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Earlier this summer, law enforcement leaders in Dallas said homicide rates were the highest the city has seen in a decade. They’re expecting 228 by the end of the year. In one of case, police charged a man with killing 9-year-old Brandoniya Bennett who was shot in the head while sitting in her home on Aug. 14, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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Community activists, business owners, and residents are speaking up about crime problems in Prospect Hill, a community on the West Side of San Antonio.

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On Tuesday, Feb. 19, two hundred survivors of violent crimes from across Texas will come together on the steps of the Texas State Capitol.

From Texas Standard.

Few modern creations match the convenience of online holiday shopping – that is, unless you’ve had a package stolen from your front porch. Across the country, mail and delivery burglaries are on the rise, but one central Texas Police chief knows just the place place to send packages this holiday season.

Last week, the Round Rock Police Department launched Operation Front Porch, a program aimed at reducing the number of front door burglaries during the holiday season. Residents can ship packages directly to the city’s police department address and pick them up during normal business hours once they arrive.

While investigating a spate of evening car break-ins in a neighborhood on the west side of Bexar County,  investigators from the Sheriff’s Office thought residents might have photos or surveillance camera footage that could help, but didn't have a quick way to request that information.

"So we went old school," Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said. "We literally sent my deputies from community policing door to door."

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

A second suspect in the Rolling Oaks Mall shooting which happened on Sunday has been identified and arrested.  The San Antonio Police Department says 34-year-old Jose Luis Rojas was the suspect shot by the man with the concealed handgun license.  Rojas is in critical condition at the San Antonio Military Medical Center.  The other suspect, 34-year-old Jason Prieto,  has been in custody since Sunday night.

 

The night of December 6th 1991 – Four girls – ages 17, 17, 15 and 13 were working and hanging out at a “I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt!” store in Austin.

Eliza Thomas, Amy Ayers and sister Jennifer and Sarah Harbison were forced to strip, they were tied up, they were murdered – the shop was set on fire and the case is unsolved.

25 years after that night – it’s still a deep dark mystery.

“Who Killed These Girls? Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders” explores in rich detail the kills and the flawed prosecutions of four suspects.

Newly released FBI data show the number of murders in the U.S. rose nearly 11 percent last year and violent crime increased by nearly 4 percent, but crime researchers said homicides and other violence still remain at low rates compared with a crime wave from 20 years ago.

Bernie Tiede is Going Back to Jail

Apr 25, 2016

From Texas Standard:

A jury in Henderson, Texas has closed another chapter in a Texas murder story that captured the public's attention nearly two decades ago.

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