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Houston 'Virtual Kidnapper' Gets Prison Time
HOUSTON (KRLD) - A Texas judge says a Houston woman had a "gleeful disregard" for her victims.
35-year-old Yanette Rodriguez Acosta was sentenced to 88 months in prison in a virtual kidnapping scheme. She and co-conspirators in Mexico called victims in Texas, California, Idaho and told them they had their children. The victims, who heard a gasping voice call for "mom" or "dad" on the phone, often responded with their child's name, unaware that they were giving the caller information. They demanded ransom and threatened to harm, murder or rape the children if the victim hung up the phone.
Many parents stayed on the Speakerphone for hours while driving to banks and to various Western Union and MoneyGram locations. In some cases, victims were instructed to make cash drops at specified locations in Houston. Matthew Orwig, former US attorney for the Eastern District of Texas says "people are so appropriately emotional about their children, they don't rationalize as well. It's making them immediately vulnerable."
He says Acosta faced some serious charges, but none as bad as "terrorizing people, making them believe their child is in danger."
Orwig says it may be difficult to catch the suspects in Mexico but says the government will work with the Mexican government.
He adds they don't know if there are other cases. "Most people in frauds like this don't report those crimes. They work through them and are embarrassed by them. There's probably a higher percentage in virtual kidnapping."
Suspect Arrested In Dallas Murder
DALLAS (KRLD) - Police in the Eagle Pass, Texas have arrested a man wanted for murder in Dallas. Police say 32-year-old Ernesto Carrillo-Hernandez was apprehended near the border.
Carrillo-Hernandez is named as the suspect in the death of Martha Alva. Her body was discovered on Sunday along Walnut Hill Lane. She was last seen late Saturday night with Carrillo-Hernandez at a business in northwest Dallas.
Relatives say Alva and Carrillo-Hernandez had two kids together, and that Carrillo-Hernandez had previously stalked and assaulted her. Once police obtained a warrant for his arrest, they were notified by officials in Eagle Pass that they had found his vehicle abandoned about a half-mile from a pedestrian bridge leading into Mexico. Police announced on Wednesday that Carrillo-Hernandez had been apprehended and was in custody.
Decriminalizing Possession Of A Small Amount Of Marijuana Gaining Bipartisan Support In Texas
By Chris Fox
Traditionally, the idea of decriminalizing marijuana has been an issue pushed by Texas Democrats. In 2017 State Representative Joe Moody’s bill actually got a committee hearing, but that’s as far as the bill went. When he rolled out the legislation Moody said “This is an issue that there is some bipartisan consensus about among the people we represent. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s the elected officials that come across the finish line last.”
Now a survey by pollster Mike Baselice for the Texas Smart on Crime Coalition shows most of 600 Republican Primary voters surveyed are onboard as well. “79 percent favor a policy that places people charged with possession of a small amount of drugs into community supervision or treatment programs instead of prison. 76 percent favors making possession of a small amount of drugs a misdemeanor instead of a felony.”
Baselice added that eighty-three-percent believe communities would be safer if people in possession of a small amount of drugs with mental health issues are sent to programs where they can get the treatment they need from professionals.
Outgoing Tarrant County JP Indicted
FORT WORTH (KRLD-AM) - An outgoing Tarrant County justice of the peace finds herself on the other side of the law.
Precinct Four Justice of the Peace Jacqueline Wright is facing four charges for allegedly filing for homestead exemptions on a house where she did not live.
According to the indictment, Wright filed on three occasions an over-65 exemption on a house on Ivy Hill Road in northwest Fort Worth, even though that was not her primary residence.
The indictment states that as a result, Wright defrauded six taxing entities out of at least $2500.
Wright has served as Precinct Four justice of the peace for 28 years.
She lost her re-election bid in the March primary but is serving until her term expires on December 31.
Trump Group Increasing Its Support For Texas Rep Sessions
AUSTIN (AP) — President Donald Trump’s biggest super PAC plans to pump another $1 million into a Dallas congressional race where it has already announced spending $1.5 million.
America First Action said Wednesday that it would use the funding to help longtime Republican Rep. Pete Sessions in his race against former NFL linebacker Colin Allred.
Sessions’ district narrowly voted for Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016, bolstering Democratic hopes of an upset in November.
America First Action says it’s investing at least $13.5 million in 10 House and two Senate races nationwide, but that the additional money for Sessions’ district marks its largest midterm investment so far.
The money will cover digital and TV advertising. The group calls Sessions “a steadfast defender of our national security interests” and a “loyal supporter” of the president.
Vigil Held For Women Murdered By Border Patrol Agent
LAREDO (1080 KRLD) -Family and friends of women murdered in South Texas by a Border Patrol agent, remember the victims at a vigil.
The group gathered in a Laredo park with candles and photos of the women Juan Ortiz has confessed to killing. Investigators say Ortiz preyed on prostitutes. He's accused of killing four women along the Rio Grande, and prosecutors say they may seek the death penalty for Ortiz. He was caught when a woman he attacked escaped.
Before becoming a Border Patrol supervisor, Ortiz served as a Navy Corpsman.
New Poll Has Ted Cruz With A 9-Point Lead Over Challenger Beto O'Rourke
By Chris Fox
DALLAS (KRLD) - Poll numbers released by Quinnipiac University on Tuesday show Texas Senator Ted Cruz with 54-percent of likely Texas voters to challenger Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s 45-percent. This is the first poll in recent weeks that didn’t have the two Senate candidates within the margin of error of each other.
Texas Republican Party Chairman James Dickey says he’s not surprised by Cruz’s success. “Those polls showing things close was useful in that they encouraged all Texas Republicans to get out and vote…that we can’t take any race for granted.” Dickey thinks this poll might put an end to the fear that Senator Cruz’s campaign was in trouble. “Those who were trying to build a narrative that Senator Cruz is in deep-deep trouble, and Republican leadership is not respected and not appreciated by Texans the way that it in fact is…those, fortunately, have been put to lie.”
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Judge Gilbert Hinojosa doesn’t believe the poll accurately reflects the enthusiasm seen for O’Rourke statewide on the campaign trail. “There are a lot of people probably not being polled…new voters that have not been involved in other elections prior to now. That’s what you are seeing a lot with the Beto campaign.”
A Quinnipiac poll of Texas voters in August showed Cruz with a 6 percent lead.
The first of three debates between Cruz and O’Rourke is scheduled this Friday, September 21st at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Texas Music Icons Added To George Strait Show At Rodeo Houston
HOUSTON (KRLD) - A couple of old buddies from Texas A&M will open for George Strait at Rodeo Houston on March 17.
Rodeo officials announced Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett will open for Strait at the concert-only performance, which will close out the 2019 event.
In a statement, Rodeo Houston President and CEO Joel Cowley said, "Bringing both Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett back to the Rodeo Houston stage for a Texas-sized performance with George Strait will be an incredible experience for our fans."
The friendship between Keen and Lovett goes back decades to their time as students at A&M. Both are familiar faces at Rodeo Houston. Keen last played the event in 2006, while Lovett last performed at Rodeo Houston in 2002.
The Rodeo Houston show will be among the few Texas concerts George Strait will play in 2019. The full lineup of Rodeo Houston performers will be announced in early January. Tickets for all shows go on sale January 10.
Waco Firefighters Rescue Dog From Abandoned Well
WACO (1080 KRLD) -When a four-legged friend needed help, the Waco Fire Department got the job done.
The moment WFD Technical Rescue Team members pulled a trapped dog from a 30 ft. deep abandoned well last night in the 1800 Block of N. 6th St. Equipment & specialized-training pay off! pic.twitter.com/KLuSWuT80U— Waco Fire Department (@WacoTXFire) September 17, 2018
The department's Technical Rescue Team mobilized to rescue a dog that was trapped in a 30-foot-deep abandoned well Sunday night. Officials say ten team members took part in the rescue effort, which took about 20 minutes to complete.
A specially-trained firefighter was carefully lowered into the narrow well and pulled the canine to safety. The dog's relieved owner was on-scene for the reunion. The animal was not injured.
Rice University Offering Scholarships For Families Considered To Be Middle To Upper Middle Class
HOUSTON (KRLD) - A forgotten segment of the population isn't forgotten any longer when it comes to need-based college scholarships.
Rice University announced a new financial aid program called "The Rice Investment" today for families that are considered middle to upper middle class. Again, these are need-based.
These new incentives would target potential students from families that earn in the low six figures in income. Rice would start to offer up full tuition for certain students, whose families make between $65,000 and $130,000 a year. Other students could get half tuition if their families earn anywhere from $130,000 to $200,000 a year.
Families that make less than $65,000 could see students get a full ride, plus their room and board.