Saturday, July 2, 2016

Amarillo Police Officer Is Hit & Run Victim


AMARILLO - An Amarillo police officer was the victim of a hit and run Saturday morning. Police say the suspects also caused a hit and run earlier in the day. According to the Amarillo Police Department, a patrol car was headed north on Polk Street just after 9:30 Saturday. The officer was traveling through the intersection at NE 12th Street when a black 1995 Chevrolet Z-71 pickup going west on NE 12th Avenue failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the patrol unit. Police say this caused the unit to leave the roadway and hit a house at 1201 N. Polk. The pickup left the scene going north on Polk Street, and lost the front left tire of the vehicle after about a block. The pickup eventually stopped in the 800 block of NW 24th Avenue, but the occupants ran to a nearby home. APD says a person at the home took them to two different locations in Amarillo.

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Shots Fired At Police During Garland High Speed Chase


GARLAND - Garland Police were involved in a high-speed car chase turned standoff along Westbound I-635 on July 2, police officials confirmed. Police said the chase began as a domestic incident when one car was chasing another, and police were called in to break up the chase. The police involvement turned into a high-speed car chase down I-635 and Airport Freeway. At some point, shots were fired from one of the vehicles, at the officers.

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Stevie Matthews Lost Battle With Cancer Today


BAYTOWN - A toddler known for his love of Monster trucks has died, his family confirmed. Stevie Matthews, 2, was diagnosed with leukemia in October and recently doctors ran out of treatment options. In his honor last Thursday, a Monster truck parade was held at the Royal Purple Raceway. "No child should ever have to go through this. And to watch people so close to my heart go through this, it kills me every day," his uncle Chris Paulk said. "If I could trade places with them in a minute, I would, no questions asked."

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Small Plane Crash Into Lake Travis On Saturday


AUSTIN - Austin EMS officials say a small plane crashed near Windy Point-Bob Wentz Park Saturday afternoon. The call came in just after 4:15 P.M. Saturday at the 7000 block of Comanche Trail in west Travis County. According to reports three people on the plane were able to get out of the plane and only one person had minor injuries. There were no patients transported to a hospital as a result of the crash.

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Man Hit / Killed By Train In San Antonio


SAN ANTONIO - A man was found dead on a set of train tracks after he was hit by an oncoming train early Saturday morning. San Antonio police say the man was killed instantly. According to police, the conductor honked his horn several times when he noticed the man sleeping on the tracks. Police said the man did not move fast enough and the train could not slow down in time to prevent the accident. The incident happened around 4 a.m in the 9500 block of Interstate Highway 35.

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Check Out The Bakery at the Silos in Waco


WACO - The Bakery at the Silos opened Wednesday at Sixth Street and Webster Avenue, providing a touch of sweetness and another dose of appeal to a corner already drawing tourists from every corner of the nation to experience Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market at the Silos. To no one’s surprise, the shop with hardwood floors, high ceilings and plenty of goodies had the masses standing in line for entry, even in the late-afternoon heat. Employees handed out small cards and tiny pencils that customers could use to mark their choices among cupcakes, baked goods, drinks and Magnolia Flour T-shirts priced at $26. Fans of “Fixer Upper” on HGTV, in which the Gaineses turn the ugly duckling of a neighborhood into a swan, know Joanna’s affinity for shiplap. So why not offer a cupcake with the same moniker? At $3.50, a Shiplap cupcake features vanilla cake and vanilla buttercream icing.

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2-Semi Trucks Crash Near Vega In Oldham County


OLDHAM COUNTY - According to the Department of Public Safety, two semi trucks crashed in Oldham County Saturday afternoon, causing serious injuries. This crashed occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 just west of Vega.

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White Settlement City Council Reinstates Library Cat


WHITE SETTLEMENT - A North Texas city council has voted unanimously to reinstate Browser the cat to his job as live-in mascot of the city's public library. The governing council of White Settlement voted 3-0 to let Browser stay at the library two weeks after voting 2-1 to give the tabby 30 days to check out. Mayor Ron White had said the move against Browser was a response to officials' denial of permission to an employee to bring a puppy to work at City Hall. But he says he was overwhelmed with more than 1,000 messages on social media, all in support of keeping Browser on the job.

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Texans Spend $1.7 Million To Save Endangered Salamander


AUSTIN - Taxpayer costs are soaring for a new Austin habitat for an endangered salamander that lives at one of the most popular swimming holes in Texas. The Austin American-Statesman reports that the price tag for a 75-foot waterway at Barton Springs pool has climbed five fold to roughly $1.7 million. That's roughly $7,000 a square foot. The tiny salamander is only a few inches long and has been on the endangered species list since 1997. Environmentalists want to create a small stream between Barton Springs pool and Eliza Spring, which is home to about 300 salamanders.

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Major Tractor Trailer Fire On I-35 Saturday Morning


TEMPLE - A tractor trailer started on fire after its brakes overheated early Saturday morning, between mile markers 300 and 301 in Temple. The accident happened at around 2:43 a.m. The southbound lanes of the interstate were closed, and are expected to remain closed for an unknown amount of time as the incident is cleared. Backup stretched from Temple to Bruceville-Eddy.

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Beach Going Texans Worry About Flesh-Eating Bacteria


GULF OF MEXICO - This Fourth of July weekend many people will be spending time at Texas beaches. But there's been a lot of concern about flesh eating bacteria. holiday weekend means more time at the beach. "We come a couple times a year", said Nina Farray. Cases of vibrio commonly known as flesh eating bacteria have made some beachgoers more aware. "I've never had concerns but after reading and hearing about the guy who lost his leg I had some concerns coming down today", said Lauren Sieg. Vibrio is contracted through an open wound or ingested through raw seafood.

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Help San Antonio Police Find Missing Person Wilma Dame (Age 12)


SAN ANTONIO - Wilma Dame, 12, is missing from San Antonio, Texas since June 24.  She was last seen sitting on the tailgate of her grandfather’s truck on the 6400 block of Crestway Drive in the Oak Crest Pointe community on the Northeast Side, reports News 4SA.     She told her family she was going to listen to music and when her grandfather came back outside she was gone.  The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the public to locate her. If you have any information on where she may be please immediately call 210-335-TIPS (8477), and you can remain anonymous.

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Watch 118 MPH Police Chase Video With 12-Year-Old Girl


MONTGOMERY COUNTY - A 12-year-old girl who allegedly took her grandmother's car on a high-speed joyride will remain in police custody over the weekend. Investigators say that girl led police in a chase, reaching speeds of up to 118 miles per hour, sideswiping vehicles and putting lives at risk.

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Bridge Hit Again By Over-Sized Load Near Odessa


ODESSA - Two bridges are damaged after an over-sized load hit both of them, leaving one with limited access. "In late 2014 this bridge was damaged severely by an over-sized load," Gene Powell with TxDOT said, “it was part of a $7.5 million contract to increase clearance at both bridges." According to TxDOT the legal height limit is 14ft and the legal width limit is 8ft 6in wide and anything over requires a permit from the motor vehicle department.

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Looking For Fun In DFW This 4th of July Weekend?


DFW - Attention Americans: Stray away from the typical patriotic picnics and pool parties and read this guide for a Fourth of July that is exploding with festive family fun! DFW is booming with things you and your family can do this weekend. United We Stand this guide will give you a hand on the best Independence Day activities.

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I-20 Crash Involving 7-Cars Friday Night Near Van Texas


VAN - DPS confirms they are responding to a 7-car wreck on Interstate 20 near Van. Eastbound traffic is congested and is being diverted onto the 540 exit. Avoid the area.

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30,000 Marijuana Plants Found In Meridian State Park


BOSQUE COUNTY - About 30,000 marijuana plants were found by law enforcement Thursday, but two suspects who fled the scene were able to escape police. The Bosque County Sheriff’s department and the Meridian State Park Police were given information about the marijuana grow operation on property next to Meridian State Park. When they were investigating, they discovered a campsite and approximately 30,000 immature marijuana plants.

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