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DPS: Port Neches fatal crash caused by pickup crossing lanes

PORT NECHES --  DPS has released final report on the Wednesday dump truck/pickup crash investigation that killed Timothy Ling, 38, of Nederland,

The report concludes  "that the driver of the 2001 Ford truck, Timothy Ling, was traveling eastbound in the inside (fast) lane on FM 366 near Detroit Street and failed to drive in a single lane.  

"For an unknown reason, Ling crossed into the westbound traffic lane and struck the left back quarter panel of the dump truck.  This collision caused the dump truck to rollover."

Timothy Ling of Nederland was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:10 pm Wednesday.

The driver of the dump truck, 65 year old Norris Zeno of Beaumont, was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The DPS barricaded off lanes on Hwy 366 and a Hazmat crew was called in to deal with and diesel spill.

The accident happened at 12:47 pm at FM 366 and Detroit in Port Neches, DPS reports.

Troopers said at the time, preliminary reports show that a 1997 Freightliner dump truck was traveling westbound on FM 366. A 2001 Ford truck, driven by Ling, collided with the dump truck  which caused the dump truck to rollover.  The collision also caused diesel fuel to leak onto the roadway. 

New details emerge about Canada shooting


As the investigation of Wednesday's shooting rampage in Ottawa continues, CBS News can report that his passport was revoked by Canadian officials after he contacted known militants in Syria, possibly with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

Police swarmed the streets after a gunman shot dead a soldier guarding the National War Memorial, reports CBS News correspondent Jim Axelrod. Witnesses said the man then stormed Canada's parliament, where he was killed.

On Thursday morning, Ottawa police said they were confident that only one gunman took part in the attack after previously saying that other shooters may have been involved.

The booming sounds of gunfire filled the halls of Canada's parliament as security forces spotted the suspected shooter.

Streams of people fled from the building as police rushed to secure the area.

The violent spree ended when 58-year-old sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers shot and killed the alleged gunman. Vickers has a ceremonial role but is credited for stopping the attack outside a caucus room where members of parliament were holding meetings.

Inside lawmakers used furniture to barricade themselves in rooms for protection.

A Parliament Hill reporter recorded the frenzied moments as the shooting began.

"I don't know, a bunch of gunshots... A guy with a shotgun [gunfire]. Where do we go?! Where do we go?!"

The attack started just steps away at Canada's war memorial. That's where police say the suspect shot a soldier standing guard, at point blank range.

Law enforcement and U.S. government sources told CBS News the suspect's birth name was Michael Joseph Hall, born in Quebec in 1982. He is from British Columbia, recently converted to Islam and called himself Michael Abdul Zehaf-Bibeau. Sources said he had a history of drug addiction prior to his conversion.

No further information was available on Bibeau's apparent contacts with people in Syria, but hundreds of Westerners have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join Islamic extremist groups fighting against the governments of those countries. Many have heeded the call to jihad made in hours and hours of well-crafted propaganda videos posted online by groups including ISIS.

"We were working on the statue, and I heard a bunch of pops. I look across the street and there's a man with a rifle shooting at a bunch of people," a construction worker who witnessed the incident said.

Emergency responders performed CPR but Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed.

A dash cam video allegedly shows the suspect getting into a vehicle with no license plates, holding what appears to be a weapon. Multiple eye witnesses describe the man as dressed in black with a scarf over his face.

"Let there be no misunderstanding: We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a national address Wednesday evening.

He called the shooter a terrorist.

"This week's events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world," Harper said.

"We have a tremendous country, if you travel the world, we got it pretty darn good here, and I hope this doesn't change it," parliamentarian John McKay said.

This is the second violent attack on Canadian soil this week.

On Monday, a radical jihadi deliberately ran over two Canadian soldiers, killing one. That suspect was also shot and killed following a police chase.

Feds: Counterfeit contact lenses can damage eyes

WASHINGTON — With Halloween rapidly approaching, federal officials are warning the public about the dangers associated with counterfeit decorative contact lenses. Decorative and colored lenses are becoming increasing popular, especially around this time of year.

Currently, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are working to seize counterfeit contact lenses, illegally imported decorative lenses, and lenses unapproved by the FDA.

This ongoing effort, which is being coordinated with the ICE-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) in Washington, is being called “Operation Double Vision.” As a result of the operation, this year alone there have been 74 seizures with a total of more than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit and decorative contact lenses being seized.

"Make no mistake, contact lenses are medical devices that should be prescribed by trained professionals. Unregulated and poorly constructed lenses sold without a prescription pose serious health risks to consumers," said HSI Executive Associate Director Peter Edge. "Halloween is a fun and festive holiday, and nobody wants to see those celebrations end with a trip to the ER."

Officials are warning consumers not to buy contact lenses from such places as Halloween or novelty shops, salons, beauty supply stores, or online if the site doesn’t require a prescription. Although many places illegally sell decorative contact lenses to consumers without valid prescriptions for as little as $20, these vendors are not authorized distributors of contact lenses, which by law require a prescription.

Because of the inherent medical risks, it is illegal to purchase or sell contact lenses of any kind without a prescription from an ophthalmologist, optometrist or a specially licensed optician under the supervision of an eye doctor.  

Decorative contact lenses can typically be ordered from the office that conducts the eye exam and contact lens fitting. The Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act gives the consumers the right to obtain a copy of their contact lens prescription, allowing them to fill that prescription at the business of their choice, including online discount sites. 

Various legitimate stores and websites sell decorative lenses but consumers should avoid buying these lenses from anywhere that does not require a valid prescription.

“Our concern is that consumers who buy and use decorative contact lenses without a valid prescription can run significant risks of eye injuries, including blindness,” said Philip J. Walsky, acting director of FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations. “It is always better to involve a qualified eye care professional and protect your vision.”

According to a recent national study conducted for optometrists, 11 percent of consumers have worn decorative lenses, and of those, 53 percent purchased them without a prescription. In some states, contact lenses are available at gas stations, flea markets, beauty supply shops and pawn shops.

"You'd never buy a heart valve at a gas station and you should never buy a medical device like contact lenses at one either," said Dr. Jeffrey Hackleman, president of the Georgia Optometric Association. "You only get one pair of eyes and risking a lifetime of vision for a quick thrill is quite frankly not being vision smart. Contact lenses are like sponges that can absorb bacteria and cause an infection if not handled properly. A lifetime of good vision is so much more important than a cheap Halloween accessory.”

Medical experts advise consumers interested in buying decorative lenses to get an eye exam from a licensed eye doctor, even if you think your vision is perfect; to get a valid prescription that includes the brand name, lens measurements and an expiration date; to buy the lenses from a seller that requires you to provide a prescription, regardless of whether you shop online or in person; and to follow directions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing the lenses. 

Also, consumers should not expect their eye doctor to prescribe anime, or circle lenses, which give the wearer a wide-eyed, doll-like look, as these have not been approved by the FDA. Finally, an eye doctor should be seen right away if there are signs of eye infection, including redness, lasting eye pain or decrease in vision.

The HSI-led IPR Center is one of the U.S. government's key weapons in the fight against criminal counterfeiting and piracy. Working in close coordination with the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property, the IPR Center uses the expertise of its 21-member agencies to share information, develop initiatives, coordinate enforcement actions and conduct investigations related to intellectual property theft. 

Through this strategic interagency partnership, the IPR Center protects the public's health and safety and the U.S. economy.

LPD: Man arrested in deadly Lumberton crash was intoxicated
LUMBERTON - A Beaumont man has been arrested in connection with a deadly crash that killed a Lumberton man in front of Lumberton High School last Thursday.

Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins says officers arrested 58-year-old Elmer Ray Rivers, Jr., of Beaumont on a charge of intoxication manslaughter.

According to Chief Sullins, Rivers crashed into a vehicle driven by Robert Lance Wood, 58, last Thursday, Oct. 16, on Highway 69 in front of Lumberton High School.

Rivers is in the Hardin County Jail. His bond is set at half a million dollars.

If convicted of the second degree felony, Rivers could face two to 20 years in prison as well as up to a $10,000 fine.

Chief Sullins says Rivers' criminal history includes a number of DWI's.

Motorcycle crash victim recovering at Beaumont hospital
BEAUMONT - A driver of a motorcycle is recovering tonight at a Beaumont hospital after a driver hit him.

The crash happened around at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Maple and Magnolia.

Officers say the driver of a truck was heading north on Maple while the motorcyclist was heading south.

They say the driver of the truck tried to make a left turn on Maple but ended up hitting the motorcyclist.

Police are still investigating the crash.

Crystal Boyett's pretrial hearing set
HARDIN COUNTY - Crystal Boyett was in court today, and a judge set a pre-trial hearing for Dec. 1.

Boyett is charged with three counts of manslaughter and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon investigators say she caused a crashed that killed two Lumberton sisters and the oldest sister's unborn child.

According to an assistant district attorney, a change of venue was brought up in court today (Wednesday), but the judge did not take any action on the subject.

We tried to talk to Boyett as she left the courtroom.

She had no comment, and a woman leaving immediately behind her hit our camera.

Boyett is out of jail on bond.

If convicted, she could face punishment ranging from probation to up to 20 years in prison.

Deadly crash in Port Neches involving dump truck and pickup; what police say happened
PORT NECHES - A man who police believe ran a stop sign is dead following a crash Wednesday involving a dump truck and a pickup.
The crash happened on FM 366 right near Detroit Avenue in Port Neches.

Police believe Timothy Ling, 38, of Nederland ran a stop sign while traveling south on Detroit avenue, then hit a dump truck traveling south on FM 366.

The crash caused the dump truck to rollover.

Ling was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the dump truck, 65-year-old Norris Zeno of Beaumont was transported to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

DPS is still investigating the crash.

PAPD still working to identify person who died when his car caught fire in Port Arthur
PORT ARTHUR - Police are trying to identify a man who died after his vehicle caught fire during a crash last Saturday.

Port Arthur police say they were not able to get the fingerprints of the victim because of severe burns, so they've ordered a three-day DNA match. The results should be available Thursday, Oct. 23.

Two men passing by the accident in the 1800 block of Highway 73 stopped and did all they could to save the man.

However, when officers arrived, the victim's car was engulfed in flames and the driver dead inside.

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