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Thursday December 17th, 2020 night edition

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(CNN) A former Houston police captain was charged Tuesday with running a man off the road and pointing a gun to his head two weeks before the election as part of a baseless voter fraud conspiracy theory, the Harris County district attorney said in a statement.

Mark Anthony Aguirre, 63, was paid more than a quarter-million dollars by a Houston-based private citizens group investigating unsubstantiated 2020 election fraud claims, prosecutors said.

On October 16, Aguirre asked a lieutenant with the Texas Attorney General's Office to conduct a traffic stop to help with his investigation, according to a Houston police affidavit obtained by CNN.

When the idea was rejected, Aguirre said he would do it himself and "make a citizen's arrest," the affidavit says.

Aguirre told authorities he had conducted surveillance on the man driving the truck for four days, according to the district attorney's news release .

He said he suspected there were 750,000 fraudulent ballots inside the truck and that the man was "the mastermind of a giant (voter) fraud," the release states. »

City gets public backlash for spending federal COVID relief money on golf course clubhouse

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"This money was earmarked from the federal government to help businesses and cities survive this pandemic, not increase city facilities and amenities.

Federal law requires an audit of any local government that spends $750,000 or more of federal money in a fiscal year.

In response to the backlash, Mayor Bain said the city council could still decide to give back the federal money it spent on the clubhouse. »