IN BRIEF

Published: December 26, 2008
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Arkansas

Police say girls took infant
FORT SMITH, Ark. — Police say two teen girls who ran away from a Fort Smith emergency shelter early Christmas morning with a 9-month-old infant will face criminal charges. Fort Smith police Sgt. Adam Holland said Maria Barosso, 15, and Claudia Amador, 16, ran from officers Thursday morning. After a foot chase, Holland said officers arrested the two teens. Holland said the teens refused to tell officers where 9-month-old Juan Barosso was. Holland says another family member brought the unharmed child to police. Both teens will face charges of endangering the welfare of a child and interfering with custody, as the infant was in state care at the time.

MAN ARRESTED IN JESUS THEFT
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. — A northwest Arkansas man faces charges after allegedly stealing a fiberglass baby Jesus from a Nativity scene that was later marred with racial slurs, a swastika and a Hitler mustache. Christopher Robin Bell, 19, of Green Forest is charged with misdemeanor theft after allegedly taking the figurine from Eureka Springs’ Basin Park. Police said someone scrawled racial epithets, satanic symbols and other obscene references on the figurine. The face has an Adolf Hitler-style mustache drawn on it. Pieces also were broken off. Bell was arrested Friday, and the statue was recovered from an abandoned house.

TEXAS

TREE FIRE BURNS IKE VICTIMS’ HOME
SAN LEON, Texas — Firefighters say a dried-out Christmas tree may have started a blaze that destroyed a women’s shelter in a small fishing town still reeling from Hurricane Ike. The fire Thursday gutted the two-story Omega Alpha House in San Leon, where Ike wiped out many homes. No one was hurt in the blaze, but 14 shelter residents lost everything they own. San Leon assistant fire chief Scott Lyons says a Christmas tree may have started the fire at the shelter, which offered drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs for women.

BUST NETS $1.2M IN DRUGS
KILLEEN, Texas — Authorities seized $1.2 million worth of drugs and arrested three men in what they are calling the largest cocaine seizure in Bell County history. More than 3,000 grams of powder cocaine and 80 grams of crack cocaine were seized from two townhouses, said Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith. Brothers Kevin Lemar Warren, and Keith Lemar Warren Jr. and Terrance Damien Ford were arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to deliver an amount over 400 grams. If convicted, the men each face up to life in prison and $250,000 fines.

KANSAS

MISSING TEXAS DOG FOUND
WICHITA, Kan. — A 4-year-old Houston, Texas, boy got his dog back for Christmas thanks to a Wichita, Kan., woman. The dog, named Bentley, was found Sunday in a church parking lot in Wichita.


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