Longview Police Investigate Fatal Shooting
LONGVIEW — The Longview Police Department has confirmed to KETK, one person was killed and one was injured in an early morning shooting. The shooting occurred around 3:50 this morning in the 100 block of Garfield Drive. One victim was pronounced dead when police arrived on scene. The injured victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment but has since been released. The victim’s identities have not been released. So far, no arrests have been made.
Tyler Man Killed in Single Car Crash
TYLER — One person was killed when a vehicle left the road and struck a tree about two miles north of Tyler. According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Jean Dark, at 1:00 Wednesday morning, Keith Williams, 24, of Tyler, was headed south on Farm Road 14 when he drifted into the oncoming lane and overcorrected. KETK reports the car traveled back across the southbound lane and off the road into a tree, then rolled into a field. Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 James Cowart pronounced Williams dead at the scene. There is no suspicion of an alcohol-related crash, stated Dark.
Possible Murder-Suicide in Tatum
TATUM — The Tatum Police Department is investigating an alleged murder-suicide that took place over the weekend. According to a release put out by the department, on Saturday at 7:45 p.m., possible gunshots at a local home were reported. KETK reports Tatum officers and Rusk County deputies responded to the scene and found a man and woman dead. The man was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Tatum Police Department, Rusk County’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Rusk County District Attorney’s Office, and the Texas Rangers are investigating the case. J.P. Precinct 4 Darlene Childress ordered an autopsy.
Tyler Airport Authorized for Millions in FAA Grant
TYLER — The Tyler City Council authorized Tyler Pounds Regional Airport to accept a new FAA Grant totaling more than $9.6 million. According to a press release, the major portion of the grant will be used to begin reconstruction of the airport’s longest runway, portions of which date back to World War II. Having been in the planning and design phase for the past five years, a proactive plan has been set in motion to enhance the runway. Read more …
Jacksonville Police Continue Search for Missing Man
JACKSONVILLE — Police continue to search for a 28-year-old man who has been missing since January. Randal Rahushun Roberson reportedly left Jacksonville about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, en route to New Summerfield, and never arrived at his location. He also never returned to his residence. According to KETK, he was traveling in a white 1995 Mercury Cougar, which police say was found abandoned the following Thursday on a county road just north of New Summerfield. Read more …
Authorities Search for Work Truck Stolen from Property
GLADEWATER — The Gladewater Police Department is asking for help locating a work truck taken from a local property. According to KETK, police said officers were dispatched to a property in the 400 block of Riverside Drive in reference to a report of theft on August 21. When authorities made it there, the caller, a JDW Services employee, told officers a truck and flatbed trailer hauling a John Deere backhoe had been taken. The stolen pickup is described as a white 2009 Chevrolet 3500 flatbed with Texas license plate number AH77635. It is believed the truck was used to take the yellow 2013 John Deere backhoe which was already loaded on the trailer. Later on the same date, Gladewater detectives, assisted by Smith County Sheriff’s Office deputies, found the trailer and backhoe. The pickup has still not been recovered. Read more …
Benefit for Family of East Texan Killed in Accident
LONGVIEW — A 50-hour online auction benefiting the family of an East Texas man killed in a recent accident got underway Wednesday night. KETK reports Conner Wilson, 32, of White Oak was killed August 12 in Rusk County after he accidentally hit a live 12-inch pipeline while operating a mulching machine. The line ruptured and instantly killed Wilson. A memorial was held for Wilson on August 15 and he was laid to rest the following day. He leaves behind four children and a wife. The auction will run until 10:00 Friday night. You can go to https://www.facebook.com/wilsonbenefitauction for more information. You can click on http://www.youcaring.com/other/support-for-kristin-and-her-family/218178 if you’d like to donate.
City Wins Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
TYLER — For the eighth straight year, the city of Tyler has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its fiscal year 2013-2014 budget document. “This award is a significant achievement reflecting the commitment of the city of Tyler to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting,” said the city’s Chief Financial Officer, Keidric Trimble. The award was granted by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) and was presented to the city during Wednesday’s City Council meeting.
Tyler Native Signing Off after 50 Years
DENVER (AP) — Denver television news anchor Mike Landess is signing off after 50 years in broadcast journalism. Landess’ last newscast will be Thursday’s 10 p.m. broadcast on KMGH-TV. Landess began his broadcast career as a high school senior at KLTV-TV in Tyler, Texas and has also worked for stations in Dallas, Cleveland, Atlanta and Washington D.C., covering stories including the Sept. 11 attacks. He worked for KUSA with Ed Sardella in Denver for 16 years starting in 1977 before returning to Denver to work for KMGH in 2002, covering wildfires, the Aurora theater shooting and last year’s flooding. Landess has won more than two dozen Emmy Awards, including five for best anchor.
New Sidewalks Coming to Tyler
TYLER — The Tyler City Council Wednesday approved a design contract with Adams Engineering to provide design and construction phase services for new sidewalks using the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Transportation Enhancement Grant Sidewalk Project. The proposal is for the design of five-foot-wide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalks. The sidewalk locations were selected using the Pedestrian Master Plan published by the Metropolitan Planning Organization in 2010. “The project includes approximately 7.2 miles of sidewalk throughout the City of Tyler that are greatly needed,” said City Engineer Carter Delleney. Read more …
Joe White Retiring from East Texas Oil Museum
KILGORE — One of Kilgore College’s treasures, The East Texas Oil Museum, will bid farewell this month to a man who has been with the museum since its inception 37 years ago and who has devoted half of his life to the preservation and public education of the East Texas oil field. Joe White, the only director the museum has ever had, was recently named Director Emeritus by the KC Board of Trustees. White plans to retire, but he won’t be a stranger to the museum. He said he’ll return to the museum next week to work half-time to write a history of the museum and to continue work on fundraising. Merlyn Holmes, of Kilgore, will take over as director of the museum effective September 15, per board approval. Read more …
Judge Poised to Issue Final School Finance Ruling
AUSTIN (AP) — The ongoing dispute over how Texas finances public education is about to reach a milestone. State District Judge John Dietz’s staff says an order of more than 400 pages should be filed in the case today. Last year, Dietz ruled verbally that how Texas pays for public education is unconstitutional. He said funding was inadequate and unfairly distributed among schools in wealthy and poor areas. The case isn’t resolved until his written ruling is filed, though. It arose from the Legislature cutting $5.4 billion from classroom funding in 2011, prompting more than 600 school districts to sue. Lawmakers restored about $3.4 billion in 2013. Dietz’s final decision will eventually be appealed to the Texas Supreme Court. If it upholds Dietz, the Legislature will have to devise a new funding scheme.
Perry Says GOP Congress is Key to Solving Problems
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Texas Governor Rick Perry is telling the South Carolina GOP that it’s important for Republicans to control Congress so they can solve the country’s immigration problem and other national issues. The potential presidential candidate is kicking off two days of events with a fundraising party Wednesday night in Columbia for the South Carolina Republican Party. Perry was a yell leader at Texas A&M, and his beloved Aggies open the college football season Thursday against South Carolina. Perry ran for president in 2012, but dropped out before South Carolina’s first-in-the-South primary after a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary. Democrats are criticizing Perry’s visit after his indictment earlier this month over a veto he issued. Perry calls the case politically motivated.
Wendy Davis Escalates Push for Female Votes
PFLUGERVILLE (AP) — Democrat Wendy Davis is brandishing a darker and tougher edge in an aggressive courtship of female voters who are essential to her chances of pulling an upset in the Texas governor’s race. The state senator’s push to win the support of Texas women once was symbolized by the bright coral sneakers she wore during a filibuster of abortion restrictions. But she’s striking a far different tone in her first statewide TV ad. The spot is a shadowy dramatization of a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman who raped a Texas mother in the 1990s. Davis then toured rape crisis centers and blasted her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, for siding against the victim when her lawsuit reached his courtroom when he was a judge.
Dad Acquitted in Slaying of Driver Who Killed Sons
ANGLETON (AP) — A jury in Texas has acquitted a man of murder in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man’s two sons. David Barajas cried when the verdict was read. He faced up to life in prison, if convicted. Prosecutors had alleged that Barajas killed 20-year-old Jose Banda in a fit of rage after Banda plowed into Barajas and his sons while they were pushing a vehicle on a road near their hometown of Alvin. Twelve-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb were killed.
Texas Teen Gets 20 Years for Manslaughter in Crash
EDINBURG (AP) — A South Texas teenager has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted in a 2012 wreck that killed nine immigrants. The Monitor reports the sentence was assessed to Junior Benjamin Rodriguez, 17. He was 15 when he was fleeing Border Patrol agents and flipped a van carrying at least 17 immigrants. Rodriguez had faced nine counts of murder, but prosecutors reduced the charges to nine counts of manslaughter as part of his guilty plea. Rodriguez will be eligible for parole in 2018. He told Hidalgo County District Judge Israel Ramon that he didn’t intend for the wreck to happen and said he was “very sorry.” Ramon said it was difficult to overlook the immigrants’ deaths.
Dallas Officer Fatally Shoots Man after Incident
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police say an off-duty officer shot one of two men who died following a confrontation between people in separate vehicles at a gas station. Police said in a statement that the confrontation early Wednesday resulted in gunfire. One of the cars raced away but then struck vehicles parked nearby. A man was found dead inside the car. People in the second vehicle attempted to flee when the off-duty officer approached after seeing the disturbance. Authorities say the officer shot an armed suspect in that vehicle whose actions made the officer “believe he was in imminent danger.” The wounded man attempted to drive away but his vehicle struck cars parked at a nearby restaurant. He died at the scene.
Stolen Minivan, 5 Small Children, Suspect Found
HOUSTON (AP) — A police search has found a daycare center minivan containing five young children and a suspect after the vehicle was reported stolen. A Houston police statement says two girls and three boys ranging in age from 3 to 12 years were left alone in the vehicle when it vanished about 6:15pm Wednesday. Police say the minivan was at a Jack in the Box restaurant at a southeast Houston intersection when it was driven away. The minivan, all five children and a male suspect were found three hours later in the suburb Cinco Ranch in Fort Bend County, 15 miles northwest of the restaurant. A police statement says all five children are safe and the suspect is in custody.
Children Injured after Being Struck by Lightning
AUSTIN (AP) — Three children were hospitalized after being struck by lightning while on a soccer field in the Austin area. Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Capt. Darren Noak said the children were injured Tuesday afternoon on the field in Bee Cave. The children were all initially taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, but Noak said one of the children was transferred in critical condition late Tuesday night to the burn unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. A message left Wednesday with Dell Children’s on the condition of the two children there was not immediately returned. The ages of the three children could not be confirmed. Noak said that it was not storming at the fields when the lightning struck.
Case of Chikungunya Virus Confirmed in Dallas
DALLAS (AP) — Public health officials have confirmed the first human case of the chikungunya virus in Dallas. Dallas County Health and Human Services on Wednesday confirmed the first case in the city. The person was infected with the virus during a recent trip to the Dominican Republic. The Dallas resident was diagnosed after returning to North Texas. It’s at least the 14th Texas case of the illness, which is considered rarely fatal but marked by joint pain, fever, muscle aches and rash. Recovery typically takes about a week. Mosquitoes that carry the virus are found in Texas, but only Florida so far has reported a spread of the virus. It cannot be spread from person to person.
Company Involved in Houston Crash Not Registered
HOUSTON (AP) — Records show a private bus company involved in a crash that caused minor injuries to Houston middle School students wasn’t authorized by the state to be on the road. Texas Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman Adam Shaivitz tells the Houston Chronicle that they will investigate Nancy’s Bus Service. According to state records and Shaivitz, the Houston company is not registered with the state as required. Its registration was revoked in 2009 because it was not insured. A phone number for the company could not be located. The bus was taking students to Revere Middle School in southwest Houston Tuesday when it hit a tree. Houston police said 18 students and the driver were hospitalized. Police say the driver told investigators a mechanical failure caused the bus to veer left..
Man Accused of Kidnapping Ex-Boss’s Wife
MCALLEN (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a South Texas man in the kidnapping of his former employer’s wife. Police said said Tuesday that the 30-year-old Weslaco man is accused of kidnapping the 58-year-old woman from her home south of Donna on Monday. The woman, who suffered minor injuries, was able to escape that man and another unknown captor later in the day. With duct tape still on her face, she was able to wave down a vehicle. The Monitor in McAllen reports that Hidalgo County Sheriff’s deputies along with the Department of Public Safety and other local agencies searched the home and surrounding area but were unable to locate the suspects.
Couple Contends School Taped Son, 2, to Mat
WILLOW PARK (AP) – A couple has filed a lawsuit claiming that a North Texas Montessori academy used duct tape to secure their young son to his napping mat to prevent him from wandering about. The suit filed Tuesday by Brad and Kristi Galbraith claims negligence and other charges against the Heart2Heart Montessori Academy in Willow Park, west of Fort Worth. It contends academy staff used the tape in June to restrain the 2-year-old and another child. It says a former employee snapped photos of the 2-year-old and forwarded them to the Galbraiths and others. A phone message left Wednesday at the academy was not immediately returned, but in a previous statement the school said the matter was reported to state Child Protective Services. The statement noted the school has an “exemplary” performance history.
Weapons Smuggler Gets Almost 8-Year Prison Term
LAREDO (AP) — A South Texas man has been sentenced to almost 8 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a weapons charge for trying to smuggle weapons to Mexico’s Zeta drug cartel. A U.S. Attorney’s statement says Richard John Medina received the 93-month sentence Wednesday in federal court in Laredo. A federal agent testified Wednesday that Medina had smuggled firearms and grenades into Mexico for the Zetas. U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana ordered the 40-year-old Laredo man to remain in custody pending transfer to a federal prison. Medina, who also was known as “El Guero,” could have received a 10-year prison term for his Dec. 10 guilty plea to being a convicted felon possessing multiple firearms and grenades. He was previously convicted of marijuana possession in Williamson County, near Austin.
Judge Denies Restraining Order in Immigration Case
BROWNSVILLE (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has denied a conservative activist’s request for an emergency stay of a federal program that transports to other states immigrants who entered the country illegally in South Texas. In a complaint filed in July, Orly Taitz argued that by sending immigrant children and families to various states while South Texas was overwhelmed, the U.S. government created a public health risk. She called for a two-month quarantine and medical screening for all immigrants detained after entering the country. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen on Wednesday told the dentist and lawyer from Rancho Santa Margarita, California, that she could refile an amended complaint. Taitz is best known as a pioneer of the “birther” movement that questions whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States.
FBI Raids Offices of Former College in Texas, NM
EL PASO (AP) — FBI agents in West Texas and New Mexico have raided the offices of a former college and the house of its owners as part of an investigation that includes the U.S. Department of Education. FBI spokesman Michael Martinez said three search warrants were served Wednesday and no arrests have been made. He declined to elaborate. One campus of Anamarc College and the owners’ house are in El Paso. Another campus is in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The El Paso Times reports Anamarc was a private college with an enrollment of more than 1,200 students, offering programs in medical-related fields. It was co-owned by CEO Ana Maria Piña Houde and her husband, Marc Houde, the chief financial officer. The school closed in July, before the semester’s end, because of financial difficulties.
Oil Tanker Near Texas Leaves After Legal Dispute
HOUSTON (AP) — A tanker carrying crude oil from Kurdistan has left its position near Texas during an ongoing legal dispute with Iraq over its potentially $100 million cargo. A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman tells The Houston Chronicle the United Kalavryta moved from the area near Galveston where it’s been for about a month. A maritime tracking system stopped receiving a signal from the ship on Monday. The tanker arrived with 1 million barrels of oil pumped from the Kurdish areas of Iraq in July. Iraq considers the oil stolen and has sued to stop its sale. Iraq has threatened to sue anyone who helps offload it. It’s unclear if the oil was sold and where the ship went.
TCU Gets $30 million Gift for Business School
FORT WORTH (AP) — Texas Christian University has gotten a $30 million gift toward a $100 million expansion of its business school. TCU officials on Tuesday announced the gift from Spencer and Marlene Hays of Nashville, Tennessee. Spencer Hays is an emeritus TCU trustee and a businessman who graduated from TCU in 1959. The expansion will be called the Marlene and Spencer Hays Business Commons. O. Homer Erekson, the dean of the Neeley School of Business, tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the donation will help them build and renovate facilities and recruit top faculty, staff and students. The project calls for integrating new buildings with existing ones, resulting in a U-shaped complex. Erekson says the project’s timeline depends how quickly TCU can reach its $100 million goal.
University of Texas Gets $10 Million Art Gift
AUSTIN (AP) — A Houston couple has donated a private Latin American art collection valued at nearly $10 million to the University of Texas. The Houston Chronicle reports that Charles and Judy Tate gifted 120 modern and contemporary pieces to the university’s Blanton Museum of Art. The UT alumni also gave more than $1 million to an endowment that supports a Latin American curatorship. The art includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and mixed-media works. Charles Tate says they always intended to give their collection to their alma mater.
Houston Hopes to Add Protected Bike Lane this Fall
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston officials say the city could get its first protected bicycle lane as early as October. The Houston Chronicle reports a downtown lane will be converted into a nearly three-quarter-mile path that will connect cyclists to Buffalo Bayou trails and Discovery Green. The new bike path will be painted green and will be separated from traffic lanes by a two-foot barrier. Signals will also be added to direct cyclists through intersections. Michael Payne, executive director of Bike Houston, says the bike lane will help keep cyclists safe and make them feel more comfortable through a defined space. Officials hope to begin work in September and open the lane a month later.
Human Skull Donated to Austin Goodwill Store
AUSTIN (AP) — Police have asked for the public’s help to locate whoever donated a human skull to an Austin thrift store. Homicide Detective Derek Israel said Wednesday that foul play was not suspected in the person’s death. He says he just wants to know how the skull came to be in an unspecified container left at the store. Goodwill staff discovered the skull while sifting through donations on July 16. A spokeswoman says it could have been gifted up to a week prior to its discovery. Israel says the skull is from an adult. No other details about it have been released. This is at least the fourth skull to be donated to the international nonprofit this summer. Three were donated in July to a Goodwill store in Bellevue, Washington.
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