Attempted Sexual Assault Reported
TYLER – A woman reports to Tyler police she was attacked as she jogged Saturday morning. The attack occurred between 5:30 and 6:00 in the 8100 block of Karen Drive. The woman told officers she was approached by 2 Hispanic males in what was described as a late 90’s model red Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck. The victim said that the passenger got out and assaulted her. As the two struggled, a light came on across the street at which point the assailant left. She described him as a Hispanic male, approximately 25-33 years of age and wearing dark tan work shorts and a light colored shirt. She said he had black and curly hair and was about 5’08. She was taken by private vehicle to East Texas Medical Center where she was treated and released.
Tyler House Damaged by Fire
TYLER – Fire crews were dispatched to a Tyler house fire Saturday afternoon. It was reported shortly after 1:30 in the 1600 block of Sybil Lane. Both resident of the house escaped without injuries. No word on the cause of the fire. It is said to have started in the garage.
Body Found in Smith County
SMITH COUNTY – Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a body found in southeastern Smith County. Sheriff Larry Smith said te preliminary investigation indicates the death is a suicide. More information was released.
Longview Man Charged with Child Porn
LONGVIEW – A Longview man is arrested in connection with an international child pornography ring. Arrested at his home in the 3100 block of Quail Lane was Edwin Volcik. He was booked into the Harrison County Jail for aggravated sexual assault of a child and is being held on $1 million bond. ICE released the following statement to KETK: “Special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and officers from Harrison County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office and Longview Police Department executed a search warrant Wednesday night in Longview and made one arrest for possessing child pornography. This is an ongoing investigation.”
Land Dispute Leads to 1 Injury, 1 Arrest
MARSHALL – A Harrison County man has been arrested in a land dispute that left a man injured. Bryce Gisselback, 53, was arrested after allegedly ramming a man with his truck and then dragging him. He has been charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and bond was set at $75,000. KETK reports the dispute began when Gisselbeck saw Randall and Ronnie Garrison were removing the fence allegedly built on the front of their property by the suspect. Gisselbeck is said to have rammed Ronnie Garrison’s vehicle numerous times. He is then said to have pinned him between the two automobiles. He is then said to have dragged Ronnie Garrison with his vehicle. He was taken to a hospital by private vehicle.
Tax Free Holidays Proposed for Texas Hunters
AUSTIN — An East Texas lawmaker is drawing attention with a couple of bills he’s filed. In one measure, Republican Chris Paddie of Marshall says hunters should get a couple of tax-free holidays. The bill would create two such holidays, which would coincide with the openings of dove and deer seasons, the last weekends of August and October. Paddie says Louisiana has a similar holiday, making it a competitive issue. He says he wants to encourage hunters to “shop at home rather than going across the border” to get their supplies. Paddie thinks the bill will sail through. It would cover firearms, ammo, hunting blinds and stands, gun cases, safety equipment, and more. Paddie hopes the measure will encourage more folks to hunt. Read more …
TxDOT Project Updates
SMITH COUNTY – The Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT’s) Tyler maintenance crews will be performing pavement repairs on State Highway 110 North just south of Interstate Highway 20. The job will be conducted with traffic reduced to one lane and controlled by flaggers. Read more …
Texas Gov. Abbott: Common Core Fans have ‘Buyer’s Remorse’
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says that states adopting Common Core educational standards continue to suffer from “buyer’s remorse” under a wave of conservative criticism. Abbott argued against the standards in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” The Texas Legislature two years ago banned the State Board of Education from adopting Common Core standards statewide. A longtime critic of Common Core, Abbott said Sunday that the Obama administration pushing states to adopt the standards explains why “suddenly we’ve seen so many parents, so many states, so many school districts reject it so harshly.” More than 40 states initially supported Common Core, but governors and lawmakers of several states have since reversed their position.
On-Tap at Texas Legislature: Campus Carry, House Committees
AUSTIN (AP) — Hubbub surrounding proposals to allow open carry of handguns has overshadowed another bill that could spark an equally large battle but actually appears to be on a faster track to becoming law: campus carry. A proposal allowing students, faculty and staff with proper licenses to carry firearms in college classrooms and buildings has 19 co-sponsors in the Senate, enough to bring it a full floor vote. New Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has already referred the bill to committee, likely clearing the way for its swift passage through the full chamber. Read more …
Immigrants Could Wait Until 2019 to Have Cases Resolved
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Thousands of immigrants seeking legalization through the U.S. court system have had their hearings canceled and are being told by the government that it may be 2019 or later before their futures are resolved. The increase in cancellations began late last summer after the Justice Department prioritized the tens of thousands of Central American families and unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Immigration lawyers in New York, San Antonio, Los Angeles and Denver say they’ve had hearings canceled with little notice and received no new court dates. Work permits, green cards, asylum claims, and family reunifications now hang in the balance. Lauren Alder Reid, spokeswoman for the Justice Department body that oversees immigration courts, says hearings are being rescheduled for November 29, 2019, but most will likely be rescheduled.
Grand Jury to Examine 2013 Shootings at NE Texas Ranch
TEXARKANA (AP) — A grand jury will examine the deaths of two people killed in 2013 at a Northeast Texas ranch under mysterious circumstances. Bowie County District Attorney Jerry Rochelle tells the Texarkana Gazette that he will present the case of the deaths at Prissy Chrissy Ranch to grand jurors this week. Authorities say a man told them he shot two people trying to break into his home on the ranch. Johnathon Lee Hill and Timber Rena Taylor were pronounced dead at the scene. Hill’s family has filed a wrongful death suit saying the two were out of gas and looking for help when they were shot.
Ennis Police Shoot, Wound Gunman in Truck Pursuit
ENNIS (AP) — Texas Rangers are investigating the police shooting of a man in north Texas who officers say drove toward them in his pickup truck after a pursuit. Police in Ennis, about 30 miles south of Dallas, say the shooting occurred Saturday evening as they were responding to a call about a gunman threatening another driver. Ennis Police Lt. Mike Hopson says when officers tried to stop him, he refused. He eventually lost control and hit a street sign. Police ordered the man to get out but he began driving toward them. One officer fired at the pickup windshield, hitting the driver. Hopson says a loaded bolt-action rifle was found inside the man’s truck. The gunman, whose name hasn’t been released, is hospitalized in Dallas in critical condition and facing multiple charges.
Gunman Fatally Shot by Harris County Deputy After Chase
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area sheriff’s deputy has fatally shot an armed man after seeing gunfire exchanged between two moving vehicles. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says the deputy was not hurt but a driver was wounded by the suspect in the incident early Saturday. Authorities say the deputy was on patrol when he observed a shooting involving two vehicles. The deputy pursued one vehicle, which crashed in a field. Lt. Joe Ambriz says an armed driver got out of the vehicle, refused to drop his weapon and the officer opened fire. The suspect died at the scene. Investigators believe the suspect earlier shot the other driver, who was transported to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. Further details weren’t immediately available.
Suspect Arrested after 3 Wounded in Gunfire at Dallas Club
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police have arrested a man suspected of shooting three men during an argument at a nightclub. Police say Aaron Brewer, 31, faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon over the attack early Saturday. Brewer was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. Officers responded to reports of gunfire at the Thrive Club. Three victims were transported to a Dallas hospital. Police say a man shot in the back was listed in stable condition. The other men were treated for injuries not believed to be life-threatening. Witnesses were able to describe the fleeing suspect to police, who located him and recovered a weapon. Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the dispute.
Central Texas Woman Faces Resentencing in 2008 Death of Son
BELTON (AP) — A Central Texas woman serving 30 years in prison for the starvation death of her baby must be resentenced after her murder conviction was overturned. The Killeen Daily Herald reported Saturday that Nilda Iliana Rodriguez of Harker Heights faces a March court appearance in the new penalty phase. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals last year ruled evidence did not support a murder conviction in the 2008 death of the woman’s son. The court changed the conviction to injury to a child, noting the mother’s omissions caused the death, not any specific act. Rodriguez testified 2-month-old Deon Dejuan Griffin had trouble eating. He died at a hospital. The penalty for injury to a child, depending on degree of the felony, ranges from two years to 99 years in prison.
Son, 15, Faces Murder Count in Death of His Mother
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — Corpus Christi police say a 15-year-old boy faces a juvenile murder charge after his mother was found slain in her home. Police say the boy was arrested Saturday on a murder warrant and moved from a hospital to a juvenile detention center. The youth was treated for injuries sustained prior to being detained by officers and was under police guard while hospitalized. Cdmr. Michael Alanis says autopsy results are pending on the 45-year-old woman. Her body was discovered Thursday after a neighbor contacted police to report a foul odor. Investigators are trying to determine if the teen lived at the home and a possible motive for his mother’s death.
Texas Home Depot Worker Gets Prison, Stole Credit Card Data
AUSTIN (AP) — A former Home Depot Inc. employee in Texas must serve 18 months in federal prison for stealing credit card numbers from nearly 37,000 customers. Daniel Marquadt of Round Rock was sentenced Friday in Austin. Marquadt, who did information technology work for Home Depot in Austin, pleaded guilty in November to trafficking in stolen devices. Investigators say Marquadt wrote a computer program to help Home Depot with its tool rental system, then realized he had access to personal data of customers. An online security firm noticed an offering to sell credit card numbers. An undercover investigation involving agents from Atlanta, where Home Depot is based, led to Marquadt. Marquadt told the Austin American-Statesman that he sold about 100 credit card numbers but never collected any money. Home Depot didn’t immediately comment.
Galveston Woman Gives Up More than 2 Dozen Neglected Horses
GALVESTON (AP) — A Southeast Texas woman who operates a riding business has given up ownership of more than two dozen horses seized in a neglect investigation. The Galveston County Daily News reports Terri Glenn did not fight to retain the animals. A rescue group, Habitat for Horses, on Friday was granted custody of the 26 horses and two mules. Glenn was ordered to pay about $7,000 for care of the animals since they were removed from her property on January 21st. Glenn, who owns S-n-G Horseback Riding, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to livestock animals. Experts determined the animals were malnourished. Rescuers hope the horses and mules can recover and eventually be made available for adoption. Glenn declined comment.
Southwest Adds 2 Gates at Dallas Love Field, More Nonstops
DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines has reached a deal with United Airlines to use two more gates at Dallas Love Field and expand nonstop service. Southwest will control 18 of the 20 gates at Love Field as part of the sublease with United. Terms weren’t immediately released. Southwest, with the additional gates, also announced plans for daily nonstop flights to nine new cities from Dallas, including Milwaukee, Seattle and Memphis, Tennessee. A longtime federal law known as the Wright Amendment, which limited nonstop flights from Love Field, expired in mid-October. That has led to a surge in passenger traffic at Love Field, which is Southwest’s home airport. Southwest on Friday said details on the additional flights and a full list of the cities and fares will be announced soon.
15-Story Office Building Near Downtown Dallas Imploded
DALLAS (AP) — A 15-story office building near downtown Dallas has been turned into rubble to make way for retail development. Demolition crews have imploded the former Affiliated Computer Services/Xerox structure along highway U.S. Highway 75. Dallas Area Rapid Transit halted halt light rail service in the area Sunday morning amid the controlled explosion and initial clearing of debris. The blast also created a large dust cloud. Trammel Crow Co. in 2013 purchased the property.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
Despite the fact that there are vaccines that are very effective against most types of pneumonia, every year millions get sick from the disease and about 40,000 die. At HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast physician assistant Gerry Brown answers questions and clears up confusion regarding pneumonia vaccine. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 1st February 2015- Historical Events 1713 - The Kalabalik or Tumult in Bendery results from the Ottoman sultan's order that his unwelcome guest, King Charles XII of Sweden, be seized. 1924 - Ramsay MacDonald's incoming Labour government formally recognizes the Soviet Union 1934 - Austrian Chancellor Dollfuss dissolves all political parties but his 1950 - USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes 1... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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