Entries in Texas (4)


Did Beyonce Break the Law by Revealing Her Ballot on Election Day?

Kristian Dowling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- All throughout Election Day, celebrities posted photos of themselves on various social networking sites going to the polls, and some even showed fans pictures of their filled-out ballots, including Beyonce.  But it turns out it's actually illegal to do that in some states.  So, did Beyonce break the law?  Well, actually, no.

While Beyonce lives in New York, where it is illegal to show off your completed ballot, what she was shown displaying on her Tumblr post was her absentee ballot from her home state of Texas.  In Texas, you're not allowed to use a camera or any other recording device within 100 feet of a voting station, but disclosing your vote isn't a no-no.  Since she was simply holding up her ballot, wasn't at a polling place, and you couldn't actually see who she voted for, she's apparently off the hook.

In addition to her vote being obscured, the ballot that Beyonce displayed also had her address obscured.  While her address may remain a mystery, it's probably not hard to guess which candidate got her vote.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Man Gets Thousands of Calls After Justin Bieber Tweets Number

Donna Svennevik/ABC(DALLAS) -- A tweet sent out by teen sensation Justin Bieber had one Texas man’s phone ringing off the hook, as “beliebers” from across the country hoped to be his “Somebody to Love.”

The tweet, sent out Wednesday around 10:30 p.m. CST, included a phone number with a Texas area code, saying, “Call me right now at 214 — —?” with a question mark in place of the last digit, and dashes representing actual numbers in his tweet.

Thousands of Bieber’s 18.2 million followers filled in the blank and started dialing, but instead of the pop star, fans calls were answered by a Dallas native with no connection to Bieber.

Kent, who wished to be identified only by his first name, said his phone hasn’t stopped ringing since Wednesday night. The tweet was quickly deleted after it was sent out, but that didn’t stop the thousands of fans from making the call.

“They all said, ‘Justin?’” Kent said. “As fast as I could pick it up and put it down, it was ringing again. The caller ID was exploding with numbers from all over the country.”

Kent said he has had the number for more than 20 years. He has both personal and business ties to it, making him hesitant to disconnect the line.

This wasn’t a “One Time” incident for the teen icon. In 2010, Bieber tweeted Kevin Kristopik’s phone number as revenge for hacking a friend’s Facebook page. The onslaught of phone calls and text messages to the Detroit teen forced him to disable his number and Twitter account. Bieber, at the time, had only 4.5 million followers on the social media site.

Another incident, this time involving a high-profile television star, caused a similar problem. Former Two and a Half Men actor Charlie Sheen accidentally tweeted his phone number when he meant to send it only to Bieber in a direct message.

As for Kent, he said he and his attorney have tried to reach out to Bieber and his representatives to get some answers about the tweet, but have not yet had their calls returned. Kent said he is considering taking legal action in the matter.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Snoop Dogg Arrested in Texas

Maury Phillips/WireImage(SIERRA BLANCA, Texas) -- Snoop Dogg was arrested in Texas over the weekend after a police dog sniffed out marijuana on his tour bus.

Authorities tell TMZ that Snoop's bus was stopped in Sierra Blanca, the same small town in West Texas where country singer Willie Nelson was caught with weed in 2010.  At the time, Snoop spoke out on Willie's behalf, telling TMZ that cops "better leave Willie the f*** alone."

Border patrol agents on Snoop's bus over the weekend say their dog led them to a wastebasket, where they found a prescription bottle with several joints inside.  Snoop -- who has a prescription for cannabis in California -- was taken into custody because Texas has a zero-tolerance policy for weed, regardless of a person's status elsewhere.  Authorities issued Snoop a citation for misdemeanor drug possession and released him.  If he's convicted on the drug charge, he could face up to 180 days in jail.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Steven Seagal Sworn in as Texas Deputy

Matthew Simmons/WireImage(SIERRA BLANCA, Texas) -- Actor Steven Seagal has been sworn in as a deputy in the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office in West Texas.

Apparently, he called the department himself about the job some two months ago.

Sheriff Arvin West said of Seagal, “He’s like the rest of us that live down here; he has a sincere passion for his country and he wants to do more to help.”

Seagal has been involved in law enforcement for years.  The A&E series, Steven Seagal: Lawman, was based on his work with the sheriff’s department in Jefferson Parish, La.

A spokesman for Hudspeth County says TV is their “last priority,” according to the San Antonio Express-News, adding that Seagal "has a pure motive in doing this.  He knows what we’re up against here and he wants to help.”

Seagal will begin his duties as “deputy chief to the chief deputy” next year.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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