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Man found dead in parking lot
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:57:13 +0000

Amarillo police said a man was found dead Tuesday evening in an auto parts store parking lot.
About 6:45 p.m., police responded to a medical call at AutoZone, 3412 S. Georgia St., where they found the body of a man in his 50s in a gray pickup.
Police said no foul play is suspected and the incident remains under investigation.


United Way announces nearly $2.6 million in donations
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:30:20 +0000

United Way of Amarillo & Canyon announced its allocations during a news conference on Tuesday.

The organization donated a total of almost $2.6 million to nonprofit agencies across the area.

Agencies receiving the largest allocation include:

■ Children’s Learning Centers of Amarillo, Low Income Child Care, $280,000

■ Goodwill of Northwest Texas, Job Training and Placement, $150,000

■ Boy Scouts Golden Spread Council, Scoutreach, $147,000

■ Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, Girls at School, $133,903

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State Bar denies grievance against DA
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:15:53 +0000

The State Bar of Texas has denied an Austin-based group’s grievance against Randall County Criminal District Attorney James Farren, rejecting claims that he concealed evidence, coerced testimony and threatened key prosecution witnesses in the Brittany Holberg capital murder case.

In 1998, a Randall County jury convicted Holberg, now 42, of capital murder in the 1996 beating and stabbing death of A.B. Towery Sr., 80. The jurors then issued a death sentence for the Amarillo prostitute who claimed she killed Towery in self-defense.

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Former assistant chief questioned on double billing
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:50:57 +0000

Shortly before Assistant Police Chief Perry Gilmore resigned Tuesday, he relinquished nine days of vacation after the Amarillo Globe-News raised questions about instances when he was paid by the city and Amarillo College for teaching seminars on the same days.

Gilmore, who earned a salary of more than $124,000 last year, was paid $4,000 to teach a weeklong crisis management seminar at AC and also was on the Police Department’s payroll for the week of March 19-23, 2013, according to college vouchers and police payroll records.

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City discusses plans to beautify S. Polk St., S.W. Sixth Ave.
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:13:45 +0000

Planning continues on a project that could remake parts of South Polk Street and Southwest Sixth Avenue with a minimum $10 million grant, and city council members got an update Tuesday at their regular meeting.

“We want to create that Main Street environment we all enjoy in other communities,” Downtown Amarillo Inc. Chairman John Lutz said about Polk.

The purpose is to not only improve the atmosphere to attract economic development but to enhance transportation and connectivity, said Melissa Dailey, executive director of DAI.

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Hair straightener causes house fire
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:44:50 +0000

A hair straightener caused about $20,000 in damage Tuesday afternoon to a South Bonham Street home, an Amarillo Fire Department news release said.

About 1 p.m., firefighters responded to a house fire call at 4107 S. Bonham St.

Responders found smoke coming from the rear of the two-story house, and firefighters brought the blaze under control in 15 minutes.

The fire is thought to have come from the first floor bedroom and firefighters were able to contain it to that area.

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Police seek gunman in Tuesday shooting
amarillo.com / Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:24:12 +0000

Amarillo police are seeking a man who they said shot another man Tuesday afternoon.

About 2:30 p.m., police were dispatched to the 800 block of South Maryland Street in the east alley on what sounded like a gunshot.

An 18-year-old man was in the alley when a red and black older model short bed pickup, possibly a Dodge, approached.

A man in the pickup — described as a thin, black man in his 20s — took the victim’s wallet and pants at gunpoint.

The suspect shot the victim once, wounding the victim’s legs.

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Medical emergency leads to I-40 wreck
amarillo.com / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:26:26 +0000

A medical emergency likely prompted a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon on West Interstate 40 near the Western Street exit, Amarillo police said.

The driver of a white Honda Accord was headed west on the Interstate when the vehicle struck the rear of a red Ford Fusion and continued driving.
The Honda hit a guard rail and drove over a median into the westbound frontage road.
Initially, the call was dispatched as a hit-and-run, but police think the man either passed out or suffered a seizure, causing the wreck.
The man was taken to a hospital and no serious injuries were reported.


APD assistant chief resigns after review
amarillo.com / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:29:35 +0000

An Amarillo assistant police chief’s remarks about an officer-involved shooting investigation led to his resignation, Chief Robert Taylor said Tuesday.

Col. Perry Gilmore resigned Tuesday after an internal review spurred by a district attorney’s decision to drop charges against a former APD officer.

Gilmore, one of two assistant chiefs at APD, was initially offered a demotion to captain, but he chose to resign, Chief Robert Taylor said.

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Chief: Senior APD Col. resigns after internal review
amarillo.com / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:16:43 +0000

Amarillo Police Department Col. Perry Gilmore resigned Tuesday after an internal review spurred by a district attorney’s decision to drop charges against a former APD officer.

Although Gilmore was initially offered a demotion to captain, he chose to resign, Chief Robert Taylor said.

In March, 47th District Attorney Randall Sims dropped felony and misdemeanor evidence tampering charges against Saulo Bravo, 27, citing challenges with APD’s criminal investigation.

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Today in History for Wednesday, April 1, 2015
amarillo.com / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:52:25 +0000

■ In 1789, the U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York; Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first House speaker.

■ In 1815, Prussian/German statesman Otto von Bismarck was born in Schoenhausen.

■ In 1865, during the Civil War, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan routed Confederate soldiers under the command of Maj. Gen. George Pickett in the Battle of Five Forks in Virginia.

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Word of the Day for Wednesday, April 1, 2015
amarillo.com / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:52:07 +0000

WORD OF THE DAY

abhorrent

■ ab·hor·rent

■ ab hȯr rənt

Definition: (adj) causing or deserving strong dislike or hatred

Example: “Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.”

— Thomas Jefferson


Calendar for Wednesday, April 1, 2015
amarillo.com / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:51:34 +0000

Entertainment

Kickshickers Band: 7 p.m. Amarillo Elks Lodge No. 923, 932 Clyde St. Cover $5. 806-355-3311.

Andy Chase Cundiff: 7 p.m. 575 Pizzeria, 7710 Hillside Road. Suite 700. No cover. 806-322-5575.

Charles Castleman violin recital: 7:30 p.m. West Texas A&M University Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall. Free. 806-371-2840.

Edison with Maxwell Hughes: 9 p.m. The 806, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. No cover. 806-322-1806.

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