Despite glitches, Houstonians flock to sign up to be covered by the new insurance plans.
With the Affordable Care Act tied to the federal budget, and the Senate and House of Representatives about as cooperative as a herd of sugared-up, nap-free toddlers, it seemed inevitable that the government would shut down at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday...and it did. A government shutdown hasn't happene ... More >>
It's pretty darn well known around here that most Texans love their guns. If you're from Texas, it's a fair bet that you can boast at least one relative who basically owns an arsenal that would be enough firepower to defend a small country, if the need arose. Earlier this year a University of Texas ... More >>
Fire trucks from across Texas rumbled through the streets of Houston before dawn to be a part of a procession that would lead into Reliant Stadium. The trucks filled the front stadium parking lot, silent with lights flashing as they moved into the stadium parking lot an hour before the memorial ser ... More >>
Last Friday, a call went out around noon for a fire that seems to have started in the kitchens of the Southwest Inn. Firefighters from the Houston Fire Department showed up, because that's what they do. The fire was massive, a five-alarm blaze being battled by more than 200 firefighters from 60 unit ... More >>
In the wake of the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion, the folks over at the Chemical Safety Board got their team together and headed to Texas to start the process of sifting through the massive pile of rubble at the blast site to try and figure out what actually happened on April 17 when the f ... More >>
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the October 2011 arson of a Garden Ridge Pottery in Conroe. The feds announced he move today "for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible ... More >>
It was on and then off. When it was back on, it was on. Kind of. Mid-morning Tuesday, United States Attorney General Eric Holder, who had canceled his Monday appearance on account of an airplane delay, addressed the delegates of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People meeting ... More >>
Kaleem Stephens and his colleagues had big plans. They were going to knock over an armored car, with the help of some employees on the inside. The take would be about $250,000. The plans included Stephens using what he called "a Bin Laden-style gun" on the driver which, evidence showed, apparently ... More >>
When I watched the full video seen in the screen capture image above, I thought two things. First, I thought, "Wow, that is a brazen commission of an alleged crime I am witnessing on the Internet. How...brazen!" Secondly, I thought, "Every cop show on television lies to me!" Because, look at that im ... More >>
Cop Harry Kelley was the man to see for illegal arms and ammunition, feds say.A Kingwood man who was a veteran Liberty County police officer was sentenced to a year in federal prison for illegally buying and selling police guns and ammunition, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Beaumont announced. ... More >>
Could that be a $5 bill?A husband-wife team has been indicted for counterfeiting after allegedly spending up to $500,000 in fake $100 bills that started out as $5 bills. Synaca Thomas, 34, and his wife Brittany Jordan, 25, of Cypress, passed the bills at Houston-area businesses for two years ... More >>
MCSOKathleen Nacey got bomb-level mad.The older we get, the more we start to sympathize with people like Kathe Nacey. On Saturday, Willis cops were told that the 62-year-old had just stormed into a Wells Fargo bank in a rage. Apparently, Nacey's ATM card was not working at the Pulse machine ... More >>
HFDThe arsonist in his element.Houston Fire Department investigators are still trying to catch a serial arsonist in southwest Houston, and right now they're pinning their hopes on some grainy security-cam footage. Fire Marshall Richard Galvan tells Hair Balls the investigation is a high pri ... More >>
San Augustine County JailHeather Horn: Desperate terroristTwo young East Texas women -- 25-year-old Candice Harris and 29-year-old Heather Horn, both of Bronson, Texas -- are charged with felonies after authorities caught them earlier this week with what they are branding as dangerous incendi ... More >>
Nothing can go wrong with th -- d'oh!It's about damn time: Applicants for Texas concealed handgun licenses who want to apply through the mail can now go on the DPS website to download the application forms instead of waiting to receive the application packet in the mail. Applicants also ha ... More >>
What began as a routine investigation of a malfunctioning fire-alarm system at a suburban New Orleans Residence Inn ended with police discovering a scene worthy of Quentin Tarantino and Dennis Hopper at their most depraved and the arrest of 44-year-old Russell Vanderwerf, a Houston-based agen ... More >>
Photo courtesy HCSORobert GillhamAll you Mattress Mack conspiracy-theorists who were speculating he might have had the big fire at his warehouse set himself can relax -- a suspect has been arrested. Robert Gillham, 66, had been fired by Gallery Furniture and was pissed.Or can you relax? From the ... More >>
Paul Miles returned from Iraq needing help with the death in his head. He got prison.
No one's responsible for a body-parts debacle
First, a botched robbery case. Now, a botched punishment for the HPD cop involved.
A gun shop and a school make great neighbors
Sometimes in the game of cops and robbers, telling your story is no defense
Off the "X", Beaching Out, The Low Down
John McCain's family
Critics say cops and prosecutors are too quick to label some minorities as gangsters
After the Littleton massacre, Brazosport High cracked down on its own "freaks" which only left them more alienated
Arms dealer-turned-gadfly Al Johnson thinks everyone's out to get him. He's right
The interim U.S. attorney is hustling small-time cases through the courts
A chance encounter and a federal feud endanger the sting
In a small town south of Houston, they say school prayer is a matter of religious freedom. But even in Santa Fe, freedom for one student can be tyranny for another.
Is Steve Stockman a committed crackpot, or just a hapless goofball?