5 things to know: Monday

5 things to know: Monday

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Danger is always lurking within social media and mobile apps

LUBBOCK, Texas - Lubbock's federal grand jury indicted a former Spur ISD coach for enticement of a minor, court documents indicate the child's mother found out about the illicit messages using an app that monitored her daughter's messages. While a lot of kids think Snapchat and other direct messaging apps are fun and games there's always dangerous lurking.

"Children don't know the dangers that they are getting into when they open an app," said Derek Danners, executive director of the Children Advocacy Center here in Lubbock. "They don't know who is on the other side of the app that they are talking to in a chat room, what they are capable of and what there intention is." 

The Texas Department of State Health Services notes some common red flag apps, it reports Kik, is often used for sexting among teens.The state suggests that the Live.ly app allows predators to view victims in an unedited and intimate moments. The most common Snapchat, it allows users to send photos and videos that vanish after viewing.

"Any kind of app that you can communicate privately one on one without everyone seeing it I think those are kind of a red flag for people who have younger children," said Olivia Boggs, family crime investigator with the Lubbock police department. "I think as a parent I think it's important that you monitor those conversations, I think you just need to have that open line of communication." 

Danners said it's important to educate yourself about the dangers that exist, online predators try to stay one step ahead of law enforcement.


Young entrepreneur creates 3D printed earrings

LUBBOCK, Texas - Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy teaches middle and high schoolers how to start their own business. They are given the opportunity to pitch their plan to local investors and compete in regional and national competitions.

Kevin Bash won the academy's Saunders Scholars competition and received $1,800. He owns Kevin Michael Jewelry, selling 3D printed earrings online and in stores. 

Bash said he got the idea when he made his mom earrings for her birthday. After she received several compliments, he decided to start his business. 

Shortly after, he joined "YEA". He said it was helpful receiving guidance from local business owners like Melissa Grimes with Studio West.

"It really like gives me an outline of what I should look for if I want to start another business, so I know how to start it and how to write a business plan," Bash said. 

He said his business is gaining momentum. He will now be able to purchase a new printer with the money he won. 

Next month, he will travel to New York to compete for college scholarships with about 70 students from across the U.S. Bash said his next goal is to create necklaces and charms. 


One year anniversary of Dimmitt tornado; why it should serve as a reminder

LUBBOCK, Texas - One year ago a tornado ripped through the outskirts of Dimmitt.

The National Weather Service rated it an EF-3, packing a punch of an estimated 140 mph. In its wake, a trail of metal buildings crushed like Coke cans, utility poles snapped like twigs, and remnants of the houses it struck. 

"This trailer was crumpled up and then my dad had a big horse trailer and a big stock trailer, the stock trailer is just in pieces," said Bo Bradley, who survived the tornado in his parents house. "I knew it was bad but once I think I calmed down I realized how lucky we were and all that so. God had his eye on us, his arm around us.

While the Dimmitt tornado did not strike a populated area, FOX34 Chief Meterologist Matt Ernst said it should serve as a reminder that it could strike a populated area.

"The past several years we haven't had many direct hits but this storm last year shows just how close it could've been and I hope people aren't in a false sense of security saying we aren't going to see severe weather," said Ernst. "Even straight line wind can be damaging, it can be deadly."

He said as tornado season approaches you need to have a plan in place in the event of severe weather.


Comey says it possible Russians have leverage over Trump
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former FBI Director James Comey says he thinks it's possible the Russians have compromising information on President Donald Trump, that there is "some evidence of obstruction of justice" in the president's actions and that Trump is "morally unfit" for office.
  
Comey's comments in an ABC News interview that aired Sunday were almost certain to escalate his war of words with the president, who fired him last year and attacked him anew Sunday with a Twitter outburst. Comey's televised remarks, coupled with his forthcoming book, offer his version of events surrounding his firing and the investigations into Russian election meddling and Hillary Clinton's email practices.
  
The interview was tied to the release of Comey's new book, "A Higher Loyalty."


US to hit Russia with new sanctions for aiding Syria's Assad
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has indicated new economic sanctions will be announced Monday against Russia for enabling the government of Syrian leader Bashar Assad in its use of chemical weapons.
  
The ambassador to the U.N. said Russia has blocked six attempts by the U.N. Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.
  
She said: "The international community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our everyday life. The fact he was making this more normal and that Russia was covering this up, all that has got to stop."
  
President Donald Trump on Sunday said a U.S.-led missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program was "perfectly carried out."
  
Haley appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and CBS' "Face the Nation."


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