Friday, March 10, 2017

Gander Mountain Closing 10 Texas Stores

On Friday, Gander Mountain filed for bankruptcy, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The Lubbock store is one of the company's 10 stores closing in Texas.

Gander Mountain hopes to attract a buyer as they lower their operating costs as part of its restructuring.

The company expects to submit the winning bid to the bankruptcy court in Minnesota, in early May, for approval and expects the sale to be complete by May 15.

The Dallas Morning News reports the 10 stores in Texas closing are: Houston, Killeen, Laredo, Lubbock, Round Rock, San Antonio, Sugar Land, Texarkana, Waco, West Houston.

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Baby's Death In Upshur County Likely Homicide

Preliminary findings of an autopsy released Thursday show the March 2 death of an Upshur County boy who would have celebrated his first birthday Saturday is believed to be a homicide caused by "blunt force injuries of the head."

According to a report from the Sheriff's office, the child was found injured at a home in the 700 block of Farm-to-Market Road 2088 and was rushed to a hospital in Pittsburg. The child later died from his injuries.

However, Upshur County Sheriff Larry Webb said his office's investigation into the death of Armani Troy Berrospe is continuing as authorities are awaiting the full official autopsy report to make sure the death was a homicide rather than accidental. He said he did not know when it would be issued.

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Source: CBS19

Store Clerk Killed Robber In Houston

Two alleged robbers got into a shootout with a clerk at a convenience store in east Houston late Thursday.

The 55-year-old clerk was wounded and one of the suspects was shot dead. A second suspect fled the scene and it is unknown if he was shot. Police released surveillance images of the wanted second suspect.

According to HPD, the case will be referred to a Harris County grand jury.

It happened at about 9:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Uvalde near Indianapolis. The wounded clerk was rushed to the hospital and is in critical condition.

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Source: KHOU

Body Of Missing Boater Has Been Found

Game wardens confirm they have found the body of a boater who went missing earlier this week.

Game Warden Clifford Swofford says the body of Matthew Meinert was recovered just before 6 p.m. Friday from Denton Creek. His body was found near the bank a short distance downstream from where the boat was located.

Meinert and his 2-year-old son Oliver went missing Monday night after they did not come home from a fishing trip in Lake Grapevine.

The little boy was found safe Tuesday morning when searchers returned to search the area. Despite spending the night alone in the elements, he was okay and was reunited with his mother.

Investigators still don’t know what happened. Meinert was described as an avid fisherman. His wife received a picture of the two of them smiling shortly before they went missing.

An autopsy will determine Meinert's cause of death. Foul play is not suspected.

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Teen Charged With Cypress Capital Murder

A teen girl has been charged in a fatal shooting that happened in the parking lot of a Cypress movie theater New Year’s Day, according to court documents.

Court documents showed that Faith Deleon, 17, was charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting death of Danny Barron, 18.

Barron and another person were shot in a car that was parked about 30 yards away from the entrance of the Studio Movie Grill at 8580 State Highway 6 North.

According to court documents, Deleon told investigators that she arranged a meeting with Barron at the request of a friend, who is 16 years old. She said that her friend said he wanted to rob a drug dealer because he needed some new clothes.

Deleon told investigators that she and her friend drove to the movie theater, where Barron and another person were waiting outside a car, according to the documents. She said Barron told her and her friend to get into the back seat of the car so they could conduct the drug deal. She said that Barron handed her a gram of marijuana, and she asked Barron where the rest of it was. She said that her friend then pulled out a gun. She said that Barron tried to get out of the vehicle, but her friend grabbed Barron by his shirt and shot him twice in the back. She said Barron ran from the vehicle, and her friend then shot the person with Barron in the face.

According to the documents, Deleon told investigators that she and her friend then ran back to their vehicle, where her friend threatened her if she told anyone about the shooting.

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Man Died Trying To Break Into Homes

Police said a man has died after trying to break into several homes in a southwest Fort Worth neighborhood Friday morning.

Fort Worth police said they started receiving calls from residents in the 3000 block of Country Creek Lane about a man banging on doors demanding to get inside at about 3 a.m.

The man broke out a window at a house and was chased away by the homeowner, according to police. He then went to the house next door and broke another window.

Police said the man sustained a severe cut at some point, causing him to collapse in a front yard and bleed to death. His body was found when police arrived at the scene.

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Source: NBCDFW

Woman Swept Away By Flood Waters

Emergency crews with several agencies worked together to search for a woman presumed to have been swept away by flood waters in Guadalupe County early Friday morning.

According to the Cibolo Police Department, they initially received a call for help at about 1 a.m. from a woman who said she was in a car surrounded by water.

Officers were unable to locate the woman.

At about 4 a.m., crews with the Texas Department of Transportation were on the I-10 frontage road near Santa Clara Road where more than three feet of water was running over the road when they heard a man screaming for help.

More crews were called out to the scene, but the man could not be seen in the darkness; he was rescued after sunrise. He was found clinging to a tree and suffering from hypothermia and some cuts and bruises.

The victim told crews he and his wife were swept away in flood waters as they drove down the frontage road. Crews continued to search for the missing woman and car.

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Reward Offered After Freak Accident

Police say they need your help identifying the driver who failed to stop and help a man killed in a freak accident on Highway 146 last week.

The victim was driving southbound on 146 when a large bolt belonging to a truck or trailer smashed through his windshield.

The bolt struck the man in the neck. He died as a result of his injuries.

Investigators say the bolt is a retaining pin for containers attached to flatbed trailers.

The vehicle in question would have been traveling northbound on Highway 146 when it lost the bolt, police say.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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Source: ABC13

Message In A Bottle Found In Galveston

Johnny Garza didn't send an SOS to the world, but he did send a message in a bottle.

The Galveston County Daily News reports the message wasn't anything substantial - it just contained Garza's name and contact information - but he stuffed it in a Tabasco bottle and tossed it off the coast of the Cayman Islands.

More than a year later, two Galveston residents recently recovered that same hot-sauce container, poking out between the rocks of the 10th Street Jetty.

"The water was lapping up on it," Tommy Barcelona, 46, said. "The waves went down and I looked down again and was like, 'Wait a second, there's a message in that bottle.'"

Barcelona climbed down into the rocks, where the bottle was lodged in tight. "It was wedged in pretty good," he said. "It had probably been there a little bit."

He and his wife, Felicia Barcelona, 44, cleaned out the container, which Felicia described as "ordinary." They then discovered the bottle's neck was too small to allow for fingers or tweezers to pull out the message.

The Barcelonas decided to get the message out the only way they could think of - they smashed the bottle.

There, they found two rolled up sheets of paper - one, too wet to read, and another with Johnny Garza's phone number and address.

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Source: KRISTV

Teen Girl Struck By Train In Austin

Austin Police and Austin-Travis County EMS are on the scene of a pedestrian struck by a train in South Austin.

According to ATCEMS, the person, described as a female teen and later identified as a student by Austin ISD Police, has been transported to South Austin Medical Center with serious but not expected to be life threatening injuries. When crews found the teen girl, she was said to be conscious with injuries to her legs.

Union Pacific confirms the train is one of theirs, and say the girl was walking along the tracks prior to being clipped.

Austin Police say the train is now stopped in the W. Stassney and Rose Hill Circle area and is blocking the roadway near Crockett High School. Union Pacific says they need to wrap up the investigation first but the train should be moving soon.

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DPS Trooper Involved In Major Crash

A DPS Trooper was involved in major crash that included two other vehicles near Highway 155 and Mary Martin Drive in Flint, Wednesday night.

According to a statement from the Texas Highway Patrol, a trooper was treated and released from ETMC-Tyler Wednesday, Mar. 8 after the driver of an F-150 truck pulled out in front of him.

Trooper Nicholas Makowski, 30 years-old of Athens, was the driver of the patrol car involved in this crash.

Alejandro Promotor Chavez, 50 years-old of Tyler, was the driver of the F-150. A 15 year-old female passenger, also of Tyler, was in the F-150.

Authorities say it happened near the Mary Martin Drive in Dogwood city. The trooper was headed south on Highway 155 and the truck was attempting to drive north on the Highway 155, according to a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The truck pulled out in front of the trooper’s patrol unit, causing the unit to hit the truck in the back left door according to the statement.

The DPS cruiser caught on-fire according to a witness.

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Source: CBS19

New Law Would End State Inspections

Your annual vehicle inspection may be no more after Senator Don Huffines (R-Dallas) filed Senate Bill 1588.

According to a press release, the Senate Bill would repeal the annual requirement that all passenger vehicles receive a state-certified inspection.

In a statement Senator Huffines says," With significant technological advances in vehicle design and technology, this 66-year-old program is a relic of the past. State government is wasting Texans' time & money on the annual chore of passenger inspections when 34 other states, including populous states like California, don't require it of their drivers. Once you realize that these inspections aren't about safety, it's clear that
they're simply a tax on Texans' time and money."

The inspections began in 1951, then in 1976 the federal government decided to drop the nationwide requirement.

According to the release, today, only 16 states still impose this mandate on drivers.

If passed this proposal would save drivers approximately $150 million, and 9 million hours that are lost while having passenger vehicles inspected.

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Source: CBS7

Worker Killed Thursday In Trench Collapse

A recovery operation concluded more than four hours after a private development project worker in a project unrelated to the city of San Antonio was trapped and killed after a trench collapse on the city’s far West Side, authorities said.

“This soil that we are operating in is clay. It's some of the worst conditions, as far as tying to dig somebody out (goes),” fire Chief Charles Hood said.

The Fire Department responded to a call about 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the 1500 block of Classic Drive.

“Initial reports, he was trapped at least to his neck, but with that amount of weight, you're not allowed to breathe, so you’re basically going to asphyxiate,” Hood said.

Three co-workers attempted to dig the victim out prior to the Fire Department’s arrival, but were removed from the trench due to worsening conditions.

“Co-workers are grief stricken. Co-workers were obviously upset that we ordered them out of the trench, but again, we can't lose three or four other people in that situation,” Hood said.

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Source: KSAT