The World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. I knew I'd arrived when a hazy cloud of smoke, emitted by hundreds of barbecue pits, impaired my vision and bewitched my senses. My destination was confirmed when I spotted cowboy-hat and boot-clad guys and gals descending on Reliant Park in masses, as if ... More >>
Orange County SOBrian Linscomb: Pay no attention to the huge number of warrants, officer.For a while there, it seemed like Brian Linscomb's Sunday evening Lufkin motel party was going off swimmingly. At least one woman and several unidentified men crammed into Linscomb's lodgings at the Angel ... More >>
Hard as it may be to believe, the criminal element of Southeast Texas did dumb and weird things in 2010, continuing a tradition that dates back to the creation of Southeast Texas. Here are ten of the oddest and dumbest: 10. Two former EMS employees in Santa Fe were arrested after they allegedly p ... More >>
Photo courtesy Jasper County JailDerrick Traylor: Not the world's best mugshot, or stolen-goods fencerFencing your stolen goods can be such a pain in the ass -- you've got to find a conspirator, and then you've got to drag all your ill-gotten gains over to him. If you haven't stolen a pick-up tru ... More >>
Rocks Off's predecessor John Nova Lomax, who normally reports on much more sordid goings-on in East Texas, tipped us off to a story in today's Beaumont Enterprise that reports late Texas R&B legend Ivory Joe Hunter will have an official Texas State Historical Marker erected at his gravesite n ... More >>
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The other day, Hair Balls was discussing the case of Crystal Sosa with a friend.Sosa is a young prostitute. Two years ago, her dead infant was discovered stashed in the freezer of the motel where she was staying with her boyfriend. She was eventually convicted of nothing more serious than attempt ... More >>
You know what they say. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.That was what residents or rural Jasper County thought in January of 2009, when poorly-written handmade signs started popping up along backroads offering dirt cheap babysitting services.How cheap? How about $12 for an e ... More >>
On one hand, you have to tip your John Deere hat and salute this little feat of deep East Texas Redneck ingenuity and derring-do. On the other hand, you just have to wonder WTF they were thinking.The Web site of Jasper radio station KJAS picks up the tale: According to Jasper County Deputy Mike ... More >>
The boss told his employees to call him "Judge," since he said he used to be one in Jasper County.Working out of Houston, he ran the Stonebridge Management Corporation, which was a trucking company.Until their trucks started getting repossessed. And until "The Judge," who turned out to not have ever ... More >>
The twisted history of "Tighten Up"
A new kind of gang in Texas and Houston promises protection but no lifelong commitment