The widow of a volunteer Atascocita firefighter who died of overheating during "smoke diving" training in Beaumont in 2012 has sued two firefighters' groups and a safety council, accusing them of gross negligence leading to his death. Captain Neal Wade Smith, 46, a U.S. Navy veteran and father of t ... More >>
Across the state, private companies are able to slash their property-tax assessments, but homeowners aren’t as lucky with their county appraisal districts.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office has just sent out an alert that a prisoner who was being booked in to the country jail in downtown Houston, escaped around 5 p.m. today and they are still seeking him. "Officers are setting up a perimeter that borders Buffalo Bayou, which runs behind the jail boo ... More >>
Voters in Harris and Fort Bend counties will get an extra treat on Election Day: Federal poll watchers. As a result of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (now 47 years old!), the federal government attempts to make sure every registered voter regardless of race, color "or membership in a minority langua ... More >>
Child Abuse and Forensic Services, a Beaumont-based non-profit, has created the Ashlyn Tilea Treadway Educational Fund, in honor of a sexual abuse survivor who was killed in a car accident last August. Treadway was just 23. We first wrote about the abuse Ashlyn, her younger sister Brea, and two oth ... More >>
A Dallas County man is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, and Bishop Curtis Guillory, over sexual abuse the man allegedly suffered by a now-deceased priest in 1976-1977. Filed last week in Jefferson County District Court, the man -- identified as John Doe 104 -- claims that Father Ronald ... More >>
Thirteen years and a hundred school shootings later, why is Hollywood still obsessed with this one?
Something snapped in Bartholomew Granger yesterday as he went to Beaumont's Jefferson County courthouse for his trial on sexually assaulting a family member. While driving in his pickup truck, he opened fire with a Beretta CX-4 Storm, injuring three people and killing a 79-year-old woman who was ru ... More >>
Photo via 12NewsNowRife Kimler: Only a coincidence that his name rhymes with Himmler.Criminal defense attorneys are often colorful characters, but few seem as downright eccentric as Rife Kimler of Nederland. Kimler is currently in hot water for hindering the apprehension of an accused thief ... More >>
It's a yoga throwdown.If you're hiring a lawyer, you have to be careful and consider all factors. If, for instance -- just spitballing here -- someone says she's a lawyer and will represent you in your divorce in exchange for yoga lessons, maybe you might want to think twice. According to a ... More >>
You ain't driving on MY road.You're rolling along in the East Texas town of China, presumably minding your own business, when a cow decides to attack your car. What do you do? If you're Linda Anderson, you get out of the car in front of an obviously annoyed cow. And then you get attacked by ... More >>
Fourteen-year-old Andrew Mosier was abducted last August. It wasn't by aliens.
Millet Harrison believes in the first part of this message, at leastIt's January, which means it's time once again for Millet Harrison Jr. to ask a Jefferson County court if he can leave the mental hospital he's been locked up in since he cut out his mother's brain and heart in 1994. E ... More >>
Could Valero empty the coffers of Texas schools?
So bad you'd put up with an (allegedly) masturbating boss?
From www.kusaaviation.com/Kyle.aspHow many times does your boss have to masturbate on or around you before you quit your job?(Before you answer, remember, these are troubled times. Employment rates are tumbling and it could take months, even years, to get another gig. Especially one with he ... More >>
The animal world equivalent of Klem's punishmentLittle-girl-lovin' Beaumont cardiologist Jeffrey Klem has entered into a 15-year "agreed order of public reprimand" with the Texas Medical Board, according to a Board release issued this morning. If you'll recall, Klem was the guy who sh ... More >>
George Takei, who managed to co-star in a series with William Shatner and survive, was in Dallas over the weekend in support of a Japanese-art exhibit.Takei has famously become an out gay dude, so naturally enough the blog of our sister paper, the Dallas Observer, took the opportunity to ask him abo ... More >>
Back in November, Hair Balls indulged itself in some utterly sub-Swiftian satire on the possibility of Ike-wracked Galveston reconstructing itself as a haven for pirates. We suggested that Galveston apply for a Federal License to Plunder, citing advantages such as ease of access to all the booty ... More >>
Here's today's criminal justice system tip: If you're going to plead guilty in Harris County to repeatedly fondling young girls -- some of whom you're related to -- make sure you're a doctor. And we're not talking podiatrist, here.Hair Balls suggest you be a cardiologist, like Jeffrey Klem, who plea ... More >>
In calculating the latest pollution fine levied against BASF Fina Petrochemicals LP in Jefferson County, state regulators made a note that might make residents of "The Golden Triangle" reconsider the nickname for their home.The Beaumont-Port Arthur area, documents say, has been exposed to 11.4 tons ... More >>
For days after the storm, inmates in Beaumont lived without A/C, electricity or hot meals. Press releases kept saying everything inside was fine. Guards and prisoners agree — that was nothing but B.S.
Nearly 100 residents of Port Arthur have joined forces in court to sue the Premcor Refining Group, accusing the company of pumping toxic chemicals into the air and harming many of the area’s children. According to the lawsuit filed last Friday in Jefferson County District Court on behalf of 78 m ... More >>
The cardiologist traded on his status as a doctor to fondle young girls
Yep. These kids took an AP or an IB test. That much we can be sure of. Looks like Newsweek's "What Makes a High School Great" was the mag's most popular story of last year, according to its end-of-year issue. The people have spoken, and it's good to know they would rather read about high-school ... More >>
...is not quite what you'd expect
I answer a call for help and get pulled into a cesspool of doo-doo
Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, alligators are everywhere in southeast Texas. So now the state is going to make it easier for you to shoot you one.
Counting down: Our sixth- through tenth-place finishers
A Houston lawyer's fight for Series tickets
Critics of GoldStar ambulance service say it's late to emergencies, cares for profits over patients, and doctors its books. But without it, there's nothing.
Houston's Donald Trump can't be bothered with paperwork
He cheated a family out of $120,000. It took four years in jail to make him the victim.
The truth about my alleged "invasion" of the Friendswood congressman's one-stop political sweatshop and homestead
Houston's indie record entrepreneurs do it for the love of the music. Of course, they don't mind moving a few units, either.
Is Steve Stockman a committed crackpot, or just a hapless goofball?