KPYN News for Thursday December 5th, 2013
The Texarkana, AR police said that a
woman has been arrested and charged with the murder of another woman
found outside of a home on South Valley Drive early Tuesday night around
6 p.m. According to police, the body of a woman dead from an apparent
gun shot wound was found and sent to the Arkansas State crime lab for an
autopsy. The woman who was allegedly killed was identified in this
morning Texarkana Gazette as 59 year old Patti Wheelington. After
interviewing witnesses, investigator said that 65 year old Virginia
Hyatt from Texarkana, AR was responsible for the shooting and they
arrested her, booking her in jail on a capitol murder charge. Police
told the Texarkana Gazette that the shooting Tuesday is believed to have
stemmed from an ongoing dispute between the two women. No other details
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — The head of the Public Works Department in
Texarkana, Arkansas says people who visited downtown Monday night for a
Christmas parade left behind a pile of garbage. Paul Hackleman said in a
story published by the Texarkana Gazette yesterday that he was disgusted
by the amount of trash, which county inmates cleaned up Tuesday.
CANDY HEIRESS-FATAL CRASH
Mars co-owner faces trial in fatal Va. Crash
LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — One of the world's richest women is scheduled for
trial on a reckless driving charge that authorities say resulted in the
death of an 86-year-old Texas woman.
Jacqueline Mars, a co-owner of the privately held candy company Mars
Inc., is scheduled to go before a judge in Loudoun County General
District Court Thursday morning on the misdemeanor charge.
Court papers state that Mars told a witness she fell asleep at the wheel
just before the October crash in Aldie, Va. The sheriff's office says
Mars' Porsche SUV crossed the center line and hit a minivan carrying
Irene Ellisor of Huntsville, Texas, who died at the scene.
Forbes Magazine ranks Mars as the world's seventh-richest woman.
Icy winter blast spreads across Texas
DALLAS (AP) — Get out some extra blankets: Winter is invading Texas with
a vengeance as snow, sleet and ice are unleashed on much of northern and
western sections of the state.
The National Weather Service forecasts up to 5 inches of snow
accumulation Thursday and Friday in the Texas Panhandle and up to 4
inches of snow in the South Plains. To the east, ice from freezing rain
will be the threat north of a Brownwood-to-Corsicana-to-Tyler line. As
much as a half-inch of ice could accumulate north of a
Comanche-to-Grapevine-to-Paris line, bringing down tree limbs and power
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has activated the Texas National Guard and
deployed equipment and other emergency resources to Wichita Falls and
Sherman. The Texas Department of Public Safety discourages non-essential
travel in affected areas.
KPYN News for Wednesday December
Bowie County Judge Sterling Lacy
said that he will not run for re-election and former radio personality
Jeff Akin said that he is going to run for Lacy’s spot as the Judge in
Bowie County. The Texarkana Gazette reported that Lacy emailed his
decision to the paper. The Gazette said that Akin announced his decision
via a text message. Meanwhile, former Cass County judge James Carlow,
who was defeated by Lacy in 2010 told the Gazette that he will also run
for Bowie County Judge, this time as a republican.
The national weather service is forecasting freezing rain for this
weekend, and the bad weather may affect this weekends City of Atlanta
Christmas Parade. The Atlanta Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade
is scheduled for this Saturday night at 6 p.m., but if the weather is
bad, the Chamber said that they would move the parade to Monday night.
Stay tuned to KPYN for further updates on the situation.
The United States Marine Corp. Toys for Tots Drive is in full force. In
Cass County, you can drop new unwrapped toys off at Cass County Bank on
Highway 59 in Queen City. KPYN will broadcast live from Cass County Bank
on Friday December 13th between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., that’s your last
chance to drop off toys, the Marines will be there to haul all the toys
off. If you are a needy family and you’d like to receive toys for tots
benefits, you can stop by Swanson Chiropractic Clinic to apply for the
TEXARKANA, TEX- The City of Texarkana, Tx said that a glitch in computer
systems caused all of Texarkana, Texas’ tornado sirens to sound off
again on Monday night; it was the second time that happened in as many
According to Emergency officials, they’ve have not yet been able to
isolate or identify the problem. This afternoon technicians will be in
from out of town to help troubleshoot the system. According to Fire
Chief Eric Schlotter, it is believed that one of the control consoles in
the 911 center is setting the system off. Some tests will be performed
this afternoon as a troubleshooting technique.
During this troubleshooting, the consoles will be deactivated and the
city will rely on a dedicated radio that can produce the necessary tones
to activate the sirens. This process, which could take days, will be
necessary to eliminate the false alarms that have been occurring.
The city of Texarkana, Texas will keep residents informed of updates as
the system is tested and malfunctions are eliminated.
Residents can sign up to receive weather alerts through CodeRed on the
City’s website www.ci.texarkana.tx.us.
Texas executes man for corrections officer's death
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate has been executed for the death
of a corrections officer during a short-lived escape from prison six
Jerry Martin had requested that no additional appeals be filed on his
behalf, clearing the way for his lethal injection Tuesday evening.
Martin was serving 50 years for attempted capital murder when he and
another inmate bolted from a work detail outside a Huntsville-area
prison in September 2007.
In the ensuing chaos and gunfire, a 59-year-old prison officer on
horseback, Susan Canfield, suffered fatal head injuries. Both Martin and
his partner, John Falk, were captured within hours after fleeing in a
Martin's execution was the 16th and last scheduled for this year in
Texas, which carries out capital punishment more than any other state.
TEXAS A&M-KYLE FIELD-ACCIDENT
Construction worker dies at Texas A&M stadium
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — A demolition worker has died of injuries
received when he fell four stories from Texas A&M's under-renovation
A university statement says Angel Garcia was working for Lindamood
Demolition when the accident happened about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the
north end of Kyle Field. The 25-year-old worker died a short time later
at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Bryan.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Texas A&M
University System and university police are investigating the accident.
Kyle Field is undergoing $450 million in upgrades to put in new grass
and expand seating from 82,600 to 102,500. That would make it the
largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference.
HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A middle school principal in Southeast Texas has
been placed on paid leave after getting on the school intercom and
telling students they could no longer speak Spanish in class. More than
half the students enrolled at Hempstead Middle School are Hispanic. The
district has sent parents a letter assuring them there is no policy
DALLAS (AP) — A former Texas paramedic faces sentencing on charges that
he tried to assemble a pipe bomb, in a case unrelated to the fertilizer
plant blast that devastated his town. Bryce Reed has pleaded guilty and
will be sentenced Wednesday in Waco. Federal authorities arrested Reed a
few weeks after the April 17 blast killed 15 people in the town of West.
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas has reported it produced oil at a record rate in
September, more than doubling the rate of less than three years ago.
Totals compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows
Texas produced crude oil at the rate of 2.7 million barrels per day
during September. The Houston Chronicle reports that's the highest
average since federal officials began keeping monthly records in January
KPYN News for Tuesday December 3rd,
The Texarkana Texas Fire Department
said that a Texarkana man died in a fire early Sunday morning in his
home. According to the city of Texarkana, TX, 36 year old Scotty Finley
lost his life in a house fire at 206 Jerome Street in a fire around 1
a.m. Sunday. Texarkana Fire Marshall Chris Black said that the fire is
still under investigation. The Fire Department said that another fire
occurred at approximately 5:45 p.m. Sunday at 1628 W. 5th Street that is
also being investigated by TTFD. No injuries were reported from this
The Cass County Genealogical Society will meet at 6:00 p.m., rather than
6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, December 10th for their annual Christmas Party,
in the Family Life Center of the 1st United Methodist Church, 2nd
Street, Queen City, TX. Members are asked to bring side-dishes or
desserts. Also, members are asked to bring a gift of $5 and under for
the "Chinese Gift Exchange." If bringing guests, please bring a gift per
each guest. For more information, please call 903-826-5473 or
The Salem Cemetery Association will have their semi-annual meeting,
10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 7, in the Family Life Center of the Salem
Baptist Church, located two miles west of Bloomburg, just off Hwy 74.
Descendants of those buried in the Salem Cemetery are invited to attend.
Also, the Salem Cemetery Association needs to up-date their mail
addresses, phone numbers, as well as e-mail addresses. Please send to
P.O. Box 34, Bloomburg, TX 75556 or to email@example.com. For more
information, please call 903-826-5473 or 903-826-8915.
The City of Texarkana Texas said that a glitch in computer systems
caused all of Texarkana, Texas’ tornado sirens to sound off late Sunday
Fire Chief, Eric Schlotter said city officials are investigating the
malfunction. Citizens are encouraged to call 911 if concerned about a
tornado threat or faulty siren.
The sirens are tested every Wednesday in allowable weather, and will
continue to be monitored for proper performance.
Residents can sign up to receive weather alerts through CodeRed on the
City’s website www.ci.texarkana.tx.us.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A second day of jury selection begins today in the
Justice Department's case against a former BP drilling engineer from
Texas charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the
company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Kurt Mix's federal trial is expected to last up to three weeks.
DALLAS (AP) — Items that once belonged to Farrah Fawcett, including
everything from her 1977 People's Choice Award to her last driver's
license, are set to go up for auction Friday in Dallas. Her nephew,
Gregory Walls, of Houston, decided to offer up the items after getting
requests from fans. Fawcett, a Corpus Christi native, died in June 2009.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas prison inmate is headed for execution
for causing the death of a corrections officer during a short-lived
escape six years ago. The prisoner, 43-year-old Jerry Martin, has
ordered no additional appeals be filed on his behalf, clearing the way
for his lethal injection Tuesday evening in Huntsville.
PLANO, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is putting new
emphasis on education in his gubernatorial campaign. The Republican is
scheduled to begin a series of classroom roundtables Tuesday, starting
KPYN News for Monday December 2nd,
Gay rights fight comes to Texas, despite ban
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two lawsuits are underway that could overturn the
Texas ban on same-sex marriage next year.
A federal court in San Antonio will hear arguments in January from
attorneys representing two couples who want to live as lawfully wedded.
The Texas Supreme Court is considering two where former couples who want
their out-of-state marriages legally dissolved.
They are challenging a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages approved
by 1.7 million Texas voters in 2005.
Attorney General Greg Abbott has promised to defend the Texas law, but
the U.S. Supreme Court will likely have the final say.
Conservative activists in Texas are fighting same-sex marriage by
declaring it a violation of state's rights and religious freedom. Since
Republicans who control the state oppose gay marriage, the law will
likely be decided in court.
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — An effort to recall one of four Texarkana city
directors has been dropped while petitions to recall the other three
directors remain. The Texarkana Gazette reported yesterday that a
petition to recall Director Sue Johnson filed by Miller County Emergency
Management Director Larry Pritchett was dropped by Pritchett.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A new law to boost public school alternatives in
Texas followed a surge in political contributions by people affiliated
with the state's six-largest charter school operators. State Ethics
Commission filings shows charter school-affiliated donations peaked
during the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. Donations then were nearly
double the total from the election cycles of 2006 and 2008.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas prison inmate whose escape six years
ago left a corrections officer dead is set for execution Tuesday in
Huntsville. Forty-three-year-old Jerry Martin and another inmate broke
away from a work detail in 2007 and rammed a stolen pickup truck into a
59-year-old woman, killing her.
The Friends of the Atlanta Public Library will hold a book sale this
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, in
the old Atlanta Fire Station.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP engineer charged with deleting text
messages and voicemails about the company's response to its massive 2010
oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is set to face a jury. Jury selection is
scheduled to begin Monday in New Orleans for the trial of Kurt Mix. The
52-year-old resident of Katy is one of four current or former BP
employees charged with crimes related to the nation's worst offshore oil
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An Austin personal injury attorney is
scheduled to be sentenced on federal racketeering charges in
Brownsville. Marc Rosenthal is expected to be sentenced Monday.
Prosecutors alleged Rosenthal was one of the lawyers who bribed former
state District Judge Abel Limas for favorable decisions.
KPYN News for Wednesday November 27th, 2013
IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH
At approximately 3:15 am today, officers from the Texarkana, Texas
Police Department responded to a single vehicle crash in the 3300 block
of St. Michaels Drive. Officers discovered a 2010 Jeep Wrangler in the
drainage ditch at the intersection of Richill Dr. and St. Michaels
Drive. Investigators determined that the jeep had left the roadway and
entered the ditch while travelling west on St. Michaels Drive. After
travelling a short distance in the ditch, the jeep struck a culvert. The
driver of the jeep, 41 year old, Augustus Pope of Texarkana, Texas, was
pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Nancy Talley. The
exact cause of the crash is still under investigation by members of the
Texarkana Texas Police Department’s Traffic Unit. No other vehicles were
involved in the crash.
TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD-GAY RIGHTS
Guard to let same-sex couples sign for benefits
(Information in the following story is from: San Antonio Express-News,
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Texas National Guard will immediately begin
letting same-sex couples register for benefits.
The San Antonio Express-News reports the Defense Department has approved
a new procedure for enrolling National Guard members and their
dependents for benefits. The decision came late Tuesday.
The Texas National Guard commander had ordered the Texas Military
Forces, the umbrella command of all Texas National Guard units, not to
process any applications from same-sex couples. Maj. Gen. John Nichols
had said the Guard was a state agency bound by Texas law, which doesn't
recognize same-sex marriage.
That had placed five National Guard facilities in Texas off-limits for
same-sex couples seeking benefits.
22-year-old man charged in Texas hospital stabbing
LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) — A 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in
a knife attack at an East Texas hospital that left a nurse dead and four
Gregg County Jail booking records show Kyron Rayshawn Templeton of
Longview is also accused of four counts of aggravated assault. His bond
has been set at $2.6 million.
The knife attack happened Tuesday morning at Good Shepherd Medical
Center in Longview.
Hospital CEO Steve Altmiller identified the slain nurse as Gail Sandidge
at an afternoon news conference.
Altmiller and Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian say Templeton
was at the hospital with his mother when he went on a knife-slashing
Templeton fled on foot but was caught and arrested nearby.
Brian says it's not clear what led to the attack.
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A vehicle exploded in an Amarillo apartment
complex parking lot last night but caused no injuries. Authorities say a
man who was in the car when it blew up "was really shaken up" but
otherwise uninjured. Nearby tenant Beth Weldon said the explosion
knocked the pictures in her apartment crooked.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A woman convicted 20 years ago for her involvement
in a child abuse case is free after the district attorney's office
agreed some evidence against her was faulty. A Travis County judge
signed Fran Keller's bond yesterday. Attorney Keith Hampton hopes to
gain her husband's release next week.
Last night at Christian Fellowship Church in Queen City, the church fed
750 people at their annual serve the Ark-La-Tex Thanksgiving meal. The
turnout was more than twice the amount of people that the church served
last year. Christian Fellowship Church’s Senior pastors are Ben and
Tammie Aguirre and they meet every Sunday for Sunday school at 9:30
a.m., worship service at 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays night they meet at
7 p.m. for a mid week service.
KPYN News for Tuesday November 26th,
Thanksgiving Feast for kindergarten at Atlanta Primary School
Pictured: Kaitlin McCord, Nicholas Stevens, Lexi Brooks, Jacolby Wells
Lawmakers rip PUC over electricity market vote
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tension between lawmakers and the Public Utility
Commission is rising after state energy regulators signaled support of a
plan that could restructure the Texas electricity market.
The three-member PUC board on Monday received bipartisan criticism and
occasional scorn over a 2-1 vote in October to back mandated levels of
electric capacity. The move is a possible step toward so-called
"capacity payments" in which generators are paid for extra capacity and
not just for electricity sold.
Supporters say that would encourage generators to build more plants and
help meet the electricity demands of a rapidly growing Texas population.
Republican Sen. Troy Fraser led a rebuke of the vote during a Senate
subcommittee meeting. He says the PUC is overstepping its authority and
argued the current market structure is working just fine.
ANNIE OAKLEY SHOTGUN
Shotgun owned by Annie Oakley sells for $293,000
DALLAS (AP) — Somebody got Annie's gun, though the person did have to
pay $293,000 for it.
A shotgun once owned by the legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley sold at
auction Sunday to an anonymous buyer.
Oakley found fame in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. She was
fictionalized on Broadway in "Annie Get Your Gun."
A great-grandniece of Oakley put her 16-gauge Parker Brothers Hammer
shotgun up for auction.
Dallas-based Heritage Auctions sold it. The buyer also obtained the
gun's canvas scabbard and documents of authentication.
A charm bracelet owned by Oakley also was put up for auction and was
sold to a separate buyer for $245,000.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for the University of Texas at Austin says
evidence will show Farrah Fawcett owned two portraits the late artist
Andy Warhol made of her in 1980. The university is seeking to gain one
of the portraits currently held by Fawcett's longtime lover, Ryan
O'Neal. O'Neal claims Warhol gave him one of the portraits.
Arkansas QB Allen has SUV egged after loss
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema says he has spoken
with quarterback Brandon Allen about an incident that left the
quarterback's vehicle covered in broken eggs.
Razorbacks tight end Austin Tate tweeted a picture of Allen's SUV
following Saturday's overtime loss to Mississippi State, adding, "Thanks
for the support fans..really makes us want to keep going and change the
situation we're in!" The tweet was later deleted.
Bielema says he learned about the incident Saturday night, and that he
spoke to Allen on Sunday morning — with the sophomore assuring the
first-year Arkansas coach that there would be no retaliation. Bielema
says college football "is a little bit ugly at times." The Razorbacks,
who travel to No. 15 LSU on Friday, have lost a school-record eight
KPYN News for Monday November 25th, 2013
On November 11, 2013, Atlanta High
School Student Council and Student Leadership Team honored Veteran’s by
providing a breakfast for veterans and spouses followed by a Student led
Veteran’s Day Program in the High School Auditorium. The program
included a Keynote Address by Mike Lee, Retired Navy, hovercraft pilot
and flight instructor, now a professional speaker and talk show radio
host as well as the owner of Queen City Funeral Home. Bill Brockett,
member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, presented the Voice of Democracy
Awards to Silas Henderson, Dylan Delay, Adam Greig and Emily Primrose.
Students then introduced each veteran in attendance and read several
patriotic and historic quotes. Megan Booth read at tribute entitled “My
Soldier” which she had written in memory for her grandfathers. The
audience viewed Dakota Blizzard’s PowerPoint tribute, “Remembering Our
Beloved Soldiers.” Musical tributes included Mitch Hardaway singing “God
Bless America”, La’Jerrica Lloyd and Jameya Washington singing “God
Bless the USA” and Kelsey Johnson singing “Just a Dream”. The AHS band
performed the National Anthem and the Service Song medley and Joey
Roberts completed the program by performing “Taps” as the honor guard
from the US Marine Corps retired the flags.
Thanksgiving Feast for kindergarten at Atlanta Primary School
Johanna Ward, Stormi Kemp, Kayden Garmon, Malaki Richardson, Audrey
Schools beginning late today due to
Texas A&M University Texarkana will begin at 10 a.m.
Leary ISD will start at 10 a.m.
James Bowie ISD will start at 10 a.m.
Maud will start at 10 a.m.
UACCA College in Hope and Texarkana will start at 10 a.m.
UNDATED (AP) — A storm blamed for at
least eight deaths in the West is expected to bring freezing rain and
sleet to parts of Texas as it makes its way through the Southwest. A
winter storm warning for most of North Texas has been replaced with a
winter weather advisory through noon today. Meteorologist expect a mix
of rain, light freezing rain and light sleet.
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say a teenage boy has been fatally shot in
an apartment complex in the southwest part of the city. Police believe
the shooting was accidental. Police found a dead 16-year-old who had
suffered a gunshot wound when they arrived. Police say it appears two
teenagers were playing with a pistol when it went off.
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say an off-duty deputy fired his weapon at
a hit-and-run driver after the two had a verbal spat following a minor
accident. The reserve deputy was in uniform in his personal car when the
accident occurred in southwest Houston. Police say the other driver hit
the deputy when he got out of his car. Investigators say the deputy then
fired his weapon at the car.
DALLAS (AP) — The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum has
recreated the 2001 White House holiday displays in a new exhibit. "Home
for the Holidays: Christmas at the White House" opens today. White House
public tours were suspended in 2001 due to heightened security after the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. This will be the first time the public can
see the displays in person.
KPYN News for Friday November 22nd,
KPYN MARATHON FOR THE HUNGRY
COLLECTS OVER 8-TONS OF FOOD
ATLANTA, TX- This mornings 3-hour live remote from Brookshire’s in
Atlanta on KPYN raised over 4-tons of non perishable food items for
Rebecca’s Pantry, a ministry of West Side Baptist Church,
Bob DelGiorno, owner of KPYN Radio
“We filled 3 truck loads and a van full of food, two-thousand pounds
more than our record in 2008,” DelGirono said.
The Marathon for the Hungry remote is an annual KPYN charity event; this
year was the 7th Annual.
Several groups got together and collected huge amounts of food,
including the local Atlanta TxDot office; they turned in 1,200 pounds.
The 7th grade English class at Morris Upchurch Middle School donated
several hundred pounds and the Atlanta High School Key Club also pitched
in with several hundreds of pounds. The total amount of food collected
was over 8,000 pounds.
The remote on KPYN was hosted by KPYN’s Bob DelGiorno, Jim Davenport and
Don Peace and the church family at West Side Baptist Church, including
their chief spokesperson and former Atlanta Woman of the Year, Judy
The sponsors of the remote broadcast were Ray Harp Diamond Jewelers,
Domino Federal Credit Union, First Baptist Church Atlanta, Guaranty Bond
Bank, Fidelity Communications, Guard-Line and Brookshires.
“I’ve said it time and time again,” DelGiorno said. “I’ve never seen a
community in the country that comes out to support the less fortunate
like the people in Atlanta, Queen City and our surrounding area.” Thank
you to all our listeners and advertisers at the station, it’s been a
great year for us and with all your help we were able to give a lot
back,” he said.
UNDATED (AP) — An arctic storm is
due to arrive in Texas today. Temperatures generally west of the
Interstate 35 corridor are expected to plummet from the 60s and 70s to
freezing and below today and tomorrow. A cold rain with some
thunderstorms will extend over the rest of the state as temperatures
generally remain just above freezing.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education has refused to approve
a biology book by one of the nation's largest publishers. An approval of
the book depends on an expert review of supposed "errors" on evolution.
Some creationists have long sought edits to de-emphasize evolution in
HOUSTON (AP) — A manhunt for a suspect in the fatal shooting of three
people inside a suburban Houston apartment is still underway. Johnathan
Sanchez has been charged with capital murder in connection with the
shootings. Authorities say a young man and two young women died
Wednesday after each was shot multiple times in an unincorporated area
northwest of downtown Houston.
DALLAS (AP) — A ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of President John
F. Kennedy's assassination will be held today in Dealey Plaza. About
5,000 tickets were issued for the free ceremony. The event will feature
brief remarks by the mayor, the tolling of church bells and readings
from the president's speeches by author David McCullough.
KPYN News for Thursday November
UPDATE: Miguel “Angel” Martinez has
been arrested in Tulsa OK by the Tulsa Oklahoma Police Department’s
Fugitive Task Force. Texarkana Arkansas Police Department Criminal
Investigation Detectives have spent countless hours investigating this
crime and have been in constant contact with the Tulsa Oklahoma Fugitive
Task Force today to bring this fugitive to justice.
We are awaiting extradition of Martinez from Oklahoma.
Martinez has an active warrant for Murder in the 1st degree.
The investigation of this case continues. Anyone with information is
strongly urged to contact the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department at
903-798-3154 or Texarkana area CrimeStoppers at 903-793-STOP.
Wanted in Barrios Murder Investigation... Officer Kristi Mitchell says,
"Through an extensive investigation, the Texarkana Arkansas Police
Department Criminal Investigation has identified Miguel Angel Martinez
(left), 24yoa, Hispanic Male, 5’11 and 195 lbs., as a suspect in the
murder of Jamie “Jimmy” Barrios. Martinez has an active warrant for
Murder in the 1st degree. It is believed Martinez is currently
attempting to elude law enforcement."
Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact the Texarkana
Arkansas Police Department at 903-798-3154 or Texarkana area
CrimeStoppers at 903-793-STOP.
Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department
online at; http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.
URGENT FAST BREAKING NEWS
The Hooks Police said, Approx. 10:54 am Hooks PD dispatched to robbery
in progress at the City Pharmacy on Main Street. Upon arrival officers
were told by Drug Store employees that a light completed black male slim
in stature wearing a black hooded wind suit entered the business. Once
inside the business the subject produced a small caliber revolver and
demanded money. The subject left the business with an undisclosed amount
of cash. None of the employees were harmed. Subject is still at large.
Anyone with information regarding this alleged robbery should call the
The Texarkana, Texas police say that a 13 year old boy has been arrested
and charged with robbery after an assault in the parking lot of a
business on Texas Blvd. Police said that 42 year old Susan Efird from
Texarkana, Tx was in her car at a business when the young male
approached her twice, the second time pulling her from her car. The
woman sprayed the teen with pepper spray, that’s when, according to the
police, the yo0ung man began hitting her numerous times in the upper
body area with his fist. The teen than tried to car jack the woman’s
car, but he was unable to find her keys. According to police, he then
stuck the woman again and left on foot. A couple hours after the alleged
assault and attempted car jacking, police said that the suspect was
arrested near Richmond Rd and Texas Blvd after police received a call
regarding a suspicious person. The teen was charged with robbery and
taken to the juvenile detention center; the woman who was attacked was
treated at a local health facility with non life threatening injuries.
AAA Texas forecasts 3.4 million Texans will travel by land, air and
water to reconnect with loved ones. The Thanksgiving holiday travel
period is defined as round trips of 50 miles or more away from home from
Wednesday, Nov. 27 to Sunday, Dec. 1. Among those surveyed, the highest
volumes of travelers plan to leave for their trip the Wednesday before
the holiday and return the following Sunday.
AAA is projecting a slight decrease in Thanksgiving travelers this year
because, although the economy continues to improve, the sluggish pace of
the recovery is creating uncertainty in the minds of some consumers.
Travel in the Lone Star State this Thanksgiving period will be down .02
percent which falls just shy of last Thanksgiving’s four-year peak since
the recession-driven declines in 2008 and 2009. Those years saw
Thanksgiving travel fall by 25 percent. Even with the slight decrease
this year, travel volume in the state will be the second highest since
AAA said that automobile travel will continue to be the primary mode of
transportation this Thanksgiving.
Lawmakers defend curriculum reform at Board of Ed
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two powerful state lawmakers are making an unusual
joint appearance at the board of education to oppose requirements that
most high school students take Algebra II.
State Sen. Dan Patrick chairs the Senate Education Committee. He
addressed members Wednesday night with his House counterpart Rep. Jimmie
The pair co-sponsored a curriculum overhaul approved this summer by the
Legislature, which the board is now implementing.
It rewrote course requirements to promote vocational training, rather
than strictly college-prep classes.
The law doesn't require taking Algebra II. During hours of testimony
Wednesday, some experts told the board it "dumbs down" curriculum.
But Patrick and Aycock argued that lawmakers never intended to require
They appeared in person to implore that the board not change that
component of the law.
DENTON, Texas (AP) — The University of North Texas has cleared the way
to hire the president of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas as its next
leader. Dr. Neal Smatresk has been named the sole finalist to become the
university's next president. He is expected to be confirmed next month.
State law requires UNT system regents to wait 21 days before the vote.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso police say the body of an infant found in
southern New Mexico might be that of an El Paso baby missing since
Friday. The remains are suspected of being those of 5-month-old Jackson
Farrey. Authorities Sunday found Jeffrey, Jenna and Blake Farrey in a
motel in Michigan. Jackson Farrey wasn't with them.
BUDA, Texas (AP) — Former Texas House speaker Reuben Senterfitt has died
at age 96. Senterfitt co-authored legislation that created the
world-famous M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Senterfitt first won election
to the House from San Saba County in the Texas in 1941 at age 23 as a
representative of San Saba County in Central Texas.
KPYN News for Wednesday November
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A tough new
abortion law will stay in effect in Texas for now after the U.S. Supreme
Court refused to intervene. A third of Texas abortion clinics have been
closed because of the law that requires doctors who perform abortions to
have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Large areas of Texas are
without an operating abortion clinic because hospitals have refused to
give abortion doctors admitting privileges.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Four San Antonio women expected to be cleared in a
well-known 1994 sexual assault case will make their first public
comments after three of them walked free. The "San Antonio 4" are
scheduled to speak about their ordeal this morning. The fourth was
paroled last year. Prosecutors agree their convictions are questionable
due to faulty expert testimony.
AZLE, Texas (AP) — Three earthquakes in one day have been detected
around a North Texas town that has already seen a swarm of seven
earthquakes in the past month. The U.S. Geological Survey detected three
earthquakes yesterday around Azle. The strongest was a tremor registered
a 3.6 magnitude at 6:40 p.m.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas water supplier has voted to ask the state
to allow it to withhold irrigation water from downstream rice farmers.
The Lower Colorado River Authority voted to require its two key
reservoirs to be filled to 55 percent of their capacity by March before
releasing water downstream. The Texas Commission on Environmental
Quality will have the last word.
GETTYSBURG ADDRESS-OBAMA VIDEO
No God in Obama's reading of Gettysburg address
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some critics of President Barack Obama note that his
video reading of the Gettysburg Address omits the words "under God." But
there's a valid explanation.
Of the five surviving copies of the Gettysburg Address, the two in the
Library of Congress omit the words "under God" that appear in the other
versions as well as in the transcript by an Associated Press reporter
who heard President Lincoln deliver the speech 150 years ago.
Organizers of the "learn the address" website, including historian Ken
Burns, say they asked President Barack Obama to read one of the Library
of Congress versions.
Obama had been criticized in the past for dropping a reference to the
Creator as the source of rights proclaimed in the Declaration of
KPYN News for Tuesday November 19th,
Texarkana Arkansas Investigates Second Murder in 2013
TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS-The Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department said that
they’re investigating an alleged murder that may have occurred early
Saturday morning at a Texarkana home. Officer Kristi Mitchell of the
Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department said that officers discovered the
body of 57 year old Jimmy Barrios Saturday around Noon at a residence in
the 1400 block of County Avenue on the Arkansas side, after a call to
police regarding suspicious circumstances at the home. Mr. Barrios’ body
was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab where an autopsy revealed that
the cause of death was severe head trauma.
According to the police, Jimmy Barrios visited two local night clubs on
Friday night between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m., one just off of Realtor Avenue
and another on East Broad Street. The Texarkana, Arkansas Police said
that they are looking for witnesses that may know who Mr. Barrios was
seen with or who he was speaking with at the two clubs the night before
his death. Anyone with information regarding Jimmy Barrios’ death is
encouraged to call the Texarkana, Arkansas Police at 903-798-3154.
Saturday morning’s alleged murder is only the second reported murder in
Texarkana, Arkansas this year. The only other murder on the Arkansas
side of Texarkana in 2013 was in the month of February and police said
that it is believed to have been gang related.
BURGLARY SUSPECT SHOT
The Texarkana, Arkansas police said that an alleged burglary suspect was
shot in the hallway of a residence in Texarkana, Arkansas early Sunday
morning. Police said that a home owner in a residence in the 3400 block
of Rice street called 911 and reported a burglary in progress, when
officers arrived they found 43 year old James Downs laying in the
hallway with an apparent gun shot wound. According to the Texarkana
Arkansas Police, investigators said that Mr. Down allegedly force entry
into the home after leaving a party in the area.
The home owner said that he shot the alleged intruder after waking up
and observing him in his room. The homeowner told investigators that he
hollered for the man to leave, but, the home owner said that the suspect
took a swing at him and stumbled toward the children's bed room and
that’s when the home owner said that he shot the alleged burglar.
Mr. Downs, the alleged burglar, was taken to the hospital where he was
last reported to be in the intensive care. The Texarkana Arkansas police
said that they turned the case over to the prosecuting attorney’s office
who will determine if any files will be charged against Mr. Downs.
Christian Fellowship Church on Loop 59 in Queen City is serving a
Thanksgiving meal to the community one week from today on November 26th
between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. at their church. Everyone in the Ark Latex is
invited. According to Lindsey Peteete, a spokesperson for Christian
Fellowship Church, you can bring as many people as you want, and it’s
free. This is the third year that Christian fellowship has hosted a
community Thanksgiving Dinner and they’re also allow takeouts and
they’re delivering to the shut ins, for more information, call Christian
Fellowship church at 903-796-8384.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Four San Antonio women imprisoned for sexually
assaulting two girls in 1994 have achieved their freedom. Their next
step is to fight for exoneration. That's what their attorneys intend to
pursue before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Elizabeth Ramirez,
Kristie Mayhugh and Cassandra Rivera were released last night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has announced the death of a North Texas
soldier in a roadside mining attack in Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Alex
Viola died in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit
was attacked with an improvised explosive device.
HOUSTON (AP) — A man has been sentenced to one year in prison for
running an extortion scheme authorities believe led a Texas A&M
University professor to commit suicide. Daniel Duplaisir had earlier
this year pleaded guilty to interstate transmission of extortionate
communication. Authorities say Duplaisir lured James Arnt Aune into a
sexually explicit online relationship by pretending to be an underage
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas County government buildings will be closed Friday
as the city marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's
assassination. Normal operating hours at the buildings will resume
Monday. The buildings closed will include courts buildings, the county
tax office and the county elections department.