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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 08:00 - 17:00

Volume 28, No. 33 Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Boy Gets Burned: A 12-year–old Dayton area boy, Devin Marquez, was taken by air ambulance to a Houston hospital Sunday after receiving extensive burns over much of his body.  Liberty County Sheriffs Captain Ken Defoor said the child was pouring gas on fire ant hills to burn the ants when fire jumped from the ground to a 5 gallon gas can, causing an explosion. Captain Defoor said those at the scene report the boy sustained second and third degree burns over 80 % of his body. Early Sunday evening the child, Devin Marquez, was taken to the Shriners Burn Unit, said to be in critical condition.

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Train v Vehicle: A 20-year-old Dayton woman was taken by air ambulance to a Houston Hospital after her car was struck by a train on the Union Pacific railroad crossing on CR 615. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Boyd Lamb said Carmen Campos-Urrieta apparently did no see the flashing lights or hear the train. Trooper Lamb said the railroad crossing did not have warning arms. No word on her condition, but she was said to be complaining of pain in her hip area.

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Wildlife Trails: Biologist with the Trinity River National Wildlife Service Laurie Lomas has taken on the project to build 16 miles of hiking trails with access to the roughly 3,000 acres of refuge land that borders the City of Liberty on the north h and west.  Ms. Lomas said once completed, the trail system will have seven different areas from which to access the hiking trails in the refuge. In addition, there will be paddle trails, water permitting, and bike trails within the City of Liberty. If you’d like to help or learn more about the project, call the Trinity River Wildlife Refuge office at (936) 336-9786.

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Tax News: For those who itemize their federal income tax returns, Liberty Certified Public Accountant Byron Swaim said mortgage insurance premiums have been deductible for many years, but was initially dropped for the 2012 tax year. Mr. Swaim said that deduction has since been reinstated for 2012. The local CPA said the printed line for that mortgage insurance premium will be listed as usual on the itemized deduction schedules. However, he said the reporting form that goes to the tax payer and their mortgage company was printed before congress reinstated the deduction. He recommended contacting the mortgage company for the amount.

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*Lake Release: 4,000 CFS – Liberty Bridge: 10.21 ASL*

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