Here's a daily list of crimes across North Texas compiled on Jan. 13, 2009.
Parker County Pill Sting Nets 18 Arrests
A sting in Parker County last week involving Ecstasy and Xanax netted 18 arrests, authorities said. Most of those arrested trying to buy and sell the pills were teenagers, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said. The youngest was 16. The oldest was 24. Read more on NBCDFW.com.
DPS Releases Top 10 Most Wanted
The Texas Department of Public Safety has released a new Top 10 Most Wanted list. The fugitives on the list are wanted for a range of crimes, including homicide, burglary and aggravated assault.Texas Crime Stoppers will give a $1,000 cash reward to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of these fugitives. Check out the list here.
Police ID Man Fatally Shot In Plano Motel
The man who was shot and killed after taking a motel clerk hostage Tuesday morning was a Plano resident, police said Wednesday. An officer went to the La Quinta Motor Inn located at 1820 Central Expressway to investigate a 911 hang-up call and found Joseph Randall Cupit holding a knife to a clerk's throat, police said. The officer fired several shots when Cupit ignored commands to drop the knife, police said. Read more on NBCDFW.com.
Middle School Student Stabbed Under Eye
A student at Brewer Middle School in Fort Worth was stabbed under the eye during an altercation before school Wednesday. The student was transported to a local hospital by MedStar. Officials with the district said the puncture wound is not life threatening. The student's attacker is in custody and classes have resumed. Read more on NBCDFW.com
Dallas Wants to Get Tough on Apartment Crime
Dallas police said so much crime is committed in and around apartment complexes that they now want the city council to hold the owner's of these complexes accountable. Officials said many apartments, like the one were police officer Norm Smith was shot and killed last week, are overcome with crime. Now the city council is expected to propose that the complexes do background checks, install perimeter fencing and security lighting and allow police access to arrest people for trespassing. A similar ordinance in Houston has cut apartment crime in half, police said. Read more on NBCDFW.com
Man Sentenced For Sexual Assaults on Disabled Women
A Hawkins man has been sentenced to prison over the sexual assault of two mentally disabled women at a facility where he worked. A judge in Quitman on Tuesday ordered two 20-year prison terms for 63-year-old James Owen Spurlock. The terms must be served concurrently. Spurlock in December pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault. Read more here on NBCDFW.com
Manhunt Continues For Escaped Inmate
Law enforcement officials are searching for a Tarrant County Jail inmate, 21-year-old Gregory Donald, after they said escaped while probation officers were transporting him back to the jail from a drug treatment program in Mansfield. A Tarrant County sheriff's spokesman, Terry Grisham, said Donald escaped from a van near Interstate 20, Loop 820 and state Highway 287. Police are looking for a 1998 blue four-door Mercury Mountaineer after a woman said the inmate pulled a gun on her and carjacked her vehicle. Read more here on NBCDFW.com
The latest news from around North Texas.
Police Looking In To 6-Year-Old's Death
Dallas police child abuse detectives are investigating the death of a 6-year-old boy, Christopher Dotson. A statement from Sr. Cpl. Janice M. Crowther with Dallas Police says Dallas Fire and Rescue responded to a call Tuesday and found the child unresponsive. He was declared dead upon arrival at Children's Medical Center Dallas. Anthony Beckett, 24, the live-in boyfriend of Dotson's mother, was arrested and charged with felony injury to a child. The medical examiner is expected to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Former Cowboy Says He Was Nearly Carjacked
A former Dallas Cowboy said he was nearly carjacked Monday night -- until the would-be robbers recognized him. Michael Irvin said he was driving to the gym when robbers pulled alongside him and flashed a gun. "Absolutely I was afraid," he said. "I was very afraid." The passenger rolled down his window and pointed a gun at him. Irvin said his work on the field may have saved his life -- because the would-be carjacker recognized him. "He put it away, because he recognized me. He said, 'Hey, Mike Irvin, what's up? Mike Irving, man, we are big Cowboy fans,'" Irvin said. Read more here on NBCDFW.com