Texas Digest: 85-year-old man helps save two women in burning car


BURLESON

Man, 85, helps pull 2 from burning car

Authorities credit an 85-year-old Texas man who walks with the aid of a cane for helping save the lives of two women whose speeding car flipped over onto his front yard and burst into flames.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials say the 22-year-old driver probably was driving too fast as she rounded a bend early Sunday and lost control of the vehicle in Burleson, south of Fort Worth.

Lindell Marbut witnessed the wreck, banged on the windshield with his cane and helped pull the driver from the car as his caretaker called 911. The caretaker then helped him drag the passenger to safety.

Johnson County firefighter Keith Flemming told KDFW-TV that “it wouldn’t have been a good turnout” had Marbut not intervened.

PALACIOS

Missing duck hunters’ bodies found

The Coast Guard said the bodies of all three people who disappeared while duck hunting along the Gulf Coast of Texas have been recovered.

Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick said that two bodies and the boat were found Saturday afternoon near Matagorda Bay and the third body was found a few hours later.

Officials said Starett Burke, Spencer Hall and Chris Ruckman were believed to have launched their 17-foot flat-bottomed boat about 4 a.m. Friday. Ruckman’s girlfriend contacted the Coast Guard when they didn’t return home by evening.

Lt. Karl Alejandre said weather might have been a factor, but that investigators don’t yet know what caused the boat to capsize. He said wind and small craft advisories had been issued and waves were 2 to 4 feet high.

HOUSTON

Missing girl found during traffic stop

Authorities say a Louisiana sheriff’s deputy found a missing Texas girl during a traffic stop.

The St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s office said in a news release that a deputy stopped a car Friday near Mandeville, La., because it was traveling with its high beams on.

The deputy discovered that a girl in the vehicle had been reported missing from Houston on Thursday.

Authorities said three men from Guatemala were also inside the vehicle. They were taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Deputies were working with Houston police to get the girl back to Texas.

Sheriff Randy Smith said investigators are not sure why the girl was with the men. No criminal charges were immediately filed.

COURTS

2 men plead guilty to ID theft

Two men from Texas have pleaded guilty in New Hampshire to downloading credit card information from a skimmer hidden in a gas pump and buying gift cards worth more than $15,000.

Court documents say three men traveled from Austin to New Hampshire in December 2015 and January 2016. The skimmer was at a gas pump in Londonderry. Gift cards were bought at Sam’s Club and other stores.

Police in Hudson learned about the purchases and pursued the group into Tyngsborough, Mass., on Jan. 12, 2016. The men were then arrested. Numerous cards and a skimming device were found in their vehicle, police said.

Elvis Barban Chavez, 45, and Julio Jimenez Roja, 26, pleaded guilty in federal court to identity theft and conspiracy to commit credit card fraud. The third man faces trial in February.



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