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    NEWSLETTERS

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    Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on Dec. 26, 2009.

    MESQUITE POLICE OFFICER INJURED
    A Mesquite police officer involved in a chase suffered a broken leg during the pursuit. Investigators say the officer was part of a chase of several robbery suspects. The incident started at a pizza restaurant in Mesquite, but ended in the Pleasant Grove section of Dallas. The officer suffered his leg injury at some point during the chase, but was alert after being transported to Baylor Medical Center. One suspect was shot and critically wounded during a standoff with officers, videotape showed a second person taken into custody unharmed.


    BROTHER AND SISTER DIE IN ATV ACCIDENT
    4 year old Dakylie and Dashawn Hamilton of Wills Point died an accident an electric all-terrain vehicle they had gotten as a gift for Christmas. Police say they children were riding the four wheeler down the street from their home when they fell into a creek. Their grandmothers called 911 after she could not find the children. Their bodies were found 30 minutes later.

    4 DEAD AFTER ACCIDENT IN SOUTHLAKE 
    Four people are dead after the car their were riding in careened into a Southlake pond according to Southlake police. It happened at Burney Lane and Lonesome Dove Road at around 11:20 a.m. Saturday. The car went through an intersection, through a fence and flipped into the water Southlake police said. The car came to rest upside down in the pond where the water is approximately six feet deep police said. Officers arrived about three minutes later and dove into the cold water to rescue everyone trapped in the car. One occupant went to the hospital by helicopter. The Grapevine Fire Department's dive team freed the other three occupants who all went to the hospital by ambulance. Monty Hardy, 56, of Southlake and Hadassah Vance, 35, of Euless died Saturday, Wendy Akion, 38, of Irving and Sharon Ransom, 56, of Grapevine passed away on Sunday. Police are still working to find out what caused the accident. CLICK HERE to watch NBCDFW report.

    4 UNITS DAMAGED IN KAUFMAN APARTMENT FIRE
    Investigators continue to search for the cause of a fire at a senior living apartment building in Kaufman County. The fire damaged four units one unit was damaged by fire, the other three by water and smoke. No one was injured, but the fire left four people without homes. One person was taken to the hospital because they need constant oxygen.

    PIPE BURST DAMAGED CHURCH IN ANNA
    Winter weather caused major problems at the New Covenant Church in Anna after the pipes burst on Christmas night. The church, which is about 17 years old, but now has four inches of standing water inside. There is no estimate yet on the cost of repair the damage.

    3 INJURED IN HELICOPTER AMBULANCE HARD LANDING
    A helicopter ambulance crashed seconds after take off at Wise Regional Hospital in Decatur Friday afternoon. The helicopter was about 50 feet off the ground when it came crashing down, knocking out windows and injuring three crew members. CLICK HERE for NBCDFW report.

    SONS OF MAN WHO DIED IN JAIL HAVE COURT DATE
    Twenty years after their father's death, the sons of a man killed in the Dallas County Jail by another inmate will get their chance to convince a jury that the county failed to protect him.  Charles Ray Sempe went to jail in 1990 on a misdemeanor drug charge and was killed minutes later when he was struck by another inmate after he changing TV channels. Chris and Carl Sempe filed a state civil-rights lawsuit against the county in 2000. After a long-running legal fight, they will finally get their day in court in February, The Dallas Morning News reported.  The case is being closely watched by other Texas counties. Sempe, 30, was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge in Lancaster. When he couldn't afford his $200 bond, he was placed in a holding tank with 46 other men, including felons, records show. The tank's capacity was 24 inmates. Darrell Keith Hartfield was convicted of second-degree murder in Sempe's death and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He served about a year and a half of that sentence before he was released on parole; he later returned to prison for violating parole conditions.