Texas Digest: Memorial unveiled for police killed by Dallas sniper

Memorial unveiled for police killed by sniper

Officials have unveiled a monument to five police officers killed in the 2016 sniper attack in downtown Dallas.

The sculpture showing the faces of the fallen officers was revealed in front of police headquarters Monday, three years and a day after a U.S. Army veteran opened fire on a peaceful protest.

Micah Johnson killed four Dallas police and one transit officer before authorities killed him using a robot-delivered bomb. The July 7, 2016, shooting is considered the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The slain were Dallas officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, and Patrick Zamarripa, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer Brent Thompson. Police Chief U. Renee Hall said, “It is always our responsibility to honor their life and their legacy.”

IRVING

Mom gets plea deal in deaths of 3 children

The mother of three children who drowned in a Dallas-area pool has pleaded no contest to negligence in the 2015 deaths.

The Dallas Morning News reports Patricia Allen was charged with felony injury to a child but pleaded no contest Tuesday to the lesser count and received two years of deferred adjudication probation.

Investigators say Allen on June 24, 2015, was at an Irving apartment complex pool with five of her six children. Three siblings went under.

Allen’s 10-year-old daughter, August Smith, died that day. Brothers 9-year-old Treshawn Smith and 11-year-old Anthony Smith died a day later.

Police initially said the victims couldn’t swim. Defense attorney Howard Rosenstein said the children could tread water, dog paddle and float.

Allen’s other three children were put into permanent conservatorship and foster homes.

FORT WORTH

Tow truck driver dead after girlfriend hits him with truck

A tow truck driver is dead after his girlfriend ran over him with his own truck — apparently by accident — as he stood outside the vehicle along North Freeway in Fort Worth.

Police didn’t release the man’s identity.

Officers responding early Monday to a report of a major accident found a man lying in the roadway, police said. He was declared dead at the scene.

A police investigation revealed the man was a tow truck driver who had been towing a vehicle from a nearby apartment complex. He had pulled off the road and stepped outside to properly secure his truck, police said.

That’s when, according to police, the passenger in the truck woke up and ran over the man. The passenger was the girlfriend of the driver.

KDFW-TV reported the woman had woken up in a panic, unsure of where her boyfriend had gone, and drove to a nearby gas station. She didn’t realize she had hit her boyfriend, according to KDFW.

ARLINGTON

Home catches fire while 2 boys home alone

Two boys were home alone when a fire broke out in their home in Arlington on Monday night.

Firefighters responded to the call at about 10 p.m., fire official Mike Joiner said.

The boys were home alone at the time. Crews found one of the boys outside the house and found the other after a brief search.

One of the boys had a minor injury and was taken to the hospital. The other was not injured, Joiner said.

The boys were about 14 and 10 years old. The fire’s cause is under investigation.

HIGH ISLAND

Message in bottle, sent off Martinique, found on Texas beach

A good-fortune message in a bottle tossed overboard last year by a couple sailing in the West Indies has been found thousands of miles away on a Texas beach.

The Houston Chronicle reports James Howie Hill of Carthage says he was thrilled Friday to discover the algae-covered green bottle near High Island.

That’s nearly 2,400 miles from where George and June Smith of Nantucket, Mass., threw the bottle into the water off Martinique.

Hill, who was beachcombing with family and friends, says they were all excited about the bottle with a note inside dated Dec. 22. The Smiths wished the finder “good fortune” and asked to be notified.

Hill emailed the couple and received a reply Monday, with the Smiths happy to hear the bottle floated to Texas.

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