East Texas teen charged with killing stepfather
CARTHAGE, Texas (AP) - Investigators say an East Texas teenager has been charged with killing his stepfather to stop an attack on the youth's mother.
Panola (puh-NOH'-luh) County jail records show 17-year-old Koby Yoder of Carthage was booked Thursday on a murder charge and freed on $25,000 bond.
Sheriff's Chief Deputy John DePresca on Friday said 43-year-old Leonard Digiliormo (dee-juh-LOR'-moh) was punching and beating his wife when her son intervened. DePresca says Yoder retrieved a handgun and fatally shot Digiliormo Wednesday night at the family's home near Carthage.
The woman's 13-year-old daughter was also present. DePresca says the mother and both teens told investigators that the woman was being attacked. She was treated and released from a hospital.
Jail records do not list an attorney for Yoder.
Carthage is 150 miles southeast of Dallas.
TEXAS TEACHER KILLED
911 call: Texas man in teacher's death eyed alibi
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - A Texas man facing charges of killing his Dallas-area teacher girlfriend in New Mexico is heard on a 911 call saying she disappeared after threatening to leave with a man who "treated her right."
The 911 call released Thursday reveals that 33-year-old Robert Glenn Earley, of Euless, Texas, initially claimed 30-year-old Emily Rebecca Lambert vanished when they parted at a Carlsbad bar on Sunday morning following an argument.
He eventually told investigators he had knocked Lambert unconscious and took her to a rural area near Carlsbad. An affidavit says he struck her with an air pump and then used a rope and his car to drag her body behind a barn.
Earley is charged with murder and tampering with evidence.
It was not known if Earley has an attorney.
Demolition worker dies in West Texas accident
BROWNFIELD, Texas (AP) - A demolition worker has been killed in an industrial accident at a West Texas job site.
Terry County Sheriff Larry Gilbreath says 43-year-old James Croft of Tyler died at the scene Thursday afternoon when a silo tank fell on him.
Gilbreath says the accident happened at a location between Brownfield and Seagraves.
Authorities say Croft was operating an excavator and helping take down a structure when the tank fell on him and the equipment.
OLD OAKS-HIGHWAY BYPASS
State redesigns road to save ancient oak trees
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - State transportation officials say a highway bypass in Central Texas will be rerouted to save a stand of ancient oaks that were under threat of being cut down.
The stand south of College Station includes a 500-year-old oak considered one of the oldest trees in Texas. Plans did not call for that oak to be razed but there were concerns the development would harm it.
The Houston Chronicle reports the Texas Department of Transportation on Thursday decided to redesign the road.
A longstanding dispute had pitted the family that owns the land against TxDOT. The solution appears to hinge on using a narrower highway median to allow the bypass to be built around the oaks. New rural highways typically are designed with wide, grassy medians for safety and drainage.
Texas financial firm worker gets prison for fraud
DALLAS (AP) - An employee of a Dallas-based financial firm has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for trying to embezzle nearly $1.3 million.
A federal judge in Dallas on Thursday sentenced Steven Chen Yu of Allen to 51 months behind bars. Yu, who last July pleaded guilty to wire fraud, must also pay $365,000 in restitution.
Prosecutors say Yu was working for Hudson Advisors LLC when he diverted funds by submitting duplicate invoices for work already paid for on behalf of a Hudson executive, such as landscaping and boat repairs. The case goes back to 2009.
Investigators say Yu also diverted funds and made an advance "estimated tax payments" for future state income taxes in Massachusetts - then sought a refund.
Yu must report to prison next month.
Texas Gov. Perry: Red states leading US recovery
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Rick Perry says Republican governors like him are leading the nation's economic recovery.
The Texas leader says governors of Democratic-led states, in contrast, are promoting policies that produce higher taxes, out-of-control pensions and fewer jobs. Perry, a 2012 presidential contender, singled out New York and California as states where taxes are too high. He says that moving trucks don't even want to go to California.
The Texas governor was the first speaker Friday morning at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Maryland. He is among several prospective presidential candidates at the three-day conference.
Perry says the federal government should stick to national defense, foreign policy and delivering the mail - preferably on time and on Saturday.
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