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Wanted man from Palestine killed by officers in SE Texas

TYLER — Officials say a man accused of carjacking a motorist and stealing a sheriff's office sport utility vehicle in East Texas was shot to death by authorities in Southeast Texas after brandishing a firearm and trying to run over officers while attempting to flee.


Texas News Briefs 09.10.15

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Documents say slain Abilene officer was bound hand, foot 

ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Court documents indicate an off-duty West Texas police officer found slain in his home was bound hand and foot and had been strangled.

The Abilene Reporter-News reports the information comes from affidavits for search warrants released Thursday.

The body of Abilene police Officer Don Allen was discovered Aug. 31. Clyde police found the victim in the bedroom of his home.

A husband and wife from Abilene, Phillip and Violetta Walter, were arrested days later and remained in custody Thursday on murder charges.

The affidavits say Allen's death appears to be by strangulation. Autopsy results were pending. Abilene police did not immediately return a message Thursday.

Police say a police-issued radio belonging to Allen was found Wednesday afternoon by a highway contractor along Farm Road 18, near Clyde.


Off-duty Temple 

officer arrested after hotel gun incident 

TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — An off-duty Central Texas police officer has been accused of firing a gun into a hotel wall during a law enforcement event in El Paso.

Temple police Cpl. Kenneth Lee Sheka was charged with deadly conduct/discharge of firearm after Tuesday's incident. Nobody was hurt.

Sheka was freed Wednesday on $2,500 bond.

Sheka was in El Paso for the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas convention. Police say a worker complained that Sheka made inappropriate sexual comments, touched her and she said stop. Sheka then allegedly fired a round into a wall.

Temple police Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said Thursday that the incident involved a personal weapon belonging to Sheka, who's been an officer since 2009. Sheka has not returned to service pending a disciplinary meeting with Interim Chief Jim Tobin.


Cat found in San Antonio with 2 legs bound by rubber bands 

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine who wrapped large rubber bands around a stray cat in San Antonio in abuse that led to one of the kitty's limbs being amputated.

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday announced the search for suspects in the animal cruelty case of the friendly cat dubbed Little Gray, for her color.

The kitty was recovering Thursday at Castle-West Animal Hospital in San Antonio.

Officials say the cat, for about a year lived, on a landscaping company's property and was fed by employees. She disappeared in late August.

Workers told investigators that the cat limped back on Sept. 2.

Deputies found rubber bands tightly wrapped around Little Gray's right front leg and left rear leg, cutting off circulation. The front leg had to be amputated.


Charges dropped against man in 1985 South Austin killing 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Charges against a former Austin recording studio owner accused of killing a 38-year-old woman in 1985 have been dropped.

The Austin-American Statesman reports a judge filed an order Wednesday to set aside the indictment against 65-year-old Dennis Davis, citing that Davis had not been given a speedy trial.

According to authorities, Natalie Antonetti was found beaten on the couch of her South Austin apartment in October 1985.

Davis had been found guilty in 2011 and sentenced to 36 years in prison, but that conviction was overturned by a state appeals court that said Davis had not received adequate legal representation.


Texan linked to smuggling 600 firearms to Mexico gets prison

DALLAS (AP) — A South Texas man linked to smuggling more than 600 guns into Mexico has been sentenced to five years in a U.S. prison.

Jose Maria Deleon of Camp Wood was sentenced Wednesday in Dallas. Deleon earlier this year pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the unlawful manufacturing of firearms.

Prosecutors say Deleon in 2010 and 2011 was involved with manufacturing guns without a license and then selling those firearms. Deleon bought AR-15 and AK firearm receivers that needed to be manufactured to become fully functional weapons for resale.

Investigators say Deleon was part of a ring that smuggled hundreds of the firearms into Mexico. Only about 50 of the guns have been recovered.

Texas News Briefs 09.09.15

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Baby boy dies after being left in hot car in Corpus Christi 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Corpus Christi police say a 4-month-old boy has died after he was forgotten in a hot car but his toddler sister survived being trapped.


Cruz blames Obama for climate of violence against police

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz blamed President Barack Obama on Thursday for a climate of violence against police, contending the president and his administration have long vilified law enforcement.


Texas News Briefs 09.02.15

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Texas man gets 17 years in prison in fake Disney park scam 

SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 17 ? years in prison for swindling investors with a fake story about a Walt Disney theme park in North Texas.

The judge also ordered Thomas W. Lucas Jr. of Plano to pay $8.4 million in restitution Tuesday.

Lucas was convicted on seven counts of wire fraud and one count of making false statements to the FBI.

Prosecutors say Lucas defrauded more than 280 investors out of about $20 million from 2006 to 2010. Those who paid for land in Collin and Denton counties were told it was on the edges of the future park. Investors hoped to sell the land to developers for a profit after Disney made an announcement.

The Walt Disney Co. has denied rumors of a North Texas theme park.


Legislative deal reached for Texas horse racing to resume 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A legislative deal has been reached to continue funding for the Texas Racing Commission that would allow horse and dog tracks to reopen.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the agreement Tuesday night, pending final action by Gov. Greg Abbott. Aides say the governor supports the measure.

The Legislative Budget Board has agreed to finance the Texas Racing Commission for three months.

Commissioners last week voted to let Texas tracks use "historical racing" terminals, allowing people to bet on already-run races that were stripped of identifying information.

Some lawmakers oppose such betting and threatened to withhold funding for the commission.


$31.5 million in state funding going to Alamo

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — State officials say the Alamo is to benefit from $31.5 million for preservation and development of the downtown San Antonio shrine.

Land Commissioner George P. Bush has scheduled a Wednesday news conference at the Alamo with legislative members and top Bexar (BEAR) County and San Antonio officials to describe the state appropriation and the legislative support that made it possible.

The Legislature mandated establishing a museum for artifacts, including 200 pieces that musician Phil Collins gave Texas last year. The General Land Office took over management of the Alamo from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, which had the responsibility for the former mission for more than a century.

Abbott urges Texas Congressional 

delegation to oppose Iran deal

AUSTIN – Ahead of Congress’ return from recess next week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter to each member of the Texas Congressional Delegation urging them to vote against President Obama’s deal with Iran and reaffirm the United States’ support for Israel. 

Abbott also declared Texas’ intention to continue its efforts in prohibiting public investment in Iran and called on private enterprises to follow suit should a deal pass.

  “Entering into an agreement with a country that consistently calls for ‘death to America’ and expecting them to live up to this deal is not only short-sighted, it is turning a blind eye to geopolitical realities,” Abbott wrote in the letter. “I call upon the Texas Congressional delegation to reject President Obama’s deal with Iran, reaffirm our nation’s support for Israel, and uphold states’ rights to prohibit investment that would benefit Iran.”

  Abbott also wrote, “Texas will continue its efforts to prohibit investments in Iran. Texas law currently bans taxpayer-funded investment in Iran and with entities that do business with Iran. … It is my hope that Congress will reject the president’s deal, but should it move forward, Texas will do everything it can to prevent public investment in Iran.”

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