Man arrested after allegedly hitting Galveston Co. Sheriff’s deputy with vehicle during ‘chaotic’ Jeep Weekend, officials say
A man has been arrested and charged after a Galveston County Sheriff’s Office deputy was injured at Galveston’s Jeep Weekend at Crystal Beach Sunday morning, according to Sheriff Henry Trouchesset.
Louisiana man who killed wife released to sister in Nevada
A man caught on video killing his estranged wife may leave prison early to live with his sister in Las Vegas, the Louisiana Parole Board has decided. The board voted unanimously Wednesday to release Anthony Knox, 59, of Leesville even though he denied killing Army Staff Sgt. Angela Knox, 32, in 1997 and said he was coerced into pleading guilty to manslaughter, the American Press reported. Knox has served 24-and-a-half years of a 40-year sentence.news.yahoo.com
'Very hectic': US troops rush to Europe amid war in Ukraine
They had barely a week to prepare — getting medical screenings, making sure bills would be paid, arranging for relatives to care for children and pets — before marching with rucksacks and rifles onto a plane bound for Germany. “It’s been very hectic and stressful, but overall it’s worked out,” Army Staff Sgt. Ricora Jackson said Wednesday as she waited with dozens of fellow soldiers to board a chartered flight at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah.news.yahoo.com
Prosecutor wants US death penalty for police shooting pair
A prosecutor said Monday he'll ask the Justice Department to review the case of two people charged in the shootings of two police officers at a northern Illinois hotel with the intention of pursuing federal death penalty charges. Illinois is not a death penalty state, but the U.S. Attorney General can authorize the filing of a petition to seek the death penalty in a federal murder case under certain circumstances, Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe said during a bond hearing for Xandria Harris, 26, of Bradley in Kankakee County Circuit Court.news.yahoo.com
Delta passenger attacks Los Angeles airport officer after being denied boarding, authorities say
A Delta Air Lines passenger who was upset at being denied entry onto a New York City-bound flight at Los Angeles International Airport assaulted a police officer Thursday and was subsequently arrested, authorities said.news.yahoo.com
Army says nearly 98% got the COVID-19 vaccine by deadline
U.S. officials say all of the military services have now begun disciplinary actions and discharges for troops who have refused to get the mandated coronavirus vaccine, with as many as 20,000 unvaccinated forces at risk of being removed from service.
Here are the Nov. 2 voting locations in Hidalgo County
Election Day polls for the constitutional amendment special election and local government elections in Hidalgo County are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. ALAMO — Sgt. Fernando De La Rosa Library, large meeting room, 416 N. Tower RoadALTON — Alton Recreation Center, classroom No. 1, 349 Dawes Ave.DONNA — Amigos del Valle, main entrance, 1408 Silver Ave.EDCOUCH — Sgt. Rodriguez Community Center, meeting room, 320 W. Santa Rosa Ave.EDINBURG — Elections Annex Building, warehouse room, 317 N. Closner Blvd.myrgv.com
World War II soldier homecoming burial
U.S. Army Sgt. Francis W. Wiemerslage was killed in Germany during World War II, and after anthropological and DNA analysis, his remains were identified and brought to the U.S. to be buried in a family plot in River Grove, where a military honor guard and his descendants held a funeral and burial service.chicagotribune.com
Girl abducted from Clermont at 6 finds her way back to mother 14 years later, police say
A 19-year-old girl abducted from Clermont in 2007 reunited with her mother last week in Texas at the U.S.–Mexico border after reaching out to her on social media, the police department said Monday Angelica Vences-Salgado told Clermont police that she received a message on Sept. 2 from someone claiming to be her missing daughter Jacqueline Hernandez, according to agency spokesperson Sgt. Erin ...news.yahoo.com
Tampa police in hot water over "fake operation" at Ybor City strip club
The Tampa Police Department is in some more hot water.A Citizens Review Board hearing this week, first reported by Fox 13, resulted in the discipline of Sgt. Daniel Rhodes, who was accused of running a "fake operation" to "blow money and have fun" at an Ybor City strip club last year.Why it matters: The finding comes at an especially turbulent time for TPD, which has been criticized for its increased use of force and chemical agents while nabbing the biggest budget increase among all U.S. metronews.yahoo.com
When should you take action to rescue a child or pet trapped inside a hot car?
On a hot summer day, your car can heat up to 20 degrees higher than the outside temperature in just 10 minutes. That is why you should never leave your child or pet unattended inside a vehicle. But what if you see a child in the back of a car? Should you jump in and immediately break the window?
Indiana police officer fatally shot outside federal building
A western Indiana police officer was fatally shot Wednesday outside a federal office building, authorities said. Sgt. Ryan Adamson of the Terre Haute Police Department confirmed on Twitter that the officer had died. The Tribune-Star reported the shooting occurred outside a federal office building behind the Vigo County Courthouse.news.yahoo.com
Brazil posts record single-day toll of 3,251 virus deaths
Jorge Luis Pereira da Silva, 54, who died from COVID-19, at the Campo da Esperanca cemetery in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. The nation had an average of 2,235 deaths a day last week the highest since the beginning of the pandemic. In recent weeks, Latin America’s largest country has become the pandemic’s global epicenter, with more deaths from the virus each day than in any other nation. Tuesday’s record toll of 3,251 deaths was driven by the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populous, which recorded 1,021 new deaths, far above the previous high of 713 last July. On Tuesday, cardiologist Marcelo Queiroga was sworn in as health minister, becoming the fourth person to occupy the post since the beginning of the health crisis.
In French woods, rivals take aim at senator's WWI research
“Any work done using Mastriano is built upon poor, false research,” Gregory wrote. “The issue is not about a few meters’ difference between the two sites,” said Dutch journalist Stephan van Meulebrouck, who has written about the York site controversy. In early March, he made a nearly identical complaint to the University of New Brunswick, where the York research figured prominently in Mastriano's doctoral studies. The 59 pages of footnotes in Mastriano’s book cite — more than 150 times — York's 1928 pseudo-autobiography. Mastriano dismissed doubters in a September 2018 speech at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.
Water crisis continues in Mississippi, weeks after cold snap
More than two weeks have passed since the cold wave shut down the main power grid in Texas, leaving millions in freezing homes, causing about 50 deaths and disabling thousands of public water systems serving those millions. AdFour public water systems in Texas remained out of commission Wednesday, affecting 456 customers, and 225 systems still have 135,299 customers boiling their tap water, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Also, 208 of the state’s 254 counties are still reporting public water system issues. Jackson's water system has not been able to provide a sustainable flow of water throughout the city since the mid-February storms, city officials say. She said Jackson’s water system “needs to be fixed, not patched.”“That’s the issue now — poor maintenance for far too long," Hanlin said.
Plunging demand for COVID-19 tests may leave US exposed
After a year of struggling to boost testing, communities across the country are seeing plummeting demand, shuttering testing sites or even trying to return supplies. “We just don’t have enough people who are immune to rule out another surge.”U.S. testing hit a peak on Jan. 15, when the country was averaging more than 2 million tests per day. “People just aren’t going to go out to testing sites.”AdBut testing remains important for tracking and containing the outbreak. That’s more than 25 times the country’s current rate of about 40 million tests reported per month. From a public health viewpoint, testing is effective if it helps to quickly find the infected, trace their contacts and isolate them to stop the spread.
US Army crowdsources ideas to combat sexual assault crisis
In this Monda, Feb. 22, 2021 photo released by the U.S. Army, Sgt. The 18th Airborne Corps says they plan to implement parts of all seven pitches heard at the presentation. Taylor Knueven always knew sexual assault and harassment plagued the U.S. Army. Last week, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said at his first Pentagon news conference that reducing sexual assault is one of his top priorities and that he would introduce stronger efforts to fight it. Some ideas, like Knueven’s will be easier than others and involve simple policy changes, according to Col. Joe Buccino, Public Affairs Officer for the 18th Airborne Corps.
Animal cruelty investigators responding to reports of pets left outside in cold
Darlene Chandler with Harris County Precinct 1 Animal Cruelty Unit and investigators with the Houston SPCA spent Wednesday responding to reports of animals possibly left in the cold. Investigators responded to a local auto body shop, where they found six dogs left outside including one that had died. Another call involving the Houston Humane Society resulted in a pet owner facing charges after investigators found eight dogs left outside. AdAnimal cruelty investigators want pet owners to know they could be in serious trouble for leaving their pets out in the elements. If you spot an animal left out in the cold or suspect animal cruelty, you can reach out to Harris County Precinct 1 Animal Cruelty Hotline at (832) 927-1659 or the Houston SPCA at 713-869-7722.
Ask 2: Is there a violation for putting on makeup (or other distractions) while driving?
HOUSTON – Question: Is there a violation for putting on makeup in traffic? Woodard with the Texas Department of Public Safety, there are no specific traffic laws in Texas regarding applying cosmetic products while driving, but any kind of distracted driving, is highly discouraged. Applying make-up while driving is considered a manual and visual distraction. If you cause a crash because you were putting on makeup, Woodard says you can get a ticket. This is why: The driver failed to control their speed.
Fallen Army Green Beret posthumously awarded Silver Star medal in Houston
James F. Moriarty, who was killed in action in 2016 in Jordan, accepted a posthumous Silver Star medal for him. It was so unexplainable how personable he was and how much people loved him.”U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Staff Sergeant Moriarty engaged an enemy combatant, sacrificing his own life and enable his teammate to neutralize the enemy. Staff Sergeant Moriarty’s selflessness, personal courage, and tactical expertise were directly responsible for the survival of another Green Beret. In 2013, he graduated as a Special Forces weapons sergeant and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
HPD: Speeding driver killed in fiery wreck after crashing into pole, vehicles at Houston car dealership
HOUSTON – The driver of a vehicle speeding up to 100 mph crashed into a pole and several vehicles at a Houston car dealership and died early Sunday, police said. At approximately 3:50 a.m., an Houston police officer observed the vehicle driving in the 9400 block of the Southwest Freeway at a high rate of speed. Moments later, the driver lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a pole and struck two vehicles at a nearby car dealership. The driver could not get out of the vehicle and died in the fire, police said. Rose with the Houston Police Department’s Vehicular Crimes Division.
Funeral arrangements for HCSO Sgt. Bruce Watson set for next week
Bruce Watson, a 20-year department veteran, was killed in a crash after finishing an off-duty job leading a funeral procession, according to the HCSO. HOUSTON – The funeral arrangements for Harris County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Bruce Watson have been set for next Tuesday. Watson, 51, was killed in a fatal collision in the Pearland area on Jan. 2. He was on his way home after finishing an off-duty job leading a funeral procession.
HCSO identifies Sgt. Watson as off-duty deputy killed in motorcycle crash in Pearland
An off-duty Harris County Sheriff’s Office sergeant was killed in a crash Saturday afternoon in Pearland, officials said. #HouNews #lesm pic.twitter.com/LhMgtiY5wG — Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) January 3, 2021The sergeant was riding his motorcycle when he got involved in a crash with an SUV. “Our entire Sheriff’s Office family is grieving the sudden loss of our long-time brother,” said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. #HouNews #lesm pic.twitter.com/PCDNYOWEXD — Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) January 3, 2021Watson, 51, was assigned to the Patrol Support Services Bureau, working the night shift at the Emergency Dispatch Center. #HouNews #lesm https://t.co/XjZBFoylpZ — Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) January 2, 2021
Lawyer: Soldier charged in Rockford shooting may have PTSD
Duke Webb, 37, faces three counts of murder and three counts of first-degree attempted murder for injuring three others in the shooting at Don Carter Lanes, in Rockford, on Saturday evening. According to Army service information, Webb had four deployments to Afghanistan, the most recent once ending in July. His lawyer, Elizabeth Bucko, also told the hearing in a Winnebago County courtroom that Webb appeared to have issues with memory loss. Webb was taken into custody shortly after the shooting and without officers firing a shot, Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said Sunday. At a news conference Monday afternoon, Winnebago County State’s Attorney J. Hanley said that Webb was in the Rockford area visiting family.
'My God, we're scared': Serial attacks put a suburb on edge
The apparently random string of at least 10 attacks in the Boston suburb of Waltham has angered city leaders, frustrated police and frightened residents. The attacks started Nov. 10 at the Gardencrest apartment complex but have spread to the downtown of the city of about 60,000 residents roughly 10 miles west of Boston. “People are concerned, and a small group of people are genuinely scared,“ said City Councilor Sean Durkee, whose ward includes Gardencrest. “My God, we're scared," Amos Frederick, 37, said Wednesday as he walked through the complex. The fact that the suspect has gotten away with so many attacks may be his undoing, Fox said.
Over 100 people take over supermarket parking lot for dangerous parties
HOUSTON – On Halloween night, a large group gathered for a “donut party” in a Cypress supermarket parking lot. The store was closed at the time, but left-over skid marks can be found in the parking lot. More than one hundred people were seen racing around the parking lot and setting fires and fireworks. In lockstep with the pandemic, incidents of parking lot parties and street racing have soared this year. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office formed a brand new Traffic Crimes Unit to focus on this crime and other related crimes.
Houston police sergeant killed in shootout remembered as dedicated public servant, family man
HOUSTON – A veteran Houston police sergeant who was fatally shot last week while trying to intervene during a shootout was remembered Wednesday as a leader who dedicated his life to his family and community. Family and friends attended a funeral service for Sean Rios, 47, at a Houston church. Police Chief Art Acevedo has said investigators believe Rios saw the shootout and was killed trying to intervene when he was shot. During the funeral service, Acevedo said Rios’ decision to try to stop the shootout was an example of his dedication to helping others. Rios was the second Houston officer to be killed in the past four weeks and the fourth since last December.
London police arrest man over murder of officer at station
LONDON – London police arrested a man Friday on suspicion of murdering an officer inside a police station nearly two months ago. Matiu Ratana, 54, was shot at Croydon Custody Center in south London in the early hours of Sept. 25 by a handcuffed suspect. Ratana, a hugely popular officer, was taken to hospital but later died from his wounds. The officer is the 17th from the London force to be killed by a firearm since 1945. Before Ratana, the last London police officer killed in the line of duty was Constable Keith Palmer, who was stabbed to death in March 2017 during a vehicle and knife attack outside Parliament.
Man accused of killing HPD Sgt. Sean Rios makes second court appearance; bond now set at $700,000
HOUSTON – The suspect charged with the murder of Sgt. A judge increased his bond to now include two new charges of aggravated assault. On Monday, prosecutors said witnesses saw Soliz, who is an alleged gang member, and Sgt. Witnesses said Soliz sped away in his Mercedes, along with another man in a black pickup truck. The judge set the bond at $100,000 for each of the new charges.
Body of HPD Sgt. Sean Rios escorted to funeral home
HOUSTON – The body of a fallen HPD Sgt. Sean Rios was escorted to a funeral home Thursday morning. A procession started and 10:30 a.m. Thursday and escort Rios' body from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences to the Peevey Funeral Home at 12440 Beamer Rd. One of the men charged with murder in connection to Rios' death appeared in court Wednesday. Details for Rios' funeral have not yet been announced, but HPD expects those details to become available soon.
National museum dedicated to Army debuts on Veterans Day
The Sherman tank that first broke through enemy lines at the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. Those are just a few of the artifacts that tell the 245-year story of the nation's largest and oldest military branch at the new National Museum of the United States Army. Morando said the museum does not shy away from discussing painful aspects of Army history. The museum was built with private funds raised by the Army Historical Foundation. The Army provided the land and $230 million for site preparation, infrastructure, exhibits and the interior work that turns a building into a museum, officials said.
HPD shows support for fallen Sgt. Sean Rios' son at football game
HOUSTON – Members of the Houston Police Department came out to show their support for fallen Houston police Sgt. Sean Rios' family at his son’s football game Tuesday night. The sergeant was killed Monday afternoon during a shootout along the North Freeway in Houston, according to HPD Chief Art Acevedo. Rios, 47, was a 25-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, Acevedo said. Rios' son, Tristan, number 82, plays football for Brabham Middle School in Willis Independent School District.
Who was Houston police Sgt. Sean Rios?
HOUSTON – Houston police Sgt. Sean Rios was killed Monday afternoon during a shootout along the North Freeway in Houston, according to HPD Chief Art Acevedo. According to the Houston Police Officers Union, Rios served in the Marines. Sean Rios (Houston Police Officers Union)Sgt. Sean Rios (Houston Police Officers Union)