Two Arlington Lamar High School students and one of their mothers were killed in a crash in East Texas early Tuesday morning, authorities say.
Faith Whittaker and Jessica Brown, both 16, were riding in a Jeep Renegade driven by 36-year-old Chelsey Brewer when the car drifted off the roadway and crashed into a parked tractor-trailer in Lindale about 4:20 a.m. Monday, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, which was legally parked, was sleeping in the cab at the time and was not injured, DPS said.
Brewer was Whittaker’s mother and the two girls were cousins. The three were returning from a weekend trip to visit other family members in Mississippi, friends said.
In a tweet, Lamar High School said students Faith Whittaker and Jessica Brown “will be missed tremendously.”
We are saddened to announce the passing of Faith Whittaker and Jessica Brown in a car accident. They will be missed tremendously. Counselors will be available tomorrow for anyone who wants to speak with them.
— Lamar High (@LamarHigh) October 15, 2018
Whittaker was involved in sports medicine and Brown, culinary arts.
Both girls were trainers for the school’s basketball team.
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Dallas church hands out gift cards to church members now furloughed during shutdown
DALLAS, Texas — The Concord Church in Dallas extended a helping hand to about 100 church members Sunday who are also federal employees and not working as the government remains shut down for the 23rd day.
The government was officially shut down on December 22, 2018.
The reason why is centered on President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall along the Mexico border.
Trump wanted more than $5 billion to start construction of the wall, but he, Republican leadership, and Democrats can’t come to an agreement about those funds.
Tough decisions are now staring thousands of families living paycheck to paycheck in the face.
Over 800,000 employees have either been furloughed or must continue working without pay.
A majority of employees received a final paycheck last Friday, but for most, it was only half of what they normally get paid.
Senior Pastor Bryan Carter knows that. During a service this morning, he asked anyone in the church who is a federal employee or a family member of a federal employee to stand up.
After that, he invited all those standing to the altar to be prayed over.
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BEER BARON: Man steals five cases of beer from Arlington store
ARLINGTON, Texas – Police are looking for a beer baron who stole several cases of beer from a convenience store.
Arlington PD tweeted pictures Wednesday of the man who stole five cases of Bud Light from a store in the 5000 block of Little School Road.
Police say the suspect got away in a gray Dodge truck.
Anyone who recognizes him is urged to call Det. Thompson at 817-459-6054 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a textbook definition of a beer run. This beer baron swiped 5 cases from a convenience store in the 5000 block of Little School Road and took off. He left in a Gray Dodge truck. ? Det. Thompson if you recognize him, 817-459-6054 or email, email@example.com pic.twitter.com/un3So55wB1
— Arlington Police, TX (@ArlingtonPD) October 17, 2018
Botham Jean’s Parents Meet With Dallas County District Attorney
The parents of the man killed in his own apartment by a now-former Dallas police officer met for around three hours with Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson Tuesday for an update on the case.
Botham Jean was shot by off-duty officer Amber Guyger, who said she thought she was in her own apartment at the time and that Jean was a burglar.
District Attorney Faith Johnson has promised to conduct her own investigation and present the findings to a grand jury, which will decide what charges should go to trial.
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