• Ohio man celebrates for 103rd birthday with help of favorite restaurant

    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (WTRF) — An Ohio restaurant helped a man celebrate a big birthday in a big way.
    Wintersville resident Frank Rahly turned 103 on Tuesday and all he wanted to do was go to his favorite restaurant, Eat’n Park.
    Rahly is a regular at the Eat’n Park in neighboring Steubenville and sometimes eats at the restaurant five times a week.
    On Tuesday, employees knew they had to celebrate.
    “We love Pap,” server Carla McAllister said, adding, “He makes us h
  • Jack Ingram, Matthew McConaughey raising funds for Central Texas kids

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Former UT Coach Mack Brown, Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey and country music star Jack Ingram are getting ready to host the Mack, Jack and McConaughey event, which raises money for Central Texas organizations.
    Since the two day event launched in 2013, the nonprofit has given over $5 million to charitable organizations. Mack, Jack and Matthew are specifically concerned about family and children in the community.
    “Funds raised through MJ&M 2017 will s
  • Person dies in crash on I-35 in Comal County

    COMAL COUNTY (KXAN) — A person is dead following a crash involving a tractor trailer and a vehicle in Comal County Thursday morning, according to the Department of Public Safety.
    The crash had southbound Interstate 35 at Old Bastrop Road closed and one lane of northbound I-35 closed. The road reopened around 8 a.m.
    Police say there were major delays for southbound drivers.
    KXAN Traffic Map: Detours
    The crash happened around 5:09 a.m. near Watson Lane.
    Investigators have not said what
  • Person dies in crash closing southbound I-35 in Comal Co.

    COMAL COUNTY (KXAN) — A person is dead following a crash involving a tractor trailer and a vehicle in Comal County Thursday morning, according to the Department of Public Safety.
    The crash has southbound Interstate 35 at Old Bastrop Road closed and one lane of northbound I-35 closed.
    Police say there are major delays for southbound drivers. The delay in the northbound direction is not as heavy.
    KXAN Traffic Map: Detours
    The crash happened around 5:09 a.m. near Watson Lane.
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  • Petition aims to make tacos official food of Texas

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Before the battle of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution, residents of the Lone star state were enjoying the food infused with Mexican tradition; tacos.
    A group gathering support from taco-lovers across the state is petitioning to have tacos become the official food of Texas. From breakfast to lunch and dinner, Texans eat tacos for every meal.
    “I invite you, along with the Texas Taco Council (yeah, that’s a thing!) to sign this petition and let’s make tacos
  • Texas inmate says racial testimony led to death sentence

    TEXAS (KXAN) — The Supreme Court has ordered a new court hearing for a Texas prison inmate who claims improper testimony about his race led to his death sentence.
    The justices voted 6-to-2 in favor of Duane Buck. He was sentenced to death for killing his ex-girlfriend and another man at her Houston apartment in 1995.
    During the trial in 1997, defense expert witness Walter Quijano told jurors Buck was more likely to be dangerous in the future because he is black. Buck tried for years to get
  • Vigil to highlight economic contributions of Texas immigrants

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The immigration debate is taking center stage on the south steps of the State Capitol Thursday night. Hundreds are expected to turn out for a candlelight vigil to show lawmakers the vital contribution immigrants make to the Texas economy.
    The vigil was prompted by Senate Bill 4, which would prohibit sanctuary city policies. While this type of legislation has come up during past sessions, the immigration advocacy group, Immigrants United, who is holding the vigil, says they
  • ICE arrests highest percentage of non-criminals in Austin

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — New information is showing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations in Austin arrested the highest percentage of non-criminals than other regions nationwide.
    Earlier this month, 51 people were arrested across the Austin-area. Of those people, 28 were considered non-criminals, other than being in the U.S. illegally. That is more than half of the total number of people arrested by ICE. The next closest region was Atlanta, Georgia with one-third of their arrest
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  • Austin ICE arrests highest percentage of non-criminals nationwide

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — New information is showing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations in Austin arrested the highest percentage of non-criminals than other regions nationwide.
    Earlier this month, 51 people were arrested across the Austin-area. Of those people, 28 were considered non-criminals, other than being in the U.S. illegally. That is more than half of the total number of people arrested by ICE. The next closest region was Atlanta, Georgia with one-third of their arrest
  • Williamson County town hall goes on without congressman

    CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Many republican lawmakers have been skipping out on a tradition that usually happens during the legislative break: town hall meetings with constituents. Recent town halls nationwide have led to confrontations with lawmakers, specifically Republicans.
    Felicia Miyakawa organized the event, saying she felt compelled to get more politically active after the election.
    “No, no, other than voting regularly, I have never been this involved. This is a new thing
  • Long ball powers Texas past Sam Houston State

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas and Sam Houston State played baseball for the 94th time on Wednesday and first in Hunstville, Texas where they had a record crowd.The Longhorns got homers from Michael Cantu and Travis Jones on their way to a 7-2 win to improve to 3-2.Cantu hit his first home run since March of 2015 to give UT a 2-0 lead in the top of the 5th inning.Jones hit a three run homer in 6th to stretch the lead to 5-0.Sophomore Nolan Kingham (1-1) pitched five shutout innings to pick up the w
  • ‘Stars are bright’ at Texas Medal of the Arts ceremony

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Gov. Greg Abbott hosted a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion Wednesday to honor the 2017 Texas Medal of the Arts recipients.
    In attendance was musician Kris Kristofferson and John Paul DeJoria, who is a co-founder of the Paul Mitchell haircare line and Patron Spirit Company. Kenny Rogers is receiving this year’s lifetime achievement award at the ceremony.
    Earlier Wednesday, Gov. Abbott, while gathered around the honorees, said, “At what, 10:30 in
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  • Trump administration lifts transgender student bathroom guidance

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protection for transgender students that allowed them to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities.
    The Justice and Education departments said in a letter being sent to school districts nationwide that the Obama-era guidance caused a spike in lawsuits over how the guidance should be applied.
    It will now be up to states and school districts to interpret federal anti-discrimination law a
  • Houston-area 17-year-old charged after killing bald eagle

    HOUSTON, Texas (KPRC) – A 17-year-old has been charged with hunting without the landowner’s consent after authorities said he shot a bald eagle to death Tuesday near Houston, Texas.
    A witness told police that he saw three males standing near the base of a tree where an American bald eagle had nested for a few years. One of the men was armed with a rifle, police said.
    Before deputies arrived, the witness said Orlando David Delgado and two friends returned to the area and one of them p
  • CEO of Round Rock manufacturing company to meet with President Trump

    ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — The Austin area is known for technology, which now plays a big part in manufacturing. You may have seen or heard of augmented reality; you put on a helmet and you can see what’s in front of you, with virtual graphics. Emerson Innovation Center in Round Rock makes sensors for the technology.
    National, state and local leaders gathered at Emerson Wednesday morning to begin the 2017 National State of Manufacturing address. “It’s not the same manufac
  • Woman killed by officer in possible ‘suicide by cop’ in south Austin

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A woman who police say tried to run down three officers with her car was shot and killed when she came at an officer with a knife.
    The shots were fired by the officer only seconds after police dispatch broadcast that the 25-year-old woman was trying to commit “suicide by cop,” Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said.
    The first 911 call concerning the incident was received at 5:58 p.m. Wednesday. Nothing was said and then the caller hung up. Two minute
  • Officer involved in deadly shooting in south Austin

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened on Manchaca Road near Keilbar Lane in south Austin.
    The call came in around 6:15 p.m. Initial information indicates an officer fired shots. Austin-Travis County EMS says there is a deceased woman in her 20s at the scene. The officer was not injured.
    Traffic coming southbound on Manchaca Road is being detoured to Matthews Lane at this time.
    The last time the Austin Police Department had a deadly offic
  • Capital Metro bus and car collide in southeast Austin, injuring 6

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Six people were taken to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after a Capital Metro bus and car were involved in a crash in southeast Austin.
    Medics with Austin-Travis County EMS were called to the intersection of East Riverside Drive and Willow Creek Drive at 4:58 p.m.
    Three ambulances took the six patients to the hospital, all with minor injuries.
    Additional details on the crash were not immediately available.
    In October 2016, a driver was killed after crashing with a Capital
  • Speaker Paul Ryan tours the Rio Grande Valley

    McALLEN, Texas (Nexstar) — House Speaker Paul Ryan traveled to the Rio Grande Valley for the first time Wednesday to get a first-hand look at the area where President Donald Trump plans to build a border wall. Ryan was joined by two Texans, House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, and Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock.
    As soon as the delegation touched down at McAllen International Airport, they immediately boarded a helicopter for an aerial tour of the border. The aeri
  • Violent crimes on Linden Road have Del Valle community concerned

    DEL VALLE, Texas (KXAN) — Police are searching for the suspects in a shooting that sent two people to the hospital Tuesday night in Del Valle. The shooting happened on Linden Loop, in the same area where a number of homicides have happened since last year.
    For those living along Linden Road, they say the sight of flashing police lights and investigators sweeping the area is unfortunately very familiar.
    “The police or the cars come by… we don’t know what is
  • Last of pipeline opponents leave North Dakota protest camp

    CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The last of the Dakota Access pipeline opponents abandoned their protest camp Wednesday ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land, and authorities arrested others who defied the order in a final show of dissent.
    The camp has been home to demonstrators for most of a year as they tried to thwart construction of the pipeline. Some of the last remnants of it went up in flames when occupants set fire to makeshift wooden housing as part of a leaving cere
  • Houston police officer shoots K9 that bit his thigh during chase

    HOUSTON (KXAN) — A Houston officer shot a police K9 dog after it bit the officer and latched onto his thigh.
    At around 12 p.m., officers were watching a car that was reported stolen during an aggravated robbery, when a juvenile male and female got inside the vehicle. When police moved in to arrest them, the driver backed into the patrol car and sped away.
    Officers chased the vehicle for a short time until they reached a field on Gears Road in north Houston, not far from George Bu
  • Former white supremacists help others leave hate groups

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The Celtic cross tattoo on Shannon Martinez’s leg gives away her past.
    A victim of sexual assault at age 14 and never quite able to meet her parents’ expectations, Martinez sought out other angry teens. By 16, she was a skinhead spouting white supremacist rhetoric, giving stiff-armed Nazi salutes and tagging public property with swastikas. She favored racist fashion statements – like the symbol on her right calf.
    In this Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 photo,
  • Rio Grande leaders skeptical of border wall benefits

    McALLEN, Texas (KXAN) — Business leaders fear a border wall would lead the Trump administration to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement, which bans high tariffs from country to country.
    Much of the Texas-Mexico border is a steel fence with a 20-foot drop down to Mexico on the other side, but if America is going to wall this country off, business leaders in South Texas have major concerns. The plan for Mexico to pay for the border wall would be a tax on products built in Mex
  • Motorcyclist killed after falling onto US 290 from flyover

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A motorcyclist was killed Wednesday afternoon after crashing and falling off a flyover onto US 290.
    Austin-Travis County EMS says they were called to the crash at 3:15 p.m., involving an adult female falling from an elevated roadway. Medics say the woman died at the scene and no one else was injured.
    Find detours with the KXAN Traffic Map
    Austin police say eastbound 290 to southbound I-35 flyover is closed, as well as eastbound Koenig Lane.
    In June 2014, a woman r
  • Motorcyclist killed after falling off Koenig Lane, I-35 flyover

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A motorcyclist was killed after crashing and falling off the flyover from Koenig Lane above Interstate 35.
    Austin-Travis County EMS says they were called to the crash at 3:15 p.m., involving an adult female falling from an elevated roadway. Medics say the woman died at the scene and no one else was injured.
    Find detours with the KXAN Traffic Map
    TxDOT says eastbound Koenig Lane is closed at Airport Boulevard due to the crash.
    In June 2014, a woman died after
  • Motorcyclist killed after falling from US 290 flyover

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — A motorcyclist was killed Wednesday afternoon after crashing and falling off the US 290 westbound flyover onto Koenig Lane.
    The woman, who was found dead at the scene, fell around 111 ft., the equivalent of 10-11 stories, police say.
    Austin-Travis County EMS says they were called to the crash at 3:15 p.m. No one else was injured in the crash and police believe no other vehicle was involved.
    Cpl. Chad Martinka with the Austin Police Department says the woman i
  • Texas bill would bar immigration enforcement in ‘safe zones’

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A collection of Democratic state senators has proposed legislation prohibiting police from enforcing federal immigration laws in hospitals, schools, churches, courthouses and colleges and universities across Texas.
    Houston Sen. Sylvia Garcia announced her “safe zones” bill Wednesday flanked by co-sponsors. She said such places “are supposed to be safe for everyone.”
    The proposal follows authorities recently detaining on immigration charges a wom
  • Forecasters say parts of Texas face critical wildfire danger

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Forecasters say parts of the Texas Plains face critical wildfire danger conditions through Friday.
    The Texas A&M Forest Service on Wednesday announced the areas of concern are Abilene, Amarillo, El Paso, Fort Stockton, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, San Angelo and Wichita Falls.
    The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center issued an alert describing western portions of Texas as having an extreme threat for wildfires.
    Experts raised concerns about sustained wind
  • 7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life.
    This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery Wednesday.
    The planets circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter. Three are in the so-called habitable zone,
  • UT town hall on campus climate reveals student anger

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — UT student voices rose in anger and deep rooted concern Wednesday over the view campus authorities are not addressing their safety seriously enough.
    “I think the lackluster and evasive statements that the administration has released are actually part of a much larger issue of this administration continually turning a blind eye to the oppressive realities of students on this campus,” said one passion-filled student who stepped up to the microphone in a packed aud
  • UT hosts town hall on campus climate

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — When students and staff showed up to class or work at the University of Texas at Austin last week, they were inundated with fliers aimed at Muslims, undocumented immigrants and minorities.
    The fliers were taped to buildings and poles throughout campus. A white supremacy group called American Vanguard claimed responsibility for the fliers.
    In a statement to the campus, President Greg Fenves said the fliers were “hateful, divisive and deeply offensive.” The s
  • Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old

    BOSTON (AP) — In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old.
    The bizarre and ancient microbes were found dormant in caves in Naica, Mexico, and were able to exist by living on minerals such as iron and manganese, said Penelope Boston, head of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute. .
    “It’s super life,” said Boston, who presented the discovery Friday a
  • Pflugerville ISD superintendent exited with salary, glowing recommendation

    PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — As former Pflugerville ISD Superintendent Alex Torrez left his post midway through the 2016-2017 school year, he took with him $155,000 left in his employment contract and a couple glowing letters of praise, according to records obtained by KXAN.
    Torrez resigned effective Jan. 31, according to the separation agreement obtained by KXAN through the Texas Public Information Act. It is not clear exactly what spurred Torrez’s departure.
    KXAN asked the school d
  • Veterans plea to Texas lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and chronic pain are just a few of the service-related conditions veterans return home with.
    The group gathered by the Vietnam Veterans Monument at the Texas State Capitol Wednesday to push for medical marijuana legislation. This is where the veterans launched their campaign Operation Trapped in 2015. The purpose of the operation is to gain grass-roots support for marijuana as a safe treatment option for veterans.
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  • South Texas jailer charged with smuggling drugs into lockup

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Investigators say a South Texas jailer has been arrested and charged with smuggling crack cocaine into the lockup.
    Nueces(nyoo-AY’-sis) County jail records show 22-year-old Ryan Rodriguez was being held Wednesday on a felony charge of taking a prohibited substance into a correctional facility. Bond was set at $10,000.
    Prosecutors say an informant last week tipped officers about a jailer allegedly transporting cocaine into the facility in Corpus Christi.
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  • Trump administration to lift transgender bathroom guidance

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will revoke federal guidelines that tell public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity, the White House said Wednesday.
    The decision would be a reversal of an Obama-era directive advising public schools to grant bathroom access to students in line with their expressed gender identity and not necessarily the gender on their birth certificate.
    White House spokesman Sean Spicer said We
  • Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protections for transgender students that instructed schools to allow them to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities.
    Stepping into an emotional national debate, the administration came down on the side of states’ rights, lifting federal guidelines that had been issued by the Obama administration and characterized by Republicans as a legal overreach.
    Without the Obama directive, it will be
  • Official: Trump to revoke transgender bathroom guidance

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A government official says the Trump administration will revoke guidelines that say transgender students should be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity.
    The decision would be a reversal of an Obama-era directive issued in May. It required public schools to grant bathroom access even if student records differ or others are uncomfortable. The White House says President Donald Trump believes the issue is for the states to decide wit
  • Nike launches Kevin Durant Texas-themed kicks

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The first ever official Nike Kevin Durant University of Texas at Austin themed shoe is going on sale March 10.
    The Nike Zoom KD9 pays homage to Kevin Durant’s alma mater. The shoes are white with Nike’s trademark swoosh in burnt orange and the soles also have an orange tint. If you’re looking to add these shoes to your collection, you’ll pay anywhere from $120 to $150.
    “Attending UT was one of the best experiences of my life and launc
  • Woman’s warning about shirt on windshield goes viral for very good reason

    FLINT, Mich. (NEXSTAR MEDIA) — A young woman in Michigan’s warning about a flannel shirt left on the windshield of her car is going viral for a very good reason.
    Nineteen-year-old Ashley Hardacre works at the Genesee Valley Mall in Flint. Last Thursday night, after her shift, she walked out to her car to find the shirt tucked in her windshield wiper.
    Already seated in the driver’s seat, Hardacre at first thought it was odd that someone had thrown the shirt on her car.
    After she
  • SpaceX aborts approach to space station, delivery delayed

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A navigation error forced SpaceX to delay its shipment to the International Space Station on Wednesday, following an otherwise smooth flight from NASA’s historic moon pad.
    SpaceX’s supply ship, the Dragon, was less than a mile from the orbiting outpost when a problem cropped up in the GPS system. The approach was aborted, and the Dragon backed away. NASA said neither the station nor its six-person crew was in any danger, and another attempt would be
  • Police: Man who shot himself after shooting ex-girlfriend in Del Valle dies

    DEL VALLE, Texas (KXAN) — The man who authorities say kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and then shot her to death in front of Travis County Sheriff’s deputies has died from his self-inflicted gunshot wound.
    Charles Werchan, 26, from Elgin, was accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Ibeth Lopez, 26, last week in Del Valle.  Around 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, authorities say Werchan entered SportClips Haircuts in Bastrop and demanded Lopez, who worked there, come with him. When she resist
  • Texas officer found dead at law enforcement shooting range

    LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Authorities in South Texas are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a police officer whose body was found at a shooting range used by law enforcement personnel.
    Officials say a U.S. Border Patrol agent discovered the body of Lt. David Medina at the range Tuesday in Laredo. Medina was an officer with the Laredo school district.
    KGNS-TV reports the Webb County sheriff’s office said Medina died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
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  • Laredo officer found dead at law enforcement shooting range

    LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Authorities in South Texas are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a police officer whose body was found at a shooting range used by law enforcement personnel.
    Officials say a U.S. Border Patrol agent discovered the body of Lt. David Medina at the range Tuesday in Laredo. Medina was an officer with the Laredo school district.
    KGNS-TV reports the Webb County sheriff’s office said Medina died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
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  • Look inside a Berkeley marijuana manufacturing company’s lab

    BERKELEY (KRON) — It is being called the new gold rush, as the cannabis industry ramps up to begin selling legal weed in California next year.
    While most associate marijuana with something smoked, a growing part of the industry involves turning the plant into an oil. But that process involves chemicals and can be dangerous.
    KRON4’s Maureen Kelly got an inside look at a lab in Berkeley that is believed to be the first permitted marijuana manufacturing company in the state.
    The ch
  • Cheers! It’s National Margarita Day

    App users can watch the video here.
    (NEXSTAR MEDIA) — Wednesday, February 22 is National Margarita Day!
    The unofficial holiday was founded by Todd McCalla as a way to spread his love for the tequila, triple sec and lime drink around the world.
    McCalla’s website, NationalMargaritaDay.com, which touts itself as the “official website of National Margarita Day,” offers a collection of margarita drink recipes and even a list of restaurants, broken down by state, that are plan
  • Life expectancy dramatically rising worldwide

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — While humans have only been a part of the Earth’s timeline for the past 200,000 years, their life expectancies are rising, marking one of the greatest achievements of the 21st century, according to the National Institute on Aging. 
    The life expectancy rate is continuing to increase at a rapid rate around the world. Those born in rich countries are expected to live longer by the year 2030.
    Women in South Korea have a life expectancy of nearly 91-years-old. Me
  • ‘School choice’ support differs based on where students live

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Most parents living in rural, suburban and urban areas in Austin are against the state’s proposed school choice bill, according to a new poll by The Texas Tribune and the University of Texas released Wednesday.
    If passed, Senate Bill 3, also called the School Choice Bill, opens the door for parents to use state dollars to fund private or parochial education. Of the 1,200 people who responded, 35 percent of them support the bill, while 44 percent say they’re
  • Louisiana man arrested after found in hollowed-out couch

    EUNICE, LA (KLFY) — James Rozas, Jr., 28, of Eunice was arrested on multiple counts, including simple escape and illegal possession of stolen firearms
    According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, “On February 17, 2017, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office received information on the location of a fugitive spotlighted on Crime Stoppers. Sheriff’s Deputies, along with officers from the Eunice City Marshal’s Office and the sheriff’s K-9 Unit arrived a

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