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3 hrs ago | Dallas Morning News

Tarrant County widow pleads guilty to murder of husband buried in front yard

A Pelican Bay woman who killed her husband and buried him in their front yard was sentenced to 18 years in prison, the Tarrant County District Attorney's office announced Monday. She must serve half of her sentence before she is eligible for parole, the office said in a news release.

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Related Topix: Pelican Bay, TX

4 hrs ago | Star-Telegram.com

Arlington woman's execution set for Wednesday

An Arlington woman who abused and starved the 9-year-old son of her live-in girlfriend is set to be executed Wednesday, the first Tarrant County woman to be put to death since executions resumed in Texas in 1982. Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, was convicted in 2006 in the death of Davontae Williams, one of three children of Marcella Williams.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Rick Perry, US Governors, Prison, Death Penalty

6 hrs ago | Star-Telegram.com

Accusations fly in the race for Texas governor

Texas' gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis made dueling accusations Monday as each claimed the other is trying to deflect attention from their own campaign - and improper political moves each has made. Abbott's campaign claimed, as a new controversial TV ad by Davis hit the airwaves, that the Democratic state senator from Fort Worth is running commercials that distort the truth in order to deflect attention from how she financially benefited from her elected posts.

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Related Topix: Texas, West, TX, Healthcare Law, Law

12 hrs ago | Star-Telegram.com

Ticked off about toll roads?

That's because the toll road is here to stay in Tarrant County. And the recently opened Chisolm Trail Parkway is just the beginning.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

Star-Telegram.com

Two killed in separate Tarrant County motorcycle crashes

In the first crash, a Granbury motorcyclist was killed Saturday morning on Texas 114 in Grapevine, police said. The Tarrant County medical examiner's office identified the victim as Charles Ives, 61, who died in the emergency room at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine shortly after the accident.

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Related Topix: Granbury, TX, Texas

Star-Telegram.com

Should Arlington remove red-light cameras or increase enforcement?

All Points each Monday features reader responses to a question posed by the Editorial Board. With each week's responses comes the next week's question.

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Related Topix: Arlington, TX

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Star-Telegram.com

Roanoke mountain biker found dead in June died of drug overdose

A 30-year-old Roanoke mountain biker who was missing for two days before his body was found near Lake Grapevine in June died of a drug overdose, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office. Wesley Hixson's cause of death was listed as "mixed drug intoxication ," according to the medical examiner's website, and the manner of death was ruled accidental.

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Related Topix: Roanoke, TX, Grapevine, TX, Lewisville, TX

Star-Telegram.com

Texas voters face a much longer ballot in November

It's about many things - a multipurpose arena in Fort Worth; schools in Aledo, Birdville and Keller; streets and more in Arlington; and elected officials in cities ranging from Benbrook to Keller. "This is a very long ballot," said Frank Phillips, Tarrant County's new elections administrator.

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Related Topix: Texas, Fort Worth, TX, Benbrook, TX

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Star-Telegram.com

Career criminal sentenced to 70 years for sexual assault

A Haltom City man with a string of convictions dating back to 1986 was sentenced to 70 years in prison on Friday for a home-invasion sexual assault. Kenneth Dale Baker, 47, forced his way into a woman's home and then beat and sexually assaulted her at gunpoint before tying her up with electrical cords, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney's office.

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CBS Local

Man Sentenced To 50 Years For Kidnapping North Texas Girl

A 27-year-old Ohio man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for kidnapping a 14-year-old girl from North Texas. The Tarrant County District Attorney's office says Stephan Cox was also sentenced to 25 years in prison on two counts of sexual assault of a child and was fined $10,000.

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Dallas Morning News

Ohio man found guilty of kidnapping Haltom City teen, taking her to Mexico

An Ohio man was convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault Thursday after he took a Haltom City teen he met online to Mexico last summer. The sentencing phase of Stephan Andrew Cox's trial began this morning.

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Related Topix: Haltom City, TX

The Raw Story

Texas teen Tyler Holder sentenced to life in prison for rape, murder of 6-year-old neighbor

A Texas teenager was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for killing a six-year-old girl, wrapping her body in a tarp and leaving it on the side of a road, prosecutors said. Tyler Lane Holder, now 18 but 17 at the time of the crime in the Fort Worth area a year ago, reached a deal with prosecutors for the sentence, the Tarrant County District Attorney's office said.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Criminal Defense Law, Law

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Dallas Morning News

Watchdog: Hate red-light cameras and smart meters? Now hear this

Annoyed by 21st-century changes such as red-light cameras and smart meters? The Watchdog has news. You might be able to get rid of both.

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Related Topix: Arlington, TX

Star-Telegram.com

Aledo's campus police have military rifles, but they're going back

Aledo's campus police have stored away the combat weapons - identified in state records as five assault rifles - borrowed under a controversial Defense Department program, Deputy Superintendent Lynn McKinney said. Aledo and nine other Texas school districts borrowed gear under the Texas 1033 Military Surplus Program, according to KHOU in Houston, an affiliate of Because intruders or even a student in the Parker County district might have them, argued a chief from another district.

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Related Topix: Aledo, TX, Education Etc., Texas, Parker County, TX, Fort Worth, TX

NBC Dallas

2nd Human Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Arlington

A second human case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Arlington. Health officials say this latest victim was diagnosed with the less serious non-neuroinvasive form of the disease, more commonly referred to as West Nile fever.

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Related Topix: Arlington, TX

KHOU-TV Houston

Fort Worth faces flood of black field cricketsFort Worth faces flood...

Fort Worth faces flood of black field crickets Crickets give us those soothing sounds of summer. But this year, they're giving people like Mary Chambers nightmares.

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Related Topix: Fort Worth, TX, Arlington, TX

Star-Telegram.com

Another round of rain expected overnight in DFW

As the much-anticpated cold front drifted across the DFW area on Thursday, some areas reported heavy rains while others saw just a sprinkle. Rain gauges and radar estimates had seen reports ranging from a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch across northern parts of Tarrant County and heavy rain was falling across parts of Johnson County, where the front had stalled.

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Related Topix: Weather, Tornado, Hurricane, Natural Disasters

Business Journal

Report: Barnett Shale still alive and kicking $11.8B into North Texas economy

The Barnett Shale generates $11.8 billion in gross product per year and 107,650 permanent jobs for North Texas, according to economist Ray Perryman . Despite reduced drilling and relatively low natural gas prices, the value of the Barnett Shale has increased by $700 million since Perryman 's last study in 2011.

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Related Topix: Texas, Fort Worth, TX, Denton County, TX

Star-Telegram.com

Haltom City girl describes alleged kidnapping, rape

A Haltom City teen who said she was abducted and then repeatedly sexually assaulted by a man twice her age bent over and gagged on the witness stand as she testified Wednesday. Stephan Andrew Cox, 27, of Columbus, Ohio, is charged with three counts of sexual assault and one count of aggravated kidnapping.

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Related Topix: Haltom City, TX, Fort Worth, TX

Wed Sep 10, 2014

Star-Telegram.com

Trial begins for man accused of fatally stabbing woman, killing her baby in an apartment fire

Jurors began hearing testimony Wednesday in the capital murder trial of a man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend and then setting fire to her apartment, killing her 13-month-old son. Olivas is suspected of stabbing Mechelle Gandy, 26, of Arlington multiple times in the back and chest and killing Asher Olivas on March 20, 2011, the day before he was scheduled to take a court-ordered paternity test to determine whether he should pay Gandy child support.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law

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