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

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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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