Police Seek Robbery Suspect
TYLER — Police in Tyler are on the hunt for a robbery suspect. At around 3:10 Sunday morning, officers responded to 4400 Paluxy, near building 11. It was reported that a female had been robbed. Upon arrival the female was contacted and appeared to be uninjured, according to police. She stated that she had just parked and was approached by a black male. The man claimed to have a firearm but one was not seen, according to the victim. She said she initially tried to walk away and then was tackled to the ground by the man. He then reportedly took her purse and ran off. The suspect was described as in his early twenties, wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans, and a black and white bandana covering his face. Anyone with any information concerning this case is asked to call the Tyler Police Department.
Investigators: Motel Fire in Tyler Appears Suspicious
TYLER — Tyler Fire Department investigators are working to determine how a fire started around 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Economy Inn in the 3300 block of Mineola Highway. Investigators tell KETK the blaze began in one of the rooms and was called in by the resident of that unit. Investigators say fire crews were nearby and were able to arrive on scene and contain the blaze before it consumed other units. They say the room where the fire started was destroyed, with nearby rooms sustaining water and smoke damage. Investigators add that the fire appears to be suspicious. There was no immediate word on whether any arrests have been made. No one was injured.
Winona City Officals: “We Didn’t Want to Increase the Utility Rates”
WINONA — Officials are responding after reports surfaced about the city of Winona’s failure to pay its utility bills, putting the town in a financial crisis. KETK reports that after the city council voted in favor of raising the utility rates for residents, the people of Winona wanted answers. The city is struggling financially, and more than just the city’s utility bills went unpaid. The former city administrator failed to pay several bills, and on top of that, the city is now in the process of trying to fix water maintenance issues that did not meet state standards. Read more …
Kilgore Man Arrested for Drug Possession
GREGG COUNTY — A Kilgore man remains behind bars after police found he was in possession of drugs. KETK reports Michael Jerome Mumphrey, 30, was arrested Thursday in Gregg County. Police found he was in possession of a controlled substance more than four grams and possession of marijuana more than four ounces, according to authorities. Mumphrey was being held on bonds totaling $60,000.
Candidate Forum Monday Night in Tyler
TYLER — The May 10 municipal elections are rapidly approaching, and Tylerites will have a chance to meet the candidates Monday evening. The League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County (LWV-TSC) will be holding a candidate forum at 7:00 p.m. Monday in the Tyler Public Library’s Taylor Auditorium. Candidates for mayor, city council and the Tyler ISD Board of Trustees will be on hand to offer comments and answer questions. Read more …
Tyler ISD Students Win State Honors at Technology Competition
TYLER – Technology students at Robert E. Lee High School earned state honors at the Texas Technology Student Association (TSA) state competition in Waco recently. The team received seven state championship awards in categories of photography; construction, modeling and design; applied tech science; graphic solutions; system control; technical problem solving; and desktop publishing. Three Lee students earned third place finishes, and one of those finishes qualified two students for national competition. Two other students finished in the top five.
Report: Lab Delays Lead to False Drug Convictions
AUSTIN (AP) – Lengthy crime lab delays have forced at least 21 people across Texas to serve time in prison or jail on drug possession charges when the substance they had wasn’t actually illegal. The Austin American-Statesman reports that all pleaded guilty and began serving time before confiscated samples came back from public labs for conclusive identification. Because of lab backups or delays, the test results declaring 14 men and seven women innocent didn’t arrive until months or, sometimes even years, later. And prosecutors say there are almost certainly more such cases – but no one is keeping close count. The false-positive drug tests date to 2005, but they have become more common lately. In just the last two years, 14 people wrongly convicted have earned belated exonerations.
Boy Shot Amid Dallas Domestic Disturbance
DALLAS (AP) — Police say a 10-year-old boy was shot during a domestic disturbance at a home in the Forest Hill section of Dallas. The Dallas Morning News reports that the boy sustained injuries that were not life threatening around 1:00 Sunday morning. Police say he was shot during a fight between his mother and her husband. The boy was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg/hip area at Cook Children’s Medical Center. Police arrested the man involved in the disturbance, who they said fired the gunshot. They were not sure if he is the boy’s father or stepfather. The man, whose identity hasn’t been released, has been charged with aggravated assault and family violence with bodily injury.
Dallas Man Arrested for Cutting Another Man’s Neck
DALLAS (AP) – A Dallas man has been arrested after police say he cut the neck of an acquaintance following an argument. The Dallas Morning News reports that Anderson Irby, 57, was arrested on aggravated assault charges. His bond was set at $50,000. Irby is accused of arguing with a 32-year-old man, then pulling a knife and cutting the other man’s neck. The incident occurred around 9:00 Saturday night in the Pleasant Grove section of southeast Dallas. Police spokesman Lt. Max Geron said the victim was taken to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas with critical injuries. Irby also faces a charge of marijuana possession. Dallas County records indicate he faces previous charges of driving with a suspended license and failure to carry a license.
Fredericksburg Officer Shot during Traffic Stop
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A man is facing attempted capital murder charges after allegedly shooting a police officer during a traffic stop, then leading authorities on a high-speed, multi-county chase. A news release from San Antonio police says Fredericksburg police officer Bradley Durst stopped a car around 1:40 Saturday morning. As the officer approached the vehicle, police say Robert Rendon, a 31-year-old from San Angelo, fired multiple shots, hitting Durst twice. Police say the suspect then fled and around 4:00am lost control of his car and crashed. Rendon faces three counts of attempted capital murder. His bond was set at a combined $750,000. A man who answered a phone listed to a relative of Rendon’s said Sunday the family declined to comment. Durst had surgery and was listed in stable condition.
DPS Investigating Trooper’s Shooting of Driver
LUBBOCK (AP) – Texas authorities are investigating the death of a driver who allegedly struggled with a trooper before she shot and killed him. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Bryan Witt says the driver of a Cadillac was being arrested for failing to identify himself after being pulled over early Sunday for a routine traffic stop just south of Lubbock. Witt said the man began to struggle with the trooper near her driver’s side door before she shot him. The man, whose name and age Witt said had not been determined, died a short time later at a Lubbock hospital. Two other people riding with the man at the time of the traffic stop were released after giving statements.
Three Rescued from El Paso Ditch after Rain, Hail
EL PASO (AP) – Two men and a woman have been rescued after being swept into a drainage ditch after heavy rain and hail fell in northeastern El Paso. The El Paso Times reports that the men were swept Saturday about 400 feet into a drainage canal. Once rescued, the men told firefighters they were with a woman when water and ice swept through the drain. The woman was found alive a short time later, but she was buried beneath 3 feet of ice from the hail. Additional information about her condition wasn’t available Sunday. Her body temperature was 75 degrees and emergency personnel performed CPR. The victim was taken to University Medical Center, where medical personnel worked to warm her body and resuscitate her.
Donations Sought for Care of Burned Pony, Foal
FORT WORTH (AP) – The Humane Society of North Texas is collecting donations for care of a pony and her foal that were severely burned in a barn fire south of Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that a pony named Bella was found trying to shield her foal Butterscotch from the flames. Bella sustained burns over much of her body, and officials weren’t sure if her flame-scarred ears could be saved. Butterscotch sustained several smaller burns. Both are being attended to by Human Society volunteers, who hope to raise $4,000 for their care. The pair was in a barn near Alvarado in the early morning hours of April 6 when a heating lamp shorted out, causing an electrical fire.
43rd Annual Festival Honors Western Swing Icon
TURKEY (AP) — The 43rd annual Bob Wills Day celebration in West Texas begins Wednesday. It’s a tribute to the man known as the King of Western Swing, and runs through Saturday in Turkey, about 100 miles southwest of Amarillo. A gospel jamboree kicks off the party at 2:00pm Wednesday. Wills, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died in 1975. He formed the Light Crust Doughboys in 1931, and later put together the Texas Playboys. Hollywood discovered Wills in the 1940s, and he and the Playboys appeared in numerous movies. Official Bob Wills Day is Saturday. Activities begin that day at 7:00am with a biscuit and gravy breakfast. There is also a free outdoor concert, lawnmower races and dances.
Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies at 76
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday at 76.
John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, told The Canadian Press that Carter died in his sleep Sunday. Carter had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native’s adopted home.
Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976.
Carter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and public advocacy. His ordeal and the alleged racial motivations behind it were publicized in Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane,” several books and a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington, who received an Academy Award nomination for playing the boxer turned prisoner.
Carter’s murder convictions abruptly ended the boxing career of a former petty criminal who became an undersized middleweight contender largely on ferocity and punching power.
Although never a world champion, Carter went 27-12-1 with 19 knockouts, memorably stopping two-division champ Emile Griffith in the first round in 1963. He also fought for a middleweight title in December 1964, losing a unanimous decision to Joey Giardello.
In June 1966, three white people were shot by two black men at the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson. Carter and Artis were convicted by an all-white jury largely on the testimony of two thieves who later recanted their stories.
Carter was granted a new trial and briefly freed in 1976, but sent back for nine more years after being convicted in a second trial.
Thom Kidrin, who became friends with Carter after visiting him several times in prison, told The Associated Press the boxer “didn’t have any bitterness or anger — he kind of got above it all. That was his great strength.” Read more …
White Sox Pound Rangers 16-2
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura succinctly and aptly described the series finale at Texas.
“It’s an odd game,” Ventura said after the 16-2 victory Sunday that ended Chicago’s four-game losing streak.
There was the bases-loaded triple by the fill-in leadoff hitter Marcus Semien after an intentional walk to the No. 9 batter, the strikeout that stood on a replay challenge after Alejandro De Aza insisted he was hit by the pitch, and White Sox starter Erik Johnson allowing two runs on only one hit over five innings.
“It’s always a good day if you get a win, the team gets a win,” Johnson said. “If you can go out and compete without your best stuff and your team overcomes and puts up a lot of runs, it’s always a positive.”
Jose Abreu and Jordan Danks each had two-run homers while Johnson combined with three relievers on a two-hitter against the Rangers, who had won five in a row.
The White Sox went ahead to stay with three unearned runs off Robbie Ross (1-1) in the fifth, including Abreu’s fifth homer of the season for a 5-2 lead. Read more …
Mavs fade, drop Game 1 to Spurs
The Spurs rode the wide shoulders of Tim Duncan to victory.
The Mavericks were not going to let San Antonio beat them with 3-pointers, and they did not want Tony Parker using the lane as his personal playground. So the veteran Duncan overcame a brief injury scare to score 27 points. The Spurs held Dallas to one field goal in the final seven minutes to rally for a 90-85 win Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
The Mavericks also went scoreless for 5˝ minutes during that stretch, their lone field goal coming with less than a second remaining.
San Antonio won despite going 3 for 17 on 3-pointers and getting only 23 points from its normally potent bench.
“We got killed on 3s in the first four outings this year,” Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki said. “It was no secret; we stayed home a little more on 3-point shooters, but you’ve got to give them something, and Duncan in there is obviously still solid.”
Duncan scored nine points on 4-for-5 shooting from the paint in the final quarter to help the Spurs overcome a 10-point deficit.
“Timmy, he’s not going to score 24 a game or anything like that,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “He’s the base from which everything else occurs, whether he’s scoring or not. It just gives us a comfort level and a point from which to operate. He plays (defense), rebounds, scores here and there. He just does his job.”
Parker had 21 points, and Manu Ginobili added 17. Kawhi Leonard had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tiago Splitter pulled down 11 rebounds for top-seeded San Antonio, which has won 10 straight against Dallas.
Devin Harris scored 19 points for the Mavericks, who nearly pulled off a huge upset. Read more …
A’s complete sweep of Astros
On a day when his fastball didn’t have much bite and his breaking pitches were flat, Jesse Chavez finally got the victory that had eluded him through the first two weeks of the season.
The 30-year-old starter also managed to carve a spot in the Athletics’ history books along the way.
Chavez combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, and Josh Donaldson drove in three runs to help Oakland beat the Houston Astros 4-1 on Sunday to complete a series sweep.
“Today was one of those days where I had to make pitches and see pretty much what I was made of as a starter,” said Chavez after lowering his team-leading ERA to 1.38. “The only thing I had pretty much working today was my changeup. That was a good pitch that I needed.”
Chavez (1-0) allowed four hits over six innings and retired seven of the final eight batters he faced after giving up a solo home run to Marwin Gonzalez in the fourth.
He struck out three, walked one and became the first pitcher in franchise history to be on the opening- day roster and allow one earned run or less in six innings during each of his first four starts.
Not bad for a guy who was on the fringe of the A’s rotation until injuries sidelined Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin.
“I think he’ll tell you he struggled with his command moreso today than any other day,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “That’s really the mark of a good pitcher, when you don’t have your best stuff. He’s been focused and ready for that opportunity and continues to run with it.” Read more …
Harrison to make West Coast trip
By Randy Jennings
ARLINGTON, Texas — Matt Harrison, fresh off a strong rehab start for Double-A Frisco on Saturday, says he is ready to make his Rangers 2014 debut.
But as of yet, the Rangers are not ready to say when that return will be.
Harrison will make the upcoming West Coast road trip with the team, but manager Ron Washington in Sunday’s pre-game media conference said no game plan yet has been formed for Harrison’s debut start.
“We haven’t had a chance to address it,” Washington said. “He’ll be with us so we can get eyes on him, rather than second-hand info. I know talking with Matt he was happy about his outing Saturday.”
Harrison said in his mind, he is ready now. “I’ve been lobbying. I have been for awhile,” Harrison said. “I think they want to see how everything goes the next few days.”
On Saturday, Harrison’s velocity reached 94 mph in the fourth inning of his rehab start, better than recent previous readings and close to what he was throwing before his back surgery and long rehab. In eight shutout innings, he allowed only three hits and one walk.
“I was much better from the mental aspect,” Harrison said. “With quick innings, good things happen.”
Whenever he steps on a major league mound again to begin his comeback, the 28-year-old left-hander with a 48-32 career record said he’ll “take a breath, but I don’t want to relax just because I got back.” Read more …