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Woman hit, killed by Houston garbage truck while crossing street

A city of Houston garbage truck on Monday was involved in a crash that killed a woman, according to authorities.

The crash was reported about 9 a.m. near the intersection of S. Gessner Road and Bellaire Boulevard in southwest Houston.

According to Houston police, the female driver of the truck hit a person walking in the street.

Police said the woman was pushing a shopping cart on S. Gessner, crossing Bellaire, when she was hit by the truck which was turning onto Bellaire.

Police said the driver did not realize she had hit someone until she was flagged down a couple blocks away. They said she is now talking to investigators.

“(The driver) is fully cooperating with the investigation. She has been taken downtown for the normal processing that we do in this type of investigation. She’s told us everything that she felt occurred, so we’re just in the process of tying up all the loose ends and figuring out how this happened,” Capt. William McPherson, with the Houston Police Department, said.

Police said there are no signs that driver had been drinking or was distracted by being on the phone.

Police are asking that the witness who flagged down the truck driver call HPD.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

 

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Greenspoint Mall to close in 60 days, sources say

The future of Greenspoint Mall could soon become crystal clear once a group of investors finalize a deal to buy the property and redevelop it.

A KPRC Channel 2 source familiar with the sale said the mall would close once the deal is final, which could take a couple months.

We reached out to the parties tied to the deal and we’re waiting to hear back, but the Houston Chronicle reports a company made up of investors called Global Plaza Union agreed to buy the property and turn it into a mixed-use development.

The company wouldn’t reveal its exact plans until the deal is final, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“Back then it was a lot more stores, it was really popular, I don’t know what happen. Just all the other stores started closing,” shopper Sandra Romero said.

She and her family were at Greenspoint Mall Friday evening, but she said they only went to get school uniforms.

“I think it’s a great idea. I think it will help out around here. Not many people come around because the area seems a little, you know, not looking too good,” Romero said.

Walk inside the mall and many big name retailers have left.

“I was hurt when they closed Mayc’s,” said Jarelle Brush who said he grew up going to Greenspoint Mall. “This is home to a lot of people and a lot of people shop here. I know for African-American, we all get our clothes for here,” said Brush. “Everyday I was hooping at Greenspoint Mall, at the Fitness Connection, this is my home. So if they shut it down I know I would be hurt.”

Many of the stores are either shoe, hat or jewelry stores.

“That’s why I’m leaving now, because there’s nothing here we’re actually looking for some clothes for the kids,” said Michael Johnson who at the mall with his family. “This mall needs to be more than redeveloped it needs to start all over again.”

“I do understand that from an economic standpoint,” said Brush of the transaction.” I feel like they should do some social development and find some store that market this area, instead of just closing it down.”

The timeline of what happens with the mall is still unclear and depends on the sale.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

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Asps — poisonous, stinging caterpillars — back in season

We are in stinging asp season.

The furry-looking caterpillars make their debut in July and stick around through November.

Their hairs are venomous and cause severe pain.

According to Texas A&M University, the state is home to a few different kinds of stinging caterpillars, which are called asps. It’s not common to get stung, but if you’ve ever known a victim of the sting, you know it’s a horrendous sensation.

“I want people to know that these things can cause terrible pain,” said KPRC producer Tera Stidum.

Stidum was on her way to work when she felt the sting begin to inflict pain throughout her body. She assumed she might be experiencing an allergic reaction to a bee sting since she had not seen what bit her.

“Imagine thousands of fire ants biting one part of your body,” Stidum said. “It began to burn. It soon began to swell. I then started to feel a tingling and numbness in my face and along my mouth and lips and that’s when I began to worry.”

She went to a CVS Minute Clinic and saw nurse practitioner Alex Hacker, who recognized one key symptom of an asp sting.

“Typically, patients have pain that’s radiating, and that’s very different,” Hacker said.

She said the radiating pain doesn’t happen with other insect stings. She also said your location can also be a clue that you’ve been stung by an asp. Asps fall from oak trees, elm trees, some citrus trees and rosebushes.

“Patients will sometimes describe brushing something off that really hurts. They look down and see there’s just a leaf on the ground and that leaf can be, it’s actually an asp caterpillar. Caterpillars look like leaves. They’re brown and tear-like,” Hacker said.

Now that you know the symptoms, Hacker said, you should act fast if you realize you’ve been stung. Benadryl, Claritin and Cortizone 10 cream are recommended over-the-counter antihistamines to help with the swelling and itching. The asps can leave hairs trapped under your skin. So, she recommends trying to pull them out with tape.

“You’ll want to take a piece of Scotch tape and apply it on the area. Slowly remove the Scotch tape to take off any of the little, fine hairs. Those might not be visible to the naked eye and that will help also remove, to keep the venom from going into the skin,” Hacker said.

Hacker recommends spraying down children’s play equipment with a hose. She’s said children sometimes get stung from coming into contact with the asps on slides and playgrounds.

“This was the most excruciating pain I’ve ever felt in my life. So, I want to warn parents to watch their children when they’re outside playing because I don’t want a child to go through what I experienced,” Stidum said.

Hacker said if the pain persists, clinics can prescribe a steroid to help. There are some very rare severe reactions that some people experience with these stings and they may require a visit to a doctor or hospital.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

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Gator spotted on Galveston County road

A Galveston County man captured a jarring sight on Bolivar Peninsula — an alligator taking a stroll on a well-traveled roadway.

Mike Terrylee posted a photo of the gator on the Galveston Talk Facebook page.

Terrylee told KPRC 2 he took the picture after the stormy weather moved through earlier this week.

The gator was on Highway 87 in Gilchrist. It takes up a big portion of that roadway in the photo, so it’s definitely a good-sized gator.

KPRC 2 contacted the Gator Squad for its expert opinion, who said the alligator appears to be between 8 and 9 feet long.

Gator Chris, spokesman for Gator Squad, said it’s not a coincidence that the gator was spotted after the storms. He said alligators run from floodwaters, and they want to be in a waterway that is not fast-moving, like a bayou.

“Gators can smell water from 20 miles away,” Gator Chris said.

Gator Chris said alligators on land are not a threat to people if you leave them alone.

“Gators don’t hunt on land.,” he said. “Their hunting ground is water.”

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

 

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Conroe Chief of Police asked to leave doctor’s office

A local police chief says he was asked to leave a doctor’s office while wearing his gun, badge and ID.

Chief Philip Dupuis, with the Conroe Police Department, called the experience “embarrassing” and posted the story on Facebook, which has been “shared” nearly 2,000 times.

The chief tells Channel 2 News the incident happened on Tuesday when he went to check in for his appointment at Texas Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists in The Woodlands.

“I walked in, gave them my name and my appointment time. They took my information; my drivers license and insurance card and then the clerk asked me to go put my gun in my car,” Dupuis said. “She said it’s our policy. No guns allowed. I said I’m a police officer and I’m not going to put my gun in my car.”

Dupuis said he gathered his documents and left the office feeling embarrassed and thinking the medical staff mishandled the situation.

“They do have the right to ask me to leave and I did leave,” he said. “I don’t think they need to do it in a setting where there is 10 or 15 people sitting in their lobby and to embarrass me like that.”

A manager with Texas ENT called the chief to apologize and sent Channel 2 News the following statement:

“We regret the situation yesterday involving Chief Dupuis and a member of our staff. We have personally apologized to Chief Dupuis for any inconvenience or embarrassment he experienced. Our team is working diligently to insure that a situation like this does not occur again. Our company values law enforcement officers and first responders for their selfless service and will serve them and our communities with the utmost respect.”

Texas ENT said they have informed all supervisors at all locations about the incident and notified their employees that this wasn’t the right way to handle the situation.

Also, the company would not comment about any type of disciplinary action against the employee involved in the situation with Dupuis, saying it is a private matter.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

 

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Baytown woman charged in two La Porte road-rage incidents

A Baytown woman was charged last week in connection with two road-rage incidents in La Porte, according to police.

La Porte police said Amanda Downs, 25, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the case.

Police said two instances of road rage involving a woman driving a red pickup were reported along Highway 225 – the first in July and the other on Aug. 2. They said that in the most recent incident, a picture taken by the victim showed the driver of the pickup pointing what appeared to be a handgun.

Investigators said they canvassed the area, located the vehicle and identified Downs as a suspect. They said Downs confessed to both incidents, and surrendered a large folding knife that had been cast in the shape of a handgun.

Police said people who are the victim of road rage should immediately call 911 and drive to the nearest police station or public place.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

 

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New requirement for Texas driver’s license begins soon

The Texas Department of Public Safety has announced a new requirement to obtain a Texas driver’s license — a one-hour driving course to educate drivers on the dangers of distracted driving. The Impact Texas Young Drivers course will be required for certain drivers beginning Sept. 1.

“Driving is one of the most dangerous things we do on a daily basis, and it should command our undivided attention,” said DPS director Steven McCraw. “This new component of the department’s distracted driving initiative uses research and compelling true stories to highlight the many risks facing drivers. This important program is designed to provide Texas drivers with critical information to help keep their focus on driving — and to ultimately save lives on Texas roadways.”

Starting Sept. 1, all skills examination applicants 18 and older must complete the free ITYD course and obtain proof of course completion prior to taking the driving skills examination. In addition, drivers 18 to 24 must complete the six-hour adult driver education course prior to the skills examination.

ITYD is the second course offered through the Impact Texas Driver program, which was developed by DPS in 2015 to help save lives through awareness and education related to distracted driving. The first course launched under the ITD program was Impact Texas Teen Drivers, which drivers ages 16 and 17 are required to complete.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

 

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What you need to know if your vehicle is flooded

Cars are often damaged when their owner drives like
a jackass through standing water, splashing water
into places where it can cause damage.

Dangerous floodwaters can damage your car, costing you thousands of dollars in repairs, if they don’t destroy the car altogether.

So, if your car is ever submerged in water or you find it sitting in high water after a storm, the No. 1 rule is: Don’t start the engine.

If you start that car up, you could do far more damage than you already have.

If you can’t get the car towed immediately, the best thing to do is to start drying out the car.

Begin by opening the doors and windows.

Pull up the carpet from the floorboards and take that out.

Next, drain all the oil and the transmission fluid out.

Disconnect the battery to prevent any further electrical damage.

Another big concern after any flood is that flooded cars might suddenly show up for sale at local car lots and online.

So, remember, if you are trying to buy a used car several weeks or months after a big flood, you have to do your homework on that vehicle.

“Take it to a repair shop first before buying it, to check it out, ’cause the first thing they will do is look up underneath the car to check for any damage, rust, mildew, mold … That’s a dead giveaway,” said Roger Morris, with the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Morris tracks flood-damaged cars for the bureau and he warns against buying cars online.

“If you’re buying from Craigslist, those cars may not have been insured. They may have been damaged. They may be flooded. And you’re getting scammed if you buy one of those cars,” Morris said.

There are other visible signs to look for.

“Look for a waterline on the firewall inside the engine compartment and even in the trunk,” Christopher Basso, with Carfax, said.

Also, get the vehicle identification number and punch that into the National Insurance Crime Bureau website to check their database on that car.

Carfax offers the same kind of service.

And one last tip: If you are test-driving the vehicle, turn on the radio and listen for any distortion from speakers that may have been waterlogged at some point.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

 

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City of Houston applies for FEMA grant to help elevate homes in flood-prone areas

The city of Houston is applying for part of a $90 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to help more homeowners in flood-prone areas elevate their houses.

“It provides 75-100 percent of the eligible costs,” said Jamila Johnson with the Houston Permitting Center.

There is no guarantee that a homeowner will receive the grant, but the city is asking residents who have had multiple severe property losses or two or more flood insurance claims to apply for the elevation grant.

The deadline for homeowners to submit their information to the City of Houston is 5 p.m. on Aug. 25.

You can learn more at www.HoustonRecovers.org, or attend the 2017 Flood Mitigation Assistance Home Elevation Grant Informational Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center at 1475 W. Gray St.

Here are some frequently asked questions:

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Homeowners who have flood insurance from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The flood insurance must be effective at the time of the grant application and be maintained throughout the process. To learn more about other requirements visit: www.HoustonRecovers.org

HOW CAN THIS GRANT HELP ME AVOID FLOOD DAMAGE IN THE FUTURE?

If awarded, the FMA grant will pay between 75-100 percent of the eligible costs to elevate a home. The existing house will receive a new foundation and will be lifted so that the lowest floor is at least one foot above the base flood elevation.

WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF RECEIVING A GRANT AWARD?

FMA is a nationally competitive grant program. Homeowners who have the strongest chance of award are those who own a property with a history of receiving large FEMA NFIP flood insurance claim payments over time. For this reason, the City’s application will focus on FEMA designated high priority Severe Repetitive Loss properties. High priority Severe Repetitive Loss properties are homes which the total of two or more flood insurance claim payments for building damage (not including contents) exceeds the FEMA calculated value of the home (not including land).

To have a chance of award, FEMA must save more by avoiding future flood claim payments than it would cost to elevate a home. There is no guarantee of award.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Visit www.HoustonRecovers.org for a 2017 FMA Grant Checklist & Voluntary Interest Form

Complete the form, gather required documents and submit online, in person at the Floodplain Management Office (Houston Permitting Center, 1002 Washington Ave., 3rd Floor), or at the informational meeting on Aug. 15. Homeowners must submit their information to the Floodplain Management Office by Friday, Aug. 25 at 5 p.m.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

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Commissioners vote to ban swimming, fishing in San Luis Pass

Brazoria County commissioners voted Tuesday to ban swimming and fishing in San Luis Pass, a day after a grandfather and his son-in-law drowned while swimming.

READ: Grandfather, son-in-law drown near San Luis Pass

The vote was unanimous to ban people from entering the water due to dangerous undercurrents and recent drownings.

Officials said people are still allowed to fish from the banks, but are not allowed to enter the water.

The ban will take effect in the next 10-11 days.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

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SE Houston gas pump appears to charge customers after they are done filling up

A Southeast Houston gas station has a pump problem that raised the ire of a KPRC viewer and is now being investigated by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The state agency has more than 70 inspectors who are in charge of inspecting hundreds of thousands of retail gas pumps on a four-year cycle.

“If I pay $20, I want $20,” Eugene Redic said.

Redic caught video of a pump at Fuel Depot at 7120 Scott St. charging him even though he was no longer pumping gas.

Channel 2 Investigates was able to replicate the problem.

A clerk at the store was not interested in discussing the problem, and would not connect us with a company representative.

But Monday evening, the Department of Agriculture Weights and Measures Division descended on the gas station, testing pumps and fuel quality.

“We have several different kinds of incidents here,” one inspector said.

The state’s investigation is ongoing.

If you have believe you’ve been shorted at the pump, you are asked to call 1-800-TELL-TDA or visit this website.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

 

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Carjacking suspect accused of shooting father multiple times sentenced to 171 months in prison

Adarion Christie a couple of years ago, when he was
the quarterback at Kashmere High School

A 21-year-old Houston man was sentenced to 171 months in federal prison after shooting a father multiple times during an attempted carjacking in March 2016, according to authorities.

Adarrion Christie, who was 19 at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty in May, and was sentenced to serve 51 months for the attempted carjacking and an additional 10 years for aiding and abetting the discharging of a firearm during a crime of violence. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Christie will serve five years of supervised released following the prison term.

Christie was ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution to the victims in the case.

“You did what you wanted to do regardless of the consequences,” U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes said.

Co-defendant Derek Harper, 22, also of Houston, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the discharging of a firearm. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 5, 2017.

On March 31, 2016, Christie and Harper attempted to commit a carjacking, according to authorities.

Armando Velasquez was with his fiance, Sarah Harris, and their daughter returning home from a fast food restaurant when they were ambushed around 1 a.m.

Christie and Harper attempted to take the couple’s car with their 1-year-old daughter, Emma, sitting in the back seat.

“Armando dove into the car to get the keys, to fight for the keys with the guy who was inside and when he got out of the car, that’s when they just opened fire on him and hit him all six times,” Harris said.

Velasquez was shot three times in the stomach, once in both legs, in the wrist and in the groin.
But Harris said Velasquez kept fighting to save his daughter.

“He didn’t even fall on the ground until they had run away. He was still charging at them with six bullet holes in him, after he had been shot six times,” Harris said.

Velasquez did drive the attackers off and saved his family, but the couple’s 20-year-old car is all but useless. Harris says it looks like a slaughterhouse.

“It’s covered in blood … soaked in blood … from the driver’s seat to the dashboard. It’s terrible,” Harris said.

Velasquez has undergone one surgery and is expected to need more to repair the damage done to his body, but Harris said he will recover.

According to court documents, authorities first encountered Christie during a traffic stop and found a .45 caliber gun in the car. It’s suspected to be the same gun used to shoot Velasquez. It was said in court that Christie’s friend, who was riding with him, ratted him out as the gunman who shot the man as he tried to protect his family.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

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4 arrested in connection with 2 deadly shootings in Montgomery County

Three men and a juvenile were arrested Monday in connection with the deaths of two men whose bodies were found July 20 inside a Montgomery County home.

Roman Pray, 18, Thomas Lizcano, 17, Roddrick Jordan, 30, and a juvenile are all facing capital murder charges.

Investigators said family members hadn’t heard from Jaquise Williams, 23, and Akeem Russell, 24, and called police check on them at a home in the 9600 block of Bimms Drive in Conroe just before 9 a.m.

“We have talked to several individuals, and we’re currently talking to several individuals who are still down on the scene about possible motives,” explained Lt. Scott Spencer, with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

He said homicide and violent crime units, the District Attorney’s Office and Texas Rangers were all at the scene collecting evidence.

Spencer said one of the bodies was found on the porch and the other in a back bedroom.

The two men were cousins and living in the home together.

Jaquise William’s family said his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter was found inside the home, but was not harmed.

Police believe the toddler was alone for a couple hours after the two men had been shot and killed.

“I’m just hurt because it’s a big loss,” said a tearful Grendine Winslow, a family friend who knew Jaquise Williams since he was a child. “I’ve always had good things to say about him. Senseless, it’s senseless.”

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

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1 drowns, 2 injured in incident at San Luis Pass

One person drowned Monday and two others were injured during an incident at San Luis Pass, according to deputies.

The incident was reported in the Treasure Island area near the Bluewater Highway Bridge.

According to Brazoria County deputies, one of those who was injured tried to help the others.

Deputies said one of the survivors suffered critical injuries and was flown to a local hospital for treatment.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

 

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1 arrested, 1 on the run in linked cases of Spring nurse found dead, missing UH student

Two cousins are accused in connection with the cases of a Spring nurse found dead and the disappearance of a University of Houston student, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Glenser Soliman, 44, was reported missing by family Feb. 18 after he was last heard from two days earlier when he called St. Luke’s Hospital to check in before his shift as a nursing supervisor. Several days later, Soliman’s BMW was found.

His body was found Feb. 25 by a man walking his dog in the Spring area off Hirschfield Road.

Brandon Lyons was arrested April 11 and charged with unauthorized use of motor vehicle in connection with the case.

Lyons is now charged with capital murder in the case of Soliman’s death.

In early April, An Vinh Nguyen, 27, was reported missing after he was last seen on the evening of March 31. The vehicle of the University of Houston student at the Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management was recovered April 6.

Investigators were able to link both cases together. The victims did not know each other, but both were Asian males who were using social media chat sites and their vehicles were found abandoned in the same general area.

Jerret Allen, Lyons’ cousin, was charged with credit card abuse in the case of Nguyen’s disappearance.

Allen and Lyons were living together at the time of both men’s disappearance.

Allen is on the run and authorities are asking for information from the public to locate him.

His last known whereabouts were in mid-April in El Paso.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

 

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Teen home invasion suspect killed, man on the run in Baytown

A teenage home invasion suspect was shot Sunday and died on a Baytown street.

Investigators said gunfire erupted just before 10 p.m. after an 18-year-old and another man forced their way into an apartment in the 300 block of South Pruett.

Police said Jalen Cole, 18, and another man broke in wearing masks and attempted to rob the home. People inside the apartment started shooting back and Cole was shot. He later died in the street. His accomplice ran away.

Another bullet went through a wall and hit a neighbor in the shoulder. The neighbor was flown to a hospital and was taken into surgery.

It is unclear why the apartment was targeted.

Investigators are looking for Jeremy Jamal Wheaton Ardion, 30, who they call a person of interest in the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting or the whereabouts of the second suspect is asked to call the Baytown Police Department at 281-422-8371.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and charging of the suspect in this case. Tips can be submitted by calling 281-427-TIPS or texting Baytown plus the tip to CRIMES. All tipsters may remain anonymous.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

 

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Houston man last seen throwing life jacket to daughter before going underwater at Canyon Lake

A Houston man was reported missing by his family after he was last seen throwing his life jacket to his daughter after both fell into the water at Canyon Lake.

The Comal County Sheriff’s Office said Michael Talley, 45, was on a jet ski with his daughter when he made a sharp turn and both fell into the water.

Talley took off his jacket and threw it to his daughter, who was already wearing one. She was able to swim to shore.

The man’s family, who was on the shore, then reported seeing Talley go underwater and not reappear.

The SMART Dive Team, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens, and several other units are currently searching for the missing man.

This is not the first time rescuers have been called to the lake this summer. On June 21, a man from Austin and a teen both drowned in separate incidents on the lake.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

 

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Oklahoma to seek death penalty against William Reese

Murder defendant William Lewis Reece arrives for his preliminary hearing at the Oklahoma County Courthouse in Oklahoma City, Okla. Friday, April 21, 2017. He has been charged in the 1997 death and abduction of a 19-year-old newlywed Tiffany Johnston from Bethany. Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

Officials with the Galveston District Attorney’s Office told KPRC2 that Oklahoma will seek the death penalty against William Lewis Reece.

He is the man linked to at least four murders, including the murders of Laura Smither, 12, from Friendswood and Jessica Cain, 17, from Tiki Island.

Reece, 57, has long been the prime suspect in the killings.

Smither disappeared in April 1997 while jogging near her Friendswood home. Her body was discovered 17 days later in a retention pond near Pasadena.

Cain disappeared in August 1997 while driving to her home in Tiki Island. Her truck was found abandoned on the side of I-45 inside the city limits of La Marque.

Cain’s body was not found until March, when Reece led detectives to the spot where he buried the teen in a field off East Orem Drive at Martindale Road in southeast Houston.

Following Oklahoma’s trial for the 1997 murder of Tiffany Johnston, Reece will be brought back to Galveston County to face trial for the murders of Laura Smither and Jessica Cain.

Charges are also pending against Reece in the murder of Kelli Ann Cox, from Denton.

Reece remains the only suspect in the kidnapping and death of Cox, who was 20 years old at the time of her disappearance from the city of Denton.

Reece led detectives to Cox’s body last April. The young mother was buried in a field off Highway 288 near the town of Angleton.

Before Cain and Cox were discovered, Reece was indicted in September 2015 in Oklahoma County for the 1997 kidnapping and murder of 19-year-old Tiffany Johnston. The newlywed was abducted from a car wash in July 1997 and her body was found in a field the next day.

Reece is serving a 60-year prison sentence for the 1997 kidnapping of Sandra Sapaugh in Webster. Sapaugh escaped Reece by jumping out of his moving truck and later picked him out of a lineup.

In February, Reece was temporarily released from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to the custody of officials in Galveston County to help search for Cain and Cox.

Reece’s attorney, Anthony Osso, has said that Reece was cooperating with investigators and is “willing to accept responsibility” for all the murders.

Reece was transferred to Oklahoma in July to face trial for Johnston’s murder. After the trial, Reece will be returned to Texas to finish his prison sentence and face punishment for the Smither and Cain murders.

Officials in Denton County have not yet filed charges against Reece in Cox’s murder.

Reece had hoped to cut a deal that would remove the possibility of the death penalty in exchange for his confessions. Galveston County officials agreed to the request.

However, Osso said Reece is in poor health and likely to die long before he completes his sentence on the kidnapping charge. State records show that Reece will complete that sentence in 2057.

A timeline of the developments in the story:

April 3, 1997: Laura Smither disappears from Friendswood

April 20, 1997: Smither’s body found near Pasadena

July 15, 1997: Kelli Ann Cox disappears from Denton

July 26, 1997: Tiffany Johnston disappears from outside Oklahoma City

July 27, 1997: Johnston’s body found

Aug. 17, 1997: Jessica Cain disappears from La Marque

Sept. 18, 1997: Sandra Sapaugh kidnapped in Webster, but escapes

May 11, 1998: William Reece convicted of kidnapping Sapaugh and sentenced to 60 years

Sept. 21, 2015: Reece charged in Oklahoma City with murdering and kidnapping Johnston

Feb. 16, 2016: Reece temporarily released from TDCJ to custody of Galveston County officials

Feb. 24, 2016: Search for Cain begins in field off East Orem

March 18, 2016: Human remains found

March 28, 2016: Search for Cox begins in field off 288 in Brazoria County

April 3, 2016: Human remains found

April 11, 2016: Remains identified as Cox by University of North Texas

April 15, 2016: Remains identified as Cain by medical examiner

July 25, 2016: Reece transferred to Oklahoma to faces charges in Johnston case

Sept. 1, 2016: Galveston County grand jury empaneled to hear evidence in Cain and Smither cases

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4 officers taken to hospital after 2 patrol units run into each other, police say

Four Houston Police Department officers were taken to the hospital after a crash Friday, according to authorities.

Two patrol units were en route to a call when they ran into each other, police said. There were two officers in each vehicle.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, authorities said.

The condition of the officers is not known at this time.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

 

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Man, 25, arrested for DWI after crashing into patrol car, deputies say

A 25-year-old man was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after authorities said he struck a patrol vehicle while a deputy was involved in another traffic stop.

On Friday, a Harris County deputy was conducting an investigation to determine if the driver of a vehicle was intoxicated in the 18600 block of State Highway 249, according to authorities.

While conducting that investigation, a vehicle being driven by Javier Perez struck the deputy’s patrol car and left the scene, according to investigators.

The deputy was able to relay Perez’s vehicle description to other deputies in the area. Deputies found the vehicle, driven by Perez, in the 5300 block of Hilton View Drive, authorities said.

“When deputies attempted to stop Perez, he put the vehicle in reverse in an attempt to flee and struck a parked vehicle, causing him to stop. Javier Perez was arrested and booked into Harris County Jail, charged with driving while intoxicated,” Constable Mark Herman said.

Perez remains in the Harris County Jail.

A White House spokesman has characterized the story as “fake news” and stated that President Trump believes it is nothing more than a “witch hunt”.

 

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