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Texas News Briefs 07.15.15

Man with puncture wounds on arm dies in Round Rock, snake seized 

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — Investigators say a man found with puncture wounds on his wrist and a snake in his vehicle has died at a Texas hospital.

Austin-Travis EMS Cmdr. Mike Benavides said Wednesday that the man died at St. David's Round Rock Medical Center. No cause of death was immediately released.

Authorities are trying to determine whether the victim, who was treated for cardiac arrest, was bitten by a snake.

Emergency personnel Tuesday night responded to a report of an ill man in a car, in the parking lot of a store. Benavides had no details on who summoned help.

Animal control officers confiscated a live snake from a container in the man's car, which had snake stickers on it. Detail weren't available on the snake.

The man's name wasn't immediately released.

 

Robbery suspect's gun discharges, kills him at Houston store

HOUSTON (AP) — Police say an armed man allegedly trying to rob a Houston liquor store has been fatally shot with his own gun during a struggle with a clerk.

Houston police on Wednesday did not immediately release the name of the suspect who was killed.

Investigators say a gunman entered the store Tuesday afternoon and demanded money from the clerk. Police say the suspected vaulted over the counter and began to struggle with the store worker.

The gun went off, killing the suspect. The employee was not hurt.

The incident happened a day after police say two masked men suspected of trying to rob a Houston convenience store were fatally shot by a clerk.

 

More than 70 test positive for tuberculosis in El Paso 

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — More than 70 people at a West Texas school and a halfway house have tested positive for tuberculosis.

The El Paso Department of Public Health on Tuesday announce results of the latest examinations involving more than 400 individuals. People who were positive face additional testing to determine if that have an active form of TB and require medication.

Health officials tested staff and students from Frank Macias Elementary School, in the Clint Independent School District, where 51 tested positive for TB. Authorities say 20 people at the Dismas Charities halfway house tested positive.

The school investigation began in mid-June after a person was confirmed with an active case of TB. The halfway house drew scrutiny this month.

The El Paso area had 44 confirmed cases of tuberculosis last year.

 

Military exercise sparks fears among archconservatives 

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — A summer military training exercise that has aroused alarm among archconservatives who believe it could be a precursor to martial law and firearms confiscations is set to begin in Central Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott acknowledged that panic when he directed the Texas State Guard to monitor Jade Helm 15 starting Wednesday near the town of Bastrop, 30 miles southeast of Austin.

Texas is one of two "hostile" territories for the purpose of the exercise.

The State Guard will brief Abbott's office every day on the exercises. Civilian volunteers say they plan to shadow military movements statewide.

Jade Helm 15 will cover seven Southwestern states and wraps up in September.

 

3 get nearly 22-year prison terms over Texas stash house 

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Three men linked to a South Texas stash house must each serve nearly 22 years in prison for holding Mexican immigrants for ransom.

Federal prosecutors in McAllen said the trio pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit hostage taking in the 2014 incident in Pharr.

Julio Vargas-Hernandez, Gustavo Morales-Manriquez and Osiris Bulos-Gonzalez of Edinburg were sentenced Tuesday. Vargas-Hernandez and Morales-Manriquez are from Mexico and will face deportation proceedings after they finish their U.S. prison terms.

Officers on Feb. 9, 2014, received a 911 call from one of the immigrants who said he and others were threatened with death unless their families paid a ransom. The immigrants were rescued.

Investigators say a firearm was used to hold the immigrants seeking to enter the U.S. illegally.

 

Rand Paul returns to Texas for rally 

HOUSTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is returning to Texas for a campaign rally in the part of Texas where he grew up.

Paul will speak at a "Stand With Rand Rally" on Wednesday afternoon at a downtown Houston hotel.

The freshman U.S. senator from Kentucky grew up in nearby Brazoria County where his father was a gynecologist and a longtime maverick Republican congressman who made two unsuccessful presidential runs as a Republican and one as a Libertarian Party nominee.

 

South Texas judge arrested on bribery, drug-related charges

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas (AP) — A South Texas judge has been accused of possession of cocaine and soliciting bribes to lower bond in for drug suspects.

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Prominent Texas businessman Bass invests in Blue Bell

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries has announced an investment by a prominent Texas businessman will "ensure" the return of its ice cream products to the market.

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Preservation work begins at President Johnson's boyhood home

JOHNSON CITY, Texas (AP) — The boyhood home of President Lyndon B. Johnson in Central Texas will be undergoing preservation work for the next few months.

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Austin officer makes cellphone stop, saves choking driver

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas police officer who pulled over a woman for illegal use of a cellphone while driving has saved her from choking on some food.

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