TEXAS DIGEST: More than dozen treated after gas leak near school


More than dozen treated after gas leak

Emergency personnel say more than a dozen students and staff have been taken to hospitals to be checked out after a gas leak near a Houston charter school.

The Houston Fire Department tweeted that nine children and five adults were taken to hospitals late Wednesday morning for further evaluation. Firefighters responded to reports of a gas leak in an area near a KIPP charter school, which did not have to be evacuated.

KIPP Texas Public Schools official Dan Caesar said the leak was reported near a church in the area. Caesar said emergency responders quickly capped the leak as the school nurse and paramedics evaluated children and staff who reported feeling sick. Some were taken to hospitals, as a precaution.

Further details weren’t immediately available.


Assault charges dismissed against cop convicted of murder

A judge has dismissed assault charges against a white former Dallas-area police officer sentenced to 15 years in prison for the 2017 fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Prosecutors had asked that assault charges be dismissed as Roy Oliver appeals his murder conviction in the death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. The charges could be refiled.

Two of the assault charges dismissed Monday stem from the April 2017 shooting in which the Balch Springs officer fired into a vehicle carrying Edwards and four other teens. The other two counts that were dropped involve an earlier unrelated traffic incident in which Oliver, while off-duty, allegedly pulled his gun.

Jurors last month acquitted Oliver of two additional assault charges stemming from the shooting in which Edwards died.


Boil-water notice issued for San Angelo

A boil-water notice has been issued for San Angelo as crews worked to fix a water main break.

Municipal water users in the West Texas city of more than 100,000 residents were urged to limit their consumption following Tuesday afternoon’s break.

Authorities say utility crews initially had issues locating the break in an isolated area of southwest San Angelo, leading to depletion of much of the water system’s normal pressure. San Angelo officials had no immediate timetable for completing the repairs.

The city advisory says water for drinking, cooking and making ice should be boiled and cooled. Bottled water was another option.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will help determine when the San Angelo municipal system has returned to normal.


Officer arrested on DWI charge

Suburban Dallas police have arrested an off-duty Dallas police officer on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Authorities say 33-year-old Ashley Parmley was taken into custody early Tuesday by police in Rowlett, northeast of Dallas.

Police acting on a 911 call about a possible drunken driver found a vehicle matching the description in the parking lot of a business.

Rowlett police say the driver showed signs of being intoxicated and was taken to the Rowlett city jail.

Parmley, who’s been a Dallas officer for three years, also was charged with resisting arrest.

She’s been placed on administrative leave.


2 pilots eject when jet veers off runway

The U.S. Air Force says two pilots were injured slightly after ejecting when a twin-jet training aircraft veered off a runway before takeoff at Sheppard Air Force Base.

Officials say the accident involved a T-38 Talon aircraft. It happened shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Wichita Falls base.

The aircraft was assigned to the 80th Flying Training Wing based at Sheppard.

Officials identified the pilots as Maj. Christian C. Hartmann of the Luftwaffe, the German air force, and 1st Lt. Charles T. Walet of the U.S. Air Force. He’s assigned to Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Okla., and was on temporary duty at Sheppard.

Last month, a pilot ejected safely from a T-38 Talon that crashed in western Oklahoma.


Man pleads guilty in stabbing death

A 23-year-old Southeast Texas man has pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend, whom authorities say was stabbed more than 50 times.

Jesse Christian Dobbs pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of murder in a Galveston courtroom.

A sentencing hearing before a jury is set for Sept. 24.

Authorities say the body of Dobbs’ girlfriend, 16-year-old Kirsten Nicole Fritch, was found in November 2016 behind a Texas City bar.

The bodies of Fritch’s 37-year-old mother and her 13-year-old sister were found a couple of days before Fritch’s body.

Police say Dobbs remains a suspect in the deaths of Fritch’s mother and sister, who were fatally shot and who were found in their home in Baytown, about 25 miles from where Fritch’s body was discovered.

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