Harris County

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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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    March 9, 2011

    Serial Rapist on the Loose in West/Northwest Harris County

    HCSOSuspected of at least three sexual assaults​Harris County sheriff's deputies say DNA tests show there's a serial rapist targeting women in the northwest and west sides of the county. At a press conference today, they released a composite drawing of the suspect, who uses a box cutter to th ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Comment of the Day: The Astrodome Ain't No Wrigley Field

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Bloods & Crips: Harris County Gets Its Permanent Injunction Against Them

    PLUS they're hit with attorney's fees!!​A judge has made permanent the temporary injunction she earlier granted against the Bloods and Crips gang, a first in Harris County. The civil injunction bars 47 gang members from an area around the Haverstock Hills apartment complex in northeast Harris ... More >>

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    December 10, 2010

    Crips & Bloods: DA Gets Her Civil Injunction Against Them

    First injunction granted in gang fight​The Harris County District Attorney's office announced last month they would be seeking civil injunctions against gang members operating near a northeast side apartment complex, and late this afternoon a judge granted the first such one in Harris County. ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    "Jeroni White Feather": Who Is She?

    Update: We're told she has been identified. Harris County investigators are looking for information to clear up the mystery of a woman's body found wearing men's clothes with a plaintive note in a pocket. The woman, 5-2, 100 pounds, believed to be between 25 and 40 years old, was found in Spring F ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Harris County's Jail-Population Growth Third In Nation, Study Finds

    Harris County Jail's having a population boom​In 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 >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Crips and Bloods: The Details On Harris County's Plan To Get An Injunction

    Where's your injunction?​It's time for the Bloods and Crips to lawyer up. Harris County is taking a bunch of gangsters to civil court. "This is a grand day in Harris County," DA Pat Lykos said this morning during a news conference. Lykos filed a public nuisance lawsuit today against 33 "known m ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Bloods And Crips: Harris County Is Coming After You (With A Civil Injunction)

    Civil injunctions are coming​Lawyer up, all you Bloods and Crips on the northwest side. Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos will announce tomorrow the county's first civil injunction filed against a gang, targeting "members of the Blood and Crips gangs who have continually preyed upon t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    County Officials: Vote-Counting May Be Slow; Majority Of Votes Already Cast

    Perhaps 60 percent of the Harris County vote has already been cast​Harris County clerk Beverly Kaufman's office is warning that it might take a little longer than usual to count the vote tomorrow, because of the fire that wiped out the county's electronic-voting machines.The speed of the vote coun ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    DWI: Getting Away With It Is Getting Tougher In Harris County

    Blood tests for drunk drivers will be the norm now that Harris County got a fat chunk of federal cash. ​Drinking and driving is serious business in Harris County, and to prove it, the District Attorney's office held a press conference this morning to promote some changes they've made. "A lot of dr ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Early Voting Begins: Five Reasons To Get It Out Of The Way

    The Harris County ballot is about as long as this, and not was gripping​Early voting began today in Harris County and elsewhere, as voters and candidates finally hit the home stretch for the very bizarre Campaign 2010.Voting early is usually a good idea; here in Houston it makes more sense than ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Acid Bombs: Sure, Set Them Off Next Door To A Cop's House. And Throw One In His Yard For Good Measure

    I can haz felony on my record?​There's a certain lack of common sense inherent in building homemade acid bombs, but it's the type of lack that can be common in males in their teens and early 20s.There's a very special lack of common sense, however, in building such a bomb and setting it off in you ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Harris County Tax Rate: Shockingly, No Increase In An Election Year

    Renovated courthouse to open in August​Harris County's mid-year budget review is out, and it recommends no change in the tax rate from what it has been since 2007.There will be a little juggling involved: the tax rates for the port and the flood control and hospital district will go up, while the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Prosecutions For Choking Family Members Go Way Up

    Don't do this in Harris County, Homer​Harris County District Attorney Patricia Lykos has issued a year-end report totaling up work done by her office in 2009.It shows things are getting busier over there, but one chart in particular stands out.Listing the top 10 felony dispositions for 2008 and 20 ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Harris County Still Buying Cemetery Space For All You People Who Refuse To Be Cremated

    He'd rather be in Philadelphia​Oooooh, cremation: It's so terrible. How can you possibly shake hands with St. Peter at the heavenly gates if you're a pile of ashes?Harris County is running out of cemetery space to bury indigent people. So they should switch to cremation, right? You can pack a lot ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Randall Kallinen, Others Want The New Public Defender's Office Done Right

    Hulk mad if budget small​More than a dozen local civil rights and justice advocacy groups banded together Wednesday in an attempt to ensure that the proposed Harris County public defender office gets done right.At a news conference, the organizations, which come together to form the Greater Housto ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Summertime Blues: MADD And Cops Gather To Threaten Drunk Drivers

    Photo by John Nova LomaxHave props, will travel​In what is now a time-honored pre-Labor Day Weekend/dog days of summer ritual, police and members of several anti-drunk driving advocacy groups gathered yesterday to stress what they claim is a multitude of alternative modes of transport for nocturn ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Getting Divorced In Harris County? Good Luck

    Don't worry -- it'll take a long time before that case gets heard​Texas Lawyer magazine has a good look at the docket problems in Harris County's Family Law Center, where nine courts have about 34,500 cases pending on their dockets.One lawyer notes that in his 25 years of practice, the county's po ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    Mugshots: Sheriff Adrian Garcia Doesn't Want You To See Them

    This mugshot would be highly secret information in Harris County, says the sheriff​Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia's office has announced a new policy where they will no longer provide the media -- or you, the public -- with mugshots of arrested people until they have been convicted of a crime ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    Harris County Gets In The Gentlemen's Club Business

    Harris County owns one of these places​In the market for a strip joint? Has Harris County got a deal for you!!The county is now the proud owner of a club with the classy name of Velvet Touch, out on Highway 6.Apparently the velvet touches cost you, because the club "was taken by the district attor ... 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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    April 8, 2010

    Former Judge Pleads Guilty To Keying A Neighbor's Car

    Former district judge Woody Densen,a little-missed Harris County courthouse fixture, has pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and fined $1,500 for the idiotic, petty keying of a neighbor's car caught on security video, the Houston Chronicle is reporting.Densen was apparently annoyed that the neighbo ... More >>

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    February 15, 2010

    Unidentified Man, Bayou Body Count No. 41

    ​Another body was found. There is not much info, just a few bare facts and loads of questions.On Saturday afternoon, a couple of guys were driving along the 100 block of Gulf Bank, just north of Highland Heights, when they spotted a man lying in a yard.Harris County deputies say the men pulled ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    BloggingFAIL, Right Here In Houston

    ​Paul Kennedy is a DWI lawyer in Houston with a blog called The Defense Rests.Let's check some recent highlights!!Friday, August 7: Remember to Think Before You Post Online. "In a talk at the ABA's Annual Meeting [Judge Susan Criss] reminded the attorneys in the room that what you put up on Faceb ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    It's A Nice Taxpayer-Supported Gig For Former Chronicle Reporter Alan Bernstein

    As we told you last month, 29-year-veteran Houston Chronicle reporter Alan Bernstein started off his new gig as communications director for Harris  County Sheriff Adrian Garcia by promising openness and transparency, a policy that did not quite include divulging his new salary."That will be a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    This Weekend's DWI Crackdowns Will Include Boaters, Baby

    Photo by jvh33Tired of all those pain-in-the-ass DWI crackdowns? Thinking you can get around them and still indulge your urge to endanger yourself and others by operating heavy, moving machinery while drunk by tossing back some Jack Daniel's on your boat?Think again. This Memorial Day weekend, the D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Are We Going To Flood Again? Probably Not (This Time)

    With the swine flu already on our minds, the last thing we want to worry about is more flooding this weekend from possible thunderstorm showers. We'd much rather spend the weekend out celebrating the Rockets' first playoff-round win in over a decade relaxing on the patio of some Mexican restaurant, ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    March Madness Now Includes A DWI Crackdown

    It's March!! Time for Spring Break!! And March Madness!! And, ummm, a DWI crackdown by the Harris County DAs office.We don't know what kind of crazed marketing mind came up with the title "The 'March Madness' Anti-DWI Enforcement Campaign," but someone did, and DA PAt Lykos's office is putting out t ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Momentarily Idiotic Teens Won't Get The Book Thrown At Them

    You're young, you do stupid things. That's pretty much a given.If you're a girl, the classic thing is shoplifting. If you're a boy, I don't know, criminal mischief, graffitti, something like that.The problem is if you're caught, there's a chance it stays on your record forever. And these days, when ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Bikers -- Someone Actually Wants To Hear From You

    Bikers, the city of Houston wants to hear from you. Some of us only want to hear how you're going to get out of our way during rush hour, but city officials would rather hear about what you think is needed here to help you bike better, or whatever it is you do.An online survey is being conducted in ... More >>

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    January 19, 2009

    Where To Indulge Your Obama-Mania In Houston

    No one's going to be getting much work done around 11 a.m. Houston time tomorrow.That, of course, is when John McCain will be sworn in as the nation's first old-white-guy President; assuming you're down from the amazing high of Sunday's Lee Greenwood/Hank Williams Jr. concert at the Mall, you'll wan ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009

    The Land Of The Killer Trains

    It's bad news when the state lists you as the absolute most dangerous county when it comes to deaths involving railroads.It's worse when you take into consideration the report doesn't even cover the treacherous, havoc-wreaking collision machine known as Metro's light-rail system.The Texas Rail & ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    The Houston Group Children At Risk Unfortunately Still Finds Its Name Relevant

    Children at Risk's 10th report on Houston-area children is out, and it's as grim as ever."The 2008-2010 edition of Growing Up in Houston continues to underscore the many needs of our children," the respected organization says.Among the highlights:-47% of Harris County children live in or near povert ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    The Nation Notices Harris County Ain't Killing People Much These Days

    We first broke the news in October; the Houston Chronicle noticed it earlier this month, and now Time magazine has discovered it: There will be no one sent to Death Row from Harris County this year.Which, in historical terms, is kind of like saying Texas high schools will not be sending anyone to bi ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Rip Off A MUD? No Probation For You!!

    They wanted probation. Is that too much to ask? Yup. Steve Strange and Robert Carlile thought they had a nice scam going -- they were on the board of directors of a Municipal Utility District northwest of town, and who the hell pays any attention to what MUD directors do? So they used their distr ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    Cheerleaders Indicted For (Unfortunately Enough, Non-Sexual) Hazing

    Let the drooling begin! The Harris County DAs office announced this morning that they have indicted seven high school cheerleaders for hazing. Glenn Quagmire of Family Guy immediately went into overdrive with his giggity-giggitys. Cosmo Kramer started stuttering "ca-ca-ca-catfight." What kind of ... More >>

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    November 14, 2008

    Major Dog-Fighting Ring Busted Here

    If you were planning to go to a dog-fight this weekend, change your plans. And contact the DAs office. Federal and local authorities announced today they'd busted a major dog-fighting operation based in Harris County. Standing before an armored truck, representatives of the US Marshal's Office, th ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    Harris County Becomes Democratic

    Many predicted it would happen, either this election cycle or next, but it was a close-run thing. In the end, though, Harris County turned Democratic. For the first time since LBJ, the county did not go for the Republican presidential candidate. Democrats pretty much swept the judicial races, alth ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008

    Harris County Criminal Courthouse To Become Like A Sports Bar

    The Harris County Criminal Courts are going hi-def, baby. Tired of putting up with crappy TVs and low-rent VHS machines in this age of CSI, Commissioners Court approved today a proposal to spend $2 million upgrading the video and audio capabilities of the courtrooms. And they sound like every othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Where To Look, And What For, Tonight

    The results are going to take some time to come in, but the place to look for how Harris County is voting is here. That's the official place. Analysis is best, in our opinion, at Off the Kuff . (He may be too blue for some, but it is shaping up as that kind of night.) We here at Hair Balls wil be ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    The 2008 Voting Charts: The Harris County DA Race

    For the first time in a long time, Harris County voters actually have a choice in this year's District Attorney race, in terms of candidates who have a shot at winning. Unfortunately, it's not the most awe-inspiring choice of all time. Democrat C.O. Bradford used to be Houston police chief, where ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008

    Early Voting Still Shattering Records

    There's been no signs of a slowdown in the early-voting pace in Harris County, the clerk's office reports. Voting today -- and for the four-day period so far -- has been about double that of 2004. Says the clerk's office: As of 4:52 pm on Oct. 23nd 2008, the County Clerk's early voting statistics ... More >>

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    October 2, 2008

    Ozone Levels Getting Nasty

    This doesn't sound too good. Patricia Tinoco-Perez of Harris County's Public Health & Environmental Services department says don't go around doing too much breathing right now: Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) is issuing an "Air Quality Warning/Health Advisory" for the ... More >>

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    September 26, 2008

    It May Be Easier To Early-Vote In Montrose This Year

    Early voting in Texas doesn't start until October 20, but if you are one of the people who tried to early-vote at the West Gray Multi-Service Center in 2004, you're probably thinking of getting on line now. Waits were long and tedious at the center, located near downtown close to West Gray & Waugh. ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008

    Some Ike Statistics

    The Harris County Homeland Security & Emergency Management office has released a by-the-numbers look at the response to Ike. It's pretty random, but numbers are real, man. So here they are: 2,400 special-needs residents were moved by Metro 1,125,750 gallons of water were distributed at PODs 2.8 ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008

    All The Traffic Problems Solved!

    Harris County Judge Ed Emmett has announced how he's going to tackle the massive traffic headaches caused by Ike. HOV lanes will be open, and cops will staff major intersections to keep cars flowing faster than the herky-jerky four-way stop system. So what took so long? "The real answer, they wer ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    Ike: Officially A Disaster

    Harris County Judge Ed Emmett has just formally declared a "state of disaster" in the county, and oddly enough it has nothing to do with the Texans' performance against Pittsburgh last weekend. The declaration gives Emmett power to issue evacuation orders, close county offices and direct rescue eff ... More >>

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    September 10, 2008
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