Posted: Jun 22, 2012 2:31 AM
Updated: Jun 22, 2012 2:32 AM
Texas man charged in girlfriend's murder
McALLEN, Texas (AP) A Texas man accused of fatally shooting two boys in a hotel room has been charged with their mother's murder.
Wharton County District Attorney Josh McCown says a judge signed a warrant Thursday and charged 36-year-old Demond Bluntson in the murder of his girlfriend, 28-year-old Brandy Cerny. El Campo police detectives planned to serve the warrant in Laredo Thursday.
Bluntson already faced a capital murder charge in Webb County for the murder of his 1-year-old son, Davian. He's expected to receive an upgraded charge following the death Wednesday of 6-year-old Jaydin in a San Antonio hospital.
Police say Bluntson shot both boys in a Laredo hotel room Tuesday after police arrived. Cerny's body was found with multiple gunshot wounds hours later 200 miles away in their hometown of El Campo.
Police ID target in Houston club shooting
HOUSTON (AP) Police say only one of the three people killed in a shooting outside a Houston night club this week was targeted with the gunfire, which also wounded two others.
Investigators Thursday identified the target as 23-year-old Coy Thompson and said he had received threats on his life after a domestic dispute on Sunday.
Police say Thompson, also known as "Poppa C," had also been involved in a November nightclub shooting that killed one.
The early Wednesday morning shooting also killed 30-year-old Erica Rochelle Dotson and 31-year-old Carlos Durell Dorsey. Also wounded were 37-year-old Willie Watkins and 31-year-old Frazier Thompson, a Houston rapper known as Trae Tha Truth.
Police said people were leaving the night club where the rapper had performed when gunfire erupted.
Mount Rainier ranger killed in climbers' rescue
LONGMIRE, Wash. (AP) A Mount Rainier climbing ranger has died during efforts to rescue four injured climbers from Waco, Texas.
Mount Rainier National Park spokesman Kevin Bacher (BAA-ker) says 34-year-old Nick Hall fell 3,000 feet Thursday from the 13,700-foot level of the 14,411-foot mountain. He was dead when other rangers reached him several hours later.
A helicopter plucked three of the injured climbers off the mountain Thursday night while the fourth a woman was waiting out a worsening storm overnight with the aid of park rangers.
The Texas party includes two men and two women. Bacher says all four have non-life-threatening injuries. The spokesman says the woman spending the night on the mountain is the least-injured climber and may be able to walk out in the morning.
The climbers were roped together when they fell on Emmons Glacier. The two women at the end of the rope ended up in a crevasse. Rangers who responded to a cell phone call helped them out of the crevasse.
Texas AG accuses Google of withholding evidence
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Texas attorney general is accusing Google of improperly withholding evidence sought in an investigation into whether the company has been abusing its dominance of Internet search.
Google's refusal to hand over more than 14,500 documents prompted Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to seek a court order that would require the company to surrender more of the requested material. Abbott filed the petition Monday in a Texas state court.
The dispute hinges on whether the documents in question are legally protected communications between Google's lawyers and its employees. Abbott contends Google Inc. is trying to conceal documents that don't fall under the shield known as attorney-client privilege.
Google says it already has provided Abbott with reams of documents and will continue to respond to inquiries about its business.
5th person dies after San Antonio wreck
SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio police say an 8-year-old boy has become the fifth person to die from the crash of a car into a parked bulldozer.
Abram Demers died at University Hospital in San Antonio Thursday afternoon.
Jail records show the 35-year-old driver, Larry William Demers, is jailed on counts of intoxication manslaughter, two of intoxication assault and a probation violation. Bonds total $420,000. No attorney was listed in his online jail record.
A police statement says a 31-year-old woman and two children, ages 2 and 3, died outright in the crash early Monday. A 5-year-old child died later at a hospital.
15 arrested after Austin heroin trafficking probe
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Fifteen people have been arrested in Austin after raids capped a one-year investigation by local, state and federal authorities into what they suspect was a heroin trafficking ring.
An Austin police statement says the investigation "focused on the dismantling of the local cell of the Texas Syndicate prison gang." According to the statement, the ring had daily sales estimated from $3,400 to $6,250.
Police say the drug sales were made from Jovita's, a longtime South Austin restaurant and rock club. An indictment also seeks criminal forfeiture of Jovita's and three other properties.
The indictment, returned Tuesday and opened Thursday, accuses the 15 of conspiracy. If convicted, each of those 15 could be sentenced to 10 years to life in prison.
SCHOOL DISTRICT-SEX ASSAULT CLAIM
Feds say Texas student's rape claim mishandled
HENDERSON, Texas (AP) Federal officials say an East Texas school district failed to investigate a high school senior's allegation that she'd been raped on campus in 2010.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights also said the Henderson Independent School District punished the student improperly by placing her in a disciplinary program with the student she alleged had attacked her.
The officials had ordered district officials earlier this month to revise its discrimination and sexual harassment policies and clear the student's disciplinary record.
The district had punished the student and her alleged attacker for violating student rules after police concluded the incident was consensual.
American Civil Liberties Union attorney Ariela Migdal said Thursday the district was wrong for not doing its own investigation. District officials didn't return a message seeking comment.
Couple reunites wedding ring with owner's widow
(Information in the following story is from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com)
AUBURN, Calif. (AP) A California couple has reunited a decades-old wedding ring with its owner's widow with the help of three media organizations.
Shannon and Steve Callahan found the ring three weeks ago in their car, which they bought used this year in Sacramento.
The car's previous owners had purchased it at a dealership in El Paso, Texas, before moving to California. So Shannon Callahan contacted the El Paso Times to spread the word.
The Associated Press distributed the Texas newspaper's story nationally, which piqued the Sacramento Bee's interest. The Bee got help from the Texas dealership to find the owners, Thomas and Darlene King.
Darlene King lives 50 miles from the Callahans a short distance after the long search that finally brought them together on Wednesday, when they returned the ring.