Search Continues for Missing Pilot at Lake Palestine
LAKE PALESTINE — Divers are resuming their search today for a missing pilot of a small plane that went down in Lake Palestine on Wednesday night. Searchers discovered the plane yesterday in about 17 feet of water, the door hatch had been opened and the seat belt undone, according to State Troopers. The plane flew out of Jacksonville before it plunged into the lake. The pilot is believed to be the only occupant of the aircraft.
Longview Warrant Round-up
LONGVIEW – The deadline to take care of an outstanding city warrant is approaching and Longview area residents are urged to take advantage of the opportunity to clear any overdue citations. Taking care of the outstanding warrants prior to 4:30 p.m. on February 24th could mean not spending the night in the Gregg County Jail and saving the embarrassment of being arrested in the future. According to Longview Police Department Sgt. Jack Lanier, on Saturday, February 25, 2012, officers will be canvassing the city attempting to locate anyone with outstanding city warrants. If these officers locate someone with warrants they will be arrested and taken to the Gregg County Jail. If you would like to take care of your warrants while you still have time, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Longview Municipal Court clerks at 903-237- 1183 or go to 302 W Cotton Street, Longview, Texas between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Arrest in Hit and Run
HENDERSON Co. – A hit and run accident in Henderson County has left one person dead and another jailed on failure to stop and render aid. 19 year old Jonathan Wade McRae of Athens was pronounced dead at the scene after he was struck by a truck driven by 17 year old John Tanner Forester also of Athens. Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt says the two had been arguing when McRae tried to jump into the truck as Forester drove off. Sheriff Nutt says Forester then fled the scene. He was arrested several hours later at a residence in Leagueville, located south of Athens.
Man Jailed after Running Truck into Building
TYLER – The driver who crashed his truck into a vacant office building is jailed today facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident and driving while intoxicated. Tyler police said the truck driven by Christopher Britton, of Palestine, struck a car in a parking lot before he ran into the building. The incident occurred Thursday night just before 9 p.m. in the1000 block of East Lake Street. Police said the building belongs to East Texas Medical Center Hospital.
Man Hit by Truck While Trying to Cross Loop 323
TYLER – A man attempting to cross Loop 323 in Tyler is hospitalized with serious injuries after he was struck by a pickup truck. Police say the 65-year-old pedestrian walked into the path of traffic when he was struck by the truck. Officers say the driver of the vehicle who attempted to avoid hitting the man will not be charged. The pedestrian received serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Texas Sonogram Rule Re-Hearing Denied
AUSTIN – There will be no re-hearing of a request to reconsider a lawsuit challenging a Texas law that requires doctors to perform a sonogram before an abortion. A Federal Appeals court today denied hearing the request filed by The Center for Reproductive Rights. The suit filed on behalf of doctors says the state Legislature passed the law that wrongly dictates how a doctor deals with a patient. The rule requires a doctor to conduct a sonogram, describe the features of the fetus and play aloud the fetal heartbeat whether the woman wants it or not. The doctor must also conduct the sonogram 24 hours before performing the abortion.
Birth Control Rule Reversed
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says a revamped birth control policy will both protect religious liberties and protect women’s access to contraception. Speaking at the White House, Obama announced changes to the policy that has generated criticism from religious groups and others who say it would force them to violate their faith. Under the changes, religious employers will not have to cover birth control for their employees. Instead, the government will demand that insurance companies be directly responsible for providing free contraception.
More Details Emerge in Josh Powell Case
SEATTLE — Authorities in Washington state are releasing more disturbing details about Josh Powell, the person of interest in his wife’s 2009 disappearance who killed himself and his two children on Sunday. Authorities say before Powell tried to win back custody of his sons last week, Utah police had discovered graphic computer-generated images of parents and children on his computer. That prompted a judge to order a psychosexual evaluation.
Artificial Knees More Common
CHICAGO — New research shows that nearly 1 in 20 Americans older than age 50 are living with artificial knees. It’s the first such estimate and amounts to about 4.5 million people. Experts say it’s important to know the number to help doctors assess future needs for health care resources. People with knee replacements sometimes need additional care for infections, scar tissue and other issues,
Michelle Obama to Promote Childhood Fitness in Dallas
DALLAS — First lady Michelle Obama was in Dallas today as she continues her tour to promote childhood fitness. She’s joined members of the Dallas Cowboys and chefs who were contestants on previous seasons of the Bravo series “Top Chef.” The chefs competed in a healthy cooking contest with students from a Dallas elementary school.
‘No Child Left Behind’ Ruling Criticized
WASHINGTON — Not everyone is applauding the move to waive 10 states from No Child Left Behind. The law requires annual testing of students and districts have to keep a closer eye on how they’re performing. Jeanne Allen of the Center for Education Reform says the law has thrown a valuable spotlight on problem schools. She says giving states more flexibility “without firm consequence” is not reform.