East Texas Car Dealership Damaged by Fleeing Pickup
GLADEWATER — A Gladewater man is jailed and facing charges on intoxication assault and fleeing the scene of an accident after officers found numerous vehicles at a new car lot heavily damaged.
It was later determined the driver of a pickup , Trent Sassar, drove his pickup truck into seven vehicles at McKaig Chevrolet in Gladewater after leaving the scene of an accident on south Loop 285.
Police say Sassar fled the scene of the accident at a high rate of speed, before losing control of his pickup and slammed into the trucks at the dealership . Sassar and his passenger, Lauren Phillip, were transported to a local hospital and treated for injuries.
At this time there is no estimate on the total amount of damages to the new inventory pickups and other property.
Search Continues for Missing 58-Year-Old Man
RUSK COUNTY — The search for a missing East Texas Man ended over the weekend after authorities were unable to locate 58-year-old James Jimmy Tidwell of Mt. Enterprise .
Tidwell was reported missing by his employer Feb. 28, and was last seen at work Feb. 15.
The investigation continues and investigators encourage anyone with information as to Mr. Tidwell’s whereabouts to contact the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office.
You can call office investigator Robert Stinehour, at 903-657-3581 or Rusk County Crime Stoppers at 903-655-8477.
Trial Begins for Nurse Accused of Killing Patients with Bleach
LUFKIN — A 38-year-old East Texas nurse is facing a possible death sentence as she goes on trial today for injecting patients with bleach — killing five and injuring five others — as they were undergoing dialysis treatment.
Kimberly Saenz was fired in April 2008 from her job at a DaVita Dialysis clinic in Lufkin ,after two patients told officials they saw her inject two other patients with bleach.
By then, state health inspectors already were looking into why paramedics that month had to make so many trips to the clinic to help people with cardiac and breathing problems.
Saenz has pleaded not guilty. Her lawyer says she’s a scapegoat for problems at the clinic.
The End of Neighborhood Pharmacies?
GIDDINGS — A new law could make small, independent pharmacies go the way of the neighborhood grocer, the local bookshop and the corner music store.
The new Medicaid prescription drug program pays a private company, called a pharmacy benefit manager, to keep costs low by reimbursing pharmacies 80 percent less for filling prescriptions and negotiating the cheapest possible drug prices. The program is expected to save taxpayers between $83 and $100 million over the next two years.
But small pharmacies say they won’t make enough money to stay in business. They’ve tried filing a lawsuit to fight the new law, but so far with little success.
Proponents say the changes are necessary to bring Medicaid costs down and to balance the state budget.
The new law took effect on Thursday.
Restraining Order Reinstated for Oil Pipeline
TEXARKANA — A temporary restraining order has been reinstated halting TransCanada’s proposed oil pipeline from crossing a northeast Texas farm. The 6th Court of Appeals in Texarkana issued the new order TransCanada has five days to respond.
The decision comes a week after a judge in Paris dissolved a temporary restraining order against the company.