heritage of Cal Farley’s,” said Dan Adams, Cal Farley’s president and CEO.  In 1992 the first girls’ home, opened at Boys Ranch.  Its first residents were the sisters of several male Boys Ranch residents.  Today, a quarter of a century after the first girls arrived at Boys Ranch,  eight girls homes at Cal Farley’s are home to a community of 80 girls.

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Levelland City Council Holds Regular Meeting: Approves Change to Accessory Building Ordinance

cityThe Levelland City Council met Monday night in a regular meeting.  One of the highlights of the meeting was the change in the Accessory Building ordinance.  The council approved a change to the ordinance which would allow the building of an accessory building on property prior to building of the main residential structure.

Ty Gregory spoke in public forum portion of the meeting to thank the city council and city zoning boards for coming together to amend the accessory building ordinance prior to regular home.  He requested that building height be allowed at 18 feet at highest point and only on lots that are 1 acre or greater.  He noted that many other cities allow the increased height.  He noted that most of his building plan is within 15 feet however, the roof pitch would require the 18 feet which would allow for a wider door and to have better aesthetic appeal and it would also lessen the likelihood of a leak.

The council approved a motion on changes to accessory building ordinance which would allow construction prior to construction of residential structure and allow maximum height of 18 foot if located on a lot 1 acre or greater and as long as it is a permanent structure with a solid screening fence between neighboring properties.  The change was approved on a split vote with Billy Youngblood casting the opposing vote and all other council members in agreement.  Following the agreement on the change they approved the ordinance with the change.

The council also approved assigning the lease of land behind Oxy Sports complex which Renegade Backhoe Services had leased since 2014.  The assignment was made to Renegade Services as Renegade as sold the backhoe portion of the business.  It was noted that the lease expires in 2020 and can be renewed at that time.

Council also took action to approve the event application for the Main Street programs,  Ladies Night Out to be held in November.  It was noted that the event is in the running for an award through the Texas Downtown Association.  It was noted that the request was being made because they would like to make it where customers could leave a business with an alcoholic beverage as many of the businesses offer free beverages that evening.  Councilman Jim Myatt said “he did not agree with that at all, he doesn’t mind as long as they require the drink to remain in the business.”  It was noted that the application would just allow it in the downtown area only during that event.  The council approved the application on a split vote with Jim Myatt casting the opposing vote.

The council also approved application with TxDOT to allow for closing of Houston and Ave. H for Ladies Night Out event.

The council also approved application with TxDOT to allow for closing of Houston and Ave H for the Trunk or Treat event.

The council authorized staff to go out for competitive bids for equipment authorized in 2017-2018 budget, including 3 unmarked vehicles in the police department, pickup truck in the parks department, pickup truck in the wastewater department, engine and tanker truck for the fire department, Vector truck for wastewater and landfill compactor for sanitation department.  Jim Myatt questioned if the unmarked police vehicles were going to be cars or suv’s.  Police Chief Albert Garcia noted that they are exploring options for the best deal with taxpayer money.

The council also discussed options for financing capital expenses for the new budget.  They are looking at a 10 year note on the fire engines with a five year one on the compactor and Vac truck.  In order to begin the process staff was authorized to develop and issue a request for proposals for financing options with local banks.

The council approved the sale through public auction of eight surplus vehicles.  The sale which normally would have brought $15,000-$20,000 and the total high bids this time come in at $32,350.

The council also approved the forming of a City Park Planning Task Force to come up long term plan for renovations at city park.  They are looking at four areas for planning including, sports, buildings, aquatics and general park use.  They recommend the committee be made up of a council member, member of Levelland Community Development Corporation, member of local youth sports league and community member from each of the four city council districts.

The council took action to approve an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the fiscal year 2017-2018 Routine Airport Maintenance Program.  The program has been used to pay for maintenance and repair items in the past.

The council approved continuing the agreement with Texas Municipal league for Continuation of Coverage benefits to employees who leave employment.  The program is administered by TML.

Council approved an ordinance increasing water rates on a second and final reading.  The ordinance was approved on a split vote with Jim Myatt casting the opposing vote.

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Sheriff’s Office Investigating Unattended Death Monday

hockley-county-sheriffs-officeHockley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an unattended death which occurred in Hockley County on Monday afternoon.

According to reports, a deceased body was found lying on the side of the road in Ropesville around 2:50pm.  The body was found on Quail Road near Tiger Road.

The Sheriff’s Office will not release a name or cause of death until an autopsy has been performed.  It is currently being investigated as an unattended death until final autopsy results are back.

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Levelland City Council to Hold Regular Meeting

cityThe Levelland City Council will meet Monday, October 16 at 6:00pm in the Levelland City Hall Council Chambers at 1709 Avenue H in Levelland.

On the agenda for the meeting they will consider and take action to approve an ordinance amending the zoning regulations establishing additional criteria for accessory buildings in SF-1 and SF-2 zones.  They also will consider an event application for the 2017 Ladies Night Out and to enter into an agreement with TxDOT to close two blocks of a state highway around the square for the event.  They also will consider and take action on an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the fiscal year 2017-2018 Routine Airport Maintenance Program.

The council will also meet in executive session to consult with legal counsel to discuss Levelland Housing Authority.

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Obituary: Sara Mendez, 78 of Levelland

Sara MendezFuneral Services are scheduled for Sara C. Mendez, 78 of Levelland.  Services are set for Tuesday, October 17 at 2:00pm in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.  Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.  Rosary services are scheduled for 7:00pm Monday, October 16 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  She passed away on Sunday, October 15 in Levelland.  Services are under the direction of Head Duarte Funeral Home in Levelland.

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Regional News Headlines for Monday, October 16, 2017

klvtnewsbannerMIDLAND, TX:  A Midland man is dead following an early morning fire Saturday at Waterford Lakes apartments off Loop 250.  Fire officials said the fire was caused from cooking.  The victim was identified as Joshua Sowell, 37 of Midland.  No other injuries were reported.  The fire remains under investigation.

ODESSA, TX:  Some residents in Odessa are trying to remove three council members from office immediately.  A petition has been started to remove at least three council members.  Approximately 2000 signatures is required from registered voters in the respective council members district in order for removal proceedings to be possible.

PERRYTON, TX:  Ronnie Watson, former principal of the Intermediate School in Perryton, has temporarily accepted the acting superintendent position at Perryton ISD in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment against the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent.  The district’s board of trustees met in a special meeting over the weekend and made the appointment.

ODESSA, TX:  Odessa Regional Medical Center has announced that Boston based Steward Health Care System LLC has completed a merger with IASIS Healthcare LLC.  Steward will oversee 36 individual hospitals across 10 states including Odessa Regional Medical Center, Medical Center of the Southeast in Port Arthur, The Medical Center of Southeast Texas-Victory Campus in Beaumont, Southwest General Hospital in San Antonio, St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston and Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana.

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NTS Phone Service Down in Levelland for the Second Time in Less than a Week

ntsFor the second time in less than a week NTS phone services is down in Levelland.

KLVT News has been in contact with NTS Customer Care, they said “this is the second time the service has gone down Saturday.”  Technicians are working on the problem, however, it is a much larger outage than anticipated and they do not have an estimated time of recovery.

This outage is affecting the Levelland Police Department phone lines.  911 service is not affected however if you have a non-emergency please call 897-0315.


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