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Friday, March 15,2013
Ennis Daily News
Ex-Harris County DA cleared
of misusing resources
HOUSTON (AP) — A grand jury has declined to
indict former Harris County District Attorney Pat
Lykos over allegations that her office misused pub-
The investigation began with allegations that
prosecutors were investigating grand jurors.
Those grand jurors, in turn, were investigating
Lykos' office over the Houston police's DWI-testing
In February of last year, Texas Rangers raided
the DA's office and carted away documents and
100 attend vigil for 5 killed
in West Texas crash
DUMAS (AP) — Members of a rural Panhandle
community are praying for five teenagers killed
last weekend in a car crash.
The Amarillo Globe-News reports that more
than 100 people attended a candlelight vigil at the
courthouse in Dumas, north of Amarillo. The
teens were killed Sunday in a fiery wreck near
Dumas when the driver ran a stop sign and col-
lided with a fuel tanker.
The driver of the tanker remains in critical con-
Pastor Frank Gordoa of Cornerstone Church
says the deaths have shaken the entire local com-
Killed were Jacob Paul Stipe, 16, of Sunray, Der-
rek Lee Hager and Christopher Lee Moore, both 17
and from Sunray, and October Dawn Roys, 17, and
her younger sister, Elizabeth Kay Roys, 15.
Kissinger addresses DFW
World Affairs Council
DALLAS (AP) — Former Secretary of State
Henry Kissinger visits North Texas for a speaking
Kissinger is to address the World Affairs Coun-
cil of Dallas-Fort Worth at a midday luncheon Fri-
day at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.
Kissinger served as secretary of state in the ad-
ministrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and
Gerald Ford. He executed the policy of detente
with the Soviet Union, engineered diplomatic
recognition of mainland China and negotiated a
ceasefire agreement with North Vietnam that led
to U.S. withdrawal from South Vietnam.
Texas man indicted in deaths
of mother, stepfather
BELTON (AP) — A grand jury has returned a
capital murder indictment against a Central Texas
man in the slayings of his mother and stepfather.
Darrell Wayne Parker remains in Bell County
Jail in Belton with bond set at $1 million. The 42-
year-old Little River man is accused of killing 63-
year-old Cathy Youngblood and her 62-year-old
husband, Chuck Youngblood.
Court records say Parker admitted to shooting
the couple on Jan. 10 at their home in rural Bell
County. Their bodies were found five days later by
officers checking on their welfare at their request
of a friend of the couple.
Parker was stopped later with their vehicle.
Online jail records list no attorney for Parker.
El Paso Democrat
charged with DWI
AUSTIN (AP) — Democratic
state Rep. Naomi Gonzalez was
charged with drunk driving
Thursday following an early
morning downtown accident
that sent her and a bicyclist to a
hospital, authorities said.
The El Paso lawmaker rear-
ended her BMW into a car that
then struck a bicyclist around 2
a.m., Austin police spokesman
Jermaine Kilgore said. Authori-
ties believe neither had life-
Gonzalez, 34, was booked into
Travis County jail on charges of
driving while intoxicated. Jail
records indicate bond was set at
$5,000 and that she had been re-
leased as of Thursday afternoon.
Kilgore said Gonzalez re-
ceived a blood draw and did not
immediately have access to her
recorded blood-alcohol level.
Aides at her Capitol office de-
clined to immediately comment.
Gonzalez first was elected in
2010 and serves on a House
ethics committee. She is a rising
Democrat in the Texas House
who was named freshman of the
year by the Mexican-American
Legislative Caucus last session.
Gonzalez is an attorney who
formerly worked in the domestic
violence unit of the El Paso
County attorney's office, accord-
ing to her campaign website.
Glenn "Butch" Maya, chair-
man of the El Paso County Dem-
ocratic Party, said Gonzalez is
innocent until proven guilty and
he is waiting to speak to her to
find out what happened.
"Any of us can go out and par-
ticipate in partying, have a good
time, but we have to take respon-
sibility for our own actions, es-
pecially people who have been
elected. We answer to a higher
standard," he added.
Lawmakers renew guns-on-campus debate
AUSTIN (AP) — A woman whose unborn child
was killed by a sniper nearly five decades ago in
one of the deadliest campus shootings in Ameri-
can history urged Texas lawmakers Thursday to
reject proposals that would allow concealed hand-
gun license holders to carry their weapons into
college buildings and classrooms.
Claire Wilson James, now 64, was a freshman
at the University of Texas and eight months preg-
nant in 1966 when Charles Whitman lined up his
rifle sights and shot her through the belly as she
was walking the campus plaza. She lay on the
ground for 90 minutes while Whitman, positioned
at the top of the campus tower, killed 17 and
wounded 32 before he was killed.
"A campus is a sacred place ... very open and
vulnerable" that doesn't need more guns, Wilson
James, now an elementary school teacher, said at
a hearing at the state Capitol.
She was among dozens of witnesses testifying
for and against the campus-carry issue, including
several with direct experience with mass shoot-
ings at Fort Hood in 2009 and at Virginia Tech
University in 2006.
Former Army Sgt. Howard Ray was on Fort
Hood when a gunman opened fire near where he
Ray said the shooter fired several shots in his
direction and he couldn't return fire because Fort
Hood policy did not allow him to carry his per-
"I reached for it, and it wasn't there," Ray said.
"That day is a clear message to me that our citi-
zens should never be restricted in their ability to
carry at home, in a university or any other place."
Texas is one of the strongest gun-rights states
in the country and has allowed concealed hand-
gun licenses since 1995. License holders must be
at least 21 years old and pass a training course.
They are allowed to carry their weapons many
places, including the state Capitol where simply
showing their license to security will allow them
to bypass metal detectors.
But college campuses remain off limits for
weapons and the campus-carry question erupted
into one of the most contentious issues of the
2011 session before if failed.
Supporters, including the Texas Rifle Associa-
tion, are pushing the measure again, calling it a
gun rights and self-defense issue. Thursday's
meeting drew a large police presence outside the
committee with at least four state troopers sta-
tioned inside the room or in the hallway.
Texas Tech student David Bloom, who said he
has a concealed handgun license, said he wants
to be allowed to shoot back if someone draws a
gun in one of his classes.
"I'm not advocating vigilante justice. I'm just
asking to be allowed to have something more than
a bail-point pen," to fight back, Bloom said.
Thomas Sovick, who teaches a popular history
of rock and roll class at the University of North
Texas, said he got his concealed handgun license
two years ago because he has been threatened
nine times by students who were either upset by
grades or generally unstable.
He wants to be allowed to carry his .45-caliber
pistol to class.
"I'm not worried about anything happening to
me at home," Sovick said. "The only place I worry
is in the classroom."
Opponents say allowing guns into campus
buildings only increases the chances for violence,
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Man pleads no contest in officer's death
BEAUMONT (AP) — A man has
been sentenced to life in prison with-
out the possibility of parole after
pleading no contest in the death of a
Beaumont police officer killed during
KFDM-TV reports a judge Thurs-
day sentenced 32-year-old John Wes-
ley Nero after he pleaded no contest
to capital murder in the death of Of-
ficer Bryan Herbert, a 10-year vet-
eran of the department.
Police have said the 36-year-old
Herbert was retrieving road spikes
from his trunk to try to stop Nero
when Nero's vehicle struck the patrol
car head-on, pushing it into the offi-
The chase started when an officer
tried to talk to Nero about a distur-
bance earlier that evening at his fam-
ily's Beaumont home.
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Use your feet...and your heart...
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Relay For Life.
Join your community in an overnight fight against cancer!
The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Ennis event will be
held 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. May 17 to May 18,2013 at the Texas Motorplex.
Relay teams will take turns walking, running, or even strolling around the track. The teams
consist of individuals representing corporations, churches, organizations, friends, families, etc.
During the Relay For Life, team members may enjoy games, food, music and camaraderie while
camping out on the surrounding grounds.
At nightfall, all participants will share a special candle lighting ceremony to remember those
individuals who have been affected by cancer. Luminaria named in honor or memory of cancer
patients will be lit and placed around the perimeter of the track. You are invited to support this
effort by having a luminaria lit in honor or memory of an individual and by attending the relay.
Fill out the back of this form and return to a team member or committee member.
Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.
Luminaria Order Form
Please print clearly and check the appropriate box:
□ In Memory of OR □ In Honor of (Print Name)
Team Name, if you are a member of a team
Please have a volunteer make this luminaria
This luminaria has already been made - NOTE: please deliver your finished luminaria prior
to the Relay if possible, via mail or at on of the Relay meeting(s) so that it can be placed in
Please send or give completed form to:
Alexa Martinez, 2303 Sherwood, Ennis, TX 75119 972-816-5831
Courtney Barton, 1001 Biloxi Dr, Apt 3251, Ennis, TX 75119 972-841-6315
Or you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like ACS to send an acknowledgement of the luminaria you purchased, please complete the following:
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Please make checks payable to the American Cancer Society
Luminaria will also be available at the event until 7PM
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