It seems a simple solution. Gangs have turned certain swaths of Houston into no-man's lands, shuttering businesses, keeping otherwise law-abiding citizens cowed in their houses. These gangsters -- these Crips, these Bloods, these members of Most Wanted -- have turned otherwise placid neighborhoods i ... More >>
A civil trial is underway in Harris County District Court, with county attorneys seeking an injuction that would forbid 16 alleged gang members --including a man who was later arrested and charged for the June 2012 shooting that killed three people and wounded popular Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth - ... More >>
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, in conjunction with the Sharpstown Management District, filed suit against the Plainfield Inn off Interstate 59 and Bissonnet on Wednesday. The hotel is known around the country -- it must be because they mentioned that TWICE in the press release -- for its prostit ... More >>
The somewhat bold, almost new world of phone apps has now become a main player in fighting the sorta-scourge of weed. A tipster used the iWatchHarrisCounty to point officers to two houses that ended up housing more than $2.5 million worth of marijuana when they were raided this week. HCSO and Hous ... More >>
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has established a new battleground in his fight against the Bloods and the Crips. The arena' s still the same -- a civil courtroom where his office seeks an injunction -- but the target is yet another apartment complex. Ryan has sued over complexes in various part ... More >>
Isaac Vela probably never knew what hit him. At 3 a.m. Sunday, the young Latin King was waiting for a ride on a barely paved street in front of a ramshackle house in the scraggly South Texas town. Suddenly a Ford Escape containing five armed men belonging to the rival Raza Unida gang came roaring do ... More >>
According to reports, there was a spate of vandalism over the weekend out in the Willowbrook area. Car windows were smashed, things were spray-painted and general breaking of things happened. And, apparently it was the work of the Big Red Gangstas. No one yet knows if this is an actual gang or just ... More >>
Claiming essentially that it is a wretched hive of scum and villainy, the State of Texas and Harris County are attempting to force a Southwest Houston condominium complex to clean up its act or shut down -- and each and every unit owner is listed as a defendant. According to the suit filed April 24 ... More >>
Three murders, the feds say.The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the unsealing of indictments for racketeering and murder against seven members of the notorious MS-13 gang, who have been arrested. The USAO says MS-13 is: a criminal organization in Houston that functioned as a unit engaged i ... More >>
Don't start none, won't be none.In response to a recent wave of street crime, Corpus Christi has become the latest city to experiment with gang injunctions, tools whereby law enforcement bars certain people they claim to be gang members from associating with each other, in person or over the ... More >>
Who doesn't love a flea market? People who are arrested there.Deputies from the Harris County Sheriff's Office targeted an area near a popular northside flea market this weekend and made 16 arrests and gave out 120 tickets. It was a combined DWI and anti-gang initiative, a spokesperson said, ... More >>
HISD taking steps in wake of shootingThe Houston school district is not really commenting on last evening's gang-related fatal shooting at Worthing High School because "it is the focus of an HPD ongoing criminal investigation," spokesman Jason Spencer says. But it has issued a statement from ... More >>
Some things are better left unarguedYou'd hope that San Antonio residents Wilber Adalid Rodriguez and Jose Antonio Rodriguez would find a way to get along. As the old blues song goes, they were both poor boys a long ways from home: the 24-year-old Wilber hails from El Salvador, while Jose, 28 ... More >>
PLUS they're hit with attorney's fees!!A judge has made permanent the temporary injunction she earlier granted against the Bloods and Crips gang, a first in Harris County. The civil injunction bars 47 gang members from an area around the Haverstock Hills apartment complex in northeast Harris ... More >>
First injunction granted in gang fightThe Harris County District Attorney's office announced last month they would be seeking civil injunctions against gang members operating near a northeast side apartment complex, and late this afternoon a judge granted the first such one in Harris County. ... More >>
Where's your injunction?It's time for the Bloods and Crips to lawyer up. Harris County is taking a bunch of gangsters to civil court. "This is a grand day in Harris County," DA Pat Lykos said this morning during a news conference. Lykos filed a public nuisance lawsuit today against 33 "known m ... More >>
Civil injunctions are comingLawyer up, all you Bloods and Crips on the northwest side. Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos will announce tomorrow the county's first civil injunction filed against a gang, targeting "members of the Blood and Crips gangs who have continually preyed upon t ... More >>
A tradition unlike any otherThe Mexican military leader of the investigation into the disappearance of David Michael Hartley has been beheaded, according to Texas state representative Aaron Pena and Zapata County sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez.A spokesman in the Tamaulipas state prosecutor's office c ... More >>
Courtesy stophoustongangs.org"Kids" "throwing up" "gang" "signs"A slew of top cop brass from the city, state and federal levels assembled today to announce the latest weapon in the fight against gangs in Houston. A Web site. In 2010. Late as it is, the site could be useful. As the press releas ... More >>
Jose Saenz, known as Smiley, was an aimless dropout and tagger in Los Angeles when he went on a killing binge.He shot two rival gang members in an "honor killing," then viciously murdered the mother of his kid.He then went to Mexico. He came back a drug-cartel solider, on the FBI's Ten Most W ... More >>
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