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D-FW briefs: Former coach gets 10 years for sex with student

CLEBURNE -- Cody Ledbetter, a former star football player and high school coach, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday after Ledbetter acknowledged that he violated the terms of his 2005 probation by leaving the country.

State District Judge Wayne Bridewell ordered Ledbetter, 37, to serve the Johnson County sentence at the same time as a 12-year prison term imposed last week by state District Judge Scott Wisch in Tarrant County.

Ledbetter was an assistant football coach at Alvarado High School in 2004 when he began having sex with a 16-year-old student. Because they had sex in both Johnson and Tarrant counties, he was charged in both counties with improper relationship between an educator and a student. -- Martha Deller

Crew hits gas line near school

HURST -- A construction company working on the city's water main hit a 3-inch gas line about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, prompting officials to block streets near West Hurst Elementary School, Assistant Fire Chief David Palla said. Residents of two homes near Precinct Line Road and Oakwood Avenue were evacuated, but the school was not. The north wind blew the vapors out of range, and the school was never in danger, Palla said. The leak was shut off about 11 a.m., and residents were allowed to go back into their homes, he said. An Atmos crew made temporary repairs, but a permanent fix will have to wait until city crews finish their work on the water main, a company spokeswoman said. -- Chance Welch

911 call cites man with rifle

FORT WORTH -- A 911 call reporting a man with a rifle near Woodland Springs Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon brought numerous police officers to the area, but no such man was ever found, officials said.

School administrators initiated what they called a "controlled release" from the school: They called parents to come to pick up their children. Some students had already left campus, a school official said. All students were safely off campus by 4:45 p.m.

Police patrol units will be at the school today as a precaution, the official said. -- Staff report

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