AP News: July 5, 2017


Officer wounded in shootout released from hospital

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio police say an officer involved in a shootout with a suspect that left his partner dead has been released from the hospital.

The San Antonio Express-News reports Officer Julio Cavazos was released Tuesday, five days after he was shot while investigating a reported vehicle break-in. His partner, Officer Miguel Moreno, was killed and the gunman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police spokesman Sgt. Jesse Salame says Cavazos and his family thank everyone for their “support during this difficult time.” Police officials previously said that Cavazos faces a long recovery.

Authorities also announced Tuesday that the funeral service for Officer Moreno will take place Friday at Community Bible Church in San Antonio. A private burial will follow.

Moreno was a 9-year veteran of the department.



Grand Prairie police chief doesn’t want top spot in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) — The Grand Prairie police chief who was among the finalists for the police chief job in neighboring Dallas has withdrawn himself from consideration, saying he wants to stay at his current job.

Chief Steve Dye said in a statement Monday that while he was confident he’d be a “great fit” in Dallas, he would no longer pursue the job there because of his “deep devotion” to Grand Prairie and its police department. He said he felt the decision was in his family’s best interest.

Dye’s decision means there are now seven finalists for the Dallas job, including three candidates from within the Dallas police department. The other four finalists are from Detroit, Seattle, Los Angeles and a county just outside Washington, D.C.

David Brown retired as Dallas chief in October.



79-year-old woman found slain in Houston-area home

HEDWIG VILLAGE, Texas (AP) — Authorities in a small Houston-area city say a 79-year-old woman was found slain inside her home.

Hedwig Village police say Janeil Bernard’s maid found her body after arriving at the home Monday afternoon. Police wouldn’t comment on Bernard’s suspected cause of death, but did confirm foul play.

Sgt. Marvin Collins says, “The homeowner had been brutally murdered.”

Authorities say the woman’s wallet and car were missing. Hedwig Village police say police in Houston later located the vehicle.

Bernard, who lives alone, was last heard from Sunday afternoon.



Midland man charged in death of 5-month-old

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a 28-year-old Midland man has been charged with capital murder in the death of a 5-month-old baby.

Midland police say Timothy Allen Penn was charged with capital murder Monday after the baby died Sunday. The baby had been hospitalized since June 21.

Police have said Penn was arrested June 22 after telling officers he struck the child multiple times. At that time, he was charged with injury to a child with intent to cause serious injury. He remained in Midland County jail Tuesday. Bond on the injury to a child charge was set at $250,000. Bond hadn’t been set yet for the capital murder charge.

A message could not be left at a number listed for his attorney.



Army band at Fort Sam Houston to be deactivated in 2018

(Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A historic Texas military band is preparing to play its final note.

The 323rd Army Band at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio is one of four bands nationwide being deactivated next year. The band called Fort Sam’s Own performs roughly 350 times a year at military funerals, command changes and parades.

The San Antonio Express-News reports the band will continue to play for months, but the 30-year-old unit will end its tour with San Antonio’s Fiesta festival in April 2018. The unit’s 54 members will then be scattered to army posts across the country.

Army bands have decreased from 99 to 91 in recent years amid cost cutting.

Fort Sam’s Own is the last in a continuous line of Fort Sam bands stretching back to the 1890s.



Dispute over Dakota Access handling of artifacts to linger

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A dispute over whether the Texas-based developer of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline improperly reported the discovery of American Indian artifacts in North Dakota will linger into the fall.

Energy Transfer Partners has been battling since November when the state Public Service Commission filed a complaint and proposed a $15,000 fine. A public hearing on the issue was scheduled for Aug. 16, but the company requested that written arguments be made first. ETP didn’t comment on the reason for its request.

Commissioner Julie Fedorchak says the commission has agreed to a briefing schedule with a final deadline of Sept. 22. The hearing will be rescheduled after that.

It also is looking into whether the company removed too many trees while laying pipe in the state. An Aug. 17 public hearing is still scheduled.



Jordan soldier says he fired at US troops in fear of attack

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian soldier charged with killing three U.S. Army Green Berets told a military court Tuesday that he opened fire because he thought fellow Jordanian troops had come under attack.

The U.S. military trainers were killed when their convoy came under fire at the gate of an air base in Jordan in November.

First Sgt. Marik al-Tuwayha took the stand in his murder trial Tuesday, saying he felt no resentment toward Americans and that he had joked and chatted with the U.S. trainers in the past.

Jordan, a close U.S. military ally, initially said the Americans triggered the shooting by disobeying orders of Jordanian troops. Jordan later withdrew this claim.

Al-Tuwayha pleaded “not guilty.” The judge has said the defendant has no apparent ties to terrorist groups.



Permian Basin produced water may hit 1B barrels per day

(Information from: Hobbs News-Sun, http://www.hobbsnews.com)

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Experts say produced water from the Permian Basin may hit 1 billion barrels per day within the next decade.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports New Mexico EnergyPlex Conference panelist Nathan Zaugg told attendees last week that the billion barrels per day estimate could fill Elephant Butte Lake in around 21 days.

Produced water also contains heavy metals including zinc, lead, manganese, iron and barium.

Zaugg, industrial group leader for Carollo Engineers of Salt Lake City, said his company and a New Mexico company are working together to address the problem with urgency.

Ken McQueen, secretary for the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, says companies now know the importance of recycling water, realizing brackish water as a source rather than using fresh water.



McFadden’s relatives among injured in Little Rock shooting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden says his relatives were among the 28 people injured in a shooting at a Little Rock nightclub last week.

The Little Rock native and two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up said in a statement that his nephew called him early Saturday and said he’d been shot at Power Ultra Lounge. McFadden’s statement says other relatives were also shot at the club.

McFadden says he went to the scene “to check on my relatives and to offer any help I could.”

McFadden issued the statement Monday night after a Little Rock television station posted video that appeared to show the football star outside the club following the shooting. McFadden asked for privacy and did not release the medical conditions or any other details about his relatives.



Students caught in crossfire over public school meal debts

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Public school districts in the U.S. are rethinking how they cope with unpaid lunch debts amid a wave of outrage over practices that single out children by taking food out of their hands or stamping them with a payment reminder.

The U.S. Agriculture Department is requiring districts to adopt policies this month for addressing meal debts and to inform parents at the start of the academic year.

The agency isn’t specifically barring some of the potentially embarrassing tactics. It is encouraging schools to work more closely with parents to address delinquent accounts and ensure children don’t go hungry in classrooms.

Some states are taking matters into their own hands, with New Mexico this year becoming the first to outlaw school-meal shaming and several others weighing similar laws.