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    October 3, 2014

    The Marijuana Biz Comes to Houston This Weekend

    Got a good pot product you want to pitch? Well, you're in luck. The Marijuana Investment Conference will be happening this weekend, and it will take place right in our fair city. That's right -- the Bayou City is about to be home to quite a few weed deals, and unlike what's been happening under the ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    DNA Crime Lab Tech May Have Tainted Nearly 200 Cases

    It's possible dozens of DNA samples linked to criminal cases could be retested after a lab tech in the Houston police crime lab resigned. In all, 185 criminal cases may have been affected. According to reports that includes 53 murders or capital murders. The Harris County District Attorney's Office ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    Game Room Owner's Move to Delay Enforcement is a Bust

    The Harris County Attorney's Office will move to enforce strict regulations on a Houston game room after a federal judge denied the owner's motion for temporary injunction. Fabian Elizondo, who owns the Cavalcade Game Room at 1828 Airline, had sued the County, the Harris County District Attorney's ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Investigators Are Looking Into Details of Deadly Officer Involved Shooting

    Houston police are saying that the man who one of their officers allegedly shot dead Monday afternoon pointed a gun at the officer just after the suspect was attempting to jump a wooden fence to escape. The shooting by the 7-year HPD veteran is under investigation. The incident began Monday aftern ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    Former Deputy Donald Wayne Tipps Allegedly Used the Threat of Arrest to Get Blow Job

    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 >>

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    November 28, 2013

    Sharpstown High School Teacher Ysidoro Rosales-Motola Was Investigated at Westbury High School in 2011

    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 >>

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    November 21, 2013

    Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Denies Duane Buck a New Sentencing Hearing

    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 >>

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    October 15, 2013

    Nine Arrested for Allegedly Running an Illegal Horse Racing Track

    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 >>

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    September 26, 2013

    HISD Student Stabbed at Bus Stop, Suspect in Custody

    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 >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Was Duane Buck Sentenced to Death Because He's Black? Will It Matter?

    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 >>

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    May 17, 2013

    UPDATED Crush Video Case: Feds Drop Remaining Charges

    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.

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    May 16, 2013

    Open Season: Do Laws Against Animal Crushing Videos Violate Free Speech?

    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.

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    March 19, 2013

    Armed Suspect Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop After Wounding HPD Officer

    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 >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Rookie HPD Cop Shoots, Wounds Suspect A Month Into The Job

    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 >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Daycare Firestarter Jessica Tata on List of DA's Cases Under Review for Potential Exculpatory Evidence

    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 >>

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    February 5, 2013

    Stolen Food Truck's Wild Ride: A Fence-Smashing, Median-Jumping, Cop-Hitting Episode On The Southwest Side

    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 >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Bad Idea: 14-Year-Old Houston High Schooler Brought a Loaded Gun to School With Him Today

    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 >>

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    November 6, 2012

    Unidentified Armed Man Shot to Death by HPD Officers: Bayou Body County No. 191

    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 >>

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    October 23, 2012

    HPD Investigates Officer-Involved Shooting

    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 >>

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    August 24, 2012

    Joshua Edward Williams Shoots At Cop, Faces Charges

    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 >>

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    August 23, 2012

    BREAKING: Whistleblowing Precinct One Constables Allege Retaliation in Aftermath of Jack Abercia Indictment

    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 >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Texan Challenges Civil Forfeiture Law

    Police can keep your cash, car and other property, regardless of whether you've been convicted of – let alone charged with – a crime.

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    May 2, 2012

    HPD: Shootout Amongst the Dildoes & Butt Plugs

    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 >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Darrel Franklin Clay Jr.: Wounded, Now Charged After Shooting By Metro Officer

    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 >>

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    March 6, 2012

    Unidentified Male Killed Over Stolen Rims, 22, Bayou Body Count No. 27

    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 >>

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    February 24, 2012

    Delores Westmoreland: Former Kashmere High Dean, 1 Other Indicted for Tampering with Dropout Records

    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 >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Hansraj Jathanna Says Spring Branch ISD Cops Beat & Harassed Him

    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 >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Tambreshia Laqua Jackson: HPD Let Alleged Teen Mom-Killer Have Her Baby Before Arresting Her

    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 >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Nathan Del Sol, 5, Bayou Body Count No. 82

    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 >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Jose Zerate Brings (Sex) Toys to Meet Kids at Hotel, Cops Say

    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 >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Unidentified Male, Bayou Body Count No. 31

    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 >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Omar Ventura, 29, Bayou Body Count No. 20

    Cop leaves bar at closing time and finds trouble​An 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 >>

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    December 24, 2010

    Animal Abuse: The Five Worst Houston Examples In 2010

    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 >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Texas High Court Halts Hearing On Death Penalty

    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 >>

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    August 9, 2010

    Albert Randle III, 23, Bayou Body Count No. 194

    Friday night fight in a bar​A 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 >>

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    February 4, 2010

    What? Someone Actually Gonna Do Time For Identity Theft?

    ​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 >>

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    January 19, 2010

    13-Year-Old Can't Be A Prostitute Because She Can't Consent To Sex, Attorneys Argue

    ​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 >>

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    December 18, 2009

    The DA's Victims Rights Division Becomes A Victim Itself

    ​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 >>

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    November 19, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: A Stench At The Airport

    ​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 >>

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    November 9, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: A Police Shooting Over An Open Beer

    ​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 >>

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    October 20, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: Where Have All The Killers Gone?

    ​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 >>

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    August 12, 2009

    Two Cousins Nabbed In Mexico For Separate Houston Murders

    ​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 >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: Don't Mess With A Cop's K-9

    ​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 >>

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    April 27, 2009

    After 22 Years Of Wrongful Imprisonment, Two More Days To Freedom

    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 >>

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    October 23, 2008
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    July 17, 2008
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    November 29, 2007

    Priscilla Slade and the TSU Three

    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

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    January 31, 2002

    Getting Wasted

    Local officials say they are only after compliance and cleanups. Critics claim otherwise.

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    July 29, 1999

    Shin Splits

    Shiatsu doc closes up shop

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    July 14, 1994

    The Gangs Among Us

    Asian crime is growing. Asian immigrants are its main target. And the HPD hasn't a clue what to do.

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