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Spring man charged with capital murder for shooting dead 6
A man was charged with capital murder after appearing at the house of his estranged wife's relatives disguised as a FedEx driver and gunning down a married couple and four of their children, authorities said. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, was being held without bond since his arrest after the shooting in the Houston suburb of Spring, they said.
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Illegals busted after asking Brooks County sheriff deputy for a ride
Volunteer police officers working extra shifts for the Brooks County Sheriff's Department near Falfurrias captured four additional illegal aliens who had been wandering the ranch lands for days. The illegal immigrants were captured during the volunteer patrols of two different deputies during a nearly 17-hour shift covering 379 miles.
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3 Cedar Hill police burned while subduing man who set himself on fire
The Dallas Morning News
Three Cedar Hill police officers were burned while trying to subdue a burglary suspect who had set himself on fire, authorities said. All three officers and the suspect, who was shot during the struggle, were taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Cedar Hill spokesman Corky Brown said. Two detectives, Mike Hernandez and Brandon Woodall, were released from the hospital, but officer Ann McSwain suffered more serious burns and told Cedar Hill Police Chief Steve Rhodes she was in a lot of pain, Brown said.
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Texas marijuana farm bust yields 15,000 plants
The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle
Investigators are trying to determine who's been growing more than 15,000 marijuana plants on a Washington County plot. The Washington County Sheriff's Office announced the seizure of the plants with a street value topping $7.5 million.
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'BO Bandit' search features hunt for malodorous Texas bank robber
Police are searching for a suspected bank robber characterized by a strong body odor in Plano. Investigators say the suspect robbed a Wells Fargo Bank inside a Tom Thumb grocery store on July 7 around 2:45 p.m. Police say the man, estimated at 18 to 22 years old, walked into the bank and passed a note to the clerk demanding money. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash.
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Technology and the bystander effect: A crippling combination
By Christina Nava
Many people don't understand where to draw the line when it comes to using technology. They will remain glued to it, even at the expense of another person's safety. This has become an increasing problem throughout the world — especially in accident and crime scenes where the misuse of technology has made its unwelcome presence. On June 24, a video surfaced of a mother getting beaten outside by a female co-worker while bystanders looked on and recorded it with their cellphones. The only person who tried to help was her 2-year-old son, who can be seen in the video kicking the co-worker as she attacks his mother. What's even more appalling is the woman then threatened to attack the child.
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3 things cops need to know about Juggalos
Police One
The National Gang Intelligence Center defines Juggalos as, "a loosely organized hybrid gang" rapidly expanding into several states, including Texas. Law enforcement professionals should be aware that this group routinely attracts members who come from difficult lives filled with trauma, parental neglect and, in many cases, serious mental disorders.
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State death benefits for fallen officers vary greatly
By David Blanchard
Administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the federal death benefit for first responders is the same for all survivors, but state death benefits vary widely. This survey focuses solely on state death benefits, and in particular the one-time, lump-sum death benefit — if the state has one — payable to the survivors of an officer killed in the line of duty.

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North Texas police: Users cooking up a dangerous new high
Police in Plano and other Collin County cities are seeing more and more cases of teenagers and young adults smoking "dabs," a high concentration of marijuana that is considered dangerous. One teenager told television station KTVT that the drug is exploding in popularity.

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Texas border sheriffs concerned about strained
budgets, disease

Congressman Michael Burgess called the overcrowding of illegal immigrants occurring at detention centers along the South Texas border "startling." Burgess recently finished touring a facility in Weslaco, where thousands of immigrants are being held. He said some sheriffs departments near the Texas border are very near bankruptcy by dealing with the illegal immigration crisis.

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Hyperthermia: When heat turns deadly
Heat-related illness are well-known mitigating factors to an officer or warrior's performance. Law enforcement officers who work outdoors in the heat are at a far greater risk for these illnesses than is the general public. The three most common forms of heat related illnesses officers are at risk for are heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat rash. It is essential that officers be aware of the symptoms and first­ aid of these conditions not only for themselves but also to recognize them in their partners, detainees and citizens. Failure to do so can lead to death.
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ACLU digs deep into the law enforcement war machine
The ACLU's extensive report on police militarization shows a nation at war with itself. The War on Terror — a 13-year windmill joust that has generated an excess of military equipment — has merged with the War on Drugs, an exercise in futility seven years removed from the half-century mark.
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