Witnesses: Wood County Suspect Threw “Large Item” into Dumpster
QUITMAN — A Quitman man was arrested by local law enforcement for allegedly tampering with a Wood County case. KETK reports that according to Police Chief Kelly Cole, Thomas Wayne Liles, 19, was taken into custody by one of his officers on Thursday for tampering with evidence. At 1:51 a.m. Thursday, Quitman PD responded to reports of two young children who were not breathing and would not wake up. When authorities arrived, they found two girls, approximately ages two and three, dead. Read more …
Officials Seek Suspect Possibly Linked to Widespread Burglaries
TYLER — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office requests assistance in identifying a burglary suspect. Detectives say this man may be connected with multiple pharmacy burglaries across East Texas including Gregg, Smith, Henderson, Angelina, Cherokee, and Anderson counties. Crimestoppers pays up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed in specific cases. If you have information, call Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF (2833). The Smith County Sheriff’s Office can also be contacted at 903-566-6600.
New School Superintendent for TISD
TYLER – Tyler school trustees have unanimously named Dr. Marty Lane Crawford as the lone finalist for the District’s superintendent position. The announcement was made at last night’s monthly board meeting. The District is required to wait 21 days before officially hiring Dr. Crawford. “I am honored to be named the lone finalist for the superintendent position at Tyler ISD,” Dr. Crawford said. “I am excited to work with the District’s students, faculty and staff to meet and exceed our goals. Together we will be able to continue moving forward in achieving academic excellence.” Read more …
Texas Doctor Convicted of Health Care Fraud Violations
TYLER — A Dallas County physician has been convicted of 15 counts of health care fraud violations in East Texas. Tariq Mahmood, 63, of Cedar Hill, Texas, was found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, seven counts of health care fraud, and seven counts of aggravated identity theft following a four day trial before U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider. Mahmood faces up to 10 years in federal prison for the conspiracy conviction and two years for each aggravated identity theft conviction. A sentencing date has not been set. Read more …
UT Players Arrested in Sex Case; One Is from Athens
AUSTIN (AP/Staff) – Two University of Texas football players, including an East Texan, have been arrested and charged with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month. Wide receivers Kendall Sanders, who is from Athens, and Montrel Meander have been released from the university police station. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders (pictured) and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to “get their story straight.” Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21. First-year Longhorns coach Charlie Strong, who will welcome his team to preseason training camp in two weeks, said he had suspended both players.
Stepdad Gets 60 Years in Sexual Abuse of Three Girls
HENDERSON — A man convicted of sexually abusing his three stepdaughters has been sentenced to 60 years in prison with no parole. According to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Barney Samuel Bradshaw, 35, was arrested in September 2013 for aggravated sexual assault after it was learned he was abusing his three children under the age of 14. KETK reports the sentencing was handed down after four hours of deliberation. Family members said they plan to appeal the conviction.
Boil Water Notice Issued for Area East of Tyler
SMITH COUNTY — Due to this week’s power outages in the Tyler area, the Texas Commission on Environment Quality has ordered Jackson Water Supply to issue a boil water notice. KETK reports the notice affects the area north of FM 850, but not inclusive of FM 850. The road is located in the Jackson and Chapel Hill area. The public will be updated when it is no longer necessary to boil. If you have questions concerning this matter, please call Jackson Water Supply at 903-566-1320 or 903-343-9713.
East Texas Lawmaker Seeks Ruling on Historical Racing
AUSTIN (AP/Staff) – An East Texas lawmaker is asking the attorney general to weigh in on whether a state commission has the authority to allow a new form of betting called historical racing. Republican State Rep. Dan Flynn of Van is requesting a review of devices that are like slot machines and allow people to bet on horse and dog races that have already happened. Race track owners have asked the Texas Racing Commission to allow the machines as a way to help their struggling industry. They say it’s another form of legal betting. The public still has several days to comment and the commission could vote as early as next month. But Flynn says it amounts to an expansion of gambling and would require a two-thirds vote from lawmakers and approval from voters.
Groundbreaking Surgery at Mother Frances
TYLER – Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics became the first health system between Tyler and the Metroplex to perform a single-site (incision) laparoscopic gynecological surgery in East Texas when Dr. Daren Yeager successfully completed the procedure July 22 at Mother Frances Hospital Tyler. That’s according to a Trinity Mother Frances news release. Read more …
Promotions at Kilgore College
KILGORE – The new Vice President of Institutional Planning at Kilgore College will be Staci Martin. Starting August first, she will take over for Dr. Mike Turpin who was named Vice President of Instruction June 1. “I look forward to taking on this new challenge and working together with KC’s administration, faculty and staff as we strive together to provide high quality educational opportunities and services that promote student success,” Martin said. Read more …
Former Astronaut Hank Hartsfield Dies at 80
HOUSTON (AP) – Former astronaut Henry “Hank” Hartsfield, who logged 483 hours during three trips into space and commanded two shuttle missions, has died. He was 80. Hartsfield’s daughter, Judy Gedies, said Friday her father died July 17 of complications following back surgery. Funeral services were set for Saturday in suburban Houston. Hartsfield, from Birmingham, Alabama, had a physics degree from Auburn University, graduated from Air Force test pilot school and was selected for astronaut training in 1969. He earned an engineering science master’s degree from the University of Tennessee in 1971. He served on a 1972 lunar landing support crew, was pilot 10 years later for the shuttle Columbia’s last test mission and commander for a Discovery flight in 1984 and Challenger in 1985. Hartsfield later worked in several NASA administrative positions.
Austin Police: Man Arrested in String of Robberies
AUSTIN (AP) – Austin police have arrested a man in connection with at least eight armed robberies. Thirty-year-old Marcello Douglas was being held Friday on aggravated robbery and parole violation charges. Online jail records didn’t list an attorney for Douglas, who was arrested Wednesday and held on $50,000 bond. Police say more arrests may follow. They have said a group of two to four men in their 20s committed the robberies in June and July. One of the men shot at a cashier and missed during the last robbery on July 19. Police say one of the men goes inside a store while the others drive a getaway vehicle or act as lookouts. Investigators say the men have robbed a liquor store, convenience stores and restaurants.
No Texas Changes in Execution Procedure
HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Texas prison officials say they plan no changes in lethal injection procedures in the wake of problems with an execution in Arizona. Unlike Arizona, which used a two-drug protocol of midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone for an execution Wednesday that took two hours, Texas uses a single dose of the sedative pentobarbital. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says the agency has used the single drug since 2012 for 33 executions without complication. At least 10 Texas inmates have execution dates scheduled in the coming months.
US Data Show States Getting Most Immigrant Kids
SANTA ANA, CALIF. (AP) — New federal data show Texas, New York, Florida and California are receiving the most unaccompanied children caught at the U.S. border. The data published Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families show those four states account for 46 percent of the more than 30,000 children who have been released to sponsors this year through July 7. The U.S. has been grappling with a surge in the number of unaccompanied children who have been fleeing violence in Central America and crossing into the U.S. because they believe they will be allowed to stay. Children are placed in government shelters and then released to sponsors while they go through deportation proceedings. In many cases, the sponsors are the children’s parents, other relatives, or a family friend.
Texas Family Gives Forgotten Flag to Marine’s Mom
HOUSTON (AP) – A Harris County mother will receive a tribute flag for her son more than nine years after he was killed while serving as a Marine in Iraq. Patsy Maciel says she received her son’s belongings and an official U.S. flag after he was killed in a helicopter crash in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2005. She says she didn’t learn there was another flag until she recently received a Facebook message from a couple near Beaumont. Lanie and Walter Brown say they found the flag covered in messages for Lance Cpl. Fred Maciel at a Hemphill flea market. They’re meeting Patsy Maciel on Saturday to deliver the flag. Maciel says she can’t wait to read the messages to her son. Neither family knows how the flag ended up at the market.
Lifetime Drops Reality TV Show on Texas Mortuary
FORT WORTH (AP) – The Lifetime TV network has dropped a reality show about a Texas mortuary after eight decaying bodies were found and the co-owners face criminal charges. The network in June announced a show called “Good Grief” would air July 23 about the Johnson Family Mortuary in Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Thursday that Lifetime canceled the show before it premiered. Lifetime Networks vice president Les Eisner, in an email, said the program featuring the Johnson Family Mortuary “has not and will not air on Lifetime.” Police on July 15 were summoned after the building owner, who showed up to evict the tenants for unpaid rent, found unattended bodies. Dondre Johnson and his wife, Rachel Hardy-Johnson, were arrested on abuse of a corpse charges. Both are free on bond.
Yankees beat Rangers for sixth win in seven games
Brandon McCarthy and Chase Headley are quickly putting their stamp on a playoff surge for the New York Yankees.
Acquired earlier this month from NL West also-rans, they teamed up Thursday to help the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 4-2. McCarthy threw six more solid innings, Headley delivered another timely hit and New York won for the sixth time in seven games.
“From the beginning of spring training, it’s about giving yourself a chance in the postseason,” said Headley, obtained this week in a trade with San Diego.
“What an opportunity for me,” he said. “I take it as an honor and privilege to be here.”
McCarthy improved to 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA in three starts since the Yankees got him from Arizona. He was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA at the time of the trade.
“I really felt I wanted more pressure,” he said. “It’s ramped up all the way. I feel like I’ve responded.”
“It’s the opposite of how I felt earlier in this year. I was a burden on the team and holding things up,” he said. Read more …
Cowboys’ Carr not at camp
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
OXNARD, Calif. – Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr is not with the team at the beginning of training camp to deal with what coach Jason Garrett described as a “family health situation,” on Thursday.
“We’re just going to communicate with him as he’s dealing with the situation,” Garrett said. “We’re going to give him some time to take care of it.”
Carr was in London last week to help promote the NFL’s three games this season at Wembley Stadium. Garrett was not sure when Carr would arrive in Oxnard for practice. Last year safety J.J. Wilcox missed roughly two weeks of training camp after the death of his mother.
Linebacker Rolando McClain returned to Decatur, Alabama, on Wednesday night because he has a court case on Friday. A judge denied McClain’s appeal to delay a trial stemming from an arrest in 2013. Garrett said the hope is McClain would return Friday and be on the field on Saturday.
The Cowboys placed defensive end Anthony Spencer and guard Ronald Leary on the physically unable to perform list on Thursday, but the expectations for their returns to the field couldn’t be more different. Garrett said the Cowboys do not expect Spencer to practice soon, while the hope is Leary, who suffered a hamstring strain during the player-run conditioning test, can start practicing on Tuesday. Read more …
Former Magic PG Nelson signs with Mavs
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson signed with the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced Thursday.
The Mavs signed Nelson with the cap-room exception, giving him a salary of $2.73 million this season. Sources told ESPN’s Marc Stein that Nelson signed a two-year deal with a player option to return to free agency next summer. His salary next season would be $2.86 million if Nelson opts to return to the Mavs.
“I feel like this team is really good,” Nelson said Thursday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. “I’ve been watching the Mavs from afar for my entire career. I admire what they’ve done over my 10 years and even before that. The organization, from everyone I know, is top of the line.”
Nelson, 32, a one-time All-Star, spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Orlando Magic before being waived on June 30. The Magic must pay Nelson $2 million this season, the guaranteed money from the final year in his deal with the Magic.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Nelson has career averages of 12.6 points and 5.4 assists per game. He averaged 12.1 points and 7.0 assists last season. Read more …
Dez, Cowboys talk extension; deal not close
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
OXNARD, Calif. — The Dallas Cowboys have had several discussions with the agent for receiver Dez Bryant about a lucrative, long-term extension, but the sides are not close to a deal as the team opens training camp.
Bryant believes he has earned the right to be among the highest-paid receivers in the league, but he understands he likely will have to wait to cash in with a new contract. Coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is due to make $1.78 million this season.
“It feels good to know that things are being talked about, but I’m going to let it take care of itself,” Bryant told ESPNDallas.com after the Cowboys’ first practice of camp Thursday. “I feel like as long as I take care of business on that field, the rest will be taken care of.”
The Cowboys have a history of giving extensions to core players before their contracts expire. However, several of those contracts did not work out favorably for them, including rich deals for receivers Roy Williams and Miles Austin.
This year, owner/general manager Jerry Jones made a handful of offseason decisions designed to improve the Cowboys’ salary-cap situation, the most difficult being the release of DeMarcus Ware, the franchise’s all-time sacks leader.
Bryant, 25, who caught 93 passes for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, wants to get a deal done as soon as possible. However, he knows the team has no urgency to complete a deal, with the Cowboys having the leverage of being able to use the franchise tag on him next offseason. Read more …
Oakland blowouts Houston 13-1
A warm day helped Brandon Moss reach another milestone and it helped Jeff Samardzija enjoy even more run support.
Moss hit a grand slam and the Oakland Athletics gave Samardzija more run support than he has had all season in a 13-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday.
“I didn’t realize it went over the fence,” Moss said. “I thought it was going to be a sacrifice fly. Then I saw it bounce around and was shocked. That’s not a home run at night. Being a day game, the ball carries better.”
Jed Lowrie had three hits and drove in a run for the A’s, who have the best record (63-38) in baseball and are a season-best 25 games over .500.
Chris Carter hit a home run for the Astros, who fell to 2-4 since the All-Star break.
Samardzija (2-1) gave up a leadoff single to Jose Altuve and then retired 10 straight before Carter’s 20th home run put Houston on the board. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.
He retired 12 of 13 following Carter’s blast. Carter was the lone Astro to get past second base against Samardzija, who received a combined 13 runs of support over his final six starts with the Cubs. Read more …
Romo says his best football is yet to come
By Todd Archer | ESPN.com
OXNARD, Calif. — Tony Romo turned 34 in April and is coming off his second back surgery in less than a year, but the Dallas Cowboys quarterback sees himself playing the best football of his career in 2014 and beyond.
“I feel personally like I’ve just started to come into the player that wanted to be six, seven years ago,” Romo said after the Cowboys’ first training camp practice Thursday. “I think — and I’ve said it before — but I think over the course of the next four or five years, you’ll see the best version of me that I’ve had throughout my career. That’s for a lot of different reasons. But I really believe that, and I believe that will show as we go forward. So I’m excited about that. As my body continues to get healthier and healthier, it’s going to be better.”
Romo, who is entering his eighth full season as the Cowboys’ starter, would not go into those reasons, but he did address the current state of his back. He had a discectomy last December that kept him out of the Cowboys’ Week 17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He was held out of competitive drills in organized team activities and minicamp to make sure he was 100 percent for training camp.
Romo said he will spend 3-4 hours a day doing rehab, maintenance or strengthening exercises for his back. He said there is no pain in it. Read more …
Strong offseason fueling Brandon Weeden
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
IRVING, Texas – Brandon Weeden’s bid to be the Dallas Cowboys’ No. 2 quarterback in 2014 got a lot easier when the club decided to release Kyle Orton.
Barring something unforeseen, Weeden, who signed a two-year deal in the offseason, will be Tony Romo’s backup. But Weeden does not look at the move as “weight off my shoulders.”
“Given the situation Kyle has been in in previous years in Dallas, he’s been the backup quarterback, so I think if he was there it would be one more obstacle I would have to kind of hurdle,” Weeden said. “But at the same time I can’t really get wrapped up in putting all of my attention on that. I need to do what I did in the [organized team activities] and continue to play well and get better. I think hopefully things will work out that way regardless.”
The Cowboys felt confident enough to jettison Orton, who skipped the entire offseason program and minicamp, in part because of what Weeden did in the spring. With Romo recovering from back surgery and being kept out of competitive drills and Orton missing, Weeden took all of the first-team snaps.
“I think the reps I got in the OTAs were kind of irreplaceable,” Weeden said. “If I was in a situation where God forbid something happened to Tony and I’m asked to play, those are the guys I’m going to battle with, so those reps I got were invaluable. I know I won’t get many of those in [training] camp, but fortunately I had 12 practices where I was able to get out with those guys. Now it’s, ‘Let’s get to work.’ I’m ready to get to California and get things rolling.”
Orton had the same benefit last year of taking all of the offseason snaps in 2013 as Romo recovered from surgery to remove a cyst from his back. When Romo hurt his back in Week 16 against the Washington Redskins, he was able to step into the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles and play well. He completed 30 of 46 passes for 358 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, but a late turnover sealed the Cowboys’ loss.
“[Gavin] Escobar and [Jason] Witten are two totally different players. Dez [Bryant] and Terrance [Williams] are two totally different players,” Weeden said. “You kind of learn what certain guys’ strengths are and little nuances of what they do. That’s the thing more than anything. You kind of get a feel for what Dez likes on fades and all that stuff a certain way where Terrance might like it another way. You’ve got to learn what each guy likes. When you’re with so many new guys it takes time. You always want more time, but it’s nice to have the reps I did get there to get a head start.”
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
Did you know your heart is a muscle just like the biceps in your arm or the quadriceps in your legs? It’s considered to be the hardest working muscle in your body; beating more than 3.5 billion times during an average lifespan. And like any hard-working muscle, your heart needs a healthy diet, regular exercise, and a good night’s sleep to stay healthy. But what actually happens to this vital muscle over time when you have diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol? UT Health’s cardiologist, Dr. Dudley Goulden, answers questions about maintaining a healthy heart muscle in this post to HealthConnection. Go to the UT Health Connection website!
Today in History
Today in History for 25th July 2014- Historical Events 1939 - NY Yankee Atley Donald sets AL rookie record with 12 consecutive win 1947 - US Air Force, Navy and War Dept form US Department of Defense 1960 - Companie Industrielle et Forestere (Indufor) forms in Brussels 1992 - 25th Olympic Summer games opens in Barcelona, Spain 1995 - A gas bottle explodes in Saint Michel station of line B of the RER (Paris regional train network). Ei... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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