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Tornillo highway construction to increase $3 million due to delay
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:43:23 MDT
The second phase of the Manuel F. Aguilera Highway that will connect Interstate 10 to the new Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry will cost the county $3 million more than originally planned due to delays in the project.

Accident closes bridge in Spaghetti Bowl in Central El Paso
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:33:44 MDT
A bridge connecting U.S. 54 South to Interstate 10 West in Central El Paso is closed this evening because of a serious traffic accident, police said.

Mayor nixes proposed rule for placing El Paso City Council agenda items
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:37:24 MDT
Mayor Oscar Leeser nixed a City Council proposal requiring that at least three city representatives agree on an item before it could be posted on the council's meeting agenda.

Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend after salsa argument
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:16:00 -0500
AKRON, Ohio — A northeast Ohio woman has been charged with felonious assault for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend after yelling at him for eating all of the couple's salsa.

El Paso boxer Escalante sentenced to eight years probation weeks before next bout
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:42:49 MDT
Prominent El Paso boxer Antonio Escalante, who was arrested four times last year on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, has been sentenced to eight years of probation, according to court records.

Former MISD substitute teacher convicted of assaulting students
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:32:00 -0500
A 64-year-old Midland man was convicted and sentenced Monday for assaulting three Midland ISD students in October 2013, according to a press release from the Midland County District Attorney’s Office.

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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Desta Drilling: Wage dispute stems from bonus program
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:21:00 -0500
Differing interpretations of regulations covering wages resulted in Desta Drilling paying $317,000 in back wages to 449 employees last year.

Men suspected in gang assault at Upper Valley house party
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:16:50 MDT
Two of this week's most-wanted fugitives are suspected of being part of an armed gang who burst into an Upper Valley house party earlier this month, El Paso police said.

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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Family offers reward to find missing 21-year-old El Paso man
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:31:18 MDT
A worried family is offering a $5,000 reward for information that helps them find their 21-year-old son, who has been missing for 10 days.

Affidavit: 17-year-old allegedly assaults and robs Midland resident
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:21:00 -0500
A 17-year-old Midland man was arrested Monday in a case related to the robbery of a residence near the Neely Avenue and Midland Drive intersection, according to court documents.

Prosecutor: Guns were smuggled aboard US airliners
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:16:26 UT
NEW YORK (AP) — A brazen scheme in which guns — even an AK-47 rifle — were taken onto passenger jets for years in carry-on luggage was described by a Brooklyn prosecutor Tuesday as a terrorism threat that should cause the airline industry to end the practice of letting some workers enter airports without security screening. Thompson's comment came as he described a case brought against five people, including an airline baggage handler who was charged a day earlier by federal authorities in Atlanta. The prosecutor said Henry was given the guns, sometimes in airport restrooms, by Eugene Harvey, 31, an Atlanta baggage handler who worked for Delta before he was fired as a result of the investigation. Investigators videotaped him in the Atlanta airport prior to a morning flight to Kennedy International Airport in New York, where he was videotaped leaving the airport and was followed to his residence in Brooklyn. The prosecutor said investigators believe he has been transporting guns on planes for at least five years, using companion passes available because his mother had worked for airlines for years before retiring. The Transportation Security Administration, which is responsible for screening airline passengers, said in a statement that it takes "potential for insider threats at airports very seriously."

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