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Man indicted in Southwest Amarillo stabbing

August 19th, 2014 - Comments »

AMARILLO, Texas — Potter County grand jurors reportedly indicted a 44-year-old man on an alleged stabbing that took place April 11 in Southwest Amarillo.

It has been reported that Bobby Wayne Shoemaker was indicted Thursday on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge after he allegedly stabbed a teenager with a knife.

He remained in jail Monday in lieu of $50,000 bond for the second-degree felony charge, records show.

According to a report, police responded about 10:15 p.m. on April 11 to the parking lot of Westminster Apartments in the 2415 S. Coulter St., where they found the injured teen.

Serial fast-food restaurant robber arrested

August 19th, 2014 - Comments »

FORT WORTH, Texas — Police said a 50-year-old man was arrested early Sunday at a Fort Worth motel after being suspected in more than a dozen business robberies since last month.

Sgt. Mike Decker said in an email on Sunday that Spergel LaRae Polk was taken into custody without incident at the Century Motel in the 5800 block of East Lancaster Avenue.

Police said Polk confessed to 16 robberies in Fort Worth and, most recently, one in Haltom City at an AT&T store Saturday afternoon.

Officer charged in daughter’s boyfriend’s death

August 18th, 2014 - Comments »

TULSA, Oklahoma — It has been reported that a Tulsa police officer was charged Monday in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter’s boyfriend earlier this month.

Shannon Kepler was charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 5 death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake.

Kepler, a 24-year-veteran of the force, also was charged with one count of shooting with intent to kill because prosecutors say he shot at his daughter during the alleged confrontation in which Lake was killed.

3 charged in car break-ins outside day cares

August 18th, 2014 - Comments »

AUSTIN, Texas — Court documents said three suspects in a string of break-ins outside day cares were arrested Thursday after a vehicle wreck in South Austin.

Tabitha Elizabeth Emerich, 31, Taneisha Shatae Story, 27, and 26-year-old Jonathan Keon Brown are facing multiple charges after they broke into cars at four different day cares to steal purses and then tried to pass forged checks at local banks, court documents said.

Story was charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon, evading arrest with vehicle, engaging in organized crime, forgery and fraudulent use of identifying information with total bail set at $400,000.

Amish girls allegedly abducted, sexually abused

August 17th, 2014 - Comments »

CANTON, New York – A prosecutor said Saturday two young Amish sisters were allegedly abducted from a roadside farm stand in northern New York and were sexually abused by the alleged captors.

Stephen Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey, both of Hermon, were arrested and arraigned Friday on charges they abducted the 7-year-old and 12-year-old sisters with the intent to physically or sexually abuse them.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells said the couple were prowling for easy targets and may have planned to abduct other children.

“We felt that there was the definite potential that there was going to be other victims,” Wells said.

4 arrested after scuffle with police

August 16th, 2014 - Comments »

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Authorities reportedly identified three men and a woman who were arrested following a bar brawl in which an undercover San Antonio police detective was knocked unconscious.

According to the San Antonio Police Department, the four suspects were taken into custody after the Friday morning scuffle at the Bottom Bracket Social Club in the 1600 block of North Colorado Street.

Charles Brandon Jones, 35, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and assault on a public servant. Harley J. Smith III, 31, has been charged with interfering with the duties of a public servant.

Officer involved in shooting identified

August 15th, 2014 - Comments »

FERGUSON, Missouri — A suburban St. Louis police chief on Friday identified an officer, who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager that prompted days of heated protests.

During a news conference, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson released several police reports and documents alleging that the teen was killed after a robbery in which he allegedly stole a $48.99 box of cigars.

The police chief also identified the officer involved as Darren Wilson, who has been on administrative leave since the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Man, 2 daughters threatened with gun

August 14th, 2014 - 1 Comment »

AMARILLO, Texas — Police said a father and his two young daughters were handing out fliers in search for work in Southeast Amarillo when a gun-wielding group of strangers in a pickup allegedly threatened the family.

Shortly after 12:15 p.m., police got a call from the father, who said he and his two daughters had been handing out door-hanger style fliers Wednesday afternoon in the 3300 block of Harris Drive when they were confronted by a resident.

Cpl. Jerry Neufeld said the resident accused the family of attempting to break into their home, which the father denied.

Man arrested brother-in-law’s death

August 13th, 2014 - Comments »

EDINBURG, Texas — News reports say a 23-year-old man was arrested two years after witnesses said they saw him fleeing the scene of his brother-in-law’s murder in rural Weslaco.

Ociel Castañeda appeared Monday in an orange prison jumpsuit, with his legs shackled and hands cuffed, in front of Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Homer Jasso.

Jasso officially charged Castañeda with murder and set his bond at $750,000.

Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office spokesman J.P. Rodriguez said deputy U.S. marshals arrested Castañeda in Dallas County on Thursday.

According to Jasso, the bond amount did not reflect Castañeda’s time on the run.

2 arrested after car, foot chase

August 13th, 2014 - Comments »

AMARILLO, Texas — It has been reported that police arrested two men on Tuesday following a traffic stop that led to an early morning chase in vehicles and on foot in north Amarillo.

Jimmy Wayne Guinn, 39, was booked into Potter County Detention Center on charges of evading arrest or detention in a motor vehicle, evading arrest or detention and a local municipal court traffic warrant.

Austin Drake Day, 20, was also booked into Randall County Jail on an outstanding local municipal court warrant.

Police said an officer attempted to stop a blue Ford Ranger pickup at about 2:18 a.m. in the 4200 block of South Western Street.