What began as an aggravated assault case over the weekend is now considered a homicide.
Lieutenant Eric Bohannon with the Amarillo Police Department says that it started with a disturbance call early in the morning Saturday.
"What we were told before we got there was that there was a female victim and that the suspect had fled the scene," Lt. Bohannon said. "Officers got there, the victim was being attended to by medical personnel and she was later transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries."
Joanna Olivas, 23, later died at the hospital. Luis Olivas, 24, was later caught at a different location and booked into Potter County for assault against a family member. Lt. Bohannon adds the APD is working closely with the 47th District Attorney's office who will decide if or when to change that charge.
Another public official has announced their re-election campaign.
Ellen Robertson Green will be running for Amarillo City Council Place 1, and says they've been able to accomplish many things the past four years she's been in office. She noted that they've increased the police force by 13% since 2010, and hired 7 new officers last year. She also spoke of their work on Animal Management and Welfare.
"We have improved the facilities there," Green said. "We're not finished yet but we have made some good improvements there. Those facilities hadn't been touched since 1971."
She says she's excited about the upcoming downtown investments.
"Two private investors have announced a total $87 million worth of projects downtown," Green said. "SPS and Xcel are building a $42 million headquarters and Newcrest Image, Chuck Patel, is investing $45.5 million in a downtown hotel."
Early voting begins April 27th and elections take place May 9th.
Mayor Paul Harpole was a guest on Saturday's Let Me Speak to the Realtor show. One of the topics discussed was the amount of road construction in Amarillo.
"In the last 4 years we have added 115 miles of paved roads," Harpole said. "That's exactly the number of paved roads, total, we had in the year I was born, 1950. Now, we are well over 1,000 miles of paved roads."
Harpole says the population is estimated to grow by 35,000 over the next decade which will translate to 8,000 new homes.
The number of 18 wheelers going through Amarillo has increased dramatically. Harpole said 25 years ago, the count was 20,000 and 10 years ago, the count was 40,000.
"We get peaked days of 66,000 trucks down I-40 and there's an awful lot of passenger cars in between there. We have 1,000 more beds in hotels here than Lubbock does."
And he adds that with the increased traffic comes more money from sales tax. He says roughly 60% of the sales tax collected in Amarillo comes from out of town visitors.