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Texas murder suspect caught

THE MAN suspected of killing five people in a dispute over gun noise has been found (Shutterstock).

The man suspected of fatally shooting five of his neighbors in Texas has finally been arrested.

According to the Associated Press, Francisco Oropeza, 38, was taken into custody without incident near Houston. Acting on a tip, police found him hiding in a pile of laundry in a closet in a house.

The arrest took place about 30 miles away from his home in Cleveland, Texas, where the killings took place.

He will be charged with five counts of murder and bail is $5 million. 

Troops to be sent to border

FIFTEEN HUNDRED troops will be one to the U.S.-Mexico border (Shutterstock).

Fifteen hundred active duty American soldiers will be sent to the U.S.-Mexico border to help support customs officials in anticipation of a surge of immigrants seeking to enter the United States.

According to the Associated Press, the troops will be doing administrative work such as data entry and warehouse work. The expected surge would follow the end of restrictions on immigration imposed during the coronavirus pandemic era.

The deployment by the Biden Administration will last 90 days and the troops will be drawn from the Army and Marine Corps. The restrictions will expire on May 11.

Hollywood writers go on strike

 Striking members of the Writers Guild of America hit the picket lines outside movie studios and production facilities on Tuesday. They’re demanding higher pay and reform of working conditions.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the impact of streaming video on film and TV markets is at the heart of the issue. Strikers say they are working longer hours for less money, adjusted for inflation.

The work stoppage has put some shows on hiatus or are being replaced with reruns.

Also in the news … Steve Martin, a former Garden Grove resident and star of films, plays and comedy, has a new audiobook out, called “So Many Steves: Afternoons with Steve Martin.” His one unfulfilled wish: to play Professor Harold Hill in “The Music Man.”

Sports: Lakers defeat Warriors

 The Los Angeles Lakers opened the second round NBA Western Conference semifinals Tuesday night with a 117-123 win over the Golden State Warriors.

 The Los Angeles Angels beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1, while the Los Angeles Dodgers hammered the Philadelphia Phillies 13-4.

Weather:  Get yer umbreller

The West Orange County area will continue to experience classic spring weather with some cool temperatures and a bit of rain. The forecast for Wednesday calls for a daytime high of 65 and an overnight low of 53 under partly cloudy skies. Thursday should see some morning rain, clearing in the afternoon. The high will be 63 (53). Friday will bring us a return to partly cloudy conditions will a high of 63 (52).

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