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Denton County sheriff's deputy receives Star of Texas Award
Lake Cities Sun
Denton County Sheriff's Office Deputy Josh Godi has received the Star of Texas Award in the House of Representatives Room in the Capitol Building in Austin. Gov. Rick Perry presented the award, which honors all Texas peace officers and federal law enforcement officers or special agents acting in assistance to state or local law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who were seriously injured or killed in the line of duty on or after Sept. 1, 2003. Godi had previously been awarded the Purple Heart by Sheriff Will Travis.
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UT police investigating drone use over football stadium
KXAN-TV
VideoBriefUniversity of Texas Police are investigating the use of a drone over Darrell K. Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium during the Longhorns' home football opener. KXAN-TV cameras spotted the drone flying above the stadium. The drone had red and green lights on it. It also had a camera.
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Abilene law enforcement keeps visitors safe at West Texas Fair and Rodeo
KTXS-TV
VideoBriefThe West Texas Fair and Rodeo requires tons of manpower every year, including security. In addition to volunteers for the fair, law enforcement is patrolling the fairgrounds looking for anything suspicious and for those who shouldn't be there. Both the Taylor County Sheriff's Department and Abilene Police Department will have officers throughout the fairgrounds keeping an eye on things.
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Potter County Sheriff's Office impound stolen copper linked to gravel company theft
KVII-TV
VideoBriefThe Potter County Sheriff's Office said while they continue to investigate the Texas Sand and Gravel Company copper theft, they said deputies have located those wires. Deputies recently were called to the company's pit a couple of miles north of Interstate 287 for a report of property damage and stolen copper wires from the machines.
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Dive team finds lost police badge
Temple Daily Telegram
Members of the Morgan's Point Resort Dive Team found a Belton Police Department badge lost by a former Belton Police Department officer and fire marshal more than 10 years ago in Lake Belton, Morgan's Point Resort Police Chief and dive team director Fred Churchill said.
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Indiana sheriff: Dubois County residents joining Texas militias
TristateHomepage.com
The Dubois County (Indiana) Sheriff's Department says young men and woman are leaving Dubois County to be recruited by militia groups in south Texas, with the belief they are joining to fight a drug cartel invasion. Officials say they are receiving minimal training and being armed with assault rifles.
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Monitor crime trends just like police in Colorado Springs
KXRM-TV
It's the newest app and website recommended by the Colorado Springs Police Department. It is called RAIDS Online. Using the program, finding out crime data in a particular area is as easy as typing on a keyboard or opening an app. It allows the public to access crime analysts' data and put it to good use.
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Fort Bend County sheriff: Man left 'selfie' at site of pot farm
KTVT-TV
Authorities were unable to make an arrest when they raided a south Texas marijuana farm last week. But the abandoned farm did contain one vital piece of evidence — a selfie. Fort Bend County sheriff's deputies are now searching for Benigno Ramirez of Michoacan, Mexico, according to The Houston Chronicle. Authorities say they found a phone with his picture on a four-acre farm raided.

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Elmendorf police chief killed during traffic stop
USA Today
Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel was shot once in the shoulder and once in the abdomen while trying to arrest a suspect, Sgt. Jason Burchett told the San Antonio Express-News. Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau confirmed that Pimentel had died. Elmendorf is a town of around 1,500 about 25 miles southeast of San Antonio.

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Tip from Houston police leads to body, murder charge
The Daily News
A man was charged with murder hours after the Texas City Police Department received a tip about a dead man in an abandoned home. Thomas Ray Graham, 30, was charged with first degree murder and is currently being held on $250,000 bond. Police allege that Graham is responsible for the death Lindsey Ovie Gamble, 61, of Texas City.

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Slow down, police are the good guys
USA Today
If an American institution inspires public confidence through conspicuous, consistent progress over the course of many years, why seek to change or challenge its direction? That's the question for politicians and activists who denounce alleged "militarization" of local police departments despite their recent achievements in slashing rates of violent crime.
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Editorial: Body cameras for law enforcement a good idea
Bradenton Herald
VideoBriefTime and time again, video proves invaluable in the encounters between law enforcement officers and civilians. One way or another, the images document a portrait of truth that cannot be denied. That's been the experience in numerous cities where police are equipped with body cameras that record their confrontations with citizens. Civilians already can record interactions on cell phones, so ample evidence exists about those interactions.
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