Appraising collectibles and filing the correct tax forms can be a tricky business, as convicted tax cheat Sulayman Jarra well knows.
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 >>
Four of the spookiest true tales in our city's history
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 Valleycentral.com, the trouble started Thursday night at a nightclub in Brownsville' ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker — and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide.
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 >>
Right this way, and don't forget to tip your agentA 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 >>
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 >>
HPDJeffrey Stern, accused in murder-for-hire plotOver 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 >>
A Facebook crime spree.
The feds bury border patrol abuses of immigrants, but whats been unearthed reveals a culture of cruelty.
Heidi Jones told cops she was raped in Central ParkHeidi 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 >>
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 >>
Weirdo, chola, pop princess, MySpace sensation...La Catrin is Houston's newest goth star.
Be careful headin' southBe 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 >>
Only the truth could be this strange
MySpace.com/yellerfeverIn "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 >>
Welcome to the 21st century, crooksThe 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 >>
Readers are gearing up for the Astros' 2010 season.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Child-porn producer pleads guilty
If they're taking their laptops and cell phones to bed with them, it's probably not to do homework.
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 >>
Photo courtesy of Cameron County Sheriff's Office Juan Luis SanchezA 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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
All aboard for the blood-and-guts buffet
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The gunman moved methodically, killing cowering churchgoers, before one of them stood up for the final confrontation. Then came the last shot.
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.