Authorities Identify Hawkins Couple Found Fatally Shot
HAWKINS — The Department of Public Safety has released the names of the two people found shot to death in Hawkins on Wednesday afternoon. Jean Dark, DPS spokeswoman, said the two are identified as Shannon McNabb, 67, and Daniel Lee Faulk, 60. According to Mayor William Rogers, Hawkins police responded Thursday afternoon to the scene in the 100 block of Estelle Street after a home health care worker couldn’t get anyone to answer the door. Officials found that the couple and three dogs dead had been fatally shot. The door was reportedly unlocked and there were no signs of forced entry or theft. The bodies were sent to Dallas for autopsy.
Trial Date Set for Gilmer Murder Suspect
GILMER — A trial date has been set in the case of a man charged with capital murder in a September 2013 shooting death that occurred at a Gilmer sub-varsity football game. According to the Longview News-Journal, the judge set a Feb. 3 trial date for Jonathan Ray Shepherd, who was arrested in connection with the Sept. 26 shooting death of 29-year-old Cheyenne Green. Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Feb. 2. The decision came during a hearing Friday in which Shepherd, 33, was seeking to have his $1 million bond reduced and in which he was requesting a change of venue for his trial. The judge denied both requests.
According to a probable cause affidavit for Shepherd’s arrest, he met Green in the parking lot of Buckeye Stadium during halftime of a football game to give their then 2-year-old child to her. A witness told police the couple was arguing about custody of the child. Shepherd reportedly shot Green three times. Shepherd was initially charged with murder but the prosecutor enhanced the charge in October 2013 to capital murder by terror threat or other felony after evidence showed he was attempting to kidnap Green when she was murdered.
Shepherd faces up to life in prison or the death penalty on the capital murder charge. He remains in the Upshur County Jail.
Smith County Robbery Suspects Arrested
TYLER – Quick work by the Smith County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in the arrest of two robbery suspects. Taken into custody early Friday morning was Jacob Lee Roper, 20, of Tyler and Jacobi TyWan Washington, 21, of Tyler. The two have been charged with aggravated robbery and burglary. Their bonds total $120,000 each.
It began around 11:30 Thursday night with a reported robbery of a convenience store in the 13000 block of Highway 64 East in the Chapel Hill area. Shortly after 12:45 Friday morning, deputies responded to a burglar alarm in the 13000 Block of Highway 64 East. Video footage from the business provided a description of the suspects’ vehicle.
Then around 1:15 Friday morning, a second armed robbery was reported at a convenience store in the 8600 block of Highway 64 East. The store employee said the suspect threatened to shoot her if she did not give him the money.
Then, just before 2:00am a vehicle matching the suspect’s vehicle was spotted by a deputy at a convenience store in Tyler, at Highway 69 north and Loop 323. When the driver saw the deputy, he drove away. Deputy Wesley Hicks stopped the vehicle in the 3500 block of West Erwin Street in Tyler. That’s where the suspects were taken into custody.
Jacksonville Businesses Robbed
JACKSONVILLE – Jacksonville police are looking for the man who held up CJ’s Quickstop, located at 613A East Rusk Street. It happened shortly after 7:30 Thursday night. The man took, showed the clerk a handgun, took an undisclosed amount of money, and fled. A “large-bodied” maroon car was seen near the gas station about the time of the robbery. That matches the description of a car used in the robbery of the Rite Track #7 gas station on November 15th. The investigation into the robberies is continuing.
Five Family Members Killed On ‘Dream Trip’ to Disney
NEW ORLEANS (AP/STAFF) — Michael and Trudi Hardman had always talked about taking their six children to Disney World, and just a week before Thanksgiving, it seemed their “dream trip” was to be a reality. But just a little more than three hours after they left Terrell Wednesday night, their SUV veered off a highway and rolled over in Louisiana, killing the couple and three of the kids. Police believe the couple’s 16-year-old son apparently fell asleep behind the wheel. State police spokesman Michael Reichardt says the driver was cited with careless operation, which is a misdemeanor.
The dead include three children: Kaci Hardman, 4, Adam Hardman, 7, and Dakota Watson, 15, as well as two adults, Michael and Trudi Hardman, ages 42 and 31, respectively. The Associated Press reports the two adults were from Terrell. 16-year-old driver Andrew Hardman, who was properly restrained, was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Two additional passengers identified as Aaron Hardman and Hunter Watson, both sixth graders, were taken to local hospitals with moderate injuries. None of the ejected passengers were wearing seatbelts.
Trudi was a kindergarten teacher at Wills Point ISD and had been an educator for 14 years. Her husband, Michael, taught at Terrell ISD. Officials in Wills Point said family was active in the school and in the Wills Point Baseball Association. Troopers suspect the driver may have fallen asleep prior to the crash. Although impairment is not suspected, a toxicology sample was obtained from the driver and will be submitted for analysis as required by law. The crash remains under investigation.
Michael Hardman’s brother Timothy Hardman said, going to Disney World was his brother’s family’s “dream trip.”
Hayes to Retire as Provost Emeritus at TJC
TYLER — After a 38-year career in community college education and administration, Tyler Junior College Provost Dr. Homer “Butch” Hayes will retire in early 2015. TJC President Dr. Mike Metke made the announcement to TJC faculty and staff this week and bestowed Hayes with the title of “provost emeritus.” “The title of ‘emeritus’ is only given to a person of outstanding merit,” Metke said, “and it is most appropriate to recognize Dr. Hayes in this way, for his many outstanding contributions to Tyler Junior College.” For now, Metke said, there is no plan to initiate a search to replace Hayes. Instead, day-to-day operations in the academic affairs office will be transferred to Dr. Juan Mejia, TJC vice president of student affairs. In January, a transition period will begin and Hayes will begin transferring his provost duties to Mejia, who will become acting provost and assume duties of both academic and student affairs. Hayes will officially leave his post in March 2015.
Hayes joined TJC as interim provost in October 2008, after retiring as president of College of the Mainland in Texas City. He was named permanent TJC provost in January 2009. “I wasn’t ready to leave higher education when I left Texas City,” Hayes said. “The TJC opportunity arose and I knew that I could be of help here. I had more work to do.”
Metke said, “We were extremely fortunate to get someone of Butch’s caliber at TJC, and he has provided us with valued, critical expertise during the past six years. He will be missed for his expertise as well as for his friendship and collegiality.”
As TJC’s chief academic officer, Hayes oversaw the extensive process of reaffirming TJC’s accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 2010. Also in 2013, Hayes led the charge in raising the college’s national profile by making TJC part of Achieving the Dream, a nationwide initiative whose sole mission is to improve student success and college completion.
Hayes and his wife, Ampie, plan to relocate near family in the San Antonio area. “We look forward to the arrival of a new grandchild in the spring, as well as making some new memories with our grandchildren and knocking out few bucket list items,” Hayes said.
Peterson’s Hearing Date Set with the NFL
MINNEAPOLIS (AP/STAFF) — Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson has a date for his hearing with the NFL. The league has announced the Peterson will be able to appeal his suspension on December 2 with longtime hearing officer Harold Henderson. Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to decide whether to hear the appeal by himself or appoint someone else. Goodell suspended the Minnesota running back for the rest of the season earlier this week after Peterson, who is from Palestine, Texas, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.
Bomb Victim Heads Home after Part of Leg Amputated
KATY (AP) — A Boston Marathon bombing victim from Texas recovering after part of her leg was amputated has been discharged from a Houston-area rehab facility. Rebekah DiMartino said Saturday that doctors say her prognosis is “great” and she looks forward to getting a prosthetic left leg. The 27-year-old DiMartino also says she hopes to compete in the 2015 Boston Marathon. DiMartino had surgery Nov. 10 at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital to remove her left leg below the knee, due to lingering pain. She entered rehab Nov. 14 before going home Saturday to Richmond. Rebekah Gregory was watching last year’s Boston Marathon when bombs exploded. Her son and her then-boyfriend, Peter DiMartino, were also hurt. The couple wed last spring. A man charged in the bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, awaits trial.
Crash East of Texarkana Kills 3 College Students
TEXARKANA (AP) — A pre-dawn highway crash outside Texarkana has killed three college students. The Texarkana Gazette cites Arkansas State Police officials in reporting that the crash occurred around 1:40 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 30, just east of Texarkana. Few other details were immediately available. A statement on the website of Texas A&M-Texarkana said students Daniel Gonzalez and Nathaniel Rodriguez had been killed. Also killed was Sofia George, a Texarkana College student who the statement indicated had previously attended A&M-Texarkana. A university spokesman said Gonzalez and Rodriguez lived at the A&M-Texarkana dormitory. The ages and hometowns of the three victims were not provided. The university said it had counselors and staff on campus to provide grieving services.
Ex-state Senator, UT Vice Chancellor Farabee Dies
AUSTIN (AP) — Ray Farabee, a longtime conservative Democratic state senator and former vice chancellor of the University of Texas system, has died at age 81. Multiple media reports say Farabee died at his Austin home Thursday. No cause of death was given. A successful Wichita Falls attorney, Farabee served 14 years in the Texas Senate until 1988. He later was the UT system’s general counsel and vice chancellor. Farabee first married Helen Rehbein in 1958. She died in 1988. Farabee then married Mary Margaret Albright in 1991. She died last year. As a senator, Farbee advocated for AIDS and organ transplant legislation, and improving Texas’ juvenile justice system. A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Senate Chamber. Private burial will be at Austin’s Texas State Cemetery.
State Rep. Kleinschmidt Leaving House for Ag Dept
AUSTIN (AP) — State Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt is leaving the Texas House to become general counsel of the state Department of Agriculture. The Austin American Statesman reports that the Lexington Republican will report directly to Agriculture Commissioner-elect Sid Miller. Miller is a former Texas House Republican himself, and said Friday he tapped Kleinschmidt because of his experience as a property rights attorney and rancher. Kleinschmidt has represented Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, Karnes and Lee counties in the House since 2009. He won re-election earlier this month with 61 percent of the vote. Miller said Kleinschmidt’s last day in the House will be Jan. 14, the day after the 2015 legislative session begins. He plans to begin his new post that same day.
Board Hopes to Up Texas College Graduation Rate
AUSTIN (AP) — A state board working to increase the percentage of Texas college graduates has made strides since 2000, but has work to do if 60 percent of residents are going to have earned at least associate degrees by 2030. The Austin American Statesman reports that the number of people enrolled in colleges and universities is rising thanks to plans implemented by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. But it’s failed to keep pace with Texas’ booming population. At Friday conference in Austin, board members discussed new benchmarks for a 2030 plan. Though they’ve not yet been set, they will include higher standards for Hispanic and black students. Scheduled for a board vote in July, the new plan will also seek to emphasize students graduating with high-paying jobs and lower debt.
5 Men Charged after 2 Slain in Beaumont Drug Case
BEAUMONT (AP) — Five Beaumont men have been charged with murder after two people were fatally stabbed in what police call a drug deal and attempted robbery. Beaumont police on Saturday didn’t immediately release names of the two slain men. Police identified the suspects as 37-year-old Robert Cleveland Gallo, 35-year-old Monte Dewayne Gallo, 33-year-old Jeffrey Dewayne Zacharie, 42-year-old Terry Lynn Whittington and 39-year-old Jerald Charles Whittington. Jefferson County jail records show Zacharie and Jerald Whittington were being held on $2 million bonds. The others were held without bond. Police received a 911 call Friday about a wounded man in a church parking lot. He died at a hospital. Officers searched his home and found a body. Jail officials had no information on attorneys for the suspects or whether any are related.
Texas Man gets 40 Years for Hurting Infant Son
WACO (AP) — A Central Texas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after his infant son suffered 17 broken bones while in his care. Juan Francisco Medina Ortiz of Hillsboro was convicted of felony injury to a child and two counts of felony aggravated assault. Ortiz was sentenced Friday in Waco for the August 2012 abuse involving his then 2-month-old son. Doctors testified the baby had injuries consistent with beatings, such as yanking and twisting motions. All of the injuries were discovered when the child was being treated for a broken arm. Authorities say the boy had to undergoing months of physical therapy as part of his recovery. Ortiz was also fined $100,000.
The Dallas Morning News Donates 1963 JFK Photos
DALLAS (AP) — A museum that chronicles the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kenney in Dallas will receive more photos of media coverage of the tragedy. The Dallas Morning News will donate about 2,000 photos to The Sixth Floor Museum. The announcement came on the eve of Saturday’s 51st anniversary of the fatal shooting of JFK. The archive from The Dallas Morning News includes about 1,500 negatives and nearly 500 prints, in black and white. Some of the photos have never been seen by the public. The museum on Wednesday announced images are being donated from two photographers from other publications, including photos related to assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Former Dallas Times Herald photographer Eamon Kennedy donated about 1,200 photographs. Ex-Fort Worth Press photographer Gene Gordon donated more than 400 images.
Jet Ends Up in Creek at Houston-area Airport
SUGAR LAND (AP) — Nobody has been hurt when a private jet slid off a runway and into a creek after landing at an airport near Houston. Authorities are trying to determine if rainy weather contributed to the accident Friday morning at Sugar Land Regional Airport. Two pilots safely exited the plane through a doorway. The tail of the Embrarer Phenom ended up in the water of Oyster Creek. Sugar Land spokeswoman Patricia Pollicoff says the jet landed safely but apparently ran out of runway. She says the plane slid off the runway while trying to make a turn to remain on the pavement. Federal investigators are trying to determine what happened. Details weren’t immediately available on the owner of the plane. The plane was removed from the creek Friday afternoon.
1 Man Killed, 1 Hurt in El Paso Drive-by Shooting
EL PASO (AP) — Investigators say one man has been killed and another wounded in an overnight drive-by shooting in the Lower Valley section of El Paso. The El Paso Times reports that both men were outside a home on Mirasol Drive around 1:20 a.m. Saturday when a suspect inside a vehicle approached and fired several shots. A 38-year-old was struck, hospitalized and later died. The second shooting victim, age 28, is being treated for injuries at Del Sol Medical Center. The victims’ identities were not released. Police are still investigating and have made no arrests.
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