Breaking News: Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Girlfriend’s Shooting Death – Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend, Judge Thokozile Masipa announced today. Masipa also handed down a suspended sentence of three years for a weapons charge. Before announcing her decision, Masipa acknowledged that sentencing is “not a perfect exercise.” (more…)

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Tyler Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty, Receives 35 Years

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:33 am

john_grimes_ivTYLER — A Tyler man was sentenced to 35 years in prison for murder after accepting a plea deal Monday morning. According to KETK, the Smith County District Attorney’s Office reports John Grimes IV, 26, was sentenced in the 7th District Court. Grimes is deemed responsible for the murder of 65-year-old Tony Jeter. On December 1, 2013, Grimes was taken into custody and charged with capital murder after police responded to a home in the 500 block of East Bow Street and found Jeter’s body. Police said he died from a stab wound. Read more …

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Gilmer Woman Pleads Guilty in Fatal Accident

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 4:22 am

Sarah ReevesLONGVIEW – A Gilmer woman has pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter. Sarah Reeves, 35, will be sentenced by a judge today. She had originally been charged with driving while intoxicated in the accident in which she hit Lynden Bell, 24, of Longview. The accident occurred November 21, 2012 in the 1900 block of Lee Street in the Pine Tree area. When Lee died two days later, the charge was changed to intoxication manslaughter. When she is sentenced by 124th District Judge Alfonso Charles, Reeves could get up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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Woman Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teen

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:31 am

angela_van_zandtMARSHALL — An East Texas woman was taken into custody following her alleged sexual assault of an underage teenager. According to KETK, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office reports Angela Van Zandt, 38, of Diana, has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy. Authorities say the woman is not a teacher, as has been reported by another news agency. Van Zandt was released on $100,000 bond.

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City of Tyler Awarded $174,030 for Veteran Housing

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:30 am

thumb_cityoftylerTYLER — The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the city of Tyler Neighborhood Services Department funding to administer 25 new Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Vouchers. According to a city news release, HUD-VASH is a unique partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and HUD that provides long-term case management, supportive services, and permanent housing support for chronically homeless veterans. The VA provides case management and eligibility screening services, while HUD allocates permanent housing subsidies from its Housing Choice Voucher Program. Read more …

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Last Week’s Storm Near Gilmer was a Tornado

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:30 am

tornado-weakGILMER – The National Weather service confirms that a storm that caused damaged near Gilmer October 13th was a tornado. Some homes and barns were damaged by fallen trees caused by the storm. It touched down just before 5:00 that morning. KETK reports the National Weather Service survey team determined an EF-1 touched down 6.5 miles northwest of Gilmer and that the 275-yard wide twister stayed on the ground for about six miles with peak winds of 95-105 miles per hour. The survey team reported determined the tornado moved east from south of FM 852 near Bison Road and FM 852 and passed along Armadillo Road, north of Lake Gilmer, then crossed Cherokee Trace. The tornado finally lifted at Highway 271 near Antelope Road. No injuries were reported in the storm.

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New Electronic Sample Ballots Now Available

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:27 am

thumb_voting-computerTYLER — The Smith County Elections Office is now offering an Interactive ExpressPass Sample Ballot to all registered voters in the county. According to a county news release, the move part of the county’s commitment to provide quality service to voters. Officials say the system is convenient, simple, and completely safe for voter use. You can go to https://www.smith-county.com/Government/Departments/Elections/Default.aspx to find the new sample ballots. Read more …

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Van Zandt Co. Crime Stoppers Hands Out $600 in Rewards

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:27 am

image002CANTON — Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers has authorized $600 in rewards for tips that helped lead to the recent arrests of three men, all from Wills Point, in separate incidents. The Crime Stoppers board approved a $250 reward for a tipster who notified authorities about a man wanted for theft, including a stolen camping trailer. A $200 reward was authorized for a tip that led to a man sought for allegedly violating a protective order in Dallas County. Authorities tracked the man down at a school in Wills Point. Finally, a $150 reward was approved for a tip that led to the arrest of a man wanted by Van Zandt County authorities on a fugitive warrant. Read more …

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Officials Say Oil Spill Has Not Reached Caddo Lake

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:26 am

MOORINGSPORT, La. (AP) – Cleanup crews continue to mop up a 4,000-barrel oil spill into a four-mile stretch of Tete Bayou northwest of Shreveport. Officials said Saturday that the oil has been contained without reaching Caddo Lake, which straddles the Texas-Louisiana state line and provides drinking water for some water systems. The oil spilled from the Mid-Valley pipeline, a line owned by Sunoco Logistics Partners which carries crude oil from Longview, Texas to Samaria, Michigan. The Times reports the spill happened the morning of October 13. Three families near the site evacuated, with Sunoco paying their expenses. Read more …

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Texas Selects Company to Run Psychiatric Facility

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:25 am

Terrell State HospitalAUSTIN (AP) — Texas leaders have selected a private company to run a much maligned North Texas psychiatric facility. The Austin American-Statesman reports state officials announced Monday that Tennessee-based Correct Care Solutions has the winning bid to operate Terrell State Hospital. The state and company are negotiating the deal and a decision on whether to move forward with the privatization should be made by the year’s end. Mental health advocates have protested the privatization move and say there has been a lack of transparency in the bidding process. State health officials say privatization might be the best way to improve the hospital, which was scrutinized following a patient death in 2013. The Terrell-based hospital employs 980 staffers and serves more than 250 patients.

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Wendy Davis Casts Ballot as Early Voting Begins

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:23 am

Wendy Davis2FORT WORTH (AP) — Democrat Wendy Davis has cast her ballot and says she’ll be the next Texas governor if her voters turn out. Early voting began yesterday across Texas. Davis remains a heavy underdog against Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott with just two weeks until Election Day. The Fort Worth state senator emphasized education while speaking to supporters and reporters at a voting precinct in her hometown. The U.S. Supreme Court this weekend gave Texas permission to enforce a contested voter ID law this election. The decision came after a lower court earlier this month found the requirement unconstitutional. Democratic congressman Mark Veasey says he’s concerned the ruling will discourage some people enough to not vote. He says voter ID will particularly put minority voters at a disadvantage.

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Texas Members of US House Rake in Campaign Cash

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:22 am

Capitol Hill3DALLAS (AP) — Just one of Texas’ 36 congressional races is thought to be competitive, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers from raking in serious campaign cash. The Dallas Morning News reports that 20 of the state’s U.S. House members have raised at least $1 million this cycle. Rather than spending on easy races, some incumbents are using their war chests to donate to other congressional candidates or gain influence within their parties. For instance, Republican Representative Kevin Brady of The Woodlands has raised $2.3 million while hoping to lead the powerful Ways and Means Committee. The only incumbent believed to be in a real fight to keep his seat is West Texas Democrat Pete Gallego. He’s raised $2.3 million while his Republican challenger, Will Hurd, has taken in $1.1 million.

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Ebola Fear, Monitoring Eases for Some in Dallas

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:35 am

Youngor JallahDALLAS (AP) — The people closest to Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan are trying to resume their lives now that they have come out of a 21-day incubation period without developing symptoms of the disease. Youngor Jallah, (pictured) the daughter of Duncan’s fiancee, sent her children back to school Monday, with clearance from the Dallas County health department tucked in their backpacks. Health officials say 43 of 48 people on an original watch list have passed the incubation period safely. Those include Jallah’s mother, Louise Troh, who was planning to marry Duncan. Troh and others were evacuated from their apartment and most of their belongings were incinerated. Officials say about 120 people who had close contact with Duncan and the two nurses who became infected with Ebola are now being monitored. Read more …

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Austin Police Reviewing Cases for Links to Suspect

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:18 am

darrenvantravisconbcAUSTIN (AP) — Austin police say they are reviewing their missing persons and cold case files for any potential links to an area man suspected of murder in Indiana. Authorities in Gary, Indiana, said Monday that Darren Vann, 43, confessed to slaying one woman and led them to six other bodies. Vann was convicted of sexual assault in Austin in 2009 in an attack where the victim said she was choked and beaten. Vann was released from Texas prison in July 2013. Vann is registered as a sex offender in Texas, but the Texas Department of Public Safety listed his risk level as “low.” He did not register in Indiana.

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Texas Stabbing Suspect Arrested in Home Invasion

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:17 am

Marcelino OsunaHOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say a man who posted bond after being charged in a stabbing death was one of four people arrested in a Houston-area home invasion last week. Harris County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday Marcelino Osuna, 26, is charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Police say they found him and three others inside of a home after a neighbor saw armed suspects force their way in. No one was injured during the home invasion. Deputies say the suspects held two women and several children at gunpoint. Osuna is in a Harris County jail with no bond. The sheriff’s office says he posted bond in January after being arrested in the stabbing death of a man.

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Tomball Man Gets 30-Year Sentence for Child Porn

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:16 am

Justice Department logoHOUSTON (AP) — A U.S. attorney says a 62-year-old Tomball man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted of producing and distributing child pornography. A U.S. district judge ordered the sentence Monday for Raul Roy Marquez, who pleaded guilty to the two charges in June. He’ll also be on supervised release once he leaves prison and must register as a sex offender. Officials say that during the investigation, they found Marquez had downloaded and spread a video on his work computer. They say he also had the material on his personal computer and on discs. Prosecutors say that about 1,000 videos and 34,400 images of child pornography were found in Marquez’s possession.

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Jury Selection Begins in Alleged Hit Man Trial

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:15 am

Thomas Michael DixonLUBBOCK (AP) — Jury selection is to begin in the trial of an Amarillo plastic surgeon accused in a murder-for-hire plot to kill a Lubbock pathologist who was dating his former girlfriend. Interviews of potential jurors begin today for the capital murder trial of Dr. Thomas Michael Dixon, 50, who’s been jailed since his arrest. Prosecutors say he offered another man three silver bars worth $9,000 to kill Dr. Joseph Sonnier III in July 2012. The 57-year-old chief pathologist at a Lubbock hospital was dating Dixon’s ex-girlfriend when he died. The accused hit man is serving life in prison without parole as part of a plea deal. Prosecutors say he broke into Sonnier’s home and used a gun Dixon had given him. Prosecutors recently decided to not seek the death penalty for Dixon.

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Texas Teen Accidentally Shot, Killed by Brother

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:13 am

crimescene-2CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — Police in South Texas say a man accidentally shot and killed his 16-year-old brother when the man removed a handgun from a holster and it discharged. Corpus Christi police said in a statement that the brothers had gathered Sunday evening to watch a television show when the older brother, who’s 24, removed the gun from the holster. Investigators say a single shot accidentally discharged and struck the teen in the chest. The teen was transported to a hospital where he died. Authorities have not released the names of the brothers. Senior Officer Marc Harrod told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that the brothers’ mother was with them and witnessed the shooting. No charges have been filed in the matter.

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Driver, Horse Die after SUV Hits Man on Horseback

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:12 am

HOUSTON (AP) — Police say an SUV driver and a horse were killed after the vehicle collided with a man on horseback in northwest Houston. The crash occurred around 8:00 Sunday evening, when the driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe rammed into a man riding a horse. Both had been traveling westbound on West Little York Road in the Acres Home area. After hitting the horse, the SUV slammed into a telephone pole and a chain-link fence. The driver was pronounced dead upon arrival at a nearby hospital. The rider was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The horse was killed in the crash. In a statement Monday, Houston police said no charges had been filed in the incident.

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Report: San Antonio Hospitality Industry Booming

Posted/updated on: October 21, 2014 at 2:11 am

San Antonio River WalkSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Trinity University researchers say the hospitality industry pumped $13.4 billion into San Antonio’s economy last year. The San Antonio Express-News reports the study by two professors was released Monday at the Convention & Visitors Bureau’s annual meeting. The hospitality industry includes hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues. They found the industry bested a 2011 record of $12.2 billion and has tripled in size in two decades. The industry provides an annual payroll of $2.49 billion and employs 122,500 workers, about one-eighth of all employees in the city. That employment base has increased by one-third during the past decade and has risen faster than overall employment. The economics and health care administration professors say the city has attracted visitors even during poor economic conditions.

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