Sunday, December 10, 2017

More People Visit Waco Silos Than The Alamo


This year, with an average of more than 30,000 visitors a week, Magnolia Market should draw about 1.6 million people, according to the Waco Convention and Visitors bureau. Those include four chartered buses that have carried tourists from New York to Waco over the past year.

The Silos are the signature of a growing Waco company that now employs 600 people, according to the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.

But it’s not the stuff that brings the crowds. It’s a brand, the glow of a couple have become icons of faith, family and affordable home design to millions of Americans.

“I don’t think I’ve ever felt this way about any show before,” said Annette Deming, the California journalism teacher, who made a three-hour roundtrip to Waco while attending a convention in Dallas. “I think it’s because of the strong marriage they have. I resonate with this idea of getting into a project with the person you love. . I really do love (Joanna Gaines’) style. She’s super talented.”

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

School Bus Crash In Amarillo This Morning


Police working on an accident involving a school bus and multiple vehicles at Sandy Drive and Bell Street. Traffic is moving slowly and being detoured by police.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Steven Sorrells Killed In Crash With Train


Police said 27-year-old Steven Sorrells was driving a gold 2004 Chevrolet Impala southbound on Eastern Street around noon when he tried to drive around the railroad crossing gates in the 500- block of North Eastern Street.

According to the Amarillo Police Department, the BNSF train struck the driver's side of the Impala. Sorrells died from injuries he received in the crash.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

FBI Wants 4000 Guns Returned After Background Check Problems


Federal authorities sought to take back guns from thousands of people the background check system should have blocked from buying weapons because they had criminal records, mental health issues or other problems that would disqualify them. A USA TODAY review found that the FBI issued more than 4,000 requests last year for agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to retrieve guns from prohibited buyers.

It's the largest number of such retrieval requests in 10 years, according to bureau records – an especially striking statistic after revelations that a breakdown in the background check system allowed a troubled Air Force veteran to buy a rifle later used to kill 26 worshipers at a Texas church last month.

The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) vets millions of gun purchase transactions every year. But the thousands of gun seizure requests highlight persistent problems in a system where analysts must complete background checks within three days of the proposed purchase. If the background check is not complete within the 72-hour time limit, federal law allows the sale to go forward. ATF agents are asked to take back the guns if the FBI later finds these sales should have been denied.

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Greg Ham Shot & Killed After Threatening Officer With Sword


A La Marque K9 officer shot and killed a suspect overnight who was reportedly threatening him and his dog with a sword. The victim and the suspect lived next door to each other on Retama street. They’ve known each other for five years and were reportedly friendly.

But 62-year-old Greg Ham’s behavior had deteriorated in the past several months, said Felize Staples, another neighbor. Staples called police for the fifth time in about seven days Sunday night around 10. She says Ham had broken into her home again, but this time he had a sword.

She shared photos of the damage, saying he broke down her front door and used furniture to block her inside her bedroom. Police arrived and freed Staples, then went next door to arrest Ham.

La Marque Police Chief Kirk Jackson says body cam video shows Ham threatening the officer with a sword before the officer fired.

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Scott Morris & Kandy Nichols Killed In East Texas Crash


Texas Department of Public Safety troopers investigated this afternoon a two vehicle crash on US 96 about one mile north of Devils Creek that resulted in two fatalities. The preliminary crash investigation indicates the driver of a 2006 Chevrolet SUV was traveling north on US 96 at approximately 4:45 p.m. Investigators believe the SUV hydroplaned and crossed over into the southbound lane and struck a 2017 Ford pickup head-on.

The driver and passenger in the SUV both died at the scene of the crash. The driver is identified as Scott Morris, 51, from Mittie, Louisiana. The passenger is identified as Kandy Nichols, 45, also from Mittie, Louisiana. A five year-old child in the SUV was also injured in the crash and transported to a Jasper Hospital for treatment. The driver of the pick-up is identified as Sammy Jones, 52, from Wiergate, TX. Jones was also transported to a Jasper hospital with unknown injuries.

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Officer Kenneth Copeland Killed In The Line-Of-Duty, Monday


A San Marcos police officer was shot to death Monday afternoon while serving a warrant with other officers in a subdivision near an elementary school, police said. Officer Kenneth Copeland, 58, who was wearing a protective vest, was taken to Central Texas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m.

The suspect was shot during a standoff with the San Marcos/Hays County SWAT team and was taken to an Austin hospital, police said. The school was locked down after the shooting.

"Today we grieve for the family of the fallen San Marcos police officer, and we vow swift justice for the killer," Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement Monday evening.

"The men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line every day to protect and to serve our communities, and we will never forget their sacrifices."

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George Strait Named Texan Of The Year


George Strait has been named the 2018 Texan of the Year by the Texas Legislative Conference.

The conference is a well-known, non-partisan annual forum on Texas public policy. The honor is to recognize George Strait for his efforts to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

"No one has done more than George Strait to raise awareness and funds for the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. He put his well-earned reputation on the line and asked not only his fellow Texans to step up, but all Americans. And they have," said Conference Chair Doug Miller, a former Texas State Representative.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

13-Year-Old Ashlee Hattermann Found Safe In Mexico


A missing 13-year-old from Katy has been found safe in Mexico, Harris County Sheriff's Office confirmed. Ashlee Hattermann was last seen on Friday, Dec.1 in Katy.

Authorities believe the teen ran away and was headed to Mexico after being spotted in Laredo, Texas on Saturday. Investigators believe she was meeting up with a stranger she met online.

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2017 Flu Season Really Bad - Vaccine Only 10% Effective


In addition to holidays and sweater weather, winter bring with it a less than welcome event: flu season. This year, experts are warning that flu season will be particularly nasty—in part, they believe, because of a less effective vaccine.

The annual flu vaccine development process begins several months before each flu season. In February, a global group of researchers meets at the World Health Organization to identify three or four strains of the influenza virus they think will infect folks in the northern hemisphere, based on what made people sick in the southern hemisphere’s most recent flu season. (Researchers meet in September to strategize for the southern hemisphere’s flu season, and so on). This approach usually provides effective coverage from the flu for most vaccine recipients—well, 40 to 60% of the time, which is pretty good in terms as far as vaccine coverage goes.

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FBI Joins Search For Katy Runaway Teen Ashlee Hattermann


A Katy couple is frantic this evening after they say their 13-year-old daughter left school yesterday and boarded a bus destined for the Texas-Mexico border.

FBI offices in San Antonio say that they are aiding in the search for her.

Ashlee Hattermann's parents believe that their daughter was on her way to meet a man with whom she had been corresponding on social media, covert messaging apps and through phone calls for the past year.

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Katy Runaway Ashlee Hattermann In Mexico With Predator


A Katy couple is frantic this evening after they say their 13-year-old daughter left school yesterday and boarded a bus destined for the Mexico border. They believe their daughter, Ashlee Hattermann, was on her way to meet a man with whom she had been corresponding on social media, covert messaging apps and through phone calls for the past year.

“We found a note in her room,” said Ashlee’s father Keith Hattermann. “She calls the guy ‘daddy’ and herself ‘baby girl.’ [The note read] ‘Daddy owns my body and my soul,' over and over and over again down this sheet of paper.” The Harris County Sheriff’s Office sent a tweet with a physical description of the girl late Saturday afternoon and are seeking the public’s help locating the teen.

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Robert Rodriguez & Misty Andrade Killed In Texas Crash


According to DPS, two people were killed in a crash on Highway 385 and Hillmont Road, 1 mile north of Odessa on Friday, December 1. DPS states that 34-year-old Robert Rodriguez and 34-year-old Misty Andrade were killed in the crash.

The two vehicles involved in the crash were a 1997, Honda, Civic identified as vehicle one and, a 2016, GMC, Sierra pick-up identified as vehicle two. According to DPS, vehicle one was traveling east on Hillmont road approaching a stop sign.

DPS states that vehicle two was traveling south on Highway 385 then vehicle one disregarded the stop sign at the intersection of Hillmont Road and Highway 385 colliding with vehicle two.

According to DPS reports, Rodriguez and Andrade were not wearing their seat belts. Three other people were injured in the accident.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Body Of 3-Year-Old Mariah Woods Found


The body of a missing 3-year-old North Carolina girl was found in a creek less than a day after her mother's boyfriend was charged with hiding her body after knowing she didn't die of natural causes, authorities said.

Investigators continue to stay tight-lipped about what happened to Mariah Woods. But they left little doubt Earl Kimrey knew how she died and was trying to cover it up. He was charged late Friday with concealing of death.

"It was too late to save Mariah the moment the 911 call came in," FBI agent Stanley Meador said of the call the girl's mother made Monday to report her missing. "The arrest warrants are public record and the records speaks for themselves. We will not discuss any details related to the homicide investigation."

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Police Officer Fired After Shooting A Man Whose Car Alarm Was Malfunctioning


The Mesquite police officer who shot an unarmed man has been placed on indefinite suspension. Officer Derick Wiley responded to a possible car burglary on Nov. 8. which is where he found 31-year-old Lyndo Jones. It turned out the truck Jones was in belonged to him, and his car alarm was malfunctioning.

“We feel that the evidence will bear this officer did everything wrong that he could have possibly done that night,” said Jones’ attorney, Justin Moore. Moore has seen both the dash cam and body cam footage. He can’t talk about it because of an agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, but he says it reaffirmed his belief that the shooting was not justified.

Law enforcement sources have previously said there are significant concerns about the officer-involved shooting.

Mesquite Chief Charles Cato, issued the following statement regarding Wiley's employment:

"Earlier today, I received the results and recommendations of our internal affairs panel concerning the November 8th officer involved shooting. Based upon the facts and recommendations presented to me, I made the decision to place Officer Derick Wiley on indefinite suspension. This is a term used for civil service employees, but it effectively means Officer Wiley’s employment has been terminated. Our internal investigation revealed that Officer Wiley violated department policy.We will not be making any additional comments until the Dallas County Grand Jury completes its process."

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One Presumed Dead After 18-Wheeler Drove On Top Of Another Wednesday Night


Authorities are working to get a person out from under a semi-truck after a crash left one 18-wheeler on top of the other. First responders were called to the area of I-35 and Somerset in San Antonio just after 9 p.m. for the crash. When they arrived, they found that one semi-truck driver had somehow run over the other big rig. A sergeant at the scene said two people were taken to area hospitals and that a third who was trapped under the big rig was presumed dead.

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Testimony: Sherin Mathews' Had Broken Bones In Different Stages Of Healing


During a custody hearing Wednesday, a child abuse specialist testified that 3-year-old Sherin Mathews, who was found dead in a culvert in Richardson, showed signs of abuse. The specialist testified that the 3-year-old had a series of broken bones and injuries in various stages of healing that could not have happened prior to her adoption.

The testimony came during a custody hearing for Sherin’s sister, who is currently with relatives. Sherin’s adoptive parents Sini and Wesley Mathews lost custody of their biological child after Sherin went missing in October. Her body was later found in a culvert near her home.

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Help Find Missing Mauriceville Teenager Heaven Ray Cox


On Sunday, November 26th at approximately 3:00 p.m. the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 4000 block of Lemonville Lane in the Mauriceville area regarding a runaway. Tammy Cox reported that her daughter, Heaven Ray Cox, had apparently run away. Mrs. Cox stated it was not unusual for her daughter to sleep late but when she went into Heaven’s bedroom to check on her, she found Heaven was not in the room. Heaven left a note saying she may be headed to California but did not give any information about how she was going to get there or who she was going to be with.

As in any case, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is taking this very serious and is checking all leads that may give our office knowledge of Heaven’s whereabouts. We are aware of various social media posts claiming Heaven may be in the company of someone she met online. Investigators are working diligently to verify and confirm this information and will actively pursue leads as they come available. Orange County Sheriff’s Office has also reached out to other agencies and organizations to assist in locating Heaven.

Heaven is a 15 year old white female with brown eyes and blonde hair cut past her shoulders. She stands 5 foot 3 inches tall and weighs about 113 pounds. Heaven attends Little Cypress Mauriceville High School. Heaven has a nose piercing and often wears a diamond stud on the right side of her nose. She also occasionally wears a pair of large round rimmed, dark colored glasses.

If you have any information that could assist the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in locating Heaven Cox, call our office at 409-883-2612 or callers that wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS (8477) or 833TIPS.com.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Middle School Teacher Pedro Esteban Rosas-Martinez Arrested For Abuse Of A Child


A teacher at Dobie Middle School in northeast Austin has been placed on administrative leave after being charged with having an improper relationship with a student and continuous sexual abuse of a young child. In a letter, Principal Jesse De La Huerta says the school received notice of the allegations on October 31, and the male teacher was immediately placed on leave. According to Austin ISD Police, the teacher is 30-year-old

Pedro Esteban Rosas-Martinez, a Spanish teacher at Dobie Middle School. Rosas was arrested on November 17 and has been in the Travis County Jail since. Monday night the district hosted a parent meeting about the incident in the Dobie Middle School library. Carla Ingram, who lives near the school, says the incident is disturbing.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

DPS Trooper Damon Allen Was Shot With A Rifle Inside His Patrol Car


Slain Department of Public Safety Trooper Damon Allen, 41, was sitting in his patrol unit when the driver of a car he pulled over for speeding on Thanksgiving Day on Interstate 45 south of Fairfield opened fire with a rifle, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Monday.

Dabrett Black, 32, of Lindale is charged with capital murder in the deadly shooting. He’s held in the Limestone County Jail without bond.

Investigators found Black’s driver’s license lying in a pool of blood underneath the slain trooper’s body, the affidavit said. Allen pulled Black over for speeding at around 3:45 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the affidavit said.

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10-Year-Old Texan Caydence "Wheels" Hubble Killed In Car Crash


A Mineral Wells softball team is mourning the loss of one of the players. A 10-year-old teammate died in a crash last week after the team had just left a tournament. Police say Caydence Hubble was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash happened in Fort Worth on Golden Triangle Blvd on Sunday.

Her family and friends gathered at her home field to say one last goodbye. At the field where she practiced, there were pictures of Caydence everywhere.

“She was larger than life. She loved life, loved her family. Loved her cousins,” said Caydence’s aunt Stevie Wilson. Caydence’s aunt, her mother, her coach and many others wore pink to honor the girl who was nicknamed “Wheels.”

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Surveillance Photo Of Man Shot By Police At The Parks Mall In Arlington


One of the busiest retail weekends of the year ended abruptly for shoppers after a theft suspect was shot by police in the middle of The Parks Mall at Arlington. Arlington Police say an on-duty officer fired more than once after the suspect pointed what appeared to be a weapon at the officer.

Lt. Christopher Cook said after the shooting officers realized the weapon was not real. "He produced what we believe to be an imitation or fake replica style gun,” Cook said. "There’s no way an officer or even a citizen could distinguish between the two.”

The suspect was taken to the hospital for surgery, their condition was not immediately available late Sunday.

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Texas High School Football Playoff Game Schedules For December 2017


CLASS 6A DIVISION I
Regional (Dec. 1 - Dec. 2)

  • Midland Lee (10-2) vs. Euless Trinity (10-2), 4 p.m. Saturday, Abilene's Shotwell Stadium
  • Arlington Martin (11-1) vs. Allen (12-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Southlake's Dragon Stadium
  • Coppell (11-1) vs. Round Rock Cedar Ridge (11-1), 7 p.m. Saturday, Waco's McLane Stadium
  • Garland Sachse (12-0) vs. Pflugerville Hendrickson (9-3), 2 p.m. Saturday, Waco ISD Stadium
  • Katy (9-0) vs. Humble Atascocita (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Houston's NRG Stadium
  • Houston Lamar (9-1) vs. Galena Park North Shore (9-3), 7 p.m. Friday, Houston's Rice Stadium
  • Lake Travis (10-2) vs. Los Fresnos (9-3), 1 p.m. Saturday, Los Fresnos
  • SA Northside O'Connor (12-0) vs. San Benito (12-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Corpus Christi's Buccaneer Stadium


CLASS 5A DIVISION I
Regional (Dec. 1 - Dec. 2)


  • Lubbock Monterey (8-4) vs. Denton Ryan (12-0), 2 p.m. Saturday, Denton's Collins Complex
  • Lubbock Coronado (12-0) vs. Colleyville Heritage (11-1), 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Abilene's Wildcat Stadium (ACU)
  • Mansfield Summit (8-4) vs. Dallas Highland Park (11-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dallas' Ford Stadium
  • Mansfield Lake Ridge (11-1) vs. Prosper (10-2), 7 p.m. Friday, Carrollton's Standridge Stadium
  • Cedar Park (11-1) vs. Manvel (11-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Waller
  • Temple (9-3) vs. Port Arthur Memorial (9-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Prairie View A&M
  • Angleton (11-0) vs. CC Flour Bluff (10-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, San Marcos' Bobcat Stadium
  • Richmond Foster (8-3) vs. CC Memorial (11-1), 2 p.m. Saturday, Victoria

CLASS 4A DIVISION I
Regional (Dec. 1 - Dec. 2)


  • WF Hirschi (10-2) vs. Decatur (8-4), 7 p.m. Friday, Denton's Collins Complex
  • Stephenville (10-2) vs. Argyle (12-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Mansfield's Newsom Stadium
  • Kennedale (11-1) vs. Midlothian Heritage (12-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Frisco's Ford Center
  • Texarkana Liberty-Eylau (7-5) vs. Kaufman (11-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Royse City
  • Carthage (12-0) vs. Silsbee (7-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Lufkin's Martin Stadium
  • Henderson (10-2) vs. Kilgore (9-3), 7 p.m. Friday, Longview's Pirate Stadium
  • Waco La Vega (12-0) vs. Fischer Canyon Lake (10-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Austin's Reeves Complex
  • China Spring (9-3) vs. Liberty Hill (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Killeen's Buckley Stadium

CLASS 3A DIVISION I
Regional (Dec. 1 - Dec. 2)


  • Brock (10-2) vs. Wall (12-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Brownwood
  • Comanche (11-1) vs. Merkel (7-5), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Clyde
  • Whitesboro (9-3) vs. Grandview (11-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Justin's Northwest ISD Stadium
  • Kemp (11-1) vs. Commerce (6-6), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Emory Rains
  • Teague (10-2) vs. Franklin (10-2), 7 p.m. Friday, Waco ISD Stadium
  • Rockdale (9-3) vs. West (10-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Belton HS
  • Van Vleck (6-4) vs. Yoakum (11-1), 6 p.m. Saturday, Katy's Legacy Stadium
  • Goliad (10-1) vs. Edna (8-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Victoria

CLASS 2A DIVISION I
Regional (Dec. 1 - Dec. 2)


  • Stratford (11-1) vs. Post (9-3), 7 p.m. Friday, Amarillo's Bivins Stadium
  • Panhandle (8-4) vs. Stamford (10-2), 4 p.m. Saturday, Lubbock's Lowrey Field
  • Bosqueville (7-5) vs. Crawford (10-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Robinson
  • De Leon (12-0) vs. Mart (11-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Whitney
  • Bogata Rivercrest (12-0) vs. Centerville (9-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Athens
  • San Augustine (12-0) vs. Price Carlisle (9-3), TBD
  • Yorktown (8-4) vs. Mason (12-0), 7 p.m. Friday, SA Edgewood
  • Refugio (10-1) vs. Holland (10-2), 7 p.m. Friday, San Antonio's Gustafson Stadium


CLASS 1A SIX-MAN DIVISION I
Quarterfinals (Dec. 1 - Dec. 2)


  • Happy (12-0) vs. McLean (11-1), TBD
  • Borden County (12-0) vs. Garden City (10-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Forsan
  • May (12-0) vs. Jonesboro (11-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Dublin
  • Tioga (10-1) vs. Gilmer Union Hill (11-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Pattonville

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Suspect In Critical Condition After Officer Involved Shooting At Arlington Mall


Arlington police are investigating after an officer-involved shooting at the Parks Mall Sunday evening.

CBS affiliate KTVT reports the incident is under control as of 5:21 p.m., but the mall was evacuated for security reasons.

The officer involved in the shooting is okay, but the suspect is in a hospital in critical condition.

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2-Year-Old Boy Struck & Killed On Thanksgiving As Father Drove Off In Truck


A toddler died after he was struck by a vehicle at his home on Thanksgiving in San Antonio. Paul Soto the toddler's grandfather says he will miss the little boy who always stood at his front door waiting for him to come home. “I wasn't his best friend; he was my best friend,” said Soto.

On a day meant for giving thanks, tragedy struck in his front yard. “His dad was going to go to the store, somehow he ran outside,” Soto said. Two-year-old Zachariah Rodriquez his grandson was hit by a truck his dad was driving.

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Employee Killed By Ex-Boyfriend In Murder Suicide At Killeen Valero Corner Store


A man and his ex-girlfriend are dead after a murder-suicide was carried out in a Killeen convenience store. Police say the shooting happened around 11:55 p.m. at the Valero Corner Store, located at 1000 W. Stan Schlueter Loop.

When they arrived, officers found the man and woman dead. The murder-suicide was preceded earlier in the day with a confrontation between the two at the store, where the woman was an employee. She had called police during the first confrontation, but he had left by the time they arrived. The ex-boyfriend then came to the store again and argued with the woman before shooting her and ultimately turning the gun on himself.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

14-Year-Old Colleyville Cheerleader Rhyan Moody Killed In Thanksgiving Car Crash


A community is mourning the loss of a Colleyville Heritage High School cheerleader who was killed in a crash on Thanksgiving. Her family says the crash was caused by a suspected drunk driver.

At a candlelight vigil on Saturday, inconsolable friends were trying to find comfort during a weekend that is supposed to be about celebration and being thankful. Instead, they joined with parents and grandparents to remember 14-year-old Rhyan Moody.

“She always believed in me when no one else did. She never lost her hope in me. She was my rock when I hit rock bottom. We would have a house right by each other,” said one friend.

Moody died on Thanksgiving night in a car crash. Friends and family say the driver that crashed into her was drunk.

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ASI Gymnastics Coach Michael DeLuke Killed In Bicycle Accident Saturday


A local gymnastics coach was hit and killed in an accident in Montgomery County Saturday morning, according to DPS. Around 9 a.m., Michael DeLuke, 29, was riding on a bicycle when he was struck by a vehicle on FM 1488.

He was taken to Memorial Herman The Woodlands Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The driver of the vehicle involved was not injured in the accident. It is unclear if he will face any charges.

ASI Gymnastics Press Release: "It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Coach Mike DeLuke of ASI The Woodlands. The morning of Saturday, November 25, 2017, he was struck by a vehicle while crossing 1488 on his bicycle. ASI offers their condolences to Mike's friends and family. He was a light in the gym to his coworkers and his students. As we gather more information, we will release it to you."

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Castillo Family Of 4 Were Killed In A House Fire In Garland Saturday Morning


The Garland Fire Department is investigating what caused a fire that killed four people, including two children, early Saturday morning.

The victims have been identified as 41-year-old Lorenzo Castillo, 29-year-old Ana Castillo, Ana's 5-year-old daughter, and the couple's 2-year-old son. They were visiting from Bridgeport, Texas and staying with relatives over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Just after 1 a.m., firefighters were called to a home at 1416 Williams Drive, off South Garland Avenue and just north of West Miller Road.

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Two Fires Deliberately Set In Austin Area Walmart On Thanksgiving Day


A fire was roaring in the middle of a Walmart in the Austin area during Thanksgiving.

Someone apparently set two fires inside the store.

Jackie Sinclair, who captured the fire on her camera phone, recalled seeing workers frantically run around and warn customers.

"I couldn't understand her, and then I walked up and there was these big flames everywhere," said Sinclair. "And I was like, 'Oh, okay. That's why she said there's a fire.' I'm like 'time to go!'"

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Dabrett Black Arrested For Shooting And Killing A Texas DPS Trooper On Thanksgiving


The suspected gunman, identified as 32-year-old Dabrett Black, of Lindale, fled the scene and was later captured in Waller County which is northwest of Houston.

Shots were later reported fired in the area where the suspect was spotted fleeing on foot. Texas DPS Troopers and multiple law enforcement agencies cornered Black before he was safely taken into custody around 9 p.m. EMS was on scene to check the suspect's condition.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

DPS Trooper Damon Allen, From Mexia, Killed In The Line-Of-Duty


Tonight, as most of you are winding down from a day of family, food and enjoyment, please keep the family of slain officer, Damon Allen, from Mexia, in your thoughts and prayers. His life was selfishly taken by a coward this afternoon while he was performing a traffic stop. May God be with his family, friends, fellow officers, and our area as he is prepared to be laid to rest. Rest In Peace.

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Dabrett Montreal Black Was Under Indictment After Police Chase In Smith County


Dabrett Montreal Black, 32, of Lindale, was indicted by a Smith County Grand Jury in late October 2017 on two felony charges stemming from a chase involving Smith County deputies in July, officials announced.

He faces a first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault against a public servant and evading arrest, a third-degree felony.

Black allegedly crashed into a deputy’s car on the shoulder of Anne Campbell Road (CR 492, south of Interstate 20 near Tyler Pipe) on July 2 when he was being chased by Smith County deputies. Black had been stopped by a deputy for speeding and having defective equipment on his car on Lavender Road.

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Suspect In DPS Trooper Murder, Dabrett Black, Has Been Arrested


The trooper had pulled over the suspect for a traffic violation and when the trooper returned to his patrol unit, the suspect fired multiple shots at him with a rifle, according to the DPS.

The suspect got away, but according to the Navarro County Emergency Management Office, suspect Dabrett Black, 32, was in police custody shortly before 9:00 p.m.

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Hundreds Of Law Enforcement Officers Using K-9's & Helicopters To Find Cop Killer


The search for the suspect is ongoing and he has not been arrested as of Thursday evening, Hempstead police, who is assisting in the investigation, said. Two helicopters from the Department of Public Safety were deployed to assist in the search for the investigation, police say.

Two K-9 officers will also be deployed in assistance, police say.

The Waller County Sheriff's Office Facebook account says the suspect, identified as Darbrett Black by law enforcement, drove into the county and "shots have been fired in the area of Liendo Parkway and Wyatt Chapel."

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DPS Trooper Murder Suspect Involved In Shootout In Waller County


The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Texas DPS trooper in Freestone County has been involved in a shooting in Waller County.

According to the Waller County Sheriff's Office, Darbrett Black drove from Freestone County to Waller County. Shots have been fired in the area of Liendo Parkway and Wyatt Chapel, deputies said.

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Dabrett Black, From Lindale, Wanted For Murder Of DPS Trooper Thanksgiving Day


A search is underway for a suspect after a Texas state trooper was shot and killed Thanksgiving Day on Interstate 45 just south of Fairfield in Freestone County.

Navarro County officials said the shooting happened at about 4 p.m. Authorities identified the suspect as Dabrett Black, of Lindale. He's described as a black male, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 175 pounds. The suspect fled the scene in a gray Chevy Malibu with plates JDN-4273.

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Cowboys - Chargers Thanksgiving Day Game Might Not Show On Dish Network


An ongoing dispute between CBS and Dish Network could prevent subscribers in 18 major markets — including Los Angeles and Dallas — from watching the network's Thanksgiving NFL game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys.

Hundreds of thousands of Dish subscribers lost access to their local CBS affiliates Tuesday morning as the satellite provider and network engaged in unsuccessful negotiations about carriage rates. CBS said in a statement Wednesday morning that "we obviously want to strike a fair deal" but "we remain far apart on terms."

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FBI Offering Reward For Information Regarding What Happened To Border Agents


FBI officials say they are investigating the death of a border patrol agent and injuring of another in West Texas as a "potential assault," but they wouldn't rule out that they were injured in some other way.

Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. said during a news conference at the FBI's El Paso office Tuesday that the bureau is offering a reward of $25,000 for information that might lead to a resolution of the case.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Help Corinth Police Find UNT Senior Student Amanda Clairmont's Killer


Law enforcement officials are investigating the murder of a 21-year-old University of North Texas student who was found shot inside her car in Corinth over the weekend.

UNT has identified the victim as Amanda Clairmont, a senior business major at the school.

Clairmont was found unresponsive with gunshot wounds inside her vehicle in a vacant parking lot in the 5700 block of I-35E Sunday at about 6 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Our deepest, heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends of UNT student Amanda Clairmont," UNT President Neal Smatresk said on Tuesday. "Our hearts are heavy with the news of the tragic loss of her life."

The Texas Rangers and Denton County Sheriff's Department are investigating her death as a homicide.

If you have any information, you are asked to call (940) 498-2017. This is Corinth's first homicide in 17 years.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Amanda Clairmont Found Shot To Death In Wrecked Car On I-35 Service Road


Amanda Clairmont, 21, was shot to death in her car that was found crashed into a fence in a vacant lot along the I-35E service road in Corinth.

Police driving by at 6 a.m. Sunday. thought her car looked suspicious. When they stopped to investigate, they found the University of North Texas student inside.

The Texas Rangers and Denton County Sheriff's Office are assisting the Corinth Police Department in its first homicide in 17 years.

"I know that our citizens that were driving by yesterday were startled by what they saw. We just want to calm them. There's not any cause for alarm to other citizens that we believe at this point. We're just going to have to keep following up on everything,” Walthall said.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Texas Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez Killed In The Line-Of-Duty


It was a deadly day for the Border Patrol in West Texas Sunday, after a local Border Patrol agent was killed in the line of duty, and his partner was badly injured.

Rogelio Martinez, 36, was killed while responding to a call. Something happened while he and his partner were on patrol, but we don't know exactly what. The incident happened near Van Horn, about two hours east of El Paso.

Martinez was on a call with his partner early Sunday morning. They were on Interstate 10 near Mile Marker 151. Then according to investigators, his partner called for help saying they had both been hurt.

They were both rushed to a local hospital, where Martinez died. His partner, who has not been identified, is still in serious condition.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Sherin Mathews' Mother Sini Arrested For Child Endangerment On Thursday


The mother of a Richardson 3-year-old who was reported missing and later found dead was arrested on Thursday.

Sini Mathews turned herself in to Richardson police Thursday afternoon on a child endangerment charge related to the death of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews.

According to an arrest affidavit, Sini and Wesley Mathews, Sherin's adoptive parents, left the 3-year-old alone for an hour and a half while they went out to dinner at a North Garland restaurant on Oct. 6 with their biological 4-year-old daughter.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Wife Who Survived Murder-Suicide Attempt Said Husband Was Good Man


Last weekend a couple with two children got into an argument while driving to their home in Montgomery County after attending the man’s high school reunion in Houston. When they arrived at the house, the man, Jason Butler, walked to his pickup truck and took a gun out. His wife, Rachel Butler, was standing in the driveway when he shot her in the chest.

Butler then killed himself with a gunshot to the head. Miraculously, Rachel Butler survived and took the time to talk to a reporter from ABC13 in Houston on the telephone, yesterday. She said that her husband was a good man and a great father to their two children. Rachel had filed for divorce in October, but the two were still living together.

Rachel is currently in the ICU unit of a local hospital.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

NFL Player Names Who Took A Knee During Sunday’s Veteran’s Day Memorial


Yesterday, three NFL players chose to take a knee during a Veterans Day celebration set up by the NFL to honor members of the U.S. military. While folks can disagree with the reasons why many NFL players are protesting the National Anthem, there is no excuse for what these three players did on Sunday and all should be fired by their team owners or at least be banned from ever playing football in the National Football League, again.

The league pretty much begged the players not to take a knee during this event and the clear majority did stand during the 2-minutes of silence as they were requested to do. However, there were 3-players who went ahead and took a knee anyway and for that reason alone they should be banned from ever playing in the NFL, again.

The names of those three players are - Eric Reid and Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers, and Olivier Vernon, New York Giants,. Every American should be outraged by what these men did even after the NFL, who pays them millions of dollars per year, begged them not to do it. It's time for all three of them to lose their multi-million dollar per year salaries and get a real job. And maybe, along the way, learn how to show some respect to our military.

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Truck Slammed Thru Concrete Wall Then Fell Onto Freeway Below


Around 10:00pm on Sunday night, a big rig truck plunged off NE Loop 820 at Iron Horse Blvd near North Richland Hills. The driver of the 18-wheeler was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital by helicopter. The freeway was shut down while debris was cleaned up and police investigated the crash.

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Gruesome Accident Killed 2-People Sunday Night In Corpus Christi


The crash occurred around 11:30pm at S.P.I.D and Kostoryz Rd. The names of the dead have not been released at this time. Several ambulances were also dispatched to the scene, but police have not said if anyone was injured. Traffic has been closed at the intersection, while law enforcement investigates to determine what happened.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Grandpa Said The Rich Just Get Richer, But He Never Imagined Today


For decades the amount of money held by the very rich has quickly been increasing and right now it’s growing at an all time fast pace. I believe in capitalism, but what is happening in the United States today is not real capitalism – but something much more sinister.

What we have now are rich people using their money to influence lawmakers to write laws in Washington D.C. that will enable them to continue to grow their wealth, even when they make mistakes that would destroy their companies under ‘real capitalism.’ Ever heard of the term ‘too big to fail?' That mentality is alive and well in the U.S. right now.

Almost everyday we learn of new revelations of wrong doing or mismanagement at major corporations. Ask yourself, is there any downside paid by the folks at the top of those companies? Sadly, the answer is many of those CEO’s are rewarded by government bailouts and if they are forced out as leaders of the company, their severance packages are usually in the $100’s of millions.

The only folks who really get hurt are the hard-working people at those companies who did nothing wrong, but are fired anyway. Politics and business are a revolving door where political leaders are rewarded by business when they leave office with huge paychecks and perks.

While it is still possible for someone to use the American system to produce wealth for themselves in this modern world. For the guy or gal who wants to just show up for work, do the right thing, and get ahead – their future is a lot less promising. While I don’t know the solution to this issue, there is no doubt it’s a big problem and it’s getting worse.

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Woman Survived Murder-Suicide Attempt In Montgomery County


Early this morning, an attempted murder-suicide in Montgomery County left a husband dead with a gunshot wound to the head and a wife critically injured with a bullet wound to the chest. This all occurred around 12:00am in the 300 block of Waterstone Court.

Police believe the couple got into an argument on the way home from high school reunion in Houston Saturday night. When they arrived home - the husband walked to his truck, retrieved a firearm, and then shot his wife in the chest and then himself in the head. The couple has 2-small children.

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Goodell Wants Use Of Private Jet & Free Health Insurance For Life


In addition to asking for a raise, from $30 million per year to $50 million – Roger Goodell is reportedly asking NFL owners to provide him the use of a private jet and free health insurance for the rest of his life. Wow, one would think Goodell was the best leader the world had ever seen.

It seems likely NFL owners will go along with renewing his contract and more than likely they will approve these amazing requests from him. From my point of view, owners and players in the NFL are living on a different planet from the rest of us and honestly they have no clue they are in the process of destroying the National Football League.

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