Daily Crime Blotter

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Monday, Aug 31, 2009  |  Updated 5:28 PM CDT
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Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on Aug. 31, 2009.

14-YEAR-OLD LEADS OFFICERS ON WRONG-WAY CHASE THROUGH SCHOOL ZONE
A 14-year-old boy has been taken to a hospital with minor injuries after he led officers on a wrong-way chase in a sport utility vehicle. Chief Deputy John Garrett, a spokesman for Precinct 1 Constable, says a cruiser spotted the Mitsubishi Montero speeding in a school zone just before 9 a.m. Monday. Click here to read more on NBCDFW.com.

BEDFORD TEEN DEAD THREE DAYS AFTER LIGHTNING STRIKE
A 19-year-old Bedford woman, who was struck by lightning Thursday and lost her unborn baby, was pronounced brain dead Sunday afternoon. Taylor Lawson's body remained on life-support at Parkland Hospital in Dallas because she was an organ donor, unfortunately damage from the lightning strike made organ donation impossible. Click here to read more on NBCDFW.com. 

FORMER TEACHER INDICTED IN FONDLING CASE
A Tarrant County grand jury indicted a former teacher on a charge of fondling a little girl as she slept at a Grapevine day care. Vincent Woods, 33, of Euless is accused of indecency with a child by fondling according to the Star-Telegram. In May, a 3-year-old told her father that her teacher rubbed her legs and put his hands down her pants several times during nap time according to the arrest affidavit. In an interview with detectives, Woods told police it happened once in May. The Star-Telegram reports in the affidavit a detective wrote that when asked how far he slid his hand, Woods said, "Too far." Woods is free on bond after posting $10,000 bail, if convicted he faces a maximum 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Click here to read more in the Star-Telegram.

DALLAS SCHOOLS LOCKED DOWN FOR SUSPECT SEARCH
Six Dallas schools were under lockdown Monday morning as Dallas police searched for a robbery suspect. The man was suspected of taking a car at gunpoint in the 300 block of South Waverly Drive. After ditching the car, he was spotted running in the neighborhood. Police set up a perimeter and used dogs to track the suspect. DISD police decided to lock down Moreno Elementary, Cowart Elementary, Henderson Elementary, Salazar Elementary, Stockard Elementary and Hall Elementary. The suspect was caught and all of the schools were open as of 10 a.m.

TWO DEAD IN WICHITA FALLS FAMILY VIOLENCE
Wichita Falls police said two people died, one was hurt and two children safely hid in a closet in a family violence case. The Wichita County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Benjamin Prince was jailed Monday on capital murder and aggravated assault charges. Police say 23-month-old Trebian Prince suffered a head injury and died and 20-year-old John Prince was shot and died in Sunday morning's attack. Police say 25-year-old Nicole Grant was shot in the shoulder and treated and released. An 8-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy were unharmed. Police did not immediately release any relationships between the suspect, who was arrested at the home, and the victims.

MUTILATED CAT REWARD INCREASED
The SPCA and several citizens have pulled together their money to raise the reward from $5,000 to $6,200 for information that leads to the capture and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for numerous cat mutilations in the Sparkman Estates, Chapel Downs and Park Forest neighborhoods in Northwest Dallas. Click here to read more on NBCDFW.com.

ARSONIST TARGETS ARLINGTON SCHOOLS
The search for an arsonist continues in Arlington. Investigators said a fire Sunday destroyed a third of the football bleachers at Arlington Martin High School. Four separate fires were set at Young Junior High School which is only a block away. Battalion Chief Steve Bean tells the Star-Telegram three of the fires were set inside a temporary building at the school and one was outside. Another blaze was reported in a dumpster in the 4300 block of Southwest Green Oaks Blvd. Bean also reports at least two people were seen running from the bleachers at Martin High School. Click here to read more in the Star-Telegram.

ARLINGTON POLICE USE EMAIL TO ALERT RESIDENTS TO CRIME 
Arlington Police are turning to the Internet to alert residents to crime in their neighborhoods. The department will send out free email alerts about major crimes that have a "significant impact" on the community or pose a "significant threat" to residents or businesses. The emails may can include photos or sketches of suspects linked to crimes in certain zip codes. The Web site said the department will send up to six alerts a month. More information: ArlingtonPD.org.

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