Texas Sheriffs Today
Oct. 10, 2014

DNA links Lubbock man to 2008 murder
VideoBriefFor more than six years, Lubbock police have searched for the person responsible for murdering a Lubbock woman and dumping her body in a Northeast Lubbock field. On Oct. 9, police announced that they believe they have the man responsible for that murder behind bars. Billy Jack Limbaugh Junior, 43, is in the Lubbock County Detention Center. Lubbock police say DNA samples link him to three separate crimes including the murder of 29-year-old Monica Adams. Limbaugh Junior is also charg More

Midland County sheriff's deputy fatally shot while serving warrant
Midland Reporter-Telegram
A Midland County Sheriff's deputy suffered a fatal gunshot wound on Oct. 9 while serving a warrant at a suspected child predator's home in northwest Midland. Sheriff's deputies — including slain Sgt. Mike Naylor — arrived in the 3800 block of North County Road 1247 just before 2 p.m. to serve a warrant to alleged sex offender Dan William Higgins, 37, who is accused of shooting Naylor in the head while being served.More

Reports: Dallas County sheriff's deputy showing no signs of Ebola
Health officials say a Dallas County Deputy is showing no signs of Ebola. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said in a statement that Michael Monnig is in good condition one day after he was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Monnig was one of the deputies who went inside the Dallas apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan was staying. Monnig did not have contact with Duncan, but did see some of Duncan's family members now in isolation. Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the virus on American soil, died on Oct. 8.More

Alleged Lufkin robber answers stolen phone, gives away location
Police arrested two Lufkin men after one of the suspects answered a stolen phone and led authorities to his location. According to police reports, officers were dispatched on reports of an armed robbery. When authorities arrived, the victims said they were waiting for a ride in front of a local VFW when they were held up at gunpoint. The victims stated two black males had walked up to them and asked for a cellphone. The bandits then pulled a handgun and demanded the phone. Once the suspect's disappeared from sight, they victims flagged down help.More

Midland man impersonates an officer — to a real officer
The Associated Press via KTRK-TV
A Midland man got a surprise when he tried to impersonate a police officer and berate a fellow driver. The driver he chastised was a police detective. Eleazar Cisneros confronted a driver, said he was a police officer and complained about being cut off in the parking lot of a burger joint. When Cisneros was asked to show his police identification, he said he was working undercover.More

US appeals court OKs evidence from no-warrant GPS
The Associated Press via PoliceOne
A U.S. appeals court ruled that prosecutors can use evidence gathered after a GPS device was put on a suspect's van without a warrant. The decision is a blow to three Philadelphia brothers charged in a series of pharmacy robberies and for civil rights lawyers concerned about the reach of police power in the technological age.More

Attorney general announces latest effort to strengthen community policing
The United States Department of Justice
Attorney General Eric Holder and Director Ron Davis of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services recently announced the department's effort to strengthen community policing through hiring grants that will fun nearly 950 officers at 215 law enforcement agencies in cities and communities across the country. This year's $124 million in awards place a special emphasis on increasing community policing, bolstering crime reduction and making the streets of America safer.More

Kaufman County Sheriff's Office investigating boy's death
The Kaufman County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 12-year-old Able Springs boy. According to Kaufman County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Captain Fred Klingelberger, the office received a 911 call from the boy's uncle and grandfather at approximately 10:20 a.m. after Terrell ISD officials notified the family the boy did not arrive at school.More

West Texas A&M police investigating sexual assault on campus
The West Texas A&M Police Department is investigating claims of a sexual assault. According to campus police, they were notified of the alleged assault on Sept. 29.More

Popular West Texas sheriff ready to take on terrorists
Midland Reporter-Telegram
When Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter warned recently on national morning television that Muslim terrorists were sneaking in from Mexico and that he was ready to overcome them, most hometown folks took it in stride. Now in his 30th year in office, Painter represents what outsiders may imagine as the prototypical West Texas lawman: A towering figure in boots and a white Tony Lama hat. He is folksy in conversation and polite to old ladies — and he pulls no punches with his opinions.More

Map: Which states reduced their prison rates last year?
A new report by the Brennan Center for Justice shows which states have managed to shrink their inmate populations in 2013. Working with data released in September by the Department of Justice, the map depicts each state's change in imprisonment rates.More

Will new privacy efforts by Apple and Google obstruct justice?
By Lauren Swan
For people who value their privacy, Apple and Google are going to provide them with just that. In their latest smartphone software, both tech companies have decided to encrypt the passwords so that they can no longer be bypassed by law enforcement, and this includes the FBI. Meanwhile, the FBI is claiming this new addition could cost lives, including kidnapping and terrorist cases. To be clear, law enforcement can still intercept conversations but cannot access call data, photos, contacts and email. Is this new turn for privacy a positive or negative situation?More

Oregon's marijuana legalization ad campaign features 33-year police vet
The Washington Post
Marijuana legalization advocates in Oregon have launched a $2 million-plus ad campaign starring a 33-year police veteran. The new ad features Pete Tutmark, a former patrol sergeant and sheriff's deputy. Tutmark criticizes what he calls a "broken" system that diverts resources from important crime-solving to drug arrests and urges his fellow Oregonians to vote yes on measure 91 this fall, which would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana use.More