5 things to watch for Thursday

5 things to watch for Thursday

LPD search for third suspect involved in police chase

LUBBOCK, Texas - LPD officers nabbed two suspects and are looking for a third involved in a chase.

An officer heard a gunshot fire from a vehicle at 32nd and Avenue L. 

Officers tried to make a traffic stop, but the driver rammed into five vehicles, including two patrol units. An officer was hit, but not injured.

The driver and passenger abandoned the vehicle at County Roads 2025 and 7220. 

Police got word the passenger got into another vehicle. With the help of the DPS chopper, police and deputies were able to arrest that suspect and another female at 36th and University. 

No description or identity has been given for the other suspect.


Recent rains causing problems for farmers

LUBBOCK, Texas - Normally, rain is always a good in West Texas especially for farmers, but there can be too much of a good thing.  

Like right now, the downpours over the past four days are causing more harm than good.

Friday night, many cotton farmers around the South Plains went to sleep hoping for the best, as the news reported the potential for the worst.

"It is hard to get the kind of rains you need without at least the risk of some severe weather," Plains Cotton Growers Executive Vice President, Steve Verett said. 

"We had that storm roll through here and brought a lot of hail and a lot of wind with it, brought a lot of rain at the same time, so it was kinda a triple whammy there, it did a number on some of our acres," Cotton farmer Steve Brosch said.

"This was a little bit unprecedented, we've had basically like four to five days of this in a row and the weather pattern has been pretty much the same," Verett said.

"The same areas that have received a lot of the bad weather, the hail and the wind tend to be repeated over and over and so that's the thing that's been the most trying about this, but speaking over all certainly the rain has been beneficial," Verett said. 

"We never want to wish the rain away because it will stop some time," Brosch said.

"You can never plan for the hail," Brosch said.

"A lot of the hail we have seen, certainly that hurt the crops, it's the combination with the wind that has caused part of that damage, when they are combined together it can be  pretty devastating to young crops," Verett said.

Like those on Brosch's land, "we know any of this hail damaged, wind damaged cotton getting top yield out of it anymore, it's gone so we are trying to do the best we can just to handle what happened, keep alive what we can from that," Brosch said.

For farmers like Brosch who lost cotton,this time of the year can be challenging.

"It's getting too late, pretty much too late, to plant most any kind of crop that will provide much income, maybe grain sorghum possibly, maybe some very early season corns, short day corns, maybe sunflowers but we are really running out of time," Verett said.

Thankfully, the forecast for the next couple weeks looks like it will help dry up the soil and give farmers a better assessment of their lands.


Confiscating fireworks across Lubbock will continue

LUBBOCK - The natural fireworks on Tuesday night's fourth of July put a damper on the man-made stuff. The storm rolling thru the area cancelled the fireworks shows, but the fireworks complaint calls were heard loud and clear.

"We are expecting more throughout the week into the weekend, but we just want to remind people that we will be out enforcing that city ordinance," said Tiffany Pelt Lubbock Police Department public information officer. 

Firework sales began on June 30th and LPD received more than 2,000 calls related to fireworks. Pelt said independence day was a busy one. 

"Just for July 4th from midnight to 11:59 pm last night just for that 24 hour period we received 371 calls of complaints."

 This year LPD and the fire marshal's office teamed up to enforce the city ordinance issuing citations and confiscating fireworks within city limits.

"We didn't write too many citations. I know LPD lead the bulk of that, but we confiscated some," said Allen Martin with the Lubbock Fire Marshal's office. "Some places we had four dumpsters, one of the dumpster was completely full and the others didn't have to much in there." 

If anyone is caught in possession of fireworks within city limits their fireworks  will be confiscated and will face a 1,000 dollar citation.


Wounded Rep. Scalise readmitted to intensive care

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington hospital where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is recuperating from a gunshot wound says he has been readmitted to the intensive care unit.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center says the Louisiana congressman is back in intensive care because of new concerns for infection. Scalise was in serious condition Wednesday night.

Scalise and four other people were injured last month when a gunman opened fire on a Republican baseball practice in nearby Alexandria, Virginia. U.S. Capitol Police and other officers returned fire and killed the gunman.

The congressman was struck in the hip and the bullet tore into blood vessels, bones and internal organs. He has undergone several surgeries and had been upgraded to fair condition.


US warns North Korea that diplomatic window is closing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is warning that North Korea is "quickly closing off" the prospect of a diplomatic resolution to its nuclear provocations.

The Trump administration has launched a government-wide effort to identify options for confronting Pyongyang following its unprecedented intercontinental ballistic missile launch. President Donald Trump and other senior officials have dangled the prospect of punishing countries that trade with North Korea - a threat aimed directly at China, Pyongyang's biggest benefactor.

In a tweet Wednesday morning, Trump questioned why the U.S. should continue what he sees as bad trade deals "with countries that do not help us."

Some administration officials are still holding out hope of persuading China to ratchet up economic pressure on Pyongyang, despite Trump's increasingly pessimistic attitude toward Beijing.

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