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Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2012 12:00 pm

Harker Heights on Friday lifted Stage 1 Voluntary Water Conservation for outdoor watering.

The Brazos River Authority terminated the Stage 1 drought watch for its system, including Belton Lake, the source of the city's water.

Residents and businesses may return to normal outdoor watering.

For more information, call the Public Works Department at (254) 953-5649.

Driver safety course Monday in Killeen

An AARP Driver Safety Refresher Class is set for Monday at the Lions Club Park Senior Center, 1700 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call (254) 501-6399 to register. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.

The course is designed for drivers age 50 and older; however, you do not have to be over 50 to take the course.

Contact your insurance company to see if you qualify for an insurance discount. For more information, call Ron Cebulski at (254) 213-0788.

Police: Remains found are male

BIG SPRING - Authorities in West Texas said a medical examiner determined that remains found near an airport are male.

Big Spring Police Sgt. Tony Everett said Friday that more information will be released as the autopsy continues.

The FBI started collecting and analyzing evidence after some workers found the remains in a pasture Tuesday.

The determination of the gender ends speculation that it was the body of a 13-year-old girl who's been missing 15 months. Hailey Dunn went missing in Colorado City, about 40 miles east of Big Spring.

The unidentified remains were found a mile from the home of the mother of the person of interest in the case, the boyfriend of the teen's mom.

No one has been arrested in Hailey's disappearance.

Deputies: Man fatally shoots brother

PLEAK - A Houston-area man told investigators that he fatally shot his younger brother during a fight over a fence.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office said the shooting happened early Friday in Pleak.

Deputies said the brothers are next-door neighbors and the younger man allegedly refused to fix a fence that he hit with his truck.

Officials said 63-year-old Santiago Montoya reported he shot his 52-year-old brother, Ruben, during a struggle.

Lt. Glenn Norrell said the younger brother allegedly was intoxicated and was shot dead at the scene. A justice of the peace declared the shooting a homicide.

Officials questioned Santiago Montoya. The sheriff's office later said no one has been charged and the case will be referred to a grand jury.

Fort Worth man gets death sentence

CLEBURNE - A Fort Worth man who killed two people during an eight-day crime spree was sentenced to death by a Johnson County jury.

The panel took only about an hour Friday before giving 30-year-old Mark Anthony Soliz the death penalty. Earlier this month, they deliberated just 10 minutes before finding him guilty of capital murder in the robbery and fatal shooting of 61-year-old Nancy Weatherly in her Godley home in June 2010.

During the monthlong trial, the jury also heard that before killing Weatherly, Soliz fatally shot 28-year-old Ben E. Keith and deliveryman Ruben Martinez outside a Fort Worth convenience store.

The slayings were part of a crime spree that began June 22 and included thefts, burglaries, a carjacking and three other shootings.

Former police officer charged in fatal wreck

WICHITA FALLS - A former Wichita Falls police officer was formally charged in the traffic deaths of two teenagers and an unborn child last summer.

Thirty-year-old Teddie Lynn Whitefield posted $75,000 in bonds on three manslaughter counts and was released.

The Times Record News reported that a vehicle occupied by 18-year-old Yeni Lopez and 13-year-old Gloria Montoya was attempting to cross an intersection in June when it was struck by Whitefield's police cruiser, which was traveling at least 80 mph. Investigators determined several prescription drugs were in Whitefield's system.

Whitefield, who was treated and released from a hospital, was later fired. The city paid a $500,000 settlement to families of the teens.

50 immigrants detained in raid

HOUSTON - Nearly 50 suspected illegal immigrants from Latin America were detained after Houston police acted on a tip and raided a home.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Greg Palmore said police arrived at the home in southwest Houston about 8:45 a.m. Friday and spotted some people running away. They contacted Homeland Security officials, who arrived soon afterward.

Forty-nine people were taken into custody. Thirty-eight of those were adult men.

- Herald staff, wire reports

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