5 things to know: Wednesday

5 things to know: Wednesday

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In light of attempted kidnapping, how to defend yourself

LUBBOCK, Texas - Lubbock police are still searching for the suspect who attempted to kidnap a 20-year-old female at her home in 5700 block of 62nd street. According to the police report, she kicked her way free, ran inside, and called for help.

Kristi Wuensche, a former police officer and self-defense instructor said she did the right thing.

"The fact that she actually fought back is what prevented her from getting kidnapped," Wuensche said. 

Wuensche said her goal as an instructor is to prepare women both mentally and physically.

She teaches 13 vital striking points. They can be used in several variations that injure an attacker enough for someone to escape. 

She said once you take a course, the training should not stop there.

"Even if you don't have someone to train with, mentally go through these techniques that you've learned," Wuensche said. "Mental is huge, it's what all professional athletes, Olympic athletes do, they mentally prepare themselves, they see the fight, or they see the course before they actually run it." 

Wuensche, along with a male instructor will be teaching a three day self-defense course open to both men and women. 

American Red Cross rolls out Red Cross giving day

LUBBOCK, Texas - 75 years ago president Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the month of March as red cross month honoring the organizations humanitarian mission. The red cross is continuing a national initiative that started a few years back called, Red Cross Giving Day, focusing on the idea of helping one family. On March 28th the agency will roll out this 24 hour online fundraising event. 

"The idea behind the Red Cross giving day is that we ask the public to help us help one family," said Laura Hann, executive director of the American Red Cross serving the South Plains. "We think about that one family that shows up at our shelter during a disaster and needs help."

All funds raised through the Help One Family campaign will go to help families in the south plains and those who live in devastated areas.

"The help one family campaign is really thinking about these big disasters where we are opening shelters, where entire communities have been impacted, but here locally we are responding to," said Hann. "I mean this year we are going to be over 300 families that have reached to us this year and have said you know we had a disaster that made our home unsafe for us to be in and we need your help." 

UPDATED: Police arrest one, searching for another connected to apartment complex death

LUBBOCK, Texas - One person is in custody and another is wanted for questioning in connection with the death of 32-year old Matthew Pickett.

Trayvion Deshawn Caro, 19, was taken into custody Tuesday evening by the Lubbock Police Department, arrested for murder.

Police are looking for Arthur Moore Jr., 41, who is considered a person of interest and is wanted for questioning in connection to this case.  

Lubbock Police were called to an apartment complex on 65th Drive east of Avenue P Friday evening after receiving reports of criminal mischief.  

Family members, who were checking on Matthew Pickett, flagged down officers. Officers found Pickett. It appeared he was shot.

The Latest: Governors from Alabama, Texas speak after crash

LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show the company that owns the bus that crashed in Alabama was involved in four other crashes in the past two years, one involving a fatality and three others without deaths or injuries.

First Class Tours Inc. said driver Harry Caligone was killed Tuesday when its bus carrying Texas high school students home from a Disney World trip crashed in Alabama. Caligone was not the driver in the previous crashes.

According to a Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report, one of the company buses failed to yield the right of way in May 2017 in Houston, fatally striking a pedestrian in a crosswalk as the bus turned left.

Other reports also show: a bus driver was given a warning citation in Houston in January for turning right too wide after the bus and an SUV collided; in August 2017, a bus was hit from behind in traffic in Sugar Land, near Houston; in March 2016 a man driving an SUV was cited for an unsafe lane change in front of a bus in Houston after their vehicles collided.

Pompeo picked to be top diplomat, seen as tight with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) - The former congressman and current CIA director President Donald Trump wants as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is expected by many to bring a new, blunt-speaking style to the job of America's top diplomat.

Trump announced Tuesday he is replacing Rex Tillerson with Pompeo, who must first be confirmed by the Senate. A Republican with a say on that score, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, says no one has a stronger relationship with Trump than Pompeo and that their relationship will empower Pompeo as secretary of state.

Tillerson's 14 months at the State Department were marked by budget cuts and staffing reductions, and his management style was seen as aloof. The agency was all too often sidelined on many of the nation's most pressing national security matters.

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