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LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES

17 YEAR OLD ARRESTED

A 17 year old has been arrested in connection with four home burglaries.

The burglaries were all reported in northeast Amarillo between 4:30 and 5:45 p.m. on Saturday. 17 year old Andres Lugo was booked into Potter county on four counts of burglary of a habitation after being caught with a gaming console and other items taken from a home on northeast 23rd.

Officers are still looking for laptops and other items taken from homes on Evergreen, Foxglove, and Gardenia.

A juvenile seen with Lugo during one of the burglaries has not been located.

ANOTHER SUIT AGAINST MARSH

Another civil suit has been filed against Stanley Marsh III claiming sexual abuse.

Marsh's wife, son, and two of Marsh's companies were also named in the lawsuit. The suit, filed April 14th, seeks more than a million dollars in damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and gross negligence.

In April of 2012, a Potter county grand jury indicted Marsh on numerous felony counts alleging sexual assault, sexual performance by a child, and indecency with a child.

"It Can Wait"

TheTexas Department of Transportation has brought their "It Can Wait" driving simulator to Amarillo. 

It's a virtual reality vehicle set to help you understand exactly how distracted you really are while using your cell phone.  Paul Braun with TXDOT tells KGNC, Amarillo High had the first crack at the simulator  yesterday.

"It was a big hit but it's also very sobering. Think about it, 1 in 5 traffic crashes in Texas is caused by a distracted driver. There were 459 people killed last year as a result of distracted driving," said Braun.

braun says they are now moving on to college students.  the simulator will be set up at amarillo college's west campus at 11 this morning.

ANIMAL CRUELTY ALLEGATIONS PLAGUE AMARILLO ANIMAL CONTROL

Facebook and other social media sites have blown up after the Director and Assistant Director of Animal Control, Mike McGee and Shannon Barlow, were reportedly placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into activities happening at Amarillo Animal Control.

"The most recent allegation are that the euthanasia techniques have not been followed, said concerned citizen Melody Malouf.  "This has resulted in the unnecessary suffering of the animals by untrained staff."

She says until all the facts are known, it's hard to fix the problem. 

The animal control board will meet again May 19th, where further draft revisions to the municipal code will be heard, and more comments will be taken from the public.

POVERTY STUDY HIGHLIGHTS PROBLEMS IN GOLDEN SPREAD

A new health assessment says that 15.8% of Panhandle residents are food insecure; they don't have enough access to food on a regular basis.

According to the High Plains Food Bank, Potter County has the most at need individuals with over 22,000. Yet that's not the highest per-population.

"Our highest county is Hall County," said Zach Wilson with the H.P.F.B. "Over 20% of the entire population is considered food insecure. So, they are really alarming numbers because they are our neighbors...people in our own area."

Wilson says 33% of those at need residents in Hall County are kids. Throughout the Panhandle over 32,000 children are in need.

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