Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on Aug. 11, 2009.
WRONG-WAY DRIVER WAS DRUNK: POLICE
The autopsy on a driver whose wrong-way vehicle hit another car head-on on the Dallas North Tollway shows her blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit. Read more here.
ATHENS MAN GETS 50 YEARS FOR ASSAULT
An Athens man convicted of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl and running over her as he fled has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. Read more here.
SUV ROLLOVER LEAVES FOUR MEN INJURED
Four people were injured when their Ford Explorer rolled over on the 6800 block of Silkman Street in North Dallas. The SUV was southbound in the middle lane of the roadway when it blew a tire, causing the SUV to spin out of control, witnesses said. A pickup, which was also traveling southbound, was clipped by the SUV, and hit a wall. The SUV then crossed the center median and overturned multiple times coming to rest on its wheels in an apartment complex drive. One man was ejected from the rear seat and suffered a serious injury, police said. The other passengers suffered less serious injuries. All were transported by ambulance to local hospitals.
PLANO TEACHER ACCUSED OF HAVING SEX WITH STUDENT
A 39-year-old special education teacher was arrested late Friday night on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy. Mariane Kieffer, a teacher at Carpenter Middle School, turned herself in to Collin County authorities and was released on bond. Police said the victim said they first had sex after getting drunk together, the Dallas Morning News reported. Kieffer faces charges of sexual assault and improper relationship between an educator and student. A Plano school district spokeswoman said Kieffer is on administrative leave. Kieffer said Monday afternoon that she could not comment further on the case.
GUNMEN ROB CHURCHES, LEAVE EMPLOYEES IN COOLER
Details are emerging about two ski-masked gunmen who robbed a Church’s Chicken restaurant in the 200 block of West Pipeline Road on Sunday, the Star-Telegram reports. A gunman forced an employee who was taking out the trash into the restaurant and hit him on the side of the face, police said. A second gunman appeared and pushed the other employee to the floor. Both employees were put into the freezer. One of the robbers then went to the office and slapped the manager before forcing her to open a safe, police said. The robbers put the manager with the other employees and then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money, police said. No arrests have been made.
BURLESON POLICE SEARCHING FOR MAN IN ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBERY
Burleson police are looking for a man who attempted to rob the American National Bank in Burleson shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. The man is described as Hispanic, in his late 20’s or early 30’s, and 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a thin to medium build. He was wearing a black baseball-style hat, black rimmed glasses, with a black jacket, shirt, and pants. There is no description of the getaway car.
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I.D. THEFTS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WHILE TRYING TO MAKE A PURCHASE
Kimberly Baker, 29, of Grapeland, and Richard Fountaine, 20, of Huntsville were arrested late Monday after Weatherford police received information that the two were attempting to pass stolen checks at a Walgreens. Officers were able to contact the owner of the items in Grapeland who told police they had been victims of a burglary that same day. The owners said the pair did not have permission to be in possession if the items.
YOUNG BOY SHOT, KILLED
A child died after being shot early Sunday morning. The boy was transported to Children’s Hospital in Dallas after police said 35-year-old Julio Briones Alonso shot him. Investigators executed a murder warrant for Alonso and he was arrested without incident. Alonso is now in the Navarro County Jail, where his bond was set at $75,000. The child's age and a motive in the shooting are not yet available.
DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING NAVARRO COUNTY SHOOTING
Sheriff deputies are investigating a shooting that occurred in Frost on Saturday morning. According to police, Forrest Warren, 37, allegedly shot Robbie Warren, 41, with a small caliber rifle during an altercation at Forrest’s residence. Robbie was transported by air ambulance to Hillcrest Hospital in Waco. Forrest was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. He posted bond Saturday evening and was released.
DALLAS POLICE SEARCHING FOR ALLEGED BANK ROBBERS
Dallas Police are searching for two men who robbed the Chase Bank located at 4343 West North Highway in Dallas. Police said the man approached the teller window and demanded cash, while stating he was armed. The man then exited the location and was met by a second man. No weapon was displayed during the robbery, but the men should be considered armed and dangerous, according to police. The first man was described as black, 30-years-old, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He was wearing a camouflage shirt, light colored pants and a dark baseball cap. The second man was also black, 30-years-old, 6 feet tall and weighing about 210 pounds. Anyone with additional information concerning the suspects of offense can contact the Dallas Field Office of the FBI at 972-559-5000.
ILLEGAL GAMBLING FACILITY IN TERRELL SHUT DOWN BY POLICE
An illegal gambling facility in Terrell was busted after Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office and Terrell Police Department teamed up on a weeklong undercover operation. Investigators confiscated an estimated $2,900.00 in cash and one 12-gauge shot gun. Investigators expect at least three arrests for organized crime, Sheriff David Byrnes said.