Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What Are The Stinkiest Cities In Texas?

Hereford, Texas

The cattle and meat processing industries produce a stench that some residents describe as "eye watering."


This seems to be a city of many smells. For one, there are paper mills. According to this radio survey, other smells include dead animals, garbage dumpsters, manure and dog food.


This pool's chlorine probably won't cover up the smell of feed lots and cattle processing plants.

Cactus, Texas

Cactus is home to a meat processing plant. And meat processing plants do not smell great.


Strange smells are ubiquitous in Houston. On Monday, Feb. 13, the Houston Fire Department and Harris County emergency management officials were investigating a strange, burning sulfur smell that permeated the city. At the time officials believed the smell was coming from the LyondellBasell plant in Channelview.


There is some debate over whether Pasadena, often referred to as "Stinkadena," is actually stinky. The city's fans refer to others next door as being much smellier. One Chronicle employee noted that you can smell the plants more in the winter than the summer. Yet, the reputation as a smelly place persists.

Deer Park

This insular residential community is also known for its chemical smells, from surrounding industry.

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Texas City

Another refinery town, Texas City often falls victim to odors that alarm residents and send the fire department out looking for danger. A recent incident on Feb. 4 turned out to be harmless, yet annoying.

Post, Texas

The town of Post smells like oil, or as the locals like to say, "the smell of money."


Waco battled a stinky sewage odor last spring, and in 2012 a bunch of dead crickets in walls, ceilings and elevator shafts drove local business owners to distraction.

Boyd, Texas

In 2013, bio solids used as natural fertilizer caused such a stench that residents could not bear to leave their homes.

Luling, Texas - There's that money smell again - crude oil.

Odessa, Texas

Besides the normal oil production activities, there's also an oilfield waste landfill in Odessa that caused resident to raise a stink in 2015.

Source: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/The-stinkiest-towns-in-Texas-10933019.php

Tornadoes Touch Down In Houston Area Tuesday Morning

Tornadoes touched down Tuesday morning in several locations across southeast Texas.

A confirmed tornado was first reported at 8:20 a.m. near Rosenberg in Fort Bend County. Several trees and fences were also knocked down.

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Significant damage to homes, garages and trees has been reported in the Bridlewood neighborhood near Richmond. Authorities closed the neighborhood to non-residents as the damage is being assessed.

Source: http://www.click2houston.com/weather/severe-thunderstorm-warning-issued-for-southeast-texas

Harris County Deputy Has Died While On Duty

A Harris County sheriff's deputy who was found dead in his cruiser late Monday appears to have died of natural causes, according to the sheriff's office and media reports.

The sheriff's office on Tuesday identified the fallen lawman as Senior Deputy T. Faughtenbery, who had served 26 years with the agency.

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A gas station clerk in Crosby noticed the police cruiser idling shortly before midnight Monday and knocked on the windows, KHOU reports. They called 911 and first responders broke the car window to reach the deputy but were unable to resuscitate him. At least 20 police vehicles escorted the fallen deputy to the medical examiner's office just before 3 a.m. Tuesday

Source: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/harris-county-sheriff-s-deputy-dead-natural-causes-10931103.php

Man Shot Teen Breaking Into His Car - Legal Or Not?

What does the law say about a homeowner's right to use deadly force in his or her home?

It's a question that’s being raised again, after a 17-year-old was killed early Sunday morning in Arlington while he attempted to burglarize a car.

According to police, the incident happened around 3 a.m., when a 17-year-old man and another 19-year-old man were caught breaking into a truck on French Wood Drive. The homeowner confronted them with a shotgun.

"At some point during this confrontation, when the suspects were trying to flee, there is a shooting,” said Lt. Chris Cook, with Arlington Police. “One suspect is shot, transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.”

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The homeowner said he feared for his life, according to police. The 19-year-old suspect fled the scene but later turned himself in to police. He was cooperating with an investigation and had not yet been charged.

The homeowner had not been charged either, but Arlington Police are gathering evidence and will hand the case over to the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office to determine whether deadly force was justified.

So what does the law say about the homeowner's right to use force?

"There's lots of misconceptions, but it's really pretty simple. If you believe that your life or your family's life is being threatened, you may use deadly force," said Bryan Proctor, owner and trainer at Go Strapped Firearms Training in Pantego. He also pointed out the law makes exceptions for theft of property at night. Then, he said, deadly force can be authorized.

Source: http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/can-a-homeowner-use-deadly-force-in-their-home/408056901