School of­fi­cial may have cheated

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Com­piled from wire re­ports

An of­fi­cial in a school district where the state has taken more con­trol amid a test­ing scan­dal is be­ing fired af­ter an au­dit showed pos­si­ble cheat­ing at­tempts at his new job.

Canu­tillo In­de­pen­dent School District trustees on Thurs­day night sus­pended Su­per­in­ten­dent Da­mon Murphy with­out pay in the dis­missal process.

An au­dit found what is al­leged to be ev­i­dence of tam­per­ing with stu­dent clas­si­fi­ca­tions.

Murphy, who was hired in 2010, de­clined to com­ment. He’s a former as­so­ciate su­per­in­ten­dent in the El Paso In­de­pen­dent School District.

Former El Paso Su­per­in­ten­dent Lorenzo Gar­cia must serve more than three years in prison for fraud.

Au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the fa­tal shoot­ing of a shoplift­ing sus­pect by a sher­iff’s deputy dur­ing a con­fronta­tion out­side a Hous­ton-area Wal-Mart.

Of­fi­cials say Har­ris County Deputy Louis Camp­bell con­fronted sev­eral women sus­pected of steal­ing from the store Thurs­day evening.

Sher­iff’s spokesman Thomas Gilliland said Camp­bell chased one of the sus­pects af­ter she hit him. The woman then got into a car. Gilliland said that when Camp­bell opened the car’s door, the ve­hi­cle ac­cel­er­ated. He said the deputy was stand­ing be­tween the car door and the driver’s seat and fired his weapon.

The ve­hi­cle sped away. The uniden­ti­fied woman was found dy­ing at a nearby apart­ment com­plex.

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