Local News Local News en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:12:27 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 CCPD Cracking Down on Synthetic Marijuana Dealers and Users Local News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:48:16 PM CCPD Cracking Down on Synthetic Marijuana Dealers and Users

CORPUS CHRISTI- The Corpus Christi Police Department is cracking down on synthetic marijuana dealers and users.

Monday officers had a warrant roundup for those who have been caught in the past with synthetic drugs. 15 warrants were issued and they expect to have more in the coming weeks.

Also a new change was made that allows officers to arrest a person on the spot if they are found with synthetic marijuana. Officers do not have to wait for crime lab results anymore. They have been working very closely with the DA office to make this happen.

Anayeli Ruiz tagged along in todays ride along she will have the story tonight on KRIS 6news.


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CDC Releases Warning about Age and Pregnancy Local News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:21:23 AM Rachel Cole - CDC Releases Warning about Age and Pregnancy

CORPUS CHRISTI - Pregnancy is a privilege or for some, a miracle, to those planning to be parents. However, the sad reality is that the number of women at risk of death during or post pregnancy is on the rise in the United States.

OBGYN, Dr. Stan Shoemaker, with the Coastal Bend Women's Center says, that the rising number can be scary for expectant mothers that have put pregnancy on hold.

"In '87 the recorded death rate was like 7 deaths per hundred thousand and it's increased to 17. The tendancy to tend to put your career ahead of child bearing is a bigger trend in this country than it is in other countries around the world," Dr. Shoemaker said.

A recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control notes that the increase could be because women are past the prime age to get pregnant.

"We actually refer to elderly women getting pregnant over the age of 35 which in the general population is still a young person," Dr. Shoemaker added.

He said, that it's not the years that put you at risk necessarily but the health issues that surfaces as we all get older.

"The longer women wait to get pregnant the more commonly comorbidities exist such as diabetes and hypertension," he said.

According to the C.D.C., about 650 women die each year in the United States as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications. Dr. Shoemaker says prenatal care is the best defense against the risk.

"Come to your doctor early, make sure that you're tested for all other health risks that might be associated with you in general," he said.

Lastly, he says always try to maintain good health and regular visits with your doctor.


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Wrong Way Driver Arrested for Intoxication Manslaughter Local News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:16:08 AM Wrong Way Driver Arrested for Intoxication Manslaughter

CORPUS CHRISTI - Police have arrested a man who allegedly caused a fatal crash when he drove the wrong way down SPID more than a week ago.

32-year-old Julian Andrew Padron was arrested for intoxication manslaughter.

Padron was allegedly driving the wrong way on SPID westbound near Bear Lane when he slammed into a car driven by
68- year-old Jim Koch. Koch died on impact.

Police said Padron appeared to be intoxicated at the scene of the accident, he was taken to the hospital and was treated for leg injuries.

Immediately after his release from the hospital on Friday, Padron was arrested. However, the Nueces County Jail had him returned back to the hopsitla because he was not well enough to be incarcerated.

Investigators are still waiting for the results of blood testing to come back.


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Tips for Travelers Flying out of CCIA Local News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 7:20:17 AM Dr. Brad Hoffman Tips for Travelers Flying out of CCIA

The CCIA has issued the following advice for air-travelers this holiday season.

NEW THIS HOLIDAY: CCIA has just installed new digital flight information screens throughout the terminal. These screens contain the most up to date, real time information available on flight status. They also include security information and weather info.

CCIA passengers can use Mobile Check-in. All you need is your SMART device opened to your digital boarding pass. The SCAN code must be placed under the scanners when going through the initial screening at TSA and at the Airline gate during boarding.

During the Holidays, we see people traveling, who normally don't travel that often. So it's not a bad idea to brush up on some of the rules, particularly when it comes to packing your luggage...and preparing to go through the TSA Security Checkpoint.


• We typically recommend that people be inside the terminal at least one hour before their flight leaves. Take in to account the time it takes to park, etc.

• There are restrictions on weight and size of your checked and carry on luggage. Check your airline website for specifics.

• The 3-1-1- rule is still in effect. Carry on liquid containers must be 3.4 oz or smaller, and be placed in a 1 quart zip lock bag. Only 1 bag per passenger. And remember that you must remove that bag at the checkpoint.

• DO NOT wrap gifts before you travel. Whether in checked luggage or carry-on, TSA may have to unwrap it to check the contents.


• You will need a Government issued ID both when checking luggage and at Security.

• At the TSA checkpoint, passengers must remove everything from pockets.

• Must remove shoes.

• Must remove laptops from bags and cases and place in bin.

• Remove jackets.

• Remove Ziplock bag of liquids if applicable.


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Man Fires Gun Into The Air, SWAT Team Called In Local News Mon, 22 Dec 2014 7:12:14 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Man Fires Gun Into The Air, SWAT Team Called In

CORPUS CHRISTI - A man has surrendered in the SWAT situation on Alameda.

Police said a man was arguing with his wife outside an apartment complex near the Oso Golf Course.

Witnesses said he suddenly pulled out a gun and fired three shots into the air.

His wife ran into the apartment and he followed her in there, and that's when neighbors called the cops.

SWAT teams did respond to the scene and got the man out without a fight.

No one was injured in the shooting.

The man is being charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits.


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Lighting the Menorah at La Palmera Mall Local News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 9:57:34 PM Lighting the Menorah at La Palmera Mall

CORPUS CHRISTI - It was a Chanukah celebration over in the food court as they lit the Menorah.

The Chabad Coastal Bend held the event to teach others about the festival of lights and its meaning.

Chanukah is an eight day celebration that marks when the oil lasted for eight days instead one day, Keeping the candle lit.

But, Rabbi Naftoli Schmukler says, the candles on the Menorah have a deeper meaning. "With Chanukah we don't only light up all eight lights every night, every night we add another light. Which means we can never be satisfied with our status quo. We always have to challenge ourselves to do more especially when it comes to doing good."

This is the first year for the Menorah lighting at La Palmera.


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Local Church Hands out Gifts to Less Forunate Kids Local News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 9:55:00 PM Andrew Ellison - Local Church Hands out Gifts to Less Forunate Kids

CORPUS CHRISTI - A local church handed out goodies to kids who might not have a present under the tree this year.

Christ the Church of Prayers passed out gifts, candy, and other treats to kids who live in the neighborhood surrounding Bluntzer and Coleman.

A caravan of people drove down the streets, honking their horns, wishing everyone a merry Christmas.

Sean Holly, a member of the church, says the church does this to remind these kids that they're not forgotten.

"To receive something that is totally out of the blue is just a blessing cause it never really happens everyday," Holly says.

Santa was out there to talk to the kids as well.


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Friends Identify Shooting Victim Local News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 9:50:30 PM Friends Identify Shooting Victim

CORPUS CHRISTI - Friends on Facebook, and now the Medical Examiner, have identified Friday's shooting victim as Nate Gutierrez.

He was gunned down near Carroll High School. Witnesses said they were picking up their kids from school when they heard gunfire.

Police worked three separate crime scenes. Down the road, police found dozens of shells on the ground and a Cadillac battered with bullet holes.

Gutierrez was rushed to the hospital where police say he died from his injuries. Police are still looking for the shooter.

If you know anything about this deadly shooting, call Crimestoppers at 888-TIPS.


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CCPD Officers Repair Family's Plumbing, Buy Kids Christmas Gifts Local News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 9:39:48 PM Sara Donchey CCPD Officers Repair Family's Plumbing, Buy Kids Christmas Gifts

CORPUS CHRISTI - Christmas was looking frim for the Clay family, until a group of Corpus Christi Police Code Enforcement Officers showed up to their home, seemingly to write them a ticket.

Cawana Clay has been down on her luck.

She was laid off from her job six months ago, and was struggling to raise her five children on her own while keeping up with the bills.

Clay had been dealing with serious plumbing issues at her Westside home for several months; her shower was broken and leaking, and the family was forced to fill buckets with water to bathe.

"Just bathing five kids, going and having to go to the back of the bathroom and pour water in the tub for them to take a bath--you know it's hard," Clay said.

But the problem was too expensive to fix, and with the holidays fast approaching, money was even tighter than usual.

"I have a 13-year-old son who plays basketball, when he comes in from school he wants to take a decent shower."

Everything changed when a group of officers noticed Clay's predicament, and decided to help.

They went to a local hardware store and found a plumber to fix the family's shower.

Ferguson Enterprises donated the parts and the plumber volunteered his services for free.

Officers didn't stop there, either.

They collected $250 dollars to buy Christmas presents for Clay's five kids.

"They were a blessing to my family," Clay said. "They're not always there to get after (anybody)...they're...there to help as well."

Captain David Blackmon of CCPD said his newfound friendship with the Clay family reminded him of why he became a police officer.

"I think sometimes police officers...they get a bad reputation that we're out there to play "get ya," and that's not the case at all. We're actually out there to make things better and we all families and we all have children like these ones sitting here," Blackmon said.


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Fans Play Flag Football to Help Collect Christmas Presents for Kids Local News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 9:16:17 PM Fans Play Flag Football to Help Collect Christmas Presents for Kids

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texans went head-to-head with the Cowboys in a game of football in Corpus Christi, well, fans of the Texans and Cowboys that is.

The two teams played a friendly game of flag football at Salinas Park Saturday.

The group of friends organized the game for charity, to collect donations for Toys for Tots.

They filled boxes full of toys, along with several bikes.

The two-time reigning champs, the Texan fans, fell to the Cowboys 6-8. They were tied through most of the game, but it came down to the wire, the Cowboys scored twice in the last minute of the game.


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Discover the Dinosaurs Local News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 9:12:05 PM Discover the Dinosaurs

CORPUS CHRISTI - Kids of all ages got to take a trip back in time a few million years to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

Discover the Dinosaurs is going on this weekend at the American Bank Center.

The live action interactive exhibit taught visitors all about all kinds of different dinosaurs that once roamed our Earth.

New this year was the Ice Age exhibit, it had cavemen and animals like mastodons.

Kids even paused to sit on one of the dinosaurs for a picture.

The exhibit continues Sunday.

Tickets cost up to $22 bucks.


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Texas Roadhouse Gives Local Veterans a Free Meal Local News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 6:43:31 PM Texas Roadhouse Gives Local Veterans a Free Meal

CORPUS CHRISTI - Dozens of veterans were treated to a free meal Saturday at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant.

The restaurant asked its customers to donate gift cards to local veterans, and then matched each donation.

The local chapter of wounded Warrior Project helped coordinate the event.

"(The veterans) were excited to know that the public is behind them and they are not forgotten," said Stephen McCravey, president of the Vets and Jets Foundation. "It's a chance they can get together and just relax and have fun and forget about the stress for a little while and just think about the good time and think about family."

In total, 40 veterans and their families sat down for a meal and spent some time together.

Each veteran was given a gift card to use at local stores.


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More Than 200 Kids Given Brand New Bicycles Local News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 6:35:31 PM More Than 200 Kids Given Brand New Bicycles

CORPUS CHRISTI - More than 250 local children received brand new bicycles today as part of a holiday fundraiser.

Saturday morning kids ages two to 10 were fitted with a bike helmet and given their bicycles.

Local radio stations KBay and Z95 raised the money for the bikes as part of their "Bikes For Kids" initiative.

The stations teamed up with CASA of the Coastal Bend and Child Protective Services to seek out children who could use a new ride--and something to smile about this holiday season.

Bay Area Bicycles built the bikes and then made sure each one was a perfect fit for their new owners.

This is the sixth year the groups have hosted the "Bikes For Kids" event.


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Cruise Around The Corpus Christi Christmas Lights Local News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 6:16:54 PM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Cruise Around The Corpus Christi Christmas Lights

CORPUS CHRISTI - The sparkling city by the sea is shining a little brighter tonigh in the Christmas spirit.

If you're looking for something fun to do with the kids, take a drive around the city to check out all the Christmas lights.

Candy Cane Lane Resident James Rakowitz said he's been decorating his house for the past thirty years.

"Children come by in the cars and say, ‘Oh look, look mommy, there's the Dalmatians,'" said Rakowitz. "It feels good. It's worth all the work."

Some of the most popular places to see lights are the 600 block of Carmel Parkway, the Country Club neighborhood, and of course, Candy Cane Lane.


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Shooter Still On The Loose Local News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 6:11:32 PM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Shooter Still On The Loose

CORPUS CHRISTI - It's been more than 24 hours since deadly gunfire erupted near Carroll High School and SPID, and there are plenty of questions still unanswered.

Witnesses said they were picking up their kids from school when they heard gunfire.

Police worked to investigate three separate crime scenes.

They found a man who'd been shot in one location. Down the road, they found dozens of shells on the ground. In yet another location, they located a Cadillac battered with bullet holes.

"Officers are putting together the sequence of events," said CCPD PIO Kirk Stowers. "They are talking to witnesses, trying to figure out exactly what happened, as for as for these three areas."

The victim was rushed to the hospital, where police said he died from those injuries.

His name has not yet been released.

A homicide detective working the case told KRIS 6 News that as of Saturday evening, they don't have any new leads to share.

For now, the shooter is still on the loose.

Police are asking anyone with any information on the shooting to call Crimestoppers at 888-TIPS.


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Two New York Police Officers Killed in Ambush Shooting Local News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 4:58:27 PM Two New York Police Officers Killed in Ambush Shooting

NEW YORK (AP) - An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, shooting both of them fatally before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said.

The shooting took place in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Both officers were rushed to Woodhull hospital, where one was pronounced dead, police said. The second officer was later pronounced dead at the hospital, according to a senior city official and a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the shooting. They were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Authorities say the suspect fatally shot himself inside the station. His motive wasn't immediately clear.

A news conference with police officials and Mayor Bill de Blasio is scheduled for 7 p.m.

A block from the shooting site, a line of about eight police officers stood with a German shepherd blocking the taped-off street. Streets were blocked even to pedestrians for blocks around.

Derrick Thompson, who lives nearby, said the shooting happened across from the Tompkins Houses public housing development.

"I was watching TV, and then I heard the helicopters," Thompson said. "I walked out, and all of a sudden - this."

The shooting comes at a tense time. Police in New York are being criticized for their tactics following the chokehold death of Eric Garner, who was stopped by police on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Amateur video captured an officer wrapping his arm around Garner's neck and wrestling him to the ground. Garner was heard gasping, "I can't breathe" before he loses consciousness and later dies.

The president of the police officers union, Patrick Lynch, and de Blasio have been locked in a public battle over treatment of officers following the grand jury's decision. Just days ago, Lynch suggested police officers sign a petition that demanded the mayor not attend their funerals should they die on the job.

The last shooting death of an NYPD officer came in December 2011, when 22-year veteran Peter Figoski responded to a report of a break-in at a Brooklyn apartment. He was shot in the face and killed by one of the suspects hiding in a side room when officers arrived. The triggerman, Lamont Pride, was convicted of murder and sentenced in 2013 to 45 years to life in prison.

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Local Jobless Encouraged by Lower Unemployment Rate Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 8:00:55 PM Stephania Jimenez - Local Jobless Encouraged by Lower Unemployment Rate

CORPUS CHRISTI - There's great news for the unemployed, tonight. More job-seekers in Corpus Christi found work last month.

4.7 percent of the city's workforce was out of a job in November; that number is .2 percent lower than the month before. Ryan Adams, who was laid-off from work earlier this month was encouraged by the numbers.

"I'm looking for something that's going to pay the bills," said Adams.

Unemployment dropped locally, statewide and across the country last month because of solid economic growth. The state unemployment rate is 4.9 percent, and the national unemployment rate is 5.8 percent.

"I know there's a whole bunch of job opportunities out there," said Adams.

There are still 9.1 Americans officially counted as unemployed-up from 7.6 million before the recession. Adams doesn't like being one of those statistics, and said he's not giving up.

"My to find something because I have a family of my own. I have a daughter that's supposed to be born next month." 


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Sunrise Service Memorial Honors Victims of Homelessness Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 6:51:00 PM Kirsten Schaffer Sunrise Service Memorial Honors Victims of Homelessness

CORPUS CHRISTI - A somber memorial Friday for victims of homelessness.

The 14th annual Sunrise Service was held Friday to honor and remember homeless people who passed away in 2014.

Roses were laid in the water and a bagpipe played to honor 29 people who died while being homeless. 

Organizers said the number of homeless deaths is down from 40 in 2013, which they believe signals progress and positive change in Corpus Christi.

"It takes a whole group of agencies to come together to really help an individual get through that experience of homeless and for them to find self sufficiency," said Jesse Elizondo, from the Homeless Partnership.


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Police Working To Track Restaurant Burglars Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 6:47:23 PM Kirsten Schaffer Police Working To Track Restaurant Burglars

CORPUS CHRISTI - Police are working to track down whoever is responsible for the burglary of the Hermanos Solis Restaurant early Friday morning.

Police said someone broke in through the drive-through window and took the money from a cash register.

Employees discovered the break-in when they opened for business Friday morning.

They said there's been a rash of burglaries in the area recently.

"I've heard that there's been several robberies up and down this strip, so, [it] could be the same person just hitting different restaurants, hitting different places," said Raquel Torres, a server at the restaurant.

One cash register was ripped off the wall and busted open and another cash register was taken.

The break-in also caused thousands of dollars worth of damage.

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Mother Remembers Baby Who Died from Flu Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 6:32:17 PM Anayeli Ruiz Mother Remembers Baby Who Died from Flu

SINTON- It's a day that's hard to forget for a Coastal Bend family. Last year they lost their two year old daughter to the flu.

"We miss her its been a year. It's really hard around the holidays around this time," said Roxxan Peña.

Peña says last holiday season was like any other. She was preparing gifts and enjoying her two year old daughter Reese. That is until Pena's mother came down with the flu. To avoid getting Reese sick, she sent Reese to her paternal grandmother's house.

"Reese had a history of febrile seizures where she would get seizures when she get fever. To avoid Reese getting any kind of seizures we sent her," said Peña.

But little did she know even though reese had no symptoms, she had already gotten the flu.

"We went to sleep the night before and she didn't wake up the next morning," said Peña.

The medical examiner told the family, the flu had attacked Reese's heart and she died in her sleep.

"Reese didn't show any signs that she was sick. I didn't have reese vaccinated. I feel as though if I had her vaccinated maybe she would still be here," said Peña.

Every year in the United States anywhere from 200 to 400 children die from influenza. Doctors say the flu goes well beyond a common cold.

"The influenza is a severe viral infection most of the time respiratory, sometimes gastro intestinal other times affects nervous system," said Dr. Jaime Fergie Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist

Doctors say everyone over the age of 6 months should get the flu shot.

Peña now urges other parents to get their children vaccinated. She believes a flu shot could have saved her daughters life.

Meanwhile Peña says she sleeps next to her daughters ashes every night.

She stays right here next to me every night. We pray with her. It's not having her. I couldn't put her in the ground I wanted to bring her home with me," said Peña.

Doctors tell us the flu season is really just getting started and it will continue until March. It's never too late to get a flu shot and the latest vaccines will protect you against 4 different strains of the flu virus.




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