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Man punches Newton Elementary student in stomach, runs away

NEWTON - Law enforcement officers are searching for a man who punched an elementary school student in the stomach in Newton and ran away. 

According to a news release from Michelle Barrow, the Newton ISD superintendent, a Newton Elementary student was in the hall between classes on Thursday. He was persuaded to open a locked exterior door by an adult male. When he opened the door, the adult male punched him in the stomach area and then ran away from the campus.

The student wasn't hurt. Law enforcement is investigating. Students and staff are safe and secure. School is continuing. In order to maintain security of the campus, no visitors will be allowed on campus today.

Mother travels to Harlingen to pick up daughter following reported kidnapping, sexual assault

MAGNOLIA, Texas - by KHOU 11 News and www.khou.com

 

Jennifer Black traveled to South Texas overnight to pick up her teenage daughter, who was allegedly kidnapped by a former family friend earlier in the week.

The mom said she had no way of getting to Harlingen and asked KHOU 11 Reporter Malini Basu for a ride. The trio picked up the girl at a police station early Thursday morning and then started their journey back to Houston.

"Just to see her and be able to talk to her, you know, is the best thing for us," said Black. "Just getting her out of the limelight, just to let her take a breather and realize that we do love her, and we have missed her -- we were not going to stop until we had her home."

Black's 14-year-old daughter disappeared on Monday as she went to check the mail, family members said.

"Everybody told me the last time they saw her was by the mailbox on a cell phone. How did she get the cell phone? I just took a cell phone from her. He had got her another cell phone," said Rochelle Laridon, the teen's aunt.

An Amber Alert was issued the next day after a former family friend allegedly called the family, taunting them about the girl's disappearance.

On Wednesday, detectives said they found the teenager with 51-year-old Randy Johnson at a trailer park home in Harlingen, where he used to live.

According to family, Johnson is a former co-worker of the girl's father, and he lived with the family as he underwent treatment for colon cancer. Johnson was later kicked out of the home, the family said.

Police were able to track down Johnson and the girl using cell phone signals.

The suspect is now in the Cameron County Jail on charges of kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

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Man who kidnapped teen with Down Syndrome charged with sexual assault

MAGNOLIA, Texas - by Malini Basu and KHOU 11 News and www.khou.com

Family members were on their way to Harlingen to get a missing 14-year-old Magnolia girl who was found safe Wednesday morning.

The girl disappeared on Monday. Detectives found her safe about 360 miles away from her home.

"She is fine, she is a little scared, because no one is with her. They asked us if we can head down there to pick her up," said Patrick Rex, the teen's father.

"I just want to hug her. Thatas it. I just want to wrap her in my arms and hug her and not let her ever go," said Jennifer black, the teenager's mother.

Her parents said she has a touch of Down Syndrome, autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).

Detectives found the teenager and 51-year-old Randy Johnson at a trailer park home in Harlingen, where he used to live. They tracked him down through his cell phone.

Johnson worked with the victim's father. Johnson moved in with the family after telling them he was battling colon cancer for the second time and had nowhere to go.

They said they kicked him out after he got a little too friendly with their daughter.

"I mean we were literally listening to every conversation, and it was in code," said the girlas mother. "So once we decided what the codes were, it was like, you have to go, you can't be here. The people he is associated with took him out of this area because of all the trouble that started. He speaks Spanish and he can get into the border, he can do anything that he wants."

On Monday, the girl walked outside to check the mail at the community mailbox and never came home.

"Everybody told me, the last time they saw her was by the mailbox on a cell phone. How did she get the cell phone? I just took a cell phone from her. He had got her another cell phone," said Rochelle Laridon, the teenas aunt.

Johnson was at the Cameron County Jail on Wednesday, being held on kidnapping charges and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

This story comes to us through KFDM's media partnership with KHOU 11 News in Houston.

Average gasoline price up 7 cents in Beaumont

Beaumont - The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Beaumont has increased by 7 cents in the past week, according to a AAA Texas report released Thursday.

 

The price is $3.42. It was $3.26 at this time last year. The record high for Beaumont was $4 a gallon in July 2008.

 

(Irving, TX) a AAA Texas - Todayas statewide gas price average in Texas is $3.49. Thatas six cents more than last week, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in the Lone Star State, drivers in Dallas and Ft. Worth are paying the most at $3.57, and drivers in El Paso are paying the least at $3.32 per gallon. On average Texas drivers are paying 17 cents less per gallon than the national average of $3.66.

With just two weeks remaining before refiners must switch to producing summer-blend gasoline, retail gas prices continued to move higher over the last week. Each spring, approaching that May 1 deadline for summer-blend fuel, seasonal refinery maintenance and the changeover itself increases the chances that an unplanned disruption to production may take place. The increased incidence of disruption puts upward pressure on prices, and can send prices sharply higher in an area that is supplied by an impacted facility. These sorts of issues have been minimal so far this spring but should be watched as we count down to the switchover deadline.

"To maximize fuel efficiency during these days of higher prices, keep vehicles maintained according to the manufacturer recommendations," said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe. "Also, get rid of unnecessary weight in the vehicle, don't speed or drive aggressively, and try to complete errands in fewer trips."

To help members and non-members identify quality auto repair shops that can assist in the maintenance and repair of their vehicles, AAA offers the Approved Auto Repair program as a free public service. AAA-approved repair facilities meet and maintain high professional standards for training, equipment, cleanliness and customer service. Motorists can look for the Approved Auto Repair sign at local auto repair facilities, or search for a nearby AAA-approved shop online at AAA.com/Repair.AAA Texas can be visited on the Internet at www.AAA.com.Follow AAA Texas on Twitter: @AAATexas and Facebook: www.facebook.com/AAATexas.

 

Area

Current 04/17/14

04/10/14

Difference

Year Ago 04/17/13

Difference

Record High Date

Record High Price

National

$3.66

$3.61

0.05

$3.52

0.14

07/17/08

$4.11

State

$3.49

$3.43

0.06

$3.39

0.10

07/17/08

$3.98

Amarillo

$3.48

$3.37

0.11

$3.30

0.18

07/16/08

$3.98

Austin-San Marcos

$3.46

$3.39

0.07

$3.35

0.11

07/17/08

$3.97

Beaumont

$3.42

$3.35

0.07

$3.26

0.16

07/16/08

$4.00

Corpus Christi

$3.46

$3.43

0.03

$3.32

0.14

07/15/08

$3.96

Dallas

$3.57

$3.49

0.08

$3.43

0.14

07/16/08

$3.98

El Paso

$3.32

$3.30

0.02

$3.33

-0.01

07/17/08

$3.97

Ft. Worth

$3.57

$3.49

0.08

$3.43

0.14

07/16/08

$3.97

Galveston

$3.47

$3.43

0.04

$3.42

0.05

07/14/08

$3.97

Houston

$3.46

$3.43

0.03

$3.44

0.02

07/17/08

$3.96

San Antonio

$3.40

$3.34

0.06

$3.34

0.06

07/16/08

$3.96

Texarkana

$3.48

$3.45

0.03

$3.34

0.14

07/17/08

$3.98

5 plead guilty following massive stash house discovery

HOUSTON a by KHOU 11 News and www.khou.com

Five men arrested in connection with the discovery of more than 100 undocumented immigrants in a stash house all plead guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to harbor and transport illegal aliens.

The men, women and children were held against their will by smugglers or coyotes. They were found on March 19, 2014, living in deplorable conditions in a stash house, located in the 14700 block of Almeda School Road.

Jose Aviles-Villa, 34, Jonathan Solorzano-Tavila, 28, Antonio Barruquet-Hildeberta, 40, Jose Cesmas-Borja, 22, and Eugenio Sesmas-Borja, 20, all from Michoacan, Mexico, also plead guilty to the use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

The convicted smugglers admitted they obtained substantial profits as a result of the conspiracy. They had established networks who brought the undocumented immigrants into the U.S. illegally across the Southwest border.

The undocumented immigrants were then held in stash houses while the smugglers arranged payment of remaining smuggling fees from their families.

While in the stash house, the conspirators seized the victims' clothes, shoes, phones and other possessions. The conspirators used guns, paddles, tasers and other equipment to control and prevent them from escaping from the stash house.

They guarded the victims with guns displayed in plain view and threatened to kill them by shooting them in the back of the head if they tried to escape.

In one specific instance, the conspirators contacted the mother of one of the victims and told her to pay an additional $13,000 for the victim and her two children. She was advised that if she did not pay, they would "make her family disappear and make her family pay."

Sentencing has been set for July 30, 2014. They each face up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for the conspiracy conviction as well as a mandatory minimum of five years for using a firearm which must be served consecutively to any other prison term imposed.

They will all remain in custody pending that hearing.

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This story comes to us through KFDM's media partnership with KHOU 11 News in Houston.

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Applications for US jobless aid up 2K to 304,000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.

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