Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cowboys Killed In Panhandle Wildfires

"People in the panhandle and particularly in Gray County, they are so independent," said Sani Martin, the Emergency Management Coordinator for Gray County.

Martin is no stranger to the way of life in the panhandle.

"They are going to take care of what they have and their cattle is their livelihood," Martin said.

That is how Sloan Everett, Sydney Wallace, and Cody Crockett lost their lives on Monday.

We are told they were trying to move cattle away from the wildfires consuming the Franklin Ranch, which is located just north of McLean and is owned by Everett's in-laws.

"It's real rough country," said Crockett's sister Callie said.

"Whenever we tried to get back there we couldn't just with our car, so they were horseback. I guess they were unaware of how bad the fire really was so they got trapped out there," Callie said.

Callie said she could see the smoke from her school and became worried.

She said one of her brother's and her dad were already helping fight the fire, so she called Cody.

"I talked to him about 2:00 or 3:00 and I was trying to make conversation, but he was moving cattle," Callie said.

Crockett never called her back.

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Off-Duty Police Officer Shot And Killed Woman

A woman is dead after an off-duty Galveston police officer shot her on Thursday night, according to officials.

The officer was with his wife and child near 11th Street and Broadway Avenue J around 6 p.m. when he saw a disturbance, police said.

As the officer approached the situation, he saw a woman with a gun, authorities said.

The officer sent his family away and shots were fired, according to reports. Police said it is not clear how many shots were fired or if the woman pointed or fired the gun at the officer.

"To be honest, I don't know if he got that far. The details are still coming in and do to the infancy of the investigation, a lot of that we won't be able to release at this time to make sure the investigation stays pristine," Galveston Police Lt. Joshua Schirard said when asked if the off-duty officer identified himself as an officer beofre shooting the woman.

The woman was struck and taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, officials said.

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500 New Jobs Might Be Coming To San Antonio

Mayor Ivy Taylor confirmed that San Antonio is one of two cities in the running to become home to Hulu's expanded offices, following a meeting local leaders attended in Los Angeles Tuesday.

Hulu is a video streaming service that offers movies, television shows and original content.

“We are always actively pursuing companies throughout the U.S. and the world,” Taylor said. “In this case, we made a pitch for Hulu to expand to San Antonio and bring with it hundreds of good-paying, high tech jobs.”

Taylor's office said a potential deal with Hulu could mean 300 jobs coming to San Antonio in 2017, and up to 500 in the coming years.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, president & CEO of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, and tech industry leaders including David Heard of TechBloc also attended the LA meeting with Hulu.

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Slapped & Threw Trash Can At Police Officer

Odessa police arrested a woman after she slapped and attempted to throw a trashcan at an officer.

Authorities were called out to the Dairy Queen on 1525 South Grant in reference to a disturbance.

Upon arrival, they made contact with one of the people involved.

She was identified as Brandi Ferguson, 31, who told officers to “get away” and threw a trashcan at Corp. Hurley.

The trashcan passed him on his right side as Ferguson ran towards him and swung at him on the left side of his face.

Ferguson was arrested and charged with assault on a public servant.

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Missing Man's Truck Found Submerged In Lake

Authorities said they found a missing Azle man's truck and a body submerged in water in Eagle Mountain Lake Wednesday afternoon.

Azle police said Tarrant Regional Water District police were searching the shallow ends around the lake when they found the truck near the 6500 block of Wells Burnett Road at about 4 p.m.

Police confirmed the truck was owned by 56-year-old Jim Bob Cook, who has been missing since Feb. 8.

"The vehicle itself is intact. It does not appear to be greatly damaged," Azle Police Chief Rick Pippins said. "There's no indication that the vehicle was involved in a crash, other than leaving the parking lot and ending up in the water."

Local, county and state officials — including the Tarrant County Medical Examiner — were at the scene until 11:30 p.m.

"The family of Mr. Cook has been notified," Pippins said. "They have been told his vehicle has been located...and that there's a body inside."

The identity of the body found in the truck has not yet been released.

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Texas JP Could Be Removed From Office

A visiting district judge will hear motions Thursday concerning an effort to have a Killeen justice of the peace removed from office.

Judge Stephen Ables, of the 216th District Court in Kerr County, will hear arguments beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the 169th District Court after that judge recused himself from a lawsuit filed in an attempt to have Judge Claudia Brown from her elected office.

Local attorney Brett Pritchard filed the motion charging Brown with setting unconstitutional bonds after taking office — one of which made news nationwide when she set a $4 billion bond on a Killeen murder suspect.

His bond later was reduced to $150,000.

Pritchard’s petition, filed February 15, says Brown is “grossly incompetent,” and through her incompetence has engaged in official misconduct.”

Brown has denied any wrongdoing but she has said she knows the bond she set for Antonio Willis was unconstitutional.

"I set it as high as I could to illustrate the fact that it's ridiculous how we are railroading people without them even having their constitutional rights to a fair trial to determine if they are guilty or innocent," Brown told the reporter. "Everything in the system is broken."

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Body Found On Campus (Humble ISD)

Deputy constables are investigating a body reportedly found on school grounds in Atascocita.

Officials responded early Thursday to the 5800 block of Upper Lake Drive, east of Humble, at Oaks Elementary School. Humble ISD says classes have been canceled for the day after an unidentified man's body was found on the campus.

According to a statement from the district, it's believed the man committed suicide.

The body was reported shortly after 5 a.m. As of 6 a.m. the investigation was still underway even as workers showed up to open the campus for the day.

Before the news broke, at least one teacher was turned away from the campus and told KHOU 11 News she was told by deputies there was a body on school grounds.

Other Humble ISD schools will have classes as scheduled today.

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Day 4 Of Texas Panhandle Wildfires

Several states are now under a state of emergency as wildfires continue to engulf huge swatches of the Midwestern United States.

While whipping winds and dry conditions continue to fuel the flames, crews who have been battling the blazes in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Kansas for nearly four days say they are making progress.

"These fires are so important that we take our time and have containment lines because of the strong winds behind it. They could easily jump containment lines. Crews are really being diligent and working hard to make sure that doesn't happen," said Like Kanclerz of the Northwest Oklahoma Fire Complex.

At least six people have already died from the fires, including four in the Texas grasslands, where fast moving flames torched their way across the prairie land.

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Texas Trooper Shot Man During Traffic Stop

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was involved in a shooting in Brazoria County, officials say.

DPS troopers said the shooting happened around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday at FM 521 near County Road 24.

According to DPS Sergeant Craig Cummings, a trooper was running radar along FM 521 when he noticed a car speeding.

The trooper pulled the car over and inside was a 22-year-old man who had an outstanding warrant for resisting arrest, officials said.

According to authorities, the man attempted to run, but the trooper caught up to him.

Officials said the man grabbed the trooper's Taser and attempted to shoot him with it, but the trooper pulled his gun and shot the man before he could discharge the Taser.

The trooper was not injured.

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Names Of Dead In Biloxi Bus Crash Released

Officials have identified the four Central Texans killed when a freight train slammed into their tour bus in Biloxi, Mississippi on Tuesday.

According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Peggy Hoffman, 73, and Kenneth Hoffman, 82, of Lockhart died on scene. Clinton Havran, 79, of Sealy also died at the scene. Deborah Orr, 62, of Bastrop died at Merit Health

Biloxi at around 6 p.m. after undergoing surgery.

Kenneth and Peggy Hoffman were Lockhart Lions to the core.

"I sat next to them at home football games," said Susan Bohn, Lockhart ISD Superintendent.

Bohn said together the pair had a combined 85 years in service to the school district. Kenneth Hoffman retired in 1996 after serving as assistant superintendent. Peggy Hoffman was the principal at Plum Creek Elementary and retired in 2002.

"If you weren't taught by Peggy, or if you didn't work with them, or if they weren't in a position of leadership in the district when you worked here ... then your kids were taught by them or your grandkids were," said Bohn.

"The Hoffmans were true pillars of the community here in Lockhart," added Christina Courson, public information officer for Lockhart ISD.

In their small community, the Hoffmans' loss is no small thing.

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Source: KEYETV