1 dead in Monday wreck near Overton

One person was killed early Monday in a one-vehicle wreck near Overton.

Troopers responded to the crash just before 4 a.m., 2 miles west of Overton on FM 850, according to Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Sgt. Jean Dark.

Dark said the driver was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver’s name had not been released as of Monday afternoon.

Wiseman Ministries nears $300K into capital campaign

Four months into its one-year fundraising campaign and Wiseman Ministries is right on track, says its ministry leader who returned from the nation’s capital this past week after meeting with White House aides focused on fighting opioid addiction in rural communities.

“It’s progressing nicely,” Executive Director Tim Wiseman said of the capital campaign to raise money for the creation of a first-of-its-kind rehab program.

Wiseman Ministries operates House of Disciples ministry, where a 15,000-square-foot expansion is proposed for the treatment of homeless people with substance abuse addiction. Wiseman Ministries’ capital campaign goal is $1 million. So far, the ministry has raised $289,480, he said.

Expansion plans call for a new building at the House of Disciples campus on South Green Street in Longview, with a medical detox center including medical intake, a family conference room, isolation rooms, observational detox beds, counseling rooms, a fitness center and a multipurpose activity room, along with a laundry room, showers and a barbershop to serve the homeless.

The unique part, ministry officials have said, is that a person needing treatment can get the detoxification, medical and mental treatment and then move to the out-service psychological counseling, integration and transitional treatment that House of Disciples already provides, all in one continuous program.

JEFFERSON — Marion County has been declared a Second Amendment “Sanctuary County,” taking a stand against unconstitutional gun laws.

The unanimous vote by the Marion County Commissioners Court was made on Monday, following a public comment from local attorney and citizen, Jim Finstrom, who expressed his concerns with the resolution.

County Judge Leward LaFleur explained before that the goal is to make a stand to whoever needs to hear that the court will not allow anyone to subject the taxpayers of Marion County to any unconstitutional laws, or to infringe on their right to keep and bear arms.

BELTON, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas police officer was charged Monday with manslaughter for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man during a traffic stop, officials said.

Temple Officer Carmen DeCruz was charged with the second-degree felony in the Dec. 2 shooting of Michael Dean, Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza said in a statement. His bond was set at $500,000. He was placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting.

If convicted of the charge, DeCruz could face two to 20 years in prison.

Police in Temple, a city of 76,000 people about 70 miles (112 kilometers) northeast of Austin, have said little about the shooting and consistently referred questions to the Texas Rangers, who submitted the findings that led to the charge.

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge rejected a request for an emergency stay Monday to require that a 5-year-old Guatemalan boy not be deported before he is seen by a pediatric neurologist, according to advocates for the child.

Lawyers for the child’s family plan to appeal Judge Stephen V. Wilson’s denial during a Monday hearing in California to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The boy’s aunt and his advocates say he has severe headaches, complains about hearing normal levels of sound, and suffers other symptoms they trace to his fall from a shopping cart in December. Shortly after he fell, a hospital diagnosed the child with a skull fracture and bleeding around his brain.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has defended the care it’s given to the 5-year-old, who ICE agents detained in January with his mother, father, and 1-year-old brother in its family detention center at Dilley, Texas. After multiple check-ups at Dilley, the agency says it took the child to a San Antonio hospital last week after concerns were first raised that he was still having symptoms. That hospital said the child’s MRI was normal and there were no signs that he still had bleeding in his skull. He was not taken to a pediatric neurologist

From Staff and Wire Reports