Friday, September 22, 2017

18-Year-Old Caleb Scott Gibbs Killed In Crash

An 18-year-old is dead after he crashed head-on into another vehicle Wednesday in Panola County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

At around 11:20 p.m., troopers were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident on State Highway 315 in Panola County, three miles southwest of Longbranch.

A preliminary DPS crash investigation determined a semi driven by Daniel Richard Gama, Jr., 52, of Deer Park, was traveling northeast on SH 315 when a car was entering a gradual right hand curve in the opposite direction.

The driver, Caleb Scott Gibbs, 18, of Carthage, failed to negotiate the curve in the road and crashed head-on into the semi. Gibbs was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Son (7) Kicked Out For Demon Possession

A Texas couple faces child-endangerment charges after they kicked out their 7-year-old because they said he was possessed by demons, according to The Texarkana Gazette. The couple reportedly kicked their son out of the house in August and told him to never come back.

Ronald "Keith" Wright, 56, the boy's stepfather, and Rendy Jo Wright, 39, his mother, admitted in the affidavit to using methamphetamine "as more of a hobby" and live in Hooks, Texas.

Bowie County Sheriff's Office deputies went out on a welfare call to find a neighbor who said the 7-year-old had spent much of the day playing at his house. The neighbor sent the boy home for dinner, but the child quickly returned to say his mom had locked him out. The neighbor then drove the boy home, but he returned again, which is when the neighbor called authorities.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Girl (10) Died After Kicked In Face By Horse

A 10-year-girl girl from Bosqueville has died after a family horse kicked her in the head. The McLennan County Sheriff's office said the accident happened on the family's property on Monday night.

The family's pastor at First Methodist Church of Waco confirmed to News Channel 25 that the 10-year-old is Emmie Schneider.

Barnett spent Tuesday afternoon with her family. He said they are all in shock and devastated over the loss of their little girl.

Barnett hasn't been at this church for very long, he started in Aug. but said Emmie stood out to him immediately. He describes her as a loving girl who would light up the church with her smile.

"There's no question that she had the light of Christ living inside of her. I had the opportunity to meet her, to pray with her and get to know her heart. She really made an impression on me. Out of the thousands of people here, she was really special," said Barnett.

Barnett added that funeral services will be held for Emmie in the near future, but there's no date set as of yet.

"There are three things that you can do for the family during this time," said Barnett. "One, grieve. You can grieve with this family. Two, you can pray for them, lift them up. I promise you, they're experiencing your prayers. Number three, hold your families close, make sure that the most important things are communicated to them."

Emmie was in the fifth grade at Bosqueville Elementary. Bosqueville ISD Superintendent James Skeeler said counselors were there to offer emotional support to all those who needed it on Tuesday morning at the school. These services will be available for weeks and months to come as students and staff grieve.

COPS Is Now Filming In Houston Area

Warning! This is not how you want your 15 minutes of fame.

Two Houston-area sheriff’s departments confirm the reality TV show COPS is filming with its deputies starting Tuesday.

“We're looking forward to @CopsTV joining us,” the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.

On Facebook, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office wrote “we will have camera crews from COPS riding with some of our patrol deputies and other divisions in our agency. This is their 30th season of filming. Bad boys Whatcha want, watcha want Whatcha gonna do When Sheriff Rand Henderson come for you.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Body Found Tuesday Night Near Round Rock

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body that was found near Brushy Creek, just outside of Round Rock.

Round Rock Police were initially called just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, but turned the case over to the Sheriff’s Office because the place where the body was found is just outside the city limits by a few feet. They say it was found on the 2000 block of Brushy Creek Road, which is just southeast of U.S. Highway 79 and Red Bud Lane.

The skeletal remains were found near the rail road track, according to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. It is investigating a possible male victim, but says it is too early to say what happened or why the person died.

Missing Man Found Hanging From Tree

Authorities have found a body in the search for a Lampasas man who’s been missing for more than two weeks.

Investigators say they are confident the remains are those of Joshua Pendleton, 30, who was last seen at around 11 a.m. on Sept. 2 and was reported missing on Sept. 6, police said Tuesday.

Lampasas police asked for the public’s help in the search for Pendleton on Sept. 11.

A person who was walking in a wooded area along Sulphur Creek spotted the body hanging from a tree at around 11 a.m. Monday, police said in a press release.

The body, which was at least 25 feet above the ground, “had likely been there for a while due to the body’s state of decomposition,” police said.

A crew from the Lampasas electric department assisted in recovering the body from the tree, police said.

Suicide is suspected, police said.

Dallas Changing Confederate Street Names?

Gaston, Ervay, and Lemmon are well-known street names in the city of Dallas. They are also some of the streets in the city named after Confederate figures.

Now, the Dallas mayor's task force on Confederate monuments is set to discuss whether to recommend changing the names of city streets that are named after Confederate figures.

"There is not really anywhere you can go that doesn't have some layer of difficult history about it in Dallas," said Chris Dowdy, who lives on Junius Street, another street named after a Confederate solider. "We have street names for a reason. Because we have values and we tell stories and we become certain kinds of people based on how we do that work."

A Dallas city staff report estimates the cost of changing names on some of the streets in question. For Lemmon Avenue, the cost would top $364,000. For Gaston Avenue, the cost would be nearly $44,000. For Lee Parkway, the cost is estimated at about $1,430.

"I don't think changing the name will accomplish what people want to accomplish," said Rachel Reininger. "I believe in education rather than just changing history, because history is there, whether or not we like it."

The Mayor's Task Force on Confederate Monuments meets at Dallas City Hall at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Monday, September 18, 2017

5-Teenagers Killed In Oklahoma Crash Sunday

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said five teenagers died Sunday night when their pickup crashed through a guardrail and drove off of Welling Bridge in Cherokee County. Welling is about four miles south of Tahlequah.

In the collision report, troopers say the 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pickup was traveling south on Welling Road after 10:30 p.m. when it departed the road to the right, struck a guardrail, then came back onto the road before departing to the left and driving through a railing and off the bridge.

Investigators said 18-year-old Donovan Caldwell from Muskogee was driving the truck. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Caldwell was the only one of his friends wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The four other passengers were 18-year-old Jessica Swartwout from McAlester; 19-year-old Drake Wells from Thackerville; 18-year-old Lily Murphy of Gentry, Arkansas and 18-year-old Rhianna Seely of Salina.

All five died at the scene.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

She Dismembered Her Boyfriend With Machete

A woman has been charged with the murder of her boyfriend after she fatally shot him and then dismembered his body inside their home, according to the Baytown Police Department.

Cierra Alexis Sutton, 30, has been charged with the murder of 32-year-old Steven Coleman. Detectives say the gruesome crime took place on August 16, 2017 at the Briarwood Village Apartments in Baytown.

According to detectives, Sutton and the victim got into an argument earlier in the evening and later while the victim was sleeping, Sutton shot him in the head, killing him. She then cut up his body with a machete and placed the remains in various dumpsters.

4-Killed In Grimes County Weekend Wrecks

At least four people were killed Sunday in two separate vehicle collisions in Grimes County.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the first fatal accident happened just south of Navasota on highway six around 4 am.

Troopers say the driver of an SUV was traveling the wrong direction on the highway when it collided with 26-year-old Bethany Shockey. Shockey was ejected from her vehicle after a third car ran into her.

Shockey did not survive; three others were taken to local hospitals.

The second collision happened this afternoon on FM 149 east of 2562.

Two Bowie County Police Officers Were Shot

An officer involved shooting overnight in the College Hill area of west Bowie County has law enforcement breathing a sigh of relief today as the two officers injured have been treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.

The incident began as a fire call with a home in flames in the 4600 Block of Farm to Market 44 East across the road from College Hill Baptist Church. The home is reported to belong to Bryan Batchelor. According to law enforcement authorities, Batchelor had been previously picked up and undergone a 24-hour evaluation for mental problems. Batchelor had recently posted on social media that he had intentions of committing suicide by police.

Responders were informed the home owner, Batchelor, was not wanting them to put out the fire and pointing a firearm at the members of the DVFD. Batchelor jumped in his truck driving into a pasture to elude deputies as they arrived. Deputy Eric McMillian was the first one to arrive at this address and Deputy Westin Fannin who is a member of the DVFD rode with Deputy McMillian to locate Batchelor. While the two deputies were driving through a field to get to Batchelor, their vehicle became stuck. Batchelor rammed the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) unit the two deputies were in while they were unable to move. Batchelor then discharged several rounds at the deputies while they returned gunfire. Both Deputies suffered gunshot wounds from this exchange but were not critically injured.

Batchelor once again fled in his vehicle and was spotted on County Road 4241 by Deputy Clint Freeman. Deputy Freeman could see that Batchelor once again had intentions of striking his vehicle with a deputies’ patrol unit. He attempted to maneuver his vehicle out of Batchelor’s way to avoid this collision, but was unsuccessful. This rendered Deputy Freeman’s vehicle inoperable. It was at this time that deputies lost sight of Batchelor and did not know where he had hid.

Paul Hawthorne Died In Smith County Crash

DPS Troopers have released the name of the person killed in an early morning crash in Smith County.

Troopers say two people were inside the car when the driver, Paul Hawthorne, 31, lost control of it.

The crash happened on FM 346, just east of Whitehouse around 1 o'clock in the morning. Troopers say Hawthorne lost control in a curve, and hit a tree.

He died at the scene.

His passenger, Zytrinka Doyle, 23, of Arkansas was taken to the hospital where she is critical condition.

Woman Hit By DWI Driver At Walmart Has Died

The family of a 74-year-old woman says she has passed away after she was struck by a pickup truck yesterday morning in Corpus Christi.

The accident happened inside a parking lot in the 1200 block of Flour Bluff Drive near S.P.I.D. around 8:30 am Saturday morning.

Family members say, 74-year-old Cordie Gilmore, running errands and paying bills when she was struck by a pickup truck.

Police say the driver of the vehicle, 34-year-old Cody Lance Callison, was arrested and charged with intoxication assault Saturday evening.

According to online court records, Callison was convicted of driving while intoxicated in January 2004 and is facing a charge of having an open container while driving a vehicle last month.

Woman Chopped Up Boyfriend With Machete

A woman is being accused of shooting her boyfriend in the head, cutting up his body with a machete and dumping him into a dumpster, police said.

Officials said Cierra Alexis Sutton, 30, has been charged with the death of Steven Coleman.

Officials said Coleman was killed on Aug. 16 at Briarwood Village Apartments in the 1700 block of James Bowie in Baytown.

Officials said Sutton shot Coleman in the head while he was sleeping after an argument. Investigators said Sutton dismembered his body with a machete because he was too heavy to carry.

2-Oklahoma Police Officers Shot On Sunday

Two Chickasha police officers were shot while serving a search warrant at a home near East Country Club Road and U.S. 81 in Chickasha.

One officer was flown to the hospital. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation released a statement saying they do not know the conditions of the officers.

OSBI also announced they are investigating this officer-involved shooting. The shooting happened Sunday afternoon. The man who shot at the officers barricaded himself inside the home for several hours. He later peaceful surrendered.

Body Found Sunday On Padre Island Beach

The body of a missing person was found on Padre Island Sunday, according to a press release by the Padre Island National Seashore.

The National Park Service received a missing person report around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Rangers initiated a search of the area and found a body on the beach around 9:15 a.m Sunday.

Authorities aren’t releasing the identity of the body yet, but have confirmed it's the same person that was reported missing the night before.

The Kenedy County Sheriff and the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the incident.

Astros Won American League West Title Sunday

The Houston Astros defeated the Seattle Mariners 7-1 Sunday, meaning the team won a division title for the first time in 16 years.

This the first time the Astros have won the American League West title since moving to the division in 2013.

The Astros are the fourth team to punch their ticket to the MLB postseason in 2017.

Shot Wife Because She Wouldn't Roll Down Window

A Baytown man on the run surrendered late Saturday after authorities say he shot his estranged wife in front of their two children.

Roy Garcia Jr, turned himself in to state troopers at an Interstate 10 rest stop in Guadalupe County, more than 150 miles away from the slaying, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Hours earlier, the 35-year-old allegedly gunned down his common-law wife Julia Martinez during an argument as she sat in her car with her 5- and 13-year-old children.

The 34-year-old mother had taken her kids to the 7900 block of Echinacea, where she ran into her ex just before 1:30 p.m., according to sheriff's office spokesman Thomas Gilliland.

Garcia wanted to talk, but Martinez refused to get out of the car, witnesses later told investigators.

"He was trying to talk to her through the window and she wouldn't roll down the window enough to talk," Gilliland said.

That apparently sent Garcia over the edge and he allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Martinez through the window, deputies said.

The woman's car then barreled into several mailboxes and other vehicles. Martinez was found dead in the wreckage by the time police arrived.

Baby Found Saturday In Dallas 7-11 Restroom

A baby was found in the restroom of a convenience store Saturday afternoon in Dallas.

A call was made to police around 1:30 p.m. regarding a baby found at the 7-Eleven at 10804 Preston Rd., near Royal Lane in north Dallas.

The baby was taken to a local hospital and was in good condition, said Dallas police.

Detectives are investigating the incident.

Texas Prostitute Shot At Man During Robbery

Police are looking for a woman who fled after shooting at a man she attempted to rob early Saturday morning.

The incident happened at about 4:30 a.m. at the 600 block of Arbor Place.

Officers said the man ordered a prostitute to go over to his home. When she arrived, they began to have small talk and at some point she attempted to steal his wallet. The man noticed what she was trying to do and she started to run away.

The man ran after her but she pulled out a gun and fired at him. The bullet bounced off the concrete and hit his ankle. He was later treated at the scene and is expected to be okay.

Senior Citizen Hit By DWI Driver At Walmart

A woman is fighting for her life Saturday after she was hit by a truck in the parking lot of the Flour Bluff Walmart.

Her family has identified her as Cordie Gilmore.

Dara Stone was checking out at the register right by the exit when she heard the screaming and ran outside, she said, "Everyone's running out and they're like oh my God, oh my God, call 911 something had happened".

Stone stayed at the scene until an ambulance took Gilmore to the hospital.

She said, "I stood there praying that she was going to be alright. You want to help when somebody when they're hurt and we couldn't do anything".

The driver of the truck, 34-year-old Cody Callison, was arrested for intoxicated assault.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Man Shot And Killed Wife In Baytown Saturday

Deputies are looking for a man who shot and killed his wife in east Harris County Saturday afternoon, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Around 1:30 p.m., the man opened fire on his estranged wife inside a home in Baytown.

Deputies have not yet released a motive for the shooting.

They said two children were at the home at the time of the shooting but they were not injured. They are now safe with family members.

The suspect fled the scene in a tan colored Tahoe with license plate: DLF 3306.

Man Arrested In Amarillo For Murder-For-Hire

The man suspected in an Amarillo murder-for-hire plot is now in federal custody at the Randall County Jail.

Billy Ivy, Jr. is in federal custody for possession of an unregistered gun. Ivy is accused in a murder-for-hire plot. He is charged with several different crimes in both Potter and Randall counties and was most recently accused of trying to kill the same man twice.

Ivy was arrested again on Thursday, August 7, after trying to hire an undercover officer to kill at least two people while out on bond. He was released from jail after being arrested in March. He has been charged with many crimes, including Arson and Attempted Capital Murder.

Court documents said Ivy was trying to hire someone to murder the man thought to be his wife's lover, Rodey Wilson. This is the second time he was accused of trying to pay someone to kill Wilson.

Teenager (15) Killed In Saturday ATV Accident

A 15-year-old boy was killed when the ATV he was riding rolled over on a trail in Liberty Hill on Saturday, said the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

WCSO said it happened at about 12:40 p.m. on Quiet Oak Cove.

When help arrived, two people were attempting CPR but were unable to revive him, the sheriff’s office said.

Officials said the boy lived in Liberty Hill and that his parents have been notified. They said an initial investigation shows that this appears to be an accident.

Demonstrations At Former Dallas Statue Site

Demonstrators gathered for hours Saturday in Lee Park in Dallas, where the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee used to stand.

The demonstration started with Amazing Grace and a procession to place flowers on the empty pedestal where the statue stood. Organizers said they saw the event as a memorial service to the statue.

American, Confederate and Texas flags were waved as demonstrators took positions around the area where the statue stood for decades.

They vowed this wasn’t the end of their fight – but the beginning.

“It’s even more reason to have a rally because that statue is not there, and that should be a reality for you right there,” said Robert Beverly with the group Texas Freedom Force.

Demonstrators focused on current leaders responsible for the decision to remove the statue and removing those leaders from office.

Mayor Mike Rawlings was the target of most of the criticism from the crowd.

Hey, Tropical Storm Maria, Please Go Away

This busy hurricane season just won't quit.

The National Hurricane Center announced Saturday afternoon that Tropical Storm Maria has formed in the Atlantic.

The storm's path currently has it heading toward Puerto Rico with an estimated arrival of Wednesday afternoon.

Maria joins Hurricane Jose which is not currently expected to affect land and Tropical Storm Lee which is further west in the Atlantic.

Help Find Missing Texan Christopher Sanders

An East Texas family is desperately seeking answers into the disappearance of one of their family members in the oilfields of West Texas.

Christopher Sanders, 40, of Daingerfield was working in the oilfields near Monahan’s Texas when his family says he reportedly went for a walk and vanished.

The disappearance was on August 13.

Sandy Sanders has spent exhausting hours making calls and using social media trying to find any information on the last day her son Christopher was seen.

"I've talked to people all over the United States. We have law enforcement, the Rangers, he's on 3 National Missing Person lists. It's totally out of character for him," Sandy says.

Working in the Monahan’s oilfield, Sandy says Chris went for a walk, and never came back.

"He was seen Eastbound on I-20. Left his vehicle left his R-V, my nephew tried to call him back and he'd already turned the phone off," says Sandy.

His phone has not been used since, and neither have his credit cards.

Initial information led investigators to look in Pecos and Odessa. But no sign of him.

A father of two children, Chris is supposed to be on bipolar medication, which Sandy wonders may cause disorientation if he's off them.

"He's on bipolar meds, he's also on high blood pressure medication. I know that he was off of it at least a week," Sandy says.

Firefighters Told To Stay Home During Harvey

Thousands of Houston firefighters were told to stay home at the height of Harvey’s flooding even as calls for help overwhelmed 911 dispatchers, the president of the city’s firefighters union said Friday.

In an interview with Houston television station KHOU, Marty Lancton said that the fire department could have done more during the storm.

“I don’t want to hear about lack of resources,” Lancton said. “Emergencies are something you prepare for. You don’t have the answers, but you prepare. In this case, they weren’t prepared.”

On Sunday, Aug. 27, as fast-rushing water chased people onto their rooftops, about 3,000 firefighters were instructed not to report to work, according to Lancton, an agonizing order for many eager to assist with rescues.

“We’re sorry,” Lancton said, fighting back tears. “Every Houston firefighter would put their life on the line for anybody without question, with a moment’s notice, and this is not different.”

Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena acknowledged that three-quarters of the force was asked not to report, but said that the department was fully staffed.

“Everything we had available, we deployed in anticipation of that,” Pena said.

Gary Sinise Doing Free Show At Fort Hood

The Fort Hood Public Affairs said in a press release that the world-famous actor and avid supporter of troops, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will be performing at the Fort Hood Salutes celebration on Sept. 16 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hood Stadium.

The event is free and open to the public.

The event coincides with the recent redeployment of the 1st Cavalry Division headquarters from Afghanistan and the upcoming 75th anniversary of the formation of Fort Hood.

Tropical Storm Lee Forming In Eastern Atlantic

Tropical Storm Lee has formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and is expected to soon be followed by Tropical Storm Maria, which poses a threat to Irma-devastated areas in the northern Caribbean.

Potential Tropical Cyclone 15, located about 1,000 miles east of the Windward Islands, presents the biggest risk to land as it continues to gain strength over the coming days. People in the Lesser Antilles should be preparing for yet another impactful tropical system.

The storm, which is expected to strengthen and acquire the name Maria, will quickly track to the west or west-northwest through the weekend, likely reaching and passing over the Lesser Antilles on Monday as a tropical storm or hurricane.

This would be the third tropical system to impact the area in two weeks, following major hurricanes Irma and Jose during the first week of September.

While it is unlikely that the storm will reach Irma’s intense strength by the time it approaches, the brisk pace of the storm means there is little time for preparations to be completed on the islands.

Woman Killed Crossing Katy Freeway Friday

A woman was hit and killed late Friday night while trying to cross the Katy Freeway, police say.

According to the Houston Police Department, the incident happened around 10:10 p.m. on the eastbound lanes of I-10 near Patterson Street. Police say the woman was struck by a pickup truck and a car while trying to cross the lanes; she died at the scene.

The two vehicles that struck her stopped for police. It's unclear why she was trying to cross the freeway.

Friday, September 15, 2017

New Picture Of Girl Found Dead Last Year

The Madison County Sheriff's Office and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children have released new images of facial reconstruction of a girl found dead one year ago.

The sheriff's office says a person who was mowing grass on September 17, 2016 discovered the body near a fence about 40 feet from the edge of an Interstate 45 feeder road. The area is near Madisonville, about 85 miles northwest of Houston.

While the girl was found in Texas, a pollen analysis completed on her remains suggests she was from the southwest U.S. or the adjacent region in Mexico. It's even more likely she was from southeast Arizona.

The girl's remains were found in a white plastic garbage bag inside a black suitcase. She was between 2 and 6 years old, Caucasian or Hispanic, with dark hair, according to the center. She was found wearing a pink dress, a size 4 disposable diaper and two socks.

Man Wanted For Texas Road Rage Murder

Police have issued an arrest warrant for the suspect who allegedly shot and killed a man after an apparent road rage incident.

The warrant names 18-year-old Juan De Dios Carbajal-Jaimes as the suspect who allegedly shot Alfred Lockett, 48, after their vehicles collided near the intersection of Parmer Lane and Dessau Road Tuesday afternoon.

Police said Lockett and the other man were driving northbound on Dessau "at a high rate of speed" before the shooter's red Toyota turned into the CVS followed by Lockett's teal Infinity. Austin Police Department said the driver of the Toyota got out of his vehicle and walked back toward Lockett's car before he pulled a handgun and fired at Lockett.

Police said after shots were fired, the shooter got back in his vehicle and fled the scene.

Shockey Was Sole Survivor - Plano Shootings

A young woman who is the sole witness and survivor to a deadly shooting at a Plano home Sunday night is still in the hospital in serious condition, but we now know her name.

Carly Shockey was among the nine people shot by Spencer Hight as his ex-wife Meredith Lane hosting a football watching party at her Plano home.

Nine people were killed, including Lane and Hight, who was killed by a police officer.

Shockey's family released a statement Wednesday night, saying:

"We would like to thank everyone for their concern and prayers for our loved one, Carly. Our hearts are heavy for the families affected by this senseless tragedy.Carly is in stable, but serious condition. This is the beginning of a very long recovery journey for both Carly and our family. We ask that you please respect our privacy as we focus all of our family’s energy on helping Carly recover.At this time, please join us in supporting all the families and friends who have been impacted, and honoring the memory of these young lives that were tragically taken away."

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dallas Statue Of Robert E. Lee Removed

Crews came to finish what they started last week, removing a Confederate statue that has stood for 81 years in Robert E. Lee Park.

It took no more than three hours to remove the controversial statue. It will be temporarily kept at Hensley Field, an 88-year-old Naval Air Station owned by the city of Dallas.

The fate of the monument was in limbo since last Wednesday, when the Dallas City Council voted 13-1 to remove it. City workers and heavy equipment were in place, and a harness was even placed around the statue. But, just hours after the vote, a judge granted a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans a restraining order that blocked the removal.

A judge dismissed the restraining order of Sons of Confederate Veterans member Hiram Patterson a day later, saying that he hadn’t proven that the removal of the monument violated free-speech rights or that the City of Dallas hadn’t provided due process for its removal.

With the okay to again remove the statue, Dallas police watched over it through that night. While everything was quiet as last Friday’s rush hour approached, crowds of people had stopped by the statue to see it, take photographs and debate its removal.

As crews worked to remove the statue Thursday, many people witnessed the takedown. Some looked on as they passionately argued their views on the controversial removal while others were a little more calm about their diverse opinions on the matter.

“There is nothing good about this,” said Dallas resident Beverly East. “It shows the lack of education in America today.”

What Just Washed Up On Texas Beach?

Photos of a mysterious sea creature that washed up on a Texas beach after Hurricane Harvey have gone viral.

The photos were posted on Twitter on Sept. 6 by Preeti Desai, a social media manager at the National Audubon Society.

Preeti said she spotted the creature on a beach about 15 miles outside Galveston.

She traveled to Texas with other conservationists to assess the damage from the storm.

The photos immediately went viral and garnered several responses from her followers and others on social media.

Desai told BBC News someone told her to contact Kenneth Tighe, a museum specialist who works in the Division of Amphibians and Reptiles at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Tighe said he believed the creature was a fangtooth snake-eel, or possibly a garden or conger eel, according to the BBC News article.

Tighe told Earth Touch News Network those eel species occur off the Texas coast and live in burrows 100-300 feet down.

Desai did not say how long or big the creature was but according to, a male fangtooth snake-eel can reach a maximum total length of 84 centimeters.

Singer Selena Gomez Had Kidney Transplant

One of Selena Gomez's best friends has given her the gift of life.

According to The Blast, Gomez received a kidney transplant earlier this summer after her friend Francia Raisa discovered she was a perfect match for the surgery.

The famous singer announced in 2015 she was diagnosed with lupus. She took a break the following year from her world tour to address some of the complications related to the autoimmune disease.

She announced she underwent chemotherapy as part of her treatement.

Her family wasn't coming back as a match for the life-saving procedure, but Raisa - an actress also in the entertainment industry - was able to step in to help.

The Blast reports Gomez successfully recovered, and has been attending events at New York Fashion Week to promote a new handbag for Coach.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Names Of 9-People Killed In Plano Released

Nine people are dead, including the gunman, after he opened fire on a football watching party at a Plano home Sunday night.

The suspect, who was identified as Spencer James Hight, 32, of Plano, was shot and killed by an officer who arrived at the home on West Spring Creek Parkway just after 8 p.m.

Monday afternoon Plano PD Chief Gregory Rushin held a press conference to notify media that an eighth victim had died at the hospital. The toll now stands at nine, including the gunman. #PlanoVictims

On Tuesday, Plano police identified the eight people who died:

27-year-old Meredith Emily Hight, the estranged wife of the gunman
33-year-old Anthony Michael Cross
24-year-old Olivia Nicole Deffner
29-year-old James Richard Dunlop
22-year-old Darryl William Hawkins
31-year-old Rion Christopher Morgan
28-year-old Myah Sade Bass
25-year-old Caleb Seth Edwards

9th Person Has Died After Plano Shootings

Nine people are dead, including the gunman after a man opened fire on a football watching party at a Plano home Sunday night.

The unidentified suspect was shot and killed by an officer who arrived at the home on West Spring Creek Parkway just after 8 p.m.

The officer found bodies in the yard and heard shots coming from inside the house.

Monday afternoon Chief Rushin held a press conference to notify media that an eighth victim had died at the hospital. The toll now stands at nine, including the gunman.

"[He] made entry inside the house, confronted the suspect, ultimately shooting and killing him," Plano PD Officer David Tilley said.

The Texas Rangers are assisting with the investigation, especially since it involved an officer, who Plano PD Chief Gregory Rushin says went into the house by himself and stopped the shooter before waiting for backup.

Monday, flowers marked the spot of the most unthinkable event to happen in the most unlikeliest of places -- Plano.

"We've never had a shooting of this magnitude. We've never seen.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Watch George Strait's Hurricane Benefit Show

Several country music artists who've made a living singing songs about Texas will give back Tuesday night in a nationally-televised concert from deep in the heart of the Lone Star State. The legendary George Strait headlines the "Hand In Hand" benefit telethon for relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated the Texas coast and, well, downright messed with Texas. After the announcement of the show, Hurricane Irma slammed Florida, so organizers will now make sure funds go in the direction of each storm.

The live show from San Antonio's Majestic Theatre will begin at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT), and will be broadcast live on ABC, CBS, CMT, Fox, NBC and several other outlets that include Bravo, HBO, MTV, Oxygen, AOL, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more.

Among the country music star power taking the stage Tuesday will be Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton and Texas originals Lyle Lovitt and Robert Earl Keen. Houston's own BeyoncĂ© will be a part of the telethon, which is in addition to her boots on the ground effort in town the last few days. Drake and Sean “Diddy” Combs will bring a hip-hop flair, and actors/actresses include George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Adam Sandler, Dennis Quaid, Julia Roberts, Robert De Niro, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

Huge Crane Involved In Fatal Dallas Crash

The city of Dallas’ plan to remove a Confederate statue suffered another tragic setback.

The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was supposed to be removed last week but the heavy tools and equipment needed to do the job had actually been moved to Houston to help with Hurricane Harvey cleanup.

A crane was on its way back to Dallas Sunday when it was involved in a deadly crash just south of Downtown Dallas.

According to T.C. Broadnax, Dallas’ city manager, it appears the driver of a tractor-trailer was speeding, ran a red light and hit the heavy-duty crane at the intersection of Linfield Road and SM Wright Freeway.

The truck driver did not survive.

“Our condolences are going out to the family of the semi-truck driver. At this time the city is again feeling a little sad this evening about the incident that occurred,” Broadnax said.

The crane’s driver was not seriously hurt.

The statue’s removal will be delayed again because of the crash.

“We’re going to regroup and figure out how to proceed tomorrow after we spend some time assessing the current situation,” Broadnax said.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

After 2-Weeks Port Aransas Lights Back On

After over two weeks in the dark after Hurricane Harvey, residents in Port Aransas are welcoming the light as power is slowly restored in the city.

Hurricane Harvey plunged the area into darkness as it made landfall, as thousands of crews with AEP Texas rushed to help the communities left in a blackout. One of those communities was the beachside town of Port Aransas.

There, utilities were unavailable for more than a week, with electricity absent for over two. Even as power returned to nearby Corpus Christi and other cities, Port Aransas remained without power due to widespread and extensive damage from the storm.

As of this weekend, however, it seems residents in the city have finally gotten a reprieve from the dark. AEP said around 95% of the area had power at a cost of around $150 million to restore services.

Residents continued to gather near donation sites, piling up debris around the city, which the Mayor said would be the next priority. He had high hopes for the city and its community.

"As a city and as a people, I think they've come together very well," said Charles Bujan, Port Aransas' Mayor. "They're tough. They're resilient. They live on an island, they know what the sea is and what it can do. They're going to come back strong."

8-Killed In Sunday Night Shootings In Plano

Plano Police are investigating a gruesome scene at a single family home on West Spring Creek Pkwy., where investigators say 8 people have been shot to death. At least 2 others are in the hospital for injuries.

Police don't know what the disturbance was about or how the people in the home knew each other.

A Plano officer shot and killed the suspect. It's unclear if that suspect is one of the 8 people reported dead.

Murder Suicide In Library Parking Lot Sunday

Fort Worth police are investigating a shooting that left two people dead at a library parking lot Sunday morning.

Police responded to the shooting just after 10:20 a.m. at the Southwest Regional Branch library in the 4800 block of Arborlawn Drive in regards to a domestic-related shooting.

Police say a man had shot his ex-wife in her vehicle. A six-year-old child was also in the vehicle but was not injured.

According to police, the man then got into his own vehicle where he shot himself. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Steven McDowell Arrested For Wife's Murder

Detectives discovered the body of missing Baytown woman Crystal McDowell two weeks after her disappearance. The Chambers County Sheriff's Office says her ex-husband Steven McDowell, 44, is charged with murder.

37-year-old Crystal McDowell was a realtor and mother of two children -- ages 5 and 8.

Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne spoke out Saturday night, "This case was about trying to bring Crystal McDowell home, and we've made that happen and we've been able to charge who caused the disappearance, so I'm very proud of my team. I'm very proud of everybody that worked so hard for the last two weeks on this case."

The 37-year-old mother was last seen in Baytown on August 25, a day before Harvey reached Texas. Sheriff Hawthorne says the timing of her disappearance was not linked to the hurricane. Her body was discovered on Saturday, September 9 in a wooded area of west Chambers County.

The sheriff says McDowell's children are currently in the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Man Killed When Tire Crashed Thru Windshield

A 78-year-old Santa Rosa man died Saturday after a tire struck through his vehicle's windshield, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Troopers say at about 10:51 a.m., Jerry R. Cronin, 78, of Santa Rosa was traveling alone in a Toyota Prius eastbound on State Highway 107 near Edinburg.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Suburban carrying five people, including the driver, "was traveling westbound on State Highway 107 when its front left tire and rim fell off the axel," according to the news release.

The tire traveled into oncoming traffic and struck the windshield of the Toyota Prius, causing Cronin to veer off the roadway.

Victoria Deleon (24) Shot To Death In Home

A 22-year-old woman died after a shooting in a Fort Worth neighborhood, police say.

Police arrived to a home at the corner of Burchill Road and McKenzie Street at around 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

Investigators say they found a woman inside the home that had been shot. She was taken to a hospital where she died from her injuries.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner identified the woman as Victoria Deleon.

Police have not released any more information about what may have led to her death.

Eric Chase Bolling's Cause Of Death Unknown

Eric Bolling's son Eric Chase died on Friday night, just hours after his father lost a high-profile job at the Fox News Channel.

The cause of death has not been announced. According to a family friend, an autopsy will not take place until Monday.

Eric Chase Bolling was starting his second year at the University of Colorado in Boulder. It is unclear if he died on or off campus. Local authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment from CNN.

His parents learned of the death late Friday night and flew to Colorado on Saturday morning.

Eric Bolling confirmed the heart-wrenching news in a tweet.

"Adrienne and I are devastated by the loss of our beloved son Eric Chase last night. Details still unclear," Bolling wrote. "Thoughts, prayers appreciated."

In a second tweet, Bolling said that an autopsy would be conducted next week. "Authorities have informed us there is no sign of self harm at this point. ... Please respect our grieving period," he wrote.

The family friend said the Bollings are in a profound state of shock. Eric was their only child.

Jeffrey Cosby (27) Killed In Motorcycle Crash

Police are investigating after a motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Frisco.

Just before 4:45 p.m. Friday, Jeffrey Cosby, 27, was riding his motorcycle south on State Highway 121, near Lebanon Road, when he crashed with a vehicle.

Cosby was taken to Baylor Scott and White Medical Center – Centennial, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

No one else was injured.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, and police say Cosby was wearing his helmet when it occurred.

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