Texas man on most-wanted list apprehended
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Authorities say a man listed as among the 10 most wanted sex offenders in Texas has been captured.
The Texas Department of Public Safety announced Monday that 52-year-old Sammy Lee Nickerson was apprehended without incident at an apartment complex in Bryan.
Nickerson has a lengthy criminal record that includes aggravated sexual assault of a child, burglary and disorderly conduct. He was wanted for failure to register as a sex offender and a parole violation.
He previously lived in Hearne (hern), northwest of Bryan.
Authorities learned Nickerson was at the Bryan complex based on a tip. The tipster will receive a $5,000 reward. Nickerson was taken into custody Thursday.
He's the fifth person on DPS's 10 most wanted sex offender list who's been arrested this year.
SYNTHETIC DRUG OVERDOSES
Texas man pleads guilty in synthetic drug deaths
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Texas man accused of distributing chemicals that ultimately resulted in the synthetic drug deaths of two teens in the Grand Forks, N.D., area has pleaded guilty.
Charles Carlton, of Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty Monday to three counts, including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death. He faces life in prison.
Authorities say the chemicals sold by Carlton's company, Motion Resources LLC, were manufactured into hallucinogens and wound up in the hands of 18-year-old Christian Bjerk, of Grand Forks, and 17-year-old Elijah Stai, of Park Rapids, Minn. They died within a week of each other in June 2012.
The plea agreement calls for Carlton to forfeit $385,000 in drug proceeds.
Defense attorney Alexander Reichert declined comment after Monday's hearing.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 27.
Police: Drunken Texas man demanded bed to sleep
BRYAN, Texas (AP) - Police in Central Texas say an intoxicated 22-year-old man has been arrested after knocking on the doors of strangers and demanding he be let in to sleep.
Zakry Ernest Zapata remained in the Brazos County jail Monday on charges that include public intoxication and making a terroristic threat causing fear of serious bodily injury.
The Corpus Christi man was arrested in a Bryan neighborhood Saturday. The Eagle newspaper reports he threatened to get a gun and harm the residents of a home when they declined to give him a bed.
Authorities say Zapata was fighting with another neighbor when police arrived. Arresting officers found no weapon.
Making a terroristic threat is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in prison and a fine of $10,000.
US: American Airlines got $425M for landing rights
DALLAS (AP) - American Airlines is getting more than $425 million from selling takeoff and landing slots at New York's LaGuardia Airport and Reagan National Airport outside Washington.
That price was disclosed Monday in comments filed in federal court in Washington by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The department says the value of those slots shows that it drove a hard bargain last year when it settled its antitrust lawsuit against the merger of American and US Airways. The airlines agreed to give up slots at LaGuardia and Reagan and gates at five other big airports.
The Justice Department filed its response to public comments on the settlement. Consumer groups, lawmakers, the Detroit airport and Delta Air Lines lodged complaints about the settlement.
American Airlines, JetBlue ending agreement
NEW YORK (AP) - American Airlines and JetBlue Airways Corp. are ending an agreement that allowed travelers to add connections to their itinerary on each other's aircraft.
The termination of the interline sales agreement is effective Monday.
The companies also said that they are ending a reciprocal frequent flyer program accrual agreement. Travelers won't earn miles or points when traveling on eligible routes run by the other airline beginning April 1.
All American AAdvantage miles or JetBlue TrueBlue points already accrued through the partnership will be credited to customers' accounts and are not affected.
Last month Delta announced changes to its frequent flier program. Starting next year, Delta customers will earn miles based on how much they spend, not just miles flown.
American Airlines Group Inc. is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways.
NJCAA WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT
Salina facing competition for women's tournament
(Information in the following story is from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com)
SALINA, Kan. (AP) - Lubbock, Texas, is challenging Salina for the right to host the national junior college women's basketball tournament, which has been held in the Kansas city for more than 15 years.
The NJCAA Women's Basketball Championship is under a contract for two more years to hold its weeklong tournament in Salina. The event brings in about $600,000 to Salina.
Dennis Lauver, president of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, says Salina will increase its financial package to order to counter competition from Lubbock. He declined to say what the financial offering will be.
The Salina Journal reports the NJCAA is expected to make a decision sometime in April.
This year's tournament runs from March 16 through 22 at the Salina Bicentennial Center.
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