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PASTURE-PARTY-SLAYING

West Texas man gets 11 years for party slaying

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A West Texas man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for a fatal shooting during a party in a pasture.

A jury in San Angelo on Tuesday convicted 19-year-old Trestin Blake Wollner of murder. Jurors on Wednesday decided the penalty for Wollner in the December 2012 killing of 19-year-old Samuel Sterling Harrison.

An affidavit says Harrison had become argumentative toward Wollner and several people during the party and a fight broke out.

Wollner, who apologized to the victim's family in court, was also fined $5,000.

TRAFFIC STOP-DRIVER KILLED

Man killed by Texas trooper wanted on warrants

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Authorities say a driver who was fatally shot by a Texas trooper after falsely identifying himself during a traffic stop was wanted on felony warrants out of California and was a gang member.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says 20-year-old Brandon Leonel Monroy of Tulare, Calif., was being detained and handcuffed when he tried to steal the trooper's patrol car. Trooper Corina Jandrew on Sunday had pulled Monroy over for a traffic violation during a stop just south of Lubbock.

DPS on Wednesday said Monroy was a documented Norteno gang member and had a long criminal history, including numerous felonies.

Texas Rangers are investigating the death. The fatal shooting will also be reviewed by a Lubbock County grand jury.

The trooper has been placed on paid administrative leave.

LUBBOCK-DOUBLE SLAYING

Lubbock man gets life term for 2012 double slaying

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A West Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison for a 2012 double slaying in Lubbock involving two people he knew.

Prosecutors say Joshua Paul Bulls of Lubbock pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of murder in a plea agreement.

Investigators used DNA evidence to link Bulls to the deaths of Jodi Shannon Winn and David Vincent Martinez in separate November 2012 attacks during arguments.

Police say Bulls, who was sentenced to two concurrent life prison terms, was friends with the two victims.

TEXAS BAY-OIL SPILL

Court filing says ship in Texas spill was speeding

HOUSTON (AP) - A federal court filing alleges a ship was speeding before a March 22 collision with a barge that led to a Texas oil spill.

The U.S. Coast Guard says cleanup is wrapping up from the Houston Ship Channel accident that dumped nearly 170,000 gallons of oil from a barge.

The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday that the owner of the barge alleges the Liberian bulk carrier was speeding in Galveston Bay despite fog. Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine also maintains the ship did not take evasive action and proved itself "dangerous" and "unseaworthy."

Kirby seeks more than $10 million from Sea Galaxy Marine, the owner of the bulk carrier.

Kirby responded to a "limitation of liability" filed by Sea Galaxy, which says the ship owner bears no responsibility for the accident.

LONGVIEW TELLER-EMBEZZLEMENT

Ex-Longview bank teller embezzled nearly $1.4M

TYLER, Texas (AP) - A former bank teller in East Texas has been convicted of embezzling nearly $1.4 million and faces up to 30 years in prison.

A federal judge in Tyler on Wednesday formally accepted the theft-related guilty plea from Kerri Monroe Jones.

Court documents show Jones has acknowledged stealing from Capital One Bank in Longview, where she had worked from 2000 until September 2013.

Investigators say Jones, who was arrested April 17 and awaits sentencing, hid the unauthorized cash entries by adjusting bank documents.

Jones could also be fined up to $1 million.

HALFWAY HOUSE-CHAIRMAN

Head of Texas sex offender oversight agency quits

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The volunteer chairman of a Texas agency that supervises hundreds of sex offenders deemed too dangerous to live in society has resigned.

The Houston Chronicle reports Dan Powers cited the overwhelming workload in his resignation letter Tuesday to Gov. Rick Perry.

Powers is a child advocacy official in Collin County.

The resignation leaves two members of the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management board. Christy Jack is chief prosecutor for the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office. Leo Longoria is a former Mission police chief.

Perry chief of staff Kathy Walt says Powers will serve until a replacement is named.

The office has drawn scrutiny since its March decision to relocate more than two dozen violent sex offenders into a Houston-area boardinghouse without giving lawmakers or residents advance notice.

RICK PERRY-2016

Campaign 2016: Texas Gov. Perry says he needs prep

WASHINGTON (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he'll need more preparation if he runs for president again in 2016.

Perry says he learned a lot when he ran last time. He tells CBS "This Morning" it was a humbling experience.

The Republican governor says he recommends not having major back surgery six weeks before you start running. And he says that whether he runs for president or not, preparation on foreign policy, economics and other issues will serve him well.

Perry had a lot of support when he ran in 2012. But he entered the race late and lost his edge after making several verbal blunders during the GOP debates.

The Texas governor is in New York this week promoting Texas business.

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