West Texas man acquitted in fatal shooting of police officer
A West Texas man was acquitted of murder Wednesday in the 2019 fatal shooting of a police officer who was shot while checking a security alarm at the man’s home. A Midland County jury deliberated for about 90 minutes before finding David Wilson not guilty of murder in the death of Midland police Officer Nathan Heidelberg. Wilson’s attorneys had told jurors that he didn’t know Heidelberg was a police officer, mistook him for an intruder and shot him in self-defense in the predawn hours of March 5, 2019.news.yahoo.com
Texas murder conviction overturned for improper legal work
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas' highest criminal court on Wednesday overturned a death row inmate's capital murder conviction because one of the prosecutors in his 2003 trial was moonlighting as a clerk for the [San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Texas court tosses out conviction, death sentence after discovering a prosecutor also worked for the judge
Clinton Young was convicted in a 2001 Midland County murder in which he insists he was framed. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said he was denied the right to a fair trial and an impartial judge.
Residents, businesses sue dam operator over ruinous flooding
In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo, people survey the flood damage to the Curtis Road Bridge in Edenville, Mich., over the Tittabawassee River. The lawsuit came as yet more residents were forced to evacuate their homes after being overwhelmed by flooding along the Tittabawassee River and conjoining waterways. FeganScott, a law firm that specializes in class action suits, is representing businesses and homeowners affected by the flooding. Officials have said the Sanford Dam, built in 1925, was overflowing during the flooding but that the extent of structural damage wasnt known. Wixom Lake in Midland Countys Hope Township lost most of its water when the Edenville Dam failed.
Michigan hit with '500-year' flooding in midst of COVID-19 pandemic
Experts are describing this as a 500-year event, Whitmer told a news conference after a tour of the flood-hit areas. A general view shows a flooded street along the Tittabawassee River, after several dams breached, in downtown Midland, Michigan, U.S., May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca CookTheres an ongoing flooding in parts of Midland with several feet of water, covering some streets of downtown Midland, NWS meteorologist Andrew Arnold told Reuters. Video posted on social media showed high waters lapping around buildings in downtown Midland, partly submerging bridges and roads. Bone said the village of Sanford, the site of one of the dams, has been hit the hardest.feeds.reuters.com
State of emergency in central Michigan after two dams fail, forcing 10,000 to evacuate
TC Votre via Reuters"This is unlike anything we've seen in Midland County," she said. Emergency responders went door-to-door early Tuesday morning warning residents living near the Edenville Dam of the rising water. The evacuations include the towns of Edenville, Sanford and parts of Midland, according to Selina Tisdale, spokeswoman for Midland County. The Edenville Dam, which was built in 1924, was rated in unsatisfactory condition in 2018 by the state. The Tittabawassee River was at 30.5 feet and rising Tuesday night - flood stage is 24 feet.cbsnews.com
Thousands evacuated as river dams break in central Michigan
For the second time in less than 24 hours, families living along the Tittabawassee River and connected lakes in Midland County were ordered to leave home. The evacuations include the towns of Edenville, Sanford and parts of Midland, according to Selina Tisdale, spokeswoman for Midland County. Dow Michigan Operations is working with its tenants and Midland County officials and will continue to closely monitor the water levels on the Tittabawassee River, Schikorra said. The Sanford Dam, which was built in 1925, received a fair condition rating. The Tittabawassee River was at 30.5 feet (9.3 meters) and rising Tuesday night - flood stage is 24 feet (7.3 meters).
Crude Oil Pipeline Averted Over Recharge Zone Points to Lack of State Oversight
The now-defunct plan by Houston-based Enterprise Products Company to build a crude oil pipeline from Midland County to Wilson County crossing the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone was a really bad idea. Enterprise is a midstream natural gas and crude oil pipeline company listed as 89 on the Fortune 500 list. Even officials at the Edwards Aquifer Authority were unaware of the Enterprise pipeline project prior to Gibbons article. Enterprise never publicly disclosed plans to route the crude oil pipeline over some of the states most sensitive recharge features and unspoiled landscape. A crude oil pipeline along such a scenic and undeveloped Hill Country corridor would have caused property values to plummet.therivardreport.com