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Comptroller candidate stresses accountability in ‘Watchdog tour’
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:56:41 +0000

State comptroller candidate Mike Collier admits he doesn’t have a lot of experience in politics, but hey, that’s his whole point.

The Houston-based certified public accountant is running on the Democratic ticket for Texas’ top financial management position. He said with so many tax dollars at stake, the role should belong to an accountant — not a politician.

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Residents give input at TxDOT meeting
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:53:58 +0000

After signing a petition in June asking officials to revise the proposed Lubbock Outer Route, Paul Kitchens continues to make sure his voice is heard.

“I’m concerned about them putting an outer loop in front of my house and all of these houses up and down (FM) 1585,” said Kitchens, who lives on the farm-to-market road in Lubbock County. “It just doesn’t make sense to me to cut across some good farmland.”

Kitchens was among many residents who attended an open house Thursday at the Lubbock TxDOT District Office Training Center.

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Lubbock police seek woman for identity theft
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:20:29 +0000

Lubbock police are looking for a 40-year-old woman in connection with an identity theft.

Benita Rochelle Johnson is wanted for felony fraud and identity theft, according to a Lubbock Police Department news release.

Johnson is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs about 220 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair.

Lubbock police were contacted Tuesday by a man reporting an identity theft.

Anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts can call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000, or Detective. Pringle at (806) 252-1024.

Lubbock police seek two in connection with stolen payroll check
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:10:09 +0000

Lubbock police are seeking a man and a woman in connection with a theft.

Investigators believe the two cashed a stolen payroll check July 7 at the Chuck’s 4Way Liquor store.

Lubbock police released images of the two caught on the store’s security camera.

The woman, who appears to be pregnant, is about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs about 220 pounds.

The man is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and wights about 190 pounds. He has a tattoo on his left bicep and is seen in the video wearing a Domino’s Pizza polo shirt and a visor.

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Crosby County attorney remembered as big-hearted, committed to county
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:36:44 +0000

Michael Ward just left behind decades worth of Crosby County memories.

Ward, Crosby County’s longtime county attorney with felony responsibilities, died Wednesday morning from an ongoing illness. He was 63.

“He was a good man and well liked by everybody,” Andrew Ward, his son, told A-J Media. “Everybody’s going to miss him.”

In addition to his son, Ward leaves behind his wife, Cathy; a daughter, Amanda; and a granddaughter, Mayleigh. But his list of loved ones extended far beyond his blood relatives.

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Multiple accidents on South Loop delaying traffic
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:20:31 +0000

Multiple accidents in South Lubbock have snarled traffic Thursday evening on South Loop 289.

Lubbock motorists are advised to take a different route as police are respond to traffic accidents in the West Bound Lanes of South Loop 289 between Quaker Avenue and Slide Road.

No injuries have been reported so far.

Digging up spuds - potato crop out of ground, looking good
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:39:07 +0000

SPRINGLAKE — They’re out of the ground now and waiting to see an oven — well, most of them.

Potatoes have reached the late stages of harvest time at Barrett Produce in Lamb and Bailey counties.

Like other South Plains crops, the newly picked taters took advantage of recent precipitation.

“We’ve really enjoyed the rain,” farm manager Tim Gonzalez said. “Everything’s going as scheduled. Yield is good, and quality is great.”

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Council unhappy new stormwater rates will be delayed
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:08:17 +0000

City stormwater rates may not be changing in the next few months after all.

The Lubbock City Council discussed a new stormwater rate system planned for the upcoming budget year at a work session Thursday. The council had planned for the new system to go live Oct. 1, but, Lubbock Power & Light CFO Andy Burcham stunned some council members by saying the company could not meet the October deadline. More realistic, he suggested, is a deadline of Oct. 1, 2015.

“The time frame between now and Oct. 1 is not realistic. I’m not sure it’s ever been realistic,” Burcham said.

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McDougal Cos. commemorates 15th anniversary of Overton Park development
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:26:28 +0000

The results are impossible to argue with.

That’s what Mayor Glen Robertson said during a news conference at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center on Wednesday.

The news conference was to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the July 1999 announcement of McDougal Cos.’ intentions to redevelop the entire North Overton area.

From west to east, the area stretches from University Avenue to Avenue Q, and from the Marsha Sharp Freeway to Broadway going north to south.

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Clap along: Happy State Bank, Crenshaw law firm break ground on new building
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:17:28 +0000

Everyone is happy.

In 1908, two separate entities, Happy State Bank and Crenshaw, Dupree, and Milam, were established. In a pairing that seemed to be a work of fate, the two have merged office buildings as announced at the bank’s groundbreaking Thursday morning at 98th Street and Quaker Avenue.

Attorney Billy Eichman has been with the local law firm close to 15 years. While he said the 1960s-era downtown building has sentimental value, everyone is excited about the move.

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Man, woman wanted in Lubbock slaying may be in New Mexico, police say
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:33:38 +0000

Lubbock police homicide investigators believe a man and woman wanted in connection with a Wednesday morning slaying in South Lubbock may be in New Mexico, police officials said Thursday.

Warrants were issued late Wednesday for Noel Serrano, 18, and Mayra J. Caraveo, 21, both of New Mexico, following the killing of 18-year-old Fabian Rios.

Rios was found dead in front of a residence in the 2000 block of 89th Street.

He suffered multiple stab and gunshot wounds to the head and chest, said Sgt. Jason Lewis with the Lubbock Police Department.

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Tech women’s clinic benefits recruiting admin assistant
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:14:22 +0000

As she sat beside her husband and son, doctors told Jennie Bailey they didn’t know how long she would live.

“It was hard for me because they had to sit there and hear it and have to deal with it,” said Bailey, administrative assistant for Tech football recruiting. “But I know God has a path for me and I know strong faith, a positive attitude and family will get you through.”

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Adam Rico indicted in January kidnapping plot
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:59:03 +0000

A 27-year-old Sundown man accused of soliciting the killing of a sheriff’s deputy now faces a charge of kidnapping a man who reportedly stole from him.

Adam Rico, who has been in the Lubbock County Jail since May, can now add aggravated kidnapping to the list of felonies he is facing, court records show Wednesday.

The bond for the kidnapping charge was set at $250,000, raising the total amount of his bond to more than $5.7 million.

A Lubbock County grand jury indicted Rico and four other people Tuesday for the kidnapping of 31-year-old Christopher Ruiz in January.

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