Friday, August 18, 2017

4-Texans Attempt To Buy Dinner For Police Officer


A Houston woman tried to pay for a Fulshear police officer’s dinner Wednesday night, but learned she wasn’t the first to offer.

In fact, by the time the Houston Life producer tried to pay for the officer’s dinner, the waitress told her four other people had already offered.

It all happened at Texas Borders Bar and Grill on FM 1093 in Richmond.

Heather Kansteiner wrote this on her Facebook page: “It's a good feeling when you see a police officer eating out and ask the waitress if she can add his meal to your ticket, and she responds that four other people have already asked to do that...”

The private post was liked by several of her friends. One person wrote, "That is so cool!" Source: CLICK2HOUSTON

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Six Flags Over Texas Now Flying Only The American One


Since 1961, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington has been known for flying six flags over its park.

They represented the U.S., France, Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, and the Confederacy.

Friday morning that all changed when six U.S. flags were seen flying over the park's entrance.

"At Six Flags Over Texas we strive every single day to make people happy and to create a fun, thrilling and safe family friendly experience for our guests," spokeswoman Sharon Parker said. "We always choose to focus on celebrating the things that unite us versus those that divide us. As such, we have changed the flag displays in our park to feature American flags. "

The change came after the park drew criticism from Fox News, TMZ, and others earlier this week, the Star-Telegram reports.

There are 20 theme parks in the U.S., Mexico and Canada that are run by Six Flags Entertainment. Three of them flew Confederate flags, a park spokesperson told WFAA.

Six Flags Fiesta in San Antonio and Six Flags Over Georgia flew the same six flags as Arlington's park, according to the Star-Telegram.

As of Friday morning, all domestic Six Flags parks were flying American flags. Source: WFAA

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One Dead In DFW I-30 Crash Early Friday Morning


Authorities say one person is dead after a crash on eastbound I-30 and Highway 80 near Big Town Blvd, shutting down the interstate Friday morning.

The accident happened around 6:15 a.m. as authorities begin to investigate the crash. They say they anticipate eastbound I-30 to be shut down for the next few hours.

Drivers are being forced to exit at Buckner Blvd. Source: DFWCBSLOCAL

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Jessica McDonald (30) Missing From Galveston County


Authorities are searching for a missing 30-year-old woman who disappeared under suspicious circumstances, according to authorities in Galveston County.

Jessica McDonald was last seen in the Bayou Vista area of Galveston County on Aug. 15.

The clothing McDonald was wearing at the time of her disappearance is not known at this time.

McDonald is described as having medium-length blond hair, green eyes, is about 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office at 409-766-2322 or Texas EquuSearch at 281-309- 9500. Source: CLICK2HOUSTON

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Christopher Columbus Statue Vandalized In Houston


A statue of Christopher Columbus in Houston's Bell Park was vandalized Thursday.

The statue was covered in red paint.

It is unclear when the vandalism happened or if there are any suspects.

The vandalism comes amid a debate over Confederate statues across the United States.

In Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner launched a review of Confederate statues within the city in response to calls from the public. Source: ABC13

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Passenger Ejected/Killed After Short Police Chase


A police chase lasting less than a minute ended in a deadly crash.

Houston police say an officer tried to pull the vehicle over along the south Sam Houston Parkway near West Airport around 9:15 a.m. because the vehicle did not have any license plates.

The suspects took off and led police on a brief chase going up to 90 mph at times.

A witness told Eyewitness News the driver tried to make a U-turn but hit the curb and flipped the vehicle.

The vehicle did catch fire but was quickly put out.

The passenger was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Police say the vehicle they were driving was stolen. Investigators say the driver and his passenger were brothers. ABC13

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Six Flags Over Texas Keeping Confederate Flag


Six Flags Over Texas has flown the Confederate States of America flag since the park opened in 1961, and that is not going to change despite growing pressure around the country following the violence in Charlottesville.

The "Stars and bars" was the first official flag of the confederacy. It flies alongside the American flag near the entrance to the park.

The flag features seven stars representing the original Confederate States; South Carolina (Dec. 20, 1860), Mississippi (Jan. 9, 1861), Florida (Jan. 10,1861), Alabama (Jan. 11, 1861), Georgia (Jan. 19, 1861), Louisiana (Jan. 26, 1861), and Texas (Feb. 1, 1861), Sharon Parker, manager for communications, told Chron.com.

The company's logo and flags flown at the park have featured the flags and historical architecture from Spain (1519-1821), France (1685-1690), Mexico (1821-1836), Republic of Texas (1836-1845), Confederate States of America (1861-1865), and United States (1845-1861; 1865-present), Parker added.

"Six Flags Over Texas continues to fly the Confederate States of America Flag and does not fly or sell any variation of the Confederate Battle Flag," Parker said.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cop Demoted For Nude Photos, Then Fired For DWI


A Houston Police Department officer has been relieved of duty after being charged with DWI Tuesday.

Stacey Ann Suro, 47, was relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of an investigation, according to authorities.

Suro was previously demoted from sergeant to officer after she was caught posting photos, some nude, on a website.

KPRC will provide updates on this story when they become available.

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53-Year-Old Debora Killian Missing For 3-Weeks


It’s been three weeks since 53-year-old Debora Killian disappeared.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies say it’s not the first time Killian has run off, but this time, it’s been too long.

“There are some concerns about her being gone so long because in the past there have been issues with mental health as well as substance abuse.” said Captain Crystal Holmes.

Killian was last seen walking away from her home after having an argument with her husband.

According to JCSO, she was reported missing by her husband on July 24th.

A concern for some of her neighbors like Madison Diaz. “I mean she was always outside and very talkative. She was very friendly.” She said.

Deputies say Killian has dealt with mental issues in the past. “Here at the sheriff’s office, we have not had a lot of missing person’s report this year and this is the longest time period we have had someone missing.” Said Holmes. 12NEWSNOW

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

HPD Allowed To Wear Commemorative 9/11 Badges


For the first time, Houston police officers will be allowed to wear 9/11 commemorative badges during September. Chief Art Acevedo said he began this practice in Austin and told KPRC he wanted Houston police officers to be allowed to join in the tradition.

"We can never let people forget the sacrifice of our first responders during what was the single greatest attack on American soil," Acevedo said. "These badges commemorate that sacrifice."

While wearing the 9/11 badge is not mandatory, it did have to be approved by the chief, since it is not part of HPD's official uniform. Houston police officers do have to purchase these badges on their own. An order form for the badge lists the cost at $100.

The badges are made by Absolute Victory Insignia, a company founded by retired police officers. According the company's website, each "museum quality" badge has a lifetime warranty. The badges are customized to show rank or badge number and specific agency. The company states these badges are only available to verified first responders or those honorably retired. CLICK2HOUSTON

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Babysitter Will Not Be Charged In Infant's Death


The baby sitter who placed a 9-month-old infant inside a closet strapped into a car seat so he could sleep will not face criminal charges related to the boy's death, Fort Worth police say.

According to previous reports, the unnamed sitter was caring for a large number of children inside a home on the 600 block of Woodpecker Lane in Northwest Fort Worth on Aug. 7.

Investigators determined the sitter placed the infant, John Norris, in the car seat, and then inside a walk-in closet, so that he could sleep. When the caretaker later checked on the boy, he was deceased.

Police said it appears Norris died in his sleep after sliding down in the car seat and suffocating. They believe he was not strapped in correctly, and the Tarrant County Medical Examiner ruled the boy's death an accident.

Fort Worth police previously said there were no signs of foul play, and on Tuesday said that they do not plan to file any criminal charges in the case.

The boy's mother, Megan Norris, said Aug. 9 the sitter had been caring for her son since January or February and that there were never any red flags or signs that he was being neglected. She said she didn't know if it was a common practice for her son to be placed in a closet to sleep, but that if she'd known that was happening she wouldn't have returned. NBCDFW

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Veteran Without Family Being Laid To Rest Tuesday


An unaccompanied Air Force veteran will be laid to rest in Abilene during a special ceremony Tuesday morning.

Robert "Bob" Merle Doss will be buried at the Texas State Veteran Cemetery 7457 West Lake Road in Abilene. A full military burial service is set to begin at 11:00 a.m.

Texas State Veteran officials are asking anyone who has the opportunity to please come and attend Mr. Doss' burial.

Unaccompanied veteran burials take place to ensure veterans with no loved ones to attend their services are not forgotten or left behind. BIGCOUNTRYHOMEPAGE

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Mom Who Abandoned Baby In Bushes Identified


The Harris County Sheriff's Office announced the mother of a newborn baby found abandoned and covered with ants in a grassy area of an apartment complex in northwest Harris County will be charged.

She will be charged with felony child abandonment.

Sidney Woytasczyk was identified as the baby's mother during court proceedings.

Last week, there was bombshell testimony heard in a Houston courtroom, where a man claiming to be the father of the baby said he had no idea the mother was pregnant.

Deandre Skillern made his way out of the courtroom after claiming before the judge that he's the father.

A neighbor discovered the baby and took video. It shows the newborn, delivered about six hours before, laying naked and alone on the ground. ABC13

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Emily Bauman, Kevin Riggs, Died Smith Co. Wreck


Two people were killed, Sunday, in an afternoon wreck in Smith County.

Emily Bauman, 23, of Flint and Kevin Riggs, 54, were both killed in the crash on FM 2868, just east of Highway 155 S.

DPS says the crash happened around 4:30 during a period of heavy rain.

A preliminary report indicated that Bauman was traveling east on FM 2868 and lost control of the vehicle. She skidded into oncoming traffic and was struck by Riggs' vehicle.

Vicki Riggs, 62, a passenger, was taken to ETMC-Tyler in critical condition.

Kevin Riggs and Bauman were pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Shamburger. KLTV-TV

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Major Weekend Condominium Fire In Rockport TX


Rockport fire investigators have released more information about a fire at the Key Allegro Condominiums.

Firefighters were called at 2:38 p.m. Saturday afternoon after getting several calls of smoke seen coming from the top of a two story condominium.

When crews arrived, investigators say they saw heavy smoke and flames and decided to attack the main part of the fire while other firefighters from Fulton and Lamar Volunteer Fire Departments assisted with spraying down other areas of the condominium outside.

Investigators added due to the construction of the Condominiums having a common attic space multiple ventilation holes were created in the roof to stop the spread of fire and allow smoke to escape.

Two firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and were treated by emergency medical crews at the scene. KRIS-TV

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Remove Confederate Statues?

Storm Damage (Possible Tornado) At Dalhart Airport


Pictures from Zach Dunlap, with Rico Aviation, based at the Dalhart Airport. As you can see, there's been a LOT of damage at the airport and the wind measuring system there measured a 72 mph wind gust. It looks like a few hangars at the airport suffered extensive damage and some dumpsters were blown out on the runway! Zach says that his crew is safe and no injuries occurred there....thank goodness! Thanks Zach and Rico Aviation for the pictures! Steve Kersh



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16-Year-Old John Butler Died After 11-Story Fall


John Butler, 16, passed away after falling from the 11th story of the Western United Life building in Midland on Saturday night.

Details are limited at this time.

The building is located on 304 W. Texas Avenue.

Police are still investigating. The investigation is still in the early stages. NEWSWEST9

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Tornado Or Microburst In Turkey TX

Major Traffic Backup After I-20 Crash Near Abilene


A crash is causing a major traffic backup on Interstate 20 near exit 315 in Callahan County.

According to KTXS in Abilene, the crash happened just before noon.

KTXS reports traffic is being diverted to the access roads after an 18-wheeler collided with a BMW.

KTXS says the female driver of the BMW was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Eastbound and westbound traffic are at a standstill.

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The Pity Train Has Derailed

Robert E Lee Street Sign Vandalized In South Austin


Street signs in South Austin were vandalized with red spray paint this weekend along Robert E Lee Road.

It’s a short road that runs south from Barton Springs Road, along the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum and ends at Rabb Road where the name of the street changes to Melridge Place.

Robert E. Lee was the Confederacy’s top general during the American Civil War, and a statue of him astride a horse is at the center of the chaos that descended upon Charlottesville, Va., on Friday and Saturday.

A moveon.org petition was created in 2015 calling for the name of the Austin street to be changed. It has gathered more than 500 signatures.

The city of Austin says changing the name of a street must be initiated by a council member, a city department or a property owner with property abutting the street. The city council must then pass an ordinance approving the name change.

Sunday, Austin council member Greg Casar was tagged in a post from someone asking for his help to change the street name.

Casar replied and said, “I support renaming this and I am working on it!” KXAN-TV

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Natalie Romero From Houston Injured At Virginia Protest


A Houston woman was one of the 35 people injured when a car plowed into a group of people, killing one, at a white nationalists rally on Saturday.

Natalie Romero, 20, is currently recovering in a hospital in Virginia. She suffered a small skull fracture and multiple injuries to her face.

Her mother, Erica Chaves, says she has talked to her daughter over the phone since Saturday's attack.

Natalie texted her mom Saturday morning and told her she would be attending the white nationalist rally to stand up again racism.

KHOU 11 spoke to Natalie on the phone on Sunday. She told us she was hit by the car that drove into the crowd of people.

She said she isn't sure if she will be physically able to attend the first day of classes when they start later this month.

Her mother has started a GoFundMe account to raise money that will be used to cover her daughter's medical expenses.

Natalie graduated from Houston ISD's Bellaire High School in 2016. She was active in the schools JROTC program.

Chaves says her daughter is the first in her family to attend college and is currently on a full scholarship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Her family immigrated from Colombia before Natalie was born in the U.S.

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Teen Killed After Falling From Midland Skyscraper


A teen is dead after falling from the 11th story of the Western United Life building in Midland on Saturday night.

Details are limited at this time.

The building is located on 304 W. Texas Avenue.

Police expect to have more details Sunday.

READ MORE AT NEWSWEST9

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

'White Lives Matter' Protest At A&M On September 11th


A white nationalist group is reportedly planning a 'White Lives Matter' protest for September 11th on the campus of Texas A&M University.

The organizer Preston Wiginton told the university's newspaper The Battalion he was inspired by today's Unite the Right event in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Wiginton said the event will protest the "liberal anti-white agenda."

Texas A&M said the school does not promote or agree with the organizer's ideas or actions.

Wiginton was responsible for an event last December featuring controversial speaker Richard Spencer.

READ MORE AT ABC13

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Tornado Warning Issued For Area Around Canton Texas


The National Weather Service has issued a tornado

According to NWS, At 7:18 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Canton, moving east at 15 mph.

HAZARD...Tornado and half dollar size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated rotation. IMPACT...Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.

READ MORE AT KLTV

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71-Arrested In McLennan County Prostitution Sting


The latest online undercover prostitution sting by investigators with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office has led to 71 arrests.

The sting was part of the National Johns Suppression Initiative.

"We're going to keep on. We will be targeting child molesters. We're gonna be targeting people that want to get hooked up and have sex with underage kids. And also the 'Johns' that are the sex buyers that are creating demand, " said Sheriff Parnell McNamara in an afternoon news conference.

"Our effort ranked us fifth in the nation in arrests, ahead of New York City and even Los Angeles," added McNamara.

According to the Sheriff, most of the arrests were men from out of town and out of state.

Among those arrested was a former police officer, the son of a federal judge, and a man who ran from police during arrest and rammed two squad cars several times in an effort to escape.

READ MORE AT KWTX

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3-Killed Including 2-Children In Grand Prairie Crash


Authorities are investigating a one-car crash in the Dallas-area that left three people dead, including two young children.

Grand Prairie police say a 26-year-old man was driving at a high speed on Interstate 30 when he lost control of the vehicle and it collided with a concrete light pole base in a median.

Police say a 29-year-old woman died at the scene. Two children - ages 3 and 4 - were taken to a hospital where both died.

The driver was taken to a hospital where he's in serious but stable condition.

Police say the children were in the back seat of the car in regular seat belts, but weren't in child seats.

Police say alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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