Police chase ends beneath house
So desperate was Martin Beltran (far left) to not go back to jail, he led police on an hour-long, high-speed chase Thursday afternoon from the south Fort Worth to Haltom City.
Then he abandoned the pickup truck he was driving and tried to hide under a house, but officers found him. A woman in the house, Jennifer Ann Lopez, (near left) was arrested for outstanding warrants.
The chase started when police tried to stop Beltran for speeding. Maybe he would have gotten only a ticket, but he was taken back to jail instead.
"I asked him why he didn't stop," said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman, who went to the scene. "He said he was a 'habitual' and was afraid of being put away for long time.
"Hopefully, we can accommodate him."
Special Correspondent Susan Tallant reports.
A 14-year-old boy remained hospitalized Thursday, one day after police say he fatally shot a friend because the youth repeatedly stabbed him with a knife.
As Blake Graves recuperated from at least 20 stab wounds, others mourned the death of 13-year-old Danny Allen, (right) who was shot several times in the chest and head.
The teens' families said the boys were friends who attended Hughes Middle School.
"Everyone is stressed out," said Graves' aunt, Sherry Britton. "No one has had any sleep. We feel horrible. Everyone in the family is just devastated. Our hearts go out to the other family."
Police on Friday were still trying to sort out what caused the fight.
Staff Writers Melody McDonald and Bailey Shiffer report.
Staff Writer Mitch Mitchell reports that federal agents on Thursday arrested more than a dozen people suspected of being members of a marijuana smuggling ring. Another suspect was arrested in California on Wednesday, federal officials said.
The take-down was called “Operation Hydro Pham,” according to the U.S. attorney's office. Pham is the last name of a couple of the suspects.
The ring specialized in distributing hydroponically grown marijuana, which is grown submerged in water, throughout the Metroplex, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Authorities said the investigation began in December 2005, when federal agents discovered that it was responsible for the distribution of several thousand pounds of marijuana (like the pot shown above in this photo from the Drug Enforcement Administration).
Click here to read more about what the government has to say about the case.
-- Bill Miller