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Texas DPS to Implement Crime Lab Fees Beginning Sept. 1

July 27, 2017

Legislative Change Catches Attention of Local Law Enforcement Agencies

A recently passed rider in the General Appropriation Act passed by the 85th Texas Legislature requiring the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to collect up to $11.5 million in fees for forensic analysis services has caused a stir with at least one law enforcement agency in a North Texas county and captured the attention in several others across the state.…

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TEA Changes Force Slight Change of Seminole ISD’s 2017-18 Calendar

July 27, 2017

A slight change to the spring semester calendar of Seminole ISD’s upcoming 2017-18 school year has been made in the wake of state testing date changes with the Texas Education Agency.

The changes, according to an e-mail to Seminole ISD officials in an e-mail to the Seminole Sentinel, “affected a bad weather day and a staff development day” in the months of April and May.…

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Area Democratic Candidates to Speak in Seminole Tuesday Evening

July 27, 2017

A trio of area Democratic candidates — two who have announced their intentions to seek election to Texas’ 19th Congressional District and one to Texas Dist. 83’s State House seat — are anticipated to meet and speak with Gaines County and area Democrats in a Tuesday evening forum at Seminole’s Wingate by Wyndham hotel.…

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Suspect in King Murder Investigation Arrested

July 26, 2017

LUBBOCK — A 21-year-old man wanted in connection in the July 15th death of a 32-year-old man with ties to the Seminole community was apprehended without incident Wednesday afternoon.

According to officials with the Lubbock Police Dept. through a press release issued to the Seminole Sentinel, Rudy Vallejos, III, 21, of Lubbock was taken into custody by United States Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force Team Foxtrot at around 2:15 p.m.…

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Seminole Council Receives EMS Presentation in Advance of Budget Process

July 25, 2017

During its second of a series of Budget Workshops, the Seminole City Council got its first look at the city’s proposed 2017-2018 fiscal year budget in printed form as it met in regular session Monday evening at City Hall. The Council will be presented a balanced budget for consideration in its next meeting in three weeks.…

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Texas’ Sales Tax Weekend Slated for Aug. 11-13

July 25, 2017

AUSTIN — Texans will have three days in August to shop for clothing and back-to-school supplies without having to worry about add on a sales tax, according to a release from the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

On Monday, officials with the Comptroller’s Office stated the 2017 Texas Sales Tax Holiday as being Aug.…

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Suspect Identified, Sought in King Murder Investigation

July 24, 2017

LUBBOCK — A 21-year-old man has been identified as being a person of interest in the July 15th death of a 32-year-old man with ties to the Seminole community.

Lubbock Police Dept. officials identified Rudy Vallejos, III, 21, as being wanted for the murder of 32-year-old Marian Daniel King.

King’s body was found around 1:45 p.m.…

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Gaines Wells Produce 1.96 Million Barrels in May

July 24, 2017

May oil production within Gaines County reached close to the 2 million barrel mark, however, remained on average for the county’s production thus far for the 2017 calendar year, according to the latest report from the Texas Railroad Commission.

Gaines County, in May, had a preliminary total production of 1.964 million barrels of oil, which was up from April’s adjusted production total of 1.901 million barrels, but less than March’s 1.977 million barrels, which currently serves as the high month for the 2017 calendar year.…

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Trump son-in-law Kushner denies collusion with Russia

July 24, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner denied Monday that he colluded with Russians in the course of President Donald Trump’s successful White House bid, declaring in a statement ahead of interviews with congressional committees that he has “nothing to hide.”

The 11-page statement , released hours before Kushner’s closed-door appearance before the Senate intelligence committee, details four contacts with Russians during Trump’s campaign and transition.…

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Seminole Man Pleads in Yoakum Co. Poaching Case

July 21, 2017

PLAINS — A 31-year-old Seminole man entered into a plea agreement Monday in a Yoakum County courtroom in relation to four charges from Texas Parks and Wildlife charges filed upon him for having shot, killed and failing to retrieve a pronghorn on or about May 27, 2016.

According to a press release issued by the TPWD on Friday afternoon, Isaak Harder Harms, 31, of Seminole, pled guilty to two Class A misdemeanors (Killing game animal at night, Failing to retrieve game animal-pronghorn) and had the two Class C misdemeanors dismissed (Killing pronghorn out of season, Killing pronghorn without a permit).…

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