New York Crime

  • Culture

    May 8, 2014

    The Curious Case of African-Art Appraisal and Tax Fraud

    Appraising collectibles and filing the correct tax forms can be a tricky business, as convicted tax cheat Sulayman Jarra well knows.

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Liquid-Meth-In-The-Shampoo-Bottle Trick Doesn't Work for Women in Brownsville

    You might say that law enforcement personnel assigned to the Brownsville bus station has seen it all, especially with the smuggling (or attempted transportation) of illegal substances. "With the U.S.-Mexico border being right there, there are a lot of drugs on the main highway and in the bus termi ... More >>

  • Music

    January 3, 2013
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    November 8, 2012
  • News

    October 25, 2012

    Houston Babylon

    Four of the spookiest true tales in our city's history

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Crystal Martinez, Alicia Martinez, and Tina Marie Trevino: Brownsville Women Accused in Beatdown, Sexual Assault of Love Rival

    UPDATED AFTER THE JUMP....Two Rio Grande Valley women were jailed and a third is on the run after police accused the trio of beating and sexually assaulting a woman who "stole" one of their boyfriends. According to, the trouble started Thursday night at a nightclub in Brownsville' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Alleged Credit Card Thieves Lead Constables Right to Their Door

    From reading his most recent arrest affidavit, it looks like Darren Patrick Scheper had a good thing going there for a while. As his friends would later tell police, Scheper's hustle was to break into cars, steal whatever valuables he could find inside, and if he was lucky enough to find a wallet st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    A Houston Rap-Related Shooting Timeline

    Most people will tell you that Houston rappers are overall a peaceful bunch, but people do carry guns. No less a beloved figure than Pimp C was caught after he got into an altercation at the Foot Locker in Sharpstown Mall; supposedly a policeman saw a gun under Pimp's coat during the fight, followed ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    May 22, 2012

    Robert Hedrick: Airline Owner's Child-Porn Defense Rejected By Jury, Ridiculed By Feds

    Robert Hedrick was the guy who convinced some Brownsville residents he would make the city an international destination through his Pan Am Airlines: flights from Brownsville to Johannesburg! All that came crumbling down when he was arrested for child porn. A jury convicted him yesterday in less tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Delores Westmoreland: Former Kashmere High Dean, 1 Other Indicted for Tampering with Dropout Records

    A Harris County grand jury today indicted two former administrators from the 2010 scandal at Key Middle School/Kashmere High School on felony offenses of "tampering with a governmental record." Dr. Delores Westmoreland, former dean of instruction at Kashmere, was indicted for three cases and fellow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Cops Sexually Abusing Teens Learning to Be Cops

    ​What could go wrong with young kids learning to be cops by hanging with them as they do their jobs? Lots, according to this week's cover story. The Explorer program is administered by Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. Teenage girls and boys take part all over the ... More >>

  • News

    November 3, 2011

    Lost Boys

    New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker — and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide.

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Raul Leal: Immigrant Detention Center Officer Kicked Detainee in the Face, Breaking Skull, Feds Say

    The Port Isabel Detention Center has long been the subject of complaints.​A former officer at the Port Isabel Detention Center kicked a detainee in the face, breaking a bone in his skull, and then lied to investigators, federal prosecutors alleged today. Raul Leal, 31, was arrested without in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Luis Enrique Ramirez: Border Guard Admits Letting Coke and Aliens In

    Right this way, and don't forget to tip your agent​A Border Patrol agent has admitted he waved through a car full of cocaine and helped aliens cross into the U.S. which, to be honest, is pretty clearly against the law. Luis Enrique Ramirez, 38, of Brownsville, entered a guilty plea today, say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Cover Story: Connecting H Gallery to Three Prominent Recent Art Scams

    ​This week's feature is the account of an alleged art heist conducted by an art gallery in the Heights. Over a dozen local and Texas artists claim that Heidi Powell-Prera and her mother Sandy Bernstein, the owner/operators of H Gallery on West 19th Street, have been scamming artists for the la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Jeffrey Stern: Bellaire Attorney Indicted in Failed Murder-for-Hire Plot Against Wife

    HPDJeffrey Stern, accused in murder-for-hire plot​Over six months after the arrest of his mistress Michelle Gaiser, prominent Bellaire attorney Jeffrey Stern has been indicted on two counts of solicitation of capital murder in the attempts to take the life of his wife, Yvonne Stern. Harris Co ... More >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010

    Juggalo Hijinks

    A Facebook crime spree.

  • News

    December 16, 2010

    Cloaked Brutality

    The feds bury border patrol abuses of immigrants, but what’s been unearthed reveals a culture of cruelty.

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Heidi Jones, Former KTRK Weather Star, Falsely Claims Rape, Cops Say

    Heidi Jones told cops she was raped in Central Park​Heidi Jones, for seven years a perky weathercaster on KTRK before she left in 2004, is in trouble with New York City cops for filing what they say was a false rape report. Jones, 37, who now works for WABC, has been charged with the Class A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    The 10 Worst Burglary Neighborhoods In Houston (For The Moment)

    ​What are the best neighborhoods to live in if you want to get burglarized? We've gathered 10 of the finest. We looked at the most recent crime stats for HPD beats, which means the month of October. HPD generally doesn't like "raw data comparisons between police beats" because the info can be ... More >>

  • Music

    December 2, 2010

    Witchy Woman

    Weirdo, chola, pop princess, MySpace sensation...La Catrin is Houston's newest goth star.

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Valley Sheriffs Want To Search Southbound Cars, Too

    Be careful headin' south​Be careful if you're driving south with your guns and life savings. If some sheriffs have their way, county cops could take it all away.Late last week, sheriffs from Cameron County and El Paso County announced that they would love it if deputies started inspecting every ca ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 2, 2010

    Dog Day Afternoon

    Only the truth could be this strange

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    July 13, 2010

    Indie-Rock Band Kitchen Knife Houston Airport = Jail​In "Me & Paul," from 1971's Yesterday's Wine, Willie Nelson sings, "Almost busted in Laredo, for reasons that I'd rather not disclose/ But if you're staying in a motel there and leave, just don't leave nothin' in your clothes." If Austin-based YellowFever covered "Me & ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Sheriff Adrian Garcia Touts Department's Move Into The 21st Century

    Welcome to the 21st century, crooks​The Harris County Sheriff's Office threw a little soiree for the media Monday afternoon to trumpet the department's apparent success using DNA collected at crime scenes to solve burglaries.But the real lesson Hair Balls took away from the announcement is this: T ... More >>

  • News

    April 8, 2010

    Baseball on the Brain

    Readers are gearing up for the Astros' 2010 season.

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    April 8, 2010

    The AIDS-Spreading German Popstar And Four Other Horrifying Rock Legends

    ​Hanging out backstage with Ronan Harris of VNV Nation last Sunday, his synth-excellency imparted a tale that Rocks Off hoped to the gods was not true, and led us down the path of myth and rumor to bring you a list of five of the most horrifying legends in pop-music lore. The tale Ronan told is th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    A Jury Of Billy Joe Shaver's Peers

    Jury selection began this morning in the aggravated assault trial of country legend Billy Joe Shaver, who was charged after he shot a man in the face outside of a Lorena bar in 2007. Shaver's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, maintains Shaver shot Billy Bryant Coker in self-defense. All Hair Balls knows is, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Houston Cancer Clinic Trying Hard To Keep Under Wraps A Memo Criticizing It

    ​Buried within a convoluted Harris County District Court lawsuit over legal fees is a potential matter of public health -- a matter the public may never get to see.At issue is an internal memo -- temporarily sealed by the court -- discussing alleged cover-ups of medical malfeasance, tax fraud, mon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Unidentified Man, Bayou Body Count No. 64

    ​All Norberto Antunes wanted was to steal a car. Then, when the cops showed up, all he desired was to get away. But Antunes didn't get anything on his wish list. Instead, police say, he is being charged with murder. Investigators say that Antunes, 23, was apparently trying to pilfer a car a lit ... More >>

  • News

    February 25, 2010

    Thank God He's An Idiot

    Child-porn producer pleads guilty

  • News

    February 18, 2010

    Teen Porn 101

    If they're taking their laptops and cell phones to bed with them, it's probably not to do homework.

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Beef Vs. Chicken Battle Turns Violent In Valley Cafe

    ​When he sat down at his table at downtown Brownsville's El Rancho Alegre Café last Saturday night, all Esequiel Silva wanted was a plate of chicken milanesa enchiladas. Little did he know how just how much the Happy Ranch Cafe would fail to live up to its name.After taking a couple of bites, he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Exotic Texas Gulf Coast Crime Round-Up: Zip-Tied Kids, Flipping Out In Victoria, And Santa Punishes A Pedophile

    Photo courtesy of Cameron County Sheriff's Office Juan Luis Sanchez​A few awful items and weird crime tidbits from the Texas Gulf Coast... A Brownsville jury convicted 27-year-old Juan Luis Sanchez on ten counts of possession of child pornography. Sanchez's predilection was discovered not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: Cop Catches Attempted Murderer In Action

    ​It was just before midnight on Friday when Houston police officer M.J. Marin looked up toward a second-floor balcony at the Cobblestone Apartments at 8435 Winkler. And what he saw was savage: a man plunging a knife into a woman.Marin raced up to the apartment, police say, where he saw the knifema ... More >>

  • News

    September 17, 2009

    Spy Story

    Con man or super spook — either way, Roland Carnaby wasn't supposed to meet his death on a Houston highway in a high-speed chase with the cops.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Senator Dan Patrick Helps Out Hookers

    State Senator Dan Patrick, whose website proudly notes that his first legislative act was to have the words "In God We Trust" put up over the Senate floor, probably should offer an amendment saying "We also trust hookers, too."That is absolutely the only lesson that can be taken from the story of Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Harvard, Meet The Polk County Poh-leece

    A couple of students from Harvard Law School recently got a taste of the Polk County Sheriff's Office and spent some time in the county jail after going out on assignment for their internships at a Houston legal clinic. The students had driven to Livingston to interview a Polunsky Unit guard at his ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 23, 2008

    The Midnight Meat Train

    All aboard for the blood-and-guts buffet

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    Border Patrol Amps It Up This Weekend

    At midnight on Saturday, the U.S. Border Patrol launches "Operation River Freedom Denial," a response to several clashes between agents and drug smugglers this week along the border. The operation will move more agents to the Brownsville and McAllen areas, to assist sheriffs' departments and local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008

    Accused Of Faking A Forgery? Has To Be An Ex-Enron Exec

    A New York City art gallery is accusing a former top-dog at Enron -- and Houston patron of the arts -- of being so broke that he’s been trying to extort money from the gallery by falsely claiming a painting he bought with Enron money more than a decade ago is a forgery. Manhattan’s Historical D ... More >>

  • News

    January 10, 2008
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    August 24, 2007

    The Best at Being the Worst: Alberto Gonzales and Other Texans Top the List of Bad Prosecutors

    Texas is known as a place where law and order is no laughing matter. The state boasts aggressive prosecutors who are not afraid to go head to head with the scum of the earth and are famous for not exactly being shy when it comes to seeking the death penalty. Now, the Lone Star State can put another ... More >>

  • News

    November 4, 1999

    Faith's Fusillade

    The gunman moved methodically, killing cowering churchgoers, before one of them stood up for the final confrontation. Then came the last shot.

  • News

    January 18, 1996

    In the Child's Best Interest

    A legal technicality sent Donnie and DeAnne Fitts to a Houston court seeking to adopt Justin and Jacob Baker - again. Twelve jurors agreed that outcome would be the best for the children. Judge Bill Henderson didn't quite see it that way.

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