Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on Dec. 14, 2009.
FEMALE COP ARRESTS MAN AFTER HER BACKSIDE IS PINCHED
A female police officer arrested a man after he allegedly pinched her backside as she waited in a checkout line at a South Dallas discount store. Dallas police Sgt. Marcia Trejo said she was in full uniform and shopping for Christmas gifts for underprivileged children when she was assaulted. Delmontco Glossen was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor assault. Read more on NBCDFW.com.
INVESTIGATORS: FAMILY DIED OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
Firefighters said Monday that a Dallas family of three apparently died of carbon monoxide poisoning. A man and woman in their 40s and their teenage daughter were found dead in the back of their Pleasant Grove home just off Buckner Boulevard and Lake June Road. Investigators said they believe the family may died Sunday evening after trying to heat their home with an outdoor propane heater. Read more on NBCDFW.com.
2 TCU STUDENTS ARRESTED IN DRUG BUST
Fort Worth police said two Texas Christian University were arrested in a drug bust Monday. Cameron Ableson, 19, and Timothy Paul Hand Jr., also 19, were among nine people arrested in a joint operation between TCU police and Fort Worth police. Officers seized seven pounds of marijuana, assorted pills, $20,000 in cash and two weapons, including an AK47 assault rifle. Police said they began an eight-week investigation after receiving complaints about marijuana sales at bars near campus.
TEEN SAYS FAKE COP STOPPED, FRISKED HER
Dallas police said a 17-year-old girl reported that a fake officer stopped her in East Dallas and frisked her Saturday night. The girl said she an unmarked car with a flashing light on top pulled her over at the intersection of Jim Miller Road and Samuel Boulevard before 10 p.m. The teenager told police he asked her to get out of the car and began to search her. She ran away when she realized he was an impostor, police said. Read more on NBCDFW.com.
FEDERAL AGENTS SEIZE COUNTERFEIT ITEMS IN DALLAS
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents seized more than $235,000 worth of counterfeit products in Dallas last week as part of a nationwide operation. Fake ornaments, toys, DVDs, CDs, clothing and purses were among the 1,800 items that were seized. Seven people were arrested and charged in New York and Texas. An estimated $26 million worth of counterfeit products were seized throughout the country in the operation, according to ICE.
ONE DEAD IN SERIES OF AM CRASHES
Dallas police said one crash led to a series of wrecks on northbound Stemmons Freeway early Monday morning. At about 2:15 a.m., police responded to a call for multiple wrecked vehicles at Interstate 35E at LBJ Freeway. As officers sorted out the details, they discovered that the first crash involved a Land Rover that hit the guardrail and rolled. The man driving the vehicle died in the crash. Several other wrecks happened as drivers swerved to avoid the debris from the first crash, police said. No serious injuries were reported. Three lanes of northbound Stemmons Freeway were closed during the investigation.
MAN FOUND DEAD IN CAR IN CREEK BED
An Arlington man was discovered dead in his car in a dry creek bed off Collins Street on Sunday, police said. A construction worker discovered the Nissan Rogue under the bridge north of Interstate 30 at around 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Police said it appears Oscar Saenz was driving north on Collins Street. when he hit a concrete barrier and went off the bridge and that no other vehicles were involved.
RODEO ACCIDENT LEAVES ONE INJURED
A riding accident at the Stockyards Championship Rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum in the Fort Worth sent a woman to the hospital Saturday night. The Fort Worth Fire Department said it was called to 121 E. Exchange Ave. at about 8:15 p.m. for an injured person. When firefighters arrived, an EMS crew contracted for the event was treating a rider injured after the horse she was riding fell on her. Eighteen-year-old Samantha Mitchell suffered broken ribs and is being treated at a Fort Worth hospital.
HELICOPTER SUSPECTED AS IRAN-BOUND GROUNDED
Federal agents have grounded a helicopter they suspect was earmarked for shipment to Iran. The $8 million aircraft sat in a Bell Helicopter hangar in Arlington while agents investigated the circumstances surrounding the helicopter. The Dallas Morning News reported two other U.S.-made helicopters have made it to Iran. The paper reported that at least one of the aircraft is equipped with night vision and autopilot technology subject to strict U.S. restrictions. The United States has imposed a trade embargo on Iran since 1995, but foreign companies linked to the United States can still use legal loopholes to sell U.S.-made goods legally to nations under U.S. export bans. The Italian company Tiber Aviation bought three Bell 412 helicopters from the Mexican company Helivan last year for about $22 million.
POLICE FIND INTRUDER IN BATH TUB NAKED
A 25-year-old man suspected of breaking into an east Texas house is jailed after police found him taking a bath in the house. The incident happened about 3:30 a.m. Sunday in a neighborhood of northwest Tyler. Read more on NBCDFW.com.
GARLAND FINE COLLECTIONS PILOT PROGRAM
Garland is the first Dallas County city to test out a pilot program aimed at making it easier for citizens to pay their fines owed to the city or county. The county already uses the collection tool. Garland will offer the program for traffic violations and red-light camera citations. Fines more than 60 days past due will be flagged and forwarded to Dallas County. When the vehicle owner tries to renew registration on the vehicle, it will be blocked until the outstanding fines are paid.