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The caller first contacted the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department on Monday, claiming that the bodies were at a home near Hardin, about 70 miles northeast of Houston.


Woman has baby after husband is killed

UTICA — A New York sheriff said the wife of a deputy gave birth to their second child within hours of a gunfight that took her husband’s life.

Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol announced the birth of the girl Wednesday, one day after Deputy Kurt Wyman was killed at the end of a six-hour standoff.

The 24-year-old deputy was also the father of an 18-month-old boy. A sheriff’s department spokesman said Tuesday that Deputy Wyman’s wife had gone into labor after hearing about the shooting.

A prosecutor told the Syracuse Post-Standard he’ll seek additional charges against Christian Patterson, 40, who’s already facing an aggravated murder charge. The newspaper reported that Mr. Patterson is hospitalized but expected to survive wounds he suffered when police returned fire.


Employee fired over Tweet

BETHLEHEM — An economic development agency has let one of its employees go over a Twitter post that suggested her colleagues knock off work early to play golf.

Social media specialist Vanessa Williams lost her job with the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. after she used the agency’s official Twitter account on Friday to tweet: “We start summer hours today. That means most of the staff leave at noon, many to hit the links. Do you observe summer hours? What do you do?”

Miss Williams was given severance papers over the weekend, partly because of the Twitter message, President and CEO Phil Mitman told the Morning Call of Allentown.

“I think this is an interesting lesson for all of us about the use of social media and about how chatty and how much information goes out there immediately and what the consequences are,” said Mr. Mitman, calling the tweet “out of line.”

He said the agency does allow workers to leave early on Fridays, but only if they’ve already worked 40 hours. No one left early on Friday, he noted.

Miss Williams declined to comment.

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