Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to Speak in Tyler Tuesday
Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will be in Tyler Tuesday, Sept 16, speaking at the Cowan Center at UT Tyler. Justice Thomas’s appearance marks the first event of the season for UT Tyler’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Thomas was nominated to the high court by President George H.W. Bush and he was confirmed by the Senate in 1991.
Thomas will speak Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Cowan Center box office or may be obtained online at the Cowan Center website (http://www.cowancenter.org/lectures.html).
Justice Thomas’ appearance at the Cowan Center is sponsored by Drs. Lawrence L. Anderson and Svetislava J. Vukelja, Rod and Merle Mabry/UT Tyler and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Z. Ornelas.
Prosecutor Comments on Peterson Charge
HOUSTON (AP/Staff) – A Texas prosecutor says a grand jury backed a child abuse charge against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after it spent several weeks reviewing “lots of evidence.” Montgomery County prosecutor Phil Grant said Saturday that parents are entitled to discipline their children, but that grand jury members felt Peterson went too far after they looked at the child’s injuries. Peterson was booked and released from jail earlier on Saturday. The former Palestine High School star was benched for Sunday’s game versus New England.
Jailer Arrested, Fired after Allegedly Pointing Gun at Girlfriend
LONGVIEW — A Longview man who’d been serving as a jailer has been released from employment with the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office following his arrest Saturday. The arrest came after Chase Scott allegedly pointed a gun at his girlfriend during an argument earlier that day at the Tree House Apartments in Longview. KETK reports Scott was booked into the Gregg County Jail on charges of aggravated family violence with a bond totaling $20,000.
One Killed, One Hurt in Marshall Shooting
MARSHALL — Police in Marshall continue to investigate after one person was killed and another hospitalized as the result a weekend shooting. KETK reports it happened just before 12:30 Saturday morning in the 300 block of North Bishop Street. City police officers say they received a 911 call that two people had possibly been shot in the area. The city marshal, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, and DPS troopers joined police in responding to the scene. When they arrived they found Wesley Blackman, 22, along with an unidentified man, both suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transferred to a nearby hospital, where Blackman later died. The other man, who was not immediately identified, was still being treated for his injuries at last report. His condition was not immediately available.
Road Closures Scheduled in Tyler
TYLER — Drivers will be faced with some road closures in Tyler beginning Monday. City officials say Rice Road and Shiloh Road from Old Jacksonville Highway to Rhones Quarter Road will periodically be closed to all through traffic between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. starting Monday. Roadwork will include a seal coat surface treatment followed by a thin overlay treatment called microsurface. To minimize inconvenience to the public, all work will be done at night. All work is expected to be complete before Oct. 6, weather permitting. Read more …
Road Work Continues on Toll 49
TYLER – Drivers who use Toll 49 should again plan for delays during the coming week. As was the case this past week, the west side of the toll road just north of the intersection of State Highway 64 through the intersection with I-20 will experience lane closures while preventive maintenance is performed. There will be one lane open at all times and work will be performed on the road during the day during non-peak hours. Read more …
Art of Peace Festival Continues
TYLER — The 4th Annual Art Of Peace Festival in Tyler continues after beginning Saturday. It lasts until the actual International Day of Peace on Sunday, September 21st. This is a community-wide event to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace and encourage community spirit, according to organizers. They say the aim is to promote a spirit of cooperation and community through fellowship, dialogue, music, poetry, and art. Read more …
Davis Denies Conflicts in Council, Business Work
DALLAS (AP) – A newspaper investigation finds that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis did not always recuse herself from Fort Worth city council work when the city was considering projects that affected her business interests. The Dallas Morning News reports that Davis occasionally voted on projects that separately involved the title insurance business she owned with her former husband. Davis was a Fort Worth city councilwoman from 1999 to 2008, when she was elected to the State Senate. In one instance, she voted for $21.5 million in tax breaks for hotel developers who used her title insurance company in the sale of the building. Her campaign denied any wrongdoing and said she made sure to consult with Fort Worth’s city attorney on any potential conflicts.
Woman Dies in Creek after Saving Dog
COLLEGE STATION (AP) – A 32-year-old woman’s body has been recovered from a creek after she died trying to save her dog’s life. Authorities say they located April Turner’s body Saturday evening at Lick Creek Park in College Station. They say Turner went into the fast-moving creek Saturday morning after her dog fell into the water and was struggling to get out. The Eagle newspaper reports that while Turner was able to push her dog to safety, she was swept away herself. About 45 first responders spent the day Saturday searching for Turner.
Man Injured after Flying off Roof of Driver’s Car
HOUSTON (AP) – Police in Houston say a driver involved in a fender-bender sped away with the other person hanging onto the hood of her car. KHOU-TV reports that the woman backed into the other driver’s car in Houston’s Rice Village area early Saturday. The man in the other vehicle tried to stop her from leaving to obtain her information. Instead, she hit the gas and sped away. The man was thrown from the hood and hit his head in the fall.
Traffic Deaths Up in Texas’s Oil Boom Counties
HOUSTON (AP) – Vehicle crash deaths are significantly up in parts of Texas where oil and gas production is booming the most. The Houston Chronicle reports that deaths rose more than 50 percent in the West Texas counties located on the Permian Basin. Deaths also went up about 11 percent in counties associated with the Eagle Ford and Barnett shales, according to Texas Department of Transportation records. The records don’t show how many of those deaths might be directly linked to the oil and gas industry. But deaths in commercial trucking accidents and multiple-fatality crashes have gone up on roads near drill sites and major highways like Interstate 20. Texas has surpassed California as the state with the most annual traffic deaths in the United States.
Victim in Rape Exoneration Recalls Case
LUBBOCK (AP) – A woman who accidentally misidentified the person who raped her says she remains plagued by guilt in a case that led to major reforms in Texas. Officials in Lubbock this week will unveil a statue to honor Tim Cole, the first person in Texas to be exonerated of a crime after his death. Cole was convicted after he was identified by Michelle Mallin, a Texas Tech student who was raped in her car in 1985. DNA testing later linked another man to the crime, but not until Cole died in prison. The Associated Press typically does not identify rape victims, but Mallin has come forward publicly to clear Cole’s name and discuss the case. She told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that she credited Cole’s family for not blaming her.
Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teen
McKINNEY (AP) – Police say a North Texas teacher arrested this week for sexually assaulting a teenager has told investigators he has HIV. A police affidavit shows 43-year-old Roger Kessler didn’t reveal his medical condition to the 15-year-old boy, whom he met through a dating app. Kessler is on administrative leave from his position as a music teacher for the Richardson school district. Police say he met the boy on four separate occasions. Kessler is charged with sexual assault of a child. McKinney police took Kessler into custody after responding to a burglary call at a home. The affidavit says Kessler was aware of the boy’s age when they had sex. He remains in custody at the Collin County jail on a $250,000 bond.
Man Falls from Stands in Arlington
ARLINGTON (AP) – A fire official says a man was conscious after falling up to 15 feet from the first row of stands into a field-level suite at AT and T Stadium during the Texas-UCLA game. Arlington Fire Department spokesman Lee Tovar says the fan was taken to a hospital after the incident Saturday night at the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys.
USS Saratoga Arrives in South Texas to Be Scrapped
BROWNSVILLE (AP) – The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga has arrived at its final destination in South Texas, where it will be scrapped. The Saratoga on Friday reached the Esco Marine ship recycling plant in Brownsville. The Navy is paying Esco Marine a penny to dispose of the Saratoga. It plans to make money by selling what it recovers from the ship. The Saratoga had departed Rhode Island on Aug. 21. It was named for the decisive battle of the American Revolution fought in upstate New York. The vessel was commissioned in 1956 and completed 22 deployments before it was decommissioned in 1994. It was off the coast of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, off Vietnam during the Vietnam War and in the Persian Gulf during the first Iraq War.
Musician Joe Sample Dies
HOUSTON (AP) – Pianist and composer Joe Sample, who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died at age 75. His manager, Patrick Rains, said Saturday that Sample died of complications from lung cancer Friday evening at Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center surrounded by his family.