More Details Released on Hawkins Official Oppression Case
HAWKINS (AP/Staff) – A newly elected East Texas mayor has been accused of threatening to ticket and fine a woman $500 daily in a messy yard dispute. Hawkins Mayor William Rogers was arrested Monday on a misdemeanor official oppression charge and freed on $1,000 bond. Fire Marshal Eileen Frazier says the mayor is not authorized to write tickets or issue fines. An arrest affidavit says Rogers stopped at a house July 10 and told resident Candy Palmertree she must clean up her yard or he would ticket and fine her. Code enforcement officials later said the grass did not violate city rules. Read more …
Man Allegedly Sets Girlfriend on Fire
LONGVIEW — An East Texas man has been arrested for allegedly setting his girlfriend on fire. KETK reports that around 3:00 Saturday afternoon, Longview officers were dispatched to the 400 block of East Hope Drive after receiving a call from the victim’s mother. Police later arrested Cannon Ebarb, 36, of Longview. Ebarb is accused of dousing the 53-year-old woman with lighter fluid and setting her ablaze with a lighter. She suffered burns to her face and body. The victim’s current condition is unknown. Longview Public Information Officer Kristie Brian said officials filed an emergency protective order against Ebarb. The suspect was booked into the Gregg County Jail on aggravated assault and failure to identify. His bail was set at $100,500.
Winona Mayor Resigns
WINONA — The mayor of Winona, Dede Stroud, has resigned from her position after less than three months in office. Officials tell KETK Stroud met with a city council member on Monday and handed the council member a short letter of resignation along with her city hall keys and iPad issued to her by the city. Mayor Pro Tem Earl Brown will fill Stroud’s spot until further notice. Stroud was elected May 10, 2014, defeating incumbent Rusty Smith by 81 votes. Since September 2013, Winona has racked up a debt of over $350,000, according to the city’s financial audit. Officials have also confirmed there will be a special council meeting held Thursday evening at 6:30 concerning the abrupt resignation and the future of the city.
Police: Suspect Identified in Counterfeit Money Case
TYLER — Police in Tyler say a suspect has been identified in a counterfeit money case thanks to the help of the public and their tips. Investigators will be following up with the information provided and the investigation is ongoing, police say. Further details will be made available upon completion of the case, according to officials. Tuesday morning, police asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. On Thursday, officers responded to Dairy Queen and Family Dollar, located on Gentry Parkway, in reference to a female suspect passing counterfeit $50 bills.
Rabid Bat Found in Longview
LONGVIEW — A bat captured in Longview has tested positive for rabies, as confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The bat was captured at Penwood Apartments on Thursday, July 24. It is not believed that any residents had exposure to the bat. This is the first positive rabies case in the City of Longview this year. We believe this was an isolated incident at the apartment complex; however, we are working closely with the management of the apartment complex to take all precautionary measures and inform the other residents. The apartment complex has hired a company that specializes in bat removal, and they have temporarily relocated the residents of the apartment unit involved,” said the Environmental Health Farrar, Buck Farrar. Read more …
Authorities Continue to Investigate Longview Man’s Death
LONGVIEW – Gregg County deputies are continuing to investigate the death of a Longview man. According to KETK, preliminary autopsy results ruled out foul play as a factor in the death of Donald Merrills, 40. His body was found just after 6:00 Monday evening outside a residence on Rebecca Circle near his home. The Sheriff’s Department says Merrills is known to have had mental issues. He was found wearing multiple layers of clothing and a fleece lined coat. Toxicology results are pending.
New Law Speeds Closure of Troubled Charter Schools
AUSTIN (AP/STAFF) — The number of troubled charter schools that are forced to close is accelerating because of a new state law that makes it easier to shutter poorly performing ones. The Texas Education Agency has revoked the license of five charter schools since February. The Dallas Morning News reports that three others, including Tyler’s Azleway Charter School and one co-founded by NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, have appeals pending. If the three appeals are unsuccessful, it would result in the most revocations of a charter’s license in a single year. A recent ruling by a state appeals court determined the TEA can still revoke the license of a school while court action is pending. The law enacted last year requires the TEA to close charters after three consecutive years of poor academic or financial performance.
Fair Plaza Garage Opens; Traffic Signals Coming Back Online
TYLER — The grand opening event to celebrate completion of Tyler’s Fair Plaza Parking Garage was held Wednesday morning. The garage, at Broadway Avenue and Elm Street, was built with an eye on increasing downtown parking access and encouraging more downtown activity. With the completion of the facility, the traffic signal lights at the Elm Street and College Avenue intersection will be returned to normal function on Wednesday afternoon. The Traffic Department set the traffic signal lights at Elm and College to a continuous red flashing light to alleviate traffic congestion due to the construction of the garage.
Texas Deputy Injured in Fatal Shooting of Suspect
BLOOMBURG (AP) — An East Texas sheriff’s deputy was trying to serve assault warrants issued more than 500 miles away in Ward County when he fatally shot the suspect. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday said Deputy Johnny Bailey continues to recover from minor injuries suffered in the incident near Bloomburg. Cass County Chief Deputy Roy Barker says Bailey was treated for unspecified injuries following Sunday’s shooting that left Charles Alver Jones Jr. dead. Autopsy results are pending. Jones was from the Bloomburg area. Read more …
Ventura Passage to Be Cut from Book
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Publisher HarperCollins says it will remove a passage from best-seller “American Sniper” that sparked former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura’s defamation lawsuit against book author Chris Kyle. A federal jury in St. Paul awarded Ventura $1.8 million in damages on Tuesday, finding that a section of the book defamed Ventura. Kyle, a former Navy SEAL regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, wrote that he decked Ventura at a California bar in 2006 after Ventura made offensive comments about SEALs. Ventura testified the confrontation never happened. HarperCollins spokeswoman Erin Crum told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the passage will be removed. Kyle was slain at a Texas gun range last year.
Texas AG: Gay-Marriage Ban in State’s Interest
AUSTIN (AP) — Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office is arguing that the U.S. Constitution allows Texas to ban same-sex marriage to promote the birth of children in “stable, lasting relationships.” Abbott’s office filed a brief Monday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. U.S. District Court Judge Orlando Garcia declared the state law unconstitutional in February, but allowed Texas to keep enforcing its ban pending an appeal. Abbott’s office said Monday that the case wasn’t about whether Texas should allow gay marriage, but “about the question of who decides.” It said Texas voters approved the referendum by large margins and deserved to decide whether to keep it. It also argued that Texas has an interest in promoting opposite-sex marriages and reducing “societal costs.”
Poll: Immigration Concerns Rise with Tide of Kids
McALLEN (AP) — A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds two-thirds of Americans now say illegal immigration is a serious problem for the country, a figure that’s up 14 points since May. 51% of Americans support changing U.S. law so that all children apprehended when entering the country illegally are treated the same as those from Mexico or Canada, who can be sent back to their home countries by Border Patrol agents without going through a deportation hearing. More than 57,000 unaccompanied immigrant children have entered the U.S. illegally since October, drawing the nation’s attention back to immigration. Attempts last year and earlier this year to pass comprehensive immigration reform foundered. But a majority of Americans still say they support a path to citizenship for those already living in the U.S. illegally.
Perry: NH Should Be Embarrassed by Shaheen
BOSTON (AP) — Texas Governor Rick Perry says New Hampshire voters should be embarrassed by Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s record on border security. The Republican governor weighed in on New Hampshire’s Senate race on Tuesday in a conference call with reporters. Shaheen will likely face former Republican Senator Scott Brown in a re-election test this fall. Perry has become a leading Republican voice in the immigration debate as he considers another run for president. The issue has emerged in elections nationwide as Central American children seek refuge at the border. Perry charges that Shaheen has jeopardized New Hampshire citizens by not supporting stronger measures to secure the Mexican border. The state Democratic Party calls the Republican attacks desperate. Democrats note that Shaheen supported a comprehensive immigration bill that increased funding for border security.
US Border Patrol Rescues 2 Men from Texas Heat
EDINBURG (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have rescued two men near the Texas border who were in danger because of extreme heat. Agents say that last Thursday they rescued a man who was abandoned by a human smuggler and got lost in the brush near La Grulla. He called 911 and Starr County dispatchers told agents where to find him. They dropped water and took him to another location to be treated for dehydration. On Monday, 911 dispatchers in Brooks County told agents where to find a man who was in distress. Agents used a search-and-rescue K-9 to find the man, who was severely dehydrated. Border patrol agents say that since October 1, agents from the Rio Valley Grande Sector have rescued more than 300 people who had medical issues while trying to cross the border.
US Bars Kurdish Oil from Entering Texas Port
FORT WORTH (AP) — A U.S. District Court Judge has ordered the seizure of a vessel carrying about 1 million barrels of Kurdish crude oil about 60 miles off the Galveston coast. The order follows a complaint filed by the Iraqi government, claiming the oil was smuggled out of Kurdistan without its permission. The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) have squabbled over oil rights for years. Amid a Sunni military offensive in Iraq, the Kurds have pushed into disputed territories including the oil-rich area of Kirkuk, fueling a decades-old dream of independence. An Iraqi Oil Ministry spokesman says the government welcomes the judge’s order. The U.S. has discouraged companies from buying oil directly from the Kurds In an effort to support Iraq’s fragile central government.
Gardner, Yankees snap skid with 12-11win at Texas
Brett Gardner had four hits to go with a tremendous sliding catch and the New York Yankees held on for a 12-11 victory at Texas on Tuesday night in spite of J.P. Arencibia’s seven RBIs.
Gardner had a leadoff homer and two doubles, and he reached base twice in a seven-run sixth that put the Yankees ahead to stay.
He started the inning with a double and scored on Carlos Beltran’s two run-single, then reached on a three-base error that deflected off two outfielders and sent home the rally’s final run.
Arencibia homered twice and drove in seven runs for Texas, including a grand slam. He also had two doubles to be the first Rangers player with four extra-base hits since Josh Hamilton’s four-homer game at Baltimore on May 8, 2012.
The last player with at least seven RBIs in a loss was Jonathan Lucroy in 2012, when Milwaukee fell to the Cubs, STATS said.
Athletics score 6 in 9th inning to overtake Astros
Slumping Brandon Moss hit a go-ahead single during a six-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the Oakland Athletics over the Houston Astros 7-4 on Tuesday night.
Josh Reddick homered for the AL West-leading A’s, and Yoenis Cespedes had three hits, including two doubles.
Oakland trailed 4-1 in the ninth before pinch hitter Alberto Callaspo had a two-run single off closer Chad Qualls (1-2).
After Houston couldn’t turn a potential game-ending double play on John Jaso’s grounder, Jed Lowrie walked, and Cespedes tied it with a single.
Moss ended an 0-for-14 rut with an RBI single off Tony Sipp, and then Josh Donaldson hit a two-run double off Jose Veras.
Evan Scribner (1-0) got the win, and Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth for his 16th save.
Romo sits out practice again
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
Follow reporter Todd Archer’s live updates from training camp in Oxnard, California.
The Cowboys are being careful with Romo during the early part of training camp and effectively allowing him to set his schedule. Romo sat out of the second day of camp to be ready for the first two full-padded workouts before Monday’s off day.
The plan is for Romo to take all of the snaps in practices for Wednesday and Thursday with another off day scheduled for Friday. With today’s practice set to have competitive two-minute drill situations, the Cowboys want to limit Romo’s work.
He took part in the team part of the morning walkthrough.
“He hasn’t had any setback, but the biggest thing that we talk to Tony about and really all of our players about is honest feedback,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We recognize that you’re a tough player. I saw what you did against the Redskins last year. You’ve just got to tell us how you’re doing, how it’s going and make sure we handle it the right way each and every day. There’s an old adage in football: A day off can be really valuable and two days off can be lifechanging.” Read more …
Mavs finalize deal with Aminu
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
The Dallas Mavericks believe forward Al-Farouq Aminu is one of the best bargains of the summer.
Aminu, 23, officially signed with the Mavs on Tuesday. It’s a two-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with a player option for the second season.
That’s tremendous value for a player who was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft and started in New Orleans the last two seasons.
The Mavs don’t view Aminu as a reclamation project like Brandan Wright, another former eighth overall pick, was when he arrived in Dallas on a minimum-salary deal a few years ago. They expect the 6-foot-9 Aminu, a phenomenal athlete with limited offensive skills, to be a key rotation player right away at both forward positions.
The Mavs also believe Aminu, who has career averages of 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, can blossom as a role player on the Mavs.
“He’s still a young player,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “I feel like he’s got big upside and skill. We’ve got to get him better. His outside shooting can improve, but we’ve got to put him in position to play to his strengths now.”
Those strengths offensively are rebounding, running and finishing. He’s a poor shooter (29.2 percent from 3-point range for his career), but the Mavs are confident that Carlisle can figure out how to make Aminu a useful offensive role player. Read more …
Cowboys’ Lee plans return, hopes for health
By Todd Archer | ESPN.com
OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is in the early stages of his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, but he is already thinking about his future.
“I think I’ll come back completely healthy,” Lee said Tuesday in his first comments since suffering the injury in May. “Now, the question is, can I stay out there? That’s something that, obviously, I’m hopeful for, and I’m going to do everything I can do to do that and control everything I can. But at the end of the day, there’s situations that you might not be able to avoid. I’m not going to stress too much about that end. I’m just going to do what I can do.”
Lee suffered the injury during the Cowboys’ first organized team activity. He was attempting to change direction when his leg buckled. Having torn his right ACL at Penn State, Lee immediately knew he had torn his left ACL.
The Cowboys have placed Lee on season-ending injured reserve, but he is with the team in Oxnard, California, for rehab and is involved in the defensive meetings on a daily basis. It is possible he could travel with the team for road games during the regular season. Read more …
Tepesch to skip Friday start with sore knee
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Rangers made some changes to their starting rotation for the weekend series at Cleveland.
Nick Tepesch will not pitch Friday against the Indians and will be replaced by veteran journeyman Jerome Williams.
Miles Mikolas will go Saturday and Yu Darvish will get pushed back an extra day and pitch on Sunday.
Tepesch left his last start on Saturday after going six innings because of a slight knee problem. Tepesch has some swelling in the knee and the Rangers told him not to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday.
“It feels a lot better than it did the other day,” said Tepesch, 3-7 with a 4.84 ERA. “I’d say [the knee] is close [to 100 percent]. I won’t say it’s 100 percent.”
Manager Ron Washington said the goal is for Tepesch eventually to throw a bullpen (although the date hasn’t been decided) and pitch next Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox.
Williams’ scheduled start comes after he was a spot starter last week and earned a victory against the Oakland Athletics. Williams held the A’s, who lead the majors in runs scored, to just one run over six innings in a 4-1 victory. Read more …
Jones not worried over San Antonio
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com
OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said he had no idea Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis had met with San Antonio officials about relocating the team.
Nor did he seem concerned about it.
“I don’t make a lot of this at all,” Jones said Tuesday afternoon. “Again, my interest in San Antonio is because of how important it is to the Cowboys and our history of having training camp there and the fact that we have such a tremendous fan base in San Antonio.
“The first I heard about it, I thought it was somebody playing a joke on me about him going to San Antonio.”
The San Antonio Express-News reported Davis met with several city officials on the weekend of July 18, including then-mayor Julian Castro and city manager Sheryl Sculley.
The report said the Raiders could play at the Alamodome until a stadium was built for them. The Raiders’ lease at O.Co Coliseum expires following the 2014-15 season.
For an NFL franchise to change cities, it needs support from 24 of the 32 teams.
The Cowboys have held training camp in San Antonio six times since 2002. Jones has always been protective of the San Antonio market.
“What I will say is San Antonio is very important to the Dallas Cowboys,” Jones said. “We have the exact same percentage of fans in San Antonio as we do in Plano, Texas — about 98 percent.
“It would be difficult for them to make headway. I’ll make sure of that. That would be very difficult. Now the Spurs are another story.”
Dez Bryant takes leadership role seriously
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
OXNARD, Calif. — Dez Bryant has yet to hit his prime, so he playfully protests when asked about being the old head among the Dallas Cowboys’ receivers.
“I’m not the old guy!” Bryant said with a kid’s goofy grin.
OK, Bryant is a little more than a year younger than Dwayne Harris. However, in terms of NFL experience, Bryant suddenly finds himself as the senior member of the receiving corps as he enters his fifth NFL season at the ripe old age of 25.
The leadership role rests firmly on Bryant’s shoulders after the Cowboys cut Miles Austin during the offseason. Truthfully, Bryant has transitioned into that role over the past year due to his ability as much as his experience. It’s only natural for young players, such as second-year receiver Terrance Williams or rookie Devin Street, to look to an elite talent to set the tone.
“There’s a greater responsibility when you’re the best player in the room,” receivers coach Derek Dooley said. “People generally look up to guys that have been to Pro Bowls and made these great plays. You can either be an example in a positive way or be an example in a negative way.
“I’m really blessed to have a guy like Dez because he has an incredible work ethic on the field and an incredible desire to get better in his trade. All that does is spill down to the rest of the guys.”
All old jokes aside, Bryant takes his responsibility as a leader among the receivers seriously. He helped build a brotherhood-like bond by frequently organizing offseason group dinners, when the receivers would typically shoot the bull until the restaurant closed and Bryant refused to let anyone else pay the bill.
Bryant radiates positivity, often going out of his way to praise the other receivers, publicly and privately. He carefully picks his spots to offer constructive criticism, too.
“He just doesn’t talk just to talk,” Williams said. “The times he does say something, people listen because it’s something that can help us all out. The times he’s coaching me, he’s coaching the whole group. We all pay attention to the stuff he says, because when he talks, he means it.”
More than anything, Bryant sets a tone with his approach to the game. He’s attentive and engaged in the meeting room, a far cry from the kid who used to be frequently tardy and struggle to focus in film sessions. Bryant has always epitomized passion on the practice field.
“Dez sets the tone every day at practice,” No. 3 receiver Cole Beasley said. “He just has so much fire in him. It pumps all of our receivers up and makes us want to work. That’s what he does every day. He comes out here and works hard and pushes us to be better because he’s such a freak.”
Added Williams: “When you have somebody like that, you don’t want to let that guy down.”
DeMarcus Lawrence out 8-10 weeks
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com
OXNARD, Calif. — Cowboys second-round pick DeMarcus Lawrence, a defensive end Dallas drafted to help their pass rush this year, will miss eight to 10 weeks with a broken right foot, sources said.
Lawrence was injured during a pass-rush drill against left tackle Tyron Smith on Tuesday afternoon. Lawrence tried a speed rush around the end, but Smith moved with him and drove the Lawrence into the ground. Lawrence’s foot appeared to get caught under him awkwardly, and he uttered a profanity as the play ended.
He stayed on the ground for a few minutes before limping off the field with trainer Jim Maurer. He was then transported off the field on a cart.
The Cowboys wanted Lawrence to be a major part of their defense as a rookie, which is one of the reasons they moved up to get him in the draft. He was competing with Jeremy Mincey for a starting position.
“His attitude … you can’t discourage him,” owner Jerry Jones said of Lawrence on Tuesday. “Physically, his hands, his quickness, his athletic ability, but basically the fact that he doesn’t get discouraged. Matter of fact, if he’s blocked, he’s that much more tenacious, and that may be the quality to have, other than athletic ability as a pressure player.”
The Cowboys released DeMarcus Ware this past offseason, and they hoped Lawrence could help compensate for his absence. The Cowboys had just 34 sacks last season, which tied for 25th in the NFL. George Selvie led the team with seven, which doubled his career total. Defensive tackle Henry Melton, coming off a torn ACL, is the most accomplished pass-rusher on the team with 15.5 career sacks.
ESPN.com’s Todd Archer contributed to this report.
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Many of us got allergy shots as kids or take allergy shots as adults. Aside from the discomfort of getting a shot, there is also the inconvenience of having to visit a doctor’s office or clinic. There is now an alternative to taking allergy immunotherapy by injection. The U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler’s Dr. Jonathan Buttram discusses a safe alternative to allergy shots in this post to HealthConnection.TV. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
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