Daily Crime Blotter

Here's a list of crimes across North Texas compiled on Jan. 12, 2009

Police: Spaghetti Sauce Vandal Arrested
Frisco police filed criminal charges against a man they say damaged homes and cars by bombing them with spaghetti sauce. Jonathan Kirby of Allen is charged with nine counts of criminal mischief for the incidents that began in July and continued through November. Kirby told police he continued committing the crimes because he liked the publicity. Read more on NBCDFW.com.

Conviction In 30-Year-Old Death Row Case Reversed
A white man on Texas death row for nearly 30 years could soon be free after an appeals court ruled that Dallas prosecutors improperly excluded blacks from his jury because they believed blacks would empathize with defendants. Jonathan Bruce Reed was convicted and condemned for the November 1978 rape-slaying of Braniff International Airways flight attendant Wanda Jean Wadle at her northeast Dallas apartment. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Reed released from custody unless prosecutors choose to retry him quickly. Read more on NBCDFW.com.

Jury Convicts Hurricane Katrina Evacuee
A Tarrant County jury has convicted a Hurricane Katrina evacuee of capital murder in the shooting death of a person police say was a drug dealer. Joemar Jackson was found guilty Monday of the robbery-slaying of 29-year-old Eric Witt. Jackson was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. Read more on NBCDFW.com.

Bystander Injured in Drive-By Shooting Near Shelter
Police said a bystander was shot in a drive-by shooting late Monday night. Fort Worth police said the victim was shot when two cars that were shooting at each other drove past the Presbyterian Night Shelter on Cypress Street just before midnight. The victim was in serious condition at a hospital, but is expected to recover.

Police: Man Fatally Shot After Taking Motel Clerk Hostage
An officer fatally shot a man who took a clerk hostage Tuesday inside the La Quinta Motor Inn located at 1820 Central Expressway, Plano police said. The officer went to the motel to investigate a 911 hang-up call and found a man holding a knife to a clerk's throat, police said. The officer fired several shots when the man ignored commands to drop the knife, police said. Read more on NBCDFW.com.

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