On Monday morning, the 248th grand jury indicted former Harris County Sheriff's Department Deputy Donald Wayne Tipps with sexual assault and official oppression. While responding to a call on August 13, 2013, Tipps allegedly encountered a woman and found out she had an open warrant. Tipps reportedl ... More >>
The Sharpstown teacher who was arrested and charged with one felony count of indecency with a child and two felony counts of an improper relationship with a student last week was previously investigated in 2011. Before coming to Sharpstown, Ysidoro Rosales-Motola was teaching at Westbury High Schoo ... More >>
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has denied Duane Buck's appeal for a new sentencing, meaning an execution date can be set if the Harris County District Attorney's Office chooses to seek an execution date. Buck was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 1997 for the murders of his ex-girlfrie ... More >>
Tearing Down Our Colosseum?
Breaking the law is one thing, but breaking the law when you're in law enforcement is knocks it up to a whole other level. Add horses into the mix and crikey have you got a problem. Nine people had the first court appearance Monday morning after being arrested last week for allegedly running an ill ... More >>
Having to ride a bus is bad enough, and then some guy throws a knife into the mix. A Westside High School freshman was cut with a knife Thursday morning when he helped fight off a man who was allegedly trying to abduct another student, according to a release issued by HISD. Police believe the suspe ... More >>
During Duane Buck's 1997 murder trial in Harris County, a psychologist told the jury that Buck was more likely to be a danger to society because he was black. This would be a huge deal in pretty much any legal situation, but the statement had more direct life or death ramifications in Buck's trial ... More >>
Most people reading about the killings of Kaufman County officials earlier this year - Mark Hasse, an assistant district attorney was shot on the courthouse steps in January, then District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife were found dead in their home on Easter weekend - responded with the appro ... More >>
Federal prosecutors have dropped the two remaining obscenity charges against alleged animal crush video producers Ashley Richards and Brent Justice and filed a notice of appeal on five counts previously tossed out by a federal judge.
Ashley Nicole Richards, who filmed herself torturing and killing kittens, puppies, cats and dogs, was the first person brought up on revised federal crush-video charges -- which backfired magnificently.
Just after midnight on Monday morning, Officer W. Fikes and Officer J. Dodson made an attempt to stop a vehicle driving erratically on the north side of Houston. The suspect, Jared Albert Alvarez, 32, refused to stop and drove down Saddle Rock into a cul-de-sac. In an attempt to evade officers, he b ... More >>
Most cops can go their entire 20- or 30-year careers without firing a gun at someone in the line of duty. Houston police officer B. Russell, Jr. wasn't so lucky. They say wounding (or killing) a suspect can be a traumatic thing for a cop to go through, and Russell is facing that process as a probat ... More >>
The criminal conviction of Jessica Tata, who owned the daycare where four children burned to death in 2011 is among more than 120 cases under review for possible exculpatory evidence, according to a letter the Harris County District Attorney's Office sent to criminal defense lawyers this week, in co ... More >>
After one of their food trucks was burglarized a second time, the owners of Healthy Lunch Box Catering decided to take action. They may have got more than they bargained for. After setting up surveillance of their parking lot Saturday night, they were witnesses to a wild episode that only ended wh ... More >>
Houston police arrested a 14-year-old student who brought a loaded handgun to Sterling High School today. The gun was confiscated and the boy was taken "into custody without incident" about 10:48 a.m., according to a Houston Independent School District press release. The boy's name was not released ... More >>
Houston police say they were called to the home of a man who they found standing in his driveway armed with a shotgun and handgun and ended up shooting him dead after he threatened him. Houston police were not releasing the man's identity, pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Fore ... More >>
A Lakeview Police Department officer, working a second job at a jewelry store, fired her gun at a suspect after he pepper-sprayed her. Houston police did not identify the officer who was working at a jewelry store at 19335 Gulf Freeway about 1:30 p.m. Monday, October 22. The officer was not inju ... More >>
A man has been arrested and charged with shooting at a cop on the northwest side Tuesday night, police say. Joshua Edward Williams, 23, faces charges of aggravated assault against a police officer and also suffered a non-life-threatening injury in the shootout, HPD says Police say the responded to ... More >>
Two Precinct One Harris County Constables have filed suit against Harris County and their immediate supervisor, Constable Kenneth Berry, successor to indicted former chief Jack Abercia. In both of the suits filed yesterday, plaintiffs Sergeant Kevin Williams (formerly of the Civil Division) and Ma ... More >>
Police can keep your cash, car and other property, regardless of whether you've been convicted of – let alone charged with – a crime.
An unnamed suspect is in the hospital but expected to live after being shot by two Houston police officers at the classiest place possible for a shootout, a Gulf Freeway adult-video store. It is not known if any dildoes or edible underwear or butt plugs were harmed in the event, which took place ab ... 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 >>
A man whose tire rims were stolen confronted the man who did it and ended up dead, police say. HPD says the 22-year-old man, whose name has not been released, had his tire rims stolen Sunday by Demontrion Terrell Albert, 24. "Investigators determined Albert stole the male's car earlier in the day ... More >>
A Harris County grand jury today indicted two former administrators from the 2010 scandal at Key Middle School/Kashmere High School on felony offenses of "tampering with a governmental record." Dr. Delores Westmoreland, former dean of instruction at Kashmere, was indicted for three cases and fellow ... More >>
Spring Branch school-district cops used excessive force on a man and later harassed him when he tried to complain, a federal lawsuit says. Hansraj Jathanna claims in the suit that he was pulled over by an SBISD cop who yelled at him, asked if he was an illegal alien and eventually "forcefully pushe ... More >>
Had her baby then turned herself in.Sixteen-year-old Tambreshia Laqua Jackson shot her mother to death in 2009, but by the time police figured out she'd done it, she was eight months pregnant. "It was agreed by HPD, the Harris County District Attorney's Office and Jackson that she would turn ... More >>
Horror story: Five-year-old shot by his seven-year-old brother.Houston homicide investigators are looking into the shooting death of a five-year-old boy who was shot by his seven-year-old brother. The two were left unattended in a Katy Freeway motel room while their father was in the motel's ... More >>
KPRCJose Zerate: Wrong kind of toys.A man who met a woman online and insisted she bring along two young children she babysat to a hotel rendezvous arrived on the scene carrying sex toys and was arrested, KPRC is reporting. A spokesperson for the Harris County District Attorney's Office tells ... More >>
Male shot by off-duty cop.An unidentified male of unknown age was shot by an off-duty Houston Police officer Wednesday night. Officer S. Bryant, a 15-year veteran of HPD currently assigned to the Narcotics Division, was working an extra job at the Emerald Bay Apartments (6767 Bennington) when ... More >>
Cop leaves bar at closing time and finds troubleAn off-duty cop leaving a bar shot to death a man involved in a scuffle and wounded another, Houston police say. Jose Coronado, who has been with HPD for almost five years, was leaving Sherlock's Pub in the 1900 block of West Gray about 2:20 a. ... More >>
Humans: Will you ever learn?We like to think that animal abusers will not only get a lump of coal from Santa this time of year, but a pitchfork-in-the-ass from the Other Guy in Red as well. For those of you who like to keep tabs on just how low the human race can sink, here's a roundup of some of ... More >>
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, acting on its own motion, has ordered a halt in the hearings District Judge Kevin Fine is conducting into the constitutionality of the death penalty as it is applied here. District Attorney Pat Lykos' office made the announcement, having been informed of the mov ... More >>
Friday night fight in a barA bar shooting near the Third Ward left a 23-year-old man dead Friday night.Police received a call shortly before midnight about a shooting at C. Phil's Bar at 401 Alemda Road. Whent hey got there they discovered Albert Randle III had been shot in the chest.He was trans ... More >>
Nakeshia Brown, a 30-year-old Houston woman, has been sentenced for stealing the identities of patients while working as a nurse at Memorial Hermann Hospital. The Houston Press wrote about Brown's case in a cover story about identity theft, published in June of last year. The story highlighted th ... More >>
The Texas Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a case involving the Harris County District Attorney's prosecution of a 13-year-old girl for prostitution. Attorneys for the girl, called "B.W." in the proceedings, say that, because a minor cannot consent to sex, B.W. should not have been ... More >>
A year ago, the Houston Press looked into restitution in the state parole system and discovered that in 90 percent of the cases, victims never get all the money that was owed to them.While we can't vouch for the percentage, it looks like victims counting on the Harris County District Attorney's O ... 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 >>
There is something to be said about the importance of solid doors, strong locks and a secure home. Think not? Well, the carnage over the past several days may change your mind.It was Friday evening, about 7 p.m., when 18-year-old Jubelle Serano was taking care of her 6-year-old sister at their ho ... More >>
As the temperature slowly begins to dip, so too it seems that the number of murdered bodies found in and around Houston are fewer and fewer.But that certainly doesn't mean there's no action for the police.On Wednesday at about 8:30 p.m., a 37-year-old woman and her roommate began arguing in their ... More >>
Two men wanted for separate Houston murders were caught together in Guadalajara, Mexico yesterday afternoon. The crimes, which occurred about two years apart, were unrelated. The suspected killers are cousins. "Murder runs in this family," said homicide detective Michael Miller of the Houston Po ... More >>
You don't mess with a man's dog. Especially if that man is a cop. At about 4:30 p.m. Friday, Houston police officer W.G. Smith made his way to an apartment complex at 7100 Renwick to check out a burglary that was supposedly going on. As Smith was heading up to the apartment, one of the people wh ... More >>
A man convicted of rape in 1987, based largely on questionable HPD crime lab data, and sentenced to life in prison is expected to be released on bond Thursday, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Recent DNA test results show "discrepancies between the new tests and evidence p ... More >>
Spurred on by a fellow student's death, Oliver Brown, William Hudson and Justin Jordan ran a gauntlet on their way to bring down a president
Local officials say they are only after compliance and cleanups. Critics claim otherwise.
Shiatsu doc closes up shop
Asian crime is growing. Asian immigrants are its main target. And the HPD hasn't a clue what to do.