(from The Houston Chronicle)

920x920The reward has increased to $10,000 for information leading to the capture of a 27-year-old convicted murderer in Texas.

Jose Fernando Bustos-Diaz is among Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Fugitives .

He escaped from the Briscoe prison in 2010.

Bustos-Diaz was serving 35 years for a 2005 murder he committed while working as a ranch hand in Harris County. He pleaded guilty to the case in 2006.

According to the arrest bulletin, Bustos-Diaz is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 195 pounds. He has birthmarks on his chest and acne scaring on his face.

Bustos-Diaz also has multiple tattoos, including a heart with a cross on the webbing of his left hand; the name “Vanessa” with one dot on the inside of his left wrist; and the name “Lizeth” on the inside of his right wrist.

Texas Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to anyone who gives information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders.

All tips are anonymous, regardless of how they are submitted.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities using one of the five following methods:

• Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
• Text the letters DPS – followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.
• Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.
• Submit a Facebook tip at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
• Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App. The app is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/texas-dps/id902092368?mt=8) and for Android users on Google Play: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microassist.texasdps&hl=en).

Officials urge the public not to apprehend these fugitives, as they are considered armed and dangerous.



NEW YORK CITY (KXAN/NBC New York) – An Austin-area police chief on vacation in New York City wasn’t set with simply seeing the sights.

Instead, Sunset Valley Police Chief Sean Ford helped fight crime, according to NBC New York.

Ford was on Fifth Avenue near Central Park when he noticed a store employee and a man fighting on the street. New York police said the man tried to steal a bottle of cologne from an Abercrombie & Fitch.

As the fight between the two grew more violent, Ford noticed that no one else was stepping in to help.

So he did.

Ford held down the suspected shoplifter until NYPD came to make the arrest.

Officers in New York posted a tweet to say thank you.

This is the famous angel memorial, located at Scottsville Cemetery, Texas.

The statue was built to honor the life and death of William Scott Youree, 1872-1904, who died in Mexico.

His parents had the statue inscribed, and the inscription reads, “Could Love Have Saved, thou would not have died.”

Photo taken by Julia Robb on April 26, 2016.




Dallas Morning News

The flood victims

Four of the flood victims

Palestine–Authorities have found a sixth body following flash flooding in East Texas that also killed a woman and her four great-grandchildren.

The latest victim was identified as 30-year-old Giovani Olivas, who was swept away by floodwaters.

Palestine police say all six bodies have been taken to Tyler for autopsies, which will be completed on Monday.

More than seven inches of rain fell in less than an hour late Friday evening, swamping a neighborhood and forcing some people onto their roofs.

The 64-year-old woman and her four great-grandchildren died when floodwaters rose in their Palestine neighborhood, KXAS-TV (NBC5) reported. A creek overflowed from its banks, severely damaging six to 10 homes in a matter of minutes just after midnight, The Associated Press reported.

The family members were identified Saturday afternoon by the city of Palestine as Lenda Asberry and her four great-grandchildren Venetia Asberry, 9; Devonte Asberry, 8; Von Anthony Johnson Jr., 7; and Jamonicka Johnson, 6, NBC5 reported.

Palestine Police Capt. James Muniz told NBC5 that water reached 12 feet high in some areas.

“The water came down the hill,” Muniz told The Associated Press. “The street was full of mud, so the water just came up. With the enormous amount of rain we had, we had people tell us that within minutes, the water was waist deep.”

In the 22 years Muniz has worked at the department, he said he’s never seen that kind of flooding in that area, specifically the 100 block of Timber Drive.

“This was an unusual incident,” Muniz said. “It leads me to believe that these people just weren’t expecting anything like this to happen, especially as quickly as the water came up.”

On Friday night, the city’s water treatment plant received seven and a half inches of rain in less than an hour, according to the city news release.

In Lindale, about 90 miles east of Dallas, several injuries were reported. The National Weather Service confirmed Saturday that a tornado had touched down the day before, KSLA reports.

Smith County issued a disaster declaration, and Sheriff Larry Smith said storm damage prevented first responders from reaching many areas. At least 40 homes were destroyed and two people in the area were transported to a hospital — a child with a serious injury and an adult who was trapped in a house, East Texas Medical Center officials told KSLA-TV.

In North Texas, power outages were reported for about 6,000 customers, mostly in Tarrant County, according to Oncor. Shortly before midnight, service had been restored to about half of those customers.

Trinity Park in Fort Worth was evacuated and Mayfest closed for the day around 4:30 p.m. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport said that the storm system affected some flights to and from the airport.

Some areas of Dallas-Fort Worth had been hit the night before with scattered storms — but forecasters had expected Friday evening’s weather to be the worst of the week.

“As far as weather patterns go, this is a much stronger system than it was on Tuesday,” National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cain said Friday afternoon.

Tuesday’s storms produced three tornadoes in Grayson County, about 70 miles north of Dallas, injuring five people.

Another round of showers and thunderstorms could roll through Monday, National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Bishop said on Saturday.



The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has made a decision about what to do with Kristen Lindsey, the veterinarian who bragged on Facebook about killing a cat with a bow and arrow: It wants to revoke Lindsey’s license.

That decision has been a long time coming, and is of great relief to animal advocates, who have been clamoring for justice for the cat — believed to be a pet named Tiger, who enjoyed riding around on his caretaker’s tractor.

But it’s not quite the end of the road. Lindsey is appealing.

“The board’s decision was just and necessary to protect the welfare of animals,” three members of a group called Tiger’s Justice Team — Jean Salyer, Betsy Anderson and Gisele Milsaps-Flanigan — told The Huffington Post by email. “This is a great victory, but not the final victory. The process will take time.”

Lindsey put up the gruesome Facebook post in April.  She was fired from the Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham, Texas, soon thereafter. But a grand jury found “insufficient proof” to charge her with a crime.

About a month ago, the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners found that Lindsey violated its rules, but did not reveal what, if any, punishment she would face.



Spokeswoman Loris Jones told The Huffington Post that the board sent a letter to Lindsey’s attorney, Brian Bishop, in mid-September, informing him that the board was seeking to revoke his client’s license.

Neither Jones nor Lindsey responded to the letter, Jones said, which constitutes a de facto rejection of the board’s decision. Bishop did not immediately answer HuffPost’s request for comment.

The next step is a hearing before the the State Office of Administrative Hearings. On Wednesday, the board filed a request to docket the case. A hearing is likely to take place in February.

“While Lindsey may still appeal the decision, this is a huge step forward in the fight for justice for Tiger and all the unnamed victims of animal cruelty,” said Liz Holtz, an attorney with Alley Cat Allies, one of many organizations that has been calling for action against Lindsey.

Scott Heiser, director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund‘s criminal justice program, told HuffPost that while he’d prefer for Lindsey to accept the board’s decision, the upcoming hearing presents a welcome opportunity.

Because Lindsey was never charged with a crime, there are many factual matters that Heiser and others would like to confirm — including where and when the shooting took place, and who the cat was.

Depositions and other evidentiary procedures will be part of the hearing process, ensuring that “all the facts will be aired,” said Heiser.

“This is definitely a major step forward in the process,” he added. “It’s a big milestone to be sure, but we’re a long way from home.”

Tiger’s Justice Team told HuffPost they also hope to find out, at long last, what happened to the cat’s body.

“I along with Tiger’s Justice Team are pleased with the Board’s decision and anxiously await the upcoming hearing,” said Zandra Anderson, a lawyer specializing in animal law who represents Tiger’s Justice Team. “We are hopeful but also cautiously optimistic.”

Tiger in her new home

Tiger in her new home

A tiger captured after being spotted roaming a residential neighborhood here has been sent to an animal sanctuary — but not before a suspected overnight bid to steal the animal from the city animal shelter.

A police spokeswoman said the young, female tiger captured April 21 by animal control officers was turned over to the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd, Texas.

However, police Lt. Dorcy McGinnis said someone broke into the animal shelter where the cat was being kept before daybreak Wednesday.

A surveillance video showed the masked figure prowling around the shelter’s large rooms, apparently searching for the tiger.

McGinnis says one door the prowler didn’t try was the one to the room where the tiger was kept.

No arrests have been made.

carnival1n-3-webEL PASO—A 16-year-old girl died and another teen was injured Friday night after the two were thrown from a carnival ride called the Sizzler.

Three teen girls were on the ride at the time of the fatal carnival accident, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, according to ABC News.

The girl who died was flung from the ride and collided into a metal barricade — another teen girl was also thrown off but only had minor injuries.

The carnival was hosted by the church in east El Paso, and organized in honor of the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Ninos Fiesta.

The girls were students at Hanks High School.

The deadly Sizzler ride spins people around at a center point while riders’ seats simultaneously rotate.

The aunt of the third teen girl on the ride who walked away unscathed from the accident told NewsChannel9 the girls complained that the ride’s seatbelts wouldn’t buckle before getting on —but the ride operator reassured them that they’d be fine without the safety mechanisms.

The uninjured teen held on for dear life by grasping the unfastened seat belt, according to what the aunt told News Channel 9.

Police are investigating whether Playtime Amusements Inc inspected the ride properly before the fatal incident.

“There’s inspections that are required, whether or not this vendor has been up to par with that hasn’t been determined. That’ll be revealed in the investigation,” El Paso police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carillo told a local Fox network.


Old Town Palestine

Old Town Palestine

PALESTINE, Texas — A 64-year-old woman and four grandchildren were killed early Saturday after a creek overflowed its banks, flooding an East Texas neighborhood as many residents slept.

Capt. James Muniz of the Palestine Police Department told The Associated Press that six to 10 homes in a Palestine cul-de-sac were severely damaged following heavy rainfall over the course of just a few minutes after midnight. All other residents of the cul-de-sac were accounted for, he said.

Around 3:45 a.m., the Palestine Police Department received reports about a missing family from the area and sent officers to search the houses in waist-deep water.

Merta White was waiting to be rescued from the roof of her house when she saw a bump in the water, the Palestine Herald-Press reported.

“I thought it was a mailbox, but then I realized what it really was, and I started screaming,” she said of seeing the body.

The bodies of two children were found in the front yard of a residence near the street. A continued search found the bodies of an adult female and two more children.

The victims included the woman, who police identified as Lenda Asberry, 64, and her four grandchildren, identified as Devonte Asberry, 8; Venetia Asberry, 9; Jamonicka Johnson, 6; and Von Anthony Johnson Jr., 7.

“The water came down the hill,” Muniz said. “The street was full of mud, so the water just came up. With the enormous amount of rain we had, we had people tell us that within minutes, the water was waist deep….then chest-high, and then it was roof-line.”

City officials used a dump truck to rescue one man from the roof of a home, Muniz said. One neighbor told authorities that he saw the family but lost sight of them as he waded through water.

Palestine is about 100 miles southeast of Dallas and is home to about 18,000 residents.

(From NBC NEWS and The Associated Press)