Family on park outing
discovers dead body
FORT WORTH -- A family on an outing at Trail Drivers Park in north Fort Worth on Thursday morning found a man's body inside a pavilion known as the "castle," police reported. There was obvious trauma to the head, and investigators are awaiting an autopsy by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death, said Sharron Neal, a police spokeswoman. The park is in the 1600 block of Northeast 28th Street. -- Deanna Boyd
Texas 121 is killed
GRAPEVINE -- A pedestrian crossing Texas 121 was struck by a car and killed early Thursday, police reported. The woman, who had not been identified by late Thursday, was hit by a Hyundai Elantra in the southbound lane just north of the Bass Pro Drive bridge, said Lt. Todd Dearing, a police spokesman. The first call came in at 3:25 a.m. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her car was found in the median on the northbound side of the highway, he said. Police do not plan to pursue charges against the driver, who was headed for work at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Dearing said. -- Susan McFarland
Taxi believed used in
double slaying found
IRVING -- A taxi that authorities believe was used in the fatal shooting of two men Sunday has been found in Abilene, police said Thursday. But the gunman remained at large.
"We are still interviewing some witnesses and can't release any further details," Irving police Sgt. Danny Webb said in an e-mail Thursday.
The shooting occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the 2700 block of Belt Line Road near an AT&T store. The two men and a woman in a Chevrolet Suburban were starting to drive away when a taxicab drove up and a man inside started shooting. Mehboob Pirani, 35, of Euless and Rahim Merchant, 35, of Missouri City were killed. The woman was not injured.
-- Domingo Ramirez Jr.
blaze displaces 82
IRVING -- Eighty-two people were displaced Wednesday night after a fire destroyed 24 units of an apartment complex, officials said.
The Irving Fire Department received the first call at about 10:40 p.m. from The Heights in the 200 block of Irving Heights Drive. Officials took no one to hospitals, but some residents went on their own, Assistant Fire Chief Russell Wilson said. Eighty-five firefighters, including some from Dallas, helped fight the four-alarm fire, he said.
In addition to the destroyed units, two other buildings were left without electricity or water, said Anita Foster, an American Red Cross spokeswoman. A temporary shelter was set up at the Senter Park Recreation Center, 901 S. Senter Road. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.
-- Susan McFarland
Ex-jailer gets 2 years in
prison over escape plot
SAN ANTONIO -- A former South Texas jailer has been sentenced to two years in prison for taking bribes to give a murder suspect hacksaw blades hidden in tacos.
Alfred Casas also got 20 years' probation and a $15,000 fine Thursday after almost six hours of jury deliberations. The day before, jurors found him guilty of two bribery counts and one of providing an implement for escape.
Prosecutors say Casas accepted prescription drugs in return for smuggling the blades to Jacob Keller as part of a December 2009 escape plot. The blades were found during a random search.
Keller is serving 21 years in prison after pleading guilty in January to an April 2009 double slaying.
-- The Associated Press