With little in the way of penalties, illegal gambling operations flourish in Houston.
Houston says go ahead and tase me, broThe legacy of former Houston Police chief Harold Hurtt lives on -- the city is still spending mad money buying Tasers.City council has approved another $4.5 million for the gadgets, which are supposed to reduce deadly force incidents but also prevent police f ... More >>
On the immigration beatHarold Hurtt, semi-controversial head of the Houston Police Department under Bill White, has landed on his feet -- he's going to hear a liaison office between federal and local officials on immigration enforcement.He'll be director for the Office of State and Local Co ... More >>
In a one-of-a-kind short list, HPD names the 30 most troubled mentally ill in the city.
Every election cycle, there are winners and there are losers. 2009 is no different. Here is a list of winners and losers and brief reason why.WinnersGarnet Coleman -- He was one of the few African-Americans that supported Annise Parker when she began her career. He stuck out his neck once again, ... More >>
Who do you trust on Public Safety?The Annise Parker and Gene Locke campaigns released their initial runoff ads this week. In Parker's "Leader" ad she proudly acknowledges that the Houston Chronicle has endorsed her and decides to concentrate on public safety as the theme for her message.The ad ... More >>
Less than a week ago, Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt zipped off a news release proudly reporting that for the first time in memory there had been no reported murders in the city for 10 straight days."HPD's veteran Homicide investigators cannot recall a single week in the past decade without a ... More >>
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.
The effort by some Houston police officers to wear beards on the job (and off the job, too, we guess) was dealt a setback when a federal judge threw their lawsuit out of court.HPD brass trumpeted the decision by U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal in a press release in which chief Harold Hurtt said ... More >>
Photo courtesy Annise Parker campaignMayoral candidate Annise Parker has plans get rid of Police Chief Harold Hurtt if she's elected. "I will replace the police chief. I think he's ineffective," Parker told the Houston Property Rights Association at a luncheon on Friday. "He doesn't..." Parker was i ... More >>
Wrap your head around this one: "Since 1994, Texas has exonerated 39 innocent people who served over 500 years in prison for crimes they did not commit."That's the first sentence of The Justice Project's new report, "Convicting the Innocent: Texas Justice Derailed." And after skimming through this t ... More >>
Photo courtesy patlykos.comA non-working DNA lab and lack of proper policies were among the biggest contributors to the wrongful incarceration of Ricardo Rachell, District Attorney Pat Lykos said today at a press conference in the Criminal Justice Center.Lykos and Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt a ... More >>
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DA Patricia Lykos and HOD chief Harold Hurtt have announced a joint press conference tomorrow, dealing with the fallout of the false conviction of Ricardo Rachell, the disfigured guy accused of being a child predator.DNA evidence exonerated him...after he'd served five years in prison.The press-conf ... More >>
Some working stiffs would love to hear their boss tell them, "Hey, don't worry about those stuffy work clothes." But when that boss is HPD Chief Harold Hurtt, and those stiffs are three officers announcing a lawsuit against two men who publicly accused them of brutality, it smacks of top brass refus ... More >>
At a drug policy summit last week at the Baker Institute, Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt unveiled some arrests stats that have us here at Hair Balls scratching our heads a bit. The figures had to do with the ethnic and racial breakdown of those arrested for narcotics violations in 2007 as compar ... More >>
To Houstonians holding their breath that the cops here might follow the lead of other Texas cities and allow officers to just issue a ticket to the fine folk caught holding a small bit of marijuana, you may as well exhale. It ain't going to happen. Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt said as much W ... More >>
A Houston Police Department sergeant -- the wife of an officer who was murdered in the line of duty -- is suing the City of Houston in hopes of changing the practice of only allowing one cop per police car while on patrol. Two years ago, it made national headlines when illegal immigrant Juan Quint ... More >>
Houstonians, rejoice: We just may have a new item to add to the list of things we don’t do as well as other major cities! Jay Wall, a local real estate broker, and Alan Helfman, VP of Helfman Car Dealerships, took HPD to task today at a special Rotary Club of Houston panel, saying the departmen ... More >>
Mayor Bill White got some publicity recently when he told The New York Times the reason Houston really, really sucks at recycling is because "Houstonians are skeptical of anything that appears to be oversold or exaggerated." Or things that are "trendy or hyped-up." Some Houstonians, it turns out, a ... More >>
No beards allowed at HPD
Rumors surround Montrose church
An egg-seller's defense gets strange
The juice, sans white Bronco. CNN entered the Houston Taser debate yesterday, with the opening segment of the Paula Zahn Now show devoted to interviews with HPD Chief Harold Hurtt, councilwoman Ada Edwards, and an eclectic group of commentators. The report centered on the November Tasering of Ho ... More >>
A donation stirs things up at LULAC
Once again, the TABC tries to ruin bachelor life
Big John hustles on the streets of Montrose. He's been there since he was 13. For now, there's no plan B.
Some HPD officers aren't so hot about safety
Houston police are looking to Tasers as a panacea. But nothing's perfect.
New HPD Chief Hurtt is still plainclothes
The doors indeed will close on a respected program
Porn 'n' roses for Kemah's mayor
Budget cutbacks threaten one city program that works
A real shake-up at HPD? We thought that was impossible
Metro's new president already has a Houston attitude
Houston's new top cop may bring his own language barrier