Adrian Garcia

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    October 3, 2014

    Sheriff Adrian Garcia Is 'Damn Mad' About Conditions Uncovered at the Harris County Jail

    Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia repeatedly told reporters Thursday that he's "damn mad" about the deplorable conditions one mentally ill inmate was forced to endure at the county jail last year. "I remain damn angry and I am outraged by the recent accounts of failure in the Harris County Jail, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Sheriff Launches Investigation After Inmate Found in Cell With Bugs, Garbage and Feces

    It's not necessarily that Harris County Jail officials didn't know about the squalid conditions inmate Terry Goodwin was forced to live in for weeks. It's just that nobody told Sheriff Adrian Garcia about it, his office insists. Garcia would have immediately taken corrective action, according to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Bathroom Battles: Scaremongering Abounds about Transgender Public Restroom Usage

    In March 2013, Alexis Hollada, better known by her stage name, Doomstress Alexis, is on her way back from Austin with her drummer, Raymond Matthews, in tow. The pair have just rocked a gig during SXSW with their doom metal act, Project Armageddon, and now just want to get back to Houston after picki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Sheriff to Talk About State of Public Safety

    Got something to say to the Harris County Sheriff's office? Tonight's your chance at a state of public safety event hosted by the agency.The public town hall meeting will feature officials and public safety leaders, led by Sheriff Adrian Garcia himself. But seriously, if you've got concerns about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Human Trafficking in Houston Is More Likely Than You Think

    It's the face of everyday Houston. The local nail salon worker, the guy toiling every afternoon on a construction site, the server at a local cantina, there's a possibility they could all be victims of human trafficking. At least that was part of the message being delivered at Rice University's immi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Harris Count Regains Accreditation for Healthcare in Jail

    The Harris County Jail, recently praised for its care of mentally ill inmates, has been re-accredited for medical treatment by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care according to a release from the county. Inspectors found the downtown jail to be in compliance with 31 national standards ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Deputy, 60 Others Arrested in Prostitution Sting Operation

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office managed to round up 61 people in a prostitution sting over the course of last week including nine women (alleged prostitutes) and 48 men on prostitution charges and four others on various charges including drug possession and driving without a license. One of the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    UPDATED One Student Killed, Two Others Injured at Spring High School

    Update: Press conference: Sheriff Adrian Garcia confirms one 17-year-old dead and four injured. "We have three persons of interest that our investigators are interviewing....We believe that a confrontation of some sort occurred...this morning that ultimately led to a physical confrontation that then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Sheriff's Deputies Raid Game Rooms

    Harris County Sheriff's officers and vice investigators raided four illegal game rooms in the past two weeks, arresting four people and confiscating gambling equipment and nearly $36,000 in cash. "The actions come after a new state law went into effect making it easier for law enforcement to file c ... More >>

  • News

    April 18, 2013

    Lone Star College Stabbings

    Dylan Quick, 20, charged with aggravated assault.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Dylan Quick Update: All Victims in Lone Star College Stabbing Recovering, Suspect May Have Discussed Attack in Chat Room

    A day after the mass stabbing at the Lone Star-Cy Fair campus, it appears that all 14 victims in Tuesday's attack will recover. According to Lone Star-Cy Fair President Audre Levy, seven of the victims have already left the hospital, and the four with the worst injuries have stabilized and been move ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Faces Of Prostitution: Mugshots Of The Women Busted In "Operation Red Light"

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office led a multi-agency investigation into local prostitution, because apparently it was time to put an end to the World's Oldest Profession On the night of February 20 eight massage parlors were targeted, HCSO says, "as follow up to the recently adopted Harris County ... More >>

  • News

    February 7, 2013

    On Second Thought

    Carlton Berry and Quanell X hold a dumb press conference asking Sheriff Garcia for an apology.

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Carlton Berry and Quanell X Hold a Dumb Press Conference Asking Sheriff Garcia for an Apology

    There was so much stupid on display at Quanell X's press conference Tuesday for Carlton Berry, the man originally charged with a shooting at Lone Star College, that it's hard to tell where to begin. First, the fact that Berry is even seeking an apology from Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia is ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Five Exceptions to Straight Ticket Voting in Harris County

    In spite of several indisputably bad candidates on either side of the aisle, apparently tens of thousands of Harris County residents are still going to vote straight ticket. Maybe those people are just lazy. Maybe it gives them a jolt of pride or even spite, as in "I am going to stick it to those i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia Intensifies The SOBER Program

    There's a better chance these days a deputy of Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia will come knocking on the front door of your home demanding proof that your once-drunk self is remaining clean and sober. The Harris County Sheriff's Office is in the middle of an increased push in its SOBER program ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Jay Lee: Local Photographer Threatened With Lawsuit by Woman Who Used Copyrighted Photo Without Permission

    When Houston photographer, Houston Chronicle blogger, and KPFT tech-talk show co-host Jay Lee found out last month that one of his copyrighted pics of Houston's skyline had been used without permission on multiple websites, he sent the web hosts a Digital Millenium Copyright Act notice informing the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office Is (Finally) Hiring Again

    Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has lifted a hiring freeze that began in October 2009, touting steps he's taken to balance the department's budget. "The hiring freeze is over," Garcia said. "Our budget controls have put us in a better position for the future. I will make sure we hold the line o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Jimmy George: Sheriff's Deputy Arrested for Pretending to Work

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 15-year veteran because he reported he was working a crime scene when he actually wasn't. Deputy Jimmy George was charged with the felony of tampering with a government record and has been fired from the force, the HCSO announced. "My deputies are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Sheriff Asks Congress for More Money to Patrol Port

    HCSOGive me more money, Garcia said.​Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia told a congressional subcommittee today that he needs more cash to protect the Port of Houston. "At the end of the day, it comes down to the ability of someone to patrol in a patrol boat or a patrol car," he told the Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Mexican Drug Cartel: U.S. Rep and Sheriff Talk Tough on Keeping Them Out of Houston

    The Mexican drug cartels didn't reckon on McCaul and Garcia.​U.S. Representative Mike McCaul and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia met today and said they are going to do whatever it takes to stop Mexican drug cartels from coming to Houston. Because we want our coke and weed from American d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Harris County Jail: No More Daily Visiting Hours

    Visiting allowed only four days a week​Sheriff Adrian Garcia is announcing today that he's eliminating daily visiting hours to the Harris County Jail. Visits will be allowed only four days per week instead of the current seven. Doing so will allow him "to redeploy jail staff and save $1.3 mil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Geroge Wesley Ellington: Sheriff's Deputy Indicted For Moonlighting As Security For Ecstasy Dealer

    Rave on, with the help of the Harris County Sheriff's Office​Harris County Sheriff's deputies moonlight all the time, providing security for local businesses.Including ecstasy dealers, apparently.A federal grand jury indicted a sheriff's deputy for selling criminal information to a ecstasy dealer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Sheriff Adrian Garcia Helps Feds Trumpet Stats On Illegal-Alien Removals

    Photo by Austin MillerSheriff Adrian Garcia, hyping the Obama administration​The Immigration & Customs Enforcement department brought in some help for today's announcement in Washington about how great they're doing removing illegal aliens: Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.Garcia appeared w ... More >>

  • News

    September 16, 2010

    Mental Cases

    Philip Grantham counts on his meds and his MHMRA doctor to stay straight. Too bad Texas is slashing funding.

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    September 13, 2010

    Sheriff Adrian Garcia Wins Battle Over Claims He Was Blocking Release Of Public Information

    Adrian Garcia wins in court​In May we told you about a lawsuit against Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia which claimed he was blocking or dragging out the process or releasing public information.That was notable because Garcia has often spoken about his wish to have the fortress-like mentality o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Jerry Eversole Blasts The Sheriff Over How He's Handling Jail Overcrowding

    Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole says he'd be indicted if he behaved like Sheriff Adrian Garcia. ​Updated with reaction from the Sheriff's Office.Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole implied at meeting earlier today that the county's sheriff, Adrian Garcia, acted improperly and waste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Mugshots: Sheriff Adrian Garcia Doesn't Want You To See Them

    This mugshot would be highly secret information in Harris County, says the sheriff​Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia's office has announced a new policy where they will no longer provide the media -- or you, the public -- with mugshots of arrested people until they have been convicted of a crime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia Hit Where It Hurts

    Photo by Chris CurryAdrian Garcia -- Not so open?​John Denholm, a former Harris County sheriff's deputy turned lawyer, knows how to push buttons.And he's done it again, filing a lawsuit that hits right at Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia's point of pride -- an open and transparent administratio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Harris County Jail Passes Inspection, Gets Certified

    If you have to go to jail, it might as well be a certified one​The oft-troubled Harris County Jail has passed a surprise week-long inspection and has been certified by the state, Sheriff Adrian Garcia announced this afternoon."This is just the beginning of our efforts to not only stay in complianc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2010

    Breaking Down That Backlog Of Complaints Against Sheriff's Deputies

    ​Yesterday we told you how Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia was trumpeting a reduction in the backlog of citizen complaints against deputies.The Sheriff's Office said 255 cases had been closed in 2009, three times the number closed in the previous year.The HCSO didn't have any information on ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Sheriff Touts A Big Reduction In Backlogged Internal-Affairs Investigations

    ​Sheriff Adrian Garcia's office is announcing that the their man has "shatter[ed]" the backlog of internal-affairs complaints at the department, thus providing "more boots on the ground" to fight evildoers.Soon after taking office last year, Garcia reorganized and combined the two offices that han ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    For One Brief, Shining Moment.....

    ​The word went forth at 9:30 this morning. Christina Garza, spokesperson for Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, e-mailed reporters to tell them of a new development."Sheriff Announces Employee Bill of Rights," read the e-mail header.Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has developed an Employee B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Hot-Button Immigration Issue Gets Little Discussion Among County Commissioners

    Photo by Liana LopezA packed room hears about 287(g)​It only took 15 seconds for the Commissioners Court of Harris County to approve three additional years of participation in 287(g) after hours of public testimony, mostly in opposition, to the program.The two Houston Garcias, who, by the way, wer ... More >>

  • News

    September 24, 2009

    Don't Like the Conditions in Jail?

    Then don't end up there, say readers.

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2009

    The Sheriff Of Crosby, N.D Protects His Citizens From Terror Better Than Adrian Garcia

    ​Harris County Republican chair Jared Woodfill is steamed, according to a letter we first found on Isiah Carey's Insite.He is totally pissed and outraged because Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has "opened the doors" of his office to Al-Jazeera. A, umm, media outlet.Maybe not a media outlet wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Two Cousins Nabbed In Mexico For Separate Houston Murders

    ​Two men wanted for separate Houston murders were caught together in Guadalajara, Mexico yesterday afternoon. The crimes, which occurred about two years apart, were unrelated. The suspected killers are cousins. "Murder runs in this family," said homicide detective Michael Miller of the Houston Po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Another Wrongful-Death Lawsuit For The Harris County Jail

    ​There may be a new sheriff in town, but the jail lawsuits keep coming.Relatives of a 44-year-old woman who died in custody in January 2008 sued the county today, saying jail employees ignored her severe leg pain for three days and taunted her until she died.Margarita Saavedra, a grandmother, was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Harris County Jail Actually Passes A Surprise Inspection

    ​The Harris County Jail, which for years has been the subject of allegations of poor treatment of inmates, overcrowding and subpar facilities, has gotten a clean bill of health.A surprise re-inspection of the facility by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards found that the jail had fixed all the ... More >>

  • News

    May 21, 2009

    Two Houston newsmen take different paths

    Plus: Our very own Will Hunting

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Chronicle's Political Writer Takes A Job With The Sheriff

    Alan Bernstein, the longtime political reporter for the Houston Chronicle, is quitting the paper to join the staff of Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.Bernstein ends his 29 years at the Chron Friday and starts with Garcia at the end of the month."I got an unsolicited job offer and I investigated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    HPD's Pilot Program To Deal With Mentally Ill Becomes Permanent

    In December, we published a story that involved the Houston Police Department's Crisis Intervention Team, and one of its new programs that only a couple other departments in the country were trying.That program, the Crisis Intervention Response Team, pairs street officers with counselors from MHMRA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    The Web Conducts Yet Another Calm, Reasonable Discussion

    The Houston Chronicle reported today that the burgeoning problem of jail overcrowding may be dealt with by releasing low-risk offenders. They are also, as we mentioned today, eventually creating a mental-health court that will aim to treat the ill instead of simply repeatedly sending them to jail.Th ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Lights in the Heights

    Web exclusive!

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    Election 2008: Winners and Losers

    What's that sound? Dust settling? No....Dust doesn't really make any sound as it settles. Nevertheless, dust is settling, dammit, after Election 08, and it's time to pick the local winners and losers. We're here to help. Winners 1. Bill White. Everyone wanted to be Mayor Bill White's best buddy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Garcia Supporters Come Out Of The Closet (Not That Way)

    Adrian Garcia didn't say much about Tommy Thomas in his victory speech after winning the election for Harris County Sheriff, but he referenced the fear that Thomas had instilled in his deputies. "This night belongs to the hard working men and women of the sheriff's department who supported me, even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Adrian Garcia's Campaign Manager Wants To Move Up

    A turning point in Adrian Garcia's campaign for sheriff came after Tommy Thomas ran an ad claiming that Garcia smoked marijuana more than 100 times. Garcia responded that he had smoked as a teenager, saying he admitted that years ago on an application to the city's police department. Garcia's camp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    The Jail's Mental-Health Issues To Get An Airing

    Several candidates in upcoming Harris County political races are meeting for a forum on Tuesday to talk about mental illness and the Harris County Jail. If you don't think the jail can be rough for a mentally ill inmate, check out "Gone to Hell," this week's Houston Press cover story. Harris Coun ... More >>

  • News

    October 17, 2002

    Moving On

    Continual crime, aging apartments and new activism collide as the fight for Fondren Southwest's soul rages onward

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    December 29, 1994

    Shooting In the New Year

    Out with the old, in with the new, and don't forget to duck!

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