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State board of Pardons and Paroles: No posthumous pardon for Willingham
Corsicana, Texas
In a letter addressed to the district attorney, district judge and chief of police, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles informed local officials it declined to award a posthumous full pardon to Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 for the murder of his children 13 years earlier.
April 13 2014
Pardons board rejects plea for posthumous pardon in Corsicana murder
New York
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on Thursday summarily rejected a bid to clear the name of a man executed 10 years ago for killing his three young children in a Corsicana house fire. Lawyers with the New York-based Innocence Project had asked the board of a posthumous pardon for Cameron Todd Willingham, who was convicted, they claimed, on "discredited" evidence regarding the 1991 fire.
April 03 2014
Former local woman killed
Bend, Texas
A Corsicana-born woman died March 12 in Missouri City, Texas, near Houston, and her husband, Daniel Mark Politte, is a suspect in her death. Stephanie Kay Kirkpatrick Politte, 29, who moved to Sugar Land with her family when she was 13, was found dead last week at her home with an apparent gunshot wound to the head, according to the Missouri City Police Department.
March 26 2014
History on loan
Texas
A slice of Texas history is being preserved for future generations with the help of the Corsicana Public Library. The original 1870 indictment of John Wesley Hardin for attempted murder was placed in the Corsicana Public Library by the Navarro County District Clerk Josh Tackett Thursday, in honor of Texas History Month.
March 09 2014
Picture perfect
Texas
“Corsicana, My Hometown,” a website dedicated to information, nostalgia and sharing memories about Corsicana has announced the winner of its first “My Hometown Photo Contest.” Bill McNutt, chairman of Corsicana My Hometown, announced the entry by Julie Hand as the first-place winner, with her photo of fall foliage taken in front of the Navarro County Courthouse.
February 10 2014
Tigers face uphill battle after 42-26 loss at Lindale
Whitehouse, texas
Just beat Whitehouse — unbeaten and No. 3-ranked Whitehouse — and take care of Jacksonville on the final night of the season, that’s all Corsicana has to do to have a chance at making the playoffs. That uphill problem is what the Tigers are left staring at after losing a game they had to win on Friday night, falling to Lindale, 42-26, to give the Eagles (2-6, and 1-2 in District 16-4A) hope of ...
November 21 2013
Birdwell praises home health care workers
Texas
Texas Sen. Brian Birdwell came to Corsicana Friday to speak at the attendant appreciation luncheon for Outreach Health Services, a home-health service with a branch in Navarro County and about 250 employees.
November 08 2013
TEXAS DIGEST
Texas
CORSICANAParents, 3 kids found dead in North TexasA couple and their three children were found shot dead in their North Texas home in what authorities believe was a murder-suicide, Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner said Monday.
September 30 2013
Ceremony marks park start
Corsicana, Texas
On Friday morning, the City of Corsicana conducted an impromptu groundbreaking at the new athletic complex on 45th Street. The entrance to the new park is an unmarked white gravel road running between Griffin Roughton Funeral Home and the Mini-West Warehouses storage units. The complex will feature four baseball fields, 200 feet across each, and two 275-foot softball fields, as well as courts ...
September 30 2013
Michael Morton, family of executed man work to clear his name
Austin, Texas
AUSTIN -- One of the state's most long-lived and controversial death penalty cases has taken yet another twist. After three-year-old Amber and one-year-old twins Karmon and Kameron Willingham died in a 1991 fire that consumed their Corsicana home, their father, Cameron Todd Willingham, was found guilty of murder by arson. Willingham was executed in 2004, but the case didn't end there.    "You ...
September 28 2013
Parents, 3 kids found dead in North Texas
Corsicana, Texas
CORSICANA, Texas (AP) — A couple and their three children were found shot dead in their North Texas home in what authorities believe was a murder-suicide, a sheriff said Monday. Authorities have yet to determine who fired the shots, though the children’s father was arrested less than two weeks ago on a family violence charge. read more
September 25 2013
Barton tackles immigration at town hall
Texas
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton’s town hall meeting Wednesday touched on topics ranging from health care to the national debt to a debate on immigration. A crowd of about 200 people marched down Seventh Avenue in Corsicana Wednesday to the town hall hosted by Barton (R-Ennis) at the Corsicana Government Center, demanding immigration reform.
September 16 2013
Man injured in fire
Texas
One man was transported to Navarro Regional Hospital after being overcome at a fire that got away from him Friday afternoon on Southeast County Road 0070 on the outskirts of Corsicana.
September 16 2013
Tax rolls reflect closures
Dawson, texas
The industrial closures that were announced over a year ago have finally come home to roost in the form of lower tax appraisals in Corsicana and Navarro County.
August 18 2013
Fan drive to benefit seniors
Texas
Hospice and home health care companies are doing a fan drive for the elderly in Navarro County from Aug. 1 to 5. “We’re getting all of Navarro County involved in this,” said Laura Tesmer, with Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice in Corsicana.
August 14 2013
Familiar Faces
Texas
Capt. Jon M. Basham, United States Army, former resident of Corsicana, assumed the position of comptroller at Weed Community Hospital, Ft. Irwin, Calif.
August 01 2013
TJJD Weighs Closing Mental Health Unit, Halfway Houses
Corsicana, texas
The Texas Juvenile Justice Department is considering closing the Corsicana Residential Treatment Center and two halfway houses after a state budget rider cut funds for the agency's secure facilities.
July 24 2013
County schedules meeting, budget workshop
Corsicana, texas
The Navarro County Commissioners Court has scheduled its first budget workshop for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2013. Commissioners are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, in the basement conference room of the Navarro County Courthouse
July 24 2013
County budget talks continue
Corsicana, texas
It was another busy Monday for the Navarro County Commissioners Court, holding a regular business meeting Monday morning, followed by an afternoon workshop on the proposed 2013-14 budget.
July 24 2013
Austin: Roads, sentencing bills advance; abortion debate looms
Corsicana, texas
AUSTIN — A major transportation funding plan and a new sentencing option for 17-year-olds convicted of capital murder advanced in the Texas Senate on Tuesday, as lawmakers looked to make quick work of those issues with major fights still to come over new abortion restrictions.
July 24 2013
Zimmerman found not guilty of murder of Trayvon Martin
Corsicana, texas
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.
July 24 2013
Three hurt in weekend crashes
Texas
One person was transported to Navarro Regional Hospital after a two-car crash at 9:42 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of North 45th Street and West Second Avenue in Corsicana.
June 03 2013
Powerful message - Smart headlines Healthy Woman event
Corsicana, Texas
Poised and beautiful, Elizabeth Smart was a compelling speaker for the Fifth Annual Healthy Woman banquet Thursday night at the I.O.O.F. Event Center in Corsicana. More than 600 people attended, and the event was sold out weeks in advance based on the fame and reputation of the speaker. Smart became internationally famous after she was kidnapped as a young teen and held for nine months by a self ...
February 23 2013
Central Texas Judge Frees Inmate Who Spent Half Of His Life In Prison
Corsicana, Texas
A Central Texas judge Monday freed an inmate who’s spent half of his life in prison for a murder that DNA tests now indicate he didn’t commit.
February 23 2013
Services set for Hasse
Corsicana, Texas
Kaufman County officials and other law enforcement agencies continue to investigate the murder of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse. Hasse, who had been with Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland’s office for three years, was gunned down in the parking lot as he arrived at work on Jan. 31. Funeral services for Hasse are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Terrell Performing Arts Center.
February 15 2013
Judge frees Texas man convicted in '81 stabbing death after new DNA tests point to new suspect
Texas
CORSICANA, Texas - A 58-year-old Texas man who spent half his life in prison for a murder conviction has been freed after DNA testing pointed to another suspect.
February 13 2013
Testimony underway in sexual assault case
Waco, Texas
The jury heard the first witnesses in the trial of Larry Dale Benson Tuesday in 13th District Court in Navarro County. Benson is being tried in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a 26-year-old woman on Oct. 19, 2008, at Napoli’s in downtown Corsicana.
February 12 2013
Smart coming to Corsicana
Wayside, texas
Elizabeth Smart, the kidnapping survivor and child victim advocate, will be coming to Corsicana to speak to the annual Healthy Woman banquet in January.
December 07 2012
Kids awaiting adoption hope parents can see beyond one abandoned infant
Texas
The baby left on a doorstep in Corsicana early this week has attracted attention from willing parents as far away as New York and Pennsylvania, but Texas has thousands of kids waiting in the foster care system that are ready to be adopted out now.
November 22 2012
Navarro Regional Hospital pulls drugs in voluntary recall
Texas
Navarro Regional Hospital did not receive any of the suspected contaminated drugs from the New England specialty pharmacy being investigated as part of a national meningitis health scare, and the Corsicana facility has removed all the company’s medications from its shelves, according to hospital spokesperson.
October 26 2012
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