Daily Police Blotter: Bank Robber Drops Purse

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010  |  Updated 10:12 PM CDT
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Daily Police Blotter: Bank Robber Drops Purse

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Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on Jan. 19, 2010.

TCU STUDENT FOUND DEAD IN HOME
Fort Worth police said the death of a Texas Christian University student whose body was discovered in her home does not appear to be foul play. Police said the body of Amanda Bebout, 20, was discovered Monday night by her roommate at their off-campus residence. Read report on NBCDFW.com

BANK ROBBER DROPS PURSE CONTAINING ID
Dallas police didn't have to go far to catch a female bank robbery suspect Tuesday afternoon. Dallas police said the woman walked into the Comerica Bank in the 5200 block of East R.L. Thornton Freeway and handed the teller a note demanding money. Police said the woman dropped her purse containing her identification and then ran away from the bank. Police traced the woman to her home in the 2300 block of Hatcher Street.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR DALLAS BANK ROBBERS
Dallas police said two men robbed a Wachovia Bank in the 9500 block of Garland Road on Tuesday afternoon. Dallas police said the two armed men entered the bank, ordered employees to the floor and then forced a bank worker to let them in the vault. Police said both men were wearing what looked like security guard uniforms.

NORTHSIDE DRIVE CLOSED FOR AMMONIA LEAK
The Fort Worth Fire Department said Northside Drive was reopened Tuesday afternoon after an ammonia leak. It happened at VersaCold, a cold-storage facility, in the 1300 block of Samuels Avenue in Fort Worth. Fire officials said there was an ammonia leak in a half-inch pipe inside the facility, and ammonia could be smelled in the area. The fire department instructed residents to stay indoors, and Northside Drive was shut down from Main Street to Cold Springs Road.

WEATHERFORD POLICE INVESTIGATE CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
Weatherford police said a rash of criminal mischief over the holiday weekend left cars damages as well as Little League fields in town. Police said complaints ranged from vehicles damaged with rocks and bricks to tires being slashed. Detective Lannie Fulton said it appeared more than 20 vehicles were damaged. Damage estimates were in the thousands of dollars. Little League fields on Charles Street were also damaged. Police said it appeared the damage was done with a blunt object such as a bat. Police said officers saturated the area as reports came in and found a group of people they think may have been involved in the incidents.

SECURITY BREACH ON AMERICAN EAGLE FLIGHT
The Transportation Security Administration said a pocketknife delayed a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Houston's Hobby Airport. The TSA said a passenger found the pocketknife between some seats on American Eagle Flight 3573 at 5:25 p.m. Monday. The TSA said it removed all passengers and rescreened them, which delayed the flight for nearly two hours. The TSA said it hasn't been able to determine how the knife got on the plane. Read a report on NBCDFW.com.

FEDS INVESTIGATE TEXAS TECH CHEMISTRY EXPLOSION
Federal officials will investigate an explosion that severely injured a student at Texas Tech University's Chemistry Department. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board announced Tuesday it will seek the causes of the Jan. 7 explosion on the Lubbock campus. Tech officials told the agency that the incident happened during the handling of a high-energy metal compound that suddenly detonated. Tech has an agreement with Northeastern University, which holds a contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to study the high-energy materials. Safety board Chairman John Bresland said accidents happen at university and high school chemistry labs every year, and that it's time to take a closer look to see if they can be prevented.

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