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What to do when faced with wrong-way driver
Imagine you're driving down the freeway at night. You are doing everything right, you're alert, you're paying attention and your mind is totally focused on driving.Then, out of nowhere, you suddenly see a wrong-way driver heading right at your car.What do you do?David Smith, a husband and father from Spring, faced that situation on his way to work one day last April at 5:30 a.m."I kissed my wife and my son goodbye, was driving to work on I-45 and (Farm to Market Road) 1960 at 5:30 to 5:45 (a.m.) and this guy hits me head-on in the wrong lane," Smith said.Just two weeks ago, Frank Jakobs, of San Antonio, narrowly avoided a collision with a wrong-way driver who was traveling down (U.S. Route) 281 near Hildebrand."I noticed that some cars, maybe 100 to 150 yards ahead of me, started to swerve. And I can tell you, within less than a second's time, suddenly two headlights were coming right at me in my lane," Jakobs said. "I just reacted and jerked the wheel to the right, fast."Once he arrived safely home, the enormity of what had just happened hit him."I just realized I could have been killed," Jakobs said. "I wouldn't ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
11 mins ago
Mechanic stabbed in neck during argument at Galveston tire shop
A 51-year-old employee was stabbed in the neck during an argument at a Galveston tire shop Monday, police said.Witnesses said Charles Schatlowitz and a customer were involved in a verbal altercation when the customer stabbed Schatlowitz, a mechanic, in the neck around 3 p.m. at the A&A Tire Shop in the 5700 block of Stewart Road."My dad's a good man. He's a mechanic. He helps people as much as he can," Schatlowitz's daughter Sharla Schatlowitz said. "For somebody to sit there and do that to him, that's evil."The man who stabbed Schatlowitz left the scene. Police are searching for him. He is described as being black, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 180 pounds, had a shaved head and was wearing a dark shirt.The shop's owner said the argument began when the customer tried to use an air hose."Unfortunately, the mechanic went and unhooked the air hose. The other person got mad and then stabbed him here," said the owner of the tire shop, Marco Rabago, pointing at his neck.Schatlowitz was taken to an area hospital and rushed into surgery, police said. They said he made it through surgery and is in stable condition.The family is hoping for ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
13 mins ago
Deputy saves woman during assault in SE Houston
A chance shortcut to work for a member of law enforcement proved potentially life saving for a woman being attacked by her ex-boyfriend."I was driving to work down Cullen and for some reason I took a shortcut, I went down Calhoun," said Harris County Precinct 6 Chief Deputy Lillian Lozano.As she approached the South Loop, on Feb. 16, Chief Deputy Lozano said she noticed a man attacking a woman, "with a girls hair and choking her, she was completely nude," Lozano said.Lozano stopped and called 911."I gave [the dispatcher] the description of the suspect, told them what's going on," Lozano said.That's where Lozano's physical limits proved a challenge."I couldn't get put out of the car because I'd broken my ankle," she said.Since breaking her ankle in December, Lozano has used a walker.She waited for police. All the while, she said, the man would not let the woman go."He kept looking back at me and I just sat in my car and eventually I spooked him and he let her go," she said.Lozano then made contact with the victim, who, according to Lozano, said the attacker was her ex boyfriend -- and that she wanted to press charges.Lozano spoke to the ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
13 mins ago
Warehouse job advertisement requires ‘males only’
The warehouse job demanded the person be able to lift up to 40 pounds, but they specifically stated they only wanted men.fbshare20.png fblike20.png linkedin20.png pinterest20.png reddit20.png twitter20.png email20.png rss20.png  ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
14 mins ago
Teachers, students call for stronger gun laws
The #MarchForOurLives event was spearheaded by students from Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed during a mass shooting.fbshare20.png fblike20.png linkedin20.png pinterest20.png reddit20.png twitter20.png email20.png rss20.png  ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
16 mins ago
2nd horse shot at family’s Liberty County ranch
It's the second time one of the palomino quarter horses belonging to the Brock family has been killed on the family's Liberty County ranch, located off County Road 184.Two horses were shot in the head less than two months apart.Camie Brock received a phone call Monday from her son, saying Sunshine was shot and bleeding. Brock said when she arrived home, her daughter's horse was still warm.Arian, 5, understands what happened to her second horse. She just doesn't understand why.Arian named the horse Sunshine in January after it was delivered from a rescue group. It was donated to her after her first horse, Sonny, was shot and killed in December."She's confused but yet she just wants someone to, she wants them to get in trouble is her words," Brock said.Brock would like whoever is killing her animals to be put in jail. Her family is offering a $1,000 reward leading to that person's conviction. Brock said that person doesn't need to harm another defenseless animal."A sick person. A very sick person. Sick, twisted individual," Brock said.Brock said she doesn't plan to replace Sunshine anytime soon. She's even planning to remove her grandson's horse from the ranch as a precaution.A veterinarian ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
25 mins ago
2018 Rodeo Guide: Livestock show, concerts and more
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Published on 02-19-2018
25 mins ago
Sugar Land father fights to save son from death row
Kent Whitaker is asking the state to spare his son. He's set to be executed in just three days for staging an attack to kill his family in their Sugar Land home in 2003.fbshare20.png fblike20.png linkedin20.png pinterest20.png reddit20.png twitter20.png email20.png rss20.png  ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
32 mins ago
Hitchcock HS student threatens school after being caught cheating on test, police say
An 18-year-old Hitchcock High School student was charged with making a terroristic threat after he was caught cheating on a test, according to police.Trevion Oryan McFadden told a teacher that he was going to turn Hitchcock High School into another Florida after he was caught cheating on an exam on Friday, police said.Hitchcock Police Department Chief John Hamm said McFadden is a recent transfer from the Dickinson Independent School District.McFadden made the threat in front of other students, police said.Authorities are pushing to have the charge upgraded to a felony because the threat caused "fear of an imminent" act.McFadden was arrested Monday at the high school as his parents were meeting with administrators, Hamm said. ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
2 hours ago
Man stabbed at Galveston tire shop, suspect at large
Police say the victim, a 51-year-old man, and a customer were involved in a verbal altercation when the customer stabbed the man in the throat.fbshare20.png fblike20.png linkedin20.png pinterest20.png reddit20.png twitter20.png email20.png rss20.png  ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
2 hours ago
Galveston PD investigating ‘possible’ murder-suicide
"This investigation is believed to be a murder-suicide; however, more investigation will be needed to determine possible motives."fbshare20.png fblike20.png linkedin20.png pinterest20.png reddit20.png twitter20.png email20.png rss20.png  ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
4 hours ago
2 dead in possible murder-suicide in Galveston, police say
A 94-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man were found dead at a Galveston residence on Monday and, according to police, the man killed the woman before killing himself.Authorities have not released the names of the victims.Around 1:50 p.m., authorities said, they responded to reports of a possible suicide at a residence in the 6700 block of Fairway Drive.The woman was found inside the home and the man was found in the backyard with a shotgun lying near him, police said.Both were dead from gunshot wounds.Witnesses told police they heard what could have been gunshots just before police arrived at the house.Galveston police are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide, but the investigation is ongoing. ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
4 hours ago
Reva Williams inspires others on trail ride to Houston ahead of rodeo
Another sign that the Houston Rodeo is near: trail riders making their way to town.Dozens of groups are trotting into Houston this week.We are hearing the inspiring story of one of those riders.It's a woman with a mission.Click here for a map of the trail rides in TexasAnimals became her life's work when one horse changed her daughter's life, and now she is changing the lives of others.Saddling up for the Houston Rodeo's trail ride tradition has been a favorite pastime for Reva Williams and her family."Thirty-six years, I love it it's just like a kid getting ready for Christmas. I get so excited," she said.For Williams it also means rounding up more animals than the usual for the ride."I have a therapeutic petting zoo and I use my animals displayed around the wagon in cages," Williams said.Her animals are not only popular on the ride, but to the patients she brings them to, like one of her rabbits that she put on a leash and gave to young girl who couldn't walk without her walker."I gave the rabbit to her and said walk. The lady who is with her said she can't walk. She said I'm going to walk ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
4 hours ago
New website shows flood history of area homes
"That may be a game changer," De La Rosa said. "If a buyer can find out exactly what they're buying above and beyond whatever they're looking at, it will definitely help a buyer make an informed decision."fbshare20.png fblike20.png linkedin20.png pinterest20.png reddit20.png twitter20.png email20.png rss20.png  ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
4 hours ago
Houston to highlight crime-fighting initiatives with ‘March on Crime’
"Let's do all we can to make this city safer tomorrow than what it is today," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.fbshare20.png fblike20.png linkedin20.png pinterest20.png reddit20.png twitter20.png email20.png rss20.png  ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
5 hours ago
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