Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Soldier Distraught When Dog Put Down

A photo of a US Air Force airman mourning his beloved German shepherd is tugging at the heartstrings of Facebook users around the world.

Staff Sgt. Kyle Smith was Bodza's handler during the dog's military career, reports InsideEdition.com. They served four tours of duty together, so when the dog was put down last week it was a moment Smith struggled with greatly.

“I held him in my arms the entire time,” Smith told Inside Edition. Smith adopted Bodza after the canine's retirement. “I’ve never cried that much my entire life.”

After the dog was euthanized, Smith told Inside Edition his boss asked him to find an American flag, which they draped over Bodza's body.

Bodza was suffering from degenerative myelopathy, an incurable disease that affected his spinal cord, which led Smith to make the decision to have him put down.

“All of us have that dog that is so special to us,” Smith told InsideEdition.com. "I got married with this dog, I got divorced with this dog. I have a son on the way, and the most heartbreaking part is I really wish he was younger, so my son would be able to play with him. He was the nicest dog in the world.”

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1- Killed 1-Injured - Struck By Car

Police in Rockwall are investigating after a pedestrian was killed and another severely injured after they were struck by a car while walking on an interstate service road, officials say.

Officers were called to the crash in the 900 block of the Interstate 30 service road at about 12:20 a.m., according to Sgt. Aaron McGrew, police spokesman.

McGrew said the two pedestrians were walking in the roadway when they were struck. A 48-year-old man from Knoxville, Tennessee, was pronounced deceased on the scene. The second person struck was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition, McGrew said.

The driver remained the scene and was cooperating with investigators, McGrew said.

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Valerie Ponzio Succeeding On "The Voice"

Another El Pasoan is putting the city on the map with her singing talent.

Valerie Ponzio made not one but all four judges turn their chairs on “The Voice” Monday night.

The 32-year-old watched the airing of the show at Brass Monkey in west El Paso with family, friends and fans.

Ponzio sang her rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and wowed the judges.

Ponzio and her band the Southern Line have been playing gigs throughout the Borderland.

She considers herself country music’s Adele, according to her website.

Her biography says she is “a triple-edged sword with her guitar chops, powerful voice and deep yet hopeful songwriting that is a force to be reckoned with.”

And “The Voice” judges agreed.

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Bathroom Bill Senate Debate, Opinion?

The Texas “Bathroom Bill” moves to the floor of the Senate Tuesday where Democrats may not have enough votes to stop it.

A State Senate committee passed the bill last week after 13 emotional hours of public testimony. It’s expected to clear the floor, but faces an uncertain fate in the State House. Leaders there have not made it a top priority.

Powerful business groups oppose the bill, saying it will mean the loss of jobs and major events like the Super Bowl.

Backers including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick deny it would have much of an impact on the state and call it a public safety issue.

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Huge 18-Wheeler Fire On I-35 Near Troy

An 18-wheeler fire between Temple and Waco on Interstate 35 flared up again Tuesday morning, closing down all northbound lanes and causing significant delays.

Traffic was backed up almost to North Loop 363 in Temple.

The Texas Department of Transportation estimated delays of an hour or more because of the fire, which started after a crash earlier in the morning.

Drivers who want to avoid the area may take exit 304 to Loop 363, turn left and drive 4 miles to State Highway 36, turn right and drive 3.75 miles to State Highway 317, turn right and drive 11 miles to State Highway 7, and then turn left and drive 6.75 miles back to the interstate.

First responders were sent just after 8:15 a.m. to a location near mile marker 314, between Troy and Bruceville, after a caller reported the crash and fire.

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Fine Instead Of Jail Time For Marijuana

A bill that would reduce the penalties for the possession of marijuana in Texas is set to get a hearing Monday.

House Bill 81, authored by Joe Moody (D-El Paso) and Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs), would remove the threat of arrest, jail time and a criminal record for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine of up to $250. Under current Texas law, individuals found in possession of less than two ounces of marijuana can be arrested and given a criminal record, and they face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

“Passing HB 81 would free up police resources and relieve jails, courts and taxpayers of substantial expense and time demands,” said retired Texas District Court Judge John Delaney in a statement from Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. “Each marijuana arrest uses about 2.5 hours of police time. With 60,000-70,000 people arrested in Texas annually, this is a significant amount of police time that could be devoted to patrolling residential neighborhoods and business locations and responding to emergency calls.”

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Skull Found In Field Identified

A skull found in a field off South Collins Street on March 3 was identified as that of Arlington man James Huff, 49, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

His cause of death has not yet been determined. Police do not suspect foul play, said Sgt. VaNessa Harrison, police spokeswoman.

Huff worked as a self-employed carpenter, his obituary said.

His remains were discovered near Collins and Southeast Green Oaks Boulevard by a student who was walking to Ousley Middle School.

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Woman Gets 20-Years For DWI Murder

An Odessa woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on federal murder charges after a 2015 crash.

Rebecca Leigh Dugas was driving a 2012 Scion, when she struck a Toyota Corolla killing three people, and injuring three others.

The sentence was handed down by Senior District Judge Jay Gibson after the guilty plea was entered.

The sentence stems from a May 31, 2015 traffic accident in which Dugas, then 37, collided with a vehicle driven by 24 year old Jennifer Limon of alpine, killing three people and injuring three more, including Dugas.

Monahans News reports Dugas was originally charged with three counts of intoxication manslaughter among several other felony charges but the charges have since been upgraded to murder.

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Counterfeiting On The Rise In Lubbock

Lubbock Police confirmed Monday that in the month of March, there have been six counterfeit incidents in the city.

One of those incidents happened over this past weekend. According to the Lubbock Police report, the Sonic on University Avenue near 82nd Street, 33-year-old Ernest Jessie Chacon tried to pay the car hop using a fake bill. The bill had printed on it "For Motion Picture Use Only" where " United States of America." should have been.

Lubbock Police arrested Chacon, believing he used the counterfeit bill intentionally. He is charged with forgery and is being held at the Lubbock County Detention Center for $3,500 bond.

EverythingLubbock.com obtained the March police reports detailing the counterfeit incidents, several happened at large stores such as Walmart or Target.

Chris Berry, Managing Partner at River Smith's Restaurant, said that these forgery incidents are on his radar.

"With it being more prevalent recently, we're on the lookout a little bit more and kind of re-hashing the training and going over it," he said.

Berry said that it's been over a year since his restaurant last saw counterfeit bills.

"We've been very blessed we've had a few isolated incidents," Berry said.

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15-Year-Old Died Playing Russian Roulette

Authorities are tracing the family of a 15-year-old boy who died after a Russian roulette shooting.

Harris County sheriff's detectives are withholding the name of the boy, who shot himself Friday at the home of a friend near Spring, a northern suburb of Houston. He died Saturday.

The father of the friend said he picked up the boy from a trailer park Thursday evening for a sleepover. The man said he went to the gym to work out Friday morning when his son called frantically.

The father said he doesn't own a gun and doesn't know where the death weapon came from, but his son abstained from the deadly game.

The father told investigators that the wounded boy had occasionally been a group home resident and under foster care.

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Source: KLTV