For some people, it doesn't take long to find out just how mean some Houston streets can be. Javier Alejo, just 14 years old, was sitting on some steps in an apartment complex in the 8900 block of Beechnut about 8 p.m. last night when two men approached. Shots were fired, Alejo was hit and he was ... More >>
A suspect opened fire on Monday at Mah Express, a Chinese restaurant at 4565 Griggs Road, fatally shooting one man and wounding his brother. The incident occurred around 10:45 a.m. Police say the suspect, identified as an African American male, demanded money before shooting inside the restaurant. ... More >>
We guess if you're accused of slashing your 79-year-old mother in the face, head and chest, you need to come up with some excuse. We might not have gone with "self-defense," but then again we don't think we'd ever find ourselves facing allegations of attacking our granny. (Then again, she's been g ... More >>
Hundreds of people will be murdered in Houston this year, if it's a typical year. Some of the dead will be teenagers. Some of the people doing the killing will be teenagers. So a Houston police report on an unidentified 17-year-old who died early Saturday morning in West Houston when two to three t ... More >>
"Maaaaan, I'm doing OK," says Grandfather Child's Lucas Gorham over the phone. "A lot better than I was a couple of weeks ago, that's for sure." On Martin Luther King Day, the popular Houston roots/R&B band's vocalist/steel guitarist was riding his bicycle to his mom's house about ten miles away. A ... More >>
Murder charges have been filed against a 21-year-old man suspected of killing a Bellaire police officer and a man who came to his aid Christmas Eve. Harlem Harold Lewis has been charged with capital murder and murder in the shooting deaths of Bellaire Police Corporal J.D. Norman, 53, and Terry Tayl ... More >>
A 26-year-old man standing by his apparently stalled-out truck and trailer was hit and killed by a car driven by Pamela C. Dixon, who police say was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Houston police say the 44-year-old Dixon was driving a Honda Accord about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, ... More >>
A man said to be high on drugs veered off the Southwest Freeway service road and slammed into a car at a gas station, killing the two people inside it, Houston police say. Theodore Adolphus Hargrove, 33, faces two charges of intoxication manslaughter in connection with the incident in the 2500 bloc ... More >>
A man who drove himself to a recently closed hospital after being stabbed in the neck died Sunday morning, police say. Luis Rodriguez Espinoza, 35, of Cypress, drove himself to the Spring Branch Medical Center about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, police said. "Officers responded to the above location, the rece ... More >>
Houston police are investigating an "in-custody death" that happened when a man began behaving erratically, ran into highway traffic and was tased. Denis John Chabot, 37, was visiting a friend at the Texan Inn and Suites in the 4000 block of the North Freeway about 10:15 p.m. Friday when things sta ... More >>
A man standing outside his Fifth Ward home was shot to death Monday night, Houston police say. Jimmy Earl Wooten, 36, was standing in the driveway of his home in the 3200 block of Lee about 11 p.m. last night when he was approached by two men, HPD says. "Both suspects then made unknown demands and ... More >>
The Harris County Sheriff's Office has released composite sketches of two men wanted for capital murder in connection with the robbing and killing of a man on the far west side early Monday. Alexander Segura, 28, was sitting in a vehicle in an apartment parking lot in the 9000 block of Jones Road a ... More >>
A chronically disgruntled renter went on a shooting rampage Wednesday morning and injured four people before dying in a traffic accident, police say. HPD has identified the shooter as Patrick O'Neal Spurlock, 39. The ysaid they received a call of a shooting in progress at an apartment in the 6000 b ... More >>
Most people will tell you that Houston rappers are overall a peaceful bunch, but people do carry guns. No less a beloved figure than Pimp C was caught after he got into an altercation at the Foot Locker in Sharpstown Mall; supposedly a policeman saw a gun under Pimp's coat during the fight, followed ... More >>
A young man killed in the parking lot of a southwest Houston McDonalds the night of May 4 was an up-and-coming Alief-area rapper, and police believe he was killed by a former bandmate who left to start a rival group. According to a criminal complaint filed in Harris County District Court, Toyurean ... More >>
Ashton Vincent Craven looks very surprised in his mugshot, and maybe it's because he has learned of what he's done. Craven, 38, was diving drunk when he ran a stop sign at Bataan and Rutland a little after 1 Saturday afternoon, cops say. His Taurus struck a Corolla driven by a woman who was five m ... More >>
Police are searching for a man charged with murder in connection with a shooting in the 10700 block of Beechnut Friday night. The suspect, 19-year-old Jordan Q. Wilson, has been charged with murdering Toyurean Young, 20, as part of an ongoing dispute between the two. "Wilson approached Mr. Young, ... More >>
Houston police say three teenagers were shot Sunday night at a southwest side apartment complex after the got into an altercation. The victims are Alvin Foley III, 18, of Houston, Jordan Sampson, 17, of Houston, and Prince Fair, 18, police said. Foley suffered multiple gunshot wounds and is in crit ... More >>
A man who was wounded after being shot by a moonlighting Metro officer has been charged with aggravated assault against a public servant, Houston police say. Darrel Franklin Clay Jr., 20, got into an altercation with Metro police officer P.M. Martinez about 5:40 p.m. in the 800 block of Green Road ... More >>
An 11-year-old girl was shot to death by her father, who then committed suicide, police say. Jacqueline Shaikh was killed by her father, Sardar Shaikh, 47, on the southwest wide of town Sunday afternoon about 1 p.m., HPD says. The elder Shaikh also shot Jacqueline's sister, Vivian, 14, and her mot ... More >>
Leap Day William is coming to town next week! Valentino Vin Bar is celebrating the quadrennial Leap Day on February 29 with a $29 all-inclusive lunch. That $29 will get you three courses -- soup, pizza and dessert -- and even includes tax, tip and valet. Just remember to wear yellow and blue. (Not r ... More >>
Photo by HPDRaymond Mazon: Shooting pedestrians in MidtownHouston police arrested Raymond Lee Mazon, 26 after they say he opened fire on three people after getting kicked out of a Midtown club early Sunday morning. Police say Mazon was ordered to leave Link Lounge at 2901 Fannin and walked a ... More >>
HPDPedro Rodriguez: Wanted for murder.A northwest side man shot his three neighbors in an argument and killed one of them on May 2, Houston police said. He was charged with murder over the weekend and is on the run. Victor Ramirez, 43, was shot and killed in front of his home in the 7500 blo ... More >>
Murder charges have been brought against Fredy Ramon Lagos in the stabbing death of an unidentified man Saturday night. Police say an argument between the two men that took place at an apartment complex in the 6300 block of West Bellfort around 11:00 PM escalated into a fist fight, then Lago ... More >>
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Rocks Off just received a brief but fortuitous update on the condition of diminutive bluesman Little Joe Washington from his friend Reg Burns. As expected, Washington has been released from Ben Taub Hospital and is now in Quentin Mease Community Hospital, a rehabilitation facility. Washington ... More >>
Mark Britain After undergoing a second surgery Tuesday to clear an obstructed bowel, Little Joe Washington is now awake and reasonably alert, his friend Reg Burns told Rocks Off this afternoon. Burns said he talked to one of the nurses attending the 71-year-old in the surgical intensive care unit ... More >>
[Updated at 2:33 p.m. with information from Reg Burns, who saw Joe at the hospital Monday and has more information on his condition.] Mark Britain Little Joe Washington at House of Blues, May 8, 2010Little Joe Washington is in the intensive care unit of Ben Taub Hospital after undergoing e ... More >>
Deadly accident on a Friday night near the Richmond StripA fatal auto/pedestrian accident Friday night near the Richmond Strip has resulted in intoxication assault charges against the driver, Houston police say.Cops say was driving a silver Lexus ES350 in the 6100 block of Fairdale near Dave & ... More >>
Death on a Montrose afternoonA woman who was being attacked in Montrose by her ex-husband shot and killed him, police say.The incident happened in the 3400 block of Yupon about 4:30 p.m. Sunday."The female victim was stabbed multiple times by her ex-husband," HPD says. "The woman managed to retr ... More >>
Police don't who did it or why, but a man last seen running down the street with a pack of men chasing him was killed over the weekend in south Houston.Witnesses tell police that Ernesto Alonzo, 38, was at a bar near the 13400 block of Monarch Road early Saturday morning. When he left, police say ... More >>
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If you try to take my shit, I can shoot your ass.This is the compact all Texans make with each other, whether they want to or not. It is both an unwritten cultural law and a general principle that can be upheld in a court of law.The notion may soon be put to the test, however, in the wake of an a ... More >>
While most folks over the long weekend were celebrating the season of thanks and giving, a few guys out there had their hearts filled with the spirit of taking and murder.On Friday night, a pair of armed men tried to rob 34-year-old Jonathan Young in Young's home at 6719 Briargate. At some point, ... More >>
George Bush Intercontinental Airport may not be on the same level as mythic Mafioso burial grounds such as JFK in New York or the airport in Newark, N.J., but it still finds a stiff every once in a while.Last week, airport police got a call about a terrible stench coming from the parking lot of t ... More >>
Throughout history, the term "hatchet man" has meant different things. In the 1880s, it was slang for a Chinese hired assassin. In the mid-1900s, it was used to describe a journalist who assassinated the character of a public figure.Today in Houston, it means something much simpler: someone who a ... More >>
courtesy of HPDThe two suspected knife menHouston police are looking for a pair of men suspected of stabbing 22-year-old Vicente Ramirez to death early Saturday morning. Police say Ramirez and some friends were at a bar at around 4:30 a.m. at 5901 Hillcroft when they got into a fight with a bunc ... More >>
Houston police have arrested Harry Dwight Williams for allegedly shooting a 19-year-old man and his girlfriend earlier this month at McCullough Park. Police say that James Smith, 19, was walking through the park with his girlfriend when he saw Williams, and the two men started arguing. When they sta ... More >>
The big news this week in Bayou Body Count is the three dead family members League City police are investigating as a possible murder-murder-suicide. Lewis Cantrell Jr. and his wife Gayle Cantrell were found shot to death in their living room on the 2900 block of Chinaberry Park Lane. Lewis Cantrell ... More >>
After hearing about a recently-approved mental health court for felony offenders, a Katy woman -- who wished to remain anonymous -- was thrilled because she thought it would work perfectly for her 17-year-old son. He'd been in and out of jail since last summer, after originally being arrested for as ... More >>
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