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04/02/07 - East Texas

News from around East Texas

Fatal A-T-V Accident

A 7-year old girl is dead after falling from an A-T-V and then being run over by it. The Titus County Sheriff's office has arrested the girl's uncle, 28-year old Juan Trujillo Perez of Pittsburg, for manslaughter. They say Perez was driving at least five other children on the A-T-V in a pasture near County Road 4370 in Titus County. The girl, Alejandra Trujillo, apparently fell from a basket she was riding in on the front of the A-T-V. Investigators have determined the A-T-V's front brakes did not work and also detected alcohol on Perez.

Accidental Drowning

A Texas man drives into high waters over the weekend and drowns. It happened south of Lake Tawakoni. The Van Zandt County Sheriff identified the driver as 48-year old Douglas Jack Trammell. Authorities say Trammell's truck flooded because of the recent rain. They say he called for help and got out of the truck and began swimming. Unfortunately, game wardens found Trammell after the water receded.

Tyler Shooting

The Smith County Sheriff's department is looking for three suspects involved in a Sunday afternoon shooting at a residence northeast of Tyler. A Sheriff's Department spokesperson says three men in a white Ford pick-up fired several shots. The windows were shattered by bullets, but no one was injured. The department says they are still trying to determine a motive.

Pet Food Recall

Pet owners, here's more information on the massive pet food recall. The latest dog food added to the list is Nestle's Alpo Prime Cuts in gravy, that's the wet kind. The recall affects the 13.2 ounce and 22-ounce cans. Along with the 6,8,12 and 24-can Alpo Prime Cuts variety packs. The 4 digit code dates are 7037 through 7053 followed by the plant code 1159. Those codes follow a "Best Before Feb. 2008" date. This information should be checked on the bottom of the can or the top or side of the multi-pack cartons. Here is the official FDA web site for the pet food recall: http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html


Juvenile Inmate Released

An East Texas teen being held in a high-security prison is free today. Shaquanda Cotton, a Paris, Texas teen, was sentenced to juvenile prison for pushing a teacher's aide. Fifteen year old Cotton has already served one year of a 7-year sentence. Civil rights activists argued the sentence was racially motivated, saying the same judge that sentenced Cotton, who is Black, sentenced a White teenager to probation for arson. Cotton is the first of what could be hundreds of teens released as part of an overhaul of the Texas Youth Commission.

"Buddy" Turman Obit

Sad news from the world of boxing...a boxing legend and native East Texan has died. Reagan "Buddy" Turman passed away Sunday in a Longview hospital. The Noonday native was know as "Texas Tornado" and the "Golden Boy from Noonday." His boxing career included 62 matches with 32 knockouts. Buddy Turman was 73.

Cock Fighting

An East Texas man is arrested after a Friday night raid at a cock fighting match in Louisiana. Authorities say it's not the cockfighting that's illegal, but the gambling they say was taking place inside. Authorities swarmed the "Sunrise Game Club" Friday night where they say purses sometimes go as high as 50-thousand dollars. They arrested the alleged ringleader and owner James Butler. He is from Martinsville, which is about 15 miles northwest of Nacogdoches. Butler now faces charges of money laundering, drug possession and racketeering. They say the match was filled with state spectators and some from around the world. "One of the guys here we found out actually moved from Hawaii to come over here and fight chickens. Most of the license plates in the parking lot are Texas plates." Butler is also charged with "contributing to the delinquency of a minor." It's illegal for someone under 21 to be present in a place where gambling is taking place.

Body Found

A body found in Alabama is thought to be that of a wanted Tyler man. Twenty-three-year old Andrew Charles Freeman was discovered in the woods in Talladega County in Alabama. Police there say Freeman died from gunshot wounds to the head and back. Tyler police say Freeman was one of two suspects in a 2005 aggravated kidnapping, claiming the victim owed them money.

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