Here's a daily list of crimes across North Texas compiled on March 19, 2009.
PREGNANT MOM, 17, ACCUSED OF SMOKING POT NEAR INFANT SON
A 17-year-old mother is facing charges of child endangerment and possession of marijuana. Officers arrested Desiree Sandner during a traffic stop on Tuesday, claiming she smoked marijuana in front of her infant son. Police said Sandner's 6-month-old son was in the back seat of the vehicle in a car seat that was too small for him and not properly secured to the car. The baby is in the care of Child Protective Services. Read this story on NBCDFW.com.
2 ARRESTED IN SHOOTING AFTER HIGH-SPEED CHASE
Two men were arrested after a high-speed chase through two North Texas cities early Thursday morning. The chase started in Grand Prairie after a shooting at an apartment complex in the 500 block of Southwest 23rd Street and went west into Arlington. Witnesses said two men drove up and began shooting. The men in the vehicle fled on foot when the car hit a curb. Police arrested Julian Suggs, who is charged with misdemeanor fleeing on foot and aggravated assault. The driver, Antonio Smith, ran into a house but was arrested a short time later, police said. He is charged with felony fleeing in a vehicle and aggravated assault.
CONSTRUCTION SITES BURGLARIZED IN PARKER COUNTY
Sheriff's deputies said three commercial construction sites have been burglarized since Sunday. Investigators say all the stolen equipment is worth more than $41,000. Deputies said they are investigating if the burglaries are connected.
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TEEN'S DEATH RULED ACCIDENTAL DRUG OVERDOSE
The February death of a 16-year-old Richland Hills girl has been ruled an accidental drug overdose. The Tarrant County medical examiner said Tiffani Bach had ecstasy in her system. Police said she fell asleep Valentine's Day evening after going out with her boyfriend. She was found dead lying on the floor near a couch the next morning.
$1.5 MILLION IN JEWELRY STOLEN OUTSIDE APPRAISAL SERVICE
Masked robbers stole $1.5 million in gems from a man carrying the jewelry in a briefcase, the Dallas Morning News reports. Police said the jewelry was stolen at about 6:30 p.m. outside a North Dallas office building near LBJ Freeway and Montford Drive that houses a jewelry appraisal service. Police said the robbers scuffled with the victim before jumping in a car and driving away. Read this story at the Dallas Morning News.
24-YEAR-OLD MAN SOUGHT ON MURDER WARRANT
Garland police are searching for a 24-year-old man in connection with the shooting death of a 26-year-old man. Police said Cesar Pascual Orozco shot Joe Castillo, 26, in the 700 block of Ford Street on Saturday afternoon. Castillo was working outside on a car when Orozco was dropping his child off with his ex-wife, witnesses told police. He walked over to Castillo after he dropped the child off and began shooting at him, investigators said. Orozco's car was later located a couple of miles away from the scene of the shooting. Police said they believe he is still in the Dallas area.
RESTAURANT OWNER PLEADS GUILTY IN PLOT TO BURN BUSINESS
The owner of a popular Mexican restaurant pled guilty to trying to hire an arsonist to set fire to his business, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. Jorge Pinto, the owner of Jorge's Mexican restaurant in Weatherford, pled guilty to a charge of solicitation of arson in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth. Prosecutors say Pinto, 55, of Weatherford, told an undercover federal agent he wanted to burn down one of his restaurants to collect $500,000 in insurance. Read this story on NBCDFW.com.
GARLAND TEACHER ACCUSED OF RELATIONSHIP WITH SECOND STUDENT
A North Garland High School teacher was arrested Thursday for the second time on suspicion of having an improper relationship with a student, police said. Yolanda Horace-Crockett, 41, was first arrested Friday on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a male student younger than 17. Police said on ongoing investigation revealed Horace-Crockett had a relationship with another North Garland male student. The additional charge is a second-degree felony and is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Bond is set at $25,000 in the second case.