Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Scariest Bridge In Texas

The Rainbow Bridge is a through truss bridge crossing the Neches River in Southeast Texas just upstream from Sabine Lake. It allows State Highway 87 and State Highway 73 to connect Port Arthur in Jefferson County on the southwest bank of the river with Bridge City in Orange County on the northeast bank.

Construction on the bridge began in 1936 under the guidance of the Texas State Highway Department. Due to concerns by the upstream city of Beaumont about the bridge posing a threat to ship navigation, the Rainbow Bridge was built with a 680 foot (210 m) main span. In addition, it has a vertical clearance of 177.0 feet (54 m),[1] which was intended to allow what was at the time the tallest ship in the US Navy, the USS Patoka, passage under the bridge (however, the Patoka never did). However, the height of the bridge did allow the construction of jack up offshore drilling rigs at the Bethlehem Steel Beaumont Shipyard. With seventy-two (72) rigs built, the shipyard was one of the major sources of offshore rigs built in the United States.[2]

The bridge was completed on September 8, 1938. The nearby town of Prairie View took on the name "Bridge City" in response. Initially named the Port Arthur-Orange Bridge, it received its current name in 1957. The bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

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Man Killed Wife/Self - Nursing Home Fear

A tragic murder-suicide in Denton is indicative of a growing problem among the elderly.

Denton Police say Joe Bain, 79, killed his ailing wife before turning the gun on himself last Saturday afternoon.

According to a police affidavit, Bain called 9-1-1 and confessed, saying, "he had just taken the life of his beloved wife Ruth."

He told the operator "there was no way they were going to a nursing home.”

"I am sorry to all of our friends," he added, according to the document.

When police arrived at their home on Royal Oaks Place, they found Ruth Bain, 82, dead on the couch from an apparent gunshot wound to her head. Her husband was lying on the floor, also with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to the hospital but died of his injury the next day.

"It appeared that she had been asleep when she was shot," said Officer Shane Kizer with Denton Police. "It doesn't sound like there was any struggle. it doesn't sound like there was any animosity from him towards her."

The Bains had been married nearly 30 years, and what happened inside the house has shocked their neighbors and extended family. They were by all accounts a happy and devoted couple.

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Source: KHOU

Six Panhandle Counties Declared Disaster Areas

Gov. Greg Abbott has declared six Texas Panhandle counties disaster areas following deadly wildfires.

Abbott issued the proclamation Saturday to help clear the way for government assistance in Gray, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Roberts, and Wheeler counties.

A statement from Abbott says Texas officials have asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a disaster designation to activate the agency's emergency loan program. The funds would be used to help eligible farmers and ranchers rebuild and recover from losses sustained by the wildfires.

Officials say wildfires killed four people and burned an estimated 750 square miles in Texas, displacing about 10,000 cattle and horses.

Abbott on Thursday suspended some permit requirements and transportation restrictions so hay for livestock could more quickly reach ranches.

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Houston Veterinarian Tried To Hire Hit-Man

She's a Houston veterinarian and mother of an 8-year-old girl, but the allegations against her are serious.

"During the course of the discussion, she indicated that she wanted her ex-husband taken care of," according to court documents.

Charges were read Saturday against 48-year-old Valerie McDaniel as she stood in front of a judge at the Harris County Jail.

"Probable cause for your arrest Ms. McDaniel. Bond is set at no bond," the judge said.

Court documents show McDaniel was arrested Friday, alongside her live-in boyfriend, 39-year-old Leon Jacob. Both are charged with soliciting capital murder.

McDaniel is facing one count, for her ex-husband, whom she filed for divorce from back in 2014. They share a daughter.

But Jacob faces two counts, one for that ex-husband, and another for an ex-girlfriend of his. Court documents show Jacob was charged with stalking her just last month.

He allegedly assaulted her in January, and continued to contact her afterward. Jacob was arrested Feb. 6, and has been charged, which is why investigators say he hired a hit man.

"The co-defendant says he was looking for somebody to kill a witness for his pending stalking charge," probable cause statement ready to judge in court.

But unbeknownst to the suspects, that hit man they made plans with was an undercover police officer.

Documents show Jacob has a criminal arrest history for domestic violence, aggravated stalking, intimidation and cyberstalking.

Investigators said McDaniel offered to pay $10,000 to have her ex-husband.

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REAL Texas Chili Has NO Beans (Recipe)

Winter is the BEST time for some REAL Texas Chili.....

Bust out the Dutch ovens: it’s getting “chili” in Texas. The origins of the robust dish Texans fervently claim as their own are, as food writers are wont to say, lost to history. But Frank X. Tolbert, in his 1953 treatise on Texas chili, A Bowl of Red, made a pretty good case for San Antonio as the birthplace of the ruddy, lustrous, peppery pot of meat we’re so fond of. So did the Sixty-fifth Legislature, which anointed it our official dish in 1977, boldly declaring that “Texans continue today the tradition begun in San Antonio 140 years ago of making the best and only authentic concoction of this piquant delicacy.” No doubt chili’s connection to Texas is deep and indisputable, from Gebhardt to Wolf brand, from the late-nineteenth-century “chili queens” of the Alamo City’s downtown plazas to the modern-day maestros of the Terlingua cookoffs.

But don’t look for a united Texan front when it comes to defining “authentic” (except for a near universal, almost hysterical aversion to the inclusion of beans). I lack the fortitude to wade into the murky depths of secret formulas and verboten ingredients and therefore align myself with the author of this recipe, Terry Thompson-Anderson, who reasonably suggests that perhaps “the rivalry and the controversy make for dozens of equally fabulous bowls of chili.”


Heat a heavy-bottomed 12- to 14-inch skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add a layer of the chiles. Cook, turning often, until a strong chile aroma—one that is not bitter or charred—emanates from the pan. Do not allow the chiles to burn. Spread the chiles on a wire rack to cool and become moderately crisp. Repeat until all the chiles have been toasted. Grind the chiles to a fine powder in an electric spice or coffee grinder. Shake the chile powder through a fine strainer to remove any large pieces. Combine the ground chiles with the cumin, coriander, oregano, cocoa, paprika, cayenne, and black pepper. Set the mixture aside.

Trim the chuck roast, removing all fat, gristle, and tendons. Chop the meat by hand into 1/2-inch dice; set aside. Melt the lard in a heavy-bottomed 8-quart (or larger) Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When the fat is hot, add the meat and sear, stirring often. Add the onions and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are wilted and transparent, about 7 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir to blend well. Cook, stirring, until the tomato paste is thick and dark in color, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and chile-spice mixture. Stir to blend well, then add the chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a full boil, then lower heat to a simmer and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 1/2 hours. Stir in the masa mixture and salt to taste. Cook, uncovered, an additional 30 to 45 minutes on low-medium heat, or until the chili is thickened and the meat is fork-tender. Stir often to prevent sticking. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve hot and add your favorite toppings (diced onion, avocado, sour cream, shredded cheese, corn chips, et cetera).

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Best Chicken Fried Steak In Texas

Here are the Top 10 restaurants according to the website, Only In Your State.

10. Jake and Dorothy's Cafe (Stephenville)

I've never heard of the gravy being underneath the steak...interesting. But the coating looks scrumptious!

9. Lulu's Bakery and Cafe (San Antonio)

You better come here with an appetite! Everyone knows Lulu's for their (in)famous Texas-sized cinnamon roll, but their CFS is of similar caliber. And if you can manage to stuff anything else down your gullet, I've heard their sides are pretty good, too.

8. DeWese's Tip Top Cafe (San Antonio)

Countless readers recommended this chicken fried steak for various reasons: the size, the crunch that gives way to tender, juicy steak on the inside, and the delicious gravy (not pictured).

7. Ranchman's Cafe (Ponder)

Mmm, look at all that gravy. There'll be enough left over to mix with everything else on the plate and send your taste buds to heaven.

6. Barbecue Inn (Houston)

Surprisingly, some of the best CFS in the state can be found in our biggest city. It's definitely a hidden gem with its old-fashioned, small town atmosphere. The chicken fried steak is the star of the menu - it's simply delicious. And that leaf of kale makes the whole meal healthy, right?

5. Mama's Cafe (San Antonio)

Who knew this Hispanic city was such a hotspot for southern fried goodness? You'll find all the standard country fare at this cute cafe: biscuits and sausage gravy, fried okra, mashed potatoes, etc...but once you sink your teeth into their chicken fried steak, you'll never order anything else. The cut of meat is so plump and full-bodied, and it's breaded just right to not lose that tenderness in an ocean of crust. Come get you some, y'all.

4. Blue Bonnet Cafe (Marble Falls)

Blue Bonnet Cafe is southern to its core, and the down home cookin' sure reflects that. Red beans and rice with sausage, fried okra, and the most moist yet crispy chicken fried steak you ever did eat. (P.S.: I know this article is strictly about CFS, but save room for pie. You're welcome.)

3. Babe's Chicken Dinner House (Carrollton)

A restaurant that just serves fried chicken?! (And sides, but we all know what's really important here.) Sign me up!

2. Mary's Cafe (Strawn)

Mary's is the perfect little southern cafe with charming waitresses and good ol' greasy, fried eats. This CFS gives even Lulu's a run for its money! (The gravy is served in a bowl by itself on the side, to give you an idea of just how big this steak is.) Hey, everything's bigger in Texas, right? And bigger doesn't necessarily mean better...unless you're talking about food.

1. Gristmill River Restaurant (Gruene)

Surprised? I was too when I got an overwhelming amount of reader comments claiming this chicken fried steak is the very best in Texas. But they were definitely telling the truth - the gravy is the richest and creamiest it could possibly be without making the breading soggy. The textures and tastes work so well together to produce a heavenly meal that one wouldn't typically associate with the hill country. And an added bonus: you get a breathtaking view of the surrounding river while you chow down.

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Jessica McClure 30 Years Later

Little Texas girl who fell in a well.

Millions of Americans remember when Texas 18-month-old Jessica McClure was rescued from a backyard well after being trapped for nearly 60 hours — but the center of attention herself has no recollection of the harrowing event.

Now 30, Jessica McClure Morales – who still answers to “Baby Jessica” from friends and strangers in her hometown of Midland – understands why so many people across the country became invested in her survival in October of 1987.

“I had God on my side that day,” Jessica says in the upcoming issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. “My life is a miracle.”

Television viewers watched as hundreds of paramedics, rescuers, drilling experts and contractors feverishly worked to save the baby’s life. Meanwhile, they were reassured when they heard Jessica singing “Winnie the Pooh” from deep in the well. As long as she was singing, she was still alive.

These days, Jessica and her family – husband Danny, 43, and children Simon, 9 and Sheyenne, 7 — enjoy a quiet life together. Jessica works as a special-education teacher’s aide at the local elementary school, while Danny, 43, is a foreman at a pipe supply company.

She has few visible signs of the ordeal three decades ago, during which she went without food or water. But her right foot, which is noticeably smaller than her left, had to be reconstructed because it became gangrenous after it was above her head during the entire episode. A scar on her forehead, sustained when she fell asleep in the well as drilling commenced, is scarcely visible.

While some have assumed that Jessica became wealthy as an adult, thanks to a trust fund set up by people from all over who watched the rescue unfold, she says much of the $1.2 million in the trust disappeared during a stock market dive in 2008. Much of the remaining funds went toward buying the family’s modest house, which features a large backyard for the kids.

“I think it’s amazing that people would come together like that to donate money to a child that was not theirs,” she says of the generosity of strangers. “I appreciate everything they did.”
Her own children are old enough now to understand what happened to her and have Googled scenes of the amazing rescue. Jessica says she hopes they learn from her rescue “to always be humble. And to remember that if you look hard enough, there are so many good people in this world.”

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Woman's Body Recovered After Car Swept Away

Authorities say the body of a woman missing since her car was swept into a rain-swollen South Texas creek has been found inside the submerged vehicle.

Emergency personnel on Friday afternoon located the car and then the woman's body in Santa Clara Creek after the rescue of her husband from a tree.

Police in Cibolo, 20 miles northeast of San Antonio, say crews Friday morning were putting up high-water barricades, heard screaming and located the man.

Police Chief Gary Cox says authorities learned the couple's car was swept away before dawn Friday, leading to an hours-long search before the vehicle was found.

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Source: KWTX

Smash And Grab At Houston Pawn Shop

Two men led police on a chase after smashing a pawn shop's front window and stealing a piece of equipment, officials said.

According to Authorities, police received a report that there was an alarm at a Cash America pawn shop around 4 a.m. Saturday at 6120 Bellfort Ave.

When police arrived to the pawn shop they noticed the front window had been smashed in.

Police were able to track down the men on Telephone Road and they attempted to pull over the truck.

According to police, two men inside the truck led officers on a chase before losing control and crashing.

The two men were taken into custody.

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New Law Would Ban Red Light Cameras

A state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would prohibit red light cameras in Texas.

A hearing was held for Senate Bill 88 in Austin on Wednesday.

Representatives from police departments that use the technology, like the Sugar Land Police Department, attended the hearing to fight the legislation.

“Really, I think the number one change is its changing driver behavior,” said Sugar Land Police Chief Doug Brinkley.

Brinkley says the city began installing red light cameras in 2007. Now, they have seven.

However, others think the technology does more harm than good.

“Jurisdictions across the United States, including in Texas where it’s been put up for a vote of the people, 95% of the time the people vote them out,” said Randall Kallinen, an attorney who fought against red light cameras in Houston.

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Source: KHOU

Ride Home From School Turned Into Robbery

A ride home from school turned into a robbery at gun point on the 400 block of Wonder Parkway for 18 year-old Roxette Benitez.

She says one of the people involved was her classmate.

“I had my backpack but I was holding on to my purse and they were basically dragging me on the floor. The driver, he got off the car and he pulled up his shirt and he just pulled out a gun,” said Roxette.

After putting up a fight over her purse, she says the robbers eventually gave up and sped off in a black car.

Lydia Benitez, Roxette’s mother is upset about the situation. She said it could have quickly turned deadly, over a purse.

“Someone wants your stuff give it to them. It’s not worth your life,” said Lydia.

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Veterinarian - Boyfriend Murder Solicitation Arrest

An established veterinarian and her boyfriend are charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill their exes.

Valerie McDaniel, 48, and Leon Jacob, 39, are charged with solicitation of capital murder.

Eyewitness News has learned the couple, who live together in a high-rise in River Oaks, are accused of trying to hire someone to kill their former significant others.

Jacob was charged with stalking and assaulting his ex-girlfriend earlier this year. He allegedly wanted her killed so she could not testify against him.

McDaniel and her ex-husband finalized their divorce in August of 2016. They share a daughter.

According to charging information, Jacob and McDaniel were ready to pay more than $10,000. The hitman turned out to be an undercover Houston police officer. They were arrested Friday.

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Source: ABC13

Tried To Blame Sister For Public Intoxication

A woman was arrested and charged with failure to identify after she told authorities that her sister was responsible for her public intoxication charge in an attempt to avoid arrest, according to a Fort Worth police report.

Open records from the Fort Worth Police Department reveal that the 24-year-old woman, Angelina Parson, was checking her mail on Feb. 18 when she got a letter from an attorney informing her that she had a warrant out for her arrest.

She wasn't aware of a warrant, records state, so she looked up the case number online and discovered a charge of public intoxication with a $390 fine.

She then contacted police and said she believed her sister was actually the one who was arrested. She told police she and her sister look alike but haven't spoken in years.

She gave police her sister's information and was subsequently arrested.

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Source: WFAA