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No bond for suspect in officer's death; mental illness cited

HOUSTON (AP) — Attorneys for a man accused of fatally shooting a Houston officer say their client has a history of mental illness. Arturo Solis, dressed in yellow jail clothing, did not say anything during a short court hearing Monday in Houston in which a judge ordered that he remain jailed without bond on a capital murder charge in the Saturday shooting death of Sgt. Christopher Brewster. Anthony Osso, one of Solis’ court-appointed attorneys, told reporters afterward that Solis cried during the hearing.  Osso said he was still trying to learn specific details about Solis' mental illness history. Osso asked that the public wait to hear all the facts in the case.


Grandson of late President Bush runs for Congress in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The grandson of former President George H.W. Bush is the latest member of his famous family to run for office. Pierce Bush announced Monday that he'll run in the Republican primary for a congressional seat near Houston. Pierce Bush has spent the past three years as chief executive of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Texas. He joins a crowded field vying to replace Republican Rep. Pete Olson, who is retiring from a district that Democrats nearly flipped in 2018. The only Bush currently in elected office is George P. Bush, another grandson of the former president, who is in his second term as Texas' land commissioner.


Arkansas officer 'ambushed and executed,' police chief says

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine why a 35-year-old man approached a patrol vehicle in a college town in northwest Arkansas and fatally shot a police officer at point blank range. Police say Fayetteville officer Stephen Carr was sitting in his patrol vehicle Saturday night outside police headquarters when London Phillips shot him several times. Two other officers ran outside and opened fire, killing Phillips. Police said they don't know why Phillips shot Carr but that they believe Phillips set out to kill a police officer. Carr's death was one of three killings of police officers nationwide in a two-day period.


Former White House doctor running for Congress in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former White House physician whose nomination to become secretary of Veterans Affairs unraveled last year is running for Congress in Texas. Former Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson filed his candidate paperwork Monday. He's running as a Republican in a crowded race to replace longtime GOP congressman Mac Thornberry, who's retiring next year. President Donald Trump had picked Jackson to take over the VA but that nomination was derailed by allegations of professional misconduct. Jackson denied the allegations but ultimately removed his name from consideration.


Massachusetts lab to pay $26M for scheme with Texas doctors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Massachusetts lab has agreed to pay nearly $27 million to settle claims that it paid doctors in Texas in exchange for lab tests it then billed to federal healthcare programs. U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott in California announced the settlement with Boston Heart Diagnostics Corporation Monday. Federal officials began investigating after two whiteblowers came forward in California and in the District of Columbia. A prosecutor says Boston Heart provided doctors at small hospitals in Texas with in-office dietitians and waived patient co-payments and deductibles in exchange for referrals for laboratory testing. Scott says the settlement was reached last month.


Bexar County deputy charged with unlawful strip searches

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A 49-year-old Bexar County deputy has been charged with allegedly illegally strip searching six females. The sheriff's office says in a news released that Floyd Berry faces three misdemeanor counts of official oppression for searches conducted from Nov. 24 through Dec. 4. Jail records show Berry is in custody. Court records do not list an attorney who could speak on his behalf.


Texas mom sent to prison for helping son escape from jail

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio mother has been sentenced to 10 years prison for helping her son and two other inmates escape from a county jail last year. The San Antonio Express-News reported that 61-year-old Gabrielle De Arroyo was sentenced Friday after being convicted in October on a charge of hindering apprehension or obstructing an investigation. According to testimony from her trial, De Arroyo worked with two others to smuggle a saw blade and other contraband into the Bexar County Jail to help her son, Luis Antonio Arroyo, and inmates Jacob Brownson and Eric Treviño escape on March 2, 2018. The three were captured within an hour of their escape.


Accidental shootings raise questions about arming teachers

SEATTLE (AP) — As the U.S. looks for ways to respond to mass shootings at schools, some say more people should carry guns, including teachers. But a close look at unintentional shootings by law enforcement officers raises doubts about whether more guns would help keep students safe. An Associated Press investigation documented 1,422 unintentional shootings by officers at 258 agencies since 2012. Twenty-two occurred at schools. Experts note that law officers get more specialized firearms training than most but say it’s still insufficient.


AP Exclusive: Accidental shootings show police training gaps

SEATTLE (AP) — Law enforcement officers across the U.S. accidentally fire their weapons every year, and experts say it’s because of a lack of training. An Associated Press review found accidental shootings occurred in recent years at law enforcement agencies small and large and at the local, state and federal level. They sometimes injured officers, suspects or bystanders, or even caused deaths. While countless officers safely perform their duties every day, some experts say even a small number of accidental shootings is unacceptable because they are preventable.


West Texas councilman indicted in domestic violence case

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — An attorney for a West Texas city councilman says the official plans to finish his term following his indictment on a charge related to a domestic violence incident. The El Paso Times reports city representative Sam Morgan was indicted last month on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon that authorities say stems from allegations he hit his wife on Oct. 4. According to the indictment, Morgan, 54, is also accused[AP Style 1] of threatening his wife with a firearm. Morgan’s attorney, Leonard Morales, said his client plans to plead not guilty.