2 charged in shooting of San Antonio officer
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Authorities say two individuals have been charged in connection with the shooting of a San Antonio police officer during a chase after an armed robbery.
Twenty-eight-year-old Jenevieve Ramos and 32-year-old Shawn Ruiz Puente each face a charge of aggravated assault of a public servant.
The pair is accused of shooting San Antonio police officer Robert Deckard during a high-speed car chase early Sunday.
Authorities said Monday the 31-year-old officer remains hospitalized in critical condition.
The chase began after a convenience store robbery. The two suspects took off and officers gave chase, eventually exchanging gunfire in a chase over three counties.
Deckard crashed after he was hit with a bullet that went through his car's windshield.
The two suspects were arrested and are being held in neighboring Wilson County.
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Civil trial begins in case of Travis County DA
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The civil trial has begun for Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg who's fighting for her job following a drunken-driving arrest earlier this year.
The Austin American-Statesman reports various witnesses to Lehmberg's actions the night of April 12 testified Monday on the opening day of her trial. A visiting judge from San Antonio will determine whether the 64-year-old Lehmberg is fit to remain in office.
She pleaded guilty within days, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and took a leave of absence to check into rehab. Lehmberg then returned to her job.
But a petition seeking her removal was filed under a state law that allows the removal of elected officials for "incompetency," ''official misconduct" or "intoxication on or off duty caused by drinking an alcoholic beverage."
Virus outbreak that killed 7 big cats appears over
WYLIE, Texas (AP) - A spokeswoman for a North Texas animal sanctuary where seven big cats have died of a virus says the worst of the outbreak appears to be over even though some cats still show symptoms.
Lisa Williams said Monday that 22 animals - lions, tigers and leopards - tested positive for canine distemper at the height of the outbreak over the summer at In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center. Besides the seven cats killed by the virus, other animals either no longer show any signs or exhibit minor symptoms such as loss of appetite.
Experts believe raccoons transferred the virus into the large outdoor cages that house the cats.
Williams says a lion named Sabu died Sunday but at 23 years old his death was attributed to old age and infirmity.
UT regents put Powers' job on agenda this week
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - University of Texas System regents say they're planning to discuss the employment of Austin campus President Bill Powers, who has sparred with lawmakers and critics over his job in recent years.
An agenda posted Monday lists a closed-door meeting for this week indicating that regents will take up a "recommendation" about Powers, who has helmed the system's flagship campus since 2006.
The agenda provides no further details.
Spokespeople for both the UT System and Powers declined comment on the meeting set for Thursday.
The meeting comes at a time when Regent Wallace Hall faces impeachment over accusations that he misused his office in an attempt to force out Powers. It's also taking place as speculation surrounds the future of football coach Mack Brown, who has counted Powers among his supporters.
Travel slowly improves days after Texas ice storm
DALLAS (AP) - Travel is slowly getting better after a Texas ice storm canceled hundreds of flights and left thousands of people without electricity.
The Texas Department of Transportation late Sunday opened all major highways in areas hardest hit by last week's wintry weather.
Fort Worth-based American Airlines and American Eagle on Monday canceled 700 flights systemwide, mainly in North Texas.
About 650 people were stranded Sunday night at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as flight schedules begin returning to normal.
Dallas-based utility Oncor (ON'-kor) on Monday afternoon reported about 20,000 homes and businesses still without power as crews worked to restore service.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit on Monday offered a combination of rail and bus service. Trains were halted since Friday amid icy tracks.
3 hurt in East Texas Wal-Mart hatchet attack
MARSHALL, Texas (AP) - Three people have been hurt in a hatchet attack at a Wal-Mart in East Texas and police arrested a transient on assault charges.
Marshall police Detective Sonya Johnson said Monday that Christopher Hamilton of Crawford, Ark., allegedly had the hatchet with him when entering the store. Two female workers and a male shopper were attacked early Sunday.
Authorities are trying to determine a motive. Police don't believe Hamilton knows the victims.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokeswoman Betsy Harden says one worker was treated and released while the other should soon be discharged from a hospital. The customer was slightly hurt trying to help the workers and he didn't seek medical help.
Hamilton was being held Monday on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with bond set at $225,000.
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