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Biggest, most bizarre and popular stories of 2010


By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – It's a new year but here's a look back at some of the most popular, bizarre, and biggest stories of 2010.

It was big year for Texas Tech. Tommy Tuberville was named Tech's head football coach last January after Mike Leach was fired. Tech professor Rodney Hicks was removed from his professorship after accusations that he was surfing the web for sexually explicit photos to where students could see.

 Tech student Jeena Roberts, 21, was arrested for killing 54-year-old Linda Smaltz in a drunk driving accident. Roberts claimed she had been drinking on a school field trip before she smashed into the SUV Smaltz was riding in at 80 miles per hour.

Texas Tech's Beta Theta Pi fraternity was also shut down for five years after 15 pledges were caught stealing lumber from a construction site.

2010 was also a year of records and bizarre headlines. New Deal took the spot light after a family found a meteorite in their front yard. It's one of only 297 in Texas and 1,566 in the U.S. Snyder was rattled by a small earthquake, and a monster turtle wondered into a Lubbock Dentist's Office yard. "It's the biggest I've ever seen," said an employee about the two foot snapping turtle.

Bahama Buck's celebrated their 20th birthday by making the world's biggest snow cone at 25,000 pounds with 8.5 million calories.

The Lubbock Sheriff's department had their biggest pot bust on record, seizing around 1,000 marijuana plants with a street value of more than 12.8 million dollars.

The Fourth of July weekend brought record amounts of rainfall putting Lubbock under water. Cotton prices reached an all time high since 1995.

Idalou wildcats defeated the Lexington Eagles to bring in their first State Championship.

98th street is sinking again, for the second time since 1998. The city had to buy 23 homes this time around. The city also bought Xcel Energy for more than $87 million in a merger with LP&L.

Local company HTL blows up buildings to see how bomb proof they are against terrorist attacks. While a judge drops a bomb on Benny Judah giving him 25 years in prison for his Ponzi scheme. His businesses were sold, but Zookinis was shut down.

Buddy Holly finally got his star on Hollywood and his statue in Lubbock got a face lift. The Brown family's home also got a makeover by the hit show Extreme Home Makeover Edition.

Lubbock Police stayed busy last year with new leads on cold cases. Johnny ray Klein was arrested in connection to at 24 year old cold case murder of Florencio Calzada of Lorenzo.

Police also arrested Kerry Williams on murder charges of Charlotte Ivey who was found stabbed to death at a laundry mat in 1994.

Joshua Stephenson, 21, was sentenced to life in prison by a jury for raping an 87-year-old woman. The rape victim in the case where Timothy Cole was wrongfully convicted stepped up asking the city what went wrong during the investigation. She hasn't gotten a response.

And finally, Peggy Merimon's body was found after four years and countless search parties. She went missing back in 2006 from the Lubbock State School with Kay Harrellson. Murder suspect Mickey Patterson is now behind bars charged with her murder. He's at the new jail that also opened in 2010.

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