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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Dallas.

Friday
Aug292014

Cause of House Fire Under Investigation

(DALLAS) -- Authorities are investigating the cause of a Tuesday morning house fire.

The Dallas Fire-Rescue Department reports that the fire was at a one-story home on the 1600 block of Champagne Drive.

Six people had been inside the house when the fire started. Authorities say they made it out safely but "had to be transported to a local hospital in unknown condition."

No first responders were injured.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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Thursday
Aug282014

Jury Finds Man Not Guilty in Shooting Death of Drunk Driver Who Killed Two Sons

(HOUSTON) -- A jury returned a verdict of not guilty for a father accused of the shooting death of a drunk driver who killed his two sons.

David Barajas was accused of fatally shooting 20-year-old Jose Banda in December 2012 after Banda plowed into a vehicle that Barajas and his two sons had been pushing on a rural road in Alvin, about 30 miles southeast of Houston.

The Barajas family broke into tears in the courtroom while Jose Banda's family sat in stunned belief.

"I am relieved but still in pain. My two boys are dead and nothing will bring them back," Barajas said in a post decision news conference.

David Jr., 12, and Caleb, 11, were killed in the accident.

A visibily angry District Attorney Jeri Yenne said prosecutors "would never present a case against a person we did not believe was guilty."

"Three sons were lost that day. The Barajas children and the Banda son," Yenne said.

If Barajas had been convicted, he faced a potential life sentence.


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Wednesday
Aug272014

Missing Man Found Dead Under Bridge 

(DALLAS) -- A missing 20-year-old man was found dead underneath a bridge on Julius Schepps Freeway, officials announced Tuesday.

Manuel Lupe Rios, who was reported missing on Aug. 17, died from stab wounds to the chest.

Police discovered his body two days after the missing persons report out of Kaufman, Texas.

With the help of witness statements, Dallas detectives established a lead to 22-year-old suspect, Christian Andres Ojeda.

Ojeda admitted to stabbing Rios, wrapping his body in trash bags, and using a witness' car to put the victim in the trunk to later dump the body.


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Tuesday
Aug262014

Man Dead After Officer-Involved Shooting

(DALLAS) -- A man accused of threatening a woman at gunpoint is dead after a police chase.

A woman, who told police that a man pointed a gun and threatened her Saturday, contacted officers again on Monday after seeing the suspect’s green Ford Ranger truck outside her apartment.

Dallas Police say Steven Douglas began chasing the woman and her children, and eventually kidnapped the 9-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy.

The chase ended at the intersection of Prairie Creek and Lake June Road where the suspect ran off.

As Douglas began to stumble, he pointed a pistol at an officer who then shot and killed Douglas.

Police continue to investigate witness reports into the shooting and encourage anyone with information to contact the detectives at the special investigations unit.

The officer is currently on administrative leave, and video surveillance and nearby businesses are being canvassed.


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Monday
Aug252014

Dashcam Video Shows Cops Mistaking Mother for Criminal

(FORNEY, Texas) -- Newly released dashcam video obtained by ABC affiliate WFAA shows a police stop during which a mother was mistaken for a criminal.

Kametra Barbour was driving in Forney with four young children when police reportedy mistook her car for that of a criminal.

The police pulled the woman over, drew their weapons, and slapped handcuffs on her.

"Driver, let me see your hands!" an officer yelled. "Everybody stick their hands out the window."

Police put handcuffs on Barbour and her terrified son, 6, exited the car with his hands up.

Soon after, police started to realize that they'd made a mistake.

The officers had been looking for a beige or tan-colored Toyota occupied by four men. The car was speeding down the highway, the driver reportedly waving a gun out the window.

Barbour's car, a burgundy Maxima, didn't match that description.

Eva Whatley, who called 911, even told police they made a mistake -- allowing the real suspects to get away.

"I cried. You know, I have kids," Whatley said. "It's hard to imagine."

The officers, realizing the mistake, started working to calm the children.

Police apologized to Barbour, but said they acted appropriately for what they thought was a dangerous situation.

Barbour has had difficulty moving on from the incident. "Every time I listen to and hear or think about it, it bothers you," she said. "I can't just say, 'I'm fine. It's OK. It’s not a big deal.' It is."


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