Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2-Police Officers Shot In Houston


Two ambulances, escorted by several HPD units, rushed the injured officers to the Texas Medical Center.

One is at Ben Taub with a gunshot wound to the leg. Another bullet grazed him in the back. The other officer is at Memorial Hermann Hospital. There is no word on his condition.

Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted: "On way to officer involved shooting. If you're a person of faith please pray for our officers."

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Police are still looking for at least one suspect.

Dozens of HPD officers, SWAT and K9 units have surrounded a house on Sterlingame. A police helicopter is also circling the area.

Former KHOU 11 employee Scott Spiegel lives on Sterlingame. He came home from work and was told by an officer to stay inside and lock himself in.

Spiegel said he didn't hear any gunshots.

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Car Catches Fire During Test Drive


A green Ford Mustang caught on fire this morning.

Authorities were called out to 1030 N. Grandview in Odessa.

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Police tells us the driver was out for a test drive when he noticed smoke and pulled over, that’s when the car caught on fire.

We’re told car’s engine had been recently replaced.

Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident.

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He's Back - Manziel Returns To Court


Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel appeared Tuesday in a Dallas courtroom.

Heisman trophy winner’s hearing may be related to a plea deal that he reached in connection with a domestic violence case.

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Manziel’s ex-girlfriend said he hit her during a confrontation at a Dallas hotel last year.

Manziel, a Texas A&M alum, agreed to a plea deal in December that would dismiss the charges if he sought counseling and treatment within a year.

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I-20 Eastbound Closed Near Tyler


The inside eastbound lane of Interstate 20 near the exit for Barber Road has been temporarily closed due to a diesel fuel spill on Tuesday.

The Hazmat crew and the Winona Fire Department is cleaning 50 gallons of fuel off the road, according to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.

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Around 9:30 a.m., emergency crews responded to the call of an 18-wheeler leaking fluid on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes.

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Man To Be Deported For The 8th Time


Officers detained a 32-year-old Mexican man on Thursday and want to deport him for the eighth time.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained Gabriel Nevares Vega, 32, of Alamo at the Hidalgo County jail on Thursday, according to the federal criminal complaint against him.

"Record checks revealed the defendant was formally removed from the United States to Mexico for the seventh (7th) time on October 11, 2016 via the Laredo, Texas Port of Entry," according to the criminal complaint.

About four months later, immigration officers discovered Vega had crossed the border again — and been booked at the county jail.

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"The defendant claims to have illegally re-entered the United States on or about January 25, 2017 by wading the Rio Grande River at or near Hidalgo, Texas," according to the criminal complaint.

Vega pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily injury-family violence, a Class A misdemeanor, on Feb. 22, according to Hidalgo County court records.

Hidalgo County Court at Law Judge Omar Maldonado sentenced Vega to time served. Jailers turned him over to immigration officers the next day.

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I-40 Bridge In Amarillo To Be Torn Down


A fatal semi truck crash Monday morning caused major damage to the bridge at I-40 and Bushland Road. Due to the damage, the bridge will have to be torn down and rebuilt.

The Potter County Sheriff's Office said on their Facebook page, the westbound overpass is what will need to be torn down. North or southbound traffic will not be allowed under the underpass until further notice.

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According to PCSO, I-40 westbound traffic will need to exit at Arnot Road and travel along the service road on the north side of I-40. The access road will become a one-way street until traffic can merge back onto I-40.

Traffic on the north side of I-40 that needs to get to the south side will have to travel down Atkisson Road to cross over. That traffic will be able to come back down the service road to Bushland Road.

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Candle Light Vigil For A&M Kingsville Students


Texas A&M Kingsville will be holding a candle light vigil for two students killed in a weekend crash.

19-year-old Oscar Fuentes and 23-year-old Ebenezer Oloba were killed in an accident Saturday night.

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They were returning from a student conference in College Station when their car ran off HWY 77 near Refugio.

The vehicle plunged into the San Antonio river. Both students died at the scene of the crash.

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Do You Favor Wrongful Birth Bill?


A "wrongful birth" bill prohibiting parents from suing doctors after their child is born with severe disabilities has begun advancing in the Texas Legislature.

The State Affairs Committee heard the measure Monday, sparking emotional testimony from those for and against it.

In 1975, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that parents were entitled to damages covering the extra cost of raising a child with disabilities after doctors failed to fully inform them about problems with the pregnancy.

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Anti-abortion advocates applauded the bill. Its sponsor, Republican Sen. Brandon Creighton of Conroe, said patients could still sue for negligence, but could no longer hold doctors liable for delivering disabled children.

Opponents warned of dire, unintended consequences, saying Creighton's bill lets physicians opposed to abortion "lie to" and "impose their own morality on" patients.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

2 Escape - 3 Killed In Murder Suicide


Van Zandt County law enforcement officers have cleared the scene of a deadly shooting Monday night.

Officials say that three people were fatally shot in a home in the 1500 block of FM 314 near Van.

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Van Zandt County Investigator Jake Smith said that two females and one male are dead in the shooting. All are members of the same family. Smith said that it appears the male used a handgun to shoot the females before turning the gun on himself. The bodies were found in different rooms inside the house, Smith added.

Smith also said that a woman and her juvenile daughter, also members of the same family, were able to escape the home and call 9-1-1 when the shooting was taking place.

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Beware - Rattlesnakes Are Out Early


This winter has been unseasonably warm not just for us humans, but also rattlesnakes.

On average, one to two people in Texas die each year from venomous snake bites according to Texas Health and Human Services. But that’s with a typical winter.

This year, it’s been unseasonably warm causing those snakes to get out and enjoy the sun a bit earlier.

“We’ve been as high here as 98-degrees in the county in the past couple of weeks and we’ve had lots of 80-degree days and that is kind of ideal temperature for snakes to start moving out of their dens,” said Texas A&M Agrilife’s Donley County extension agent Leonard Haynes.

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“It has been warmer and we’ve killed more rattlesnakes this winter than I’ve ever seen,” said ranch hand Johnny Hill.

Hill said he and his boss have killed more than a dozen rattlesnakes just over the past several months.

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Stafford Woman Shot/Killed After Crash


A mother died after being shot inside her vehicle just after 9 p.m. Monday night.

Police said the woman was with her husband and their baby at a Walmart in Stafford.

Shortly after, the family was involved in a hit-and-run accident.

The family's SUV was hit and the driver of the other car took off.

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The family decided to follow the vehicle to a parking lot on Murphy Road near UP 59 when someone in the suspect vehicle fired shots.

The woman, sitting in her vehicle, was hit and died on her way to hospital.

Houston police and Stafford police are investigating, and say the suspect vehicle involved in the hit-and-run and shooting matched the description of a vehicle taken during a carjacking earlier in the evening.

They are looking for a green Jeep Commander with several men inside.

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DHS - ICE Arrest Texas Property Owner


On February 21, 2017, Homeland Security Investigations (DHS) joined with U.S. Border Patrol and Refugio Police Department to execute four separate search warrants at various properties in Refugio, Texas. The operation resulted in the arrest and charges brought against the owner of some of the investigated properties, identified by court documents as Alfredo Plascencia-Leon.

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The raid was conducted after a yearlong investigation and involved four federal search warrants as part of a criminal investigation, according to reports from law enforcement. However, during execution of the search warrants, agents encountered multiple individuals who, according to court documents, readily admitted to being present in the United States illegally.

DHS detained the individuals identified as being in the country illegally. None gave any exculpatory statements regarding the case.

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Trump Drops Challege To Texas Voter ID Law


An attorney for a voting rights group said Monday that President Donald Trump's administration said that the federal government no longer plans to challenge Texas' strict voter ID law.

Danielle Lang, of the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center, said the Justice Department informed plaintiffs in the case that it will be filing documents to formally drop its opposition to the Texas law. She called the decision an "extraordinary disappointment."

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"It's a complete 360," said Lang, the center's deputy director of voting rights. "We can't make heads or tails of any factual reason for the change. There has been no new evidence that's come to light."

The move marks a stark reversal under new Attorney General Jeff Sessions from the Obama White House, which joined a lawsuit against Texas in 2013. The Justice Department didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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Body Of Missing Houston Nurse Found


The body of a missing St. Luke's Hospital nurse has been found more than a week after he vanished.

Deputies say a man was walking his dog Saturday at the 2800 block of Hirschfield when he saw a body of a man under some debris.

An autopsy confirmed that it was the body of 44-year-old Glenser, also known as Glenn, Soliman.

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Loved ones handed out flyers in hopes of finding Soliman after he and his car went missing. Family members filed a missing person's report with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office on Feb. 16.

Relatives said nothing was disturbed at Soliman's Spring home.

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Inmate Charged With Capital Murder Of Guard


The inmate accused of killing a Correctional Officer at an Abilene prison in July of 2016 has been indicted.

A Jones County Grand Jury indicted Dillion Gage Compton, 21, on a Capital Murder charge Friday in connection to the death of Officer Marianne Johnson.

Officer Johnson was found unresponsive in the kitchen area of the French Robertson Unit in Abilene around 3:00 a.m. the morning of July 16, 2016.

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A press release says Compton, "who was assigned to the kitchen area, allegedly attacked Officer Johnson when she entered a storage area near the kitchen."

The TDCJ says Compton was serving time at the French Robertson Unit in Abilene after he was convicted on an Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child Under the Age of 14 charge issued out of Dallas County in December of 2011.

Compton is no longer in the French Robertson Unit and is being held in maximum security at an undisclosed location.

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Major Accident Closed I-20 Near Marshall


At least four people including the driver of an 18-wheeler are in the hospital after a major wreck on Interstate 20 in Harrison County on Monday.

According to the Department of Public Safety, sometime before 7a.m., a driver of an 18-wheeler for WLR drove off the road into a median near mile Marker 617, about a mile west of the U.S. Highway 59 exit on I-20.

The driver attempted to get back on the road causing the 18-wheeler to overturn and snarled up with eight other vehicles.

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According to Jean Dark with DPS, the semi-trailer was loaded with plywood which multiple passenger cars crashed while attempting to avoid the hazard.

Officials estimate that all westbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for several hours until the scene in cleared.

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Trader Joe's Apple Sauce Recall


Trader Joe's says they are voluntarily recalling some of their Unsweetened Apple Sauce due to concerns over the potential presence of glass pieces in the product.

The company says the following products with the "BEST BEFORE" date codes from August 8th, 2018 through December 16th, 2018 may contain pieces of glass. The recall includes:

Trader Joe's First Crush Unsweetened Gravenstein Apple Sauce, barcode 0001590, sold in ALL STORES.

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Trader Joe's Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce, barcode 00194877, sold in ALL STORES.

Trader Joe's All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce, barcode 00014359, sold in stores ONLY in AL, AZ, CA, CO, ID, LA, NV, NM, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA.

Company leaders are urging anybody who bought products with the affected codes to throw it away or return it to the store for a full refund.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fort Worth Remembers Native Son Bill Paxton


Community members and friends reacted to the death of actor Bill Paxton, a Fort Worth native, saying the actor known for titles such as "Apollo 13" and "Titanic" always remembered his Texas roots.

Fort Worth businessman Steve Murrin was a close family friend of the Paxtons and watched Bill grow up.

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A family representative issued a statement Sunday on the death but provided no further details. The 61-year-old actor died from complications related to surgery.

"Bill was a kind guy and a dear friend," Murrin said. He added that Paxton’s packed schedule prevented him from returning often, but he always held his Texas ties tight.

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Should Texas Raise The Legal Smoking Age To 21?


The Texas Medical Association claims that 90 percent of smokers began when they were 19 or younger. That’s a key factor driving them to support a new bill in the Texas Legislature that would raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

Historically, the Texas legislature doesn’t like to tell Texans what they can buy or sell. But lawmakers will debate whether to make the sale and use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes the same as alcohol, 21.

“In Texas, it kills more than AIDS, crack, heroine, cocaine, alcohol, car accidents, fire, murder and suicide combined, and it’s entirely preventable,” said Austin Dr. Phil Huang says those health concerns take a toll on the state budget.

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A new House Interim Report on Public Health highlighted chronic disease caused by smoking as a major driver of taxpayer funded healthcare costs. It vastly outweighs the amount Texas takes in taxes on cigarettes.

Two powerful Houston lawmakers are now taking the issue on; chair of the Senate Committee over most state-issues Sen. Joan Huffman, R – Houston, and the top House budget writer Rep. John Zerwas, R – Richmond, are authors of the bill.

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Car Crashed Into Houston PD Cruiser


A Houston police officer was injured Sunday after a suspect crashed into a police cruiser during a chase on North Freeway, police said.

The incident was reported at 4:55 p.m. in the 11300 block of Aldine Bender Road and Interstate 45 North Freeway.

Police were responding to an aggravated robbery in the 17000 block of Imperial Valley Drive when the suspect fled in a vehicle and led them on a chase, officials said. During the pursuit, the suspect crashed into a police officer's cruiser, police said.

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The suspect jumped out of the vehicle and ran, but was soon arrested, police said.

The officer in the cruiser was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

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2-Texas A&M Kingsville Students Killed


Two A&M Kingsville students were killed when their car plunged off a bridge into a river below.

According to Texas State Troopers, the car went off Highway 77 where it crosses the San Antonio river on Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m.

Because of unsafe condition on the river, divers had to wait until Sunday to remove the car from the water.

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Divers from the Aransas Pass Police Department assisted Texas Parks & Wildlife and the DPS dive team to pull the vehicle from the river.

One of the passengers has been Identified as 19-year-old Oscar Felipe Fuentes. Troops are further investigating the crash at this time.

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Man Drives Car Off 7-Story Parking Garage


A car crashed off a parking garage near Kirby and Richmond in Houston Sunday afternoon falling seven stories onto another building.

The driver described as a young man, was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

A strip of businesses was evacuated due to fears of the roof's structural integrity, firefighters said.

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It's not clear what caused the young man to drive through a wall on the parking garage.

After the crash firefighters said the man let himself out of the car, which was partially through the ceiling.

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One Dead After Being Pulled From Burning Car


One man died in deadly crash in El Paso’s lower valley Saturday night, police say.

The El Paso Police Department said the Special Traffic Investigations Unit was called out to a crash at the intersection of Gateway Boulevard East at Giles Road at 9:44 p.m.

Investigators said the driver of a 2009 Dodge Ram was traveling east on Gateway Boulevard in the mandatory left turn lane approaching Giles Road.

Investigators said a 2008 Honda Accord, driven Maria Echavrria, 66, was in the middle lane making a left turn northbound onto Giles Road.

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That’s when authorities said the driver of the Ram failed to make the mandatory left turn and struck the Accord.

Police said the Ram then crashed into a signal light pole and caught fire.

Authorities said passers-by pulled the driver from the burning vehicle, but he died at the scene.

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Judge Joseph Wapner (97) Has Passed Away


Judge Joseph Wapner, of the popular reality television program "The People's Court," died at age 97 on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles, California, according to his son, Los Angeles County Judge Fred Wapner. He died of natural causes.

The famed judge taped more than 2,000 episodes of "The People's Court" during his 12-year tenure on the program, inspiring decades of similar courtroom shows, including "Judge Judy" and "Judge Joe Brown."

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Prior to stardom, Wapner graduated with both his undergraduate degree in 1941 and his law degree in 1948 from the University of Southern California, and served in the US Army as a lieutenant. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in World War II.

"He is a man of the greatest honor and integrity that anybody has ever met, and he certainly passed that down to both of us," said David Miron-Wapner, another of the late judge's two sons.

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Security Officer Killed At Subway Restaurant


A robbery in Killeen turned fatal early Sunday morning.

Killeen Police responded to the Subway Restaurant located at 1100 Old FM 440 on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 3:42am, after receiving a 911 call about a robbery.

Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male victim with a gunshot wound; he was immediately transported to the Baylor Scott & White Hospital and later died from his injuries sustained.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect entered the restaurant wearing a ski mask. The Texas Commissioned Security Officer on duty approached the suspect and words were exchanged. During the verbal altercation, the security guard was fatality wounded.

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The suspect is described as a stocky black male, approximately 5’6” tall, wearing a dark gray sweatshirt, black shorts with red and white trim and white tennis shoes.

There were a few citizens and employees in the restaurant and no other injuries were reported.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division Homicide Unit are asking anyone who has information about this homicide to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online anonymously at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.

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Woman Drives Car Into H.E.B. Store


An elderly woman accidently drove her car into the enterance of a Northwest Side HEB Sunday morning.

The accident happened just before 10:30 a.m. at the HEB on Fredericksburg and West Hildebrand Ave.

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Police said the elderly woman accidently hit the gas instead of the brake and drove into the entrance area of the HEB.

Thankfully, she hit one of the pillars design to stop vehicles from going through the front door.

No inuries were reported. No word on if any charges will be filed.

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Shots Fired At Oak Cliff Police Substation


An investigation is underway into shots fired outside a Dallas police substation in east Oak Cliff.

It happened around 5:19 a.m. Sunday at the Dallas Police South Central Patrol Substation at 1999 E. Camp Wisdom Road, near Simpson Stuart Road.

There was property damage but no officers in the area were hurt, police said.

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The officer parked in front of the building saw muzzle flashes but did not see the suspect's vehicle.

Investigators were seen Sunday morning taking photos and picking up shell casings.

The Crime Scene Response Unit spent Sunday morning collecting evidence.

Eastbound and westbound lanes of Camp Wisdom Road are blocked in the area as of 9:15 a.m.

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Native Texan Bill Paxton (Age 61) Has Passed Away


Emmy-winning actor Bill Paxton died due to complications from surgery, PEOPLE confirms.

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a family representative said in a statement. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”

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The Texas native, who won an Emmy for his work in the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys, began acting in the 1970s. His earliest acting credits include minor roles in blockbusters such as Terminator (1984) and Aliens (1986).

Paxton’s notable performances include playing Morgan Earp in Tombstone (1993), Fred Haise in Apollo 13 (1995), the lead role in the 1996 hit Twister and as treasure hunter Brock Lovett in Titanic (1997).

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Very Sick Young Texas Girl Needs Your Prayers


The nightmare for 15-year-old Morgan Larance's family started with just the flu. Larance's mom, Jennifer Kimbro, says her daughter had a 104 degree fever, so she took her to the ER, where she was treated and released. Days later, Kimbro found her daughter unresponsive at home.

“She was still breathing but she was unresponsive. She never woke up since until this week,” said Kimbro.

Larance was flown to cook children's in Fort Worth. For weeks, the family didn't know what was causing Larance's illness until doctors diagnosed her with a rare brain infection called Acute Necrotizing Encephalopathy. Doctors told the family to prepare for the worst.

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“I tell her look, the doctors don't believe you can do this Morgan, so we gotta show them.” Said her father, Michael Larance, “We're going to walk out those front doors so you just keep fighting, baby.

The disease has wreaked havoc on Larance's body, partially collapsing one of her lungs and causing her to lose control of some of her limbs.

“This is really rare. It's something that a medical team will see once in their career,” said Dr. Cedric Spak, with Baylor, Scott & White Hospital in Fort Worth. Dr. Spak is a consultant for infectious diseases, he is not working on Larance’s case, but says the flu can sometimes have more serious complications, where it attacks different parts of the body.

“When it attacks the brain, the virus actually causes a malfunction in the immune system, and the immune system then attacks the brain tissue as well,” said Dr. Spak.

As Larance fights her way through this disease, her family just wants to warn other parents to take the warning signs of a typical flu seriously.

“Don't ignore the headache. If your child has the flu and they say they have a splitting headache, especially on girls where like the ponytail goes, you just bring them here,” said Jennifer Kimbro.

The family doesn’t know the extent of the damage the disease has done, but says Morgan is somewhat conscious and responsive.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with medical expenses.

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Should Texas Allow The Poisoning Of Wild Hogs?


Texas is letting slip the dogs of chemical warfare in its long-running and, so far, losing battle against a horde of as many as 3 million feral hogs that are wreaking environmental, ecological and economic havoc across the state.

That escalation is triggering skirmishes over questions of possible collateral damage to native wildlife sharing the landscape with the invasive swine and concerns about possible effects on hundreds of thousands of Texans who annually shoot or trap, then butcher and eat, more than 750,000 feral hogs killed in Texas.

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At a Feb. 21 news conference in Austin, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced the agency had issued a rule that would allow Kaput Feral Hog Bait, a pesticide containing the anticoagulant warfarin as its active ingredient, to be used in the control of feral hogs. The emergency rule, issued Feb. 6, makes Texas the first and, so far, only state to adopt regulations allowing the use of a lethal toxicant - poison - to control the invasive swine.

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12 Injured When Vehicle Plowed Into Crowd In New Orleans Tonight



Police say 12 people were injured when a vehicle plowed into a crowd watching the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans.

The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/2lWHQCg ) reports the crash was reported Saturday at about 6:45 p.m.

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New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman Ambria Washington says that "initial reports show so far that about a dozen people are in critical condition."

She says that number could increase as the investigation continues.

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Easy To Make Frito Pie Recipe


Ingredients
1 large bag of FRITOS® Original Corn Chips
1 15-ounce can of chili with beef (with or without beans), heated
1 8-ounce bag of shredded cheese
Optional: chopped onion, tomatoes, lettuce, jalapeños and/or sour cream

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Instructions
In an oven-safe serving dish, pour in FRITOS® Original Corn Chips and spread evenly.
Heat chili and pour evenly over corn chips.
Add additional ingredients like onion, tomato, lettuce, and jalapeño as desired.
Sprinkle cheese all over and pop into the oven at 350 degrees till the cheese is a little melted.
Serve immediately.

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Huge Chicken Fried Steaks At Kendall's In Noble, OK


Kendall's is a family owned restaurant serving home style cooking for over 30 years. In order to keep our prices as affordable as possible we do not take credit or debit cards. We do accept checks. Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.

Kendall's is a family owned restaurant located at 100 S. Main in downtown Noble, Oklahoma..just 3 miles south of Norman on Hiway 77. We reside in a building that is over 100 years old and serve home style cooking with recipes passed down from our family. We love what we do and hope you do too.

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Help Catch This Murder Suspect - Please Share


Last Wednesday night a Houston teenager---18 year-old Javier Flores---was killed during a robbery of a subway while trying to protect his mother.

Two men came into the store where Flores and his mother both work. One of the robbers pulled out a gun and pointed it his mother. Flores' placed himself between his mother and the gunman, resulting in him suffering from a gun shot wound to the neck which killed him shortly thereafter.

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Houston Police have increased the reward for any information that leads to the arrest of both robbers to $40,000. A composite sketch has been released of one of the men along with security footage of the two.

The two men escaped with nothing to show for except blood on their hands. Other local media reports the same robbers held up another subway that same night.

Flores' father said in a press conference that Flores was preparing to graduate high-school this year and enlist into the Marine Corps.

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Public Intoxication Arrest: OU Quarterback Baker Mayfield


Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was arrested and booked early Saturday morning for public intoxication.

He faces one felony and two misdemeanor charges following an incident in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

According to the Fayetteville Police Department’s arrest report, Mayfield was picked up for public intoxication at 2:56 a.m. and cited for misdemeanor disorderly conduct, felony fleeing the scene, and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

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His hearing is set for Monday, at which point information on his arrest will be released, meaning he could spend the weekend in jail depending on Washington County procedures.

Oklahoma issued a brief statement Saturday morning, noting only that it was aware of the incident. Exactly what actions OU will take moving forward are not yet known -- as are the details of the incident.

Mayfield has started the last two seasons at Oklahoma, throwing for nearly 4,000 yards with 46 touchdowns (six rushing) and eight interceptions in 2016 as a Heisman finalist. Heading into the ‘17 season, Mayfield is one of the early leaders to win the Heisman at 13/2 odds. He was recently granted an additional year of eligibility.

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Body Found Submerged In Austin's Barton Creek


Police are investigating after a body was found in Zilker Park Saturday morning.

APD said they received a call around 10:12 a.m. reporting the body of a deceased male in Barton Creek. The body was found submerged in water near the hike and bike trail in Zilker Park at 2210 William Barton Drive.

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The body is a Hispanic male who appears to be in his 30s. His identity will not be released at this time.

APD said there are no signs of foul play and they do not believe there is any threat to the public.

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8-Year-Old Girl Shot/Killed After Traffic Accident


An 8-year-old girl was shot to death after a crash on West Fuqua Street near Sam Houston Parkway, police said.

Police started their preliminary investigation along with homicide detectives around 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

Officials said a white Pontiac Grand Prix and a dark four-door sedan were speeding down West Fuqua Street.

The speeding Pontiac collided into a Honda Accord carrying Latoyia Thomas and her 8-year-old daughter De'Maree Adkins, who were traveling through the intersection of the Sam Houston Parkway feeder and Fuqua Street, according to authorities.

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After the crash, the drivers of the two speeding cars exited their vehicles and began firing shots.

Authorities said it is unclear if they were shooting at each other or if they were intentionally firing shots into the Honda.

Police said Adkins, who was sitting in the back seat of the Honda was hit and killed by the shots fired.

According to police, the driver of the Pontiac jumped into the four-door sedan and fled the scene.

Police said they are searching for the dark four-door sedan and the driver of the Pontiac.

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Lubbock Arrest: Intoxication Manslaughter


The Lubbock Police Department is investigating an early morning fatal crash that occurred at the intersection of 34th Street and Indiana Avenue. Around 2:40 a.m. this morning, officers responded to the intersection where 30-year-old Maggie Davidson was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Accident investigators were immediately called, and through their initial investigation it appears Davidson was driving a passenger car westbound on 34th Street and traveled through a green light at the intersection of Indiana.

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As she crossed into the intersection, 32-year-old Shani Nichols failed to stop at a red light northbound on Indiana Avenue. Nichols’ SUV then collided with Davidson’s car.

During the course of the investigation Nichols was arrested and is now charged with Intoxication Manslaughter.

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Source: Everything Lubbock

Friday, February 24, 2017

Missing Person: 16-Year-Old Texan Melanie Villarreal


The family of 16-year-old Melanie Villarreal is desperate to find her.

"This morning I couldn't get myself out of my car because I know she's not home, and I just sat in my car for an hour and a half.

Patricia Castillo says her only daughter Melanie who just turned 16 earlier this morning has been missing since February 14th.

Villarreal was last seen on Valentine's Day night at her home along FM 464 in Seguin.

"She doesn't go nowhere, I mean not like this. My daughter could be in danger, " Castillo went on to say,.

At this time the Seguin Police Department is investigating Villarreal's disappearance, and officers are looking for leads.

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"We're at the point right now in the investigation where we're asking the public for assistance," said Officer Carlos Contreras, a spokesperson for the department.

Seguin PD has also turned to social media for tips.

"I just want my daughter home", added Castillo.

Villarreal has brown hair and lights brown eyes, she's 5'1 and weighs 143 pounds.

Contreras says Villarreal may be in the New Braunfels, San Marcos, or San Antonio area.

If you see Villarreal police want to hear from you.

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Source: News 4 San Antonio

5-Alarm Fire Burning Friday Night In Balch Springs Texas


Investigators say about 6:15 p.m. Friday they got a call from an employee at a pallet store in Balch Springs reporting a fire.

At this time they don't know where the fire originated, but it quickly spread to two neighboring auto shops.

Those businesses are damaged and the power company is a total loss.

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This situation is escalating to a five alarm fire tonight. Investigators say one of the challenges is because the Meadowood they had a hard time getting to the pallet store.

They've had to bring in ladder trucks to attack the fire. They say right now the fire is mostly contained within dealing with is a lot of Burning wood.

Investigators say inspections were done at the Powell store last year and a lot of work has been done to get the place under compliance.

The fire marshal says this year's inspection has not yet been done.

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Source: WFAA-TV

Former Kilgore ISD Superintendent Arrested On Prostitution Charges


Longview police arrested four men on prostitution charges on Thursday night.

Police arrested Armando Rodríguez Sánchez, 35, of Gilmer; Jerry B. Roberts, 64, of Longview; Nathaniel Kelly Wright Jr., 72, of Longview; and Johnny Ford, 34, of Longview.

Roberts was a former Kilgore ISD superintendent from 1993 to 2007.

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According to Texas Association of School Boards Inc., Roberts previously served as principal and assistant principal at Kilgore High School, as well as assistant middle school principal, counselor, and teacher.

"We’re aware of the arrest, we’re looking into it. It’s our policy not to discuss personnel matters," said Barbara Williams with the TASB.

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Source: KLTV

Fire Department Called To Waco Whataburger


The Whataburger near Waco’s Richland Mall was closed for a short time Friday morning after smoke filled the building.

Firefighters were sent at around 7:55 a.m. to the Whataburger on Waco Drive at Loop 340 after a caller reported the building was filling with smoke.

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When the first units arrived they found the employees and customers had evacuated the building.

Firefighters didn’t find a fire but did locate a failed blower motor that caused the smoke.

No one was injured and the restaurant had re-opened by about 9 a.m.

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Source: KWTX

Maegan Hembree From Smyer Still Missing After 4-Years


Sunday will mark four years since Smyer-native Maegan Hembree went missing.

Maegan, 30 at the time, was last seen at 6:30 p.m. on February 26, 2013 driving her red two-door Saturn from her home in Smyer, Texas to visit a friend in Lubbock, but she never arrived.

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According to officials, Maegan was last seen with Michael Todd Ramsey, a man she had reportedly met just a few months earlier.

Three days after Maegan went missing, officials say they found Ramsey with Maegan's car. Ramsey was taken into custody and questioned multiple times about the case, but no charges relating to this case have been filed.

Maegan is 4'11 and weighs 120 pounds. She has dark blonde hair and green eyes. She has a large Houston Astros logo tattoo on the back of her neck, and a tattoo on her lower left leg. She was last seen wearing pajama pants and a hooded sweatshirt.

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Source: KCBD

Watch Out For Scammers After San Antonio Tornado


As cleanup efforts continue in parts of the city hit by Sunday’s tornadoes, District one councilman Roberto Trevino is warning residents about scammers offering cleanup services.

The councilman says scammers are scaring residents by telling them the city will cite them if they don't get debris removed from their property.

Councilman Trevino says that's not true.

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“We are not citing anybody in the area, we know that it is incredibly vulnerable. It is bad enough as it is, we are there to help them. We are out there. We are going to cite those that are doing that. We are going to cite those out there trying to scam those residents,” Trevino said.

Councilman Trevino says the city has caught some of the scammers.

He says the city will prosecute anyone committing fraud and will cite anyone working without a license.

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Source: KEYETV

JC Penney Closing 140 Store Locations


JCPenney plans to shut down as many as 140 stores in the next few months, the retailer announced.

According to CNN, the department store chain did not disclose how many jobs would be cut, but it said it is also offering early retirement to 6,000 full-time employees.

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The company said it expects a net increase in hiring, even counting the job cuts from closed stores.

The store closings are expected to start by the end of June, and the locations will be revealed by March.

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Source: ABC13

New Concealed Pistol Shaped Like Cell Phone


The best gun is always the one you have with you.

In today’s day and age, carrying a concealed pistol has become a necessity. But what if you didn’t have to conceal?

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That’s where Ideal Conceal comes in. Smartphones are EVERYWHERE, so your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment. In its locked position it will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight. ~ Always check your State and local concealment laws. ~

No one wants to be in a dreadful situation that may require you to defend yourself with the use of deadly force. Yet as the old adage goes: “It’s better to have a gun and not need one, than to need a gun and not have one”.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Major Range Fire Thursday In Texas Panhandle


Nearly 7,500 acres, three structures and a fence were destroyed on Thursday as fires raged across the Texas Panhandle.

More than 7,000 acres have burned in a fire in Oldham County, according to the Texas A&M Forestry Service. As of 7:45 p.m., this fire was zero percent contained and 150 homes were being threatened.

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A fire caused by residents cooking out on a grill left a family without a home. All of their belongings were lost in the fire as well. This fire, which started around 2:30 p.m., happened on Windrock Street off Rockwell Road in Randall County.

Flames and smoke could be seen from beyond the highway as the blaze burned three structures, including the home. Several agencies responded to the fire, which continued to spread due to high wind gusts. The fire was out by about 4:30 p.m., with a few hot spots still being treated.

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Source: ABC7AMARILLO

McLennan County Sheriff Invited To Oscar Show


Going to the Oscars is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and it’s one Parnell McNamara and his wife Charlotte will get to have.

Although he’s not technically nominated, McLennan County’s Sheriff inspired the movie “Hell or High Water” which is up for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor.

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But in order to go, this quintessential Texas Sheriff has to trade in his Wranglers for a tuxedo.

"I gotta wear a tux, gotta wear my black boots, and my hat,” said Mr. McNamara.

His badge will also be donned, no doubt.

McNamara and his wife Charlotte got an invite, not for the role he played in the movie, but for the role he played in Texas law enforcement decades before the film ever existed.

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Source: KWTX

Aikman - Smith - Irwin - Will Host First Ever 90's Reunion


Dallas Cowboys Legend Troy Aikman made a big announcement Thursday.

Aikman revealed he'll host the 25th Anniversary of the Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Champions," and that all proceeds will benefit the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

Dallas Cowboys fans will never forget how enjoyable the '90s were. Neither will the iconic players from those Super Bowl years.

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“It’s one thing to celebrate an accomplishment, but really the reason these guys are coming back are because of the friendships and relationships that were made during those years," said Troy Aikman.

Saturday, the Cowboys legend will host the first ever star-studded reunion of the Dallas Cowboys from the three Super Bowl championships that took place in 1992, 1993 and 1995.

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Source: WFAA

Please Share: Murder Suspect In Houston Subway Robbery


A teen worker was shot and killed in front of his mom during an armed robbery at a Subway restaurant Wednesday evening, police in southeast Houston say.

Police released a sketch of one of the wanted suspects Thursday afternoon. The suspect is described as a black man, 5'10" with a slim build. Police believe the suspect described is the shooter.

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Family members have since identified the victim as Javier Flores, a student at Chavez High School.

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