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Texas Most Wanted Fugitive, Absconded Sex Offender Captured in New Mexico

image002.jpgAUSTIN – Fernando Thompson, 57, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, is now in custody after being captured Friday morning in Albuquerque, N.M. Thompson was wanted for felony failure to comply with civil commitment requirements after he removed his ankle monitor on Nov. 24 and fled from an Austin halfway house. The arrest was not the result of a tip and no reward will be paid.

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2016 Adopt-A-Beach Children’s Art Contest Opens

Top prize: United Airline tickets, Royal Caribbean Cruise and a class trip to Schlitterbahn  

AUSTIN — Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is calling for entries in the 20th annual Adopt-A-Beach “Treasures of the Texas Coast” Children’s Art Contest. The deadline to submit artwork is Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

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Senate to vote on repeal of Obamacare this week

Senate Republicans plan to vote this week on legislation that would repeal large parts of President Obama’s signature health care law, setting up a veto fight in the coming weeks.

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Texas Forestry Association announces new Tree Farm Certification in Smith County

The Texas Tree Farm Committee of Texas Forestry Association recently certified 1,379 acres of timberlands in Smith County owned by the City of Tyler.

These multiple use Tree Farms have a sustaining yield of loblolly pine and upland hardwood timber. Water bars and road buffers have been established to prevent erosion. The City of Tyler forestlands were certified by Williams Timber and Kollin Hurt, certified inspector.

"A Tree Farm is living proof that a well-managed forest is a better forest," said Ron Hufford, Executive Director of Texas Forestry Association. "The City Council deserves to be recognized for their excellent forest management and commitment to forest stewardship, and for their dedication to water quality and wildlife," he added.

To be a Certified Tree Farmer, a landowner must manage his or her forest in an environmentally sound manner in accordance with the American Tree Farm System's standards and guidelines. Tree Farmers provide Americans with a renewable supply of essential timber and wood products. Their forest helps clean the air, protect watersheds, and provide homes for wildlife.

Established in 1941, the American Tree Farm System is the oldest and largest forest certification program in the United States. Today, more than 85,000 Certified Tree Farmers are managing 25 million acres of forestland across the U.S. For more information about Tree Farm, visit the Texas Forestry Association website at www.texasforestry.org.

Texas Forestry Association, the voice for forestry for 100 years, promotes an economic, social and political climate that will advance forestry in Texas through education, political action and public relations, as well as serving the broad needs of the forest resource of landowners, producers and consumers, and to enhance and perpetuate the Texas forest resource.

Reward Increased to $8,000 for Sex Offender from Houston

most_wanted.jpgAUSTIN – The reward for Jerry Wayne Adaway, 57, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and this month’s featured fugitive, has been increased to $8,000 for information leading to his capture if the tip is received in the month of December. Adaway, a violent sex offender, is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

Adaway has ties to the Houston area, which was his last known address and where he may frequent homeless shelters, public parks and food banks. He also has ties to New Orleans. In 1982, Adaway was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in Harris County. In 2007, Adaway was convicted of the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in Travis County. His criminal history also includes sex offender registration violation, robbery and possession of a controlled substance. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at: http://dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/featured.aspx?flb=Featured%20Sex%20Offender.

Adaway is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. He has tattoos on both arms, his left hand and chest; scars on his back and chest; and needle marks on both arms. Adaway is known to use multiple aliases and may wear glasses.

One offender from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program is featured each month in hopes the higher reward money from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division will generate additional tips. The higher reward amount will only be paid if the tip comes in the same month the fugitive is featured. All calls, texts, emails and Facebook tip messages are anonymous.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, there are five different ways to provide anonymous tips:

• Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).

• Text the letters DPS – followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.

• Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.

• Submit a Facebook tip at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).

• Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App. The app is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/texas-dps/id902092368?mt=8) and for Android users on Google Play: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microassist.texasdps&hl=en).

All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted. 

DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists – with photos – on the DPS website at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.

Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.

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