Texas News Briefs
1 dead, several injured when school bus overturns in Houston
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead and several are hurt after a school bus overturned on a highway in Houston.
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.
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.
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.
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.