Woman Cleared in Fatal Car Wreck after GM Letter
CANTON (AP/Staff) – A Texas judge has cleared a woman accused in a fatal wreck after General Motors acknowledged her car would’ve been among millions recalled for an ignition switch problem that may have contributed to the death. Candice Anderson pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2004 crash that severely injured her and killed her fiance, Gene Erikson. Investigators say Anderson was driving when her Saturn Ion suddenly veered off a road in Van Zandt County and hit a tree, but the air bags didn’t deploy. Court officials say a judge on Monday expunged Anderson’s record in the case, after GM said the recall condition “may have caused or contributed” to the air bags not deploying. Anderson was charged with criminally negligent homicide. She pleaded guilty to lesser charges and received five years’ probation.
Shots Fired Overnight at Kilgore College Trustee’s Home
KILGORE — The Kilgore Police Department is investigating shots fired early Monday into the home of a Kilgore College trustee’s home. According to KETK, Assistant Chief Roman Roberson says police received a report of shots fired at a house in the 2800 block of Green Hills Drive. The shooting is believed to have happened between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. A bullet hole was found by investigators in the front door of Brian Nutt’s home. No injuries were reported. Authorities say they do not have any persons of interest at this time. Officers will be patrolling the area at the request of the victims, according to police.
Holda Responds to Asbestos Claims
KILGORE — Kilgore College President Dr. Bill Holda is responding to asbestos-related claims about the college. Holda cited allegations reported by local media “that some Kilgore College facilities are not safe, that asbestos has been removed improperly and that this removal has been covered up by the college.” Holda says, “I have no evidence from any source that would corroborate any of these allegations. Neither Dalton Smith, KC’s Coordinator of Physical Plant nor any federal investigators have contacted me with specific allegations nor details.” Read more …
DA to Dismiss Ticket in Wreck that Killed Family
MONROE, LA. (AP/STAFF) — A northeast Louisiana prosecutor says he’s dismissing the ticket issued to a Terrell, Texas teenager who apparently fell asleep at the wheel, causing a wreck that killed five members of his family.
District Attorney Jerry Jones tells The News-Star that the 16-year-old has been punished enough, and there’s no need to add to his pain. KNOE-TV reports that Jones has dismissed the misdemeanor ticket for careless driving. State police say the sport utility vehicle veered off Interstate 20 in Ouachita Parish near Calhoun and flipped, ejecting six of the eight occupants. Three children and two adults were pronounced dead on the scene. The eight people were a blended family traveling to Disney World for a Thanksgiving vacation. Read more …
Injured Firefighter Yeakley Coming Home
LINDALE — Joe Yeakley, a Lindale firefighter seriously injured battling a structure fire in January, is set to return home to Lindale on Wednesday afternoon. Following the fire, Yeakley was taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He was later moved to a rehab center. KETK reports Yeakley is expected to be back around 4:30 p.m. A Lindale VFD spokesperson said Lindale Engine 1 will take Yeakley to his home. A procession will lead him north on Highway 69, starting at Interstate 20 and ending taking a left on to highway 16, in downtown Lindale. Read more …
Mail Carrier Shot in Leg while on Route
LUFKIN (AP) – Police are trying to determine who shot an East Texas postal worker in the leg as she delivered mail in a neighborhood. Lufkin police say the 25-year-old worker was treated for an injury not believed to be life-threatening. Police believe the woman was shot with some sort of air gun or rifle. Nobody was immediately arrested. A spokeswoman with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said Monday that the agency is cooperating with police in the investigation. Leslie McClain had no immediate information on possible charges. The shooting happened Saturday as the postal worker was walking her regular route in Lufkin. She managed to call a supervisor for help. The victim’s name wasn’t released.
Honors Academy Closes Campuses
AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has been notified by Farmers Branch-based Honors Academy of its decision to cease operation effective Dec. 1, 2014. Landmark School in Palestine, also known as Leadership Academy, is among seven campuses that will be shutting down. According to a TEA news release, TEA’s revocation of the Honors Academy state charter became effective June 30, 2014. Since the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, Honors Academy has been operating as a de facto private school at its seven campuses and falsely holding itself out as a public charter school, a violation of the Texas Education Code, according to the release. Read more …
Fire Destroys Bullard Home
BULLARD – A wood frame home in Bullard has been destroyed by fire. It was reported around 3:30 Sunday morning on County Road 150. The home was being remodeled and no one was at home when the fire started. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Browns Looking into Alleged Fight Involving Manziel’s Entourage
CLEVELAND (AP/Staff) – Police say a Cleveland Browns fan who says he wanted to give quarterback Johnny Manziel “a hug” was struck by the Tyler native’s entourage at a downtown hotel Friday and was left with a swollen eye and lip. Chris Conos told police he was assaulted by “Johnny Football and his entourage.” The 33-year-old fan said he and his girlfriend approached Manziel while waiting for an elevator and he told the first-round draft pick, “I’m the biggest Browns fan ever. I love you. I want to give you a hug.” Conos said he took one step toward Manziel and was punched by a man listed on the report as Dana Kirk. Conos contends he was struck several times in the face and “pushed and attacked” by a group of unidentified men who were with Manziel. Kirk said Conos tried to assault Manziel.
Palestine Business Robbed
PALESTINE – Palestine police are looking for the man that robbed a convenience store. The robbery occurred shortly before 9:45 Saturday night at the Chanel Stop and Go, 1907 West Oak Street. The suspect pointed a small handgun at the store’s clerk and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported. The suspect was described as a black male about 5’9” with a thin build. He was said to have been wearing gray sweat pants and a gray hooded top. One witness said he was wearing some type of Halloween mask.
Abbott: No Decision Yet on Obama Immigration Suit
AUSTIN (AP) – Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says “odds favor” that Texas will sue the Obama administration over executive actions on immigration but is stopping short of his earlier vow to file a lawsuit. The outgoing Texas attorney general said Monday his office will finalize a decision within two weeks. After President Barack Obama announced his unilateral order last week, Abbott had “pledged” quick action. It has become Abbott’s first major issue since his landslide victory to succeed Gov. Rick Perry. Obama’s actions are designed to spare nearly 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. Abbott says Texas has unique standing to file a challenge because of the outsize impact the order would have on the state. Abbott has sued the Obama administration 30 times as attorney general.
Student Held after Fort Sam Houston Lockdown
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A college student has been detained after driving onto Fort Sam Houston over the weekend, causing a nearly four-hour lockdown. Officials at the military installation in San Antonio said Monday they were investigating how the private vehicle got through security late Sunday afternoon. 502nd Air Base Wing spokesman Alex Delgado said the male student is not in the service and the vehicle did not contain any explosives or weapons. The driver was stopped by post officials, though Delgado declined to say exactly where he was stopped on the base, which encompasses about 3,000 acres. The lockdown was lifted around 9 p.m. Sunday. The student is in military custody. No charges have been filed against the student, whose name, age and school were not immediately released.
Three Killed in Pasadena House Fire, Cause Sought
PASADENA (AP) – Authorities say three people have died in a Pasadena house fire. The Pasadena Fire Marshal’s Office says the bodies of three adults were found Monday morning in the burned-out home. Officials believe all three victims are related. Their names weren’t immediately released. Investigators are trying to determine what started the blaze. Further details weren’t immediately available.
Texas Troopers Out in Force during Thanksgiving
AUSTIN (AP) – Texas troopers out in force during Thanksgiving week will be watching for drunken drivers and people who don’t buckle up during the busy holiday period. The Texas Department of Public Safety on Monday urged travelers to use caution and keep roadways safe. AAA Texas predicts 3.6 million Texans will travel 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday. DPS troopers during the 2013 Thanksgiving period made 387 DWI arrests, issued 6,848 speeding citations and wrote 804 citations for lack of insurance. Troopers also issued 704 seat belt-child safety seat citations. DPS patrols resulted in 244 fugitive arrests and 187 felony arrests during last year’s Thanksgiving week.
Garcia Marquez Archive Goes to University of Texas
AUSTIN (AP) – The archive of celebrated Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been acquired by the University of Texas in Austin. The university’s Harry Ransom Center announced Monday that the collection spans more than 50 years and includes original manuscript material for 10 books, including his acclaimed 1967 novel, “One Hundred Years of Solitude.” The collection includes drafts of Garcia Marquez’s acceptance speech for his 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature, and 2,000 pieces of correspondence, such as letters to novelists Carlos Fuentes and Graham Greene. It also includes typewriters and computers used by the late writer. Long a critic of U.S. foreign policy, Garcia Marquez died in April at age 87. He lived most of his life in Mexico City. Most of the archived work is in Spanish.
Poster for “London After Midnight” Sells for $478K
DALLAS (AP) – A poster for the 1927 film “London After Midnight,” starring Lon Chaney, has sold for $478,000, making it the most valuable movie poster ever sold at public auction. Heritage Auctions in Dallas announced Monday that it’s the only poster known to exist for the film in which Chaney, a star of early cinema, appeared as a vampire. Saturday’s buyer is a longtime collector of horror movie posters who requested anonymity. The film for “London After Midnight” was lost years ago and the movie was reconstructed about 10 years ago using more than 200 still photos. 1932’s “The Mummy” held the previous record for a poster’s sale at public auction – more than $453,000 in 1997.
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Ebola made the news in a big way in the early fall of 2014, but it is by no means the only serious infectious disease about which we should be concerned. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast infectious disease expert Dr. Jeana Benwill answers questions an explores the topic of dangerous infectious diseases. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 24th November 2014- Historical Events 1800 - Weber's opera "Das Waldmadchen" premieres in Freiburg 1926 - KVI-AM in Seattle WA begins radio transmissions 1966 - 1st TV station in Congo, Kinshasa (Zaire) 1974 - 2 truck hijackers freed (3/3/1974) 1977 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 1993 - End of world, according to Ukrainian sect White Brotherhood More Historical Events » Famous Birthdays 1824 -... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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Low-Fat Recipes: Watermelon Salsa
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