Texas Digest: Dallas official pleads guilty to accepting bribes


DALLAS

Key official guilty of accepting bribes

Federal prosecutors say Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway accepted more than $450,000 in kickbacks and bribes, in part through gambling money, trips to Las Vegas and elsewhere, and a phony consulting agreement.

Caraway, the second highest-ranking elected official in Dallas, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion, according to court documents filed Thursday. Caraway also resigned from the Dallas City Council.

Federal prosecutors say Caraway accepted bribes in return for taking action to benefit a company that puts cameras on school buses.

They say he received bribes through checks, which he cashed at liquor stores and pawn shops.

Caraway’s attorney, Michael Payma, said Caraway has yet to be sentenced and declined to comment further.

SAN ANTONIO

Feds raid veterans’ dog-handling school

Federal authorities have raided a San Antonio school that trains veterans on dog-handling.

City Council Member Manny Pelaez told the San Antonio Express-News that Wednesday’s raid on Universal K9 was part of “an ongoing FBI investigation into fraud allegations of a business operator.”

Pelaez later said the Internal Revenue Service and the FBI shut down an operation that was “preying on veterans and not doing right by dogs.”

Animal Care Services removed 26 dogs during the raid.

The raid came less than a month after Universal K9 filed defamation and breach of contract lawsuits against two former students. The lawsuit says Universal K Nine Inc., which does business as Universal K9, began as a for-profit business in 2010. Veterans may use the GI bill to cover the dog-handling course costs, which amount to $12,500 for a 10-month course.

LIVESTOCK

Cattle groups criticize tick treatment ban

Texas ranchers and several government agencies say a recent decision to ban a tool to treat a deadly tick could put cattle at risk.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reported that Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller last month halted the use of 15 cattle fever tick spray boxes in South Texas for lacking ventilation. The boxes spray livestock with a chemical to eliminate ticks that spread bovine babesiosis.

The Texas Animal Health Commission says the disease kills 90 percent of the animals it infects. The commission has identified nearly 920 head of cattle exposed to fever ticks in 82 counties since September 2016.

Commission Director Andy Schwartz said the boxes allow safe treatment.

But a spokesman for the Texas Farm Bureau said cattle are in jeopardy and cattle raisers need a short-term solution.



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