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Man Tells Officers Wife's Body is in Vehicle

Posted: 07/19/2007 - ROBSTOWN, Texas (AP) - A South Texas man went to a small-town police department and said he strangled his wife. Then, according to officers, he told them they could find her body in the back of his Dodge Durango parked outside.

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Witness Says Teen and Associates Paid by Cartel for Killing

Posted: 07/19/2007 - LAREDO, Texas (AP) - A prosecution witness testified that a teen on trial for murder was part of a Mexican Gulf Cartel-organized "cell" that killed in the U.S. The trial in Laredo involves 17-year-old Rosalio "Bart" Reta, who is an American. Convicted drug trafficker David Martinez Cerezo says Reta was among three men in an organized cell paid $15,000 to kill a Laredo man in 2006.

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Rockwall DA Indicted on Felony Forgery Charges

Posted: 07/19/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - The Rockwall County district attorney accused of diverting taxpayer money into his personal account has been indicted on more charges. A two-count indictment accuses DA Galen Ray Sumrow of forging the signature of an assistant district attorney on two checks from an office account in order to buy electronics.

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Wilson Sworn In as Texas Secretary of State

Posted: 07/19/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - The 106th Texas secretary of state has been sworn in to his new position. Phil Wilson, since 2002, has served as an aide to Governor Rick Perry.

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Study Shows Some Vets Could be Shortchanged

Posted: 07/19/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The government could be shortchanging some injured veterans in their disability pay. An internal study launched by the Department of Veterans Affairs concludes the handling of cases is uneven, depending on where vets live.

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Breakfast Lions Club Gears Up for Rodeo

Updated: 07/18/2007 - If it's the third week in July, it must mean rodeo time in Bryan-College Station. The Bryan Breakfast Lions Club will host their 36th annual PRCA Rodeo, starting Thursday, July 19, through Saturday, July 21, at the Brazos County Rodeo Arena on Tabor Road in Bryan.

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Waco Women Set on Fire During Argument

Posted: 07/18/2007 - An arrest warrant charging Aggravated Assault was issued Wednesday for Reuben Lopez, 23, whom Waco police are seeking after three women were doused with gasoline and set on fire during a domestic disturbance.

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Houston Residents Become Lasting Part of Texas A&M

Updated: 07/18/2007 - Two Houston residents will soon be immortalized by a new Texas A&M University landmark. In a groundbreaking ceremony held Wednesday morning, the Texas A&M Foundation began the development of a new fountain.

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Robertson County's Proposed Plant Faces Formal Opposition

Updated: 07/18/2007 - Environmental groups said Tuesday they filed motions requesting that state regulators reconsider their approval of a permit allowing TXU Corp. to build a new coal-fired power plant in Central Texas.

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Blinn Police Academy Deadline Approaches

Posted: 07/18/2007 - A deadline is fast-approaching for those hoping for a career in law enforcement. The deadline for application to the police academy for Fall 2007 at Blinn College is July 31, with the 17-week academy beginning on August 13. The academy is a partnership between Blinn and the Texas Engineering Extension Service to give students both college credit and hands-on experience.

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Fun for Future Farmers

Updated: 10/02/2009 - A&M Consolidated is offering a chance for children between the ages of four and ten to “Jump Start Your Future.” The school’s Agricultural Science Department is hosting an FFA Ag Camp August 16 and 17.

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Mega Millions Jackpot Increases to $35 Million

Posted: 07/18/2007 - ATLANTA — The jackpot in the multistate Mega Millions lottery drawing grew to $35 million Wednesday. None of the tickets sold for Tuesday's $26 million drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega Ball. The next drawing will be Friday.

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Woman Pleads Guilty to Sex Assault of Infant Daughter

Posted: 07/18/2007 - TEXAS CITY, Texas — A woman accused of sexually assaulting her infant daughter and videotaping her husband performing sex acts on two children has pleaded guilty to three counts of child sex assault. Julie Lynn Hinds, 35, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual performance by a child and promotion of child pornography. She faces punishment ranging from probation to life in prison.

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Former Sheriff Facing New Charges

Posted: 07/18/2007 - BASTROP, Texas — Former Bastrop County Sheriff Richard Hernandez, already under indictment on charges of improperly using county materials and inmates for personal projects, faces six new corruption charges. Hernandez, 51, was indicted Tuesday on new charges, including one count of theft by a public servant after being accused of having a jail fence moved to his own property.

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Officer Accused of Having Sex with Teen

Posted: 07/18/2007 - BROWNWOOD, Texas (AP) - A police officer has been accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl. The teen is a member of a law enforcement program for teenagers.

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Deputy Critically Injured in Dragging; Suspect Dead

Posted: 07/18/2007 - COLDSPRING, Texas — An East Texas deputy was injured Wednesday when he was struck and dragged more than 50 feet by a sport-utility vehicle driving in reverse, investigators said. San Jacinto County Sheriff's Deputy Shawn Barnes was in good condition at Memorial Herrman Hospital. The suspected driver was found dead less than a mile from the dragging scene still in the SUV.

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Four Plead Guilty in Abduction of Richardson Man

Posted: 07/18/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - Four people charged in a May drug-related kidnapping that included shots fired outside a Wal-Mart have pleaded guilty in Dallas. The victim, Carlos Moreno Esquivel of Richardson, was found alive in a trailer.

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A Shopper's Holiday

Posted: 07/18/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - Shoppers wanting a tax break on some items can look forward to August 17th through the 19th in Texas. Those are the dates for the state's annual tax holiday, as students get ready to return to school.

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Edwards Secures Funding for Navasota Police Department

Posted: 07/18/2007 - (WASHINGTON, DC) - Congressman Chet Edwards announced that the 2008 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill passed the House Appropriations Committee Thursday and will include his request for $300,000 to help the Navasota Police Department upgrade their communications and computer systems.

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Man Fights Flesh-Eating Bacteria Contracted at Texas Beach

Posted: 07/18/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - A man was listed in critical but stable condition after three surgeries aimed at saving him from a flesh-eating bacteria. Steve Gilpatrick of Nacogdoches was infected with the disease during a swim off Crystal Beach in Galveston County on July eighth. The 58-year-old is suffering from multiple organ failure and doctors are trying to save his leg.

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Former Dallas Judge Chosen for Federal Bench

Posted: 07/18/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush has nominated a former judge in Dallas to join the New Orleans-based Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The nomination of Catharina Haynes faces U.S. Senate approval.

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White House Objects to Taxing Cigarettes for Children's Health Insurance

Posted: 07/18/2007 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration is objecting to how a $35 billion increase in children's health insurance would be paid -- with a 61-cent tax hike on each pack of cigarettes. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt says the proposed bill would ironically increase taxes on low-income taxpayers as a way to fund health coverage for low-income individuals.

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