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Police: Missing Kilgore Woman Possibly Raped

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:45 am

christina_davison_from_lnjKILGORE — A Kilgore woman missing since spring may have been sexually assaulted by several men, a court document suggests. That’s according to the Longview News-Journal. A digital storage device given to authorities by an informant was said to contain images and video showing Christina Rea Davison, 43, “being sexually assaulted by more than one person,” according to a search warrant filed in the 124th District Court. Investigators filed the warrant to receive the court’s permission to view the contents of the device, a flash drive, which was received from an informant who suggested it contained such video and photographs. The informant, who was not identified, later committed suicide, investigators said. investigators said. Read more …

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Fatal Wreck in Marshall

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:44 am

Marshall Police ShieldMARSHALL – 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 yesterday on Highway 80 just east of loop 390. No other information was available this morning.

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Arrests Made in Recent Thefts

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:42 am

larrywheelermug2TYLER — Officials say the Smith County Sheriff’s Office has arrested several suspects in recent thefts. The first such arrest occurred Sunday evening in northeastern Smith County. At approximately 8:40 p.m., SCSO Dispatch received a call from a night security guard regarding a burglary in progress at a scrap yard in the 10300 block of County Road 383. Within ten minutes, patrol deputies arrived on scene to find a suspect running out of the woods near the location. The suspect was immediately taken into custody, and deputies say they found several items from the scrap yard in the woods from which the suspect came. Read more …

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Kilgore Man Indicted for Sexual Assault of a Child

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 4:08 am

martindalegreggco1LONGVIEW — 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.

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Smith County Fire Marshal to Oversee Animal Control Program

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:41 am

thumb_smithcounty-sealTYLER — Effective with the new 2015 fiscal year, which starts today, the Smith County Fire Marshal’s office will take responsibility over the animal control program, which had previously been the charge of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office will still be responsible for the Livestock Estray program, which includes horses, donkeys, and other livestock. For questions or comments regarding the animal control program, please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 903-590-2652 during business hours, or 903-566-6600 after 5:00pm on weekdays, during weekends and on holidays.

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Harrison County Leads State in Drought Index

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:40 am

thumb_droughtMARSHALL — An East Texas county achieves a dubious distinction. Harrison County has been under an outdoor burn ban for several weeks — and County Judge Hugh Taylor says at the current time, its drought index is the highest in Texas. According to the judge, “Where we enter a burn ban generally at 575 on the KBDI (Keetch-Byram Drought Index), the entire county far exceeds 600 — and 25 per cent of the county actually exceeds 700. The highest number on the index is 800.” Taylor said the reason other regions of the state have seen their index numbers on the KBDI go down has to do with tropical moisture that fell across West Texas, North Texas, and Central Texas recently, but missed East Texas completely.

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Kilgore PD Seeks Assault Suspect

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:39 am

wantedsuspectballkpdKILGORE — The Kilgore Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating Amanda Breanne Ball, 23. KETK reports she’s wanted out of Gregg County on an assault charge. Authorities have given the suspect a chance to turn herself in, but she has refused, according to police. The suspect lives off Stone Road in Kilgore. Tipsters can call police at 903-983-1559, Gregg County at 903-236-8400, or Crime Stoppers directly at 903-236-STOP.

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GoBus Fare Increases Now in Place

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:38 am

178KILGORE — Fare increases for the East Texas Council of Governments’ GoBus service go into effect today. According to an ETCOG news release, on September 4th, the ETCOG Executive Committee considered the report on staff results from a two-month public hearing process and approved an increase in GoBus fares. The current rate of $2.00 per trip within a county and $5.00 per trip across counties had not been increased since 1997 when the average price of a gallon of gas was $1.25. Read more …

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UT Tyler Professor Recognized for Research

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:37 am

Vance VaughnTYLER — Dr. Vance Vaughn has been named “Researcher of the Year” by the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Leadership, Dr. Wesley Hickey, College of Education and Psychology interim dean, announced. A UT Tyler alumnus, Vaughn serves as an associate professor of educational leadership within the university’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, where he teaches in the principal and superintendent programs. He was recognized during a council ceremony on Sept. 26 in Dallas. Read more …

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Officials Confirm First Ebola Case Diagnosed in US

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:35 am

Ebola virusDALLAS (AP) — Federal health officials have confirmed that a patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola. The case announced Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control is the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States. Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital say the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation. Presbyterian Hospital officials say they’re following CDC recommendations to keep doctors, staff and patients safe. Read more …

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More Sparks in Final Debate Between Abbott, Davis

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:32 am

podium-emptyDALLAS (AP) — Ebola, ethics and education are among the issues that dominated the final debate between Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis. The debate Tuesday night began only hours after federal officials confirmed that a patient in Dallas had the first diagnosed Ebola case in the U.S. Abbott and Davis vowed to keep Texans safe if there were more cases on their watch. But fallout from a scathing audit of how Governor Rick Perry awarded a half-billion in taxpayer dollars to private businesses made this a livelier and looser meeting than the first debate. Davis says Abbott failed as a watchdog, while Abbott questioned whether she profited from deals. With Election Day only 35 days away, Davis must now hope her performance closes the gap in the polls.

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State Senator Makes Holocaust Comparison in Speech

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:31 am

Charles PerryLUBBOCK (AP) — A recently elected West Texas state senator is comparing what he calls a “spiritual battle” taking place in the United States to the Holocaust. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports Charles Perry made the comparison after being sworn in on Tuesday. Perry said in his inaugural speech that while he’ll work to address the state’s financial needs, his biggest concern will be the “spiritual battle for the spirit of this nation and the soul of its people.” Perry will represent District 28, the largest in Texas, comprised of 51 counties stretching from Junction to Childress and Lubbock. He is replacing longtime state Sen. Robert Duncan, who resigned to become chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. Perry, a former state representative, won the seat earlier this month during a special election.

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Texas City Sued Over Fracking Moratorium

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:30 am

DENTON (AP) — A group of mineral royalty owners has sued the city of Denton over its temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing, claiming the ban violates property rights. City leaders halted fracking as they consider making their city the first in the state to permanently ban the practice. Denton lawyer Charles Chandler Davis filed a lawsuit in Denton County earlier this month on behalf of Arsenal Minerals and Royalty, NASA Energy Corp. and his son’s trust fund, claiming more than $1 million in damages. City spokeswoman Alison Ream said Tuesday it’s the first time Denton has been sued on the issue. Other royalty owners and former state officials have threatened Denton with a cascade of suits if an outright fracking ban is passed by public referendum in November.

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Exxon Fracking Report Responds to Shareholders

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:29 am

Exxon-MobilNEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil is explaining how it is working to manage the risks of hydraulic fracturing in a report issued in response to pressure from a corporate responsibility group, the New York City Comptroller, and other shareholders. The report acknowledges that drilling wells and producing oil and gas from shale formations and other so-called unconventional sources do carry risks. The report also goes into detail about the benefits of unconventional oil and gas production and how it compares favorably to many other types of energy production and generation. The activists, including the group As You Sow and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, agreed earlier this year to withdraw a shareholder resolution requesting greater disclosure of risks after Exxon agreed to reveal more about how it manages those risks.

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New Air Monitor to Be Installed near Oil Drilling

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:28 am

oil wellSAN ANTONIO (AP) — The state’s environmental quality commission says it plans to add a new air monitor in the Eagle Ford Shale to help measure pollution from oil and gas sites in South Texas. The San Antonio Express-News reports the move comes after Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff criticized the agency’s attempts to curb air pollution in the shale region south and east of San Antonio. The new monitoring site will be in Karnes County although a specific location hasn’t been identified yet. In a Sept. 2 letter to the commission’s chairman, Wolff noted no monitoring sites were close to the busy drilling activity in the shale region. He cited the newspaper’s yearlong investigation that showed natural gas flares pumped out more pollution than all six oil refineries in Corpus Christi.

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Texas School Fund Now Worth Nation-High $37.7B

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:26 am

Texas Education Agency3AUSTIN (AP) — A fund Texas uses to buy instructional materials and cover some local school districts’ costs is now worth nearly $38 billion, making it the nation’s largest educational endowment. State officials credited a booming natural gas industry for growing the Permanent School Fund, which was worth about $37.7 billion as of June 30. It was worth just $2 million when it was created in 1854. The fund gets proceeds from the sale of state land and mineral rights for oil and natural gas exploration. The Texas Education Agency said Tuesday that the fund outpaced Harvard University’s endowment, which was valued at $36.4 billion through June 30. Funding for public schools is included separately in the state budget. But the Permanent School Fund buys classroom materials and helps school districts guarantee bonds.

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Police: Boy Choked for Drinking Chocolate Milk

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:24 am

Ruth Vasquez Rodriguez-MartinezHOUSTON (AP) — A Houston woman is being accused of choking her 6-year-old son after she caught him drinking chocolate milk without permission. Ruth Vasquez Rodriguez-Martinez remained jailed Tuesday after being charged with injury to a child and abandoning a child. Authorities allege when Rodriguez-Martinez found out her son had drunk the milk in their home July 15, she strangled the boy and threw him in a closet, where he hit his head on a wall. According to a criminal complaint, Rodriguez-Martinez saw blood on her son’s forehead but chose not to seek medical help because “she did not want (Child Protective Services) in her life.” Authorities also allege Rodriguez-Martinez left the boy and his three siblings unattended on September 12.

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Hash Oil Possible Cause of Texas Explosion

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:23 am

Justin Michael RogersROUND ROCK (AP) — A Central Texas man has been charged with arson and child endangerment after a 2013 explosion damaged a house with his year-old son inside. Williamson County jail records show Justin Michael Rogers, 23, was no longer in custody Tuesday in what prosecutors call a drug-related case. His girlfriend, Kyndall Marie Davis, 22, was charged with child endangerment and freed on $10,000 bond. Investigators say Davis was also in the Round Rock home, about to put the couple’s son to sleep, when the explosion happened in June 2013. Investigators found marijuana remnants at the fire-damaged house. An affidavit says authorities believe the explosion happened during the manufacture of hash oil. No attorneys are listed for Rogers and Davis, who’s free on $40,000 bond. Both were booked September 23.

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Texas Woman Given 60 Years for Shooting Husband

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:21 am

Michele WilliamsFORT WORTH (AP) — A North Texas woman has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the 2011 shooting death of her husband. Michele Williams was sentenced by a Fort Worth jury on Tuesday after being convicted a day earlier of murder and tampering with evidence. Prosecutors said the 45-year-old Williams killed her husband at their home in suburban Keller for about $800,000 in life insurance money. Defense attorneys had argued that 40-year-old Greg Williams took his own life. Michele Williams had previously told investigators that an intruder fatally shot her husband. A judge earlier revoked a plea deal prosecutors reached with Michele Williams that set a prison term of up to 20 years because she later claimed she was innocent. Williams must serve at least 30 years before being eligible for parole.

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Texas Man Who Faked Military Past Pleads Guilty

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:20 am

HOUSTON (AP) — A convicted Texas felon who faked being an Army Ranger to get close to acclaimed retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell faces up to 10 years in prison for having guns. Daniel Lee Marshall of Conroe pleaded guilty Monday to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, involving a semi-automatic rifle and a shotgun. Federal prosecutors in Houston say the investigation started with Luttrell filing a complaint that a pistol had been stolen. Authorities determined Marshall, who prosecutors say posed as an ex-special forces operator, had a forgery conviction. Officers confiscated weapons from Marshall’s home in April. Luttrell’s gun was recovered. Luttrell is the only Navy SEAL who survived a June 2005 firefight in Afghanistan. His best-selling book, “Lone Survivor,” became a movie starring Mark Wahlberg.

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Nigerian Man Sentenced for Running Drug Ring

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:19 am

Justice Department logoHOUSTON (AP) — A Nigerian who authorities say ran one of the most expansive heroin smuggling networks ever uncovered involving Houston’s main airport has been sentenced to nearly 25 years in prison. Koyode Lawrence was sentenced Tuesday in a Houston federal courtroom after having earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import a controlled substance. The case goes back to February 2001 when two men working for Lawrence were arrested at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Authorities say the pair had swallowed packets of heroin being smuggled from Nigeria. Prosecutors say the 45-year-old Lawrence mainly recruited college students with dual U.S. and Nigerian citizenship for his smuggling ring. Lawrence, from Lagos, Nigeria, fought extradition for nearly 10 years but he was transferred to the U.S. in late 2013.

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Texas Man Arrested in Theft of 500-Pound Statue

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:18 am

William Montgomery WhiteHOUSTON (AP) — Houston-area authorities have arrested a 39-year-old man who they say stole a 500-pound bronze statue and then cut it to pieces to sell as scrap. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says William Montgomery White has been charged with theft and was being held Tuesday at the county jail on an unrelated charge. The statue stood in front of a community center in north Harris County for years and depicted a smiling boy returning from a fishing trip carrying his haul. Authorities say the statue was stolen in August. Its value was placed at upward of $35,000. Deputies recovered its pieces from a scrap metal business.

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Beaumont ISD to Seek $4M Stolen by 2 Ex-Workers

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:16 am

BEAUMONT (AP) — A Southeast Texas school district will try to recover money and property seized in a $4 million embezzlement case that sent two ex-finance officers to prison. The Beaumont Enterprise reports state-appointed managers of the Beaumont Independent School District have voted to try to recoup the losses. Former finance director Devin Wayne McCraney in April pleaded guilty to fraud upon programs receiving federal funds. Ex-comptroller Sharika Baksh Allison pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud upon programs receiving federal funds. McCraney on September 18 was sentenced to nearly six years in prison. Allison was sentenced to nearly four years. Both were ordered to pay $4 million in restitution from the wire-transfer scam. The Texas Education Agency earlier this year took over the Beaumont district, which has nearly 21,000 students.

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Texas State University Receives $390K Grant

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:15 am

Texas State University2SAN MARCOS (AP) — Texas State University’s criminal justice school has received a grant to study the causes of wrongful convictions and failed criminal investigations. Texas State University announced the $390,000 grant on Tuesday. The grant is from the National Institute of Justice, which is the research, development and evaluation agency of the federal justice department. The organization was seeking proposals for research on criminal justice system errors. Kim Rossmo with the college says the study will include researching unsolved crimes that could have been solved. Rossmo says the study will help provide a better understanding of how those failures happen and prevent future mistakes. He says it will result in a more fair and effective criminal justice system.

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Truck Carrying Live Chickens Overturns

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:14 am

BRYAN (AP) — More than 5,000 crated chickens on their way to a Texas slaughterhouse have been tossed from a flatbed trailer. Bryan police spokeswoman Kelley McKethan says it’s not known how many of the about 5,500 chickens died or were injured in the Tuesday wreck on the west side of Bryan. McKethan said the accident happened as the driver of the 18-wheeler began turning left off of westbound Texas 21 onto Farm Road 2818. The load of stacked crates had apparently shifted and caused the trailer and cab to overturn. The driver was uninjured and was not issued a citation. The truck is owned by Sanderson Farms and was on its way to a nearby processing plant. Bryan is located about 100 miles northwest of Houston.

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Group Could Gain Ownership of Texas State Aquarium

Posted/updated on: October 1, 2014 at 2:13 am

Texas State AquariumCORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — Corpus Christi could give up ownership of the Texas State Aquarium as part of expansion plans for the popular complex. The Corpus Christi City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to consider transferring ownership of aquarium land and buildings to the Texas State Aquarium Association. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports the aquarium needs ownership to secure financing for its planned $50 million Caribbean Journey exhibit. The 65,000-square-foot wing is set to open in 2017 and create more than 40 jobs. Councilman Kelley Allen says changing the lease terms is mostly a formality and it’s a good idea to support the aquarium. The attraction has an annual estimated $43 million economic impact on the Corpus Christi area.

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