Five East Texans Killed in Louisiana Crash
OUACHITA PARISH, La. (Staff/AP) – Five East Texans were killed Wednesday night in a Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, crash. KETK reports that around 10:46 p.m., troopers based in Monroe responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-20 just west of Calhoun. The family was traveling to Walt Disney World in Florida for a family vacation. The preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by a 16-year-old, was traveling east when the vehicle ran off the road to the left into the median. After entering the median, the driver overcorrected and the vehicle began to roll over. As the vehicle was rolling over, six of the eight occupants were ejected. Five passengers were pronounced dead at the scene by the Ouachita Parish Coroner’s Office. Read more …
Bodies Found in Hawkins Home; Texas Rangers Investigating
HAWKINS — The Texas Rangers are investigating two bodies that were found at a Hawkins home. According to Mayor William Rogers, Hawkins police responded Thursday afternoon to the scene in the 100 block of Estelle Street after a home health care worker couldn’t get anyone to answer the door. Officials found two people, both in their 60s, and three dogs dead. The door was reportedly unlocked and there were no signs of forced entry or theft. Identities have not been released. The bodies have been sent to Dallas for autopsy. Read more …
Grand Jury Declines to Indict Officers in Teen’s Shooting
LONGVIEW – A Gregg County grand jury has declined to return indictments against three officers involved in the shooting of Justin Aguilar on March 9, 2014. According to KETK, the grand jury’s decision means that under Texas law no criminal charges will be filed. According to the autopsy report, the teenage robbery suspect was shot five times by police and had marijuana in his system. The autopsy for Aguilar, 15, was returned in June and was released by authorities last month. 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 in Longview March 9th. He was shot in a standoff with officers. Read more …
Life in Prison for a Longview Killer
LONGVIEW – A man charged in a Longview shooting death 19 months ago has been sentenced to life in prison. Cedric Bernard Carldwell, 45, plead guilty last month. Yesterday afternoon, Carldwell was sentenced by 124th District Judge Alfonso. The murder charge was enhanced by a 1991 felony conviction on a prohibited weapon charge. He was arrested in April 2013 in the shooting death of Huey Lee “Bull” Gray. The shooting is said to have followed an argument in the 800 block of Walnut Street near Stamper Park. Carldwell is well known by authorities. Since 1987, he has been arrested over a dozen times in Gregg County.
Another Arrest in Quitman Girls’ Deaths
QUITMAN – A third person has been arrested in connection with the deaths of two Quitman toddlers this summer. Dalton Lee German, 22, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, has been arrested on charges of injury to a child. He was arrested in Arkansas where he remains in jail. Authorities tell KETK, German is a friend of the girl’s mother, Daphne Elizabeth McDaniels. She was charged earlier this week with capital murder in the case. Another man, Thomas Liles, 19, of Quitman, has also been charged in the case. He was charged this week with injury to a child.
Bond Set in Marshall Shooting
MARSHALL — A judge has set the bond for a Marshall man accused of shooting another person on Wednesday. KETK reports Judge Mike Smith set Devonte Xavier Benjamin’s bond at $35,000 for each charge. He was booked into jail for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm in a weapons free zone. Marshall PD spokeswoman Sonya Johnson stated 911 received a call reporting gunfire at about 3:41 p.m. When police responded to the scene, located at the corner of Carters Ferry and Billups, they found a man with a gunshot wound. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment and released.
Warning about Fake Federal Government Scams
TYLER — Think it’s your lucky day when you get a “government” call saying you’ve been chosen for a grant? After receiving numerous calls this week, BBB Serving Central East Texas is warning consumers about a scam in which someone claiming to be “the government” calls and says you won a grant … if you send them money.
Consumers are getting phone calls telling them they received a grant from “the government,” and they may spend the funds however they want. But in order to get the grant, the caller asks you to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak card and load it with money. They request the numbers off the back of the card, and then they take your money. Consumers don’t get any grant money, and they lose their own money in the process. Read more …
Chandler Officials Warn of Scam
CHANDLER — Authorities are warning of scam artists preying on East Texans in the Chandler area. According to KETK, city of Chandler officials say several men claiming to be from a roofing company are knocking on doors and asking to check the homeowner’s roof and attic for problems. The con artists then lie to the owners about their house. Police stated the elderly are their main target. The scammers have been known to be driving a red Chevrolet extended cab truck with paper tags, according to authorities. You’re asked to call the Chandler Police Department at 903-849-2181 if you see or talk to such individuals.
Abbott Vows Legal Challenge to Immigration Order
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott is pledging to challenge President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration in court. Abbott, who is the Texas attorney general until he succeeds Gov. Rick Perry in January, issued his vow Thursday shortly after the president issued expansive executive actions to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation. In a statement, Abbott said, “President Obama has circumvented Congress and deliberately bypassed the will of the American people, eroding the very foundation of our nation’s constitution and bestowing a legacy of lawlessness.” He concluded by saying that he was “prepared to immediately challenge President Obama in court, securing our state’s sovereignty and guaranteeing the rule of law as it was intended under the Constitution.”
Telethons, Hotlines Set Up for Texas Immigrants
EL PASO (AP) — Attorneys and immigration groups in Texas are setting up telethons and hotlines to serve immigrants who will look to qualify under a White House plan to protect them from deportation. Several groups across the state have also organized large gatherings to watch President Barack Obama’s televised speech on Thursday night. He is expected to announce details of a plan that would grant work permits to millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States and to protect them from deportation. Organizers in Texas are opening hotlines and teaming with local television stations to host telethons where people can call and get information from attorneys on what to expect. Meanwhile, GOP leaders are opposing the action, including Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has threatened litigation.
Texas Again Attempting to OK New History Books
AUSTIN (AP) — A Texas panel is again attempting to approve new history and social studies textbooks for use in classrooms across America’s second largest state. The previous vote by the State Board of Education collapsed amid widespread criticism. The Republican-controlled board is considering around 100 books and software lessons and must decide by Friday in time for Texas’ 5-plus million public school students to get them next fall. Decrying the books for months have been academics, experts and activists on the right and left. Some worry they are too sympathetic to Islam. Others say they exaggerate the importance of Moses on the formation of American democracy. But a key board vote Tuesday stalled amid worries some books were influenced by Common Core, national math and English curriculum standards outlawed in Texas.
Official Says FSU Gunman was Alumnus
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (AP) — A law enforcement official says the gunman who shot three people at Florida State University before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school. The official told The Associated Press that the shooter was Myron May, who graduated from Florida State before attending Texas Tech University’s law school. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the name. May was fatally shot early Thursday after he shot three people at the Florida State library. Two are hospitalized and one has been released. Abigail Taunton told the AP that May had recently been staying at a guest house she owns in a rural area in the Florida Panhandle. She said police interviewed her husband, David, after the shooting.
Police: Teen Masqueraded as Child in Porn Case
HURST (AP) — Two men have been arrested in a suburban North Texas child porn case, including a 17-year-old man police say enrolled in an elementary school posing as a 12-year-old. Hurst police say Randy Ray Wesson, 28, is jailed on $3 million charged with promoting and selling child pornography and tampering with an official record. Also, Ricardo Javid Lugo, 17, is jailed on $250,000 bond charged with possessing child pornography. A police statement says Lugo was enrolled as a 12-year-old in the 6th grade at Hurst Hills Elementary School. Detectives say that enrollment was supported by bogus documents presented to the school. Police Sgt. Craig Teague says the two apparently have not hired attorneys yet. Detectives are asking parents to report any contact with the pair.
Man Pleads Guilty to Felony Charges
DALLAS (AP) — A U.S. attorney says a man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to use stolen information to file fraudulent tax returns so he could receive tax refunds. U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas says Roberto Boris Fernandez has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit theft of public funds and one count of aggravated identity theft. He faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy charge. The aggravated identity theft count carries a mandatory two-year consecutive sentence and a $250,000 fine. His sentencing has been set for next year. Authorities say Fernandez filed the false income tax returns through Turbo Tax, an online tax preparation service, using stolen names and Social Security information.
Ex-Millionaire Who Hired Ex-Wife’s Death Dies
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former San Antonio millionaire Allen Blackthorne, who was serving two life sentences for hiring the murder of ex-wife Sheila Bellush, has died in federal prison. He was 59. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons website says Blackthorne died Tuesday in the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. No cause of death was listed. Bellush, often referred to as the “Quad Mom” for the quadruplets she had with a second husband, was found shot with her throat slit in her Sarasota, Florida, home in 1997. Two of Bellush’s then-2-year-old quads were found crawling in her blood. Bellush and Blackthorne divorced in 1989 and had a bitter custody dispute over their two daughters. In 1997, Bellush moved to Florida, and six weeks later, she was killed.
Dallas Mayor Announces Panel for Planned Toll Road
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas mayor has announced a six-person expert panel to make recommendations about the proposed Trinity River toll road. Mayor Mike Rawlings says the six urban planners and transportation experts will convene in Dallas next month to discuss the 9-mile road. Supporters of the project say the road is needed to relieve traffic on highways and streets near the downtown area. Opponents say the estimated $1.5 billion project is too expensive. Some have suggested that the road’s six-lane design is too big. The Dallas Morning News reports if the panel suggests significant changes to the road’s design, the city may have to reject the recommendations or delay the federal approvals it’s seeking.
Suspicious Bag Causes Brief Stir at Dallas Airport
GRAPEVINE (AP) — A part of a Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport terminal was evacuated briefly after someone found what officials say was a “suspicious bag.” An airport statement says the bag was found about 5:00pm. Thursday inside an airline baggage cart on the Terminal E apron at the busy airport. Four boarding gate areas near the bag were evacuated while airport security investigated. Airport officials wouldn’t say what was found in the bag, but they reported it cleared about an hour after the alert was raised. One flight was delayed about five minutes by the investigation
Southwest, Pilots Far Apart in Contract Talks
DALLAS (AP) — The union representing pilots at Southwest Airlines has asked federal mediators to help break a two-year stalemate in contract negotiations. Dallas-based Southwest said it had been optimistic about an agreement, but that the union ended negotiations and filed for mediation. On Thursday, the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association said that it had asked for help from the National Mediation Board. Southwest has had relatively few labor conflicts over the years, but as the airline’s growth has slowed, pilots have complained about a lack of advancement opportunities and stagnant compensation. Southwest Airlines Co. earned $946 million in the first nine months of this year, up 75% from the same period last year.
EPA Approves 2 Permits for Texas Resin Plant
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has issued two final greenhouse gas permits for a planned $1 billion resin processing plant in South Texas. The EPA on Wednesday announced the permits for M&G Resins USA for a facility in Corpus Christi. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports the Italian company plans to build a polyethylene terephthalate resin processing plant. The site involves about 410 acres along the shores of Nueces Bay. M&G in 2011 announced plans for the chemical plant to manufacture resins used in plastics. Company officials have said the plant would involve about 3,000 construction jobs and creation of 250 permanent jobs.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
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No matter where you turn, you’ll see and hear advertisements for products to help you with your sleep… from mattresses to medications. The fact is, the majority of us are sleep deprived. And that lack of sufficient sleep can have big health consequences. In this post to HealthConnection, the UT Health’s Dr. James Stocks talks about recognizing and treating sleep deprivation. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 21st November 2014- Historical Events 1696 - J Vanbrughe's "Relapse or Virtue in Danger" premieres in London 1789 - North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th US state 1952 - Dodgers pitcher Joe Black wins NL Rookie of Year 1955 - Argentina asks Panama for return of ex-president Peron 1990 - Michael Milken is sentenced to 10 years for security law violations 1995 - Dow Jones closes above 5,000 for 1st time Mo... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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