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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo by HCSOSteven Hobbs: Possible serial killer of hookersHarris 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 >>
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 >>
Problem may be solvedTwo 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 >>
Alex "Pr!mo" Luster got himself a documentary from the street art life.
HCSODrake Jackson: HCSO says it fired him for exposing himselfAn 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 >>
Franklin County SONorma Jean Clark, accused of murdering her husband in 1987Back 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 >>
Tawny Maryssa Watson, one of the seven suspectsIf 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 >>
Harris County Jail's having a population boomIn 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 >>
Photo courtesy HCSOHenry Fairlie: Trying to keep the customers satisfiedThe 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 >>
METRO execs won't be commuting after all.
Caucasian Law Enforcement Association: Joe Strummer knew how you feelBuried 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 >>
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 >>
Harris County Jail, looking pristeneThe 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 >>
KPFT recordings to be archived there.
Photo by Chris CurryDean BeckerWhen 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 >>
Billy Gibbons and other Houstonians share their favorite Astros memories.
Photos by Bob MerlisAs 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 >>
In a one-of-a-kind short list, HPD names the 30 most troubled mentally ill in the city.
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.
Inmates emerging from the Harris County Jail tell remarkably similar stories of horrible conditions inside.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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