AP News: June 14, 2017

24 CHARGED WITH HAZING; INCIDENT PUT 5 STUDENTS IN HOSPITAL

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Two dozen people have been charged with three hazing counts each in April hazing incidents that put five Tarleton State University students in the hospital with alcohol poisoning.

The hazing happened at two parties April 20 that Stephenville police said at the time were believed to be “initiation proceedings” held by two intramural softball teams.

The campus student news website Texan News reports 12 of the 24 people have already been arrested and released on bond. Stephenville Police Chief Jason King says 12 others are still to be located.

Hazing is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

All of the hospitalized students have recovered.

 

FIRE IGNITES MULTIPLE ACETYLENE GAS TANKS AT TEXAS LOT

TYLER, Texas (AP) — A fire ignited tank after tank of acetylene gas at an East Texas welders supply lot, firing tanks and shrapnel high into the air but injuring no one.

The episode began just before 4 p.m. Tuesday at Tyler Welders Supply. Tanks rocketed into the air for about 20 minutes before the explosions subsided.

Smith County Sheriff’s Sgt. Darrell Coslin said the fire was being allowed to burn itself out. He also said that there were 20 to 30 employees at the yard when the fire started, but all got out uninjured.

Traffic was blocked on U.S. 271 and Farm Road 14 and a half-mile in all directions from the yard were evacuated.

 

WOMAN ACCUSED OF STABBING FELLOW BUS PASSENGER

BRUCEVILLE-EDDY, Texas — A 31-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault after she was accused of stabbing a fellow female Greyhound bus passenger as they traveled on a Central Texas interstate.

Rashundra Denise Pickens remains in the McLennan County Jail in Waco on Tuesday evening with bond set at $10,000. No attorney is listed in online jail records.

The incident happened in the early hours of Monday as the bus traveled on Interstate 35 in Bruceville-Eddy, about 18 miles south of Waco. Bruceville-Eddy Police Chief Bill McLean says Pickens had changed seats to sit with another woman and began speaking to her. The other woman, however, spoke only Spanish and couldn’t understand, so she just looked at Pickens. McLean says Pickens then stabbed the woman four times in the abdomen with a 4½-inch knife.

The victim was taken to a Waco hospital. Her identity hasn’t been released and her condition could not be found.