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  • 10/08/14--20:04: Police find missing child
  • An investigation into a possible child abduction was resolved Wednesday afternoon when a man discovered a relative had taken the man’s 2-year-old boy from Amarillo Family Physicians Clinic, 1215 S. Coulter St. About 5:20 p.m., police responded to the call in which a man thought the child had been abducted from the clinic parking lot, Lt. Jimmy Johnson said.

    Amarillo police and Potter County deputies searched for the child while a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter searched from above.

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    Police arrested a man on drug and burglary charges stemming from a Tuesday afternoon call.

    About 2:10 p.m., officers arrived at the 1100 block of North Tyler Street on a report that a man with no shirt might have been attempting to enter a residence through the window, police said.

    As officers approached the front of the house, they saw a man matching the suspect’s description walking toward the alley from the backyard with a white bag, police said.

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    Dumas Independent School District’s Board of Trustees has named a lone finalist following a two-month superintendent search.

    During its meeting Wednesday night, the board named Monty Hysinger, superintendent of Clarendon Independent School District, as the district’s lone finalist, Dumas Board President Johnny Schmucker said.

    Schmucker said Hysinger’s work in Clarendon, including raising test scores, technology, transportation and other programs, as well as his knowledge of Dumas schools, set him apart.

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    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s Breast Center of Excellence has received a $1.5 million grant from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas.

    The center provides breast cancer screenings, and the grant will go toward expanding those services to include cervical cancer screenings, such as free pap smears and HPV vaccines for uninsured and underinsured patients in the Texas Panhandle.

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    The Better Business Bureau is warning companies of a scam in which a solicitation is disguised as a bill for Yellow Pages advertising.

    Companies have reported receiving what look like invoices for advertising space in local Yellow Pages directories.

    The solicitations might use the name “Yellow Pages” or its logo, causing companies to think the invoice is valid, according to information from the Better Business Bureau officials.

    The invoices really are soliciting listings in other business directories that might not ever be published.

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    Potter County sheriff’s deputies seized methamphetamine valued at $8,600 during a Tuesday morning traffic stop on Interstate 40, officials said in a news release.

    About 8:40 a.m., a deputy stopped a 2015 Chrysler and asked for permission to search the vehicle, authorities said. When the driver, Thomas Race, 39, of Lawton, Okla., didn’t give consent for the search, a Potter County K-9 was called to the traffic stop.

    Authorities said the dog detected narcotics in the vehicle, and then deputies searched the Chrysler, where they found meth and heroin in a cup in the back seat.

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    On Saturday, 30 teams from 16 high schools will compete in the Pantex High School Science Bowl at West Texas A&M University in Canyon.

    During the Science Bowl, teams compete to answer questions in math, biology, chemistry, earth science, astronomy and physics.

    In April, the winning team will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Science Bowl, hosted by the Department of Energy.

    Winners of the competition on Saturday will win $1,000 for their school’s science program from Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, a co-sponsor of the event.


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    Northwest Texas Healthcare System has opened an urgent care facility at 1900 S.E. 34th Ave.

    “We have seen there is a need in this neighborhood for urgent care,” spokeswoman Caytie Martin said. “It’s something we’ve been looking at for a period of time, and we felt that need should be met.”

    The facility has six exam rooms, a consultation room, a full lab and X-ray capabilities, she said. The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays for walk-ins or scheduled appointments.


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    Amarillo police are investigating an early morning robbery at an east Amarillo hotel.

    At 5:30 a.m., officers arrived at the Knights Inn, 1803 S. Lakeside Drive, on a report of a robbery.

    Officers were told that a Hispanic man entered the lobby and shoved a customer before pointing a pistol at the clerk and demanding money, police said.

    The clerk gave the man an undisclosed amount of money, and he fled from the hotel, police said.

    No injuries were reported during the robbery, police said.

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    Texas Department of Public Safety seized more than 112 pounds of marijuana valued at over $682,000 during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 287 near Iowa Park in Wichita County on Sunday.

    About 5:30 p.m., a DPS trooper stopped a 2013 Hyundai sedan for a traffic violation on southbound U.S. 287.

    The trooper searched the vehicle and found seven duffle bags containing marijuana in the trunk of the car, DPS said.

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    A Japanese reporter who has covered the Fukushima nuclear disaster will speak during two lectures next week at Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University.

    WT and AC will host Fulbright visiting scholar Jin Nishikawa, who is currently studying at Harvard University, during lectures on March 31 and April 2, when he will speak about his research on Fukushima and nuclear waste.

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    The city of Amarillo is seeking community input on its Rock Island Rail Trail, a 4-mile trail that runs from South Coulter Street to Southeast 7th Avenue and South Crockett Street.

    The city is exploring ways to improve the trail and wants to hear people’s thoughts on accessibility, improving amenities, increasing safety, beautification and other topics.

    The city will hold a public meeting on the trail from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday at the Wills Elementary School cafeteria, 3500 S.W. 11th Ave.

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    A man was sentenced to 15 months in jail after pleading guilty to a third-degree felony of improper photography or visual recording, court records show.

    James Dewayne Vincent, 37, pleaded Thursday after he was charged in a January incident in a West Texas A&M University locker room.

    Prosecutors alleged that while working for a WT subcontractor, Vincent photographed a female minor without consent in the Virgil Henson Activities Center, Amarillo Globe-News files show.

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    A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for engaging in organized criminal activity connected to a Mexican cartel.

    Jason Heath McKay, 39, of Hereford, pleaded guilty to the first-degree felony charge and was sentenced to five years in state prison and a $1,500 fine.

    McKay is the second of 10 people to plead guilty to organized criminal activity charges related to an investigation into a drug trafficking ring with ties to the Gulf Cartel.

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    Amarillo police have arrested a man on charges related to a March robbery at a Family Dollar store, police said.

    About 8:40 p.m., Denzale Tyree Smith, 22, was arrested Friday on a charge of aggravated robbery at the Brighton Court Apartments, 1550 S. Bell St., and booked into Potter County jail.

    On the night of March 18, an employee of Family Dollar, 433 S. Western St., told officers a man had entered the store, pointed a pistol at her and demanded cash from the registers.

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