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Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
— A Comal County judge said God told him to intervene in jury deliberations to sway jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Buda woman accused of trafficking a teen girl for sex.
Judge Jack Robison apologized to jurors for the interruption but defended his actions by telling them, “When God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” according to the Herald-Zeitung, in New Braunfels.
The jury went against the judge’s wishes, finding Gloria Romero-Perez guilty of continuous trafficking of a person and later sentenced her to 25 years in prison. They found her not guilty of a separate charge of sale or purchase of a child.
Robison, who also presides in Hays County, did not respond to a message left with his court coordinator, Steve Thomas, who said the case is pending.
The Herald-Zeitung reported that Robison recused himself before the trial’s sentencing phase and was replaced by Judge Gary Steele. The defendant’s attorney asked for a mistrial but was denied.
Robison’s actions could trigger an investigation from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, which has disciplined Robison in the past.
In 2011, the commission slapped Robison with a private reprimand for improperly jailing a Caldwell County grandfather who had called him a fool for a ruling Robison made in a child custody case involving the man’s granddaughter.
Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 11:14 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 12:38 PM
PUNA, Big Island, Hawaii — Lava from the Kilauea volcano has crossed Highway 137 and entered the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaii County Civil Defense said Sunday. A second lava flow is about 437 yards from the highway, the Star Advertiser of Honolulu reported.
Big Island residents may now have to contend with laze -- a mixture of lava and haze -- that forms when hot lava hits the ocean, CNN reported.
After making contact with the water, the laze sends hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass particles into the air.
Laze can lead to lung, eye and skin irritation, CNN reported.
"This hot, corrosive gas mixture caused two deaths immediately adjacent to the coastal entry point in 2000, when seawater washed across recent and active lava flows," the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory wrote on its website.
Officials have told people to avoid areas where lava meets the ocean, CNN reported.
Powerful eruptions accompanied by thunderous booms punctuated the air Friday around Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island.
The volcano spewed lava bombs the size of cows as molten rock flowed from several of the 22 fissures that have opened around the volcano.
More than 40 structures, mostly homes, have been destroyed in the eruption that started more than two weeks ago. Lava has now inundated almost 325 acres around Kilauea.
Hawaii officials have warned some Big Island residents that fast-moving lava is approaching an area near homes that were previously destroyed by eruptions from Kilauea volcano. https://t.co/CsQ7Tk0uWx— AP West Region (@APWestRegion) May 19, 2018
Update May 19, 2018, 2 a.m. EDT: Fast-moving lava isolated about 40 homes in a rural subdivision, forcing at least four people to be evacuated by county and National Guard helicopters, the Star-Advertiser of Honolulu reported.
According to the Hawaii County Civil Defense, police, firefighters and National Guard troops were stopping people from entering the area.
Update May 18, 2018 11:30 p.m. EDT: Hawaiian authorities have sent the National Guard, police and fire units into the East Rift Zone in Puna, according to the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency.
“There are approximately 40 homes in the area that are isolated. Officials are gaining access by helicopter to the area to assess how many people are there and if they need assistance. All persons in that area are asked to stay where they are and wait for further instructions,” the agency said on its website.
The Hawaii Volcano Observatory has confirmed another fissure opened on Friday, bringing the total number of fissures to 22.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes as Kilauea continues its violent eruptions.
Update May 18, 2018 8:35 a.m EDT: More lava is spewing
from the Kilauea volcano as the 21st fissure opened Thursday, CNN reported.
Meanwhile, state officials have been handing out masks to protect people who live near Kilauea, ABC News reported. About 18,000 masks have been distributed, CNN reported. The safety measure protects residents from breathing in pieces of rock, glass and crystals that fall as the volcano continues to erupt, ABC News reported.
Update May 17, 2018 10:45 p.m EDT: Lava is erupting from points along the fissure system on Kilauea volcano, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, but the agency is calling it a “low-level eruption” at this point.
Kīlauea daily status report: 4 am explosive eruption at summit with traces of ash in local community. Low-level eruption of lava continues from multiple points along NE end of active fissure system. https://t.co/K6mzCqRT0E— USGS Volcanoes🌋 (@USGSVolcanoes) May 17, 2018
Although lava is still spattering from Fissure 17, the flow has not advanced significantly over the past day, the USGS said.
There are currently 18 fissures that have opened due to seismic activity on Kilauea’ over the past two weeks.
Volcanic gas emission are still elevated throughout the area and residents are urged to remain on alert.
“This eruption is still evolving and additional outbreaks of lava are possible. Ground deformation continues and seismicity remains elevated in the area,” the USGS reported late Thursday.
Rain on the Big Island Thursday helped the situation with the ashfall, but volcano experts are warning the situation on Kilauea is still very dynamic.
Several schools were closed as ash continued to fall Thursday due to elevated sulfur dioxide levels. Officials warned people in the area to take shelter and protect themselves from the falling ash.
"The resulting ash plume will cover the surrounding area," officials with the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said in a 5 a.m. alert. In a subsequent update, USGS officials said the ash plume was moving to the northeast.
The plume could be seen in an image taken from a webcam at the USGS’ Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
"Driving conditions may be dangerous so if you are driving pull off the road and wait until visibility improves," the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency warned.
Michelle Coombs, of the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, told Hawaii News Now that the situation remained “very, very active and very dynamic,” on Thursday.
“The potential for larger explosions is still there,” she said.
Officials with the USGS warned Tuesday that an eruption of Kilauea's volcano appeared "imminent."
The eruption on Kilauea began May 3. It has since forced thousands of people from their homes, destroyed nearly 40 structures -- including dozens of homes -- and created more than two dozen fissures in the ground surrounding the volcano.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:06 AM
PIEDMONT, Okla. — A former Oklahoma teacher is facing two misdemeanor charges after witnesses say she physically injured her special education students.
KFOR reported last week that Holly Noelle Morris, 38, is accused of "choking, punching, pinching and squeezing two of her students on several occasions" while she was working as a special education teacher for Piedmont Public Schools.
Morris, who was arrested and charged with two counts of causing a child to be deprived, resigned in February, KFOR reported.
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 8:50 PM
— Singers, songwriters and recording artists were awarded at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards Sunday in Las Vegas.
Billboard Chart Achievement Award
//Access Granted: [#BBMAs] ICON AWARD UNLOCKED_— Billboard Music Awards (@BBMAs) May 21, 2018
There is no doubt that @JanetJackson is an absolute ICON. Congratulations on your ICON Award, @JanetJackson! #ICON_JANET #BBMAs pic.twitter.com/lEzjWKOPO0
Top Country Song
Top Selling Album
Top Rap Song
Top Social Artist
Top Dance/Electronic Artist
Top Female Artist
Top Hot 100 Song
Top New Artist
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 8:23 PM
— In a moving and somber start to the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Kelly Clarkson called attention to the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas that left 10 dead and another 13 wounded.
Instead of a moment of silence, however, Clarkson, who said no one should be in fear to go to school called on the crowd, and viewers, to honor the victims with a moment of action.
"Once again we're grieving for more kids that have died ... I'm so sick of moment of silences ... it's not working," an emotional Clarkson said. "Mommies and daddies should be able to send their kids to school."
Our hearts go out to all the victims in the Santa Fe community and their families. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/7ejLAd8nKk— Billboard Music Awards (@BBMAs) May 21, 2018