SXSW's Pierson steps down after 15 years leading film fest
NEW YORK — (AP) — After 15 years running SXSW's film festival, director Janet Pierson is stepping down. SXSW announced the change Wednesday, saying that Pierson, a longtime champion of independent film, will shift to a director emeritus role. That will include serving as a programmer at the next SXSW Film & TV Festival in March 2023. In June, Tabitha Jackson stepped down as director of Utah's Sundance Film Festival. Last month, Eugene Hernandez, director of the New York Film Festival, was announced as Sundance's new leader.wftv.com
Texas parents arrested after baby found dead in their apartment
ODESSA, Texas — Parents in Texas have been arrested after their 8-month-old baby was found dead in their apartment on Tuesday. Officers reported that the inside of the apartment was dirty and there were dog waste on the floor and around the apartment, KOSA said. According to OPD, Gammage told officers that on Saturday, July 9, Pierson and him smoked some marijuana. Gammage told OPD that on the fourth toss, the baby fell on the floor, causing the bruising. According to KOSA, Gammage told officers that he had been dealing with a lot of stress lately and that the baby’s crying was part of it.wftv.com
Polk County paramedic wins fight for cancer disability benefits
A medical evaluation convinced the Florida Retirement System to approve “line-of-duty” disability retirement benefits for Polk County Fire Rescue paramedic Christina Lambert Pierson just 3 months after sharing her fight for cancer benefits with News 6.
Polk County firefighter diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer denied benefits
When Christina Pierson was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on Oct. 3, 2018, she never imagined the county she served as a firefighter and paramedic for six years would deny her any financial assistance provided under the law because she was diagnosed too soon.
Man charged in 1981 killing of Pennsylvania high schooler found bludgeoned on train tracks
Wayne Anthony Walker, 58, was charged Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Pierson’s murder, but Horne died in prison in 2013. (Delaware County District Attorney's Office)Two more suspects are under investigation for their alleged involvement in the case, according to the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office. Trooper First Class Andrew Martin said in a news release, however, that in Pierson’s case, time was on the side of investigators. Wayne Anthony Walker, 58, was charged Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Pierson’s murder, but Horne died in prison in 2013. The Pierson case remains active, and there is a $5,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of additional suspects.wftv.com
Omarosa Manigault Newman: Jan. 6 committee 'on the right track' with Katrina Pierson subpoena
Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman said the House committee investigating the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 is "on the right track" by subpoenaing 2016 Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson.news.yahoo.com
Doc films about Demi Lovato, Tom Petty headline SXSW 2021
This combination photo shows Demi Lovato performing at the o2 in east London, on June 25, 2018, left, and Tom Petty performing during the Vegoose music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 28, 2006. Documentaries about Lovato and Petty are among the films set to premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival this year. (AP Photo)Documentaries about Demi Lovato, Tom Petty, Selma Blair and Charli XCX are among the films set to premiere at next month's South by Southwest Film Festival. They held a makeshift virtual festival later that spring in collaboration with Amazon Prime Video, although some opted out. The Sundance Film Festival on Monday said that its virtual festival reached an audience about 2.7 times larger than its typical in-person gathering.
Motorcyclist killed in crash in Pierson
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A 23-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Pierson on Wednesday. The Florida Highway Patrol said a motorcycle was heading southbound on U.S. 17 and a pickup truck was also heading southbound on U.S. 17. Investigators said another pickup truck was heading northbound on U.S. 17. FHP said the motorcyclist failed to see the pickup truck had stopped and the front of the bike hit the left rear of the pickup truck. Troopers said the motorcyclist died at the hospital and the crash remains under investigation.
Silver Alert issued for 77-year-old Volusia County man last seen in Saint Augustine
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. A Silver Alert has been issued for a 77-year-old Pierson man who was last spotted in Saint Augustine. Volusia County Sheriffs Office officials said William Seemann left his home on Shell Harbor Road Thursday afternoon for a doctors appointment in DeLand but never made it there. Deputies said Seemann made contact with police in the Saint Augustine area around 1 a.m. Friday while on the side of the road. Seemann was last seen wearing a gray or brown shirt, blue jeans and brown moccasin shoes, deputies said. According to the Sheriffs Office, Seemann may be traveling in a gray 2009 Dodge Ram pickup truck with Florida tag KYTT50.
Pierson brush fire threatened four homes, official says
A brushfire sparked by someone burning trash threatened four homes in Pierson although no evacuations were ordered, fire officials said. A brush fire sparked by someone burning trash threatened four homes in Pierson although no evacuations were ordered, fire officials said. "We had a brushfire come out from a gentleman burning, we are containing it right now," Huber said. [READ MORE: Brush fire breaks out in Port Orange]High winds and plenty of embers threatened homes across the street from the fire. The Florida Forest Service had two bulldozers cutting lines around the fire, Huber said.news-journalonline.com
Man arrested after alleged knife fight at RV park, deputies say
A man was arrested after a fight involving a knife at an RV camp in Pierson on Saturday, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies took into custody 50-year-old Leonard Rushing, who was treated on the scene for a possible drug overdose and is facing domestic-violence related charges, deputies said. Rushing also has an active warrant out of Flagler County for violation of probation, deputies said. During a 911 call, deputies said a voice was heard screaming “I don’t want you to stab me to death.”Nobody was injured in the incident.
Thanksgiving food deliveries underway in Flagler
Flagler County clubs and agencies are delivering holiday meals ahead of Thanksgiving Day. Prepping for Thanksgiving Day, several civic organizations in Flagler County began meal deliveries last week. Flagler Beach Mayor Linda Provencher said her team plans to deliver 50 meals on Thanksgiving Day through Feed Flagler Beach. "There are 10 churches and one organization that get together every year and this is our 11th year, said Dottie Colletta, co-captain of Team Feed Flagler. Supported by a number of food drives throughout Flagler County, Women United Flaglers Chicks with Cans also brought in more than $6,000 worth of canned goods, according to Colletta, with the turkeys and chickens purchased through donations.news-journalonline.com