One Arrested in Smith County Shooting
WHITEHOUSE – A Smith County shooting has left one person hospitalized and one in custody. The 911 call of a gunshot in the 11500 block of County Road 2174, south of Whitehouse, came in around 7:15 last night. A man has been hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the head. The suspect was still in the residence when officers arrived. He surrendered without incident and was booked into the Smith County Jail. The investigation is ongoing and further information should be released later today.
Smith County Chase Suspect Arrested
LINDALE — A man wanted in connection with a high-speed chase in Smith County on October 17, has been arrested. KETK reports, acting on a tip from Crime Stoppers last night, Lindale police arrested Jesus Pedro Perez, 22. Police say Perez was previously last seen near Garden Valley Road in Tyler and was the driver in a chase that began on Highway 69 in Lindale. Police say they were conducting a traffic stop when Perez pulled out a weapon. He then reportedly sped off with law officers following close by. During the high speed pursuit Perez reportedly shot at police. The chase continued onto Garden Valley Road, where officials say Perez wrecked his vehicle. He and the two passengers in the car got out and began running. Police were able to stop and arrest Jesus Flores Jr., 27, and Thomas Ocampo, 25 that evening.
One Dead in Travel Trailer Explosion, Fire
WILLS POINT (AP) – A man has been found dead after an explosion and fire in a travel trailer parked at a marina along an East Texas lake. The Van Zandt County Fire Marshal’s Office says the blaze happened Wednesday morning at the Holiday Marina near Wills Point, along Lake Tawakoni. Fire Marshal Chuck Allen says an autopsy has been ordered on the 54-year-old man, whose name wasn’t immediately released. Allen says emergency personnel received a call about a man possibly with heart problems. Authorities discovered there had been a small explosion and fire near an oxygen concentrator at the residence. The fire was already out when emergency responders arrived. Officials believe the man lived alone in the travel trailer.
Autopsy: Longview Man Killed by Officer Shot Four Times
LONGVIEW — An autopsy report released Tuesday of a man killed in August by a Longview police officer showed he died of four gunshot wounds — one to the back, one to the back shoulder, and two to the left arm. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report Regan Marshall Wagner, 23, of Longview was killed Aug. 7 after being pulled over near Akin Park in Longview for an expired inspection sticker. Longview police initially said Wagner was killed during an exchange of gunfire, but last week said Wagner did not fire any shots. Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said Wagner showed a gun, but could not confirm whether it was loaded. Read more …
Expelled Student’s Appeal Denied
LONGVIEW — The Pine Tree School Board has denied the appeal of a student who was expelled from the district. According to the Longview News-Journal and KETK, neither trustees nor Longview attorney David Moore, who represented the expelled student, would confirm the student’s identity. Our news partner reports Moore represents Christopher Jones, a PTISD student who is accused of making threats in an online chat room concerning a massacre he would carry out in the Pine Tree High School cafeteria. Moore had originally stated Jones “voluntarily withdrew’ from the school. Read more …
Authorities Seize 37 Dogs in Upshur County Raid; 3 Found Dead
GILMER — Authorities say they seized 37 ill-treated dogs and arrested two people Wednesday morning. The SPCA rescued the dogs at a private residence in the Indian Rock Community off Farm Road 1650 and Highway 154 East near Gilmer, according to Upshur County Precinct 1 Constable Gene Dolle. KETK reports law enforcement obtained warrants to search the property after Longview animal control and the SPCA alerted Dolle’s office to the alleged criminal activity in his jurisdiction. Authorities say they confirmed the allegations by sending an undercover agent onto the grounds. Read more …
Convicted Felon Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violation
TYLER – A 27-year-old Grand Saline man has been sentenced to federal prison for federal firearms violations.James Matthew Herring pleaded guilty Aug. 6 to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison Tuesday in Tyler by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis. Read more …
Man Arrested with Alleged Crystal Meth
ATHENS — Deputies took one person into custody Tuesday after they allegedly found a suspect with drugs at a local hotel. KETK reports that according to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, at 5 a.m., authorities investigated suspicious activity at the Lake Palestine Motel on State Highway 155. Deputies say they found Kevin Ingram of Chandler with a plastic bag containing alleged crystal meth. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Henderson County Jail for possession of a controlled substance. Ingram was released on $7,500 bond. He faces up to 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine if found guilty.
Battle Lines Drawn in ESD 2 Election
TYLER — The upcoming Smith County election in Emergency Service District 2 has become contentious. According to KETK, some of the conservative candidates and their supporters, including Grassroots America – We the People, say they want better bookkeeping. But another group, Smith County Citizens for Public Safety (SCC4PS), likes the way things are being run. A key issue has to do with Smith County volunteer fire departments making runs into Cherokee County. JoAnn Fleming of Grassroots America says she’s fine with making runs there but wants Smith County taxpayers to be reimbursed appropriately. But Keith Tate of SCC4PS says the issue’s already been covered, with Cherokee County paying ESD 2 for that service.Emergency service districts in Smith County were set up to raise funds for volunteer fire departments.
Winona Water Safe to Drink without Boiling
WINONA — The city of Winona’s water is officially safe to drink without boiling. According to the city’s Facebook page, On October 27, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (T.C.E.Q.) required Winona to issue a Boil Water Notice (B.W.N) to inform customers that due an interruption in service, water from the city system needed to be boiled prior to consumption. The Facebook page says the system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant levels, and/or bacteriological quality and has provided T.C.E.Q. with testing results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling. If you have any questions, contact Bryan Richards, City Administrator, at 903-877-3381.
Tyler Area MPO Seeks Input on I-20 East Texas Corridor Study
TYLER — Tyler-area residents have a chance to weigh in on the future of a key highway today at an Interstate 20 East Texas Corridor Study Open House. It’s set for UT Health Northeast from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Officials say the study, being conducted by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), is focused on evaluating the current safety and capacity needs along the 155-mile stretch of I-20 from I-635 in Dallas to the Texas/Louisiana state line. Read more …
Houston-Area Deputy Killed in Head-On Collision
BAYTOWN (AP) — Authorities say a woman is facing a drug charge after an SUV she was driving crossed into oncoming traffic and slammed into a Harris County sheriff’s patrol car, killing a veteran deputy. Jesse Valdez III, 32, was airlifted to a hospital where he died early Wednesday morning. Valdez was an 11-year veteran of the sheriff’s office. He’s the 40th member of the office to die while on duty in its 177-year history. Valdez’s vehicle landed in a drainage ditch after it was struck head-on near Baytown. Harris County officials say Kelly Jo Ivey, 29, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance. She was taken to the hospital for treatment and has an initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday. She’s being held without bond at the Harris County jail.
Man Who Admitted Killing 2 Stepsons Being Paroled
HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A Central Texas man who admitted last week to killing his two stepsons in a 1986 fire appears headed for a halfway house. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Edward Graf Jr., 62, has been quietly moved from the Huntsville prison and was being taken Wednesday to a halfway house in El Paso. Graf’s anticipated parole Monday from Huntsville was delayed by the absence of some paperwork. Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials have declined to discuss his status. One of his lawyers, Michelle Tuegel, says she’s not certain of Graf’s whereabouts. Graf pleaded guilty in Waco as jurors deliberated at a retrial after his original conviction was overturned. The plea deal includes a 60-year sentence but counts 28 years he already served. That made him immediately eligible for parole.
Fort Worth Vet Indicted in Animal Cruelty Case
FORT WORTH (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a Fort Worth veterinarian who investigators say told a client he had euthanized her dog but instead kept it alive in a cage for months. Millard Lucien Tierce, 71, was indicted by the Tarrant County grand jury on charges that include theft and animal cruelty. In a statement Wednesday Tarrant County prosecutors said Tierce kept the woman’s dog alive for blood transfusions, instead of euthanizing the pet. Tierce has been free on $10,000 bond and is awaiting trial. The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners last week suspended Tierce’s license for five years. The board in its order said Tierce violated standards of care at his clinic and failed to conduct a practice with honesty and integrity.
Texas Karate Studio Owner Gets Prison Over Porn
BEAUMONT (AP) — The owner of a Southeast Texas karate studio has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for viewing and sharing child pornography. Ronald Seabridge Sr. of Lumberton operates Brass Dragon Karate in Lumberton, about 90 miles northeast of Houston. Prosecutors in Beaumont on Wednesday announced the sentence for the 60-year-old karate instructor. Seabridge in February was convicted of receiving, distributing and possessing child pornography. Federal agents in 2009 searched Seabridge’s home and karate studio as part of an undercover operation. Investigators say Seabridge was using a file-sharing program to receive and distribute child pornography. A search of the businessman’s computer equipment revealed more than 300 child porn images. He was indicted in May 2013.
Doctor’s Lawyers in Hit-Man Case Question Police
LUBBOCK (AP) — Attorneys for a plastic surgeon charged with the death of a hospital pathologist who was dating the surgeon’s former girlfriend say authorities missed another potential suspect. Jurors in Lubbock heard Wednesday from police detectives who investigated the 2012 death of Dr. Joseph Sonnier III. Dr. Thomas Dixon is charged with paying a business partner in silver bars to kill Sonnier. Attorneys for Dixon questioned detectives about why they didn’t investigate the roommate of the business partner, David Neal Shepard, who has pleaded guilty and is serving life. Jurors also heard from another former girlfriend of Dixon’s who testified that Shepard came to Dixon’s home and the two met for 15 to 20 minutes on the night of Sonnier’s death. Dixon faces a life sentence if convicted.
Convict in West Texas Escapes from Prison Job
PLAINVIEW (AP) — Authorities in West Texas are hunting for a 38-year-old prisoner who fled a work detail at a Department of Criminal Justice regional office in Plainview. Corrections agency officials say Charlie Davis Jr. was noticed missing Monday from his job as a janitor. Davis in late June began a two-year term at the Wheeler State Jail in Plainview for a theft conviction in nearby Swisher County. Because his offense was non-violent and he had a short prison term, he was eligible for the job as a trusty. Now he faces up to a 20-year sentence for felony escape. Police, county deputies and corrections agency officers are involved in the search. His escape prompted a lockdown of Plainview public schools and Wayland Baptist College but operations were back to normal Tuesday.
4 Women Charged with Sex-Trafficking of Minors
HOUSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say four women have been arrested for sexual trafficking of minors after it was discovered they operated several apartments in Houston as brothels. Authorities said in a statement Wednesday that the women instructed several minors in the country illegally from Mexico on how to solicit and charge for sex. The women then collected the money paid to the minors. A federal indictment accuses Dolores Vargas, 63, Blasina Vargas, 53, Ignacio Escandon, 48, and Luisa Vargas, whose age was unavailable, of operating the prostitution ring since February 2012. They’re charged with sexual trafficking of a minor and one count of conspiring to harbor illegal aliens.
Texas Doctor Gets 7 Years for ‘Pill Mill’ Case
DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas doctor already in federal prison for health care fraud has been given an additional seven years for running a clinic that authorities have called a “pill mill.” Nicholas Padron was sentenced Wednesday after admitting to one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute a Schedule III controlled substance. Prosecutors say Padron and a co-defendant ran a “cash-only clinic” that sold drugs like hydrocodone. Padron was already serving a 5-year sentence for his role as medical director of A Medical House Calls, which provided home doctor visits to Medicare patients. Prosecutors say his sentences will run consecutively.
Austin Jury Acquits Activist in Recording Arrest
AUSTIN (AP) — An Austin activist has been found not guilty of violating a police officer’s order when he tried to take photos of police arresting someone two years ago. A five-member jury acquitted Antonio Buehler on Wednesday after five hours of deliberations. The Austin American-Statesman reported that while the 37-year-old Buehler was charged with a misdemeanor, his case raised questions of whether he broke the law when he refused to put his arms behind his back at an officer’s order on New Year’s Day 2012. He would have faced a $500 fine if convicted.
Court Orders for Pastors’ Speeches Withdrawn
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s mayor says the city has withdrawn subpoenas seeking speeches and other information from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination of gay and transgender residents. Mayor Annise Parker said Wednesday that the subpoenas weren’t intended to infringe on anyone’s religious freedoms, but rather to help the city defend itself against a lawsuit challenging the ordinance that the City Council approved in May. The pastors said the subpoenas violated their First Amendment rights. An attorney for ordinance opponents says the mayor is taking a step in the right direction, but that voters should be allowed to vote on the ordinance. City attorneys originally subpoenaed the pastors, seeking speeches, presentations or sermons related to efforts to repeal the ordinance. The city withdrew its request for the sermons October 17.
Police: Group Shot Out More than 130 Windows
BASTROP (AP) — Central Texas authorities say they’ve arrested five people for shooting at vehicles and businesses on more than 130 occasions. The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office says it’s received 15 reports of pellet guns used to break windows in Bastrop County. Investigators have discovered another 18 cases of windows broken in Round Rock and 43 in Hutto. Williamson County authorities are investigating at least 60 instances of damaged windows. Officials say the shootings occurred October 16 and 17. The five are facing felony charges of criminal mischief. Two are charged as adults while the others are juveniles. The adults were being held Wednesday in the Bastrop County jail. Destinie Muniz, 20, of Austin and Alva Clayton, 17, of Austin are each being held by the county on a $15,000 bond.
Workers Find Unopened Mail to Dallas Judge
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas County officials say some mail addressed to a criminal court judge went unopened for two years. Workers last week found about 700 unopened pieces of mail stuffed inside boxes and a bag under a court coordinator’s desk after her last day of work. Some letters were from defendants about their cases and contained checks to pay fines and court costs. The messages were addressed to 282nd District Court Judge Andy Chatham, who is leaving the bench by year’s end. He says the district clerk’s office is reading each letter, and so far, it appears that no cases have been affected. The Dallas Morning News reports Chatham’s court coordinator, Elda Olivas, should have opened the letters. No publicly listed telephone number could immediately be located Wednesday for Olivas.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
When breathing becomes work, and when it’s the only work you can do, you have respiratory failure. Respiratory failure can be acute or chronic but in either case, left untreated many other health problems will soon arise. UT Health’s pulmonologist Dr. Leslie Couch discusses respiratory failure in this post to HealthConnection. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 30th October 2014- Historical Events 1948 - Operation Hiram: Israelis take control of Galilee 1951 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 1970 - Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British Home Secretary Reginald Maulling to discuss matters related to reforms and security 1975 - King Juan Carlos assumes power in Spain 1991 - Mark Sauer becomes CEO of Pittsburgh Pirates 1991 - Co... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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