Briefs: Residents can chat live with Arlington police

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Residents can chat live

with Arlington police

ARLINGTON -- The Arlington Police Department will become the first law enforcement agency in Texas to allow people to chat live online with law officers, the department said Saturday.

The system will be staffed 24 hours a day, with officers assigned to front-desk positions at the four district police stations.

Police say the system could save money and increase efficiency in patrol operations, because chat sessions could alleviate the need to send an officer in some cases.

During testing, police said, the system provided valuable insight into damage locations during a tornado outbreak last spring. It also led to the arrest of a fugitive from the most-wanted list when a witness recognized a woman from the poster and alerted officers through the chat system.

To chat with an officer, go to arlingtonpd.org and click "Start Chat."

Users can print a transcript to keep a record of the dialogue.

-- Sarah Bahari

100 are rescued from

stuck monorail at zoo

DALLAS -- About 100 people were rescued without injury Saturday after a monorail at the Dallas Zoo stopped operating.

Dallas Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said up to five extension ladders at a time were used to remove the passengers.

Evans said firefighters responded to a 911 call about 3:30 p.m. after an unspecified malfunction caused the train to stop.

He said that the rescue took about 30 minutes and that the monorail stopped at a point that allowed easy access to passengers.

The zoo's website says the monorail is the only one in the country that can "climb and turn, taking guests on a one-mile tour through bush, desert, forest, woodland, river and mountain environments."

-- The Associated Press

Hit-and-run driver kills

man, drags him 125 feet

DALLAS -- Dallas police are looking for a hit-and-run driver accused of killing a 44-year-old man after dragging him about 125 feet.

Police say the unidentified man was pushing a shopping cart across a street at 2:14 a.m. Saturday when he was struck by a vehicle.

The man suffered injuries to his head and body and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A witness told police that the driver stopped briefly before fleeing.

The vehicle is described as a yellow, orange or gold pickup.

-- The Associated Press

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