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Friday, September 26, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERT: I-40 westbound still closed due to HAZMAT spill.

VIA APD NIXLE: Drivers should be aware that traffic has slowed or stopped for the chemical spill at IH40 and Western, extending back to the interchange. On-scene supervisors also report that the traffic directed off the Interstate is slowing traffic flow near intersections of the access roads and the following streets: Wolflin/Paramount, Georgia, and Western. Please avoid driving in those areas as emergency responders continue to work.

TIME: 2:54 PM 


APD: City of Amarillo Office of Emergency Management on the scene has advised that the spill is a corrosive liquid. Responders from AFD have established a 150 foot safety zone around it, contained it, and are in the process of cleaning it up. Traffic is still being taken of of IH40 westbound at Georgia, and there is now a report of a minor accident on EB IH-40 in the area of the spill. There is no estimate of how long it will take to allow traffic to return to normal, drivers should avoid the area if possible.

APD is routing traffic off of the westbound lanes of IH40 at Georgia due to a leak from tractor trailer parked near the IH40 and Western exit. Drivers may wish to avoid area, traffic is being affected. There is no information on what is leaking from the truck available at this time.

Contact Information:
Sgt. Brent Barbee
Crime Prevention Unit

Monday, September 22, 2014

BREAKING: Manhunt underway for escaped convicted murderer in NE Amarillo

APD has confirmed that there is an escaped prisoner from the Neal unit on the loose. The Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice says that 34 year old Marvin Garcia scaled the perimeter fence at approximately 3:40 am. 

If you see Garcia, please call APD immediately. We are currently working to get more information. We have a crew on the scene. 

Stay tuned to Pronews 7 and the Pro News 7 Situation Room for more updates or go to

Friday, September 19, 2014

APD: Shooting on North Heather was result of a dispute


On 9-19-14, at 12:33 PM, officers responded to a shooting that happened in the intersection at 12th and N. Heather. The victim was a black male age 26 who was shot in the leg and arm. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 Preliminary information indicates that the shooting was the result of a dispute that started at a nearby home between the victim and an Asian male age 25. The suspect left the area driving a black Mercury and has not been located at the time of this release. No other information is available at this time.

Contact Information:
Sgt. Brent Barbee
Crime Prevention Unit

Friday, September 5, 2014

APD makes drug bust at 1834 Lawson Lane


At approximately 11:00 AM yesterday, the APD Narcotics Unit served a narcotic search warrant at  1834 Lawson Lane.

At that residence, officers located 31 grams of methamphetamine, 5 grams of cocaine, and 3 handguns in the home. The narcotics confiscated have an estimated street value of $3100.00.

Kevin Todd Catham W/M 40 was arrested and booked into the Potter County Jail for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, penalty group one, over 4 grams/under 200 grams.

Additional charges are pending.
Contact Information:

Jerry Neufeld

Crime Prevention


Monday, September 1, 2014

ALERT: Officer involved shooting in Armstrong County jail


Lt. Erick Bohannon - Special Crimes Unit

On August 31, 2014 the Armstrong County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a disturbance at a local store in Claude. The Sheriff and a deputy were dispatched to handle the disturbance. A suspect was arrested and taken to the Armstrong County Sheriff’s Office to be booked in jail. 

During the booking process, the suspect attacked and overpowered the Sheriff and assaulted him. The deputy tried to stop the attack but the suspect continued assaulting the Sheriff. When the deputy’s attempt to stop the suspect’s attack on the Sheriff failed, the deputy shot the suspect. The Sheriff and the suspect were both taken to a local hospital. 

The suspect later died at the hospital. The suspect’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The Special Crimes Unit continues to investigate this shooting and asks anyone with information about this incident to call 378-9468

Friday, August 22, 2014

Special Crimes need your help locating missing person ..

On October 20, 2010, Mark Travis Burkett, Jr. was reported missing to the Randall County Sheriff’s Office. During the course of the investigation, it was learned Mark might have been in Amarillo at the time of his disappearance. 

Due to the information received, the Special Crimes Unit opened a missing person case. After following up on many tips, Mark has not been found.

Mark goes by the nickname of Bubba. Tomorrow, August 23, will be Mark’s 24th birthday. The Special Crimes Unit asks anyone with information about Mark’s disappearance to contact us at 378-9468 or call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

APD pursue man into house on Westhaven Drive.


On 8-17-14, at about 7:50 PM, an officer saw a black Ford Crown Victoria that was northbound on Georgia. The officer recognized it as matching the description of vehicle that had evaded at least one previous attempt to stop it. 

 The officer turned to follow the vehicle, and it made several turns in an apparent attempt to avoid the officer. When the officer tried to stop the car, the driver drove down an alley near the 3000 block of Britain. The officers found the vehicle a few moments later in the front yard of 3012 Westhaven Drive. The driver, who was followed by a female and two small children that had been in the car, refused orders to stop, ran inside the residence, and locked the door. This was not the suspect's home, but it appears that the resident knew the suspect. 

 The officers pursing the driver kicked open the door to continue their effort to arrest him. The suspect continued to ignore the officers’ orders to stop and was attempting to get to the back door of the home when one officer used a Taser to take him into custody. He was not injured. 

 The driver was Taylor Jajuan Meander BM 23. He was wanted on eight traffic warrants. Meander was also arrested for endangering the small children ages 4 and 5 that were in the vehicle with him and evading arrest/detention. The woman that had been in the car initially provided a false name to officers. She was correctly identified as Estlyn Shakil Reed BF age 21. She was wanted on Potter County warrants for criminal mischief and for probation violation on the original charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Both were booked into the Randall County Jail. a

Monday, August 11, 2014

BREAKING: APD hunts stabbing suspect.

According to traffic heard on the Pro News 7 Scanner, shortly after 3:00 PM Amarillo Police were dispatched to 208 South Tennessee on a report of a man who had been stabbed. On arrival APD officers were told the victim (a 21 year old male) had been taken to the hospital by private vehicle.

APD sent officers to NWTH to see if a victim of a stabbing had arrived. A BOLO was put out for the stabbing suspect "a very large" black male who fled the scene in a maroon truck or SUV. A partial tag was put out BU-1045.

CSI was dispatched to the scene and the residence was (and entire  block) was cordoned off. The DPS helicopter was summoned to help look for the vehicle.  

Also according to radio traffic monitored on the Pro News 7 Scanner, police at NWTH reported  the victim was taken into emergency surgery.  According to APD on the scene, a 21 year old male was at the residence with a woman when the black male arrived and began stabbing him in the back. His condition is not known at this time.

TIME: 5:43 PM




Disclaimer: As can be the case with breaking news - all information on this blog or monitored on the scanner feed, should be considered preliminary and unsubstantiated until the public safety agency involved releases an official report.

APD: COPS unit makes bust

VIA APD: On Friday August 8th at 11:00am, APD COPPS officers were following up on some leads from uniform patrol officers that a residence in west Amarillo was dealing in narcotics as well as stolen property. COPPS officers first conducted a knock and talk at the residence. With the additional information they received from the occupants wrote and executed a search warrant for the residence at 1920 Beech.
Upon searching the residence officers located a small amount of methamphetamines, a stolen 55” TV (stolen in burglary March 2013) and several pieces of identifying information. Officers also recovered an AR-15 assault rifle that had the serial number ground off. Kristi Kaprece Jolly WF 36 was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance less than 1 gram, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and one local municipal court warrant. Eugene Wiedl W/M was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance over 1 gram less than 4 grams; Possession of a Prohibited Weapon; and Interference with Public Servant Duties.
A third occupant of the house was released. Officers recovered approximately 2 dozen identifiers (including credit/debit cards, personal checks, and payroll checks) a color laser scanner/printer, several blank “business” type checks, numerous drug paraphernalia items (pipes, digital scales). Both Jolly and Wiedl were booked into the Potter County Correction Center. This incident remains under investigation and additional charges are possible.