Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Help Find These Comal TX Check Thieves


Officials are searching for four people in connection to a case involving stolen checks in Comal County.

Investigators said the people of interest were involved in a recent fraud case in which the checks were used at a local store.

Comal County Sheriff's Office searching for man believed to have stolen…

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Comal County Crime Stoppers at 830-620-8477.

A reward of up to $2,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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Person In Custody After FW Home Invastion


A person of interest was taken into custody and a stolen vehicle found after an elderly couple was shot during a violent home invasion at their Fort Worth home.

The investigation and search for a suspect began after police were called to a home in the 10200 block of Cool Spring Drive at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities arrived to find John and Diane Porter, both 69, shot inside the home.

Although seriously injured, Mrs. Porter was able to call 911 and give authorities a description of the suspect. Homicide detectives joined the investigation due to the severity of the couple's injuries.

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2 Tornadoes Touched Down In Permian Basin


The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in the Permian Basin.

The first tornado touched down just east of the city of Midkiff in Upton County between 7:20 and 7:30 pm.

We have received reports about power poles down in the area around Midkiff.

The second tornado touched down in southeast Mitchell County.

Our thanks to the National Weather Service for confirming the reports.

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SGT. Jonathan Garcia Died In Motorcycle Crash


An American soldier who was a highly-decorated veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday in Harker Heights.

Sgt. Jonathan Garrett Garcia, 29, entered active-duty service in April 2007 as a motor transport operator. He was assigned to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, since November 2016.

The Georgetown native deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from May 2009 to May 2010 and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from April 2011 to February 2012.

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3 Storm Chasers Killed In Crash Near Spur TX


Troopers with the Department of Public Safety and deputies with the Dickens County Sheriff's Office were called to the scene of a fatal crash near Spur, TX.

The crash happened on FM 2794 at FM 1081, about five miles west of Spur, TX. At the time of the crash, storm chasers were following possible tornadic activity. DPS officials say all three were storm chasers. The crash involved two vehicles and officials say the crash was not weather related.

According to DPS, a black suburban was traveling northbound on FM 1081, disregarding a stop sign and collide with a black Jeep that was traveling westbound on FM 2794. There were two drivers and one passenger in the two vehicles. All three occupants were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Suburban was identified as Kelley Gene Williamson, 57, of Cassville, Mo. Mr. Williamson was ejected from the vehicle at the time of the crash.

The passenger in the Suburban was identified as Randall Delane Yarnall, 55, also of Cassville, Mo.

The driver of the Jeep was identified as Corbin Lee Jaeger, 25, of Peoria, Arizona.

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Woman Sees Jesus In Tree - Do You?


A divine face is on display in Houston, according to two devout Catholics.

Lifelong friends Betty Clack and Dorothy Ritter reached out to Eyewitness News. They said they wanted the world to know the face of Jesus Christ appeared on an old oak tree.

They claim the apparition happened along Meadow Creek Lane in southeast Houston. Clack said she was praying the Divine Mercy prayer on Ash Wednesday. Clack paused to sip her coffee only to look up and see what she described as a miraculous sight.

"There he was on the tree. I thought, 'Is that really you?'" said Clack. "It was the face of Jesus. I called her and said, 'You're not going to believe what's in this tree.' She got shook up too."
Ritter said she raced over and could not believe it.

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More Than 30 San Antonio Children Missing


More than 30 children from San Antonio are reported missing, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

The website is a resource for young victims of abduction and sexual exploitation and their families.

Most of the cases involve teens who have disappeared within the last couple of years, but the oldest case on the NCMEC website goes back almost 30 years. Samuel Rawls was 16 years old when he disappeared. If he's still alive, he would be 45 years old now.

If you have information about the whereabouts of any of these missing children, you can call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on their 24-hour hotline: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). You can also report cases of child exploitation through the NCMEC website.

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Investigation Continues Into East Texas Bus Crash


DPS is wrapping up the crash investigation for the fatal wreck involving a Mount Pleasant ISD school bus. Two people were killed in the Thursday night wreck.

The deaths were in two other vehicles, an 18-wheeler and a car.

DPS tells us an autopsy will be performed on Bradley Ray Farmer, the driver of the 18 wheeler. They say the autopsy will be able to reveal whether farmer had a medical issue, or perhaps a substance in his system at the time of crash.

DPS also says, if there is no indication of a substance in the body, or a medical issue, they may never know what caused the crash. A DPS spokesperson also tells us they don’t believe there were any cameras on board Farmer’s 18 wheeler.

The other driver killed was 30-year-old Angelica Beard, a coach and a teacher.

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4-More-Years For Cowboys Jason Witten


The Dallas Cowboys are keeping team leader Jason Witten around until the year 2021.

According to Cowboys COO Stephen Jones, TE Jason Witten signed a 4-year contract extension with the team on Tuesday.

This contract is the 34-year-old’s fourth with the Cowboys since he was drafted in 2003.

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VOTE: The Best Soda Of All Time Is?


What is the best soda of all time? About 185,000 people took an online poll, and Coca-Cola took the top spot, while Pepsi barely even made the top 10. Even Cherry Coke ranked higher.

Here are the Top 10 Best Sodas:

1. Coca-Cola
2. Dr. Pepper
3. Sprite
4. Mountain Dew
5. A&W Root Beer
6. 7 Up
7. Orange Crush
8. Cherry Coke Cherry Pepsi came in 31st
9. Canada Dry Ginger Ale
10. Pepsi

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Jakob Todd Plummer Obituary - Funeral Plans


Jakob Todd Plummer was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on December 5, 1996 to Amy (Geis) and Dustin Plummer. Jakob entered the Arenas of Heaven on Sunday, March 26, 2017 after a tragic accident. His mother, Amy, greeted him with open arms as she preceded him in death in 2007. A 2015 graduate of Petrolia High School, Jakob was active in FFA. While he had a love for many things outside, his real dreams were made in the arena, horseback, with a rope in his hand. He would spend hours outside roping the dummy, day or night, hot or cold. He was attending Vernon College on a rodeo scholarship with plans to pursue a career in Ranch Management. He was a very dedicated member of the Vernon Rodeo Team as a team roper. Where else could he go to a few classes, and spend the rest of the day roping. He was a member of the OTRC and USTRC.

Jakob was a man of many names, many smiles and many laughs. He was a loving grandson, brother, roping partner and teammate. He was a friend to people of all ages. He touched the hearts and lives of many, never met a stranger, and lived life to the absolute fullest. Jakob’s legacy would be to leave a lasting memory, that of which he has accomplished, a job well done.

Survivors include his brother, Ethan of Dean; grandparents, Randy and Deloras Plummer of Dean, Texas, Teresa Stockton of Wichita Falls, Debbie Kemp and husband David of Vernon, Texas and Everett Geis of Grove, Oklahoma; father, Dustin Plummer; Aunt, Mindi Flynn and husband Shannon and their sons, Parker and Karter of Vernon, Texas; Uncles, Jeff Geis of Wichita Falls and Jared Swadley of Addison, Texas; Half brother, Chayse and half sister, Saydi; great-grandparents, Virginia Stockton, Reba Reasor and Everett Geis.

Celebration of Life will be at 3:00PM, Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the Petrolia ISD Auditorium with Shawn Bitner with the First Baptist of Dean officiating and Donald Hill with River Ministries of Canadian, Texas, assisting. Burial will be in Petrolia Cemetery in Petrolia, Texas under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

The family will be at Davis Funeral Home on Saturday evening from 6:00PM-8:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vernon College Rodeo Club at 4400 College Drive, Vernon, Texas 76384, or the charity of your choice.

Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guestbook at davisfuneralhome.net

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Fort Worth Mom Killed Trying To Sell Game


Witnesses say a mother trying to complete an online transaction was gunned down in front of her husband and son on Sunday.

The woman was trying to sell a gaming console.

They were to meet the ‘buyer’ at the Somerset Apartment complex off of North Normandale in West Fort Worth.

“We heard exactly ten gunshots,” said apartment complex resident Taysia Crabtree. “I was counting.”

Witnesses say a woman, her husband and her son had come to the back of the apartment complex to complete the transaction. That’s when the shooting started.

“As soon as he shot her he fell, actually,” Crabtree said. “And he stood back up and was shooting everywhere and that’s how it went into the wall.”

The masked gunman fired bullets into apartment walls and a car as he ran from the scene. People ducked for cover.

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Police Chase With Stolen 18-Wheeler In Dallas


A stolen 18-wheeler rig led police on a chase Monday afternoon before ending peacefully in Dallas.

The chase began in Seagoville around 5:45 p.m. after police say a man stole the big rig from a gas station while the driver was pumping gas.

The stolen big rig went up on 175 and headed towards Downtown Dallas before exiting in the Knox/ Henderson area. The man eventually pulled over at the Sprouts store and surrendered to police.

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Oldest Cop In The World - Texan Bill Hardin (92)


At the Johnson County Sheriff's Office in Cleburne, there is a case that has puzzled one veteran investigator for nearly a century.

That's the case for retirement.

"I’m afraid to stop. I’m afraid I couldn’t get started again," Reserve Deputy Bill Hardin said.

Because he has no desire to quit, Bill Hardin is, by all accounts, the oldest police officer in the world at the age of 94. Bill started his career with the Fort Worth Police Department after World War II, and spent most of his time chasing drug dealers.

These days, Bill says he keeps showing up because what else would he do?

“I don’t fish. I don’t hunt. Don’t drink, don’t smoke," he said.

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Elena Cristal Cavazos - Intoxication Manslaughter


Investigators have arrested a 23-year-old McAllen woman after a fatal car crash.

At about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, the McAllen Police Department dispatched officers to the 1400 block of West Business 83 to investigate an auto-pedestrian collision.

Officers determined a motorist struck a 61-year-old man and left the scene, according to a news release from the McAllen Police Department. Emergency medical workers transported him to a nearby hospital, where the man died.

Officers arrested Elena Cristal Cavazos, 23, of McAllen. She's charged with intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony, and accident involving injury or death, a second-degree felony.

"I think the PD just jumped to conclusions," said attorney Ricardo "Rick" Salinas, who represents Cavazos. "I think there's more to this than meets the eye."

Cavazos went downtown but doesn't drink alcohol, Salinas said, adding that he suspects someone may have slipped her something.

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Passersby Stop To Help Deputy Change Flat Tire


It’s usually police officers and sheriff’s deputies that help get stranded motorists going again, but the tables were turned in Dallas County last Saturday.

Two men ended up helping a Dallas County Sheriff’s deputy with her flat tire.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department posted the photos on social media, thanking the men for their compassion and help.

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Murder For Hire Dr. Valerie McDaniel Suicide


Houston police are investigating a possible suicide at a River Oaks area high-rise.

Officers were called to 2200 Willowick Road at about 10:30 a.m. Monday. Police say a woman jumped from the 7th floor. Her body was discovered in a common area adjacent to the pool.

According to investigators at the scene, all indications are that this is Valerie McDaniel, a prominent Houston veterinarian who's been accused of hiring a hitman to kill her ex. Positive identification is pending.

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Jesse Raymond Kissel Charged - Mail Theft


Jesse Raymond Kissel, 28, was in custody Monday, charged in connection with the theft of mail and checks from more than 20 PO boxes at the Copperas Cove Post Office at 802 East Avenue D.

Kissel was served with an arrest warrant last Friday at the Coryell County Jail, where he was held on an unrelated charge.

His bond was set Saturday at $20,000.

He’s charged with fraudulent use or possession of identifying information.

The break-ins were reported just after noon on March 20

“The initial investigation revealed a total of 21 post office boxes damaged and appeared to be pried open,” police Sgt. Martin Ruiz said in a press release.

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Dallas VA Is Being Evacuated - Suspicious Device


A bomb scare is forcing precautionary evacuations at the VA in Dallas.

A source inside the VA has told CBS 11’s Jason Allen that the evacuation started inside one clinic, then expanded to the floor, then to a larger area of the main building.

Jason Allen has also confirmed through sources that there is a “suspicious device involved.” No other details were available about that device at this time.

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Houston Veterinarian Commited Suicide Monday


A prominent Montrose veterinarian accusing of plotting an intricate murder-for-hire plot to kill her ex-husband has killed herself by jumping off her seventh-story condo Monday morning, according to law enforcement sources.

Veterinarian Valerie Busick McDaniel and her boyfriend, Leon Phillip Jacob, were arrested earlier this month after doling out $20,000 in cash and two pricey Cartier watches to an officer posing as a hitman, prosecutors alleged in court.

Days later, the 48-year-old Montrose veterinarian was released on a $50,000.

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