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El Paso Man Who Lost His Wife In The Walmart Massacre Receives A Special Gift
DALLAS (KRLD) - A car dealership is helping a man who lost his wife in the El Paso mass shooting.
The Casa Ford dealership donated an SUV to Antonio Basco on Monday after his SVU was stolen after his wife's funeral.
Basco's wife Margie Reckard was one of 22 people who were killed in the Walmart shooting on August 3.
"He was overwhelmed. He's extremely grateful. He's gone through more than anyone should have to over these last two weeks,' the co-owner of the dealership Ronnie Lowenfield says.
The dealership also included a donated trailer to Basco and someone else donated him a presser washer.
El Paso police say they have not been contacted about the stolen and wrecked SUV.
Judge Sets Execution Date For 'Texas 7' Inmate Patrick Murphy
DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A Dallas County judge has set the new execution date for 'Texas 7' inmate Patrick Murphy.
The judge set the new date for November 13th.
Murphy was minutes away from execution in March when the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted things because the Texas Department of Criminal Justice wouldn't allow a Buddhist chaplain in the execution chamber.
Jeremy Desel with TDCJ says they fixed the problem by banning all spiritual leaders from the execution chamber.
Murphy and Randy Halprin are the last of the seven gang members who broke out of a south Texas prison and killed Irving police officer Aubrey Hawkins in December 2000 at an Oshman's sporting goods store.
Combating Domestic Terrorism Is Goal Of Bipartisan Legislation
AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Three Texas Congressmen, Henry Cuellar of San Antonio, Randy Weber of League City and Michael McCaul of Austin, introduced bipartisan legislation that would allow federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors to better identify and charge those committing acts of domestic terrorism in the United States. H.R. 4178, the Domestic Terrorism Penalties Act of 2019, would replicate the penal code structure used to prosecute “International Terrorism” to establish penalties for crimes committed specifically under the definition of “Domestic Terrorism.” In turn, this bill will provide law enforcement with the tools necessary to charge acts of domestic terror and ensure these crimes are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
“One of my principal responsibilities as a Congressman and Vice-Chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee is to keep Americans safe. However, the shootings in El Paso and Dayton demonstrate that we need to do more to stop terrorists in our own backyard. Designating domestic terrorism as a federal crime will give law enforcement officials the necessary resources to effectively investigate suspects and fully prosecute criminals,” said Congressman Cuellar.
“The attacks earlier this month in Dayton and El Paso are a stark and hideous reminder that the threat of domestic terrorism is very real. As a former prosecutor, I know our federal domestic terrorism laws are insufficient and lack any real legal recourse to charge domestic terrorists with the crime they’ve committed. The bill we introduced today would change that. It provides the FBI and DOJ with tools to better identify domestic terrorism before it occurs and fully prosecute those responsible. We need to do more than denounce the hateful ideologies that spur this type of violence – we have to take action to better prevent the spread of homegrown radicalization,” said Congressman McCaul.
The Domestic Terrorism Penalties Act of 2019 is endorsed by the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA). The FBIAA is composed of 14,000 Special Agent members—including approximately 90 percent active Special Agents that have helped lead this effort to criminalize domestic terrorism at the federal level.
Detained Immigrants Sue Over Conditions, Medical Care
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrants held in U.S. detention facilities filed a lawsuit Monday decrying what they called shoddy medical care and a failure by authorities to provide accommodations for disabilities.
In the suit filed by disability and civil rights advocates in U.S. District Court, immigrants said they're placed in isolation as punishment and denied recommended medical treatment and surgery. Some said they've been denied wheelchairs and a deaf detainee who communicates in American Sign Language said he has not been provided an interpreter.
The problems harm disabled immigrants and threaten anyone in one of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's more than 50,000 detention beds who winds up getting sick or isolated from other detainees, said Monica Porter, staff attorney at Disability Rights Advocates, one of the organizations that filed the suit.
"ICE cannot simply contract with third parties to operate its detention centers and then wash its hands of the deplorable, unlawful conditions in those detention centers," said Tim Fox, co-executive director of the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center.
ICE, which largely contracts with private companies and law enforcement agencies for detention space, declined to comment specifically about the lawsuit.
An agency official said comprehensive medical care is provided to all detainees including dental and 24-hour emergency care and studies have shown about 1 percent of detainees are held in segregated housing at a given time.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of 15 immigrants from countries including Sudan and Mexico and nonprofits seeks to represent immigrant detainees across the country. The suit cites problems at eight facilities including a privately-run center in Adelanto California, and Teller County Jail in Colorado.
Advocates said they want to see changes in medical treatment and policies for the immigrants, who are fighting deportation, and the release of immigrants under alternative programs.
The number of immigrants in detention has grown in recent years. There are currently an average 55,000 immigrants in detention each day, according to ICE.
One of the plaintiffs, Faour Abdullah Fraihat, has been detained in Adelanto for more than two years and lost vision in his left eye. While an off-site doctor recommended surgery in April, immigration authorities didn't provide it and he was told last month his vision couldn't be restored, according to the lawsuit.
Fraihat, 57, who has back and knee pain, said he was given a wheelchair but it was taken away after a month. For more than a year, he relied on officers to bring him food, the suit said.
He said he fears returning to Jordan because he was threatened after converting to Christianity.
Another detainee at the facility about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles said he was placed in segregation for a week after filing a grievance against an officer, the suit said.
Luis Manuel Delgadillo, a 29-year-old who has lived most of his life in the United States, was on medication for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder but his treatment shifted after he was detained in May. Since then, his mental health has suffered, prompting him to miss two court dates, according to the lawsuit.
"Like any parents, my husband and I suffer with him, and we just want him to be safe," his mother, Patricia Delgadillo, said in a statement.
Longhorns, Aggies Ranked In AP Preseason Football Poll
Time will tell if the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies are "back," but the two programs are getting some respect from the voters in the Associated Press preseason college football poll.
Texas enters the season ranked No. 10, while A&M is 12th. The Longhorns are coming off a 10-4 season, including a Sugar Bowl victory over Georgia. The Aggies finished the 2018 season with a record of 7-6 in head coach Jimbo Fisher's first year in College Station.
Defending national champion Clemson is ranked No. 1 in the AP preseason poll for the first time in school history. The Tigers grabbed 52 of the 62 first-place votes. No. 2 Alabama, vanquished 44-16 by Clemson in last year's College Football Playoff title game, received the remaining ten first-place votes. The Crimson Tide have won five national championships in the last decade.
The AP voters ranked Georgia at No. 3, while Oklahoma is fourth and Ohio State is fifth. The rest of the top ten includes LSU, Michigan, Florida, Notre Dame and Texas.
A&M and UT were the only Texas schools to make the preseason top 25. TCU received votes and will start the season in the 31st position in the poll.
*News Radio 1080 KRLD is proud to again be the radio home of the Texas Longhorns this season.
Frisco Firefighters Deployed To Help Fight Copper Breaks Fire
FRISCO (1080 KRLD) - Frisco firefighters are in Quanah, Texas, about 80 miles northwest of Wichita Falls, this morning helping to knock down the Copper Breaks Fire in Hardeman County.
Crews were deployed yesterday as part of the department's Wildland Paramedic Unit, it's a first of it's kind unit that's part of the state's Interstate Fire Mutual Aid System.
The unit consist of men and women who are trained as paramedics and wildland firefighters who can be called up to help battled wildfires across the state.
The Copper Breaks Fire covers more than 11,000 acres.
The Texas A&M Forest Service reports the fire was about forty percent contained as of Sunday night.
Search Continues For Missing Man On Lake Ray Hubbard
The search continues for a missing man on Lake Ray Hubbard.
NBC5 reports that Dallas Fire Rescue and Texas Parks and Wildlife searched for Santiago Hernandez who went missing while riding a personal watercraft on Lake Ray Hubbard on Friday.
DFR crews responded to a call that said a man reportedly fell off of his personal watercraft around 8:20 Friday night near I-30 and Dalrock.
The search ended at about midnight with crews unable to find Hernandez though they did find the jetski.
As the search resumed on Saturday, Texas Game Wardens have say the search has gone from rescue to recovery.
Witnesses say he was not wearing a life jacket.
Amber Alert Cancelled After Rowlett Boy Found Safe
Rowlett Police are crediting a great-grandmother for ending an Amber Alert Sunday morning.
Late Saturday night, two-year-old King Henry was taken from his aunt's home. The aunt has legal custody of King.
King's biological mother, 19-year-old Treonya Henry allegedly took the child.
Rowlett Police Officer Cruz Hernandez tells KRLD News that police talked to the mom overnight about returning the child, and arranged a meeting place to do so.
Hernandez says when she never showed, they issued the Amber Alert shortly after four this morning.
King's great-grandmother later handed the boy over to police.
So far there have been no arrests, but the case is still under investigation.
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Suffers Health Scare
AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is resting at home after a health scare.
A statement released Saturday by his office said that Patrick complained of chest pains Thursday evening and was taken to a Houston hospital by his wife, Jan.
Doctors initially performed a battery of tests and found no problem. But one last test was performed, during which a "dangerous heart blockage" was found. A stent was put in place immediately.
The statement said that Patrick feels well and plans to return to work later this week. It also encouraged everyone to "pay attention to the warning signs regarding your heart."
Killeen Police Officer Seen Texting While Driving, Not Wearing Seat Belt
DALLAS (KRLD) - Killeen police responded publicly after a video of one of their officers went viral this week.
A passenger in a car next to the officer's patrol vehicle got a video of what appears to be the officer texting while driving and not wearing a seatbelt.
The man posted the video on his Facebook page and it's getting tons of attention.
Killeen's police chief Charles Kimble put out the following statement on the incident:
"On August 14, 2019, the Killeen Police Department was made aware of a video circulating on social media that depicted a Killeen police officer driving a marked patrol unit with allegations that the officer was not wearing a seatbelt and was texting while driving. Although, both of these violations are minor in nature, we understand that the expectations that our community expects were not met in this incident. We want to thank the public for bringing this to our attention. We take traffic enforcement and safety seriously and will handle this matter the same. There is a process in place to handle any allegation of misconduct by an officer, and that process is currently ongoing for this incident."