- Associated Press - Saturday, January 18, 2014

A man arrested after warning drivers of a police speed trap argues for free-speech rights. Burglars help a woman recover her long-lost high school ring. And Redskins and Rebels are being kicked out of some Texas schools. These are a few of the happenings across Texas in this week’s edition of Lone Star Brites:

SPEED TRAP WARNING

FRISCO, Texas - A suburban Dallas man faces legal trouble for holding a sign warning drivers about police targeting speeders.

Ron Martin is claiming Frisco police violated his free-speech rights when police arrested him for holding a sign that read “Police Ahead” while standing in the median of a busy avenue.

Frisco’s sign ordinance says a person holding a sign must be on private property. But Martin contends the law regulates business signs and doesn’t apply to him.

Martin made his initial court appearance Wednesday and has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of violating a sign ordinance.

He told WFAA-TV in Dallas (http://bit.ly/Li41Nq) his intention was only to urge motorists to drive more slowly.

CLASS RING RETURNED 20 YEARS LATER

ARLINGTON, Texas - A burglary investigation has led to a Fort Worth woman getting back the high school class ring she lost 20 years ago.

Arlington police on Friday returned the Boswell High School ring to Shelly Ragland, who lost it at an amusement park.

The finders ended up keeping the ring, but it was stolen during a recent burglary. Detectives investigating residential burglaries arrested two suspects last month and recovered the ring and other stolen property.

Police used the ring’s inscription of “Shelly K. Rhodes” to trace the ring back to Ragland, whose maiden name was Rhodes.

BANNED SCHOOL MASCOTS

HOUSTON - The Houston school board has voted to ban the use of any race or ethnic group as a school mascot or nickname, starting next school year.

The policy approved Thursday night will force changes in the team names of the Lamar High School Redskins, Westbury High School Rebels, Hamilton Middle School Indians and Welch Middle School Warriors.

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