Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on Oct. 22, 2009.
POLICE: MAN RUNS OVER WIFE IN WALMART PARKING LOT
Hurst police said a man allegedly ran over his wife, killing her, and then fatally shot himself in a Walmart parking lot Thursday morning. Police said Sandy Bentley, of Grapevine, was walking out of the Walmart in the 1700 block of Precinct Road when her husband, Curtis Bentley, allegedly hit her. Police said he then fatally shot himself. Sandy Bentley, who worked at the Walmart, was taken to a hospital, where she died later Thursday. Click here to read this story on NBCDFW.com.
MAN GETS 15 YEARS IN COPPELL TEACHER'S SLAYING
A 75-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday in the slaying of a Coppell teacher. Leroy Frank Tellgren was sentenced to 15 years in prison in a plea agreement. Searchers found the body of Kathleen Garza in Denton County near 121 and Fish Hatchery Road. She went missing in April. Tellgren will be eligible for parole in seven years. Click here to read this story on NBCDFW.com.
DOZENS ARRESTED IN DRUG INVESTIGATION
Officials said Thursday that 84 people associated with the Mexican La Familia drug cartel were arrested Wednesday on drug charges. The arrests were part of Project Coronado, a nationwide, multi-agency drug investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Investigators said the La Familia cartel is one of the largest methamphetamine supply sources operating within the United States.
13 MEMBERS OF PRISON GANG PLEAD IN EXTORTION CASE
Thirteen members of a Texas prison gang have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in federal court in San Antonio. Authorities say the members of the Texas Mexican Mafia led a conspiracy that resulted in more than two dozen killings in San Antonio between 2000 and 2005. Prosecutors said the men ordered others to enforce a tax on drug dealers in the city. A federal grand jury indicted the men last year on a charge of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats or violence. They pleaded guilty on Wednesday and will be sentenced later this year to terms ranging from six to eight years in prison. The Texas Mexican Mafia was founded in 1984 and has been recognized as one of the state's largest prison gangs, with chapters in several cities, including Dallas.