Renovations Wrapping Up at Smith County Jail
TYLER — The Smith County Jail is wrapping up its renovations this fall. KETK reports the construction’s been carried out in two phases. According to County Commissioner Jeff Warr, the first phase was completed under budget. Any extra money is going towards fixing up the main housing area, as well as upgrading security. The $35-million expansion was $30 million less than the closest proposal. This makes spending tight, and although commissioners don’t expect to go over budget, they say it’s going to be a close one. Warr says, “We’re still in budget and operating as leanly as we can, and it gave us the opportunity to upgrade the system, (including) additional security and some things like that since we had the additional money.” According to Warr, there should be no further financial burden on taxpayers.
Tyler Christmas Parade Accepting Applications
TYLER — The city of Tyler’s Christmas Parade is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. in downtown Tyler. Additionally, the 29th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on the T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza immediately following the parade. Due to the disbandment of the Tyler Jaycees this summer, the Tyler Police and Fire Departments have stepped up to plan and manage the annual Christmas Parade, according to a city news release. Read more …
Kilgore Man Indicted for Sexual Assault of a Child
LONGVIEW — Grand jurors in Longview have indicted a man on an aggravated sexual assault charge from an accusation he had sexual contact with a 4-year-old girl last summer. According to KETK, Brandon Lee Martindale, 20, of Kilgore, was arrested by Gregg County Sheriff’s Deputies July 11. Martindale is accused of having illegal contact with the minor girl on July 10. He’s been held since his arrest in the Gregg County Jail under $500,000 bond.
Fatal Wreck in Marshall
MARSHALL – One man has been killed and one injured following a fiery collision in Marshall. The accident between a tractor trailer rig and a pickup occurred Tuesday on Highway 80 just east of loop 390. No other information was immediately available.
Assistant Jail Administrator Promoted
TYLER — Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith has promoted a new jail captain and assistant jail administrator. He issued a statement on the evening of Tuesday, September 30, 2014, affirming that effective October 1, 2014, Lieutenant Tobby Hughes is promoted to the rank of Captain and will also be classified as the Assistant Jail Administrator. “Captain Hughes will have my full support as we continue to move forward at the Smith County Jail,” says Smith. Read more …
Marijuana Cited in Weekend Misdemeanor Arrest Spike
HENDERSON — There was a rise in misdemeanor arrests in Rusk County over the weekend, most of those for marijuana possession. According to KETK and the Henderson Daily News, the sheriff says there’s no specific reason for the increase, since the cases were just what officials call routine traffic stops.
Sister: U.S. Ebola Patient Said He Was from Liberia
DALLAS (AP) – The sister of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States says he told officials the first time he went to the hospital that he was visiting from Liberia. Mai Wureh told The Associated Press that her brother, Thomas Eric Duncan, went to a Dallas emergency room on Friday and was sent away with antibiotics. He returned two days later to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and was admitted. Dr. Mark Lester confirmed Wednesday that a nurse asked Duncan on his first visit whether he had been in an area affected by the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa but that the “information was not fully communicated throughout the whole team.” The disease is not contagious until symptoms begin, and it takes close contact with bodily fluids to spread.
Kids Who Had Contact with Ebola Patient Monitored
DALLAS (AP) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry says a handful of school-aged children who had contact with a man diagnosed with Ebola are being monitored. Perry says health officials learned Wednesday that the children have been identified as having contact with the man and are being monitored at home. The unidentified man has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas since Sunday. The man is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. Health authorities have not revealed his nationality or age. He was listed in serious condition Wednesday. Authorities say the ambulance crew who transported the man and members of his family are among the 12 to 18 people being monitored after exposure to the man.
10 CDC Staffers Sent to Texas for Ebola Probe
ATLANTA (AP) – Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say a 10-person team has arrived in Dallas to help investigate the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. CDC officials said in a statement Wednesday that three senior scientists, five epidemic intelligence service officers, a public health adviser and a communications officer have been sent from Atlanta to Dallas to work with local and state officials. Officials say the CDC experts will help Texas authorities find, assess and help anyone who came into contact with the patient between the time he started showing symptoms and the time he was placed in isolation. Officials say the team has been interviewing the patient and close contacts to get more details on his travel history and more.
Report: Hospital Protocol Failed in TB Outbreak
EL PASO (AP) – A federal report shows an El Paso hospital worker who exposed more than 850 infants to tuberculosis was allowed to return to work despite showing symptoms of the disease and coughing up blood at a hospital health screening. The report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reveals that the nurse assistant told others at Providence Memorial Hospital in July that she was fatigued and coughing up blood. But she was not removed from work until a month later. The report shows the hospital knew the worker had a latent form of TB so her symptoms should have triggered more tests to confirm if the disease had become contagious. But hospital guidelines did not mandate further testing. She was placed on leave after her private doctor diagnosed her.
Texas Appeals Court Upholds DeLay Reversal
HOUSTON (AP) – The highest criminal court in Texas has refused to reinstate two money-laundering convictions of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday upheld a ruling last year from the 3rd Court of Appeals that tossed DeLay’s 2010 convictions for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Prosecutors argued in June before the Austin-based Court of Criminal Appeals that the convictions be reinstated. But the appeals court said in its 8-1 ruling it agrees with the lower court findings, which said as a matter of law, what prosecutors proved in DeLay’s case did not constitute either offense. The charges were related to corporate donations to DeLay’s political action committee that prosecutors say were illegally funneled to some Texas House candidates in 2002.
Seven Indicted in Red River Army Depot Fraud Case
TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) – Seven Northeast Texas men have been indicted in a federal fraud and theft investigation involving military trucks and repairs at the Red River Army Depot. An indictment returned Sept. 17 in Texarkana and unsealed Wednesday includes charges of conspiracy, fraud and theft of government property or money. Prosecutors say the alleged billing scheme, involving tires and parts never received or work never done, led to about $2 million in losses since 2007. The Red River Army Depot, located about 10 miles east of Texarkana, employs a large civilian workforce to help repair tactical vehicles. The suspects include vendors or civilian employees from Texarkana, Douglassville, Hooks, Atlanta, Queen City and De Kalb. All face initial court appearances Thursday.
Girl Missing for 12 Years Found with Mom in Mexico
AUSTIN (AP) – Authorities say a Texas girl reported kidnapped 12 years ago has been found with her mother in Mexico, and that the mother is now facing charges in the U.S. The FBI says the teenager was found Tuesday night in Mexico City. She was reported missing by her father in 2002, after the then-4-year-old girl vanished after a weekend visit with her mother. The case was twice profiled on “America’s Most Wanted.” The teen and her mother, Dara Llorens, were flown back to Texas early Wednesday. Llorens is now jailed in Austin on an aggravated kidnapping charge and being held on a $300,000 bond. Gregory Allen said during a news conference with Austin police that he’s looking forward to giving his daughter a hug. Authorities didn’t reveal the teen’s whereabouts.
Two Men Charged in Border Patrol Agent’s Death
RAYMONDVILLE (AP) – Two men from Mexico have been indicted over the fatal shooting of an off-duty Border Patrol agent and in the wounding of his father during a Texas fishing trip. The Valley Morning Star reports a grand jury Tuesday indicted 30-year-old Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval and 40-year-old Ismael Hernandez-Vallejo on capital murder and attempted capital murder charges. Javier Vega Jr. was slain in August during a robbery while fishing with family members in Willacy County. Vega’s father was wounded in the back and spent several days hospitalized. Both suspects remain in custody. They could face the death penalty if convicted of capital murder. A message seeking information about whether the suspects have attorneys was left with the court.
Consultant Says Austin Should Create Safety Plan
AUSTIN (AP) – A consulting firm says Austin should create a safety plan that limits how many other events occur the week of the South by Southwest festival. The Austin American-Statesman reports the festival’s planners have long argued the city’s downtown area is filled with crowds because of nonsanctioned, pop-up events by businesses. They say people are drawn into venues with the promise of free alcohol and that those businesses can’t handle large crowds. The report was sent Tuesday to city officials. The festival’s co-founder says the festival should get priority permitting for all of its events. The festival hired the consulting firm after four people died in a crash during last year’s event. An artist was also arrested after being accused of trying to incite a riot.
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Today in History
Today in History for 1st October 2014- Historical Events 1907 - Plaza Hotel (5th Av and 59th Str, NY) opens 1931 - Spanish Cortes accept general female suffrage 1960 - KCBY TV channel 11 in Coos Bay, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting 1962 - The Lucy Show premieres 1966 - WAEO (now WJFW) TV channel 12 in Rhinelander, WI (NBC) begins 1994 - Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA GHP Heartland Golf Classic More Historical Events » Famous Birthdays... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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Low-Fat Recipes: Strawberry Ambrosia
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