Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on August 3, 2009.
TRUCK PLOWS INTO MULTIPLE VEHICLES, KILLING 3
Authorities said an 18-wheeler registered to an Irving company slammed into several vehicles on Interstate 35 near Gainesville, NBCDFW.com reported. Three people were killed and two people were injured in the midday, fiery multivehicle wreck that shut down Interstate 35. Investigators said the 18-wheeler driven by James Crayton, of Dallas, apparently did not slow before it struck the first vehicle.
BREAK-IN VICTIMS: COPS DIDN'T USE OUR GPS INFO
The victims of a vehicle break-in tried to solve their case with GPS technology, but said police didn't act immediately on the information, NBCDFW.com reported. The two Plano women said a thief smashed the window of their pickup truck Thursday and stole iPods, credit cards, cash, jewelry and a cell phone. The two women used the stolen cell phone's GPS tracking system to track the thief's movements. Plano police said Monday that the investigation was delayed because the department is in the process of switching to a computerized report-taking system.
SUSPICIOUS REFRIGERATOR REPORTED OUTSIDE DALLAS BANK
Police closed down North Hall Street in Dallas Monday morning after a suspicious package was reported at Live Oak State Bank, The Dallas Morning News reported. Officers arrived at the scene at about 7 a.m. and found a small white refrigerator plugged in and working, police said. The bomb squad was also notified.
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MAN SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES OUTSIDE HOME
Dallas police are investigating a shooting that occurred at 5216 Audrey Street just after midnight Monday. Police found a man in his mid-30s lying in the driveway of his home with gunshot wounds to the face, neck and arm. Paramedics transported the victim to Baylor Hospital in serious condition. Police have been unable to interview the victim and do not have a motive or description of the shooter.
TWO MEN SOUGHT IN TWO NORTH TEXAS BANK ROBBERIES
Dallas and Fort Worth police are looking for two men who are believed to have robbed two banks Saturday. Two Hispanic men held up a bank on East Seminary Drive in Fort Worth, police said. Men with the same description robbed a Wachovia Bank in south Dallas about an hour later, police said. Investigators are looking for a white Pontiac Grand Prix with Texas tags 676-NHD.
FORT WORTH HOMEOWNER NEARLY SHOT THROUGH FRONT DOOR
A 56-year-old Fort Worth man was almost shot after someone knocked on his front door and opened fire, according to a police report. The homeowner told police that he was sitting on a couch when several people walked up to his front door, knocked and opened fire just after 4 a.m. Sunday after they heard his voice, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. No arrests have been made in connection with the gunfire.