Two killed in wrong-way crash in Denton

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Two are killed in

wrong-way crash

A man driving the wrong way on Interstate 35 in Denton caused a four-car crash that left him and another driver dead and two others injured on Saturday morning. Denton police said.

Juan DeLaCruz Jr. of Denton, was driving a Honda Accord southbound in a northbound lane when he crashed head on into a Toyota Highlander driven by Amy Morrow, 55, of Rhome, police said. The collision occurred about 6:30 a.m. around the I-35E and I-35W split at mile marker 81.

Both were pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

Drivers of two other vehicles involved in the crash were transported to Denton Presbyterian Hospital with non-life- threatening injuries, authorities said.

The highway’s northbound lanes were shut down for four hours as a result of the crash. Police said it is unknown at this time if alcohol or speed were a factor in the crash.

— Susan McFarland

Former mayor arrested

in eight-liner raid

Former Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of operating a gambling establishment Friday when police raided his Goldmine 777 business.

Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz announced last month his intention to shut down the county’s so-called eight-liner operations.

The businesses allegedly attempt to skirt state gambling restrictions by paying out prizes rather than cash, but Saenz says any cash prize of $5 or more, even if the proceeds go to a charity, is illegal.

Five such businesses were shut down in April.

In a statement released to a local TV station, Ahumada said his arrest stemmed from Saenz's personal vendetta. He said he legally operated a “Sweepstakes Internet Cafe.”

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