WATCH: Multiple Cartel Gun Battles Break Out At Texas Border

By Ryan Saavedra

Two new videos were released on Monday that showed separate incidents of gun battles taking place just south of the Texas border between rival Mexican drug cartels.

The first video, released by journalists Ildefonso Ortiz and Brandon Darby, show part of a gunfight that took place just outside the Reynosa-Pharr International Bridge near Pharr, Texas.

The video shows panicked travelers parking their car in front of the offices of the Reynosa-Pharr International Bridge and running inside for cover.

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The second video, released by the Cartel Chronicles project, shows a much more intense gun battle from footage leaked by the cartels.

The gun battle is reported to have taken place last weekend just south of the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in Texas.

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Seven-hundred pounds of explosives and 400 detonators stolen from Pennsylvania worksite

By Lexi Morgan

Authorities may be offering the hefty reward out of fear the explosives will somehow be used in some type of future attack or improvised explosive device much like the recent Austin bombings in Texas

LANCASTER COUNTY (INTELLIHUB) — Federal authorities are now offering a $20,000 reward for information pertaining to a recent heist in which seven-hundred pounds of explosives (dynamite) along with 400 detonators (blasting caps) were stolen out of a locked truck trailer parked at a local construction site over the weekend.

According to ABC News: “The company is a subcontractor of Williams Partners, which is managing the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project in Lancaster County.”

Please take note, the reason authorities are offering so much money for a lead is presumably because they feel the explosives could be used in a future attack or many IED-style attacks much like the recent bombings in Austin, Texas.

More Details Emerge About Austin Bomber, Including His Ridiculous Alias

By James Barrett

Since authorities revealed the identity of the Austin bombings suspect on Wednesday, more details about him and his actions have emerged, including his use of an absurdly obvious diguise and alias to ship his package bombs through FedEx that eventually led authorities to him.

When the killer showed up at the FedEx shipping facility in Schertz, Texas at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, not only was he wearing conspicuous white gloves, an overtly fake platinum blond wig and a hat, he gave FedEx the name “Kelly Killmore.”

“He almost became arrogant,” said retired FBI agent Max Noel, who helped track the Unabomber. “To think he could get away with doing that by wearing disguises and what have you.”

Despite the “arrogant” disguise, he successfully completed the transaction, shipping two packages to addresses in Austin. One of the packages he delivered eventually exploded while on a conveyor belt at the Schertz facility; the other package was located by authorities before it went off.

While he was able to get FedEx to accept the packages, his glaringly obvious disguise appears to have led to the identification of his vehicle, a red Nissan Pathfinder, which witnesses remembered a man in a blond wig getting into outside the facility. NBC reports that witnesses “remembered seeing the man with the wig in the FedEx center, and told investigators about the car he was driving.”

“The detonation at the FedEx facility accelerated the hunt for the killer. Armed with new information about the bombing, investigators quickly established a possible suspect identity,” ABC News reports. The identification of his vehicle led to agents tracking him down to a Red Roof Inn in Round Rock, Texas:

At 1:30 a.m., Wednesday, Deputy U.S. Marshals with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force spotted the suspect’s vehicle, a red Nissan Pathfinder, sitting in a parking lot at a hotel in Round Rock, Texas, north of Austin and set up surveillance, according to law enforcement sources briefed on the matter.

While officers waited for backup, the suspect drove out of the parking lot but soon pulled over to the side of the road. As the SWAT team converged, he detonated the explosive that killed him.

Before taking his own life, the suspect recorded a 25-minute phone recording the Interim Police Chief Brian Manley described as a “confession” to the construction of the explosive devices used in the area. “He does not at all mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate,” said Manley. “This is an outcry by a very challenged young man.”

The suspect’s family expressed shock and dismay that he was capable of such heinous acts. “We had no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in. Our family is a normal family in every way,” said his aunt. “If anything, he’s low-key and peaceful,” said his grandmother, who described him as coming from “a family that is so tight, that works so hard to raise their children correctly.”

NOTE: While authorities have revealed the suspect’s name, The Daily Wire will not print it as part of our new policy of withholding the names of mass murderers, who are often partly motivated by a desire for fame.

 

2 killed, 1 injured in Texas mail bombings, police warn public not to open suspicious packages

An FBI agent exits her car after arriving at the scene of an explosion near north Galindo street. Police investigators are at the home where a 17-year-old boy was killed and a woman injured in a package bomb explosion in Austin, Texas, U.S., March 12, 2018. Sergio Flores / Reuters

Austin police have linked Monday morning’s mail bombing, that killed a teen boy and injured a woman, with another deadly explosion earlier this month. A third explosion left a 75-year-old woman with “life-threatening injuries.”

Police Chief Brian Manley has warned Austin residents no to open their mail, following dual mail bombings in the Texas city on Monday. The investigation is being coordinated with units from both the FBI and ATF.

“Similar to the other two incidents,the victim came outside and found a package, picked it up and the box detonated,” Chief Brian Manley told a press conference. In reference to speculation that the bombings were a spate of hate crimes, Manley added that investigators haven’t identified a “specific victimology or ideology based on current evidence… We are willing to investigate any avenue.”

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Based on evidence from all three scenes, the police believe the incidents are related but have yet to establish a motive or to identify the type of explosive used. “We are not calling it a serial bomber case,” the police chief confirmed. Two of the victims were African-American and the latest victim was Hispanic, so the department are not ruling out that these were hate crimes.

“All three incidents, up to this point, have occurred at residences. It is important that people be vigilant,” Manley added. He also confirmed that additional K9 explosives units have been brought in to the city to assist with the investigation.

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The first explosion took place just before noon, after a suspicious package was left on the doorstep of a single-family home. A 17-year-old boy was killed and a woman in her 40s was seriously injured.

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Several hours later, a second reported explosion left a woman in her 70s with potentially life-threatening injuries. She was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center for emergency treatment.

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A man was killed in another home explosion on March 2. Police are investigating the March case and the incident from Monday morning as homicides, but have yet to confirm whether the two are linked.

Rep Blake Farenthold Used Taxpayer Funds in $84K Sexual Harassment Settlement: Report

By Sam Dorman

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) reportedly used funds from Congress’s controversial Office of Compliance in an $84,000 sexual harassment settlement.

According to a report from Politico, Farenthold’s settlement came as part of a claim from Lauren Greene, his former communications director, that he sexually harassed her. Greene accused Farenthold of improperly firing her when she complained about Farenthold’s alleged inappropriate comments to her.

Greene claimed Farenthold drank excessively, among other things, and said he had sexual fantasies about her:

Greene claimed in the lawsuit that another Farenthold aide told her the lawmaker had “sexual fantasies” and “wet dreams” about Greene. She also claimed that Farenthold “regularly drank to excess” and told her in February 2014 that he was “estranged from his wife and had not had sex with her in years.”

While no information was released regarding a private settlement Greene reportedly reached with Farenthold, Politico obtained a joint statement in which the two said they would settle in order to save taxpayer money:

“[A]fter it became clear that further litigating this case would come at great expense to all involved — including the taxpayers — the parties engaged in mediation with a court-appointed mediator,” the statement read. “After extensive discussion and consideration, the parties jointly agreed to accept the solution proposed by the mediator.”

The statement added: “The parties believe that the mediator’s solution saves the parties, and the taxpayers, significant sums that would be expended in further discovery and/or trial.”

The statement also states that Farenthold “disagrees strongly” with his client’s allegations and “adamantly denies that he engaged in any wrongdoing.” It says the settlement included a confidentiality agreement that precludes Greene and Farenthold from discussing the case and “expressly provides that both parties deny all liability.”

The Office of Congressional Ethics investigated Greene’s claims but concluded “there is not substantial reason to believe that Representative Farenthold sexually harassed or discriminated against [ex-staffer Lauren Greene], or engaged in an effort to intimidate, take reprisal against, or discriminate against [Greene] for opposing such treatment, in violation of House rules and federal law.”

Editor’s note: This story’s headline was updated to ensure clarity.