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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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There is also a federal task force examining ways to lower incarceration rates. Its members include John Wetzel, who manages a state prison population.


Cattle Theft Still A Modern-Day Problem In Texas

Oct 29, 2015

From the Texas Tribune: When Larry Gray's rangers send out an all-points bulletin, they generally don't know much about the height and weight of the suspects they're after. But they can describe what was stolen, detailing cattle brands on heifers and estimated weights of steers.




Every legislative session Texas lawmakers fight to make access to guns less restrictive. In the past lawmakers would use state crime statistics to push gun legislation at the capitol.


But a new study published in the Journal of Criminology by researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health may be poking holes in claims that increasing the number of conceal handgun permits leads to less crime.


BATON ROUGE, La. — Baton Rouge police say two 23-year-old Texas women were shot to death in a car, and investigators don’t have any suspects or motive.

Cpl. Don Coppola says in a news release that the bodies of Brandi Gilbert of Plano and Corrin Rayford of Grapevine were found about 11 p.m. Friday in a vehicle parked on the roadside.

Area resident Lyle Hitzman has told media outlets that he called police late Friday because an unfamiliar car was parked in a dark area near his house. He says he did not approach it and was shocked to learn that two women’s bodies had been found inside. He says the neighborhood is a pretty quiet area.

Gun crime across the country is up, breaking a two decade reduction in violent crime. A technology aimed at shortening response times to gunshots, as well as take human reporting out of the equation, is taking off in some American cities. 

The technology is called ShotSpotter and it relies on publicly placed microphones throughout a neighborhood to triangulate the location of a gunshot in real time, before it alerts police to the scene.

Forty-two suspected gang members and one Federal Police officer were killed in a shootout at a ranch in western Mexico that is being described as the deadliest such encounter in recent memory.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to fill the streets of the capital of El Salvador on Saturday to celebrate as one of Latin America's most revered and controversial religious figures is beatified — the last official step before sainthood.

They will gather to pay tribute to former Archbishop Oscar Romero, a beloved priest and staunch defender of the poor, who was murdered while celebrating Mass in 1980.

The Next Fight in the Waco Shootout Will Be in Court

May 21, 2015

From Texas Standard

As the dust settles on the Twin Peaks parking lot after Sunday's deadly biker shootout, the showdown in the courtroom is just beginning.

Authorities in Waco no doubt have a challenge ahead of them — sifting through the physical evidence and countless statements regarding the encounter that left 9 dead. But the district attorney’s office is now tasked with how to prosecute the roughly 170 arrested and charged with engaging in organized crime.

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WACO — A shootout among rival motorcycle gangs at a popular Central Texas restaurant left nine bikers dead and 18 injured, and it sent panicked patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police spokesman said Sunday. The violence erupted shortly after noon at a busy Waco shopping center along Interstate 35 that draws a large lunchtime crowd. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said eight people died at the scene of the shooting at Twin Peaks restaurant and another person died at a hospital.

The nine killed were all members of biker gangs, he said, as were the 18 people who were taken to hospitals with injuries that include stab and gunshot wounds. “This is probably one of the most gruesome crime scenes I’ve ever seen in my 34 years of law enforcement,” Swanton said. Dozens of motorcycles were parked in a nearby lot Sunday. Bodies were found in the parking lot of Twin Peaks and in another adjacent lot for a family restaurant. At least 100 people were detained, Swanton said late Sunday night.