Smith County Burglary Ring, 6 Arrested
TYLER — Smith County Sheriff’s Office detectives in the Property Crimes Division have discovered a theft and burglary ring in Smith County and surrounding counties. The investigation began on Wednesday, October 8, when detectives noticed a trend in various theft and burglary reports. The investigation continued throughout the month of October, so far clearing six burglaries in the southern portion of Smith County and one burglary in Henderson County. Judge Christi Kennedy of the 114st State District Court issued the two search warrants and thirteen arrest warrants following an investigation lasting several weeks. As a result, detectives have recovered over $16,000 worth of property, including four firearms. Read more …
Tyler Bank Robbed, One Arrested
TYLER – Tyler police are investigating a reported robbery at First Bank and Trust East Texas, near the intersection of Old Jacksonville Highway and Three Lakes Parkway. The bank was held up at knife point around 2:15 Friday afternoon. Officers were given the description of the suspect and suspect vehicle that left the scene of the robbery. About seven minutes after the robbery, they stopped the vehicle at the intersection of the Old Jacksonville Highway and West Grande. In the car, officers say they found the knife used in the robbery and the money taken from the bank. There, officers took into custody Willie White, 32, of Tyler. The car’s driver is being detained while the investigation continues.
More Resignations at the Smith County Jail
TYLER — Two persons who had been under investigation for misconduct as employees of the Smith County Jail have resigned. One resigned on Wednesday and the other resigned yesterday. This is the result of a continued internal Smith County Sheriff’s Office investigation which has been ongoing for several months. This investigation was self-reported by Sheriff Larry Smith once he learned of its existence. In addition to this internal investigation, Sheriff Smith initiated a criminal investigation through the Texas Rangers. Read more …
Family Continues Bid to Send Tiede Back to Prison
CARTHAGE — The family of the victim of a now freed infamous killer continues its fight to return him to prison. In the movie “Bernie,” Bernie Tiede was portrayed as a kind man who’d been pushed over the edge by his victim, 80-year-old Marjorie Nugent. Nugent’s granddaughter Shannon Nugent says he stole millions from her and shot her to death the morning she was to meet with her bank in Longview about her missing funds. She says Tiede “cleaned up the body, then went to her purse, stole her credit card, and took people out for pizza. That’s who this guy is, and…I can’t believe that anybody in Texas would want this guy out on the streets.” She says because of the amount of cash stolen, this could have been a capital murder case. She doesn’t want a retrial; she wants Tiede to serve out his life sentence behind bars.
Staples Steps Down from Ag Commissioner Post
AUSTIN — When Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples decided to forgo a third term and run for lieutenant governor, he knew it was a gamble. After he failed to win the Republican primary, this became his final term. Staples remarks, “When I was sworn in as agriculture commissioner for my second term in 2011, I knew the next few years would be a terrific ride, and it certainly has been.” Staples leaves office today to become president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association. Staples began his political career in his hometown of Palestine, serving as a state legislator before becoming ag commissioner in 2007.
Suddenlink Named UT Tyler Patriot of the Year
TYLER — In honor of what’s termed their outstanding generosity and support, Suddenlink has been named The University of Texas at Tyler 2014 Patriot of the Year, UT Tyler President Rodney H. Mabry announced. According to a university news release, the UT Tyler Patriot of the Year Award recognizes the enduring contributions of an individual, couple or organization to the advancement of the university and the community. Read more …
Man Gets Life for Child Sex Assault
HENDERSON — A Rusk County man has been sentenced to life in prison for the aggravated sexual assault of a child. KETK reports Richard Wisdom, 43, was found guilty after 20 minutes of deliberation by a jury. He was then given the life sentence by the 4th District Court judge. Wisdom will be eligible for parole after 37 years behind bars, according to District Attorney Micheal E. Jimerson. Assistant District Attorney Kate Hegar and District Attorney Michael E. Jimerson prosecuted the case.
Section of Green Street to Reopen
LONGVIEW – Beginning next Monday, all lanes of traffic will reopen on Green Street from Cotton Street to East Whaley Street in Longview. Green Street from Cotton Street south to Nelson Street remains closed as paving and other improvements continue. This street work is part of the Downtown Parking Streetscape Improvements project approved by voters in the 2011 Capital Improvements bond package. This project consists of improvements to Green Street in the downtown area, including improvements to paving, storm sewer system, sidewalks, streetscape, and landscaping.
Dogs Get Halloween Treats from Some Texas Children
LUFKIN (AP) — Some kindergarten students in East Texas have turned Halloween into a math and science project with treats going to the dogs. The Lufkin Daily News reports that students at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School in Lufkin created a service project called Howl-A-Ween. The project began as a measuring assignment in math. Teachers Barbara Peterson and Kim Watter also incorporated animal adaptation in science. The instructors had the students create and donate dog treats to the Winnie Berry Humane Society of Angelina County. The treats were presented in paper bags decorated with images of pumpkins and pooches.
Early Voting Sees Steady, But Not Surging Numbers
AUSTIN (AP) — If voters are overly excited about electing the first new Texas governor in 14 years and wholesale changes across state government, the turnout so far hasn’t shown it. State elections figures released Thursday show that after 10 days of early voting, turnout is roughly similar to four years ago in the biggest Texas counties. That’s despite a high-profile race between Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis and major voter registration efforts from both parties. Early voting ends Friday. Election officials cautioned that the final day of early voting typically sees bigger numbers. Nearly 1.3 million people in the state’s largest counties had cast a ballot through Wednesday. That’s slightly up from the last midterm election in 2010, but is down in terms of total percentage of registered voters.
Hillary Clinton Cheers Van de Putte’s “Bold Ideas”
AUSTIN (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is praising the Democratic nominee for Texas lieutenant governor, Leticia Van de Putte. In a post to Van de Putte’s Facebook page Thursday, the former secretary of state said the San Antonio state senator “has bold ideas and initiatives that honor veterans, respect women and value education.” Clinton, who’s considering a 2016 White House run, added, “I am proud to call Leticia Van de Putte my friend, and more importantly, the next Lieutenant Governor of Texas.” A pharmacist when she not in the Legislature, Van de Putte is an underdog against her tea party-backed Texas Senate colleague, Houston’s Dan Patrick. A Democrat hasn’t won statewide office in Texas since 1994. But Clinton won the state’s 2008 Democratic presidential primary against Barack Obama.
5th Circuit to Hear Challenge to Health Act
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans has scheduled December arguments on a challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care act. In this case, opponents of the act say it is unconstitutional because it imposes a tax, and all tax bills must originate in the House. They contend that the Affordable Care Act originated in the Senate. A federal judge in Texas rejected the suit in January. U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas said that raising revenue was not the overarching purpose of the bill. She also noted that the bill did start in the House, although it was stripped of its original language and altered to include the health act in the Senate. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled arguments for December 2.
Justices Consider Texas Rape-Murder Case
WASHINGTON (AP) — A black inmate on Texas’ death row who claims he had a clandestine relationship with a white woman but did not rape or kill her wants the Supreme Court to take his case. Rodney Reed says his trial lawyers did a poor job of defending him. Reed suggests that the victim’s fiancé, a police officer now in prison for a sex crime, could have been the killer. A judge has set Reed’s execution for January 14. Reed claims he had a secret affair with Stacey Stites, yet at first he denied knowing her. That’s one of the many unusual and sometimes conflicting aspects of his case. It’s aroused passionate support from those who believe he’s innocent, and equally fervent cries that he should be put to death.
Death Row Inmate Gets Execution Date
HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A Texas death row inmate whose attorneys contend is so delusional he can’t understand why he was convicted and condemned has received an execution date. A judge in Gillespie County has signed an order setting Scott Panetti, 56, for lethal injection in Huntsville on December 3. The Hayward, Wisconsin, native has a history of mental problems and his case has been to the U.S. Supreme Court at least three times. The most recent was early this month when the justices refused to review his latest appeal. Panetti was convicted of fatally shooting his in-laws, Joe and Amanda Alvarado, at their Fredericksburg home 22 years ago in front of his estranged wife and young children. He served as his own lawyer at his trial, wearing a cowboy outfit.
Death of Texas Girl in Refrigerator Ruled Homicide
HOUSTON (AP) — The death of a 9-year-old Houston girl whose body was left in a refrigerator for six months has been ruled a homicide. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences said that Ayahna Comb died from malnutrition and dehydration and suffered from other ailments such as a bone infection. A neighbor called police after Comb’s sibling found the body in June. A Child Protective Services worker said Comb’s mother acknowledged putting the body in a fridge drawer after finding the girl dead in January. The caseworker said the girl had cerebral palsy and weighed just 14 pounds when she died. A Houston Police Department spokeswoman told The Houston Chronicle the agency expects to file unspecified charges against Comb’s mother. The mother declined to comment when contacted by the newspaper.
Suspect in Death of Alabama Pastor Caught in Texas
PANHANDLE (AP) — A suspect in the fatal shooting of his minister father-in-law at an Alabama church has been captured in Texas. The Carson County Sheriff’s Office says Brett Richard Yeiter of Jay, Florida, waived extradition Friday on a murder warrant. Yeiter remained in custody in Panhandle, about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo, awaiting transfer to Alabama. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the 46-year-old suspect was stopped Thursday afternoon on westbound Interstate 40 near Amarillo. Texas troopers were on the lookout for a pickup truck that Yeiter was driving. Officials say 69-year-old Pastor Paul Phillips was fatally shot Monday outside the Book of Acts Holiness Church in Sellersville, Alabama. Investigators believe the men had argued about unspecified family matters.
South Texas Man had More than 5M Porn Images
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — A South Texas man who acknowledged having more than 5 million pornographic images has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. Terry Lee Clark of Corpus Christi faces up to 20 years in federal prison during sentencing scheduled for February. Prosecutors in Corpus Christi on Friday announced the plea from the 48-year-old Clark, who remains in custody over the investigation that began in July. Authorities received an anonymous tip and contacted Clark, who allowed them to search his home and examiner computer devices. Investigators recovered images and videos. Some show girls engaging in sex acts with men. Clark, as part of the plea deal, acknowledged possessing millions of pornographic images and downloading items from various websites. Further details on the images weren’t immediately released.
Central Texas Coach Accused of Child Indecency
CEDAR PARK (AP) — A boys cross country coach at a Central Texas high school has been charged with three counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact. Cedar Park police arrested Timothy Sheard, 50, who was released hours later on $75,000 bond. Sheard coaches at Cedar Park High School. A spokeswoman for the Leander Independent School District says Sheard has been on paid administrative leave since September 25. Police say the investigation began last month after a former student reported an alleged sexual incident with a school employee. Police also interviewed two other former students who alleged they were victims in similar incidents since 2003. No publicly listed telephone number could immediately be located Thursday for Sheard.
Woman Charged with Murder after Evidence Found
SANTA FE (AP) — A Galveston County woman has been indicted on a murder charge just days after her case was dismissed because evidence in the death of a 4-year-old girl had been misplaced. A grand jury Thursday indicted Laura Lea Kolb, 38, of Santa Fe. She was being held Friday at the Galveston County jail on a $250,000 bond. Investigators say 4-year-old Taylor Moore died in 2013 after Kolb drunkenly shoved the child while arguing with her boyfriend, who was the child’s father. Authorities say Kolb’s trial was scheduled to begin Monday but the state was unable to produce tissue samples from an autopsy of the girl. Attorneys say the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office misplaced the evidence. The samples were later found and prosecutors re-introduced the case to the grand jury.
Ex-South Texas Judge Accused of Accepting Bribes
EDINBURG (AP) — A South Texas justice of the peace who resigned in early October has been indicted on bribery, money laundering and organized criminal activity counts. Ismael “Melo” Ochoa has been charged in Hidalgo County and released on a $40,000 personal recognizance bond. Ochoa served 24 years before his Oct. 10 resignation. He didn’t say why he was quitting. Ochoa didn’t immediately comment on the investigation into bonds allegedly lowered, since 2010, for some defendants. Prosecutors say bribes allegedly were paid by a bail bondsman linked to drug cases. The 68-year-old Ochoa remains unopposed on Tuesday’s ballot, even though Hidalgo County commissioners have already named a replacement. Penitas Mayor Marcos Ochoa is not related to the former JP. Ismael Ochoa agreed to decline the judicial job if he’s re-elected.
Ebola Victim’s Fiancée Struggles to Rebuild Life
DALLAS (AP) — Louise Troh hoped to be married to Thomas Eric Duncan by now. Instead, she’s grieving after his fatal bout with Ebola and trying to help her family refocus on the future. Neither is easy. They are trying to replace their personal belongings that were incinerated when authorities decontaminated the apartment where Duncan stayed. Finding a rental home is proving hard, and Troh blames the stigma of Ebola. She says prospective landlords are treating her “like a foreigner,” even though she arrived from Liberia 17 years ago and is now a citizen. Duncan died October 8 of Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Troh had taken the Liberian man to the hospital’s emergency room on September 26 but he was misdiagnosed with a sinus infection and sent home
Dallas Nurse Who Survived Ebola to Get Dog Back
DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas nurse who recovered from Ebola will soon be reunited with her dog, which has been sequestered since his owner became ill. The King Charles Cavalier spaniel named Bentley is in quarantine at an abandoned Navy base in Dallas. His owner, Nina Pham, was diagnosed with Ebola earlier this month. She contracted the virus while caring for a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, who died October 8. City spokeswoman Sana Syed said Thursday that the dog has tested negative for Ebola and that his 21-day quarantine, the Ebola incubation period, ends Saturday. Pham was released from her own quarantine October 24. Syed says Pham won’t visit the dog sooner because he may become anxious if he sees her but is then left behind in isolation.
Austin Still Recovering from 2013 Halloween Floods
AUSTIN (AP) — A year after a fatal flood damaged hundreds of homes in central Texas, officials in Austin are still working to buy and tear down homes considered at risk for flooding. The 2013 Halloween floods, which reached up to 7 feet in some homes, damaged almost 660 buildings and killed three people in Travis County. Some houses near Onion Creek have been abandoned by homeowners, while other residents have tried to rebuild their homes, undeterred by the threat of future floods. The Austin American-Statesman reports that since the floods, Austin has three times approved money to buy out homes. The funds total $129 million to purchase 486 homes. As of late October, a city spokeswoman says Austin has bought 100 houses and demolished 63 of them.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
When breathing becomes work, and when it’s the only work you can do, you have respiratory failure. Respiratory failure can be acute or chronic but in either case, left untreated many other health problems will soon arise. UT Health’s pulmonologist Dr. Leslie Couch discusses respiratory failure in this post to HealthConnection. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 31st October 2014- Historical Events 1918 - Short-lived Banat Republic founded in territory where Romania, Hungary and Serbia meet 1922 - Karel and Josef Capék's "World We Live In" premieres in NYC 1954 - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Texas Golf Open 1985 - Last day in Test cricket for Zaheer Abbas 1987 - 1st jockey to win 9 races in 1 day (Chris Antley at Belmont) 1994 - American Eagle ATR-72 crash down at Gary, Indiana: 6... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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