Evidence Tampering Charges Following Girls’ Deaths
QUITMAN (Staff/AP)— A Quitman man was arrested by local law enforcement for allegedly tampering with a Wood County case. KETK reports that according to Police Chief Kelly Cole, Thomas Wayne Liles, 19, was taken into custody by one of his officers on Thursday for tampering with evidence. At 1:51 a.m. Thursday, Quitman PD responded to reports of two young sisters who were not breathing and would not wake up. When authorities arrived, they found two girls, approximately ages two and three, dead. Read more …
Autopsy: Child Killed by Blunt Force, Stab to Chest
ATHENS — The autopsy on the death of a 4-year-old in Henderson County was released Friday. According to KETK, the Medical Examiner’s Office in Dallas County ruled the manner of death homicide. The document stated the girl was killed by “blunt force injuries of the head, stab wound of the chest and drowning.” Stacie Marie Parsons, 25, of Athens, is currently being held on a $2 million bond. She is charged with murdering her daughter on July 22. The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office said she admitted to the gruesome crime. A motive has not been released.
Possible Suspect Sought in Widespread Burglaries
TYLER — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office requests assistance in identifying a burglary suspect. Detectives say this man may be connected with multiple pharmacy burglaries across East Texas including Gregg, Smith, Henderson, Angelina, Cherokee, and Anderson counties. Crimestoppers pays up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed in specific cases. If you have information, call Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF (2833). The Smith County Sheriff’s Office can also be contacted at 903-566-6600.
New School Superintendent for TISD
TYLER – Tyler school trustees have unanimously named Dr. Marty Lane Crawford as the lone finalist for the District’s superintendent position. The announcement was made at last night’s monthly board meeting. The District is required to wait 21 days before officially hiring Dr. Crawford. “I am honored to be named the lone finalist for the superintendent position at Tyler ISD,” Dr. Crawford said. “I am excited to work with the District’s students, faculty and staff to meet and exceed our goals. Together we will be able to continue moving forward in achieving academic excellence.” Read more …
Multiple Agencies Raid Steroid Lab in Cherokee Co.
RUSK — Authorities in Cherokee County raided an illegal lab Thursday and seized chemicals used to make steroids, according to Sheriff James Campbell. Campbell says investigators executed a search warrant at a home on FM 3052 in the Mixon community at 6:30 p.m. According to KETK, the sheriff says the Texas Department of Public Safety and DEA agents assisted in the operation. Officials say during the search, they collected chemicals, including anadrol, D-bol and cialis; lab equipment speakers, flasks, burettes, tubing, and vacuum chambers; notebooks containing “recipes”; and outlines for the manufacture of steroids. No arrests have been made at this time. A value of the items has not yet been determined.
Gregg County Seeking Tips on $5,000 Mower Reported Stolen
GREGG COUNTY — The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding a stolen mower. KETK reports that on July 18 at around 4:00 a.m., unknown thieves took a red and silver 2007 Brush Hog zero turn riding mower from a home on the 5700 block of Highway 300. The mower was valued at $5000. Video surveillance from a nearby business shows the mower in a white four door truck, believed to be a Ford F-250, traveling north on Highway 300 a short distance from Upshur County. If you have information about this theft, contact Investigator David Falco at (903) 236-8438 or Crime Stoppers at (903) 236-STOP.
Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital Receives National Award
TYLER – Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital was recently recognized with an Excellence Through Insight award for “Overall Physician Satisfaction” by HealthStream, Inc. According to a news release from Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, Tyler ContinueCARE was awarded the honor for commitment to excellence in medical staff satisfaction. To qualify for an award, a hospital must have been a medical staff satisfaction client of HealthStream in 2013, scored in the 75th percentile or higher, and conducted a minimum of 50 physician surveys. Tyler ContinueCARE was chosen for receiving the highest ratings in medical staff satisfaction from among HealthStream’s clients, as well as for exceeding industry standards. Read more …
Promotions at Kilgore College
KILGORE – The new Vice President of Institutional Planning at Kilgore College will be Staci Martin. Starting August first, she will take over for Dr. Mike Turpin who was named Vice President of Instruction June 1. “I look forward to taking on this new challenge and working together with KC’s administration, faculty and staff as we strive together to provide high quality educational opportunities and services that promote student success,” Martin said. Read more …
Dallas County Official Charged with Taking Bribes
DALLAS (AP) – Federal authorities have charged a longtime Dallas County commissioner with accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of certain projects. John Wiley Price and three other individuals were taken into custody Friday after being charged in a 13-count indictment. U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaqa said at a news conference that during a decade-long scheme, two political consultants provided Price with $950,000 in money, cars, and land. Authorities allege that in exchange for the bribes, Price voted for lucrative contracts before commissioners court that were proposed by the consultants’ clients. Billy Ravkind, Price’s attorney, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Judge Says Man Should Be Exonerated in Rape
DALLAS (AP) – A judge has recommended the exoneration of a Texas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape based on recent DNA testing. Judge Gracie Lewis said Friday that the conviction of 57-year-old Michael Phillips should be vacated. The matter now goes to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Dallas County district attorney Craig Watkins sought the exoneration after DNA testing identified another man as the culprit in the rape of a 16-year-old girl at a motel where both men lived. Phillips served 12 years in prison after entering a plea deal that he said his attorney advised him to take after the victim identified him. Phillips said during the hearing that he was appreciative.
Deterrence a Goal and Challenge at Texas Border
MISSION (AP) – A recent patrol with state troopers on the Rio Grande illustrates the challenges that as many as 1,000 National Guard troops will face along the Texas-Mexico border in deterring criminal activity. Three heavily-armed Texas patrol boats rounded a bend in the Rio Grande on Thursday afternoon and came upon two young men paddling an inflatable raft full-speed ahead toward the Mexican shore. The men passed their raft and paddles up the bank to others as the state troopers and game wardens bobbed helplessly in their boats. Gov. Rick Perry said this week the troops’ presence will deter criminal activity as they support state troopers already working the border in greater numbers.
No Verdict Yet in Ventura Case; Jury Back Monday
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The jury weighing whether former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura was defamed by the author of “American Sniper” has ended the week without a verdict. Jurors are scheduled to resume deliberations Monday. Ventura says author Chris Kyle defamed him by fabricating a story in his best-selling memoir. Kyle wrote that he decked Ventura in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura allegedly said Navy SEALs “deserve to lose a few.” To rule for Ventura, the jury must find by “clear and convincing evidence” that Kyle knew or believed his story was false, or that Kyle had serious doubts about whether it was true. Ventura’s attorney has asked for millions in damages. Kyle died in Texas last year. The lawsuit is continuing against Kyle’s estate.
Two Men Charged with Leaving Children in Locked Car
HITCHCOCK (AP) – Two men have been arrested after police say they left two children inside a locked car for about 30 minutes outside a Texas gas station. The Galveston County Daily News reports 26-year-old Chase Everett Jackson and 20-year-old Jamaree Holmes were arrested Thursday in Hitchcock. They’re each charged with one count of abandoning and endangering a child. Police removed the two children from the car. Police chief Clay Kennelly says the children were unharmed but taken to a hospital as a precaution. Kennelly says he doesn’t know how old the children are. He says the relationship between the two men and children wasn’t immediately clear. The Galveston County clerk’s office says records do not show an attorney for either man.
Former Astronaut Hank Hartsfield Dies at 80
HOUSTON (AP) – Former astronaut Henry “Hank” Hartsfield, who logged 483 hours during three trips into space and commanded two shuttle missions, has died. He was 80. Hartsfield’s daughter, Judy Gedies, said Friday her father died July 17 of complications following back surgery. Funeral services were set for Saturday in suburban Houston. Hartsfield, from Birmingham, Alabama, had a physics degree from Auburn University, graduated from Air Force test pilot school and was selected for astronaut training in 1969. He earned an engineering science master’s degree from the University of Tennessee in 1971. He served on a 1972 lunar landing support crew, was pilot 10 years later for the shuttle Columbia’s last test mission and commander for a Discovery flight in 1984 and Challenger in 1985. Hartsfield later worked in several NASA administrative positions.
Hand, Mathis send Marlins to 2-0 win over Astros
Brad Hand pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning and Jeff Mathis hit a two-run double for the Miami Marlins in their 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
Hand (2-2) struck out four and walked two in a career-high 7 1/3 innings to earn his second straight win. Donovan Solano and Giancarlo Stanton each had two hits for the Marlins, who won their fifth in sixth games.
Miami was able to get to Dallas Keuchel (9-7) in the seventh.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia reached on an error by center fielder Enrique Hernandez. Adeiny Hechavarria hit an infield single with two outs before Mathis drove in both runners with a double.
Bryan Morris got two outs in the eighth, and Steve Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his 25th save. Read more …
Rangers use record 31st pitcher, beat A’s 4-1
Jerome Williams pitched six solid innings while becoming the team-record 31st pitcher used this season by the Texas Rangers, and they beat AL West-leading Oakland 4-1 on Friday night.
Elvis Andrus had a triple among his two hits and scored twice for the Rangers, who had lost their seven previous home games in July and were coming off a 2-5 road trip out of the All-Star break.
Neftali Feliz, back in the closer role after Joakim Soria was traded to Detroit earlier this week, worked a scoreless ninth while giving up a hit and a walk for his first regular-season save since 2011. His last opportunity, before moving to the rotation and then getting hurt, was a blown save in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series against St. Louis.
The Athletics still have the best record in the majors at 63-39, and they have a 22 1-2-game division lead over last-place Texas, which has won only six of its last 33 games.
Williams (2-4) allowed one run while striking out four without a walk. The 32-year-old right-hander was released by Houston earlier this month and signed to a minor league deal with the Rangers two weeks ago.
Texas purchased Williams’ contract from Triple-A Round Rock as planned Friday to start in place of Nick Tepesch, who pitched in relief in the Rangers’ 14-inning loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. Tepesch is scheduled to start Saturday night. Read more …
Sources: Longhorns kick four more off team
By Max Olson | ESPN.com
Texas football coach Charlie Strong has kicked at least six players off the team since becoming coach, in addition to suspending two Longhorns players Thursday after they were arrested on charges of sexual assault.
Safety Josh Turner, running back Jalen Overstreet and defensive back Chevoski Collins have been dismissed from the program for violating team rules, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Friday.
Senior running back Joe Bergeron was also dismissed from the program, according to Orangebloods.com and multiple media outlets Friday.
Texas has yet to officially acknowledge any of the dismissals.
Turner was a projected starter, a senior safety who played in 37 games and started five, including three in 2013. He had an interception in Texas’ first spring game under Strong.
Overstreet, a sophomore, rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns as a reserve last season after moving from quarterback to running back. Collins redshirted as a freshman and was a backup at safety. Orangebloods.com initially reported the dismissal of Overstreet and Collins. Read more …
Sources: Dez, Dallas not close on deal
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
OXNARD, Calif. — The Dallas Cowboys have had several discussions with the agent for receiver Dez Bryant about a lucrative, long-term extension, but the sides are not close to a deal as the team opens training camp, according to multiple sources.
Bryant believes he has earned the right to be among the highest-paid receivers in the league, but he understands he likely will have to wait to cash in with a new contract. Coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is due to make $1.78 million this season.
“It feels good to know that things are being talked about, but I’m going to let it take care of itself,” Bryant told ESPNDallas.com after the Cowboys’ first practice of camp Thursday. “I feel like as long as I take care of business on that field, the rest will be taken care of.”
The Cowboys have a history of giving extensions to core players before their contracts expire. However, several of those contracts did not work out favorably for them, including rich deals for receivers Roy Williams and Miles Austin. Read more …
Cowboys’ McClain convicted, already appeals
A judge Friday convicted Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in his Alabama hometown and imposed an 18-day jail term that could interrupt the player’s bid to restart his career.
Municipal Judge Billy Cook convicted McClain on the misdemeanor counts after a non-jury trial that lasted about three hours. McClain was accused of yelling an obscenity at police trying to arrest him during a disturbance in a crowded city park in 2013.
McClain won’t have to report for his jail sentence until after an appeal is complete in state court. Cook also ordered McClain to pay $1,572 in fines and court costs. It’s unclear how long an appeal might take.
The judge signed a document stating McClain, 25, was free to leave the state while challenging the conviction.
“My attitude is I think I ran into the only person in the entire state of Alabama that would convict Rolando McClain based on this evidence,” defense attorney Harvey Steinberg said. “Unfortunately, it happened to be the judge.”
The former Alabama Crimson Tide star maintained his innocence and said police arrested the wrong person. He’s been arrested three times in Decatur since 2011. Read more …
Stephen Jones: Romo rest ‘precautionary’
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
Follow reporter Todd Archer’s live updates from training camp in Oxnard, California.
With the Cowboys going through their second workout of training camp, Romo spent the bulk of the workout off the field. He was not in uniform and left the field after the pre-practice warmup was finished. Brandon Weeden took the first-team snaps.
Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys want to be mindful of Romo’s back injury in back-to-back workouts and standing around can cause issues. The Cowboys will have their first padded practice Saturday, and Romo and club officials said he will take the team snaps during the afternoon session.
“It’s just purely precautionary,” Jones said. “I think Tony knows that we’re getting ready to get into the competitive part of practices [Saturday] and he just decided he wanted to make sure he was rolling and ready and wanted to not push it here. He’s been going pretty good between all the conditioning and running and getting himself back into shape. Having a big two or three days here he just wanted to take [Friday] to rest up a little bit and get ready. He doesn’t want to miss anything that’s competitive and everybody agreed that was a good idea.”
Strong offseason fueling Brandon Weeden
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
IRVING, Texas – Brandon Weeden’s bid to be the Dallas Cowboys’ No. 2 quarterback in 2014 got a lot easier when the club decided to release Kyle Orton.
Barring something unforeseen, Weeden, who signed a two-year deal in the offseason, will be Tony Romo’s backup. But Weeden does not look at the move as “weight off my shoulders.”
“Given the situation Kyle has been in in previous years in Dallas, he’s been the backup quarterback, so I think if he was there it would be one more obstacle I would have to kind of hurdle,” Weeden said. “But at the same time I can’t really get wrapped up in putting all of my attention on that. I need to do what I did in the [organized team activities] and continue to play well and get better. I think hopefully things will work out that way regardless.”
The Cowboys felt confident enough to jettison Orton, who skipped the entire offseason program and minicamp, in part because of what Weeden did in the spring. With Romo recovering from back surgery and being kept out of competitive drills and Orton missing, Weeden took all of the first-team snaps.
“I think the reps I got in the OTAs were kind of irreplaceable,” Weeden said. “If I was in a situation where God forbid something happened to Tony and I’m asked to play, those are the guys I’m going to battle with, so those reps I got were invaluable. I know I won’t get many of those in [training] camp, but fortunately I had 12 practices where I was able to get out with those guys. Now it’s, ‘Let’s get to work.’ I’m ready to get to California and get things rolling.”
Orton had the same benefit last year of taking all of the offseason snaps in 2013 as Romo recovered from surgery to remove a cyst from his back. When Romo hurt his back in Week 16 against the Washington Redskins, he was able to step into the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles and play well. He completed 30 of 46 passes for 358 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, but a late turnover sealed the Cowboys’ loss.
“[Gavin] Escobar and [Jason] Witten are two totally different players. Dez [Bryant] and Terrance [Williams] are two totally different players,” Weeden said. “You kind of learn what certain guys’ strengths are and little nuances of what they do. That’s the thing more than anything. You kind of get a feel for what Dez likes on fades and all that stuff a certain way where Terrance might like it another way. You’ve got to learn what each guy likes. When you’re with so many new guys it takes time. You always want more time, but it’s nice to have the reps I did get there to get a head start.”
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
Did you know your heart is a muscle just like the biceps in your arm or the quadriceps in your legs? It’s considered to be the hardest working muscle in your body; beating more than 3.5 billion times during an average lifespan. And like any hard-working muscle, your heart needs a healthy diet, regular exercise, and a good night’s sleep to stay healthy. But what actually happens to this vital muscle over time when you have diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol? UT Health’s cardiologist, Dr. Dudley Goulden, answers questions about maintaining a healthy heart muscle in this post to HealthConnection. Go to the UT Health Connection website!
Today in History
Today in History for 25th July 2014- Historical Events 1939 - NY Yankee Atley Donald sets AL rookie record with 12 consecutive win 1947 - US Air Force, Navy and War Dept form US Department of Defense 1960 - Companie Industrielle et Forestere (Indufor) forms in Brussels 1992 - 25th Olympic Summer games opens in Barcelona, Spain 1995 - A gas bottle explodes in Saint Michel station of line B of the RER (Paris regional train network). Ei... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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