Ashlyn Treadway, 23, who was scorned by her paternal grandfather, a Pentecostal pastor, and many in her Beaumont church after she accused her uncle of molesting her, was killed in a single-car accident in Liberty County Saturday night. Her younger sister, Brea, a passenger in the car, is recovering ... More >>
Lost in all the shock at finding an infant child among cockroaches in a fetid home in Liberty County earlier this week has been one seemingly inescapable observation: Aaron Parker, the father of the child, whose alleged negligence may be to blame for the child's inadequate care, has, like, a giant h ... More >>
Remember last summer's sudden media hysteria about a large amount of children's graves on a Liberty County home? It was all inspired by a psychic who phoned the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, and, we think, some tipster in that office who gave out bad info that led outlets such as CNN to momentar ... More >>
Inmates at the Liberty County Jail finagled with the cable system and treated themselves to nightly viewings of a porn channel, KPRC reports. Some jailers noticed and didn't care, other jailers noticed and reported it to supervisors who didn't care, the station said. Another recent inmate, who als ... More >>
Just before 10 a.m. yesterday, Army wife Holly Burbank got a shocking phone call. No, thankfully, it had nothing to do with her husband Sam -- he is now safely back in Texas after a tour of duty in Iraq. According to the Montgomery County Police Reporter, this call came from one of her relatives i ... More >>
Almost, but not quiteNot everyone can be a winner. Not everyone can be such a loser that they become a Houston Press Turkey of the Year. But while we don't give out participation ribbons, we do think there were some candidates who only barely eked out our 2011 winners. So we salute these in ... More >>
Peace outHere's a tip if you're planning on running a Liberty County weed farm: Get a rocket launcher. Apparently you're going to need one, if the operation busted by cops yesterday is any indication. Acting on a Crime Stoppers tip, law enforcement authorities raided a property near Clevel ... More >>
Cop Harry Kelley was the man to see for illegal arms and ammunition, feds say.A Kingwood man who was a veteran Liberty County police officer was sentenced to a year in federal prison for illegally buying and selling police guns and ammunition, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Beaumont announced. ... More >>
Joe Warren reportedly got in altercation over pit bullA veteran Liberty County prosecutor has been charged with deadly conduct and making a terroristic threat for reportedly pulling a gun on a family whose pit bull had killed his dog. Joe Warren, who had been one of the attorneys handling th ... More >>
Google mapsApproximate map of the locationUpdate: The status as of 6:30 p.m. seems to be that authorities got a tip and "found some circumstances that have raised some questions," as the official local spokesman put it, so they are seeking a search warrant. Once they get it they will begin di ... More >>
Oak Forest is a neat urban neighborhood just north of the Loop west of T.C. Jester. Sure, it's got the word "Forest" in its name, but other than that it would seem to have very little in common with isolated backwood burgs like Rye, in the upper reaches of Liberty County. But now, the two c ... More >>
Liberty County SOChristopher Coker: Fooling the old guys.The life of the semi-retired Walmart greeter: If you're not getting choked because you asked to see a receipt, the receipt you get handed is a forgery allegedly and diabolically produced by a criminal-genius (alleged) meth head. But yo ... More >>
Or something.When Liberty County's District Attorney Mike Little gagged anyone involved in the Cleveland gang rape case -- in which an 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped brutally by multiple men and boys -- from talking, you'd think he'd hang around as the singular voice for his muted count ... More >>
The popular women's Web site Jezebel, which isn't just for women, of course, has come out blasting today against the coverage of the gang rape in Cleveland, as practiced by both The New York Times and the Houston Chronicle. Eighteen men and juveniles have been arrested in the gang rape of an 11-yea ... More >>
Phil Fitzgerald: Former county judge indictedA county judge and a county commissioner used Hurricane Ike as a personal moneymaking scheme, according to federal indictments announced today. Best part: Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald had FEMA buy the county a large generator which he then ... More >>
Humans: Will you ever learn?We like to think that animal abusers will not only get a lump of coal from Santa this time of year, but a pitchfork-in-the-ass from the Other Guy in Red as well. For those of you who like to keep tabs on just how low the human race can sink, here's a roundup of some of ... More >>
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In the wee hours of a Saturday morning late last month, police in the Liberty County town of Dayton were patrolling State Highway 146 when they encountered what must have looked like a a streak of metallic gray lightning. They claim to have clocked a silver, late-model, Mercedes coupe at spe ... More >>
Houston 101 is taking a bit of a road trip today in honor of George Strait. Our sister blog Rocks Off is counting down the days until Strait returns here for a non-rodeo appearance, and it put us in mind of the first time we'd heard a Strait song -- at the trial over one of the Texas political wo ... More >>
And now, we present a newscast from the heart of Daisetta, Texas, where a sinkhole is threatening to swallow all of Liberty County...
Paul Miles returned from Iraq needing help with the death in his head. He got prison.
Feral pigs are ugly, destructive and mean. Some people in Texas just love to trap, stab or shoot them. Or put them in rodeos. With dogs.
The dogs are still for sale. But to whom? Yet another update to this seemingly unending story of the 320 pit bulls in Liberty County. Courtney Frank of the Houston Humane Society says her offices have been fielding angry calls and e-mails about the fate of the pit bulls after the judge's recent ... More >>
Houston Humane Society Things just got worse for some unlucky dogs. The Houston Humane Society's Courtney Frank just called us with a ruling on the pit bull case, and it ain't pretty. Liberty County judge Phil Fitzgerald has ruled that all the dogs over sixth months old must be euthanized; all ... More >>
Houston Humane Society The fight over the 320 pit bulls begins today. There's an update to the unfortunate story of the 320 pit bulls that were recently confiscated in Liberty County. The widow of Thomas Weigner Jr., the dogs' owner who died after being shot in a home invasion, came forth to ... More >>
Houston Humane Society The dogs had a choice of lying in a hot barrel or standing in flithy water. Lucky them. We've received a few terse e-mails about Monday's short post on the Chron's pit bull story. (Pit bulls are the spotlight on the paper's home page.) They all point out, correctly, that i ... More >>
"Worried? Why? They said we all have a good shot." The Chron reports today that 300 pit bulls have been seized from a Liberty County residence. Some of the dawgs — suspected to be part of a large dogfighting ring — were left in outdoor kennels. Thomas Weigner, the owner of the property ... More >>
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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.
He cheated a family out of $120,000. It took four years in jail to make him the victim.
Is the D.A.'s office for sale to the highest bidder?
John Ballis was a crook. But he expected the federal government to keep its end of a bargain.
Donald Chaline died as he had lived: in a tangle of crime, alcohol and mystery.