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Carthage man gets 318 years in child sex assaults

A Carthage man was sen tenced to 318 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to child sex assault charges.

Leldon Owen Momon II, 20, admitted to six charges of ag gravated sexual assault of a child and six charges of sexual assault of a child, according to the Panola County District Attorney’s Office.

He received 33 years in prison for each count of aggravated sexual assault and 20 years for each count of sexual assault, officials said.

“The police department did an outstanding job of putting together a great case,” District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson said in a statement. “Their good work has helped to remove a sexual predator from our streets.”

Read more: http://www.news-journal.com/news/2015/jul/02/man-pleads-guilty-to-child-sexual-assault/ (Longview News-Journal)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Jul 3, 2015, 03:24 AM (0 replies)

Palestinian Authority arrests 100 Hamas members in West Bank

Source: AP

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian Authority forces arrested 100 Hamas members in the West Bank in the biggest raid of its kind in years.

It was the biggest mass arrest in one night since 2007 when Palestinians split after the Islamic militant group Hamas violently ousted forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas from Gaza, leaving him governing just parts of the West Bank.

Hamas spokesman Husam Badran said in a statement the arrests were meant to stop the recent spate of deadly Palestinian attacks against Israelis.

He accused Palestinian security forces of working for Israel and said the militant group holds Abbas personally responsible. Hamas will continue attacks against Israelis in the West Bank, he said.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/palestinian-authority-arrests-100-hamas-members-west-bank-065612597.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Jul 3, 2015, 03:17 AM (0 replies)

El Paso Chihuahuas rally in ninth to beat Fresno Grizzlies

The Fresno Grizzlies' pitching staff lived on the edge all night long Thursday night against the El Paso Chihuahuas.

The Chihuahuas finally broke through in the ninth, rallying for three runs to edge the Grizzlies 6-5 on Benji Gonzalez's game-winning RBI single in front of 9,231 fans at Southwest University Park.

Entering the ninth, El Paso had 11 hits and loaded the bases three times but had just the three runs.

But in the final inning, the Chihuahuas had four hits and two walks off reliever and losing pitcher, Jose Veras. First baseman Jason Hagerty delivered the first RBI single to cut the lead to 5-4, then catcher Rocky Gale singled on a hard shot that bounced of Veras to shortstop Jonathan Villar that brought in a run to set up Gonzalez' heroics. Hagerty scored the winning run.

Read more: http://www.elpasotimes.com/sports/ci_28427898/chihuahuas-rally-three-ninth-win

Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Jul 3, 2015, 03:14 AM (0 replies)

Follow-up: Ex-Galveston judge arrested, charged with online harassment


Photo By Galveston County Sheriffs Office
Former county Court-at-Law Judge Christopher Dupuy was arrested in Galveston and his bail was set at $600,000.



GALVESTON – A former state judge from Galveston County forced from office in 2013 was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of online harassment for allegedly placing fake online ads indicating two former girlfriends were available for sex-for-hire, according to authorities and court documents.

Former County Court-at-Law Judge Christopher Dupuy was arrested in Galveston and his bail set at $600,000, said Col. Ray Tuttoilmondo, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

The investigation was launched by the Harris County Sheriff's Office, but a spokesman for that agency was unavailable for comment. Dupuy filled out a form requesting that an attorney be appointed for him as well as a pauper's oath showing that he cannot afford an attorney. The forms show that he claimed an income of $1,000 per week as an attorney but had a zero balance in his banking and savings accounts.

A search warrant affidavit served last week by Harris County deputies at Dupuy's home in League City alleged that the former judge put up the fake online ads.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/bayarea/article/Former-Galveston-judge-arrested-on-Internet-6363961.php

Earlier threads:
Indicted Galveston judge arrested again Aug 2013
Judge Dupuy (Galveston) faces more allegations Jun 2013
Galveston Judge Christopher Dupuy indicted again and arrested again Jun 2013
Galveston judge suspended by state after arrest May 2013
Galveston judge may 'hurt or kill someone,' fellow judge says (updated 5/22/13) Feb 2013
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 2, 2015, 09:37 PM (0 replies)

“Granting Rights to Perverts:” Texans Still Homophobic Despite Marriage Equality



For most of us (especially here in the progressive blogosphere), the mood since last week’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage has been jubilant. Gay couples’ joy has been infectious as we’ve celebrated their civil rights.

Sure, Texas politicians have been reacting negatively–from Ken Paxton’s legal antics to the Dixiecrat-adjacent reactions of much of the Republican party–but it can be easy to write those off as the tantrums of people grasping for relevance (especially when we’re caught up in our own exuberant celebrations.)

However, Texas politicians aren’t the only ones reacting with hate. Plenty of everyday Texans are responding to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling with homophobic vitriol. One need only look at the online reactions to news about marriage equality to see how hateful some Texans can be.

East Texas has, unsurprisingly, been the worst of the bunch. When the ruling came out, several East Texas counties still refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Commenters on news stories out of East Texas have reflected that same attitude. Take, for example, this commenter calling gay people “perverts” when the Tyler, TX Fox affiliate announced the ruling:

Read more: http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/30343/granting-rights-to-perverts-texans-still-homophobic-despite-marriage-equality
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 2, 2015, 09:25 PM (1 replies)

Carjacking suspect escapes during Wayland Baptist University-Albuquerque search


Kevin Folse, 30. (MDC)

A carjacking suspect escaped from police during an hours-long search that shut down a northeast Albuquerque university Thursday afternoon, according to a department spokesman.

Officer Tanner Tixier said Kevin Folse, 30, ran inside one of the buildings on the Wayland Baptist University campus near San Pedro and Indian School NE after he allegedly carjacked someone earlier in the day.

The university was quickly put on lockdown and some people in the building were evacuated, Tixier said.

Officers called in the SWAT team, who searched the building, but Folse wasn’t inside, he said.

Read more: http://www.abqjournal.com/607093/news/police-search-for-carjacking-suspect-near-ne-abq-university.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 2, 2015, 09:14 PM (0 replies)

Five barges break loose on Mississippi River near Gramercy; two containing caustic soda sink

Source: Baton Rouge Advocate

Two of the five barges that broke loose on the Mississippi River on Thursday afternoon in St. James Parish have sunk and contain hazardous caustic soda, the St. James Parish sheriff said.

Sheriff Willy Martin Jr. said deputies have told municipalities with drinking water intakes on the river to monitor water from the river in case the caustic soda has made it downstream.

The other three barges that broke free have been contained and are under control, Martin said, though one has capsized.

Martin said he did not know what is in the other three barges.

Read more: http://theadvocate.com/news/12813216-123/mississippi-river-bridge-near-gramercy
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 2, 2015, 08:58 PM (9 replies)

Attorneys to sue Hood County after clerk refused to issue marriage license to same-sex couple

The Hood County Clerk’s Office did not issue Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton a marriage license today.

“So we’ll be filing a lawsuit first thing Monday morning,” says Jan Soifer, one of their attorneys. “That’s the plan.”

Soifer says she was told the same thing we were: Hood County doesn’t have the proper forms from the state. More than 200 other counties in Texas do, and they are available online for county clerks who need them immediately.

“I did ask the clerk if a man and a woman walked in here with their money to get a license if they could get one, and she said yes,” says Soifer. “I asked her, ‘Why can’t my clients?’ She said it’s because they don’t have the right form.”

Read more: http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/07/attorneys-to-sue-hood-county-if-clerk-doesnt-issue-marriage-license-to-same-sex-couple-today.html/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 2, 2015, 07:53 PM (3 replies)

Ted Cruz says embattled AG Ken Paxton should get a “fair” shake from grand jury

Ted Cruz said Thursday that he hoped Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton would get a “fair” and “appropriate” proceeding in what could lead to a felony indictment.

“Ken Paxton is a good man,” Cruz said before signing copies (see photo above) of his new book, “A Time For Truth,” at a Costco in Arlington. “I trust that the judicial and the criminal law system will proceed fairly and appropriately to investigate any allegations of criminal violations.”

A special prosecutor said Wednesday that he’ll ask a Collin County grand jury to indict Paxton on first-degree felony charges of violating state securities law.

Ken Schaffer, a Houston lawyer, said a Texas Rangers investigation of Paxton revealed that the attorney general broke laws beyond what he admitted to last year, when he was fined $1,000 by the State Securities Board.

Read more: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/07/ted-cruz-says-embattled-ag-ken-paxton-should-get-a-fair-shake-from-grand-jury.html/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 2, 2015, 03:51 PM (5 replies)

Gay Marriage Ruling Offers Hope to Transgender Widow

Five years ago this Friday, Capt. Thomas Araguz III of the Wharton Volunteer Fire Department died fighting a massive blaze at an egg farm in Boling.

Araguz’s wife, Nikki Araguz Loyd, was on a business trip and learned of her husband’s death from another firefighter’s wife on social media. When Araguz Loyd returned to Wharton—60 miles southwest of Houston—on the morning of July 4, 2010, Thomas Araguz’s family prevented her from seeing her stepchildren.

A day after Thomas Araguz’s funeral, his mother—Simona Longoria—filed a lawsuit against Araguz Loyd, seeking to deny her firefighter death benefits. The lawsuit, which was later joined by Thomas Araguz’s first wife, Heather Delgado, alleged that because Araguz Loyd, who’s transgender, was born male, the couple’s 2008 marriage was void under Texas’ same-sex marriage bans.

The case, Delgado v. Araguz, vaulted Araguz Loyd into the national spotlight, and led to a lengthy court battle that has invoked both transgender rights and marriage equality. The case is currently on appeal to the Texas Supreme Court. However, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, Araguz Loyd hopes it will soon be decided in her favor.

Read more: http://www.texasobserver.org/gay-marriage-ruling-offers-hope-to-transgender-widow/

I take back my earlier statements when I moved here that "nothing never happens in Wharton."
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jul 2, 2015, 02:57 PM (0 replies)
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