Friday, September 22, 2017

18-Year-Old Caleb Scott Gibbs Killed In Crash


An 18-year-old is dead after he crashed head-on into another vehicle Wednesday in Panola County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

At around 11:20 p.m., troopers were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident on State Highway 315 in Panola County, three miles southwest of Longbranch.

A preliminary DPS crash investigation determined a semi driven by Daniel Richard Gama, Jr., 52, of Deer Park, was traveling northeast on SH 315 when a car was entering a gradual right hand curve in the opposite direction.

The driver, Caleb Scott Gibbs, 18, of Carthage, failed to negotiate the curve in the road and crashed head-on into the semi. Gibbs was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Son (7) Kicked Out For Demon Possession


A Texas couple faces child-endangerment charges after they kicked out their 7-year-old because they said he was possessed by demons, according to The Texarkana Gazette. The couple reportedly kicked their son out of the house in August and told him to never come back.

Ronald "Keith" Wright, 56, the boy's stepfather, and Rendy Jo Wright, 39, his mother, admitted in the affidavit to using methamphetamine "as more of a hobby" and live in Hooks, Texas.

Bowie County Sheriff's Office deputies went out on a welfare call to find a neighbor who said the 7-year-old had spent much of the day playing at his house. The neighbor sent the boy home for dinner, but the child quickly returned to say his mom had locked him out. The neighbor then drove the boy home, but he returned again, which is when the neighbor called authorities.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Girl (10) Died After Kicked In Face By Horse


A 10-year-girl girl from Bosqueville has died after a family horse kicked her in the head. The McLennan County Sheriff's office said the accident happened on the family's property on Monday night.

The family's pastor at First Methodist Church of Waco confirmed to News Channel 25 that the 10-year-old is Emmie Schneider.

Barnett spent Tuesday afternoon with her family. He said they are all in shock and devastated over the loss of their little girl.

Barnett hasn't been at this church for very long, he started in Aug. but said Emmie stood out to him immediately. He describes her as a loving girl who would light up the church with her smile.

"There's no question that she had the light of Christ living inside of her. I had the opportunity to meet her, to pray with her and get to know her heart. She really made an impression on me. Out of the thousands of people here, she was really special," said Barnett.

Barnett added that funeral services will be held for Emmie in the near future, but there's no date set as of yet.

"There are three things that you can do for the family during this time," said Barnett. "One, grieve. You can grieve with this family. Two, you can pray for them, lift them up. I promise you, they're experiencing your prayers. Number three, hold your families close, make sure that the most important things are communicated to them."

Emmie was in the fifth grade at Bosqueville Elementary. Bosqueville ISD Superintendent James Skeeler said counselors were there to offer emotional support to all those who needed it on Tuesday morning at the school. These services will be available for weeks and months to come as students and staff grieve.

COPS Is Now Filming In Houston Area


Warning! This is not how you want your 15 minutes of fame.

Two Houston-area sheriff’s departments confirm the reality TV show COPS is filming with its deputies starting Tuesday.

“We're looking forward to @CopsTV joining us,” the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.

On Facebook, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office wrote “we will have camera crews from COPS riding with some of our patrol deputies and other divisions in our agency. This is their 30th season of filming. Bad boys Whatcha want, watcha want Whatcha gonna do When Sheriff Rand Henderson come for you.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Body Found Tuesday Night Near Round Rock


The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body that was found near Brushy Creek, just outside of Round Rock.

Round Rock Police were initially called just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, but turned the case over to the Sheriff’s Office because the place where the body was found is just outside the city limits by a few feet. They say it was found on the 2000 block of Brushy Creek Road, which is just southeast of U.S. Highway 79 and Red Bud Lane.

The skeletal remains were found near the rail road track, according to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. It is investigating a possible male victim, but says it is too early to say what happened or why the person died.

Missing Man Found Hanging From Tree


Authorities have found a body in the search for a Lampasas man who’s been missing for more than two weeks.

Investigators say they are confident the remains are those of Joshua Pendleton, 30, who was last seen at around 11 a.m. on Sept. 2 and was reported missing on Sept. 6, police said Tuesday.

Lampasas police asked for the public’s help in the search for Pendleton on Sept. 11.

A person who was walking in a wooded area along Sulphur Creek spotted the body hanging from a tree at around 11 a.m. Monday, police said in a press release.

The body, which was at least 25 feet above the ground, “had likely been there for a while due to the body’s state of decomposition,” police said.

A crew from the Lampasas electric department assisted in recovering the body from the tree, police said.

Suicide is suspected, police said.

Dallas Changing Confederate Street Names?


Gaston, Ervay, and Lemmon are well-known street names in the city of Dallas. They are also some of the streets in the city named after Confederate figures.

Now, the Dallas mayor's task force on Confederate monuments is set to discuss whether to recommend changing the names of city streets that are named after Confederate figures.

"There is not really anywhere you can go that doesn't have some layer of difficult history about it in Dallas," said Chris Dowdy, who lives on Junius Street, another street named after a Confederate solider. "We have street names for a reason. Because we have values and we tell stories and we become certain kinds of people based on how we do that work."

A Dallas city staff report estimates the cost of changing names on some of the streets in question. For Lemmon Avenue, the cost would top $364,000. For Gaston Avenue, the cost would be nearly $44,000. For Lee Parkway, the cost is estimated at about $1,430.

"I don't think changing the name will accomplish what people want to accomplish," said Rachel Reininger. "I believe in education rather than just changing history, because history is there, whether or not we like it."

The Mayor's Task Force on Confederate Monuments meets at Dallas City Hall at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Monday, September 18, 2017

5-Teenagers Killed In Oklahoma Crash Sunday


The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said five teenagers died Sunday night when their pickup crashed through a guardrail and drove off of Welling Bridge in Cherokee County. Welling is about four miles south of Tahlequah.

In the collision report, troopers say the 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pickup was traveling south on Welling Road after 10:30 p.m. when it departed the road to the right, struck a guardrail, then came back onto the road before departing to the left and driving through a railing and off the bridge.

Investigators said 18-year-old Donovan Caldwell from Muskogee was driving the truck. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Caldwell was the only one of his friends wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The four other passengers were 18-year-old Jessica Swartwout from McAlester; 19-year-old Drake Wells from Thackerville; 18-year-old Lily Murphy of Gentry, Arkansas and 18-year-old Rhianna Seely of Salina.

All five died at the scene.

Did You Know Texas Had A Mermaid School?


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

She Dismembered Her Boyfriend With Machete


A woman has been charged with the murder of her boyfriend after she fatally shot him and then dismembered his body inside their home, according to the Baytown Police Department.

Cierra Alexis Sutton, 30, has been charged with the murder of 32-year-old Steven Coleman. Detectives say the gruesome crime took place on August 16, 2017 at the Briarwood Village Apartments in Baytown.

According to detectives, Sutton and the victim got into an argument earlier in the evening and later while the victim was sleeping, Sutton shot him in the head, killing him. She then cut up his body with a machete and placed the remains in various dumpsters.

4-Killed In Grimes County Weekend Wrecks


At least four people were killed Sunday in two separate vehicle collisions in Grimes County.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the first fatal accident happened just south of Navasota on highway six around 4 am.

Troopers say the driver of an SUV was traveling the wrong direction on the highway when it collided with 26-year-old Bethany Shockey. Shockey was ejected from her vehicle after a third car ran into her.

Shockey did not survive; three others were taken to local hospitals.

The second collision happened this afternoon on FM 149 east of 2562.

Two Bowie County Police Officers Were Shot


An officer involved shooting overnight in the College Hill area of west Bowie County has law enforcement breathing a sigh of relief today as the two officers injured have been treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.

The incident began as a fire call with a home in flames in the 4600 Block of Farm to Market 44 East across the road from College Hill Baptist Church. The home is reported to belong to Bryan Batchelor. According to law enforcement authorities, Batchelor had been previously picked up and undergone a 24-hour evaluation for mental problems. Batchelor had recently posted on social media that he had intentions of committing suicide by police.

Responders were informed the home owner, Batchelor, was not wanting them to put out the fire and pointing a firearm at the members of the DVFD. Batchelor jumped in his truck driving into a pasture to elude deputies as they arrived. Deputy Eric McMillian was the first one to arrive at this address and Deputy Westin Fannin who is a member of the DVFD rode with Deputy McMillian to locate Batchelor. While the two deputies were driving through a field to get to Batchelor, their vehicle became stuck. Batchelor rammed the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) unit the two deputies were in while they were unable to move. Batchelor then discharged several rounds at the deputies while they returned gunfire. Both Deputies suffered gunshot wounds from this exchange but were not critically injured.

Batchelor once again fled in his vehicle and was spotted on County Road 4241 by Deputy Clint Freeman. Deputy Freeman could see that Batchelor once again had intentions of striking his vehicle with a deputies’ patrol unit. He attempted to maneuver his vehicle out of Batchelor’s way to avoid this collision, but was unsuccessful. This rendered Deputy Freeman’s vehicle inoperable. It was at this time that deputies lost sight of Batchelor and did not know where he had hid.

Paul Hawthorne Died In Smith County Crash


DPS Troopers have released the name of the person killed in an early morning crash in Smith County.

Troopers say two people were inside the car when the driver, Paul Hawthorne, 31, lost control of it.

The crash happened on FM 346, just east of Whitehouse around 1 o'clock in the morning. Troopers say Hawthorne lost control in a curve, and hit a tree.

He died at the scene.

His passenger, Zytrinka Doyle, 23, of Arkansas was taken to the hospital where she is critical condition.

Woman Hit By DWI Driver At Walmart Has Died


The family of a 74-year-old woman says she has passed away after she was struck by a pickup truck yesterday morning in Corpus Christi.

The accident happened inside a parking lot in the 1200 block of Flour Bluff Drive near S.P.I.D. around 8:30 am Saturday morning.

Family members say, 74-year-old Cordie Gilmore, running errands and paying bills when she was struck by a pickup truck.

Police say the driver of the vehicle, 34-year-old Cody Lance Callison, was arrested and charged with intoxication assault Saturday evening.

According to online court records, Callison was convicted of driving while intoxicated in January 2004 and is facing a charge of having an open container while driving a vehicle last month.

Woman Chopped Up Boyfriend With Machete


A woman is being accused of shooting her boyfriend in the head, cutting up his body with a machete and dumping him into a dumpster, police said.

Officials said Cierra Alexis Sutton, 30, has been charged with the death of Steven Coleman.

Officials said Coleman was killed on Aug. 16 at Briarwood Village Apartments in the 1700 block of James Bowie in Baytown.

Officials said Sutton shot Coleman in the head while he was sleeping after an argument. Investigators said Sutton dismembered his body with a machete because he was too heavy to carry.

2-Oklahoma Police Officers Shot On Sunday


Two Chickasha police officers were shot while serving a search warrant at a home near East Country Club Road and U.S. 81 in Chickasha.

One officer was flown to the hospital. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation released a statement saying they do not know the conditions of the officers.

OSBI also announced they are investigating this officer-involved shooting. The shooting happened Sunday afternoon. The man who shot at the officers barricaded himself inside the home for several hours. He later peaceful surrendered.

Body Found Sunday On Padre Island Beach


The body of a missing person was found on Padre Island Sunday, according to a press release by the Padre Island National Seashore.

The National Park Service received a missing person report around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Rangers initiated a search of the area and found a body on the beach around 9:15 a.m Sunday.

Authorities aren’t releasing the identity of the body yet, but have confirmed it's the same person that was reported missing the night before.

The Kenedy County Sheriff and the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the incident.

Astros Won American League West Title Sunday


The Houston Astros defeated the Seattle Mariners 7-1 Sunday, meaning the team won a division title for the first time in 16 years.

This the first time the Astros have won the American League West title since moving to the division in 2013.

The Astros are the fourth team to punch their ticket to the MLB postseason in 2017.

Shot Wife Because She Wouldn't Roll Down Window


A Baytown man on the run surrendered late Saturday after authorities say he shot his estranged wife in front of their two children.

Roy Garcia Jr, turned himself in to state troopers at an Interstate 10 rest stop in Guadalupe County, more than 150 miles away from the slaying, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Hours earlier, the 35-year-old allegedly gunned down his common-law wife Julia Martinez during an argument as she sat in her car with her 5- and 13-year-old children.

The 34-year-old mother had taken her kids to the 7900 block of Echinacea, where she ran into her ex just before 1:30 p.m., according to sheriff's office spokesman Thomas Gilliland.

Garcia wanted to talk, but Martinez refused to get out of the car, witnesses later told investigators.

"He was trying to talk to her through the window and she wouldn't roll down the window enough to talk," Gilliland said.

That apparently sent Garcia over the edge and he allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Martinez through the window, deputies said.

The woman's car then barreled into several mailboxes and other vehicles. Martinez was found dead in the wreckage by the time police arrived.

Baby Found Saturday In Dallas 7-11 Restroom


A baby was found in the restroom of a convenience store Saturday afternoon in Dallas.

A call was made to police around 1:30 p.m. regarding a baby found at the 7-Eleven at 10804 Preston Rd., near Royal Lane in north Dallas.

The baby was taken to a local hospital and was in good condition, said Dallas police.

Detectives are investigating the incident.

Texas Prostitute Shot At Man During Robbery


Police are looking for a woman who fled after shooting at a man she attempted to rob early Saturday morning.

The incident happened at about 4:30 a.m. at the 600 block of Arbor Place.

Officers said the man ordered a prostitute to go over to his home. When she arrived, they began to have small talk and at some point she attempted to steal his wallet. The man noticed what she was trying to do and she started to run away.

The man ran after her but she pulled out a gun and fired at him. The bullet bounced off the concrete and hit his ankle. He was later treated at the scene and is expected to be okay.

Senior Citizen Hit By DWI Driver At Walmart


A woman is fighting for her life Saturday after she was hit by a truck in the parking lot of the Flour Bluff Walmart.

Her family has identified her as Cordie Gilmore.

Dara Stone was checking out at the register right by the exit when she heard the screaming and ran outside, she said, "Everyone's running out and they're like oh my God, oh my God, call 911 something had happened".

Stone stayed at the scene until an ambulance took Gilmore to the hospital.

She said, "I stood there praying that she was going to be alright. You want to help when somebody when they're hurt and we couldn't do anything".

The driver of the truck, 34-year-old Cody Callison, was arrested for intoxicated assault.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Man Shot And Killed Wife In Baytown Saturday


Deputies are looking for a man who shot and killed his wife in east Harris County Saturday afternoon, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Around 1:30 p.m., the man opened fire on his estranged wife inside a home in Baytown.

Deputies have not yet released a motive for the shooting.

They said two children were at the home at the time of the shooting but they were not injured. They are now safe with family members.

The suspect fled the scene in a tan colored Tahoe with license plate: DLF 3306.

Man Arrested In Amarillo For Murder-For-Hire


The man suspected in an Amarillo murder-for-hire plot is now in federal custody at the Randall County Jail.

Billy Ivy, Jr. is in federal custody for possession of an unregistered gun. Ivy is accused in a murder-for-hire plot. He is charged with several different crimes in both Potter and Randall counties and was most recently accused of trying to kill the same man twice.

Ivy was arrested again on Thursday, August 7, after trying to hire an undercover officer to kill at least two people while out on bond. He was released from jail after being arrested in March. He has been charged with many crimes, including Arson and Attempted Capital Murder.

Court documents said Ivy was trying to hire someone to murder the man thought to be his wife's lover, Rodey Wilson. This is the second time he was accused of trying to pay someone to kill Wilson.

Teenager (15) Killed In Saturday ATV Accident


A 15-year-old boy was killed when the ATV he was riding rolled over on a trail in Liberty Hill on Saturday, said the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

WCSO said it happened at about 12:40 p.m. on Quiet Oak Cove.

When help arrived, two people were attempting CPR but were unable to revive him, the sheriff’s office said.

Officials said the boy lived in Liberty Hill and that his parents have been notified. They said an initial investigation shows that this appears to be an accident.

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