Bar Owners Being Sued

December 6, 2012
  On August 17th Ekia Smith was with friends outside her apartment complex off Metric Boulevard in North Austin when police say 25-year-old Lauren Cherry struck her. She left the scene, but then returned and was arrested for failure to stop and render aid. Ekia's attorney, Carl Barry, says he's obtained evidence Cherry was three times over the legal limit at the time of the crash and in his mind she was over-served by the two 6th street bars she told officers she went to before the crash.
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Grow House Up In Smoke

December 5, 2012
  Narcotics investigators were called to the scene of a house fire near Spring, Texas late Tuesday after firefighters said marijuana was discovered at the home.  Deputies said no one was home at the time, but evidence at the scene indicated it was being prepped to use as marijuana grow house. Neighbors are expressing concern about the house now that the fire has broken out.
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A Deputy and His Dog

December 4, 2012
  About 1,600 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $800,000 was seized in Fayette County on Tuesday during a routine traffic stop by a sheriff's deputy and his dog.  According to the Sheriff's Office, Deputy Randy Thumann and the dog, Lobos, were patrolling Interstate 10 in a squad car when they stopped a 2005 Ford pickup. Thumann saw what he described as suspicious packages in the truck bed, and brought Lobos to the truck for a sniff.
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Cops Want Your Texts

December 3, 2012
  AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and other wireless providers would be required to record and store information about Americans' private text messages for at least two years, according to a proposal that police have submitted to the U.S. Congress. CNET has learned a constellation of law enforcement groups has asked the U.S. Senate to require that wireless companies retain that information, warning that the lack of a current federal requirement "can...
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Welfare Drug Screens

November 30, 2012
Top Texas republicans are calling for some legal changes to the state’s welfare and unemployment benefit programs. Governor Rick Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst want to require mandatory drug screenings for applicants. Perry and Dewhurst are supporting the pre-filed bill that would authorize drug screenings for “high-risk” Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits applicants.
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Jail Cell Porn Ringleader

November 23, 2012
  Francis Sharrak spent 18 months in the Wayne County Jail and used that time to operate his multi-million-dollar Internet porn and strip club business.   The 44-year-old resident of Farmington Hills was lodged in the county jail as he awaited sentencing on a federal tax evasion charge.   Sharrak was housed in the segregated cell where former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilptrick served a jail sentence.
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Tata Gets 80 Years

November 21, 2012
  A woman convicted of murder in the 2011 deaths of four children in a fire at her Houston day care center was sentenced Tuesday morning to 80 years in prison.   Jessica Tata also was ordered to pay a fine of $10,000. She was silent as a judge read the sentence, which came from a jury but was confirmed by the judge.   She declined an opportunity to speak at the sentencing, which took place in a Houston courtroom.
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No Charges For Bieber

November 20, 2012
  Prosecutors decided not to file any charges against Justin Bieber after investigators found no evidence that the pop star had kicked and punched a photographer after leaving a movie theater last month, a document obtained Wednesday states.  Prosecutors had been asked by police to consider filing a misdemeanor battery charge against Bieber, but Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators found no visible injuries, video or photographs to confirm the allegations by the photographer.
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WIll The Real Killer Stand Up

November 20, 2012
A death row inmate told relatives and a criminal profiler he killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman while O.J. Simpson waited nearby, a new documentary claims. O.J. Simpson was tried and acquitted in the June 12, 1994, stabbing deaths of his ex-wife and her friend, although the actor and football legend was found liable in a civil wrongful death trial. Glen Rogers, who has been sentenced to death for murdering women in Florida and California, was arrested in November...
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End to Residential Grow Houses

November 16, 2012
  I recently heard about a grow house that was discovered in a Dallas subdivision. It appears the house was abandoned and no arrests were made. Thank goodness. The last thing we need to waste our local tax dollars on is another pot case.   You know what will end residential grow houses?   Legalization.   I know people who have tried to brew their own beer and most quit after a batch or two.
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