D-FW briefs: Arlington Heights High cancels pep rally, parade because of threats

School cancels pep rally, parade

FORT WORTH -- The homecoming pep rally and parade scheduled for today at Arlington Heights High School has been canceled as the Fort Worth district investigates threats against the school, officials said. As of late Thursday, the homecoming football game and dance will go on as planned, district officials said. The parade and pep rally may be rescheduled, they said. Authorities have declined to provide details of the written threats, which they said were found at the school this week. Security measures have been increased, officials said. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS. The district is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. -- Eva-Marie Ayala

Two held in murder-for-hire plot

LEWISVILLE -- A Lewisville woman was in custody Thursday, accused of trying to hire a man to kill her husband and his girlfriend, police said Wednesday. A friend of hers was also behind bars, accused of providing the cash for the hitman. Billie Jo Mitchell, 24, and Ariel Gamez Garcia, 21, were in the Lewisville Jail with bail set at $100,000 each. They face charges of solicitation of capital murder, according to a police news release. A man contacted police Sunday to say that he had been approached about killing two people, Capt. Kevin Deaver said in the news release. Detectives asked the man to set up a meeting Tuesday with Mitchell and Garcia. At the meeting, Garcia and Mitchell made final arrangements for the hit, police said. They were arrested as they left the meeting, Deaver wrote. The maximum sentence on the charge is 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. -- Domingo Ramirez Jr.

School desegregation order lifted

TYLER -- A federal judge has lifted a 39-year-old statewide school desegregation order from all but nine rural Texas public school systems in what is now largely a symbolic move. U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider of Tyler found that all but nine of the school systems have either been released from desegregation orders by other federal judges, are under separate desegregation orders issued in different cases, or weren't parties to the 1970 suit that spawned the statewide order. The districts remaining under the order are mostly small districts in East Texas. They are the Buffalo, Colmesneil, Daingerfield, Fairfield, Malakoff, Nacogdoches, Oakwood, Smithville and Whitewright districts. -- The Associated Press