Hey all you scofflaws out there -- Harris County Precinct One officials would like you to know it's time to pay the freakin' piper! Yeah, that's right, Precinct One constables will hit the streets for a warrant run October 12, which gives you enough time to either pay for any outstanding warrants or ... More >>
Want to get a better look at the New Dome Experience plan? Click here. Going into the meeting of the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation board on Wednesday afternoon, held in the glassy glory that is Reliant Stadium, there was a certain dread hanging in the air. (This is Houston, after ... More >>
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 >>
The front Michael "Propostris" Veytovich presented to the world was a jolly and humorous one, if deeply immature for someone in his mid-30s. A struggling voice actor and part-time rapper who apparently relied heavily on his wife's income, Veytovich looks to have whiled away his days in marathon Worl ... More >>
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 >>
Some people have to take it twice.When we saw this story about the Webb County Attorney wondering why the county medical examiner never took an oath of office, thus potentially jeopardizing all her rulings, we wondered if the same thing could ever happen in Harris County, since no medical exa ... More >>
Fatal stabbing and shooting in same fight.Two men died in an early morning altercation today at a gas station near the West Loop and W. 18th Street, one by being stabbed to death and the other, the guy doing the stabbing, by a policeman's gun. No names have been released yet, but Houston pol ... More >>
Rice football becomes a little less gangstaIn April we noted a surprising run of guns-and-ganja arrests among Rice football players, not a population normally given to resembling the University of Texas, either on or off the field. So, in order to dispel the impression that the campus on Sou ... More >>
No charges filed in deadly shootingAn argument turned fatal in a neighborhood near the Johnson Space Center Sunday morning.An unidentified male went to a home in the 1900 block of Richvale about 9:40 a.m. to "confront" several people "about an earlier disturbance," police say.The man, whose ident ... More >>
Harris County medical examiners have two more bodies on their hands.A little before 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, say police, the cops got a call asking them to check on someone at 1926 Spillers Lane, in the Spring Branch West part of town. When the officers got there, they found a man and woman, b ... More >>
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The Citizens Transportation Coalition is currently giddy with dreams of 90 MPH commuter trains speeding from Galveston and down 290 into the city...possibly by 2012, which sounds like the far future but is only three years away. There hasn't been much public movement on commuter rail since the HG ... More >>
photo courtesy of beckstir01 Kidnappings, pipeline bombings and vigilantism has become a way of life for both offshore oil workers stationed along the coast of Nigeria as well as the oppressed native insurgency groups who carry out the violence. (Check out this week's feature about one Texan's re ... More >>
Teens could go to TYC till they're 19, then have another hearing to determine parole or prison after that.
Harris County juveniles certified as adults are jailed in isolation 23 hours a day — without being convicted of a crime.
Photo by TimDukeCommuters in the Woodlands, UH students, Galveston day trippers, people driving to Dallas for some reason, and any number of other Houston motorists - congratulations on cheating death!According to Fox News, I-45 in Harris County ranks fifth in a list of the 10 most dangerous stretch ... More >>
It's low-rent, but legal
Margie Hill got sick, became a ward of the county and was moved to a nursing home. Son Marvin wants her back home. But she can't get out.
Socialite Sanam Soudavar
Houston is scrambling for psychiatric and emergency medical services. But hoping for better state funding is just another psychotic episode.
Candidate recruits include a former Republican jurist
Hospital district officials wanted a simple one-sentence policy on immigrant health care. What they got instead was a criminal probe and plenty of politics.
The Democratic Party chief is full of promises -- and attitude
This time, a plan to bring drug courts here has real teeth
Want a subsidy for your corporate expansion? Local governments are ready with millions in property-tax abatements -- and very little oversight.
For three years as Harris County's chief medical examiner, Dr. Joye Carter has been haunted by controversy. Can she survive?
The city of Houston is being carved into special taxing districts, promising windfalls for some, financial burdens for others
A federal lawsuit accuses the county of upping the pressure for guilty pleas
Will race and bad blood play a part in the Guv's judicial picks?
Harris County's chief pathologist finds herself under the microscope.
In 1992, Harris County changed the way it cares for those who can't manage their own lives. Four and a half years later, social workers are swamped, and people like Miss Natalie suffer.
What are the penalties in Harris County's tax collection deal with Heard, Goggan?
Double dipping, understaffing plague the M.E.'s office
Harris County has abdicated a basic responsibility of government: to provide for the public safety of all. Instead, those who have get and those who don't get the leftovers.
Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?
Need emergency psychiatric care in Harris County? Have a seat. Or call a cab.
Bail bondsmen claim no-money bonds are putting criminals on the street
The Feds created a program to feed the hungry. In Harris County, it became a program to feed the greedy.
When the tax assessor raises the value of one house on a block through the roof, the question is: Who's next?
Harris County JPs complain they're being used to generate cash, not justice
Do court-appointed attorneys serve their clients or the courts?