HOUSTON (AP) – Two people were killed after a massive explosion at a Houston industrial company. The explosion happened about 4:30 a.m. Friday inside a building at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, which makes valves and provides thermal-spray coatings for equipment in various industries. Another 20 people were injured. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says authorities don’t believe Friday morning’s explosion was intentional though a criminal investigation is underway.
MIDLAND (AP) – A 3-year-old girl has been shot in a gunfight between police and a 16-year-old male suspect during a drug raid at a West Texas house. The Texas Department of Public Safety says Midland police officers were serving a search warrant at a house near Hogan Park in eastern Midland Wednesday night when a gunfight ensued with the teenage suspect that wounded the child. DPS Sgt. Oscar Villarreal said Friday that the girl was in stable condition at a hospital and the teen was captured. It was unclear if they were related, and Villarreal had no further information on the child.
FORT WORTH (AP) – A 53-year-old former gymnastics coach has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexually assaulting young female gymnasts in North Texas and Oklahoma. Skipper Crawley, of Kemp, Texas, pleaded guilty in a state district court in Fort Worth to four counts of aggravated assault of a child. Crawley was an instructor at Sokol Gymnastics in Fort Worth when three girls reported that he had sexually assaulted them during practice. He fled after he was charged in August 2018, but was arrested in Indiana. Then more gymnasts Crawley had trained in Oklahoma came forward to say he had also molested them.
CYPRESS (AP) – Authorities say a 3-year-old Houston-area girl died Saturday after her parent’s vehicle was left in neutral in the driveway and rolled back, striking the child. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said on Twitter that the child was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The home is in Cypress, located just northwest of Houston. Gonzalez said it appears the child’s parent had arrived home and started unloading the vehicle, which had inadvertently been left in neutral, when it rolled back.