Accused Wife-Killer Waives Arraignment
TYLER — According to Smith County judicial records, a Smith County man accused of murdering his wife waived his arraignment Thursday morning. KETK reports Adrian Mata, 29, was indicted May 22 on a charge of first degree felony murder. At his March 11 court date, Ronnie Van Baugh was appointed as his public defender. The suspect is accused of fatally shooting Jennifer Mata, 30, in the head February 25, at their home on County Road 333. When authorities responded to the scene of the shooting, Adrian Mata had reportedly fled in his car. He was later arrested at a home in The Villages subdivision. Mata is currently being held in the Smith County Jail on $1,000,000 bond. According to judicial records, he is expected to enter a plea on November 4, with a jury trial tentatively scheduled to begin December 8.
Man Gets Life for Child Sex Assault
HENDERSON — A Rusk County man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the aggravated sexual assault of a child. KETK reports Richard Wisdom, 43, was found guilty after 20 minutes of deliberation by a jury. He was then given the life sentence by the 4th District Court judge. Wisdom will be eligible for parole after 37 years behind bars, according to District Attorney Micheal E. Jimerson. Assistant District Attorney Kate Hegar and District Attorney Michael E. Jimerson prosecuted the case.
One Arrested in Smith County Shooting
WHITEHOUSE – A Smith County shooting has left one person hospitalized and one in custody. The 911 call of a gunshot in the 11500 block of County Road 2174, south of Whitehouse, came in around 7:15 last night. A man has been hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the head. The suspect was still in the residence when officers arrived. He surrendered without incident and was booked into the Smith County Jail. The investigation is ongoing and further information should be released later today.
Smith County Chase Suspect Arrested
LINDALE — A man wanted in connection with a high-speed chase in Smith County on October 17, has been arrested. KETK reports, acting on a tip from Crime Stoppers Wednesday night, Lindale police arrested Jesus Pedro Perez, 22. Police say Perez was previously last seen near Garden Valley Road in Tyler and was the driver in a chase that began on Highway 69 in Lindale. Police say they were conducting a traffic stop when Perez pulled out a weapon. He then reportedly sped off with law officers following close by. During the high speed pursuit Perez reportedly shot at police. The chase continued onto Garden Valley Road, where officials say Perez wrecked his vehicle. He and the two passengers in the car got out and began running. Police were able to stop and arrest Jesus Flores Jr., 27, and Thomas Ocampo, 25 that evening.
Authorities Seize 37 Dogs in Upshur County Raid; 3 Found Dead
GILMER — Authorities say they seized 37 ill-treated dogs and arrested two people Wednesday morning. The SPCA rescued the dogs at a private residence in the Indian Rock Community off Farm Road 1650 and Highway 154 East near Gilmer, according to Upshur County Precinct 1 Constable Gene Dolle. KETK reports law enforcement obtained warrants to search the property after Longview animal control and the SPCA alerted Dolle’s office to the alleged criminal activity in his jurisdiction. Authorities say they confirmed the allegations by sending an undercover agent onto the grounds. Read more …
Suddenlink Named UT Tyler Patriot of the Year
TYLER — In honor of what’s termed their outstanding generosity and support, Suddenlink has been named The University of Texas at Tyler 2014 Patriot of the Year, UT Tyler President Rodney H. Mabry announced. According to a university news release, the UT Tyler Patriot of the Year Award recognizes the enduring contributions of an individual, couple or organization to the advancement of the university and the community. Read more …
Man Arrested with Alleged Crystal Meth
ATHENS — Deputies took one person into custody Tuesday after they allegedly found a suspect with drugs at a local hotel. KETK reports that according to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, at 5 a.m., authorities investigated suspicious activity at the Lake Palestine Motel on State Highway 155. Deputies say they found Kevin Ingram of Chandler with a plastic bag containing alleged crystal meth. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Henderson County Jail for possession of a controlled substance. Ingram was released on $7,500 bond. He faces up to 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine if found guilty.
Winona Water Safe to Drink without Boiling
WINONA — The city of Winona’s water is officially safe to drink without boiling. According to the city’s Facebook page, On October 27, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (T.C.E.Q.) required Winona to issue a Boil Water Notice (B.W.N) to inform customers that due an interruption in service, water from the city system needed to be boiled prior to consumption. The Facebook page says the system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant levels, and/or bacteriological quality and has provided T.C.E.Q. with testing results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling. If you have any questions, contact Bryan Richards, City Administrator, at 903-877-3381.
Tyler Area MPO Seeks Input on I-20 East Texas Corridor Study
TYLER — Tyler-area residents have a chance to weigh in on the future of a key highway today at an Interstate 20 East Texas Corridor Study Open House. It’s set for UT Health Northeast from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Officials say the study, being conducted by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), is focused on evaluating the current safety and capacity needs along the 155-mile stretch of I-20 from I-635 in Dallas to the Texas/Louisiana state line. Read more …
Fort Worth Vet Indicted in Animal Cruelty Case
FORT WORTH (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a Fort Worth veterinarian who investigators say told a client he had euthanized her dog but instead kept it alive in a cage for months. Millard Lucien Tierce, 71, was indicted by the Tarrant County grand jury on charges that include theft and animal cruelty. In a statement Wednesday Tarrant County prosecutors said Tierce kept the woman’s dog alive for blood transfusions, instead of euthanizing the pet. Tierce has been free on $10,000 bond and is awaiting trial. The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners last week suspended Tierce’s license for five years. The board in its order said Tierce violated standards of care at his clinic and failed to conduct a practice with honesty and integrity.
Texas Karate Studio Owner Gets Prison Over Porn
BEAUMONT (AP) — The owner of a Southeast Texas karate studio has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for viewing and sharing child pornography. Ronald Seabridge Sr. of Lumberton operates Brass Dragon Karate in Lumberton, about 90 miles northeast of Houston. Prosecutors in Beaumont on Wednesday announced the sentence for the 60-year-old karate instructor. Seabridge in February was convicted of receiving, distributing and possessing child pornography. Federal agents in 2009 searched Seabridge’s home and karate studio as part of an undercover operation. Investigators say Seabridge was using a file-sharing program to receive and distribute child pornography. A search of the businessman’s computer equipment revealed more than 300 child porn images. He was indicted in May 2013.
Doctor’s Lawyers in Hit-Man Case Question Police
LUBBOCK (AP) — Attorneys for a plastic surgeon charged with the death of a hospital pathologist who was dating the surgeon’s former girlfriend say authorities missed another potential suspect. Jurors in Lubbock heard Wednesday from police detectives who investigated the 2012 death of Dr. Joseph Sonnier III. Dr. Thomas Dixon is charged with paying a business partner in silver bars to kill Sonnier. Attorneys for Dixon questioned detectives about why they didn’t investigate the roommate of the business partner, David Neal Shepard, who has pleaded guilty and is serving life. Jurors also heard from another former girlfriend of Dixon’s who testified that Shepard came to Dixon’s home and the two met for 15 to 20 minutes on the night of Sonnier’s death. Dixon faces a life sentence if convicted.
Trusty Who Fled Captured in Plainview
PLAINVIEW (AP) – A trusty who fled a work detail at a Texas Department of Criminal Justice regional office in Plainview has been captured about 2 miles away. TDCJ spokesman Jason Clark says Charlie Davis Jr. was arrested Thursday morning after knocking on the back door of a residence. The homeowner called 911. Plainview police arrested Davis, who’s from the area. Clark had no information about whether the resident knows Davis, who turned up missing Monday during janitor duty. Davis in June began a two-year term at the Wheeler State Jail in Plainview for a theft conviction in Swisher County. He was eligible for trusty status because the offense was non-violent and he had a short prison term. Davis faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of felony escape.
4 Women Charged with Sex-Trafficking of Minors
HOUSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say four women have been arrested for sexual trafficking of minors after it was discovered they operated several apartments in Houston as brothels. Authorities said in a statement Wednesday that the women instructed several minors in the country illegally from Mexico on how to solicit and charge for sex. The women then collected the money paid to the minors. A federal indictment accuses Dolores Vargas, 63, Blasina Vargas, 53, Ignacio Escandon, 48, and Luisa Vargas, whose age was unavailable, of operating the prostitution ring since February 2012. They’re charged with sexual trafficking of a minor and one count of conspiring to harbor illegal aliens.
Texas Doctor Gets 7 Years for “Pill Mill” Case
DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas doctor already in federal prison for health care fraud has been given an additional seven years for running a clinic that authorities have called a “pill mill.” Nicholas Padron was sentenced Wednesday after admitting to one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute a Schedule III controlled substance. Prosecutors say Padron and a co-defendant ran a “cash-only clinic” that sold drugs like hydrocodone. Padron was already serving a 5-year sentence for his role as medical director of A Medical House Calls, which provided home doctor visits to Medicare patients. Prosecutors say his sentences will run consecutively.
Austin Jury Acquits Activist in Recording Arrest
AUSTIN (AP) — An Austin activist has been found not guilty of violating a police officer’s order when he tried to take photos of police arresting someone two years ago. A five-member jury acquitted Antonio Buehler on Wednesday after five hours of deliberations. The Austin American-Statesman reported that while the 37-year-old Buehler was charged with a misdemeanor, his case raised questions of whether he broke the law when he refused to put his arms behind his back at an officer’s order on New Year’s Day 2012. He would have faced a $500 fine if convicted.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
When breathing becomes work, and when it’s the only work you can do, you have respiratory failure. Respiratory failure can be acute or chronic but in either case, left untreated many other health problems will soon arise. UT Health’s pulmonologist Dr. Leslie Couch discusses respiratory failure in this post to HealthConnection. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 30th October 2014- Historical Events 1948 - Operation Hiram: Israelis take control of Galilee 1951 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 1970 - Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British Home Secretary Reginald Maulling to discuss matters related to reforms and security 1975 - King Juan Carlos assumes power in Spain 1991 - Mark Sauer becomes CEO of Pittsburgh Pirates 1991 - Co... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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