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    A tip from Amarillo Crime Stoppers led to the arrest of Aaron Jones, a man wanted for failure to register as a sex offender.

    On Friday, an anonymous tip lead to the investigation of a residence on the 200 block of Northwest 15th Avenue, where officers found a man named Aaron McCoy, who had an outstanding California parole warrant for dangerous drugs. He was arrested and transported to the Potter County Jail.

    Officers returned to the residence on Saturday, and found Jones, who was arrested and transported to the Potter County Jail.


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    Amarillo Fire Department is investigating a possible arson fire at a downtown apartment Wednesday morning that caused an estimated $5,500 in damage.

    About 2:30 a.m., eight units and 23 firefighters responded to a fire that spread through most of an unoccupied first-floor apartment on 808 S. Jackson St.

    Smoke alarms were not in place in the apartments adjacent to and above the fire, but occupants there evacuated with no reported injuries, the fire department said.

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    A fund has been established at Amarillo National Bank to assist a family with medical bills after a man was hit by a truck on Christmas Eve.

    Gary Cantrell, a distributor for Mission Foods, was making deliveries with his 14-year-old son when a box fell out of his truck on the overpass of Interstate 27 and Washington Street.

    “Being who he is, he didn’t want it laying in the interstate and causing an accident,” said his wife, Candy Cantrell.

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    Amarillo Police arrested a man for burglary of a motor vehicle and evading arrest Thursday morning.

    At 9:45 a.m., a witness reported seeing a suspect, James David Patton, 30, involved in a car burglary at a neighbor’s house in the 5600 block of Tranquil Circle, and saw Patton walk toward an alley behind the residence. Patton ran from officers near the corner of Cornell and Purdue streets, and they caught up with him after chasing him through a backyard and into an alley.

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    Amarillo police said an accident Saturday night involving a drunken driver caused a pickup to flip, injuring its driver.

    About 10:22 p.m., at Interstate 40 and Avondale Street, a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Kyle Brown, 28, was struck by a 2011 Honda Accord driven by Le Sang, 27, causing the pickup to overturn, police said.

    Sang drove west on I-40 before fleeing on foot, along with two other passengers, police said.

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    Japan will expand its American beef imports for the first time since 2006, the Agriculture Department said Monday.

    Japan will now accept beef from animals 30 months or younger, up from 20 months or younger, in accordance with trade terms to go into effect in February.

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    Amarillo police said they arrested a man on burglary and evading arrest charges Wednesday morning after a foot pursuit by officers.

    At 1:30 a.m., officers responded to a call of a suspicious person in the 3700 block of Huntington Drive. The caller said a man was attempting to open car doors on the street, police said.

    Officers located Tommy Stroud, 22, who matched the description of the man given by the caller, police said. When they approached Stroud, he fled.

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    During January, Amarillo Police Department investigated 79 stolen vehicles, 81 percent of which had the keys left in them, creating the perfect opportunity for the crime. In 39 percent of the cases, the vehicle was left running, police said.

    “The only thing we can honestly recommend is to buy a remote start for your vehicle if you need to start it before you ride off, and then vehicles can’t be taken into gear until you physically turn the key in the ignition,” Cpl. Jerry Neufeld said.

    “The other option is to sit in the vehicle until it’s warmed up and ready to drive.”

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    The eastern half of Western Street at Farmers Avenue will be closed starting Monday due to a drainage and roadway project funded by the city’s drainage utility fee.

    Amarillo officials recommended drivers find alternate routes, as traffic will be condensed to two lanes on the west side of Western, and delays are anticipated. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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    An Amarillo man has been arrested in connection with a January robbery of a Taylor Food Mart, police said.

    Investigation of the robbery led Amarillo police to identify Brandon Markee Hill, 27, as a suspect, authorities said. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers observed Hill on foot in the 1200 block of North Nelson Street, and he was arrested and booked into Potter County Detention Center on robbery charges, police said.

    On Jan. 20, a man entered Taylor Food Mart, 1600 Amarillo Blvd., and demanded money, police said.

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    Amarillo Police Department is seeking information that could lead to the arrest of Joseph Lee Holloway.

    Holloway has outstanding warrants on charges of
    illegal use of credit cards in Potter County and theft of property in Randall County.

    Anyone with information on Holloway is asked to contact Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 806-374-4400 or online at amapolice.org.


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    Texas has joined a lawsuit that challenges the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a financial overhaul law passed in 2010 to address the financial crisis of 2008.

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and other attorneys general have expressed concern that the act gives power to the U.S. Treasury Secretary to liquidate banks with 24 hours’ notice and no notice for creditors.

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    Amarillo police arrested a man with SWAT team assistance Friday morning after responding to a disorderly conduct call, police said.

    About 10 a.m., officers arrived at 2723 James Louis Drive, where a man was making statements to his doctor by phone that caused concern, authorities said.

    A SWAT team arrived on scene about 10:30 a.m. to assist in what police described as “a family situation.” A short time later, the suspect was arrested, police said.

    Investigation of the incident continues, authorities said.


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    Amarillo police said a tip from Amarillo Crime Stoppers led to the arrest of Matthew Scott Kuntz on Friday.

    About 12:30 p.m., Kuntz — who was wanted for an outstanding Randall County warrant for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle — was found and arrested in the 1700 block of Southeast 25th Avenue. He was transported to the Randall County jail, police said.


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    Starting Monday, Amarillo Police Department officers will begin serving outstanding municipal court warrants as part of its annual warrant roundup.

    As of Thursday, 1,394 warrants had been cleared in anticipation of the roundup, police said. The city of Amarillo sent out warning letters to people with outstanding warrants last month.

    Officers will leave behind a card with information on how to take care of the warrant if they are unable to locate a wanted person at his or her listed address.

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    The Hereford Volunteer Fire Department and Deaf Smith County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a structure fire that occurred Saturday in Hereford as an arson, Fire Marshal Dean Turney said. About 4:15 p.m., two units and eight firefighters responded to a fire at an abandoned building at 501 Bradley St., fire officials said. The fire, which was under control by about 5 p.m., caused an estimated $5,000 in damage to the structure, Turney said.


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    Amarillo Independent School District’s Board of Trustees approved the $50,000 purchase of a lot at 1409 N. Grant St. across from Palo Duro High School at its
    meeting Monday evening.

    In other business, the board:

    ■ Canceled the School Trustee Election on May 11;

    ■ Approved a contract for replacing 21 campus doors and frames for about $163,000;

    ■ Approved Texas Association of School Board policy updates.


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    An 18-year-old was killed in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday morning about six miles east of Dalhart, DPS said.

    About 6 a.m., a 2001 GMC Sierra driven by Jose Elloy Sierra, 18, of Dalhart, was traveling west on Farm-to-Market Road 281. The pickup slid off of the road into a field, DPS officials said.

    The vehicle flipped three times, and Sierra was ejected. He was transported to University Medical Center in Lubbock, where he was pronounced dead at 6:35 p.m., officials said.

    Sierra was not wearing a seat belt, officials said.


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  • 04/08/13--07:43: No injuries in Dumas fire
  • No injuries were reported in a fire at a Dumas house Sunday morning, said Lt. Galen Davis of the Dumas Fire Department.

    About 9:50 a.m., four units and 12 firefighters responded to 109 Amherst St.

    The fire, which remains under investigation, began in the interior and moved toward the back of the house, Davis said. It was under control by 10:17 a.m., he said.

    Damage estimates were not available.


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    There were no injuries in a fire that hit a house near Hereford on Monday night, said Dean Turney, Fire Marshal of the Hereford Volunteer Fire Department.

    About 11 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire at a house on 4421 County Road 16, about 17 miles northeast of Hereford, Turney said. An electrical fire, which started in the attic, spread to the house amid strong winds, Turney said. He said the fire was under control by 2 a.m.

    A family of four was able to escape the home with no injuries, Turney said.

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