Realtor Sentenced to 20 years in Prison for Intoxication Manslaughter

Jason Tarr, a Buda realtor was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing a woman while drinking and driving. He has also received a $10,000 fine.
Last week a Hays county jury found Tarr guilty for causing a crash that killed 60-year-old Nancy Sterling-Dalton in September. Witnesses following the truck saw Tarr weaving on the road. Reports say he had been drinking at a golf course with friends before heading home. The DWI charge he faced was the third DWI violation he had received.

Nancy Sterling-Dalton was driving home from a visit to the gym. She was getting ready for her own wedding that was to be two weeks later.

District Attorney Wes Mau says that he hopes the sentence sends a message to anyone to drinks and drives. No matter who you are or how much money you have, you have to face the consequences when your actions are a crime that cause someone to die, you have to deal with the serious consequences of that.

Read more about this case from KXAN News.

Crocket HS Student Injured by Train

A Crockett High School student has been hospitalized after she was hit by a train in South Austin early Friday morning.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services received alerts of the crash at 5:30 a.m. It occurred along a section of railroad tracks on West Stassney Lane near Rose Hill Drive.

The girl has suffered injuries to her lower extremities, says medics. She was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with serious, but not life threatening injuries.

The roadway was reopened shortly before 7:00 a.m.

Read more about this case on the Statesman.

Find out more about personal injuries involving railroad crossings.

Austin Bus Hit in Mississippi, Killing 4

Investigators have confirmed four Lockhart residents dead in this tragic event. 34 have been confirmed injured and are being treated in Mississippi area hospitals.

For more information about the Biloxi bus, train crash please visit this page.

U.S. leads world in shark attacks

Thurs Jan 28, 2017
The International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida said this week that the U.S. leads the globe in unprovoked shark attacks. Florida had the most with 32 attacks. 15 of the attacks occurred in the same county, Volusia. Hawaii had 10, California saw 4 attacks, North Carolina 3 attacks. South Carolina had two shark attacks and Texas and Oregon each had a single attack.

This is one list that Texas doesn’t lead in. However it is important for Texans traveling for board sports to note the likely cause. File curator Goerge Burgess says that 58 percent of the worldwide shark attacks involved board sports. The movement created by boogie boarding and paddle boarding produce the types of water disturbance that can draw a shark.

Woman Critically Injured in Pumpkin Launching Contest

Tues November 8, 2016
Bridgeville, Del. – A 39-year-old woman suffered critical injuries after an apparatus used to launch pumpkins into the air exploded. The event was a large outdoor pumpkin launching competition. A 56-year-old man was injured, his injuries are said to be non-life threatening. Both people at the competition were struck by debris from the explosion.

A witness said that a piece of the launcher the size of a car door blew off and hit the woman. He said that she appeared motionless and was airlifted to a hospital.

The contest, known as Punkin Chunkin, has operated since 1986. It had been canceled for two years because of problems finding insurance. In 2014 a Sussex County farmer did not continue to make his property available for the ven because a volunteer was injured in an ATV crash and filed a lawsuit.

California Tour Bus Crash Leaves 13 Dead

Tues October 25, 2016
Palm Beach, California – No lawsuits have been reported after 13 were reported dead in a California bus crash on Saturday. A tour bus left a casino in Los Angeles at 11:30 p.m. It was traveling near Palm Springs, California, when it crashed into a tractor trailer at 5:16 a.m. on Sunday.

31 people were reported injured. The tractor trailer driver, Bruce Guilford, was injured in the crash. Authorities reported that 10 women and 3 men died in the crash.The driver of the tour bus, Telodulo Elias Vides, was among the dead in Saturday’s crash.

Authorities have now revealed that there were no skid marks from the bus at the time of the collision. That means there was no appearance of braking from the tour bus. Authorities said that the bus was traveling significantly faster than the tractor trailer that it struck from behind.

There were no seat belts installed in the tour bus. Authorities will continue to investigate the crash. Driver accident history, vehicle maintenance, and driving conditions will all continue to be part of the investigations.

Sunday’s crash is among the deadliest in recent years. Read more about the crash on CNN.

Legal Association Bans Sexist Language

There’s no place in the court room for sexist or discriminatory language. The American Bar Association has just made it official. The American Bar Association announced early this week that it is professional misconduct to discriminate against or harass anyone in the course of practicing law.


This decision comes after the bar association’s national meeting in San Francisco, where a national conversation stirred around the challenges faced by many women lawyers. Under the new provision, the A.B.A. could issue misconduct for diminutives like “baby” or “honey” or “darling.” Previously, women could be harassed or groped while in a legal setting, and the perpetrator’s actions would see no misconduct reports with the profession unless convicted of a crime.

According to the New York Times, opponents of the provision say that it may impair a lawyer’s free speech when representing a client. However the American Bar Association has met the objections from litigators who say that their practice or defense could be strapped by additional rules. The rule only applies when the lawyer knowingly engages is “harmful verbal or physical conduct that manifests bias or prejudice toward others.” If the lawyer can show that he or she did not realize the performance was offensive or harmful – he or she could be off the hook for any penalties.

Legal Association Defines Provision Despite Critics

The A.B.A.’s provision goes farther than the courtroom – and extends potential of professional misconduct to “interacting with witnesses, co-workers, court personnel, lawyers and others” and goes outside of the courtroom to include “managing a law practice” or “participating in bar association, business or social activities in connection with the practice of law.”

According to NPR, more than a dozen states already have provisions that define harassment and ban it’s use in the courtroom and other legal settings. Supporters say that it is time for sexist language to be banned at a national level. Legal counsel that fails to comply with the provision could face fines or suspension from the practice.


Before you begin working with a personal injury lawyer, see if others have ever had problems with the attorney’s conduct. Find out if your lawyer has a disciplinary history by visiting the State Bar of Texas website.

Doctors and lawyers are not required to disclose professional misconduct. But it is still your right to know, and the board’s duty to report about an issue publicly. Before you hire a lawyer or visit a doctor – consider their past and check their records.

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