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Bond reduction denied for Dr. Thomas Dixon in Sonnier murder case
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:26:37 +0000

A Lubbock court denied an Amarillo plastic surgeon’s request to reduce his $10 million bond Wednesday, despite the testimony of financial hardship his mother gave in court.

Mary Dixon, 69, said she had spent more than $1.25 million paying for Dr. Thomas Dixon’s defense, while other family members have helped pay for his child support.

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Road work on portion of Loop 493 near Woodrow Road begins Saturday
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:59:25 +0000

Work on part of Loop 493 begins Saturday

A segment of Loop 493, just north of Woodrow Road near Lubbock-Cooper schools, will close on Saturday to make culvert improvements.

The area will be closed to traffic to give construction crews room to work safely on the culvert crossing, according to a news release.

Work is expected to be completed by Wednesday.

Traffic going both north and south will not be able to travel through the work area.


Frenship High student hit by truck while walking to school
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:55:43 +0000

Frenship student hit
by truck while walking

A Frenship High School student was treated for serious injuries Wednesday after being struck by a vehicle.

The 17-year-old female student was traveling across a road outside the high school when she was hit by a vehicle about 7:10 a.m., said Andy Penney, a Frenship Independent School District spokesman.

Wolfforth Police Chief Rick Scott said officials believe the student was crossing at a crosswalk when she was hit by a 1999 Ford F-51 pickup.

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Gas prices fall below $2 at some Lubbock stations
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:13:57 +0000

Gasoline prices fell below $2 per gallon Wednesday at more than a dozen stations in Lubbock.

The average price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline Wednesday in Lubbock was $2.169, though many stations offered gas from $1.97 to $1.99 per gallon, according to gasbuddy.com.

That’s down nearly 11 cents from last week and more than 41 cents from a month ago.

Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst, said prices will probably continue to trickle down in the next several weeks.

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Engineering design firm contracted to begin work on utility upgrade in southwest Lubbock
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:25:36 +0000

Members of the Electric Utility Board took the next step in the Oliver Substation Transformer Capacity upgrade project by approving an agreement with Black &
Veatch Corp. for engineering design services.

The upgrade project consists of adding a new substation power transformer at the Oliver Substation, located in Southwest Lubbock. The purpose of a transformer is to measure and control the devices needed for an efficient operation. It also controls the circuit breakers and disconnectors to cut power in the case of an emergency.

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Bond reduction hearing for Dixon set for Wednesday
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:27:03 +0000

Bond reduction

hearing for Dixon set

A bond reduction hearing is set for Wednesday in a Lubbock court for an Amarillo plastic surgeon accused in a murder-for-hire plot.

Judge Jim Bob Darnell will hear arguments at 2:15 p.m. in the 140th District Court for an application for writ of habeas corpus and motion for reasonable bond filed on behalf of Dr. Thomas Dixon.

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Rep. Frullo sponsors nativity scene at state Capitol rotunda
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:20:13 +0000

It’s not quite a decree from Caesar Augustus, but Rep. John Frullo has attached his name to an initiative that brought a nativity scene to the state Capitol.

On Monday, organizers in Austin unveiled the small scene consisting of statuettes of baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The display was funded by private citizens and sponsored by Frullo, a Lubbock Republican.

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Men accused of stealing salsa, energy drinks indicted on robbery charges
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:54:29 +0000

A Lubbock County grand jury indicted three men Tuesday on robbery charges stemming from separate shoplifting incidents.

Jacob Escobedo, 26, Brandon Torrez, 17, and Jonathan Torrez, 19, are each charged with a one count of robbery.

Police responded to a robbery call Nov. 18 at the United Supermarket at 1701 50th St. and arrested Escobedo.

Investigators believe Escobedo entered the store and stole food including eggs, a rotisserie chicken and salsa. As he left, he reportedly struck with his elbow a store employee who tried to stop him.

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Houston attorney allowed to respond to accusations via affidavit in Jeena Roberts case
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:25:07 +0000

The lawyer of Jeena Roberts will not be in court Thursday to respond to accusations he misled his former client to pleading guilty to a 2010 drunken driving collision that left one woman dead and another seriously injured, court officials said Tuesday.

Instead, Lubbock Judge Jim Bob Darnell allowed Houston attorney Dan Cogdell to respond to the accusations via affidavit, according to prosecutor Tom Brummett.

Cogdell will have until Jan. 1 to submit his affidavit to the 140th District Court, Brummett said.

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Organizers announce winners of Miracles Christmas Parade
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:43:30 +0000

Winners of Miracles parade announced

Organizers of the 10th annual Miracles Christmas Parade have announced four winners from Saturday’s event.

The winners are:

Best Fire Truck: Texas Forest Service

Best Float: Miss Lubbock

Best Walking Group: Monterey High School cheerleaders

Best Vehicles: South Plains Antique Tractor Association.

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Pancho Clos is coming to town
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:10:35 +0000

Donning a colorful sombrero and serape, Santa’s Mexican cousin from the south will be in Lubbock this weekend with a bag full of toys and treats for children.

Pancho Clos will listen to Christmas wishes during a visit between 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Maggie Trejo Super Center.

He started visiting Lubbock in 1971 after the local American GI Forum heard a song about Pancho Clos and decided to bring him to life, said Robert Narvaiz, an organizer of the event.

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Goodfellows Contributors
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:12:04 +0000

In memory of my departed family, from Herbert Bearden $125

In memory of: David & Mary Lou Sherrill and Marvin & Jimmie Armstrong $100

In memory of Willie V. & Ripple Nance and Wally & Bonnie Campbell $200

Previously Reported: $5,918

TOTAL TO DATE: $6,343


Acupuncture provides alternative to traditional western treatments
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 16 Dec 2014 03:05:27 +0000

Blake Gafford was a college student at Texas Tech when his stress began becoming unbearable.

“Somebody said ‘have you ever tried acupuncture?’ And I never had,” Gafford said.

“I always thought acupuncture was for people who wanted to — you know, weight loss, it was for pain, something like that. I didn’t really have any pain in my body. I just thought it was for limited things.

“Anyway, I went and got some acupuncture. I was blown away by how much it relived my stress. I started getting regular acupuncture treatments,” he said.

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