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Child Porn Judgment Has East Texas Link

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 10:41 am

Supreme Court BuildingWASHINGTON (AP/Staff) – A major Supreme Court ruling Wednesday on child pornography restitution has an East Texas link. The court tossed out a judgment of nearly $3.4 million — money that was supposed to be paid to a woman by a man whose computer was found to contain two images of her as a child. The man is Doyle Randall Paroline of Brownsboro. Paroline was appealing the lower court order holding him responsible for the judgment associated with the ongoing Internet trade and viewing of images of the woman being raped by her uncle when she was 8 and 9 years old. The court says federal law limits how much money the victims of child porn can collect from people who viewed the material. Read more …

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Family Outraged Over Dog’s Fatal Shooting by Deputy

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:01 am

justiceforcandyfbRAINS COUNTY — An East Texas family is outraged after a necropsy shows their dog was shot dead while apparently moving away from law enforcement. KETK reports the family’s dog, Candy, was shot by a deputy responding to a burglary call at the home of Cole and Jayna Middleton on Farm to Market 514 in the Daughtery Community April 18. Officials with the Rains County Sheriff Office say Deputy Jerred Dooley responded to the call at 2:41 p.m., nearly two hours after the initial call for help. According to Rains County Communication Supervisor Patrick Wilson, the two-hour delay was investigated and the cause was found and corrected with administrative actions. Read more …

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Murder Suspect Waives Right to Jury Trial

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm

LONGVIEW — The woman accused of shooting and killing a clerk at a Kilgore adult video store has waived her right to a jury trial. Samantha Gonzales Lara is charged with first-degree felony murder after police say she shot and killed Renee Garrett in January of 2011. Lara has been in the Gregg County Jail since her arrest in February of 2012. Kilgore police don’t believe she acted alone.

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Tyler Police Investigate an Aggravated Robbery

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 10:46 am

TYLER — Tyler Police are investigating an aggravated robbery. It happened around 12:30 Thursday morning in the 1100 block of North Albertson. Officers said a 24-year-old Hispanic man said he and two friends were “jumped” by two other Hispanic men. The victim said he was struck in the back of the head with a gun when a struggle broke out. The suspects reportedly got away with the victim’s cellphone. He was treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

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Man Gets 50 Years for Murder, Claims Victim Practiced Witchcraft on Him

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 10:50 am

joseperezmugRUSK — An East Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for the 2012 murder of his ex-girlfriend. According to the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office, Jose Diaz Perez, 51, was found guilty for murdering Caselin Ramirez on March 17, 2012. Officials tell KETK the couple had separated two weeks prior to the murder. Ramirez reportedly left Perez due to his excessive drinking and controlling behavior. Read more …

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Self-Proclaimed Aryan Brotherhood Member Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:08 am

darrelllegnonmugNACOGDOCHES — An East Texas man who was an admitted Aryan Brotherhood member, and whose record stretched into Cherokee County, is dead after an officer-involved shooting with deputies from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office. KETK reports deputies were involved in a shooting with Darrell Joseph Legnon, 25, during a traffic stop in Cushing Tuesday night. At around 11:00 p.m., a Cushing Independent School District resource officer conducted a traffic stop after seeing what was termed a suspicious car on the school campus. The motorist attempted to drive away from the officer, but he was able to catch up with the car and stop the it on Highway 204 at 6th Street. Two Nacogdoches County Deputies were in the area at the time and responded as a backup unit. Read more …

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Former Bank Teller Pleads Guilty to Embezzling

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 10:48 am

Federal Courthouse-ATYLER — A Longview bank teller has been found guilty of embezzling over $1.3 million over a 13 year period. Kerri Monroe Jones pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Tyler. Thursday, U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider accepted her guilty plea. According to the Longview News-Journal, Jones worked at the Longview branch of Capitol One Bank as its lead teller from April 19, 2000, until September 16, 2013, and admitted to embezzling money throughout the entire 13 years, according to court documents. Jones waived her right to prosecution by indictment and consented to prosecution by information. She voluntarily surrendered herself and was arrested April 17. A sentencing date has not been set. She is facing up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

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Authorities Catch Shoplifting Suspect

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:13 am

choiceTYLER — Investigators with the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force located shoplifting suspect Bobby Choice at his residence at 17610 Farm Road 2767 in Smith County around 11:00 Wednesday morning. Choice was taken into custody on a robbery warrant, and bond was set at $100,000. Choice, 44, allegedly stole items from JC Penney in Broadway Square Mall Saturday and reportedly injured a child in the process. Police said that during the crime, he hurt an 11-year-old boy when he ran from store security.

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2014 Labor Market Analysis

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:55 am

TYLER — Dr. Marilyn Young, Professor of Management, College of Business and Technology, University of Texas at Tyler, has completed the 2014 Labor Market Analysis. The report addresses characteristics of the labor force for businesses considering expanding or opening new facilities within the Tyler and Smith County area. Numerous aspects of the labor force, such as current status, availability, minimum wage requirements, and demographic characteristics were examined. Read more …

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Sheriff Smith to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Whitehouse

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:26 am

thumb_Larry-SmithWHITEHOUSE – Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith will hold a town hall meeting tonight from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the TASCA Activity Center in Whitehouse, located at 10495 County Road 2167. The town hall meeting is his first of 2014. During 2013, Sheriff Smith’s first year in office, he held town halls in Lindale, Starville, Tyler, and Whitehouse. Read more …

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Car Crashes into Senior Center in Longview

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:14 am

carbuilding2ketkLONGVIEW — Emergency crews responded to an accident in which a car crashed into a Longview senior center. According to KETK, the Longview Police Department reports that around 11:45 Wednesday morning, a vehicle was reported as slamming into the Senior Circle on the 3000 block of North 4th Street. Police said an elderly driver mixed up the gas and brake, ramming the car straight into the center. People were inside taking line dance class at the time of the crash, but no one was injured. The driver, who was unharmed, was not hospitalized or arrested. The center is part of the Longview Regional Medical Center network and serves adults age 50 and older. Officials said the center will be closed for the rest of the week.

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Council Adopts Rose Garden Master Plan

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:10 am

image009TYLER — The Tyler City Council Wednesday adopted the Rose Garden Master Plan that was presented by MHS Planning and Design, LLC of Tyler. On February 13, 2013, Tyler City Council approved a proposal from MHS Planning and Design, LLC and Oliver Windham, Landscape Architect, to prepare a master plan for the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden. The project allowed for a master plan to be developed prior to Capital Improvement Funds being disbursed which were originally for a restroom and drainage work. According to a city news release, the Master Plan has been completed for the Garden after numerous opportunities for public input and recommendations on overall improvements to the facility. Read more …

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Council Authorizes West Cumberland Extension Project

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:09 am

thumb_tyler-city-hall-1TYLER — As expected, the Tyler City Council Wednesday authorized a construction contract with Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd. to complete the Cumberland extension project and the Cherryhill Drive extension. On August 22, 2012, the City Council authorized the city manager to execute a contract with C. T. Brannon Corporation for design, plans, and specifications for construction of West Cumberland Road from South Broadway Avenue to Old Jacksonville Highway. The length of this project is approximately 2.4 miles. “This is a wonderful project to increase the east-west connection in southern Tyler,” said Mayor Barbara Bass. ““This will give citizens better access to schools, retail, parks and new development. It will also enhance emergency response times and help ease traffic congestion.” Read more …

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Mother Frances Announces First Use of Miniature Cardiac Monitor

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:11 am

thumb_MotherFrances-sign-2TYLER — Tyler is home to one of the first facilities in East Texas to implant the Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System in a patient. That announcement came Wednesday from Mother Frances Hospital and its onsite Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital. Officials say the device is the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available. Trinity Clinic Electrophysiologists Dr. John Sims and Dr. Stan Weiner performed the procedures. Read more …

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Public Water Forum Tonight in Tyler

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 10:49 am

AUSTIN — The Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will conduct a forum tonight at UT Tyler to discuss urban and rural perspectives on the water infrastructure needs of communities in Northeast Texas. According to a news release, “Speakers will discuss Texas’ future water needs and provide an opportunity for the public to obtain valuable information on this important issue.” Read more …

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Campaign 2016: Texas Gov. Perry Says He Needs Prep

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:21 am

WASHINGTON (AP) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he’ll need more preparation if he runs for president again in 2016. Perry says he learned a lot when he ran last time. He tells CBS “This Morning” it was a humbling experience. The Republican governor says he recommends not having major back surgery six weeks before you start running. And he says that whether he runs for president or not, preparation on foreign policy, economics and other issues will serve him well. Perry had a lot of support when he ran in 2012. But he entered the race late and lost his edge after making several verbal blunders during the GOP debates. The Texas governor is in New York this week promoting Texas business.

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Abbott: Pay Teachers Bonuses for High Exam Scores

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:21 am

Greg Abbott2HOUSTON (AP) — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says that as governor he would seek bonuses for high school teachers whose students perform well on college readiness exams. The Republican today called for paying teachers up to $2,000 a year extra if their students perform well on advanced placement tests. Texas consistently ranks near the bottom nationally in average teacher pay, according to many groups that track classroom salaries.

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Texas House Panel Meets on Hall Impeachment Report

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:21 am

Wallace Hall U-T regentAUSTIN (AP) — A group of Texas lawmakers considering whether to impeach University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall (pictured) meets today to review a report on his efforts to oust Austin campus president Bill Powers. The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations is investigating Hall, a Dallas businessman appointed to the board of regents by Gov. Rick Perry in 2011. Since then, Hall has led an effort by some regents to fire the leader of the flagship campus. According to a draft report for the committee, Hall leaked confidential student information in apparent violation of state and federal laws, as well as manipulated the House committee’s investigation and coerced its witnesses. Powers has resisted efforts to push him out with strong support from prominent alumni, faculty and students.

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Dallas Police Probe Shooting Death

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:22 am

DALLAS (AP) — Police say a 37-year-old man who was found shot on a North Dallas street has died. Dallas police had no immediate witness or suspect information in yesterday morning’s shooting death of Matthew De La Garza.

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Worker Dies in Industrial Accident

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:22 am

POINT COMFORT (AP) — A contract worker has died after falling about 25 feet while doing routine cleaning at a Formosa Plastics Corporation plant in southeast Texas. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office today identifies the victim as Christopher Adames, 26, of Port Lavaca. The accident happened at the Formosa Plastics’ specialty PVC unit in Point Comfort, about 110 miles southwest of Houston.

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Drug Smuggler Tied to Sheriff Pleads Guilty

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:23 am

McALLEN (AP) — A drug smuggler whose campaign contributions led to the recent resignation and federal conviction of a South Texas sheriff has pleaded guilty in McAllen to federal drug trafficking and money-laundering charges. The U.S. Attorney’s office says Tomas Reyes Gonzalez, 37, of Weslaco pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to possess drugs with intent to distribute them and conspiracy to launder money.

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TCU Football Player Arrested

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:23 am

Brandon CarterFORT WORTH (AP) — TCU wide receiver Brandon Carter has been charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop in Fort Worth. TCU athletic officials did not immediately comment on the arrest of Carter, who has not taken part in spring practices for academic reasons. Carter was granted a leave of absence from the Horned Frogs last November.

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Feds Probe District’s Immigrant Teacher Hiring

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:23 am

Garland School DistrictDALLAS (AP) — A North Texas school district is facing a federal investigation and a payout of more than $500,000 to reimburse international teachers after their recruitment violated regulations. Some teachers in the Garland Independent School District in suburban Dallas believed the district’s irregularities are to blame for their possible deportation. The district hired an outside law firm to investigate its program after being contacted by in September by employees concerned about wrongdoing. That investigation found the official formerly in charge of the district’s program was poorly supervised. Also, foreign hiring during that official’s most prolific period, from 2008 on, was at an unreasonable rate. The district self-reported the findings in February to federal investigators.

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Texas District to Pay $30K in Mercury Health Costs

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

John B. Hood Junior High SchoolODESSA (AP) — West Texas school officials have decided to pay $30,000 in health care costs for students exposed to mercury brought to a school by an Odessa ninth-grader. The Odessa American reported Wednesday that Ector County Independent School District trustees voted to cap the amount at $30,000 for students contaminated in the March 18th incident. The medical costs of affected teachers at John B. Hood Junior High School are covered under workers compensation. Nobody was injured but as many as 70 people were taken to hospitals after exposure to the toxic element.

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Seager’s 2 HRs give Seattle 5-3 win over Houston

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 12:02 am

With one swing, Kyle Seager hopes he ended his personal skid at the plate and the Seattle Mariners’ slide.

“Any time you see the ball hit the ground, it’s obviously a big confidence booster,” Seager said. “It has felt better the last couple of days and today it showed up. Thankfully.”

Seager hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth, his second of the game, and the Mariners rallied for a 5-3 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday to stop an eight-game losing streak.

With Seattle on the verge of getting swept for the second straight series, Seager hit a two-run homer in the seventh off starter Jarred Cosart. Then he capped the biggest hitting day of his big league career with his drive on the first pitch from closer Josh Fields (0-1) in the ninth.

It was the third multihomer game of Seager’s career, and the five RBIs were a career high. Seager had not homered since Sept. 3 of last season at Kansas City.

“He has a track record and I’ve said all along that he is going to hit,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. “Obviously, when you’re in a losing streak and the guys you expect to hit don’t hit, it’s a little frustrating but in that case you have one of two options: you can sit him or you can play him. I chose to play him and he didn’t disappoint.”

Seager had been one of Seattle’s few consistent hitters the past two seasons, establishing himself as a lock in the Mariners lineup. That made his struggles to start this season so surprising. Seager entered Wednesday hitting just .156 with two RBIs. He had more strikeouts (17) than hits (10) at the start of the day. Read more …

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Stars roar back, tie series with Ducks

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 12:08 am

Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin skated the length of the ice, got around a sliding defender, closed his eyes and shot just before his stick got ripped out of his hands.

The top-seeded Anaheim Ducks can clearly see they are in quite a fight now.

Eakin scored on Dallas’ first shot of the third period, Alex Goligoski scored on the next one 1:22 later and the Stars beat the Ducks 4-2 in Game 4 on Wednesday night to even the best-of-seven series.

“Once I came around that D-man … I saw a guy and there was a lane,” Eakin said. “So, I just closed my eyes and shot.”

Even without captain Ryan Getzlaf, a surprise late scratch with an upper-body injury, and healthy scratch Teemu Selanne, the Ducks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.

“It’s not often we get outworked,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “But I thought after that, the last 40 was as hard as the boys could go. They emptied the tank.”

The Stars, who got physical at home after a pair of one-goal losses in Anaheim to start the series, are assured of playing another home game in their first playoff appearance since 2008.

“All year we’ve been good at putting stuff behind us. Things haven’t been going well, we’ve been able to put periods behind us,” Goligoski said. “We just stuck with the plan, kept going, kept getting in their zone and it paid off.”

Game 5 is Friday night in Anaheim, and the series returns Sunday to the American Airlines Center for Game 6.

Stars captain Jaime Benn scored unassisted, his third goal of the series, off a faceoff 27 seconds into the second period. About 6 minutes later, Vernon Fiddler managed to get the puck in a small gap between the post and rookie goalie Frederick Andersen to tie it at 2. Read more …

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Cowboys to open season vs. 49ers

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 12:03 am

By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

The NFL released the 2014 schedule on Wednesday night.

Here is the Cowboys schedule with notes on every opponent (times CT).

Sept. 7 vs. San Francisco, 3:25 p.m. (FOX)
Sept. 14 at Tennessee, Noon (FOX)
Sept. 21 at St. Louis, Noon (FOX)
Sept. 28 vs. New Orleans, 7:30 p.m. (NBC)
Oct. 5 vs. Houston, Noon (CBS)
Oct. 12 at Seattle, 3:25 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 19 vs. New York Giants, 3:25 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 27 vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Nov. 2 vs. Arizona, Noon, (FOX)
*Nov. 9 at Jacksonville, Noon, (FOX)
Nov. 23 at New York Giants, 7:30 p.m. (NBC)
Nov. 27 vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 4 at Chicago, 7:25 p.m. (NFLN)
Dec. 14 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. (NBC)
Dec. 21 vs. Indianapolis, 3:25 p.m. (CBS)
Dec. 28 at Washington, Noon (FOX)
*Game played in London Read more …

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Rangers Complete Sweep Of A’s

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 12:01 am

With the Texas rotation ravaged by injuries early in the season, Martin Perez has more than filled the void.

Perez pitched his second consecutive shutout to extend his scoreless innings streak to 26 and the Texas Rangers wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 3-0 victory Wednesday.

“He’s been the glue,” manager Ron Washington said. “He’s held it together. He’s the one guy in that rotation who’s been in it from last year who hasn’t had a blip yet.”

The Rangers have been without Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis already at times this season but still find themselves in first place thanks to some strong play from fill-ins and major improvement from Perez.

Perez (4-0) outpitched Sonny Gray (3-1) in a heralded matchup of emerging stars, allowing just three hits and two walks in his first start since throwing a three-hitter against the White Sox for his first career shutout.

“I don’t want to think too much about my ERA and the games that I’ve thrown before,” Perez said. “I’m going to focus on my game today. We had a great game.”

Perez, who also threw eight scoreless innings against Houston on April 13, is the first Rangers pitcher to have three straight scoreless starts since Kenny Rogers had four straight over 30 innings in 2005. Perez also joined Charlie Hough in 1983 as the only Texas pitchers to have three straight starts of at least eight scoreless innings. Read more …

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Mavs respond, rout Spurs in Game 2

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2014 at 12:07 am

Blowing their playoff opener turned out to be great therapy for the Dallas Mavericks.

Eighth-seeded Dallas rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece.

Dallas didn’t relent in Game 2 after watching a 10-point lead evaporate in the final eight minutes of the series opener Sunday.

“Game 1 actually helped a lot more than today,” Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki said. “We were down after Game 1, but in this building to be up 10 with six or seven minutes left, I think that gave us a lot of confidence coming into this one. Just keep executing the game plan.”

It was Dallas’ first playoff victory since June 12, 2011, when it rebounded from an 0-2 deficit to defeat the Miami Heat for the NBA title.

If not for the final eight minutes of the series opener, the Mavericks would have a 2-0 lead entering Game 3 on Saturday.

“It feels great, but it’s nothing to celebrate,” Dallas point guard Jose Calderon said. “I think we have to keep doing what we’re doing. I think we played two really good games.”

In Game 2, the Mavericks used an aggressive offense and a brutal defensive effort that discombobulated the normally even-keeled Spurs, who finished the regular season with the league’s best record. Read more …

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