Longview Police Still Searching for Answers to Homicide
LONGVIEW — An unsolved killing has Longview police continuing to look for clues. On August 28 at 3:51 a.m., Longview Police were dispatched to a gunshots heard call in the 100 block of West Garfield Street. When officers arrived they were told someone fired several shots into the apartment, striking two victims The suspect(s) fled the scene before officers arrived. One of those victims was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. The other victim, 33 year-old Tyson Patterson (pictured), died at the scene. Read more …
Tyler Man Gets 50 Years for Injury to a Child
TYLER A Tyler man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for intentionally scalding a two year old child who is the son of his girlfriend. Timothy Choice, 25, of Tyler was found guilty Wednesday after the jury deliberated around 90 minutes. He was sentenced yesterday. The boy was transferred to Parkland Hospital in Dallas following the incident in July of last year. He suffered severe second degree burns after Choice is said to have put the boy in the hot water because he had wet himself and had not used the toilet.
Three Nabbed in Drug Raid
CHAPEL HILL — Three are in custody following a Smith County drug raid. Around 6:00 yesterday morning, Smith County Sheriff’s Office Special Services and Criminal Investigations Division detectives along with patrol deputies executed a search warrant at the 15800 block of Highway 64 East in the eastern portion of Smith County. Officials say Judge Christi Kennedy of the 114st State District Court issued the warrant authorizing the search of the residence following an investigation lasting several months. Read more …
East Texas Fugitive Wanted for Child Porn Arrested
TYLER — An East Texas man who was wanted for child pornography has been arrested in San Antonio. According to the Lindale Police Department, Gaylord Stevens was arrested by the United States Marshal Service Wednesday. KETK reports that Stevens has three felony arrest warrants for Possession of Child Pornography. The suspect was also arrested January 2, 2014, for cruelty to livestock. He was released a week later on $2,000 bond. On January 13, the horses at the center of the crime, were seized in a hearing. Officers have been taking care of their needs and the horses have been under veterinarian care since the city took custody.
Sheriff’s Office Helps Find Missing Woman
JACKSON HEIGHTS — A missing woman has been found, with the help of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office. Officials say patrol deputies responded around 7:20 Wednesday evening to a report of a missing person in the Jackson Heights community, in the eastern part of the county. Upon arrival, the deputies learned that around noon, a 53-year-old female had entered an extremely dense area of the woods in an attempt to locate one of the fishing ponds. She was reported to have in her possession a fishing pole and a tackle box. The responding deputies requested additional assistance in searching for the missing lady. With the help of the Jackson Volunteer Fire Department, they entered the wooded area and began searching. Read more …
Friday: Last Day to Request Mail Ballot
TYLER — Today is the last day to request a ballot by mail for the November 4 election. To request a ballot by mail, voters can fill out an application at http://www.smith-county.com on the elections Web page, then return it to firstname.lastname@example.org via email. Applications may also be faxed to 903-590-4778. Read more …
Texas Official: Most Hospitals Can’t Handle Ebola
AUSTIN (AP) The top health official in Texas says most hospitals can’t handle Ebola patients and infected people should instead be treated at specialized care centers. State Health Commissioner David Lakey’s comments represent a dramatic break with past federal assertions that nearly any American hospital can cope with the virus. Lakey said Thursday “that strategy needs to change.” He spoke in Austin during the first public hearing of a 17-member task force working to stop the spread of Ebola. A Liberian man visiting Dallas died October 8 from Ebola. Two nurses treating him contracted Ebola and remain hospitalized. The panel has already designated two Texas hospitals as specialized Ebola treatment centers. Task force members called for contingency plans in “the unlikely event that a widespread outbreak of Ebola occurs in Texas.” Read more …
Texas Fighter Convicted of Murder
GALVESTON (AP) A mixed martial arts fighter in Southeast Texas has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for the 2011 fatal shooting of a man on a bicycle after the pair argued. Jurors in Galveston on Wednesday convicted Ralph “Plexin Texan” Garcia Jr. of murder. A judge then sentenced Garcia to prison over the slaying of Maxie Flowers. Flowers was found dead on October 13, 2011, on a Galveston street. The Galveston County Daily News reports prosecutors accused Garcia of hunting down Flowers after the two Galveston men had a run-in the previous day. Investigators say Garcia allegedly felt disrespected by Flowers.
Mom Allegedly Tried to Kill Hospitalized Son
HOUSTON (AP) A Houston-area woman charged with attempting to kill her hospitalized 5-month-old son has come under scrutiny in the 2013 death of her toddler daughter in Mississippi. Harris County jail records show Cynthia Wood, 19, of Galena Park was being held Thursday on a charge of attempted capital murder. Her bond is $250,000. Court records show Wood has denied harming the boy. Prosecutors say security video from Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital shows Wood on October 12 putting her hand over the boy’s mouth. A nurse spotted Wood. The boy, who was hospitalized for breathing trouble, was resuscitated. He’s in the custody of Child Protective Services. Authorities have not released the video, which prompted Houston police to review the death of Wood’s year-old daughter, Madilynn, in Jackson, Mississippi, of apparent natural causes.
Hunter Found Shot to Death in Miller County
TEXARKANA, ARK. (AP) Authorities say a Texas man has died in an apparent accidental shooting while hunting in southwest Arkansas. The Miller County Sheriff’s Office says James Druhan, 54, of Texarkana, Texas, was found dead Wednesday near his deer stand in the Sulphur River Wildlife Management Area. Sheriff’s investigator Wesley Penny says Druhan was accidentally shot with a muzzleloader rifle. Penny tells the Texarkana Gazette that investigators don’t suspect foul play. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says friends and relatives began searching for Druhan after he didn’t return from his hunting trip Tuesday. His body was discovered early Wednesday.
3rd Person Dies of Injuries from Helicopter Crash
WICHITA FALLS (AP) A medical crew member aboard a helicopter that crashed in Wichita Falls October 4 has died of his injuries. Erasmus “Johan” van der Colff IV of Wichita Falls died Wednesday night of his injuries, becoming the third person to die from the crash of the medical helicopter near United Regional Hospital in downtown Wichita Falls, aircraft operator Air Evac Lifeteam revealed. The patient being transported from Waurika, Oklahoma, was killed in the crash, while a flight nurse died October 8 of her injuries. Pilot Zechariah Smith, who also was injured, told the National Transportation Safety Board that the aircraft spun out of control shortly before crashing onto a street and bursting into flames.
Body of 2nd Worker Recovered at El Paso Plant
EL PASO (AP) – El Paso firefighters have recovered the body of a second man who died in an accident at a wastewater treatment plant. The body was recovered on Thursday after first responders and utility employees worked to remove sludge from the Wednesday accident. Both men were replacing a pump in an equipment room at the Roberto R. Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant when it was filled with sludge. The other body was recovered on Wednesday. Their names haven’t been released. They were employed by Cubic Water of El Paso and contracted by the city.
Prosecutors: Ex-Treasurer Stole $3M from Company
HOUSTON (AP) Federal prosecutors say the former treasurer of a Houston-based health care system embezzled nearly $3 million that was used for private jet travel, gambling in Las Vegas and to pay off credit card bills. Prosecutors announced Thursday that Joseph S. Antonucci, 41, of Houston pleaded guilty to charges that include 15 counts of wire fraud. They say from 2007 to 2012 Antonucci embezzled from the company’s bank accounts. Authorities said in a statement that he admitted to unauthorized transfers and withdrawals from the accounts to himself. He created false financial documents that concealed his actions. Some of the stolen money also was used for a down payment on his home. Antonucci’s sentencing is scheduled for January 29 and he faces up to 20 years on each count of wire fraud.
Houston Police Nab 14 Suspected in US Illegally
HOUSTON (AP) A report of a pickup truck with a flat tire has led Houston police to 14 people believed to be in the U.S. illegally. Lt. Larry Crowson says some residents reported being frightened by people jumping fences and running through their yards early Thursday. Police were summoned about a suspicious truck stopped near a gas station in the Memorial Park area. The vehicle with a blown rear tire was then seen driving away. An officer stopped the vehicle and a number of occupants, including some allegedly hiding under a tarp in the truck bed, tried to run. Police searched the area and captured 14 people. All have been turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities. Investigators are trying to determine who was driving and where the individuals are from.
El Nino Still a No-Show in Texas, but in Forecast
LUBBOCK (AP) El Nino is proving to be finicky. The rain-producing weather pattern was expected to arrive in Texas by now. But the outlook for rain across much of the state through the end of October and into early November doesn’t look promising. National Weather Service meteorologist Victor Murphy says much of the state will be “bone dry” the next couple of weeks. State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon says forecasters have been waiting for El Nino to develop for about six months, but it hasn’t arrived yet. Forecasts are calling for winter weather in Texas to be mostly cloudy, rainy and cool. Through September the state has gotten 19.45 inches of rain, about 15% below the normal average of 22.68 inches.
Average Retail Gas Prices Drop to $2.89 in Texas
IRVING (AP) Retail gasoline prices across Texas continue to fall below the mark of $3 per gallon. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average unleaded price at the pump this week is $2.89, a drop of 10 cents from a week ago. The national average now is $3.08. AAA says of the metropolitan areas in Texas, drivers in Dallas-Fort Worth are paying the least at $2.80 while motorists in Corpus Christi pay the most at $2.92. The drop in gas prices has sent the national average to a low not seen since early 2011 and increased the chances the national price could fall below the $3 mark for the first time since 2010. AAA officials say low demand combined with abundant supply has kept downward pressure on global oil prices.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
Seemingly from out of nowhere the media is filled with stories about Ebola, a virus that is native to Africa and one that is fatal in a very high percentage of cases. With Ebola on American shores for the first time, its important to know how much of what we see and hear is media hype versus how much there is about which we should be appropriatelly concerned. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, internationally-recognized infectious disease expert Dr. Richard Wallace answers questions about Ebola and separates fact from hype. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 24th October 2014- Historical Events 1856 - Constitution of South Australia adopted 1970 - Nancy Walker creates Ida Morgenstein role on Mary Tyler Moore Show 1980 - Iraqi troops occupies Khorramshar 1986 - Dodgers' Bill Russell, 38, announces his retirement 1987 - NBC technicians accept pact, end 118 day strike 1994 - Bomb attack on opposition in Sri Lanka, 55+ killed More Historical Events » Famous Birthdays... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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