Four Reach Plea Deals in Tyler Motel Murder
TYLER — Four East Texas men have reached plea deals with the Smith County District Attorney’s Office in connection with a 2013 murder. KETK reports Lawrence Murphy Jr. was one of the four accused in the killing of Wesley Scott Lester at the American Inn Motel in Tyler in June of last year. Instead of capital murder, Murphy was charged with murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison after reaching his plea deal Friday morning. Murphy was believed to have fled to the Dallas area after he was sought by police for the June 15 murder. He turned himself in to Tyler Police investigators nine days after the killing. Read more …
Bond Lowered for Man Whose Toddler Died in Hot Truck
TYLER – A Flint-area man accused of manslaughter after his child died in a hot truck has been granted a lower bond. KETK reports that via request of Russell Lindstrom’s attorney, State District Judge Kerry Russell of Tyler lowered Lindstrom’s bond from $200,000 to $125,000 at a hearing Friday morning. A 911 call was received in June about two unresponsive youngsters inside a hot pickup with the windows rolled up in the 18000 block of County Road 1100 near Flint. Bella Lindstrom, 4, was taken to a hospital where she died. Her three year old sister Zoey was hospitalized and released the next day. Lindstrom, 33, was arrested last month at a mobile home park in the 17000 block of Highway 155 South. He has also been charged with injury to a child.
Grand Saline Man Killed in Head-On Collision with 18-Wheeler
VAN ZANDT COUNTY — A Grand Saline man was killed early Friday morning in a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler. According to KETK, DPS troopers say the collision happened between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m on FM 17 in Van Zandt County. Troopers say Steven Armstrong, 22, lost control of his car while driving northbound on FM 17. He swerved into oncoming traffic and crashed into the truck. Armstrong was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured. The wreck remains under investigation.
DPS Reminds Drivers to Watch for School-Bound Children
TYLER — As the academic year begins, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding all drivers to watch out for children walking to and from school or waiting for school buses. Drivers must also follow all traffic laws related to school buses and school zones. One of the most dangerous times of a student’s trip on a school bus is when they are entering or exiting the bus. Drivers are urged to slow down and pay attention in school zones since children may step into a roadway without checking for oncoming traffic. Read more …
ETMC Gilmer to Phase Out Inpatient Care
GILMER — Beginning January 1, 2015, ETMC Gilmer will no longer provide inpatient care, according to East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System officials. ETMC Gilmer will continue to operate as a 24-hour emergency center providing full-service emergency care and trauma stabilization, as well as laboratory and radiology services. KETK reports the ETMC First Physicians clinic, located at the hospital, will continue to operate as usual. “Making this decision was difficult,” said Perry Henderson, senior vice president, affiliate operations. “When ETMC came to Gilmer in 1997, the hospital had been closed and boarded up for two years. We take great pride in knowing that we reopened this facility and made healthcare more accessible to the people of Upshur County. Unfortunately, poor utilization and declining reimbursements across the board make providing inpatient care unfeasible.” Read more …
City of Tyler Street Projects
TYLER — The city of Tyler is putting out the word on a couple of street projects getting underway this weekend. Roadwork on South Broadway Avenue from Erwin Street to Fourth Street will continue Sunday, Aug. 24, through Thursday, Aug. 28. Officials say the final layer of asphalt will be applied and striping will be marked. To minimize inconvenience to the public, all work will be done between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. During this time, the road will periodically be closed to through traffic. All work is expected to be complete before Aug. 29, weather permitting. Read more …
Construction on Fourth Street between Hawkins Parkway and Loop 281
LONGVIEW — Beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday, August 24, Fourth Street in Longview will be under construction from Hawkins to Loop 281. For several days traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction for street maintenance, milling, and overlay work. Overlay work will continue on Fourth Street during the week of August 31 from Sunday night to Wednesday night. The contractor will be working from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to help reduce traffic congestion, according to a city news release. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes. This project is being constructed by Reynolds and Kay of Tyler. If you have any questions related to construction, call the City Engineer Alton Bradley at 903-237-1067.
Fort Hood Officer to Face Trial by Court Martial
FORT HOOD (AP) – A noncommissioned sexual abuse prevention officer accused of operating a prostitution ring at a central Texas army base will face a military court martial. Fort Hood said Friday that Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen’s case will go to trial. His attorneys could not be immediately reached. Initial charges were filed in March against McQueen alleging 21 criminal charges including pandering, adultery and sexual assault. During a June hearing, two soldiers said that McQueen recruited them and other cash-strapped female soldiers to join a prostitution ring. The base says the lieutenant general who presided over the hearing consulted McQueen’s chain of command and the case’s investigating officer before recommending that McQueen stand trial. Another soldier at the base, Master Sgt. Brad Grimes, was already demoted and reprimanded in the case.
Lubbock Man Indicted in Laser Shining at Aircraft
DALLAS (AP) – A 23-year-old former suburban Dallas man has been indicted on a federal count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft in the laser shining on a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter. A U.S. attorney’s statement says FBI agents arrested Steven Alexander Chavez on Friday in Lubbock, to where he had moved recently from Garland. According to the indictment returned earlier this week in Dallas, Chavez knowingly aimed the laser pointer at a DPS helicopter on August 4th, 2013.
No One Hurt in Rocket Explosion
MCGREGOR (AP) – An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded shortly after launch on a test flight at the company’s Central Texas development site. A SpaceX statement said nobody was injured in the Friday afternoon explosion at its test site in McGregor, 23 miles southeast of Waco.
Man Pleads Guilty in Human Trafficking Case
MIAMI (AP) – A man accused of leading a human trafficking ring has pleaded guilty to U.S. extortion charges involving the smuggling of more than 1,000 Cubans, including baseball players such as Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin. Eliezer Lazo entered the plea yesterday in Miami, Florida federal court. Lazo is already serving a five-year prison sentence for money laundering in a Medicare fraud case and now faces up to 20 years more.
Man Sentenced to 99 Years in Wife’s Death
SAN ANGELO (AP) – A jury has sentenced a 32-year-old man to 99 years in prison for the shooting death of his wife. The San Angelo Standard-Times reports Matthew Sammuel Salazar was previously convicted of fatally shooting his wife in August. He had told authorities that he found his wife naked inside of his friend’s home in Tom Green County. He received his sentence Thursday. The jury heard a recording Tuesday from a 911 call in which Salazar admitted to shooting his wife. Salazar’s attorney says he was surprised by the length of the sentence. He says his client was “understandably upset” after learning his punishment, but “understands there must be consequences.”
Austin Police Search for Bicycle Thief
AUSTIN (AP) – Austin police say they are investigating nearly 40 nighttime burglaries in which more than 115 “high end” bicycles were stolen from garages. Police say one suspect, whose image was captured on a homeowner’s surveillance camera, is responsible for multiple burglaries. They are seeking the public’s help in finding the man. Members of the Austin bike community are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Austin Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $1,000. Police say the stolen bikes are worth between $350,000 and $400,000.
Rig Count Down
HOUSTON (AP) – Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell 17 this week to 1,896. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that Texas shut down 13 rigs this week, while Oklahoma’s rig count declined by one.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
The indictment of Rick Perry is disturbing because of the realization that the left no longer feels the need to even make a pretense of legal or moral propriety. Read More | Visit The You Tell Me Texas Blog
It can be so mild that you don’t even know you have it. Or, it can be the precursor to a disease requiring bed rest and even hospitalization. The non-medical term is “walking pneumonia” and it’s every bit as contagious as the more severe form of pneumonia. In this post to HealthConnection, UT Health Northeast pulmonology expert Dr. Julie Philley discusses walking pneumonia. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 23rd August 2014- Historical Events 1595 - Michael the Brave confronts the Ottoman army in the Battle of Calugareni. 1796 - African Methodist Episcopal Church incorporated 1936 - 17 year old Bob Feller's 1st game, he strikes out 15 St Louis Browns 1953 - USSR performs nuclear test 1958 - China PR resumes fire on Quemoi and Matsoe 1981 - Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf More Historical Events... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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Low-Fat Recipes: Strawberry Bruschetta
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