Dallas Police Looking For Car Thief Who Killed Teen in M Streets Hit-and-Run

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Dallas PD
Sandy Vasquez and her 13-year old son, Ethan, were driving west through the M Streets Tuesday morning, apparently en route to school at William B. Travis Academy, when a stolen minivan ran a stop sign and broadsided their Nissan Versa.

The car, as the photos show was demolished. Vasquez was taken to Baylor Hospital with critical injuries. Ethan, the son of a Cedar Hill police sergeant and by all accounts a kind and intelligent kid, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

The task now turns to finding driver of the stolen SUV, who promptly fled the scene on foot.

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Fort Worth Pedophile Lloyd Gibson, Sentenced to 70 Years in Jail, Is Why Kids Don't Talk to Strangers

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Lloyd Gibson
With sex crimes, particularly those relating to children, the fair administration of justice sometimes takes a backseat to the urge to punish. Just glancing at the headline of the Tarrant County district attorney's announcement of a 70-year prison sentence for failing to register as a sex offender might suggest 69-year-old Lloyd Gibson's case is one of those.

Maybe not. So prolific a child molester is Gibson that he earned the type of sobriquet more typically reserved for serial bank robbers. He revealed for the first time during Tuesday's sentencing hearing on his failure-to-register conviction that he is the "Baseball Cap Bandit," a pedophile who terrorized Houston in the 1970s by breaking into dozens of homes to expose himself to strangers' young children.

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Garland Man Tries to Trick Dallas Cops Chasing Him, Fails Miserably

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Rodrick Tippett
Rodrick Tippett got off relatively easy for the pair of burglaries he committed in 2009. After six months behind bars, the judge changed what had been a six-year penitentiary sentence to six years of probation. The fact that one of his victims had been his sister does not appear to have influenced the judge's decision.

According to prosecutors, Tippett violated his probation two months later by having sex with a prostitute, then again in January 2011 when he twice assaulted his girlfriend, though records indicate he didn't see the inside of a jail cell again until 2012, when he was arrested on charges of theft and burglary. Somehow, his sentence this time was even lighter than before, just five years' probation, the terms of which he violated four months later by failing to show up at a substance abuse treatment center.

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Fort Worth Homeless Man Gets Seven Years For Firebombing Wendy Davis' Senate Office

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Cedric Carmond Steel
On March 20, 2012, a year before her filibuster against abortion restrictions catapulted her to national stardom and a gubernatorial bid, state Senator Wendy Davis had the singular distinction of having her Fort Worth office firebombed.

Davis wasn't in her office, and no one was injured, but the bag that was thrown at her door, filled with a half dozen Molotov cocktails, did cause a small fire that was quickly extinguished by an employee. It also landed 42-year-old Cedric Carmond Steele in jail.

Steele pleaded guilty to an arson charge today and agreed to a seven-year prison term, according to Tarrant County prosecutors.

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Dallas Woman Weirdly Unfazed By Wells Fargo Bomb Scare

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@MitchDPD
Yesterday afternoon, Dallas police were called to one of the dumber bank robbery attempts in recent memory. At 5:15 p.m. a man in his 40s pulled up to the drive-thru window (the sliding-drawer kind rather than suction tube) and placed what police described as a "suspicious device" inside along with a note.

The teller, perhaps retreating instinctively, perhaps calculating that no robber would be dumb enough to detonate a bomb two feet from his own face, went and told her manager, who called police.

The device, which the man left behind when he fled, wasn't a bomb, but police didn't know that at the time. Neither did 22-year-old Brittany Rae Booker, who was standing on a nearby sidewalk as the bomb squad checked things out.

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Dallas PD Wants to Use the Feds' Cache of Private Financial Info to Take Down Drug Dealers

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Dallas Police Chief David Brown didn't think his proposal to secure access to a federal database of private banking and financial information would be controversial. It sailed through the City Council's Public Safety Committee unopposed last week. Then again, that committee didn't have City Councilman Lee Kleinman.

"'The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,'" Kleinman began, reading from a copy of the U.S. Constitution at this morning's meeting of the City Council.

"I feel very strongly that this item is a violation of that," Kleinman continued. "I'm not in favor of having a law enforcement authority searching through financial records."

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Garland ISD's Former HR Director Exploited H1-B Visa Program for Cash, Trips to Philippines, Investigators Say

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Attorneys outline their investigation into Garland ISD's H1-B visa program.
Until now, there have been only vague hints of improprieties in Garland ISD's H1-B visa program. There was an investigation serious enough to call in the feds, possibly involving foreign teachers paying fees they shouldn't have had to pay, and a bunch of teachers' visas were set to expire.

Today, Garland ISD cleared the air with a press conference detailing the findings of an outside investigation into the program. To quickly summarize: It's all the HR guy's fault.

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Large Portion of Hutchins City Government Indicted on Corruption Charges

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Artis Johnson
The town of Hutchins doesn't have a whole lot going for it. There's Hutchins State Jail, the town's second-largest employer, and new intermodal facilities centered on the Union Pacific train tracks and I-20 (this presumably explains how the population doubled between 2000 and 2010, to 5,338), but it has otherwise missed out on the growth enjoyed by neighboring Dallas and Lancaster.

Even when it comes to corruption, Hutchins is something of a backwater. News broke Monday afternoon that 10 current and former city officials -- including Mayor Artis Johnson -- have been indicted on charges stemming primarily from alleged scrap-metal theft.

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Off-Duty Dallas Cop Reportedly Kills Robbery Suspect One Block From Police Headquarters

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Robbing someone is, without exception, a terrible idea. Robbing someone in broad daylight one block from police headquarters? About as dumb as ideas get.

That seems what happened this morning in the 1200 block of South Lamar Street:

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"Operation Cowtown Tobacco," Which Took Down a Local Cigarette Trafficking Ring, Has Come to a Close

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The margins in the illicit cigarette trade are relatively low. Tobacco is legal, for one, eliminating the risk-based premium that comes with trading in illegal drugs, and there's a lot of competition, which puts downward pressure on retail prices.

But there is a margin, enough of one to attract entrepreneurial types like Glen Murray McDonald, who don't mind -- and this is the part that makes it illicit -- skirting state and/or federal tobacco taxes.

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