Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Drunk Driver (21) Killed Married Couple Camping On Padre Island


PADRE ISLAND TEXAS - Two people are dead following an accident on Padre Island near Mile Marker 240. That accident happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday when investigators say a 21-year-old man ran his truck into a red car parked at a campsite. That car slammed into a married couple camping on the beach, killing them. A dog inside the couple's car was not hurt. The identities of the victims were not immediately released, but friends say they had just moved to Corpus Christi and were staying at the beach while in between jobs.

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Converse Teen David Akinropo (17) Drowns In Guadalupe River


NEW BRAUNFELS TEXAS - A 17 year old fell out of his tube and drowned in the Guadalupe River Wednesday evening. It happened at around 4:45 p.m. in the 1300 block of Sleepy Hollow Drive. The New Braunfels Police Department has identified the victim as David Akinropo of Converse. Investigators say Akinropo had been floating the river when he fell out of his tube, briefly struggled to stay afloat, and then went under the water.

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Aunt Says Body Found In Amarillo Lake Is Alexis Wartena


AMARILLO TEXAS - A woman who says she is the aunt of 7-year-old Alexis Wartena said police told them this morning that the body they pulled out of T-Anchor Lake, just behind the La Kiva Motel, was Wartena's body. Wartena went missing from the family's hotel room around 4:45 on Tuesday and officers could be seen pulling a young girl's body from the lake around 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Wartena had autism.

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Ted Cruz Says Vote Your Conscience Gets Booed At GOP Convention


CLEVELAND OHIO - Undercutting calls for Republican unity, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stubbornly withheld his endorsement from Donald Trump Wednesday night as he addressed the GOP convention, ignoring noisy pleas from delegates and instead encouraging Americans to "vote your conscience" in November. In a surreal moment, Trump unexpectedly walked into the arena as Cruz was wrapping up his remarks. Delegates chanted Trump's name, then erupted in a chorus of boos when Cruz continued to resist their appeals. "Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution," Cruz said. While he backed some of Trump's policy proposals, including building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, he mentioned the GOP nominee by name only once. Cruz's decision to accept a speaking role at the convention but not explicitly endorse Trump was remarkable, and underscored the deep divisions still coursing through the GOP. It also raised questions about why the Trump campaign invited Cruz to speak — in a headlining role, no less — without getting him to agree to an endorsement.

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Appeals Court Rules Against Texas Voter ID Law


AUSTIN TEXAS - A federal appeals court has ruled that Texas' strict voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act and has ordered changes before the November election. The ruling was issued Wednesday by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling instructs a lower court to make changes that fix the "discriminatory effect" of the 2011 law in the months leading up to this fall's election. But the ruling said the lower court should make changes that disrupt this year's election season as little as possible.

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Registered Democrat Meredith Mclver Wrote Melania Trump's Speech


CLEVELAND OHIO - The woman who has taken responsibility for the Melania Trump plagiarism scandal at the Republican National Convention is a registered Democrat, according to an online database. Meredith McIver is shown as a registered Democrat in Lexis/Nexis, a database of information regularly used by journalists, lawyers and government officials. McIver is an in-house staff writer for the Trump Organization who also has ghostwritten multiple books written by Donald Trump. She has been a registered Democrat since 1996, according to the database. The Trump campaign has acknowledged that parts of Melania Trump’s Republican National Convention speech on Monday were the same as first lady Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic convention speech. In a statement released by the Trump campaign, McIver said it “was my mistake. "I feel terrible for the chaos," she said in the statement.

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Police Chief Asked Woman (29) To Show Breasts For Community Service Credit


YORKTOWN TEXAS - Yorktown Police Chief Paul Campos is under investigation, accused of asking a 29-year-old woman to show her breasts in exchange for community service hours credit. Texas Ranger Bradley Freeman served a search warrant Thursday at Yorktown City Hall, Yorktown Police Department and all other buildings and vehicles within the police department. Freeman requested the search warrant based on evidence the woman gave him. According to the woman, on June 6, Campos, 58, asked her to show him her breasts in exchange for community service hours credit, according to the search warrant affidavit. The woman said she complied three times that day and received 15 hours of community service credit. Lt. Vicente Flores, 51, was present one of those times, according to the affidavit.

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No Lawsuit Against Disney After Alligators Killed Child


ORLANDO FLORIDA - The parents of a Nebraska toddler killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World last month say they will not pursue a lawsuit against the company as they focus their attention on healing. In a statement Wednesday, Matt Graves said he and his wife are "broken" and that the pain gets worse each day. "We will forever struggle to comprehend why this happened to our sweet baby, Lane," the Graves said. "We know that we can never have Lane back, and therefore, we intend to keep his spirit alive through the Lane Thomas Foundation. It is our hope that through the foundation we will be able to share with others the unimaginable love Lane etched in our hearts." In announcing their intent not to sue Disney, the Graves said they wanted to focus on the future health of their family. They asked for continued privacy.

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George W Bush Worried He Will Be Last GOP President


DALLAS TEXAS - Former President George W. Bush fears that the end of the Republican party as he knows it is near. “I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president,” Bush reportedly told a reunion of former staff and advisers in April, according to a story by Politico. The former president was speaking with “a smaller clutch of former aides and advisors” during the event. At that time there were two candidates left in the race for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, and Bush didn’t like either of them, although his displeasure with Cruz was at least in part reportedly related to Cruz’s overtures toward Trump early in the race for the nomination.

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Couple Age 97 & 96 Celebrate 75-Year Wedding Anniversary


IDALOU TEXAS - Could you imagine living for nearly 100 years? Or, how about living happily married to your spouse for three quarters of a century? Well, for one Idalou couple, they've done both. He's 97 and she's 96. Mary Jane and M.T. Allen met in Idalou back in 1932, and through the years, they just kept loving each other. "When she moved here, she was 12 going on 16," M.T. Allen says. Mary Jane moved to Idalou at 12-years-old from Eden, TX, after her dad was transferred to the South Plains as a mail carrier.

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Help Find Missing 7-Year-Old Autistic Child Alexis Wartena


AMARILLO TEXAS - A 7-year-old girl with autism is now missing out of Amarillo, according to police. Police said Alexis Wartena has been missing since about 4:45 p.m. She went missing from the Kiva Motel, near Interstate 40 and Quarter Horse Drive. Wartena is about 4-feet tall and 65 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes and is wearing a blue pull-up diaper. Police said Wartena is non-verbal autistic but will answer to her name. Any information about her whereabouts can be reported to police at 806-378-3038. Police said officers are now looking for her. The DPS helicopter is also assisting in the search.

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