Monthly Archives: September 2017

Beware the Slender Man: What Led These Girls to Stab Their Friend?

A paranormal being. Two impressionable minds. A stabbing that shook Waukesha, Wisconsin to its core and sparked an investigation into the power of the Internet. What caused the Slender Man stabbing? In May 2014, 12-year-olds Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser led their friend, Payton Leutner, to a park. Once there, they stabbed Leutner 19 times and left her for dead. Leutner managed to crawl to a road and lay on the sidewalk, where she was…
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What’s Up with All Those New Cameras in Ft. Worth?

Have you noticed any of the new cameras going up around Fort Worth? They are part of an effort by police to provide real-time, 24/7 surveillance of some of the city’s criminal hot spots. Nearly two dozen have been installed in the Stop Six neighborhood on Rosedale Street, an area with an unfortunate reputation for drugs and gun violence. Beyond that neighborhood, the police are keeping tight-lipped about where they plan to install the new…
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What Makes a Crime Aggravated?

From time to time, you might hear on the news that someone was charged with an aggravated crime. Aggravated assault, for example, or aggravated robbery. But what does it mean for a crime to be “aggravated?” Aggravated crimes are serious crimes with more serious penalties than ones that are not aggravated. To be charged with an aggravated crime, a person must do something that makes the crime more dangerous. An example: someone breaks into a…
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Evading Arrest: Texas Woman Steals Cop Car after Shoplifting

Police officers in Texas have released a video showing an arrested woman shaking off her handcuffs and stealing a police cruiser in an attempt to escape from police. She was arrested for shoplifting at an Ulta store. Once inside the cruiser, police officers investigated her belongings. As they were preoccupied, the woman removed her seat belt. She then slipped out of her cuffs and crawled through the open 12-inch hole in the partition between the…
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In the Wake of Harvey, Authorities Brace for Crime Wave

The former Hurricane Harvey has come and gone, leaving with it a wake of destruction and several lost lives. The storm could have cost billions of dollars in damage, but it’s not just floodwaters and building repairs that people worry about following hurricanes. Authorities are bracing for a different post-hurricane fight: the fight against fraud. After large disasters like Harvey or 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans, federal and state officials will warn people…
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Laws that Went into Effect This Month in Texas

As of the beginning of September, there are some Texas laws that have gone into effect (more than 670, in fact). Here’s a short breakdown of a few of them that you may have heard about. House Bill 62. This is a statewide ban on texting and driving that makes it a misdemeanor offense to use a wireless communications device to read, write or send electronic messages while operating a motor vehicle. If the car…
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Does Every Crime Have a Statute of Limitations in Texas?

A statute of limitations is a window of time that a person is allowed to take legal action on a matter. Essentially, it’s a time limit, and it applies in both civil and criminal cases. For example, if someone is injured on the job, they typically have 30 days to file a claim with their employer. When it comes to criminal cases, however, the statute of limitations governs how quickly a prosecutor must file formal…
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“Satanic Panic” Couple Given $3.4M for Wrongful Conviction

The Kellers are free and will be compensated $3.4 million for their wrongful conviction and imprisonment. The couple, Dan and Fran, spent more than 21 years in prison after being accused of sexual abuse of children in their care. Satanic Panic at the Day Care In 1991, the Kellers ran an in-home day care facility. Three children accused them that year of a series of sordid and nigh unbelievable crimes. They were alleged to have…
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