Lanes Reopen on Stretch of I-20 near Estes Parkway
LONGVIEW — Wednesday was a trying day for law enforcement and highway crews who found themselves working two wrecks along part of I-20 in Gregg County. But westbound lanes west of Estes Parkway reopened Wednesday evening. The overturned cattle truck from the first crash that occurred between 6 and 6:30 am shut down the inside westbound lanes for some 12 hours. The second crash involving eight vehicles occurred in late afternoon just a couple of miles from the first scene, requiring I-20 traffic to be diverted. Read more …
Tyler Man Guilty of Injury to a Child
TYLER – A jury has found Timothy Choice of Tyler guilty of intentionally scalding a two year old child who is the son of his girlfriend. The sentencing phase of the trial starts this morning. The boy was transferred to Parkland Hospital in Dallas following the incident in July of last year. He suffered severe second degree burns after Choice is said to have put the boy in the hot water because he had wet himself and had not used the toilet.
Reports of Shots Fire in Tyler
TYLER – Reports of shots fired kept Tyler police busy late yesterday afternoon. Just before 6:00pm, there were numerous 911 calls about shots being fired in the area of Center and Locust. At the same time, one person ran into the Smith County Sheriff’s Office building and reported seeing two subjects firing weapons. Calls continued to come in with some stating that there were two subjects with rifles. Tyler Police officers responded to the area and swept multiple blocks without finding any indication that there was or had been an active shooter incident. One witness said he saw two black males firing guns at a house near the intersection of Center and Thomas. At the house officers found several firearms but found no reason to make an arrest. According to Sergeant Adam Colby, evidence was gathered from the scene and the case will be forwarded to the Criminal Investigation Division for follow up.
Inmate Indicted for Allegedly Threatening Judge
HOUSTON (AP/Staff) – Prosecutors say a 42-year-old East Texas inmate has been indicted for threatening to kill a federal judge. George Yarborough, a former Houston resident, is facing a count of mailing a threatening communication. Yarborough is incarcerated at a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison in Anderson County. Prosecutors say he will be transferred to federal custody to make an initial court appearance in the coming days. They say Yarborough in September mailed a letter to a judge in Houston that contained the death threat. he punishment for such a threat is up to 10 years in federal prison. TDCJ records show Yarborough has a criminal record that includes convictions for theft, burglary and drug possession.
Request Denied to Remove Judge on Peterson Case
CONROE (AP/Staff) – A prosecution request to remove the judge handling the felony child abuse case against Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson has been denied. Montgomery County state District Judge Kelly Case (pictured) will remain on the case following a recusal hearing yesterday. Retired Tarrant County District Judge Jeff Walker denied a request by prosecutors, who had accused Case of being biased against them. Peterson, a former star for Palestine High School, is charged with injury to a child for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. He is on paid leave and Case has set a tentative trial date of December 1. A motion to revoke Peterson’s bond for alleged marijuana use has been on hold until the recusal issue was resolved.
East Texas Pair Reportedly Left Pot at Day Care
LUFKIN (AP) – East Texas police have arrested a man and woman who they say dumped a gallon-sized bag of marijuana into a day care trash can. Fifty-year-old Frederick Ruth and 40-year-old Youlanda Whitaker have been charged with possessing marijuana in a drug-free zone and possessing a dangerous drug. Lufkin police say they received a report Monday of two people bagging up marijuana in a car. Officers found it in the Noah’s Ark Early Education Center Day Care and say Ruth and Whitaker were inside. They say Ruth turned over a small bag of marijuana. Officers found the larger bag in a bathroom after employees reported seeing Whitaker enter with a shopping bag. Police didn’t say why the suspects were at the day care.
SCSO Hosts Organized Crime Training Class for the Public
TYLER — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a training class on organized crime October 24 and 25 for all members of law enforcement and Smith County area communities. According to a news release, organized crime including drug cartels is a major problem that, until fairly recently, was little known. SCSO officials say their goal is to educate law enforcement and the public to recognize some of the signs of organized crime. On Friday, the 24th, SCSO will be offering an eight-hour class on organized crime presented primarily by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Administration for those in the law enforcement community. Saturday, officials will open this presentation to both law enforcement and the community at large. Read more …
Reminder: Campaign Sign Regulations
TYLER — The Smith County Road and Bridge Department has recently received several calls about campaign signs placed in the county right-of-way, according to county officials. The county right-of-way is defined as the space between utility lines and the road’s edge. Signs placed behind utility lines are considered to be on private property. Campaign signs in the right-of-way are routinely picked up by the Smith County Road and Bridge Department. Signs on private property will not be removed. Signs that have been removed from the county right-of-way can be picked up at the County Road and Bridge Office at 1700 West Claude Street, Tyler, TX 75702 until the current election cycle ends. Unclaimed signs will be disposed of immediately after the November 2014 election concludes.
Judge Indicted in Army Depot Fraud Case Suspended
TEXARKANA (AP) — A Northeast Texas judge and businessman indicted in an alleged billing scheme involving the Red River Army Depot has been suspended without pay. The Texarkana Gazette reported Wednesday that Patrick James was suspended by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. James is running unopposed next month to retain his seat as Bowie County Precinct 7 justice of the peace. He’s also a municipal judge in Hooks. A federal indictment unsealed October 1 names James and six others on charges of conspiracy to defraud the government and theft of government property or money. James, who owns Hooks Tire Service, and the others pleaded not guilty and are free on bond. An attorney for James said Wednesday that they’ve received the suspension order. Jason Horton declined further comment on the investigation.
Family: Doctors Don’t Detect Ebola in Nurse’s Body
COLUMBUS (AP) — The family of a Texas nurse who flew to Ohio and was diagnosed with Ebola says doctors no longer detect the virus in her body. A family statement released Wednesday through a media consultant says officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention couldn’t detect Ebola in Amber Vinson as of Tuesday evening. Doctors usually do two tests a day apart before saying they can’t detect the virus. It’s unclear how many tests Vinson has had. The statement says Vinson’s mother spoke to her Wednesday and Vinson has been approved for transfer from isolation. Vinson is being treated at Emory, near Atlanta. Emory officials won’t comment on her status. Vinson helped care for a Liberian man with Ebola who died at a Dallas hospital Oct. 8. Another nurse there also became infected. Read more …
Police: Two Dead in Houston Hospital Shooting
HOUSTON (AP) — Police say a man walked up to a female co-worker in a Houston hospital pharmacy and shot her fatally before turning the gun on himself. The incident happened Wednesday afternoon at the Ben Taub Hospital pharmacy, which is situated in a building separate from the main hospital. According to a witness and surveillance video, the man approached the woman from behind at her cubicle work station, shot her, then shot himself. Police say both died at the scene, but no other injuries were reported. Houston police spokesman John Cannon says witnesses reported the man may have made advances on the woman recently. It was unclear if she had spurned those advances.
Two Die at West Texas Wastewater Treatment Plant
EL PASO (AP) — Fire crews have recovered the body of a man from a West Texas wastewater treatment plant and are working on recovering a second body from the facility. El Paso Fire Department spokesman Carlos Briano gave no details on how the men were trapped at the Bustamante wastewater plant or if they drowned. Briano said the two weren’t employees of the El Paso Water Utility but contractors. He didn’t say what type of work they were doing at the plant. Briano said fire-rescue crews responded to a call to rescue two men from the plant, but upon arrival the crew discovered that it was to be a recovery effort. The fire department dispatched 12 units to the plant located in southeast El Paso.
Man Condemned in Prison Guard’s Death Loses Appeal
AUSTIN (AP) — Death row inmate Robert Pruett has lost an appeal at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Pruett is sentenced to die for the 1999 slaying of a Texas corrections officer. The state’s highest criminal court on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s finding that the results of palm print and DNA tests asked by the 35-year-old inmate are inconclusive. Pruett was set to die last May but received a reprieve to appeal his trial-court ruling that the testing outcome wouldn’t have changed the jury verdict. He awaits lethal injection for the fatal stabbing of Dan Nagle, a corrections officer at the McDonnell Unit near Beeville where Pruett already was serving 99 years for a Harris County slaying. Evidence showed Pruett was angry about a disciplinary report from Nagle.
South Texas Woman Gets 61 Months for Benefits Scam
MCALLEN (AP) — A 37-year-old San Antonio woman has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for falsely claiming over $200,000 in unemployment benefits. Alejandra Resendez received her 61-month prison sentence Wednesday. She was also ordered to pay $176,130 in restitution to the Texas Workforce Commission and serve two years of supervised released upon after she completes her sentence in federal prison. She pleaded guilty to two counts each of mail fraud and identity theft in May. Resendez, who worked for a security company, was convicted of stealing customer data to sign people up for jobless benefits and then keeping the money. She admitted to receiving $204,188 in benefits and spending it on household bills and vacations to Disney World and Las Vegas. Investigators say the scheme ran from mid-2010 until early 2013.
Odessa High School Evacuated after Gas Line Hit
ODESSA (AP) — A West Texas high school was evacuated after a construction crew punctured a gas line in an accident that sent eight people,four students and four teachers, to the hospital. Odessa High School closed for the day following the gas line accident late Wednesday morning near the main building on campus. Ector County Independent School District spokesman Mike Adkins said a total of eight people went to the hospital, either by ambulance or by private vehicle, as a result of the leak. All were treated and released. Odessa city spokeswoman Andrea Goodson says the contractor was hired by the district and the gas line is operated by Atmos Energy. Atmos Energy spokeswoman Brandi Price says the repairs were completed and the area was reopened by Wednesday afternoon..
Former First Lady Laura Bush Visits Texas School
MESQUITE (AP) — Former first lady Laura Bush has visited a Mesquite middle school that received a $7,000 library grant from her foundation. Founded in 2002, Bush’s charity gives out grants every year to school libraries across the nation. The Dallas Morning News reports the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries was based in Washington, D.C. before it moved to south to join the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Officials say the foundation’s transition will complement the center’s efforts. The center’s policy arm, the George W. Bush Institute, has education as one of its top priorities. The former first lady says her foundation’s mission is simple: help schools expand their libraries to increase students’ love for reading. She sat next to students in a classroom at Wilkinson Middle School on Tuesday.
Pond Liners Used Against Lake Waco Zebra Mussels
WACO (AP) — Pond liners are being used to try to stop zebra mussels from spreading at a Central Texas lake that supplies water to Waco. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports city crews and divers on Tuesday unrolled sheets of pond liner and covered the lake floor at the Ridgewood Country Club boat ramp. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on October 1 announced the infestation at the boat ramp. Department monitoring of Lake Waco found no evidence that invasive mussels, which can clog water intake systems, beyond the boat ramp area. Zebra mussels were confirmed in Texas in 2009 at Lake Texoma and have spread to several other lakes. Boaters on all Texas lakes and rivers are required to drain and clean their watercraft to help stop the spread of zebra mussels.
Treasure Hunter Helps Texan Locate Lost Class Ring
GALVESTON (AP) — An amateur treasure hunter has found a North Texas man’s 1977 class ring that was lost during a summer trip to Galveston. The Galveston County Daily News reported Wednesday that a notice posted this week with the newspaper helped lead to the jewelry. Skip Jones of Bonham in August was vacationing with family near Pirates Beach. He was swimming in the Gulf of Mexico when his University of Houston ring slipped from his finger. Jones put up signs, searched the beach and then tried the newspaper notice. Clyde Longworth, who’s a lawn worker and Galveston Island Treasure Club member, saw the posting. Longworth used a metal detector to locate the gold ring under water and in the sand. Jones plans to give Longworth a thank-you check for the ring.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
Seemingly from out of nowhere the media is filled with stories about Ebola, a virus that is native to Africa and one that is fatal in a very high percentage of cases. With Ebola on American shores for the first time, it’s important to know how much of what we see and hear is media hype versus how much there is about which we should be appropriatelly concerned. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, internationally-recognized infectious disease expert Dr. Richard Wallace answers questions about Ebola and separates fact from hype. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 23rd October 2014- Historical Events 787 - Byzantine empress Irene recovers Iconclastic cult at Nicaea 1893 - C Dazey's "In Old Kentucky" premieres in NYC (27 seasons) 1942 - During WW II, Britain launches major offensive at El Alamein, Egypt 1944 - Soviet army invades Hungary 1946 - UN General Assembly 2nd session convenes (1st NYC-Flushing Meadows) 1958 - The Springhill Mine Bump - An underground earthquake traps... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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