Tuesday, March 7, 2017

10th Grade Student Died At School


Students at Crowley High School were greeted by grief counselors Tuesday after the death of a 10th grade student.

Hailey Cartwright became unresponsive during color guard practice Monday night, the district says. A nurse nearby performed CPR, but the teen died later at the hospital.

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“Crowley ISD is incredibly saddened by this tragedy and the loss of this beautiful, young life,” Dr. Patricia Linares, interim superintendent, said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Hailey’s family, friends and the Crowley ISD staff during this difficult time.”

The district says Cartwright was studying health science at the Bill R. Johnson Career and Technology Education (CTE) Center. She was also enrolled in online classes through the district’s Global Prep Academy.

The cause of Cartwright's death is still under investigation.

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Wildfires Claim 3-Lives In Gray County


At least three people have died in Gray County due to wildfires that began ravaging the land Monday afternoon.

Fires flared up across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle starting Monday around 1:30 p.m. Since then, more than 125,000 acres have burned in the Texas Panhandle. A fire that started near Lefors in Gray County has killed at least three people, according to the Gray County Office of Emergency Management.

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Sandy Martin with the Gray County OEM said the three deaths happened in rural northeast Gray County. The names of those who died have not yet been released by authorities.

The "Dumas Complex" fire, which started in North Amarillo and spread across many counties, is now 75 percent contained, as of 9 a.m. on Tuesday. That fire has burned more than 25,000 acres of land.

Another large fire started near Perryton Monday afternoon. As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, that fire has ravaged the high plains, burning more than 100,000 acres.

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Yes Or No - Should Texas Secede?


In the wake of Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union — nicknamed the "Brexit" — speculation of a Texit on the horizon has cropped up once again. The secessionist movement has a long history in the Lone Star State. Delegates for the Texas Republican Party even recently debated adding secessionist language to the party's platform. But is it actually legal for Texas to leave the United States?

Simply put, the answer is no. Historical and legal precedents make it clear that Texas could not pull off a Texit — at least not legally.

“The legality of seceding is problematic,” said Eric McDaniel, associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. “The Civil War played a very big role in establishing the power of the federal government and cementing that the federal government has the final say in these issues.”

Many historians believe that when the Confederacy surrendered at Appomattox in 1865, the idea of secession was also defeated, according to McDaniel. The Union’s victory set a precedent that states could not legally secede.

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It is also important to note that the European Union is a loose association of compound states with pre-existing protocols for a nation to exit. In contrast, the U.S. Constitution contains procedures for admitting new states into the nation, but none for a state to leave.

Yet the myth that Texas can easily secede persists, in part, because of the state’s history of independence.

Texas declared independence from Mexico in 1836 and spent the next nine years as its own nation. While the young country's leaders first expressed interest in becoming a state in 1836, the Republic of Texas did not join the United States until 1845, when Congress approved the Joint Resolution for Annexing Texas to the United States.

This resolution, which stipulated that Texas could, in the future, choose to divide itself into "New States of convenient size not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas" is often a cause of confusion about the state’s ability to secede. But the language of the resolution is clear: Texas can split itself into five new states. It says nothing of splitting apart from the United States.

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Texas High School Student Died Monday


A student at Crowley High School died after collapsing during an after-school color guard practice Monday night, school administrators say.

Hailey Cartwright, a 10th grade student, was practicing Monday evening at Crowley High School when she "experienced a medical emergency that left her unresponsive," said Anthony Kirchner, Crowley Independent School District spokesman.

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In a news release, Kirchner said a school nurse worked to perform CPR and operated an automated external defibrillator before paramedics arrived.

Cartwright was transported to Texas Health Huguley Hospital where she was pronounced deceased, said Kirchner.

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Child Found, Dad Still Missing In Denton


The information released said two boaters had gone missing along Denton Creek on Monday. Today, as the search resumed, it is now known that one of those missing was a toddler.

Shortly after the search for the missing resumed this morning, just above Lake Grapevine, the Texas Game Warden reported that one of the missing was a child and that the toddler had been found alive, wandering in the woods.

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The search began Monday evening after people reported seeing a boat beached along the creek. There were also personal items, including a cell phone, inside the boat.

Game wardens used sonar to search the creek while a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter and a drone looked from overhead.

Police and firefighters from Trophy Club, Roanoke and Flower Mound are assisting with the search.

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Latest Texas Panhandle Wildfire Evacations


EVACUATIONS: Potter County Judge orders evacuation in area of Highway 136 and Stinnett Rd/ 245, El Rancho Rd and Bertrand Rd and Parsley Road. The Lighthouse Church at Loop 335 and Pavillard is a staging area for evacuees.

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EVACUATIONS: Wheeler County Emergency Management urges residents west of Wheeler and Mobeetie to leave immediately to the east.

EVACUATIONS: Beaver County Emergency Management urges residents of Gate, Oklahoma to evacuate immediately south to Slapout.

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Conroe Woman Raped & Tortured For Hours


An arrest has been made in the case of a woman who was sexually assaulted and tortured in her own Conroe home.

The 44-year-old victim told detectives she was choked, cut, stabbed, sexually assaulted and threatened with death for nearly six hours before being able to escape and contact police from her neighbor's house.

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The attacker broke into the victim's house in the early hours of the morning Wednesday, March 1. He struck the victim over the head with an unknown object that knocked her out. She told authorities that when she came to she found herself tied up with extension cords in her garage. The woman was then able to identify her attacker as an acquaintance, Gregory Kocian, officials say.

The victim tried to get away but failed and was punished with more abuse and torture. Kocian reportedly left the woman's home a little after 6 in the morning, allowing the victim time to escape and contact the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

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