Texas Sheriffs Today
Apr. 26, 2013

Law turns up heat on alleged Texas Syndicate gangster hiding in Houston
Houston Chronicle
An alleged member of the Texas Syndicate prison gang is believed to be on the run in the Houston area, but it likely will be harder than ever for Gus Matthew Soto to hide. Soto is next up to be the focus of a stophoustongangs.org media blitz that is run in conjunction with the FBI and an array of other law enforcement agencies. The campaign, which has captured 35 gang fugitives in the past year, includes putting his face on the Internet and television as as well as roadside billboards in the Houston area.More

Brazos County sheriff wants M16s after College Station shootout
Houston Chronicle
A shootout that left three people dead and four injured near Texas A&M University last summer has Brazos County Sheriff Christopher Kirk looking to outfit his deputies with M16 rifles. His office has applied for 45 of the military weapons through a federal surplus-property program known as 1033.More

Texas Senate committee hears texting ban
San Antonio Express-News
After its first hearing by the Senate Transportation Committee on April 24, state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, remained cautiously optimistic about the chances that her bill that would ban texting while driving would get the votes it needs to move out of committee. "I think it will be challenging but we're working on it," she said. "The testimony from law enforcement was very compelling and I'm hoping some members were persuaded to support the bill because of it." An identical bill, introduced by former speaker of the house and state Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, was approved last week by the house.More

Corpus Christi police cadets get hands-on experience directing traffic
Some Corpus Christi Police Department cadets recently got some hands-on experience directing traffic at the intersection of Everhart and Staples. Supervisors said the training can be one of the most stressful things a young officer has to do, especially when dealing with frustrated drivers. There are 25 cadets in this year's CCPD academy. They are scheduled to graduate in August.More

Senate committee approves bill allowing guns in vehicles on college campuses
The Daily Texan
Universities would not be able to prohibit students with concealed handgun licenses from storing handguns and ammunition in their vehicles on university property if a proposed law passes the Texas Legislature. The Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee approved the bill by a 4-1. The bill, filed by state Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, would prevent universities from adopting policies that would disallow licensed students from storing weapons in privately owned vehicles in parking garages, parking lots and streets located on university property.More

Sexual predators in Florida identified with large yard signs
The Inquisitr
Sexual Predators in Florida are being identified with large yard signs. Eighteen signs have been placed by the Bradford County Sheriff's Department in an attempt to protect children from danger. Sheriff Gordon Smith says that Florida law allows him to identify sexual predators at his discretion. He has decided that the large red signs, placed in the yards of eighteen men, will promote safety in his county.More

Social media is helping, hurting investigators
Police say social media is like a catch-22 during major investigations. Major Steve Drew with Richmond, Va., Police says it can help at the outset of their investigation, but, eventually, it can complicate matters. Within seconds of the FBI releasing photos of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the investigation took on a new form by phone and online. Their pictures were shared millions of times by users on Facebook and re-tweeted with a single click on Twitter. It works well when the information is right, but it also could be wrong. More

California police train with airsoft guns amid shortage
The Washington Times
A nationwide ammunition shortage has prompted many California police departments to find alternatives to using live firearms in training exercises, CBS San Francisco reports. "Everybody is fighting for what is seems like a shrinking amount of ammunition out there," said Lt. Louie Tirona, a firearms and tactics instructor for the Richmond, Va., Police Department, who came up with the idea to use professional-grade airsoft guns in training drills.More

Lawmakers want more surveillance on the ground, sky
The successful — and massive — law enforcement effort to obtain public video to help identify the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing shows the need for more government video surveillance cameras, says one congressman. Perhaps drones, too, says a senator. There already are government closed-circuit TV systems in cities like Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. U.A. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., a member of both the House Homeland Security and Intelligence committees, said the nation needs even more video cameras in public places.More

Critics: Justice reinvestment sidesteps minority communities
The Crime Report
A group of the nation's leading criminal justice advocates and researchers have charged that the much-lauded "justice reinvestment" strategy has failed to divert meaningful funds to minority communities who have been the most deeply affected by high levels of incarceration.More

Ban on texting, driving easily passes Texas House vote
Abilene Reporter-News
The House approved, 98-47, the criminalization of texting while driving, despite opposition from Gov. Rick Perry, who has vetoed a texting-while-driving bill before.More

High court weighs in on DWI blood tests without a warrant
Austin American-Statesman
With a U.S. Supreme Court decision placing new restrictions on police taking involuntary blood samples from suspected drunken drivers, Texas officials said that current exceptions in state law could be erased.More

'Smart guns' could be next step in gun control
A proposal to expand background checks failed in Washington, but several entrepreneurs say they have a different answer to curbing gun violence. They're using technology to create guns that only fire in the right hands. These so-called smart guns can recognize a watch, a ring or even just a grip. For more than a decade, researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology have been working on a grip-recognizing gun similar to the one James Bond uses in "Skyfall."More