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Woman Shot, Arrest Warrant Issued

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:56 am

Ramon AvilaTYLER – Tyler police are looking for Ramon Avila, 40, in connection with an aggravated assault that occurred last night. Around 7:45 a 911 call said that a person had been shot at 222 South Adams. Officers found a woman with a leg wound. She was rushed to East Texas Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The victim and two witnesses identified Avila as the shooter. The arrest warrant charges him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was last seen driving a dark green 2004 Nissan Titan, TX LP- BT03370. Tyler police say Avila should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Longview Teen Robbery Suspect Shot Five Times

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:54 am

Justin AguilarLONGVIEW – According to the autopsy report, a teenage Longview robbery suspect was shot five times by police and had marijuana in his system. The autopsy for Justin Aguilar, 15, was returned in June and was released by authorities yesterday. 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 March 9th. He was shot in a standoff with officers. Read more …

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Police Release Pictures of High-Speed Chase Suspect

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:53 am

hispeedchaseLINDALE — Lindale police have released pictures of the alleged driver involved in last weekend’s high-speed chase in Smith County. According to KETK, police say they are looking for Carlos Bonilla, 22, who was last seen near Garden Valley Road in Tyler. The chase began shortly after 9:00 p.m. Friday on Highway 69 in Lindale. Police say they were conducting a traffic stop when Bonilla pulled out a weapon. He then reportedly sped off with police following close by. During the high speed pursuit Bonilla allegedly shot at police. Read more …

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East Texas Pair Reportedly Left Pot at Day Care

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 4:35 am

LUFKIN (AP) – East Texas police have arrested a man and woman who they say dumped a gallon-sized bag of marijuana into a day care trash can. Fifty-year-old Frederick Ruth and 40-year-old Youlanda Whitaker have been charged with possessing marijuana in a drug-free zone and possessing a dangerous drug. Lufkin police say they received a report Monday of two people bagging up marijuana in a car. Officers found it in the Noah’s Ark Early Education Center Day Care and say Ruth and Whitaker were inside. They say Ruth turned over a small bag of marijuana. Officers found the larger bag in a bathroom after employees reported seeing Whitaker enter with a shopping bag. Police didn’t say why the suspects were at the day care.

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Gilmer Woman Sentenced in Fatal Accident

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:53 am

Sarah ReevesLONGVIEW – A Gilmer woman was sentenced Tuesday to 120 days in prison and 10 years probation after pleading guilty to intoxication manslaughter. Sarah Reeves, 35, had originally been charged with driving while intoxicated in the accident in which she hit Lynden Bell, 24, of Longview. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report the accident occurred November 21, 2012, in the 1900 block of Lee Street in the Pine Tree area. When Lee died two days later, the charge was changed to intoxication manslaughter. Reeves could have gotten up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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Recusal Hearing set for Adrian Peterson Case Judge

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:52 am

Kelly CaseCONROE (AP) — There’s a hearing today on whether to remove the judge in the felony child abuse case against Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson. The recusal hearing for Montgomery County state District Judge Kelly Case (pictured) is this afternoon in Conroe. Retired Tarrant County state District Judge Jeff Walker will preside. Peterson, a Palestine native, is charged with injury to a child for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. Prosecutors want to replace Case, accusing him of being biased against them. Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin has argued the bias claims are based on conjecture. A motion to revoke Peterson’s bond for alleged marijuana use is on hold until the issue with Case is settled. Case set a tentative trial date for Dec. 1. Peterson is on paid leave from the Vikings.

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Trinity Industries Found Guilty of Fraud

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:51 am

guard rail-dangerousMARSHALL — A company accused of selling defective guardrails has been found guilty of fraud. A federal jury in Marshall says Texas firm Trinity Industries should pay $175 million for misleading regulators about the re-design of its guardrails in 2005. Under federal law, that sum will be tripled to as much as one billion dollars. Some of that will go to whistle – blower Josuah Harmon who testified the re-design meant that instead of being cushioned, vehicles colliding with the ends of the guardrails could be impaled, leading to at least a dozen accidents, some fatal. This is the second time the case has been tried. The first ended in a mistrial in July.

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Congressman Hall Released from Hospital

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:49 am

Ralph HallPLANO (AP) — The oldest-ever member of the U.S. House has been transferred from a hospital to a rehabilitation center to continue his recovery from injuries suffered in a car wreck. In a statement Tuesday, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall said the 91-year-old Texas Republican was discharged from Medical Center of Plano over the weekend to an inpatient rehabilitation center. Aide Natalie Raulston said Hall, whose district at one time included Smith County, suffered a broken nose and broken femur October 4 when the vehicle in which he was riding slammed into another that turned in front of his in Trenton, about 60 miles northeast of Dallas. The drivers were not injured. Hall is to leave office in January after losing a May Republican primary runoff for the 4th Congressional District seat.

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Hoax Ebola Story Circulating in East Texas

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:48 am

MT. PLEASANT — A story concerning Ebola is circulating East Texas and causing fears in the community. KETK reports a local hospital has released a statement to quell the concerns. The Titus Regional Medical Center put out the following release from Shannon Norfleet, RN, Director of Community Relations & Education: “TRMC has received several calls and comments regarding a circulating Facebook hoax about an Ebola case in Mount Pleasant. Please always be aware (or beware) of your online ‘news’ sources – is a pranking website and the circulating post is completely false. This hoax information has been shared with our local public information officers and news media as well.”

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Boil Water Notice for South Rusk County Water Supply

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:47 am

thumb_boilingwater-2RUSK COUNTY — South Rusk County Water Supply, in southern Rusk County, has experienced a water outage. Officials say if you have experienced this outage, or extremely low pressure, you are advised to boil your water for a minimum of two minutes prior to consumption. Do this until further notice.

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Nacogdoches among “Texas Highways” Readers’ Favorites

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:46 am

Nacogdoches-Oldest Town in TexasSAN ANTONIO (AP/Staff) – Readers of “Texas Highways” magazine have chosen Nacogdoches as their 8th favorite destination in a countdown of the top 40 places to visit statewide. Officials with “Texas Highways,” published monthly by the Texas Department of Transportation, made the announcement Tuesday in San Antonio — which, by the way, tops the list. The countdown helped celebrate the publication’s 40th anniversary. The choices started with the January issue of “Texas Highways,” which has about 200,000 subscribers and an estimated 400,000 monthly readers. Read more …

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Perry’s First Court Appearance Delayed until Nov. 7

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:44 am

Rick Perry-new glassesAUSTIN (AP) — Governor Rick Perry’s first court appearance to face abuse of power charges has been pushed back a week to November 7. A judge in Austin last week had ordered the Republican to appear for a pretrial hearing October 31. But Perry attorney Tony Buzbee said Tuesday that the appearance has been delayed. In August an Austin grand jury indicted Perry on charges he abused his official capacity and coerced a public servant. Those stem from Perry’s public threat and eventual decision to veto state funding for public corruption prosecutors. That came after the Democratic district attorney overseeing the investigative unit refused to resign following her conviction for drunken driving. Perry’s high-powered defense team has challenged the case on constitutional and technical grounds, and says it should be quickly dismissed.

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Former Dewhurst Aide Pleads Guilty to Taking Funds

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:43 am

Kenneth BarfieldAUSTIN (AP) — A former top adviser to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has pleaded guilty to charges of stealing $1.8 million in campaign funds from the powerful Republican. Kenneth Barfield did not comment Tuesday after leaving an Austin federal courthouse. He faces up to 20 years in prison and is still awaiting a sentencing date. The 58-year-old Barfield pleaded guilty to wire fraud, making a false tax return and embezzlement of campaign funds. He ran Dewhurst’s unsuccessful campaign against Ted Cruz for a U.S. Senate seat in 2012. Dewhurst will leave office in January after losing his bid for a fourth term as lieutenant governor. He was defeated by state Sen. Dan Patrick in a Republican primary runoff.

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Ebola Victim’s Sister Says Hospital Denied Request

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:38 am

Thomas Eric DuncanFORT WORTH (AP) — The family of the first Ebola victim to die in the United States says the Dallas hospital that cared for him has refused for weeks to release additional medical records, in a sign the facility mishandled his treatment. Thomas Eric Duncan died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on October 8. His sister Mai Wureh obtained more than 1,450 pages of medical records. She has asked for lab results since Duncan’s first dosage of an experimental drug. Doctors note in the records that Wureh and her son Josephus Weeks were hospital contacts and decision makers. But Wureh says that in follow-up calls the hospital said it could only provide records to Duncan’s son, Karsiah Eric Duncan. Spokesman Wendell Watson says the hospital will be “reaching out and providing the requested information.” Read more …

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Oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt Dies

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:34 am

Nelson Bunker HuntDALLAS (AP) — Nelson Bunker Hunt, a Texas oilman who tried to corner the silver market with one of his brothers only to see the move end in financial disaster, has died. His brother, W. Herbert Hunt, said he died Tuesday at a Dallas assisted-living center after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 88. Hunt was among the world’s wealthiest men. His father was legendary Texas oilman H.L. Hunt. He built on his father’s oil and gas holdings, finding a rich Libyan oil field only to have it nationalized later by Moammar Gadhafi. He owned millions of acres of farm and ranch land in Australia, race horses and an ancient coin collection. But a huge, soured bet on the silver market by Hunt and brother Herbert brought legal problems and bankruptcy.

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US Says Head of Gulf Cartel in Custody

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:33 am

Juan Francisco Saenz-TamezHOUSTON (AP) — U.S. authorities say they have arrested the head of the Gulf Cartel, one of Mexico’s most violent drug trafficking rings. Federal prosecutors announced that Juan Francisco Saenz-Tamez, 23, made his initial court appearance in Beaumont on Tuesday on drug and money laundering charges. Wendell Campbell of the Drug Enforcement Administration says Saenz-Tamez is the latest of several people who have headed the Gulf Cartel following the 2013 arrest of former leader Mario Ramirez-Trevino. Saenz-Tamez is from the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. He was arrested October 9 while shopping in the South Texas city of Edinburg. He does not appear on the U.S. State Department’s list of Mexican narcotics fugitives or the Treasury Department’s list of significant foreign narcotics traffickers. However, the DEA says its investigation revealed Saenz-Tamez’s leadership role.

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Man Admits Setting 1986 Fire, Killing 2 Boys

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:31 am

Ed GrafDALLAS (AP) — A Texas man has admitted to setting a backyard fire in 1986 that killed his two stepsons, ending a yearslong fight over whether faulty fire science had wrongfully put him behind bars. In a surprising twist, Ed Graf pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of murder just as a jury in Waco was deliberating during his retrial. He was originally convicted in 1988 of setting the fire, but he was given a new trial after experts raised questions about the testimony of fire investigators at his first trial. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that his plea agreement calls for a sentence of 60 years in prison. Graf has served 28 years behind bars and will be eligible to apply for parole immediately. Graf had maintained his innocence for years.

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Fort Worth Man, 3 Others Get Prison Over Slaying

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:30 am

prison cellsFORT WORTH (AP) — A North Texas man, his girlfriend and a father and son have been sentenced to prison over the 2012 slaying of an acquaintance during an argument. Prosecutors on Monday announced the plea-deal penalties in the death of Arturo Torres, who was strangled and shot. His body was found buried last year in Wise County. Javier Hernandez received 20 years after pleading guilty to murder in the fight at his Fort Worth home. Police didn’t immediately say what prompted the dispute. William Sisk and his son, Joseph Sisk, 24, showed up to buy drugs. Hernandez ordered them to dump the body on their property. The Sisks pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence. Both received four-year prison terms. Rocksan Winterberg also pleaded guilty to evidence tampering. She received two years in prison.

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Teen Accused in Killings Incompetent for Trial

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:29 am

Jake Evans2WEATHERFORD (AP) — A North Texas judge has determined a teenager accused of fatally shooting his mother and 15-year-old sister is incompetent to stand trial. Jake Evans, 19, will be sent to a state mental hospital for up to 120 days. Parker County prosecutor Robert DuBoise said in a statement Tuesday that Evans could eventually be tried on capital murder charges if mental health professionals “can assist him in regaining competency.” Investigators say Evans killed 48-year-old Jami Evans and his sister Mallory in October 2012 at their home before calling 911 and confessing. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports a recording of the call shows Evans saying his mother and sister “were just suffocating me.” A grand jury previously indicted Jake Evans on one count of capital murder and two counts of murder.

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Business Owners Admit to Scamming Texas Schools

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:27 am

Justice Department logoDALLAS (AP) — U.S. attorney Sarah R. Saldana says two former owners of a tutoring business have pleaded guilty to defrauding several Texas school districts. Saldana announced Tuesday that Flori Mati, 42, and David Mbugua, 43, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to make false, fictitious or fraudulent claims. Saldana says the two submitted false claims worth about $3.1 million to several school districts for tutoring services that weren’t provided to students. Authorities say they were paid about $1.5 million from the Dallas Independent School District and about $1 million from the Fort Worth Independent School District. Prosecutors say the two wired some of the money they received to Kenya, where it was beyond the reach of U.S. officials. Their sentencing hearing has been scheduled for February.

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Ex-Pasadena Teacher Charged with Sex with Student

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:26 am

Ashley ZehnderPASADENA (AP) — A former Houston-area biology and cheerleading instructor who allegedly provided a nude photo of herself to a student has been accused of having sex with him. The Pasadena Independent School District launched an investigation after the photo turned up on cellphones of some students. Ashley Zehnder was charged Monday with having an improper relationship with a student. No publicly listed number could immediately be located Tuesday for the 24-year-old Zehnder, who’s free on $10,000 bond. Court documents indicate the teen lost his cellphone, Zehnder let him use hers to help locate his device and the two began texting. Zehnder allegedly provided a nude photo, which he shared with others. Investigators say the pair had a sexual relationship last summer at her home. Zehnder resigned October 9 amid the investigation.

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Bees Sting 20 Students at Fort Worth-Area School

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:25 am

Bee swarm3SAGINAW (AP) — At least 20 sixth-graders at a North Texas school have been treated for bee stings in an attack during an outdoor physical education class. MedStar EMS reports four students were transported to hospitals following Tuesday’s incident at Highland Middle School in Saginaw, near Fort Worth. A spokeswoman with the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District says the bees were in an underground irrigation valve box. Kristin Courtney says students were playing soccer and must have stepped on the box, causing the bees to swarm. Medstar EMS reports one boy had a significant reaction and required hospitalization. Three students had minor reactions but were taken to a hospital to be checked. The other 16 children were treated at the scene. An exterminator was summoned to evaluate the hive and remove the bees.

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USDA Decides to Implement Farm Bill Provision

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:23 am

cottonLUBBOCK (AP) — Texas cotton producers say they are pleased to learn the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reconsidered its decision about implementing a provision of the farm bill. The department’s announcement Tuesday means its Risk Management Agency will calculate production yields for all commodities by county in time for the 2015 crop year. Previously, the USDA said the agency couldn’t do the calculations until 2016. That delay was expected to reduce the amount of crop insurance available for purchase by cotton growers because they wouldn’t have been able to exclude years of eroded production caused by the last decade of drought. Farm lenders use such production stats in determining loans. Unlike other commodity producers who have other layers of financial protection, cotton farmers were expected to be hardest hit by the delay.

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Kimberly-Clark to Cut Up to 1,300 Jobs

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:22 am

Kimberly Clark3DALLAS (AP) — Kimberly-Clark plans to eliminate up to 1,300 jobs as part of restructuring efforts aimed at reducing costs and making its business more efficient. The consumer products company has 58,000 workers worldwide, according to its website. Kimberly-Clark Corp. said Tuesday that it anticipates restructuring costs between $130 million and $160 million, after taxes. The company, whose brands include Kleenex and Huggies, foresees between $120 million and $140 million in savings by the end of 2017. The restructuring is expected to be completed by 2016’s end. Kimberly-Clark also cut its 2014 adjusted profit forecast to account for the spinoff of its health care business. The Dallas company now expects an adjusted profit between $5.93 and $6.03 per share, down from its prior range of $6 to $6.15 per share. Analysts polled by FactSet expect $6.06 per share.

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Dallas Tycoon Wyly Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Posted/updated on: October 22, 2014 at 2:15 am

Samuel WylyDALLAS (AP) — Prominent Dallas businessman Samuel Wyly is filing for bankruptcy protection as he and the estate of his brother face up to $400 million in penalties after being found liable for hiding stock holdings overseas. Wyly filed a bankruptcy petition in federal district court in Dallas on Sunday. The one-time owner of the Michaels arts-and-crafts store chain says his biggest liabilities are to the IRS, the amount is unknown, and $198 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission. A judge in New York ruled last month that Wyly and the estate of his brother, Charles, must surrender up to $400 million after a civil jury found that they had engaged in a 13-year fraud that involved creating a web of trusts and subsidiaries to hide assets overseas.

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