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North Texas Teen Fatally Shot in Parking Lot, Twin Injured

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2017 at 10:20 am

BURLESON (AP) – Authorities say a 17-year-old was fatally shot and his twin brother was wounded after they went to a North Texas school parking lot to have a fight with someone. City of Burleson spokeswoman DeAnna Phillips said Monday that an 18-year-old turned himself in after the shooting. He’s awaiting arraignment after being arrested on a murder charge. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office says Cameron Lewis was pronounced dead Sunday morning after being taken to a hospital. He’d been shot in the head. Police say his twin was shot in the foot and his injury wasn’t life-threatening. Police say the gunman stopped on a street near the parking lot late Saturday night and fired several shots. Cameron Lewis was in a vehicle when he was shot. His brother was standing outside.


Abbott Breathes New Life into Bathroom Bill

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2017 at 7:47 am

AUSTIN (AP) — For months, Governor Greg Abbott stayed silent and Texas’ bathroom bill languished in the Legislature amid mounting criticism from LGBT activists and business groups. Now Abbott’s all-in, becoming the nation’s first governor to fully embrace the issue. That makes the prospects for Texas blocking its own cities and school districts from instituting transgender-friendly policies on public restrooms suddenly bright, even with barely five weeks left before the legislative session ends May 29. Abbott promised to cooperate with state lawmakers to “get a bill to my desk that I will sign into law.”


Death Sentence On Line for Would-Be Rapper in Triple Killing

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2017 at 7:47 am

DALLAS (AP) — A former University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff student who once aspired to become a famous rapper now has his life on the line after his capital murder conviction in the shooting deaths of three people at a Dallas drug house. The Dallas Morning News reports the penalty phase opens today in the trial of Justin Pharez Smith, 24, in which prosecutors will present evidence in their bid for a death sentence. Prosecutors say a need for money compelled Smith to kill a man and two women in the August 2014 holdup. A woman and a man survived the attack and identified Smith as the killer.


Unsolved 1981 Killing Continues to Haunt Investigators

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2017 at 7:47 am

BRYAN (AP) — The gruesome 1981 death of Virginia Freeman haunts the investigators involved with the still-unsolved case. The bloody corpse of the real estate agent and married mother of two was found in the back yard of a home she was selling in December 1981. Investigators said Freeman had been sexually assaulted, stabbed in the neck 11 times, had her neck broken by strangulation and was hit in the head with a 4½-pound (2-kilogram) concrete chunk. Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk said there is plenty of DNA evidence in hand from the death of the married mother of two and that the case has more genetic material in evidence than any other of the county’s unsolved killings. But none of the evidence has been matched in the genetic database, suggesting the killer has never been convicted of a crime, Kirk said. The killer may even be dead by now, investigators acknowledge.


Man Sentenced to 80 Years in Prison for Strangling Co-Worker

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2017 at 7:48 am

MCKINNEY (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for strangling a hospital co-worker to death and dumping her body beside a remote county road in 1989. Sharon Trimble’s strangulation death is the second for which Temmie Cooley has been convicted and sentenced. He already is serving a 35-year term for the 2001 strangulation death of another co-worker, Earlene Warrell.


Honor Guard Formed for North Dakotan Killed During Search

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2017 at 7:48 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About two dozen Minneapolis area firefighters and police officers have volunteered for honor guard duties for a dive team member who died in Texas while on an emergency call and is heading home for burial in her native North Dakota. Lori Pohanka-Kalama, 46, died on April 16, one day after she was pulled from a rain-swollen creek on the Fort Hood Army Base. She was a member of the Morgan’s Point fire and police dive team in far southeastern Texas.


Costs Mount Despite Waco Motorcycle Gang Trials On Hold

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2017 at 7:46 am

WACO, Texas (AP) — Costs are mounting for the Texas county where a fatal gunfight involving two motorcycle gangs and police led to the indictments of more than 150 bikers. The trials arising from the May 2015 shooting at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco are on hold until a federal case against leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle gang wraps up, which could be at least several months, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported. So far, work related to the case tops $200,000 for the county, not including more than $500,000 defrayed by state and federal grants and reimbursements. The balance can be paid over several budget years.



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North Texas Teen Fatally Shot in Parking Lot, Twin Injured

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2017 at 10:20 am

BURLESON (AP) – Authorities say a 17-year-old was fatally shot and his twin brother was wounded after they went to a North Texas school parking lot to have a fight with someone. City of Burleson spokeswoman DeAnna Phillips said Monday that an 18-year-old turned himself in after the shooting. He’s awaiting arraignment after being arrested on a murder charge. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office says Cameron Lewis was pronounced dead Sunday morning after being taken to a hospital. He’d been shot in the head. Police say his twin was shot in the foot and his injury wasn’t life-threatening. Police say the gunman stopped on a street near the parking lot late Saturday night and fired several shots. Cameron Lewis was in a vehicle when he was shot. His brother was standing outside.


Abbott Breathes New Life into Bathroom Bill

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2017 at 7:47 am

AUSTIN (AP) — For months, Governor Greg Abbott stayed silent and Texas’ bathroom bill languished in the Legislature amid mounting criticism from LGBT activists and business groups. Now Abbott’s all-in, becoming the nation’s first governor to fully embrace the issue. That makes the prospects for Texas blocking its own cities and school districts from instituting transgender-friendly policies on public restrooms suddenly bright, even with barely five weeks left before the legislative session ends May 29. Abbott promised to cooperate with state lawmakers to “get a bill to my desk that I will sign into law.”


Death Sentence On Line for Would-Be Rapper in Triple Killing

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2017 at 7:47 am

DALLAS (AP) — A former University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff student who once aspired to become a famous rapper now has his life on the line after his capital murder conviction in the shooting deaths of three people at a Dallas drug house. The Dallas Morning News reports the penalty phase opens today in the trial of Justin Pharez Smith, 24, in which prosecutors will present evidence in their bid for a death sentence. Prosecutors say a need for money compelled Smith to kill a man and two women in the August 2014 holdup. A woman and a man survived the attack and identified Smith as the killer.


Unsolved 1981 Killing Continues to Haunt Investigators

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2017 at 7:47 am

BRYAN (AP) — The gruesome 1981 death of Virginia Freeman haunts the investigators involved with the still-unsolved case. The bloody corpse of the real estate agent and married mother of two was found in the back yard of a home she was selling in December 1981. Investigators said Freeman had been sexually assaulted, stabbed in the neck 11 times, had her neck broken by strangulation and was hit in the head with a 4½-pound (2-kilogram) concrete chunk. Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk said there is plenty of DNA evidence in hand from the death of the married mother of two and that the case has more genetic material in evidence than any other of the county’s unsolved killings. But none of the evidence has been matched in the genetic database, suggesting the killer has never been convicted of a crime, Kirk said. The killer may even be dead by now, investigators acknowledge.


Man Sentenced to 80 Years in Prison for Strangling Co-Worker

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2017 at 7:48 am

MCKINNEY (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for strangling a hospital co-worker to death and dumping her body beside a remote county road in 1989. Sharon Trimble’s strangulation death is the second for which Temmie Cooley has been convicted and sentenced. He already is serving a 35-year term for the 2001 strangulation death of another co-worker, Earlene Warrell.


Honor Guard Formed for North Dakotan Killed During Search

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2017 at 7:48 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About two dozen Minneapolis area firefighters and police officers have volunteered for honor guard duties for a dive team member who died in Texas while on an emergency call and is heading home for burial in her native North Dakota. Lori Pohanka-Kalama, 46, died on April 16, one day after she was pulled from a rain-swollen creek on the Fort Hood Army Base. She was a member of the Morgan’s Point fire and police dive team in far southeastern Texas.


Costs Mount Despite Waco Motorcycle Gang Trials On Hold

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2017 at 7:46 am

WACO, Texas (AP) — Costs are mounting for the Texas county where a fatal gunfight involving two motorcycle gangs and police led to the indictments of more than 150 bikers. The trials arising from the May 2015 shooting at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco are on hold until a federal case against leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle gang wraps up, which could be at least several months, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported. So far, work related to the case tops $200,000 for the county, not including more than $500,000 defrayed by state and federal grants and reimbursements. The balance can be paid over several budget years.



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