The three dudes who united over their white-power tattoos and then beat down a random black male at a downtown Houston bus stop are bound for federal prison.
On Monday at the downtown Houston federal courthouse, Charles Cannon, Michael McLaughlin and Brian Kerstetter were sentenced to 2-1/2 to 6-1/ ... More >>
On Saturday morning in Portland, Texas, hikers stumbled across the bodies of two girls in tall grass: 19-year-old Mollie Olgin and 18-year-old Mary Chapa, both shot in the head. Chapa was rushed to the hospital, where she's currently in serious but stable condition. Her girlfriend, Mollie, was ... More >>
A Houston federal jury has convicted three men on hate-crime charges for beating up a random black man at a downtown bus stop.
Charles Cannon, 26, Michael McLaughlin, 40, and Brian Kerstetter, 32 were convicted under the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act; a fourth man saw his case dismissed ... More >>
A federal grand jury has indicted four men in the beating of a black man at a Houston bus stop in August.
Charles Cannon, 26; Michael McLaughlin, 40; Brian Kerstetter, 32; and Joseph Staggs, 49, were indicted on one charge each of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevent ... More >>
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 >>
Jon Buice stays in prison.Jon Buice, who had been awarded a controversial parole after serving time for his role in the gay-bashing death of Paul Broussard, will not be a free man after all.
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles today reversed its earlier decision granting Buice parole in l ... More >>
Montrose residents lit a candle for hate crime victims.Last night, throngs of people bearing candles filled an empty parking lot in Montrose, just off the main gay bar drag of Pacific Street. A block or two from here, Paul Broussard was murdered in 1991. Aaron Scheerhoorn was stabbed to death ... More >>
Bite takenViolent-crime rates have dropped in both Houston and the nation, according to the FBI's just-released annual report on crime statistics.
Nationally violent crime dropped 5.5 percent; in Texas six percent and in Houston the drop was 5.9 percent.
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Fire didn't have time to spread.The Texas chapter of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) is asking the FBI to investigate an attempted arson at a southwest side mosque as a hate crime.
Media reports say at least three men in masks broke a window at the Madrasah Islamiah mosque near ... More >>
Orgies with a female prison chaplain?Jon Buice was at the center of one of the most publicized hate crimes in Houston history, a 1991 attack outside a Montrose gay bar that left Paul Broussard dead.
Buice was sent away, but now is the focus of an intense fight over whether he should be parol ... More >>
Photo courtesy HCSOTerrence Calhoun, accused of attacking Lance ReynaThis summer we reported on the assault against Lance Reyna, a Houston Community College student who was assaulted in a bathroom on the main campus.Reyna, a transgendered man, is a vocal leader in the HCC GLBT community, and supp ... More >>
An easier prosecution without a hate crime angle, prosecutors sayAuthorities 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 >>
CNN unveils its take on the Latino experience tonight with the widely publicized debut of Latino in America.Hair Balls admittedly enjoyed the broiled shrimp and free wine at the 50-minute preview two weeks ago when CNN was using Houston Latinos as a test audience for the program and we're somewha ... More >>
Houston politics can be a dirty business -- and first-time City Council candidate Lonnie Allsbrooks says he's finding out how nasty things can get: he says he's been the target of shady dudes in tinted-windowed cars staking out his business and chasing him down the mean streets of the Heights ... More >>