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Information technology has made stalking more common

One in six women and one in 19 men around the country have been plagued by a stalker at least once according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the data suggests that the perpetrators in the vast majority of these cases in Texas and across the U.S. were individuals who the victims either knew or had been romantically involved with. Only one in eight female stalking victims reported being harassed by a stranger.

Most jurisdictions define stalking as a series of actions taken against another person that could reasonably cause that person to be afraid. Actions that could be considered stalking behavior include nonconsensual communication, leaving the victim items such as gifts, lying in wait for the victim, acts of vandalism, spreading rumors about the victim and remaining in visual or physical proximity to the victim without consent.

K-9 officers help make two meth busts on Texas highways

Texas police made two methamphetamine busts when K-9 officers sniffed out the presence of drugs during traffic stops. The incidents took place on May 5 and May 9.

In the first case, an officer with the Round Rock Police Department executed a traffic stop when he observed a vehicle tailgating another car on Interstate 35. When he questioned the driver and passenger about where they were headed, they gave conflicting answers. He became suspicious and requested that a K-9 officer come to the scene to check the vehicle. The dog gave the signal for drugs, and officers found 71 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle's gas tank. Authorities estimate the drugs are worth $2 million. The vehicle's driver, a 36-year-old Alabama resident, was arrested and charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance. The passenger was not charged.

3 types of theft charges

Facing any kind of criminal charge is a bad situation. In addition to the obvious threat of incarceration and financial penalty, charges can make it difficult to find employment and even preclude you from housing in some areas. This is certainly true if the judge finds you guilty; a conviction will show up on background checks and Google searches, and those consequences will follow you for your whole life.

Many people do not expect law enforcement to treat theft charges as seriously as they often do. The law considers any theft-related charge a crime of moral turpitude, which means that sentencing can be severe, even for a class C misdemeanor. Consider the following three types of theft. 

Father and son charged for transporting marijuana

On May 3, Texas authorities took a father and son into custody after accusing them of transporting a large amount of marijuana and cash. The arrest occurred after authorities received a tip about potentially suspicious activity in a San Marcos apartment complex.

When officers arrived at the apartment, they reportedly observed a 56-year-old man and his 22-year-old son loading cardboard boxes into a pickup truck. They then conducted a traffic stop on the blue pickup in the 200 block of Sessom Drive. During a search of the vehicle, authorities said that they found nearly 50 pounds of marijuana. They also reportedly discovered $26,000 in cash and a police radio. It was believed that the marijuana was brought in from out of state.

Former high school principal charged with drug possession

On April 24, police arrested three Texas residents on drug possession charges. One of the defendants is a former high school principal.

According to media reports, officers from the Amarillo Police Department responded to a trespassing call at 18 Western Plaza Drive around 2:30 a.m. Once there, officers observed three individuals making a disturbance in and around a hotel room. They entered the room and allegedly saw a substance thought to be methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia sitting in plain sight. The three individuals were placed under arrest.

Former Texas high school principal facing drug charges

Three people in Amarillo were taken into custody on drug charges on April 24, including the former principal of Sunray High School. Police in Amarillo came to a hotel on Western Plaza Drive after hearing complaints of trespassers in the area at around 2:30 a.m.

When police entered the room, they found a 51-year-old man, a 44-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, and officials claim that they saw drugs in plain sight. They say that they seized methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia from the hotel room before arresting the three occupants.

Police recover 14 pounds of marijuana during traffic stop

A routine traffic stop in Texas on the afternoon of April 6 led to the discovery of 14 pounds of marijuana along with quantities of ecstasy and the opioids Hydrocodone and Oxycodone according to a report from the Nacogdoches Police Department. A 26-year-old Mississippi man has been taken into custody in connection with the drug haul. Initial reports indicate that the man was being detained at the Nacogdoches County Jail.

According to police, the man's vehicle was pulled over for an undisclosed traffic violation on Northwest Stallings Drive in Nacogdoches at approximately 4:41 p.m. Reports suggest that the officer involved became suspicious after detecting the odor of marijuana while interviewing the man. The officer is then said to have conducted a probable cause search based on this odor that led to the discovery of significant quantities of drugs and a Glock semiautomatic handgun.

Father, son arrested in Texas drug bust

On April 4, Texas authorities arrested a father and son on suspicion of dealing drugs from their home. The incident occurred in Richmond.

According to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, members of the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the defendants' residence on the 6700 block of Pickett, which is located in the Tara subdivision. During the search, officers allegedly uncovered 2.5 pounds of marijuana, 1,176 grams of suspected THC products, miscellaneous drug contraband and several hundred dollars in cash. The total street value of the seized drugs was estimated to be around $40,000.

Key elements of a DWI arrest and conviction

All people make mistakes, and some of those mistakes come with severe consequences. Those parties who underestimate their level of inebriation and get behind the wheel may face DWI charges with strict penalties. 

For those facing such charges, it is important to understand the factors that affect the process. In particular, there are a few key elements of the DWI arrest that accused parties should be aware of.

Texas man charged with capital murder, suspected of more

Officers with the Plano Police Department have charged a 45-year-old maintenance man with capital murder in the death of an 81-year-old woman. The man is also facing charges of attempted murder and robbery for attacks that were committed on two other elderly women.

According to the police, officers investigated the man after receiving suspicious person and suspicious death calls at a senior-living apartment complex in Plano. During the investigation, officers state that they found evidence linking the man to the 81-year-old woman's death.