Compiled Wednesday March 24
TIP LEADS TO COCAINE STASH
A tip from a Greyhound bus driver about a suspicious man led Sherman police to $500,000 worth of cocaine in the passenger's unmarked suitcase. Sgt. Bruce Dawsey said an officer was waiting at the bus stop Tuesday when the northbound vehicle arrived from Dallas. Dawsey says 12 lbs of cocaine turned up in the lining of the man's suitcase, after he consented to the search. Investigators believe the passenger was bound for St. Louis. The suspect, who listed an Austin address, was in custody facing drug possession charges, plus was on an immigration hold for allegedly not being in the U.S. legally. Officials with Dallas-based Greyhound said their bus drivers are trained to look for suspicious behavior. Police said the driver noticed the man as his luggage was being loaded. Sherman is about 60 miles north of Dallas.
SHOOTING VICTIM ON LIFE SUPPORT
A 17-year-old Dallas boy is on life support after being shot, The Dallas Morning News reports. Alejandro Gonzalez was found in the 5500 block of Harvest Hill Road near LBJ after being shot in the parking lot of the apartment complex where he lived. Gonzalez is on life support at Parkland Hospital. The Morning News reports witnesses did see two men leaving the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call Dallas police at 214-671-3661.
MOTHER ACCUSED OF USING CHILD TO STOP REPO MAN
A North Texas woman is accused of throwing her year-old son into her sport utility vehicle in an effort to stop it from being repossessed. Krystal Gardner was jailed on bail and charges including child endangerment. You can read more on the story here.
COPPER THIEVES STEAL FROM FORT WORTH CHURCH
The pastor of Trinity Christian Church said thieves stripped copper out of five air conditioning units at the sanctuary twice in less than a week. The A/C units are on the roof of the church, 20 feet off the ground. Tuesday night the thieves returned to tear apart the rest of the cooling equipment on two other buildings. Police told the pastor a business nearby was also targeted by copper thieves. The church hopes to have new A/C units installed by Easter as well as a new security system.
REWARD DOUBLED AFTER PIPE BOMB DISCOVERY
A federal official says discovery of an apparent pipe bomb in an east Texas mailbox "does up the ante" in an investigation of incendiary devices found in postal facilities in the region. U.S. Postal Inspector Amanda McMurrey said Wednesday her agency plans to double a reward, to $10,000, after the device was found Tuesday in the town of Laird Hill, about 120 miles east of Dallas. McMurrey says there was no concern about whether the apparent pipe bomb could have been detonated. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives removed it.The item was at least the 10th potentially explosive device found in east Texas postal facilities over the past month. The others were described as bottles containing flammable liquids and wicks. None exploded.