Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on Sept. 24, 2010.
MORE DPD OFFICERS FIRED FOR ALLEGED ROLES IN BEATING
Two Dallas officers facing criminal charges for their alleged roles in a suspect's beating that was captured on police video have been fired. The announcement Thursday by Chief David Brown brought to three the number of officers kicked off the Dallas force over a beating incident that occurred after a chase. Officers Paul Bauer and Henry Duetsch were accused of insubordination. The department alleged that Bauer used unnecessary force and that Duetsch repositioned a video camera so it wouldn't show the beating. Both are facing a felony charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Bauer faces misdemeanor charges of assault and official oppression. The officers didn't immediately return phone calls.
TWO DEAD IN SHOOTING AT DALLAS HOME
Police in Dallas say two people have died in a shooting at a home in southern Dallas. Dallas police spokesman Kevin Janse said the gunman fled the scene of Thursday's shooting on foot and might have entered a vehicle nearby. Police tell The Dallas Morning News that an earlier report of the gunman firing into a crowd was incorrect. Police say both victims appear to be in their twenties. One victim was shot in the chest and the other in the neck. Police say drugs were not believed to be a motive in the shooting.
BORDER AGENTS SEIZE $2M IN MARIJUANA IN SAME DAY
U.S. Border Patrol agents have seized more than $2 million worth of marijuana in three incidents in south Texas on the same day. Border Patrol officials say the three seizures Wednesday totaled more than 2,500 pounds of marijuana. The largest seizure was 1,200 pounds after agents near Mission noticed two rafts crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico. Officials say bundles of what appeared to be narcotics were loaded into a pickup truck and driven away. Officials say the driver spotted agents and returned to the river, where he and a passenger swam back to Mexico. Officials say another 700 pounds were seized from several smugglers who also swam back to Mexico. A load of 500 pounds was found in an unoccupied vehicle.
FBI AGENT INDICTED AFTER THREATENING TOP OFFICIAL
The ex-FBI agent accused of making death threats against his estranged wife and the head of the Dallas FBI office has been indicted. Carlos Ortiz Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury in Dallas on Tuesday on one count of retaliating against a federal official, Robert Casey, the head of the Dallas FBI office. The second count is possession of firearms by an unlawful user/addict of controlled substances. The FBI says he was addicted to anxiety medication. Ortiz was arrested at work last month and fired. He is accused of telling a friend that he was going to kill his wife, a bureau analyst, and Casey. He was denied bond. His father says Ortiz is not violent and blamed his firing and arrest on the estranged wife.