KSAM News

KSAM News

LOCAL CRIME UPDATE

The Huntsville Item reports that last Friday that 41-year-old Tyrone Harris, who was indicted last year in Walker County on a count of first degree felony murder and one count of burglary of a habitation, was arrested in Conroe.

The District Attorney’s office says Harris was shot at a residence in Huntsville last year during a break-in at the residence and was charged with the murder of his accomplice who died as a result of being shot at the scene by the victim of the burglary.

He was booked into the County Jail on Tuesday.

And, the Item reports that two former Huntsville ISD employees—44-year-old Timothy Hooks and 62-year-old David Baker—have been indicted locally on one count of abuse of official capacity. The prosecution says they used school facilities, along with personnel, to paint, restore, repair and maintain their own vehicles.

Attorney Brian Cantrell, defense attorney for Baker, says, “Everything they are accusing my client of is ridiculous, and he had authority from the highest executive officer.”

A Huntsville ISD spokesperson said, “From the onset of the original allegations nearly a year ago, Huntsville ISD turned their investigation over to law enforcement and has cooperated fully throughout the investigation.”

POLICE NEWS

In Huntsville Police news, on the day shift last Friday unknown suspects assaulted a victim in the 2500 block of Sam Houston Avenue. Unknown suspects damaged property in the 1600 block of River Oaks Drive. A phone was reported stolen in the 100 block of I-45 South. A vehicle was burglarized in the 2500 block of Pine Shadows Drive. On the same block, a theft was reported.

On the day shift Saturday, in the 100 block of I-45 South, unknown suspects stole a firearm. A residential burglary was reported in the 2000 block of Avenue Q.

On Sunday’s day shift, an aggravated assault resulted in serious injury in the 600 block of Hickory Drive. A phone was stolen in the 1700 block of 11th Street.

On Monday’s day shift a theft was investigated in the 600 block of Sam Houston Avenue. In the 2300 block of Avenue S, police investigated a case of a known suspect forging a financial document.

On Monday’s night shift, a theft was reported in the 600 block of 11th Street. Property was reported damaged in the 200 block of I-45 South. Natasha Mills was arrested for evading arrest and theft in the 4000 block of Sam Houston Avenue.

HOWARD WAYNE LEWIS FOUND GUILTY

The Huntsville Item reports that following a two-week murder trial in a Walker County courtroom, Monday fifty-year-old Howard Wayne Lewis was found guilty of murdering his 16-month-old child in 2013.

The child’s grandmother, Shanta Faye Crawford, died at the residence the same day. Lewis, however, was charged with only one of the murders Monday. He will appear before jurors on Wednesday for a sentence hearing.

FORMER USA GYMNASTICS PRESIDENT CHARGED

Also Monday, the Houston Chronicle reports that former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny came back to Walker County to plead “not guilty” to felony charges stemming from the sexual abuse investigation of Larry Nassar.

For twenty years, Penny was president of the gymnastics program at Karolyi Ranch. According to the Houston Chronicle report: “District Attorney David Weeks has said the indictment was based on testimony before a congressional hearing that Penny in November 2016 ordered documents related to Nassar to be removed from the ranch and sent to USA Gymnastics headquarters in Indianapolis.”

Penny was released from the Walker County Jail on bond around 2:50 PM Monday.

EARLY VOTING UPDATE

The total number of voters checked-in during early voting Monday, October 29th, was 875. This makes for a total of 6,030 voters checked-in during early voting for the November 6, 2018 General Election in Walker County. Early Voting will continue through this Friday, November 2nd at the Walker County Annex, Room 101 where voters may cast their vote from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. You may take advantage of their final extended early voting day today when the polls will be open until 7:00 pm.