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Dallas woman to stand trial for allegedly killing Kansas woman and taking her baby

WICHITA, Kansas — A Dallas woman accused of killing an acquaintance in Kansas and then stealing her baby has been deemed competent to stand trial. Yesenia Sesmas is accused of fatally shooting Laura Abarca-Nogueda in late 2016, and then taking her six-day-old baby Sophia. Sesmas allegedly told police in Dallas she had a miscarriage, and never told anyone she lost the baby, KWCH-TX reports. Prosecutors said Sesmas allegedly planned to flee to Mexico to raise Abarca-Nogueda’s baby as her own with her boyfriend. In a jailhouse interview in 2016, Sesmas told a Spanish TV station that the victim had agreed to turn over her newborn daughter, but backed out of… Read More

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Another apartment project on the way on Dallas’ Ross Avenue

JHP The developer that’s building Lake Highlands Town Center is starting work on another project east of downtown Dallas. Austin-based Cypress Real Estate Advisors has been working on the apartment project on Ross Avenue since last year. The almost 300-unit, 4-story rental project will be constructed on the former site of the Credit Union of Texas at 4600 Ross Avenue. "Cypress was drawn to this dynamic redevelopment opportunity due to its proximity to employers in the nearby central business district and Uptown, as well as its easy access to iconic retailers and restaurants along Henderson, Fitzhugh and Lower Greenville," Bill Rafkin, Principal with Cypress Real Estate Advisors, said in a… Read More

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Woman found dead in northwest Dallas

Staff Photographer Diana Kravetskaya Diana Kravetskaya’s body was found about 10 a.m. in the 2700 block of Electronic Lane, near Manana Drive and Interstate 35E. Police said Kravetskaya’s death is being investigated as an unexplained death, but did not release further details about how she died. Anyone with information about Kravetskaya or her death is asked to call Detective Montenegro at 214-283-4801 or email e.montenegro@dpd.ci.dallas.tx.us. Tips may also be made to Crime Stoppers by calling 214-373-8477. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment. Source Article

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Single On Valentine’s Day? Study Says Texas Is The Place To Be

Even people who are chronically single can feel a little lonely on Valentine’s Day. But fear not, Texas; a study from the personal finance website WalletHub named Texas a top-5 city for singles looking to meet their match. It’s true — the Lone Star State offers some of the nation’s best opportunities for singles aiming to end the solo streak. With one of the nation’s highest per-capita rates of restaurants and movie theaters, romantic date nights are just around the corner. But don’t worry if you can’t afford a fancy date night at a chic restaurant. WalletHub suggests that dates can be anything from chatting in a car to visiting… Read More

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Deadly Affection: Part 3

Dallas man set to die for killing daughters, 9 and 6

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — As her mother listened on the telephone, 9-year-old Faith Battaglia pleaded with her father. “No, daddy, please don’t, don’t do it!” the child begged. Mary Jane Pearle yelled into the phone for Faith and her 6-year-old sister, Liberty, to run. Then Pearle heard gunshots. On Thursday, her ex-husband, John David Battaglia is set for execution for the May 2001 slayings of their daughters. “Merry … Christmas,” Battaglia told Pearle from his Dallas apartment, the words of the holiday greeting derisively divided by an obscenity. She heard more gunshots, then called 911. Faith was shot three times and Liberty five. Hours later, Battaglia was at a nearby… Read More

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