Disappearance ruled "not criminal"
According to a report from Moore County Sheriff's Office, the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Violent Crimes Section has completed its preliminary investigation into the disappearance of Adalie Rivera. Adalie left her Colorado Springs hotel room on March 17, 2017, at approximately 6:30AM. She made her way to a coal train in the Colorado Springs Metro area, which she boarded and traveled to a farm community near Dumas, Texas. She got off the train covered in coal dust and was hungry after running out of Skittles. She was found by a local farmer who notified the Moore County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department responded and took custody of Adalie until family members were able to retrieve her. At this point of the investigation, there is no reason to believe Adalie’s disappearance was criminal.

Local educator arrested
Courtesy of Moore County S.O.
Earlier today, investigators from the Texas Rangers and the Dumas Police Department arrested 46-year-old Aron Edward Dillahunty on a warrant and booked him into Moore County Jail on charges alleging Improper Relationship between Educator and Student stemming from an ongoing investigation. More information will be published as it is made available.

Thornberry votes for VA reform bills
U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted this past week in support of two bills that will reform the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital system and provide greater support for veterans.

Full text of the bills: H.R. 1259 and H.R. 1367

Livestock Indemnity program benefits available to Moore County producers
Moore County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Gary Thomas today announced that producers who suffered qualifying livestock losses due to recent wildfires could be eligible for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

Granado found guilty of Assault on a Public Servant
On Friday, in the 69th District Court of Moore County, Adam Granado was found guilty by a jury on two counts of Assault on a Public Servant. Click the link above for full details.

Burn ban reinstated for Moore County
Due to continued dry conditions, potential high winds and a high fire danger, Moore County Commissioners' Court reinstated the burn ban at Monday morning's meeting.
Moore County Emergency Management presented Keetch-Byran Drought Index numbers for the county at Monday's meeting, indicating an average value of 307. The index ranges from 0, meaning no moisture depletion, to 800, which indicates absolutely dry conditions.
Moore County's drought index number is among the highest in the region with just two counties having higher figures -- Hartley County, 382; and Sherman County, 338. Figures for other neighboring counties include Potter, 233; Hutchinson, 242; and Dallam, 290.

Demons at state
Tyler Anderson photo

Members of the Dumas Demons wrestling team are shown above warming up Friday morning as the University Interscholastic League’s state wrestling tournament got underway. Watch for tournament updates on our Facebook page, and find a recap of the state tournament in our upcoming Thursday print edition. The News-Press congratulates the Demons for another outstanding wrestling season!

Sunray voters to decide fate of sales tax increase
Voters in Sunray will have the opportunity to pass a one cent sales tax increase in May that would allow for economic development, quality of life improvements and better streets.

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