Report: Teen Killed in Longview PD Lobby Suffered from Mental Illness
LONGVIEW (Staff/AP) — A teenager who was shot in the lobby of the Longview Police Department reportedly suffered from mental illnesses. According to KETK, much of the information comes to light on http://thinkprogress.org in an interview with Kristiana Coignard’s aunt Heather Robertson. Robertson said her niece suffered from depression and bipolar disorder ever since the girl’s mother died when Coignard was four years old. Robertson said Coignard had been hospitalized twice recently after failed suicide attempts. During one instance, Robertson said Coignard tried to hang herself and drank toilet bowl cleaner in a second attempt. She went on to tell the website Coignard didn’t have a criminal record and was “only harmful to herself.” Read more …
Officials Report on Conditions at Klein Animal Shelter
JACKSONVILLE — State officials have released a detailed report of Klein Animal Shelter conditions following concerns brought to their attention at the Jacksonville facility. That’s according to our news partner KETK. In the unofficial quarantine facility inspection, presented by Dr. Melinda Hergert and Angela Hopkins, officials said the shelter passed the “Q inspection” on January 14 but “failed miserably” on the impoundment of animals. Inspectors say they found two dead dogs and two injured dogs in the compound. One of the animals, a Schnauzer, was discovered lying in its own feces, according to the report. Read more …
Man Shot Dead in Rusk
RUSK — The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reports one person is dead after a shooting in Rusk. According to KETK, officials said a woman reported her husband was threatening to kill her and himself at a house on the 100 block of Joplin Street. The Rusk Police Department said officers responded to reports of a shot fired at around 2 p.m. When officers were getting out of their patrol car, a shot was fired from within the home, according to officials. Police say they entered the building and found a man dead. His identity was not immediately released. The body has been sent for autopsy.
Authorities Arrest Man Wanted for Child Sex Assault, Theft
JACKSON HEIGHTS — A Smith County man who was being sought by the United States Marshals Task Force in connection with multiple crimes is in custody. According KETK, Smith County Precinct 4 Constable John Smith said officials had been seeking Sydney C. Lynch, 51, of the Jackson Heights community. Lynch was wanted on charges of child sexual assault and felony theft. Details of his arrest were not immediately made public.
Preliminary Autopsy Reports Come In on Two Longview Deaths
LONGVIEW — Preliminary autopsy reports have come back in connection with two deaths in Longview. That’s according to KETK and the Longview News-Journal. On January 13, police discovered the body of Philander Carlton Peters, 48, of Longview, at the scene of a Tuesday evening shooting in the 1600 Block of Hawthorne Street. An eyewitness at the scene reported hearing four gunshots and seeing a black male running from the home. The preliminary autopsy report states Peters died from a gunshot wound to the head with perforation of the brain, deeming the death a homicide. The shooting remains under investigation. Detectives are still asking that anyone with information on the identity of the person seen running from the scene come forward and help solve the crime. Read more …
Longview Police Continue to Probe Drive-By Shooting
LONGVIEW — The Longview Police Department is still investigating a drive-by shooting that happened Monday night. Around 6 p.m. police responded to a gunshot call on the 300 block of Nikki Drive, according to KETK. Police say a male was driving the car and the shots likely came from a female passenger, who allegedly shot at a house and vehicle. One bullet struck the vehicle. Police say this was likely an isolated incident stemming from a previous conflict between the shooter and the car’s owner. Public Information Officer Kristie Brian said drive-bys are not very common in Longview. Anyone with any information is asked to call Gregg County Crime Stoppers or the Longview Police Department.
Body of East Texas Man Found in Mobile Home
NACOGDOCHES — The body of an East Texas man was found Monday afternoon inside a mobile home. Nacogdoches County Deputies initiated a welfare check in the 1800 block of Stephens Street after receiving a call around 3:15 Monday afternoon. The 57-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. According to KETK, authorities said no obvious signs of foul play were detected. His body has been sent for autopsy. His identity has not been released.
Effort Underway to Help Family that Escaped Fire
LINDALE — Supporters of a Lindale family are working to help after the family was able to escape a house fire early Monday morning.
A funding website — http://www.youcaring.com/emergency-fundraiser/taking-care-of-the-terry-s-/297255#.VMaITxi0XB8.facebook — has been set up to help Jon and Mallory Terry and their three children, Cannon, 9, Kennedy, 5, and Clate, 1, with their expenses. Read more …
Fleming Named to Chair Patrick’s Grassroots Advisory Board
AUSTIN – Flint resident JoAnn Fleming has been selected to chair Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s newly-created Grassroots Advisory Board. In 2011, then-Senator Patrick created the Tea Party Caucus of the Texas Legislature and its citizen advisory committee. The caucus met regularly with members of the advisory committee to discuss public policy. Today, Patrick continues his practice of coordinating with grassroots leaders, according to a news release from his office. Read more …
Flashing Yellow Arrow Signals Installed at Canton
CANTON – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is advising motorists of changes to the traffic signals this week at I-20 and SH 19 in Canton. Flashing yellow arrow left-turn signals have been installed to improve safety at the intersection and were due to be operational Tuesday, according to a TxDOT news release. The flashing yellow arrows replace the traditional circular green lights used to let drivers know that they must yield on green to turn left. The project called for periodically closing the intersection’s left turn lanes Tuesday while the conversion to the flashing yellow arrows was conducted. Read more …
Judge Refuses to Toss Perry Case on Constitutional Grounds
AUSTIN (AP) – A Texas judge has refused to throw out a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that the case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should continue. District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, ruled Tuesday that the case should proceed. Perry’s defense team had sought to have the proceedings dismissed. They say he was acting within his constitutional rights as governor when he threatened, then carried out, a veto of funding for public corruption prosecutors after the Democrat leading the unit refused to resign following a drunken-driving conviction. Perry was indicted in August. He says he’ll announce whether he’ll run for president again as soon as May.
Inmate Set to Die Wednesday Wins Reprieve
HUNTSVILLE (AP) – Texas’ top criminal court has halted Wednesday’s execution of a prisoner linked to five killings in Houston. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a reprieve Tuesday to death row inmate Garcia White. Prosecutors and defense attorneys say the court didn’t immediately explain its decision. White was sentenced to death after being convicted of fatally stabbing twin 16-year-old girls at a Houston apartment where their mother also was killed. White also was tied to the deaths of a grocery store owner and a prostitute. In their appeal, White’s attorneys argued that he may have been mentally impaired because of longtime cocaine use when he waived his right to an attorney during interrogations. They also say DNA evidence suggests a second person may have been involved in the triple slaying.
Another Most-Wanted Sex Offender Arrested
AUSTIN (AP/Staff) – A third suspect among the state’s 10 most wanted sex offenders has been arrested. The Department of Public Safety has announced that 29-year-old Derrick Garton was arrested following a traffic stop Friday in New Boston. It was earlier learned that 57-year-old Charles Leon Carr had been found in Vera Cruz, Mexico, by authorities acting on a tip. He was deported to Texas on Thursday. Authorities announced last Friday that 53-year-old Paul Ray Bass had been nabbed by U.S. marshals in Houston. DPS says all were wanted for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements.
18 Charged in Houston Crime Ring, Armed Bank Robberies
HOUSTON (AP) – Police say 18 people have been charged in a Houston-area crime ring linked to stolen vehicles and armed bank robberies. Houston police announced the arrests Tuesday and the search for additional robbery suspects. Several law enforcement agencies last March began the investigation after a series of bank robberies. The 16 men and two female defendants have been charged with bank robbery or bank “jugging” during incidents since last April. Jugging is when bank customers complete their transactions and are then followed and robbed. Authorities believe the ring operated from northeast Houston.
Patrick: Open Carry Not a Top Senate Priority
AUSTIN (AP) – After pledging in his campaign to fight for open carry of handguns in Texas, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick now says it’s not a priority and doesn’t have the votes to pass. The issue seemed to be gaining strong momentum for the 2015 session with support from Gov. Greg Abbott and top Republicans who swept into office in November. But Patrick doused the hopes of gun rights advocates with his remarks Tuesday at a forum hosted by the Texas Tribune. Patrick now says open carry “doesn’t reach the level” of priority for the Republican-dominated Senate. Lawmakers have filed several bills on open carry, ranging from requiring a license to letting anyone carry a handgun in public. Texas hasn’t allowed open carry of handguns since immediately after the Civil War.
Ex-Prison Guard Pleads Guilty to Sex with Inmate
WACO (AP) – A former corrections officer at a privately run prison in Central Texas has pleaded guilty to having sex with an inmate she was guarding. Melissa Suzanne Corona of Waco pleaded guilty Monday to having an improper sexual relationship with an inmate. Prosecutors in Waco have recommended probation for Corona in a plea deal on the state jail felony charge. The 25-year-old Corona formerly worked at the Jack Harwell Detention Center in Waco. Investigators say Corona in 2013 began the relationship by kissing a male inmate more than 10 times. She then had improper contact through the bars while both were clothed, followed by entering the man’s cell and performing sex acts on him. Corona was indicted last March. Further details on the inmate weren’t immediately available.
Mexican Gets 14 Years in Texas Drug Money Laundering Case
BROWNSVILLE (AP) – A Mexican man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and must repay nearly $1.9 million for laundering drug money in South Texas. Oscar J. Aguilar was sentenced Tuesday in Brownsville. Aguilar last May pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit international money laundering. Aguilar, who was a legal resident of Brownsville, could face deportation after serving his federal prison term. Prosecutors say Aguilar recruited nine people to open accounts at a Bank of America in Brownsville. Cash from drug sales was deposited into the accounts. Aguilar and his associates made withdrawals of less than $10,000 to avoid bulk money reporting requirements. Aguilar then moved the money to Matamoros, Mexico, to a drug cartel. The other nine people have been convicted in the case.
At Least Five Hurt in Chemical Spill at Central Texas Plant
TEMPLE (AP) – At least five people have been hurt in a chemical spill at a Central Texas company that makes foam products. Temple Fire & Rescue units on Tuesday morning responded to the Carpenter Co. and contained the leak. Officials say there’s no danger to the public. Investigators are trying to determine what led to the leak and how much liquid spilled. Authorities say three employees reported breathing problems and were decontaminated at the facility. All were then transported to a hospital. An emergency medical services worker also had trouble breathing and was taken to a hospital. A firefighter who came into contact with the chemical, identified as toluene diisocyanate, was treated at the scene and returned to duty. A message left with the Temple company wasn’t immediately returned Tuesday.
Threat Delays Dallas-Bound Airline Flight in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (AP) – A Southwest Airlines flight left San Diego’s Lindbergh Field after a bomb threat prompted a search of the plane that turned up no explosives. San Diego County Regional Airport Authority spokeswoman Rebecca Bloomfield says the Dallas-bound flight left an hour and 15 minutes behind schedule Tuesday after investigators cleared it for takeoff. San Diego Harbor Police learned about the threat at around 6 a.m. No passengers were on board at the time. Another airport spokeswoman, Diana Lucero, says the bomb threat alert was lifted after the plane and luggage were checked. Over the weekend, threats caused disruptions to several airline flights around the U.S. Such threats are not rare. But the FBI says federal officials take them seriously and suspects can be prosecuted.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
Despite the fact that there are vaccines that are very effective against most types of pneumonia, every year millions get sick from the disease and about 40,000 die. At HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast physician assistant Gerry Brown answers questions and clears up confusion regarding pneumonia vaccine. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 27th January 2015- Historical Events 1142 - Wrongful execution of noted Song Dynasty General Yue Fei. 1864 - Civil War skirmish at Kelly's Ford, Va 1934 - VARA refuses to hire after commemoration of Marinus Van de Lubbe 1968 - "Darling of the Day" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 perfs 1971 - The body of a man who had been shot dead is found in Belfast 1996 - Catherine Roskam becomes the 1st NY female Episc... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
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