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Brewer says it’s been a whirlwind, but he’s getting to work as police chief
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 02 Jul 2015 01:24:24 +0000

Jerry Brewer was at the South Plains Mall in 1988 when he stumbled on an information table about the Lubbock Police Department, displaying that the department was accepting applications.

The booth caught his eye, and he migrated over to it. Brewer, who was recently named Lubbock’s acting police chief, said public service was something he’d always wanted to do, something he said he learned from his father, a longtime member of the Air Force.

He picked up more information from the table, studied for the tests and got in.

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Peanuts surviving disease risks, minimal irrigation
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:48:07 +0000

BROWNFIELD — Tony Dill’s irrigation system has seen busier days.

After 19 years of planting peanuts, the Terry County farmer can’t remember his legumes having been entirely rain-fed.

But this season brings a new experience.

“I have some peanuts I haven’t even had to water — that’s a first for me,” he said.

Peanuts have a thirstier reputation than the cotton and grapes that also thrive in Terry County. An extra wet spring, though, has quenched them nicely.

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Public memorial service next month for Mark Ysasaga
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:14:58 +0000

Mark Anthony Ysasaga’s family announced they’re holding a memorial service next month that’s open to the public. Private funeral services will be at a later date.

The public memorial will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 7 at Trinity Church, located at 7002 Canton Ave. in Lubbock.

Ysasaga was 15 years old when he went missing in Lubbock on June 14, 2012. His body was found last month on private property near 120th Street and U.S. 87.

An arrest warrant was issued for 20-year-old Jose Angel Simental, who is being charged for the murder of Ysasaga.

1 indicted on injury to child charges
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:02:34 +0000

A Lubbock County grand jury issued the following indictments Tuesday:

Aggravated assault: Caleb Duran, 26; Carlos Constancio, 21.

Aggravated robbery: Tony Delarosa, 29.

Arson: Joshua Reading, 25.

Assault on a public servant: Jerome Sapp, 25; Joel Gilley, 39.

Assault on emergency services personnel: Brittany Moore, 20.

Attempted assault on a public servant: Ramon Garza, 35.

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India native, former Tech professor builds successful life in U.S.
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:52:48 +0000

Former Texas Tech civil engineering professor Girija Vallabhan has had a successful career — not because of the recognition he’s received in his field across the world, but for the people he’s been able to reach out to.

During his 36 years teaching at Tech, Vallabhan has helped dozens of students achieve their dreams of obtaining a doctorate degree and hundreds more get their master’s.

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Lubbock defense attorney group to commemorate July 4 with reading of Declaration of Independence
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:22:38 +0000

Members of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association will gather at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Lubbock County Courthouse for an annual reading of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

The ceremony is one of hundreds planned in the country organized by local criminal defense lawyer groups ahead of the country’s independence day celebration, according to an association news release.

The association is made up of more than 100 local attorneys and has organized the ceremony in Lubbock since 2010.

Updated federal report predicts more sorghum, less cotton
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:46:34 +0000

Cotton acreage is down even more than the drop already expected, according to latest estimates.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service indicates cotton will be down 18 percent nationwide, according to a report released Tuesday.

The service’s last report, released March 31, predicted it would be down 13 percent.

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Former Police Chief Ellis has left police department, according to acting chief
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:52:44 +0000

Days after being demoted to captain, former Lubbock police Chief Roger Ellis has retired from the police department, according to newly appointed Chief Jerry Brewer.

Ellis was demoted to captain by City Manager James Loomis on Friday — just a day after Assistant Chief James Shavers was moved from investigations to patrol.

Ellis retired that same day.

Ellis was sworn in as Lubbock’s police chief in February 2011. Justification for the change in command was cited in a news release as “civil service law,” something Loomis has not expanded on.

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Drug charges filed on man in armed robbery involving Ysasaga person of interest
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:40:16 +0000

A 20-year-old Lubbock man was indicted Tuesday on drug charges in connection with an armed home invasion that involved a person of interest in the Mark Ysasaga homicide.

A Lubbock County grand jury indicted Devon Gonzales on a first-degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Investigators found more than 200 grams of hash oil in the vehicle Gonzales was in June 4 after an aggravated robbery at a home in the 4900 block of 11th Street.

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Lubbock CDA: No charges after Texas Rangers complete investigation of mayor’s gun incident
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:27:59 +0000

No criminal charges will result from an investigation into alleged assault charges against Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson, the Lubbock County criminal district attorney said Wednesday.

“The (Texas Rangers) brought their investigation over to us yesterday and they don’t feel like there was any criminal charges there, and we’ve reviewed it and I agree,” said CDA Matt Powell.

Powell declined to comment on the facts of the investigation other than saying the Texas Rangers did a complete investigation into the complaint.

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Some recent armed robberies related, police say
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:54:04 +0000

There have been several armed robberies reported in the past month, and some of them are related, police say, but others have been separate.

Lt. Ray Mendoza told A-J Media a few weeks ago it’s hard to pinpoint why the robberies are happening, but that the suspects seem to like getting the easy way out of working.

“We work closely with the Lubbock Police Department,” said Johnathan Ketchum, senior vice president of retail at Southwest Convenience stores.

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Shallowater alums receive ag scholarships
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:04:57 +0000

Two Shallowater High School graduates have been awarded scholarships from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, a new program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

Cole Bradford and Cameron Knight are pursuing degrees in agriculture-related fields.

Bradford plans to attend Texas Tech in the fall to study agricultural education, while Knight attends Texas State University, where he is studying agricultural business management.

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Rawls College of Business breaks ground on second phase at Texas Tech
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:01:37 +0000

Rawls College
breaking ground

A new west wing at the Rawls College of Business is now under construction after Texas Tech officals broke ground Wednesday on the $15 million expansion.

A three-story, 38,000-square-foot addition was approved by the Texas Tech Board of Regents and will match the current building’s architecture. The expansion was designed by Parkhill, Smith and Cooper and will be built by Lee Lewis Construction.

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