Suspect Arrested in Fatal Gas Station Shooting
LONGVIEW — A Tyler man wanted in connection with a fatal February shooting has been arrested. According to KETK, judicial records indicate Christian Sibley, 21, was arrested Friday for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and escaping from custody. He is being held in the Gregg County Jail on $35,000 bond. There was no immediate word on whether a murder charge might be officially filed against the suspect. The case involves the death of Jerrad Hunt of Longview nearly three weeks after he was shot at a gas station. Hunt died Feb. 23 at Good Shepherd Medical Center. Police say they responded to the gunshot call in the 3000 block of Estes Parkway just before 10:30 a.m. February 3. When they got there, Hunt, 22, had already been taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Sibley claimed Hunt dropped the gun in his lap during a scuffle. Then, during a struggle over the firearm, it went off, Sibley said.
Jury Selection Begins in “Kari’s Law” Slaying
MARSHALL — The trial is underway for a man accused of a crime that led to nationwide efforts to simplify making an emergency call from a hotel room. According to KETK, jury selection began Monday in the trial of Brad Allen Dunn, charged with murder in the December 2013 stabbing death of his estranged wife in a Marshall hotel room. Police said Dunn stabbed Kari Rene Dunn as their 9-year-old daughter tried repeatedly to get help by dialing 911. The phone system in the room required first dialing a 9 to reach an outside line, so the calls never went through. According to the Longview News-Journal, the situation led the slain woman’s family to begin a campaign for a law that would require 911 to be directly accessible from phones in hotels and other businesses. They named the effort Kari’s Law.
Woman Wanted in Gregg, Angelina Counties
LUFKIN — Law enforcement officers in Angelina County and Gregg County are looking for Dana Michelle Carter, who is wanted on multiple warrants. According to KETK, Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers stated the suspect is wanted for probation warrants and is believed to be living in the Lufkin area. She has been arrested several times for theft and fraud offenses, according to jail records. Investigators have information indicating that Carter, 44, previously lived on Oakwood Drive and on Lotus Lane in Lufkin, but her present whereabouts is not known to authorities. The image of Carter shown here was captured in December 2012. Read more …
Longview Man Arrested after Allegedly Choking Woman at Restaurant
LONGVIEW — A Longview man has been after police said he choked a woman at Texas Roadhouse on Loop 281. The Longview News-Journal reports Anthony Venegas, 27, was being held Monday on a $5,000 bond stemming from the incident Sunday night. According to the probable cause affidavit for his arrest, an employee of the steakhouse told Longview police that Venegas struck the woman and said the victim would not disrespect him. “The employee said that she saw the victim lose consciousness. The employee then said that (the victim) seemed to wake up after the subject let her go and saw the victim throw peanuts at the subject and left,” the judicial document said. Police said they saw red marks around the victim’s throat. Venegas would not answer any questions, police said.
Rep. Simpson’s Bill to End Marijuana Prohibition in Texas
AUSTIN – State Representative David Simpson of Longview has filed House Bill 2165 to strike all references to marijuana offenses from the Texas statutes. This represents a comprehensive repeal of marijuana prohibition in Texas. “We can’t fix all of the past wrongs caused by prohibition, but at least we can stop perpetuating them,” said Representative Simpson. According to a news release from Simpson’s office, this is perhaps the first bill of its kind in the nation that proposes to simply undo prohibition and avoid the big government approach taken in other states that basically re-regulate the plant. Read more …
Sheriff’s Office Introduces New Website
TYLER — Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith Monday announced the launching of http:// www.SmithCountySheriff.com — a new website for the SCSO. In a news release, Smith says it’s part of a continued effort to maintain transparency within the sheriff’s office. The website, which the sheriff terms “much improved,” was designed by Group M7, a website designer located in Tyler. Smith said his support and command staff have spent a great deal of time providing information for inclusion in the website. Read more …
Tyler Principal Honored by NSDA
TYLER — Dr. Kenneth Gay, principal of John Tyler High School, was recently honored by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) with the UIL District NSDA Principal of the Year Award. Thirty-three schools compete in the UIL District. Dr. Gay was nominated for the award by John Tyler High School students. Read more …
Electric Grid Operator for Texas Expects Sufficient Supplies
AUSTIN (AP) — The grid operator for Texas says electric users should have sufficient supply for spring and summer. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, on Monday announced its seasonal forecast. The report for spring identifies more than 76,600 megawatts of generation resources available, with expected peak demand of about 62,000 megawatts. One megawatt is enough electricity to power about 200 homes during the highest demand conditions and about 500 homes during a mild spring day. The forecast is based on average weather conditions seen during the previous year and the history of typical seasonal generation outages. Summer peak demand is estimated at about 69,000 megawatts. ERCOT predicts nearly 77,000 megawatts of available generation resources.
Texas Republicans Want Medicaid Flexibility, Not Expansion
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Senate Republicans have sent a letter to President Barack Obama, demanding that their state be allowed to make sweeping changes in how it administers the Medicaid program. At a news conference Monday announcing the letter, Senator Charles Schwertner said Medicaid’s rising costs were unsustainable. He likened the joint federal-state program providing health care for the poor and disabled, to “gold-plated handcuffs.” Schwertner said that means it is funding overburdened by federal mandates. But Schwertner also said that unless Texas is allowed to institute “commonsense, conservative reforms,” then expanding the program under the White House’s signature health care law “is simply not worth discussing.” Continuing to reject a key component of the health care law, though, may make it hard for Texas to negotiate Medicaid concessions with the Obama administration.
Checkpoints, More Troopers in Sweeping Texas Border Bill
AUSTIN (AP) — Putting retired police officers on duty and tougher penalties for smugglers are part of a sweeping Texas border security bill that would ramp up enforcement under new Republican Governor Greg Abbott. Another proposal in the bill filed Monday would make it a felony to “encourage” or “induce” someone to remain in the country without permission. That language has some Democrats worried about whether that might target people who advocate for immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. Republican state Representative Dennis Bonnen said such scenarios are not the point of the bill, which would also fast-track trooper hiring. Abbott says he will keep an undisclosed number of National Guard troops on the Texas-Mexico border until the state hires hundreds of more state law enforcement officers to replace them.
Texas Journalists Back Bill Seeking More Libel Protection
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas journalists are asking legislators to cement into law guarantees that they will be shielded from libel lawsuits if they accurately report a whistleblower’s allegations that turn out to be false. They say that’s been common practice in Texas for years, but would like to see it codified into statute. A bill doing that and authored by Republican Senator Joan Huffman was presented in committee Monday. But it may prove difficult to pass. Members of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association said the proposal is unnecessary, given a multitude of protections already in place for Texas journalists. But Laura Prather of the Freedom Information Foundation of Texas said the need for the protection arose from a 2014 Supreme Court of Texas ruling that left state libel law nebulous.
Former Texas Land Commissioner Armstrong Dead at 82
AUSTIN (AP) — Leaders from both parties are honoring Bob Armstrong, a former Texas land commissioner who served as assistant U.S. secretary of the interior under President Bill Clinton and who died over the weekend at 82. An Austin native, Armstrong died Saturday night. He was honored on the House and Senate floors Monday. Armstrong served eight years as a state representative and was land commissioner for 12 years, beginning in 1971. He ran for governor in 1982 but lost in the Democratic primary to Mark White. White later named him to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Armstrong joined the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1998. In a statement, Land Commissioner George P. Bush said Armstrong was easygoing, but also “demonstrated an impressive work ethic and passion for our state’s natural beauty.”
Nurse Who Survived Ebola Sues Dallas Hospital System
DALLAS (AP) — A 26-year-old nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease has filed a lawsuit against the parent company of the Dallas hospital where she worked. Nina Pham filed the lawsuit Monday in Dallas County against Texas Health Resources. She contracted Ebola last fall while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He died, while Pham and another nurse who contracted Ebola survived. Pham says in her lawsuit that the hospital was unprepared to treat Ebola cases and that she was an unwitting pawn in its public relations campaign to restore its reputation. She also says she worries about her long-term health. A spokesman says Texas Health Resources remains optimistic the matter can be resolved.
Mechanic Dies after Accident at DFW Airport
DALLAS (AP) — A mechanic for American Airlines was killed during an accident at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The airline says in a statement the mechanic was involved in an accident Monday morning on a jet bridge, which connects an airport terminal to a plane. Other details of the accident were not immediately released. The airline says it extends “our deepest sympathies to our co-worker’s family and friends, and our hearts go out to our entire team of DFW airport and maintenance colleagues. Our focus is on taking care of his family and friends during this difficult time.” The mechanic’s name was not immediately released. Airport spokesman David Magaña says the accident remains under investigation.
Houston-Area Boy, 6, Hospitalized after Being Shot by Sibling
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old Houston-area boy has been accidentally shot by his 5-year-old brother while at home with their mother. The Harris County Sheriff’s office says the shooting happened Monday at the family’s residence. Deputy Thomas Gilliland says the victim was conscious when transported to a hospital. Further details on his condition weren’t immediately available. Investigators are trying to determine how the two brothers acquired a gun. Two younger siblings were also home but not hurt. It’s the third time within days that children at Houston-area homes were involved in gunfire. Sheriff’s officials say a 4-year-old boy died Sunday after locating a weapon and accidentally shooting himself. A 3-year-old boy died Friday when he accidentally shot himself in the head while at home with his mother.
Mom Accused of Stabbing 4-Year-Old Son Appears in Court
HOUSTON (AP) — An attorney for a Houston-area woman accused of stabbing and beating her 4-year-old son says his client has a history of mental health issues, including postpartum psychosis. Jenea Mungia appeared in court Monday. She is accused of hitting her son with an object in the driveway of a home. Harris County prosecutor Kathy Kahle says Mungia repeatedly slammed the child’s head against the concrete on Thursday. The boy was stabbed in his torso, had bruises on his head and his genitals were partially mutilated. He remains in critical condition. Eric Davis, Mungia’s attorney, says this is a case where there are mental health issues that need to be investigated. The 23-year-old Mungia remains jailed without bond, charged with serious bodily injury to a child.
High Court Refuses Appeal from Lubbock Man on Death Row
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review an appeal from a Lubbock man sent to Texas death row for the 1998 robbery and slaying of a 72-year-old retired preacher and maintenance worker. The high court Monday without comment rejected the case of Joe Garza Jr., 43. He was convicted of using a sock to strangle Silbiano Rangel, and then take his truck and money. Garza’s lawyers contended his trial judge in 2000 failed to consider all the evidence and improperly blocked development of more facts. Garza also contended his trial lawyers improperly blocked him from testifying and failed to challenge evidence he was a prison gang member. Garza was on parole for a burglary conviction when Rangel was killed in Lubbock. He does not yet have an execution date.
Supreme Court Refuses Harris County Death Row Inmate Appeal
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review the case of a 35-year-old Houston man sentenced to die for a fatal shooting during an $8 robbery nearly more than 16 years ago in Harris County. Lawyers for Juan Martin Garcia contended he had poor legal help during his trial in 2000 and that he’s mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty. The high court Monday rejected the appeal without comment. Evidence showed the murder victim, Hugh Solano, 36, was shot three times in the head in September 1998 when he was confronted while walking to his van at his Harris County apartment complex. Garcia does not yet have an execution date.
No injuries reported after explosion at Dallas home
DALLAS (AP) — Officials say a woman and her grandson were able to safely make it out of a Dallas home before it exploded. Authorities responded to the blast Monday evening after getting calls from nearby residents. While the unidentified elderly woman and her grandson did not appear to be injured, officials say they were taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons. The cause of the explosion was still being investigated. Jennifer Altieri, a spokeswoman for Atmos Energy Corp., which provides natural gas to residential customers, says her company is working with local authorities to determine what caused the blast. Altieri says work crews will remain at the scene Monday night to “perform a thorough and complete investigation of our system.”
Coast Guard Ends Search for Missing Texas Kayaker
GALVESTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has ended its search for a kayaker who went missing along the Texas Gulf Coast near Galveston. Officials say they suspended their search Monday afternoon after looking for three days for Alex Gallant, 23. Lt. Cmdr. David Vicks says “we exhausted all efforts in hopes of finding Mr. Gallant.” The Coast Guard says Gallant and Brandon Curacas, 21, were kayaking Saturday morning off the waters north of Galveston when Gallant tipped over into the water. While trying to get to safety, Gallant accidentally tipped over Curacas’ boat. Curacas told the Coast Guard he managed to grab onto a piling but Gallant drifted away. Curacas was later picked up by a boat. He was treated by an EMS crew for mild hypothermia and released.
Ethical Questions Raised about San Marcos Bus Ticket Process
SAN MARCOS (AP) — San Marcos drivers are questioning the ethics of a company that issues tickets to drivers for illegally passing a school bus, and also presides over hearings that decide if those tickets stand. The Austin American-Statesman reports that drivers who want to contest a ruling by the company, called Dallas County Schools, can appeal to go before a municipal judge. Only three of the 54 that were contested through December of last year went to court. The drivers say they did not know that a company representative ruled at their hearing, or that a majority of the revenue that is generated from those tickets goes to the company. Company officials say that the initial hearing offers a shortcut for cases to avoid a trial, and reduces court costs.
Water Development Project Causes Division in Central Texas
WIMBERLEY (AP) — A project that aims to pull more than 5 million gallons of water from the small town of Wimberley for nearby developing suburbs has caused division in Central Texas. The Dallas Morning News reports that experts say that disputes over water development to feed fast-growing suburbs will become more common. In what residents are calling a “water grab,” Houston-based Electro Purification is drilling wells in an area that is unregulated by groundwater conservation districts to pull water from the Trinity Aquifer. Residents fear that because of this practice, they will be forced to drill deeper, more costly wells. About 100 groundwater conservation districts across Texas dictate how much water can be pumped in an effort to protect aquifers. Not all areas are covered. Electro Purification, and the ranchers who leased their land to the company, says their project is legal and appropriate.
More Than 1,100 Cattle Missing from Texas Dairy Facility
AMARILLO (AP) — Officials are investigating how 1,121 cattle went missing from a dairy facility in the northeast Texas Panhandle. The Amarillo Globe-News reports the steer calves were discovered missing during an annual inventory by Braum’s Dairy. The cattle were taken from Braum’s 24,000 acre facility near Follett, located about 150 miles northeast of Amarillo. Laramie Adams, a spokesman for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, which is investigating the disappearance, says it’s unclear when the calves, valued at about $1.4 million, were taken. Adams says the investigation has been made more difficult because Braum’s doesn’t have photos of the animals and the calves weren’t branded. A reward of $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those responsible for the theft.
Deion Sanders’ Lawsuit Against Ex-Wife Delayed
DALLAS (AP) — A trial over a defamation lawsuit filed by Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders against his ex-wife has been delayed. KTVT-TV reports the trial had been set to begin on Monday. But a judge granted a request by attorneys to delay the case. A new trial date has not been set. At issue in the case are statements Pilar Sanders made on social media accusing her ex-husband of attempted murder, child abuse, assault, and other crimes. The judge on Monday denied a request by Pilar Sanders’ attorneys to dismiss the lawsuit. They had argued the lawsuit infringed on her right to free speech. Deion Sanders’ attorney called the motion to dismiss frivolous. The lawsuit, filed in November in suburban Dallas, is seeking damages of $200,000 to $1 million.
Texas Robbery Suspect Arrested while Getting Haircut
AUSTIN (AP) — Authorities say a robbery suspect’s desire for a haircut shortly after holding up a fast food restaurant helped lead to his arrest. Police allege Hector Raul Chavez robbed a Wendy’s restaurant in Austin and then right afterward, drove to a barber shop. The Austin American-Statesman reports that after being told by a witness about Chavez’s whereabouts, police found him getting a haircut. According to an arrest affidavit, Chavez acknowledged to police that cash officers found in his car had been taken from the restaurant during the Saturday robbery. The 21-year-old Chavez was charged with aggravated robbery and remains jailed on a $50,000 bond. Jail records did not list an attorney for him.
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