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Amarillo Animal Management Euthanization Drops 15%

Since May of this year, the number of pets euthanized at Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare has steadily dropped compared to the same time period last year: by 15%. Interim director Scott McDonald talked about one of the reasons for the decrease.
 
"We're doing some diversion," McDonald said, "we have citizens come up to the front counter and they're wanting to donate their animals. We have to explain to them that we're just an open intake shelter and many animals get euthanized here. Not necessarily the best solution for someone's pet."
 
He says another factor is a stronger relationship between the shelter and its partnering agencies, including the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society. On Monday's Newsday Amarillo, McDonald will talk about what's next for animal management

Avondale Student "Punched in the Back" by Substitute

The Amarillo Police Department is investigating reports of abuse of a male child by an adult at a local school.

Avondale Elementary School officials say the incident happened on October 22nd where the child supposedly was "punched in the back." APD says the event involved a substitute teacher who has not yet been charged with any criminal offense as the incident is still under investigation.

It would be a class "C" misdemeanor that could be punishable by up to a $500 fine if the unnamed suspect is charged.

TXDOT Looks Into Putting Airport in Randall County

The Texas Department of Transportation has approved over $44,000 for a feasibility study. The study will look into the possibility of an airport in Randall county just outside of Canyon. A consultant will be selected this fall, and project costs will be funded through Randall county and TXDOT's aviation facilities grant program.

Final Update on I-27 Back-Up

The Canyon E-way was closed down for over 5 hours Friday due to a multi-vehicle accident that sent several people to the hospital.

It began just before 8 in the northbound lanes where cars were slowing for a minor accident near I-27 and Washington. That crash played a role in causing an 18-wheeler pulling a load of manure to hit several cars and crossing the center guard rails on the moss street overpass.  7 people were taken to the hospital, six from a van and one from a pickup.

Investigators believe that excessive speed and faulty evasive action by the driver of the 18-wheeler were factors in the accident. None of the injuries were life-threatening.  

24 Pounds of Meth Seized in I-40 Traffic Stop

The Texas DPS seized over 24 pounds of meth Thursday.

Troopers conducted a traffic stop a little after 7:30 in the evening on a 2004 Jeep traveling eastbound on I-40 near Conway in Carson County. The driver, 21-year-old Franscisco Jouse Beltran of Glendale, Arizona  was booked into the jail after the trooper found 23 bundles of methamphetamine in the rear bumper.

The illegal drugs were allegedly being transported from Phoenix, to Oklahoma City.

DPS Apprehends Murder Suspect Out of Alabama

A traffic stop on I-40 led to the arrest of a murder suspect out of Alabama.  

A DPS trooper made the stop Thursday afternoon near Amarillo in Carson county after receiving information from Amarillo DPS communications that the driver was wanted for homicide. The trooper confirmed that the driver, Brett Richard Yeiter, 46, was the person named in the homicide warrant and booked him into Carson county.

Possible Scam Alert for Amarillo Chamber of Commerce

The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce is reporting a possible scam concerning some of their members.

They've received calls from someone claiming to be updating information from the Chamber asking questions to verify addresses and other information. The number was from out of state and when asked why they were calling from out of town the call was disconnected.

The Chamber says anyone calling on their behalf will use their local offic phone with the number 373-7800 and will let you know in advance if they have someone gathering information. 

Westgate Mall Hosts "Mall-O-Ween"

There are a few places around town that are offering a safe place for youngsters to Trick-or-Treat tonight.
 
One such place is Westgate Mall with their annual "Mall-O-Ween". Stephanie Fretwell, marketing manager for the mall, says all you have to do show up.
 
"It's pretty easy, just good, old-fashioned trick-or-treating," Fretwell said, "and it's just until candy runs out, so you never know."
 
Children walk to participating stores where an associate will be handing out candy, inside away from the maybe too cold weather conditions outside. Mall-O-Ween is for children 12 and under and starts at 6.

DPS Trooper Rescues Crash Victim From Burning Vehicle

A DPS trooper Thursday helped rescue a crash victim from a burning vehicle in Randall county.  
 
Just before noon, the trooper encountered a two vehicle crash while traveling north on FM 1541, just south of Camp Don Harrington. DPS trooper Judy Haley noticed that one of the cars was on fire and went to assist the driver, who was trapped inside. Trooper Haley was able to extinguish the fire, and with the help of a bystander, force open the car door, so that emergency personnel could reach the driver.  
 
The injured driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Two people in the other vehicle were also hospitalized. The crash remains under investigation

Wheeler County TDCJ Escapee Recaptured

The prisoner who escaped Monday from the TDCJ's Wheeler unit has been caught.  

Just after 7 a.m. Thursday, Plainview police received a 911 call of a man beating on the back door of a house in the 2600 block of Joliet. When officers arrived, they say that it was Charlie Davis Junior, 38, in the backyard. He was taken into custody and transported to the Hale county sheriff's office where he's being held.  Davis faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of felony escape.

APD Warns of Door-to-Door Salesmen

The Amarillo Police Department has received some complaints about door-to-door solicitors.  

The callers said that two men were first checking for unlocked doors before ringing the doorbell. When the homeowner answered the door, they claimed to be selling vacuum cleaners - even though they didn't have one with them.  

When they were turned away, the two men went to the next house, again checking the door first then knocking. The APD wants to remind citizens that anyone doing door-to-door solicitations are required by city ordinance to obtain a solicitors permit from the police department. If they do not have a permit, call the police department.    

Amarillo Business Develops Product Used in Kentucky Derby and Breeder's Cup

Each major sport has certain garments the athlete uses to increase their advantage...sleek swimsuits, lighter shoes, skin-tight pants.
 
But Matt Darby of Darby Racing Technology here in Amarillo says no one has ever sought to change jockey clothing for horse-racing.
 
"So I started looking into the technology they use," Darby said, "I discovered a patented fabric called Aero Dimplex which is textured to reduce drag. In the same way that a dimpled golf ball will flies farther than a smooth golfball would."
 
Darby's product is called "Speed Silks" which is made out of Aero Dimplex and viewers of the Breeder's Cup races coming up this weekend may catch a glimpse of the clothing. Darby says his products have been used for all three Kentucky Derby races and some of the highest profile trainers and used them.

Meth Arrest in 900 Block of West 6th

A man was arrested on a methamphetamine charge after a traffic stop.  

An APD motorcycle officer made the stop Wednesday morning in the 900 block of west 6th. While the officer was talking to the driver, a passenger who had got out of the car was bending over like he was getting something from his shoe. The officer looked under the passenger side of the car and found a small nylon bag with three bags of meth inside.  

Jacque Mario Sanford, 46, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. The driver was issued a traffic citation and released. 

Marijuana Bust Near Westgate Mall

A traffic stop near the mall led to an arrest and seizure of 5 pounds of marijuana.  

A Potter county deputy made the stop Thursday on I-40 and mile marker 64. The driver gave consent to search and the deputy found a suitcase with approximately $18,000 worth of pot inside.

Robert Prater, 45, was booked into Potter county on a third-degree felony charge of possession of marijuana. The drugs were reportedly being taken from California to Wichita, Kansas.

Motor Vehicle Crash on Airport Drive Turns Fatal

An Amarillo man that was taken to the hospital after a wreck in the 1500 block of Airport drive just after 6:00 a.m. Wednesday has died.

William Duncan Baker, 64, was driving the 2011 Chevy Equinox that struck the trailer being pulled by an International Harvester. The driver of the Harvester, Carlos Arturo Carrillo, 58, of Nogales, Arizona, was uninjured. Speed was a factor in the collision.

The incident is still being investigated by the Traffic Investigation Squad of the Amarillo Police Department.

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week

Amarillo Crime Stoppers is asking for help finding their fugitive of the week.  

Jessica Esparza Conley is wanted out of Randall county for criminal non-support and possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone. Anyone with information on Conley is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online at amapolice.org.

If your tip leads to her arrest, you could get a reward of up to $300.

Hockey Masked Man Robs Female on Georgia

Amarillo Police are looking for a man who committed an armed robbery Thursday morning.

Around 10:00, APD officers were sent to the 700 block of south Georgia where a female employee told them she was robbed by a black male, 25 to 30 years old, just below six feet tall and weighting around 150 pounds. He was wearing a blue hoodie and a white "Jason" type hockey mask.

He demanded money from the employees purse and ran off in an unknown direction. The female was not hurt and anyone with information is asked to call the APD or Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.

KGNC-AM SPORTS NEWS

High School Football Recap

In high school football action last night, Amarillo High remains unbeaten as they beat Tascosa 28-14. Frenship blows out Lubbock Coronado 61-20. Randall improves to 8-1 after beating Palo Duro 37-21. Hereford gets a close win at home against Dumas by the score of 35-28. Plainview gets over .500 as they beat San Angelo Lakeview 53-21. Borger gets a nice win on the road against Pampa 46-20. Lubbock Estacado goes to 8-2 after beating Seminole 46-13. Bushland squeezes pass Dalhart in a shootout 63-62 on double overtime. Vernon gets an impressive win at home against Perryton 63-32. Littlefield shutsout Friona 34-0. Childress blows out River Road 34-10. Muleshoe beats Dimmitt at home 56-6. Highland Park improves to 6-3 as they beat Lubbock Roosevelt 42-21. Spearman is now 9-0 after beating Tulia 58-12. Idalou gets a convincing win against Sanford Fritch 49-3. Canadian remains unbeaten as get a 62-8 win over Panhandle. Stratford beats Boys Ranch 38-27. Wellington beats West Texas High 58-14. Booker is still unbeaten after a 61-13 win over Sunray. Wheeler pulls an upset over Gruver 18-7. Shamrock beats Claude 41-19.

Top High School Football Player Performances
QB Hunter Lile, Booker - 361 yards and 4 TDs
Stratford's Running Backs Kevin Hernandez (16 att 174 yards 2 TDs) & Gage Brooks (12 att 164 yards 2 TDs)
Vernon's Running Backs Corrie Luster & Isaiah Love - 3 rushing TDs each
RB Jacob Harris, Dalhart - 31 att 304 yards 8 TDs
RB Spencer Simpson, Amarillo High - 25 att 128 yards 2 TDs
RB Oscar Garcia, Randall - 26 att 163 yards 3 TDs
QB Brett Taff, Randall - 27 att 155 yards 1 TD, 7-11 121 yards
RB Brandt Schilling, Idalou - 4 total TDs (3 rush & 1 reception)
RB Beau Brown, Spearman - 25 carries 255 yards 2 TDs
RB Isaia Montgomery, Lubbock Roosevelt - 187 yards 2 TDs

 

WT Sports News: Friday

The Lone Star Conference nullified the West Texas A&M football team's five league games for playing an academically ineligible student-athlete. WT Athletic Director Michael McBroom notified the Lone Star Conference that the football program played an academically ineligible student-athlete the first seven weeks of the season.  Upon receipt last week of evidence of an alleged academic violation that occurred during summer of 2014, the department in a precautionary move withheld the student-athlete from the game versus Texas A&M-Kingsville. The Buffaloes can only finish at best fifth place in the conference. They have their final regular season matchup at Eastern New Mexico Saturday at 7:00 pm.

The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs volleyball team survived a tough five-set match against Angelo State to clinch a share of the Lone Star Conference Title. Lauren Bevan had a career high in kills last night with 25. The Lady Buffs improve to 26-3 overall with a 13-0 conference record. The Lady Buffs will have a chance to win the conference title outright as they will be on the road Saturday against Tarleton State. Gametime is set for 2:00 pm

The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs soccer team fell short last night as they lose to Texas A&M - Commerce 2-1. Karyn Forbes was the lone Lady Buff to score a goal in the match. The Lady Buffs drop to 6-11 overall and 2-7 in conference play. Their last game of the season is on Sunday at 1:00 pm as the Lady Buffs are at home against Texas Woman's on Senior Day.

Amarillo Bulls Friday Night Recap

The Amarillo Bulls fell to the Topeka Roadrunners 6-2 after a two-goal lead after the first period. The Bulls drop to 5-7-2 and 12 points on the season. They will have a second chance to beat Topeka as the two faceoff Saturday at 7:00 pm in Amarillo.

Amarillo Sox News

Amarillo Sox's Vice President and General Manage Stephanie Tucker is giving all Sox fans in the Texas Pahandle an interesting opportunity. Tucker announced that she will give fans the option to go on the Sox's Facebook page to vote to either keep the name of the team or change it into something new. Tucker is hoping to have a list of the top 5 names within the next 10 days and make an announcement of the results by November 24th.

Amarillo Venom 2015 Schedule Released

The Amarillo Venom have released their 2015 schedule.
March 7 at Dodge City Law
March 14 at New Mexico Stars
March 21 Wichita Force
March 28 at San Angelo Bandits
April 4 at Texas Revolution
April 11 San Angelo Bandits
April 25 New Mexico Stars
May 2 Texas Revolution
May 16 at New Mexico Stars
May 23 Texas Revolution
May 30 at Sioux City Bandits
June 6 San Angelo Bandits

KGNC-AM AGRIBUSINESS NEWS

AgriLife Farm Bill Meetings

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is offering another round of educational meetings to help producers better understand the new Farm Bill. A wide variety of locations throughout the Texas Panhandle are on the list of where programs will be conducted. For the complete schedule and other details, go here http://today.agrilife.org/2014/10/22/second-round-of-farm-bill-meetings-coming-to-the-panhandle/

USDA Info On Risk Management Programs

Big decisions are coming for farmers related to their participation in various Farm Bill programs, most notably Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage. Information about PLC, ARC, base reallocation, and yield updates is available here

http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=arpl&topic=landing

Water Regulation Proposals Controversial

Many in agriculture are concerned about what is commonly referred to as “The Waters of the U.S. Rule.” This “rule” involves the Clean Water Act, and what many fear is an attempt by EPA to reinterpret the Act in ways that would make even small bodies of water like ditches and ponds subject to regulation and thereby impose new restrictions on common agricultural practices like fertilizer and herbicide application. A public comments period regarding the Clean Water Act proposals is open through Nov. 14. To learn more about the issue and submit your opinions, go here  http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters/documents-related-proposed-definition-waters-united-states-under-clean-water-act

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