‘That’s going to get somebody killed’: West Texas becomes latest border battleground for immigration
The increasing tension has rattled the Del Rio area and conservatives nationwide, who have made it their battleground for border policy just as residents prepare for hunting season, when they fear shootings may erupt.latimes.com
Detroit man released from prison after judge dismisses charges in 1994 murder conviction
On Thursday, Feb. 4, the now-45-year-old became a free man -- a moment his daughter Nakira Fantroy has been waiting for. Smith was convicted of first-degree murder and felony firearm on Nov. 29, 1994, in the death of Kenneth Hayes when Smith was only 19 years old. There was no conclusive forensic evidence that linked Mr. Smith to the case,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. “There was testimony in the case from a jail house informant claiming that Smith had confessed the murder to him. The dismissal of charges comes after an investigation by Prosecutor Kym Worthy and the WCPO Conviction Integrity Unit, headed by director Valerie Newman.
Pastor killed in shooting at Texas church; 2 other people hurt
A pastor was killed and two other people were hurt in a shooting at an East Texas church on Sunday, CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reports. The Smith County Sheriff's Office said they responded to a shooting at Starrville Methodist Church, about 15 miles northeast of Tyler, at around 9:20 a.m. local time. Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said the suspected shooter had been involved in a pursuit on Saturday night that lasted about two hours. On Sunday morning, the pastor of Starrville Methodist Church was confronted by the suspect at the church, according to Smith. The pastor and another person were then shot before the suspect allegedly stole the pastor's vehicle and left the scene, Smith said.cbsnews.com
Sheriff: Pastor dead, 2 hurt in shooting at Texas church
WINONA, Texas – A 21-year-old man who hid from police in an East Texas church was charged with first-degree murder and felony assault in a shooting that left the pastor dead and two other people injured Sunday, a local sheriff said. Authorities believe the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Mytrez Deunte Woolen of Marshall, Texas, broke into the church after police had left the area around 2 a.m. Sunday. Pastor Mark Allen McWilliams, 62, drew a gun and ordered Woolen to stop, Smith said, but Woolen grabbed the weapon and began shooting with it. Smith said the pastor, his wife and two other people were in the church at the time. It's unclear exactly when Woolen entered the church in Starrville, near Winona, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Dallas.
Civil War dead honored
The reading of 440 names of veterans from Monroe County who died during the Civil War were read during a closing ceremony Sunday for an impressive 10-day "Field of Honor" flag display at the River Raisin National Battlefield. The Monroe County Historical Museum compiled the list of the fallen, said Larry Smith, president of the Monroe Exchange Club that hosted the exhibit along with the battlefield. "I think it was a success based on the large amount of feedback we got," the president said after the ceremony. "We wanted to do something special to celebrate the anniversary and to celebrate with the community, not just in house. Immediately after the ceremony, club members took down the flags and a large tent that was damaged by the windstorm.monroenews.com
Civil War dead honored at Battlefield
The closing ceremony took place Sunday for the “Field of Honor” flag display at the River Raisin National Battlefield. The reading of 440 names of veterans from Monroe County who died during the Civil War were read during a closing ceremony Sunday for an impressive 10-day “Field of Honor” flag display at the River Raisin National Battlefield. The Monroe County Historical Museum compiled the list of the fallen, said Larry Smith, president of the Monroe Exchange Club that hosted the exhibit along with the battlefield. Immediately after the ceremony, club members took down the flags and a large tent that was damaged by the windstorm. “It was a scramble to take down the flags in that wind.”About a dozen persons who bought flags picked them up.monroenews.com
Enormous California wildfire threatens desert homes near LA
At 165 square miles (427 square kilometers), the Bobcat Fire is one of the largest ever in Los Angeles County after burning for more than two weeks. Evacuation orders and warnings are in place for thousands of residents in foothill and desert areas, where semi-rural homes and a popular nature sanctuary have burned. Erratic winds that drove flames into the community of Juniper Hills over the weekend had died down, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Larry Smith. He had worked with the U.S. Forest Service for 14 years. “Charlie was a well-respected leader who was always there for his squad and his crew at the toughest times,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen.
'Shop early': US Christmas trees supplies tight, prices up
Christmas tree supplies are tight again this year across the United States, depending upon location and seller. The best advice, said Amy Start, executive director of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association, is simple: "Shop early." Missouri Christmas Tree Association President Steve Meier said that by late December, "there's still going to be Christmas trees left that haven't been chosen." According to the National Christmas Tree Association, a real tree last year cost $78 on average, up $3 from 2017. Artificial Christmas trees now represent 70% of all trees in U.S. homes.chicagotribune.com