Top Story Top Story en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:11:28 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Hidalgo County Judge Assigned To Overton Case Top Story 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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Camera Planted Inside Starbucks Restroom Top Story 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 a countertop in orde 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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Ferguson Businesses Torched in Overnight Protests Top Story Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:22:35 AM Associated Press/NBC Ferguson Businesses Torched in Overnight Protests

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's governor ordered more National Guardsmen into Ferguson on Tuesday to keep order after a night of violence over the grand jury decision in the police shooting of Michael Brown, as attorneys for the Brown family lashed out at the authorities' handling of the case.

Smoke billowed from the blackened shells of burned-out Ferguson businesses on Tuesday, and glass littered the sidewalks in front of stores whose display windows were smashed during the protests that erupted after it was announced that police Officer Darren Wilson wouldn't be indicted for killing Brown on Aug. 9.

Monday night's protests were far more destructive than any of those that followed Brown's death, with more than a dozen businesses badly damaged or destroyed. Authorities reported hearing hundreds of gunshots, which for a time prevented fire crews from fighting the flames.

There were 61 arrests in Ferguson overnight, many for burglary and trespassing, St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said. There were 21 arrests in St. Louis, where protesters broke some store windows along South Grand Avenue, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said.

Gov. Jay Nixon issued a statement saying he was calling in more National Guard troops to assist law enforcement in Ferguson, but he didn't say how many additional troops or how long they would remain.

Jon Belmar, chief of the St. Louis County police, said that unless his agency could bring in 10,000 officers, "I don't think we can prevent folks who really are intent on destroying a community."

At least 18 people were injured and sought treatment at area hospitals. One person was shot and was recovering Tuesday at SSM DePaul Health Center. The hospital didn't give any details about the shooting. Two other people were admitted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital for undisclosed injuries. Everyone else was treated and released.

Meanwhile, many area districts cancelled classes out of concern for the safety of students traveling to and from school.

The grand jury's decision means that Wilson, who is white, will not face any state criminal charges for killing Brown, whose death inflamed deep racial tensions between many black Americans and police.

Attorney Benjamin Crump said at a news conference Tuesday that he and the rest of the Brown family's legal team objected to St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's decision to call a grand jury and to not appoint a special prosecutor.

"We could see what the outcome was going to be, and that is what occurred last night," Crump said.

Wilson's lawyers issued a statement praising the decision and saying the officer, who has remained out of the public eye since the shooting, is grateful to his supporters.

"Law enforcement personnel must frequently make split-second and difficult decisions," the lawyers wrote. "Officer Wilson followed his training and followed the law."

McCulloch said the jury of nine whites and three blacks met on 25 separate days over three months, hearing more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses, including three medical examiners and experts on blood, toxicology and firearms.

In the first flash of unrest after the grand jury announcement, Belmar said he told officers to back off, suggesting they handle the situation as if it were a festival or baseball game. But the situation quickly "spun out of control," as protesters looted businesses and set fire to numerous vehicles, including at least two police cars. Officers eventually lobbed tear gas from inside armored vehicles to disperse crowds.

As McCulloch read his statement, Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, sat atop a vehicle listening to a broadcast of the announcement. When she heard the decision, she burst into tears and began screaming before being whisked away by supporters.

The crowd with her erupted in anger, converging on the barricade where police in riot gear were standing. They pushed down the barricade and began pelting police with objects, including a bullhorn. Officers stood their ground.

Speaking for nearly 45 minutes, a defensive McCulloch repeatedly cited what he said were inconsistencies and erroneous witness accounts. When asked by a reporter whether any of the accounts amount to perjury, he said, "I think they truly believe that's what they saw, but they didn't."

McCulloch never mentioned that Brown was unarmed when he was killed.

Brown's family released a statement saying they were "profoundly disappointed" but asked that the public "channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen."

Shortly after the announcement, authorities released more than 1,000 pages of grand jury documents, including Wilson's testimony.

Wilson told jurors that he initially encountered Brown and a friend walking in a street and, when he told them to move to a sidewalk, Brown responded with an expletive. Wilson then noticed that Brown had a handful of cigars, "and that's when it clicked for me," he said, referring to a radio report minutes earlier of a robbery at a nearby convenience store.

Wilson said he asked a dispatcher to send additional police, and then backed his vehicle up in front of Brown and his friend. As he tried to open the door, Wilson said Brown slammed it back shut.

The officer said he pushed Brown with the door and Brown hit him in the face. Wilson told grand jurors he was thinking: "What do I do not to get beaten inside my car."

"I drew my gun," Wilson told the grand jury. "I said, 'Get back or I'm going to shoot you.'"

"He immediately grabs my gun and says, 'You are too much of a pussy to shoot me,'" Wilson told grand jurors. He said Brown grabbed the gun with his right hand, twisted it and "digs it into my hip."

Asked why he felt the need to pull his gun, Wilson told grand jurors he was concerned another punch to his face could "knock me out or worse."

After shots were fired in the vehicle, Brown fled and Wilson gave chase. At some point, Brown turned around to face the officer.

Witness accounts were conflicted about whether Brown walked, stumbled or charged back toward Wilson before he was fatally wounded, McCulloch said. There were also differing accounts of how or whether Brown's hands were raised. His body fell about 153 feet from Wilson's vehicle.

Thousands of people rallied - mostly peacefully - in other U.S. cities on Monday night, and President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding, pleading with both protesters and police to show restraint.

"We are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make," Obama said. He said it was understandable that some Americans would be angered, but echoed Brown's parents in calling for peaceful protests.

About 10 St. Louis-bound flights were diverted or canceled Monday night because of concern about gunfire being aimed into the sky, a Lambert-St. Louis International Airport spokesman said, but the restrictions expired at 3:30 a.m.

The Justice Department is conducting a separate investigation into possible civil rights violations that could result in federal charges, but investigators would need to satisfy a rigorous standard of proof in order to mount a prosecution. The department also has launched a broad probe into the Ferguson Police Department, looking for patterns of discrimination.

Regardless of the outcome of those investigations, Brown's family could also file a wrongful-death lawsuit against Wilson.

The August shooting heightened tensions in the predominantly black suburb that is patrolled by an overwhelmingly white police force. As Brown's body lay for hours in the center of a residential street, an angry crowd of onlookers gathered. Rioting and looting occurred the following night, and police responded with armored vehicles and tear gas.

Protests continued for weeks - often peacefully, but sometimes turning violent, with demonstrators throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails and police firing smoke canisters, tear gas and rubber bullets. Nixon briefly summoned the National Guard.

Ron Johnson, the Missouri State Highway Patrol captain who oversaw Ferguson security during the summer protests, said the community must take some responsibility for the looting that took place Monday night. There were about 25 fires set overnight, and 10 cars burned at a dealership, Ferguson Assistant Fire Chief Steve Fair told local media. A pizza shop, beauty supply store and two auto parts stores were among those burned.

"Those are dreams," Johnson said. "Those are small-business owners, and we've torn those dreams away."


Link to grand jury documents: .


Associated Press writers Alan Scher Zagier in Clayton, Andale Gross and Jim Suhr in Ferguson and Catherine Lucey in Des Moines, Iowa, contributed to this report. Follow David A. Lieb at: .

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6 Investigates: Traffic Concerns Top Story Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:12:06 AM 6 Investigates: Traffic Concerns

Chronic traffic problems are a symptom of our economic growth. Chief investigative reporter Rrick Spruill spent some time on the streets looking into a constant reminder on the southside as 6 Investigates.

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CCPD to Release More Information on Hidden Camera at Starbucks Top Story 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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Excellent Weather for Thanksgiving Top Story Tue, 25 Nov 2014 4:44:26 AM Meteorologist Maclovio Perez Excellent Weather for Thanksgiving

Excellent weather expected through the holiday weekend. High Pressure has position overhead as a result skies will be clear with very light winds today. High 69.

Tonight, with clear skies and dry air you can expect the lows to near 42 in the city and a few upper 30's in western area.

Wednesday we begin a very nice period with excellent travel conditions throughout Texas.

Sunny skies with a high of 72 on Thanksgiving day. 

A bit warmer for the weekend as gulf air returns moisture and highs mid 70's.

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