Student brought weapon to school
A student brought a weapon to Live Oak Ridge Middle School on Tuesday.
Another student informed administrators and law enforcement confiscated the weapon and took the student into custody, the Killeen Independent School District said in a statement.
District spokeswoman Leslie Gilmore would not say what kind of weapon was taken from the student.
The district notified parents through its ConnectEd telephone service and sent a letter to parents of Live Oak Ridge students.
Scott & White to collect old medicine
Scott & White is collecting unused and expired medications for safe disposal. Medications can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at the Scott & White Center for Diagnostic Medicine, 1605 S. 31st St., Temple. No needles or liquids will be accepted.
Blood drive Friday at Metroplex Hospital
Metroplex Hospital hosts a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at 2201 S. Clear Creek Road in conference room four. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call LaToya Ellis at (254) 519-8202.
3 Planned Parenthood groups plan to merge
AUSTIN - Planned Parenthood groups in Austin, Waco and Dallas-Fort Worth are planning to merge into one organization.
The boards of each group voted unanimously Wednesday to merge into Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. The new organization will have 26 clinics in the Interstate 35 corridor.
The new group's CEO, Ken Lambrecht, said the move will allow the organization to provide more health care services at lower costs.
Father sentenced to life for son's death
SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio man was sentenced to life imprisonment after he admitted to beating his newborn son to death so his fiancée could sleep.
Justin Janosik pleaded no contest Wednesday to murdering his 22-day-old son, Kaleb. The 23-year-old Janosik was charged with capital murder. The San Antonio Express-News reported prosecutors agreed to accept a no-contest plea to murder so he'd be spared the death penalty and become eligible for parole in 30 years.
According to court documents, Janosik told police that he didn't mean to kill his son but was trying to get him to stop crying.
2 Lufkin dental employees charged with gold theft
LUFKIN - Two former East Texas dental workers were accused of selling stolen gold, including a piece attached to a bloody tooth.
Heather Ricks Terry and Mary Dorsey are charged with theft. Investigators said the Huntington women last year allegedly sold about $5,000 work of gold pieces taken from a dental office.
An official with Palmer and Ross Dental Group in Lufkin said Wednesday that both women were fired in December.
Dorsey and Terry were booked Tuesday. Each is free on $3,500 bond.
KTRE-TV reported a buyer told police that some items were clean, but one batch had gold still in a bloody tooth.
Terry in January was charged with fraud after some dental prescriptions allegedly were forged.
Houston police say homeless man slain for dollar
HOUSTON - Houston police said four teens were accused of killing a homeless man for all the money he had - a dollar.
Capital murder charges were filed Tuesday against two suspects who are 18 and one who is 17 years old. A 16-year-old girl was held in juvenile custody on a capital murder count.
The body of 32-year-old Miguel Ramos was discovered April 4 in an alley. Houston police said the victim was robbed and shot.
Judge hopes for November murder trial for teen
NEW BOSTON - A judge said he hopes to begin jury selection in November for the capital murder trial of a 17-year-old northeast Texas girl.
However, the Texarkana Gazette reported the judge said the case against Rachel Nicole Pittman might not go to trial until January.
Pittman's accused in the May 11 deaths of 34-year-old Amanda Doss and her two children, 11-year-old Guinevere Doss and 8-year-old Texas Johnson. Their bodies were pulled from the charred ruins of their home in Redwater, 13 miles southwest of Texarkana.
2 dead in Dallas traffic accident
DALLAS - Dallas police said two girls were killed and seven other people hurt in a traffic accident after a car apparently ran out of gas.
Investigators said a car carrying seven people was stopped Tuesday night along a road, waiting for a relative to bring some gasoline. Police said a larger car, carrying two people, struck the stopped vehicle.
Police said the two people in the larger car were treated at the scene.
- Herald staff, wire reports