Ask The Lawyer
Question: In light of the recent murder that occurred in Dalhart and the suicide that followed, what recourse does the family of the victim have, especially since there will be no need for a criminal proceeding? Does the family of the victim have any rights against the suicide victim, his family or his estate?
Lady Wolves claim #1 seed for playoffs
The Lady Wolves who have not lost a district match in two years continued their dominance of district 1-3A with a hard fought battle against the number two team in the district, the Lubbock Cooper Lady Pirates. All the hard work paid off as Dalhart will now be the #1 seed from our district as they advance in the playoffs. The Lady Wolves won 25-23, 25-18, 25-20, but Cooper gave the Lady Wolves all they could handle.
Dalhart residents grateful to area law enforcement
The massive manhunt that got underway late Wednesday evening, October 14th, came to an abrupt end early Saturday morning, October 17th. Area law enforcement agencies began a search for Jose Abel Cancino who had been accused of fatally shooting his wife, Elva Perez Cancino.
Turnovers spoil the Wolves night
On Friday night the Wolves outplayed the Borger Bulldogs in every area except one, but that one was turnovers. The Wolves were plagued with three lost fumbles and one interception, and the Bulldogs scored all 10 of their points off of Dalhart turnovers to win 10 – 7 and move into sole possession of first place in district play.
City recognized by Army
The City of Dalhart was recognized for the support they have given soldiers and their families from the 41st Fires Brigade of Fort Hood, Texas, during their Tour of Duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dick Knight, who attended the appreciation banquet at the army base located near Killeen, returned with a framed certificate signed by Col. Francey, the base commander, and a framed U.S. flag that had flown over Operation Base Delta in Al Kut, Iraq. He presented the items to the Dalhart City Council at their meeting on Tuesday, October 13.
Red Ladies don courthouse
The Silent Witness Program started when a group of female artists, writers and faculty members at a Minnesota Arts College felt a need to speak out about the rising number of women killed by domestic violence during the summer of 1990. After brainstorming, they decided to create free-standing, life-sized, red wooden figures, each one bearing the name of a woman who once lived, worked, had neighbors, friends, family, children, whose life ended violently at the hands of a husband, ex-husband, partner or acquaintance. It has been said, “That day a movement was born.”
Area businesses provide the practical part of learning at DHS
Students in the Ag Mechanics classes at Dalhart High School are enjoying an added feature to their curriculum this year. Hilmar Cheese is participating in the practical part of the students’ learning two days each week by showing the students the “how to” of what they are learning.
Swine Flu confirmed in Dalhart
DISD has confirmed that at least one student who attends Dalhart Junior High School has been confirmed with a case of swine flu. Symptoms to be mindful of include chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness and general discomfort. The strain of the current outbreak of swine flu is said to cause only mild symptoms and the infected persons should recover within a few days. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant women and young children are at greatest risk of contracting the illness and having complications due to the illness. If you suspect you or a family member are ill with the swine flu, contact your doctor’s office by telephone first before going into their office.
2009 National 4H Week
On September 30, 2009, Hartley County Council members watched as the Hartley Country’s Honorable Judge Ronnie Gordon signed a proclamation recognizing National 4-H week. National 4-H week was observed October 4-11.
It started with an ad I placed in the Dalhart Texan for scraps of material to use for making quilts. A lady called saying she had a box for me to pick up. When I arrived at the house I saw several children, all appearing to be near the same age and immediately speculated; she must run a day care! I soon discovered the children were hers; a four-year-old and two-year-old triplets!
As It Turns Out
Hello Readers! My apologies for being out of pocket the last couple of weeks. I was in Austin for my annual pilgrimage to the Austin City Limits Music Festival. It’s a special weekend that I share with my daughter, Sierra, and granddaughter, Luca Bella. I’ve written about it before. This festival is an annual three-day music festival in Austin’s Zilker Park. There are more than 130 bands on eight stages, and they include rock, country, folk, indie, Americana, hip-hop, reggae, and bluegrass. They attract a crowd of about 65,000 visitors each day.
All School Reunion is here
A famous quote on the topic of forgetting by Friedrich Nietzsche goes “The advantage of a bad memory and forgetting a lot is that every experience is a new one.” As for me, forgetting is a daily occurrence. Whether it be where I placed the car keys, or what time I am supposed to be where, forgetting is commonplace for me. I often see others who also forget; whether it is forgetting to wear matching shoes or letting a nearing event slip their mind, and employing the “I simply forgot” excuse. Well fellow connoisseur of convenient forgetting, our excuse will not work this year for the All School Reunion because this piece is serving as a reminder.
Jose Abel Cancino remains at large
A massive manhunt got underway late Wednesday evening, October 14th. Area law enforcement agencies began a search for a man accused of shooting his wife in the apartment they shared together then fleeing the scene on foot. The incident occurred at approximately 8:45 p.m. and officers from the Dalhart Police Department quickly responded to the scene. Sadly, they discovered that the woman was killed from a gunshot wound to the face.
Murder suspect wanted
On Wednesday, October 14, at approximately 8:45 p.m. Dalhart police and EMS responded to the 700 block of Peach St. regarding a shots fired call. Upon law enforcement arrival Elva Perez Cancino, age 63, was found mortally wounded at the scene. Her husband, Jose Abel Cancino age 78, was observed running away from the scene on foot and is the primary suspect in this homicide. Jose Cancino is still at large and a Dallam County Murder warrant has been issued for his arrest.
JOSE ABEL CANCINO IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS.
If anyone has information on the location of Jose Abel Cancino please contact the Dalhart Police Dept at 806-244-5546.
Winner of the Week
Josie Ramirez receives her prize money as the winning contestant of the seventh week’s football contest. She got eight out of nine correct with the tie breaker of 38. The annual contest that lasts through the football season is sponsored by First National Bank. Entrants are reminded to print their name on the form and include their daytime phone number so that they can be notified if they win.
Ask The Lawyer
Question: I had a car loan with my bank that I defaulted on. I was laid off from my job and I just couldn’t keep up with the payments. I signed the car back over to my bank and I even took my car to them rather than having it repossessed. That was almost a year ago. I never changed my bank to any other. I went back to work and I started putting extra money into my savings account so that I could save up for another car. I just found out that the bank took all of the money in my savings account and applied it to the deficit I owed on the car that I defaulted on. How can my bank, without my permission, take my hard earned savings? Is that legal? They told me that not only did they have the right to do it but that I gave them permission in my banking contract with them. I do not ever remember signing a banking contract with my bank and now I’m out nearly $3,000 that was in my savings account.
Stamp purchase lands dinner and a murder mystery
When Dalhart Post Master Traci Yanke decided to come up with an idea that would boost sales toward the end of the Post Office’s fiscal year, she did so in style. She announced to patrons that if they purchased a book of stamps, their name would get put into a drawing. The prize was dinner at Hodie’s Restaurant and an evening at La Rita Theatre for a murder mystery.
Dalhart Lady Wolves defeat Levelland Loboetts
The Lady Wolves Freshmen, JV, and Varsity teams played host to the Levelland Lady Loboetts on Saturday. Unfortunately for Levelland, Dalhart was not a very good host as all three Dalhart teams came away with wins and did not lose a single game in the three matches played. The freshmen won 25-13, 25-8 and the JV 25-11, 25-7. The varsity followed suit with a three game win in their match, 25-10, 25-11, 25-6.
Ice on the roadway cause of two accidents
Along with the rain and cold weather last weekend came ice, which became the reason for two motor vehicle accidents on Highway 54 West. The two accidents involved ice which covered bridges in Hartley County. The accidents are a reminder that winter weather is fast approaching and drivers should take the time to refresh their defensive driving safety skills before winter is in full swing.
Standstill on Highway 87 North coming to end
This past April area residents learned that the portion of Highway 87 North out of Dalhart that was slated for widening and an upgrade was at an indefinite standstill. In a meeting of the Dalhart Area Rotary Club held on April 2nd, Donald “Don” Drickey, Area Engineer for the Dumas/Amarillo District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot), addressed issues about road and bridge construction, including Phase IV of the construction on Highway 87.