Sunday, July 17, 2016

San Antonio Texas Police Officer, Run Over By Wife, Ernesto Vasquez, Has Died


SAN ANTONIO TEXAS - San Antonio police officer Ernesto Vasquez died Sunday, months after he was run over by his common law wife. "He's been in a convalescent home for the last several months and he really came out of his coma," Police Chief William McManus said.

Vasquez was an eight-year veteran at SAPD and assigned to north patrol. Vasquez was off duty when he was hit by an SUV while attempting to walk across the 12600 block of Blanco Road around 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

The person charged in the crime was identified as Diana Lopez, his common law wife. Lopez was arrested in Laredo, Texas, nearly two months after Vasquez was run over.

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Reginald Erwin (Age 48) Stuck & Killed By A Car In Winona Texas On Sunday


WINONA TEXAS - DPS released the identity of the victim hit and killed on I-20 in the early morning hours of July 17. The accident happened around 3:50 a.m. near Winona. 18-year-old Daisy Alverez was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer eastbound on I-20 and struck 48-year-old Reginald Erwin. Erwin died at the scene.

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Please Pray For The Families Of The Baton Rouge Fallen Officers


TEXAS - Most of the stories we cover here are from the state of Texas. However, after 3-police officers in Louisiana were killed today, the decision was made to honor their service and lives. Please pray for their families.

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Brad Garafola (Age 45) Killed In The Line Of Duty July 17th 2016 RIP


BATON ROUGE LOUISIANA - When Tonja Garafola turned off the interstate to head to B-Quik convenience store on Airline Highway Sunday morning to meet her husband, she ran into a sea of police cars. It was there she discovered he was one of three officers killed by what authorities have identified as a man with a rifle.

Brad Garafola, 45, with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, was working extra duty at the store and his shift had ended at 8 a.m. He was one of three officers killed during a shoot out around 8:30 a.m.

It was the last shift Brad Garafola had to work before heading out Monday for vacation plans, Tonja Garafola said.

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Montrell Jackson (Age 32) Killed In The Line Of Duty July 17th 2016 RIP


BATON ROUGE LOUISIANA - A Baton Rouge policeman who was once injured trying to save a toddler from a burning building and recently welcomed a son of his own was one of the three officers killed in a Sunday morning shooting.

A cousin and family friend said Sunday that Montrell Jackson, 32, a 10-year-veteran of the Police Department was one of the officers killed. Also, three other officers were wounded in the shooting.

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Matthew Gerald (Age 41) Killed In The Line Of Duty July 17th 2016 RIP


BATON ROUGE LOUSIANA - Three law enforcement officers were killed, three were injured and a suspect is dead following a Sunday morning shootout with police. It is unknown at this time whether additional suspects were connected to this shooting.

Five of the officers were transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. Three of those have died. Officer Matthew Gerald, 41, and Montrell Jackson, 32, were from the Baton Rouge Police Department. The other was a 45-year-old officer with the Sheriff's Office.

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History Of The State Flag Of Texas


TEXAS - The first official national flag of Texas, christened in December 1836, was blue with a yellow 5-pointed star in the middle. The flag we know today was originally adopted on Jan. 25, 1839, as the second national flag of the Republic of Texas. When Texas became the 28th state of the Union on Dec. 29, 1845, its national flag became the state flag.

The largest Texas flag is allegedly under control of the University of Texas at Austin for use at all home football games. It measures 100 feet in width and 100 feet in length and is used on the field for pre-game “flag runs.”

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Chemical Leak Caused Shelter In Place Order In Baytown Texas


BAYTOWN TEXAS - The City of Baytown has issued a shelter-in-place emergency for residents on Bayway Drive near the 5500 block between Park and Arbor streets. The city is asking residents to stay in their homes due to a chemical emergency.

"ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has shut down two chemical product pipelines in Baytown this morning to investigate a release. We are working with local emergency responders and closely with local officials to ensure the safety of the public. We are continuing to investigate the source of the release."

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3-Cops Killed, 3-Injured, 1-Suspect Dead, In Sunday Morning Shootings


BATON ROUGE LOUISIANA - Three officers are confirmed dead and three others wounded after a shooting in Baton Rouge, a sheriff's office spokeswoman said Sunday. One suspect is dead and law enforcement officials believe two others are still at large, the spokeswoman said.

Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, said in a statement that the public should call 911 immediately if they see anything suspicious.

The shooting — which happened just before 9 a.m., less than 1 mile from police headquarters — comes amid spiraling tensions across the city — and the country — between the black community and police. The races of the suspect or suspects and the officers were not immediately known.

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Meet Mari Johnson Who Was Killed By A Texas Inmate On Saturday


ABILENE TEXAS - A female corrections officer was killed by a male inmate at a prison in west central Texas early Saturday, authorities said. Mari Johnson, 55, was found unresponsive at around 3am near the kitchen area of the French M Robertson Unit in Abilene, Texas, Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said.

Life-saving measures were initiated before Johnson was taken to Hendricks Medical Center in Abilene where she was pronounced dead, he said. The name of the inmate and circumstances surrounding the killing were not immediately released, and the death is being investigated as a homicide.

'Correctional officers have one of the most difficult jobs in all of state government protecting the public from dangerous individuals,' Brad Livingston, the department's executive director, said. 'This is a tragic reminder that carrying out that mission can lead to the ultimate sacrifice. 'Ms. Johnson made the ultimate sacrifice to keep this state safe.

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Firefighter James McKenzie Drowning Victim In Lake Grapevine Texas


GRAPEVINE TEXAS - The body of a Grapevine firefighter was found hours after he drowned in Lake Grapevine Saturday. James McKenzie, off-duty at the time, was boating when he and a friend jumped into the water to swim to shore around 10 a.m., according to the Grapevine Fire Department.

“Without alarm,” McKenzie went under and drowned near the Oak Grove Park area. His friend made it ashore. McKenzie wasn’t wearing a life jacket.

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Sergio Cerrillo (Age 3) Drowning Victim In Lake Worth Texas


FORT WORTH TEXAS - A 3-year-old boy from Fort Worth died Friday evening after he was pulled out of Lake Worth.

A MedStar ambulance rushed Sergio Cerrillo from the scene near Casino Beach to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth around 6:30 p.m. CPR was performed on Cerrillo on the way to the hospital.

But Sergio was pronounced dead at 6:51 p.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

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Garland Peterson (43) & Daniel Sandoval (52) Killed In Crash


LUBBOCK TEXAS - Two people have been killed in a Saturday afternoon accident at FM 179 and CR 6520. DPS tells us 43-year-old Garland Ray Peterson of Lubbock died at the scene, while 52-year-old Daniel Cesar Sandoval of Olton died at UMC.

The accident happened around 1:45 p.m. DPS says there were three different trucks involved in the accident, a black Ford pickup, a white truck and a red GMC. DPS says the black and white trucks were headed northbound on FM 179 when the black truck attempted to pass. The white truck was trying to turn left and the two vehicles collided.

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