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April 2013 Archives

Drug crime alleged in drug-free zone

A raid by Texas law enforcement agents from Fort Bend County ended in multiple felony and misdemeanor drug crime allegations against a man, his girlfriend and her 18-year-old son. Police entered the home of the accused individuals to execute a search warrant as part of an investigation into street-level drug trafficking.Police from the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force searched the home and seized quantities of marijuana, cocaine and crack cocaine. Also seized was evidence that a drug manufacturing and distribution operation was being conducted from the house that is near two elementary schools.

Drunk driving charge following three accidents

Police charged a 31-year-old man in Midland, Texas, with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of three accidents. Officials identified the man as an oilfield worker featured on a reality TV show about oil drillers in West Texas.The man is alleged to have a prior driving while intoxicated conviction. Under Texas, a prior DWI conviction can increase both the severity of the charges and the penalties a judge can impose at sentencing. Police did not say if the motorist submitted to either field sobriety tests or a Breathalyzer test to measure his blood-alcohol content at the time of the accidents.

Drug charge tied to validity of traffic stop

A routine traffic stop by a police officer in New Braunfels did not end well for the driver of the vehicle and his passenger. The discovery by the officer of an active warrant for the passenger led to a search of the 24-year-old man and the filing of marijuana charges. The driver did not fare much better. His refusal to stop his car immediately when the officer signaled him to pull over earned him a fleeing charge. The names given to criminal charges can be misleading. Take, for example, the fleeing charge against the driver of the car. Images of a high-speed chase through the streets of New Braunfels come to mind, but a slowly moving vehicle traveling for a block or two is what police allege occurred. A judge or jury will have to decide if the facts as proven by the evidence establish that the driver committed the misdemeanor offense of eluding or fleeing from a police officer.

Texas legislature could restore domestic violence programs

Cuts in funding for family violence programs in Texas would be restored under a proposal from one state senator. As the Texas legislature works on a budget for the fiscal year, restoring $1.25 million in budget cuts from the last legislative session to domestic violence intervention and prevention programs is a priority for some legislators.Domestic violence services account for $51 million in Texas. The budget cuts affected programs aimed at preventing domestic violence by focusing on the offender. Other programs focus on the accuser of family violence. Proponents of restoring funding for the programs point to their importance in addressing the underlying causes of domestic violence.

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