AUSTIN, Texas, May 27 (Reuters) – Hundreds of people were
ordered to evacuate flood-threatened areas of Texas on Wednesday
as torrential rains battered the state, where at least 15 people
have been killed in weather-related incidents this week,
including six in Houston.
People were told to stay away from more than 200 homes in
Parker County where the Brazos River was poised to overflow its
banks about 30 miles (50 km) west of Fort Worth on Wednesday
night, county officials said.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Storms dumped rain on parts of Texas of Wednesday, bringing more runoff to swollen waterways that spilled their banks this week in places such as Houston, where floods have left five people dead and caused chaos in the fourth most-populous U.S. city.
At least 18 people have been killed in Texas and Oklahoma from storms that started over the Memorial Day weekend and led to record floods, destroying hundreds of homes, sweeping away bridges and stranding more than 2,000 motorists on roads.
AUSTIN, Texas, May 27 (Reuters) – The National Weather
Service issued a new flash flood warning on Wednesday for
Houston where storms have left five people dead and turned
neighborhoods into lakes in the fourth most-populous U.S. city.
At least 18 people have been killed in Texas and Oklahoma
from storms on the Memorial Day weekend that caused record
floods, destroying hundreds of homes, sweeping away bridges and
stranding more than 2,000 motorists on roads.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Rescue workers searched on Tuesday for 12 people missing in Texas after torrential rains slammed the state and Oklahoma during the Memorial Day weekend, killing six people and causing floods and tornadoes that destroyed homes and swept away bridges.
More bad weather was expected with the National Weather Service issuing a flash flood warning on Tuesday morning for Houston, the nation’s fourth most-populous city, as a line of thunderstorms moved along the Gulf of Mexico coast from Texas toward Florida.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas laws that offer a high degree of protection to those who act in self-defense may make it difficult to prosecute the 170 people jailed for a Sunday motorcycle gang fight that left nine dead, with hundreds of weapons seized by police.
Texas allows a person to use deadly force with legal arms in self-defense if they believe such force is immediately necessary to protect against someone using deadly force against them. The use of force, deadly or not, is not justified if a person provoked the encounter.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A federal appeals court has denied an application to halt the June execution of Lester Bower, one of the longest-serving inmates on death row in Texas, for killing four men at an airport hangar in 1983.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday denied a petition from Bower’s lawyers, who said his planned execution on June 3 should be halted on grounds that his previous sentencing did not match U.S. Supreme Court precedent.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – About 120 guns and 160 knives were recovered from the scene of a deadly Sunday battle between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas city of Waco that left nine people dead, police said on Wednesday as they sharply dropped their tally of weapons found.
Gang members hid weapons in sacks of flour and bags of chips at the Twin Peaks restaurant, where they attacked each other in a fight that was likely set off by a smoldering turf battle, Waco Police said.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – About 1,000 weapons including firearms and knives have been recovered from the scene of a deadly Sunday battle between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas city of Waco that left nine people dead, a police spokesman told CNN on Wednesday.
Gang members hid weapons in bags of potato chips and in bathrooms at the Twin Peaks restaurant, where they attacked each other with guns, knives, brass knuckles, clubs and chains, Waco Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton said.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The shopping center in the central Texas city of Waco shut after a weekend brawl between rival motorcycle gangs that left nine people dead will reopen on Wednesday, police said.
Authorities still are investigating the main crime scene, a Twin Peaks restaurant in the center where five biker gangs used guns, knives, clubs and chains in a Sunday fight that spilled out into two parking lots. The battle ended in a hail of bullets from police positioned outside in anticipation of violence.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The bail is beyond reach, the booking process is moving at a snail’s pace and the time in jail is likely to be lengthy for the 170 people arrested in connection with the motorcycle gang fight in the Texas city of Waco that left nine dead.
Law enforcement wants gang members to remain behind bars, legal experts said, as they try to find out who did what to whom in a fight among more than 100 bikers. It happened at a Twin Peaks restaurant and spilled into two parking lots, leaving behind a trail of evidence that included blood, guns, knives and chains.