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    A Mexican national was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal charge of illegally possessing a firearm, according to court documents.

    A judge sentenced Jose A. Hyrtado to 10 years in prison and three years supervised release after he pleaded guilty to the charge, which stemmed from a traffic stop in Carson County last year, documents said.

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    A man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of cocaine trafficking.

    A judge sentenced John Curtis Griffin to 10 years in prison and five years supervised release after he pleaded guilty to a cocaine trafficking charge stemming from a traffic stop last year, court documents show.

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    There were no injuries in an armed robbery Sunday night at an Arby’s restaurant near Coulter Street and Interstate 40, police said.

    About 9:27 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Arby’s on reports of an armed robbery, police said.

    Two employees were in the Arby’s when the suspect, who wore a black mask, blue hooded sweatshirt and jeans, entered through an open back door, police said. In a back room, he held one employee around the neck, pointed a handgun at his side and asked where the manager was, police said.

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    No injuries were reported in a Wednesday morning robbery in Hereford, police said.

    About 3 a.m., officers responded to reports of a robbery at a convenience store on the 500 block of Avenue H, Chief Brent Harrison said.

    The suspect, described as a Hispanic man in his mid-20s, was armed with a knife and demanded money, Harrison said. He left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, Harrison said.

    The incident remains under investigation, Harrison said.


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    The following are the names, ages, charges and dates of alleged offenses indicted or reindicted by the Gray County grand jury, according to information from the 31st District Attorney’s Office.

    ■ Russell Lance Whitehead, 52, burglary of a building, March 16, 2011

    ■ Jacob Coby Woodruff, 30, burglary of a habitation, Nov. 20, 2012

    ■ Kymberlee Sue Smith, 52, burglary of a habitation, Dec. 15, 2011

    ■ Juan Jose Ortiz Romero, 43, arson, Aug. 12, 2011

    ■ Cody Don Russell, 26, injury to a child, April 7, 2012

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    A suspect was arrested Wednesday in connection with a personal robbery that occurred in March at a Sonic Drive-In, police said.

    Michael Anthony Medrano, 25, was arrested at a house in the 700 block of North Garfield Street and booked into the Potter County Detention Center, police said.

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    For the first time in the school’s history, Randall High School is this year’s 4A state champion for its one-act play. A student ensemble performed “Darkside,” a play by Ken Jones about three astronauts on a mission to the moon, for an audience of about 1,200 people in Austin this week.

    “It felt like any other performance,” student performer Ian Abbott said. “You see the curtains come up, and see a wave of people. It’s almost breathtaking to see.”

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    For the second straight year Boys Ranch High School received the Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence award.

    ”They set a goal and worked hard to achieve it,” said Boys Ranch yearbook advisor Paula Stroud-
    Kenney. “The 2013 yearbook staff had the passion, motivation, and drive to create an outstanding yearbook.”

    Boys Ranch’s yearbook staff includes Shayla Adams, Braxton Kendrix, Dylan Biondo, Lisa Carter, Wendy Bodeker, Legend Davis, Nora Mitchell, Taylor Epperson, Moises Ochocki, Anthony Carrasco, Anthony Acevedo and Xavier Kelly.


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  • 05/29/13--06:57: Timeline of Tuesday's storm

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    Police are seeking a third suspect on a robbery warrant stemming from an incident that occurred last month at Planet X, 1804 S. Bell St.

    On May 7, the 47th District Attorney’s Office accepted a charge of aggravated robbery against Jon David Fennel, 42, of Amarillo.

    Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Amarillo Police Department or Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 806-374-4400.

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    A man was killed and a woman was injured in a crash that occurred after the driver attempted to avoid hitting a horse Thursday night in Moore County, the Department of Public Safety said.

    At 9:43 p.m., a 2000 Ford F-350 was traveling south on Farm-to-Market Road 1060 at a high speed when the driver, Kole David Gray, 24, of Sunray, came upon a horse in the road, DPS said.

    When the driver attempted to go around the horse, the vehicle rolled into the barrow ditch, DPS said.

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    There were no injuries reported in an equipment fire Thursday at LPM Forklift Sales and Services, 12104 Interstate 27, Randall County Fire Chief James Amerson said.

    About 11 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to LPM, where a forklift in the wash bay had malfunctioned and caught fire, Amerson said.

    The fire was under control by 11:30 a.m., he said.

    The building was not affected by the fire, which caused an estimated $6,500 in damage, Amerson said.


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    The Amarillo Police Department said Monday it has arrested a man on aggravated robbery charges stemming from an armed robbery at a Toot’n Totum last week.

    After obtaining a warrant on Friday, police said they arrested Dillon Alex Steele, 29, about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Steele was transported and booked into the Potter County jail, police said.

    Friday about 10:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to a Toot’n Totum at 1901 S. Bell St. on reports of a robbery, police said.

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    No injuries were reported after a tractor-trailer caught fire early Monday on U.S. Highway 287 about 20 miles north of Amarillo, the Department of Public Safety said.

    About 1:30 a.m., a tractor-trailer was traveling northbound on U.S. 287 when the vehicle’s tires became hot and caught fire, DPS said. The fire spread from the tires to the truck and trailer, destroying the vehicle, DPS said.

    The tractor-trailer was carrying meat, which was condemned by the health department after the fire, DPS said.


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    A traffic stop led to a missing child from Arizona being recovered in Vega.

    About noon Saturday, a Department of Public Safety trooper stopped a vehicle for speeding on Interstate 40 about six miles west of Vega, DPS said.

    The trooper received conflicting stories from the passenger and driver, and the passenger was identified as a missing child from Chandler, Ariz., DPS said.

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    Amarillo College has received a reaffirmation of its accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges for the next 10 years.

    “I am grateful to our entire Amarillo College team all across our campuses who labored long and tirelessly to ensure a quality reaffirmation experience and positive outcome,” AC president Paul Matney said.

    “Few things are more important to us as an institution than accreditation.”

    Association-accredited institutions are required to undergo an evaluation every 10 years that includes an on-site study.

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    Authorities reported no injuries in a grass fire that scorched a median Sunday afternoon on U.S. Highway 287 at Masterson Road just east of Amarillo.

    About 1:10 p.m., Potter County Fire Department responded to the fire, which was contained to a center median, authorities said. The fire was under control about 1:30 p.m.

    The cause of the fire remains unknown, authorities said.


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    Fireworks were blamed for a tree fire outside a north Amarillo residence Sunday afternoon.

    About 2:20 p.m., Potter County Fire Department responded to 7702 Broadway Drive, where the blaze was contained to a row of trees near the property, authorities said.

    The fire, which was caused by fireworks, was under control about 2:30 p.m., authorities said. No injuries were reported.


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    A man was killed in a one-vehicle accident Monday near Booker, the Department of Public Safety said.

    About 12:45 a.m., a 2006 Chevy Silverado driven by Edgar A. Rosales, 24, of Booker, was traveling north on County Road 30 about 1.5 miles north of State Highway 15, when he lost control and drove off the road, DPS said.

    The pickup flipped several times and struck a utility pole, the DPS said.

    Rosales was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, the DPS said. He was not wearing a seat belt, the DPS said.


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  • 07/22/13--07:12: No injuries in house fire
  • No injuries were reported in a fire that damaged a Borger house at 205 Hickory St. early Sunday morning, fire authorities said.

    About 3:40 a.m., the Borger Fire Department responded to the fire, which was under control by 4:15 a.m., authorities said.

    The occupants were not home at the time of the fire, authorities said.

    Damage estimates were unavailable Monday.


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