Friday, August 31, 2012

Now they must pay the piper

Gee, maybe this is part of the reason why my Airtron bills are always so high?

2 women paying for stealing on the job
By Guillermo Contreras - Express-News

One San Antonio woman stole more than $455,000 from her employer and spent it pampering herself.

A Garden Ridge woman stole $1.7 million from a local air conditioning company and spent some of it on her trendy fashion boutique.

This week, they both appeared in federal court after a paper trail led investigators to their doors.

The rest of the story:

Get to work Judge

Hunting a judicial scalp are we?

I am not sure why this is so but I also do not know why he went from issuing over 11,000 warrants last year to 23 warrants this year.

Commissioner asks if Justice of the Peace can be sacked
By Nolan Hicks - Express-News

During a budget workshop Thursday, County Commissioner Kevin Wolff inquired if Commissioners Court had the power to remove Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Keith Baker, complaining that Baker has failed to issue enough warrants this fiscal year and lost big money for the county.

From September 2011 through June 2012, the four other justices of the peace have each issued at least 7,000 warrants, while Baker has issued only 23, according to county records. During fiscal year 2010-11, he issued more than 11,000 warrants.

Calls to Baker were not returned Thursday. He also was not present at the county's public safety budget hearing, even though his office was scheduled to be a topic of discussion.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

I pity the stalking fool

Jeeze Dude, let it go already.


Ex-Texas trooper convicted of stalking former wife
Associated Press -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former Texas trooper faces up to 30 years in prison for stalking his ex-wife in a case where a fake online profile of the woman led men to her door expecting sex.

The penalty phase resumes Thursday in Fort Worth for Kevin Safford.

A jury late Wednesday convicted Safford of two counts of stalking and one count of online impersonation. Each count carries a maximum 10-year prison term.

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Only the guilty flee


He just sealed his fate with the jury hasn't he?

I mean innocent folks don't just book from a trial, ya know.

Defendant in Texas rape case disappears from trial
By Juan A. Lozano - Associated Press

LIBERTY, Texas (AP) — One of the men accused in a series of repeated sexual assaults of a young Texas girl disappeared from his trial Wednesday, following a day of emotional testimony from the now 13-year-old girl who cried as a video of one of the encounters was played for jurors.

Testimony continued despite the absence of 20-year-old defendant Eric McGowen, who is one of 14 adults accused of having sex with the girl during a nearly three-month span two years ago. Six juveniles were also charged.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys huddled briefly with Judge Mark Morefield in front of his bench when McGowen failed to return to the courtroom following an afternoon break. The judge then told jurors the trial would go on without him.

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Interesting scheme, I guess.

Ultimately it apparently didn't work out, did it?

NB man indicted on fraud charge
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung staff

A federal grand jury in Harrisburg, Penn., has indicted a New Braunfels man on a charge of criminal conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced the indictment of James Pearson, 37, formerly of Montoursville, Penn., following his arrest Tuesday.

According to a news release, Pearson was formerly employed as a warehouse manager by M-I Swaco, a Houston-based supplier of drilling fluid systems with an office in Watsontown, Penn. M-I Swaco provides services and equipment to natural gas drillers in the Marcellus shale region in Central Pennsylvania.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Poor Baby

That poor baby didn't stand a chance did she?

Trial:  Baby was 'spotted like a leopard'
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News

Prosecutors didn't specifically tell jurors Tuesday that Sarah Mascorro Sifuentes, 34, was the person who beat to death a baby in her care four years ago.

But at the very least she should have sought medical attention for 22-month-old Cyleste Gonzales much sooner than she did, they contended as Sifuentes' trial began for injury to a child by omission causing serious bodily injury — a first-degree felony that carries the same punishment range as murder.

Emergency responders were called to Sifuentes' Northwest Side apartment in October 2008 — five months after she had taken in Cyleste and her 4-year-old brother for their mother, who was serving time in prison on a drug charge.

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Issac! Please come West, young man!!

We sure can use the rain!!

Hurricane Issac makes landfall in La.
Associated Press -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Isaac raked the Louisiana coast and headed for a shuttered New Orleans late Tuesday, with brutal timing that made up for much of what it lacked in punch.

Just hours shy of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Isaac's approach left deserted streets from New Orleans' famous French Quarter to Tampa 480 miles away, where Republican conventioneers pressed on with only a passing mention of the storm's arrival.

A Category 1 hurricane with winds at 80 mph, Isaac came ashore at 6:45 p.m. CDT near the mouth of the Mississippi River in southeastern Louisiana, drenching a sparsely populated neck of land that stretches into the Gulf of Mexico. But the worst was still to come as the slow-moving storm chugged along on a track that would take it just west of New Orleans, roughly 70 miles to the north.

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Spray the ever-living crap out of it everywhere!

OK  I vote for spraying pesticides.

A second person in San Antonio has died from the West Nile Virus
By Don Finley - Express-News

A 78-year-old woman died last week of West Nile virus, San Antonio's second fatality in two weeks from the infection, health officials said Tuesday.

The woman's death brings to eight the number of confirmed local cases and comes amid the worst resurgence of West Nile since it was first identified in the United States in 1999.

Seven of the eight cases had the neuroinvasive form of the illness, the most serious kind.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ready to Rumble

So let me see.....

One agency is suing another agency (or one political entity is suing another political entity).

Who wins?  The lawyers being paid and billing against tax-payer and rate-payer funds.

The losers?  Why us of course, silly.

SAWS joins suit against EAA
By Coilin McDonald - Express-News

The board of the San Antonio Water System voted Monday to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the League of Latin American Citizens against the Edwards Aquifer Authority.

LULAC argued EAA's districts represent minority voters in San Antonio unfairly in favor of rural voters living outside Bexar County.

The EAA argues its districts were created by the state legislature, so LULAC should sue the state.

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Murder over a vandalized Cadillac

Car damage does not equal the taking of a life.

Vandalized Cadillac owner gets 25 years for shooting
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News

A Cadillac owner who participated in the attempted shooting of a man who allegedly threw a large rock through the windshield of his prized vehicle was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday for the accidental slaying of an 18-year-old woman.

Henry Olivarez, 23, agreed in June to forgo a murder trial and instead have state District Judge Juanita Vasquez-Gardner determine a sentence of between five and 30 years in prison for the June 2010 death of Iris Mejia, 18.

Co-defendant Jacob Barrera, 20, also took a plea in June — agreeing to a 30-year term.

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Hi! Can I have all your personal identifiers? Oh don't worry you can trust me.

No wonder I kept getting e-mails and text messages from Generations FCU.

I don't even do business with them.

Reports of scams increase in S.A.
By Patrick Danner - Express-News

Officials at some San Antonio financial institutions say they lately have received an increasing number of reports of scams bent on getting customers to give up their personal financial information.

Generations Federal Credit Union, San Antonio Federal Credit Union and Jefferson Bank are among local institutions hearing from customers who've been asked via phone, email or text for account numbers, personal identification numbers and other personal information.

“It goes on all the time for everybody, but we have certainly seen an uptick over the last three weeks,” said Mike Rehm, senior operations officer with Jefferson Bank.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Where reality meets science fiction?

Okay, this is just really scary, creepy.

What about your Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the upcoming Brave New World?

Scientists successfully 'hack' brain to obtain private data
By Peter V. Milo - CBS Seattle

BERKELEY, Calif. (CBS Seattle) – It sounds like something out of the movie “Johnny Mnemonic,” but scientists have successfully been able to “hack” a brain with a device that’s easily available on the open market.

Researchers from the University of California and University of Oxford in Geneva figured out a way to pluck sensitive information from a person’s head, such as PIN numbers and bank information.

The scientists took an off-the-shelf Emotiv brain-computer interface, a device that costs around $299, which allows users to interact with their computers by thought.

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Babying the Wide Receiver

Well, I guess you would too, if for nothing else but to protect your investment of time and money in him.

Why, however does it seem Dallas gets all these folks with great talent and so little brains?

Cowboys' Bryant told to pass up drinking, strip clubs
By Tom Osborn - Express-News

ARLINGTON — The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly enacted a strict set of behavioral rules for mercurial wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Among the guidelines are prohibitions on alcohol and strip clubs, reported. Citing sources, the website also reported the third-year pro must adhere to a midnight curfew and attend twice weekly counseling sessions.

Bryant, 23, also will be driven to all practices, games and team functions by a rotating three-man security team that will be hired by the player's adviser, David Wells.

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This is what happens if you do not consider all of the consequences when you pass a law.

Little things like do we really want to house prostitutes in prison at an approximate cost of $6.3 Million a year?

Texas may reconsider sending prostitutes to Prison

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The expense of housing hundreds of prisoners with prostitution records could force Texas to reconsider a state law that allows prosecutors to charge prostitutes with a felony after three misdemeanor convictions.

The Austin American-Statesman reported on Sunday that more than 350 prostitutes currently occupy bunks in state prisons, and some officials are wondering whether that makes sense.

"It's nuts that we've got this many prostitutes in prison, people that we're not afraid of, but we're just mad at," state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, told the newspaper. All the state is doing is "warehousing" people who would be better served getting treatment "so they can get out and stay out of this business," he added.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012


Tax access to the Internet?

No doubt brought to you by that party of transparency and accessibility, the Democratic Party.

FCC eyes tax on Internet service
By Brendan Sasso - The Hill

The Federal Communications Commission is eyeing a proposal to tax broadband Internet service.

The move would funnel money to the Connect America Fund, a subsidy the agency created last year to expand Internet access.

The FCC issued a request for comments on the proposal in April. Dozens of companies and trade associations have weighed in, but the issue has largely flown under the public's radar.

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Git a rope!

Naah, hanging's too good for him.

Let's wait at least until he is found guilty beyod a reasonable doubt then send him to prison.

Man arrested on charges of sexually assaulting two girls
By  Michelle Casady - Express-News

A 26-year-old man who police arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault of two girls, ages 8 and 13, remained in the Bexar County Jail on Saturday.

Geoffrey Joseph Mosel was arrested on two warrants Friday and bond was set at $150,000.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the girls told an older female relative about the abuse and said Mosel threatened to kill them and their families if they told anyone.

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His death was ruled as a justifiable homicide

I thought crime was up.

S.A.'s homicide rate is up 22% this year
By Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News

As the number of homicides has climbed 22 percent this year in San Antonio, the death of Isaac Champion in April is one of six that was ruled “justified.”

He and his girlfriend had been fighting when she called the police, but he left before they arrived so he could cool off, his mother said.

When he returned, the fight resumed and the woman sent a text message to a friend, Krystan Rios, asking for help, according to a police report.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Crunch time!

Dear Readers

It has been an incredibly busy week and the hits just keep coming!  

Please bear with me, I will be taking my daughter back to school tomorrow as well, which entails me driving avross a good deal of Texas and back tomorrow.

I will probably not post until Sunday.

Have a great weekend!


Man o' Law

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Oh noes!!

Great, we're all effed now.

San Antonio violates federal air quality standards 
By Colin McDonald - Express-News

After years of teetering on the edge of federal ozone standards, San Antonio has joined the ranks of Houston and Dallas in violating the Environmental Protection Agency standard for clean air.

On Tuesday, ozone readings at Camp Bullis and Marshall High School in the north of the county were at 76 parts per billion, just over the EPA limit of 75 ppb.

Increased air pollution from the oil and gas boom of the Eagle Ford Shale is believed to be a factor, in addition to local sources and pollution coming from Mexico, East Texas and the East Coast.

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A Sanduskyite?

Sick bastard.

Police: Man admitted inappropriately touching two young girls
By Michelle Casady - Express-News

A 72-year-old man who police say admitted he inappropriately touched two young girls was released from the Bexar County Jail on Wednesday after posting $125,000 bail.

Bill Joe Tucker was arrested on two counts of indecency with a child by contact.

Police say Tucker told them in an interview Aug. 10 that he had touched a girl's genitals “several times throughout the years,” and also confessed to inappropriately touching her older sister, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

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Comal County round-up

Busy times, busy times.

Suspected child sex abuse, assaults, thefts among Grand Jury cases
By Dalondo Moultrie - New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung

NEW BRAUNFELS — Sexual abuse of a child, assaults with deadly weapons and theft from a children’s soccer league are among the allegations that a Comal County grand jury this month found enough evidence to indict suspects.

Grand jurors met Aug. 15 and handed up 24 separate indictments against 25 people.

Jennifer Tharp, Comal County criminal district attorney, released a list of the names and charges Tuesday. Along with the names of the defendants, Tharp announced the assistant district attorneys who will be handling each case.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rest in Peace

How truly sad that nobody apparently missed him for several days.

Body found in Pearl Brewery smokestack
By Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News

A man believed to be a construction worker whose family told police he'd been missing for days was found dead at the bottom of a smokestack Tuesday at the Pearl Brewery.

Workers detected a foul odor and called police to the 300 block of Pearl Parkway just before 1 p.m.

Inside the brewery's iconic smokestack, police found the body of a man who apparently had been dead for some time, police Sgt. Javier Salazar said.

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Local Sandusky?

More grist for the sex offender mill.

New Braunfels man indicted on child indecency charges
By Dalondo Moultrie New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung  

NEW BRAUNFELS — A New Braunfels man was arrested earlier this month in connection with a pair of sealed indictments accusing him of indecency with a child, officials said.  

Deputies from the Comal County Sheriff’s Office arrested Clovis Douglas Cooper Jr., 49, at his home in the 1200 block of River Acres in New Braunfels, CCSO Lt. Mark Reynolds said. He said deputies picked up Cooper about 5:15 p.m. Aug. 6 without incident.

Reynolds said New Braunfels Police Department detectives filed the case in Guadalupe County that led to Cooper’s arrest.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Royal Hangover?

Good for him!

Its Vegas, Baby!!

Prince Harry races Ryan Lochte at 3 a.m. in Vegas pool full of bikini-clad girls 
By Nancy Dillon - NY Daily News 

Prince Harry tried to end Ryan Lochte’s championship reign Monday, duking it out with the Olympic hero in an after-hours race at a boozy Las Vegas pool party.

The wild Windsor jumped in the water around 3 a.m. still wearing his jeans and cleared a path through the Wynn hotel’s XS Nightclub pool, exclusive video obtained by the Daily News shows.

A bevy of bikini-clad beauties watched as Lochte counted to three on his left hand and blasted to a quick lead over the 27-year-old playboy prince.

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Look out Instant Karma's gonna get you

Man, that karma's a bitch, Baby!

Murder suspect in ICU after car wreck
By Felicia Frazar - Seguin Gazette

GUADALUPE COUNTY — The man accused of killing a Gonzales girl in an alcohol-related accident last year is in a San Antonio hospital after being a passenger in a vehicle that authorities say may have been driven by a drunk driver.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Robert Haiyasoso said Cody Lorenz, 21, was one of four occupants of a vehicle that wrecked Saturday evening on Schuenemann Road.
“It appears that the vehicle crossed into the opposite lane and over corrected, causing the vehicle to go into a side skid, drive off the road and hit a tree,” Haiyasoso said after reading the report.

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You're freaking kidding me, right?

Aw!  How sweet!

Police: Man proposed marriage to girlfriend after Family Dollar robbery
Sean Foxx, Treila Woods charged with aggravated robbery 

SAN ANTONIO - Police say a man identified as Sean Foxx, 27, proposed to his girlfriend, Treila Woods, 24, after the pair had just been arrested in connection with an aggravated robbery at a Family Dollar Store.

Investigators said Foxx was in a getaway car outside the store Monday morning waiting for Woods to come out.

Store managers claim Woods was shoplifting and attempted to stop her as she was leaving through a broken door. Foxx saw what happened and then went inside, police said.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

You Sir are an Idiot!


You're a moron too.

Senate candidate's comments on rape stir outcry
Associated Press -

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, a conservative Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, sparked a furor and earned a rebuke from Mitt Romney's campaign after saying that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in "a legitimate rape" and that conception is rare in such cases.

Akin, a six-term congressman running against incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill, was asked in an interview broadcast Sunday on St. Louis television station KTVI if he would support abortions for women who have been raped.

"It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," Akin said. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," Akin said of a rape victim's chances of becoming pregnant.

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Fatal leap

Geeze I drove thru there about 6:45 this morning.

Man leaps to his death on 1604
by Greg Anglin - Express-News

A man died this morning after he jumped from the Green Mountain Road overpass onto westbound Loop 1604 and was run over by an 18-wheeler and several other vehicles, WOAI radio says.

Police said the man was sitting on the overpass railing about 7 a.m. when officers approached to ask him what he was doing. He then jumped and was immediately hit by the truck, police said.

That section of 1604 has been closed, backing up traffic on the Northeast Side, the station says.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Thank you DA Susan Reed

Good work!

Kudos to Madame DA, Susan Reed!

Gang targeted on the East Side
By Guillermo Contreras - Express-News

A new gang injunction makes it illegal for some suspected members of a violent street gang to congregate within a 1-square-mile area on the East Side that for years has been plagued by gang violence and drug dealing.

Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed filed a petition Thursday seeking a temporary restraining order — a civil court measure — against 16 documented members of various sects of the “Bloods” gang.

One of those named is a juvenile.

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You cannot afford it.

State troopers targeting drunken drivers
By Michelle Casady - Express-News

Expect to see more state troopers on the roads locally and across the state between today and Labor Day as they launch a crackdown on drunken driving.

“What we're doing is putting every available trooper out on the roadways,” said Trooper Jason Reyes with the Texas Department of Public Safety. “Even those individuals who are usually behind a desk in the office will be on patrol.”

Reyes said grant funding from the Texas Department of Transportation allows the troopers to step up enforcement a week ahead of the holiday weekend.

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On time

Apparently not a moment too soon.

Work begins on new Comal County's children's advocacy center
By Dalondo Moultrie New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung 

NEW BRAUNFELS — Children’s Advocacy Center of Comal County’s new building is well into construction, and, from the looks of recent spikes in services the non-profit provides, it appears to be happening none too soon.

CACCC executive director Trendy Sharp said the organization finished its fundraising efforts in January for the building, which is being built at 1168 Pride Drive in New Braunfels. She said the 6,500-square-foot edifice is scheduled for completion this autumn.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

At least 5 more victims

The Mexican Drug War continues to ravage Mexico.

5 dismembered bodies found in Northern Mexico
Associated Press -

DURANGO, Mexico (AP) — State prosecutors in Mexico say at least five dismembered bodies have been found in Durango. That northern state is the scene of a bloody drug cartel rivalry.

The state attorney general's office says the bodies of four men and a woman were found in 12 plastic bags Friday morning in the town of Gomez Palacio.

Durango has long been synonymous with Mexico's powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, but officials have told The Associated Press that the once orderly and brutally efficient gang is being torn by an internal power struggle in the state.

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Two shot in New Braunfels

They were airlifted to SAMMC for their treatment.

New Braunfels shooting puts two in SAMMC
By Nolan Hicks - Express-News

Two men were shot in a New Braunfels pub just before midnight late Friday evening and were air lifted to the San Antonio Military Medical Center for treatment.

According to New Braunfels police, officers arrived at Big Al's Garden, a bar about a mile southeast of downtown near Interstate 35, at 11:58 p.m. in response to a report of a shooting.

The victims, two men in their late 20's and early 30's, were located a short time later at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels.

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A tragic fire

I do not know if this tragedy could have been averted had she been a licensed and registered facility for assisted living and housing.

However, I would like to think it would not have happened.

To the four tenants who perished, Rest in Peace, Gentlemen.

Fatal-fire site lacked permit
By Tracy Idell Hamilton - Express-News

The home in which four men perished and nine more narrowly escaped shouldn't have even been occupied, city officials said Friday.

Nancy Murrah, owner of the Amistad Residential Facility that went up in flames Wednesday, did not have a certificate of occupancy, which is required for commercial buildings — including assisted living facilities and boarding homes.

“We didn't even know she was there,” City Attorney Michael Bernard said.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

A two fer

I'd say it's unusual.

BTW that's James Morrison's photo; he allegedly killed two women shot another, killing her unborn child.

2 death penalty trials set to start in San Antonio
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News

The weeks-long jury selection process is set to begin today for the death penalty trial of James Davis Morrison, who is accused of shooting three women — killing two of them as well as the sole survivor's unborn child.

Meanwhile, jury selection finished this week and testimony is expected to begin Monday for the death penalty trial of Lorenzo Leroy Thompson, who authorities said was a purse snatcher arrested in April 2010 after a woman chasing him jumped onto his pickup and died when he wrecked it.

It is unusual for San Antonio to have two death penalty trials at once.

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Hot Buns!!

She must not be from around Texas if she goes and sits down on a black bench in the full summer heat.

Woman sues Cowboys over burned buttocks
By Greg Anglin Express-News

A Dallas Cowboys fan is suing owner Jerry Jones and the team over severe burns to her backside she says she got after sitting on a bench outside Cowboys Stadium, reports.

Jennelle Carrillo of Cleburne “sat down on this black bench, outside an entrance and unfortunately she suffered third-degree burns as a result of it and had subsequent skin grafts,” said her lawyer, Michael Wash.

The alleged incident occurred in August 2010, when Carrillo attended the Blue & Silver scrimmage. Temperatures that day reportedly were more than 100 degrees, CBSDFW says.

Sketchy buyer

Always be wary on Craigslist.

Craigslist 'buyer' turns out to be carjacker
By Greg Anglin - Express-News

After posting an ad on Craigslist, a local couple thought they had a man interested in their SUV. Turns out he was, but not in buying it, WOAI-TV reports.

The couple told WOAI that the man drove with the couple in their 2004 Nissan Murano on Tuesday afternoon to an apartment near Rampart street. He said he needed to pick up the rest of the money for the Murano at his sister’s house.

Instead, the couple said the man pulled a gun and forced them out of the car, threatening to kill them if they didn’t cooperate. He made off with the SUV and the woman’s purse and cellphone.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Speaking truth to power

Guy's got some big ones.

Iowa deli co-owner caters for Obama vist, but his shirt tells a different story
By Amy Gardner - Washington Post

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Ross Murty likes business, but he doesn’t like President Obama.

And so the co-owner of the Village Corner Deli here agreed to cater Obama’s visit Wednesday — but not before donning a T-shirt blaring the message: “Government didn’t build my business. I did.”

It was a reference to a remark Obama made several weeks ago that his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, has seized upon to portray Obama as anti-business. Obama, referring to the help government provides to businesses by building roads and providing education and other services, said, “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that."

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Wrongful arrest?

Probably not going to be found to be that way I think.

Purported ID-theft victim sues DPS, saying they wrongfully arrested her
By Guillermo Contreras - Express-News

An Austin woman has sued the Texas Department of Public Safety and two officers in San Antonio, claiming they bungled an identity-theft investigation and it resulted in her wrongful arrest, loss of her job and forced her to spend months to try to clear her name.

“We feel this was a breach of trust,” Melanie Lee Tipps, 29, said in an interview Wednesday. “We put a lot of faith in our officers and this has really changed my perspective.”

DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said he didn't know whether the agency had seen the lawsuit, but said DPS typically does not comment on pending litigation.

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Justice manifestly delayed

This has now crossed over to the point of being farcical and embarrassing.

His 13 victims lie in their graves waiting on justice to be served.

Hasan attempts to plead guilty in fatal rampage at Ft. Hood
By Sig Christenson - Express-News

Nearly three years after being called the triggerman behind the worst shooting ever on a U.S. military post, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan filed a statement with the court Wednesday saying he was guilty.

Wearing a scruffy beard that has prompted the judge to fine him five times, Hasan entered a motion stating that he wished to plead guilty for religious reasons.

The defense submitted a written motion that the judge, Col. Gregory Gross, quickly denied. Gross, who is barred by military law from accepting a guilty plea in capital cases, said he'd enter a not-guilty plea instead.

Before arguments could be made from both sides on that, a military appeals court intervened, delaying proceedings while it resolves a dispute over Hasan's beard. The court-martial was to start Monday.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Indestructo Woman!

Holy smokes!

And she lived!

Police:  Possible attempted suicide closes highway for hours
By Michelle Casady - Express-News

A woman in her 20s who police believe attempted to commit suicide by stepping in front of a moving 18-wheeler on U.S. Highway 90 Tuesday night was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Sgt. Fidel Acosta said witnesses saw the woman crossing U.S. 90 East when she stopped in the middle lane as an H-E-B truck came toward her.

Acosta said the driver of the truck slammed on the breaks (I am sure the reporter meant brakes) but couldn't avoid hitting her with the front right of the rig. The woman was thrown into the air and landed on the highway's shoulder.

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Well at least it wasn't like she woke up to find a dude on top of her

More car/house interactions.

Its a veritable epidemic!!

Woman wakes to find car on top of her

A Harris County woman was sleeping early today when a car crashed into her bedroom, KHOU-TV says.

The car bounced off a telephone pole and then a pickup before going airborne into the mobile home, deputies said. The car landed on top of the woman in her bed.

She was hospitalized after suffering burns from the car, but was expected to make a full recovery, the station says.

The rest of the story: (Links to original article)

Cozy up to the wealthy land-owners much?


How nice it is for the Tax Assessor-Collector to withdraw the property from the foreclosure sale in August.

How nice it must be to have a Republican in that office to look out for the interest of the wealthy land-owners in the 1%; while sticking it to the little guys.

Wait!  What!!  She's a Democrat!!??  Oh well never mind.

Oh and yes, she is a Democratic candidate for Congress too!

3 Rim entities owe Bexar almost $5M
By Patrick Danner - Express-News

Three entities affiliated with The Rim shopping center's Georgia developer are delinquent on property taxes totaling almost $5 million, according to Bexar County.

One 24-acre acre tract, where the Bass Pro Shops store is located, owes about $3.7 million in unpaid taxes dating to 2008, the county reports.

Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Sylvia Romo had scheduled the parcel for an Aug. 7 foreclosure auction but pulled it four days before the sale.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

No more beers! NO MORE BEERS!!

Is it possible for him to be even more petty on the campaign trail?

He'd have to be even lower than this.

Four more beers! Obama buys Budweiser beer for Iowa State Fair voters
The Washington Examiner -

President Obama stopped by the Iowa State Fair yesterday and bought voters beer at the Bud Tent.

“Hey everyone who's over 21, you gotta buy a beer!” Obama said, according to the pool report, as he stopped by the party tent where one person was holding a Romney sign

When asked if he was buying, Obama said, “Let me see what’s in my wallet.”

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Off with 'er head!

Really?  Scolding her for having an Egg McMuffin?

The Queen has spoken!!

Michelle Obama scolds Olympic hero Gabby Douglas for eating an Egg McMuffin
NewsBusters -

America's newest Olympics gymnastics star Gabby Douglas got scolded Monday night by first lady Michelle Obama for eating a celebratory Egg McMuffin at McDonald's after the competition was over.

This occurred on NBC's Tonight Show with host Jay Leno acting as the devil on Douglas's shoulder congratulating her for the splurge.

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Knock, knock, honk, honk

What? Another trend?

Rash of crashes 'just coincidence'
By Ana Ley - Express-News

A San Antonio fire official says it's just happenstance that four vehicles have crashed into houses in as many days, including two Monday within hours of each other.

If the crashes have anything in common, it's that all the buildings were on corners and three were caused by teenage drivers. Every house ended up with major damage, and when people were inside, no one was injured.

Typically, the department handles about one crash into a building per month.

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Troubled lawyer

Her troubles are only going to get worse particularly after the trial.

S.A. lawyer ordered held without bond
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News

A still-practicing San Antonio attorney awaiting trial for allegations she embezzled from her grandmother was ordered Monday to return to jail without bond after prosecutors noted another arrest last week for driving while intoxicated.

Michelle Lorenz Valicek, 54, is set to go to trial next month on a first-degree felony misapplication of fiduciary property charge. Authorities said she took more than $500,000 six years ago while managing a large inheritance that had been recently received by Margaret Lorenz, who had dementia.

Valicek, whose first DWI was in April 2011, had more than three times the legal limit for intoxication when arrested again last week, prosecutors told visiting Judge George Godwin Monday. Her driver's license had been suspended since before the arrests.

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Monday, August 13, 2012




Butter popcorn chemical linked to Alzheimer's
CBS News -

NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) - An ingredient used in artificial butter flavoring for popcorn may worsen the effects of an abnormal brain protein that’s been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

A new study in Chemical Research in Toxicology examined diacetyl (DA), an ingredient used to produce the buttery flavor and smell in microwave popcorn, margarine, candy, baked goods and even pet food. It is also created naturally in fermented drinks like beer, and gives some chardonnay wines its buttery taste, according to the study.

Scientists at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis conducted an analysis of DA, a chemical which previously has been linked to respiratory problems in employees at microwave popcorn and food-flavoring factories. They found that DA has a structure that’s similar to a substance that makes beta-amyloid proteins. Too much amyloid that clumps together to form plaques are a tell-tale marker of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain. The researchers wanted to see whether DA would clump those proteins in a similar fashion to form plaques.

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Well, here we go.

I hope they have been "rehabbed" enough.

Rehab cited as reason for fewer inmates
Austin American-Statesman

AUSTIN — In July, Texas' prison system posted its lowest head count in five years, even as the state's overall population continued to grow quickly.

Instead of 156,500 prisoners behind bars in Texas' 111 state prisons a year ago, the lockups now hold just more than 154,000 — a drop of about 2,500, according to state statistics.

Texas, which historically has had one of the highest incarceration rates per capita of the 50 states, is now in fourth place, down from second two years ago.

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Dodge City?

People dodging bullets on a main street in San Antonio on a Sunday afternoon.

This is getting to be like Tombstone.

Where's Wyatt Earp or Dirty Harry when you need them.

Stray gunfire hits cars of unsuspecting motorists
By Michelle Mondo - Express-News

An elderly woman was nearly hit by a bullet and an SUV with a family inside was also struck by stray gunfire during a drive-by shooting on Walzem Road Sunday afternoon.

No one was injured.

Witnesses told police the shooter was a passenger in a car headed west on Walzem. The gunfire began around 2 p.m. near the Sonic at the Walzem Road and Interstate 35 North exit. The passenger fired out of his window at another car, that wasn't believed to be hit, but there was little description of the two cars involved.

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