Longview Teen Robbery Suspect Shot Five Times
LONGVIEW According to the autopsy report, a teenage Longview robbery suspect was shot five times by police and had marijuana in his system. The autopsy for Justin Aguilar, 15, was returned in June and was released by authorities Tuesday. The Forest Park Middle School student was a suspect in the attempted robbery of the New-Way convenience store in the 1300 block of South Green Street March 9th. He was shot in a standoff with officers. Read more …
Police Release Pictures of High-Speed Chase Suspect
LINDALE Lindale police have released pictures of the alleged driver involved in last weekend’s high-speed chase in Smith County. According to KETK, police say they are looking for Carlos Bonilla, 22, who was last seen near Garden Valley Road in Tyler. The chase began shortly after 9:00 p.m. Friday on Highway 69 in Lindale. Police say they were conducting a traffic stop when Bonilla pulled out a weapon. He then reportedly sped off with police following close by. During the high speed pursuit Bonilla allegedly shot at police. Read more …
Gilmer Woman Sentenced in Fatal Accident
LONGVIEW A Gilmer woman was sentenced Tuesday to 120 days in prison and 10 years probation after pleading guilty to intoxication manslaughter. Sarah Reeves, 35, had originally been charged with driving while intoxicated in the accident in which she hit Lynden Bell, 24, of Longview. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report the accident occurred November 21, 2012, in the 1900 block of Lee Street in the Pine Tree area. When Lee died two days later, the charge was changed to intoxication manslaughter. Reeves could have gotten up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Trinity Industries Found Guilty of Fraud
MARSHALL — A company accused of selling defective guardrails has been found guilty of fraud. A federal jury in Marshall says Texas firm Trinity Industries should pay $175 million for misleading regulators about the re-design of its guardrails in 2005. Under federal law, that sum will be tripled to as much as one billion dollars. Some of that will go to whistle – blower Josuah Harmon who testified the re-design meant that instead of being cushioned, vehicles colliding with the ends of the guardrails could be impaled, leading to at least a dozen accidents, some fatal. This is the second time the case has been tried. The first ended in a mistrial in July.
Hoax Ebola Story Circulating in East Texas
MT. PLEASANT A story concerning Ebola is circulating East Texas and causing fears in the community. KETK reports a local hospital has released a statement to quell the concerns. The Titus Regional Medical Center put out the following release from Shannon Norfleet, RN, Director of Community Relations & Education: “TRMC has received several calls and comments regarding a circulating Facebook hoax about an Ebola case in Mount Pleasant. Please always be aware (or beware) of your online ‘news’ sources feednewz.com is a pranking website and the circulating post is completely false. This hoax information has been shared with our local public information officers and news media as well.”
Last Week’s Storm Near Gilmer was a Tornado
GILMER The National Weather service confirms that a storm that caused damaged near Gilmer October 13th was a tornado. Some homes and barns were damaged by fallen trees caused by the storm. It touched down just before 5:00 that morning. KETK reports the National Weather Service survey team determined an EF-1 touched down 6.5 miles northwest of Gilmer and that the 275-yard wide twister stayed on the ground for about six miles with peak winds of 95-105 miles per hour. The survey team reported determined the tornado moved east from south of FM 852 near Bison Road and FM 852 and passed along Armadillo Road, north of Lake Gilmer, then crossed Cherokee Trace. The tornado finally lifted at Highway 271 near Antelope Road. No injuries were reported in the storm.
Pilgrim’s Pride Worker Killed in Accident
MT. PLEASANT — A Pilgrim’s Pride worker was killed Friday as a result of a believed workplace accident. According to Mt. Pleasant Assistant Chief Kyle Holcomb, an employee was found unconscious in an ice room by another employee. The worker immediately called for help and CPR was performed on the injured man. The 55-year-old Hispanic male was eventually taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Judge Kay McNutt. KETK reports, the body has been sent for autopsy to determine the cause of death. The name of the deceased has not been released. Holcomb said foul play is not suspected. OSHA is now investigating the case. The Pilgrim’s Pride facility is located in the 1000 block of Pilgrim Street.
Boil Water Notice for South Rusk County Water Supply
RUSK COUNTY — South Rusk County Water Supply, in southern Rusk County, has experienced a water outage. Officials say if you have experienced this outage, or extremely low pressure, you are advised to boil your water for a minimum of two minutes prior to consumption. Do this until further notice.
Nacogdoches among “Texas Highways” Readers’ Favorites
SAN ANTONIO (AP/Staff) – Readers of “Texas Highways” magazine have chosen Nacogdoches as their 8th favorite destination in a countdown of the top 40 places to visit statewide. Officials with “Texas Highways,” published monthly by the Texas Department of Transportation, made the announcement Tuesday in San Antonio — which, by the way, tops the list. The countdown helped celebrate the publication’s 40th anniversary. The choices started with the January issue of “Texas Highways,” which has about 200,000 subscribers and an estimated 400,000 monthly readers. Read more …
Texas to Create 2 Units to Treat Ebola Patients
DALLAS (AP) – Texas will create containment facilities in North Texas and Galveston to treat any future Ebola patients. Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that facilities in Galveston and the Dallas suburb of Richardson will take in any future patients diagnosed with the disease that has killed one person at a Dallas hospital and infected two nurses who treated him. The Richardson unit will be hosted by Methodist Health System, which is turning over an entire hospital floor and modifying parts of the facility for decontamination and other needs. UT Southwestern Medical Center will provide doctors trained in infectious disease and Parkland Hospital will provide nurses and other staff. Both hospitals are in Dallas. The other unit will be at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, southeast of Houston.
Perry’s First Court Appearance Delayed until Nov. 7
AUSTIN (AP) – Gov. Rick Perry’s first court appearance to face abuse of power charges has been pushed back a week to Nov. 7. A judge in Austin last week had ordered the Republican to appear for a pretrial hearing Oct. 31. But Perry attorney Tony Buzbee said Tuesday that the appearance has been delayed. In August an Austin grand jury indicted Perry on charges he abused his official capacity and coerced a public servant. Those stem from Perry’s public threat and eventual decision to veto state funding for public corruption prosecutors. That came after the Democratic district attorney overseeing the investigative unit refused to resign following her conviction for drunken driving. Perry’s high-powered defense team has challenged the case on constitutional and technical grounds, and says it should be quickly dismissed.
Former Dewhurst Aide Pleads Guilty to Taking Funds
AUSTIN (AP) – A former top adviser to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has pleaded guilty to charges of stealing $1.8 million in campaign funds from the powerful Republican. Kenneth Barfield did not comment Tuesday after leaving an Austin federal courthouse. He faces up to 20 years in prison and is still awaiting a sentencing date. The 58-year-old Barfield pleaded guilty to wire fraud, making a false tax return and embezzlement of campaign funds. He ran Dewhurst’s unsuccessful campaign against Ted Cruz for a U.S. Senate seat in 2012. Dewhurst will leave office in January after losing his bid for a fourth term as lieutenant governor. He was defeated by state Sen. Dan Patrick in a Republican primary runoff.
Man Admits Setting 1986 Fire, Killing 2 Boys
WACO (AP) – A Central Texas man has admitted to setting a backyard fire in 1986 that killed his two stepsons, ending a years-long fight over whether faulty fire science had wrongfully put him behind bars. In a surprising twist, Ed Graf pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of murder just as a jury in Waco was deliberating during his retrial. He was originally convicted in 1988 of setting the fire, but he was given a new trial after experts raised questions about the testimony of fire investigators at his first trial. According to the Waco Tribune-Herald, his plea agreement calls for a sentence of 60 years in prison. Graf has served 28 years behind bars and will be eligible to apply for parole immediately.
Bees Sting 20 Students at Fort Worth-Area School
SAGINAW (AP) – At least 20 sixth-graders at a North Texas school have been treated for bee stings in an attack during an outdoor physical education class. MedStar EMS reports four students were transported to hospitals following Tuesday’s incident at Highland Middle School in Saginaw, near Fort Worth. A spokeswoman with the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District says the bees were in an underground irrigation valve box. Kristin Courtney says students were playing soccer and must have stepped on the box, causing the bees to swarm. Medstar EMS reports one boy had a significant reaction and required hospitalization. Three students had minor reactions but were taken to a hospital to be checked. The other 16 children were treated at the scene. An exterminator was summoned to evaluate the hive and remove the bees.
Teen Accused in Killings Incompetent for Trial
WEATHERFORD (AP) – A North Texas judge has determined a teenager accused of fatally shooting his mother and 15-year-old sister is incompetent to stand trial. 19-year-old Jake Evans will be sent to a state mental hospital for up to 120 days. Parker County prosecutor Robert DuBoise said in a statement Tuesday that Evans could eventually be tried on capital murder charges if mental health professionals “can assist him in regaining competency.” Investigators say Evans killed 48-year-old Jami Evans and his sister Mallory in October 2012 at their home before calling 911 and confessing. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports a recording of the call shows Evans saying his mother and sister “were just suffocating me.” A grand jury previously indicted Jake Evans on one count of capital murder and two counts of murder.
Ex-Pasadena Teacher Charged with Sex with Student
PASADENA (AP) – A former Houston-area biology and cheerleading instructor who allegedly provided a nude photo of herself to a student has been accused of having sex with him. The Pasadena Independent School District launched an investigation after the photo turned up on cellphones of some students. Ashley Zehnder was charged Monday with having an improper relationship with a student. No publicly listed number could immediately be located Tuesday for the 24-year-old Zehnder, who’s free on $10,000 bond. Court documents indicate the teen lost his cellphone, Zehnder let him use hers to help locate his device and the two began texting. Zehnder allegedly provided a nude photo, which he shared with others. Investigators say the pair had a sexual relationship last summer at her home. Zehnder resigned Oct. 9 amid the investigation.
Cowboys Release Michael Sam from Practice Squad
IRVING (AP) – The Dallas Cowboys have released Michael Sam from the practice squad, another setback as the NFL’s first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time. Sam was signed to Dallas’ practice squad on Sept. 3, four days after he was among the final cuts by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the preseason. The Rams drafted Sam late in the seventh round of the NFL draft in May. The former SEC defensive player of the year at Missouri was pick No. 249 out of 256. While releasing Sam on Tuesday, the Cowboys added linebacker Troy Davis of Central Florida and defensive tackle Ken Bishop of Northern Illinois to their practice squad.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
Seemingly from out of nowhere the media is filled with stories about Ebola, a virus that is native to Africa and one that is fatal in a very high percentage of cases. With Ebola on American shores for the first time, its important to know how much of what we see and hear is media hype versus how much there is about which we should be appropriatelly concerned. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, internationally-recognized infectious disease expert Dr. Richard Wallace answers questions about Ebola and separates fact from hype. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 21st October 2014- Historical Events 1774 - First display of the word "Liberty" on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America. 1958 - 1st women in British House of Lords 1979 - 10th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:11:42 1987 - Nobel prize for economy awarded to Robert M Solow 1989 - Buck Helm found alive after being buried 4 days, in SF e... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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