Texas Coverage 8.19 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/19/02

Texas Coverage 8.19

A standoff in Central Texas ended with a man and a woman dead Monday morning. According to police, the man forced his estranged wife to come with him from her Dallas home. Authorities caught up with the vehicle near Temple. As SWAT teams moved in, gunshots were fired. When officers got to the car, they found the bodies of the man and the woman believed to be his estranged wife. Police believe the woman was dead before the standoff.

An over tipped tanker truck filled the Houston sky with white smoke Friday morning. Investigators say the tanker was transporting refrigerated liquid oxygen. A passenger in the truck was injured in the accident and transported to an area hospital. The driver is okay, but he was given a ticket for speeding.

The popularity of the Amber Alert System has North Texas authorities worried it could lose its effectiveness. One of the program's founders says the shock and urgency will be lost if the system is overused. The Amber Alert was used most recently in Abilene, when a woman kidnapped a baby from a Wal-Mart parking lot. The DPS issued the alert, and the one month-old girl was found less than 24 hours later.

A 52 year-old woman may be the first person to die of the West Nile virus in Texas. Harris County health officials say the woman died last Friday. The Centers for Disease Control is conducting tests. They say it will be at least two weeks before they know if the woman died from West Nile. Across the country, the virus has killed 11 people.

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