Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Man Connected To Houston Boy Scouts, Ulf Gerrit Lueders, Arrested

Houston police say sex crime charges have been filed against a man who had access to children through the Boy Scouts of America.

HPD says Ulf Gerrit Lueders, 41, is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child and online solicitation of a minor.

According to HPD, Lueders was involved in the Boy Scouts of America's Sam Houston Area Council and was associated with Troop 111, Ship 846 and Crew 762, which are located in north Houston.

“Investigators believe there may be additional victims and are asking anyone whose children had interaction with Lueders to speak with their children,” HPD stated in a press release. KHOU

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5-Children & Their Mother Died In A House Fire Near Silsbee Last Night

The bodies of five children, ranging in age from 3 to 11 years old, and their mother were found inside a home that burned in a fire in rural southeast Texas overnight.

Hardin County Sheriff's Department said the house fire happened on a property four miles north of the city of Silsbee.

Emergency crews said the fire was on one of two homes on the property. Neighbors who saw the home fully involved in flames first called 911.

According to authorities, the victims included a 3-year-old boy, twin 4-year-old boys, a 7-year-old girl, an 11-year-old boy, and a 31-year-old woman, who was believed to be the children's mother.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. ABC13

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Andrew Henckel From Kerrville Charged With Murdering His 6-Year-Old Nephew

A 19-year-old Kerrville man is accused of murdering his nephew in the Seattle area.

Investigators say they found the body of Dayvid Pakko, 6, near Lynnwood, Washington, on Tuesday morning. Family members reported the little boy missing on Monday.

The Snohomish Co. Sheriff’s Office arrested a man, who family identifies as Andrew Henckel, for first-degree murder.

The suspect’s father, Randy Henckel, said Andrew had been staying with family there for about a week when he was asked to babysit his nephew, Dayvid. When they spoke Monday night, Randy said Andrew told him he woke up to other relatives arriving home, but the boy was missing.

Deputies say Andrew later confessed to drowning the 6-year-old in a bathtub, then dumping the body in a dumpster. NEWS4SANANTONIO

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84-Year-Old Woman Fired For Picking Up $1 Off The Floor At Walmart

At 84 years old, grandmother Frankie Ruffino loved her job at Walmart.

"I was hired as a greeter, which is what I wanted to be," said Ruffino. "I gave it my all, that's all I can say, never came late."

When her health declined, she became a telephone operator in the Brenham supercenter.

"I wanted to work real bad," said Ruffino.

She had a spotless record she says, not one issue in nearly a decade of service. A few weeks ago, she was closing like she did most nights, when she spotted something in the aisle.

"I found a dollar bill on the floor, just one dollar bill," said Ruffino.

It was late, so she picked it up, put it on her walker and drove home to Burton, Texas. The next day her managers called her in.

"She said did you find some money yesterday, I said yes, I picked up a dollar bill, here it is right there," said Ruffino.

She later finished that shift, but when she came back the following day, Ruffino heard words she'd never thought she'd hear.

"She said I need your badge and your vest," said Ruffino. "You have been let go because of your integrity." KHOU

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Please Share This New Picture Of Missing Richardson Child Sherin Mathews

Sherin Mathews, 3, was last seen at around 3 a.m. Oct. 7 when, according to an arrest affidavit, her father, Wesley Mathews, 37, forced her to stand next to a tree in an alley behind the house as punishment for not drinking her milk.

When he went outside about 15 minutes later, the girl was gone, the affidavit said.

Videos of the girl posted on public Facebook page show the youngster singing Happy Birthday and playing at church.

The girl’s father waited about five hours before he reported the toddler missing, authorities say.

Mathews said he decided to wait until dawn to search further and passed the time by doing laundry.

He didn’t report that the girl was missing until around 8 a.m.Oct. 7.

But police have determined that Mathews’ 2013 Acura MDX SUV was gone from the family’s home between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Oct. 7.

“We are asking for residents and business owners within an area where this vehicle could have traveled within that hour to review and preserve any video possibly containing this vehicle, police said. KWTX

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Woman Beat Up Teenager At Corpus Christi School & It Was Caught On Tape

Officers with the Corpus Christi Independent School District police are looking for a woman seen in a cell phone video beating up a teen girl at Miller High School.

It happened just before 7 p.m. Monday in the courtyard at Miller High School.

The CCISD said they have watched the video and are looking for the woman. They said she will be charged with assault.

The student in the video is 18.

If you recognize the woman in the video, call police at 361-886-2600. KCENTV

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Young Man Drowned 6-Year-Old Boy, Then Dump His Body In A Dumpster

A 19-year-old Kerrville man was booked on first-degree murder in the Snohomish County Jail after his 6-year-old relative was allegedly drowned thrown in a nearby dumpster.

On Tuesday, the 19-year-old allegedly admitted to police that he committed the crime.

The teen was visiting family in Lynnwood, Washington.

Dayvid Pakko's body was found Tuesday morning after Pakko was reported missing from his apartment complex in the 15700 block of 44th Avenue West on Monday afternoon. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said Pakko stayed home from school Monday because he was sick. His mother was at work.

Pakko's body was found just before 2 a.m. by deputies in a dumpster around the corner from the front door of the apartment where Pakko lived.

The sheriff's office said there is evidence of homicide.

Ireton said it wasn't immediately clear if the man in custody was the person watching Pakko before his disappearance Monday.

There are no other suspects, according to Ireton. KENS5

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Roofers Pause & Put Hand Over Heart When National Anthem Is Played

A photo of three roofers in Maine who paused while the national anthem played at a high school nearby their job site has gone viral.

The photo, posted on Facebook over the weekend by user Michelle Lyons Cossar, shows the three roofers with their hands across their chests as the national anthem played at Waterville High School during a football game.

According to Cossar's post, the men could hear the anthem play due to how close they were to the school and be seen from the stands at the game.

"From behind the stands, we hear, 'Hey, look! They aren't kneeling.' When I turn to see who said it, this is what I saw...three men roofing a house and respecting the flag," Cossar said in the post.

Several other people had taken pictures of the patriotic act and shared on social media platforms, with hopes the photo would go viral and recognized by the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and others. KFDA

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1000 Feet High "Will You Marry Me" Proposal In Texas

A Texas pilot is on cloud nine after coming up with a unique proposal: asking his girlfriend to marry him while flying 1,000 feet in the air.

Nick Cannan received his pilot’s license a few days before, and decided to take his girlfriend, Kerryn Beattie, for a ride. He set up a camera to record her reaction as he took off and flew around near Frisco, Texas.

“See something down there?” Cannan asked as they passed over a field.

On the ground below was a series of large, white signs spelling out “KEZ I (HEART) U! WILL YOU MARRY ME?”

“At first I looked and I was like, ‘Wow, somebody’s doing that for their girlfriend,’ because of the angle we were at,” Beattie said. “And as we went over it, I saw my name and I just about died.”

She said yes. KXAN

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Joe Clowers (Union Grove) Killed 400+ Pound Wild Feral Hog On His Property

Most locals know that wild hogs are a huge problem in Texas, especially in rural areas, and they are increasingly invading even more developed suburbs.

This week, a man named Joe Clowers in Union Grove, Texas killed a 416-pound wild hog that had been wreaking havoc on his property.

Texas is home to the largest feral hog population in the United States, with an estimated 4 million hogs statewide. It's safe to say that hogs are one of the most hated animals in Texas along with mosquitoes, fire ants, bed bugs, snakes and rats.

At least you can kill and eat most everything from a hog. The same can't be said of those other vermin.

The wild hogs that mildly terrorize Texans are the progeny of domestic hogs and European wild hogs from way back when.

Texas' feral hogs are omnivores with a nondiscriminatory palate. Since they will eat anything hunters looking to bait them into certain areas can use most anything edible.

The hog was taken down with an AR-15, according to Clowers, and shared that the hog had been a constant nuisance for five years.

He had preyed on the fawns in the area and Clowers added that he always stayed armed when visiting his deer feeders in case the hog in question charged him. CHRON

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Richardson Police Are Using Drones Today Searching For Sherin Mathews

Police are searching an area in Richardson for signs of a missing 3-year-old girl.

"We are involved in their own search right now. We have not organized any civilian search at this time,” Sgt. Kevin Perlich, a spokesman for the Richardson Police Department.

Perlich said he could not go into any more detail about the search and asked the media not to reveal the exact location. Video showed officers working with drones in a field and scanning a creek.

Sherin Mathews was last seen on the morning of Oct. 7 at 3 a.m. Her adoptive father, Wesley Mathews, told police he left her by a tree in the alley as punishment for not drinking her milk. When he returned about 15 minutes later he said she was gone.

The little girl’s father didn’t report her missing until 8 a.m. that morning. He admitted to doing laundry and police said his SUV also left the house before he called for help. He has since been charged with abandoning or endangering a child. FOX4NEWS

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118 Police Officers Killed, 57K Assaulted In 2016 According To FBI Report

A total of 118 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2016, according to the FBI’s annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report released today. Of those deaths, 52 were accidental and 66 were felonious.

Additionally, 57,180 officers were assaulted in the line of duty, with nearly 30 percent of those officers being injured in the incidents.

All of these numbers increased from figures reported in 2015, when 45 officers died accidentally and 41 were feloniously killed in the line of duty. There were 50,212 assaults against law enforcement listed in the 2015 LEOKA report.

Through its Uniform Crime Reporting Program, the FBI collects data about the circumstances surrounding assaults against law enforcement and officer deaths. The data is collected from campus, local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as FBI field offices and non-profit organizations that track line-of-duty deaths. The LEOKA Program uses the data it collects to provide data-driven officer safety training to law enforcement officers around the country. FBI

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Owner Paid $8000 In Airport Parking Fees After Leaving SUV For 23-Months

The Midland International Air and Spaceport is not fining the owners of the vehicle, but they did have to pay 23 months worth of parking fees.

Spot 58, where the Yukon was originally parked, looked much different Monday than it did a week ago, let alone 23 months ago.

"It's my understanding that he got in his car and drove away just like everybody else," Justine Ruff, Director of Operations at the airport said.

We're told the owner of the suv, which had been parked there since November 2015, came to the airport and drove through the airport parking station. According to airport officials, there was a price to be paid before they could leave the property; $8000 in parking fees to be exact.

"If we had towed that car a year ago, we wouldn't have gotten that money," Ruff said.

After our original story aired, questions surrounded the owner of the SUV: Did they forget their car was parked there? If not, why did they wait so long to pick it up? CBS7

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Watch Again Jessica McClure's 1987 Rescue From A Well In Midland Texas

On this day in 1987, in an event that had viewers around the world glued to their televisions, 18-month-old Jessica McClure is rescued after being trapped for 58 hours in an abandoned water well in Midland, Texas.

The drama unfolded on the morning of October 14, 1987, when McClure fell through the 8-inch-wide opening of an abandoned well while playing with other children in the backyard of her aunt’s home day-care center. After dropping about 22 feet into the well, the little girl became stuck. Over the next two-and-a-half days, crews of rescue workers, mining experts and local volunteers labored around the clock to drill a shaft parallel to the one in which McClure was trapped. They then tunneled horizontally through dense rock to connect the two shafts. A microphone was lowered into the well to keep tabs on the toddler, who could be heard crying, humming and singing throughout the ordeal.

On the night of October 16, a bandaged and dirt-covered but alert Baby Jessica, as she became widely known, was safely pulled out of the well by paramedics. By that time, scores of journalists had descended on Midland, a West Texas oil city, and the rescue was carried out on live television before a massive audience. HISTORY

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If You Had Your Identity Stolen, You Might Have A Criminal Record

You could have a criminal record right now and not even know it. The major problem is expected to get much bigger, and it's all due to identity theft.

When you think of identity theft, you may think about someone opening a bank account in your name or using your credit card numbers for purchases you never made.

But when crooks have your name, address and Social Security number, they can do much more.

Fake IDs can be made with your stolen information. Crooks can cash bad checks and even hand over the fake ID to officers if they're being arrested. It's no longer their name on the record, but yours.

It happened to Adrien Boyd. She's a member of the military and was deployed when someone stole her identity and used it to commit financial crimes in her name.

"She had a hindering apprehension, injury to a child, assault, failure to appear — she had done quite a few things with my name, Social Security number," Boyd said.

Most of us monitor our credit report, but how often do you check to see if you were arrested? NBCDFW

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Man Googled "How To Rob A Bank" Then Went Out And Did It

A man robbed a bank after searching Google to find out how to do it.

William Joe Johnson, 26, tried to rob a bank in Florida on Oct. 5.

Once inside the bank, the suspect approached the bank teller, implied he had a gun and demanded cash, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Johnson made out with an undisclosed amount of cash and was found in a hotel room and arrested on Oct. 9.

When detectives interviewed Johnson he told them he was in need of money and searched "how to rob a bank" on Google, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Johnson, who was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, reportedly used the money for rent, utilities and drugs. KSAT

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New Carbon Monoxide Treatment Could Save The Lives Of Snake Bite Victims

A University of Arizona researcher developing a therapy to prevent or delay the dangerous results of rattlesnake and other venomous snakebites in humans has shown that a combination of carbon monoxide and iron inhibits snake venom's effects for up to an hour in animals, a major advance in bringing the treatment to market.

Snake venom is hemotoxic — destructive to the ability of blood to clot — and can cause the destruction of fibrinogen, an essential protein that enables blood to clot and stop excessive bleeding. Snake-venom enzymes also can cause abnormally fast clotting, which can lead to heart attack, stroke and damage to the body's organs. Both reactions are inhibited by the therapy.

Dr. Vance G. Nielsen, professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, has confirmed that, if given soon enough after a snake bite, the carbon monoxide-iron-based therapy directly can inhibit snake venom's ability to block blood clotting in laboratory animals for as long as an hour. Nielsen also demonstrated for the first time in the test tube that the therapy blocks snake venom's ability to cause abrupt clotting. The findings recently were published in the journals Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology and the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis.

Time is of the essence following exposure to rattlesnake venom because without fibrinogen, blood does not clot and the risk of internal bleeding increases, resulting in serious health consequences such as blood entering the brain or intestines. In addition, abnormally fast clotting in the blood vessels can deplete clotting factors and cause excessive bleeding or the clots can block blood vessels, causing lethal loss of blood flow to tissue. ARIZONAEDU

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Jemele Hill's 2-Week Suspension Is More Like A 2-Week Vacation With Pay

An ESPN host who got sidelined for two weeks after calling President Trump a "white supremacist" and urging people to boycott Dallas Cowboys' advertisers will pocket an estimated $40,000 or more during her time in the sports network's penalty box.

Jemele Hill was suspended for repeatedly violating the company’s social media guidelines, but the punishment comes with a paycheck, according to a tweet from author James Miller, who literally wrote the book on ESPN.

The Bristol, Conn.- based network declined to comment, but an ESPN insider familiar with the salaries of other on-air talent said that most “SportsCenter” anchors are paid a salary that is “quite significant” and estimated that Hill makes over $1 million per year. Hill, along with co-host Michael Smith, anchor the relatively new “SC6,” a modern version of “SportsCenter” with a urban feel at airs at 6 p.m. ET.

Hill first made waves last month when she called Trump a “white supremacist” and violated the company’s social media guidelines a second time earlier this week when she encouraged fans to boycott the advertisers of a major ESPN partner.

Hill called on fans to take indirect action against the Dallas Cowboys after owner Jerry Jones told players they would be benched if they didn't stand up during the national anthem.

“Change happens when advertisers are impacted,” Hill wrote. “If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers.”

ESPN, the network that employs Hill, agreed to pay $15.2 billion in 2011 to air the NFL’s “Monday Night Football,” according to The New York Times. The Cowboys are among the most popular teams in the NFL and appear frequently in high-profile primetime games.

“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines. She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how much individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such action would have consequences. Hence this decision,” an ESPN spokesman said in a statement. FOXNEWS

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Texas Man Admitted To Stealing Over One Million Dollars Worth Of Fajitas

The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office has beef with one Juvenile Justice Department employee, alleging he stole $1.2 million worth of fajitas during the past nine years.

The Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department does not serve fajitas.

“If it wasn’t so serious, you’d think it was a Saturday Night Live skit. But this is the real thing,” District Attorney Luis V. Saenz said.

On Aug. 7, Gilberto Escaramilla took a day off to go to a medical appointment. A driver from Labatt Food Service in Harlingen — the Juvenile Justice Department’s meat vendor — called the kitchen to inform it of an 800-pound delivery of fajitas.

The woman who answered the phone said the driver was mistaken, and that the kitchen did not serve fajitas. That was when the driver told her he had been delivering fajitas to the Juvenile Justice Department for the past nine years, Saenz said.

“The receiver of the call rushes off to the supervisor and conveys to her the discussion that had been had, and that breaks the case,” Saenz said. “When Mr. Escaramilla reports to work the next day, he is confronted with the discussion and he admits he had been stealing fajitas for nine years.” BROWNSVILLEHEARLD

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Many Injured In Lake Pontchartrain Louisiana Oil Rig Explosion Sunday

An oil rig exploded Sunday night in Lake Pontchartrain in St. Charles Parish, a Louisiana police department said.

Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor said Sunday evening that rescue boats were being sent from the Kenner Boat Launch, and that officials with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office are assisting, The Times-Picayune reported .

There were “a lot of injuries,” many of them serious, with at least seven confirmed and more expected, McGregor said.

Initial reports said six people were injured and one person was missing. No additional details on the status of the injured have been given. No deaths have been reported.

Reports came into the Emergency Operations center around 7:15 p.m. of fire and smoke being seen from Lake Pontchartrain, Jefferson Parish spokesman Antwan Harris said in a news release Sunday night.

“Several people have been rescued from the active fire on the rig,” Harris said.

“Authorities on the scene report that cleaning chemicals ignited on the surface of the oil rig platform,” the City of Kenner Government posted on its Facebook page Sunday evening. DFWCBSLOCAL

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West High School Football Player Hunter Bleidt Seriously Injured Friday

A West High School football player who was seriously injured in Friday night’s rivalry game against Whitney, has survived surgery and will likely not be paralyzed.

Family of WHS sophomore Hunter Bleidt, 16, said he went into surgery Saturday night after three of his vertebrae (C3, C4, and C5) were fractured or broken in an altercation with a player on the opposing team.

According to Bleidt’s older sister, Heather Perry, Bleidt, who was playing on special teams, and the other player both ‘got tripped up,’ and the other player fell on her brother who landed on his head, pushing all his weight onto his neck, damaging the vertebrae.

“He’s a lot better today after surgery,” his sister said.

“He’s ok and he’s not paralyzed, it could have been so much worse, but who knows what other problems he’s going to have after this because he has a plate now in his neck and some screws and a bracket.”

While she didn’t think it was intentional or malicious, Perry said she thought the other player was being overly aggressive, and after watching film saw the player was constantly pulling on her brother’s jersey and blocking in the back, which is against the rules. KWTX

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Legal Expert: "There Are No Free Speech Rights In A Private Workplace"

The firestorm continues over Jerry Jones' remarks that he would bench any player who does not stand during the National Anthem.

Some have praised his stance while others have slammed it as misguided, accusing the Cowboys owner of trampling on his players First Amendment rights.

But legal experts say on this particular matter, the law is on Jones' side.

"This surprises a lot of people," said Rogge Dunn, a founding partner of Clouse Dunn LLP in Dallas, which specializes in employment and labor law. "But you don't have free speech rights in your place of private employment."

Dunn says in a court of law, free speech is only protected when dealing with the government or a public agency. Within a private workplace, employers have the legal right to set standards for their employees, and discipline those who do not abide by them.

"If you have players kneeling, that presents an image that Mr. Jones may or may not want," said Dunn. "Some of the other [NFL] owners may say that's an image I do want, and I'm glad that you're kneeling. But certainly the law allows a business owner to set the tone for how they want their employees to appear in the workplace and in the public."

Dunn says employees do have a legal protections when it comes to job terms and conditions, which include things like pay and working environment.

But because players across the NFL are kneeling as a form of political protest, he believes it falls outside that scope, which is why he thinks any legal action against Jones, including a recent complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board, will ultimately fail. NBCDFW

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2 Pflugerville Massage Workers Busted By Undercover Police Officers

Two massage workers were arrested Thursday after offering to perform sex acts to undercover police officers.

Yahong Li and Yun Li were working at the Green Leaf Day Spa in the 2700 block of Pecan Street in Pflugerville.

Police said two undercover investigators came in the spa and requested one hour long body massage each.

According to court documents, they each paid $60 for their massages, but during their session Yahong and Yun stopped to offer sexual services to both officers.

The women offered the officers a sex act for an extra $60. Yahong also offered to remove her clothing for an additional $40.

Yahong and Yun were arrested for prostitution, a Class B Misdemeanor. CBSAUSTIN

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Marissa Monica Cano Arrested For Beating 2-Teenagers With A Bat

Deputies arrested a woman in San Antonio on Sunday and charged her with beating two teenagers with an aluminum bat.

Marissa Monica Cano, 38, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Authorities became aware of the beatings after a 15-year-old victim escaped the house where he was being kept on Saturday and ran to a Sonic in the 3000 block of TPC Parkway for help. There, someone helped him call 911.

An arrest affidavit said the 15-year-old had severe injuries and required immediate medical attention. The child suffered "severe bruising to the back, buttocks, upper thighs, upper arms" and had open wounds, the document said.

The 15-year-old had injuries consistent with those of a victim of continuous child abuse. Investigators estimated he had been abused for "several years."

Sheriff Javier Salazar said the teen was also emaciated and told investigators Cano was abusing two others.

"Not only did he suffer some pretty substantial injuries, the young man was severley underweight. For a 15-year-old boy, he's only about 70 pounds."

The teen told deputies Cano abused him, an 8-year-old girl and a 17-year-old male -- often beating them with the baseball bat, starving them and locking them in a garage. The kids are related to each other, but not related to Cano.

Salazar said they are often left in Cano's care. KSAT

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Says Now, NFL Owners Are Colluding Against Him Because Of Protest

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a collusion grievance against NFL owners under the collective bargaining agreement, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports' Mike Jones.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the filing had not been made public. Kaepernick has hired his own lawyer to represent him, the person said.

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman was the first to report the news.

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said the league had no comment.

Kaepernick has remained unsigned through the season after opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March. General manager John Lynch said the quarterback would have been cut had he not opted to do so.

Kaepernick has remained in the spotlight after kneeling during the national anthem throughout last season to protest police brutality and racial inequality. Protests became more widespread throughout the league after President Trump repeatedly called for players who do not stand during the anthem to be fined or suspended. Seven 49ers players chose to kneel during the anthem Sunday against the Washington Redskins. WFAA

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Parts Of The Texas Panhandle Under Frost Advisory Tonight & Monday

National Weather Service Amarillo TX
250 PM CDT Sun Oct 15 2017

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Including the cities of Vega, Amarillo, Hereford, and Canyon
250 PM CDT Sun Oct 15 2017


The National Weather Service in Amarillo has issued a Frost
Advisory, which is in effect from midnight tonight to 9 AM CDT

* Temperatures...Lows in the mid 30s.

* Impacts...The frost will kill sensitive outdoor plants.


A Frost Advisory means that minimum temperatures of 33 to
36 degrees are expected with wind speeds less than 10 mph and
generally clear skies. These conditions may or may not cause
frost to develop. However...sensitive plants may be killed if
left uncovered.

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Victim Said They Were Kidnapped By Person In Halloween Costume

College Station police say a resident reported being kidnapped Saturday evening. The victim was eventually released unharmed.

According to the victim, he or she was approached in the 1300 block of Harvey Mitchell Parkway by a man in a Halloween costume with a weapon. The man forced the victim to drive into a rural part of Brazos County, where they were blindfolded and forced to walk into the woods. The victim said they then heard a second voice in the woods talking to the kidnapper. According to police, the kidnapper returned the victim’s property shortly after and walked away from the area.

The victim said they were not injured, and they could not provide an accurate description of the kidnapper.

The case is currently under investigation and additional information was not immediately available from the College Station Police Department. KWTX

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Little Boy Opens Donut Shop So He Can Give Away Free Ones To COPS

A six-year-old boy who wants to become a police officer is showing his appreciation in his own special way.

Oliver Davis lives in Kansas and said while other kids look up to Spider-Man or the Hulk, it's the boys in blue who are the greatest heroes to him.

To celebrate their contributions to the community, Oliver decided to give the officers some Vitamin "O" by opening his very own donut shop on his street.

He handed out refreshments and those delicious donuts to officers in the area.

Oliver said he wants to spread a message of gratitude to the men and women in uniform. ABC13

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Read Police Chief's Statement After COPS Refused Service At Whataburger

"The Denison Police Department enjoys great support from most of our community and our businesses. I get it, especially with the anti-police rhetoric from the national media and police-hate groups we see in the country, that many people buy into that rhetoric and dislike police. Most of those that I have come across in my career that hate cops are very familiar with us because many have a lengthy history of arrests or have friends or family members with such a history. I get all this and we get used to it for the most part.

But when 2 of my officers were refused service by an employee of a local restaurant on October 14 just after midnight, then cursed by that employee and the on-duty manager's only response is, "I don't get into politics", that concerns me. If a business does not want police officers as customers, just let us know. There's no need to curse us and make a scene, just let us know you don't want us there and we'll go somewhere else.

Now going somewhere else in Denison in the middle of the night is not easy because our officers don't have many options. What really gets my goat with such an incident is that while most of us are sleeping sleeping!, the officers are out there working hard to keep us safe and when trying to take a break to eat they face this type of reception from an employee of a local business and management calls it "politics"? The employee also said she would continue to refuse to serve officers. Now we know and rest assured officers will no longer patronize this business. Many of the officers also fear food-tampering with an attitude like this from such an employee.

As we most always try to do when there is a conflict, a police supervisor went to the restaurant and asked to speak to the employee in an effort to understand why she felt the way she did toward police. The employee alleged "cops beat up my boyfriend and are racists". When questioned further, the employee said her boyfriend was "beat up" when arrested by DPD a few weeks ago. The police supervisor went to the station and found the documentation of the arrest, then reviewed the video or audio of the arrest from the arresting officer's dash cam. It was a "routine" arrest. There was no physical altercation and no one injured. So the employee was simply lying about her boyfriend getting "beat up" by police.

I've seen similar service refusal stories like this around the state and country but never thought we'd see it locally. Yet, while disappointing that this one business takes or supports such an anti-police stance, we relish in the fact the majority of the Denison businesses and citizens we serve greatly support us and what we do to try to keep our community safe.

Oh, one last thing……Even though this one business accepts employees that refuse to serve and then curse cops, I guarantee you when they call 9-1-1 and need us, we'll come running. That's what cops do."

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Almost 200 Pound 60-Year-Old Alligator Gar Fish Caught In Brazos River

A man fishing on the Brazos River caught a well-aged fish when he reeled in a 60-year-old alligator gar last month.

Angler Isaac Avery of Longview caught the 197-pound, 7.39-foot fish while bow fishing on Sept. 9. It is among the oldest fish aged and documented by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Michael Baird, a biologist with the department, said in a release that the fish was tagged by researchers a few years ago.

"I tagged this fish near Tawakoni Creek, a large Brazos River tributary just down from Waco, back in March 2012 while doing a mark-recapture study," Baird said. "It appears she hadn't moved much since we tagged her in 2012, and she grew approximately 2.55 inches since tagging."

The department determined the fish is 60 years old. It was most likely born during a flood in the Waco area between April to July in 1957.
"What we've seen is that fish over the age of 50 typically come from times when these huge flood pulses occurred, and those events likely create giant year classes of these fish," research biolosit David Buckmeier said in a release.

While Avery's alligator gar is big, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials say Texas rivers and lakes hold bigger alligator gars. Angler Marty McClellan holds the state bow-fishing record for alligator gar in 2001 after catching an 8 foot, 290 pound fish for the Trinity River.

The world record for alligator gar was caught in Mississippi in 2011 when an 8-foot 5 inch, 327-pound fish was caught. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department examined the fish and estimated its age at 95 years. CHRON

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Early Morning Accident Killed Miniature Horses On Houston Freeway

Police say a major accident with a trailer on the Southwest Freeway resulted in the death of some miniature horses early Sunday morning.

According to the Houston Police Department, the accident happened around 12:15 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Highway 59 near Beechnut.

Police say a man in a minivan slammed into the back of a pickup truck with a trailer of nearly dozen miniature horses, and two of them died.

The trailer driver wasn't hurt, but the other driver was transported to the hospital. The freeway was shut down for several hours. KHOU

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Wesley Mathews Parents Told Newspaper They Love Sherin As Did Their Son

Today marks seven days since Sherin Mathews was reportedly last seen by her father.

The three-year-old’s disappearance has made headlines around the world.

The three-year-old special needs girl was reportedly last seen by her father seven days ago.

Wesley Mathews told police that he made his adopted daughter stand by a tree, located one hundred feet from their house, at 3 a.m. as punishment for not drinking her milk.

Mathews said he came back outside about 15 minutes later and she was gone.

He went searching for her then returned home hoping she would come back on her own, according to Richardson police.

Mathews then thought daylight would help in her search.

Indian digital newspaper, The News Minute, spoke with Wesley Mathew’s parents who live in Southern India.

They were asked about Sherin. “We love her. My son did too. If they didn’t love her, why would they adopt her,” they asked.

The Mathews adopted Sherin from an Indian orphanage one year ago and told police they had been trying to put weight on the malnourished girl.

On Wednesday, the attorney representing the girl’s mother said Sherin had an eating disorder that the Mathews were trying to fix. NBCDFW

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Elizabeth Guerra Arrested For Intoxication Manslaughter Of Robert Perales

A 25-year-old McAllen woman was charged in connection to a fatal crash that occurred Thursday morning.

Police say Valerie Elizabeth Guerra, 25, of McAllen failed to yield the right of way near the intersection of Main Street and Pecan Boulevard and subsequently collided with a motorcylist, later identified as 31-year-old

Robert Perales III of Donna, according to the criminal complaint against her.

Perales was pronounced dead on the scene.

During a body search, McAllen police found a bag with a powdery white substance inside Guerra's left rear pocket, according to the criminal complaint. The substance later tested postive for cocaine.

After conducting several field sobriety tests, McAllen police arrested Guerra.

She was charged with intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a state jail felony. VALLEYCENTRAL

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30-Years-Ago Today "Baby Jessica McClure" Fell In A Well Shaft In Midland

It was 30 years ago today, Oct. 14, 1987, when 18-month-old Jessica McClure fell down an 8-inch-diameter well shaft in Midland, Texas, in her aunt’s backyard. That was the beginning of 58 hours of continuous news coverage and the rapt attention of the entire nation.

“Baby Jessica,” as she became known, was trapped 22 feet below ground with her right leg upright. I remember praying for her as did many throughout the country while she suffered through an ordeal of which, thankfully, she says today she has no memory.

My wife and I had a baby boy nearly the same age as Jessica, and we felt sick and horrified at what she and her parents must have been going through during that awful time.

It was a rescue that was first anticipated would require only a short time to complete. But the rock in the ground and the lack of necessary equipment complicated matters. The final plan to drill a shaft next to the well and then a tunnel to her position ended up taking until Oct. 16 to complete. In the meantime, according to press coverage of the event, Baby Jessica could be heard singing “Winnie the Pooh” songs from time to time, assuring anxious bystanders she was still alive.

Hundreds of people, including paramedics, drilling experts and contractors, were working around the clock to try to save her life.

In the end, of course, she was rescued. Paramedic Robert O’Donnell of the Midland Fire Department crawled through the tunnel, pulled McClure from the the well and managed to hand her to fellow paramedic Steve Forbes, who carried her on up to the surface.

The nation rejoiced. She was alive.

Jessica had to have a toe amputated because of gangrene from loss of circulation while she was in the well and had several surgeries over the years. But life went on. NEWSSENTINEL

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Manager Did Nothing As Whataburger Employee Refused To Serve COPS

A worker at a Texas fast-food restaurant was fired after she refused to serve two police officers, the company said Saturday.

In a lengthy post on the Denison Police Department's Facebook page, Chief Jay Burch alleged the officers were cursed at by the employee and that the restaurant manager’s only response was “I don’t get into politics.”

“If a business does not want police officers as customers, just let us know,” Burch wrote. “There’s no need to curse us and make a scene, just let us know you don’t want us there and we’ll go somewhere else.”

He added, "Now going somewhere else in Denison in the middle of the night is not easy because our officers don’t have many options. What really gets my goat with such an incident is that while most of us are sleeping – sleeping!, the officers are out there working hard to keep us safe and when trying to take a break to eat – they face this type of reception from an employee of a local business and management calls it 'politics'?" FOX7AUSTIN

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San Antonio-Randolph Base On Lockdown After High Speed Chase

Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph is on lockdown after a high-speed chase led a driver to the base.

Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office deputies were in pursuit of a driver in a stolen vehicle that turned into a high-speed chase.

The person driving the vehicle ended up crashing through a gate and entering JBSA-Randolph and the chase continued.

Authorities said they were able to get the driver in custody and were able to recover the stolen vehicle.

The vehicle sustained some damage after the chase. KSAT

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Idalis Ramirez (20) Was Killed In A Car Crash Saturday In Annaville

A 20-year-old woman has died after a fatal accident this morning around 9 a.m in Annaville.

Family has identified the victim as Idalis Ramirez. She leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter and 4-month-old son.

Police said Ramirez was traveling east of Leopard St. when she lost control of her vehicle, veering off the road, then regaining control only to end up crossing a traffic medium into oncoming traffic.

Ramirez then hit another vehicle, traveling west of Tuloso Rd. The collision trapped the 20-year-old inside her vehicle until first responders arrived.

Police arrived on the scene, to rescue her. Upon investigation, Ramirezr is said to be at fault for the accident. No other injuries occurred, and no charges have been filed. KIIITV

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Protest To Stop San Antonio From Removing Pro Texas Alamo Statue

The city has a "Reimagine the Alamo" plan that will dramatically change the Alamo Plaza. This plan includes removal of the historic Alamo Cenotaph Memorial from the Plaza.

The Alamo Cenotaph (also known as the Spirit of Sacrifice) commemorates the Battle of the Alamo. The monument bears the names of those known to have fought there on the Texas side.

Those against removal Alamo Cenotaph are protesting in front of the Alamo.

The Cenotaph was created by Italian-born world renown sculptor Pompeo Coppinni for the 1936 100-year celebration of the Texas Revolution. NEWS4SANANTONIO

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Man Killed By Drunk Driver In Houston While Filling His Gas Tank

A man filling his gas tank was hit and killed by a possible drunken driver Friday night, according to police.

Police said the man ran out of gas and stopped on the feeder road of Katy Freeway and Barker Cypress Road. He called his wife and she brought him a filled gas can.

As he was putting the gas in, police said a suspected drunken driver slammed into him.

The man was transported to the hospital and later died, police said.

His wife was waiting in her car with her two kids. Police said taken to the hospital due to distress.

The suspected drunk driver was arrested and faces an intoxication manslaughter charge, police said. CLICK2HOUSTON

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Devin Davalos (17) Shot Multiple Times & Killed Near Brazos River

A day after his family reported him missing, the body of 17-year-old Devin Davalos was found at a boat ramp along the Brazos River in Brazoria County.

Police say the teen had been shot several times. Investigators haven’t charged anyone with murder, but two teens have been arrested. Both are connected to the case.

Michael Trevino Jr., 17, and an unidentified juvenile are both facing aggravated assault charges. No one has been charged with killing Davalos.

Investigators say suspects drove Davalos in his car to an area near a boat ramp in Brazoria County and dumped his body. His car was found burning near Old Van Vleck Road in Bay City.

As late as 10 p.m. Thursday, the Davalos family was desperately trying to find the teenager. In a post on Facebook, his older brother, Derrick, asked for anyone with information to call. When the phone rang, it was Bay City police telling the family investigators had found Devin Davalos’ torched car.

Derrick Davalos says that’s when the family knew something bad had happened.

“We knew it was going to be bad,” he said. KHOU

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Sheriff Stops Buying Ford Vehicles Over Sponsorship Of NFL Games

A sheriff in North Louisiana says his department will stop buying Ford vehicles due to the ongoing player protests in the National Football League.

Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington sent an open letter to Ford Motor Co. urging the company to stop advertising with the NFL. The sheriff’s office shared the letter on its Facebook page Wednesday with the title “Bossier Sheriff refuses to support those who show disrespect.”

“These recent events surrounding the NFL, its players and their audacity to thumb their collective noses at the American Flag, the American military as well as their obvious disdain for the profession of law enforcement; forces me to take a stand” Whittington writes.

“Yes, the NFL players have a right to protest as they deem necessary, but we, the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office and the taxpayers of Bossier Parish have a right to spend our money elsewhere,” Whittington writes.

Whittington says that he has forwarded the letter to each of the 63 other sheriffs in Louisiana, the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association President, the National Sheriff’s Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

“We can no longer stand idly by and allow the fabric of this country to be dismantled,” Whittington writes. KHOU

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Rather Than Being Killed Was Sherin Mathews Sold By Her Father Wesley?

The longer the case of missing Sherin Mathews drags on the more I wonder, if that little girl was sold for money by her father. It’s clear to me that Wesley Mathews has not been telling the truth ever since his child went missing almost one week ago.

It’s horrible to image that little children are being bought and sold these days, but most folks know that type of thing goes on in the world today. Whether she was too much trouble for him or worse that he just needed the money, a good case can be made that he sold little Sherin.

Another reason why I think she was sold is the lack of any type of evidence of foul play either inside or outside her Richardson, Texas home. From day one, I have found it hard to believe that Wesley put little Sherin outside with coyotes at 3AM, because she wouldn’t drink her milk.

When you consider all the possibilities, believing that Sherin was sold means that there is still a possibility she will be found alive. Most people I have talked to believe Wesley killed her and maybe they are right. However, for now, I will continue to hope that she was sold to someone who will return her to a police or fire station so her terrible nightmare will finally be over. HOME

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Black Belt IHOP Employee Elijah Arnold Took Down San Antonio Robber

Twenty-two year old Elijah Arnold took down an alleged robber early Thursday morning at an IHOP restaurant on the northwest side.

"I just heard the register popping ...I stepped out and looked and there he was pulling the register out and everything so I just took off, my instinct kicked in and I took off full speed at him," Arnold said.

He says the man hit him with a crow bar, but he was able to get him into a submission hold thanks to his training as a third degree black belt in mixed martial arts.

"He tries to start apologizing and, 'man I'm so sorry. I know I hit you. I know I'm trying to steal your money, but just give it to me. I need it really bad' and everything like that," he said.

Arnold says in some ways he could relate. After working at IHOP for four years, he went down the wrong path and ended up homeless and addicted to drugs.

"That's kind of when everything went down the drain," he said.

Since then, he's cleaned up his life and IHOP gave him a second chance. He says that's another reason he was so quick to act.

"When I walked up to my managers today...they just congratulated me and said thank you and that was the biggest thing that I could have was the thank you from my managers," he said. WFAA

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Vehicle Left Sherin Mathews Home Around The Time She Went Missing

Richardson police say a vehicle was missing from the Mathews family's home at around the time 3-year-old Sherin Mathews disappeared Saturday morning.

Police are asking residents and businesses to check any surveillance video recordings from Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, between 4 and 5 a.m. for any sign of a maroon Acura MDX.

The girl was reported missing by her father, Wesley Mathews, who told police he instructed the child to stand by a tree outside the home at 3 a.m. Saturday after not drinking her milk, according to police. He reported the child missing five hours later, police said.

There has been no sign of Sherin Mathews since.

Wesley Mathews was arrested Saturday on a child endangerment charge, and he was released Sunday night on $250,000 bond.

Police have said the girl's mother was asleep and is not facing charges.

Investigators removed three vehicles, including a maroon Acura MDX, from the family's home on Saturday evening for analysis.

Police are asking people to check their surveillance systems because detectives are working to retrace the path of the MDX. Police have not said who they believe may have been driving the SUV during that time frame, but the vehicle belongs to Wesley and Sini Mathews.

They wouldn't say how they know the SUV was missing during that time frame. NBCDFW

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Driver Took Picture Of Baby Crawling In The Middle Of The Street

On Tuesday, Cory Ledesma saw two unattended children in the middle of the street on what he called a busy residential road near North Major Dr.

"I noticed something at that time moving in the middle of the road and I noticed a younger child off coming in and out of the street." said Ladesma.

The 28-year-old father said it happened in his neighborhood called, Westpark, on Tuesday night.

Ledesma said he got out of his car and located the children's parents. After making sure the children got home safely, he contacted the Beaumont Police Department who advised him to file a report with Family and Protective Services.

DFPS reported that the children are safe and measures are being put in place to ensure the event does not repeat itself. Spokesperson, Shari Pulliam told 12news, "Just an accident where kids get out of the home. Happens more than you think." 12NEWSNOW

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Missing 15-Year-Old Isabella McCarble Has Been Found And Is Safe

A missing 15-year-old Memorial High School student has reportedly been found, two weeks after her parents said she disappeared from their home.

The private investigator for Isabella McCarble's family told local media that the teenager had been found Thursday. Media reports did not elaborate on where or how she was located.

McCarble had been missing since Oct. 3. Since then, news of her disappearance and images of her had been posted on various social media platforms more than 4,000 times.

Her family issued a statement late Thursday night, thanking many supporters, including private investigator Brad Perkins and his team at Your Eye Investigations in Houston.

"Their surveillance of several persons of interest at multiple locations, along with breaks developed tonight, proved to be of invaluable importance," the family said. CHRON

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Anthony Estrada (22) Killed, 4-Teenagers Injured In Crash Near Amarillo

A 22-year-old Amarillo man has died and four teens were injured following a crash northwest of Amarillo.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Troopers were called to the single-vehicle crash on Brick Plant Road just before 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

DPS said 22-year-old Anthony Estrada was driving a 2002 Honda passenger car southeast on Brick Plant Road, about 7 miles northwest of Amarillo, when he "failed to negotiate a curve in the road and lost control of the vehicle."

The vehicle rolled multiple times, coming to a rest upside down in a deep ditch, DPS said. Estrada was pronounced dead at the scene.

Four passengers were ejected from the vehicle. None of the occupants of the vehicle were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

DPS said 18-year-old Trevor Chambers was air lifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The other passengers, Cheri Ray, 18, Rebecca Ray, 18, and Ambrea Michael, 19, were all taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. ABC7AMARILLO

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Larry Atwood (58) Was Shot To Death By Girlfriend Elizabeth Taylor (70)

The 70-year-old woman accused of shooting her boyfriend to death Wednesday at the Eastex Freeway near Home Depot in Beaumont is in jail for murder, police say.

She was identified Thursday by jail officials as Elizabeth Ann Taylor.

No bond will be set until Friday.

Police and EMS responded Wednesday afternoon to 3910 Eastex to reports of a shooting.

It had originally been reported that a woman may have shot her husband, pushed him out of their vehicle and headed to Hardin County.

Police later said Taylor, 70, of Lumberton, shot her 58-year-old boyfriend, Larry Wayne Atwood, of Vidor. KFDM

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