Monday, February 27, 2017

DHS - ICE Arrest Texas Property Owner


On February 21, 2017, Homeland Security Investigations (DHS) joined with U.S. Border Patrol and Refugio Police Department to execute four separate search warrants at various properties in Refugio, Texas. The operation resulted in the arrest and charges brought against the owner of some of the investigated properties, identified by court documents as Alfredo Plascencia-Leon.

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The raid was conducted after a yearlong investigation and involved four federal search warrants as part of a criminal investigation, according to reports from law enforcement. However, during execution of the search warrants, agents encountered multiple individuals who, according to court documents, readily admitted to being present in the United States illegally.

DHS detained the individuals identified as being in the country illegally. None gave any exculpatory statements regarding the case.

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Trump Drops Challege To Texas Voter ID Law


An attorney for a voting rights group said Monday that President Donald Trump's administration said that the federal government no longer plans to challenge Texas' strict voter ID law.

Danielle Lang, of the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center, said the Justice Department informed plaintiffs in the case that it will be filing documents to formally drop its opposition to the Texas law. She called the decision an "extraordinary disappointment."

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"It's a complete 360," said Lang, the center's deputy director of voting rights. "We can't make heads or tails of any factual reason for the change. There has been no new evidence that's come to light."

The move marks a stark reversal under new Attorney General Jeff Sessions from the Obama White House, which joined a lawsuit against Texas in 2013. The Justice Department didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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Body Of Missing Houston Nurse Found


The body of a missing St. Luke's Hospital nurse has been found more than a week after he vanished.

Deputies say a man was walking his dog Saturday at the 2800 block of Hirschfield when he saw a body of a man under some debris.

An autopsy confirmed that it was the body of 44-year-old Glenser, also known as Glenn, Soliman.

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Loved ones handed out flyers in hopes of finding Soliman after he and his car went missing. Family members filed a missing person's report with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office on Feb. 16.

Relatives said nothing was disturbed at Soliman's Spring home.

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Inmate Charged With Capital Murder Of Guard


The inmate accused of killing a Correctional Officer at an Abilene prison in July of 2016 has been indicted.

A Jones County Grand Jury indicted Dillion Gage Compton, 21, on a Capital Murder charge Friday in connection to the death of Officer Marianne Johnson.

Officer Johnson was found unresponsive in the kitchen area of the French Robertson Unit in Abilene around 3:00 a.m. the morning of July 16, 2016.

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A press release says Compton, "who was assigned to the kitchen area, allegedly attacked Officer Johnson when she entered a storage area near the kitchen."

The TDCJ says Compton was serving time at the French Robertson Unit in Abilene after he was convicted on an Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child Under the Age of 14 charge issued out of Dallas County in December of 2011.

Compton is no longer in the French Robertson Unit and is being held in maximum security at an undisclosed location.

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Major Accident Closed I-20 Near Marshall


At least four people including the driver of an 18-wheeler are in the hospital after a major wreck on Interstate 20 in Harrison County on Monday.

According to the Department of Public Safety, sometime before 7a.m., a driver of an 18-wheeler for WLR drove off the road into a median near mile Marker 617, about a mile west of the U.S. Highway 59 exit on I-20.

The driver attempted to get back on the road causing the 18-wheeler to overturn and snarled up with eight other vehicles.

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According to Jean Dark with DPS, the semi-trailer was loaded with plywood which multiple passenger cars crashed while attempting to avoid the hazard.

Officials estimate that all westbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for several hours until the scene in cleared.

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Trader Joe's Apple Sauce Recall


Trader Joe's says they are voluntarily recalling some of their Unsweetened Apple Sauce due to concerns over the potential presence of glass pieces in the product.

The company says the following products with the "BEST BEFORE" date codes from August 8th, 2018 through December 16th, 2018 may contain pieces of glass. The recall includes:

Trader Joe's First Crush Unsweetened Gravenstein Apple Sauce, barcode 0001590, sold in ALL STORES.

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Trader Joe's Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce, barcode 00194877, sold in ALL STORES.

Trader Joe's All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce, barcode 00014359, sold in stores ONLY in AL, AZ, CA, CO, ID, LA, NV, NM, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA.

Company leaders are urging anybody who bought products with the affected codes to throw it away or return it to the store for a full refund.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fort Worth Remembers Native Son Bill Paxton


Community members and friends reacted to the death of actor Bill Paxton, a Fort Worth native, saying the actor known for titles such as "Apollo 13" and "Titanic" always remembered his Texas roots.

Fort Worth businessman Steve Murrin was a close family friend of the Paxtons and watched Bill grow up.

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A family representative issued a statement Sunday on the death but provided no further details. The 61-year-old actor died from complications related to surgery.

"Bill was a kind guy and a dear friend," Murrin said. He added that Paxton’s packed schedule prevented him from returning often, but he always held his Texas ties tight.

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Should Texas Raise The Legal Smoking Age To 21?


The Texas Medical Association claims that 90 percent of smokers began when they were 19 or younger. That’s a key factor driving them to support a new bill in the Texas Legislature that would raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

Historically, the Texas legislature doesn’t like to tell Texans what they can buy or sell. But lawmakers will debate whether to make the sale and use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes the same as alcohol, 21.

“In Texas, it kills more than AIDS, crack, heroine, cocaine, alcohol, car accidents, fire, murder and suicide combined, and it’s entirely preventable,” said Austin Dr. Phil Huang says those health concerns take a toll on the state budget.

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A new House Interim Report on Public Health highlighted chronic disease caused by smoking as a major driver of taxpayer funded healthcare costs. It vastly outweighs the amount Texas takes in taxes on cigarettes.

Two powerful Houston lawmakers are now taking the issue on; chair of the Senate Committee over most state-issues Sen. Joan Huffman, R – Houston, and the top House budget writer Rep. John Zerwas, R – Richmond, are authors of the bill.

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Car Crashed Into Houston PD Cruiser


A Houston police officer was injured Sunday after a suspect crashed into a police cruiser during a chase on North Freeway, police said.

The incident was reported at 4:55 p.m. in the 11300 block of Aldine Bender Road and Interstate 45 North Freeway.

Police were responding to an aggravated robbery in the 17000 block of Imperial Valley Drive when the suspect fled in a vehicle and led them on a chase, officials said. During the pursuit, the suspect crashed into a police officer's cruiser, police said.

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The suspect jumped out of the vehicle and ran, but was soon arrested, police said.

The officer in the cruiser was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

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2-Texas A&M Kingsville Students Killed


Two A&M Kingsville students were killed when their car plunged off a bridge into a river below.

According to Texas State Troopers, the car went off Highway 77 where it crosses the San Antonio river on Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m.

Because of unsafe condition on the river, divers had to wait until Sunday to remove the car from the water.

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Divers from the Aransas Pass Police Department assisted Texas Parks & Wildlife and the DPS dive team to pull the vehicle from the river.

One of the passengers has been Identified as 19-year-old Oscar Felipe Fuentes. Troops are further investigating the crash at this time.

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