Pine Tree Student Arrested after Allegedly Making Online Threats
LONGVIEW Longview police say a Pine Tree High School senior has been arrested for making terroristic threats online. Released on a $10,000 bond was Christopher Jones, 17. The arrest report says the FBI contacted Longview police early Monday morning with information that the student had made threats to carry out a violent act at the high school. Longview Police, working together with the FBI, were able to locate the Jones, who allegedly made the threats prior to his arrival at the school. The suspect was taken into custody for the felony 3 offense of terroristic threat and was booked into the Gregg County Jail without further incident. Read more …
Mother Frances Gets Nod for Orthopedic Program
TYLER Mother Frances Hospital has been included in Becker’s Hospital Reviews recently published 2014 edition of “125 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Orthopedic Programs.” According to Mother Frances news release, the list is based on hospitals’ accolades, quality of care, and services provided to their patient populations. We are incredibly pleased to again be included in this prestigious list of hospitals who are distinguished nationally for their quality of care, service and skill, said John McGreevy, Chief Executive Officer, Mother Frances Hospital Tyler. This recognition is a strong example of the tireless effort and energy given by each member of the Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics team to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality orthopedic healthcare available. Read more …
Police: Medication Drop Off Successful
TYLER Once again the expired Medication Drop Off event held Saturday at a Tyler CVS Pharmacy was a great success, according to authorities. The Tyler Police Department along with DEA received 22 full boxes of expired medication totaling 444 pounds, according to a police news release. The Police Department joined the pharmacy and the DEA in hosting the event. Residents were encouraged just to drive up and drop off unused and expired medications for safe disposal without getting out of their vehicles no questions asked. According to police, it is important to clean out your medicine cabinet, especially if you have children. They say that young children may confuse a medication with something to eat or drink, and that keeping unneeded medications with teenagers can lead to potential drug abuse.
Attendance Increased at East Texas State Fair
TYLER (AP) Organizers of the East Texas State Fair in Tyler estimate attendance has increased 25 to 30% this year. Event President John Sykes tells the Tyler Morning Telegraph that great weather boosted the turnout to the 99th event. He estimated there were 200,000 attendees but said some people from Sunday hadnt been counted yet. Sunday was the final day of the event, which started Sept. 19. The fair was closed for two days in 2013 because of rain. It features shows, live music, art exhibits and carnival rides.
Davis Accuses Abbott of Incentive Fund “Cover Up”
DALLAS (AP) Democrat Wendy Davis has one last debate with Republican Greg Abbott to try to narrow the gap in the Texas governor’s race. Their debate tonight in Dallas will likely attract more viewers than their first meeting earlier this month in the Rio Grande Valley. Davis has five weeks before Election Day to catch Abbott and overcome polling deficits. But Abbott is the one entering the debate on the defensive. His office is under scrutiny over Governor Rick Perry’s Texas Enterprise Fund that has awarded a half-billion dollars to companies that include Toyota and Facebook. A state audit last week found that some companies received awards despite never submitting formal applications. Davis accuses Abbott of failing in his oversight duties as attorney general. Abbott’s office calls the claims political posturing.
Patrick, Van de Putte Go On Attack in Debate
AUSTIN (AP) The state senators vying to be Texas’ next lieutenant governor are tearing into each other over tax and immigration policy. Republican Dan Patrick, a Houston tea party darling, is favored in November. That means Democrat Leticia Van de Putte of a San Antonio had the most to gain Monday as the pair squared off in Austin. Van de Putte attacked Patrick for supporting a sales tax increase and failing to release his personal tax returns. Patrick said he wants to offset higher sales taxes with larger property tax cuts, and that he’d filed financial disclosure reports that were more complete than tax returns. Van de Putte also criticized what she called Patrick’s harsh rhetoric about the Texas-Mexico border. Patrick countered that the border must be secured above all else.
Dallas Hospital Monitoring Patient for Ebola
DALLAS (AP) A Dallas hospital says it is isolating a patient who is showing signs of having the Ebola virus. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said in a statement Monday night that the patient’s symptoms and travel history suggest the patient may have Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa. The hospital expects to receive preliminary test results today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Presbyterian Hospital says it’s taking measures to keep its doctors, staff and patients safe.
Former Funeral Home Owner Faces Federal Indictment
DALLAS (AP) An owner of a North Texas funeral home where authorities found decaying, unattended bodies has been indicted on unrelated charges that include theft of federal public money. Federal prosecutors say Rachel Hardy, 35, surrendered Monday to authorities on four charges that allege she fraudulently received public assistance. They say she illegally obtained thousands of dollars in food stamps, Medicaid benefits, education loans and housing subsidies. She applied for the federal assistance at various times from 2010 to 2013. Authorities say she failed to disclose her ownership in two businesses that generated income for her. Hardy and her husband previously were charged with seven misdemeanor counts of abuse of a corpse after bodies were found in July at their Fort Worth funeral home, Johnson Family Mortuary. The business has since closed.
Texan Gets Nearly 22 Years for Trafficking Girl
DALLAS (AP) Prosecutors say a Dallas gang member has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in federal prison for forcing a runaway 14-year-old girl into prostitution. Keith Williams was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty earlier this year to sex trafficking of children. His girlfriend, Erin Patton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children and was sentenced last month to more than seven years in prison. Williams and Patton are both 24 years old. Prosecutors say the victim ran away from home in September 2012, met Patton and was lured into commercial sex operations. Patton gave the girl a cellphone to post illicit images online. Authorities believe Williams helped make the girl available as a prostitute into 2013, as the child returned home but would flee again.
Jury to Sentence Texas Woman Who Shot Husband
FORT WORTH (AP) Sentencing will begin for a North Texas woman guilty in the 2011 shooting death of her husband. Michele Williams faces life in prison after a Fort Worth jury convicted her Monday of shooting Greg Williams, 40, at their home in suburban Keller. Prosecutors contend Michele Williams killed her husband for money, arguing that she was a beneficiary of a life insurance policy totaling $800,000. But defense attorneys say Greg Williams took his own life. Michele Williams previously told investigators that an intruder fatally shot her husband. A judge earlier revoked a plea deal prosecutors reached with Williams that set a prison term of up to 20 years because she later claimed she was innocent.
Jury Sentences Woman to 10 Years in Poisoning Case
HOUSTON (AP) A jury has sentenced a Texas cancer researcher to 10 years in prison after she was convicted of poisoning her colleague, who was also her lover, by lacing his coffee with a chemical found in antifreeze. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, a breast cancer doctor based at Houston’s famed Texas Medical Center, had been involved in a sexual relationship with her fellow researcher, Dr. George Blumenschein. Prosecutors said the affair turned into a “fatal attraction” and she poisoned him with ethylene glycol after Blumenschein spurned her in favor of Evette Toney, his live-in girlfriend of 10 years with whom he was trying to start a family. Blumenschein survived the poisoning. A jury on Friday convicted Gonzalez-Angulo of aggravated assault.
Fort Worth Teen Drowns Trying to Recover Dove
ALVARDO (AP) A 14-year-old North Texas boy has drowned in a stock pond while trying to retrieve a dove that was shot during a hunting trip. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office on Monday identified the victim as Joseph Lopez of Fort Worth. Lt. Tim Jones says the boy was part of group hunting on Sunday in a rural area near Alvarado. Jones says the boy entered the pond to recover a dove but then he never resurfaced. Emergency personnel who responded to a report of a possible drowning used a boat to search for the teen. Divers from the Cleburne Fire Department recovered the body Sunday night. Further details weren’t immediately available.
Cause of Oklahoma Truck-Bus Crash Still Unknown
ARDMORE, OKLA. (AP) Oklahoma investigators have not concluded whether a truck driver’s inattention was the cause of a highway collision that killed 4 members of a Texas college softball team. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Monday again declined to say what distracted the driver of the tractor-trailer at the time of the crash Friday night. Authorities have identified the driver as 53-year-old Russell Staley of Saginaw, Texas. Staley declined to comment on Monday when reached by The Associated Press. Staley was driving northbound on Interstate 35 when he his 18-wheel tractor-trailer veered into the southbound lanes and crashed into a bus carrying 15 softball players from North Central Texas College. Federal investigators said Sunday that the truck continued straight for another 300 feet.
Driver Dies after Houston Motorsports Park Wreck
HOUSTON (AP) A driver has died following a wreck on a drag strip at Houston Motorsports Park. Investigators say the accident happened Sunday night. The name of the car driver was not immediately released. KPRC-TV reports the Chevrolet Camaro was making a practice run when the driver was unable to stop. KTRK-TV reports the vehicle crashed through some barriers and hit a wall. Further details on the accident weren’t immediately available. Police did not immediately return a message Monday. A message left with Houston Motorsports Park was not immediately returned. Houston Motorsports Park, on its website, advertised Sunday night’s races as Grudge Drags, with a $10 fee to compete. The track features a NASCAR speedway and an NHRA drag strip.
Qantas Puts World’s Largest Plane on Longest Route
FORT WORTH (AP) Qantas is putting the world’s biggest passenger plane on the world’s longest airline route. A Qantas Airbus A380 touched down Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, about 15 hours after leaving Sydney, Australia, on the 8,578-mile journey. The double-deck, four-engine jet was greeted with a water-cannon salute, then taxied to a gate that was configured just for the behemoth. There were 484 passengers on the inaugural flight, according to a Qantas spokesman. DFW, a large airport with connecting flights throughout the U.S. and Latin America, is an ideal place for the plane and the route. The A380’s size limits its appeal. Smaller planes such as Boeing’s latest, the 787 or Dreamliner, are more economical on many routes. Qantas has previously flown the route with other aircraft.