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. They were taken to the hospital as a precaution. No word on the cause of the fire. It is said to have started in the garage.
Body Found in Smith County
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.
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.”
Perry Suffers Legal Setback
AUSTIN (AP) — Although he’s just another private citizen now after 14 years as governor, Rick Perry is still being chauffeured around in a hulking black SUV that’s a dead ringer for a state security vehicle. But the Department of Public Safety says the agency only offers security to current office holders, and Perry spokesman Travis Considine confirms his boss’ entourage no longer includes a state security detail. Perry could have the Secret Service fill the void if he runs for and wins the White House in 2016, and he insists he’ll have an announcement in a matter of months, even though a Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against him. He remains defiant, but the longer the case drags on, the more of a drag it’ll be for Perry. Already trying to live down a short-lived presidential run in 2012, the ex-governor may have an even tougher time getting top donors to write him checks if he’s spending so much of his war chest on legal bills.
Tom DeLay Says Perry Hurt Politically by Indictment
HOUSTON (AP) — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says he can relate to the fallout of an indictment that now dogs Rick Perry as the ex-Texas governor mulls a GOP presidential bid. DeLay told a legal seminar Saturday in Houston that Perry may downplay the effect of a felony abuse of power indictment in Travis County. But DeLay says his experience shows an indictment has political legs, makes people shy away and influences financial donors. DeLay a decade ago was also indicted in Travis County on money laundering charges related to his efforts to redraw congressional district lines in Texas. He was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014 upheld a lower court’s decision to overturn DeLay’s conviction.
Gun Debate Turns Wild In First 2 Weeks of Texas Legislature
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas gun debate has gone wild, wild west. Many thought a bill to allow the open carry of handguns would be a slam dunk for the Republican majority in the Legislature. But the opening weeks of the session have seen the issue turned into a tempest. It began with a videotaped confrontation between gun owners and a state lawmaker who later was given a state security detail. Then a call for installing panic buttons in legislative offices. Guns were also made and displayed at the Capitol gates. And then open carry’s chances of passing were further diminished when one of the state’s most outspoken conservatives flip-flopped on whether it’s even a priority issue. The antics have left even some gun rights advocates shaking their heads.
Gov. Abbott Declares Feb. 2 “Chris Kyle Day” in Texas
AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Governor Greg Abbott says he is declaring February 2nd as “Chris Kyle Day” in Texas to honor the late U.S. serviceman whose life is depicted in the blockbuster film “American Sniper.” Abbott made the announcement Friday while speaking to a Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Austin. Hundreds of veterans in a hotel ballroom greeted the news with a standing ovation. Kyle’s hometown was Midlothian, located southwest of Dallas. He was 37 when he was killed in 2013 at a North Texas gun range. A former Marine Corps serviceman charged in his death goes on trial in Stephenville next month. Abbott said the state will commemorate Kyle’s life on Monday. Kyle did four tours in Iraq and is considered to be the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history.
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.
Mexican Businessman Says He Faced Death in Horse Buying Scam
BASTROP (AP) — A Mexican man imprisoned in Texas for laundering drug money says cartel leaders threatened to kill him if he refused to buy and sell expensive horses. The Austin American-Statesman reported that Francisco Colorado Cessa says Zetas members gave him two choices: purchase race horses or die. His lawyers raised the argument before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a review granted in January. Colorado in September 2013 was sentenced to a maximum 20 years in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Prosecutors say he spent nearly $25 million to buy and sell 500 racehorses to launder drug money. Colorado last year pleaded guilty to attempting to bribe a federal judge in Austin in an attempt to get a lesser prison sentence.
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.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
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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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