Daily Police Blotter: Railroad Ties Tie-Up Traffic

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    NBCDFW.com
    A semi-truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with railroad ties lost its load on westbound Robert L. Thornton Freeway near downtown Dallas Tuesday morning.

    Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on Feb. 2, 2010.

    RAILROAD TIES TIE UP TRAFFIC ON RLT
    A semi-truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with railroad ties lost its load on westbound Robert L. Thornton Freeway near downtown Dallas Tuesday morning. Three lanes of traffic were blocked by the scattered debris at Good Latimer Expressway, said Dallas police. Only the left lane was getting by as crews worked to clean up.

    GETAWAY CAR STALLS, ROBBERY SUSPECTS ARRESTED
    Fort Worth police said a faulty getaway car helped them catch a 20-year-old woman and 15-year-old girl accused of stealing from a beauty salon. A police spokesman said an employee of Jenny Beauty Salon, on the 6300 block of Meadowbrook Boulevard, spotted the pair putting items in a purse on surveillance video. After a scuffle with the employee the pair got in a Hyundai that wouldn't start, according to police. Witnesses told officers the teenage girl got out of the car with a 5-year-old carrying a backpack and disappeared into a nearby grocery store. When they came out they didn't have the backpack, police said. Police said they found the backpack with stolen items inside. Ebbony Trammell, 20, is being held in the Mansfield Jail on suspicion of robbery. Police said the teen was turned over to juvenile authorities. (Star-Telegram

    COUPLE ALLEGEDLY KEPT DAUGHTER IN CLOSET
    A Brownsville couple has been jailed for allegedly keeping the woman's 12-year-old daughter in an unlit closet in their home for about a year. Alfredo and Leticia Ines are in a Cameron County jail charged with injury to a child and unlawful restraint. Bonds for each are set at $275,000. Jail records do not show attorneys for either. Brownsville police Sgt. Jimmy Manrrique said the couple released their daughter only to attend school, eat or use the bathroom during the day. Investigators said she would do her homework by the light coming from beneath the door. Police said she appeared to be malnourished and looked small for her age. Child Protective Services began investigating when one of the girl's three brothers reported the situation to officials at his school.

    $10,000 REWARD OFFERED TO CATCH BANK ROBBERS
    FBI agents hope a $10,000 reward will help catch a pair of violent bank robbers caught in surveillance photos. The photos from the Bank of America at 156 West Beltline Road in Cedar Hill show the robbers were in and out of the bank in less than two and a half minutes. According to the FBI the robbers are responsible for robberies at the Bank of America in Cedar Hill on Jan. 28, and at the Resource 1 Credit Union located at 755 N. Highway 67 in Cedar Hill last month. The FBI also said the robbers may be responsible for two other robberies in recent months. During the robberies guns have been displayed and the FBI said in the most recent robbery a bank customer was assaulted. This two-man robbery team in known for taking over banks during their robbery attempts and corralling bank employees into areas of the bank at the conclusion of their robberies, according to the FBI. Anyone with information is urged to call the Dallas FBI Office at 972-559-5000.

    MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE
    A Grand Prairie man was arrested Monday night after leading police on a high speed chase through two counties. The Kaufman County Sheriff's Department said Britt Hambrick, 45, of the Cedar Creek Lake area, led officers on a chase through Henderson and Kaufman County when he refused to pull over for a traffic stop. It started on westbound state Highway 175, then Hambrick turned around and headed east, the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office said. The chase ended when deputies deployed spike sticks at the Fair Road exit. Hambrick had two outstanding felony warrants at the time of his arrest according to Kaufman County Sheriff's Office. Seven law enforcement agencies and Air One from the Department of Public Safety helped in the chase. 

    POLICE SEARCH FOR HURST COUNTERFEITERS
    Hurst police are searching for thieves who used counterfeit $20 and $100 bills to pay for meals and merchandise at a grocery store, restaurant and skateboarding store according to the Star-Telegram. Hurst police said the thieves used the fake money last week over two consecutive days. Hurst police said they handed the bills over to the Secret Service for analysis. (Star-Telegram)

    HUMANE SOCIETY OFFERS REWARD IN HORSE'S DEATH
    The Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting death of a horse in Parker County. The owner of the 7-month-old filly found the horse in a pasture on the 72 Ranch, about five miles west of Weatherford last week. The horse, named "Bald-Faced Lie," was shot in the forehead wit ha high-powered rifle. The ranch owners and Parker County Crime Stoppers are also offering rewards in the case.

    STOLEN VAN WITH POLITICAL AD RECOVERED
    Garland police said a van with a political advertisement for a Collin County district attorney candidate that was stolen has been found. The van, which had Rafael Delagarza's picture all over it, was stolen last week. The van belongs to a friend of Delagarza who runs a vending machine business and was loaded with snacks. Police found the van outside a business Saturday night.

    DPD EXPECTS INFLUX OF PROSTITUTES BEFORE ALL-STAR GAME
    Dallas police are expecting an influx of prostitutes before the Feb. 14 game. A nonprofit group in Phoenix estimates tens of thousands of prostitutes flooded its area during last year's Super Bowl. Dallas police are adjusting officers' schedules and hours. Officers will focus on prostitution hotspots and high-end hotels. Read this story on NBCDFW.com.