ETMC EMS to Drop Upshur County Service in March
TYLER — Beginning March 1, 2015, ETMC EMS will no longer offer ambulance service in Upshur County. The information comes in a brief news release from ETMC. For many years, ETMC has been able to provide ambulance service in many communities for free or for a small fee. With the changes in reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, we can no longer afford to provide this service, said Neal Franklin, general manager, ETMC EMS. ETMC EMS has enjoyed its years of service to the residents of Upshur County and will assist during the transition to a new EMS provider, according to the release. ETMC didn’t immediately say what the transition might entail.
City of Tyler Sex Offender Compliance Check
TYLER — The Tyler Police Department reports a clean slate after conducting its annual city-wide sex offender compliance check November 20 with the assistance of officers from multiple law enforcement agencies. Officers were charged with checking on 147 registered sex offenders who are registered with the city of Tyler. Officers showed up unannounced at the offenders’ addresses to confirm their whereabouts and correct addresses. Upon completion of the check all 147 sex offenders were found to be in compliance with their registration requirements, according to a news release. Read more …
Police: Man Jailed after Punching, Head Butting Security Officer
LONGVIEW — A Longview man is being held in the Gregg County Jail after police say he punched and head butted a security officer at the Lodge Sports Bar. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report James Dillon Loving, 21, remains jailed on $7,500 bond, charged with assault on a security officer, a felony. He was arrested just before midnight Saturday when Longview police responded to a fight in progress at the Lodge in the 500 block of North Spur 63. Read more …
Teen Arrested in Mail Carrier’s Shooting
LUFKIN A teen has been taken into custody for the weekend shooting of a Lufkin postal worker. On Tuesday Lufkin Police Department detectives, with cooperation from the United States Postal Inspection Service, obtained a warrant for the arrest of Jaylon Carroll Wortham, 17. According to KETK, Wortham is charged with assault causing bodily injury against a government contractor/employee. The LPD detectives sought the warrant following a combined LPD/USPIS investigation into a November 22 assault incident in which Wortham alegedly caused bodily injury to Lindsey Guthery, a mail carrier employed by the United Stated Postal Service. Read more …
Tyler Man Named To Ag Commissioner-Elect’s Transition Team
AUSTIN A Smith County man is one of 11 persons being named to Agriculture Commissioner-elect Sid Millers transition team. One of the members of the team is Pierre De Wet of Tyler, agricultural entrepreneur and President & Founder of Kiepersol Enterprises. Miller said De Wet and other members of the team will be working with him to ensure the TDA is focused on the many critical issues facing Texas including our states long-term water needs, strengthening and promoting the states equine industry, and protecting consumer safety. Read more …
Williams Names Board of Managers for Revoked Charter
AUSTIN Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams Tuesday announced his appointments to a three-member board of managers in the case of a soon-to-close charter school that includes an East Texas campus. That’s according to a news release from the Texas Education Agency. According to the release, the situation involves the liquidation of assets and other specific issues related to the revocation and closure of Honors Academy and the seven campuses operating under the charter as public, accredited schools. The charter revocation which became effective June 30, 2014 affects the following Honors Academy campuses (in these communities): Branch Park Academy (Farmers Branch); Creekview Academy (Killeen); Landmark School (also known as Leadership Academy Palestine); Legacy Park Preparatory (Kaufman); Pinnacle Academy of Fine Arts (Fort Worth); Quest Academy (Dallas); and Wilmer Academy (Wilmer). Read more …
Peterson Weighs In on Ferguson Case
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson has sparked anger after appearing to compare his child abuse charges to the situation unfolding in Ferguson. Peterson pleaded no contest in a Conroe courtroom to a misdemeanor assault charge following his arrest for disciplining his four-year-old son with a switch. Now he’s taken to Twitter with, “The grand jury decided not to indict me too! But that changed a week later! Maybe, but not likely in this case.” One follower tweeted, “Not the same thing — let it ride.” The Palestine native followed with yet another tweet an hour later: “My heart goes out to Mike Brown’s family! My thoughts & prayers are with you!” The NFL has suspended Peterson without pay for the remainder of the 2014 season.
Methvin Street Closure Shifts as Work Progresses
LONGVIEW — Methvin Street between Green Street and Fredonia Street in Longview will be reopened to traffic by the end of the day Wednesday, November 26, according to a city news release. This completes Phase 1 of the Methvin Street Improvement Project. However, on Friday, November 28, Methvin Street will close to traffic between High and Center. This will begin Phase 2 of the proposed Methvin Street Improvements. Construction should last approximately four months, according to officials. Read more …
Coal-Fired Plant Proposal Could Affect East Texas
FORT WORTH — Coal-fired plant operators in Texas could be writing some big checks, and East Texas could see the results. Under a federal proposal, the operators of the eight biggest such plants would spend two billion dollars to retrofit 15 units to reduce air pollution. Tom “Smitty” Smith with Public Citizen welcomes this. Smith says, “It will improve our public health, and many of the sort of hazy days that now cloud our skies over the Dallas-Fort Worth or Tyler area will come to an end.” He says it would make much more sense to scrap the old coal plants and go with another form of energy like natural gas or renewables.
Texas Protests Against Missouri Grand Jury Decision
DALLAS (AP) Hundreds of demonstrators roamed the streets of downtown Dallas after an evening City Hall rally, with dozens of them eventually massing in the middle of a busy freeway where they blocked traffic. The demonstrators strode onto Interstate 35E on the western edge of downtown Dallas about 9:30pm Tuesday, where they were surrounded by police patrol cars and blocked traffic. Aerial video showed the demonstration appeared to be peaceful as police coaxed the demonstrators to the shoulder, although there appeared to be an undetermined handful of arrests. There have been no reports of violence. The demonstrators are protesting a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a white suburban St. Louis police officer for the shooting death of an unarmed black man. Read more …
High Court to Review EPA Mercury Limits
WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court is stepping into a new case about Obama administration environmental rules, agreeing to review a ruling that upholds emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. The justices on Tuesday said they would hear arguments from industry groups and states that are challenging Environmental Protection Agency rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. Texas is among those states mounting the legal challenge. The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., upheld the rules in April. One judge on the appeals court complained then that the EPA didn’t consider costs in deciding whether regulation of hazardous air pollutants from power plants is appropriate.
Five Children Killed in South Texas House Fire
EDNA (AP) Authorities say five children were killed when a fire engulfed their South Texas mobile home and partially collapsed the roof, which made rescue attempts impossible. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the deaths Tuesday afternoon. The names of the children haven’t been released. Emergency personnel arrived shortly after 5:00 Tuesday morning at the home in Edna, about 100 miles southwest of Houston. Sheriff A.J. Louderback says the children’s parents were found outside the home with one child but told firefighters five children were still inside. The home was engulfed in flames when authorities arrived. Edna Fire Department Capt. Nick Strauss says firefighters weren’t able to make rescue attempts due to the roof collapse.
Family of Three Who Died in Pasadena Fire Were Hoarders
PASADENA (AP) An investigator says a woman and her two adult children who died in a Houston-area fire were hoarders and the clutter prevented their escape. Pasadena Fire Marshal David Brannon said Tuesday that the fire apparently started near a central heating unit but no cause has been identified. Autopsy results are pending on the victims of Monday’s blaze. Their names weren’t immediately released. Brannon says hoarding prevented the mother and her children, believed to be in their 50s, from being able to evacuate and also hindered firefighters. He says Pasadena code enforcement personnel worked with the family on many occasions about the one-story wooden house cluttered with paper goods, clothing and other items. Brannon says the siblings had mental challenges but were able to be mobile. He did not elaborate.
Two Prison Guards among Three Dead in West Texas Wreck
LAMESA (AP) Two prison guards and the driver of a second vehicle have died in a West Texas traffic accident that left another officer hurt. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the collision near Lamesa after the Smith Unit guards ended their shift at the nearby prison. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Tuesday identified the correctional officers who died as Akinjobi G. Akinpelu and Olusegun Sangowale. Both were southbound on Highway 349. A 19-year-old woman in a northbound vehicle was also killed in the wreck. Her name wasn’t immediately released. Another Smith Unit guard, Akinola H. Fasae, was with his co-workers and suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening. Fasae was transported to University Medical Center in Lubbock. Hospital officials didn’t immediately provide his condition Tuesday.
Motorist Killed when Vehicle Struck by Train
TAYLOR (AP) The driver of a pickup was killed in Central Texas when the vehicle was struck by an Amtrak passenger train traveling from San Antonio to Chicago. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari in Chicago says it’s not clear if the pickup was stopped Tuesday afternoon on the tracks north of Taylor or was attempting to cross them when struck. Bell County sheriff’s Lt. Donnie Adams told KWTX in Waco that the pickup was engulfed in flames and confirmed its driver was killed. Magliari says none of the 225 passengers or approximately 10 crew members aboard Amtrak’s Texas Eagle was injured.
Death Row Inmate Loses at Top Texas Appeals Court
HOUSTON (AP) The state’s top criminal court has refused to halt next week’s scheduled execution of a convicted killer who defense attorneys contend is severely delusional. A divided Texas Court of Criminal Appeals voted 5-4 Tuesday to reject an appeal from lawyers for Scott Panetti, 56. He’s scheduled for lethal injection December 3 for fatally shooting his in-laws 22 years ago at their Fredericksburg home. Gillespie County prosecutors argued the appeal was improper and the court had no jurisdiction. Attorneys want additional time and want experts to examine Panetti’s mental competence for execution. Judge Elsa Alcala, in a dissenting opinion joined by three other judges, said the court needed to more liberally consider the appeal because it involved constitutional issues about executing the mentally ill. Panetti’s lawyers say they’ll contest the ruling.
Three on Texas DPS 10 Most Wanted List Captured
AUSTIN (AP) Three men on the Texas Department of Public Safety 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list have been captured. DPS officials on Tuesday announced the arrests of Josue Reyna, Alfredo Rangel and Ngoc Van Tran. Reyna was caught November 18 in Del Rio. Rangel and Tran were captured November 20. Tran, who was arrested in Mexico, was wanted for the 1996 slaying of his wife in Amarillo. Reyna was arrested at the Del Rio International Bridge while trying to enter the U.S. He’s wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and retaliation. Rangel was caught in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Rangel was involved in a 2000 attack on a Texas trooper and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was wanted for parole violation, larceny and engaging in organized criminal activity.
Gas Prices Drop across Texas amid Busy Travel Time
IRVING (AP) Retail gasoline prices across Texas have dropped again as motorists take to the road for the Thanksgiving holiday. AAA Texas on Tuesday reported the statewide average for unleaded this week has settled at $2.60, down from $2.66 last week. Drivers nationwide are paying an average of $2.81. The most expensive gasoline in Texas was in Beaumont, where motorists are paying an average $2.63 a gallon. Drivers in Amarillo are paying the least at $2.49. AAA projects that 3.6 million Texans will travel at least 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving, representing a 5.2% increase in travel volume from last year and the highest volume for the holiday since 2007.
Nurse Who had Ebola Asks Bridal Shop for Refunds
AKRON (AP) A Dallas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola is seeking refunds from the Ohio bridal shop she visited, but the store says the reimbursements aren’t feasible because it had to temporarily close and lost significant business. The Akron Beacon Journal reports Amber Vinson’s Dallas attorney asked that Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal refund $480 in dress payments by several of Vinson’s bridesmaids. Attorney Stephen Malouf says Vinson, who has recovered, saw the publicity of her case harm the store. He says she decided to get bridesmaids’ dresses elsewhere to avoid further scrutiny for the business. Owner Anna Younker says the refund request feels like a slap in the face after her shop lost tens of thousands of dollars because of its connection to Vinson.
Man Drops Keys, Falls 40 Feet, Rescued in Austin
AUSTIN (AP) A man trying to retrieve his keys that slipped through a grate has been rescued after falling about 40 feet into a concrete utility box in downtown Austin. Austin-Travis County EMS reports the man suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening during the incident early Tuesday. Cmdr. Mike Benavides says emergency personnel rappelled to reach the man, who suffered fractures, dislocations and other injuries. He was transported to street level and taken to a hospital. Benavides says another man who was with the victim made the initial call for help to say the victim accidentally dropped his keys and fell trying to retrieve them. Officials believe the men removed the grate to get to the keys, which were recovered.
Thousands in Texas to Get Free Thanksgiving Meals
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Thousands of people across Texas who could use a helping hand will get free Thanksgiving meals due to volunteers and donations. The 35th annual Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner will be held tomorrow in San Antonio. Organizers expect about 25,000 senior citizens and other needy individuals to enjoy turkey, stuffing, green beans, yams and pumpkin pie. The event is held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The S.M. Wright Foundation will host a Thanksgiving Day meal for South Dallas residents and homeless individuals. The event at People’s Baptist Church in Dallas is expected to draw about 3,000 diners. Volunteers will also offer groceries. Food banks and pantries across Texas are also welcoming donations to help provide holiday meals.
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Ebola made the news in a big way in the early fall of 2014, but it is by no means the only serious infectious disease about which we should be concerned. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast infectious disease expert Dr. Jeana Benwill answers questions an explores the topic of dangerous infectious diseases. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 26th November 2014- Historical Events 1933 - Camille Chautemps becomes French premier 1953 - KBOI (now KBCI) TV channel 2 in Boise, ID (CBS) begins broadcasting 1962 - Caribbean Air Transport Me NV (CLTM Airlines) forms 1982 - Howard Cossell calls his last fight after being disgusted by Larry Holmes-Tex Cobb mismatch 1982 - Clyde King named Yankee manager 1984 - After 518 goals and 14 years with Mont Canadiens, Guy L... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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