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Longview Murder Suspect Set for Plea Agreement

Posted/updated on: September 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

Dexter Levi PrinceLONGVIEW – A man scheduled to go on trial for murder in Longview later this month, has waived his right to a jury trial. This paves the way for a plea agreement for Dexter Levi Prince, 22. The Longview News-Journal reports Prince will plead guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter and be sentenced to 12 years in prison. This would make him eligible for parole after six years. Prince, who is the brother of former NFL player Demorrio Williams, is accused of the March, 2011 shooting death of Danielo E. Nelson, 25, of Longview. The shooting occurred in the 100 block of East Melton Street.

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Vikings Reinstate Peterson after Abuse Charge

Posted/updated on: September 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

thumb_adrian_petersonEDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. (AP/ABC/Staff) – The Minnesota Vikings are reinstating Adrian Peterson this week after he was charged with child abuse and say he will play on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf made the announcement Monday, one day after the former Palestine High School star was benched during a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots. He’s been charged for striking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch this summer. The Vikings say they take the issue very seriously and have given it considerable thought. But they also say they want the legal process to take its course before making any final decisions. Peterson’s lawyer says the star player was just disciplining his child and did not mean to cause harm. Prosecutors say Peterson’s next court hearing will be in the coming weeks, with a trial expected to take place next year. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison. Read more …

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Suspect Charged in Wiley College Student Slaying

Posted/updated on: September 16, 2014 at 8:53 am

Javonte Damone SandersMARSHALL (AP) – An East Texas man has been charged in the fatal shooting of a Wiley College student during an off-campus argument that left another student wounded. A Marshall police arrest affidavit says the dispute allegedly involved gambling and money owed. Harrison County jail records show 19-year-old Javonte Damone Sanders of Marshall was being held Tuesday on a murder charge with bond at $1 million. Read more …

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Supreme Court Justice Thomas Speaks in Tyler

Posted/updated on: September 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

clarencethomasTYLER (AP/STAFF) — The U.S. Supreme Court justice best known for his silence on the bench will speak to an audience in Tyler tonight. Justice Clarence Thomas is scheduled to appear this evening at the University of Texas at Tyler. The program gets under way at 7:30. The 66-year-old Thomas has served on the bench since 1991. It’s been more than eight years since he asked a question in the courtroom during arguments in the case, a silence that stands out since the eight other justices actively question lawyers about their cases. Thomas is one of the court’s conservatives and has been part of narrow majorities on several key issues in recent years.

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East Texan to be Named Among Heroes for Children

Posted/updated on: September 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

AUSTIN – Fifteen Texans, including one from Angelina County, will be honored by the State Board of Education on Friday with the Heroes for Children award. They are being honored for providing hundreds of hours of volunteer service to Texas public schools. The SBOE District 9 award winner is Guessippini Bonner of Lufkin. The state news release said Bonner has worked tirelessly to help the families of students of North Lufkin who are most at-risk. She is often called upon when the district has a child in need of some clothing, food, encouragement and direction. She is also the creator of Sarah’s Hope, an organization that reaches out to young people as a way to enhance achievement through the fine arts. Read more …

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ETMC EMS to Launch PulsePoint Smartphone Application

Posted/updated on: September 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

East Texas medical Center EMSTYLER — East Texas Medical Center EMS is the first in Texas to launch the PulsePoint CPR/AED smartphone application to help improve sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates in communities served by ETMC EMS in East Texas, Waco and Pasadena. The PulsePoint app helps improve community response to SCA victims by enabling citizen bystanders to provide lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and access a nearby public access automated external defibrillator (AED). Read more …

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Safety Features Added Near TJC Construction Sites

Posted/updated on: September 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

tjc-logoTYLER — To ease traffic congestion and create a safer environment near two construction sites on the Tyler Junior College main campus, the City of Tyler is adding crosswalks and other safety features on Magnolia Street, between Fifth and Lake Streets. With a four-story residence hall under construction on the east side of Magnolia and the Robert M. Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Center going up on the west, additional safety measures are needed, said Dr. Tom Johnson, TJC executive director of campus police and director of the law enforcement academy. Read more …

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Houston Police Investigate Body Near Reservoir

Posted/updated on: September 16, 2014 at 7:50 am

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston police are investigating a man found dead near a reservoir. Police say a woman walking her dogs came upon the body late Monday afternoon near Addicks Reservoir. Investigators did not immediately release a possible cause of death or the identity of the man. Further details weren’t immediately available. The Addicks Reservoir is in the San Jacinto River basin.

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History Books Spark Latest Texas Classroom Battle

Posted/updated on: September 16, 2014 at 7:19 am

AUSTIN (AP) – As Texas mulls new social studies books for its 5-plus million public school students, some academics are decrying lessons they say exaggerate the influence of Christian values on America’s Founding Fathers. Some conservative activists, meanwhile, complain about what they see as liberal biases in the same books. It’s the latest ideological battle over what gets taught in the classrooms of America’s second-largest state. But this time activists from the right and left are united in criticizing the proposed books, though for very different reasons. The Board of Education won’t vote to approve new books until its November meeting. They won’t go into classrooms until the 2014-2015 academic year. But the board is holding a public hearing on the books in Austin on Tuesday – and emotions may run high.

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Widow Sentenced in Death of Husband Buried in Yard

Posted/updated on: September 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

Neola RobinsonFORT WORTH (AP) — A 63-year-old North Texas widow has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder in the death of her husband, who was found buried in the front yard of their rural home. Neola Robinson pleaded guilty Monday before the start of jury selection in her murder trial in Fort Worth. Her husband, Ervin Robinson, 57, had been reported missing in May 2010. Neola Robinson initially told investigators her husband had run away with another woman. The case went cold until the Texas Rangers took over in 2013. Robinson eventually led investigators to her husband’s body, which was buried in the yard of their mobile home in Pelican Bay, located about 20 miles northwest of Fort Worth. An autopsy revealed Ervin Robinson had been strangled.

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Texas Worker Charged with Tampering with Pizza

Posted/updated on: September 16, 2014 at 8:50 am

GEORGETOWN (AP) – An 18-year-old pizza store employee in Texas has been charged with a felony after police say he rubbed his genitals on food he was preparing for a customer. The Georgetown Police Department arrested Austin Symonds last week and charged him with tampering with a consumer product. A Papa Murphy’s customer who ordered food on Sept. 2 told police he caught Symonds. Police say Symonds admitted that he would have given the pizza to the customer if he hadn’t been caught. A store employee tells the Austin American-Statesman that Symonds has been fired. Symonds was released from the Williamson County Jail after posting $10,000 bond. Online jail records didn’t indicate an attorney.

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Man Sentenced for Stabbing, Hiding Body Under Bed

Posted/updated on: September 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

Robert Lyn MyersSAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio man has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for fatally stabbing his girlfriend and then stuffing her body underneath his bed. The San Antonio Express-News reports that authorities said Robert Lyn Myers stabbed Cecelia Lomas Stegall in January 2013 with a steak knife, wrapped her in a blanket and then stuffed her body under his bed. His 50-year-old girlfriend’s body remained there for three days before Myers moved it to a closet in a nearby vacant apartment. An anonymous Crime Stoppers tip alerted police to Stegall’s death. The 41-year-old Myers had claimed self-defense. He was sentenced on after pleading guilty to murder in exchange for the 33-year prison term.

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Two Sentenced in Auto Insurance Fraud Scheme

Posted/updated on: September 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

gavelHOUSTON (AP) — Two individuals have been sentenced for their roles in a scheme that authorities say defrauded insurance companies of more than $3 million. Earlie Dickerson, a former office manager, was sentenced Monday in Houston federal court to 14 years in prison for recruiting individuals involved in auto accidents to be represented by a Bryan business that falsely claimed was a law firm. Federal prosecutors say Dickerson sent individuals he recruited to specific chiropractic clinics, where they received medically unnecessary therapeutic treatments. Authorities say Dickerson used fraudulent bills from the treatments to obtain settlement checks from auto insurance companies. Another individual convicted in the scheme, Marion Young, was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday. Two others were previously sentenced while a fifth defendant is set to be sentenced October 14.

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Indicted Official Denied Court-Appointed Lawyer

Posted/updated on: September 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

John Wiley PriceDALLAS (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request for a court-appointed attorney by a longtime Dallas County commissioner who is accused of accepting nearly $1 million in bribes. John Wiley Price is accused of accepting bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of projects proposed by various companies. Wiley was charged in July in a 13-count indictment, along with his chief of staff and two political consultants. The well-known local leader in the Dallas area had asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Renée Harris Toliver for a court-appointed lawyer. But Toliver wrote in a court order Monday that “the evidence establishes that (Wiley) has significant financial resources.” All four defendants in the case have pleaded not guilty. Their trial is scheduled for January 2016.

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Texas Regents Exclude Lawmakers from Inquiry

Posted/updated on: September 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

U-T AustinAUSTIN (AP) — University of Texas System regents have rejected attempts by two state lawmakers to monitor all interviews during an independent investigation into school admissions. Reps. Trey Martinez Fischer and Lyle Larson of San Antonio both voted to censure regent Wallace Hall last month in part for his personal investigation into admission practices at the Austin campus. Hall’s efforts ultimately prompted a formal investigation into whether lawmakers used their influence to get unqualified students into school. Fischer and Larson wrote the regents last week, saying they want to attend the investigation interviews and have already met with potential witnesses. The regents responded on Monday that including the lawmakers would “compromise the independence and integrity” of the investigation. In a unanimous vote, the regents called it an “unwarranted, inappropriate” intrusion.

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Nearly $3 Million in Drugs Seized in South Texas

Posted/updated on: September 16, 2014 at 7:17 am

border patrol patchLAREDO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly $3 million in illegal narcotics during two seizures at international bridges in South Texas. The larger of the two seizures in Laredo happened when authorities discovered 22 packages containing nearly 54 pounds of cocaine hidden in a Chevy Silverado pickup truck. The cocaine had an estimated value of $1.7 million. The other seizure at another bridge in Laredo took place when officers found 36 packages containing nearly 38 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a Chevy Malibu. The drugs had an estimated value of $1.2 million.

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- Historical Events 1863 - Robert College of Istanbul-Turkey, the first American educational institution outside the United States, is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist. 1962 - Gerda Kroon runs European record 800 m in 2:02.8 1973 - Buff Bill OJ Simpson rushes 250 yards (2 TDs), beating NE Pats 31-13 1973 - "Desert Song" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 15 performances 2008 -... Read more on HistoryOrb.com

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