DALLAS (AP) – A former Dallas City Council member will finish the term of a disgraced ex-councilman who resigned after pleading guilty to accepting bribes in a school buses scandal. Carolyn King Arnold on Tuesday defeated Keyaira Saunders in the special election runoff for the District 4 seat formerly held by Dwaine Caraway. Arnold will serve the remainder of Caraway’s term and could seek re-election in May. Caraway was mayor pro tem of Dallas when in August he pleaded guilty to federal public corruption charges and resigned. Investigators say Caraway, who awaits sentencing, accepted about $450,000 in bribes and kickbacks related to contracts including cameras on school buses. Caraway faces up to seven years in prison.
HOUSTON (AP) – A onetime aide to former Texas Congressman Steve Stockman must follow his ex-boss to federal prison in a $1.25 million charity and campaign funds scam. Thomas Dodd of Houston was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months and ordered to repay $800,000. Dodd in 2017 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and to conspiracy to make conduit contributions and false statements. Prosecutors say Stockman spent funds, solicited for charitable and nonprofit efforts, on personal bills or campaigns. Stockman, who’s from the Houston area, in April was convicted on 23 counts including fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. He was sentenced in November to 10 years in prison. Stockman served in the U.S. House from 1995 until 1997, and from 2013 until 2015. He failed in a U.S. Senate bid.
BALCH SPRINGS (AP) – A police officer’s body camera caught the moment a boy jumped from the second floor of a Dallas-area apartment into the arms of officers below. Video obtained by television station WFAA shows Balch Springs Police officers trying to get inside the apartment building on the outskirts of Dallas. When the shooting flames prevent them from accessing the building, Officer Corey Jones throws a baton through a second-floor window from the ground and the boy is coaxed into jumping to the officers below. The fire department arrives soon after and uses a ladder to rescue his mother. The name, age and condition of the boy haven’t been provided, but he was able to walk and smiled to officers as he sat wrapped in a blanket. Police say the mother and son are recovering.
AUSTIN (AP) – Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is defending the Trump administration’s stricter immigration policies and decrying federal judges attempting to block many of them. During a Texas visit Tuesday, Whitaker praised a crackdown aimed at drastically reducing the number of immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally then seek asylum because of fears of violence or persecution back home. Whitaker called “the vast majority” of such claims “simply meritless.” He also complained that “many of the steps that we have taken to restore the rule of law” have been stopped by judges issuing nationwide injunctions – a practice he argued was unconstitutional. Whitaker has been mentioned as a possible choice as Trump hunts for a new chief of staff to replace John Kelly. He didn’t mention that Tuesday or take questions.
HOUSTON (AP) – Three officers have been shot while serving a family violence warrant at a Houston-area home. The suspect was found dead in the house hours later. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that one deputy and two officers from the Texas Attorney General’s Office were wounded Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says the injuries are not life-threatening and the officers were being treated at a Houston hospital. Chief Deputy Edison Toquica says tactical squad officers later found Daniel Trevino dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. Toquica had said agents from the AG’s office and sheriff’s investigators were serving a warrant, at the threshold of a door, when the suspect began shooting. Officers returned fire. Toquica says the warrant for Trevino involved violation of a protective order.
HUNTSVILLE (AP) – A Texas inmate has been executed for fatally shooting a newlywed during a robbery more than 25 years ago. Alvin Braziel Jr. received lethal injection Tuesday evening at the state penitentiary in Huntsville. The 43-year-old Braziel was condemned for the 1993 slaying of 27-year-old Douglas White as he and his wife walked along a jogging trail in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite. The couple had been married only 10 days. White’s killing remained unsolved for more than seven years until DNA evidence tied Braziel to the case. Braziel is the 24th inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the 13th executed in Texas, the nation’s busiest capital punishment state. He will be the last Texas inmate executed this year.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – A Texas man who says he was sexually abused as a boy by a Vermont priest is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington. The Burlington Free Press reports the complaint filed Friday alleges negligence, fraud and “outrageous conduct” by the diocese and seeks more than $75,000 in damages. The man says he was an altar boy at St. Ann’s Parish in Milton in the late 1970s and 1980s when he was abused by Father Alfred Willis. Willis was accused of abusing others in several complaints that were settled in the early 2000s. He was eventually dismissed from the priesthood. Bishop Christopher Coyne wrote in a statement the filing is “further evidence that we still have much to do to bring healing and closure” to survivors of sexual abuse by clergy in the past.