KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com Local News Local News en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:04:16 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Review of Legal Department Finds Long List of Issues http://www.kristv.com/news/review-of-legal-department-finds-long-list-of-issues/ http://www.kristv.com/news/review-of-legal-department-finds-long-list-of-issues/ Local News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 6:44:36 PM Bart Bedsole Review of Legal Department Finds Long List of Issues

CORPUS CHRISTI - On Tuesday, Corpus Christi city officials released two reviews of the city's Legal Department.

One is an internal review by the interim City Attorney.

The other is an external review produced by a separate firm.

Although he wasn't named specifically, both reports put part of the blame on the previous city attorney, Carlos Valdez.

It was the recent selection, then resignation, of Roxanne Controneo that accelerated the review of the City Attorney's office... but city leaders say the review was coming anyway.

The external review identified quite a few problems, but focused primarily on these issues:
1 - the department's budget, which is far less than other cities of similar size
2 - better monitoring of the cost and quality of outside counsel hired to handle lawsuits against the city
3 - the creation of so-called "hybrid attorneys", who assist other city departments as well as handle lawsuits

The internal review resulted in similar findings, but focused largely on the management of the office, or the lack of it.

It said, "There was no organization structure, no lines of supervision, and except for a few self-managed attorneys, little oversight of work volume and quality of work."

Former City Attorney Carlos Valdez told KRIS 6 News he agrees with some of the findings, but said he inherited a lot of them when he arrived in 2010, so he shouldn't be blamed for them.

He added that the underlying issue of most of the problems like staffing and compensation is the lack of funding for the Legal Department.

He admits the "hybrid attorney" idea was his solution to a lack of staff, and maintains it was effective way to handle the workload.

Valdez added that as soon as he took over the position, former City Manager Angel Escobar told him to make due with the funding he had, leaving him struggling to make ends meet.

The recommendations to city leaders in the recent reviews include improving the management of outside legal services, attracting and maintaining outstanding lawyers and staff, and hiring a city attorney with more experience in municipal law, not another area.

City Manager Ron Olson will now incorporate these recommendations into an action plan to address the problems in the Legal Department.

 


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Bodies of Coastal Bend Natives Recovered in Washington http://www.kristv.com/news/bodies-of-coastal-bend-natives-recovered-in-washington/ http://www.kristv.com/news/bodies-of-coastal-bend-natives-recovered-in-washington/ Local News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 6:13:34 PM Bodies of Coastal Bend Natives Recovered in Washington

OSO, Washington - The search has ended for two former Coastal Bend residents who were caught in a mudslide in Washington state.

The bodies of 52-year-old Steve Harris and 53-year-old Teresa Harris were recovered on Monday. The husband grew up in Port Aransas. His wife was a Flour Bluff native.

They had a cabin northeast of Seattle, but hadn't been heard from since that mudslide on March 22nd.

The couple is among 41 residents killed in disaster. Crews continue searching for two people unaccounted for.

 


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DPS Crash Policy: No Family Notification Unless There's a Fatality http://www.kristv.com/news/dps-crash-policy-no-family-notification-unless-there-s-a-fatality/ http://www.kristv.com/news/dps-crash-policy-no-family-notification-unless-there-s-a-fatality/ Local News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 5:44:53 PM Janine Reyes DPS Crash Policy: No Family Notification Unless There's a Fatality

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A Corpus Christi family says a shocking Department of Public Safety policy caused them 24-hours of terror. A search for their missing father ended when they found him in a local emergency room, an entire day after a car crash.

DPS says they're only required to notify family members when you die.

This story really makes you wonder what would happen if you're driving alone and are injured in a crash. How would your family ever know if you were unable to pick up the phone and call them?

Jose Orona's family still doesn't know exactly what happened.

"This is someone's father, husband, grandfather, great grandfather and we worried all night, we're still worrying about him," Orona's son-in-law, Robert Cervantes told us.

The family's been struggling with tragedy since last Thursday, when Orona never came home after work.

"He gets off at 5, he's home by 5:30, 5:45," Cervantes told us.

When he didn't come home, Orona's family grew more and more worried. His wife became frantic, first calling family and friends, then reaching out to police and hospitals. She also never stopped trying to reach her husband by phone.

"She called his phone hundreds of times, and it always rang 3 or 4 times then it went straight to voice mail," Cervantes explained.

After 24 hours of worry and stress, a family friend who is a member of law enforcement finally found him at Spohn Memorial Hospital, in the Intensive Care Unit.

"He was unconscious, found that he had several broken ribs, lacerated spleen, head trauma, some blood in the brain," Cervantes described.

DPS worked the wreck, but they never notified family because their policy only requires them to do that if you die or are near death.

"Fatals or serious injury crashes," Trooper Charlie Ramirez explained. "Is there a line drawn at what's a serious injury and what's not," we asked. "When the doctor says he might not make it," Ramirez responded.

Ramirez tells us he's never had a family complain about the policy, so he sees no need to change it.

The Orona's same family friend helped track down his car in an impound lot.

Now that Orona is starting to recover, there are many questions his family can't answer for him.

"We can't tell him we don't know anything, we don't know when it happened, where it happened, how it happened, that's what we want to find out," Cervantes told us.

The main focus now is on Orona's recovery. The family does not want to point fingers, but if this is a policy problem, they do want it fixed so no one else experiences their pain.

"It just felt like he was just of no significance, no importance to notify the family," Cervantes told us.

We decided to check in with other law enforcement to see what they do in these type cases. The Nueces County Sheriff's Office says if someone is seriously injured, they notify DPS, so that agency can notify families.

The police department says because of HIPAA laws, it's a hospital's job to notify family.

 


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C.C. Chamber of Commerce Opposes Wind Farm http://www.kristv.com/news/c-c-chamber-of-commerce-opposes-wind-farm/ http://www.kristv.com/news/c-c-chamber-of-commerce-opposes-wind-farm/ Local News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 5:26:18 PM Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com C.C. Chamber of Commerce Opposes Wind Farm

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce is joining the fight against a proposed wind farm in southern Nueces County, near Chapman Ranch.

As we've reported, the city council passed a resolution opposing that wind farm, which lies within the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction.

The city is also attempting to annex that land.

The company trying to build the wind farm is APEX Clean Energy.

The Chamber of Commerce, like many city officials, thinks this wind farm will hurt economic growth on the southside.

So, they're lobbying the state legislature, asking lawmakers to give Corpus Christi the power to control any economic development within its E.T.J.

If the legislature grants this request, annexation may not even really be necessary, and that would mean the city would not have to provide utilities out in that area.

Of course, the state legislature doesn't resume until next January. So, annexation is much more plausible for this particular project.

The Chamber admits this move is really more of an attempt to control any future development that might come up in lands where the city is set to expand some day.

City council members have said they aren't against wind farms, they're just against a wind farm so close to the southside.

Council members believe development like houses, and shopping centers will be a lot more valuable to the city than a wind farm.

 


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Researchers Hopeful New Tools Will Bring Light to Rising Seas http://www.kristv.com/news/researchers-hopeful-new-tools-will-bring-light-to-rising-seas/ http://www.kristv.com/news/researchers-hopeful-new-tools-will-bring-light-to-rising-seas/ Local News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 4:56:27 PM Sara Donchey Researchers Hopeful New Tools Will Bring Light to Rising Seas

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Our coastline is changing; and if you're curious about how--look no further than your web browser.

Surging Seas is an online application built using federal data that shows how much our ocean is expected to rise in the next few decades.

Dr. Larry McKinney of the Harte Research Institute makes more complex maps of coastal sea levels, but says public tools like these are a great way to build awareness around the issue of the rising sea.

"It may get you alarmed or concerned," McKinney said. "(But) at least, hopefully, it will get you to take a closer look at the situation to understand that we do need to take action now."

McKinney says that taking action means planning ahead.

And that means eventually relocating millions of dollars worth of housing and infrastructure along the Texas coast.

Coastal areas that have been heavily developed over the last several years are of particular concern for McKinney and his team.

McKinney pointed to a map of Rockport in the year 1940 that shows it was hardly developed at all.

Present images show houses and structures that dot the coastline; they're all structures McKinney says is at high risk during severe weather when the ocean swells.

To top it off, McKinney says Texas is sinking.

As oil and gas is extracted from the ground, the soft sediment that makes up the coast is dropping lower.

One example, McKinney says, is the old Brownwood Subdivision in Baytown Texas--an area devastated during a hurricane several years ago.

"You can go to it now and all you see is the few skeletons of houses and a few little roads because it was in one of those highly subsiding areas," McKinney said. "And that's what we have to face in the rest of the coast if we don't do something about it to protect it."

 


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City Council Approves First Reading on Desalination Grant http://www.kristv.com/news/city-council-approves-first-reading-on-desalination-grant/ http://www.kristv.com/news/city-council-approves-first-reading-on-desalination-grant/ Local News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 4:36:37 PM City Council Approves First Reading on Desalination Grant

CORPUS CHRISTI - City council has approved the first reading of a plan to use $400,000 in federal grant money to research desalination.

There's one more vote before the city can pass the funds, plus $600,000 more, onto an engineering firm looking to process saltwater for use by homes and businesses.

This is only enough money for a small scale test project. But if successful, the design could help the city in the long term as water becomes more scarce.

 


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Veteran Firefighter Honored with Large Funeral Procession http://www.kristv.com/news/veteran-firefighter-honored-with-large-funeral-procession/ http://www.kristv.com/news/veteran-firefighter-honored-with-large-funeral-procession/ Local News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 4:34:50 PM Veteran Firefighter Honored with Large Funeral Procession

CORPUS CHRISTI - A large funeral procession honors a firefighter who started his career in the Coastal Bend and became well-known across the state.

Maurice 'Marty' Martinez died at the age of 44 from a long battle with heart problems.

He served for 22 years with the Texas Fire Service, but started as a reserve deputy and paramedic in San Patricio County and in emergency management in Kleberg County.

During his career in wildfire operations Martinez travelled to Bastrop for the wildfires there two years ago, the town of West to assist in the aftermath of the fertilizer plant explosion, and assisted in the recovery of the Space Shuttle Columbia debris that fell in east Texas.

Martinez was laid to rest at Rose Hill Memorial Park.

 


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Kindergartners Clean Local Beaches for Earth Day http://www.kristv.com/news/kindergartners-clean-local-beaches-for-earth-day/ http://www.kristv.com/news/kindergartners-clean-local-beaches-for-earth-day/ Local News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:46:09 PM Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com Kindergartners Clean Local Beaches for Earth Day

CORPUS CHRISTI - April 22nd is Earth Day, an observance and appreciation for the planet in which we all live. Earth Day, which was started in 1970, is credited with starting the environmental movement in the United States.

To celebrate and help raise awareness about clean living, students from the coastal bend went out to The Padre Island National Seashore to help with beach clean up efforts.

About 80 kindergartners from Flour Bluff Early Childhood Center, rolled up their sleeves and put on gloves to head out and pick up garbage. Ranger William Botts is the education coordinator with the National Seashore. He says this is a great way to teach kids good habits at a young age.

Plus, the students had a chance to learn about the negative effects littering has on the environment. Botts says there are easy steps to ease the messy beaches in the coastal bend.

"If everybody would get into the habit of just taking a single bag or half a bag home and throwing it away properly it would really help our beaches," he added.

The little ones picked up litter and also had a chance to learn about the creatures that live in the waters and on shore.

"Being Earth Day, it's important to not only learn but they're getting some programs about sea turtles, about some of the animals and habitats here," Botts added.

Knowing how trash can hurt the sea creatures helps young children like Ka'riya understand the importance of throwing garbage away properly.

"I'm ready to pick up trash, to keep the Earth clean," the student said.

Plus, it's not just litter from locals that's making the beaches dirty. Debris from all over the world washes up on coastal bend shores.

"We've got a collection that includes the Greek Clorox bottle, an Arabic dish washing liquid bottle, we've got a Dutch gin bottle," Botts said.

He says it's important to teach good habits early because it can make all the difference in the appearance of coastal shorelines.

If everybody would get into the habit of just taking a single bag or half a bag home and throwing it away properly it would really help our beaches," Botts said.

 


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Beach Cleanup This Weekend http://www.kristv.com/news/beach-cleanup-this-weekend-359462/ http://www.kristv.com/news/beach-cleanup-this-weekend-359462/ Local News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:36:12 PM Mike Gillaspia Beach Cleanup This Weekend

CORPUS CHRISTI - This weekend, Coastal Bend residents will have the chance to do a little spring cleaning on our local beaches, as part of the 28th Annual Beach Cleanup. This event is one of three all-volunteer seasonal cleanups coordinated through the Adopt-A-Beach program of the Texas General Land Office. It is an effort to rid Texas beaches of litter.

Since 1986, Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up enough trash to fill a line of dump trucks 90 miles long. In all, more than 458,000 volunteers have removed 8,700 tons of trash from Texas beaches. The cleanups are an opportunity to come together with family and friends, while doing something good for the community and the environment.

The Spring Beach Cleanup will take place Saturday, April 26th from 9 AM to Noon at several Coastal Bend beaches, including Rockport Beach Park in Aransas County, Sunset Lake Park in San Patricio County, Avenue G at the beach, Lighthouse Lakes Park, Mustang Island State Park, Mollie Beattie Coastal Habitat Community, the Texas State Aquarium and Cole Park in Nueces County, and the Padre Balli Park Office, the Malaquite Visitors Center and Kaufer-Hubert Park in Kleberg County.

Volunteers are asked to wear sunscreen, closed-toed shoes, sunglasses and a hat, and to bring plenty of water and bug repellant. Trash bags will be provided. The cleanup will take place rain or shine.

For more information, call 1-877-TXCOAST or visit www.texasadoptabeach.org.

 


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Driver Takes Out Light Pole and Historical Marker http://www.kristv.com/news/driver-takes-out-light-pole-and-historical-marker/ http://www.kristv.com/news/driver-takes-out-light-pole-and-historical-marker/ Local News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:24:25 PM Driver Takes Out Light Pole and Historical Marker

BANQUETE - The rising sun is being blamed for causing a woman to crash into a pole and historical marker out on Highway 44 this morning.

She told DPS the sun made it hard for her to see where she was on the road. The front end of her car was torn up by the crash at Highway 44 and FM 666.

The woman was taken to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital. A trooper on the scene did not know haw badly she was injured.

DPS is still investigating the crash.


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Are CCPD officers trained to spot mental disorders? http://www.kristv.com/news/are-ccpd-officers-trained-to-spot-mental-disorders-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/are-ccpd-officers-trained-to-spot-mental-disorders-/ Local News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 5:23:43 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahKRIS Are CCPD officers trained to spot mental disorders?

CORPUS CHRISTI - With all the talk about mental illness and crime here in our country, many think our police should be ready for any confrontation.

CCPD Senior Officer Denise Pace said police officers come into contact with mentally ill people on a daily basis. She said our officers are trained to look for signs that a person is mentally ill.

"When they're communicating with them, the individual looking off to the side," said Pace. "Speaking to something that's not there, or they're delusional. They're talking about things that just aren't real."

She said most of the mentally ill people that our police officers deal with regularly are homeless. The National Alliance to End Homelessness said about half of all homeless people are mentally ill. Pace said our officers are thoroughly trained on how to handle a confrontation with a mentally ill person.

"Slow the situation down, listen, listen and pay attention to what the person is doing," said Pace. "What they're saying, where they're looking, how they're responding, We teach them just to slow down and asses the whole situation."

Pace emphasized that not all mentally ill people are dangerous. In training, our officers are told to handle each situation on a case by case basis.


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Prostitute Robs Man And Nearly Runs Him Over http://www.kristv.com/news/prostitute-robs-man-and-nearly-runs-him-over/ http://www.kristv.com/news/prostitute-robs-man-and-nearly-runs-him-over/ Local News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 8:35:23 PM Bart Bedsole Prostitute Robs Man And Nearly Runs Him Over

CORPUS CHRISTI - A man lost his wallet Monday night, and nearly lost his life trying to get it back minutes later.

It all happened on the Harbor Bridge just after 6:00.

Police say after picking up a prostitute along Leopard, a man took her to North Beach to "receive his services", and when it was over, she grabbed his wallet and jumped into a truck waiting for her.

The guy chased the black Chevrolet pickup onto the harbor bridge... and cornered it with his car near the base of the bridge.

But after getting out of his own car to confront the people in the pickup, the truck took off and hit him, then kept going.

He was actually lucky not to be struck again, or run over, by a second car.

"Considering the speeds of the vehicle and traffic this time of day on the Harbor Bridge, it's good that the drivers were paying attention to what they were doing and didn't run over him," said CCPD Captain Jerry Vesely.

The man's ankle was pretty banged up, and police thought he was going to the hospital, but he apparently refused further treatment and instead limped back to his car and took off.

Police never caught up with the black pickup involved.

Vesely said the man would not be arrested for the apparent prostitution activity.


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Nueces Co. Teen Arrest Rates Twice National Average http://www.kristv.com/news/nueces-co-teen-arrest-rates-twice-national-average/ http://www.kristv.com/news/nueces-co-teen-arrest-rates-twice-national-average/ Local News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 5:48:55 PM Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com Nueces Co. Teen Arrest Rates Twice National Average

CORPUS CHRISTI - Here's some startling news if you're a parent. Arrest rates here in Nueces County for juveniles between the ages of 10 and 14 are more than double both the state and national rates.

The figures come from a recent study conducted by Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.

Hector Flores says the first time he was arrested he was only 14 and had been caught stealing from a convenience store.

When KRIS 6 News' Caroline Flores told him about high arrest rates in children from 10 to 14, he said he wasn't surprised. He believes gangs are too prominent in our schools and in that crowd, crime is the cool thing to do.

"We just thought that, that would bring us a certain amount of attention. But it brought us the wrong attention from police officers," Flores.

The study shows Nueces County's arrest rates of juveniles holds true for property crimes and drug abuse violations.

Flores says it took two arrests and a stint in the juvenile detention center to make him want to turn his life around. He joined the HELP program. That introduced him to welding which is the job he is going to pursue after graduates high school.

"Don't take the easy way out man. Don't take the easy way out. You have a little bit of pride under your belt when you say you did it the right way," says Flores.

For those children considering becoming a part of the high arrest trend, Flores says they should first ask themselves two questions.

"Do you like seeing your mom cry, man? You wanna see your little brother or little sister do what you're doing right now?"

To review the study for yourself, click here - PDF

 


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6 Investigates: Some CCISD Teachers Feel Shut Out http://www.kristv.com/news/6-investigates-some-ccisd-teachers-feel-shut-out/ http://www.kristv.com/news/6-investigates-some-ccisd-teachers-feel-shut-out/ Local News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 5:21:10 PM Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com 6 Investigates: Some CCISD Teachers Feel Shut Out

CORPUS CHRISTI - If you're a teacher, it's safe to say you're probably pretty interested in what goes on at your school district's board meetings.

But when that meeting is going on while you're still in class, it's pretty hard to participate.

And that is exactly what goes on in the Corpus Christi Independent School District.

There are over 2,000 teachers that work in the district, and many of them would like to voice their opinions during board meetings on issues that affect them.

But board meetings start at 3:30 in the afternoon, and middle schools and high schools don't get out until 4.

Stephanie Guerrero is a high school teacher at King, and keeps here eye on the school board as best she can.

But she, like many teachers, is at school well after the final bell rings, helping students with their work, and preparing for the next day.

"So it would be good for me, it would be good for teachers if the meetings did start a little later," she says.

What we're talking about here is public comment. The chance for teachers to speak to the board before it votes on issues that affect teacher contracts, health insurance, pay, curriculum, and anything else that affects teachers or students.

Board Member Carol Scott says meetings used to start at five, but that was four years ago, and this board feels that's not a practical starting time.

Board members have jobs too, and these meetings can go for three to four hours.

"When you're running 265 million dollar organization, you probably want to make sure that folks are kind of on their toes as much as possible, and so going that late into the evening, does probably not make for very good decision making," Scott says.

She added that the board always orders its agenda items in a way that gives teachers a little extra time to get there.

Meetings almost always start with executive session, which the public isn't a part of anyway. Then, presentation are done.

Then, the action items are presented.

"Most of the time, it's not absolutely 100 percent of the time, but most of the time, our action items come around the four thirty, five o'clock time frame," Scott says.

But Guerrero says 4:30 is still not that practical for most teachers.

She says when the meetings started at five, teachers had more say.

"Sometimes the meetings ran late. If there was a lot to discuss, a lot of action items or something really important going on, meetings did take a while to get through. But I got to participate," Guerrero says.

Some teachers feel like their being boxed out, but Scott disagrees.

"If that's their only opportunity they for public comment, I think that would be valid. There's certainly other opportunities, every one of the board members has an email address and responds to emails and phone calls.... And they're representatives are here on a very regular basis. There are AFT, CCAUSE, and ATPE representatives here at just about every board meeting," Scott says.

But Guerrero has just one thing to say.

"I do know that when the meetings were held later, there was a lot of community participation. A lot," she says.

The school board also wants to remind everyone that they always allow for public comment at six, or at the end of the meeting.

But of course, that would be after the board voted on all the items.

By the way, a lot of staff meetings at local schools are held on monday's after school. That's the same day that board meetings are held.

That can hold up teachers for a while too.

 


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Meth Found Hidden Inside Fire Extinguishers http://www.kristv.com/news/meth-found-hidden-inside-fire-extinguishers/ http://www.kristv.com/news/meth-found-hidden-inside-fire-extinguishers/ Local News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 5:07:07 PM Meth Found Hidden Inside Fire Extinguishers

FALFURRIAS - Border Patrol agents at the Falfurrias checkpoint seized $2.7 million dollars worth of methamphetamine hidden in fire extinguishers.

A K-9 unit alerted agents to take a closer look at the truck as it passed through the Highway 281 checkpoint on Friday.

Agents eventually found four fire extinguishers inside the truck tool box. The tops of the extinguishers were cut off to reveal 86 pounds of methamphetamine inside.

 


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Dumpster Death Investigation Ongoing http://www.kristv.com/news/dumpster-death-investigation-ongoing/ http://www.kristv.com/news/dumpster-death-investigation-ongoing/ Local News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 4:33:29 PM Janine Reyes Dumpster Death Investigation Ongoing

CORPUS CHRISTI -- The medical examiner has identified 41-year-old Nancy Lea Bailey as the woman found dead inside a garbage truck last week.

Officials got an identification on Bailey quickly, but had trouble tracking down relatives because she's homeless and from out of state.

A representatives at the Women's Shelter of South Texas confirms Bailey did spend the past few years of her life in and out of their facilities. Those who knew her say this is one of the saddest events they've seen in years.

"We believe that it was an accident, still not a homicide investigation," Senior Officer Kirk Stowers said, "the investigation still continues but it looks like it was just an accident."

"Its really sad and as a human being for someone to have to use that as shelter, its heartbreaking in and of itself and for somebody to get injured and then with the death, its really heartbreaking," Stowers said.

If you have any details about Bailey that could help police wrap up their investigation, call police at (361) 886-2841.

The Women's Shelter of South Texas is planning a memorial service for Bailey on the bayfront this week. Her remains will be cremated and shipped to family out of state.

 


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Memorial Service on Wednesday for Store Owner Ben Mustafa http://www.kristv.com/news/memorial-service-on-wednesday-for-store-owner-ben-mustafa/ http://www.kristv.com/news/memorial-service-on-wednesday-for-store-owner-ben-mustafa/ Local News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 4:08:53 PM Memorial Service on Wednesday for Store Owner Ben Mustafa

CORPUS CHRISTI - A memorial service for a store owner shot and killed during a robbery will be held at Bay Area Fellowship this week.

Benjamin Mustafa was shot by two masked men who came into Tim's market store last week. Corpus Christi police arrested two men and women at a home nearby. All three are charged with capital murder.

Bay Area Fellowship Pastor Bill Cornelius tells us a service for Mustafa will be held Wednesday at the new Rodd Field campus (3402 Rodd Field, Corpus Christi)

The visitation begins at 5pm with a memorial service at 5:30pm.

 


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Value Bank Robbery Suspect Surrenders http://www.kristv.com/news/value-bank-robbery-suspect-surrenders/ http://www.kristv.com/news/value-bank-robbery-suspect-surrenders/ Local News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 3:38:01 PM Value Bank Robbery Suspect Surrenders

CORPUS CHRISTI - The woman accused of robbing Value Bank has surrendered. Family members say 26-year-old Seanette Villarreal turned herself in on Friday.

A warrant was issued for her arrest based on security video of the April 12 robbery at the bank on the corner of Weber and Staples.

Photos show the robber who handed the teller a note demanding cash never made any attempt to hide her face.

 


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Crude Oil Exports at Port Corpus Christi Skyrocketing http://www.kristv.com/news/crude-oil-exports-at-port-corpus-christi-skyrocketing/ http://www.kristv.com/news/crude-oil-exports-at-port-corpus-christi-skyrocketing/ Local News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 2:55:28 PM Sara Donchey Crude Oil Exports at Port Corpus Christi Skyrocketing

CORPUS CHRISTI -- There's a revolution going on right in our backyard at the Port Corpus Christi.

For the first time ever, the port is exporting more crude oil than it's importing.

Steven Schmidt, the Operations Director at NuStar Energy has seen the transformation unfold first hand.

"It's changed the whole face of what we do here at this terminal," Schmidt said.

Schmidt says in the thirteen years he's been in the business, that he's never seen anything like the explosive changes happening at the port.

In order to keep up, his company did a complete 180.

"We've completely reversed this facility, and now everything we do is ship crude oil out over the water to various customers."

Nustar Energy went from strictly importing crude oil to strictly exporting it in the last two years.

In fact, they've been shipping out so much oil, that they had to build a new multi-million dollar dock to accommodate it all.

The company went from shipping 200 thousand barrels a day to 700 thousand barrels a day.

And it's all thanks to the booming Eagle Ford Shale.

"The demand was there," Scmidt said. "There's so much production here and the demand is elsewhere, that it made sense for us to do it."

And Nustar isn't alone.

The entire port has gone from 0 to 122 million; that's 122 million tons of crude oil that was exported last year alone.

And with more ships going out, there's more money rolling in.

"We are making more money,"John Pasch is the Deputy Director of Operations at the Port. "...We are investing more in our infrastructure that we have ever invested in our entire history since 1926."

And Pasch estimates that as oil and gas production in the Eagle Ford Shale ramps up, so will the trend of exporting product at the port.

 


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Seven Sentenced for Firearms Smuggling http://www.kristv.com/news/seven-sentenced-for-firearms-smuggling/ http://www.kristv.com/news/seven-sentenced-for-firearms-smuggling/ Local News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 2:34:32 PM Seven Sentenced for Firearms Smuggling

CORPUS CHRISTI - A group of people from Houston all plead guilty in a conspiracy to smuggle dozens of AK-47 rifles across the border with Mexico.

The investigation started in late 2013 with a traffic stop along Highway 77 near Kingsville. Members of the Kingsville Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force found 35 rifles stashed in a hidden compartment in the back of a pickup truck cab. Authorities also found $26,000 in cash.

Prosecutors say three people purchased the weapons in Houston with the intent of handing them over to a co-conspirator who cannot legally purchase a firearm. The others involved started the scheme and drove the weapons south.

All of the defendants face up to 5 years in prison when sentenced later this year.

  • Javier Resendez, 29
  • Abel Lopez, 34
  • Arturo Garcia, 30
  • Roberto Santana Mears, 22
  • Mary Bel Deanda, 39
  • Martha Gonzales, 41
  • Angel Aquino-Pineda, 27

 


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