Sunday, May 28, 2017

Forney Softball Team Remembers Emily Galiano


A Forney High School softball team, playing for a fallen teammate, closed out their season Saturday in the regional finals against The Colony.

The team lost 4 to 7, but have been playing in honor of Emily Galiano who died may 16th. Though the team had a disappointing end to the season, there were moments of victory and a home run in the 6th inning that put the team back in the game.

The team says each one of those moments was for Emily Galiano, their angel in the outfield. It was everything they'd worked for.

“Each one of these girls was affected and they're out there playing. I couldn't do that. Most adults can't even do that,” said Connie Ivy who attended the game.

Galiano died after a teammate accidentally backed over her after a team dinner. Faced with the decision to quit or keep playing, the team decided to continue on with the Galiano family's blessing. Emily was right there with them every step of the way, her #6 carried on by people in the stands, and on their helmets.

“Emily was watching over us. We wanted to finish the season for her, and the kids did. They honored her,” said Coach Pat Eitel.

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Missing 3-Year-Old Boy In New Waverly Forest


Authorities are looking for a missing 3-year-old boy who wandered away from a campsite near New Waverly Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters and Walker County officers are currently searching the Sam Houston National Forest near the Stubblefield Lake area.

Authorities said the child's name is Ezra and he was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue shorts.

The campsite where the boy was last seen was in a remote area and was not a formal campsite.

Officials have not yet asked for search volunteers as they are working with K9's in the search.

In a press conference held at the scene at 9 p.m. Saturday, officials said they do not want to flood the forest with different scents so as not to confused the dogs assisting in the search effort.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Large Fire Destroyed Brownwood Home Saturday


Two people escaped their Brownwood home before it was destroyed by fire Saturday.

Just before Noon, about 20 firefighters responded to the home on the corner of Waco and Maple streets. It took them about an hour to get the flames under control, according to Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston.

"The center of the house collapsed and it came down on both side," Preston said. "We have been busy the last few days."

Preston said it will be difficult to determine a cause for the fire.

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Same Texas Teacher, Different Mock Award


After a Houston teacher sparked national outrage by giving a student a mock award at the end of the school year naming her “most likely to become a terrorist,” others have come forward to claim they received insensitive “awards.”

Initial reports of the award given to Lizeth Villanueva made headlines with the Associated Press, BuzzFeed News, USA Today and the Dallas Morning News on Thursday and Friday, as commenters blasted the teacher’s “poor attempt to poke fun,” as the school district characterized it. At the time, the school said the teacher would be disciplined but declined to say how.

Caesar is black, as is the teacher, according to CNN. Earlier in the year, the teacher also gave Caesar a ‘black quiz’ to prove how black she was, according to the girl’s sister, Lauren Easton.

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Fisherman Drowned At Rollover Pass On Saturday


A 54-year-old man died after he was swept under the water at Rollover Pass at the Port Bolivar Peninsula.

The Galveston County Sheriff says the man was fishing in waist deep water on the beach side of rollover pass.

Witnesses say he was swept under the water around 1pm and not visible for 5 minutes before resurfacing.

A friend of the victim swam out and brought him back to shore and began CPR until EMS arrived.

EMS then began treating the man who began to breathe on his own.

He was lifeflighted to University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

The man was pronounced dead at the hospital around 3:45.

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Malware At Chipotle Allowed Credit Card Breach


Chipotle announced Friday that their payment systems were breached by hackers, leading to customers' card data, including its number, expiration date and internal verification codes being stolen.

The breach collected what is called track data, which is produced each time a customer swipes their credit card through a point-of-service device. Pizzeria Locale restaurants were also affected. Chipotle has since removed the malware from the hack and is working with cyber security teams to improve safety.

The hack also comes one year after the crippling E. coli outbreak that sent Chipotle into a major slump.

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Check Out This Cool New Braunfels Police Car


The New Braunfels Police Department has a set of attention-grabbing hot wheels, courtesy of a drug dealer.

The department unveiled the Corvette police cruiser, Coptomus Prime, on Facebook Friday morning hoping to clarify any misconceptions the community may have about the car.

The department stated the car was actually not as new as many may think, having hit the road with New Braunfels Police Department logos in 2015 after it was seized from a drug dealer.

While the department has made good use of the car, from parades to school visits, the ultimate goal is to auction off the car. The money from that auction will ne used to further other community outreach programs, the department said in a Facebook post.

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Soldier Returns From Vietnam 52-Years Later


Deborah Crosby touched her father's flag-draped casket as her three brothers hugged her in a tearful embrace on the tarmac at the San Diego airport Friday - ending a more than half century search to find and bring home the remains of Lt. Cmdr. Frederick P. Crosby, shot down as a Navy pilot in the Vietnam War.

Deborah Crosby, now 58, was only six when she was sent home from the first grade to learn her father was presumed dead, though his body had not been found.

Her mother could never talk about that day, but she gave Crosby and her brothers a binder with articles about her father's plane zooming low through the clouds on a bomb damage assessment mission before it was gunned down by North Vietnamese ground forces in 1965. The 31-year-old pilot was armed only with cameras, his daughter said.

Crosby and her grandmother made a pact to someday bring home her father's remains and bury him in his hometown of San Diego.

A year ago, military investigators found his remains in a fish pond in north Vietnam. On Friday, Deborah Crosby fulfilled her promise to her late grandmother.

Passengers watched through the windows of a Delta Air Lines jet as the flag-draped casket was removed from the hold by six sailors.

Deborah Crosby walked forward, touched the casket and embraced her three brothers. The aviator's elderly sister, Sharon, and brother, David, also hugged, and he wiped an eye.

"I'm just overwhelmed with seeing the plane drive up and all of the uniforms and all of the respect and the honors that he's receiving," Deborah Crosby said.

The sailors saluted before the casket left in a hearse.

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Senate Approves Guns In Locked Cars At Schools


Texas lawmakers have voted to allow handgun permit holders to have guns in their parked cars outside schools.

The Senate gave final approval to the measure Saturday, sending it to Gov. Greg Abbott for his consideration. The vote came a day after Abbott signed into law a sharp decrease in fees paid to obtain a handgun license.

The bill allowing guns in parked cars at schools is aimed at teachers and school workers who want to keep their weapons in their vehicles without violating state law. Opponents worry it raises the potential for danger if a car is burglarized on school property.

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Gabriella "Gabby" Selvera Missing San Antonio


The Heidi Search Center is asking the public to assist in the search for a missing 17-year-old.

Her name is Gabriella "Gabby" Selvera and she was last seen on May 19 in the 5300 block of W. Military Drive. She is described as a Hispanic female with brown hair and brown eyes and stands at 4 feet 11 inches. She weighs about 125 pounds.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the San Antonio Police Department at 210-207-7660 or the Heidi Search Center at 210-650-0428.

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Hunt County Texan Keith Wells Is Missing


The Hunt County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing man from Hunt County.

According to family members, Keith Wells did not come back home after leaving on his four wheeler around noon Friday.

Wells is diabetic and becomes disoriented and weak when his sugar levels are low, according to family members.

Police have been actively searching for Wells since Friday but have only found his four wheeler.

Family members are asking anyone in the Greenville and Caddo Mills areas to contact police if they have seen Wells.

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Injured Firefighter James Moya Returning Home


The Shamrock community is coming together to celebrate the return of injured volunteer firefighter James Moya.

"It's been a complete roller coaster ride. March 23rd, in the blink of an eye, our lives changed," said James' wife Alisha.

Moya was at a loss for words when we asked him about a day he'll never forget.

"It was pretty crazy... it was wild," said Moya.

He was trapped inside his motor grader while working a fire in Wheeler County. After suffering burns to 30 percent of his body, he spent 60 days in the Lubbock Burn Unit. Recently, the Shamrock community welcomed him home. Moya's fellow firefighters say when they found out he was injured, it was rough on all of them.

"It was scary to think that one of your own is getting hurt," said firefighter Paul Franks. "I don't want to say you're in a panic mode, but you're real concerned for your friend and your brother."

Fire Chief Randy Tallant said there are two moments that day he'll never forget.

"One is when he finally got his radio to work. He got on the radio and said 'I'm burned, I need medevac and I think I'm going into shock,'" said Tallant. "We looked, and looked, and looked and we were just frantic trying to find out where he was at."

Chief Tallant also said he'll never forget loading Moya into the ambulance.

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Rocker Gregg Allman (69) Has Passed Away


Ken Weinstein confirmed Saturday that Allman died at his home in Savannah, Georgia.

Allman had cancelled some 2016 tour dates for health reasons. In March 2017, he canceled performances for the rest of the year.

After years of substance abuse, Allman contracted hepatitis C and underwent a 2010 liver transplant.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Allman was raised in Florida by a single mother after his father was shot to death.

He and his older brother Duane formed the nucleus of The Allman Brothers Band. It featured tight guitar harmonies by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, a pair of drummers and the smoky, blues inflected voice of Gregg Allman.

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Hit & Run Driver Killed UPS Driver In Forney


A UPS driver was struck and killed early Saturday in a hit-and-run along U.S. Highway 80 in Forney.

The crash happened just after midnight on the westbound highway near FM548, according to the news website inforney.com.

The driver of a UPS tractor-trailer had parked on the shoulder and was outside the rig when struck. The victim's name has not been released.

The driver who caused the accident did not stop, and police did not release a description of that vehicle.

Anyone with information about the crime can call police at 972-564-7607 or Crime Stoppers at 877-847-7522.

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David Malone (25) Murdered In Weatherford


Parker County authorities are searching for the suspect in the killing of a 25-year-old man Friday morning.

Deputies were called about 9 a.m. to the 200 block of Joyce Street, just north of Weatherford, where they found David Malone lying in the parking lot of a duplex with a gunshot wound to his stomach, according to a news release.

Malone was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where he died about 12:30 p.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

A witness told deputies that the suspect, a white man in his 20s, had fled the scene on foot, heading east into a wooded area. The suspect, who is considered armed and dangerous, was wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, the news release said.

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Boy (14) Killed After Falling Off Freeway Ramp


A 14-year-old male pedestrian is dead after falling off a freeway ramp in East El Paso, according to El Paso Police Sgt. Enrique Carrillo.

Carrillo says the incident happened at 6:10 a.m. Saturday on the Loop 375 on ramp to I-10 west. According to police, the cause of his fall -- and whether or not it was accidental -- has not yet been determined.

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Iraq Veteran Keven Gordon Killed - Hit-Run Driver


Keven Gordon's Facebook page features pictures of his wife, their five young children and a lot of photos of him in his Army uniform. His son posed in a child-sized uniform of his own.

Gordon did two tours of duty in Iraq, with his last deployment in 2008. He returned with a Purple Heart and later served in the Army Reserve. A later photo shows him in a Wounded Warriors T-shirt.

Gordon was wounded both physically in combat and by the psychological trauma of war.

"He had PTSD," said a family member who asked she not be identified. "He was going to the VA and it seemed to help, but recently his appointments were cancelled. He couldn't get the help he needed."

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Dallas Saenz (Tulia) Died In Plainview Accident


A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a semi-truck in Plainview Saturday morning.

The accident occurred on Interstate 27 at the 24th Street overpass around 6:30 a.m.

According to the DPS, the pedestrian was walking west across the interstate and was struck by a northbound semi-truck.

Authorities said the semi-truck driver attempted to avoid striking the pedestrian.

The victim, identified as Dallas Saenz, 18, of Tulia was pronounced deceased at the accident scene.

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Boy Charged With Raping Special Needs Student


A 17-year-old Harlingen High School student was arrested on Monday after he confessed to allegedly raping a special needs student during P.E.

Harlingen police charged the alleged suspect on Monday after he admitted to sexually assaulting another student while she was napping underneath the school’s main gymnasium bleachers, according to a criminal complaint.

The report states the incident occurred on May 16, during P.E. class.

The victim told police she became tired during the class, and went to take a nap underneath the bleachers.

In the criminal complaint, it states the victim told police that’s when the alleged suspect approached her, tried to remove her jacket, and then pinned her down and forcefully removed her pants and underwear.

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Bush 43 Hangs Out With Bono At Texas Ranch


Before he performs with his band Friday night in Arlington, the lead singer of U2 was busy visiting a former president earlier in the day.

President George W. Bush posted a photo of himself with Bono at his ranch in Crawford.

Bush said Bono came to his Prairie Chapel Ranch to talk about the work of the Bush Center and their shared commitment to saving lives in Africa.

Friday night's sold out U2 concert -- The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 -- is set to begin at 7 p.m. at AT&T Stadium, with opening act The Lumineers.

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20-Years Ago Today F-5 Tornado Destroyed Jarrell


Few people knew the grim reality that would set in on Jarrell, Texas on the morning of May 27th, 1997. It was a day that began like any other late Spring day in Texas: clear skies and warm conditions. In a few short hours, the town of Jarrell would be synonymous with one of the most terrifying F5 tornadoes ever witnessed.

In what has become known as the ''Jarrell tornado," the three-quarter mile wide, F5 twister was unusual in many respects and is the last F5 or EF 5 tornado to hit the state.

The Jarrell tornado was born from a thunderstorm along a cold front that was drapped across central Texas. Unlike most tornadoes that spin up and move east or east-northeast with the parent storm, the tornado that wiped out Jarrell moved southwest, paralleling I-35 for seven and a half miles.

It's forward motion was also extremely slow, almost stationary at times. Below is a radar timeline of the events of that day from the National Weather Service in San Antonio.

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Richard Biggerstaff Jr. (Midland) Died In Crash


A 43-year-old Texas man has died following the crash of an ultralight aircraft in far eastern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Richard Biggerstaff Jr. of Midland, Texas, was killed in Friday's crash in Leflore County.

Troopers say the crash occurred at about 7:42 p.m. near Arkoma along Oklahoma's eastern border with Arkansas.

The patrol says a witness who had observed the aircraft for about 25 minutes prior to the crash told investigators the ultralight was flying in a steep banked spiral when it entered a fast downward spiral and collided with the ground.

Troopers say the impact resulted in a small explosion. Biggerstaff was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Two Texas Kids Died In A Hot Car On Friday


Two toddlers were found dead in a hot car in a rural North Texas neighborhood.

A Parker County Sheriff's Office statement says the 2-year-old girl and 16-month-old boy were found about 4:30 p.m. Friday by their mother in a subdivision near Lake Weatherford. The statement says temperatures at the time were about 96 degrees.

The mother, whom deputies did not identify, told investigators that her children "took off" and she was searching for them when she found them locked in the vehicle. The mother broke a window to get into the vehicle and found both children unresponsive.

Sheriff Larry Fowler says the case is in the early stages of investigation and no assumptions are being made.

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Naked Man On Roof Arrested In Waco On Friday


The naked man threatening suicide on a Waco roof Friday morning was the same man accused of shooting his girlfriend in the face during a domestic dispute late Thursday night, Waco Police confirmed.

Police first responded to the home where the man was in the 1100 block of Renick Street near Garrison Street, at 7:52 a.m., according to Police Spokesperson Patrick Swanton. A SWAT team was dispatched to assist.

"Negotiators spent several hours trying to coax the suspect from the roof," Swanton said.

Late Friday morning, SWAT officers were able to grab the suspect and pull him to safety. Police initially believed the suspect may have been armed, but ultimately determined he was not armed during the standoff, Swanton said.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital for a psychological evaluation, according to police.

Swanton said Waco Police worked through the whole night to track the man down. Some tattoos on his body helped them positively identify him as the same man from the shooting, police said.

Police identified the suspect as Alejandro Miguel Wise, 24. He was charged on a warrant for aggravated assault, as a result of Thursday night's shooting. His bond was pre-set at $200,000, according to Swanton.

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Activist Concerned Over New 'Blue Lives Matter' Laws


Following a spike in deadly attacks on police, more than a dozen states have responded this year with "Blue Lives Matter" laws that come down even harder on crimes against law enforcement officers, raising concern among some civil rights activists of a potential setback in police-community relations.

The new measures build upon existing statutes allowing harsher sentences for people who kill or assault police. They impose even tougher penalties, extend them to more offenses, including certain nonviolent ones such as trespassing in Missouri, and broaden the list of victims covered to include off-duty officers, police relatives and some civilians at law enforcement agencies.

Proponents say an escalation of violence against police justifies the heightened protections.

"What we're getting into as a society is that people are targeting police officers not by something that they may have done to them, but just because they're wearing that uniform," said Republican state Rep. Shawn Rhoads of Missouri, a former detective.

People who have been protesting aggressive police tactics are expressing alarm.

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