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The inmate that escaped the Neal Unit east of Amarillo has been recaptured.
Marvin Garcia, 34, a convicted murderer out of Harris county, scaled the perimeter fence around 3:40 this morning. He was captured about 41 miles north of Amarillo.
"He was seen near the area of Texas Sand and Gravel and from there either walked, ran, or caught a train. Somebody that spotted him called us. Potter County deputies saw him on the railroad tracks. We had an airplane in the air, with a DPS employee inside that plane and he was able to verify that it was someone dressed in prison clothing," said Texas Department of Public Safety's Chris Ray.
Garcia was convicted in 2010 of murder and was sentenced to 25 years.
An Amarillo man was arrested over the weekend on several charges after running from police.
Around 12:10 a.m. Sunday, officers pulled a car over at Northeast 24th and Cleveland for a traffic violation. The driver got out and immediately took off running. He was caught after a short chase, and he was found to have left a 5 year old child in the car.
Orella Adoni Vasquez, 29, was booked into Potter county for evading arrest with a motor vehicle, DWI with a passenger under 15 years of age, and abandoning or endangering a child by way of criminal negligence.
Beginning this morning, the southbound US 87 exit 109 at Buffalo Stadium road will be closed for paving and striping.
Motorists wishing to access businesses, the Canyon ISD offices, or the west side residential areas should use the Rockwell Road exit and travel south on the frontage road until the paving and striping is completed.
Enrollment is underway for the next edition of Texas A&M AgriLife’s Master Marketer Program. Classes will begin in January of 2015. The program offers participants education on a variety of ways to strengthen their risk management skills. Past graduates report increasing their personal profits by an average of more than $33,000 a year. For more information about Master Marketer, go here https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/index.cfm/productDetails/ProductID/1545/
The annual Southwest Dairy Day is scheduled Oct. 8 at the Del Rio Dairy near Friona. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Gingg family are hosting the event. For more information, go here http://today.agrilife.org/2014/09/08/southwest-dairy-day-to-offer-look-at-modern-dairy-oct-8-near-friona/
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a division of USDA, has proposed allowing fresh beef from Argentina to be imported into the United States. On the KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Update, the president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association said the organization is working to prevent the APHIS proposal from being implemented. Pete Bonds said TSCRA is concerned that introducing Argentinean beef to the U.S. will create the potential for an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. A comments period is underway regarding the APHIS proposal. If you would like more information and an opportunity to submit comments, go here https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/08/29/2014-20643/importation-of-beef-from-a-region-in-argentina
Farmers can now enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program. CTAP will provide cotton farmers in the 2014 crop year with interim payments until USDA can begin offering the new insurance product known as the Stacked Income Protection Plan, which was created in the new Farm Bill. For more information, go here
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 Oct. 20. To learn more about the issue and submit your opinions, go here http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm