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Nov. 7, 2017
Free Entrance to Texas State Parks Nov. 12 in Honor of Veteran's Day
AUSTIN-- In honor of both active and retired military, daily entrance fees at Texas State Parks will be waived for all visitors Sunday, Nov. 12.
"We give thanks to the service that veterans and active military personnel have dedicated to our country," said Brent Leisure, director of state parks for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. "We hope that Texans everywhere will make Texas State Parks part of their celebration this Veteran's Day."
Parks will be hosting guided hikes, bird walks and other programs throughout the day. Camping and special activity fees will still apply.
For a full list of events, visit the Texas State Parks calendar page. A map of all Texas State Parks is available on the TPWD website.
In addition to showing support at Texas State Parks, hunting and fishing license buyers can also honor veterans by making a voluntary contribution to the Fund for Veterans. Contributions can be made in increments of $1, $5, $10, or $20, and 100 percent of the donation goes to the Fund for Veterans. Please note, donation must be in conjunction with the purchase of a license, stamp endorsement or drawing entry and cannot be made as a standalone item in a transaction.
The Fund for Veterans Assistance, administered by the Texas Veterans Commission, helps support government agencies and veterans service organizations that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families. Since 2009, the Fund for Veterans Assistance has awarded over $90 million to organizations across Texas to help over 250,000 Veterans and their families. Last year, license buyers contributed close to $200,000 to the Fund for Veterans.

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Nov. 7, 2017
Fugitive Involved in Shootout with Texas Game Warden Captured
AUSTIN - Texas game wardens, with assistance from U.S. Marshalls and the Dallas Police Department, have taken into custody a suspect involved in a firefight with law enforcement following a shooting incident at a bar in the West Texas town of Haskell early Sunday morning.
The suspect, identified as Encarnacio Ortiz Jr., 49, was captured in south Dallas earlier today without incident, and is being held on $1 million bond in the Dallas County Jail. He is charged with aggravated assault of a public servant with a deadly weapon.
Ortiz allegedly entered a local bar in Haskell shortly after midnight Sunday, brandished a handgun and discharged several rounds. No one was injured during the incident, and Ortiz fled the scene.
A Haskell County game warden and Haskell Police Department officer responded to the shots fired call and located the suspect driving a vehicle on the northern end of the city. Officers attempted to pull over the vehicle, and when the suspect did not comply, a Haskell police officer rammed the suspect vehicle to attempt to end the pursuit. The suspect immediately fired shots at the police officer, at which point the officers returned fire. The suspect was able to drive his vehicle a short distance away from the scene and fled on foot. He was located in south Dallas following a two-day manhunt by state and local law enforcement.