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Indictment accuses former Uvalde schools police chief of delays while shooter was ‘hunting’ children

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abc13.com – AP – 2024-06-28 13:16:52

SUMMARY: Pete Arredondo, the police chief for Uvalde, Texas schools, was indicted for mishandling the response to the 2022 Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 21 people. Arredondo was arrested on 10 felony counts of abandoning or endangering children. He, along with former officer Adrian Gonzales, is among the first to be criminally charged for the tragic incident. Accusations include failure to identify the active shooting, delaying police response, and endangering children. Despite Arredondo’s claim of acting to protect lives, reviews cited significant failures in training, communication, and leadership. Texas Sen. Roland Gutierrez demands broader accountability.

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CenterPoint Energy faces lawsuit from Houston restaurants over prolonged power outages

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abc13.com – Tom Abrahams – 2024-07-15 22:18:37

SUMMARY: Restaurant owners in Houston have filed a class action lawsuit against CenterPoint Energy, alleging that the company’s negligence led to power outages that significantly hurt their businesses. Executive chef Ryan Lachaine of Riel Restaurant emphasized the devastating impact of the week-long outage on his business and employees. Lawyer Tony Buzbee, representing the plaintiffs, aims to address infrastructure issues and advocate for change. Another restaurateur, Robin Wong, highlighted the repeated losses due to power outages. The lawsuit seeks accountability and improvements to prevent future disruptions. The group stresses they don’t want a handout but demand reliable service.

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Beryl’s death toll: Official count pending as heat and power outages continue to cause more deaths

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abc13.com – Pooja Lodhia – 2024-07-15 22:17:44

SUMMARY: In Houston, Texas, at least 13 deaths have been attributed to Hurricane Beryl, with concerns that more fatalities could occur due to ongoing power outages. The Shaw family, who has been without power since the hurricane hit, faced a tragedy when 89-year-old Mary Shaw, suffering from dementia and heart disease, died in dire conditions despite family efforts to keep her cool. Agencies tracking storm deaths report that the final count will come from the medical examiner's evaluation. The Shaws, feeling neglected by utility companies, fear for the of other relatives and neighbors.

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Hutto Police searching for missing teen

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www.kxan.com – Kelsey Thompson – 2024-07-15 22:09:10

SUMMARY: The Hutto Police Department in Texas is searching for 17-year-old Rosalie Cecilia Cruz, who is considered a runaway. She was last seen on July 11 leaving her home in the Brushy Creek Meadows subdivision, wearing a black t-shirt, black and red checkered pajama pants, and black “yeezy” style shoes. Cruz may be using the name Lesly Ramirez. The police urge anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact them by email at crimetips@huttotx.gov or anonymously via text by sending “HUTTOPD” to 847411. The search information was shared on Facebook by the police department.

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