This meme has been infecting my Facebook newsfeed lately, and I thought I'd reply. The facts are these... Nakoula Basseley Nakoula spent a lot of his life making drugs, evading taxes, and commiting bank fraud, all acts that landed him in various institutions over the years. Because of the last frau ... More >>
The Texas Southern University Athletics Department was once again cited for infractions by the NCAA Tuesday and placed on five years probation, something which certainly has to leave both its supporters and detractors discouraged. As the NCAA report noted, TSU "either has been on probation or had v ... More >>
It's kind of amazing how regularly it happens -- a guy will pawn his laptop full of kiddy porn and then is amazed when the buyers somehow discover the disgusting footage and call the police. These days, surely everybody, especially devotees of child porn, must know that files are very hard to eras ... More >>
The parental rage of brownstone Brooklyn in Carnage.
Who knows why 34-year-old Gerry Todd Greenwood allegedly deemed it a good idea to get plastered last Friday morning? Maybe it was the spring air we've been enjoying. Maybe Thursday night never ended for the Jasper man. Or perhaps he just woke up that morning and fell victim to the seductive sentimen ... More >>
Just sparring, your honorNote to D-bags who get caught cockfighting: telling the judge your blood-covered chickens were just "sparring" is not a slam-dunk defense.That's what Angelina County father and son Juan and Bruno Gonzales found out Wednesday when State District Judge Paul White found them ... More >>
The Hammer gets the slammerTom DeLay's sentence has been handed out, and it's not a slap on the wrist: He's going to prison for three years with no probation on the conspiracy charges. DeLay was also sentenced by judge Pat Priest to 10 years' probation on a money-laundering charge, according ... More >>
Can the celebrated rapper get out of trouble long enough to top the charts again?
Jason Merksamer tells all on FacebookIt goes without saying that it's not a good idea to commit another violent felony -- specifically, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon -- while you are already on probation for a violent crime. And you would think it would also be inadvisable to broa ... More >>
The case of Zach Corcoran and the Corps of Cadets finally comes to an end. The long and strange saga of Zach Corcoran and the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets came to a close today when Edward Helle and Steven Ramirez, the two cadets who beat up Corcoran, pled guilty to assault charges in a Brazos C ... More >>
You must be watching an Astros game...If you're like me, you've always been bugged by those ads for The Brown Hand Center that are shown way too much during Houston Astros games. Maybe it's that whole Stepford family thing, or the way the wife looks terrified, or the girl talking about being dadd ... More >>
ESPN's Outside the Lines, the Emmy Award-winning investigative series that examines topical issues off the playing field, aired a feature over the weekend on Houston's very own rap mascot - purple drank - the dangerous mix of prescription codeine cough syrup and any range of mixers from Sprit ... More >>
Snoop & Pete: BFFsThe Southern Methodist University football team was hit with NCAA sanctions on February 26, 1987 because of a slush-fund created to pay players. Seeing as how the Mustangs were a repeat offender -- they were already on probation for recruiting violations -- the NCAA le ... More >>
Wily criminal minds never sleep. Luckily for the forces of good and justice, neither do the dedicated men and women of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.Robby Rose, 45, a competitive fisherman from Garland, was playing (fishing?) in a bass tournament in Rockwall County last October. Appar ... More >>
Back in July we told you about a Saudi national who had been arrested for lying on a visa application; his lie was that he told authorities he would be bringing in a woman to work for him around the house eight hours a day for $1,300 a month.Instead the feds say, he worked her for 14 hours a day, ... More >>
Note: Part 1 is here. While anti-Vietnam protests escalated in both sides of the Atlantic , the scenario was quite different in Brazil: in March 1964, a military junta toppled democratically elected president João Goulart and installed a cruel dictatorship that stayed in power for two decades - in ... More >>
Photo by dcJohnBrookeland is a town of about 1,800, just north of Jasper. So it's small enough that when a teacher claims to have been railroaded out of a job because he's an atheist and an Obama-supporter, it doesn't take long for the rumors, trash-talk, wild accusations, and just plain weird ... More >>
Early this morning, Laura Howard was arrested with her boyfriend because they allegedly broke into a gas station and took cigarettes sometime last week. It's been about two weeks since we published a story about Howard, who was first arrested last year after a suicide attempt at her home and ended u ... More >>
Edgar Award winners latest involves a date-at-your-own-risk scenario
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He left clues all over, but it still took investigators years to unmask the serial murderer in their midst
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The Chron tries to stay, uh, abreast of circulation counts
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.
Socialite Sanam Soudavar
For many mentally ill teenagers in Texas, the only way to get treatment is to get arrested.
Plastic surgeon Billy Ringer has been sued ten times for malpractice. He's on probation for sexual misconduct. He sewed a needle into Colleen Guidy. But he's still in business -- cutting, vacuuming, rearranging and, it seems, injuring patients.
The case against him died from lack of evidence. But Texas still plans to execute Odell Barnes.
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Probation officer Terry Hunt thinks prison is the best answer for every offender
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