Victims of Hitchcock crash identified


The two people killed in a two-vehicle crash on FM 2004 in Hitchcock on Wednesday were identified on Thursday.

Bradley Holcomb, 48, of Alvin, and Sabrina Dempsey, 28, of Liverpool, Texas, were killed when the pickup truck they were riding in crashed into a van near the Galveston-Brazoria County Line.

Dempsey was driving the truck, according to the Galveston County Medical Examiners Office.

Police said the truck crashed after it swerved to miss another vehicle that had entered its lane of traffic from the opposite direction. The truck hit the van after it swerved.

— John Wayne Ferguson

Port Bolivar man dies in Oregon helicopter crash


Authorities say a 69-year-old Texas man died in a helicopter crash in southwestern Oregon.

The Mail Tribune reports Timothy Bruce Lyons, of Port Bolivar, was the only person on board the helicopter when it crashed Wednesday outside of Ashland.

Federal Aviation Administration public affairs manager Ian Gregor says the Bell 206 helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances in a heavily wooded area.

Aircraft company Erickson Incorporated’s Chief of Staff Chris Schuldt confirmed Thursday it was a company helicopter on a routine training flight. The company reported it missing Wednesday afternoon.

— Associated Press

Law enforcement

Man pleads guilty to killing landlord, burying in yard


A Dallas man accused of killing his landlord, entombing him in a concrete slab in the backyard and then posing as the victim to sell the house has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Court records show 46-year-old Christopher Colbert pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder in the death of 57-year-old Ronald Shumway. He also pleaded guilty to theft, tampering with a government record, securing execution of a document by deception and money laundering.

Theft and murder carried sentences of 25 years in prison, while the others carried 20-year sentences.

— Associated Press

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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