Harris County Sheriff's Office

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    August 19, 2014

    Sheriff's Deputy Sues Over New HCSO Social Media Policy

    If you're a Harris County Sheriff's Office employee, good luck sticking to the new restrictions put in place by the HCSO higher-ups that dictate what you can and can't post on social media. Under the new policy, HCSO employees risk disciplinary action if their Facebook or Twitter posts "cause undu ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    Suspected Spring Shooter Collapses in Court [UPDATED]

    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 >>

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    June 12, 2014

    Man Shot Making Amateur Video in Harris County

    The bonus for today's wannabe music stars or video directors is that the equipment is so accessible. Sure, that means there's more flotsam, and you have to look hard for the quality, but it gives kids a chance to experiment. Just leave the guns alone. The Harris County Sheriff's Office responded to ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    Human Trafficking Sting Named After Disco Hit Nets 18 Arrests at Houston Cantinas

    In all likelihood, it was ranchera music playing, and not a Donna Summer classic when a squad of law enforcement officials stormed a cantina called Lolita's Bar, an alleged front for prostitution, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. The sting was dubbed "Operation Last Dance," in a vi ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    Still No Answers In Post-Prom Shooting that Injured Four Teens

    The Harris County Sheriff's Department is still investigating a weekend shooting that left several people injured following their prom. A possible gang-related incident, according to a report from channel 2, left at least four teens injured after a shooting early Saturday morning at a post-prom par ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Matthew Sowders Held in Wife Melissa Sowers' Death

    The estranged husband of Melissa R, Sowders, the 26-year-old woman who was reported missing last week and who is believed to be the body found along Cypress Creek on Thursday, has been arrested. The Harris County Sheriff's Office reported that investigators were questioning the 28-year-old husband ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    Harris County Deputies Want to Arm You -- With Holiday Safety Tips!

    There's a very important group of people we sometimes forget about over the holidays -- people we need to take the time to think about as we make our mad dashes for gifts on Black Friday and beyond. We are, of course, talking about crooks. Thieving, conniving, crookedy crooks, and the Harris County ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    Three Amigos: Trio Shoots Each Other Dead

    They say never bring a gun to a knife fight. You know what else can be really dangerous in a gun fight? Another gun. According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, three victims were found dead after reports of gunfire came in just before 10 a.m. on Thursday. The HCSO believes the three men shot ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Road Rage Leads to Death of Woman Sunday

    An ugly road rage incident Sunday morning led to the killing of a woman and injury of her young son on FM 1943 near Garth Road. The Harris County Sheriff's Office says charging are pending against a man who maneuvered "his pickup tuck to interfere with a second vehicle driven by his wife," when he ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Sheriff's Office Releases Sketches of Suspects in Brutal Sexual Assault

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office has released composite sketches of two suspects wanted in connection with a sexual assault of a woman in north Houston Sunday. Investigators say the suspects slit the woman's throat and left her for dead before fleeing in a white four-door Nissan.

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    September 10, 2013

    Suspect Sought in Gas Station Robberies: Anyone Know This Dude?

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in identifying a a man wanted for at least three aggravated robberies of gas stations. From HCSO: "The suspect is a Hispanic male in his late teens or early twenties, with a medium build. He uses a semi-automatic handgun during the commission of ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    Sheriff's Kick-Ass K-9s Nominated for National Awards

    A couple of extremely hairy, four-legged employees of the Harris County Sheriff's Office have been nominated for a prestigious national award: Canine crimefighters Boomer and Tommy are up for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. The two black German Shepherds are among 15 finalists in t ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Sex and the Space Invaders: Strip Club Slash Game Room Raided in North Houston

    Normally, when two or more businesses operate out of the same location, it would be expected that they share some commonality that makes putting them both there logical. Getting Kentucky Fried chicken is great, sure, but what if your kids want pizza and your stoned buddy wants Taco Bell? Voilà! The ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Prostitution Sting Johns: The Oddly Haired, the Wife-Fearing & the Guy Who Wants the Party to Keep on Going

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office decided to get in the way of working women on their way to a master's in geopolitics by having itself a prostitution sting Tuesday. This time they weren't after the master's students hookers, they were after the johns. The operation focused on suspects soliciting ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    UPDATED: Stabbing at Lone Star College-Cy Fair; 14 Injured, 2 Critical

    A stabbing at Lone Star College-Cy Fair today has generated initial, unconfirmed reports of as many as 13 people being injured, with one suspect caught and another at large. "Several people have been transported to area hospitals," Lone Star College System Spokesman Jed Young stated in an e-mail. Y ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Metal Thieves Busted, Literally and Otherwise

    A trio of thieves were caught in the act attempting to steal copper wire from a building on FM 1960 late Monday night. The break in was reported by a CenterPoint employee who was working in the area. One suspect was arrested immediately while the other two were caught trying to run from the area. T ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013

    Burglars, Don't Let the Homeowner Disable His Own Alarm System If There's a Panic Button on It

    We have to think that pure laziness played a part in the botched burglary in Humble yesterday morning. Deputies from the Harris County Sheriff's Office received a panic-button alarm from a home in the 6400 block of Ackley Drive about 4 a.m. Wednesday. How did they get that panic alarm? Like we say ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Faces Of Prostitution: Mugshots Of The Women Busted In "Operation Red Light"

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office led a multi-agency investigation into local prostitution, because apparently it was time to put an end to the World's Oldest Profession On the night of February 20 eight massage parlors were targeted, HCSO says, "as follow up to the recently adopted Harris County ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Sheriff's Deputies Looking For Serial Rapist(s)

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office is looking for one or two men suspected of being serial rapists in the northern part of the county Seven women have been raped by a man or men who hooked up with them through online dating services, HCSO says. Three of the attacks were done by one man, DNA evidenc ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    Nesha Kraidieh: Mom Allegedly Shoots and Kills Couch-Sitting Son

    The case is still developing, but according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, a mother allegedly took the life of her 19-year-old son as he sat on a couch. On Monday, Nesha Kraidieh and her son Phillip Vanshawn Apostolo became embroiled in an argument at a home in the 5000 block of Sandydale L ... More >>

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    November 13, 2012

    Harris County Sheriff's Office Asks For Help Finding Who Killed Coty Beavers

    If you are so inclined, the Harris County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in finding who killed Coty Beavers, who was shot to death on Monday, November 12 in his apartment. And to sweeten the deal, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000..

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    October 31, 2012

    5-year-old Girl Abducted from Fairbanks Library, HSO Looking For Man in His 30s

    Harris County Sheriff's Department investigators are looking for a man, said to be 30 to 35 years old who they believe abducted a 5-year-old girl from the Fairbanks Library, 7122 North Gessner. Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding the man who offered the girl candy to come with ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    Shawn and Dashawn Butler Discover That Harris County Deputies Are Party Poopers

    Twins Shawn and Dashawn Butler had their Saturday night party all set, according to investigators. They were going to host a huge gathering in northeast Harris County on someone else's private property. But someone dialed in a tip to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, saying that the Butlers had m ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Jesus Martinez: Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Arrested For Dealing X

    A five-year vet of the Harris County Sheriff's Office patrol division has been arrested and charged with possession and delivery of ecstasy. Humble resident Jesus Martinez, 30, surrendered to authorities today, the U.S. Attorney's Office says. This July "deputy Martinez allegedly aided others in th ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Early Morning Shootout At Bronco's Nightclub Leaves One Dead, Three Hurt

    A wild ending to the night at a northwest-side nightclub left a security guard firing his pistol, one person dead and three injured, the Harris County Sheriff's Office and media reports said. Bronco's Nightclub in the 10000 block of Veteran's Memorial was the scene of the incident about 6 a.m. Sund ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    These Two Men Are Wanted For Murdering Alexander Segura

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office has released composite sketches of two men wanted for capital murder in connection with the robbing and killing of a man on the far west side early Monday. Alexander Segura, 28, was sitting in a vehicle in an apartment parking lot in the 9000 block of Jones Road a ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Unidentified Woman, 48, Fatally Stabbed Sunday Morning, Bayou Body Count No. 99

    Early Sunday morning around 1 a.m., two men broke into the home of a woman and her 16-year-old daughter in Humble according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, and stabbed the unidentified woman, 48, more than once. The incident occurred in the 8300 block of Poplar Ridge Lane in Humble. Accordin ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Unidentified Man Shot to Death, Bayou Body Count No. 101

    According to reports from KRIV and KHOU, a man was shot to death at a house in northwest Houston home. The Harris County Sheriff's Office responded to a home at Grand Forest Drive and Sagecroft Drive around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning where a man was found shot to death. No arrests have been made and th ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Derrick Williams: Man Who Allegedly Shot Man in Wheelchair Turns Himself in

    A man who sheriff's deputies say shot a man in a wheelchair from his car has turned himself in, the Harris County Sheriff's Office says. The HCSO says Derrick Williams, 24, stopped his Buick Roadmaster in the 400 block of Cypress Avenue Friday in far northwest Harris County and began talking to a m ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Dude Who Stole $3K English Bulldog Barks for Media

    A man and woman have been accused of stealing a $3,000 English bulldog from a pet store, and if their perp walks are any indication, they have no regrets. The Harris County Sheriff's Office won't release their names or mugs until they are formally charged, but their performance in front of media ca ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    100 Arrested in Highway Drug Crackdown After 900 Pulled Over for "Alleged Traffic Violations"

    Memo to those involved in the drug trade: Follow traffic rules, make sure your car's registration and inspection are current and don't have any busted taillights. That's the lesson that might be learned from the recent crackdown led by the Harris County Sheriff's Office. HCSO says it pulled over 9 ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    Shawn DeWayne Morris: Took Cash to Make Fictional Criminal Cases Disappear

    Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for victims of a man who they say took bribes to make criminal cases disappear, The cases never existed in the first place, so it's really a service you're probably overpaying for. Shawn DeWayne Morris, 40, was arrested yesterday and charged ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Jimmy George: Sheriff's Deputy Arrested for Pretending to Work

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 15-year veteran because he reported he was working a crime scene when he actually wasn't. Deputy Jimmy George was charged with the felony of tampering with a government record and has been fired from the force, the HCSO announced. "My deputies are ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    IWatch Harris County App from the Sheriff's Department Poorly Designed

    The IWatch welcome screen.​The best smartphone apps meant for functionality rather than entertainment fill a need, are easy to use and provide appropriate functionality for the task at hand. The Harris County Sheriff's Department IWatch Harris County app delivers about one-and-a-half of those ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Harris County Sheriff's Diversity Training: Our PowerPoint Presentation

    Diversity: It's The Right Thing To Do!​Remember back in 2008, when the Harris County Sheriff's Department circulated those internal e-mails making fun of everyone (but white men?) And later that year, when deputies handcuffed a Sikh woman and her entire family -- and called them Muslims -- bec ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Sheriff Asks Congress for More Money to Patrol Port

    HCSOGive me more money, Garcia said.​Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia told a congressional subcommittee today that he needs more cash to protect the Port of Houston. "At the end of the day, it comes down to the ability of someone to patrol in a patrol boat or a patrol car," he told the Ho ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Stealing a Purse in Church: a How-To Video

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office has released this security-cam video of a woman rifling through a purse during a church service. "God and a camera were watching Cynthia Gonzalez, aka Cynthia Martinez, as she allegedly stole from a woman's purse after the woman got up to receive communion," the s ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    76-Year-Old Man Tied Up for Two Days by Burglars

    HCSOJunior Velasquez​Burglars left a 76-year-old man tied up in duct tape and wrapped in a rug for two days while they calmly ransacked his house, the Harris County Sheriff's Office says; the man eventually dragged himself out onto the street to find help. Two suspects have been arrested in t ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Ronald Washington: Slices Woman With Machete, Douses Her With Gasoline, Then Gets Arrested When He Files a Report

    HCSORonald Washington felt aggrieved.​If we take the Harris County Sheriff's Office at its word, then Ronald Washington got into a fight with the mother of his six-month-old baby, a fight that included swiping at her with a machete, dousing her with gasoline and driving off with the kid in the ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Sheriff's Gang and DWI Crackdown Near Flea Market Yields 16 Arrests, 120 Tickets

    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 >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Three Generations of Crack Sellers Under One Roof

    HCSOSheila Sowell: a family affair​Apparently family togetherness, when it comes to crime, is not limited to adult-diaper scamsters. The Harris County Sheriff's Office announced this afternoon that they had busted a family of six for selling crack from their home on the northeast side of town ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Alexander Olivieri: 18-Year-old Murder Suspect Grins for Mugshot

    HCSOAlexander Olivieri: Nice mug​The Harris County Sheriff's Office has arrested Alexander Olivieri, 18, for the Katy murder of Bridgett Frisbie, 17. Frisbie's body was found, dead from a gunshot wound, by some kids who were four-wheeling in a field Sunday afternoon. Olivieri's mugshot, rele ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Spring Cleaning: Let the Sheriff's Office Help You Shred Your Documents

    You should really shred these at home.​It's almost April. The air is warm with the hint of summer weather to come. Birds are chirping. Trees are blooming and that annual rite of passage is upon us: spring cleaning. For most of us, that means cleaning up around the house, maybe gardening a bit ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Geroge Wesley Ellington: Sheriff's Deputy Indicted For Moonlighting As Security For Ecstasy Dealer

    Rave on, with the help of the Harris County Sheriff's Office​Harris County Sheriff's deputies moonlight all the time, providing security for local businesses.Including ecstasy dealers, apparently.A federal grand jury indicted a sheriff's deputy for selling criminal information to a ecstasy dealer ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Andre Sloan: Sheriff's Office Says It's Cracked 20-Year-Old Murder Case

    Photo courtesy HCSOAndre Sloan: Charged with a 1990 murder​The Harris County Sheriff's Office used DNA evidence to crack a cold case and file murder charges against Andre Sloan in a 20-year-old killing, officials said today.Finding Sloan, 48, won't be too difficult: He's currently serving a life s ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Sheri Lynn Davis, Teacher Who Became A Web Sensation For Beating A Kid: Charges Filed

    Not arrested yet, but charges filed and warrants issued​The Harris County Sheriff's Office has announced that charges have been filed against the charter-school teacher whose videotaped hitting of a student went viral on the web.Sheri Lynn Davis has been charged with injury to a child. Three other ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Tasered To Death: Traffic Stop Turns Fatal, Without Bullets (Updated)

    Running away from an HCSO deputy is fatal​The Harris County Sheriff's Office says its homicide unit will investigate the death of a man who was tasered by one of their deputies and died after hitting his head in a fall.HCSO says the man, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of his ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Unidentified Man, Bayou Body Count No. 86

    ​Judging by where the body was found, this one looks like that homicide detective's nightmare: a body dump. Around eleven A.M. yesterday, workers picking up trash in the 12800 block of TC Jester -- an isolated, discontiguous and distant northwest Harris County stretch -- found the body of an ... More >>

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    February 12, 2010

    Go Speed Racer Go!! (Just Not This Weekend)

    ​The Harris County Sheriff's Office has announced a crackdown on street racing this weekend.They're not saying exactly what they'll be doing ("tactics will not be disclosed at this time"), but the HCSO will be teaming with the Precinct 5 Constables office (and DPS), so that should give you some id ... More >>

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    September 9, 2008

    Sheriffs Department Seeking Air Power

    The Harris County Sheriff's Department – largest sheriff's department in the state and third largest in the nation – wants to get caught up with its peers and have some aerial support. The department doesn't have any helicopters or planes, so Eyes on the Border, a border watch group, was going ... More >>

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