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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Should Wesley And Sini Mathews Regain Custody Of Biological Child?


Tomorrow morning, Wesley and Sini Mathews return to court to try and regain custody of their biological child. Child Protective Services removed that child when her adopted sister went missing several weeks ago. Sherin Mathews was later found dead in a culvert less than a half a mile from her Richardson, Texas home.

Sherin’s father, Wesley Mathews’, is in jail and has been charged with felony injury to a child. Her mother, Sini, has not been charged with a crime. Texas CPS is trying to find suitable relatives to take custody of the child who is now living in foster care and has weekly visits with her mother.

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Will You Be Watching NFL Football Today?


Ratings are down, fans are angry, players are protesting, and it appears NFL owners are ready to give their commissioner a raise and contract extension. What is happening in the NFL right now is the same thing I learned about societies in history class, long ago, and that is great nations are not destroyed from the outside, but instead they implode from within.

It’s unbelievable to me that folks in the NFL seem to be the only ones who do not see that their good fortunes are dying. Maybe it was just the right time for the most popular game in America for the past 40-years to take its big nose dive, just like baseball did a few decades ago.

For many NFL fans, it not just one thing that is souring them on the National Football League – but many little things that prove they (the fans) are nothing more than an afterthought to team owners and players. As a huge NFL fan, it hurts me to see the one sport I really love completely falling apart right before my eyes.

Every summer, the one thing that got me through those long hot days was the knowledge that fall would soon arrive and NFL football would be there to keep me going on Monday, Thursday and Sunday. After the past two seasons in the NFL and the fact team owners seem ready to reward the one man who is presiding over its demise, I doubt if it will be long before almost everyone gives up on the NFL. What a terrible loss for millions of fans who love the game.

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Sutherland Springs Church Sanctuary Will Reopen As Memorial, Today


One week ago today, a man who we will not name again walked into a small Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and killed 26- people during Sunday morning services. At 5:00pm today, that same church sanctuary will be opened to the public in a show of support for the victims who died there.

Last week, folks started cleaning out the inside of the church and they are now ready for people to pay their respects to the fallen. At 11:00am this morning, the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs will hold a worship service at a baseball field in town. Everyone is invited to attend.

Gov. Abbott has proclaimed November 12, 2017 as a ‘Day of Prayer’ in Texas.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

2-Double Fatality Wrecks Occurred Saturday In Austin


Two people lost their lives tonight in a fiery crash in Southeast Austin, Texas. According to police, the wreck occurred around 6:00pm on Riverside Dr. and Vargas Rd. The two victims were traveling in the same car, which burst into flames.

The names of the deceased, who were pronounced dead at the scene, have not been released pending notification of the next of kin. Police said, East Riverside Drive is expected to be closed for several hours until at least 9:00pm. This was the second double fatality traffic accident of the day in Austin.

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High School Football Game Forfeited When Officials Didn’t Show Up


Few things are more important to small town Texans than Friday night football and that’s why it was so terrible last night when a game had to be forfeited when officials did not show up to call it.

The game was supposed to take place in Riesel, Texas where the local team was celebrating senior night. The opposing team was from Itasca, which is more than an hour drive away. Both teams showed up to play, but the game could not happen, because the officials were nowhere to be found.

According to news reports, the hometown team Riesel requested officials for the game, but for some still known reason they just didn’t show up.

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Brian Michael Rios, Age 44, Killed In East Texas Motorcycle Crash


Last night, there was a fatal accident on Highway 64 near Edom in Van Zandt County. 44-year-old Brian Michael Rios lost his life when his motorcycle crashed into an SUV driven by Carley Brianne Weishuht (18) of Garland.

Rios was taken to Trinity Mother Francis hospital in Tyler where he died a short time after arrival. This fatal wreck occurred around 7:00pm last night. Police said Weishuht failed to yield the right of way to Rios.

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New Church Sign - ‘We Are Not A Gun Free Zone’


While it takes a little getting used to, some churches are now openly advertising that ‘they are not a gun free zone.' These changes have been happening for years, but many more ‘Houses of Worship’ have joined this trend after the church shootings last week in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

This sign from a church in New York state reads ‘We Are Not A Gun Free Zone.’ Since all mass killers are really nothing more than cowards with a gun, churches have been sadly one of their number one places to freely murder innocent people. Churches have been referred to as ‘soft targets’ by law enforcement for a while now and some of them are saying enough.

While it does surprise me that a church in New York state would post this message on their church sign, you can bet that if churches there are fed up with these cowards killing their members. Churches in Texas will be even more determined to stop another Sutherland Springs event from happening here.

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Simple Ideas To Show A Veteran Your Support, Today!


Millions of Americans love and support veterans, but some folks have never found a way to show that appreciation to them on Veterans Day. Here are two simple ideas you might try today, if you are fortunate enough to see one of these American heroes in person.

Something I have done for years is to buy a meal for a vet or active duty soldier when I see them at a restaurant. If it’s a ‘sit down place’, I usually ask my waiter to bring me their check, so I can pay for their meal. I always ask the waiter to wait until we are gone, before they say anything to them.

Another good place to show support to a veteran is at a movie theater. If you notice a vet in line behind you, simply tell the person in the ticket window that you want to buy an extra movie ticket for the soldier in uniform behind you. Most of the time they are more than happy to do so. Personally, I want my gift to them to be anonymous – but some folks want to see their face when they are given the gift and that's fine, too.

Whether you choose to use one of these ideas or come up with something else on your own, please do something nice for a vet on Veterans Day. We owe so much to these 1% of Americans who are and were willing to give all for the very freedoms we enjoy. Happy Veterans Day!

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Why Did 27-Year-Old Denay Birnie Die In The Parker County Jail?


Hopefully, an autopsy will shed additional light on what happened - because all that is known right now is that Denay Birnie crashed her car into a pole, police suspected she was under the influence and later she was found dead in her jail cell on Thursday morning. Her 2-year-old son was in the car at the time of the crash.

Police did take Birnie to a local Weatherford hospital, which cleared her before she was taken to jail. Maybe she was under the influence of a drug or she might have suffered some kind of medical emergency, which made it appear as though she was intoxicated, but was not. It’s impossible to know right now.

More details as they become available.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

New Law Allows Some Texans To Have DWI Record Sealed From Public


There is a new law in Texas that is more controversial than most. Now, some first time DWI offenders will be able to get their conviction sealed from the public record.

Here are the requirements:
  1. They can't have hurt anyone.
  2. The D.W.I. must be a misdemeanor.
  3. It must be the defendant's first D.W.I.
  4. Their blood alcohol level had to be less than .15.
  5. They cannot have any other convictions.
  6. They must wait at least two years after completion of their sentence to be eligible.

The final decision is made by a judge.

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NAACP Chapter Wants ‘Star Spangled Banner’ Replaced With More Politically Correct Song


A California NAACP chapter has made headlines recently after suggesting the current National Anthem is racist and needs to be changed. The group wants a more politically correct version written to replace the ‘Star Spangled Banner.’ The group believes the current National Anthem celebrates the death of slaves and for that reason, it is racist and must be changed.

Former 49ers player Colin Kaepernich has been taking a knee, the past couple of years, when the ‘Star Spangle Banner’ has been played before football games. It now appears the NAACP is trying to support his efforts by doing away with the current National Anthem altogether. Any type of change to the ‘Star Spangle Banner’ would certainly require an act of Congress and a presidential signature. I can’t image a Republican Congress and President ever going along with this idea.

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Armed Texan Pointed His Gun At Rapist & Said “Get Off Of Her And Get On Your Knees"


Sometimes I think I’m just an old throwback to the past, because stories like this one were very common when I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s. Sadly, not so much these days.

On September 15th around 5:30 in the morning, Josh Williams was out for a run on a Hike and Bike Trail in Austin when he heard a woman screaming. Williams stopped, pointed his flashlight in the direction of the screams and saw a woman being sexually assaulted.

In addition to his flashlight, Josh carries a gun with him too. When he saw what was going on he pointed his firearm at the man and said, “Get Off Of Her, Get On Your Knees, and Show Me Your Hand.” That woman is so blessed Williams was in the right place and at the right time to help her.

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“Pastor” We’re Going To Tear It Down – Too Many Bad Memories


The pastor of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas announced today that the church building where Devin Kelley murdered all those people will be torn down and a memorial built on the site. The church owns another piece of property in the community and the pastor would like to build a new house of worship, there.

Pastor Pomeroy has discussed this idea with leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention who seem receptive to the idea.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler Will Not March In Veteran’s Day Parade


When Austin mayor Steve Adler learned that some of the groups marching in a Veteran’s Day parade there would be carrying Confederate flags, he decided to skip the parade altogether and volunteer at a food bank, which serves veterans as well.

A special thank you to all veterans. Saturday is Veterans Day, so take time to ‘thank a vet’ for all they do and have done for this nation.

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November 7th, 2000 - The Last Day No One Died On Texas Roadways


Wow, I always knew a bunch of folks died in traffic accidents in Texas – but I had no idea it had been 17-years since we had a day when no one was killed. The state of Texas is starting a new campaign called ‘End The Streak Tx’ with the goal of going back to November 2000 and having, at least, one more day when no one is killed on the roads of Texas.

I wish them luck, but I wouldn’t hold my breathe hoping that happens. There are more people living in Texas today than ever and, if you’ve driven lately you know it’s very dangerous out there. Drivers are tired, angry, drunk and checking their cell phones everywhere you go. It seems impossible this new campaign will be successful, but who knows? Maybe the weather will be so bad, statewide, one day, that no one will be able to drive?

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Will Texans Ever Support Additional Gun Control Laws?


Simply put, the answer is no and it’s understandable the reasons why. While many in the media love to point fingers at Texans and refer to us as nothing more than a bunch of dumb rednecks. The truth is many Texans might support some additional gun safety ideas, but we all know it would not end there.

Liberals in Congress and the media have made it their mission in life to not only take away guns from law abiding citizens, but their real goal is to abolish the Second Amendment all together. My thinking is, if you give an inch on any kind of new gun restrictions, liberals will take a mile.

Another reason why Texans will not support new gun control laws is they just don’t work. Most of the laws already on the books when it comes to firearms aren’t working, so why would adding new ones be any better? The truth liberals refuse to admit is that tougher gun control laws only hurt law-abiding citizens.

No criminal is going to waste their time lining up for a background check they cannot pass. Instead, they will seek out illegal means to purchase a firearm and no gun control law will prevent that from happening. In today’s crazy messed up world, few Texans want to hit the hay at night, without a firearm at their side to keep their family safe from harm.

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Texas Woman Hit By 9-Vehicles - No Drivers Stopped To Help Her


In late October, a young woman named Brittany Spears (27) was walking along the side of Highway 249 in Houston when she was killed after 9-different vehicles ran over her. Police have not made an arrest in that case. Brittany is the third person to be struck and killed by hit and run drivers on that stretch of road, recently.

Residents in the area are trying to get TXDOT to improve lighting on HWY 249, but funds for that request are still pending with the state of Texas. Terrible accidents happen in Texas every day, but I don’t remember ever hearing a story as horrible as this one.

More than likely, Brittany died when that first vehicle hit her. However, it’s hard for me to believe that nine fellow Texans would care so little about the welfare of someone else, that they would run over someone and refuse to stop and offer help. Please pray for Brittney’s family.

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James Bryan Whisenant Charged With Murder Of 92-Year-Old


Murder charges were filed today in the death of 92-year-old Jimmie Tallon Whisenant. James Bryan Whisenant, age 20, was arrested by police in McAllen, Texas on a murder warrant. No other details are available at this time.

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Jerry Jones Hires Attorney To Stop Roger Goodell’s Contract Extension


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is still fuming over NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to continue to pursue a six-game suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott. Jones is so angry that he placed a conference call to the owners of six teams and told them he had hired a high-profile lawyer (David Boies) and announced to them, he would sue the NFL, if Goodell’s contract extension is approved by league owners.

2017 has been a difficult year for the National Football League and it's problems don’t seem to be going away. Ratings are down, players and fans are protesting, and folks can only image the amount of money those owners are losing compared to years past. Things are about to get interesting in the NFL.

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