Officials: Burglar Arrested Onsite
SMITH COUNTY — Smith County authorities say a burglar has been arrested at the scene of the crime. Around 9:15 Monday morning, Smith County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a 911 call regarding a suspicious vehicle located in the 22500 block of County Road 26 near Overton, in the southeastern part of the county. The caller advised that a gray older model SUV with a trailer attached was on his neighbor’s property without permission. . Read more …
Guilty Plea to a Cherokee County Murder
JACKSONVILLE – A man has entered a guilty plea in state district court in Rusk to capital murder in the death of well-known and well-liked Pop Warner coach Stacy Dewayne Hunter. Jimmy Deshawn Mosley Jr, 26, entered the plea in connection with the October 2012 shooting death. In exchange for the plea, it was recommended that Mosley be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. State district judge Dwight Phifer accepted the plea and sentenced Mosley to life. Hunter was shot outside Hunter’s club. The killing is said to have occurred as Mosley tried to rob the club after it closed. Mosley turned himself in to authorities a couple of hours after the shooting.
Junior High Football Player Hospitalized
MARSHALL – A Marshall Junior High student is hospitalized after collapsing during football practice. David Weaver, director of public relations and communications for the Marshall Independent School District told the Marshall News Messenger the boy is in critical but stable condition after being rushed to Good Shepherd Medical Center. The 8th grader was later transferred to LSU Hospital in Shreveport.
Fire Causes Heavy Damage at Tyler Home
TYLER — Tyler firefighters battled a two-alarm residential blaze that caused heavy damage at 1714 Ridgeview Drive. The initial call was received just before 8:45 Sunday night and the caller reported seeing fire coming from the house. The first arriving unit reported heavy smoke and fire on arrival and called for a second alarm. Five engines and one ladder company, along with a district chief and an investigator, responded to the scene. Officials say the fire started in the clothes dryer in the garage. There was extensive fire, heat, and smoke damage to the home. In addition, a vehicle was destroyed. Occupants were home at the time of the fire, but there were no injuries.
Two Accused of Longview Drug Store Burglary
LONGVIEW – Two men have been arrested and charged with breaking into Louis Morgan Drugs on South High Street in Longview. Authorities say the men were caught after they ran from the business around 4:00 Sunday morning. They were said to have taken from the drug store three bottles of drugs and $2,500 in cash. They are identified as Reginal Duane Williams, 26, (pictured) and Terrance D. Edwards, 34, both of Longview. Each man is charged with burglary of a building and possession of a controlled substance. Each man’s bond was set at $60,000.
Man Indicted on Child Porn Charges Arrested for Online Solicitation
NACOGDOCHES — A Nacogdoches man already indicted on another charge is behind bars after he was arrested last week for online solicitation of a minor. According to KETK, Sheriff Jason Bridges said his office received a complaint that a man had been calling and sending text messages to a 14-year-old girl. The man told the girl he was 16 years old. Franklin Joya, 20, started sending numerous sexual text messages to the victim and attempted to persuade her to meet with him at a local convenience store, according to officials. The child told her parents about the alleged ongoing harassment, and they notified authorities Thursday afternoon. Read more …
National Voter Registration Day Activities in Smith County
TYLER — Three Tyler-area groups are partnering today — National Voter Registration Day — to get people signed up to vote in the November elections. According to a press release from the League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County (LWV/TSC), the theme for this year’s National Voter Registration Day is Democracy in America. Organizers say that nationally, 471 Congress seats, 36 governors, governors, 46 state legislatures, and many other decisions will be on ballots in this year’s midterm elections. According to LWV/TSC President Mary Claire Rowe, “Mid-term elections never garner the response of Presidential years. That’s why the League is so focused on getting potential voters registered and getting them out to the polls in November.” Read more …
Rusk County Authorities Warn of Drug Dangers to Kids
HENDERSON — Law enforcement officials in Rusk County are pushing to make parents aware of drugs that pose a danger to their kids. Sheriff Jeff Price draws attention mainly to prescription drugs. He tells KETK moms and dads get prescriptions, take the meds, get better, and quit taking the pills — but keep them around in case they need them again. He says the kids are then going into medicine cabinets and taking the drugs. According to the sheriff, parents don’t even realize how many pills they had, or if any are missing. He advises getting rid of the meds when they’re no longer needed. Local officials also point out that children are splitting cigars open, taking the tobacco out, and filling them with K2 or marijuana. They say parents should be on the lookout for scales in their kids’ rooms — and for cigarette lighters in those rooms or the children’s vehicles.
Justice Department Wraps Up Texas Voter ID Trial
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — The Justice Department says a two-week trial has shown that a tough Texas voter ID law substantially discriminates against minorities and should be scrapped. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos began hearing closing arguments Monday in Corpus Christi. She isn’t expected to rule before Election Day, meaning that an estimated 13 million registered Texas voters will need a photo ID to cast a ballot in November. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder took the unusual step of bringing the weight of his office into Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act. Texas had been barred from enforcing voter ID prior to the high court’s ruling. A federal appeals court earlier this month allowed Wisconsin to implement voter ID for November elections.
Perry Asks to Miss Court Date Citing Overseas Trip
AUSTIN (AP) — Indicted Texas Governor Rick Perry wants to skip his next scheduled court appearance because he’ll be out of the country. In a motion Monday, Perry’s attorneys asked the judge to let him miss an October 13 pretrial hearing due to “long-standing plans to be in Europe” all that week. The motion says that if Perry has to appear, the hearing should be delayed until at least a day after he returns on October 19. An Austin grand jury indicted last month Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power for threatening to veto state funding for a public corruption investigative unit. Perry issued the promised veto after a Democratic district attorney refused to resign following her drunken driving conviction. That drew an ethics complaint from a left-leaning watchdog group.
Texas Liquor Board to Consider Gun Show Alcohol
AUSTIN (AP) — The state’s liquor control board will consider a staff recommendation against a proposal to allow the sale of alcohol at some gun shows. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is to take up the question at its regular meeting today in Austin. The proposal would have set strict conditions for alcohol sales at gun shows, including a ban on live ammunition sales. Also, the revision would have required that a firearm be disabled and not immediately turned over to the buyer. Nevertheless, the initial plan caused an uproar when it was introduced last month, with hundreds of responses poured in from all sides of the gun-rights issue. Texas prohibits concealed handgun license holders from carrying their weapons into bars. Eventually, the commission staff recommended that the panel withdraw the proposal.
Highland Park School District Temporarily Bans 7 Books
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas school district has temporarily removed seven books from classroom-use after parents complained about them. The Dallas Morning News reports some parents complained to the Highland Park school district about the novels because of sex scenes and references to rape, abuse and abortion. The district’s superintendent Dawson Orr says the books will be reviewed by committees of parents, teachers and students. Orr says the process could take months. One book that will be reviewed is “The Glass Castle: A Memoir” by Jeannette Walls. Walls is scheduled to be a speaker at the district’s annual literary festival in February. She says she was heartbroken to learn her book was temporarily banned, but says she respects parents who are trying to protect their children.
Jury Selection Starting in Prosecutors’ Slayings
ROCKWALL (AP) — Jury selection is beginning at the capital murder trial of a former justice of the peace accused of killing a North Texas district attorney, his wife and a top prosecutor. Eric Williams faces a possible death sentence for the slayings last year of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and the prosecutor’s wife, Cynthia, at their home in Forney, just east of Dallas. He’s also charged with fatally shooting an assistant prosecutor, Mark Hasse. Authorities say Williams was upset because the prosecutors’ office had pursued charges he stole some county-owned computer equipment and the conviction cost him his law license and job. Jury selection starting Monday is expected to take weeks. The trial itself is set for Dec. 1 and has been moved from Kaufman to nearby Rockwall County.
Accused White House Intruder Armed in July Arrest
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Army soldier accused of sprinting across the White House lawn and into the executive mansion was heavily armed when he was arrested by Virginia state troopers after a traffic stop in July. Wythe County Deputy Commonwealth Attorney David Saliba said Monday that Omar J. Gonzalez had a sawed off shotgun, two powerful rifles, four handguns and other guns and ammunition in his Ford Bronco when troopers stopped him in southwestern Virginia July 19. Saliba said Gonzalez initially tried to flee troopers, weaving and driving onto a highway median. Gonzalez was arrested at the scene after a trooper found the illegal shotgun in his car. The ammunition and weapons, including a tomahawk hatchet, were seized later. Gonzales also had a map of Washington, D.C. and camping equipment.
Police: Texas Solider Beat Daughter to Death
EL PASO (AP) — El Paso police have charged a Fort Bliss soldier with capital murder after they say he beat his 2-year-old daughter to death because she soiled her diaper. Police Det. Mike Baranyay says Dartarious Graham, 20, was arrested Sunday. He says the U.S. Army specialist beat his daughter, Peyton Graham, with a belt Saturday. When firefighters were called to the home, they found her unresponsive. She was taken to an area hospital where she later died. The child’s mother and the father’s cousin also were charged with injury to a child by omission. Graham is being held at the El Paso jail on $250,000 bond. Online jail records didn’t indicate an attorney.
South Texas Man Accused of Killing Wife, Young Son
BROWNSVILLE (AP) — A South Texas man is jailed on capital murder charges after the bodies of his wife and 4-year-old son were found in a rubbish pile in the back yard of the family’s Brownsville home. Donald Edward Pierce also has been charged with evading arrest. He’s in a Cameron County jail without bond after his arraignment. Online jail records list no attorney for him. Brownsville police found Diana Ramos Pierce and William Pierce dead in tall grass and rubbish in the backyard of the Pierce family home Friday afternoon. An autopsy has been ordered, but police spokesman J.J. Trevino declined to reveal any information on how the mother and child died. However, he said Pierce tried to flee when he drove up to the house and found officers throughout the scene.
Escaped Prisoner Caught
AMARILLO (AP) — A convicted killer has been caught about eight hours after he escaped from a prison in Amarillo. Authorities say Marvin Garcia, 34, was apprehended Monday morning after authorities searching in a plane saw someone jump from a freight train that had slowed. State troopers and local law enforcement agencies converged on the area north of Amarillo near the Canadian River and took him into custody. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says Garcia offered no resistance. Garcia had fled the prison about 3:40 Monday morning by scaling a fence. He’s been serving a 25-year term for a murder conviction in Harris County.
Deputy Injured after Pushed from Bridge
EDNA (AP) — A Jackson County sheriff’s deputy is recovering at a San Antonio hospital after he broke his leg, ribs and a vertebrae in his back when he was pushed off a highway bridge and fell about 18 feet. Authorities say Bryan Martin had pulled over a suspected drunken driver Saturday on a farm-to-market road near Lolita, about 25 miles east of Victoria. Sheriff Andy Louderback tells The Victoria Advocate an arrest warrant later was issued for Adam Twardowski, 33, of Edna. He’s held at the Jackson County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury on public servant. Court records show he’s already on parole for several convictions for driving while intoxicated. Authorities say Martin, a deputy for about two years, faces additional surgery.
Houston man sentenced for role in tax fraud scheme
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for his involvement in a scheme to file more than 250 fraudulent tax returns that claimed nearly $1.3 million in refunds. Linus Davar Riggs, 32, was sentenced in federal court Monday. A second man involved in the scheme, 31-year-old Nowell Joshua Cousin, also of Houston, was sentenced earlier this month to nearly six years. Both men pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to submit false federal claims. Cousin also was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Prosecutors say the men used personal information such as names and Social Security numbers to file the tax returns. The pair received nearly $545,000 in refunds before the scheme was discovered.
Testing of West Texas Babies Exposed to TB Begins
EL PASO (AP) — West Texas health officials are testing some infants for tuberculosis after they revealed last week that more than 700 of the babies may have been exposed at an El Paso hospital to a hospital worker found to have TB. The children were potentially exposed at a nursery in the Providence Memorial Hospital of El Paso between September 2013 and last month. The health care worker tested positive for tuberculosis late last month. El Paso Department of Public Health spokesman Armando Saldivar declined to say how many children came in Monday for testing. Of the 706 infants and toddlers potentially exposed, he says about 50 are from New Mexico and 25 from Mexico.
Torrential Rains Continue to Batter West Texas
LUBBOCK (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a woman in El Paso after torrential rains from the remnants of Hurricane Odile battered West Texas. Rainfall amounts across Texas in the past week have ranged from 2 inches to as much as 14 inches. The greatest amount was recorded over a four-day period in a community about 70 miles southeast of Lubbock. El Paso police spokesman Darrel Petry said Monday that investigators are looking into an early-morning traffic accident in which the woman’s car hit a curb and went into a flooded ditch. He said it hasn’t been determined if she died from the incident or drowned while in the ditch. Lake levels are up dramatically in areas where heavy rains have fallen over the past week.
SpaceX Breaks Ground on Texas Rocket Launch Site
BROWNSVILLE (AP) — SpaceX founder Elon Musk says his company expects to spend $100 million in South Texas over the next three to four years on the first commercial orbital spaceport. Musk was joined Monday by Gov. Rick Perry and other officials as SpaceX broke ground at the state’s southernmost tip. The ceremony marked the start of construction of the $85 million site at Boca Chica Beach, east of Brownsville, where commercial satellites will be launched. Perry is providing $2.3 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund toward the project and another $13 million from the Spaceport Trust Fund to pay for infrastructure. California-based SpaceX is expected to create 300 jobs at the site. The company already has a rocket testing facility in McGregor in Central Texas that employs 250 people.
APNewsBreak: Livestrong CEO Leaving after 14 Years
AUSTIN (AP) — The CEO of the cancer charity Livestrong is leaving after 14 years. Doug Ulman told The Associated Press on Monday he will leave Livestrong in January to become president and chief executive officer of Pelotonia, a Columbus, Ohio, charity bike ride that has raised more than $61 million for cancer research in its first five years. During Ulman’s tenure, Livestrong grew from a small local charity into a $500 million global brand before it was rocked by founder Lance Armstrong’s confession that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. Livestrong’s 2013 financial reports showed a 34 percent slump in donations. They show a 38 percent dive in total revenue after commercial sponsorships were canceled or not renewed.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
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We’ve all heard the expression, “you are what you eat.” And as it turns out, that statement may be true when it comes to your risk of getting cancer. In the latest post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast cancer expert Dr. Ed Sauter discusses and answers questions about foods that can increase and foods that can decrease your risk of getting cancer. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 23rd September 2014- Historical Events 1459 - Battle of Blore Heath in Staffordshire, the first major battle of the English Wars of the Roses. 1877 - Hurricane strikes Curacao and Bonaire kills 200 1949 - Indian owner Bill Veeck holds funeral services to bury 1948 pennant 1968 - WKMA TV channel 35 in Madisonville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting 1969 - Northern Star and Illinois Univ newspaper start rumors that Paul McCa... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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