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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Man dies after being shot multiple times outside Brooklyn housing development

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A man was shot to death outside a Brooklyn public housing development while his friends watched in horror, cops said Friday.

The 24-year-old victim was hanging out with his buddies in the Brevoort Houses parking lot on Patchen Ave. near Marion St. in Bedford-Stuyvesant when the shooter approached him at 10 p.m., police said.

Man dies after being shot multiple times outside Brooklyn housing development
The gunman fired several shots, hitting the victim in his right leg, left hip and groin, cops said.
Medics rushed the victim to Kings County Hospital, where he died.

None of the man’s friends were injured by the gunfire, according to police.

The victim’s name was not immediately released.
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Iowa Supreme Court justice orders Des Moines Register newspaper not to publish contents of court records

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 IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa Supreme Court justice has taken the unusual step of temporarily ordering the state's largest newspaper not to publish the contents of court records legally obtained by one of its reporters.

Press freedom advocates protested the order against the Des Moines Register and investigative reporter Clark Kauffman, and called on the full court Friday to immediately lift the stay.

The Iowa Freedom of Information Council, which represents media organizations and advocates for government transparency, called the action by Justice David Wiggins "extraordinary and very troubling."

"We are hopeful the entire Supreme Court will quickly conclude that Justice Wiggins' order goes too far and is an impermissible prior restraint on a free press," said executive director Randy Evans.

Wiggins granted a temporary stay Monday that blocked the newspaper from publishing information obtained from records relating to Des Moines attorney Jaysen McCleary. McCleary argued the records contained private information about his disabilities and finances and were never intended to be public.
Iowa Supreme Court justice orders Des Moines Register newspaper not to publish contents of court records

The records were inadvertently filed publicly by one of McCleary's lawyers in a lawsuit he filed against the city of Des Moines that alleged he suffered injuries when he was hit in the head by a garbage container launched from a city truck. They consisted of reports from experts who had evaluated McCleary, and were available for months in the state's electronic court records. The parties told the court they reached a settlement in November.

Days later, McCleary asked the district court to seal the reports after learning the newspaper had copies, arguing they were meant to be filed confidentially and were subject to an earlier protective order. District Court Judge Jeffrey Farrell sealed the records going forward. But last week he rejected McCleary's motion to hold the newspaper in contempt of court, saying the filings had long been available to the public and the Register wasn't subject to the confidentiality order.

McCleary had also filed a separate lawsuit against Kauffman and the newspaper, seeking a temporary injunction to prevent the publication of the records. In his public filing, McCleary said any story with information that included details about things like his old bankruptcy case and learning disability would cause "irreparable harm" to his right to privacy. He called the information "purely private facts which are not a matter of public concern."

District Court Judge Eliza Ovrom denied McCleary's motion for an injunction on Dec. 7, saying such an order would violate the First Amendment. She also rejected McCleary's request to seal the case from the public.

Wiggins, the Supreme Court justice, issued a temporary stay after McCleary filed an emergency appeal to the high court. Wiggins said the stay would remain in effect until the court could rule on whether to take up McCleary's case.

"Pending further order from this court, the defendants shall not disclose or share (other than with legal counsel) any information in the defendants' possession that was obtained exclusively from the reports," Wiggins wrote.

Separately, McCleary asserted that the newspaper planned to report that he was the "Attorney Doe" in a specific case in which the Iowa Supreme Court has "redacted all filings" and removed video of the oral argument.

Michael Giudicessi, an attorney representing the Register and Kauffman, argued in a filing Thursday that such a stay was a prior restraint on press freedom barred by the Iowa and U.S. constitutions. He asked the full court to vacate the order, which he called "an undesirable and unsustainable outlier in the law and policy of this state and this nation."

He added: "McCleary's conduct as a lawyer and the medical reasons he has relied upon to defend it are matters of public record."

McCleary didn't immediately return an email seeking comment Friday evening from The Associated Press. A phone number listed in court documents for McCleary was disconnected.
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Louisiana man found guilty in murder of girlfriend’s molester says he’s ‘not sorry’

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 A Louisiana man facing life behind bars said he’s “not sorry” for murdering the man who molested his girlfriend.

Jace Crehan, 23, admitted to killing Robert Noce Jr. in July 2015 — less than two weeks after the 47-year-old pleaded no contest to a charge of sexually molesting Brittany Monk while he was dating her mother, The Advocate reported. A jury on Thursday found Crehan guilty on charges of second-degree murder.

Monk testified she and her boyfriend only meant to scare Noce when they broke into his trailer in the early hours of the morning, but the situation quickly escalated.

Monk, who was seven months pregnant at the time, admitted to spraying cologne in Noce’s face while screaming “You ruined my life.” She also testified Crehan ordered her to get a knife — she got the “biggest” one she could find — which he used to repeatedly stab Noce, according to WAFB.
Louisiana man found guilty in murder of girlfriend’s molester says he’s ‘not sorry’
Crehan also reportedly wrapped a belt around the convicted molester's neck and used his foot to tighten in it.

The pair discarded the body in a 55-gallon container Noce used to make wine and tossed the knife in a lake.

A few days after the murder, Crehan admitted to detectives that he killed Noce because he believed the justice system “failed” his girlfriend.

“I feel a lot better,” he told them. “It’s not a regret.”

Crehan’s attorney unsuccessfully argued the murder was an “act of passion,” while prosecutors meanwhile described the man’s actions as “vigilante” justice.

“We do not live in a country where we as a society are allowed to take the law into our own hands and do justice,” Darwin Miller said during closing arguments Thursday.

Monk, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter earlier this year, is slated to be sentenced in January. She faces up to 40 years behind bars.
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Monday, 6 November 2017

Sutherland Springs church killer identified as Devin Patrick Kelley

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Sutherland Springs church killer identified as Devin Patrick Kelley Onlinelatesttrends
 Officials have identified the shooter who killed 26 people in a Texas church Sunday morning.

Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, Tex., has been named as the alleged shooter, according to CBS News.

Kelley was killed after a brief chase into Guadalupe County, although it's unclear how.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is searching his home for explosives, according to ABC News.

An unconfirmed LinkedIn account for Kelley lists four years of service in the Air Force and a month as a teacher aide for a Vacation Bible School in Kingsville, Tex., about two hours south of the site of the massacre.

He served in logistics readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge, spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told the Daily News.

Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 after being accused of assaulting his spouse and child and given a bad conduct discharge in 2014, the Air Force confirmed.

The shooting began around 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, about 40 miles southeast of San Antonio.

Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said that the suspect was dressed in all black "tactical-type gear" with a ballistic vest.

He was spotted first at a Valero gas station before crossing the street to the church, where he began firing a Ruger AR assault rifle outside the building before entering and continuing to fire.

Once he left the church, a local resident "grabbed his rifle and engaged" the suspect, Martin said.

Kelley then fled and engaged police in a chase before he was found dead in his car.

He reportedly purchased the assault rifle in April 2016 from an Academy Sports & Outdoors in San Antonio, according to CNN.

Only one victim has been identified so far: Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, 14, daughter of church pastor Frank Pomeroy.

At least 20 people, ranging from ages 5 to 72, were taken to local hospitals with injuries.
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Texas church gunman used same rifle as Las Vegas, Newtown, Aurora, San Bernardino mass shooters

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Texas church gunman used same rifle as Las Vegas, Newtown, Aurora, San Bernardino mass shooters Onlinelatesttrends
 The 26-year-old gunman who opened fire inside a small Texas church used an AR-15 rifle, the weapon of choice in many other mass shootings.

Devin Patrick Kelley used a military-style Ruger AR-556 to kill 26 and wound 20 worshippers inside the First Baptists Church in Sutherland Springs during Sunday services.

The gun also has been used in mass shootings in Las Vegas, Nev. on Oct. 1; Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, 2012; Aurora, Colo. on July 20, 2012; and San Bernardino, Calif. on Dec. 2, 2015.

The gunman in the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. used a Sig Sauer MCX, a gun that has similar features to the AR-15.

Gun experts say the rifle is so commonly used by mass murderers because it is based on the military’s M-16 rifle.

“All rifles that have started as military rifles always become popular,” said Jerold Levine, author of the book “New York Assault Weapon Laws.”

The gunman who killed 26 people at a Texas church used an AR-15 rifle, the weapon of choice in many other mass shootings.

“You can’t get any better of an endorsement for a gun than its use by the government,” he added.

Kelley served a member of the U.S. Air Force. But he was kicked out after he was convicted of “assault on his spouse and assault on their child” in 2012, records show.

On Sunday, he was chased away from the church by a neighbor who heard the shots and grabbed his own gun. Kelley was found dead inside his vehicle after he ran off the road near the county line.

As for the AR-15, the National Rifle Association calls the weapon “America’s rifle” and has long touted its effectiveness.

During the Clinton administration, many models of the rifle and other guns that were too similar to military-style weapons were banned. The federal ban, in effect from 1994 to 2004, included any semiautomatic rifle with a pistol grip and a bayonet mount.
Bryan Holcombe, a substitute pastor the evening of the shooting, and his wife Karla were among those who tragically lost their lives on Nov. 5, 2017.

But there are millions of AR-15 rifles owned in the United States right now, gun experts believe. The actual number of those weapons in use is not tracked by any government agency.

The gun, which retails for $849 and weighs 6.5 pounds, is also popular because it can be customized. Gun owners can modify its barrel, grip and stock.

“The AR-15’s ability to be modified to your own personal taste is one of the things that makes it so unique,” a NRA web post says.

The gun is also designed to cause serious damage.

Bullets fired from the weapon are capable of disintegrating bone and they leave the barrel three times faster than a round fired from a handgun. A body hit can be left with a massive exit wound the size of a softball.

Police officers on the scene of the fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Tex., on Sunday.

The semiautomatic rifle is also easily turned into a fully automatic weapon, with videos on YouTube showing how to do it, gun experts say.

In Las Vegas, Stephen Paddock, 64, used at least 12 of the so-called bump or slider stocks to turn his semiautomatic rifles into a continuous-fire killing machine. They function by using the recoil of the rifles to accelerate the rate of fire.

A bill to ban those devices has stalled in Washington.

The AR-15 rifle was originally built by Eugene Stoner, a former Marine, in the late 1950s.
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Texas man who planned to kill ‘all white police’ at the White House arrested

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 A Texas man who reportedly traveled to Washington, D.C., wanting to kill “all white police” at the White House was arrested Monday.

The Secret Service arrested Michael Arega, of Dallas, after Montgomery County police in Maryland alerted the agency that the man had planned to travel to the nation’s capital with the intent of killing cops, the agency said in a statement.

Arega was spotted near the White House and arrested without incident Monday afternoon. He was charged with making a felony threats, according to CNN.
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Former classmates paint portrait of Texas church shooter’s ‘twisted’ past: ‘Over the years we all saw him change’

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 Former classmates paint portrait of Texas church shooter’s ‘twisted’ past: ‘Over the years we all saw him change’ Onlinelatesttrends
 When Devin Kelley unleashed 450 bullets inside a packed Texas church, he was carrying out the final, fiendish act of a long downward spiral.

The Sunday massacre at the Sutherland Springs house of worship that left 26 dead and at least 20 wounded started with a threatening text message Kelley sent to his mother-in-law.

Then the 26-year-old showed up at the First Baptist Church armed for battle with a black tactical vest, skull face mask and Ruger AR-556 assault rifle.

The killer turned the sanctuary into a bloodbath, emptying his 15 magazines of ammunition — a total of 450 rounds, authorities said.

But his mother-in-law wasn’t among his victims. She didn’t attend services Sunday morning.

Those who died at Kelley’s hand ranged in age from 18 months to 77 years. About half of the wounded were children.

After shooting up the church, Kelley rushed outside, where he was confronted by a barefooted neighbor toting a rifle. The neighbor, Stephen Willeford, exchanged gunfire with Kelley, striking him in the leg and torso.

The wounded mass shooter drove off with Willeford and a second man in pursuit.

Before crashing his car, Kelley called his dad and told him he had been shot twice and was likely to die. The killer was found in his car dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

Kelley’s descent from a cheerful churchgoing boy to an angry, armed-to-the-teeth man was motivated by a domestic dispute, authorities said.

“We know there was conflict between the families and whether that was revenge or not would be speculation on my part,” said Freeman Martin of the Texas Public Safety Department.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said the carnage inside First Baptist was horrific.

“You don’t expect to walk into a church and see something like that, especially when all the bodies were there, and seeing the children. That’s what hurts the most,” Tackitt said.

But there were signs of burgeoning evil in Kelley long before Sunday — including a brutal assault on his then-wife and infant stepson, a discharge from the Air Force, an attack on his dog and a turn away from God.

His two charges of domestic assault while serving in the armed forces should have prevented him from buying firearms. But the Air Force on Monday admitted it failed to provide key information to the FBI. Kelley’s name was never added to a national no-sell database that gun sellers would have seen during a routine background check.

Kelley grew up in New Braunfels, a city of roughly 70,000 located 32 miles northeast of San Antonio. Kelley was the middle child of three.

His father, Michael Kelley, was an accountant and programmer who ran a billing software company out of the family’s sprawling home, which featured a pool, outdoor kitchen and barbecue.

The younger Kelley attended youth services at his local church and messaged with his friends on MySpace. He wasn’t the most social youngster, but friends described him as happy and caring and God-fearing.

Kelley was a different person by the time he graduated from New Braunfels High School — a deeply troubled outcast who appeared more unstable with each passing year.

“He was always twisted in high school,” former classmate Kayla Shearer wrote on Facebook. “I always thought if someone in our class would be able to do something like this, it would be him.”

When he was 18, Kelley briefly dated a 13-year-old. When she broke it off, he continued pursuing her.

“He somehow would always find out my number . . . and he would constantly call me," Brittany Adcock, now 22, told NBC News. “I've had to change my number quite a bit.”

Other young women recalled Kelley’s creepy interactions.

“He was very hypersexual and would always tell me in detail what him and his gf were doing,” a fellow student wrote to the Daily News. “I told him we couldn’t be friends anymore.”

Kelley was in the ROTC in high school, but his classmates were surprised to learn that he enlisted in the Air Force soon after their 2009 graduation.

“He never struck me as a guy willing to serve,” fellow student Vincent Paul wrote on Twitter. “He was weird as hell and completely unstable back then.”

Kelley was armed to the teeth when he killed 26 people in a Texas church.

Two years into his military service, Kelley married a New Mexico woman, Tessa Loge, while serving as a low-ranking airman in a logistics readiness unit at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

But his military career did not last long — or end well.

In 2012, Kelley pleaded guilty to “assaulting his son on diverse occasions and assaulting his wife on numerous occasions,” said Don Christensen, a retired colonel who was the Air Force’s chief prosecutor at the time.

Kelley beat the boy, born in July 2010, so severely his skull fractured, Christensen said.

Kelley spent 12 months in confinement and was demoted to the lowest possible rank. The Air Force booted him from the service on a bad conduct discharge in 2014. By then, he and his first wife had split.

Kelley remarried in Texas later that year to Danielle Shields. The two relocated to an RV park in Colorado Springs, where he was arrested on charges of animal cruelty in August 2014.

Witnesses told police they saw an angry Kelley chase down his young white-and-brown husky. “The suspect then started beating on the dog with both fists, punching it in the head and chest,” according to the police report.

A witness “could hear the suspect yelling at the dog and while he was striking it, the dog was yelping and whining. The suspect then picked up the dog by the neck into the air and threw it onto the ground.”

After a long standoff with police, Kelley was arrested. The case was later dismissed, and Kelley returned to Texas.

His high school friends noticed that he was filling his Facebook page with posts denouncing those who believed in God.

Texas church gunman had 'domestic situation' before shooting

A vehicle is hauled onto a flatbed truck where the suspect of a deadly church shooting was found dead in Guadalupe County, near Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday.

“He was always talking about how people who believe in God were stupid and trying to preach his atheism,” a friend, Nina Nava, wrote on Facebook.

He and his wife grew estranged and he struggled to hold on to low-end jobs. Kelley lasted not even six weeks as an unarmed night security guard at a water park in New Braunfels.

By 2017, he was back living at his father’s estate, which is hidden through a forest of scrawny juniper cedar and oak trees.

He quietly amassed an arsenal of weapons, including Ruger .22 and Glock 9-mm. handguns, as well as the Ruger AR-556 rifle.

One neighbor said he often heard the sound of “heavy firepower” coming from the Kelley family’s yard. “It happens so much you just ignore it,” the neighbor said.

On Oct. 29, he posted a photo of an assault rifle on his Facebook page. “She’s a bad bitch,” he wrote.

Kelley’s page also featured an ominous quote from Mark Twain.

“I do not fear death,” it read. “I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”
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Texas school district photoshops homecoming queen’s hair color, apologizes

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Texas school district photoshops homecoming queen’s hair color, apologizes Onlinelatesttrends A Texas school district apologized after a homecoming queen’s purple hair was edited to appear brown in a photo posted to its website.

Ebony Smith was crowned homecoming queen in late September.

Galena Park Independent School District posted a press release with a photograph of North Shore Senior High School’s homecoming king and queen, but something was off.

“It’s embarrassing,” Smith told local TV station KHOU. “It wasn’t even Photoshopped correctly. You can still see purple outlining. It’s just very embarrassing.”

The school posted a photo congratulating Smith and homecoming king Kasson Abdullah on the night of the homecoming game. The photo shows her hair as it was that night — a deep purple that happens to be banned by the school.

The handbook includes a list of unacceptable hair styles and specifically tells students to “avoid inappropriate hair color,” listing purple as one of the examples.

Smith agreed to dye her hair brown after homecoming, but her mother Tameasha Watkins is still upset over the photo.

“You changed her to make her look like someone else,” Watkins said. “Keep her as who she is. That’s who the students voted in.”

The school swapped the doctored homecoming photo for a black and white version earlier this week following the complaints.

Galena Park ISD released a statement explaining that a parent contacted them regarding the edited photo and said an “incorrect” photo was used.

“The error was immediately corrected, and our district sincerely apologizes to the student affected and her parents. Our intent has been, and will continue to be, to acknowledge and spotlight the accomplishments of our students, and we do regret this mistake.”
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Substitute teacher duct tapes students’ mouths at Texas elementary school

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 A substitute teacher was barred from a Texas elementary school after students reported that the educator put duct tape over their mouths.

Carmello Brooks, a fifth grader at Maxdale Elementary School, told his mother he ripped the first strip of duct tape off his face, only to have the substitute return and put another over his mouth, the Killeen Daily Herald reported.

He said he and 12 other students sat with their mouths covered for at least 15 minutes.

During class Thursday at the Killeen school, the substitute — whose name was not released — allegedly duct taped the mouths of 10 students and ordered three others to do it themselves, according to a news release from the Killeen Independent School District.

A teacher across the hallway heard the commotion coming from the classroom and went to check in on the children.

All of the students involved were taken to the nurse's office as soon as school officials learned of the incident. They were uninjured and able to return to class the same day, school district spokesmen Terry Abott told KWTX.

He also noted the substitute teacher was immediately removed from the classroom “as a result of this outrageous and unconscionable behavior.”

School officials notified Child Protective Services regarding the incident and the district has said it will support law enforcement in any additional investigation necessary, according to the news station.

The district in a statement also said parents were notified.

“The leadership of Maxdale Elementary SChool and the Killeen Independent School District are deeply saddened by this event,” the statement reads. “The principal has informed parents, and has reassured parents that the staff will continue to work hard to make sure every child at the campus is absolutely safe every day.”
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Man charged in houseboat accident that killed father and his 4-year-old daughter gets to keep his driver's license

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Man charged in houseboat accident that killed father and his 4-year-old daughter gets to keep his driver's license Onlinelatesttrends
 A Texas man accused of backing his houseboat, killing a father and his 4-year-old daughter over the summer, gets to keep his driver’s license.

Jason Bernal, of Killeen, won’t have his driver’s license revoked because a state hearing determined last week he wasn’t drunk when the incident killed 37-year-old Patrick Oliver and his daughter, Kaitlyn Oliver, according to the Temple Daily Telegram.

Bernal, 44, and his attorney requested the civil hearing — which is separate from his criminal case — to determine whether he loses his license.

He was charged with two counts of criminal negligent after allegedly running over Kaitlyn as she was playing in Lake Benton on June 23.

She died at a hospital after being tangled in the boat’s propeller. Patrick Oliver, her father, jumped into the water to try to say his daughter but the propeller struck his legs,

Oliver had his legs amputated and died July 6 — two weeks after the incident.

A witness told Bernal not to park his houseboat there because children were playing in the area, and recalled it was backing up at full speed, an arrest affidavit obtained by the station says.

Bernal said he hopes the truth about his case would be revealed.
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SEE IT: Man kills 416 pound hog who terrorized his property for years

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 This hog picked the wrong property to wreak havoc

A Texas man killed a 416-pound wild hog that had preyed on the fawns on his property over the last five years, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Joe Clowers told the Chronicle he took the large animal down with an AR-15. Clowers said he was usually armed when walking his property and checking his deer feeders just in case the hog tried to attack him.

"My property lays between some populated areas and I try to maintain an environment like a sanctuary or nursery for the deer to raise fawns," Clowers said.

Clowers said he plans to mount the hog as a trophy inside of his home.

"He was the big daddy," Clowers said. "I called him the bush beast."

Photos of Clowers and the hog were shared on the Facebook page of the Gregg County Game Warden.

Texas has the largest feral hog population in the country with over four million hogs statewide, according to the Chronicle. The creatures are known to eat anything, which explains why the hog had a habit of feasting on Clowers' fawns.
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Carpenter dies from flesh-eating bacteria in fourth case linked to Hurricane Harvey

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 A man died from flesh-eating bacteria in what is now the fourth case linked to Hurricane Harvey since the storm first made landfall two months ago.

Josue Zurita, a 31-year-old carpenter living in Galveston, Tex., was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, an infection that causes the body’s soft tissue to die, KHOU reported.

Zurita, who was helping demolish homes in the region after Hurricane Harvey, died on Oct. 16, just six days after he went to the hospital with an infected wound on his left arm.

“It’s most likely this person’s infection occurred when bacteria from Harvey debris or floodwater entered his body through a wound or cut,” said Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County Local Health Authority.

The Galveston County Health Department also pointed out that the infection was not related to the bacteria Vibrio vulnificus, which is naturally found in beach water.

Zurita, who left his wife and daughter behind in Mexico more than a decade ago to work in Texas, was remembered as a loving father, loyal friend and religious man.

Zurita’s death comes after 77-year-old Nancy Reed and Clevelon Brown, 64, both died from flesh-eating bacteria in the floodwaters of Harvey.

J.R. Atkins, a former firefighter who kayaked in the floodwater to check on his neighbors, survived an infected bug bite.
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Texan offered Marine $25G to kill ex-girlfriend after she started dating black man

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 A Texas man offered $10,000 to a Marine pal to kill his ex-girlfriend for dating a black man, and another $15,000 to watch him "put a bullet in her head," according to police and reports.

Keith Cote slapped the cash advance on the table and offered him the racially-charged hit job he described as "dirty work, done dirt cheap" during an Oct. 8 meetup at his Austin home.

The 62-year-old had approached the combat veteran at a University of Texas tailgate the day before about “something very serious.” He believed he had killed before — and could do it again, the Austin Statesman reported, citing court papers.

The retired service member only pretended to indulge Cote's slay plot after going to Travis County Sheriff's Office with his plans. He wore a microphone at times to help law enforcement build their case, according to those documents.

Authorities, meanwhile, spoke to the woman Cote wanted dead.

"When asked why she believed Mr. Cote would want her killed, she confirmed that Mr. Cote is a racist, and that she is now dating a black man," the court documents read, according to the Statesman.

"She stated that the only thing Mr. Cotes hates more than a black man was a white woman who is with a black man."

The woman, also unidentified, ditched him as late as 2015 due to his abusive treatment.

She believed Cote would have killed her himself if he could, citing a fall at a strip club near Houston that left him paralyzed and unable to carry out his sinister scheme, the report read.

Her suspicions were not unfounded.

Cote revealed to the Marine that he would have stabbed her in the heart with an ice pick after learning she was dating someone new.

Authorities swooped in to apprehend Cote early Monday. He was charged with soliciting to commit capital murder and was booked into the Travis County Jail, where he remains on a $1 million bond, records show.
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Father of dead Texas 3-year-old silent as he’s escorted to jail

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 The father of a 3-year-old Texas girl originally reported missing and later found dead was silent as officers escorted him into the Dallas County Jail.

Wesley Mathews, 37, is charged with injury to a child after the disappearance and death of his adopted Indian-born daughter Sherin.

Richardson Police confirmed Tuesday that a body found earlier in the week was the girl's. She was identified through dental records and police have yet to determine the cause of death.

The girl's parents called to report her missing on Oct. 7, and Mathews initially told police he made his daughter stand near a large tree after she "refused to drink her milk," according to an arrest affidavit.

Mathews claimed to have returned to get his daughter 15 minutes later, but found she was missing. He told police he knew coyotes had been seen in the area where he left his daughter.

He was initially arrested Oct. 7 and charged with child endangerment before posting bond and being released the next day.

The girl's body was found in a culvert on Oct. 22.

The next day, Mathews and his attorney went to the Richardson Police Department to volunteer new information.

Mathews told police he had been trying to get the girl to drink her milk in the garage. At first, she wouldn't listen to him but then began drinking the milk, authorities said.

Mathews told police he then "physically assisted" his daughter in drinking the milk, according to the affidavit. She began coughing and choking until her breathing slowed, the police report said.

Eventually, her father felt no pulse and believe she had died.

Mathews admitted to investigators that he removed the body from the home.
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Undocumented 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy faces deportation after crossing checkpoint in Texas

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 An undocumented 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy is facing deportation to Mexico after crossing a checkpoint while en route to her gallbladder surgery in Texas Tuesday.

Rosamaria Hernandez, who has lived in the U.S. since she was 3 months old, was traveling from Laredo to the Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi for the surgery when she was threatened with deportation after crossing a Customs and Border Protection checkpoint, her mother, Felipa Delacruz, told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

The girl was accompanied by her cousin, Aurora Cantu — who is a U.S. citizen — and both were escorted to the hospital by agents, the mother told the paper.

Delacruz, who is also an undocumented immigrant, said federal agents had been waiting outside her daughter’s hospital room on Tuesday.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy says enforcement shouldn’t take place in “sensitive locations” such as schools, hospitals and places of worship.

Now, the mother fears Rosamaria could be transferred to a detention center in Houston after she’s released from the hospital.

“She was just recently operated,” a teary Delacruz told Telemundo in Spanish. “I’m afraid that she’s going to get sick. She’s not capable of being alone.”

A CBP spokesman told the Daily News that border patrol agents in Laredo have notified the Mexican consulate of the situation.

“In this case, two individuals, a juvenile and her adult cousin approached the primary inspection lane of the Freer Border Patrol Checkpoint on Highway 59, east of Laredo, Texas,” a CBP statement read. “An immigration inspection on both individuals revealed the juvenile was illegally in the United States. Her adult cousin was determined to be a United States Citizen.”

“Due to the juvenile's medical condition, Border Patrol agents escorted her and her cousin to a Corpus Christi hospital where she could receive appropriate medical care,” the statement continued.

Lawyer Leticia Gonzalez, who is representing the family, did not respond to a request for comment.
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Surveillance video released in ‘baffling’ murder of 20-year-old Texas woman

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 Police in Texas released a new surveillance video they hope will help track down the men who may have murdered a 20-year-old woman.

Jocelyn Marlen Sarabia was returning from work to her home in Garland at around 1 a.m. on Oct. 20 — but someone shot her before she could get inside, according to authorities.

Days later, officers had no leads.

Authorities in Garland, Texas, are investigating the death of Jocelyn Marlen Sarabia, 20, who was fatally shot in her front yard as she was returning home from work on Oct. 20.

At first, police wondered if the men shown in the video tried to rob Sarabia. But they didn’t steal anything.

"It's a baffling case from all angles," Lt. Pedro Barineau told CBS News. "The fact that nothing was taken makes us look at the fact that ... was this personal.”

Police hope the public can identify the two suspects in the video. Both are shown running down a sidewalk and a car follows them on the road. At least one suspect’s face was covered with a hoodie.

"I'm still in shock," Alexia Guerrero, Jocelyn's step sister, told CBS. "For me, I feel like I'm still going to walk into her room and I'm going to find her.”

“What was done is done already,” she continued. “We can't do (anything) about it. She will not come back. But I'd ask them why they did it?"
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Man dressed as Santa Claus shoots people at Halloween party in Texas

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 A man dressed as Santa Claus opened fire during a Halloween party in Texas, injuring four people, police said.

The shooting was reported after 6 a.m. Sunday at a private residence in Austin, Detective Lee Knouse said during a press conference.

Four people were injured — three of whom have "pretty serious" injuries, Knouse said. A fourth person declined treatment at the shooting scene.

The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The suspected shooter — who was "known" to the victims — was arrested without incident at a nearby home, Knouse said.

The suspect's name has not been released, and a motive has not been revealed.
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Mother arrested for having sex with daughter's teenage boyfriend

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 A Texas mother was arrested after police say she confessed to having sex with her daughter's teenage boyfriend.

The boy's mother called the Pharr Police Department in August to report that her son had sex with his girlfriend's mother, 44-year-old Claudia Yaneth Lopez, according to KGBT.

The mother said she went through her son's phone and found suggestive text messages between the teen and Lopez.

The boy, who court records show is younger than 17, was taken to the Children's Advocacy Center for a forensic interview where he allegedly told police about the relationship.

Lopez was interviewed earlier this month and also admitted to the alleged tryst.

She was taken to Hidalgo County Jail on charges of sexual assault of a child. Records show she's since been released.
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Fake dentist leaves patient with 'extreme damage' after performing 8-hour surgery in his home

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 A Texas man posing as a dentist was arrested after a woman accused him of causing "extreme damage" to her mouth after he performed an 8-hour surgery in his home.

Authorities said Isidro De Jesus Manjarres met the victim at a restaurant in March, according to My San Antonio.

During the meeting, the woman told Manjarres about "sudden and severe dental pain" she was experiencing. Manjarres told her he was a dentist and the two set up a time for her to come by his San Antonio home for an appointment.

In early April, the woman said she went to the 55-year-old man's house and was told that she would need dental bridges and extractions. The procedure, which required an 8-hour surgery, would cost $3,600. The woman told authorities that Manjarres told her she could pay in two installments.

On April 8, the woman returned to Manjarres' home with $1,800 in cash for the surgery.

Police records state that Manjarres administered anesthetics 12 times during the procedure, extracted two teeth and used a grinding tool to shape some of her teeth for the bridges.

The woman was supposed to return to the home at a later date to finish the procedure, but she said the first surgery left her in so much pain she thought she was going to die.

According to the victim, Manjarres told her she had an infection and gave her an antibiotic, but it didn't work.

She then decided to see another dentist, who told her Manjarres had caused "extreme damage" to her mouth. The woman told police that she's spent more than $11,000 to fix the botched procedure.

When investigators interviewed Manjarres, he allegedly admitted that he's not a real dentist. He said he worked as a dental lab tech and seven years ago he had performed procedures from his home for dental offices.

He was booked into the Bexar County Jail on a charge of practicing dentistry without a license. He's being held on a $15,000 bond.
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Funeral held for 3-year-old Texas girl who died when father ‘physically assisted’ her with drinking milk

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 A private funeral was held for the 3-year-old Texas girl who was found dead weeks after her adoptive father reported her missing.

Sherin Mathews was laid to rest in a “small private ceremony,” her family said in a statement released by attorneys Mitchell R. Nolte and Gregg Gibbs.

“The service was conducted according to the religious beliefs and the cultural heritage of her family,” the family said.

Sini Mathews, Sherin’s adoptive mother, was in attendance and opted “to keep the ceremony private so the focus could be on Sherin’s future in Heaven and not on her tragic death on earth,” according to her attorneys.

The burial location will also be kept a secret “because of personal security reasons and threats of grave desecration.”

People across the world have become emotionally connected to Sherin’s story, according to her family and friends.

“While they cannot express their gratitude to everyone personally, please know they do appreciate the outpouring of love for Sherin and thank everyone for their kindness and prayers,” the family said.

Wesley Mathews reported the Indian-American girl missing on Oct. 7, claiming to have made her stand outside at 3 a.m. when she refused to drink her milk.

Mathews changed his story when Sherin’s body was found nearly two weeks later in a culvert on Oct. 22.

He told police he had been trying to get the girl to drink her milk in the garage. When she wouldn’t listen to him, he “physically assisted” her in drinking it, a police affidavit said.

She then began coughing and choked. Mathews felt no pulse and removed her body from the home.

Mathews is being held in the Dallas County Jail on a $1 million bond.
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