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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Source: Ideal Conceal