With nerves on edge after Monday's Boston Marathon explosions, officials at the Houston International Festival and City of Houston say they are up to the challenge of meeting the security needs of an event that organizers believe will bring some 200,000 people to the streets of downtown Houston this ... More >>
The city's mountainous pile of rape kits -- 6,600 kits waiting to be tested by labs -- will be gone in 14 months, Mayor Annise Parker announced today.
The city will spend $4.4 million to have the kits tested at two private labs.
"With this plan we will finally be able to say the backlog is gone," ... More >>
Houston police are doing swell, Houston police say.
And they say they have the numbers to back it up.
HPD announced that complaints filed by citizens dropped by 20 percent in 2011, while at the same time "commendations given to officers from citizens" -- which is frankly not a power we knew we had ... More >>
New video and HPD response in the update.
This YouTube video was taken at a Houston Free Thinkers Free Show, and, according to the person who posted it, it's what happened when HPD showed up to investigate a noise complaint.
It appears to show an HPD officer cocking a shotgun of some sort to intim ... More >>
Pat Lykos returning fire.The grand jury that has been investigating whether the District Attorney's office broke any laws regarding blood-alcohol tests from so-called "BAT" vehicles did not issue any indictments, but it went out with a bang.
Jury foreperson Trisha Pollard distributed a lette ... More >>
The count is down.You're living in a safer place, Houstonians. Mayor Annise Parker and police chief Charles McClelland say so.
Both officials touted a drop in the murder rate today, saying homicide in the city is lower than it's been in 40 years.
HPD says there were 198 murders in 2011 acco ... More >>
A verbal reprimandPolice officers who intentionally concealed their identity before arresting Occupy the Port protesters Monday hardly got a spanking for deceiving the public, according to their unamused daddy, Chief of Police Charles McClelland.
He admitted that several of his officers use ... More >>
The above is a video showing Houston police chief Charles McClelland explaining the city's new website that helps drivers locate their car if it's been towed and no one's around to tell you where it went.
The explanation involves such things as "using technology as a force multiplier, and helping u ... More >>
"Safest big city in America," chief saysThe Houston Police Department is once again boasting of a noticeable drop in crimes, as reported to a national database.
Comparing the first half of 2011 to the first half of 2010, murder is down 37.1 percent, robberies 20.8 percent and overall violent ... More >>
The fineman cometh.The red-light cameras have been back on for a while now, but things start to get serious this weekend.
Houston police chief Charles McClelland announced today that fines will begin being issued as of 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning, just in time for your post-Saturday-night bar- ... More >>
Goin' downOn a day when KHOU reported as many as 181 cops may be laid off due to budget constraints, HPD announced that crime rates have dropped again in Houston.
Total crime in the first quarter of 2011 dropped 14.2 percent from the first quarter of 2010, HPD said.
Violent crime is down by ... More >>
HPD: Break out the radar gunsIt's hardly a shocker, but today HPD Chief Charles A. McClelland said he is saddened that voters struck down the red light camera program earlier this month, and that the decision will strain his budget and possibly put public safety at risk."I guess I can interpret ... More >>
Crime? What crime?The Houston Police Department is crowing over what it says is a significant drop in major-crime rates in the city so far this year.We feel safer already.HPD says the first three quarters of 2010 have seen a lot fewer incidents than the same period of 2009: Violent crime is down ... 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 >>
Courtesy of the Houston Police DepartmentHouston police officer Demetrie Dixon has allegedly been up to no good. Demetrie Dixon, a Houston police officer since January of last year, was arrested today on allegations of sexually assaulting two women while he was on patrol. Dixon was charged with f ... More >>
The Rodney King video -- about to get a reprise in Houston?Reports are everywhere about eight Houston police officers allegedly caught on tape beating a suspect. But the worst is no doubt yet to come, when the video eventually gets released.Mayor Annise Parker tried to describe what's seen on the ... More >>