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Tyler Police Investigate Similar Style Robberies

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 8:19 am

police-tyler-car2TYLER — Tyler Police respond to a reported armed robbery last night. I happened around 10:45 at the Super Sak, 1938 Troup Hwy. According to officers, the clerk reported two black males entered the store, one of them displaying a handgun. The armed suspect demanded money from the clerk and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. The second suspect stood watch at the door. Both suspects then left the store and fled the area. Read more …

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Manufacturer Halts Sales of Highway Guardrails

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 11:35 am

highway-guardrailDALLAS (AP) — A Texas company is stopping shipments of a common highway-guardrail system and conducting more crash tests after it lost a $175 million jury verdict. Trinity Industries Inc. says that it would stop selling the ET-Plus system until testing is complete. Earlier this week, a jury in federal district court in Marshall decided Trinity should pay at least $175 million for misleading regulators. A whistle-blower charged that the company changed the design of caps that go on the ends of the guardrails but didn’t tell regulators until several years later. Trinity criticized the decision and hinted that it would appeal. Critics say that when vehicles strike the guardrail ends, the guardrails don’t crumple as they should, but instead become spears that impale cars and their occupants.

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Family Works to Send Bernie Tiede Back to Prison

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 6:31 am

bernie_panolaCARTHAGE — The family of a murdered East Texas widow is working to send her killer back to prison. It was last May when convicted Carthage murderer Bernie Tiede was freed from prison after evidence suggested that he killed his companion, Marjorie Nugent, in an act of sudden passion related to alleged sexual abuse as a child. But now, Nugent’s family is working to have evidence released from the Panola County Sheriff’s Office that could contradict Tiede’s claim in an appeal to his life sentence. The May decision to release Tiede is still awaiting a final decision from the state’s highest criminal court. Until then, Tiede is living in Austin with Richard Linklater, the director of the 2012 film that portrayed the case.

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Man Wanted for Failing to Register as Sex Offender

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 6:31 am

samrobertsonmugQUITMAN — Wood County Crimestoppers is asking the public to be on the lookout for a local criminal. KETK reports Samuel Richard Robertson, 43, is wanted by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office for failing to comply with sex offender registration. Robertson stands 5’10”, weighs 195 pounds, and has green eyes and brown hair. If you see him or know of his whereabouts, contact Wood County Crimestoppers at (903) 763-CASH (2274).

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Abbott/Norris Make Campaign Stop in Tyler

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 8:22 am

vlcsnap_2014_10_24_21h04m04s57TYLER — Less than two weeks before election day, Republican gubernatorial candidate, Greg Abbott made his way to East Texas Friday. He brought along a legendary Texas icon, Chuck Norris. The pair appeared in the Rose Room yesterday morning around 11:15. According to KETK, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made his case on why he should be elected governor. And Chuck Norris is on his side. Keeping the borders safe and secure, education and the booming Texas economy are just some of Abbott’s biggest passions. The Republican candidate said Texas is ranked number two in the nation for women owned businesses. Read more …

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Student Transferred to Dallas Hospital after Attack at School

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Children's Medical CenterMARSHALL — An East Texas student was transferred to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas following an attack at a Marshall elementary school. On Thursday shortly after 4:00, Marshall Police Department received a 911 call about a child that had been assaulted at Robert E. Lee Elementary School, located at 1315 Calloway Street. According to KETK, the attacker had run from the area when police were being alerted. Marshall officers, firefighters and medical crews responded to the scene. They discovered a 10-year-old boy had been assaulted and was in need of medical attention. The child was taken by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center-Marshall and later moved to the Children’s Medical Center due to his injuries. Read more …

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TxDOT Seeks Public Input on I-20 Plan for East Texas

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 6:31 am

thumb_TxDotAUSTIN – The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting Virtual Open House meetings to seek public feedback on the I-20 East Texas Corridor Draft Implementation Plan. Officials say these online information sessions provide the public with a summary of the study, including proposed highway improvements, and welcome questions and comments electronically. Read more …

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Lone Superintendent Finalist Named in Spring Hill

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

steve snellLONGVIEW — Spring Hill schools name a lone finalist for their new superintendent. KETK reports Steven Snell is set to start December 1. The Hutto public school administrator was selected by Spring Hill’s board this week from a field of six candidates. Snell says he’s honored to have been chosen.

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Fall Festival Time in East Texas

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 11:46 am

fall-festivalEAST TEXAS — East Texans and visitors can enjoy big events in a couple of towns this weekend. The “Hottest Little Festival in Texas,” the Hot Pepper Festival, is scheduled for Saturday in the Palestine Main Street District. Activities this year include a BBQ & Chili Cook-Off, Peppers & Patriots Parade, a Veterans tribute, live music, beer gardens, arts & crafts, food vendors, a kid’s zone, and much more. It’s also time for a real “hog-wild” event: the 7th annual Fall Feral Hog Festival in Ben Wheeler Friday and Saturday. That one features the World Championship Wild Hog Cook Off, a parade, and live music at several venues. You can learn more about both festivals on the ktbb.com Calendar of Events.

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Dallas Nurse Receives Thanks, Hug from Obama

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 6:49 am

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A nurse who became ill with Ebola has returned home virus-free to Texas. Nina Pham arrived just before midnight CDT Friday at a Fort Worth airport after being released from the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center near Washington. She was exposed to the deadly virus while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Earlier Friday, Pham said she felt “fortunate and blessed” during a news conference at the Washington-area hospital. She later received a hug and thanks from President Barack Obama during a visit to the White House. Pham said she looked forward to being reunited with her dog Bentley. A second nurse from Dallas, Amber Vinson, remains at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

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Federal Officials: Dallas Nurse Free of Ebola

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 11:32 am

WASHINGTON (AP/ABC/Staff) – The first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus — and the National Institutes of Health says Nina Pham was released today from its hospital near Washington. Pham thanked the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas and at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland — as well as a special friend. Pham said, “I would especially like to thank Dr. Kent Brantly for his selfless act of donating plasma to me.” Brantly, of Fort Worth, was caring for sick Ebola patients with the aid group Samaritan’s Purse in Monrovia, Liberia, when he became the first American diagnosed with Ebola in late July. Read more …

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Perry’s 1st Court Appearance Now Set for Nov. 6

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 7:00 am

AUSTIN (AP) — A judge has rescheduled for Nov. 6 in Austin Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s first court appearance to face abuse-of-power charges. The Republican originally was to appear at an Oct. 31 pretrial hearing, but Perry attorney Tony Buzbee said the hearing was postponed until Nov. 7. In an order signed Friday, though, state District Judge Bert Richardson set the hearing for the previous morning. A Travis County grand jury indicted Perry in August on charges that he abused his official powers and coerced a public servant. The charges arose from his public threat and eventual decision to veto state funding for public corruption prosecutors. That came after the Democratic district attorney overseeing the unit wouldn’t resign after a drunken-driving conviction. Perry’s attorneys have challenged the case on constitutional and technical grounds.

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Hospital Hit by Ebola Scare to Alter Procedures

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:41 am

DALLAS (AP) – The Dallas hospital where two nurses were infected with Ebola after treating a Liberian man says it’s instituted new procedures for treatment of infectious diseases. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital issued a statement Friday that says electronic medical records will highlight any risks associated with a patient’s travel. Officials say a new triage procedure will identify high-risk patients and move them from the emergency room to an isolation unit by staff outfitted in protective gear. The hospital also asserts that “face-to-face communication” between nurses and doctors will increase so they don’t rely solely on medical records. Friday’s statement came the same day Dallas officials announced Mayor Mike Rawlings spoke by phone with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The two discussed how Liberians in Dallas are working to support their Ebola-ravaged homeland.

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Police: Houston Man Rapes Teenage Girl, Toddler

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:41 am

HOUSTON (AP) – A registered sex offender in Houston is charged with raping a 14-year-old girl and a 2-year-old girl and infecting them with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The 33-year-old man was charged this week with super-aggravated sexual assault of a child and sexual assault of a child. Houston police say he raped his ex-girlfriend’s teenage daughter and his infant niece. The investigation began in 2013 when the younger child was brought to the Texas Medical Center. Both victims were infected with herpes and doctors had to preform reconstructive surgery on the younger child. The suspect was sentenced to four years in prison in 2004 after sexually assaulting a different child. The Associated Press isn’t naming the man to protect the identities of the children.

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Report: Texas Caseworkers Didn’t Follow Protocols

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:40 am

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – The Texas inspector general has found that four Child Protective Services workers failed to follow protocols in the case of an 8-year-old girl who died under their watch. The San Antonio Express-News reports the Office of the Inspector General released the findings on Thursday. It doesn’t recommend any disciplinary action. The office hasn’t released the names of the workers involved with Sarah Brasse, who died of untreated appendicitis in 2009. The report says the employees neglected to perform even basic requirements of their jobs such as making timely visits or following up on reports of abuse. It says two program directors complied with policies in their handling of the case. A CPS spokesman says the case is closed and no disciplinary action is expected.

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Hospital Hit by Ebola Scare to Alter Procedures

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 7:16 am

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas hospital where two nurses were infected with Ebola after treating a Liberian man says it’s instituted new procedures for treatment of infectious diseases. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital issued a statement Friday that says electronic medical records will highlight any risks associated with a patient’s travel. Officials say a new triage procedure will identify high-risk patients and move them from the emergency room to an isolation unit by staff outfitted in protective gear. The hospital also asserts that “face-to-face communication” between nurses and doctors will increase so they don’t rely solely on medical records. Friday’s statement came the same day Dallas officials announced Mayor Mike Rawlings spoke by phone with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The two discussed how Liberians in Dallas are working to support their Ebola-ravaged homeland.

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West Texas Pit Bull Recovering after Attack

Posted/updated on: October 24, 2014 at 10:40 am

BROWNWOOD (AP) – A West Texas pit bull is recovering after police say its owner tried to kill it with a knife and hammer. Veterinarian Carren Bowden told KTXS-TV Thursday that the 4-year-old dog named Bruiser is expected to live but could need treatment for unspecified skin issues. She’s also watching the animal for post-traumatic stress. Brownwood police say they went to the suspect’s house Tuesday on an animal cruelty call. They found the man and Bruiser in the backyard and say the dog and hammer were covered in blood. The man tells officers Bruiser had been suffering and that he was trying to put him down. Bruiser will be fostered by Angles and Outlaws Bully Ranch in Stephenville when he is released. No charges have been reported.

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Houston Mayor: ‘2 moms’ Cause Daughter’s DL Woes

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 7:04 am

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Mayor Annise Parker says her daughter faced difficulty in getting a Texas driver’s license because she listed two mothers as her parents on her application. Parker is gay and married partner Kathy Hubbard in a California ceremony earlier this year. Together, they adopted daughters Daniela and Marquitta in 2003. Texas doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages, however. The Houston Chronicle reports Parker tweeted Friday that the Texas Department of Public Safety denied Daniela a driving test Thursday because of inconsistencies on her personal identification documents. In some spots Daniela listed Parker as her mother and listed Hubbard as her mother on others. Only on a third trip Friday to the license office did she get her license. DPS spokesman Tom Vinger blamed the glitch on insufficient documentation to prove residency.

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Police: Man had 1,000 Secret Recordings of Women

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 7:10 am

IRVING (AP) — North Texas police say their investigation of a man who secretly placed cameras in various public restrooms has uncovered nearly 1,000 videos of women. Irving police spokesman James McLellan said Friday the videos were taken from the computers, flash drives and other devices owned by 65-year-old Andrew Boden. Authorities announced in June that Boden had been arrested on a charge of improper photography or video recording. But the extent of the recordings weren’t publicly known until this week. McLellan says cameras were placed in bathrooms at fast-food restaurants, grocery stores and other locations. In one instance a camera was concealed in a fake wall outlet. Boden has bonded out of jail. McLellan says he was living in a hotel and a number for him could not be located for comment.

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Remains of French Ship to be Reassembled in Texas

Posted/updated on: October 25, 2014 at 7:18 am

AUSTIN (AP) — Archaeologists are beginning to reassemble the remains of a French ship recovered more than 300 years after it was lost in a storm off the Texas coast. The February 1686 wreck of the 54-foot-long La Belle in Matagorda Bay played the key role in an ill-fated but historically significant expedition led by famed explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle. Historians point to La Salle’s colony near Victoria as the reason Spain decided to boost its presence in what became Texas. That move, and the colony’s failure, led to today’s Hispanic heritage in the state. Beginning Saturday, visitors to the Texas State Museum in Austin will be able to watch the ship being put back together in a unique setting that allows them to interact with archaeologists.

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