John Cannon

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    September 3, 2014

    Houston Oilman Hal Kuntz Commits Suicide in Penthouse

    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 >>

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    July 9, 2014

    Alleged Office Supply Conman On the Loose in North Houston

    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 >>

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    June 16, 2014

    Woman Commits Suicide By Jumping from 25th Floor of Galleria Hotel

    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.

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    May 23, 2014

    While You're Out There Driving, Don't Forget the "Click It or Ticket" Campaign

    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.

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    September 23, 2013

    Police Trying to Identify Shooting Victim Found in Ditch

    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."

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    April 11, 2013

    UPDATED (with Video): University of St. Thomas Evacuated After Bomb Threats; No Bombs Found

    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 >>

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    October 18, 2012
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    October 12, 2012

    Unarmed Man, Kenneth Brian Releford, Fatally Shot After Charging Police, HPD Says

    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 >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Why Do Houston Police Keep Bothering Food Truck Oh My Gogi?

    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 >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Oh My Gogi's Continuing HPD Problems

    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 >>

  • News

    November 3, 2011

    Heights Burglary Ring Busted

    Don't brag on Facebook, kids

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    October 21, 2011

    Heights Burglary Ring Smashed; Four Area Youths in Custody & Their Facebook Bragging Exposed

    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 >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Brown Trial: Not Guilty, Not Surprising

    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 >>

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    April 25, 2011

    Ruben Trejo: Drunk Cop Who Hit School Bus Was On His Way Into Work, HPD Says

    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 >>

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    April 11, 2011

    UH Baseball: Cougars Engulfed By The Blazers

    John RoyalCodey Morehouse trots home after hitting a home run on Friday​The 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 >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Randy Jones: Throws Five Puppies Off Balcony, Killing Two (UPDATED)

    Not the dog in question​Updated 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 >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Tyjanae Moore: Mayor's Office Makes Clear Transgendered Woman Should Not Have Been Arrested For Using Women's Bathroom

    Annise Parker clarifies things for HPD​Concerning 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 >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Tyjanae Moore: Houston Still Struggling With Transgender/Bathroom Issues

    We thought this had been ironed out​Two 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 >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Marcus Dise: Lawsuit Claims HPD Beat Him Up For Videotaping Them

    Marcus Dise's lawsuit makes some big claims​It 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 >>

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    November 20, 2009

    More Ugly Trouble For That Doctor From The Wholesome TV Ads

    ​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 >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Complain About BARC, Find Yourself Charged With A Crime

    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 >>

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    June 18, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: Terrible Tragedy, In A Lexus

    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 >>

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    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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    February 2, 2009

    HPD's Pilot Program To Deal With Mentally Ill Becomes Permanent

    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 >>

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    January 15, 2009

    Quanell X

    The Houston activist says he's dumped the hate

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    November 6, 2008

    Hispanics Are Almost Never Arrested For Drugs, HPD Somehow Says

    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 >>

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    October 30, 2008

    Holding Small Amounts Of Pot Will Still Get You Jail Time In Houston

    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 >>

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    October 7, 2004

    The Prince of Perjury Palace

    In court, the truth didn't matter -- he got his child anyway

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    August 19, 2004

    Undercover Cop

    New HPD Chief Hurtt is still plainclothes

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    January 9, 2003

    The Odd Couple

    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.

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    July 4, 2002

    Banner Banter

    Another builder is the latest to go ballistic over the Cohns' sign

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    June 8, 2000

    Loose Cannon?

    David Mullane wanted to express sympathy for a rape victim. But the police wanted an arrest.

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    January 6, 1994