1 killed in Texas as damaging storms tear across South
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Violent storms killed one person in Texas on Tuesday as hail pelted communities and high winds knocked trees into power poles elsewhere in the South.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Trump rescinds Brooks endorsement in Alabama US Senate race
Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday rescinded his endorsement of Rep. Mo Brooks in Alabama's U.S. Senate race in a major blow to the congressman's campaign. In a statement, Trump cited Brooks' performance in the race, poor campaign staffing and what Trump perceived as a softening of Bro oks' stance on the former president's false 2020 election fraud claims. Trump said he will be making another endorsement announcement in the “near future.”news.yahoo.com
Alabama death row inmate who sought new trial dies of cancer
An Alabama death row inmate who maintained his innocence and waged a high-profile but unsuccessful legal battle to overturn his conviction has died, according to a spokesperson for his legal team. William Ernest Kuenzel, 60, died Saturday at Holman Correctional Facility after a battle with cancer, according to a spokesperson for his legal team. Kuenzel was convicted in 1988 of killing Linda Jean Offord during a 1987 robbery at a convenience store in the east Alabama city of Sylacauga.news.yahoo.com
Black worker at Confederate site raises race complaint
Alabama welcomes visitors at the “First White House of the Confederacy,” a historic home next to the state Capitol where Confederate President Jefferson Davis lived with his family in the early months of the Civil War. The museum managed by the state's Department of Finance says it hosts nearly 100,000 people a year, many of them school children on field trips to see such things as the “relic room” where Davis’ slippers and pocket watch are preserved. Evelyn England, an African-American woman, worked for 12 years as a receptionist at the historic site, said some visitors, both Black and white, were surprised to see her there.news.yahoo.com
Now Stepmom of Missing 7-Year-Old Harmony Montgomery Has Been Arrested
New Hampshire AGThe stepmother of Harmony Montgomery has now been charged in connection with the ongoing saga to find the 7-year-old who was last seen in New Hampshire in 2019.Kayla Montgomery, 31, was arrested Wednesday on one count of welfare fraud after allegedly continuing to collect food-stamp benefits for Harmony. The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office said that between Dec. 2019 and June 2021, Montgomery obtained more than $1,500 in food-stamp benefits on Harmony’s behalf—even thoughnews.yahoo.com
Father of Missing 7-Year-Old Harmony Montgomery Arrested
NH AGThe father of Harmony Montgomery, a 7-year-old who was reported missing two years after she was last seen in New Hampshire, has been arrested in the latest twist in the investigation. Adam Montgomery, 31, was arrested Tuesday evening on a slew of charges, including felony second-degree assault in connection with 2019 conduct against his daughter, Harmony, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office said. Prosecutors have also charged Montgomery with one misdemeanor charge of interference winews.yahoo.com
Former Alabama Secretary of State Nancy Worley dies
Nancy Worley, who served four years as Alabama’s secretary of state before later becoming the longtime chair of the state Democratic party until her 2019 ouster during a power struggle, has died at the age of 70. Reed said hospital officials informed him this morning of her passing. Worley was elected secretary of state in 2002.news.yahoo.com
Alabama inmate who survived execution attempt dies of cancer
An Alabama inmate whose lethal injection was halted because medical staff couldn’t find a suitable vein for the execution has died of natural causes almost four years later, his lawyer said Monday. Doyle Lee Hamm, who was convicted in the slaying of a motel clerk in 1987, died of natural causes on death row, said his longtime attorney, Bernard Harcourt.news.yahoo.com
Montgomery faces fine lawsuit for dropping Confederate name
Alabama's capital city last month removed the Confederate president's name from an avenue and renamed it after a lawyer known for his work during the civil rights movement. Now the state attorney general says the city must pay a fine or face a lawsuit for violating a state law protecting Confederate monuments and other longstanding memorials. Montgomery last month changed the name of Jeff Davis Avenue to Fred D. Gray Avenue.news.yahoo.com
Judge blocks tax cut rule in American Rescue Plan
A federal judge has blocked the U.S. Treasury from enforcing a provision of the American Rescue Plan Act that prohibited states from using the pandemic relief funds to offset new tax cuts. U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler ruled Monday in Alabama that Congress exceeded its power in putting the so-called tax mandate on states. The American Rescue Plan steered $195 billion in flexible relief funds to states but specified that states could not use it as a means to cut taxes by using the federal relief dollars to offset the revenue reduction.news.yahoo.com
Bid considered to wipe Alabama arrest records of King, Parks
The quest by a civil rights pioneer to have her arrest record wiped clean after nearly 70 years after she protested racial segregation has raised the possibility of similar bids to clear the names of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. in Alabama.
'Black Hawk Down' pilot Durant enters Alabama Senate race
Mike Durant, best known as the helicopter pilot shot down and held prisoner in the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” incident, is joining the U.S. Senate race in Alabama. Durant, now the founder and president of an aerospace company in Huntsville, announced his campaign Tuesday. Like other Republicans in the race, Durant expressed his admiration for former President Donald Trump.news.yahoo.com
Judge denies request to block lethal injection in Alabama
A federal judge has declined to block Thursday’s scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate convicted of the 1991 kidnap and murder of a woman abducted outside an automatic teller machine. U.S. Chief District Judge Emily Marks on Sunday denied a request for a preliminary injunction sought by lawyers for Willie B. Smith III. Smith is scheduled to receive a lethal injection on Thursday at a south Alabama prison. Marks was directed Friday by the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to consider the injunction request.news.yahoo.com
‘I got ‘em!’: Bodycam video captures rescue of children lost in Sam Houston National Forest
The three children who went missing Thursday night in Sam Houston National Forest in Montgomery, which led to a multi-agency search effort, were found safe Friday morning, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Settlement reached in suit over Alabama student's suicide
The father of a University of Alabama student who killed herself after reporting she was raped has settled a lawsuit against the man she had accused. Details of the settlement between Michael Rondini, of Austin, Texas, and T.J. Bunn Jr. were not released, The Tuscaloosa News reported. Rondini and his wife filed a wrongful death suit in 2017 that accused Bunn of contributing to their daughter’s suicide.news.yahoo.com
Alabama: Pastor can hold inmate's hand during execution
Alabama said it will allow a death row inmate's pastor to hold his hand during a lethal injection next month, a decision that was made to end litigation over the issue. Lawyers for Alabama wrote in a June court document that inmates can now have a personal spiritual adviser present with them in the execution chamber and the adviser will be allowed to touch them. The agreement settled litigation over Alabama inmate Willie Smith's request to have his personal pastor with him as he is put to death.news.yahoo.com
Alabama sets new execution date for inmate for 1991 murder
Alabama has rescheduled the execution of a state inmate who had a lethal injection called off in February when the U.S. Supreme Court sided with his request to have his personal pastor with him in the death chamber. The Alabama Supreme Court set an Oct. 21 execution date for 51-year-old Willie B. Smith III, who was convicted of the 1991 kidnapping and murder of 22-year-old Sharma Ruth Johnson in Birmingham. The decision came after the U.S. Supreme Court maintained a lower court injunction, saying he could not be executed without his personal spiritual advisor present in the room with him.news.yahoo.com
Though young and healthy, unvaccinated father dies of COVID
Healthy and in their 30s, Christina and Josh Tidmore figured they were low-risk for COVID-19. On July 20, Josh came home from work with a slight cough initially thought to be sinus trouble. On Aug. 11, he died of COVID-19 at a north Alabama hospital as Christina Tidmore witnessed a doctor and her team frantically try to resuscitate her husband.news.yahoo.com
Report: Deadly crash began when tractor-trailer hit vehicles
A crash that killed 10 people — including nine children — on a rain-slicked Alabama interstate happened after a tractor-trailer truck slammed into vehicles that had slowed down because of minor crashes, according to a preliminary report released Tuesday. The National Highway Safety Board's initial findings on the fiery June 19 crash that involved 12 vehicles present a chronology of events but don't assign a cause or blame as the agency continues to investigate. Eight of the victims were in a van from a youth home for abused or neglected children.news.yahoo.com
Mother warning others after spilling cooking oil, suffering from 3rd-degree burns
As a mother and an avid cook, Clarissa Montgomery has made tortilla chips countless times, but while in the kitchen just over a week ago, she suffered a very serious accident. Now, the mother is healing at Memorial Hermann’s burn unit and sending a strong message to others from her hospital bed.
Bloody Sunday memorial honors late civil rights giants
The Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee marks the 56th anniversary of Bloody Sunday — the day on March 7, 1965, that civil rights marchers were brutally beaten by law enforcement officers on Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. Vivian, and attorney Bruce Boynton were the late civil rights leaders honored on Sunday. Footage of the beatings helped galvanize support for passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Let the people vote.”Lowery, a charismatic and fiery preacher, is often considered the dean of the civil rights veterans and led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Organizers acknowledged the fallen civil rights leaders and planned to lay wreaths at the bridge in their honor.
13 vehicles involved in crash on icy overpass in Magnolia, police say
MONTGOMERY, Texas – The Magnolia Police Department is currently working on a crash involving 13 vehicles on top of an overpass, officers said. Police said the crash happened on top of the overpass for 1488-1774. MPD is currently working a 13 vehicle crash, on top of the overpass for 1488-1774. Please be aware of iced roadways and drive carefully. — Magnolia Police Dept (@MagnoliaTXPD) February 12, 2021The department is asking drivers to please be aware of iced roadways and drive carefully.
The 2020 All-VYPE Houston Offensive Teams
But we got to the finish line back in mid-January with the Class 5A and 6A State Championships at AT&T Stadium. The lone state champ from Houston came in the form of the Katy Tigers, winning the Class 6A Division II State Championship over Cedar Hill. The Crosby Cougars were the other team to make it to the state title game for the first time in 60 years. So, who were the best of the best in H-Town in 2020? Jalen showed his leadership this season helping along his younger brother and sophomore QB Caleb Koger as well.
Female inmate's execution on hold; 2 more halted over COVID
FILE - This undated file image provided by Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery shows Lisa Montgomery. Lisa Montgomery, 52, was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. “Lisa Montgomery’s execution was far from justice.”It came after hours of legal wrangling before the Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution to move forward. But both appeals were lifted, allowing the execution of the only female on federal death row to go forward. The last woman executed by a state was Kelly Gissendaner, 47, on Sept. 30, 2015, in Georgia.
Woman set to die for killing woman, cutting baby from womb
FILE - This undated file image provided by Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery shows Lisa Montgomery. Montgomery who In 2004, killed a pregnant woman, cut a baby from her womb and then passed off the newborn as her own is set to die for the crime. Like Stinnett, Montgomery also raised rat terriers. Needing a baby before a fast-approaching court date, Montgomery turned her focus on Stinnett, whom she had met at dog shows. Prosecutors argued that Stinnett regained consciousness and tried to defend herself as Montgomery used a kitchen knife to cut the baby girl from her womb.
Appeals court vacates order delaying woman's execution
FILE - This undated file image provided by Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery shows Lisa Montgomery. A federal appeals court has lifted a judges order that had blocked the execution date for Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row. The ruling was handed down Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, by a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery via AP)WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court has cleared the way for the only woman on federal death row to be executed before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Moss concluded that the under his order the Bureau of Prisons could not even reschedule Montgomery’s execution until at least Jan. 1.
Judge delays execution of only woman on US death row
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)A federal judge said the Justice Department unlawfully rescheduled the execution of the only woman on federal death row, potentially setting up the Trump administration to schedule the execution after president-elect Joe Biden takes office. U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss also vacated an order from the director of the Bureau of Prisons that had set Lisa Montgomerys execution date for Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)WASHINGTON – A federal judge said the Justice Department unlawfully rescheduled the execution of the only woman on federal death row, potentially setting up the Trump administration to schedule the execution after President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Moss prohibited the Bureau of Prisons from carrying out Lisa Montgomery’s execution before the end of the year and officials rescheduled her execution date for Jan. 12. Generally, under Justice Department guidelines, a death-row inmate must be notified at least 20 days before the execution.
12 of our favorite holiday photos that you shared with us
We asked you to show us how you’re spending the holiday this year and you guys didn’t disappoint. Here are our 12 favorite photos that you shared with us. You can share yours or see more at Click2Houston.com/pins. rah0511 MontgomeryRoutt Family Farm Chappell HillKymberly Moore El LagoDavid Schlichtemeier Houstongaltexboi Galvestondallymayorga Baytownkallenjr69 Sugar LandSusann Glenn FriendswoodSarahJaneSpyrka HoustonRoutt Family Farm Chappell HillJim Maranto Magnolia
Judge delays execution of only woman on US death row
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)A federal judge said the Justice Department unlawfully rescheduled the execution of the only woman on federal death row, potentially setting up the Trump administration to schedule the execution after president-elect Joe Biden takes office. U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss also vacated an order from the director of the Bureau of Prisons that had set Lisa Montgomerys execution date for Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)WASHINGTON – A federal judge said the Justice Department unlawfully rescheduled the execution of the only woman on federal death row, potentially setting up the Trump administration to schedule the execution after president-elect Joe Biden takes office. Moss prohibited the Bureau of Prisons from carrying out Lisa Montgomery’s execution before the end of the year and officials rescheduled her execution date for Jan. 12. Generally, under Justice Department guidelines, a death-row inmate must be notified at least 20 days before the execution.
Houston Texans drop to Chicago Bears, 36-7
Mitchell Trubisky threw three touchdown passes to outplay Deshaun Watson in their first meeting since they entered the NFL, and the Chicago Bears snapped a six-game losing streak with a 36-7 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday. The Bears (6-7) sacked Watson seven times, including a safety by Khalil Mack, to tie a career high for the Texans quarterback. Trubisky buried the Texans (4-9) in the first half, throwing for three TDs as the Bears grabbed a 30-7 lead. Mack went four games without a sack before he got Watson for a safety in the second quarter. Trubisky made it 14-0 early in the second quarter with a 5-yard touchdown to Jimmy Graham.
30 named storms: Record hurricane season comes to a close
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A record-setting Atlantic hurricane season that saw the highest number of named storms officially came to a close Monday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season set multiple records while producing a record 30 named storms. NOAA said an average season has 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three become major hurricanes. The prior record for named storms hitting Louisiana in a single hurricane season is 4 set in 2002,” Klotzbach said. NOAA said this was the fifth consecutive year with an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, with 18 above-normal seasons out of the past 26.
Montgomery County Walmart testing site turns to curbside pickup for at-home tests
MONTGOMERY, Texas – The Walmart testing site at a Supercenter in Montgomery County is moving from the parking lot testing to curbside take-home tests. These tests will be handed to the customers while they wait in their cars, the franchise said in a news release. The process for getting these tests is the same as if they were scheduling an appointment through the site www.MyQuestCOVIDTest.com. Timeline for Montgomery Walmart LocationThe first day at curbside will be Friday, Nov. 20. New curbside testing is seven days per week.
Judge halts federal execution after lawyers contract virus
WASHINGTON – A federal judge is temporarily blocking the federal government’s plan to execute the first female death row inmate in almost six decades after her attorneys contracted the coronavirus visiting her in prison. The order, handed down Thursday by U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss in Washington, prohibits the federal Bureau of Prisons from carrying out Lisa Montgomery’s execution before the end of the year. She was scheduled to be put to death on Dec. 8 at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Montgomery’s attorneys had sought to delay the execution in order to file a clemency petition on her behalf. Both Henry and Harwell have serious symptoms from the virus and are “functionally incapacitated” and thus unable to help file a clemency petition, Babcock said.
Fire burns nearly 200 acres between Splendora, Cleveland areas
HOUSTON – Firefighters from several counties battled a large fire between the Splendora and Cleveland areas for hours on Monday, KPRC 2 has learned. The Montgomery County Fire Marshal said the fire scorched at least 200 acres after fire officials had issues with the wind. Around 200 acres have burned so far and there is currently a defensive posture in fighting the fire. But I would say this is the second fire in a number of days that have exceeded 200 acres. Eran Denzler, with East Montgomery County Fire Department.