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Great Texas Warrant Round Up Offers Fixes To Outstanding Warrants
DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - People in more than 300 cities across Texas are being urged to take care of their municipal court warrants this week.
Hundreds of jurisdictions are offering to work out payment plans for people with outstanding traffic or misdemeanor warrants if they voluntarily come in during the 14th annual "Great Texas Warrant Round Up."
In Collin County, the town of Melissa is offering special hours at its Municipal Court on Saturday, March 2 for people who want to clear up their outstanding warrants.
Scary Envelope Delivered To Texas Sheriff's Office
HILLSBORO (1080 KRLD) - A mysterious envelope delivered to the Hill County Sheriff's office created fear.
The records manager opened an envelope that was addressed to the records manager. She opened it and white powder fell out. She called a supervisor and they sent her to a nurse's office.
Detectives quarantined the area. Hill County Sheriff Rodney Watson says, "They monitored her health. They checked her blood pressure. She showed no symptoms at all so she's good."
Hazmat crews tested the powder and said it was a crushed up pain pill and talcolm powder. Sheriff Watson says they believe someone else put the powder in there, not the sender.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Hill County Detectives are investigating.
Mesquite Police Looking For Suspects In Home Invasion
MESQUITE (1080 KRLD) - Mesquite police are looking for three men who broke into a home and tied up a family.
It happened before 9 p.m. Thursday. Police got a 911 call from someone in the home who said three masked men with guns broke into the house and tied them up.
Police say the men removed a large safe from the home and took it to the front yard where they tried to get it into their car. They weren't able to load it, so they eventually left.
The car is a dark colored Chrysler 200 with a lot of body damage to the passenger side.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
Crime Stoppers can be contacted at (214) 373-TIPS. Mesquite Police can be contacted at (972) 285-6336.
Beto O’Rourke Heads To 2020 Battleground State Of Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is coming to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus Friday for a meet and greet with students and faculty, a closely guarded event that will be the former Texas congressman’s first visit to a key state in the battleground, industrial Midwest.
O’Rourke is scheduled to be on campus for a two-hour meeting early Friday evening. UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas said Thursday the event is not open to the press, public or anyone not affiliated with the university.
The campus Political Science Student Association organized the meeting in a room that fits about 150 people. The group’s leader, Isaac Johnson, said O’Rourke wanted to keep the event limited to students and those affiliated with the university.
“They’re just really excited about the level of enthusiasm there has been at the university in the last election,” Johnson said.
President Donald Trump carried Wisconsin in 2016 by less than a percentage point, making him the first Republican presidential candidate to win the state since Ronald Reagan in 1984. Hillary Clinton was heavily criticized for not campaigning in Wisconsin during the general election and Democrats are anxious to take it back.
Milwaukee is a finalist for the Democratic National Convention in 2020, with officials arguing that the state’s importance in the presidential race makes the city the best location for the meeting. Organizers also say Democrats are surging in Wisconsin. In 2018, Democrats swept every statewide race in Wisconsin, including Tony Evers defeating incumbent Gov. Scott Walker.
O’Rourke’s visit comes the night before announced Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, of neighboring Minnesota, was to launch her first campaign swing in Eau Claire, in western Wisconsin. Klobuchar was then to campaign in early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
“We’re starting in Wisconsin because as you remember there wasn’t a lot of campaigning in Wisconsin in 2016. With me, that changes,” Klobuchar told reporters after she announced her candidacy Sunday, noting her mother grew up in the state. “I’m going to be there a lot.”
O’Rourke’s visit to Wisconsin follows his driving from his native El Paso through Texas to New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado in recent weeks. He wrote about the trip in rambling online posts that drew criticism in some liberal quarters because they were full of highly self-centered observations about his family history and even what he had for lunch.
Those trips also included O’Rourke visiting at least one college campus, though, and he also recently stopped by his alma mater, Columbia University in New York, to discuss his opposition to Trump’s plan to wall off the U.S.-Mexico border, climate change and other topics.
Dallas DART Officer Hurt in Ambush Suing Social Sites
DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer who was shot during the ambush downtown on July 7, 2016 is suing Facebook, Google and Twitter. Jesus Retana was injured but survived.
He is suing the sites, saying the gunman was radicalized by a message the sites allowed Hamas to post. The lawsuit says Hamas has been able to spread "extremist propaganda."
"These companies should not a 'Get Out of Jail Free' card," says Retana's lawyer, Keith Altman. "It's important they be held accountable to act reasonably, just like you and I and everybody else do."
Altman says social media sites profit from usage by terror groups, so they have no motivation to stop terror groups from spreading a terrorist message.
In 2016, Congress passed a measure that allows legal action against any company or person who "conspires to commit or aids and abets an act of international terrorism." Altman says the sites may disable some accounts but those groups will simply start new accounts.
"These people are looking for no more funerals. Nobody should lose a family member or a friend to a terrorist attack," he says.
Altman has filed similar lawsuits. In January, a judge dismissed a lawsuit Altman filed on behalf of the families and victims of the San Bernardino attack. In that case, the judge ruled social media sites may be "generally aware" that ISIS was using their sites, but he saw no evidence the sites tried to help the group.
In 2017, Altman filed a lawsuit on behalf of another Dallas police officer over the ambush. Sgt Demetrick Pennie was not injured, but he did respond to the shooting.
Altman says the sites were aiding and abetting the gunman and providing material support for terrorism. The judge dismissed that case with prejudice, ruling that there was no basis to conclude any support from the defendants was a substantial factor in the attack.
Cockroaches Named After Exes To Be Fed To Texas Zoo Animals
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Not in the Valentine's Day spirit? A Texas zoo has a cockroach that can help.
The El Paso Zoo is running a promotion called "Quit Bugging Me" that allows people to name cockroaches after ex-spouses, former friends or anyone else on the nope list. On Thursday, the cockroaches will be fed to various zoo animals.
The zoo's Facebook page features dozens of pink-heart graphics showing black cockroaches and various first names or initials of people's exes. Zoo officials say the response has been so overwhelming that they've had to cut off the submission period.
The zoo's meerkats exhibit will be decorated with the submitted names on Thursday. And later in the day, cockroaches will be fed to meerkats, tamarins, marmosets and other zoo animals.
Trump Says Wall Will Be Tougher Than Everest
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional border security negotiations and President Donald Trump (all times local):
Congressional bargainers have completed a bipartisan border security compromise that gives President Donald Trump less than a quarter of the $5.7 billion he wanted to build a wall with Mexico.
Summaries of the legislation say that besides nearly $1.4 billion to build new barriers, there's over $1 billion for other border security programs.
That includes money for inspection equipment for border ports of entry. There is more than $400 million in humanitarian aid for detained migrants plus funds to buy aircraft and to hire 600 more customs officers and additional immigration judges.
The measure would begin reducing the number of unauthorized immigrants the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency can detain.
The bill would prevent a partial federal shutdown that would begin Saturday. Congressional approval is expected Thursday and Trump's signature is considered likely.
U.S. active-duty troops from dozens of units around the country are flowing to the southern border, as part of the latest plan to send 3,750 new forces to beef up surveillance and install more wire barriers.
As of this week, the military had installed about 105 miles of wire barriers along the border, and plans to put in another 140 miles of concertina wire. The bulk of that will be in California and Arizona, in locations between ports of entry that are identified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as vulnerable.
Many of the troops who have been serving on the border mission are going home. As of Monday, there were a bit more than 2,000 active-duty forces there. That number is expected to go up to more than 4,300.
President Donald Trump says the wall he envisions in some places along the southern border would be harder to scale than Mount Everest.
Even by Trump standards of exaggeration, that's a huge leap.
The estimated height for some proposed barriers runs as high as 30 feet. Mount Everest stands nearly 30,000 feet high.
Trump made the claim during a speech Wednesday to a conference of the Major County Sheriffs and Major Cities Chiefs Association.
He says the wall is "very, very on its way" and says people will have to be in extremely good physical shape to scale it. He says migrants trying to cross illegally "would be able to climb Mount Everest a lot easier."
President Donald Trump says he and his aides will be "looking for land mines" when they review the final text of a border security agreement. The deal would keep the government open, but provide just a fraction of the money Trump has been demanding for his border wall.
Asked by reporters whether he planned to back the deal, Trump said Wednesday he would be taking "a very serious look," but declined to tip his hand.
He says, "we're going to look at the legislation when it comes and I'll make a determination."
Still, Trump reiterated his desire to avoid another government shutdown, following the 35-day partial closure that left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks, saying another closure "would be a terrible thing."
Trump is also insisting that, no matter what, "We're going to have a great wall."
President Donald Trump says he's not expecting the government to shut down again, a signal that he's leaning toward accepting a budget deal that denies him most of the money he's sought for a southern border wall.
Trump says he isn't happy with the compromise and has yet to say he will sign the tentative deal if it passes Congress as expected. A budget bill must be signed into law by midnight Friday to avoid a second shutdown this year.
Lawmakers from both parties have reached a deal that would provide nearly $1.4 billion for border barriers. That's about one-fourth of the money Trump demanded for a wall separating the U.S. and Mexico.
Trump says he's looking to supplement border wall funding with money from other parts of the government.
FBI Releases Sketches Of Suspected Victims Of Serial Killer
DALLAS (AP) — The FBI has released sketches drawn by an admitted serial killer of some of his victims, along with other information on a string of unsolved cold-case homicides to which investigators say the man confessed.
The bureau updated on Tuesday information it had posted in November on its website. The update included drawings made recently by admitted serial killer Samuel Little, based on his memories of some of his victims.
An FBI statement says Little targeted "marginalized and vulnerable women who were often involved in prostitution and addicted to drugs." The bureau hopes the information will generate tips and clues from the public that could help solve the dozens of unsolved homicides.
The FBI says Little, who's 78, is in poor health and is expected to remain in a Texas prison.
The Texas Rangers say Little to date has confessed to 90 homicides nationwide over the past four decades. Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland in Odessa, Texas, said 50 cold homicide cases have been closed as a result and most of the unsolved homicides remaining are in California
The FBI says Little, whom the bureau said "may be among the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history," has a criminal record dating to 1956. But only recently has he opened up about the long list of killings he has said he committed. Agents who have interviewed Little say he remembers his victims and the killings in great detail, including where he was and what car he was driving. But he could provide little help on dates, creating a challenge that the FBI hopes Little's drawings can help surmount.
Flights From DFW And Love Field Airports Getting Back To Normal After Ground Stop
DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - It could take well into tonight before air traffic at both DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport returns to normal after a fire at a critical air traffic control center.
Smoke at the DFW Terminal Radar Approach Control caused managers to evacuate the building about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Air traffic controller Terry Donaldson, who works in the center, says the smoke kept getting worse.
He says a contractor working on the building apparently did something that touched off a fire inside a wall. It took an hour and a half before the controllers could return to their regular work stations.
Both airports said they recommend contacting specific airlines for flight information.
The ground stop has been lifted by the FAA.— DFW Airport (@DFWAirport) February 13, 2019
Both incoming and departing flights have resumed.
For real-time info on ground stop status please visit https://t.co/4yGnV8ILx1.
For details on specific flights, please contact your airline. https://t.co/dPLwHCHdFH
Departing flights are resuming at #DAL. Unfortunately, numerous flights are delayed or canceled. Please contact your air carrier if you need to be re-booked.— Dallas Love Field (@DallasLoveField) February 13, 2019
Fort Worth Police Looking For Hit-And-Run Driver
FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Police in Fort Worth need your help in finding a hit-and run driver.
At around 4:30 p.m. on February 2, a Fort Worth Police traffic technician was working on Lancaster Avenue at University Drive during the Stock Show when he was hit by a mid-2000s white Nissan Rogue.
Police say the technician tried stopping the driver, but the driver rolled down the window, yelled at the technician and hit his arm.
The technician suffered serious injuries.
The river is a white man wearing a beard.
If you have any information, call 817-392-4892.
#HitandRun— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) February 13, 2019
Do you recognize this #NissanRogue? It struck a Traffic Technician working the #StockShow. The technician sustained serious injuries.
Please call 817-392-4892 with any information. pic.twitter.com/zNHD45sUI7