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Tonya Couch, Mother Of Texas ‘Affluenza’ Teen, Is Released From Jail

Jan 12, 2016

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Tonya Couch is out of jail; an update on the McKinney pool party; remembering David Bowie; and more.

The mother of a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense after killing four people in a drunken wreck has posted a reduced bond and was released from jail Tuesday morning. In a tweet late Monday night, Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said Tonya Couch had posted $75,000 bond and was expected to be released. She's to be fitted with a GPS monitor. A judge decreased Couch's bond Monday from $1 million to $75,000. She was brought back to Texas last week after being caught with her son, 18-year-old Ethan Couch, in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta. She's now charged with hindering the apprehension of a felon. [Associated Press]

  • The Texas Rangers have completed their investigation of the McKinney pool party. WFAA-TV reports: “The Texas Rangers have completed their investigation into the actions of former McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt. He was seen on video last summer taking down a 15-year-old girl and unholstering his weapon during a neighborhood pool party. The case will now be turned over to the Collin County district attorney. The findings of the Texas Rangers haven't been released.”
  • Houston firefighters rescued two window washers whose cleaning rig became disabled and dangled precariously near the top of the city's highest skyscraper. The 75-story Chase Tower in downtown Houston is just over 1,000 feet tall, making it the tallest building in Texas and one of the tallest in the nation. Crews removed a window that allowed the two men to crawl to safety Monday into an office about five stories from the top of the five-sided structure. The scaffolding rig is against one of the walls of the building and appeared to be tilted at about a 45-degree angle. The fire department says a motor on the washing rig malfunctioned at the 71st floor and the men radioed that they were stuck. No one was hurt. [Associated Press]

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram