GALVESTON (AP) – The family of one of the students killed during a Texas high school shooting is suing the alleged gunman’s parents. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at Santa Fe High School, has been charged with capital murder for the May 18 attack. Investigators say Pagourtzis used a shotgun and pistol belonging to his father. Christopher Stone and Rosie Yanas, whose son Chris Stone was killed, sued in Galveston County on Thursday. They charge Pagourtzis’ parents with not properly securing their weapons and allowing their son access to ammunition, as well as being negligent by entrusting him with weapons. They also argue Pagourtzis’ parents didn’t obtain mental health counseling for their son and didn’t warn the public about his “dangerous propensities.” Texas law says guns can’t be made accessible to children under 17, though it provides exceptions.
WAXAHACHIE, Texas(AP) — New charges won’t be filed against a woman who accused a Texas trooper of sexual assault during a traffic stop. In a Friday statement, Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson says the woman made her allegations to a jailer and her attorney and not to a sworn peace officer, meaning no false report was filed. The woman’s attorney, Lee Merritt, apologized Wednesday after the release of body camera video appeared to contradict her claims. Merritt initially told reporters the trooper offered to let his client go in exchange for sexual favors. He also said the trooper groped her. The video shows the unidentified trooper questioning the 37-year-old woman early Sunday, arresting her on a drunken-driving charge and booking her into the Ellis County Jail, south of Dallas.
BEAUMONT (AP) – Federal authorities say a 40-year-old military veteran has been arrested in connection with two explosive devices found in southeast Texas in recent weeks. A probable cause affidavit says investigators found bomb components and mailing materials that linked Jonathan Matthew Torres to the devices while executing a search warrant Thursday at his Beaumont home. Torres was arrested Thursday. A device exploded May 10 outside an Episcopal church, shattering windows and causing other damage. No one was hurt. Another device that didn’t detonate was found April 26 outside a Starbucks. Torres has been charged with using an explosive to cause property damage, possession of an unregistered destructive device and mailing a threatening communication. He is scheduled to appear in court May 29. If convicted, Torres faces up to 20 years in prison.
STAGECOACH (AP) — Investigators say an off-duty Texas police officer fatally shot an off-duty sheriff’s deputy suspected in a reported break-in at the officer’s home. The incident happened about 5:30 p.m. Friday in a subdivision in Stagecoach, about 33 miles (53 kilometers) northwest of Houston. Lt. Scott Spencer of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says the Stagecoach police officer came home, found a suspected burglar inside and shot and killed him. Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jason Spencer tells the Houston Chronicle the dead man is a Harris County sheriff’s deputy who is believed to have been related to the officer. The Montgomery County sheriff’s spokesman says the officer is a 35-year law enforcement veteran, the last two years with the Stagecoach police. No charges were immediately filed.
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) – An airman assigned to a northwest Louisiana air force base is charged with stabbing to death a fellow airman on March 26 while both were in Guam. Officials at Barksdale Air Force Base say Isaiah Edwards is in custody there, charged with the murder of Texan Bradley Hale. Both Hale and Edwards were assigned to the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron as electronic warfare journeymen. Hale was from Montgomery County, Texas, and joined the Air Force in 2016. Father Rodney Hale tells The Times of Shreveport that Edwards often tried to start fights and had been his son’s roommate. Bradley Hale was found in his quarters at Anderson Air Force Base in Guam with three cuts to his neck. The Air Force says a preliminary hearing was held May 11.
HOUSTON (AP) – A federal jury in Houston has found a Brazilian couple guilty of kidnapping for helping their daughter flee Texas for Brazil with her young son. But the jury acquitted Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes on Friday of related conspiracy charges. Authorities say the couple helped their daughter, Marcelle Guimaraes, kidnap their grandson from Texas and keep him in Brazil for five years, in violation of a custody order. The two were arrested in February after they flew to Miami. Attorney Rusty Hardin says the couple believes their daughter is a victim of domestic violence. The daughter, Marcelle Guimaraes, has also been indicted and remains in Brazil with her 8-year-old son, Nico. The boy’s American father lives in Houston. He has appeared at congressional hearings lobbying for the boy’s return.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) – A Texas man has been arrested for kidnapping after Louisiana police found a woman tied up at the side of a road. Lake Charles Police Lt. Richard Harrell tells local media that the unnamed woman was found bound in duct tape and sheets on Thursday. Charged with kidnapping is 19-year-old Dequinta Jack of Baytown, Texas. He’s held on $225,000 bail and it’s unclear whether he has a lawyer to speak for him. Investigators say Jack and woman spent the night together and that Jack bound her with duct tape in the morning. Police say Jack loaded the woman into someone else’s vehicle and drove her around with a pillowcase over her head. A witness saw Jack unloading the woman. Jack later abandoned the vehicle and was arrested after running away.