East Texan Indicted for Murder of 21-Month-Old
MARSHALL — A Harrison County grand jury has indicted a man for murder in the death of a toddler earlier this year. KETK reports Deterryon Tyrell Kelly, 27, of Marshall, was indicted on Thursday. On May 6, he allegedly killed the 21-month-old, who was found unresponsive at the Marshall Best Western Hotel, located in the 5200 block of East End Boulevard. The child later died at Good Shepherd Medical Center-Marshall. Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Judge Clarice Watkins ordered an autopsy. Kelly was arrested on a capital murder warrant June 4 after the autopsy was returned.
Longview Man Indicted for Allegedly Setting Girlfriend on Fire
LONGVIEW — A Longview man who allegedly set his girlfriend on fire was indicted by a Gregg County Jury this week. KETK reports Cannon Ebarb, 36, is accused of dousing a 53-year-old woman with lighter fluid and then setting her ablaze with a lighter. She suffered burns to her face and body. The incident took place July 26 at a home in the 400 block of E. Hope Drive. Authorities were first alerted to the incident after receiving a call from the victim’s mother. An emergency protective order was filed against Ebarb. The suspect was arrested on an aggravated assault charge and is currently being held in the Gregg County Jail on $100,500 bond.
Former Hospital Employee Pleads Guilty to Criminal HIPAA Charges
TYLER — U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced Friday that a former employee of an East Texas hospital has pleaded guilty to criminal HIPAA charges in the Eastern District of Texas. Joshua Hippler, 30, formerly of Longview, was indicted on March 26 on charges of wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information. Hippler pleaded Thursday during a hearing before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love. The indictment alleged that from December 1, 2012, through January 14, 2013, Hippler, who was then an employee of a covered entity under HIPAA, obtained protected health information with the intent to use the information for personal gain. Hippler faces up to ten years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
Longview Police Continue to Investigate Fatal Shooting
LONGVIEW — Longview police continue to investigate after one person was killed and one was injured in an early morning shooting, and there’s preliminary word on the identity of the deceased. The shooting occurred just before 4:00 Thursday morning in the 100 block of Garfield Drive. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The injured victim was taken to a local hospital, treated, and released. Police did not release their identities, but the Longview News-Journal quotes family members in identifying the victim as Tyson Patterson, 33.
Tyler Police Issue Another Scam Warning
TYLER — Tyler police are reminding everyone that a scam can happen to anyone — and there are several that have become quite popular lately with local con artists. All it takes, police say, is a victim to fall prey to the scammer’s story that usually deals with someone in trouble, including the victim. On Thursday, a middle-aged female victim in Tyler was scammed out of a large sum of money. She received a call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent. She was told that if she did not send the person a large sum of money for back taxes owed, she and her husband would have warrants out for their arrest by the end of the day. The suspect kept her on the phone all day giving her instructions on how to ultimately send the money to an unknown destination by utilizing the Green Dot Cards. Read more …
East Texas Constable Killed in Car Wreck
MOUNT PLEASANT – A Titus County constable has been killed in a one vehicle accident. Pronounced dead just after 10:00 Thursday morning was Precinct 2 Constable Cleve Johnson, 57. He had been constable for over 17½ years. The accident occurred on Farm Road 1734. According to the Department of Public Safety, Johnson was heading home Thursday morning when his car left the road and hit a culvert. KETK reports visitation for Johnson will be held at Bates Cooper Sloan Funeral Home in Mount Pleasant on Saturday between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. His funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the North Ridge Church of Christ in Mount Pleasant.
Wood Co. Crime Stoppers: Woman Passes Check from Stolen Truck
BIG SANDY — Wood County Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman believed to be responsible for attempting to pass a stolen check. On August 23 at Twin Rivers Grocery, authorities said a woman tried to use a check taken from a pickup stolen at the Pine Mills Restaurant in Wood County. KETK reports the woman may have a Kansas ID and could be in a small car with Kansas plates. The truck was later recovered. The store where the crime occurred is located at U.S. Highway 80 and State Highway 155 in Big Sandy. Wood County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of this woman. Call 903-763-CASH (2274) and give only your information. You need not give your name.
Downtown Parking Changes Begin Tuesday in Tyler
TYLER — Several changes to Tyler’s Downtown Business District parking will become effective Tuesday, Sept. 2. Extended parking is now available at the Fair Plaza Garage at Elm Street and College Avenue, across the street from the Tyler Public Library. According to a city news release, an automated gate system will allow a driver, without a monthly agreement, to obtain a ticket upon entering the garage. The ticket should be paid at an electronic kiosk, and the “paid” ticket is inserted upon exit. The new garage has 384 parking spaces, with both monthly leased parking and daily/hourly parking available. The garage will operate Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., except on official city holidays. Read more …
Smith County Hires County Engineer
TYLER — Smith County has hired Frank Davis as its new county engineer. According to a news release, Davis will coordinate and implement a long range maintenance and improvement plan for the Smith County road system, which totals approximately 1,200 miles. Davis is a professionally registered engineer and land surveyor and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in civil engineering. He brings more than 32 years of engineering and surveying experience to Smith County, with 11 of those years spent as city engineer and/or director of public works for three municipalities in Texas. Read more …
TISD’s First Week Transportation Efforts Deemed Successful
TYLER – More than 6,500 students were safely transported to Tyler ISD campuses during the first week of school, according to officials. The Tyler ISD transportation department operates 85 routes over 195 square miles to deliver students to 27 campuses across the district. “While the first week of transporting students is usually hectic, this year went extremely well,” Director of Transportation John Bagert said. “The pre-planning of routes throughout the summer and aggressive hiring of drivers and monitors ensured that all routes were covered.” Read more …
Former East Texas Lawman Indicted in Police Chief’s Death
TEMPLE (AP/STAFF) — A 57-year-old man, who formerly worked in law enforcement in Van Zandt County, has been indicted in the fatal shooting of a police chief in the small Central Texas town of Little River-Academy. The Temple Daily Telegram reports a Bell County grand jury indicted David Gene Risner on Wednesday on one count of capital murder of a peace officer in the June 19 death of Chief Lee Dixon. Risner is in jail on no bond. Jail records don’t list an attorney. Risner is accused of killing Dixon when the chief went to talk to him after a person filed a complaint saying Risner pulled a gun during a dispute. Risner served in law enforcement for almost 19 years. His most recent position was with Grand Saline police, where his tenure ended in 2005.
Big Baby Born at Caldwell Zoo
TYLER – The newest baby at Tyler’s Caldwell Zoo is 5½ feet tall, weighs 112 pounds, takes 14-15 months to arrive. It’s Knox, a baby Giraffe. The son of Mom Cricket and Dad Ramses was born August 15th. Zoo officials say they are working hard getting Knox used to his surroundings and the day’s activities. At this time he is staying inside the giraffe building, but soon he will be introduced to the outdoor holding areas and eventually to the giraffes’ outdoor yard. Read more …
Weather Creates Mosquito Spraying Challenges
JACKSONVILLE — Spraying for mosquitoes is something most cities do every year. But KETK reports this summer’s unusual weather has blocked them every step of the way. Kelly Young is the vector control coordinator for the city of Jacksonville. He says “pretty consistent rain for several months” has caused repeated broods of mosquitoes to be born and has prevented the city from spraying as much as officials would like. Fortunately, officials say, the city has some upcoming days of weather that should allow them to spray.
El Salvador Opens Consulate in South Texas
McALLEN (AP) – A Texas border city at the center of the immigration surge has welcomed its fourth foreign diplomatic office. The government of El Salvador inaugurated its new consulate in McAllen on Friday. It joins Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico in the city. From October to July, 63,000 unaccompanied children were arrested after entering the U.S. illegally, double the number from the same period a year earlier. Another 63,000 families – mothers or fathers with young children – were arrested during that October-to-July period. Children from El Salvador accounted for about a quarter of those unaccompanied children. Those arrests have slowed, however. Arrests of children traveling alone and children and parents traveling together dropped by about half in July from the previous month and the downward trend appears to have continued in August.
FBI Warns about “Virtual Kidnapping” Schemes
HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston FBI is warning the public about “virtual kidnapping” schemes in which a telephone caller demands payment for the return of a family member or friend when no actual kidnapping has taken place. The FBI said Friday that perpetrators may be targeting medical professionals, including doctors and dentists. The FBI says that in the last few weeks it has fielded calls from medical professionals in the Houston area who were targeted. In June and July, the FBI got multiple reports from medical professionals in McAllen, Laredo, Brownsville and Del Rio. The FBI says that although callers will make the victim believe they are being watched or were personally targeted, the fraudsters are actually making hundreds of calls in hopes that some of those targeted will fall for it.
Man Charged with Kidnapping in Houston Van Theft
HOUSTON (AP) – Houston police say a man accused of stealing a daycare center minivan containing five young children has been charged with kidnapping. Police said Friday that 24-year-old Brenton Alex Simmons has been charged with five counts of kidnapping. He was being held in Harris County jail on $250,000 bond. Jail records did not list an attorney. Police say the minivan containing five children was left running Wednesday in the parking lot of a Jack in the Box restaurant while the driver went inside to get the children food. Police say Simmons then got into the minivan and drove away. The minivan, all five children and Simmons were found three hours later in the suburb Cinco Ranch in Fort Bend County, 15 miles northwest of the restaurant.
Former Mexican State Official to Forfeit $6.5M
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Prosecutors in San Antonio say the former treasurer of a Mexican border state has agreed to forfeit $6.5 million to Bexar County. They allege Hector Javier Villarreal Hernandez accrued the money during his time as treasurer of the Mexican state of Coahuila through kickbacks from companies that received state contracts. Authorities contend Villarreal then used the money to purchase property in San Antonio and elsewhere. The San Antonio Express-News reports Villarreal resigned in 2011 after it was discovered Coahuila was nearly $3 billion in debt. He’s incarcerated in San Antonio awaiting trial on federal charges claiming financial crimes in the U.S. Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed says the $6.5 million will be split among her office and other state and federal agencies.
Austin Bans Hand-Held Cell Phone Use while Driving
AUSTIN (AP) – The Austin City Council has approved a law banning the use of hand-held cellphones and many other portable electronic devices while driving. The Austin American-Statesman reports the City Council approved the law Thursday. It takes effect Jan. 1. Police will be able to cite motorists and bicyclists caught chatting, texting or tapping on smartphone applications while moving. Drivers stuck in traffic or at stoplights will be allowed to make a quick call or pick up their phone as long as their vehicle is at a stop. The law doesn’t apply to the use of hands-free devices, two-way radios and emergency communications. Assistant Police Chief Brian Manley says police will issue warnings for a limited time before issuing citations. This expands an ordinance passed in 2009 banning texting while driving.
Convicted Rapist Sentenced to Life in Prison
EL PASO (AP) – An El Paso man convicted of rape has been sentenced to life in prison. The El Paso Times reports that jurors on Thursday sentenced 26-year-old Arturo Valtierra-Payan to four life sentences after he was convicted Tuesday of three counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of aggravated robbery. He also was sentenced to 99 years for burglary of a habitation. The convictions are the result of a June 26, 2013, case in which prosecutors say Valtierra-Payan broke into a woman’s home and then threatened her with a knife and demanded money and jewelry after raping her. Prosecutor Penny Hamilton says Valtierra-Payan will be eligible for parole in 30 years.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
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We all remember our moms dragging us off to the doctor to get our vaccinations. But the fact is, vaccinations aren’t just for kids. We need them all through our adult lives. In the latest post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast family medicine expert Dr. Ryan Menard discusses and answers questions about adult vaccinations. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 29th August 2014- Historical Events 1895 - The formation of the Northern Rugby Union at the George Hotel, Huddersfield, England. 1914 - 4th day of Battle of Tannenberg: Russian Narev-army panics, Gen Martos caught 1957 - Strom Thurmond (Sen-D-SC) ends 24 hr filibuster against civil rights 1958 - US Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colo 1962 - US U-2 flight sees SAM launch pads in Cuba 1988 - USSR launch... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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Low-Fat Recipes: Hawaiian Pork Tenderloin
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