Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:47:57 GMT
DENVER (KUSA/CNN) - A military widow wants to know why another woman's name is engraved on her husband's headstone. She discovered the mistake while visiting his grave at Fort Logan Cemetery in Denver. "IMore >>
A military widow wants to know why another woman's name is engraved on her husband's headstone.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:29 AM EDT2013-06-19 13:29:19 GMT
NEW WEST MINISTER, CANADA (WAVE) - A second grader with a disability was seemingly shunned during a class picture. For Anne Belanger, the photo was completely unacceptable. Her son, Miles, was pushedMore >>
A second grader with a disability was seemingly shunned during a photo shoot at his elementary school.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:32 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:32:33 GMT
The search for a missing 10-month-old boy from Birmingham is over. Birmingham police say he and his alleged captor were found in Dallas, Texas around 11:30 Tuesday night. A missing child alert was issuedMore >>
The search for a missing 10-month-old boy from Birmingham is over. Birmingham police say he and his alleged 14-year-old captor were found in Dallas, Texas around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:13 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:13:33 GMT
A Baton Rouge couple and their five children are safe and are thankful they survived a fire that destroyed their home early Wednesday morning.More >>
A Baton Rouge couple and their five children are safe and are thankful they survived a fire that destroyed their home early Wednesday morning. The father was at work when the fire started and the mother jumped into action to get her children out of the house.More >>
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -
An East Texas police officer was let go, a year after she was severely injured while on duty.
One year ago Tuesday, Longview Police Officer Leigh Ann Snyder was critically injured in a car wreck. According to Longview city policy, employees must be let go if they miss 12 months of full-time work in a two year period.
Members of the public have been outspoken, demanding the officer be allowed to keep her job. But Tuesday, she was terminated.
On December 11, 2011, Officer Snyder and a civilian passenger were responding to a burglary alarm when they were hit, head on, by a drunk driver. Snyder's injuries were the worst.
At a benefit in June, members of the community rallied in support as Snyder recovered.
"I'd like to say thank you to the community, to the police officers and to the fire fighters. Everybody has been absolutely wonderful. Without them, I couldn't have made it as far as I have," Snyder said in June.
All of those people who were by her side then, haven't left. A Facebook page asking the City of Longview to let her keep her job has more than 1,400 supporters.
"She faced down crack dealers, she stood strong on the streets of Longview, she cleaned up neighborhoods, and people commended her for her work. She was unafraid. She did everything that she was supposed to do and now it's our turn," says Charlie Wilkison, director of public affairs for the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT).
Recently, people have taken it upon themselves to contact Longview Mayor Jay Dean to express their frustration with the city's plans to let Snyder go.
"As mayor, I care about every one of our employees," says Dean.
Dean says four employees have been let go due to the same policy since 2007. Before then, employees were let go after missing 6 months of full-time work. After community members expressed their concerns about the 6-month policy, Longview extended the policy to give injured employees 12 months off work before they'd lose their jobs.
"Some of the outcry is because Officer Snyder is a police officer. Why don't we make the exception? Well, these people were hurt doing their job as well and some of these jobs are dangerous as well... the sanitation guy jumping off the back of the truck, public works people out fixing pot holes," says Dean.
Dean says he'd rather not execute the policy, but he must.
CLEAT says what has happened to Snyder is unjust.
"If she would have been killed, these same people would be draping themselves in her uniform. They would have been calling her a hero," says Wilkison.
Mayor Dean says the city has a safety net in place for employees, like Snyder, who are injured on the job. Though Snyder is no longer a police officer, he says she will continue to be paid 70 percent of her salary, untaxed, for two years. The city says she'll receive insurance coverage for childcare and renovations to her house, helping make it handicap accessible.
Dean adds, "My biggest hope and prayer is that when she is cleared medically and can return to full duty, that she will reapply. I feel pretty confident that she will find her spot again."
The driver of the car that hit Officer Snyder's patrol unit was 22-year-old Ramon Dominguez. Dominguez will be sentenced on intoxication assault charges at the beginning of next year.
Sunday, June 16 2013 10:04 PM EDT2013-06-17 02:04:16 GMT
Today marks the official start of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, but that is not the talk around East Texas. A cold front is making its way towards East Texas, and with it a round of showers and thunderstormsMore >>
Today marks the official start of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, but that is not the talk around East Texas. A cold front is making its way through East Texas, and with it a round of showers and thunderstorms is expected.More >>
Sunday, June 16 2013 10:03 PM EDT2013-06-17 02:03:59 GMT
The Longview Police Department is currently investigating two separate shootings, which occurred Saturday afternoon.Authorities tell KLTV the first shooting happened in the 900-block of Spring street aroundMore >>
The Longview Police Department is currently investigating two separate shootings, which occurred Saturday afternoon.More >>
Friday, June 14 2013 6:28 PM EDT2013-06-14 22:28:24 GMT
From the Office of Governor Rick Perry:Gov. Rick Perry today signed Senate Bill 21, which will require mandatory drug screening as a condition for the receipt of unemployment compensation benefits by certainMore >>
Gov. Rick Perry today signed Senate Bill 21, which will require mandatory drug screening as a condition for the receipt of unemployment compensation benefits by certain individualsMore >>
Tuesday, June 11 2013 11:13 PM EDT2013-06-12 03:13:53 GMT
Jacksonville voters have decided to keep their mayor for another term. In Tuesday night's mayoral runoff election, Mayor Kenneth Melvin defeated challenger Rob Gowin by less than a hundred votes. TheMore >>
Candidates separated by less than 100 votes.More >>