Tow truck driver charged in crash, fire destroys church, voters confused over new rules

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DA charges tow truck driver with manslaughter

A tow truck driver charged with manslaughter after a horrific crash that killed a baby.

The crash happened Sunday morning in northwest Harris County. The district attorney’s office said Jose Luna was towing another car and speeding when he crashed into the Nissan with a woman and baby inside.

The baby died, while the woman was taken to hospital.

Fire destroys church in southeast Houston

A small church in southeast Houston hoped for a miracle after a fire burned through their building ahead of Sunday morning services at Genoa First Baptist Church on Almeda-Genoa Road.

Firefighters arrived on the scene, but damage had already been done to the office, common room and kitchen. Members say the building is uninsured and they hope to raise money to rebuild it.

Returned ballots and concern in Texas begin first primary of 2022

Early voting in the first primary of the 2022 midterm elections begins in Texas.

But the polls will open on Monday as part of a hasty rollout of tougher voting restrictions that were passed last fall by Republicans in the state.

Houston election officials say voters are confused about the new rules and that 40% of the first mail-in ballots that arrived were returned for not including the required new information.

Texas Secretary of State John Scott said voters are getting used to the new process and he expects things to go better in the May runoff and November general election.

Santa Fe school shooter charged with remaining in state hospital

A man accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school in 2018 will continue to receive treatment at a state mental health facility, with doctors saying he remains incompetent to stand trial.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 21, has been at North Texas State Hospital in Vernon since December 2019. He was initially hospitalized for 120 days. But he remained in hospital because doctors say he is not fit to stand trial.

On Friday, Judge John Ellisor ordered Pagourtzis to remain at the facility for another 12 months.

Pagourtzis is charged with capital murder in connection with the May 18, 2018 attack at Santa Fe High School near Houston. Because he was 17 at the time, he is not eligible for the death penalty.

3 shot and killed in brawl outside South Texas sports bar

Police say three men were killed in a shooting at a South Texas sports bar.

Officers responded to a shooting outside the TKO Sports Bar and Grill in Laredo around 2 a.m. Sunday. Laredo police discovered that three men had been shot after a fight between several individuals.

Police say two of the men, aged 21 and 25, died at the scene, while the third man, 21, died at a local hospital. No arrests have been made in this case.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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