Updated: This story was updated to include a statement from one of the victim's father. It can be tough to face reality. The man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family collapsed in court Friday morning upon hearing the allegations against him, according to reports. The Associated P ... More >>
In May, female inmates at the Harris County Jail spent four hours a day, five days a week learning how to use programs like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the basics of web design. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia partnered with The Mexican Institute of Greater Houston to offer inmates ... More >>
Houston's homeless problem has been considered in decline for a couple of years running. At least the stronghold that is downtown is reportedly showing a thinning of the homeless population. With around 8,000 homeless people living on the streets, it's still hard to tell if that's the case. Read: ... More >>
The Harris County Jail, recently praised for its care of mentally ill inmates, has been re-accredited for medical treatment by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care according to a release from the county. Inspectors found the downtown jail to be in compliance with 31 national standards ... More >>
Harris County Sheriff's Department announced Thursday they had arrested two men and one juvenile accused of beating a pregnant woman after breaking into her home in northwest Harris County. The woman was tied up with tape and beaten. She was taken to the hospital and an emergency C-section was perfo ... More >>
Rape is terrible. Raping an 11-year-old girl, almost daily, until she becomes pregnant -- and then playing with her already-rocked 11-year-old mind by saying you'll commit suicide because of her -- that takes a special kind of monster. And that's what court documents allege against Deandre Davis-Wi ... More >>
Judge Sheri Dean sentenced Michael Brown to 180 days in Harris County Jail this morning for spending millions on luxury items and real estate, in violation of a 2011 court order. She found he had violated the majority of claims his estranged wife Rachel Brown brought against him in their Neverending ... More >>
Ex-hand surgeon Michael Brown has been booked into Harris County Jail for allegedly not paying child support. Bond has been set for $500,000. We're not sure yet if this is for an alleged nonpayment for his kids from ex-wife Darlina (in Colorado) or his children in Houston. It's been a tough new yea ... More >>
It took about a month but Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators finally have U.S. Marine George Aragon back in the United States, specifically in the Harris County Jail on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child. The 22-year-old Aragon was picked up about a month ago in Guam but refuse ... More >>
So the other day, we were thinking to ourselves, "Self, what is the stupidest thing you could do that no one has ever done before?" We pondered for a while and hit on the jackpot: Call up 911 and scream at the dispatcher that he's a "punk bitch." You can't imagine our disappointment upon learning ... More >>
Apparently Harris County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Meyer's Saturday night wedding reception was a doozy, because at some point, management at the SPJST Hall on Beall Street in the Heights area wanted to pull the plug on the shindig. Two Precinct One constables were working security at this raucous fanda ... More >>
The Harris County Sheriff's Office has charged Vastie Shakira Coleman injury to a child - serious bodily injury, after she is believed to have beaten her four-year-old son, Kyron Barnes, to death with a cord, according to reports from the Sheriff's office and KHOU. According to reports, the boy wa ... More >>
Two women from east Houston's trailer-riffic Cloverleaf section are behind bars after they allegedly used a hammer to separate a man from his wallet on Christmas Day. According to a criminal complaint, Melissa Rendon flagged down the man's car in the 1100 block of Freeport, near the plush, lavishly ... More >>
In the recent critically acclaimed movie Drive, dreamy heartthrob Ryan Gosling plays a stunt driver by day and a getaway driver by night. He has some simple rules that the crooks hiring him must follow. For example, there is a very narrow window of time when Gosling's character will remain on the sc ... More >>
A federal grand jury has indicted four men in the beating of a black man at a Houston bus stop in August. Charles Cannon, 26; Michael McLaughlin, 40; Brian Kerstetter, 32; and Joseph Staggs, 49, were indicted on one charge each of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevent ... More >>
Phots by HPDNathaniel Cook: One of four arrested.An alert area resident and diligent Central Patrol officers have taken in a quartet of Heights miscreants they say broke into four area homes on Tuesday. Police say Nathaniel Dean Cook, Octavius Demone Harris, Eli Marquis Ortiz and Everardo Se ... More >>
A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.When you're sitting in jail on an aggravated robbery charge, time passes slowly. Thoughts drift to happier times. If those happier times involve sex -- even if it's just a fantasy "happier time" of you, say, banging Rihanna like she's never been banged ... More >>
FacebookCharles Cannon won't face hate-crime charges.In a crime that hearkened back to the skinhead days of the early '90s, or modern-day Dallas, four white men remain behind bars today charged with assaulting a black man at a downtown bus stop early Sunday morning. Police want the incident c ... More >>
Visiting allowed only four days a weekSheriff Adrian Garcia is announcing today that he's eliminating daily visiting hours to the Harris County Jail. Visits will be allowed only four days per week instead of the current seven. Doing so will allow him "to redeploy jail staff and save $1.3 mil ... More >>
Our weekly Where Are We Eating? feature gets readers salivating most Monday mornings, with hours to go until lunch. But today's offering put a few readers off, leading to some snarky comments about where the plate is served. Said Simplyrick: Harris County Jail. Added Nate: A grade schoo ... More >>
HCSODrake Jackson: HCSO says it fired him for exposing himselfAn employee of the Harris County Jail has been fired for allegedly exposing himself to a female inmate, the Sheriff's Office announced today. Drake Jackson, 40, has been charged with official oppression because of "sexually offen ... More >>
Harris County Jail's having a population boomIn an era when locking fewer people up and spending less on jails seems to make sense and is rapidly becoming en vogue, Harris County was increasing its spending and putting more folks behind bars than nearly any other populous county in the country, a ... More >>
Photo courtesy HCSOHenry Fairlie: Trying to keep the customers satisfiedThe concierge service at the Harris County Jail just got a little more inadequate: a detention officer has been arrested and charged with trying to deliver drugs and contraband into the facility.Note to incarcerated customers ... More >>
There's at least one local program for mentally ill people that shouldn't be affected by the state's proposed budget cuts. This month's Texas Monthly features a "Letter from Houston," which focuses on the city's mental health services, primarily the Houston Police Department's Mental Health Unit, ... More >>
MySpace.com/yellerfeverIn "Me & Paul," from 1971's Yesterday's Wine, Willie Nelson sings, "Almost busted in Laredo, for reasons that I'd rather not disclose/ But if you're staying in a motel there and leave, just don't leave nothin' in your clothes." If Austin-based YellowFever covered "Me & ... More >>
If you have to go to jail, it might as well be a certified oneThe oft-troubled Harris County Jail has passed a surprise week-long inspection and has been certified by the state, Sheriff Adrian Garcia announced this afternoon."This is just the beginning of our efforts to not only stay in complianc ... More >>
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The Houston Chronicle reported today that the burgeoning problem of jail overcrowding may be dealt with by releasing low-risk offenders. They are also, as we mentioned today, eventually creating a mental-health court that will aim to treat the ill instead of simply repeatedly sending them to jail.Th ... More >>
How many times have you wished you had your own drumset, so you could bust out a rim shot every time your buddy says something outrageously funny, like "Get-r-done!"? Well, one Houston man is trying to turn that dream into reality. Glen Jackson, a 48-year-old refinery worker, recently patented the ... More >>
The celebrity world exploded, kinda, late last month when a Houston judge ordered the father of starlet Hilary Duff to spend 10 days in jail for contempt of court. It was reported just about everywhere; perhaps nowhere better than the Teen Hollywood website, which investigated and found he had alre ... More >>
One idea talked about during a mental illness forum was building free housing for mentally ill inmates released from Harris County Jail. David Mincberg, who is running against Ed Emmett for County Judge, believes such housing can be built in the city, publicly funded with federal money, and staffed ... More >>
Several candidates in upcoming Harris County political races are meeting for a forum on Tuesday to talk about mental illness and the Harris County Jail. If you don't think the jail can be rough for a mentally ill inmate, check out "Gone to Hell," this week's Houston Press cover story. Harris Coun ... More >>
Alexander Hatcher was 19 the first time he was arrested – for stealing clothes from a department store – and 29 when he was diagnosed as bipolar and schizophrenic – after telling a nurse about visions of suicide. Petty crimes, drugs and mental illness have kept Hatcher in and out of jails, reh ... More >>
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Channel 2 News is reporting that troubled Doug Supernaw was committed to a mental institution today. Supernaw has been in Harris County Jail since April after the latest of a long string of minor drug and alcohol arrests and blown-off court dates. His behavior has been increasingly erratic the las ... More >>
So you're a Harris County Family Court Judge, and Children's Protective Services brings this case to you on October 19: There's a 20-month old girl with second-degree burns on her upper back and a first-degree burn on her right cheek. The burns are from about two weeks earlier. She's also got three ... More >>
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