Harris District Attorney

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    November 12, 2014

    Judge Drops Charge Against Officer Who Kicked Man During Traffic Stop Gone Haywire

    See if you can follow this one. A Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constable out on patrol says he saw a young man blow through a stop sign on September 10, 2011 near his far north-side home, so he pulled up behind the guy and flashed the lights when the man turned into his driveway. The man's mothe ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014

    If the Harris County DA Calls You About Your Loan, Don't Worry. It's a Scam.

    So, apparently criminals impersonating the Harris County District Attorney's office staff are calling residents and asking questions about loans in order to gain...well...we're not sure what they've managed to gain, but it's definitely a scam.

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    November 5, 2014

    Texas Was Hardly a "Battleground" Last Night

    Anyone hoping Texas' deep red days were behind us got a big fat wakeup call last night. The AP called the governor's race for Greg Abbott just an hour after the polls closed (not much of a surprise there), and as election results continued to trickle in, this much became clear: big, moneyed efforts ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    District Attorney Candidate Kim Ogg on the "Human Toll" of Prosecuting Misdemeanor Pot Offenders

    Last Friday, Kim Ogg, the Democratic candidate for Harris County District Attorney, was the guest of honor at a gathering of the Houston chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, a pro-pot legalization group. Just let that sink in for a moment. A major party candidate v ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    SPM Supporters Plan "Day of Unity" Protest

    There has never been a figure as polarizing in the Houston hip-hop community as Carlos Coy, the man better known as South Park Mexican. In his heyday circa 2000, the local rapper's independent Dope House Records label sold millions of units, and "SPM" gave a voice to a generation of Southern and Sou ... More >>

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    September 30, 2014

    The Harris County DA's Race Is Mostly About Drugs

    This year, the race for Harris County District Attorney, who heads the largest prosecutor's office in Texas and one of the largest in the country, is mostly about drugs. That much was clear in a debate this weekend hosted by Fox 26 between incumbent Republican Devon Anderson and Democratic challen ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    Sheriff Unwittingly Rehires Investigator Forced Out by DA's Office

    The curious case of Ruben Carrizal -- the investigator forced out of the Harris County District Attorney's Affice for misconduct only to be rehired by the sheriff's office three days later -- just didn't seem right to us when we first saw KPRC's report earlier this week. We just didn't understand ho ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    DA Candidates on Weed: Talking Points Over Data Points

    Though marijuana possession remains a jailable crime in Harris County, the law of the land is shifting toward leniency for offenders. Both contenders in the November race for Harris County District Attorney have presented alternatives to convicting those caught with pot. DA incumbent Devon Anderso ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    County Attorney Wants to Ban Bloods and Crips From Neighborhood -- Nothing Scares Those Dudes Like A Court Order!

    Gang members make bad neighbors -- Bloods are notorious violators of homeowner association driveway maintenance rules, and Crips have been known to not mow their lawns for weeks at a time -- which is why Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan wants to ban those gangs from a north Harris County community. ... More >>

  • News

    January 9, 2014

    It's a Wrap

    Our Top 10 favorite Houston news stories of 2013.

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    December 30, 2013

    Our Top 10 Favorite Houston News Stories of 2013

    It's been a busy year in Houston. It always seems to be a busy year in the nation's fourth largest city. In particular, 2013 saw some significant developments in Houston's landmarks. From light rail to stadiums to iconic stores, real estate was in the news. Of course, there was also an election and ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    Tommy Forgue: Deputy Constable Fondled Woman's Breasts While She Dialed for Help, Cops Say

    Remember how your mom always told you that if you ever got lost in a crowd, one of those guys in uniform would be happy to help? That turned out to allegedly be a little too true at the Houston Rodeo Cook-off. Precinct 5 Deputy Constable Tommy Forgue was arrested on Monday and charged with official ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    Four Year Old in Critical Condition After Accidentally Shooting Self

    A four-year-old boy is in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital after accidentally shooting himself at around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday night according to police. Reportedly, the boy was at home at 3201 Laura Koppe when he climbed onto a tall piece of furniture to reach a handgun that was hidden ... More >>

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    November 22, 2012

    2012 Turkeys of the Year

    Puffed up, plucked and ready for roasting, here's this year's best of the worst.

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    October 26, 2012

    Candidates, METRO Referendums Confusing? Use the League of Women Voters Guide

    In the grand scheme of things, the bigger the election, generally the more attention it gets and the more distantly removed it is from our day to day activities. Sure, voting for school board members and county tax collectors isn't as sexy as voting for president, but it is more likely to affect you ... More >>

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    June 27, 2012

    More Charges Expected in Candice Schwager DWI Assault Case

    An additional charge is expected in the intoxication assault case involving erratic blogger Candice Schwager, who police say drove her Mercedes SUV into a motorcycle June 16, injuring two people. The motorcycle's passenger, Shannon Stenseth, was treated for fractured ribs and released, but the bik ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Maria Garcia Delao: Molested Sleeping 13-Year-Old Girl, Cops Say

    Police say a 13-year-old girl awoke one night last spring to find Maria Garcia Delao, 27, fondling her. The girl was a relative of Delao's boyfriend and was spending a night last May in her apartment when the alleged attack occurred. The girl told her mother about the incident in October, court do ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    Yohance McClane, 30, Bayou Body Count No. 180

    The Harris County District Attorney's office will decide whether to present charges to a grand jury in the death of Yohance McClane, 30, who was stabbed to death by his girlfriend, police say. McClane died at his apartment in the 16100 block of Vickery on the northside about 12:40 a.m. Monday, HPD ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    HPD Sting Snags HBU Cop with Coke

    A three-year veteran of the Houston Baptist University police force has been fired and now faces first-degree felony drug charges after the Houston Police Department caught him in a sting operation yesterday. According to the Harris County District Attorney's office, HPD had received a tip that an ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    The Peddler

    Both in and out of prison, Brian Culwell has spent his life selling people baubles, trinkets and jewels. Now he's buying your gold and silver.

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    August 17, 2011

    Alleged White Supremacists Beat Black Man, But DA Doesn't File Hate Crime Charge

    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 >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Joe Roach, Former Council Member, Dies at 49

    Joe Roach​Joe Roach, the former Houston city councilman known as much for his dwarfism as being a politician, lawyer and TV analyst, has died after a brief illness, KTRK is reporting. The station says Roach, 49, had been hospitalized for a month with an undisclosed illness. He had been a cit ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    Jessica Tata: Now She's Facing Murder Charges

    HCSOJessica Tata faces a longer sentence​The stakes have been raised against Jessica Tata, the owner of the daycare center where four children died in a fire. Previously charged with manslaughter, now Tata faces murder charges after court filings yesterday by the Harris County District Attorn ... More >>

  • News

    March 17, 2011

    Heights Art Heist Update

    Lawyers loom, tempers flare

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    March 10, 2011

    Michael Medina: Sheriff's Deputy Kills Man Who Stole His Taser

    Gun beats Taser​A 37-year-old man was shot and killed by a Harris County Sheriff's Deputy during a struggle in an apartment complex on the east side of the county, HCSO officials say. Deputy Michael Medina, an eight-year HCSO veteran, was responding to a disturbance call at a complex in the 1 ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Michael Brown: Wife's Divorce Attorney Claims the Hand Doctor Tried to Hire a Hit Man to Kill Her

    Michael Brown facing more allegations​Former hand surgeon Michael Brown tried to hire a hit man to kill his wife, his wife's lawyer told a Harris County Family Court judge Thursday. In a heated meeting in front of Judge Jim York, David Brown (no relation) said he had received a tip from the H ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    The Great Heights Art Heist: The Aftermath

    An attorney says he'll help artists​Developments continue in the case of H Gallery, the Heights art gallery we featured last week that is alleged to have been ripping off artists for the past several years. Last Saturday, H director Heidi Powell-Prera showed up at the Heights' First Saturday ... 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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    October 6, 2010

    Bill Satterwhite: Three (Alleged) Strikes And You're Out Of The Fake Lawyerin' Game

    Photo HCSO via Fox 26Bill Satterwhite just has a hankering to lawyer​For the third time, former attorney William Everett Satterwhite has been caught practicing law without a license. This time the penalty for the 66-year-old disbarred lawyer could be life in prison. According to court records, an ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Unidentified Male, Bayou Body Count No. 238

    A stabbing death, but maybe no charges​A man was stabbed to death Sunday afternoon in a southwest side apartment, police say.The victim and another man were arguing in an apartment and the fight escalated into a stabbing about 1:20 p.m. in the 6400 block of Bankside, police say. The victim, whose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    No Refusal DWI Crackdowns: Every Weekend For The Next Three Years

    Because you're mine, you walk the line​Every holiday weekend, it seems, the Harris County District Attorney's office puts out a release touting a "No Refusal Weekend," where law-enforcement sets up locations targeting drunk drivers.Normally, DWI suspects who refuse to take a Breathalyzer (as attor ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Carol Vance: Former DA Cancels Book-Signing Appearance; Death-Penalty Foes Claim Victory

    Carol Vance ducks out of an appearance​Carol Vance, a former longtime Harris County District Attorney, canceled an an appearance last week at Murder by the Book to promote his biography Boomtown DA.The store said simply the cancellation was "due to extenuating circumstances," but death-penalty foe ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Juan Tejeda & Jorge Magdeleno: After Living Quietly For 16 Years, Arrested On Murder Charges

    Sixteen years later, caught​Another week, another cold-case arrest in Houston.This time it was two men who had been on the run since participating in a gang murder back in 1994, officials say.Jorge Carlos Tejeda, 33 and Jorge Tejeda Magdeleno, 35, were quietly arrested July 7, Tejeda at the tire s ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    Orlando Castano: New Bribery Bust In Bogus DPS License Scheme

    Photo courtesy DPS Orlando Castano, sex offender and (alleged) dealer in fake driver's licenses​There has been a new arrest in the Department of Public Safety bribery case. Last week administrative DPS clerk Gracie Gutierrez was arrested and charged with bribery for accepting cash for a fake licen ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Unidentified Male, Bayou Body Count No. 167

    No charges filed at this point​A man was found stabbed to death in a Third Ward garage apartment Sunday; the man with whom he was arguing was questioned but not charged.Police responded to a disturbance call in the 5900 block of Grace about 12:10 a.m. Sunday and found a man stabbed in the torso. H ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    Lance Reyna: An Arrest, But No Hate-Crime Charges

    An easier prosecution without a hate crime angle, prosecutors say​Authorities have made an arrest in the assault of a gay-rights leader who was attacked on the central campus of Houston Community College, but no hate-crime charges will be filed.HCC student Terrance Calhoun, 22, was charged in the ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    13-Year-Old Can't Be A Prostitute Because She Can't Consent To Sex, Attorneys Argue

    ​The Texas Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a case involving the Harris County District Attorney's prosecution of a 13-year-old girl for prostitution. Attorneys for the girl, called "B.W." in the proceedings, say that, because a minor cannot consent to sex, B.W. should not have been ... More >>

  • News

    June 25, 2009

    ID Theft

    Someone gets your social, ruins your credit, upends your life. And gets away free and clear.

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    June 8, 2009

    Faulty Lab Report May Buy Death Row Inmate New Trial

    It's good news for death row inmate Charles Raby - and more bad news for Joseph Chu. The former Houston crime lab analyst has taken a beating in the Michael Bromwich reports, which determined that, among other things, the lab had manipulated results to help with convictions. And it seems that in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Surprise, Surprise: Yet Another Delay In 15-Year-Old DNA Case

    Back in January Hair Balls brought you the saga of the seemingly endless DNA case of convicted grandma-killer Charles Raby. He's been on Death Row since 1994, and the DNA challenge has been going on for more than six years. Today's scheduled ruling was pushed back yet again. Sarah Frazier, Raby ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008
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    July 28, 2008
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    April 17, 2008

    Death Threats and TAKS Tests

    Some TAKS tests are murder

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    January 30, 2008

    Quanell X Joins the Chuck Rosenthal Ouster Party

    Quanell X has taken the lead on one of the many efforts to remove Chuck Rosenthal as the Harris County District Attorney. Look for Quanell at a downtown protest on Thursday, scheduled for noon at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse. The rally is first of many, Quanell says, until Rosenthal is go ... More >>

  • News

    January 6, 2000

    The Insider

    The Talented Mr. Stockman. A defeated politician resurrects himself in Seventh District heaven with a stash of campaign cash

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    December 16, 1999

    The Insider

    Political Goodfellows Editor: Gabe and Gary get new toys; Lee and Mario cry in their stockings

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    August 19, 1999

    Get The Goods On All The Bads

    We Snitch on HOUSNITCH! What's really behind City Hall's whistle-blower Web page?

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    June 4, 1998
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    August 29, 1996

    No Time for Sergeants

    The Houston Police Department puts high-ranking cops out on the street

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    February 9, 1995

    Re-Hanging the Judge

    An angry grand juror says Lupe Salinas is a victim of kangaroo court justice

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