Texas Sheriffs Today
Jul. 26, 2013

Arlington detective shot by capital murder suspect
The Associated Press via Officer.com
Charles Lodatto, an Arlington police detective, was serving a capital murder warrant to Tyler Holder in connection with the death of Alanna Gallagher when the incident occurred. Holder is suspected of sexually assaulting and suffocating Gallagher, who was 6 years old.More

Kaufman sheriff: Prosecutors will seek death penalty
The Kaufman Herald
Prosecutors will go before a Kaufman county district court on July 26 and formally announce they will be seeking the death penalty for Eric and Kim Williams, accused of three murders earlier this year. Kaufman county Sheriff David A. Byrnes gave that information to a crowd of Kaufman Lions Club members at the organization's weekly meeting.More

In rare move, sheriff takes control of Central Texas Hospital
The Dallas Morning News
In a highly unusual move, the Milam County Sheriff's Office of Texas has wrested control of Central Texas Hospital in Cameron, heeding a court order that aims to prevent the facility's owner from altering, hiding or destroying medical records and other property. More

Austin authorities arrest 2 illegal immigrants in gang rape of teen girl
The Washington Times
Police in Austin arrested two Mexican illegal immigrants and held them on immigration detainers, after a 13-year-old girl came forward and claimed she was gang-raped by up to 13 men. The girl was a runaway from the Settlement Home for Children. More

Small Texas town police department thinks big in terms of technology
KTRK-TV
It seems there's an online application for everything nowadays, and that includes fighting crime. One local police department is using technology to keep its residents in the loop. Magnolia has a population of just 1,400. It may not be a large city, but it's big in the way it's approaching 21st century police work. More

House: Extra funding for police hiring dropped as part of spending cuts
The Associated Press via Star Tribune
The Community Oriented Policing Services program has been eliminated by the Appropriations Committee. The COPS initiative was to receive $440 million under President Barack Obama's budget. House Democrats stated that this spending cut will result in 1,400 fewer officers.More

ACLU: Police technology to track drivers raises privacy issues
CNN
Police around the United States are recording the license plates of passing drivers and storing the information for years with little privacy protection, the American Civil Liberties Union commented. In a written statement, the ACLU continued, "The documents paint a startling picture of a technology deployed with too few rules that is becoming a tool for mass routine location tracking and surveillance."More

Florida police chief a calming influence following Zimmerman trial
Los Angeles Times via Officer.com
Sanford police Chief Cecil Smith was hired to lead the central Florida department just as it was thrust into the national spotlight by the George Zimmerman case. And after a jury acquitted Zimmerman, sparking a new round of national protests, it fell to Smith to keep the peace in town.More

House: Extra funding for police hiring dropped as part of spending cuts
The Associated Press via Star Tribune
The Community Oriented Policing Services program has been eliminated by the Appropriations Committee. The COPS initiative was to receive $440 million under President Barack Obama's budget. House Democrats stated that this spending cut will result in 1,400 fewer officers.More

Killeen Police Department: Officer slain in shooting identified
UPI
The first Killeen police officer to be shot on the job in almost a century has been identified as 32-year-old Robert Hornsby. Hornsby was shot as officers responded to a 911 call about a man with a gun threatening neighbors in an apartment complex. More

NLEOMF: Work left to be done in preventing LODDs
Officer.com
Preliminary officer fatality statistics released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show both positive and negative trends in regards to line-of-duty deaths. Aside the uptick in total deaths, there were some positive developments noted in the report. More

New technology helps keep police K-9s in Iowa cool
Des Moines Register
In Iowa, three new dogs may soon join the Des Moines Police Department. But before they do, authorities must finish installing technology to keep the animals safe from excessive heat inside patrol cars. More

Predicting recidivism: New tool shows promise in Philadelphia
National Institute of Justice
For some time to come, our cities, counties and states will face the tremendous challenge of trying to do their work with fewer resources. That challenge is perhaps no more pressing than in the nation's corrections system, where fiscal realities demand the downsizing of prison populations. More