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Boy Taken During Dallas Home Invasion Found Safe

DALLAS (AP) – Police say a 10-year-old boy who had been taken at gunpoint by three men during a home invasion robbery in Dallas has been found safe. Senior Cpl. Tramese Andrews, a Dallas police spokeswoman, says Nicholas Fierros Jr. was found at around 7:15 p.m. Monday by a passerby in a neighborhood southwest of where Nicholas had been taken from. Dallas police had issued an endangered missing person alert for Nicholas, who had been taken from a family member’s home Monday afternoon. Police say the three men had forcibly entered the home and demanded money. When they fled the home, the men took the boy with them. After being found, the boy was taken to the Dallas Child Advocacy Center to be interviewed and was set to be reunited with his family.

Teen Arrested Over Clock Back in US for Summer

DALLAS (AP) – A Muslim student who moved to Qatar with his family following his arrest at a suburban Dallas high school when a homemade clock he brought to class was mistaken for a possible bomb has returned to the United States for the summer. KDFW-TV reports 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed returned to Texas on Monday. The teenager says he’s happy to be back home and seeing his friends and family is his first priority. He will stay in Irving, the Dallas suburb where he used to live, before traveling around the U.S. Mohamed was arrested in September after a teacher mistook his homemade digital clock for a bomb, but he was quickly released. His family questioned whether he was mistreated due to his religion and eventually left Irving after reporting threats.

Texas May Not Restore Lost Abortion Clinics Despite Ruling

AUSTIN (AP) – Long wait times for abortions and lengthy drives to abortion clinics are likely to continue in Texas for months and maybe years despite the U.S. Supreme Court striking down restrictions that drastically reduced the number of providers statewide. Texas lost more than half of its 41 abortion clinics in the three years since former Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed a sweeping anti-abortion law that justices largely dismantled in a 5-3 ruling Monday. The decision amounted to the Supreme Court’s strongest defense of abortion rights in a generation. The Texas laws required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and forced clinics to meet hospital-like standards. But even with those mandates now gone, Planned Parenthood and others providers aren’t yet making promises about opening new facilities.

Judge Denies Latest Appeal in Jasper Dragging Death Case

BEAUMONT (AP) – A federal judge has denied the latest appeal by one of the three men convicted in the notorious 1998 Jasper dragging death. The Beaumont Enterprise reports John William King’s most recent appeal was turned down last week. King’s attorneys have contended he was not at the crime scene, that a jury convicted the wrong man and the white supremacy group he’s been linked to was mischaracterized. King, sentenced to death in 1999, was one of two white supremacists condemned for the slaying of James Byrd Jr. The 49-year-old black man was chained to the back of a pickup truck and fatally dragged. Lawrence Russell Brewer, King’s co-defendant, was executed in 2011. Shawn Berry, who authorities said drove the truck while Byrd was attached to it, is serving a life-sentence.

Austin Man Drowns after Canoe Tipped Over in Lake

GEORGETOWN (AP) – Police say a 36-year-old man drowned in a Central Texas lake after the canoe he was riding in with his daughter tipped over. Georgetown police tell the Austin American-Statesman that several bystanders in the water helped the 9-year-old child return to shore Saturday at Lake Georgetown, but they were unable to rescue Jonathon Mendosa. Divers recovered the Austin man’s body about 2 1/2 hours later. Police said Mendosa was at Jim Hogg Park for a family event when he and his 9-year-old child went out on the water in a canoe without wearing life jackets.

Gunfire Kills Man, Injures 3 at Houston Apartment Complex

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston police are investigating after a 40-year-old man was fatally shot during an altercation at an apartment complex and three others, including a child, were wounded by gunfire. Police said that the 40-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene on Sunday evening. The other three people who were struck by gunfire were a 3-year-old boy, a 19-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man. Police say their injuries weren’t life-threatening. Police say they currently have no suspects.

Police Had Previous Run-Ins with Mom Who Killed Daughters

FULSHEAR (AP) – A Texas sheriff’s office says its officers had been called out multiple times in the past to the home of a mother who killed her two daughters, before she was fatally shot by police. Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Caitilin Espinosa said Monday that the call outs were for several different reasons. Espinosa earlier told People magazine the calls involved Christy Sheats’ “mental crisis.” A Facebook profile consistent with Sheats’ biographical details included a pro-gun post, alongside posts about how much she loved members of her family. Sheriff Troy Nehls said a family argument led to the shooting Friday evening in front of a home just outside the Houston suburb of Fulshear. Nehls says the two daughters had already been shot when an officer arrived. The officer shot and killed the woman, who was apparently preparing to shoot one of the daughters again.

Man Arrested in Fatal Shooting over Weed Eater

LIBERTY (AP) – Authorities say a man has been charged with fatally shooting a Southeast Texas man who had his weed eater. Liberty County sheriff’s office said Monday that 28-year-old Melvin Morales-Rivas was charged with murder in the early Sunday death of 45-year-old Vincente Rodriguez. Officials say Rodriguez was shot in his front yard after going outside to try to extinguish his burning vehicle. Rodriguez and his wife were initially awakened by someone knocking on their door. Officials say the man who knocked on the door later went to police, saying the fire and shooting were a surprise to him. He thought Morales-Rivas just wanted to talk to Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s wife told authorities her husband said he found the weed eater. Morales-Rivas was jailed Monday, where records didn’t list an attorney for him.

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Boy Taken During Dallas Home Invasion Found Safe

Posted/updated on: June 28, 2016 at 3:06 am

DALLAS (AP) – Police say a 10-year-old boy who had been taken at gunpoint by three men during a home invasion robbery in Dallas has been found safe. Senior Cpl. Tramese Andrews, a Dallas police spokeswoman, says Nicholas Fierros Jr. was found at around 7:15 p.m. Monday by a passerby in a neighborhood southwest of where Nicholas had been taken from. Dallas police had issued an endangered missing person alert for Nicholas, who had been taken from a family member’s home Monday afternoon. Police say the three men had forcibly entered the home and demanded money. When they fled the home, the men took the boy with them. After being found, the boy was taken to the Dallas Child Advocacy Center to be interviewed and was set to be reunited with his family.

Teen Arrested Over Clock Back in US for Summer

Posted/updated on: June 28, 2016 at 3:06 am

DALLAS (AP) – A Muslim student who moved to Qatar with his family following his arrest at a suburban Dallas high school when a homemade clock he brought to class was mistaken for a possible bomb has returned to the United States for the summer. KDFW-TV reports 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed returned to Texas on Monday. The teenager says he’s happy to be back home and seeing his friends and family is his first priority. He will stay in Irving, the Dallas suburb where he used to live, before traveling around the U.S. Mohamed was arrested in September after a teacher mistook his homemade digital clock for a bomb, but he was quickly released. His family questioned whether he was mistreated due to his religion and eventually left Irving after reporting threats.

Texas May Not Restore Lost Abortion Clinics Despite Ruling

Posted/updated on: June 28, 2016 at 3:05 am

AUSTIN (AP) – Long wait times for abortions and lengthy drives to abortion clinics are likely to continue in Texas for months and maybe years despite the U.S. Supreme Court striking down restrictions that drastically reduced the number of providers statewide. Texas lost more than half of its 41 abortion clinics in the three years since former Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed a sweeping anti-abortion law that justices largely dismantled in a 5-3 ruling Monday. The decision amounted to the Supreme Court’s strongest defense of abortion rights in a generation. The Texas laws required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and forced clinics to meet hospital-like standards. But even with those mandates now gone, Planned Parenthood and others providers aren’t yet making promises about opening new facilities.

Judge Denies Latest Appeal in Jasper Dragging Death Case

Posted/updated on: June 28, 2016 at 3:05 am

BEAUMONT (AP) – A federal judge has denied the latest appeal by one of the three men convicted in the notorious 1998 Jasper dragging death. The Beaumont Enterprise reports John William King’s most recent appeal was turned down last week. King’s attorneys have contended he was not at the crime scene, that a jury convicted the wrong man and the white supremacy group he’s been linked to was mischaracterized. King, sentenced to death in 1999, was one of two white supremacists condemned for the slaying of James Byrd Jr. The 49-year-old black man was chained to the back of a pickup truck and fatally dragged. Lawrence Russell Brewer, King’s co-defendant, was executed in 2011. Shawn Berry, who authorities said drove the truck while Byrd was attached to it, is serving a life-sentence.

Austin Man Drowns after Canoe Tipped Over in Lake

Posted/updated on: June 28, 2016 at 2:29 am

GEORGETOWN (AP) – Police say a 36-year-old man drowned in a Central Texas lake after the canoe he was riding in with his daughter tipped over. Georgetown police tell the Austin American-Statesman that several bystanders in the water helped the 9-year-old child return to shore Saturday at Lake Georgetown, but they were unable to rescue Jonathon Mendosa. Divers recovered the Austin man’s body about 2 1/2 hours later. Police said Mendosa was at Jim Hogg Park for a family event when he and his 9-year-old child went out on the water in a canoe without wearing life jackets.

Gunfire Kills Man, Injures 3 at Houston Apartment Complex

Posted/updated on: June 28, 2016 at 2:29 am

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston police are investigating after a 40-year-old man was fatally shot during an altercation at an apartment complex and three others, including a child, were wounded by gunfire. Police said that the 40-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene on Sunday evening. The other three people who were struck by gunfire were a 3-year-old boy, a 19-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man. Police say their injuries weren’t life-threatening. Police say they currently have no suspects.

Police Had Previous Run-Ins with Mom Who Killed Daughters

Posted/updated on: June 28, 2016 at 2:29 am

FULSHEAR (AP) – A Texas sheriff’s office says its officers had been called out multiple times in the past to the home of a mother who killed her two daughters, before she was fatally shot by police. Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Caitilin Espinosa said Monday that the call outs were for several different reasons. Espinosa earlier told People magazine the calls involved Christy Sheats’ “mental crisis.” A Facebook profile consistent with Sheats’ biographical details included a pro-gun post, alongside posts about how much she loved members of her family. Sheriff Troy Nehls said a family argument led to the shooting Friday evening in front of a home just outside the Houston suburb of Fulshear. Nehls says the two daughters had already been shot when an officer arrived. The officer shot and killed the woman, who was apparently preparing to shoot one of the daughters again.

Man Arrested in Fatal Shooting over Weed Eater

Posted/updated on: June 28, 2016 at 2:29 am

LIBERTY (AP) – Authorities say a man has been charged with fatally shooting a Southeast Texas man who had his weed eater. Liberty County sheriff’s office said Monday that 28-year-old Melvin Morales-Rivas was charged with murder in the early Sunday death of 45-year-old Vincente Rodriguez. Officials say Rodriguez was shot in his front yard after going outside to try to extinguish his burning vehicle. Rodriguez and his wife were initially awakened by someone knocking on their door. Officials say the man who knocked on the door later went to police, saying the fire and shooting were a surprise to him. He thought Morales-Rivas just wanted to talk to Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s wife told authorities her husband said he found the weed eater. Morales-Rivas was jailed Monday, where records didn’t list an attorney for him.

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