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Page 4D Hays Free Press * September 9, 2015 + PHOTO BY DAVID WHITE All Hays County emergency personnel participated in Monday's observance of slain Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth who was shot down at a convenience store. Emergency person- nel congregated in their service areas and turned on their lights in unison as a sign of solidarity. Greg Abbott :ordered Texas flags across the state be lowered to half- staff in honor of slair Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth on Sept. 4. Abbott also asked that law enforcement officers turn on their patrol vehicles' red and blue flashing lights for one minute at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, the start time for Deputy Go- forth's funeral. Goforth, 47, report- edly was targeted for wearing a uniform. He was gunned down on Aug. 28 while refueling his vehicle at a con- venience store in the Houston suburb of Cy- press. Surveillance video helped law enforcement trace, capture and arrest a suspect, Shannon J. Miles, 30. Investigators retrieved a .40 caliber handgun at the suspect's residence. Ballistics testing matched the handgun to ammunition used in the shooting. The suspect has been charged with capital murder. Two honored Gov. Abbott in an Aug. 26 ceremony at the Governor's Mansion posthumously awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor, the highest military decora- tion that can be awarded to a member of the state or federal military forces by the State of Texas, to two Texans: U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle and Lt. Col. William Edwin Dyess. Capitol Highlights DPS releases gang report A Texas law requires by Ed Sterling an annual report bring- ing together informa- tion from multiple Kyle's medal was pre- law enforcement and sented to his wife, Taya criminal justice agencies Kyle. Dyess's medal was to be submitted to the presented to his sister, governor and the state Elizabeth Denman. Legislature assessing the Kyle, a U.S. Navy threat posed by statewide SEAL from 1999 to 2009, served four tours in criminal gangs. The Texas Department Iraq and earned many of Public Safety on Aug. prestigious medals for his service as an elite 31 announced the release sniper. After returning to of its 2015 Texas Gang civilian life, Kyle wrote a Threat Assessment, an best-selling book, Ameri- overview of gang activity can Sniper, recounting in this state. his service experiences. DPS Director Steven A fellow military veteran McCraw said the docu- shot and killed Kyle and ment, 57 pages in length a friend, Chad Littlefield, and posted online at at a shooting range in txdps.state.tx.us, "deliv- Erath County on Feb. ers valuable information 2, 2013. Kyle, 38, was about the gangs operat- buried with honors and ing in our state and is a ceremonies in the Texas proven tool in law en- State Cemetery in Austin forcement's fight against on Feb. 12, 2013. these dangerous groups." Dyess was a fighter According to the pilot and later an infan- report, current gang try officer in the Pacific membership across the Theater of World War state may exceed 100,000 II. He was captured by individuals. Japanese forces in the "These organizations Philippines in 1942 and were involved in and survived the Bataan profited from the recent Death March. He and influx of illegal aliens other prisoners escaped crossing the border in the a penal colony on the Rio Grande Valley in 2014. island of Mindanao and Gang members involved aided by Filipino guer- in human trafficking, rillas boarded a U.S. including commercial sex submarine in mid-1943, trafficking and compel- He was returned to the ling prostitution of adults states. He resumed fly- and minors, exploit ing and in December their victims through 1943 died attempting an force, fraud or coercion, emergency landing in a including recruiting and P-38 Lockheed Lightning grooming them with false fighter plane in Califor- promises of affection, em- nia. He was 27. Dyess Air ployment, or a better life," Force Base near Abilene according to McCraw's is named in his honor, news release. Energy agency goes social Texas Railroad Commis- sion on Sept. 1 announced its launch of social media accounts "to increase transparency and more effectively communicate with the public and stake- holders about the activities and responsibilities" of the agency:. Those social media accounts include Twitter (#TxRCC) and Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Blue Bell's back Gov. Abbott on Aug. 31 announced the return of Blue Bell ice cream at the state Capitol, the day the popular, Brenham-based brand was made available in select markets after a multi-month shutdown. 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