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Texas high school football coach accused of child sex crimes

Few things are bigger in Texas than high school football. A recent arrest has shaken many fans of the sport, however.

A high school football coach far to the north of Edinburg was recently accused of child sex abuse, according to news reports. The Irving-area coach has been charged with felonies that include two counts of indecency with a child and one count of sexual assault of a child.

By the numbers: 14 arrests, 4 pounds of meth, 4 guns, 14,000 grams of GHB

Far north of Edinburg, Texas law enforcement officers have arrested 14 people and seized a wide variety of items. West of Dallas, Parker County officials say those arrested are part of a drug trafficking operation that is peddling methamphetamine and hyrdoxybutyrate (also known as GHB and the date rape drug) across the metro area.

Police say they seized four pounds of meth and more than 14,000 grams of GHB while making the arrests. Officers also said they confiscated four firearms and about $14,000 in cash from the drug-trafficking suspects.

Texas woman arrested for DWI drives off in trooper's patrol car

It's nearly a 7-hour drive from Edinburg north to Madison County. But if you were behind the wheel of a police car with its flashing lights, you might be able to make it there in a bit less time.

Law enforcement officials say a Madison County woman who had been arrested for driving while intoxicated managed to free herself and drive off with a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper's patrol car. She now faces additional charges.

Valley pharmacist out on bond

A pharmacy owner in Mission, was able to post a $100,000 bond and return home after spending almost a week in U.S. Marshal Service detention area. Law enforcement officials arrested the man on suspicion of committing health care fraud. According the prosecution, the owner of Penitas Family Pharmacy participated in filing almost $2 million in fraudulent claims.

A recent release pointed to the pharmacy owner and another man as the two responsible for the scheme. However, the attorney for one of the accused thinks the U.S. Attorney's Office purposely released the information about the two men and the investigation in order to influence public opinion.

FBI arrests Texas woman for "virtual kidnapping for ransom"

A police officer was driving down a highway when he got a phone call from a number he did not recognize. When he answered, he heard the unfamiliar voice of a woman screaming. Another voice broke in to tell him that unless he transferred money to the callers, he would never see his daughter again.

"They specifically threatened to put a bullet in the back of my child's head," the officer said.

Former University of Texas star arrested on marijuana, gun charges

Texas appears to be in D’Onta Foreman's blood. He starred in high school in Texas City, became one of the nation's premier running backs at the University of Texas and was drafted in the third round by the NFL's Houston Texans.

Foreman was recently arrested here in Texas, charged with possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a weapon. The former Longhorns star was taken into custody by UT Austin police at about 3 in the morning this past Sunday as he sat in a vehicle on campus, news reports said.

Dry University of Texas campuses expect fewer alcohol arrests

Because Edinburg is a proud home of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, residents have access to quality education and research. While the presence of a university has undeniable economic and cultural advantages, it also comes with some occasional problems associated with alcohol and drug consumption.

A recent study compared alcohol- and drug-consumption problems on the two types of campuses: those that allow alcohol on campus ("wet" campuses) and those that do not ("dry" campuses). It is perhaps not surprising that wet campuses often have more problems with alcohol and drug violations than dry campuses.

Texas woman charged for what she failed to do in sex-crime case

It is possible in some circumstances to be arrested in Texas not for what you did, but what you did not do. A woman who lives about 500 miles north of Edinburg faces allegations that she failed to report the sexual abuse of an 11-year-old girl by her 56-year-old husband.

The Fort Worth woman was recently arrested on a charge of failing to report sexual abuse. The Texas Family Code requires anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect to report it to the Department of Family and Protective Services or to law enforcement officials.

Slip-and-fall accidents could change your life completely

Most people think of slip-and-fall accidents as no big deal. This belief comes from popular culture, where television shows, cartoons and movies show comedians and other characters falling dramatically, only to get right back up, unhurt other than bruised pride.

In reality, a slip-and-fall accident can look a lot less dramatic than in movies and have much more serious health consequences. Whether the result of a dripping ceiling or an uncleaned spill, an accidental slip-and-fall can have long-lasting and expensive medical consequences for the person who falls.

Texas music fan busted at Iron Maiden show

Some of our Edinburg readers undoubtedly know the songs "Two Minutes to Midnight" and "The Trooper," and are familiar with Iron Maiden's skinny, menacing mascot, Eddie. The British metal band has been a fixture on the music scene for 40-plus years.

One of their fans among the throng at a San Antonio concert by the band was recently taken into custody by Bexar County Sheriff's deputies and charged with aggravated kidnapping.

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