Around East Texas 07/20/07

New Power Supply

When bad weather comes, people often have to deal with the power going out. Now, the Central Water Supply is set to work no matter what. The company recently purchased a generator that will start if power goes out for more than five minutes. Power is needed to run water plants, and, if there is an outage for too long, homes and businesses could lose their water. The new generator is there to prevent that from happening. "This generator, when it was installed, it was designed to run the entire water plant for about three days between re-fueling," says Wayne Rice, General Manager for Central Water Supply. The company tests the machine every Friday to make sure everything is running properly. They say now their customers are less likely to ever have to be without water.

Pilgrim's Pride Worker Woes

Today is the deadline for some Pilgrim's Pride workers told to provide proof of their legal residency status or face the possibility of losing their job. Getting those documents isn't as easy as it may sound says local Pastor Carlos Alegria.  "Law is very complicated. It's not, " I'm here now give me my green card." You must know what avenue, or what way, you're going. It is not that simple." The impact is far-reaching and not only affects the employee, but also their friends and family. The workers are worried for their families, kids in school, house payments, car payments and just all the responsibilities that go with being a provider. KTRE will have continuing coverage of this story tonight on the East Texas News.

Soldier and Father Arrested

An East Texas soldier and his father are behind bars today, accused of sexually assaulting two foster children in their home. 19-year old Private First Class, Michael Vick, of Elkhart was arrested at D-F-W airport on Tuesday. His father 44-year old James Vick has been in custody since early May, on the same charges. Authorities believe the two men sexually assaulted eight and nine year old girl between 2003 and 2004. Investigators are interviewing more than 50 other foster children who were once in the family's care.

Fake Priest Warrant

A follow-up this morning on a story we first brought you last Friday. Kilgore police have gotten an arrest warrant for suspected fake priest Leslie Earl Raymond. Police say Raymond is the man on surveillance on video taken at a Kilgore C-V-S Pharmacy. He reportedly bought 800-dollars worth of gift cards with money stolen from a patient he prayed with a nearby hospital. Police say the case will be handed over the D-A's office sometime next week and formal charges will be filed. Investigators in Sioux Falls, South Dakota tell us they have now filed charges against Raymond, including one count of second degree burglary and seven counts of forgery. As we told you Thursday, Sioux Falls is one of 12 other cities and ten states where Raymond allegedly committed crimes.

Charley G. Rader Obit

Funeral services will be held Saturday for Charley G. Rader, the longtime chairman of the board of Leroy Rader funeral home in Longview. Radar passed away Thursday morning at his Longview home, surrounded by family. Rader suffered from congestive heart failure and had undergone numerous surgeries in the past 35 years. Saturday services start at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian church in Longview.

Sharon Boulware: Parole Hearing

An East Texas woman convicted of elder abuse charges is now eligible for parole. 55-year old Sharon Boulware was operating a nursing home type facility when she severely injured and mistreated senior citizens left in her care. In Texas, an inmate is eligible for parole after serving at least a quarter of their sentence. Eligibility is based on how much time a prisoner has actually spent behind bars and the credits they've earned for good behavior.

S-F-A Research

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $400,000 for plant research at Stephen F. Austin State University. If the bill is passed by the full Senate, the funds will support research at the National center for Pharmaceutical Crops. Seventy-five percent of drugs used to fight infectious diseases come from plants.