Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Face Of Pure Evil?


The good book teaches us not to hate, but when it comes to this guy that become an almost impossible task. According to news reports Sunday night out of Dallas Fort Worth, 49-year-old Robert Blaine Harris was arrested this weekend and charged with the kidnapping and rape of two 13-year-old girls from Abilene. The girls went missing on January the 2nd. Apparently, Harris befriended the girls on social media and after one of them got into a dispute with her mother, he picked them up to stay with him at his Fort Worth home.

Thank God these two young girls are still alive, but it just makes me angry how some of these twisted folks befriend young people who are not getting along with their parents and then use that conflict to take advantage of them. This kind of stuff has been going on for a long time, but with social media playing such a large role in the lives of teenagers – many of them are nothing more than easy victims for creeps like this alleged predator. Please keep warning your kids and grandkids about people like this.

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3 Big Lotto Tickets Sold Here


Since the largest lottery in the history of the world will take place in only a few short days, I thought it might be nice to write something about one store that has sold a whole bunch of big winning lotto tickets in the past. That store is located in McAllen, Texas and it's name is Town and Country convenience store.

In the past few years, Town and Country has sold three lottery tickets with cash payouts above six-figures. One of those tickets was worth $1 million dollars. They say lighting does not strike in the same place twice, but when it comes to winning lottery tickets that old saying might not ring true. Good luck on Wednesday when the Powerball jackpot is expected to reach $1.3 billion.

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No Jail Time For Killing Boyfriend


A young woman from Wichita Falls will spend no time in jail after a plea deal. In May of 2014, then 19-year-old Britton Campbell was at the apartment of Justin Quintana who was showing off his gun collection. According to court records, Quintana wanted to post a video on social media of Campbell shooting her with what they both believed to be an unloaded firearm. Sadly, the gun turned out to be loaded and the bullet discharged hit Quintana in the heart killing him instantly.

Campbell chose to plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide and will serve five years deferred adjudication in addition to paying a fine a $1000.00. If Campbell successfully fulfills the terms of her agreement, these charges will be expunged from her criminal record. In addition to the sentence, she is forbidden from possessing any type of firearm for a period of five years. Every year, hundreds of young people are accidentally killed by guns who they mistakenly believe to be unloaded.

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Brothers Drown In Canyon Lake


Two brothers who were kayaking in Canyon Lake on Saturday have drown. The bodies of 25-year-old Larry Earp and his 17-year-old brother Tanner was found by authorities on Sunday afternoon. Their bodies have been sent for autopsy. They were reported missing Saturday night when they failed to return home on time.

The Earp brothers bodies were located near the Canyon Lake Dam. According to San Antonio news reports, recreational boaters were the first to find them. Both Larry and Tanner were residents of Kyle, Texas located in Hays County. No other information is available at this time.

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$1 Per Gallon Gas Soon?


The folks who track oil and gas prices are reporting today that within the next few months the price of a gallon of gas could drop below $1 per gallon in some locations. Before we all stand up and cheer let's remember that while low gas prices are good for most of us. Some Texans will end up in bankruptcy court because of them not to mention the huge effect this will have on revenue collection at the state level in Austin.

While it's tough to get teary eyed about lost tax revenue in Austin, remember that politicians are famous for finding new ways to get their hands on our money. So, if the state of Texas ends up losing billion because of low oil and gas prices – better watch you wallet because they will find another way to raise money. While I feel bad about regular Texans losing their livelihood because of low oil prices, I intend to enjoy these low gas prices as long as possible.

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Prayers For Garrett Tolliver's Family


Everyone is in danger when criminals flee the police and sadly the family of 18-year-old Garrett Tolliver found that out the hard way on Friday. While driving a white van stolen from the Academy store in Waxahachie on Friday, a suspect who was being pursued by police slammed head-on into Tolliver who was in route to visit his mother in Bosque County. Both he and the suspect were killed in the collision.

Prayers go out to Tolliver's family as this tragic event renews the argument over whether police should get involved in high speed chases over stolen vehicles. Every year hundreds of innocent people lose their lives when police chases end badly. I do not know the full story about this particular chase, with the exception that one police officer almost lost his life when he was run off the road during the case while an innocent Texas teenager was killed.

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Next Powerball Drawing $1.3 Billion


Folks, it's hard to believe but no one won the $950 million dollar Powerball drawing last night, so come next week the jackpot will grow to well over $1 billion. Texans had already gone crazy this weekend trying to pick the right numbers, so there is no telling what will happen next week.

Here's a statement released by the Texas Lottery early Sunday morning.

Lottery officials say no ticket has matched all six Powerball numbers after Saturday night's drawing. That means the record $949.8 million jackpot is expected to soar to $1.3 billion for Wednesday's drawing. The odds to win were one in 292.2 million, and the numbers drawn were 32-16-19-57-34 and Powerball number 13. Texas Lottery tweeted Saturday there were no Powerball jackpot winners. Officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game, said they expected about 75 percent of the possible number combinations would have been bought for Saturday night's drawing. Since Nov. 4, the Powerball jackpot has grown from its $40 million starting point as no one has won the jackpot. Powerball is played in 44 states as well as the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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Beer Can House In Houston


While Texans always look at ourselves as different from folks in the other 49-states, one guy in Houston took those differences to a whole new level when he built his 'beer can house.' Decades ago, John Milkovisch loved to drink beer. In fact, he usually consumed a six pack of cold beverages each and every day. Over time, those six cans per day started to add up so a little bit at a time he turned his regular home into a beer can house.

No one lives in this house anymore so it has been turned into a 'designated landmark' where the public is allowed to visit and check out Milkovisch's more than 50,000 empty beer cans. The next time you're in Houston, you might want to check out this place. And if you did not guess it by now, Milkovisch had one other major issue in addition to his love for cold beer. He was reportedly a hoarder in the first degree.

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