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Posted: Dec 25, 2013 2:30 AM

Updated: Dec 25, 2013 2:31 AM

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) A West Texas widow's anonymous donation of a ring at a Salvation Army red kettle has prompted an effort to return it to her. The woman dropped her husband's ring in a kettle outside a Lubbock supermarket Monday evening with an attached note that said her husband "had a giving heart and would want to help however he could." The Salvation Army says it's now looking for the woman after a man moved by her story offered to pay for the ring if it could be returned to her.

(Information in the following story is from: Amarillo Globe-News, http://www.amarillo.com)

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) Police are investigating the death of a man who had been suspected of shoplifting at a Texas Panhandle mall. Twenty-year-old Dalton Dakota Knott had been arrested for shoplifting at a JCPenney store in Amarillo on Monday. Amarillo officers later found Knotte was exhibiting signs of a possible drug overdose and was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

(Information in the following story is from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Police say a Central Texas man is facing a drug charge after he tried to use an ad on Craigslist to sell marijuana. Police traced the ad to 41-year-old Corey Lynn Plumlee. The ad read in part, "I'm here for those looking for the budz, so kind, so green!" Court records indicate an undercover police officer met with Plumlee, who sold him a half ounce of marijuana for $220. Plumlee was charged with delivery of marijuana, a state jail felony.

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) Authorities are investigating how the infant of a mother who was found dead in her Texas Panhandle home ended up in the vehicle of another woman in a neighboring county. Authorities dispatched Monday evening to a home in the town of Shamrock found the body of 23-year-old Leslie Perez. Investigators suspect Perez was murdered.

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