A prominent Houston oilman committed suicide in his River Oaks penthouse last month, officials confirmed this week. The Harris County Medical Examiner's Office confirms that Hal G. Kuntz died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on August 18. Houston police officers who responded to a c ... More >>
Offices supplies can be worth a lot, especially when you steal a bunch of them. Houston police are searching for a man charged with stealing thousands of dollars from north Houston area companies since March by pawning things he buys on companies' lines of credit. Randy Moore, a 48-year-old white ... More >>
A woman this afternoon leapt to her death from the 25th floor of the Double Tree Suites hotel on Westheimer, according to the Houston Police Dept. No further information was available on the incident. According to department spokesperson John Cannon, witnesses said it was an apparent suicide.
Police officers will be on the lookout for drivers and passengers (drunk and sober) who aren't buckled up this Memorial Day weekend. The Texas Department of Transportation will be conducting its 13th annual "Click It or Ticket" enforcement campaign in the Houston area until June 1.
Houston police are seeking information about the identity of a man, apparently shot to death, found Sunday morning in a ditch. The Chronicle reports that "a person driving past the 6400 block of Gold saw a body in the ditch near the railroad tracks and called police upon returning home nearby."
UPDATE: An HPD officer on the scene told reporters that it was more than likely "a hoax." Video from St. Thomas HPD press conference after the jump. Original post: The University of St. Thomas was evacuated this morning after receiving two bomb threats, but Houston police have not found any bombs. ... More >>
Police fatally shot an unarmed man, Kenneth Brian Releford, early Thursday morning near downtown, following a confrontation when he approached officers with a hand tucked behind his back, police said. This was the second time in three weeks that police gunned down a person who had a suspected ment ... More >>
Houston police spokesperson, John Cannon, has trouble not laughing when he hears about the food truck Oh My Gogi. It's not their complaints, or their food, or the owners. It's the name. Oh. My. Gogi. The punchlines pretty much write themselves. Oh My Gogi isn't laughing. Owner Eric Nguyen says the ... More >>
Houston police spokesperson John Cannon has trouble not laughing when he hears about the food truck Oh My Gogi. It's not their complaints, or their food, or the owners. It's the name. Oh. My. Gogi. The punchlines pretty much write themselves. Oh My Gogi isn't laughing. Owner Eric Nguyen says the H ... More >>
Don't brag on Facebook, kids
Phots by HPDNathaniel Cook: One of four arrested.An alert area resident and diligent Central Patrol officers have taken in a quartet of Heights miscreants they say broke into four area homes on Tuesday. Police say Nathaniel Dean Cook, Octavius Demone Harris, Eli Marquis Ortiz and Everardo Se ... More >>
Michael Brown is not a guilty man.In a strictly legal sense, today's not guilty verdict in Dr. Michael Brown's assault trial was probably the right call. Although prosecutors Jane Waters and Nathan Hennigan probably did the best with what they had, they didn't have much. Rachel Brown had no ... More >>
Better or worse that he didn't make it to work?The off-duty cop who hit a school bus in the afternoon last year has been charged with drunk driving, and HPD confirms he was on his way into work when the accident happened. As opposed to just being drunk and behind the wheel on a weekday after ... More >>
John RoyalCodey Morehouse trots home after hitting a home run on FridayThe Houston Cougar baseball team has been on a bit of a rollercoaster ride this season. They weren't supposed to be very good, not with the new coach, roster turnover, and a near non-existent pitching staff devastated by ... More >>
Not the dog in questionUpdated with new puppy-tossing info from HPD. See end of item. A few months ago we had a guy throwing a puppy off a bridge because it kept getting into the garbage. Now we have a dude throwing a dog off a balcony, motivation unknown. Big difference: The bridge puppy ... More >>
Annise Parker clarifies things for HPDConcerning Tyjanae Morre, the transgendered woman whose attempt to use a women's restroom in the downtown library got her tossed into the men's jail, and briefly threw city government into confusion, Mayor Annise Parker's office says the "misunderstanding ... More >>
We thought this had been ironed outTwo weeks after a transgendered woman tried to use the restroom in a city building, she and the city seem still to be recovering. A security guard at the downtown municipal library told police it was a man dressed in women's clothes that he saw entering the ... More >>
Marcus Dise's lawsuit makes some big claimsIt appears as though cops don't like being photographed or recorded. Just ask Marcus Dise, another man who claims that he was the victim of police misconduct, in this instance allegedly beaten Tarantino-style by a pair of HPD officers after whipping out ... More >>
Houston's wackiest, silliest married couple is at it again: Last Sunday night, Rachel Brown, wife of cocaine-enthusiast and medical-license-losing former surgeon Michael Brown (star of local television ads featuring his kids) called 911 because, per the offense report, "her husband is trying to k ... More >>
Photo by bf_photos The Harris County District Attorney's Office has charged a BARC volunteer for filing a false police report regarding animal abuse he said he heard while at the city's animal control facility. Shelby Kibodeaux was charged July 1 with the class B misdemeanor, which ca ... More >>
Just before 4 pm Tuesday, according to Houston police, Pedro Enrique-Garcia Rosabal, 34, called his wife to say he'd just picked their two kids up from summer school and was going to kill them. Turns out Rosabal made good on his threat, shooting his 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son with a .380 ... More >>
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 >>
In December, we published a story that involved the Houston Police Department's Crisis Intervention Team, and one of its new programs that only a couple other departments in the country were trying.That program, the Crisis Intervention Response Team, pairs street officers with counselors from MHMRA ... More >>
The Houston activist says he's dumped the hate
At a drug policy summit last week at the Baker Institute, Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt unveiled some arrests stats that have us here at Hair Balls scratching our heads a bit. The figures had to do with the ethnic and racial breakdown of those arrested for narcotics violations in 2007 as compar ... More >>
To Houstonians holding their breath that the cops here might follow the lead of other Texas cities and allow officers to just issue a ticket to the fine folk caught holding a small bit of marijuana, you may as well exhale. It ain't going to happen. Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt said as much W ... More >>
In court, the truth didn't matter -- he got his child anyway
New HPD Chief Hurtt is still plainclothes
When a veteran juvenile probation supervisor took a teenage former detainee as her live-in companion, you'd have thought authorities would be interested. They weren't.
Another builder is the latest to go ballistic over the Cohns' sign
David Mullane wanted to express sympathy for a rape victim. But the police wanted an arrest.