One Dead in Longview Shooting
LONGVIEW — One person is dead following a shooting in the 1700 block of Sandlin Street in Longview. According to KETK, details concerning the identity of the victim or potential suspects have not been made available. We’ll continue to update this story as more information comes in.
Former Capital One Employee Gets February Plea Hearing in Bank Heist
TYLER — A McKinney man who was arrested for allegedly robbing Tyler’s Capital One Bank last August 11 will be in a Tyler court February 12 for a plea hearing. KETK reports a joint investigation between the Tyler Police Department and the FBI led to the arrest of Daniel River Burson, 37. Burson was a corporate security consultant-investigator for the bank. At 7:52 a.m. August 11, Tyler police received a 911 call of a robbery from an employee of the bank, located at Copeland and Loop 323. The bank employee said she and another female employee were walking back towards the drive-thru building door when they were approached by a man telling them to drop the black night deposit bag. The man then grabbed the bag and fled in a dark Mercedes Benz four-door sedan with no license plates. Burson faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
Man Shot Dead in Rusk
RUSK — The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reports one person is dead after a shooting in Rusk. According to KETK, officials said a woman reported her husband was threatening to kill her and himself at a house on the 100 block of Joplin Street. The Rusk Police Department said officers responded to reports of a shot fired at around 2:00 yesterday afternoon. When officers were getting out of their patrol car, a shot was fired from within the home, according to officials. Police say they entered the building and found a man dead. His identity was not immediately released. The body has been sent for autopsy.
Longview Police Continue to Probe Drive-By Shooting
LONGVIEW — The Longview Police Department is still investigating a drive-by shooting that happened Monday night. Around 6 p.m. police responded to a gunshot call on the 300 block of Nikki Drive, according to KETK. Police say a male was driving the car and the shots likely came from a female passenger, who allegedly shot at a house and vehicle. One bullet struck the vehicle. Police say this was likely an isolated incident stemming from a previous conflict between the shooter and the car’s owner. Public Information Officer Kristie Brian said drive-bys are not very common in Longview. Anyone with any information is asked to call Gregg County Crime Stoppers or the Longview Police Department.
Officials Report on Conditions at Klein Animal Shelter
JACKSONVILLE — State officials have released a detailed report of Klein Animal Shelter conditions following concerns brought to their attention at the Jacksonville facility. That’s according to our news partner KETK. In the unofficial quarantine facility inspection, presented by Dr. Melinda Hergert and Angela Hopkins, officials said the shelter passed the “Q inspection” on January 14 but “failed miserably” on the impoundment of animals. Inspectors say they found two dead dogs and two injured dogs in the compound. One of the animals, a Schnauzer, was discovered lying in its own feces, according to the report. Read more …
Preliminary Autopsy Reports Come In on Two Longview Deaths
LONGVIEW — Preliminary autopsy reports have come back in connection with two deaths in Longview. That’s according to KETK and the Longview News-Journal. On January 13, police discovered the body of Philander Carlton Peters, 48, of Longview, at the scene of a Tuesday evening shooting in the 1600 Block of Hawthorne Street. An eyewitness at the scene reported hearing four gunshots and seeing a black male running from the home. The preliminary autopsy report states Peters died from a gunshot wound to the head with perforation of the brain, deeming the death a homicide. The shooting remains under investigation. Detectives are still asking that anyone with information on the identity of the person seen running from the scene come forward and help solve the crime. Read more …
Flashing Yellow Arrow Signals Installed at Canton
CANTON – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is advising motorists of changes to the traffic signals this week at I-20 and SH 19 in Canton. Flashing yellow arrow left-turn signals have been installed to improve safety at the intersection and were due to be operational Tuesday, according to a TxDOT news release. The flashing yellow arrows replace the traditional circular green lights used to let drivers know that they must yield on green to turn left. The project called for periodically closing the intersection’s left turn lanes Tuesday while the conversion to the flashing yellow arrows was conducted. Read more …
First Senate Draft Budget Promises $4B in Tax Cuts
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate has unveiled its first draft of the state budget, promising $4 billion in tax cuts but offering few details on them. Unveiled Tuesday, the nearly $101.5 billion 2016-2017 budget is about $2.7 billion larger that the draft budget released previously by the House. Republicans control both chambers and have pledged strict fiscal conservativism. But the Senate version pledges to lower property taxes by $3 billion and cut business taxes by $1 billion — promises not in the House version. The Senate budget doesn’t increase public school funding beyond covering enrollment projected to rise by nearly 170,000 students. It also doesn’t restore funding vetoed by then-Governor Rick Perry two years ago for public corruption prosecutors, sparking felony indictments against him. The House proposed $6 billion for the unit.
Owner of Mortuary Where Decaying Bodies Found Enters Plea
DALLAS (AP) — An owner of a Fort Worth mortuary business where decaying bodies were left unattended last summer has pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge of illegally receiving federal benefits. Federal prosecutors say Rachel Hardy, 35, pleaded Tuesday to food stamp benefit fraud. She faces up to 20 years in prison. Authorities say she claimed on federal applications that she was a single parent with no income. But they say during that time she purchased three high-end vehicles, one of them a $53,000 Range Rover. Hardy at the time was an owner of two businesses. One of them, Johnson Family Mortuary, closed in July due to nonpayment of rent. Seven of the eight bodies found there were in advanced stages of decomposition. Hardy and her husband face several charges in that case.
State Revokes Charter of School Deion Sanders Co-Founded
AUSTIN (AP) — An administrative judge has cleared the way for the state to revoke the charter of a Dallas school co-founded by Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. The Dallas Morning News reports the judge granted a default judgment against Prime Prep Academy’s appeal Tuesday in Austin after no school representatives appeared at a hearing. Now, the Texas Education Agency will present an order for the judge’s signature to formalize the charter’s revocation. In the meantime, a board of state-appointed managers has scheduled a meeting for Friday in Fort Worth to vote on when to close the academy. The campuses in Fort Worth and Dallas will continue to operate while the board and its state-appointed superintendent review the school’s troubled finances.
American Airlines Interested in Offering Flights to Cuba
FORT WORTH (AP) — Add American Airlines to the list of carriers that want to take you to Cuba. The carrier’s president says Fort Worth-based American already operates about 20 charter flights a week to Cuba and would like to add regular flights from Miami. Scott Kirby, during a conference call with analysts and reporters, said he had no announcement Tuesday. But Kirby says American will be anxious to start serving Cuba as soon as it’s legally allowed. Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways have expressed interest since President Barack Obama announced the U.S. would establish diplomatic relations and expand trade and tourism with Cuba. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly has said the Dallas-based carrier is interested too.
Judge Refuses to Toss Perry Case on Constitutional Grounds
AUSTIN (AP) — A Texas judge has refused to throw out a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that the case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should continue. District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, ruled Tuesday that the case should proceed. Perry’s defense team had sought to have the proceedings dismissed. They say he was acting within his constitutional rights as governor when he threatened, then carried out, a veto of funding for public corruption prosecutors after the Democrat leading the unit refused to resign following a drunken-driving conviction. Perry was indicted in August. He says he’ll announce whether he’ll run for president again as soon as May. Perry will formally announce his response to the judge’s ruling later this morning. His attorneys have already said they’ll appeal Richardson’s ruling.
Texas Inmate Set to Die Today Wins Reprieve
HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Texas’ top criminal court has halted Wednesday’s execution of a prisoner linked to five killings in Houston. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a reprieve Tuesday to death row inmate Garcia White. Prosecutors and defense attorneys say the court didn’t immediately explain its decision. White was sentenced to death after being convicted of fatally stabbing twin 16-year-old girls at a Houston apartment where their mother also was killed. White also was tied to the deaths of a grocery store owner and a prostitute. In their appeal, White’s attorneys argued that he may have been mentally impaired because of longtime cocaine use when he waived his right to an attorney during interrogations. They also say DNA evidence suggests a second person may have been involved in the triple slaying.
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Today in History
Today in History for 28th January 2015- Historical Events 1581 - James VI signs 2nd Confession of Faith in Scotland 1754 - Horace Walpole, in a letter to Horace Mann, coins the word serendipity 1760 - Pownal, Vermont created by Benning Wentworth as one of the New Hampshire Grants. 1922 - Knickerbocker Storm, Washington D.C.'s biggest snowfall, causes the city's greatest loss of life when the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater collapses. Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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