Adrian Garcia

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    10 Houston Acts to See Before You Can't

    The passing of Texas Johnny Brown last year hit me and a bunch of people pretty hard, so the September 12 death of Crusaders pianist Joe Sample was another slap in the face that many of Houston's musical heroes are closer to the end than the beginning. The latest bad news is that bluesmen I.J. Gosey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Sheriff Unwittingly Rehires Investigator Forced Out by DA's Office

    The curious case of Ruben Carrizal -- the investigator forced out of the Harris County District Attorney's Affice for misconduct only to be rehired by the sheriff's office three days later -- just didn't seem right to us when we first saw KPRC's report earlier this week. We just didn't understand ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Sheriff's Deputy Sues Over New HCSO Social Media Policy

    If you're a Harris County Sheriff's Office employee, good luck sticking to the new restrictions put in place by the HCSO higher-ups that dictate what you can and can't post on social media. Under the new policy, HCSO employees risk disciplinary action if their Facebook or Twitter posts "cause undu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Inmate Moms Learn How to be Moms (and Use Computers) in Harris County Jail

    In May, female inmates at the Harris County Jail spent four hours a day, five days a week learning how to use programs like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the basics of web design. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia partnered with The Mexican Institute of Greater Houston to offer inmates ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    The Pride of the Northside: La Mafia Celebrates Amor y Sexo

    "Their music takes me back to The Unicorn Ballroom, dancing and drinking all night, really feeling the honesty of their sound" recalled my amigo Reverend Butter as we caught up over a few cervezas in the parking lot of The Gatsby (formerly the Drake) last night. "They are the band that made me fall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Game Room Owner's Move to Delay Enforcement is a Bust

    The Harris County Attorney's Office will move to enforce strict regulations on a Houston game room after a federal judge denied the owner's motion for temporary injunction. Fabian Elizondo, who owns the Cavalcade Game Room at 1828 Airline, had sued the County, the Harris County District Attorney's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Sheriff Hoping Big Reward and Billboards Will Lead to Answers in Family Murder

    WHO KILLED THE SUN FAMILY? $70,000 REWARD. You'll be seeing that on billboards in the Houston area and in other parts of the state since investigators still can't tell us what happened to a Cypress family found murdered inside their Fosters Creek Drive home. While the shock from the murder has su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Those Billboards Work! Multiple-Rape Suspect Charles Davenport Arrested

    A man who cops think beat and raped at least seven escort workers has been found, arrested and charged, officials say. A large composite sketch of Charles Davenport, 25, was posted on a billboard in north Harris County. That billboard, along with investigative work and a lucky break, helped cops ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    UPDATED: Stabbing at Lone Star College-Cy Fair; 14 Injured, 2 Critical

    A stabbing at Lone Star College-Cy Fair today has generated initial, unconfirmed reports of as many as 13 people being injured, with one suspect caught and another at large. "Several people have been transported to area hospitals," Lone Star College System Spokesman Jed Young stated in an e-mail. Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    UPDATED Three People Shot at Lone Star College

    A shooting has taken place at the main campus of Lone Star College in north Harris County. Details are scant at this point, but according to other news outlets, three people were shot at the campus around 12:30 p.m. One of the people shot may be a gunman. It's also believed that another gunman got ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    One More Reason Not to Drive Drunk on New Year's Eve

    Earlier today, I gave you five not so great reasons to avoid drunk driving this New Year's. They were superficial and unimportant, but they were meant to underscore the fact that driving under the influence is reckless and stupid, particularly on the drunkest night of the year. This doesn't mean you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    County Attorney Sues David J. Hester & His "Illegal Game Room"

    Saying that owner David J. Hester is operating an illegal game room at 7304 East Freeway in Baytown, Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has filed a lawsuit asking for a temporary injunction to shut down this "common nuisance." According to the lawsuit, "Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia's office h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    State Senator Mario Gallegos Hospitalized In "Grave Condition" (UPDATED: He's Died)

    State Senator Mario Gallegos, a member of the legislature for two decades and a thorn in the side of the Houston school district for much of that time, is gravely ill, a spokesperson says. Gallegos, 62, is hospitalized in Houston. "Senator Gallegos' family is at his side during this difficult time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Jesus Martinez: Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Arrested For Dealing X

    A five-year vet of the Harris County Sheriff's Office patrol division has been arrested and charged with possession and delivery of ecstasy. Humble resident Jesus Martinez, 30, surrendered to authorities today, the U.S. Attorney's Office says. This July "deputy Martinez allegedly aided others in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Shonda Alexander, Killed In 2004: Sheriff's Cold-Case Squad Racks Up Another Arrest

    Troy McWhorter was scheduled to be released from prison next month after serving time for theft, but now he faces murder charges in a 2004 case brought by the Harris County Sheriff's Office cold-case squad. HCSO investigators say McWhorter's DNA matches that found on the abandoned body of Shonda Al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    100 Arrested in Highway Drug Crackdown After 900 Pulled Over for "Alleged Traffic Violations"

    Memo to those involved in the drug trade: Follow traffic rules, make sure your car's registration and inspection are current and don't have any busted taillights. That's the lesson that might be learned from the recent crackdown led by the Harris County Sheriff's Office. HCSO says it pulled over 9 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Shawn DeWayne Morris: Took Cash to Make Fictional Criminal Cases Disappear

    Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for victims of a man who they say took bribes to make criminal cases disappear, The cases never existed in the first place, so it's really a service you're probably overpaying for. Shawn DeWayne Morris, 40, was arrested yesterday and charged ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Sheriff's Deputy Eleazar Gongora Arrested for Sexual Abuse of a Child

    Bad day for the Harris County Sheriff's Office. One longtime deputy was arrested for pretending to work, and another has been taken to jail for the far more serious crime of sexual abuse of a child. Eleazar Gongora is an 11-year vet and is assigned to the Mental Health Unit in the jail, HCSO says. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Steven A. Hobbs: A Modern Jack the Ripper?

    Photo by HCSOSteven Hobbs: Possible serial killer of hookers​Harris County Sheriff's investigators say they think a security guard who wanted to be a cop might have been a serial killer who terrorized prostitutes. Steven A. Hobbs, 40, is already in jail on charges of capital murder, aggravate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    IWatch Harris County App from the Sheriff's Department Poorly Designed

    The IWatch welcome screen.​The best smartphone apps meant for functionality rather than entertainment fill a need, are easy to use and provide appropriate functionality for the task at hand. The Harris County Sheriff's Department IWatch Harris County app delivers about one-and-a-half of those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    No More Juveniles Isolated In Harris County Jail?

    Problem may be solved​Two years ago we wrote about how Harris County incarcerates juveniles who have been certified as adults for trial while they are waiting their day in court. It wasn't pretty -- they were kept in the county jail, but left in isolation for 23 hours a day. Legislators, par ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 5, 2011

    Up From the Underground

    Alex "Pr!mo" Luster got himself a documentary from the street art life.

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Drake Jackson: Harris County Jailer Exposed Himself to Female Inmate, HCSO Says

    HCSODrake Jackson: HCSO says it fired him for exposing himself​An employee of the Harris County Jail has been fired for allegedly exposing himself to a female inmate, the Sheriff's Office announced today. Drake Jackson, 40, has been charged with official oppression because of "sexually offen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Norma Jean Clark: Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Her for Murdering Her Husband 23 Years Ago

    Franklin County SONorma Jean Clark, accused of murdering her husband in 1987​Back in April 1987, when Edmund High Clark was found dead in his bedroom from a shot to the head and one in the back, his wife Norma Jean said she'd been sleeping in another room and was awakened by the shots. She fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Stealing Metal From Cemeteries: Pretty Damn Low

    Tawny Maryssa Watson, one of the seven suspects​If you're looking for nominees for the Asshole of the Year award, a good place to start is the class of criminals who mess with graveyards. Remember those kids a couple years back who dug up a grave and smoked pot out of a human skull? Winner! T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Harris County's Jail-Population Growth Third In Nation, Study Finds

    Harris County Jail's having a population boom​In an era when locking fewer people up and spending less on jails seems to make sense and is rapidly becoming en vogue, Harris County was increasing its spending and putting more folks behind bars than nearly any other populous county in the country, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Henry Fairlie: Harris County Jail Officer Charged With Smuggling Drugs & Contraband

    Photo courtesy HCSOHenry Fairlie: Trying to keep the customers satisfied​The concierge service at the Harris County Jail just got a little more inadequate: a detention officer has been arrested and charged with trying to deliver drugs and contraband into the facility.Note to incarcerated customers ... More >>

  • News

    October 7, 2010

    Off the Bus

    METRO execs won't be commuting after all.

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Caucasian Sheriff's Deputies Group Gets Its Payroll Deduction

    Caucasian Law Enforcement Association: Joe Strummer knew how you feel​Buried beneath the onslaught of Commissioners Court activity yesterday was a vote that gives legitimacy to a group calling itself the Caucasian Law Enforcement Assocation.Without discussion, commissioners approved a request that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    R.I.P., Steven Castro: Remembering Crime Victims At A Special Ceremony

    courtesy of Maria RomoSteven Castro will be remembered Sunday night.​It was a little after 2 a.m. when Steven Castro walked out of an east Houston night club and into the parking lot. Suddenly, a fight broke out. Some of the people involved were armed. And when it was all over, Castro lay dead, mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Harris County Inmates Still Fighting To See Medical Records

    Harris County Jail, looking pristene​The on-again-off-again court battle to allow Harris County prison inmates to obtain copies of their own medical records while behind bars is starting to steam up once more.In one corner there is Matthew Collazo, who has been sentenced to prison for jumping bond ... More >>

  • News

    May 27, 2010

    Rice's Baker Institute on Drugs

    KPFT recordings to be archived there.

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    The James Baker Institute Embraces Drugs

    Photo by Chris CurryDean Becker​When talking publicly about illegal drugs and butting heads with the U.S. government over its prohibitionist policies, respect is hard to come by.Over the years, though, local Houston radio host Dean Becker has earned high regard for getting top-tier guests and hav ... More >>

  • News

    March 25, 2010

    Sharp-Dressed Fans

    Billy Gibbons and other Houstonians share their favorite Astros memories.

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Astro Memories, Part Two: Author/ Supermodel Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top

    Photos by Bob Merlis​As we mentioned earlier, today's issue -- our annual look at Astros' Opening Day -- takes what Sarah Palin would no doubt call a "hopey-changey" approach to the 2010 season.Not for us to wallow in despair; instead we asked prominent Houstonians for their favorite Astro memorie ... More >>

  • News

    December 31, 2009

    Houston's Craziest

    In a one-of-a-kind short list, HPD names the 30 most troubled mentally ill in the city.

  • News

    September 17, 2009

    Spy Story

    Con man or super spook — either way, Roland Carnaby wasn't supposed to meet his death on a Houston highway in a high-speed chase with the cops.

  • News

    September 10, 2009

    Jail Hell

    Inmates emerging from the Harris County Jail tell remarkably similar stories of horrible conditions inside.

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    It's A Nice Taxpayer-Supported Gig For Former Chronicle Reporter Alan Bernstein

    As we told you last month, 29-year-veteran Houston Chronicle reporter Alan Bernstein started off his new gig as communications director for Harris  County Sheriff Adrian Garcia by promising openness and transparency, a policy that did not quite include divulging his new salary."That will be a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    You're In Harris County Jail? You Ain't Getting Your Health Records

    Matthew Collazo, an inmate at the Harris County jail, has a series of bumps under his skin that are troubling him. He wants to see an outside doctor to make sure he is healthy, and needs his medical records from the jail. He asked for them in writing, but officials wouldn't give 'em up. Collazo's mo ... More >>

  • Music

    November 13, 2008
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    November 4, 2008
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    September 8, 2008

    HPD Taser Audit Is Out; Black Officers Always Get The Easy Arrests

    City Controller Annise Parker has released her audit on HPD's Taser usage. The audit looked at 1,417 Taser deployments between December 2004 and June 30, 2007. Among the findings: African-Americans are more likely to be tased than whites or Hispanics; female officers tase at the same rate as male ... More >>

  • News

    April 5, 2007

    Political Interns, Tom DeLay, the Astrodome, HOV Lane Violators

    A City Hall staffer gives a memorable lesson

  • News

    June 16, 2005

    Digging It

    Tunnels are a rare bird in Houston. But will they fly for I-45?

  • News

    June 9, 2005

    On Their Backs

    Sugar Land spreads its legs

  • News

    January 13, 2005

    Do Not Enter

    Outside the gates of the Forbidden City

  • News

    February 26, 2004

    Spring Thaw

    There's actual good news for CITGO's battling refinery union

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    A Little Jump to the Right

    Can a ballot triple shift win City Hall for the GOP?

  • News

    December 16, 1999

    The Insider

    Political Goodfellows Editor: Gabe and Gary get new toys; Lee and Mario cry in their stockings

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