Fatal Wreck Near Kilgore
KILGORE – A fatal accident in Gregg County is under investigation. One person was killed in the wreck Christmas morning on U.S. Highway 259 at State Highway 31. Initial reports are a car left the roadway and struck a pole. It then caught fire.
Fire Damages Smith County Home
WINONA – A Smith County home has been extensively damaged by fire. It was reported around 11:00 Christmas morning in the 12000 block of County Road 316. Several county fire departments extinguished the blaze, which is thought to have started in the home’s attic. No injuries were reported.
Three Burglary Suspects Sought
NACOGDOCHES – Authorities are searching for three burglary suspects in Nacogdoches County following a chase that started in Rusk County. It started around 3:00 Wednesday morning. According to a news release from the sheriff’s department, the men are suspected in the burglary of a Longview Pharmacy. The chase with the car containing four suspects started on U.S. Highway 259. During the chase, two of the men were let out of the car on Highway 259 near County Road 915. Another suspect exited the car on Highway 204. The driver was later taken into custody near Cushing. Sheriff Jason Bridges says all of the suspects are from the Houston area and may be trying to return there. All are described as black males wearing all dark clothing. According to Sheriff Bridges, “Area residents should make sure that their vehicles are secured. The subjects are not believed to be armed; however they may be very desperate at this point from being out in the cold weather for so long.”
Longview Traffic Enforcement Getting a STEP Up This Holiday Season
LONGVIEW — Drinking and driving is an avoidable crime that affects many innocent people’s lives every day. The Longview Police Department Officers encourage everyone to have a safe, happy, and festive Holiday season. This holiday season the Longview Police Department encourages everyone to choose a designated driver or stay sober. According to a news release, Longview police will be out in force over the next few weeks working to make our streets safer for the citizens and visitors to Longview. Read more …
Tiede Family Spokesman Reacts to New Sentencing Hearing
AUSTIN — There’s more reaction now that the East Texas killer made famous by the hit flick “Bernie” will get a new sentencing hearing following a recent decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Bernie Tiede has been out of prison since May. He was released 17 years into a life sentence for the murder of a wealthy Carthage widow. Family spokesman Ryan Gravatt wants the judge to ask the district attorney to bring in all the evidence — “Tiede forging checks before and after he killed Marjorie Nugent, and weigh this with the justice that’s the equivalent of what’s deserved for a man who conned and killed and executed an elderly woman in order to keep her money.” He says the Nugent family has released those checks and that Tiede stole millions from Nugent over six years. He says the family would be highly disappointed if the judge went along with the district attorney and released Tiede with time served.
Sony’s “The Interview” May be Shown in East Texas
NEW YORK (AP/STAFF) — “The Interview” has been put back into theaters, now that Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced a limited Christmas Day theatrical release. And it might be showing in East Texas. It’s the latest twist in a topsy-turvy trip for the film from the producers to the screen. The comedy provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its canceled release. Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton says Seth Rogen’s North Korea farce will be in a number of theaters beginning Thursday. He says Sony also is continuing its efforts to release the film on more platforms and in more theaters. Kilgore’s 4 Star Cinema owner Byron Berkley said he has put in a request to show the movie. He should know the first of next week if his request is granted. Read more …
Spokesman: George H.W. Bush Remains in Hospital
HOUSTON (AP) – Former President George H.W. Bush remained in a Houston hospital on Christmas Day after experiencing shortness of breath two days earlier. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Thursday that the 90-year-old Bush remained at Houston Methodist Hospital. McGrath said Bush is “still doing well,” but did not offer details. McGrath previously said Bush was hospitalized Tuesday evening as a precaution. Bush is the oldest living former American president. He suffers from a form of Parkinson’s disease that has forced him to rely on a motorized scooter or wheelchair. But he’s also skydived on at least three of his birthdays since leaving the White House, including a tandem jump for his 90th birthday in June.
Two Arrested in Texas Armored Vehicle Heist
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Two people suspected in an armored vehicle heist in Amarillo, Texas, were arrested Wednesday at a Colorado Springs hotel. Police say they arrested Trent Michael Cook, the 24-year-old driver of the armored vehicle. A second suspected accomplice was arrested but not identified. The Gazette reports that Colorado Springs police were tipped by Amarillo authorities where to find Cook and the accomplice. Police did not elaborate. The $200,000 stolen in the robbery has been recovered. Cook and the money had been missing since Monday morning, when the armored car was found running and the cargo was gone.
Battleground Texas Runs into State Registration Laws
HOUSTON (AP) – The liberal-leaning group aiming to register thousands of new voters to help Democrats says Texas laws have made it harder to keep its volunteers eligible. The Houston Chronicle reports that Battleground Texas expects thousands of its deputy voter registrars to lose their state certification at the end of this year. Texas law allows registrars to serve two-year terms that expire at the end of even-number years. Battleground Texas volunteer registrars will have to go undergo training before they can be re-certified to register new voters. Voter protection director Mimi Marziani calls the state’s requirements “wildly burdensome.” But Texas Rep. Jim Murphy, the Houston Republican who sponsored the bill adding registrar training, said the law “takes away the defense of, ‘I didn’t know I couldn’t do that.'”
Nine-Year-Old Boy Shot in Face Returns Home
DALLAS (AP) – A 9-year-old boy shot in the face last year has returned home in time for Christmas after his fourth surgery. KXAS-TV in Dallas reports that D.J. Maiden is still recovering after he was wounded in September 2013. The gunman confessed to the shooting, but his motive remains unclear. His latest surgery has allowed him not to eat through a feeding tube. But he still has a long way to go. D.J.’s grandmother, Sharon Locklin, said he looked at a photo of the family from before the shooting and asked if he would ever look like that again. Locklin says her Christmas wish is for him to be happy. The family has received get-well cards from across North Texas.
Water Table Drops as Drought Forces More Pumping
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) – The Upper Rio Grande Basin has been struggling with drought for most of the past decade, forcing cities and farmers from southern Colorado to Texas’ Hudspeth County to pump groundwater to make up for the lack of snow and rain. Experts tell the El Paso Times that has resulted in groundwater levels dropping in the region as much as 200 feet in the past 10 years. The precipitous drop is especially disturbing because it’s taking place in an area where it recharges too slowly to make up the loss. Worse, experts predict a future in which even less water in the river will mean even more pumping. New Mexico State University professor Brian Hurd says he expects river flows to diminish and the region’s populations to grow, increasing demand for groundwater.
State Exonerates Man Imprisoned for 31 years
DALLAS (AP) — The state has officially exonerated a man who served 31 years in prison for a Dallas County rape. Rickey Dale Wyatt was freed from prison in 2012 after attorneys with the Lubbock-based Innocence Project determined prosecutors withheld evidence that would have acquitted him. The Dallas Morning News reports court records filed Wednesday show a state judge has approved a recent request by the Dallas County district attorney’s office to have the rape charge against Wyatt dismissed. The motion to dismiss the charge says DNA testing reveals Wyatt could not have committed the crime. State law stipulates that Wyatt is entitled to $80,000 for each year he was wrongfully imprisoned, a tally that amounts to $2.5 million. Wyatt was 56 when released from prison.
Five Year Old Girl Dies in Christmas Eve Crash
DENTON (AP) — A five-year-old girl was killed and her family seriously injured in a Christmas Eve traffic accident in Denton, authorities say. An SUV rear-ended a car at a state trooper traffic stop. A man, a woman and an eight-year-old boy were transported by ambulance to Denton Regional emergency room. The girl was airlifted to a hospital in Fort Worth where she was pronounced dead. Police say the driver of the SUV was “possibly on his cellphone” when the crash occurred. No criminal charges have been filed.
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As we have come to understand, there’s more to medical care than the treatment of the primary disease. There are emotional and spiritual needs to be met in addition to secondary medical needs that arise from the primary condition. That’s where palliative care comes in and UT Health Northeast palliative care expert Dr. Amy Newton joins us in this post to Health Connection. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/