Tyler Homicide Under Investigation
TYLER — The death of a Tyler man remains under investigation. Tyrone Lee Underwood, 24, was found dead in his car which had struck a telephone pole. Investigators say Underwood was shot before the accident. A caller told police her children told her they heard what they believed to be several gunshots. The car crash occurred around 2:45 yesterday morning in the 400 block of West 24th Street.
Suspect Identified after Being Killed during Robbery Attempt
TYLER – The death of a Smith County man during a robbery attempt remains under investigation. Killed Sunday night was Courvoiser Kimmetrrius Butler, 24, of Tyler. He was said to have been shot during the shootout with the owner of the Mi Pueblo Food store on Morningside Drive. Butler’s body was found lying on the floor of the store. He was wearing a ski mask and gloves. The store’s owner was not injured. Authorities believe Butler may have been accompanied by a second person. He is described as a black male in his mid twenties, driving a late model green two door vehicle (possibly a Pontiac), who was seen at the store just before to the robbery.
Autopsy Results Revealed in Police Shooting; Hacking May Be Related
LONGVIEW (Staff/AP) — Authorities continue to investigate a Longview police shooting even as a possibly related hacking incident is being looked into. A preliminary autopsy released Monday shows the 17-year-old girl killed by police last week died of gunshot wounds to her trunk and upper body. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report the manner of death is listed as a homicide according to the preliminary autopsy for Kristiana Coignard that was released by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Mathis’s office. The autopsy was performed by Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas. Read more …
Longview Drive-By Shooting Reported
LONGVIEW – A drive-by shooting in Longview is under investigation. It was reported around 6:00 last night on Nikki Drive in Spring Hill. Police Department spokeswoman Kristie Brian told the Longview News-Journal no injuries were reported.
Palestine Man Indicted on Numerous Federal Income Tax Charges
TYLER — A Palestine man is being charged with federal income tax violations. Jefferson Kincade, 37, appeared yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell and was released on an unsecured bond. Kincade was indicted on January 21 and charged with 31 counts of preparing income tax returns with false statements in them, six counts of theft of government money, and six counts of aggravated identity theft. If convicted, he faces up to three years in federal prison for each of the 31 counts, up to 10 years in federal prison for each of the six counts of theft of government money, and up to two years in federal prison for each of the six counts of aggravated identity theft. Read more …
Man Arrested in Officer-Involved Shooting
HENDERSON COUNTY — An East Texas man has been arrested on charges of attempted capital murder following a shooting involving Henderson County law officers. Steven Clement Rei was arrested in the 200 block of North Cherokee Shores Drive in Cherokee Shores. Sheriffs’ deputies were sent to the area in response to a domestic disturbance involving a firearm. Read more …
Smith County Man Sought for Child Sex Assault, Theft
JACKSON HEIGHTS — The United States Marshals Task Force is seeking a Smith County man in connection with multiple crimes. According to KETK, Smith County Precinct 4 Constable John Smith says officials are seeking Sydney C. Lynch, 51, of the Jackson Heights community in the Chapel Hill area. Lynch is wanted on charges of child sexual assault and felony theft. You’re asked to contact Smith at (903) 590-4871 or [email protected] if you have any information on Lynch’s whereabouts.
Family Escapes Uninjured from Lindale House Fire
LINDALE — A Lindale family was able to escape a house fire. The Smith County Fire Marshal tells KETK the blaze erupted at a home in the 300 block of North Henry Street, just west of Highway 69, just before 3:15 Monday morning. A Video shows extensive damage to the residence. A husband, wife, and three kids were inside the house. A passerby was able to knock on the door and get the family out of the house before they were injured. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
Warehouse Destroyed in Fire near Lindale, One Hurt
LINDALE — Fire has destroyed A warehouse full of furniture and fabric in the 13000 block of County Road 496 near Lindale. According to KETK, the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office says the blaze was called in around 11:30 Monday morning. Lindale, Red Springs, Flint-Gresham, Noonday and Dixie Fire Departments extinguished the fire. The owner of the warehouse suffered minor burns and was treated at the scene. No word on the cause of the fire.
Two More States Join Texas-Led Immigration Lawsuit
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas says two more states have joined its coalition suing over the Obama administration’s executive action on immigration, meaning 26 states are now part of the case. New Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that Nevada and Tennessee have officially become part of the coalition. More than half the states are now fighting the order in a federal court in Brownsville. Announced in November, the president’s unilateral move is designed to spare millions of people living illegally in the United States from deportation. The lawsuit accuses the White House of “trampling” the Constitution. A federal judge heard arguments Jan. 15 but didn’t immediately rule on an injunction the coalition is seeking. It would suspend Obama’s action until the lawsuit makes its way through the courts.
GOP Lawmakers: Guns on Campus Bill has Votes to Pass Senate
AUSTIN (AP) — Two Republican senators say a proposal that would allow college students to carry guns on campus already has enough support to pass the upper chamber. Senators Charles Schwertner and Brian Birdwell said Monday that 19 senators have endorsed their bill. It would allow students, faculty and staff members with concealed-handgun licenses to carry guns into campus buildings and classrooms. The issue has sparked fierce debate in previous legislative sessions, but never became law. However, a rules change championed by new Lt. Governor Dan Patrick reduced the threshold to debate Senate bills from 21 to 19. That means there is now enough support for the “Campus Personal Protection Act” to go to the floor, and potentially pass. The House would still need to take up the measure.
Bananas Not Guns at Texas Capitol Rally
AUSTIN (AP) — Gun rights activists staged another rally at the state Capitol and promised to keep things peaceful in their push to support the open carry of handguns without a license in Texas. A similar rally by a different group two weeks ago raised tensions after a confrontation between activists and a lawmaker. The most notable sign of protest at Monday’s Open Carry Texas rally was the sight of gun holsters stuffed not with weapons but rolled up copies of the Constitution, cans of hairspray and bananas to protest restrictive gun laws. Texas hasn’t allowed open carry of handguns, with or without a license, since right after the Civil War. Lawmakers are considering several open carry bills this year. Most of them require a license similar to current concealed handgun law.
School Deion Sanders Co-Founded Expects to Lose Charter
FORT WORTH (AP) — The board of the charter school co-founded by Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is expecting a default judgment and its charter to be revoked at a hearing in Austin. T. Christopher Lewis, board president of Uplift Fort Worth, which holds the Prime Prep charter, told The Dallas Morning News that a default judgment was expected today during an already scheduled hearing before the Texas Education Agency. The nonprofit also expects the state officials to revoke its charter. The school founded in 2012 is in financial straits after years of management disputes that led to a state takeover of its governance. The school could close in the middle of the semester if found insolvent.
Texas Clause on Veterans’ Tuition Aid Ruled Unconstitutional
HOUSTON (AP) — A judge has ruled that a clause in a Texas law that limits veterans’ tuition benefits is unconstitutional. A U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday that the University of Houston could not exclude student Keith Harris from certain benefits solely because he enlisted into the military outside of Texas. The Houston Chronicle reports that the ruling could have broad implications for Texas schools. Tuition and fee exemptions under the Texas Hazlewood Act cost Texas universities $169 million in 2014 and are projected to jump to $286 million by 2017. Harris sought benefits under the Hazlewood Act and was rejected. Harris grew up in Georgia but earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and attended law school there until his education benefits under the GI Bill ran out.
Record Number of Exonerations Driven by Texas Drug Cases
HOUSTON (AP) — A new report says 125 people falsely convicted of crimes were exonerated last year in the U.S. The record number of exonerations was due in part to 33 cases in Texas in which individuals had their drug convictions dismissed after lab tests determined they never had illegal substances. The report, by the National Registry of Exonerations, says the exonerations in 2014 were 34 more than in 2013, the year with the previous highest total. Texas had the most exonerations in 2014 with 39. New York was second with 17. The registry is a project of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University law schools and has documented more than 1,500 such cases in the U.S. since 1989.
Teen Charged with Murder of Infant Found in Dallas Apartment
DALLAS (AP) — Police have charged a 14-year-old girl with capital murder of an infant found dead in a Dallas apartment. Authorities said Monday a preliminary investigation indicates the teenage suspect drowned 3-month-old Justice Hull while the suspect’s mother was not at home. The Dallas Morning News reports authorities now believe the suspect and the child were not related. Police said the suspect’s mother was caring for the baby, whose mother was in jail. Police said other children in the home were taken to the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Police Maj. Robert Sherwin said the baby was dead when officers and paramedics arrived. Sherwin said the suspect, whose name was not released, would be transferred to a juvenile detention center.
Man Who Shot Bexar County Deputy Gets 40 Years in Prison
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A man who shot a sheriff’s deputy as he tried to serve him with several warrants at a house outside of San Antonio has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. Juan Daniel Gonzales Jr. pleaded no contest to attempted capital murder of a police officer. The 40-year-old was then sentenced to 40 years in prison as part of a plea agreement. He was arrested in February 2013 after twice shooting Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputy Jose Esquivel in 2013. Esquivel, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was shot in the arms. He survived. Esquivel fired back 14 times at Gonzales, who was hiding in the laundry room. But Gonzales was not struck. The warrants accused Gonzales of felony theft, retaliation and failing to register as a sex offender.
Men Wanted for Human Trafficking Deported to Ecuador
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Two Cuban men discovered in Texas have been deported after authorities determined they were wanted in Ecuador on human-trafficking charges. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said in a statement Monday that Luis Manuel Campos Aguila, 24, and Wong Herrera, 26, were flown Friday to Ecuador. They are accused of smuggling Cuban women to Ecuador and then forcing them to work as prostitutes to pay off thousands of dollars of debt they imposed on the women. Some victims were told they had debt of $3,000 but then the figure was increased to $8,000 and $15,000. Authorities apprehended the men early last year as they tried to enter Texas through Laredo.
Baby Medevaced from Cruise Ship in Gulf of Mexico
HOUSTON (AP) — An eight-month-old baby has been evacuated by helicopter from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico to a Houston hospital. The Coast Guard said Monday a helicopter crew evacuated the baby girl, her mother and a nurse from the cruise ship Carnival Triumph early Monday some 230 miles southeast of Galveston. Authorities say the baby was suffering from seizures and trouble breathing. A Coast Guard flight surgeon agreed with the cruise ship’s medical staff that a medical evacuation was necessary. The aircrew arrived shortly before midnight on Sunday, stopping to refuel at a rig in the Gulf before landing around 2 a.m. at Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston. The baby’s condition was not immediately known.
First Candidate Enters Houston Mayoral Race
HOUSTON (AP) — The first official candidate has entered the race to become the next mayor of Houston. The Houston Chronicle reports that Chris Bell, a former city councilman and one-term Democratic congressman, formally announced his campaign for mayor on Sunday. The race to replace term-limited Mayor Annise Parker is expected to be wide-open and hotly contested. Bell, a Democrat, vowed to modernize how the city fills potholes and fixes sidewalks. He believes infrastructure is the issue that will persuade Houston voters to cast a ballot for him in November. Several other candidates have signaled that they’ll join Bell in the field. Those include state Representative Sylvester Turner and city councilmen Oliver Pennington and Stephen Costello.
Galveston County Officials Want to Root Out Beach Squatters
GALVESTON (AP) — Galveston County officials are seeking a change in state law to help them root out squatters living on beaches on Bolivar Peninsula. County commissioners will push the state Legislature this session for a change in the Texas Natural Resources Code to allow counties bordering the Gulf of Mexico to ban full-time living on unincorporated beaches, most of which are found on Bolivar Peninsula. Commissioner Ryan Dennard tells The Galveston County Daily News that cities have the power to regulate camping on beaches, but counties responsible for unincorporated areas do not have the regulatory power without a change in state law. He says “people have set up these makeshift camps and stay for a really, really long time and there are health and safety issues that come up.”
Oil Giant BP to Freeze Most Employees’ Pay
HOUSTON (AP) — BP says it will freeze pay for most of its employees in 2015 as oil companies look for ways to cut costs amid falling oil prices. Prices have fallen by nearly half in just six months, with major benchmarks trading below $50 a barrel. The Houston Chronicle reports that the announcement was made Monday in an internal message. BP spokesman Brett Clanton said in a statement that it was a “prudent response” to a challenging market environment. The newspaper reported that BP said in December it expected to take a $1 billion restructuring charge this year because of job cuts and pared back oil production. According to its last annual report, BP employs 83,900 workers, including about 20,000 in the U.S.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
Despite the fact that there are vaccines that are very effective against most types of pneumonia, every year millions get sick from the disease and about 40,000 die. At HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast physician assistant Gerry Brown answers questions and clears up confusion regarding pneumonia vaccine. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 27th January 2015- Historical Events 1142 - Wrongful execution of noted Song Dynasty General Yue Fei. 1864 - Civil War skirmish at Kelly's Ford, Va 1934 - VARA refuses to hire after commemoration of Marinus Van de Lubbe 1968 - "Darling of the Day" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 perfs 1971 - The body of a man who had been shot dead is found in Belfast 1996 - Catherine Roskam becomes the 1st NY female Episc... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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