KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com State News State News en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:11:30 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Death Row Inmate Loses at Top Texas Appeals Court http://www.kristv.com/news/death-row-inmate-loses-at-top-texas-appeals-court/ http://www.kristv.com/news/death-row-inmate-loses-at-top-texas-appeals-court/ State News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 2:27:52 PM Death Row Inmate Loses at Top Texas Appeals Court

HOUSTON (AP) - The state's top criminal court has refused to halt next week's scheduled execution of a convicted killer who defense attorneys contend is severely delusional.

A divided Texas Court of Criminal Appeals voted 5-4 Tuesday to reject an appeal from lawyers for 56-year-old Scott Panetti. He's scheduled for lethal injection Dec. 3 for fatally shooting his in-laws 22 years ago at their Fredericksburg home.

Gillespie County prosecutors argued the appeal was improper and the court had no jurisdiction. Attorneys want additional time and want experts to examine Panetti's mental competence for execution.

Judge Elsa Alcala, in a dissenting opinion joined by three other judges, said the court needed to more liberally consider the appeal because it involved constitutional issues about executing the mentally ill.

Panetti's lawyers say they'll contest the ruling.

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5 Children Presumed Dead in Mobile Home Fire http://www.kristv.com/news/5-children-presumed-dead-in-mobile-home-fire/ http://www.kristv.com/news/5-children-presumed-dead-in-mobile-home-fire/ State News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:35:02 PM 5 Children Presumed Dead in Mobile Home Fire

EDNA, Texas - A family lost five of six children in a mobile home fire in Jackson County.

Sheriff AJ Louderback says emergency personnel arrived at the mobile home shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday in Edna, about 25 miles northeast of Victoria.

He says two adults, a 32-year-old woman and 30-year-old man, were found outside the home with a child, whose age was unknown.

The family says the oldest child home at the time was 16.

The cause of the fire wasn't immediately clear.

 


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Texas' Most Wanted: 3 Fugitives Captured http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-most-wanted-3-fugitives-captured/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-most-wanted-3-fugitives-captured/ State News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:44:41 AM Texas' Most Wanted: 3 Fugitives Captured

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Three men on the Texas Department of Public Safety 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list have been captured.

DPS officials on Tuesday announced the arrests of Josue Reyna, Alfredo Rangel and Ngoc Van Tran.

Reyna was caught Nov. 18 in Del Rio. Rangel and Tran were captured Nov. 20.

Tran, who was arrested in Mexico, was wanted for the 1996 slaying of his wife in Amarillo.

Reyna was arrested at the Del Rio International Bridge while trying to enter the U.S. He's wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and retaliation.

Rangel was caught in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Rangel was involved in a 2000 attack on a Texas trooper and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was wanted for parole violation, larceny and engaging in organized criminal activity.

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No Federal Charges in Officer Stun Gun Case http://www.kristv.com/news/no-federal-charges-in-officer-stun-gun-case/ http://www.kristv.com/news/no-federal-charges-in-officer-stun-gun-case/ State News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 5:44:07 AM No Federal Charges in Officer Stun Gun Case

BASTROP, Texas (AP) - Federal prosecutors won't seek criminal charges against two Central Texas sheriff deputies involved in a stun gun shooting that left a 17-year-old student with a severe brain injury.

A U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division official sent a letter to the mother of Noe Nino de Rivera to inform her of the decision. A Bastrop County grand jury in May similarly didn't return indictments against deputies Randy McMillan and Timothy Stalcup. The federal case had been the only lingering investigation into the November 2013 incident.

The county in August settled a federal lawsuit for $775,000 with the family over medical bills.

Authorities say McMillan shot the teen with a Taser at Cedar Creek High School because he acted aggressively. They say Nino de Rivera hit his head after being shot.

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5 Year Old Finds Pills in Pinata Candy http://www.kristv.com/news/5-year-old-finds-pills-in-pinata-candy/ http://www.kristv.com/news/5-year-old-finds-pills-in-pinata-candy/ State News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 5:41:14 AM 5 Year Old Finds Pills in Pinata Candy

DENTON, Texas (AP) - Police in North Texas are trying to determine the source of a box of Halloween candy that contained hydrocodone pills after a 5-year-old boy nearly ate one.

Officers were called to a Denton home on Saturday night after the boy's mother reported he received the box of candy from a piñata at a party. The hosts tell Denton police they used leftover candy from trick-or-treating to fill the piñata.

Police say the candy in the box had been replaced with about 36 pills. They say the boy spit out the painkiller because it tasted bad. He wasn't injured.

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Woman Cleared in Fatal Car Wreck After GM Letter http://www.kristv.com/news/woman-cleared-in-fatal-car-wreck-after-gm-letter/ http://www.kristv.com/news/woman-cleared-in-fatal-car-wreck-after-gm-letter/ State News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 2:10:06 PM Associated Press Woman Cleared in Fatal Car Wreck After GM Letter

CANTON, Texas (AP) - A Texas judge has cleared a woman accused in a fatal wreck after General Motors acknowledged her car would've been among millions recalled for an ignition switch problem that may have contributed to the death.

Candice Anderson pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2004 crash that severely injured her and killed her fiance, Gene Erikson. Investigators say Anderson was driving when her Saturn Ion suddenly veered off a road outside Dallas and hit a tree, but the air bags didn't deploy.

Court officials say a judge on Monday expunged Anderson's record in the case, after GM said the recall condition "may have caused or contributed" to the air bags not deploying.

Anderson was charged with criminally negligent homicide. She pleaded guilty to lesser charges and received five years' probation.

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Student Held After Fort Sam Houston Lockdown http://www.kristv.com/news/student-held-after-fort-sam-houston-lockdown/ http://www.kristv.com/news/student-held-after-fort-sam-houston-lockdown/ State News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:08:33 PM Associated Press Student Held After Fort Sam Houston Lockdown


SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A college student has been detained after driving onto Fort Sam Houston over the weekend, causing a nearly four-hour lockdown.

Officials at the military installation in San Antonio said Monday they were investigating how the private vehicle got through security late Sunday afternoon.

502nd Air Base Wing spokesman Alex Delgado said the male student is not in the service and the vehicle did not contain any explosives or weapons.

The driver was stopped by post officials, though Delgado declined to say exactly where he was stopped on the base, which encompasses about 3,000 acres. The lockdown was lifted around 9 p.m. Sunday.

The student is in military custody. No charges have been filed against the student, whose name, age and school have not been released.

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Flood Sweeps Away Car http://www.kristv.com/news/flood-sweeps-away-car/ http://www.kristv.com/news/flood-sweeps-away-car/ State News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 4:19:48 AM Flood Sweeps Away Car

MANOR, Texas - Floodwaters drove a car into a tree near Austin, Texas.

Fast-moving water swept the car off a road in Manor.

The driver of the red Chevy Monte Carlo scrambled to safety and called for help.

The driver was not hurt.

 


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Homeland Security Chief Talks Border Patrol Priorities http://www.kristv.com/news/homeland-security-chief-talks-border-patrol-priorities/ http://www.kristv.com/news/homeland-security-chief-talks-border-patrol-priorities/ State News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 9:23:33 PM Associated Press Homeland Security Chief Talks Border Patrol Priorities

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has told Border Patrol agents in Texas that enforcement priorities are realigning after President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration.

Johnson on Friday made a Border Patrol station in McAllen a symbolic first stop a day after Obama ordered extended deportation protections to as many as 5 million immigrants now in the country illegally.

Johnson said the new border-crossers will become priorities for removal.

An estimated 1.4 million immigrants are in Texas illegally. Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott has pledged to challenge Obama's order in court.

The Migration Policy Institute estimates that 743,000 people in Texas could be eligible under Obama's order. That's more than any state except California.

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Worker in Deadly Gulf Blast Was Cleaning Equipment http://www.kristv.com/news/worker-in-deadly-gulf-blast-was-cleaning-equipment-391263/ http://www.kristv.com/news/worker-in-deadly-gulf-blast-was-cleaning-equipment-391263/ State News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 9:22:43 PM Worker in Deadly Gulf Blast Was Cleaning Equipment

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company that runs the platform said Friday.

Houston-based Fieldwood Energy LLC said another worker suffered "visible injury" and two others reported ringing in their ears after the explosion, which was reported just before 3 p.m. Thursday. The company said the three injured workers have been released from the hospital.

Fieldwood said the worker who was killed Thursday was cleaning a piece of equipment that separates oil from water liquids when an "isolated pressure event" occurred. The company said the victim and the other worker with visible injuries were employed by Turnkey Cleaning Services, a Louisiana company specializing in cleaning offshore facilities.

Turnkey declined to provide details about the incident and its workers. The Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office identified the victim as Jerrel Hancock, 24, of Abbeville.

The explosion happened on the Echo Platform, about 12 miles offshore near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Federal regulators were on the platform Friday to investigate, said Chauntra Rideaux, a spokeswoman with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

Fieldwood said the platform had not been producing oil or gas for over a week. The company added that the incident did not involve a well explosion or blowout but rather a piece of equipment called a heater treater. The company said the incident did not cause a fire on the platform nor any pollution.

"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family of the deceased Turnkey Cleaning Services employee," Fieldwood said in a statement.

The explosion occurred about two months after a contractor was killed and two others hurt during maintenance work in September on a Chevron natural gas pipeline, also off the Louisiana coast. The cause remains under investigation.

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Fugitive Wanted for Mail Fraud and Identity Theft http://www.kristv.com/news/fugitive-wanted-for-mail-fraud-and-identity-theft/ http://www.kristv.com/news/fugitive-wanted-for-mail-fraud-and-identity-theft/ State News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 4:04:29 PM Fugitive Wanted for Mail Fraud and Identity Theft

HOUSTON - Federal authorities are looking for Thalia Diaz Camareno following her indictment for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

Camareno and her co-defendant, Antolin Julio Nazario, allegedly took part in a sophisticated tax fraud and identity theft ring that filed hundreds of tax returns from June 2010 to January 2012. Nazario is already in custody and is held without bond.

According to federal prosecutors, the defendants victimized more than 800 people and received $807,096 in payments. Each faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Camareno and Nazario are residents of the Houston-area.

If you have any information that could assist in Camareno's capture, contact the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) at 281-330-5377.


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About 50 Rosenberg Homes Evacuated Due to Gas Leak http://www.kristv.com/news/about-50-rosenberg-homes-evacuated-due-to-gas-leak/ http://www.kristv.com/news/about-50-rosenberg-homes-evacuated-due-to-gas-leak/ State News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 6:48:04 AM About 50 Rosenberg Homes Evacuated Due to Gas Leak

ROSENBERG, Texas (AP) - Nobody has been hurt in a sewer system natural gas leak that prompted the evacuation of about 50 homes near Houston.

A Rosenberg Fire Department spokeswoman says crews worked Thursday to locate the break.

Barbara Smolik says the evacuation order was issued Wednesday night for a four-block area. She says by Thursday morning about half of those residents were allowed to go home as crews narrowed the search for the leak.

Smolik says the leak was traced to the water-sewer system but repair crews worked to find the exact spot.

A shelter was set up at a church in Rosenberg, about 25 miles southwest of Houston.

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Worker Crushed to Death Under Semitrailer http://www.kristv.com/news/worker-crushed-to-death-under-semitrailer/ http://www.kristv.com/news/worker-crushed-to-death-under-semitrailer/ State News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 6:40:57 AM Worker Crushed to Death Under Semitrailer

HORIZON CITY, Texas (AP) - Authorities in West Texas say a worker has died after being crushed under a semitrailer that he was working on.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says the 40-year-old part-time employee of S&S Truck Sales in Horizon City died Wednesday evening. Authorities say the semitrailer fell off of a jack onto the man, who died at the scene.

His identity hasn't been released.

Authorities are investigating.

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Houston-area Man Pleads Guilty in $1.4 Million Fraud Case http://www.kristv.com/news/houston-area-man-pleads-guilty-in-1-4-million-fraud-case/ http://www.kristv.com/news/houston-area-man-pleads-guilty-in-1-4-million-fraud-case/ State News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 6:25:02 AM Houston-area Man Pleads Guilty in $1.4 Million Fraud Case

HOUSTON (AP) - A 35-year-old Houston-area man has been convicted in a $1.4 million false tax refunds scheme.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Jason Maclaskey pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and possession of a stolen firearm. Maclaskey and two others used stolen identities to claim the refunds and withdraw more than $300,000 from bank accounts they created.

Maclaskey and his co-defendants obtained the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of 371 people. Authorities searched his Spring home in November 2011 and found 10 firearms and 2,000 rounds of ammunition. He says one of the weapons was stolen.

He faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced in February.

The co-defendants have also entered guilty pleas.

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Nurse who Survived Ebola gets New Engagement Ring http://www.kristv.com/news/nurse-who-survived-ebola-gets-new-engagement-ring/ http://www.kristv.com/news/nurse-who-survived-ebola-gets-new-engagement-ring/ State News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 6:16:42 AM Nurse who Survived Ebola gets New Engagement Ring

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas nurse who survived Ebola has a new engagement ring to replace the one destroyed as part of decontamination of her apartment.

WFAA-TV reports Amber Vinson and fiance Derrick Markray on Tuesday picked out a ring, at no charge, from Zale Corp.

A spokesman for Dallas-based Zale, Chris Nieto, says the company wanted to step up and get Vinson something that helps celebrate her life and express love.

Vinson contracted Ebola while treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Duncan died Oct. 8.

Vinson says she hoped her engagement ring, which she left at home during her hospitalization, could be cleaned and saved. But Vinson's jewelry box and its contents were destroyed as part of decontamination.

Specifics weren't immediately available about the donated ring.

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Texas Sea Turtle's Revival Blunted, Count Declines http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-sea-turtle-s-revival-blunted-count-declines/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-sea-turtle-s-revival-blunted-count-declines/ State News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 5:33:27 PM Associated Press Texas Sea Turtle's Revival Blunted, Count Declines

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - An endangered sea turtle species along the Texas Gulf coast is losing numbers again, a scientific symposium learned Tuesday.

The news means the Kemp's ridley sea turtle's revival has ended and extinction fears among scientists have been renewed.

"It was on a rapid road to recovery," said Selina Heppell, fish and wildlife professor at Oregon State University, "and the recovery came to an abrupt halt in 2010 and we don't know why."

The dismal trend in the turtle's population in recent years was the focus of the keynote at the Second International Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Symposium in Brownsville, the Houston Chronicle reported.


"What the modeling suggests is that something very dramatic and unprecedented happened to the survival and reproduction of the species," Heppell said.

Other presentations scheduled during the conference are expected to point to the effects of the 2010 BP oil spill, the newspaper said.

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Judge Refuses to Toss Perry Case on Technicalities http://www.kristv.com/news/judge-refuses-to-toss-perry-case-on-technicalities/ http://www.kristv.com/news/judge-refuses-to-toss-perry-case-on-technicalities/ State News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 4:38:12 PM Judge Refuses to Toss Perry Case on Technicalities

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas judge has refused to quash two felony indictments for abuse of power against Gov. Rick Perry on technicalities, ruling that the case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should continue.

The governor's defense team had sought to have the proceedings dismissed, arguing that the special prosecutor bringing them wasn't properly sworn in and some paperwork wasn't correctly filed.

But an 18-page ruling Tuesday by District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, sided with prosecutor Michael McCrum.

Perry was indicted in August. He's accused of threatening, then carrying out, a veto of funding for public corruption prosecutors after the Democrat leading the unit wouldn't resign after a drunken driving conviction.

Perry's attorneys also have questioned the case's constitutionality. No ruling on that is expected for weeks.

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Texas Tussle: New History Textbooks Criticized http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-tussle-new-history-textbooks-criticized/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-tussle-new-history-textbooks-criticized/ State News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:21:36 AM Texas Tussle: New History Textbooks Criticized

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas State Board of Education could see a fiery debate as it considers more than 100 history and social studies textbooks for classrooms statewide.

Some academics and activists say the books exaggerate the influence of Moses and other biblical figures on American democracy. But some conservative experts complain the books are too politically correct and ignore connections between radical Islam and modern terrorism.

The board is expected to vote on the proposed books Tuesday.

Textbook approval has long been tense in Texas, in part because content produced for the country's second most populous state can influence the larger textbook market.

The board's 10 Republicans and five Democrats are expecting to hear public testimony decrying the proposed books ahead of Tuesday's vote. A formal confirmation vote is set for Friday.

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Aggie Bonfire Tragedy Remembered 15 Years Later http://www.kristv.com/news/aggie-bonfire-tragedy-remembered-15-years-later/ http://www.kristv.com/news/aggie-bonfire-tragedy-remembered-15-years-later/ State News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 7:16:05 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Aggie Bonfire Tragedy Remembered 15 Years Later

CORPUS CHRISTI - Today marks fifteen years since the tragic bonfire accident that killed a dozen students at Texas A&M University.

Although it's been over a decade, students still gather to honor the fallen every year at the Bonfire Memorial, built at the site of the accident.

12 students were killed and 27 were injured at when the bonfire log pile collapsed on top of them during construction.

To this day, the hundred-year-old Aggie bonfire tradition has not returned to the school's campus.

 


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Mother's Death Ruled Accidental Drowning http://www.kristv.com/news/mother-s-death-ruled-accidental-drowning/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mother-s-death-ruled-accidental-drowning/ State News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 5:43:15 AM Mother's Death Ruled Accidental Drowning

WYLIE, Texas (AP) - A North Texas medical examiner says an Ethiopian woman whose body was found inside her minivan at the bottom of a pond accidentally drowned.

The Dallas Morning News reports the Collin County medical examiner's office released the findings in the death of 42-year-old Almaz Gebremedhin on Monday.

The Ethiopia native was last seen Oct. 2 before she left for work in Wylie. She lived about 3 miles from her workplace and the pond was along her commute. Her body was found Nov. 9 by a private team hired by an Ethiopian community group.

It's unclear how her vehicle ended up in the pond.

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