Weekend Wreck Claims One Life
EAST TEXAS — A wreck Saturday afternoon claimed the life of a Gladewater woman. It happened around 2:30 on Hwy 31 near CR 246 in Tyler. According to the Department of Public Safety report, Melissa Tucker, 43, was headed east when her vehicle rear-ended another vehicle as the lanes merged. The report indicated that the impact forced Tucker’s car into oncoming traffic where she was struck head-on. Tucker reportedly died at the scene. No word on any other injuries.
Suspect Arrested after Chase
TYLER — Tyler Police arrest a suspect accused of stealing scratch off tickets. It happened around 10:20 Saturday morning at the Valero gas station, 1301 WSW Loop 323. According to the clerk, the suspect, later identified as Kory Devers, 22, Tyler, entered the store, grabbed a handful of lotto tickets, assaulted the clerk and fled on foot. A female customer witnessed the robbery and ran after the suspect. Responding officers arrived in the area and located the witness who directed officers to where she last saw the suspect. Officers located Devers hiding in the creek bed in the area of Driftwood and Woodland Hills. She was arrested and charged with robbery, a 2nd degree felony. Devers was also booked in on several outstanding warrants out of Tyler Municipal Court. The store clerk suffered only minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
Ohio Murder Suspect Booked into the Smith County Jail
TYLER – Around 1:30 Friday afternoon the U.S. Marshals’ Task Force, along with Smith County Constable Precinct 4 deputies and a Sheriff’s Office K-9 officer, attempted to serve a warrant on a suspect wanted for homicide out of Ohio. The task force received a tip that the suspect was located at a residence on Paula Drive near Spur 364 in the southwestern part of Smith County. He wasn’t there, but they received information that the suspect could possibly be located in the 13000 block of County Road 192 near State Highway 155 South. Task force officers confirmed with neighbors that the suspect was living at the trailer with his girlfriend and was home. Task force officers forced entry into the residence and found the suspect, Byron Harris Jr., 27. He was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Smith County Jail. Harris remains in the Smith County Jail with no bond.
Two Smith County Burglary Suspects Arrested
TYLER – Two men have been arrested in connection with a residential burglary in southwestern Smith County. The suspects are identified as Andrew Woods, 23 and Anthony Asbell, 24. Warrants were issued for both suspects for the offense of Burglary of a Habitation by Judge Jack Skeen of the 241st State District Court with bond set at $500,000 for Woods and $750,000 for Asbell. Both are currently in the Smith County Jail. Read more …
Identities Released in Fatal I-20 Wrecks
GREGG COUNTY — A series of wrecks on Interstate 20 on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning resulted in two deaths, officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety said. According to the Longview News-Journal, Joel Bird and Constance McCumbee of North Carolina died during a wreck that happened about 2:30 a.m. Friday just west of the Scottsville exit on I-20. Officials said a fire engulfed an 18-wheeler involved in a crash with a second tractor-trailer. DPS Trooper Matt Beatty said one tractor-trailer was traveling west when it rear-ended another tractor-trailer, causing the first semi to catch fire. Bird and McCumbee died at the scene. Read more …
Truck and Train Collide in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE — A Union Pacific freight train traveling northeast through the city of Jacksonville struck a late-model pick up truck at the Myrtle Drive railroad crossing at 11:57 Friday night, according to the Jacksonville Daily Progress. Occupants of the truck were able to get out before the collision. The truck was partially lodged underneath a rail car that is used to transport new automobiles. The accident took place near the Texas Basket Factory. Read more …
Transient Arrested, Two Longview Officers Slightly Injured
LONGVIEW – A criminal trespass call resulted in Longview police arresting a transient and two officers injured. It began with a call to the Budget Inn in the 2000 block of East Marshall Avenue. The motel owner told officers a man was standing by the ice machine and refused to leave when he was asked to do so. After handcuffing Danterio Larmarc Bryant, 28, they found in his pocket a broken glass pipe that is typically used to smoke methamphetamine. When he resisted being put in the squad car, officers had to put let restraints on him. The Longview News-Journal reports, once inside the car, Bryant removed the leg restraints. When officers opened the door, Bryant is said to have he shoved an officer into the back of the vehicle and escaped. As officers tried to recapture Bryant, one received a cut on his left middle finger and another got scrapes on his right arm and left shoulder. To get him under control officers tased him. Bryant has been charged with escape causing bodily injury, resisting arrest, search and transport, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bonds total $30,000.
Some Will Not be Charged for Using Toll 49
TYLER — Drivers who used Toll 49 between Interstate Highway 20 and State Highway 31 on the following days and times will not be charged for their tolls. Specifics:
*Monday, September 15th during the hours of 8 a.m. to 7:10 p.m.,
*Tuesday, September 16th during the hours of 7:10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
*Wednesday, September 17th during the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 7:35 p.m.
Maintenance work was being performed on the toll road which caused some delays and lane closures. “We appreciate drivers’ patience while we performed the road work,” said Everett Owen, Interim Executive Director of the NET RMA. “We are being supportive of our customers. Whenever there is work performed that might slow traffic, the NET RMA will consider not charging for road utilization on a case by case scenario.” The NET RMA does use message boards to alert drivers of any potential delays.
Perry: Texas Adequately Funded Schools on My Watch
AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Perry says Texas adequately funded public schools on his watch and still believes in offering in-state tuition rates to students who are living in the country without legal permission. Perry on Sunday sat for a wide-ranging interview at the Texas Tribune Festival about the highs and lows of his record 14 years in office. One surprise was his deferential tone about whether Texas should continue his signature economic incentive programs after he leaves in January. Handing over millions in taxpayer dollars to private companies has grown unpopular in some Republican circles. Perry said the next Legislature should have a conversation about whether those programs should continue or not. Perry is weighing another White House run in 2016 but says he won’t announce a decision until next year.
Citing Joan Rivers, Texas’ Perry Backs Clinic Law
AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Perry has pointed toward comedian Joan Rivers dying at a surgery clinic while defending a Texas law that would shutter abortion facilities statewide. Perry said Sunday “it’s a curious thought” whether Rivers might be alive had there been tighter regulations at a New York outpatient surgery center where she went into cardiac arrest this month. The 81-year-old Rivers was undergoing a routine procedure. Health officials in New York are investigating. Perry last year signed a sweeping anti-abortion law that would close most abortion facilities in Texas. But part of the law is on hold after a federal judge in August blocked requirements that abortion clinics meet hospital-level operating standards. Perry was speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival during a wide-ranging interview about his 14 years as governor.
Texas Hospital to Work with CMS on TB Exposure
EL PASO (AP) — The West Texas hospital where more than 700 infants were exposed to tuberculosis over the past year says it will work with federal authorities to show its procedures were adequate. A Providence Memorial Hospital nursery employee tested positive for TB in August and was placed on leave. Health officials believe she may have exposed infants and about 40 other hospital workers starting in September 2013. A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services deputy regional administrator, David Wright, says an inspection of the hospital by regulators revealed several violations. He says the violations could threaten the hospital’s Medicare funding and posed “an immediate jeopardy to patient safety.”
White House Asked to Intervene in Water Dispute
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Persistent drought has kept South Texas farmers and community leaders in an uproar for years over shortfalls in the delivery of water to the Rio Grande from Mexico’s tributaries. Now, they’re asking for congressional help in getting the White House to intervene in the dispute. A letter signed by a bipartisan group of Texas congressional delegation members has been sent to President Barack Obama, asking for administration help in persuading Mexico to deliver water to the Rio Grande as required by a 1944 U.S.-Mexico water treaty. The Brownsville Herald reports the congressional members complain about that they see as Mexico’s lack of commitment to comply with the treaty and dliver water to the United states on a regular basis, as the treaty requires.
Heavy Rain Causes Flooding in West Texas
LUBBOCK (AP) — Heavy rain in West Texas is causing flooding in several counties where authorities are urging drivers to stay off the roads. National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Ciccone in Midland says there’s been flash flooding in the northern Permian Basin and a large portion of West Texas, as well as in Eddie and Lee counties in southeastern New Mexico. Weather officials expect more flooding through Sunday. Ciccone reported that Gail, about 75 miles south of Lubbock, has received more than 14.5 inches of rain in the past few hours. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports that law enforcement officials have gotten reports of up to 8 inches of water over U.S. Highway 180 in Borden County.
UT System Head Advocated for Influential Students
AUSTIN (AP) — Records show the chancellor of the University of Texas System has forwarded letters of recommendation from influential people to UT-Austin’s president advocating admission of about 40 students since 2009. The letters obtained by the Austin American-Statesman show Francisco Cigarroa forwarded letters to UT-Austin President Bill Powers and would sometimes add handwritten notes as a hint about the prominence of the person making the request. Cigarroa disavowed his practice in recent months amid questions of possible favoritism and instructed his staff to not forward letters to university presidents or deans. The system hired an outside firm to investigate the handling of recommendation letters.
Castro: Hispanics Key to US Housing Sector Future
AUSTIN (AP) — The nation’s housing secretary says a booming Hispanic population will drive the future of America’s residential real estate market. Julian Castro also tells The Associated Press that a major overhaul of federal immigration laws would create a further boon to home sales across the country. The former San Antonio mayor cites a study from last year that projects nearly half of first-time homebuyers nationwide would be Hispanic in six years. The study also estimates federal immigration law changes could add about 3 million homeowners. Castro, who was confirmed as the US housing secretary in July, has been mentioned as a possible 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee. He declined to discuss his political future with the AP but says he hopes his new post will be meaningful to the Hispanic community.
Few Fireworks in First Texas Governor’s Debate
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Democrat Wendy Davis went after Republican Greg Abbott over defending deep classroom spending cuts and his record on women in the first governor’s debate in Texas in nearly a decade. Abbott on Friday night delivered his best shot upon asking Davis whether she regretted voting for President Barack Obama. She wouldn’t answer and instead digressed. But the first of two scheduled debates between Abbott and Davis otherwise saw few fireworks. Abbott is the favorite to replace Gov. Rick Perry next year and was content to play it safe even when Davis attacked. The debate in the Rio Grande Valley made border security a major topic. Both Davis and Abbott reiterated their support of deploying the Texas National Guard and state troopers to the border. The election is Nov. 4.
Hiring in Houston Up 3.9 Percent, Accelerating
HOSUTON (AP) — A report by the Texas Workforce Commission says hiring in Houston grew 3.9 percent by adding 107,400 new jobs between August 2013 and last month. The Houston Chronicle reports that oil and gas industries, construction and engineering services are expanding at double-digit rates, contributing to the faster-than-expected growth. Barton Smith, a professor emeritus of economics at the University of Houston, says the outlook is more positive than he thought a year ago. Patrick Jankowski, vice president of research for the Greater Houston Partnership, had predicted 70,000 new jobs for 2014. But he says if the economy keeps going strong, Houston will add more than 100,000 jobs.
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Today in History
Today in History for 21st September 2014- Historical Events 1837 - Charles Tiffany founded his jewelry and china stores 1929 - 1st legal pass in Canada was thrown by Gerry Seiberling and 1st reception by Ralph Losie of Calgary Altomah-Tigers against Edmonton 1943 - Soviet forces reach Dnjepr 1943 - Lynch Triangle (Square) in Bronx named 1957 - Pote Sarasin forms government in Thailand 1986 - SD Padre Jimmy Jones pitchs 1-hitter in his maj... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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