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TX Carries Out 14th Execution: Michael Graczyk of the Associated Press has this article updating this news scan. Ramon Torres Hernandez was executed Wednesday evening in Texas by lethal injection. Hernandez was convicted in the 2001 robbery, abduction, rape, and murder of a woman from a bus stop. He was pronounced dead at 6:38 p.m.

TX to Execute Double Murderer:
Michael Graczyk of the Associated Press reports Preston Hughes III is set to be executed in Texas Thursday evening. Hughes was convicted in the 1988 murders of a 3-year-old boy and his cousin, a 15-year-old girl. Hughes attacked his victims in a field behind the apartment complex he resided in. The boy was stabbed through the throat and found dead by police upon arrival. The girl, stabbed in the neck and chest.  Before she died at the scene, the girl was able to tell police that Preston attempted to rape her prior to stabbing her.  Hughes was on probation for the sexual assault of a child at the time. 

San Bernardino County Conducts PRCS Sweep:
Richard K. DeAtley of the Press-Enterprise reports on a sweep of 219 post-release community supervision probationers in San Bernardino County that began Wednesday evening.  Officers made 44 arrests and confiscated four handguns, one rifle, one homemade silencer, 1000 rounds of ammunition, other weapons, burglary tools, four pounds of marijuana, and four grams of methamphetamine.  Utilizing the most modern risk assessment instruments, the state of California asserts that only low-risk offenders are left in communities on PRCS.

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