5 things to know: Monday

5 things to know: Monday

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Perry: Parents need to be held more accountable for school threats

LEVELLAND, Texas - Levelland police have taken two students into custody this past Thursday and Friday following consecutive threats at the middle and high schools. The schools were put in lockdown while investigators scoured for bombs.

This very expensive process and is putting a strain on the district, its students and the taxpayers supporting it.

Police took custody of a 15-year-old student for the middle school prank then another 15-year-old Friday for making a false report at Levelland High School. The extra resources needed for these threats costing taxpayers thousands of dollars.

"When you're talking about sheriff's office, and police department, and fire department, and then calling in specialized units from outside the county you're talking thousands for that kind of response," said Sheriff of Hockley County Ray Scifres. "Man hours plus equipment time."

In light of these threats, one law maker is proposing fines for the parents.

"This is a continuation of social media and the lack of parenting at some level," said Senator Charles Perry, Texas State District 28. "If the kid's a minor, then the parent has to sign off for the kid to have an account. If the parent signs off saying they're OK with it, it gives them some accountability factor."

Chief Garcia said bomb threats that displace entire schools can be prosecuted as a "terroristic threat", a third degree felony. That carries a penalty of 2 to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. 


UPDATE: Police make arrest in fatal hit-and-run crash

LUBBOCK, Texas - A man is now in custody in connection to a deadly hit-and-run crash that killed an 18-year-old this month.

Melvin Keele, 46, is charged with failure to stop and render aid.

Joey Aguero was found in the road near 7000 4th Street.

Through the course of the investigation, Accident Investigators followed up on leads and developed information on the possible driver who struck Aguero.

Lubbock Police Accident Investigators, with the assistance of patrol officers, arrested Keele just before 6 p.m. in the 2000 block of Inler Avenue.

This case remains under investigation by the Accident Investigation Unit.


Kansas tops Texas Tech for record 14th straight league title

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Devonte Graham barged through a door with a big smile, wearing a hat tilted slightly forward over his eyes that read "14 straight."

Kansas finally has its NCAA record.

Graham scored 26 points and the eighth-ranked Jayhawks wrapped up their 14th consecutive regular-season conference championship, clinching at least a tie for the Big 12 title with a 74-72 victory against sixth-ranked Texas Tech on Saturday.

Graham hit a tiebreaking jumper with 1:30 remaining to help Kansas (23-6, 12-4) to its fourth straight win and a two-game lead over the Red Raiders, who have lost three in a row for the first time this season. The Jayhawks never trailed.

All 14 of the titles have come under coach Bill Self, who finished second in his first season at KU. Four of the previous 13 championships were shared. UCLA won 13 straight Pac-10 titles from 1967-79.


Superhero therapy: finding the 'power' within

LUBBOCK, Texas - The "fandoms" were represented at Lubbock Con this past weekend and for many of these fans, there's a far deeper meaning behind fictional super heroes.

Janina Scarlet is a licensed psychologist who runs a superhero therapy site and has published several books. She incorporates pop culture into therapy to help people dealing depression, anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder. 

"With my clients, I use their traumas as that, as starting off points," Scarlet said. "We will maybe draw a few comic book panels in which they have experienced something painful and then we draw them out as a superhero, somebody that helps other people."

Scarlet said she now travels to conventions and comic-con's educating crowds about superhero therapy.


Congress returns with gun violence an unexpected issue

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress returns to work under pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence and facing a list of proposals, some of them from President Donald Trump.
  
The Republican leaders in charge of the House and the Senate have been quiet as Trump has proposed raising the minimum age to purchase assault-style weapons and arming teachers. The president also has suggested that whether teachers should be armed is an issue for states to decide.
  
For federal lawmakers, the most likely option is bolstering the federal background check system for gun purchases. However, that proposal is bogged down after being linked with a less popular measure to expand gun rights.
  
Any bill that would curb access to guns faces firm GOP opposition and risks antagonizing gun advocates in their party.
 

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