Wednesday, January 20, 2016

IRS Scams, Be Aware & Share


Millions of hard earned dollars are stolen each year during tax season by con artists who threaten folks by claiming they owe money to the IRS and demanding immediate payment. The first thing you should remember is that the IRS does not call taxpayers who are delinquent on their taxes. Instead they send a letter in the mail first outlining what you owe and giving you an opportunity to set up a payment plan. You also have the right to dispute amounts they say you owe, if you feel their computations are in error. If one of these scam artist call you, the best advice is to hang up the telephone. If you are concerned the call was the real deal, simply call the IRS yourself. Their number is listed in all major telephone directories. Under no circumstances should you give out private information to anyone who calls you claiming to be from the IRS. Be safe.

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Sales Rise As Gas Prices Drop


It probably comes as no surprise to most Texans that as gas prices have continued to drop, the sale of large sports utility vehicles are surging once again. How many times have we seen this happen in the past? Just a few years ago, automakers could barely give away big SUV's like the Expedition, Suburban and Tahoe. However, vehicle shoppers today are lining up to buy them once again. If nothing else, folks are certainly consistent on this front.

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Fire Truck Crashes Into DQ


In a terrible accident this afternoon, a fire truck has crashed into a Dairy Queen in Farmersville, Texas. One employee of the restaurant and the driver of the fire truck were taken to a local hospital for treatment. The location of the restaurant is in the 200 block of E. Audie Murphy Drive. It is not known at this time what caused this to happen. Police in Farmersville are asking the public to avoid the area while they investigate and clean up the mess.

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Wish Buzz Aldrin A Happy 86th Birthday


Older Texans like me remember Buzz Aldrin from his young days when he was the 2nd man to walk on the Moon. Today, he celebrates his 86th birthday. Mr. Aldrin also has an asteroid and a crater on the Moon named after him. When Buzz was an 'all American hero' folks like him were larger than life. Happy 86th Birthday to retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

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Michael Koch Wanted For Killing K-9 Police Dog


Police in East Texas are asking for your help in locating 35-year-old Michael Paul Koch who is suspected of killing a police dog, named Ogar, on Tuesday during a traffic stop in Lindale. Koch's address is listed as Grand Saline, Texas. After a traffic stop yesterday afternoon, the suspect fled into the woods with Ogar in 'hot pursuit'. A short time later, the constable who stopped the vehicle heard gunshots and found 'Ogar' dead. Two other people were in the vehicle at the time, but they did not run from the scene. If you have information as to the whereabouts of Michael Koch, please contact the Smith County Sheriff's Office.

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Jessica Berry Murdered By Brother Ronald Moore


Ronald Moore, age 23, has been charged in Tyler County Texas with the murder of his younger sister Jessica Berry, age 20, on Monday. A caller to 911 said someone had been murdered on CR 4005 near Woodville. When they responded to the home they found blood inside and after a search, they found the body of Berry under the home. It appeared she had been stabbed to death. Ronnie Moore was booked into the county jail and is currently being held under a $1 million bond. Police did not comment as to a motive. According to police, family members said he had confessed to them that he had murdered his sister.

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Did Amber Craker Murder Newborn?


18-year-old Amber Craker was taken into custody in Abilene, Texas on Monday after showing up at a local hospital bleeding after giving birth to a child. When she did not arrive at the hospital with her baby, hospital employees became concerned and called police. After arriving at Craker's home, they located a dead newborn baby. Police are continuing their investigation, but at this time she has been charged with first degree felony murder and tampering with evidence. Craker was booked into the Taylor County Jail and her bond was set at $300,000. 22-year-old Damian Cate was also arrested and charged with murder. Police have released no details as to motive at this time.

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