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Female shopper says she was victim of sexual assault at Big Lots

A shopper at the popular Big Lots store claimed that a man touched her inappropriately before she followed him outside to confront him. Using her cell phone, she recorded the man as she accused him of sexual assault. Allegedly shown on the video is the man threatening the woman if she did not stop recording him. Texas police were subsequently notified, and they arrested the man a short while later.

The incident apparently began when the woman felt what she first believed to be an accidental brush against her backside. She also reported that the man who she believed accidentally touched her began to mutter to himself, which unnerved her. She then began to move away from the back of the store where she had previously been shopping.

Texas men face drug charges for alleged oxycodone distribution

A multi-agency investigation resulted in the arrest of two Texas men on multiple charges. Accused of illegally distributing prescription medications, they now face drug charges in Texas, although police also believe that the pair mailed some of the medication to other states. In addition to their charges for allegedly distributing controlled substances, one of the men also faces charges for money laundering, while the other has been accused of committing health care fraud. 

The men involved both work in fields related to health care. As a doctor, one of the two would supposedly receive upward of $240 for office visits, during which he would write a prescription for either hydrocodone or oxycodone. After the first in-office visit, the doctor is accused of telling his patients that they could receive additional prescriptions every 30 days without showing up, but they would still need to send in money for a visit.

Texas driver arrested on suspicion of drunk driving for 8th time

According to Texas state law, following at least two prior convictions for DWI, a third arrest on the suspicion of drunk driving means that driver will be dealing with felony charges. Facing a felony drunk driving charge can be much more overwhelming than dealing with a misdemeanor charge, as the consequences can be much steeper. One driver is now dealing with this serious charge for what is apparently not the first time.

A man who previously served four years behind bars for his seventh conviction for a DWI was arrested for allegedly being intoxicated behind the wheel of his vehicle. In Nov. 2014, the man purportedly failed to take note of an upcoming red light and crashed into the back of a vehicle that was already stopped. A third vehicle was also struck.

Man may not face state crime charges for shooting incident

Texas police are currently conducting an investigation into the shooting death of a man outside of a stranger's home. The man who allegedly shot him is not currently facing any state crime charges for the act, although that may change following the conclusion of the investigation. Ultimately, that decision will be left to a grand jury's discretion.

A homeowner called 911 around 4 a.m. to report that an individual was attempting to enter his property. He said that, at first, the supposed trespasser rang the doorbell multiple times and then repeatedly knocked, demanding to be let in. Apparently worried for the safety of his wife and daughter, who were home at the time of the incident, the homeowner retrieved his gun and went outside. 

Man behind bars on state crime charges granted new trial

A conviction can understandably feel like the final stop on a dead end road. What some in Texas may not know is that there is an appeals process that can help a defendant convicted on state crime charges seek a new trial. One man was recently granted the right to a new trial by the Texas court of appeals. 

In 2007, the state expanded the Castle Doctrine -- also known as the stand your ground law -- to include the right to use necessary deadly force while defending oneself. Several years later in Feb. 2012, two men were locked into an argument concerning how loud one of the men was playing his music. That argument escalated, prompting the defendant to dial 911. He told the dispatcher that he was afraid for his life and believed that he was going to be killed before shooting the other man. 

Illegal searches and seizures can lead to invalid charges

It's not uncommon for Texas police to be on an increased alert for possible drunk drivers around the holiday season. This extra awareness usually results in an increase of DWI charges, even if some of them are unwarranted. Some of these drunk driving charges can even stem from illegal searches and seizures. 

Some drivers may not even be aware that a police officer can initiate a traffic stop that is illegal. If a police officer simply pulls a driver over without any reasonable suspicion that the driver may have committed an illegal act, then the officer him or herself is actually breaking the law. Typically, charges or arrests that were made based off of an illegal stop may not stand up in court.

DWI charges dismissed for Texas appellate court judge

Being arrested can be an overwhelming ordeal for many people, and some may even begin working on their defenses as quickly as possible. However, simply being arrested does not necessarily mean that a person will actually have to face those charges in court. A Texas judge recently had her DWI charge dismissed, but the details of the reason for the dismissal are unknown.

The woman was reportedly traveling at 69 mph while in an area that had a speed limit of only 55 mph. After initiating a traffic stop, the attending officer allegedly detected the scent of alcohol and also believed that she was slurring her speech. Although the driver did say that she had consumed several drinks while at dinner with some friends, she said that her last drink had been at least three hours before she left the dinner and headed home.

Texas teen facing felony charge for friend's death

Most people would probably agree that kids and teens are naturally curious creatures. Unfortunately, this natural urge can put some Texas teens in compromising situations where someone can get hurt. Recently, police arrested a teen on a felony charge for a situation that possibly arose out of curiosity.

Two teens, aged 16 and 17, were at the house of the younger of the two when the incident occurred. The younger teen lived with his grandparents, but officials say the elders were not around as the two boys examined a gun. While playing with it, it's believed that the 16-year-old pulled the trigger on accident. His friend was struck in the head by a bullet.

Former Kiolbassa Provision employee facing state crime charges

A Texas woman's arrest and subsequent job loss appears to have resulterd from what her employer supposedly witnessed on a security camera. Facing state crime charges for theft, additional allegations apparently came from at least one individual outside of the company. According to the Kiolbassa Provision Company, the woman's former employer, the stolen merchandise totaled thousands of dollars. 

Police were notified of a suspected theft sometime after Sept. 14, 2014, when the company believes that the employee snuck out an entire pallet of product. The pallet in question contained sausages that the company produced, and are said to have been worth nearly $6,500. From there, it is believed that she sold the sausage for profit. 

Three men face federal crime charges for alleged oil theft scheme

Even as gas prices continue to drop across much of Texas and the United States, the sale of oil can still be a lucrative business opportunity for many people. Federal authorities believe that three men planned to steal oil from two different energy companies. Apparently, no oil was actually taken, although the men still face federal crime charges.

Three men have been indicted for the scheme, one of whom worked for Anardarko Petroleum Corp., while another was employed with Newfield Exploration Co. The third man actually owned a company that provided wastewater removal service, primarily to oil well sites. The two employees of the energy companies were given permission to allow the wastewater removal truck onto the premises.