Old Dude Whips Out a Concealed Handgun and Kills Chain-Snatcher Who Attacked His Wife

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Ronnie Lummus, 71, must not look like the type to carry a gun.

But it's a good thing he was packing last night. He and his wife were shopping at Aldi's on Forest Lane in Northwest Dallas, close to LBJ Freeway. When the couple finished, they walked through the sliding glass doors to the parking lot around 7:20 p.m., and that's when Lummus' wife's gold necklace caught one man's eye.

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DFW Airport Homophobe Caught on Video Is McCleish Christmas Benham from Tennessee

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DFW Airport DPS
Merry Christmas.
Earlier Tuesday, we told you that we didn't yet know the identity of the drunk, gay-slurring man who attempted to assault a man at DFW airport before being tackled by a group of good Samaritans. Now we do. His name is McCleish Christmas Benham and he lives in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

The police report included below outlines what happened before you see Benham get his butt kicked in the now-viral video. Benham began swearing at an airline employee while she attempted to help him with his flight reservations. When she asked him if he had been drinking, he told her that he'd had 100 drinks -- which, having seen the video, seems on the low end. The unidentified man whom Benham would later kick in the junk came to her defense. Benham called him a "San Frisco faggot" and then punched him in the right eye, the man said. It's at this point the recorded portion of the video begins:


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Ill-Conceived Fort Worth-to-Kazakhstan Gun Smuggling Operation Foiled by ATF, Stupidity

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The United States' gun-show loophole is as wide open as it's ever been. Any private citizen with a cache of firearms can still sell them to any other private citizen without conducting a background check, as licensed dealers are required to do, because freedom.

There's a catch. The loophole, gaping though it may be, is not quite wide enough to accommodate a couple of sketchy foreign nationals stockpiling weapons for shipment to a former Soviet Republic.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, aspiring international arms dealers Fedor Belov and Aleksandr Yezersky of Kazakhstan learned this the hard way over the weekend when they were arrested following a gun-shopping expedition at The Original Fort Worth Gun Show.

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That DFW Airport Hero Was Not Paul Rudd but Some Guy Named Ben Something

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Still a good guy, but not Paul Rudd
To the disappointment of the whole of the Internet, the blurry good Samaritan in the now infamous video of an apparent homophobe getting what was coming to him after attacking a man at DFW Airport is not actor Paul Rudd. Despite now retracted reports from Wonkette and D Magazine the man is, in fact, Massachusetts native Ben Kravit, an associate brand manager for Dr Pepper at the Dr Pepper Snapple group who now lives in Dallas.

Kravit, as more than 3,300,000 people have already seen in the YouTube video, was the last guy on the pile after the instigating party kicked his victim in the junk and whiffed on right hook to the head at about the 1:15 mark in the video.

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Oklahoma Teen Killed Family Before Spending UT/OU Weekend in Dallas, Prosecutors Say

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Alan Hruby
Alan Hruby is a 19-year-old shopaholic.

"There is no bigger rush then [sic] getting to the register at a store and swiping your credit card. And in that moment you are waiting for the screen to say, 'Approved' you start to get heart palpitations and you get a rush of adrenaline. By the time she is handing your stuff to you, you are so high on adrenaline, the $15,000 total does not even phase [sic] you until you've gotten home and seen the receipts," Hruby said in a now-deleted February blog post.

Hruby brags about his shoe collection, about the points he earns on his numerous credit cards. He doesn't mention the criminal charge for opening a credit card in his grandmother's name and spending $5,000 on a six-week trip to Europe provided by his parents, nor his assault of his mother two years ago after a fight about money.

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Dallas Police Are Better than Most in Dealing With Photographers and Cop Watchers

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A panel on people's rights to film and photograph police officers included two lawyers, two officers and a photojournalist.
Max Geron, the Dallas Police Department's media relations officer, smiled and shook his head in disbelief. In the video, a veteran East Coast police officer approached a photojournalist, who was standing across the street from a traffic stop with multiple squad cars present, and told him to leave. The officer didn't seem to know that, as long as they don't insert themselves into the scene, citizens and journalists have the right to film officers in public. Also, within reason, officers have the right to keep those taking pictures a certain distance away. However, "'Go away and step off the face of the earth' is not reasonable," said the moderator of a panel on the issue Thursday night, which is essentially what the East Coast officer told the photojournalist.

The moderator, a former photographer and a current media-rights lawyer, said that police officers have a sensitivity toward one of their own being filmed, and that's when Geron, who publicly is a progressive on policing, took the mic to defend not the East Coast officer's behavior, but the mentality that may lead to it.

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More Proof That Police Kill Young Black Men Far More Than Anyone Else

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The scene of an officer-involved shooting in Dallas. According to a recent analysis, black men are 21 times more likely than white men to be shot by police officers.
In the past few months, Dallas activists have been working to raise awareness about the number of black men police have killed over the years. The Huey P. Newton Gun Club has taken to the streets armed with rifles, and Dallas Communities Organizing for Change has analyzed data on police shootings over a 10-year period. The latter released a report on their findings: Black men, while making up a smaller percentage of the Dallas population than their white counterparts, die at the hands of police officers much more frequently.

Which you already knew. But now there's even more evidence, in the form of a ProPublica analysis of deadly police shootings from around the country that backs up the local group's findings.

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Cowboys Running Back Joseph Randle Arrested for Stealing Underwear, Cologne

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Joseph Randle
According to multiple reports, Dallas Cowboys backup running back Joseph Randle was arrested by Frisco police after being seen attempting to shoplift underwear and a bottle of cologne on an in-house camera at the Stonebriar Centre mall Dillard's.

Randle was detained by Dillard's loss prevention officers who called Frisco police at 8:17 Monday night. Frisco PD arrested Randle, who was released early Tuesday after posting bail.

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Cowboys DB Subject of New Attempted Rape Allegation

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C.J. Spillman
C.J. Spillman, the Cowboys defensive back named in connection with a September 20 sexual assault allegation in Grapevine, was accused of attempted rape in December 2013 while he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

According to a Santa Clara, California, police report obtained by the New York Daily News, a massage therapist accused Spillman of groping her and trying to rip off her pants after she gave Spillman a massage. He then pinned her to the ground and tried to put his penis in her mouth, she said.

Spillman denied the allegations to police and was never charged in the incident.

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Another Dealer Sent to Prison for His Role in a Large North Texas Meth Ring

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Adiel Fuentes is one of 24 suspects ensnared in a meth ring bust.
Adiel Fuentes was a cog in a much bigger machine. He started working for Gerardo Cisneros halfway through 2012, according to court documents, and he took quite well to the type of work Cisneros employed him for. He was one of the main collaborators in Cisneros' burgeoning meth ring that DEA agents took down last year.

Cisneros' mom and sister would drive down to Mexico, take the meth produced there and deliver it to him in Dallas. Cisneros would then have Fuentes and some others fan out across the city, dealing the product. The ring leader would then send the money back to Mexico through carriers.

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