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VFW Post to host District 19 forum
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:07:46 +0000

Veterans hosting
District 19 forum

Lubbock’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2466 on Friday will be hosting a forum featuring the nine candidates vying for the U.S. House District 19 seat.

The forum will be part of the group’s monthly fish fry. Admission, which is for all you can eat, is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 11 through 17, and free for children under 10 years old.

VFW Post 2466 is located at 501 E. County Road 7300 in Lubbock County.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the forum begins at 6 p.m.

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Museum of Texas Tech hosts quilting events
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:07:18 +0000

Museum of Texas Tech hosts quilting events

An international artist, quilter, author and teacher will present a lecture and trunk show of her work and that of other artists she has worked with during a quilting event at the Museum of Texas Tech.

A quilt workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by a presentation at 7 p.m.

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Lubbock man in October police standoff indicted
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:58:48 +0000

A Lubbock County grand jury on Tuesday indicted a 30-year-old man accused in October of punching a police officer who was arresting him after an four-hour standoff.

James Nye is charged with a third-degree felony count of assault on a public servant and a second-degree felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by threat.

Lubbock police arrested Nye on Oct. 27 after a standoff with police that began about 1 a.m.

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Former Plainview Hilton Hotel to receive $7 million makeover as apartment complex
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:52:49 +0000

PLAINVIEW — The former Hilton Hotel has seen better days.

The dilapidated building could see them again, following a restoration project.

The Plainview City Council agreed Tuesday night to pursue a proposal to transform the downtown building into a new apartment complex. MRE Capital, LLC will develop the $7.7 million housing project.

Conrad Lofts will contain 27 units with monthly rental prices of $500 for a one-bedroom, $600 for a two-bedroom and $675 for a three-bedroom unit, Assistant City Manager Andrew Freeman said.

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LFD responds to fire at unoccupied house in North Lubbock
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:36:32 +0000

LFR responds to fire
at unoccupied house

Lubbock Fire Rescue crews responded to a structure fire at a single-family residence Tuesday night in North Lubbock.

Crews were called out around 7 p.m. to the 400 block of Olive Avenue.

Battalion Chief Benny Baker said the house was unoccupied and there were no injuries.

The inside of the home sustained minimal damage, he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Elyssa Gonzalez, A-J Media

Cuban refugee arrested in credit card scam indicted
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:34:14 +0000

A Lubbock County grand jury indicted a 52-year-old Cuban refugee arrested in January in connection with a sophisticated credit/debit card scam.

Esvagui Rodriguez is charged with three counts of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, two of which are state jail felonies and one a third-degree felony; a state jail felony count of credit/debit card abuse; and a third-degree felony count of witness tampering.

Lubbock police investigators believe Rodriguez used altered credit cards to access other people’s bank accounts.

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Frank Gutierrez files for District 1 in city council election
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:20:26 +0000

Frank Gutierrez, who had been running for county commissioner, now has filed to run in the special election for District 1 in the Lubbock City Council instead.

Gutierrez has run for the seat representing North Lubbock before. The retired Republican political activist challenged Victor Hernandez in 2014, but he lost by a little more than 150 votes.

He also led the charge in 2013 to recall Hernandez. He was the chairman of the Campaign to Vacate Victor, which got the necessary amount of signatures to trigger a recall election that Hernandez ultimately won.

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Let’s not forget the constables: Law enforcement races heating up
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:18:06 +0000

They may not be the most high-profile races, but candidates for Lubbock County constable are block walking, putting up signs and trying to get their names out all the same.

And one race has seen some back-and-forth between the candidates as of late. So much so that a last-minute debate may be scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

All four constable seats, one for each county precinct, are up for election. Two incumbents will be unopposed: Paul Hanna in Precinct 1 and Marina Garcia in Precinct 3.

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Constable 101: Elected position charged with keeping peace, civil case duty
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:26:04 +0000

The Texas Constitution lays out three main duties for constables: to keep the peace within the county, to bring someone charged with a crime before the court and to process and execute civil cases in county court.

Paul Hanna, who has been the constable in Lubbock County’s Precinct 1 since 2008, said keeping the peace means patrolling, helping respond to incidents and investigating crimes.

But most of a constable’s time is spent with the civil process.

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Lubbock police searching for change scammers
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:00:49 +0000

Police searching for change scammers

The Lubbock Police Department is looking for two men who reportedly are running a scam for money by confusing cashiers.

Lubbock police posted a video on their Facebook page Tuesday afternoon asking for help in identifying the men.

Police say the scammers confuse cashiers by asking for a “particular kind of currency.” The cashier is then tricked into giving more change than necessary.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Line at 741-1000.

Ellysa Gonzalez, A-J Media

Moster withdraws name from council race
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:41:22 +0000

Charles Moster, who made his candidate announcement last week, is withdrawing from the race for Lubbock City Council.

Moster sent A-J Media an email Monday night, writing, “My decision is based on the realities of the time commitment and the adverse effect on my family and practice. ... I am thankful for that experience and hope that my withdrawal will create an opportunity for another candidate to enter the race.”

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Candle light vigil for slain singer set at Cactus Theater rescheduled
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:09:13 +0000

Vigil rescheduled for slain Lubbock singer

Cactus Theater officials have rescheduled a candlelight vigil for Orestes “West” Garza, moving the event back to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the 1812 Buddy Holly Ave. venue.

Garza, a prominent local musician, was killed in a fatal shooting Sunday night. Organizers said family and friends will share stories about Garza and sing his favorite songs. A rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in Levelland, according to a news release.

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Skyviews offers Mardi Gras, Valentine’s menu specials
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 09 Feb 2016 20:55:58 +0000

Skyviews offers Mardi Gras, Valentine’s menu

Did you forget to make Valentine’s reservations?

A special menu will be available at Skyviews of Texas Tech University, a student-run restaurant on the sixth floor of the Texas Tech Plaza.

Skyviews, located at 1901 University Ave., is offering deals in February, including a Valentine’s special available in the days following the holiday when baby sitters are easier to get.

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