Harris County Sheriff's Office

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    August 28, 2014

    Anonymous Tip Leads to Large Pot Bust in North Harris County

    An anonymous tip to the Harris County Sheriff's Office led deputies to a large marijuana grow operation in North Harris County on Tuesday, according to sheriff's officials. Several marijuana grow areas were discovered in a wooded area off of I-45 N and Rankin Road, near a cemetery, after investiga ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    UPDATED: 4 Children Among Those Killed in Spring Shooting That Leads to Tense Standoff

    Update: 8:33p.m.: This story has been updated with information about the standoff and the deceased. In a Wednesday afternoon shooting in the Spring area, seven people have been shot, including six who died,

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    April 28, 2014

    Sheriff's Office Just Lost a Drone in Conroe, We Wonder How Many More Are Out There

    If you're one of those privacy loving folks who hates when your cell phone gets tapped or gets even more worried when you hear about the ubiquity of drones hovering around our local airspace, we've got some good news and some bad news for you. First, the good news. According to the Harris County Sh ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    Robber Brought a Gun to a Lawnmower Fight

    When your life is on the line, at the wrong end of a pistol, you really have to do whatever you can to ensure you survive. Case in point: The north Harris County man who last week used his own lawnmower after being attacked for his wallet. According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, there are ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    Authorities Say Nurse Dropped Near-Deadly Amounts of Salt in Daughter's Feeding Tube

    It took removing a pre-schooler from her mother's care for seven months for authorities to build their case against a mom they say tried to poison her little girl with salt. Katie Alice Ripstra, 31, was charged this week by the Harris County Sheriff's Office for allegedly poisoning her 4-year-old ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    iPhone App Helps Shut Harris County Grow Operation Worth $1.4 Million

    While it sometimes feels a little gimmicky when the sheriff's office pushes their iWatch Harris County smartphone app, it may have recently helped deputies squash an indoor marijuana growing operation worth more than $1 million. We're not sure if we're in support of all that greenery being wasted a ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    HCSO Looks for Trio Suspected in Mexican Market Burglary Spree

    A group of thieves has been focusing their attention on a local Mexican market chain, attempting to knock over about 17 La Michoacana stores in the Houston area. Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for the public's help in identifying the suspected burglars, known as the "The C ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    HPD Officer Wakes Up, Takes on Three Burglars, Killing One

    Wearing only his underclothes, an off-duty Houston Police Department officer took on three burglars Thursday morning, fatally wounding one of them, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Department.The unnamed officer was asleep in his townhouse in the 500 block of West Road near I-45 when he was ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    Birthday Party Shooting Suspects Charged with Evidence Tampering

    Two have been charged in the deadly house party shooting November 9 in Cypress at which two were killed and 20 more were injured. Randy Stewart, 18, who has already been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the shootings, has been charged additionally with tampering with evidence. ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    Deputy, 60 Others Arrested in Prostitution Sting Operation

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office managed to round up 61 people in a prostitution sting over the course of last week including nine women (alleged prostitutes) and 48 men on prostitution charges and four others on various charges including drug possession and driving without a license. One of the m ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Scam Warning: Beware of Officers Collecting Debt Via Phone and E-Mail

    On the rare occasion my spam filter allows an e-mail through from a Nigerian prince who wants to send me $1 million, I chuckle for a moment. Then, I realize the reason these ridiculous e-mails are still in circulation isn't because they are funny, but because some poor suckers out there still fall f ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    Houston's Five Funniest Crimes of 2013

    People do a lot of stupid things, but as the year draws to a close, we decided to stop and remember that some of the exceptionally stupid criminal things people have done in the year of 2013 were also funny. As the saying goes, some things change, but you can count on people to try and get away with ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Charges Dropped for Man in Party Shooting

    Officials have dropped a criminal charge of deadly conduct against Willie John-Peters Young, 21, who had originally been accused of firing a gun at a Cypress-area house party where two teens were killed Saturday. Another man, 18-year-old Randy Stewart, remains in Harris County Jail, charged with ag ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    UPDATE: Police Apprehend Second Suspect in Shooting Death of Taco Truck Owner

    UPDATE: The second suspect in the shooting death of Lorenzo Juan Vasquez was apprehended at 5:30 this morning in Madisonville, Texas. The suspect, Adrian Gomez, was sitting outside of a closed business early in the morning when he attracted the attention of a local police officer. Upon running a ba ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    Local Food Truck Owner Shot and Killed During Apparent Robbery

    On Saturday, October 12, at 3:25 p.m., officers with the Harris County Sheriff's Office responded to a call that there had been a shooting outside the Shell station at 8110 Fairbanks N. Houston Road. Responding emergency personnel pronounced Lorenzo Juan Vasquez, the 53-year-old owner of El Paraiso ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    UPDATED One Student Killed, Two Others Injured at Spring High School

    Update: Press conference: Sheriff Adrian Garcia confirms one 17-year-old dead and four injured. "We have three persons of interest that our investigators are interviewing....We believe that a confrontation of some sort occurred...this morning that ultimately led to a physical confrontation that then ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    Escaped Prisoner; City & County Law Enforcement Cordons Off Buffalo Bayou Now

    The Harris County Sheriff's Office has just sent out an alert that a prisoner who was being booked in to the country jail in downtown Houston, escaped around 5 p.m. today and they are still seeking him. "Officers are setting up a perimeter that borders Buffalo Bayou, which runs behind the jail boo ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    False Alarm: No Fire Here, Officer, Just $4 Million Worth of Weed

    You know, juvenile delinquents these days are a real problem. First, their egging or toilet-papering your house. Next, they're setting bags of poo on fire on your porch. But the most egregious of their infractions include false fire alarms. They pull them in school and maybe even call them in to fir ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    The Not-So Magnificent Seven: Car Thieves Busted, S***-Eating Grins Ensued

    A group of men were arrested by the Harris County Sheriff's Office for after 29 vehicles were found at a salvage yard in northwest Harris County. The men allegedly brought them to the yard where they swapped the serial numbers. All seven are charged with placing serial numbers with the intent to mas ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Three Men Accused of Beating Pregnant Woman; Newborn in Critical Condition

    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 >>

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    January 22, 2013

    UPDATED Three People Shot at Lone Star College

    A shooting has taken place at the main campus of Lone Star College in north Harris County. Details are scant at this point, but according to other news outlets, three people were shot at the campus around 12:30 p.m. One of the people shot may be a gunman. It's also believed that another gunman got ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    Lots of DWI Arrests in Harris County Over the Christmas and New Year's Eve Holiday

    People like to get their drink on during the holidays. There are parties and gatherings with family, which oft require drinking just to survive. New Year's Eve is the most drunkiest time of the year! And, honestly, there's nothing wrong with partying so long as you don't drive after you do it. Yet ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012

    George Aragon Charged with Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, is Brought Back From Guam

    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 >>

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    October 9, 2012

    Roger Dean Matice: River Oaks Man Latest Prominent Houstonian Caught in Child Porn Dragnet

    A 70-year-old River Oaks custom kitchen and bathroom designer was caught possessing and promoting child pornography, according to Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators. Roger Dean Matice was taken into custody Friday and is charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and one c ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Here's Video of a Dude Calmly Stealing Thousands of Dollars from a Walmart

    Some people work hard for their money, especially when it comes to a multi-thousand-dollar heist. Others just make it look easy. Among the latter are the guys who hit a Walmart Supercenter in the 15900 block of FM 529 Sunday afternoon. Crime Stoppers and the Harris County Sheriff's Office say a p ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia Intensifies The SOBER Program

    There's a better chance these days a deputy of Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia will come knocking on the front door of your home demanding proof that your once-drunk self is remaining clean and sober. The Harris County Sheriff's Office is in the middle of an increased push in its SOBER program ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    Shonda Alexander, Killed In 2004: Sheriff's Cold-Case Squad Racks Up Another Arrest

    Troy McWhorter was scheduled to be released from prison next month after serving time for theft, but now he faces murder charges in a 2004 case brought by the Harris County Sheriff's Office cold-case squad. HCSO investigators say McWhorter's DNA matches that found on the abandoned body of Shonda Al ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Juan Jose Valerio-Dominguez Found Stabbed & Burned in Woods: Bayou Body Count No. 113

    The body of a 34-year-old Spring man was found at 20900 Birnam Wood near Bush Intercontinental Airport about 1 p.m. Monday and police are investigating his death. The victim has been identified as Juan Jose Valerio-Dominguez.

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    July 17, 2012

    Vastie Shakira Coleman Charged in Death of Son, Age 4, Bayou Body Count No. 100

    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 >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Sheriff's Deputy Eleazar Gongora Arrested for Sexual Abuse of a Child

    Bad day for the Harris County Sheriff's Office. One longtime deputy was arrested for pretending to work, and another has been taken to jail for the far more serious crime of sexual abuse of a child. Eleazar Gongora is an 11-year vet and is assigned to the Mental Health Unit in the jail, HCSO says. ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    The Scene of A Fantastic Metro Crash: Conveniently, Near Lawyers' Offices

    At around 9 a.m., a dump truck headed eastbound on Capitol was struck by a southbound MetroRail train. The truck was knocked up on the sidewalk, where it came to rest very near the door to Ziggy's deli. The train derailed, but both vehicles remained upright. A statement from the Houston Fire Depart ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Norma Jean Clark: Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Her for Murdering Her Husband 23 Years Ago

    Franklin County SONorma Jean Clark, accused of murdering her husband in 1987​Back in April 1987, when Edmund High Clark was found dead in his bedroom from a shot to the head and one in the back, his wife Norma Jean said she'd been sleeping in another room and was awakened by the shots. She fl ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Harris County Jail Takes First Tentative Step Towards Ankle Monitors

    Ankle monitors may take the place of jail time for some in Harris County​The Harris County Sheriff's Office is seeking to take a first "baby step" towards using ankle monitors and home confinement to fight jail overcrowding, a spokesman says. HCSO is asking Commissioners Court for permission ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Dennis Ray Anderson: Body-In-A-Barrel Dude Hangs Himself

    Dennis Ray Anderson, murderer, takes his own life​Dennis Ray Anderson, the dangerous, hotly pursued convicted murderer who left a female corpse in a barrel in his back yard here, has been found hanged to death in a Florida motel room.Christina Garza of the Harris County Sheriff's Office says Frida ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Joseph Wade Walker: The XXXL Bandit Has Waddled His Last

    Joseph Walker, XXXL​Houston has been transfixed with the livin' large antics of the XXXL Bandit, the roly-poly bank robber who was a modern-day cross between Charlie Weis and (Not So) Pretty Boy Floyd.The run -- the waddle? -- is over. The Harris County Sheriff's Office has announced today they ca ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Fugitive Sex Offenders Will Be Easier To Find, Officials Say

    Photo by Paula BeltránPat Lykos, flanked by representives from the city and county​It's gotten tougher to be a fugitive sex offender in Harris County, a group of law enforcement officials announced Monday.The three main local agencies dealing with sex offenders are merging their databases and mon ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Quanell X's Missing Man Found, Wasn't Missing In First Place

    A couple of TV stations -- including Channel 39, above -- had stories last night on a Quanell X press conference in front of the jail, criticizing the Harris County Sheriff's Office for releasing a former inmate with mental problems without informing relatives.The former inmate, Clifton Barber, was ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    Gregory Hundl, 25, Bayou Body Count No. 183

    Photo courtesy HCSOKilled by a drunk teenaged driver​A jailer with the Harris County Sheriff's Office was killed early Saturday when a drunk teen rammed into his motorcycle as he waited at a red light, officials say.Gregory Hundl was heading home after a shift at the jail and was stopped at the U. ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    County's New Mugshot Policy May Not Withstand Court Test

    Iron Man 2, at a theater near you​Yesterday, the Harris County Sheriff's Office announced that it will no longer let anyone see the mugshots that are taken just after someone has been arrested. The sheriff's office argues that it takes too much time and sucks up valuable man-hours to e-mail the ph ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Whatchoo Gonna Do When They Come...To Houston?

    ​Houston cops and sheriff's deputies will be the stars in this Saturday's episode of Cops; this means, of course, that -- unknown to us -- original episodes of Cops are still being made, we guess.We just assumed they were in endless rerun status, but then again one Cops show is much like another.T ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    Jose Azua, 16, Bayou Body Count No. 27

    ​Sixteen-year-old Jose Azua was simply slinging tacos at an outdoor stand Wednesday night in north Harris County when he came face to face with a guy holding a gun.It wasn't long until the Harris County Sheriff's Office got a call about a shooting.When deputies arrived, they found Azua had been sh ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: They're Finding Dead Bodies All Over The Place

    ​For the past four days, local cops and sheriff's deputies have been finding dead bodies all over the place. From ditches and cars to living rooms and the middle of streets, they seem to be popping up everywhere.All the police have are just a few leads, no suspects, and a growing pile of cold bodi ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: Guy Walks Into A Bar...

    It sounds like something out of the movies: from out of nowhere an unknown man in dark clothes storms into a bar, guns blazing. But according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, that was the scene at an after-hours club early Thursday morning. Deputy Thomas Gilliland tells Body Count that ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    The FBI Makes Things Go "Boom," And We Have The Video

    (Note: The explosions get bigger the longer you stick with the video.) For the better part of this week, FBI bomb experts have been teaching area cops the Xs and Os of improvised explosives, like the ones made by shoe-bomber Richard Reid or the one that killed college student Matthew Rugo in his Tex ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    No Need To Check On My Pot-Growing Empire, Officer

    The Houston Fire Department was putting out a small electrical blaze last night at what looked to be an abandoned mechanic's shop.They couldn't be sure the fire hadn't spread inside, so they asked the guy who was on the property if he could open the place up.He didn't really want to."They told him ' ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Sheriff's Deputies Who Worked As Sensitivity Trainers Punished For Being Insensitive

    This week's feature about Laura Howard also deals with crisis-intervention training in law enforcement.According to several sources from the story, the Harris County Sheriff's Office has been slow in accepting crisis intervention as a method of handling suspects and inmates at the jail. Apparently, ... More >>

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    April 21, 2005

    And the Winners Are

    Houston Press does well in a two-state contest

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    March 31, 2005

    Recognition Time

    Contests honor Houston Press writers

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    March 7, 2002

    Change Change

    Visitors to the county jail can now get the most for their money

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