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Cops: Teen Didn't Just Assault His Girfriend. He Left His Mark

Jackub Jackson Hildreth, 19, was arrested Friday

(Newser) - Imagine a loved one angrily carving his name in your forehead. Well, that's what Jackub Jackson Hildreth allegedly did to his Texas girlfriend Thursday before fleeing the scene, the Houston Chronicle reports. But San Antonio police caught up with the 19-year-old and arrested him the next day. According to... More »

He Was Hanging Christmas Lights. Then, 'Help Me, Help Me'

$50K raised following Texas father's fatal fall

(Newser) - Nearly $50,000 has been raised for a Texas family who will be missing a beloved member this Christmas. Felipe Gallegos of Rhome was hanging Christmas lights from the roof of a home in Argyle with his 17-year-old son when he fell Saturday. His wife, Alisha Flick, heard a noise... More »

More and More Cops Carrying Batman-Style Tether

BolaWrap designed to wrap up suspect's arms or legs

(Newser) - Police departments across the country are adopting a nonlethal device that would look right at home on Batman's belt. The hand-held BolaWrap 100 from Wrap Technologies dispenses an 8-foot-long barbed Kevlar cord designed to wrap up a person up to 25 feet away, similar to Batman's trusty tether... More »

She Walked 14 Miles to Work. Then She Got a Surprise Tip

Couple buys Denny's waitress in Texas a car after hearing about her long commute

(Newser) - She gave them extra ice cream; they gifted her a new car. Adrianna Edwards definitely got the sweeter deal this week after two customers at a Texas Denny's, where she works as a waitress, gave her a much-needed tip: a 2011 Nissan Sentra, per CNN . While dining at the... More »

50K Under Evacuation Order After Texas Explosion

It wasn't safe to return for Thanksgiving

(Newser) - More than 50,000 people in Port Neches, Texas, and surrounding towns spent Thanksgiving away from home after officials decided not to lift a mandatory evacuation order. The order was put in place after an explosion early Wednesday at the Texas Petroleum Chemical plant around 80 miles east of Houston... More »

It Was After Midnight in Texas. Then, a 'Shock Wave'

Chemical plant explosion injures at least 3, rocks homes of locals

(Newser) - "Say some prayers." That was the Facebook post from one Texas resident after a chemical plant exploded early Wednesday. The New York Times reports the blast took place in Port Neches at the Texas Petroleum Chemical plant, which produces the colorless gas butadiene—a noted health hazard, per... More »

Sheriff: Deadly Hog Attack One of the 'Worst Things I've Seen'

Woman was killed outside Texas home

(Newser) - Authorities say feral hogs attacked and killed a woman outside a southeast Texas home where she worked as a caretaker. Christine Rollins cared for an elderly couple at their home in the small town of Anahuac. Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said Monday the 84-year-old woman she cared for was... More »

8 Hours After Girl Snatched From Street: 'We Got Her!'

Michael Webb, 51, will serve life in prison for kidnapping

(Newser) - Police officers storm a Texas hotel room with guns drawn before the moment of relief comes. "We got her! We got her!" an officer says as an 8-year-old kidnapping victim emerges from a laundry basket where she'd been told to keep quiet on threat of violence against... More »

Mom Texted Ashton Kutcher, Scored Some New Shoes

'That '70s Show' star reacts to message of a cross-country team in need of running shoes

(Newser) - A Texas cross-country team might have thought they were being punk'd—but Ashton Kutcher really did come through for them in a pinch. Monica Gutierrez tells CNN that her son, an eighth-grader at the IDEA Tres Lagos school in McAllen, joined the cross-country team this year, and one of... More »

Family Told to Take Down Early Xmas Decorations

Neighbors put up theirs in solidarity

(Newser) - San Antonio mother Claudia Simonis is eight months pregnant—with a Dec. 25 due date—so the family decided to put out their Christmas decorations a little early this year. "I feel kind of heavy, so the earlier we can put out the decorations, the better. Because probably in... More »

All the Cats Kept Escaping a Shelter Room. Here's the Culprit

Rescue cat Quilty just did not take to being locked up

(Newser) - Still feeling the void left by Grumpy Cat ? Meet Quilty, aka Houdini, aka "spicy a-hole," who's been terrorizing a Texas animal shelter. It seems the 6-year-old rescue cat hates being locked up—so much so that he repeatedly freed himself and his feline friends from their... More »

NTSB: Latest Gender Reveal Led to Plane Crash

Texas aircraft stalled after releasing 350 gallons of pink water

(Newser) - Gender reveals have led to a car fire , a wildfire , even a death in Iowa . Now, per the New York Post , one has apparently spurred a plane crash. National Transportation Safety Board records show that the accident, which happened Sept. 7 in Turkey, Texas, took place after the pilot—IDed... More »

Development in Case of Couple Buried on Beach

Utah native Adam Williams is now in a Texas jail on felony theft charge

(Newser) - A 33-year-old man thought be to connected to the New Hampshire couple found in a shallow grave on a Texas beach is now in custody. Adam Curtis Williams was detained in Jalisco, Mexico; surveillance video taken Oct. 21 showed him and a woman identified as Amanda Noverr driving across the... More »

An Early Holiday Bonus for This Worker: Early Retirement

Boss Rudy Quinones paid off Albert Brigas' mortgage so he could go spend time with family

(Newser) - Albert Brigas, a 69-year-old Vietnam vet from Texas, has been working for Renown Auto Restoration in San Antonio for 13 years, and he had his eye on retiring sometime in 2020, after plunking down the final mortgage payment on the house he's lived in for nearly a quarter century.... More »

Man Who Shot Wife 6 Times: I Was Sleepwalking

Texas' Raymond Lazarine could face life in prison

(Newser) - A Texas man claims he was sleepwalking when he fatally shot his wife of 35 years a total of six times, including twice in the head and once in the back. Raymond Lazarine of Houston, whose murder trial began this week, admits to the shooting on Dec. 18, 2013. His... More »

Celebrities Go to Bat for Man Sentenced to Die

Kim Kardashian West, others ask Texas governor to stop execution of Rodney Reed

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian West has been spending a lot of time fighting for criminal justice reform , and the latest prisoner she's advocating for has a lot of other celebrities on his side, too. Rodney Reed is on death row in Texas after being convicted of the 1996 rape and murder... More »

Traveling Couple Found Buried in Shallow Grave

James Lawrence Butler and Michelle Elaine Butler were touring the country together

(Newser) - For family who reported them missing, it's the worst possible news. James Lawrence Butler and Michelle Elaine Butler—who've been on the road for over a year—were found last Sunday buried in a shallow Texas grave, CNN reports. Authorities say the murdered couple was found on a... More »

MLB All-Star Accused of Ugly Incident With Daughter

'I hope you go in front of the f------ judge,' Josh Hamilton allegedly told her

(Newser) - A former five-time MLB All-Star with the Texas Rangers has turned himself in to police on a charge of injuring his eldest child. According to an arrest warrant, Josh Hamilton threw a full water bottle at the chest of his daughter, described as younger than 14, after she'd made... More »

Double Tragedy in Texas: 'One Gasp and That's It'

Parents die in poisonous gas leak, 2 young kids are OK

(Newser) - A mother and father in Texas died one after the other in a poisonous gas leak, which their two young children thankfully survived. Aghorn Energy employee Jacob Dean was first called to check on a pump house in Odessa around 11pm Saturday, says the Ector County Sheriff's Office. Some... More »

College-Party Shooting Leaves 2 Dead, 14 Injured

Police are yet to identify the shooter in Texas

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire at an off-campus college party in Texas, leaving two people dead and 14 injured before he escaped in the ensuing chaos, a sheriff said Sunday. Authorities believe the shooter may have been targeting just one person at the party of about 750 people outside Greenville, 15... More »

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