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January 2013 Archives

Man kills wife, commits suicide at Texas birthday party

The recent shooting death of a 44-year-old woman by her estranged husband who then shot himself in the head at their daughter's birthday party happened a week after the mayor of Dallas asked police to focus their efforts on any criminal case involving allegations of domestic violence. In Dallas, homicide cases linked to domestic violence doubled in 2012 as shelters for battered women report an increase in the level of violent crime related to domestic abuse. Police and neighbors were at a loss to explain the homicide and suicide that happened in a quiet neighborhood in Grapevine, Texas. A witness who spoke to the 43-year-old husband shortly before the shooting said he neither saw nor heard anything in their conversation that gave any warning of what was to come. Neither of the couple's two children attending the party was injured in the shooting.

Country singer charged with driving while intoxicated

A blood alcohol content level that was almost twice the legal limit in Texas led prosecutors to charge Randy Travis with driving while intoxicated. The drunk driving charge against the country singer is the latest development in a story that began last summer when he was arrested after being involved in a traffic accident. Texas residents who find themselves facing such serious charges may wish to look into the laws surrounding the specific offenses they have been charged of. The seriousness of the charge to a Class A misdemeanor and increases the potential penalties to include a prison sentence of up to two years and fines up to $4,000. A conviction may also lead to a driver's license suspension.

Family violence murders up, domestic violence incidents down

The Austin Police Department reported eight murders related to family violence in 2012. This was two more than occurred in 2011. Statewide in Texas, 150 women died at the hands of their domestic partners in 2010 while the total number of domestic violence incidents throughout the state decreased from 2010 to 2011.A domestic violence conviction can have serious consequences for an individual. The penalties imposed by a judge at sentencing can be a period of incarceration in jail or state prison, fines and probation. A temporary restraining order or a protective order issued by a court can prevent a person from return home or being around other family members.

Rapper back in public eye with drug charge

Following a 2005 feud with a fellow rapper that included gunshots and a negotiated truce, Houston, Texas, rapper Lil' Flip dropped out of the public spotlight. That ended recently with his arrest on drug possession and weapons charges.The rapper's recent troubles began when he was stopped for speeding. Police arrested him after they claim to have found an assault rifle and marijuana in the car he was driving. His passenger was also arrested and charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. The charges filed against the rapper were third-offense possession of marijuana, speeding and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance.

Man witnesses burglary of wife's car in Harris County

Police frequently rely upon eyewitnesses to help solve crimes. When theft crimes take place in public areas, there is a chance that the crime will be observed by eyewitnesses. A Harris County man became an unexpected witness to the theft of Christmas gifts from his wife's car and was able to give police a description and partial license plate number of the getaway vehicle.Later, when police spotted a vehicle matching the description of the one the witness gave them earlier in the day, they took the three occupants of the vehicle back for identification by the witness. Police released one of the men, but arrested a juvenile and a 17-year-old man on burglary charges. Police also recovered stolen Christmas presents and other property from the vehicle.

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