Reporting Live from the Tragedy

“I’m terrified and freezing,” is a text message Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Business Reporter Sarah Self-Walbrick sent from the scene of the murder of Texas Tech Police Officer Floyd East on October 9. Self-Walbrick, who is a Texas Tech alumna and former Hub@TTU employee, only works the “night cop” shift on Monday nights. When she got a […]

Behind the Phone of a 9-1-1 Dispatcher

In every emergency situation, 9-1-1 dispatchers are a lifeline to safety. These are the people who help when no one else can. According to the United States Census Bureau, Lubbock had an estimated population of just under 300,000 people in 2015. While many do not consider Lubbock a big city, according to the FBI, it has the second […]

SGA Debates Congratulating Police

By Kristen Barton Earlier this month at a Texas Tech Student Government Association meeting, debate arose around a resolution to show support for the Texas Tech and Lubbock Police Departments. The general clerk sends all the legislation for the meetings ahead of time so senators can prepare debates or votes for the resolutions. A congratulatory piece has […]

Out with the Old, In with the New Cruisers

By Billy Ingle Getting a new car can be an exciting experience. For the police force, cars are tools to help its do its job. Around the Texas Tech University campus and Lubbock, new police cruisers are out on the roads. Police Chief Kyle Bonath of the Texas Tech Police Department said its new police cruisers remain all white, with […]

One Caught, More Suspects at Large in Arson Cases

By Victoria Landers After three cases of arson in Texas Tech residences halls put the campus on alert, police have caught one suspect but are still struggling to identify those responsible for other cases. A student found responsible for a case of arson on the fourth floor of Gates Hall, which was reported to the […]

Students, Residents Discuss Uber-Less Lubbock

By Kaitlin Bain Uber, an international ride-sharing company operating in Lubbock, is facing proposed regulations that have stirred fears Uber would either leave or cut its number of drivers because of possible additional fees. City Councilwoman Karen Gibson will introduce the Uber regulations at the City Council meeting on Thursday, April 28. The proposal aims to place all […]

Whatcha Gonna Do: ‘COPS’ Films in Lubbock

By Callie Yardley Camera. Lights. Action. This is not what the job of police officers normally entails—unless, that is, they are filming for the reality-based show “COPS.” The Lubbock Police Department recently did just that, adding Hub City to the list of more than 140 cities featured on the Spike television show since 1989. The Lubbock episode is […]

Two Tech Students Dead From Suspected Overdoses

On Friday, 22-year-old Texas Tech student Kacey Callaway was found dead in his apartment at ULofts. On Monday, 21-year-old Texas Tech student Jonathan Ross was found dead in his apartment at University Pointe. The cause of both deaths is suspected to be an accidental overdose of prescription drugs mixed with narcotics, according to Lt. Ray […]

Texas Tech Police Honor Murdered Harris County Officer

Texas Tech police patrol cars flashed their red and blue lights in unison at 11 a.m. Friday to commemorate Darren Goforth, a slain Harris County sheriff’s deputy who was shot a week ago at a gas station after filling up his patrol car. The tribute followed a call from Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday, asking all Texas officers to turn on their […]

Campus Safety and the Blue Lights

Within the past three years, the Texas Tech University Police Department responded to more than 100 Clery Act crimes, or on campus felonies. According to the Tech crime statistics report for 2012, 13 of these offenses were sex offenses. David Knipe, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Midland, Texas, said the numbers outraged him. “That’s […]

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