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Texas inmates donate more than $53,000 for Harvey relief

Texas inmates donate more than $53,000 for Harvey relief

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HOUSTON — Inmates serving time in Texas prisons found a way to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Officials said Texas prison inmates donated more than $53,000 from their commissary funds to the American Red Cross to be used for hurricane relief.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said more than 6,600 inmates donated money between Aug. 31 and Sept. 30.The commissary funds are usually used by inmates to buy food and supplies while they’re incarcerated.

This wasn’t the first time Texas prison inmates have donated money to help after a natural disaster.

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, inmates donated more than $40,000 to the American Red Cross.

Police seek footage in search for missing girl

RICHARDSON — Authorities are asking the public for any surveillance video that might show a vehicle that could be connected to the disappearance of a 3-year-old suburban Dallas girl who was made to stand outside her home in the middle of the night as punishment.

Police in Richardson said about an hour after Sherin Mathews went missing Oct. 7, her family’s 2013 maroon Acura SUV left the home.

Investigators are reviewing video they’ve received from residents and business owners in the area the vehicle could have traveled after leaving.

The girl’s father, Wesley Mathews, is charged with child endangerment.

Deputy accused of hitting man in custody

HOUSTON — A Texas sheriff’s office said it’s launched an internal affairs investigation to review allegations that one of its deputies punched a man after he had been taken into custody and had been handcuffed following a high speed chase.

The suspect, 25-year-old Mohmed Ahmed Abu-Shlieba, was arrested after leading authorities on a chase Thursday that started in Houston and went through three counties. Deputies said the chase at times topped 100 miles per hour.

Abu-Shlieba was arrested about 80 miles away in Jefferson County. Video from television station helicopters appears to show an unnamed deputy punching Abu-Shlieba as he was being put into a vehicle.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says the deputy whose actions are being reviewed is a 10-year veteran.

Abu-Shlieba remains jailed on a charge of evading arrest.

Texas city to review police after wrongful prosecution claim

CEDAR PARK — A Central Texas city has hired a security firm to review its law enforcement policies after a judge cited mistakes by police in her decision to free a man on bond after he had spent the last three years in prison for the molestation of a 4-year-old boy.

The Austin American-Statesman reports Cedar Park officials have hired Chicago-based Hillard Heintze to begin the review.

This comes after a judge in August released Greg Kelley, saying his due process rights were violated in the investigation of the 2013 crime. The case is now before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix says he looks forward to working with the consultants.

Kelley’s supporters question whether the review will address what went wrong in his case.

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