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Houston Woman Who Refused to Loan Phone Killed, Suspect Held

Posted/updated on: April 23, 2018 at 11:58 am

HOUSTON (AP) – A Houston man has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a woman after police say she refused to let him use her cellphone. Harris County records show 28-year-old Dondrick Flagg was being held without bond Monday. Flagg is charged in Saturday night’s slaying of 29-year-old Tiffany McKnight in the parking lot of her Houston apartment complex. McKnight returned home and was parking when Flagg approached and asked to use her cellphone. Police say McKnight refused, Flagg dragged her from her car, they struggled and he shot her. McKnight died at the scene. Officers located Flagg nearby, chased him and say he discarded a weapon before being caught. Police spokesman Keese Smith had no immediate additional details Monday. Court records didn’t list an attorney representing Flagg.


Photos Capture Special Moments from Barbara Bush’s Funeral

Posted/updated on: April 23, 2018 at 11:44 am

HOUSTON (AP) – Photos that a family spokesman tweeted capture special moments from former first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral. Her husband, George H.W. Bush, poses in one with their son, George W. Bush, and two other former presidents – Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Current first lady Melania Trump also is in the photo along with former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. All are smiling as they stand behind the elder Bush. Another photo gives a close-up view of George H.W. Bush’s socks with blue, red and yellow books on them in honor of his late wife, who was known for her work promoting literacy. The photos were taken by Paul Morse of George H.W. Bush’s office in Houston. The funeral service was Saturday at a church in Houston.


Houston Police: Woman Sets Car on Fire with Children Inside

Posted/updated on: April 23, 2018 at 11:44 am

HOUSTON (AP) – Authorities in Houston have taken a woman into custody after witnesses reported she set her car on fire as she sat inside with her three children. Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva says the woman was at a car wash Sunday evening when she began repeatedly revving the engine to the point that it caught fire. Witnesses intervened and rescued the woman’s three daughters, ages 9, 11 and 13. Witnesses told investigators that at one point she said, “We’re going to see Jesus.” She left on foot with the children but was later detained by a Harris County deputy constable. Silva says she’ll be charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a family member. A mental health evaluation is pending. The children are with family members.


Teen Fugitives Caught after Escaping Juvenile Prison

Posted/updated on: April 23, 2018 at 11:43 am

GIDDINGS (AP) – Two teen inmates have been caught a day after escaping from a juvenile prison in Giddings, Texas, about 100 miles northwest of Houston. The Texas Juvenile Justice Department said in a release that 16-year-olds Brice Ryan Karalis and Bryan Ernando Villanueva were arrested Sunday evening in Montgomery County. The two disappeared from the Giddings State School around 9 p.m. Saturday. The teens’ mode of escape was not released, and additional details about their apprehension were not immediately available. It was not immediately clear why Karalis or Villanueva were being held at the prison.


Five Arrested On Murder Charges Stemming from Texas Arson Case

Posted/updated on: April 23, 2018 at 11:42 am

GRAND PRAIRIE (AP) — Authorities have arrested five people on murder charges stemming from an arson investigation in Grand Prairie, Texas, about 13 miles west of Dallas. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that 25-year-old Elizabeth Delude, 40-year-old Claire Harrington, 34-year-old Clayton Miller, 33-year-old Christopher Cornell and 41-year-old Paul Rogers were arrested Friday. Harrington was held on $500,000 and the others on $750,000 bonds Sunday at the Grand Prairie Detention Center. Detectives investigating an April 10 Grand Prairie house fire determined that someone was slain inside. Two days later, the Erath County Sheriff’s Department discovered a charred body inside of a burned car believed to be the victim in the Grand Prairie homicide case.



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Houston Woman Who Refused to Loan Phone Killed, Suspect Held

Posted/updated on: April 23, 2018 at 11:58 am

HOUSTON (AP) – A Houston man has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a woman after police say she refused to let him use her cellphone. Harris County records show 28-year-old Dondrick Flagg was being held without bond Monday. Flagg is charged in Saturday night’s slaying of 29-year-old Tiffany McKnight in the parking lot of her Houston apartment complex. McKnight returned home and was parking when Flagg approached and asked to use her cellphone. Police say McKnight refused, Flagg dragged her from her car, they struggled and he shot her. McKnight died at the scene. Officers located Flagg nearby, chased him and say he discarded a weapon before being caught. Police spokesman Keese Smith had no immediate additional details Monday. Court records didn’t list an attorney representing Flagg.


Photos Capture Special Moments from Barbara Bush’s Funeral

Posted/updated on: April 23, 2018 at 11:44 am

HOUSTON (AP) – Photos that a family spokesman tweeted capture special moments from former first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral. Her husband, George H.W. Bush, poses in one with their son, George W. Bush, and two other former presidents – Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Current first lady Melania Trump also is in the photo along with former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. All are smiling as they stand behind the elder Bush. Another photo gives a close-up view of George H.W. Bush’s socks with blue, red and yellow books on them in honor of his late wife, who was known for her work promoting literacy. The photos were taken by Paul Morse of George H.W. Bush’s office in Houston. The funeral service was Saturday at a church in Houston.


Houston Police: Woman Sets Car on Fire with Children Inside

Posted/updated on: April 23, 2018 at 11:44 am

HOUSTON (AP) – Authorities in Houston have taken a woman into custody after witnesses reported she set her car on fire as she sat inside with her three children. Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva says the woman was at a car wash Sunday evening when she began repeatedly revving the engine to the point that it caught fire. Witnesses intervened and rescued the woman’s three daughters, ages 9, 11 and 13. Witnesses told investigators that at one point she said, “We’re going to see Jesus.” She left on foot with the children but was later detained by a Harris County deputy constable. Silva says she’ll be charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a family member. A mental health evaluation is pending. The children are with family members.


Teen Fugitives Caught after Escaping Juvenile Prison

Posted/updated on: April 23, 2018 at 11:43 am

GIDDINGS (AP) – Two teen inmates have been caught a day after escaping from a juvenile prison in Giddings, Texas, about 100 miles northwest of Houston. The Texas Juvenile Justice Department said in a release that 16-year-olds Brice Ryan Karalis and Bryan Ernando Villanueva were arrested Sunday evening in Montgomery County. The two disappeared from the Giddings State School around 9 p.m. Saturday. The teens’ mode of escape was not released, and additional details about their apprehension were not immediately available. It was not immediately clear why Karalis or Villanueva were being held at the prison.


Five Arrested On Murder Charges Stemming from Texas Arson Case

Posted/updated on: April 23, 2018 at 11:42 am

GRAND PRAIRIE (AP) — Authorities have arrested five people on murder charges stemming from an arson investigation in Grand Prairie, Texas, about 13 miles west of Dallas. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that 25-year-old Elizabeth Delude, 40-year-old Claire Harrington, 34-year-old Clayton Miller, 33-year-old Christopher Cornell and 41-year-old Paul Rogers were arrested Friday. Harrington was held on $500,000 and the others on $750,000 bonds Sunday at the Grand Prairie Detention Center. Detectives investigating an April 10 Grand Prairie house fire determined that someone was slain inside. Two days later, the Erath County Sheriff’s Department discovered a charred body inside of a burned car believed to be the victim in the Grand Prairie homicide case.



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