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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Car Chase, Police Manhunt Cause Local Excitement

A police helicopter joined the manhunt at I-20 and FM 1230 next to CWH Farms, owned by Cody and Willis Hughes.  (Photos courtesy of Cody Hughes.)
Shots fired at a highway patrolman and a high-speed car chase resulted in a heavy response from law enforcement and caused considerable excitement near Champion in western Nolan County Monday morning. 

At about 6:20am a DPS trooper on I-20 in Mitchell County caught on radar an Oklahoma-registered SUV  heading east at 109mph, and pulled it over for speeding.  The trooper noticed three men inside, and as he approached the vehicle, the driver jumped out and fired three shots at him, then jumped back in and fled eastbound at speeds exceeding 100mph.  A high-speed pursuit followed and more shots were fired at the trooper during the chase.   

Near Loraine, the trooper lost sight of the vehicle, which was later found abandoned near I-20 on FM 1230, about six miles west of Roscoe.  Law enforcement officers were unable to locate the suspects, and a major manhunt ensued with helicopters and officers on horseback taking part. 

All three area schools—Roscoe, Highland, and Loraine—were notified, and all three took precautions, locking school entrances and keeping children inside while the search for the fugitives was on.  The manhunt at FM 1230 was cancelled at about noon.

Then, at around 2:00 that afternoon, citizens in Colorado City notified police that three males were inside a house, referred to as a private café, in the southeast part of town in the 100 block of S. Austin Street, just south of Business 20. Officers went to investigate and found the three hiding there and barricaded inside.  Police set up a perimeter and evacuated nearby houses as a precaution, then began a siege of the place that lasted more than nine hours.

Shortly after midnight, a SWAT team set off stun grenades at the front door of the building and without firing any shots captured all three men and took them to the Mitchell County Jail.  Arrested for attempted capital murder, felony possession of a firearm, and evading arrest are Myron McDonald, Jr., 22, of Oklahoma City and Christopher Deshawn Johnson, 24, also of Oklahoma City.  The identity of the third suspect has been withheld because he is a 16-year-old from Edmondson, Oklahoma.  He has been transported to a juvenile facility in Taylor County. 

Colorado City radio station KVMC also reported that two others charged with hindering apprehension of the above three are Felicia Diaz and Brandon Emerson.  They allegedly helped the three men get from FM 1230 to the private café in Colorado City.



Torrey Willman shoots against Hermleigh.
The Roscoe Plowgirls continued their winning ways this past week with easy victories over Loraine and Hermleigh. 

The Plowgirls rolled over the Lady Bulldogs in Loraine Friday evening, 72-23.  The score at the end of the first quarter was 14-9 Plowgirls and 35-20 at halftime, but in the second half the Plowgirls pulled away scoring 37 points to Loraine’s 3. 

The Plowgirls were led by Carolina Perez with 18 points, while Shelby Brown had 17 and Faith Boren 16.

Then last night the Plowgirls beat the Lady Cardinals of Hermleigh in Plowboy Gym 56-38.  The Plowgirls jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the first quarter and were ahead 36-14 at the half.

Carolina Perez was once again high scorer with 18 points.  Faith Boren had 10 and Mirian Solis had 9.

The Plowgirls are now 4-2 in district play and will play Westbrook there on Friday.


Cutter Davila (24) takes a shot.
The Plowboys are still looking for their first district win after losing to Loraine away on Friday and to Hermleigh at home last night. 

The Loraine game was tied 41-41 at the end of regulation, but the Bulldogs outscored the Plowboys 8-4 in overtime to win by four 49-45.  Loraine had led 21-20 at halftime and 32-28 after three quarters, but the Plowboys tied it up in the fourth before losing in overtime.

High scorer for the Plowboys was Jesus Leanos with 19 points, while Kevin Lavalais and Shelton Toliver both had 6.

Then last night the Plowboys also led for much of the game against Hermleigh only to fall behind and lose at the end.  Roscoe was ahead 10-8 at the end of the first quarter and 22-18 at halftime, but the Cardinals pulled ahead in the third and led 33-30 going into the fourth quarter, when they widened the lead to seven to win by a final score of 43-36.

The Plowboys were led by Jesus Leanos again, this time with 11 points, while Dillon Freeman had 10. 

The Plowboys are now 0-4 in district play.  Their next opponent is Westbrook in Westbrook on Friday.




A number of Roscoe FFA students did well at last week’s Nolan County Stock Show.  Stina Tomlin had the Reserve Champion Goat and also won the Senior Showmanship Award in Goats.   Shelby Spencer won the Junior Showmanship Award in Broilers.

Other Roscoe winners include the following:

               Braiden Moore – 2nd Place – Swine
               Ty Fullwood – 2nd Place – Lamb
               Torrey Willman – 3rd Place – Swine
               Tait Fullwood – 3rd Place – Lamb
               Jaci Alexander – 3rd Place – Lamb
               Megan Boren – 4th Place – Swine
               Gage Hoskins – 4th Place – Swine
               Zeke Murphy – 5th Place – Lamb
               Dillon Freeman – 5th Place – Swine



The weather was considerably warmer than the previous week.  Highs through the weekend were in the mid-sixties with lows around forty.  On Monday it was cooler, getting up only to 52°F, but warmer weather returned yesterday, and temperatures should climb into the seventies today and tomorrow before cooling off again on Friday for weekend highs in the fifties. 

There is no rain in the forecast.


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