Saturday, January 20, 2018

Law Would Make It Illegal To Leave Child Home Alone

The death of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews has sparked a kind of advocacy that brought two strangers together: Reena Bana and Shanna Poteet. Both have taken a lot of interest in the Sherin Mathews case.

"With Sherin, we draw the line. It's enough. It's time to make a change," said Reena Bana.

It is a change they would hope to title "Sherin's Law." Mathews was the young adopted child from India found dead in a culvert in Richardson. Her parents, Wesley and Sini Mathews, are now charged and in a Dallas jail.

Sherin's Law would make it a felony to leave a child at home alone. Richardson Police told WFAA that Wesley had told investigators they left for dinner the night prior to her disappearance. Wesley, Sini, and their biological daughter had gone to dinner on Friday night.

"No children under 9 or 10 years old need to be left unaccompanied at home," said Shanna Poteet.

Attorney Bilal Khaleeq practices family and criminal law. He has been helping Bana and Poteet in their quest to make changes at the state level. The group's hope is to also push for reform to Child Protective Services.

"The Texas books don't have a minimum age for a child to be left alone," said Khaleeq.

Source: KEN5

Judge Told Jury God Told Him They Should Find Defendant NOT GUILTY

In Comal County, a state district judge interrupted jury deliberations to urge them to vote not guilty on orders he said came from God.

Judge Jack Robison was presiding over a trial concerning a Buda, Texas woman who was accused of trafficking a teenage girl for sex. The defendant, Gloria Romero-Perez, was charged with continuous sex trafficking and a separate charge of sale or purchase of a child, according to the Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels.

As the jury deliberated over the case, Judge Robison interrupted, urging them to find the defendant not guilty. He apologized for his interruption but defended his actions by saying "when God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it," the Herald-Zeitung reported.

Afterwards, Robison recused himself from the case for the remainder of its proceedings. Judge Gary Steele replaced him and denied the defendant's attorney's request for a mistrial.

The jury didn't follow Robison's request and instead found Romero-Perez guilty for continuous sex trafficking of her teenage niece. They acquitted her of a separate charge for sale or purchase of a child. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

It is unclear what will happen next for the judge, who is scheduled to return to the bench on January 31. However, his actions could trigger a review from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Source: KRISTV

Man In His 70's Shot & Killed In HEB Parking Lot

Houston Police are investigating a shooting at an H-E-B parking lot that has left one man dead in southeast Houston.

Police responded to the grocery store in the 9000 block of Blackhawk Boulevard around 11:30 a.m.

Police say they found an Asian male in his 70s with multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim was transported to the hospital where he later died.

Source: ABC13

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

If You Think It's Cold In Texas Today, Check This Out

Even thermometers can't keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia's remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas Tuesday.

In Yakutia — a region of 1 million people about 3,300 miles (5,300 kilometers) east of Moscow — students routinely go to school even in minus 40 degrees. But school was canceled Tuesday throughout the region and police ordered parents to keep their children inside.

In the village of Oymyakon, one of the coldest inhabited places on earth, state-owned Russian television showed the mercury falling to the bottom of a thermometer that was only set up to measure down to minus 50 degrees. In 2013, Oymyakon recorded an all-time low of minus 71 degrees Celsius (minus 98 Fahrenheit).


Friday, January 12, 2018

Internet Searched 'How To Kill Someone' Then Husband Is Murdered

A woman in Maypearl was arrested late Wednesday night in connection with the murder of her husband, according to reports.

Part of what led Maypearl police to the arrest was a recent entry in Sandra Louise Garner's browser history.

According to the Waxahachie Daily Light, Garner, 55, recently searched "how to kill someone and not get caught," one on of the devices police seized in the investigation.

To that end, according to Greenville Extra, she called in to report that her husband, Jon Garner, had been shot on Jan. 2. In her 911-call she told police "she was awakened that night by two gunshots and saw a masked male holding a gun and flashlight inside her residence."

Source: WFAA

Alleged Package Thief Kelli Russell Arrested In Dallas

Officers stopped a vehicle at around 12:40 p.m. Thursday for multiple traffic violations after they received a tip that the driver matched the description of a wanted package thief.

Police say 33-year-old Kelli Russell was arrested for those traffic violations and taken in for questioning.

After executing a search warrant, detectives discovered a large number of stolen packages inside Russell’s residence.

Source: CBSDFW

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ask This Truck Driver How High The Winds Are Blowing

A semi truck rolled over onto its side in southeast Austin, possibly due to the strong winds whipping Central Texas reaching up to 45 mph.

Sam Riojas sent video of the semi leaning against the guardrail on Metropolis Drive, just north of Burleson Road, around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

The driver, who did not appear to be injured, was seen taking pictures of the damage as firefighters and police arrived.

While Austin police could not confirm the initial crash was caused by wind, a tow truck crew was having difficulty righting the semi because of the strong wind around 6 p.m.

Source: KXAN

List of 60 U.S. Sam's Club Locations Closing Down


8801 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK
1074 N Muldoon Rd, Anchorage, AK
48 College Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99701


3900 Grants Mill Rd, Irondale, AL


2425 E Florence Blvd, Casa Grande, AZ
5757 E State Route 69, Prescott Valley, AZ
1375 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ
15255 N Northsight Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ


3360 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA
17835 Gale Ave, City of Industry, CA
12540 Beach Blvd, Stanton, CA
12920 Foothill Blvd, Sylmar, CA


69 Pavilions Dr, Manchester, CT
2 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT


355 FL-436, Fern Park, FL
5135 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL


2994 Turner Hill Rd, Lithonia, GA


501 N Randall Rd, Batavia, IL
21430 S Cicero Ave, Matteson, IL
6600 44th Ave, Moline, IL
808 S Illinois Rte 59, Naperville, IL
900 S Barrington Rd, Streamwood, IL
1055 McHenry Rd, Wheeling, IL
460 S Weber Rd, Romeoville, IL


3015 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN
10859 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN
4024 Elkhart Rd #1, Goshen, IN


9598 Cortana Pl, Baton Rouge, LA


9750 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills, MD


1 Tobias Boland Way, Worcester, MASS


340 E. Edgewood Boulevard, Lansing, MI
32625 Northwestern Hwy, Farmington Hills, MI


3745 Louisiana Ave S, St Louis Park, MN
2800 27th Ave S, Moorhead, MN

New Hampshire

11 Batchelder Rd, Seabrook, NH

New Jersey

81 International Dr S, Budd Lake, NJ
1900 E Linden Ave, Linden, NJ
301 Nassau Park Boulevard, Princeton, NJ

New York

2649 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY
720 Fairmount Ave, Jamestown, NY
700 Elmridge Center Dr, Rochester, NY
1600 Marketplace Dr, Rochester, NY

North Carolina

5085 Dawn Dr, Lumberton, NC
1101 Shiloh Glenn Dr, Morrisville, NC


4825 Marburg Ave, Cincinnati, OH
9570 Fields Ertel Rd, Loveland, OH

Puerto Rico

1145 Carr 2, Bo Florida Afuera, Barceloneta, Puerto Rico
Carr 830, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Carr 3 Km 82 Bo Junquitos, Humacao, Puerto Rico


615 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN
1805 Getwell Rd, Memphis, TN


1615 S Loop W, Houston, TX
13331 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX
22296 Market Place Dr, New Caney, TX
12919 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX


741 E Little Creek Rd, Norfolk, VA
4571 S Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA


901 S Grady Way, Renton, WA
1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn, WA
13550 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133


7050 Watts Rd, Madison, WI 53719
1540 S 108th St, West Allis, WI 53214

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Ryland Ward, Wounded Sutherland Springs Survivor, Going Home Tomorrow

After months of recovering from gunshot wounds he suffered in the Sutherland Springs church shooting, 5-year-old survivor Ryland Ward will be released from University Hospital on Thursday.

A spokesperson with the University Health System said Ward is the last patient to be released from its care and some members of the Sutherland Springs community will be on hand to welcome Ward home.

The Wilson County Fire Department will bring Ward home in one of its fire trucks.

Source: KSAT

2-Children Killed In Automobile Accident Wednesday Afternoon

Police in Cedar Park are working a two-vehicle crash that killed two children Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the crash involving a car and truck happened just before 4 p.m. at the corner of West Whitestone Boulevard (FM 1431) and Walton Way. The area where the crash happened is in front of the Walmart.

Both of the children who died were in the same vehicle, although police have not indicated which vehicle.

Westbound traffic on West Whitestone Boulevard is shut down at this time. Drivers should avoid the area as police investigate the crash.

Source: KXAN

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Parents Report College Student Shot In The Face Is Paralyzed

A Tarleton State University student from Conroe who was shot in the face last month in a suspected case of mistaken identity is paralyzed from the shoulders down, her parents said in a statement on Tuesday.

Jamie Richards-Hogland, 19, was shot in her apartment on Dec. 10. Shawn Patrick Layton, 26, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Police believe Richards-Hogland was the victim of "mistaken identity over drug-related issues," according to Sgt. Sha King. A neighbor admitted that he may have been the intended target of Layton, who was a disgruntled customer of his marijuana business.

Richards-Hogland's parents said since that night, their daughter has "endured a tremendous amount of pain, frustration and anxiety."

She's currently being treated at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston.

Source: KHOU

Texas' Newest Millionaire Bought Ticket In Allen

An Allen resident started 2018 off right by winning $1 million on a scratch off.

The winner, who asked to remain anonymous, claimed the $1 million prize playing the scratch ticket game Instant Millionaire on Jan. 8.

The winning ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven Convenience Store in the 1300 block of W. McDermott Drive in Allen. That store is now eligible for a $10,000 retailer bonus.

Source: FOX4NEWS

18-Deaths From Flu In Dallas Up From 11 Last Week

Seven more people have died of the flu in Dallas County, bringing the total number of Dallas County flu-related deaths this season to 18, health officials said.

Dallas County Health and Human Services said Tuesday that six of the patients were residents of Dallas and one patient was a Garland resident. All patients had health conditions considered to be of "high risk" and died after complications from the seasonal flu.

The deceased patients were aged between 47- and 88-years-old. DCHHS did not release their names.

Source: NBCDFW

Monday, January 8, 2018

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Killed A Texas Woman After Eating Raw Oysters

A Texas woman died after consuming raw oysters and contracting a flesh-eating bacteria.

Jeannette LeBlanc ate the raw oysters while on a trip to Louisiana with friends and family in September. LeBlanc developed a rash and had trouble breathing over the next 36 hours.

LeBlanc spent 21 days in the hospital fighting the infection, caused by vibriosis. She died on Oct. 21. Wife Vicki Bergquist told the news station that LeBlanc had "a rash on her legs and everything."

Vibriosis is often transmitted to people by eating raw or undercooked shellfish like oysters, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency estimates vibriosis causes 80,000 illnesses each year in America and about 52,000 of the illnesses come from eating contaminated food.

Source: CHRON

Mother Killed Husband, 2-Sons, And Herself In Galveston

Neighbors of a family killed in a murder-suicide saw no signs of trouble.

Flor de Maria Pineda, husband Mauricio Morales, their 10-year-old son Mauricio, Jr. and 5-year-old son David all died on the eighth floor of the San Luis Hotel in Galveston Monday.

Investigators said Flor shot her husband, two sons then turned the gun on herself.

News of the tragedy stunned neighbors who called the family “beautiful people.” They said Flor was very religious, always polite, friendly, helpful and caring. Neighbors attended birthday parties she threw for her sons. On occasion, Flor even hand delivered candy with bible verses to friends, neighbors said.

“She was very friendly,” Shirley Davis, a neighbor said. “She waved at us. Her husband was very friendly. And Daniel and Mauricio they would ride their little bicycles, little tricycles on my driveway and if they saw me outside they would get off those bikes and come hug me. (It) meant more than a lot just to see the little young people so in love with you.”

Source: KCENTV

Police Need Help Finding Who Murdered This Grandmother

Pearland police are looking for help to solve the murder of a grandmother who was found dead just two days before Christmas.

"Who are they to take away my son's grandma, my nephew's grandma?" asked Greg Young, whose mother Valerie Young died last month. "What gives you that right to do that to somebody so innocent? I just want that answer."

Police are stumped by her murder. Just today, investigators put out a news release, including only vague details about the murder on Dec. 23rd in the 1500 block of Roy Road.

Greg says the family, wanting privacy, at first asked police not to publicize the murder. However, the last two weeks have not led to the arrest of any killer.

"I'm just as lost and clueless as the investigators. There's nothing. I don't know of anything. My family knows absolutely nothing. Seriously. Clueless. Doesn't make sense," said Greg Young.

Police won't say how the 59-year-old vicitm was killed. Her son says she was shot several times.

Source: ABC13

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Flu Crisis Has Caused Dallas Hospital To Divert Non-Emergency Patients

Methodist Dallas Medical Center began diverting non-emergency patients to other facilities on Sunday due to lack of available bed space in its hospital and emergency room from a high number of reported flu cases.

In a statement, Methodist Dallas described the lack of bed space and the necessity to reroute patients as "unusual".

"This measure is so we can still take care of emergency patients such as trauma, stroke, and those transferred by ambulance," a spokesperson said. "We take this very seriously because we want to be able to treat anyone in need anytime."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports Texas is one of 26 states now reporting a high number of influenza cases.

The Dallas County Health and Human Services reports 11 flu related deaths so far this season, including the death of a 37-year old Oak Cliff woman on January 3.

Source: WFAA

Papa John's Will Not Advertise During The Superbowl

Papa John’s became the “official pizza sponsor” of the NFL and the Super Bowl, the biggest pizza sales event of the year, seven years ago, but it seems the company won’t even be buying an advertising slot this year.

"We currently do not have a Super Bowl spot booked or produced, but are exploring our options in and around the game,” Brandon Rhoten, Chief Marketing Officer for Papa John’s, said in an interview with the Courier-Journal.

Representatives for the Louisville-based company, which replaced founder John Schnatter as CEO in late December, said if there is an ad, they aren’t sure what that ad will look like—meaning, they don’t know if Schnatter will be featured in it.

Source: KVUE

Man Arrested For Threatening To Shoot Up Texas Movie Theaters

The suspect accused of threatening to shoot up San Antonio area movie theaters on social media has been arrested, according to the San Antonio Police Department.

The San Antonio Police Department located Shawn Lemoine at the 3900 block of Fredericksburg today and took him into custody. The threatening post he made is being investigated. He is currently under arrest for an outstanding felony warrant.

The West Monroe Police Department in Louisiana initially addressed threatening posts across social media and identified the suspect as an individual in San Antonio. SAPD, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and the FBI then joined forces to locate the individual.

Source: KENS5

2 Killed When Mini-Van Hit From Behind Turning Into Church

Two people have died after a crash in front of a Burleson church Sunday evening, authorities say.

Authorities with the Texas Department of Public Safety say the accident happened in the 2300 block of Renfro Street in Burleson in front of Cana Baptist Church.

Two vehicles were traveling southbound on Renfro. The first vehicle, a minivan containing a father, mother and two daughters, was waiting for traffic to pass in order to turn into the church. While they were waiting, authorities say, they were hit from behind by a Ford pickup truck, which pushed the family’s vehicle into oncoming traffic lanes.

Source: CBSDFW