Local News Local News en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:11:17 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Hitting the Road for Thanksgiving Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:36:10 AM Rachel Cole - Hitting the Road for Thanksgiving

CORPUS CHRISTI - One of the busiest travel days of the year is in full swing. Thanks to lower prices at the pump, drivers like Eddie Daniel are ready to hit the highway.

Daniel says, filling up his big old truck has been pretty pleasant lately, compared to what is was costing a few short months ago.

"At least 60 dollars, AND WHAT IS IT ABOUT NOW? Ugh, about 40-45 dollars," Daniel said.

He says, that's the lowest he's paid in quite a while and it's just in time for his holiday trip down to the valley.

"Probably about 150 miles give or take, you're looking at probably in fuel about 150 bucks," he estimated.

With costs dropping to an average of 2.58 a gallon for regular unleaded in Texas, it's no surprise people like Daniel spending that saved money on holiday shopping instead.

"Definitely if you can save a little and put it somewhere else sure, why not," he added.

The cheapest price in town according to "" is at the Times Market gas station on Carroll Lane and Holly Road for 2.51 a gallon for regular unleaded. Like most travelers, Daniel is thankful the prices at the pump are down even though traffic is likely to build up.

"It's going to be pretty bad and so first of all safety, be careful out there and keep an eye on the road, on the drivers," Daniel said.

Triple 'A' is predicting that more than 46 million people will travel this holiday weekend. Daniel says, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to your final destination.

"Have a happy holiday for everybody, be safe out there, drive safely and Happy Thanksgiving," he said.


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DPS Identifies Driver Killed In Highway 44 Crash Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:30:19 AM Kirsten Schaffer DPS Identifies Driver Killed In Highway 44 Crash

CORPUS CHRISTI - DPS investigators identified a driver who died in a crash on Highway 44 Tuesday.

Troopers said 31-year-old Nelson Jose Hidalgo died when he was attempting to cross the highway from McKenzie Road. They said he failed to yield to highway traffic, when he was struck by a Chevy Silverado headed westbound.

Hidalgo died at the scene.

The driver of the truck, a 32-year-old man, refused treatment. 

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Truck Driver Killed in Live Oak County Crash Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:18:16 AM Truck Driver Killed in Live Oak County Crash

LIVE OAK COUNTY - State troopers are at the scene of a deadly crash just south of Oakville.

Around 8:30 this morning, someone reported a damaged guardrail on Interstate 37. When DPS troopers arrived, they discovered an 18-wheeler belonging to central transport down in the creek bed.

The cab was partially submerged in mud and water. The driver's body was inside the cab. It's believed he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

The rig is still down in that creek bed and getting it out will be difficult. Rescue teams are cutting down trees and brush to clear a path.

During an attempt to pull the truck out, the cab separated from the trailer and has sunk deeper into the mud.

That's going to make the removal of the wreckage even more difficult.


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Tips for Motorists this Thanksgiving Holiday Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 9:41:44 AM Dr. Brad Hoffman Tips for Motorists this Thanksgiving Holiday

According to the U-S Department of Transportation, nearly half of all traffic fatalities involve alcohol.

You may have been able to guess that, and you can probably guess that holidays are the deadliest for motorists traveling on America's highways.

But can you guess which holiday leads the others in traffic fatalities?

It's Thanksgiving.

Because of this, the Texas Department of Safety has 3 simple warnings to motorists this holiday.

According to CPL Charlie Ramirez, the department's spokesman, the first one is "do not drink and drive".

Ramirez also said that traffic will pick up Wednesday afternoon and that the first and last day of a long holiday is most critical, because that is when the majority of motorists are on the road.

Motorists will face a different situation this Thanksgiving; as many retailers, will begin "Black Friday" on Thursday night. Ramirez advises motorists to take their time, do not speed, and do not hurry. No matter how good the deal may appear.

The final piece of advice Ramirez had for motorists is to concentrate on the road. "Put your cell phones away to avid distractions. If you need to make a call, then pull over."

Ramirez added that law enforcement will beef up patrol on Highway 37 and 77 this weekend. Make sure to take extra precautions when traveling those highways.



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City Offices Closing for Thanksgiving Holiday Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 7:03:23 AM City Offices Closing for Thanksgiving Holiday

CORPUS CHRISTI - If you have any business with the city, be sure to handle it today.

Most offices, including City Hall, Municipal Court and Animal Care Services will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

If your trash is usually picked up on Thursdays, that service will move to this Saturday. The same goes for recycling collection.

All recreation and senior centers will close Thursday and won't reopen until Monday.

Most parks and recreation facilities will also be closed Thursday, with the exception of a couple of golf courses.

Find a complete list of closings here.

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Rise In Traffic And Crime During Holiday Shopping Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 5:33:25 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Rise In Traffic And Crime During Holiday Shopping

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Corpus Christi Police Department is ramping up it's effort to protect you and your belongings this season.

They're increasing the number of traffic officers, in order to make sure you and your family can get where you're going safely and on time.

"If there's an accident or stalled vehicle, they can get in there and get that vehicle cleared out," said CCPD Leutenant Chris White. "Before it really gets congested."

Where there's an increase in traffic, CCPD said there's usually an increase in crime. That's why they're also increasing their number of undercover officers, who will be watching for suspecious people in the parking lots.

"You'll see them walking through, looking in windows of cars," said CCPD Captain Billy Breedlove. "Looking for merchendise left in cars, electronics left in cars, anything they think of value."

CCPD said the car doors are unlocked in in over 60% of those kinds of robberies here in Corpus Christi. In over 50%, the keys are actually left in the car.

"If you think about it in terms like that, if you just lock your door and take your keys," said Breedlove. "You're cutting our crime in half in the city."

They want everyone to particpate in making the holidays safer this year.

"We need to work together," said Breedlove. "You've got to take the time to hide your items. Make sure that they're not in plain view, lock your car up, and take your keys with you."

Find more information on the Holiday Initiative here.


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Minimal Racial Tensions In Corpus Christi Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 9:46:52 PM Bart Bedsole - Minimal Racial Tensions In Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI - A longtime pastor, resident of Hillcrest, and leader of the African American community says the type of racial tensions that existed in Ferguson, Missouri prior to the shooting of Michael Brown simply don't exist in Corpus Christi.

Rev. Henry Williams, whose father founded the local chapter of the NAACP, said Tuesday that he absoluletly does not believe that friction exists between his community and local police officers.

"For many years, there has been a brotherhood among all people here, so no, I do not feel that any of that flows over toward us, no, I do not," said Williams.

Williams has followed the events in Ferguson over the past few months.

Like many other leaders of local churches, his message is to support the community of Ferguson by praying for those who live and work there.

"Hopefully the people in Ferguson, Missouri will have the spirit of Jesus Christi to unite them and bring them together, so that they will resolve their differences and come together as one people," he says.

Regardless of what happened in August, Williams believes now that the grand jury has spoken, it's important for the community to respect its verdict.

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Special Report: Truancy Boot Camp Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 7:16:16 PM Priscilla Torres Special Report: Truancy Boot Camp

CORPUS CHRISTI - Kids who are going down the wrong path and their parents who have run out of options.

Vernon Jones, whose daughter is currently in the program, said, "I was always praying, saying 'God, help me because I don't want anything happening to my daughter.'"

Corpus Christi Judge Joe Benavides offers those juveniles who come into his courtroom for skipping school or getting in trouble with the law, a second chance in the form of a 5 1/2 month long boot-camp style program in East Texas.

The program is called the Texas Challenge Academy and focuses on academic excellence, life coping skills and physical fitness among other things. Teens who complete the program get their high school diploma and are helped learn a trade or apply to college.

Another parent, Cynthia Hernandez says she was constantly worrying about her son and then one day, after being in the program, she noticed him changing for the better. Cynthia says, "He said 'I never want to disrespect you again. You've been there for me and I could hear the disappointment in you when I was talking to you, you know, wrong.' He said, 'But I'm never going to let that happen again.'"

Judge Benavides had a learning disability when he was growing up in school, so the purpose of this program is something close to his heart. "I went through special resources, so I understand the bullying and I wanted to make an actual difference in our students and parents reaching out and wanting to make a change in their life."

The whole time the teens are away, they're able to write letters to their families and friends and to Judge Benavides.

But most of all, they are making a better life for themselves and making their parents proud of their accomplishments.

Judge Benavides says mentors are key to this program and he needs more mentors for future classes. If you'd like to help, you can call his office at (361) 888-0201.


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Corpus Christi International Airport Unveils New Display System Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 7:00:56 PM Kirsten Schaffer Corpus Christi International Airport Unveils New Display System

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Corpus Christi International Airport has some new tools designed to help you get on your way faster.

The airport unveiled its new system Tuesday.

The new screens allow passengers to see the latest flight and weather information, as well as safety and security information.

All of that information will be available on the airport website.

The cost of the new system was about $300,000.

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CCPD Holiday Initiative Recommends Planning Ahead Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 6:57:24 PM Priscilla Torres CCPD Holiday Initiative Recommends Planning Ahead

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Corpus Christi Police Department has some advice and some tips for drivers and shoppers to promote safety. It's all part of their 2014 holiday initiative.

At the top of their wish list, they are asking drivers to remain patient or even plan ahead with alternative routes to avoid becoming part of the congestion. So they released a map that clearly highlights the areas with the highest traffic.

Those are Airline, Staples, Everhart and Weber which are highlighted in red. The streets highlighted in yellow which are McArdle, Corona, Williams and Holly, are the alternate routes police recommend.

To handle all the extra holiday traffic, CCPD will also have extra patrol units on the streets including undercover units, all patrolling around the clock.

And of course, to make sure all your holiday gifts make it home, police remind shoppers to keep bags and valuables hidden since this time of the year also brings out an increase of cars being broken into.


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Fatal Crash Closes Highway 44 Westbound Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 6:41:40 PM Fatal Crash Closes Highway 44 Westbound

CORPUS CHRISTI - A fatal crash has closed down Highway 44 heading west towards Robstown. All cars are being routed onto McKinzie Road towards I-37.

Authorities have not released any information as of 6:30pm about the crash of a small car and Chevy Silverado.

Initial reports suggest 1 person is dead and 1 person is injured.


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Towing Service Offers Free Tows to Combat Drinking and Driving Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 4:21:48 PM Caroline Flores Towing Service Offers Free Tows to Combat Drinking and Driving

CORPUS CHRISTI - If your holiday celebrations include alcohol, please don't drink and drive. Local law enforcement agencies have kicked off their 4th annual 'No Excuses' campaign.

Apollo Towing is offering their services this holiday season to get drivers and their vehicles home safely, so there is no excuse to drink and drive.

This is the fourth year Apollo Towing will be offering free tows home to drivers who have had a bit too much to drink. Meanwhile, area law enforcement agencies will all be on the lookout for drunk drivers.

"Driving while under the influence, DWI. There is no reason for it. There is no excuse for it. And now with the addition of a free tow home and a free ride home there really is no excuse at all," said Apollo Towing VP Mike Staff.

Last year only 8 people used this service, and Apollo Towing is hoping to increase those numbers this year.

The free tows will be offered every weekend 6pm to midnight, starting Thanksgiving weekend through New Year's weekend. They will also offer free tows Wednesday December 24th, Thursday December 25th, Wednesday December 31st, and Thursday January 1st.

The number to call if you are going to use this FREE service is (361) 853-0003.

If you do decide to use the service there are some requirements/rules. The caller must have a Corpus Christi zip code destination. The vehicle being towed must be operable (running/not damaged). The caller must have the keys to the vehicle being towed. Apollo Towing Service will only transport the vehicle and the driver, no passengers.


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It's Back to the Future for Harte Research Institute Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 3:08:54 PM Lee Sausley III It's Back to the Future for Harte Research Institute

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies has been awarded $1.25 million to study the Ixtoc One oil spill in the Bay of Campeche back in 1979.

Starting early next year, H.R.I. scientists will work with their counterparts in Mexico, to look for residual impacts from the Ixtoc spill. Hopefully what they learn, can help predict what the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill will be 30 years from now.

The study will also include the first gulf-wide survey of fish populations. including the collection of tissue samples, to look for hydrocarbon contamination.

That will help establish a baseline to measure any future changes and better understand the impacts from the 2010 spill.

Scientists with H.R.I. have been investigating virtually every aspect of the Deepwater Horizon disaster since it happened. And they will continue to play a key role in that effort for years to come.

H.R.I. Executive Director, Dr. Larry McKinney says that is an important responsibility. He says "We're spending billions of dollars on gulf rehabilitation projects, and good science will help insure those dollars are spent wisely."


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Hidalgo County Judge Assigned To Overton Case Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 3:04:13 PM Bart Bedsole - Hidalgo County Judge Assigned To Overton Case

CORPUS CHRISTI - A district court judge from Hidalgo County will take over the Hannah Overton case.

Judge Mario Ramirez was appointed Tuesday by Fifth Regional Administrative Judge Rolando Olvera.

Olvera recused 214th District Court Jose Longoria on Monday, even before a scheduled hearing to consider whether the recusal was warranted.

Longoria had handled the case since it began in 2006, but Overton's appellate attorney filed a motion several weeks ago to remove him, based on financial and family connections to the Overtons.

Shortly after Ramirez was appointed, he scheduled a bond hearing for Overton.

It will happen on December 16 at 1:30pm.

Overton is charged with Capital Murder in the death of her 4 year old foster son, Andrew Burd.

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Special Report: Tracking Sex Offenders Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 2:42:41 PM Caroline Flores Special Report: Tracking Sex Offenders

CORPUS CHRISTI - Usually, probation officers spend the week leading up to Halloween making sure sex offenders stay away from children. But how do they protect your family the rest of the year? KRIS 6 News learned you're safer from sex offenders than you may know.

"These are high risk individuals," said probation officer Nimfa Martinez.

When some registered sex offenders are released on probation, life doesn't get easier. Some say it only gets harder.

"They have to be in treatment. They have to attend sex offender counseling on a weekly basis. They have to take polygraphs. They can't go within a thousand feet from a school, a park, a daycare," said Martinez.

On top of that, probation officers pay them surprise visits on a weekly basis either at their home or work. They are also monitored daily by the probation department's surveillance team. Once a year on Halloween, the probations department has their 30-40 high risk sex offenders report to a class at the probation department. That way when kids are out trick-or-treating they are no where near the children.

When sex offenders get a home or work visit, probation officers are there to look for specific items.

"If there's any pornography, they can't have any pictures of their victims in the home. Any items that had belonged to the victim," said Martinez.

For the most part, probation officers rarely find anything like that. That's because the sex offenders know, if they violate their terms of probation they'll most likely go back to jail.

"I know, like, my charge. And I don't like putting like myself at risk. So like, so like, yeah... I'm always at home," said a registered sex offender.

A different sex offender told KRIS Six News, everything he has done with the probation department has kept him from hurting anyone else. "Had I not done some of the things I'm doing now, It's possible that I could have re-offended."

While probation officers keep a close eye on the sex offenders in our area, they also rely on you at home to know where the registered sex offenders are in your neighborhood and to report any suspicious activity.

"We're trying our best to make sure our community is safe," said Martinez.

If you would like to see if there are any sex offenders in your neighborhood, you can use the DPS Sex Offender Registry to find out. CLICK HERE to visit the DPS website.

You can report suspicious behavior to CCPD at (361) 886-2600.


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Camera Planted Inside Starbucks Restroom Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 1:41:07 PM Camera Planted Inside Starbucks Restroom

CORPUS CHRISTI - Detectives released video of a man seen placing a camera in the bathroom of a Starbucks earlier this year.

The smiling man is seen on video placing the camera beneath a countertop in order to have a clear view of near the toilet.

This is one of three incidents in Corpus Christi involving a camera found inside a restroom.


This particular cell phone, with camera, was found on July 11th. Detectives were able to track down the owner of the phone, but determined it is not the same person seen in this video.

Another cell phone was found inside a Stripes at Kostoryz and Holly on August 12. The third was found hidden inside a laundromat on the 11300 block of Leopard on August 28th

If you have any information on this man's identity, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or submit a tip online at

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Local Seniors React to Violence, Looting in Ferguson Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:42:52 PM Sara Donchey Local Seniors React to Violence, Looting in Ferguson

CORPUS CHRISTI - As buildings went up in flames and as looters smashed in the windows of businesses in Ferguson, Missouri Monday night, people from all over the world looked on, many in horror.

Several of those who were glued to their televisions were a group of seniors from Corpus Christi, including Jesse Weathersby.

"I was very disappointed in (the looters) destroying the community, setting fires," Weathersby said. "Especially to their own businesses."

Weathersby and a dozen other locals gathered Tuesday morning at the Oveal Williams Senior Center on the city's Northside. The senior center is about a thousand miles from Ferguson.

But the violence in Missouri was a hot topic during Tuesday morning Bingo, and several people expressed strong feelings about what what happened overnight as if it happened in their own backyards.

"I'm not saying that (Michael Brown) was right for stealing--he was wrong," said Robert Jackson. "He should've been arrested. But at the same time, that's excessive force."

Adell Lucas is the mother of two African-American boys in their mid-twenties. She said she worried that the jury's decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson with a crime would only stoke her sons' fear of excessive force at the hands of police.

"I don't know what charge it would be, but I feel like he should've been indicted," Lucas said. "Because (brown) didn't have a gun."

Regardless of their opinions on the case--and there were plenty--it seemed that no one wanted to see what happened after the decision was announced Monday night.

Several seniors longed for the days of Dr. Martin Luther King--of marches and sit-ins and non-violent civil disobedience.

"I totally disagree with the rioting," Jackson said. "I mean, demonstrations can be peaceful. We've seen that over the years."


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CCPD: Man Hits Ex-Girlfriend With Skateboard Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:44:27 AM Kirsten Schaffer CCPD: Man Hits Ex-Girlfriend With Skateboard

CORPUS CHRISTI - Corpus Christi Police said a man attacked his ex-girlfriend by hitting her in the head with a skateboard Monday night.

Officers responded to a home in the 1400 Marguerite Street for a report of an assault.

When they arrived, a 28-year-old female victim stated she had been having problems with her ex-boyfriend for a long time. She stated she heard a loud banging outside her house and it was scaring her children.

The woman told police she grabbed a bat to protect herself while looking out a window.

When she opened a door, she said her ex-boyfriend, Isaac Lopez, 30, hit her in the back of the head with a skateboard and fled.

As officers were talking with her, other patrol officers located Lopez who was hiding behind a truck in the 800 block of 14th Street.

Lopez was charged with aggravated assault. He was additionally charged with criminal trespass from a warning that was issued on Aug. 4.

He is currently being held at the City Detention Center.

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CCPD to Release More Information on Hidden Camera at Starbucks Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 7:24:02 AM Dr. Brad Hoffman CCPD to Release More Information on Hidden Camera at Starbucks

CORPUS CHRISTI - Captain Mike Alanis says the Corpus Christi Police Department will release information on its findings into the Starbucks camera investigation later today (Tuesday, November 25).

This was the first of 3 hidden camera incidents inside public restrooms that shocked the Coastal Bend last summer.

On July 11, 2014 a cell phone camera was found hidden in the Starbucks ladies restroom located on Staples and SPID.

The store manager said she found the device while removing paper towels from underneath the sink. The cell phone was recording at the time.

CCPD police obtained a warrant to search the records of the phone and discover who is the owner.

But this is not the only incident that has happened in recent months.

Two other recording devices were found in other public rest rooms as well.

One at the Stripes convenient store located on Kostoryz and Holly on August 12, 2014.

The manager called police after she found a cell phone stuck to the wall of the restroom.

On August 28, 2014, another hidden camera was found at a laundromat on the 11300 block of Leopard.

A woman told police that right before using the restroom, she noticed a bundle of brown paper towels wedged under the sink against the drainage pipe.

She thought the drain was leaking water, so she removed the towels and found the black flip phone facing the toilet.
the phone had a light indicating it was recording.

It is not clear that any of these cases are related, or that the police will release information regarding all three cases.



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New Museum Celebrates South Texas Diocese Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 6:25:09 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV New Museum Celebrates South Texas Diocese

CORPUS CHRISTI - A new exhibit at Texas A&M - Kingsville is giving people a unique view of some important local history.

It's called "Becoming The Body Of Christ," and it's the first exhibit of its kind here in South Texas.

The exhibit chronicles the history of the Catholic Church of Corpus Christi, from its foundation in 1912, all the way up to today.

"There is a large majority of Catholic believers in the area," said Museum Director Jonathan Plant. "This celebrates the heritage and tradition of that community."

Many historical items are featured in the exhibit, like photographs that have been locked away in the Diocese archives for decades.

"It focuses on some of the unique traditions that you find within the South Texas Mexican-American community," said plant. "Traditions, for instance, that you don't find in other communities."

For many people, this museum represents more than just a history of their communities.

"It looks like you're in church," said museum visitor Soila Obregon."That's my favorite place."

Some of the donated items bring up very special memories for Obregon.

"My mother was very devoted to church, my father too," she said. "We were all raised up in the Catholic church. And I still go to church all the time."

For her, the museum is a great place to not only remember the past, but also look to the future.

"Everybody goes through different things," said Obregon. "You've got to leave the past behind, and start with the new."

Plant said that was a main focus when the Diocese put this exhibit together for the Centennial.

"Look back at your faith, heritage, family," he said. "All those things are very important here in South Texas, and this exhibit ties all those things together."

The museum is free for everyone, and they're open from now until the first week of January.


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