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Dallas Detention Officer Arrested On Immigration Charges & Nightly Roundup

By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – A Dallas County Jail Detention Officer is facing deportation after being arrested at work today.

34 year old Maria Ross had recently applied to be a Sheriff's deputy. A new background check raised questions about her citizenship.

Ross served on the Sheriff's "quality assurance team" that oversees sanitation in the jail.

County Commissioner John Wiley Price says Ross was an outstanding employee.

Price: Sad, it's very sad. The quality assurance team is kind of elite. You've got to be a real performer to be on that. You've got to be chosen. That means you're kind of a cut above.

Ross was hired in 2001, under Sheriff Jim Bowles. Commissioner Price says technology and background checks were apparently different then.

Rangers Acquire Cliff Lee

The Texas Rangers pulled one of the most significant trades in the club's nearly 40 year history today.

The team acquired Cliff Lee, one of the best pitchers in baseball, from the Seattle Mariners. The Rangers sent starting first baseman Justin Smoak and three minor league players to the Mariners for Lee and one other player.

Lee could make his first start for the Rangers tomorrow night in Arlington against the Baltimore Orioles.

Ex-Cowboy facing fraud trial taken into custody

Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Eugene Lockhart was back in federal custody after authorities say he violated terms of release while he waits for his mortgage fraud trial to begin.

Authorities told The Dallas Morning News on Friday that Lockhart allegedly failed a drug test. He has been free on bond since September, when he was arrested for his alleged role in what officials say was a mortgage scheme that swindled more than $20 million from several home lenders.

The indictment charges Lockhart with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud and one count of wire fraud. His attorney did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.

The 49-year-old played for the Cowboys from 1984 through 1990 and for New England in 1991-92.