Texas Department of Public Safety

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    8 Surprising Crimes On The Books in Texas

    We've all heard about the arcane laws that somehow still survive on the books. Hell, the fifth graph of the Texas Constitution says you can't hold office unless you "acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being." This isn't a post about those types of strange-yet-unenforced laws. Under Supreme Cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Texas DPS Launches App for Tracking Sex Offenders, Most Wanted and Human Trafficking

    When it comes to apps, I have a great appreciation for simplicity. Often, the most powerful ones are also the easiest to use and understand. If I need to be an engineer to find what I need when I tap an icon on my phone, chances are that app won't remain on my phone for long. After all, this is a ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    $1.7 Million Pot Field Raided in Brenham

    A 50-acre pot farm with nearly 3,450 plants and a street value of $1.75 million was raided by municipal, county and state authorities in Brenham Monday. No suspects were located in the seizure, which is the sixth "marijuana growing operation shut down in Washington County since January 2013," accor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    5 Houston Places Where Rick Perry Could Send Those 1,000 Border Troops

    Today, it is expected Governor Rick Perry will announce that he is sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the border in an effort to assist police in handling the recent surge of immigrants into the U.S., mostly unaccompanied minors from Central America. The surge has grabbed national headlines and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Leah Purcell: Former Spindletop Owner Arrested for Illegal Dumping

    Former Spindletop Dog Refuge owner Leah Purcell was arrested July 5 in connection with an illegal dumping charge. The Texas Department of Public Safety was the arresting agency, but we have no further information regarding the arrest. We're waiting to hear from the Montgomery County District Attotn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Perry Joins Parker for Human Trafficking Campaign Kick-Off at City Hall

    "Human trafficking is a crime that impacts communities around the world. Unfortunately, in the U.S., our state ranks second in number of calls to the human trafficking hotline, next to California, and most of the calls from Texas come from Houston," Mayor Annise Parker said today at a gathering of l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    It's National Donate Life Month, Yo!

    We must admit that we snicker anytime we hear the phrase "organ donation," but it's really no laughing matter. Every day, 75 people throughout the country are saved through donation, according to Donate Life Texas. That's the good news. But here's the bad: "More than 120,000 men, women and children ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Cleanup Continues in Galveston Oil Spill

    Quicker than you can spell environmental disaster, another major oil spill is affecting the Gulf Coast. This time, caused by the collision between a tanker and a barge that's shut down the Houston Ship Channel, according to reports. Crews from state and government agencies are working on cleanup af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Snowpocalypse Part Two: City, County Shutting Down for Storm

    Last week, most everything shut down, but some apparently not soon enough. This time around, no one in the city our county is taking any chances. Judge Ed Emmett and Mayor Annise Parker announced separately on Monday that both county and city offices would close Tuesday. They along with the Texas De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    Freezing Precipitation Possibility Increasing for Early Friday Morning Across Southeast Texas

    More and more, it is looking like Houston will get at least a little frozen precipitation late Thursday night and into Friday morning as an approaching blast of cold air filters south into Texas and sends temperatures plummeting throughout the region. While a hard freeze is not expected in Houston, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Drivers License Offices Now Open Saturday, But Not for Getting Drivers Licenses, Seriously

    As if the issue of voter ID cards wasn't confusing enough, the state of Texas has managed to complicate matters further by offering Election Identifications Certificates between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays at select drivers license offices throughout the state through November 2. This would make a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Eric & Kim Williams: Charged With Capital Murder In Kaufman County Prosecutor Killings; They Don't Seem To Be Part Of The Cartels Rick Perry Speculated About

    The weirdest episode (we hope) in the history of Kaufman County law enforcement took a major step today as a former Justice of the Peace and his wife were charged with killing the DA, his wife and another prosecutor who had helped convict him on a theft charge. Eric and Kim Williams have been charg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Welcome to Texas: Trucks Top the List of Stolen Vehicles in the Lone Star State

    It's appropriate that while the rodeo is happening over at Reliant Park that thieves are gearing up for another year of stealing your pickup trucks. The Texas Department of Public Safety released it's list of the ten most stolen vehicles in the state and, not surprisingly, trucks are right at the to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Reward Upped for John Enard, Violent Sex Offender Who Has Vowed to Rape Again -- and Who Walked Out of a Houston Halfway House With a History of Escapes

    State authorities have increased an award for information leading to the capture of a "sexually violent predator" who walked out of a Houston halfway house that has a habit of just letting these dudes walk off. John Michael Enard, 58, removed his ankle monitor and strolled out of the Southeast Texa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    James Anthony Rubio: One of the State's 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders Caught in Bandera

    One down, nine to go. The Texas Department of Public Safety announced that it has captured James Anthony Rubio, one of the state's 10 most wanted sex offenders, on Monday in Bandera as the result of a tip that paid $5,000 to the tipster. Rubio, 55, is the first on the state's list to be caught in 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Top 10: Most Wanted Being Arrested in Texas at Record Pace

    The state of Texas has all sorts of problems. There are problems with children's health care, a lack of support for the mentally ill, low literacy rates, droughts, famine, pestilence and the Dallas Cowboys. We've got a lot going on down here. But, in one area, at least, we are kicking ass and taking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    An Ongoing Issue: Bartender in The Woodlands Arrested After Allegations of Over-Serving

    The Houston Chronicle reported this morning that a bartender at the popular Baker Street Pub location at The Woodlands Waterway has been arrested for allegedly over-serving a patron. Chelsea Marie Willburn, 24, was arrested early Sunday morning after a patron whom she'd served at Baker Street was fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Did You Get Nabbed During DPS's July 4 Crackdown? Join The Crowd

    The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the results from its July 4th crackdown on DWI and traffic tickets, and as usual it resulted in a blizzard of paper. DPS troopers made more than 1,200 DWI arrests in a nine-day special enforcement period surrounding the holiday, when stepped-up pat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Kaleem Stephens: Tells Undercover Cop of Plans to Rob Armored Car with "Bin Laden-Style Gun"

    Kaleem Stephens and his colleagues had big plans. They were going to knock over an armored car, with the help of some employees on the inside. The take would be about $250,000. The plans included Stephens using what he called "a Bin Laden-style gun" on the driver which, evidence showed, apparently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    DPS: The Mexican Drug Cartels Are Coming After Texas High Schoolers

    They're coming for your high schoolers.​The Texas Department of Public Safety issued a warning today to state residents that didn't sound at all alarming; it just mentioned that "the Mexican Cartels are Recruiting Texas High School Students." Yes, those innocent kids you blithely send off to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Drive Carefully, Texas: One of Four Trucks On The Road Are Violating Safety Regs

    Maybe safe. Probably is. Yeah, probably​The Texas Department of Public Safety has wrapped up its latest "Roadcheck" campaign, where they flood the highways with inspectors and pull over trucks willy-nilly. Almost 8,000 trucks were stopped and inspected in a 72-hour period, and the results wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    River Battle on the Rio Grande: The Aftermath, On Video

    The Texas Department of Public Safety has released this snippet of raw video from the maybe-not-so-epic shootout on the Rio Grande yesterday. It shows the drug-filled inflatable raft, but the best shot is four U.S. boats, proudly and meacingly facing towards Mexico. Take that, drug cartels! Meanwh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    The 10 Hottest Women On The Texas Sex Offenders List

    You probably would not be too surprised to learn that the vast majority of people in the Texas Department of Public Safety's sex offender list are male. And most are not good-looking. But there are females on there, too. Most of them are not good-looking, true, but who takes a good mugshot besides ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    No Mexico? No Problem! Five (Very Lame) Spring Break Alternatives

    The Texas Department of Public Safety has strongly warned Spring Breakers from going to Mexico. whether it's one of the famous tourist cities or the border towns that for years have attracted college students. What's a person to do with their free time if they can't cross over to a magical land whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    DPS's Driver Responsibility SALE-A-Bration: No One's Taking Them Up on Their Great Deal Offer

    Act NOW!!​As we told you in January, the Texas Department of Public Safety is offering a great deal for people who've gotten behind on the various fees that come with DWI and other offenses -- just pay 10 percent of what you owe, and you can get your license back. That's 90 PERCENT OFF, peopl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    DPS Warns the Three People Thinking of Going to Mexico Border Towns for Spring Break Not To

    A classic goin' to Mexico movie, without the cartels​The Texas Department of Public Safety has told Spring Break revelers they shouldn't go into border towns in Mexico, leading to the question: Were people actually planning to go into Mexican border towns this Spring Break? Apparently so. DPS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    DPS To Recruit, Use, Possibly Brainwash Schoolkids

    Everyone's an informant​A shocking program by the Texas Department of Public Safety will transform young, impressionable schoolkids into snitches who just might get their own parents arrested, DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange has confirmed to Hair Balls.Not in so many words, to be sure, but the implicat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    DPS Tells Falcon Lake Jet-Skiers To Stay On The U.S. Side If They Value Their Lives

    There be pirates on the border​The Texas Department of Public Safety has issued a warning telling people who jet-ski on Falcon Lake, which is divided by the U.S.-Mexico border, to stay the hell on the American side.David Michael Hartley, 30, was shot yesterday afternoon and is believed to be dead. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    There's a One In Four Chance The Truck Behind You Has Got Crappy Brakes

    Kris Kristofferson's abs & Ali MacGraw's hair don't care about no DPS crackdown​The Texas Department of Public Safety has wrapped up its latest crackdown on truck inspections, and the news isn't good, if you enjoy things like surviving trips on the interstate.About 25 percent of the trucks DPS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    DPS Will Recruit You With Its Really Keen Graphics

    Get ready for some highway excitement from the DPS!!As part of a new recruitment campaign, the agency is painting seven of its vehicles with detailed images of troopers in action. Recruiters will drive them to appearances around the state."These vehicles will be rolling billboards for DPS, featuring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    More BARC News: The Hammer Comes Down On Two Vets

    Photo by maarjaara The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has fined BARC Chief Veterinarian Eunice Ohashiegbula and former BARC vet David Rundell for violating U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and Texas Veterinary Licensing Act requirements. In Texas, veterinarians who dispense cont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    No Vets At BARC, And A Struggle To Get The Story Straight

    Photo by bf_photosGetting a veterinarian to work weekends at the animal control facility for the nation's fourth-largest city is a real pain.Take Saturday. No vet showed up, even though, according to Health & Human spokesperson Kathy Barton, the city had arranged for a relief vet through a temp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    City Still Hiding BARC Documents, Despite AG's Ruling

    As Hair Balls has previously noted, the City of Houston apparently doesn't want its citizens knowing what's going on at the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care. For the past few months, advocates concerned for the health and safety of the more than 20,000 animals BARC processes each year have submi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    BARC's Firing Of Vet Doesn't Add Up

    On Tuesday, Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care veterinarian Gil Costas was fired for what Health and Human Services Department spokeswoman Kathy Barton said was not having proper state certification.Barton said Costas did not have "site-specific" Texas Department of Public Safety controlled-substa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    DPS Officer Finds Magic Bus Full of Marijuana

    The Texas Department of Public Safety has sent out a release, bragging about its latest haul. On Saturday a DPS officer saw...oh, man, that's a lot of weed. Just look at that shit. It's an entire school bus, filled with bricks. Wow. Found on US 59 in Webb County, the 560 bundles weighed 9,210 pou ... More >>

  • News

    January 29, 2009

    BARC Sucks

    The city's animal shelter just can't get its act together

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Possible Loophole To Get Out Of Those Red-Light Camera Tickets

    A Dallas judge has ruled that the company operating that city's red-light cameras violated state law by operating without a private investigation license. So what's the big deal?Well, American Traffic Solutions, the Arizona-based company that operates the cameras in Houston, isn't licensed in Texas ... More >>

  • News

    October 30, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 27, 2008

    Drunk Drivers: Here's The Person Who's Giving You Hope

    The Texas Department of Public Safety announced great, terrific news for Houston-area drunk drivers Friday: as many as 2,600 DUI cases may be jeopardized because an independent contractor had not done the tests on Breathalyzer machines that she claimed to have done. Today Harris County DA Kenneth M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    K.A. Paul Endorses Obama, Race Effectively Over Now

    For those still on the fence for the presidential election, and for those silently pondering the question, “Who would a leper-stealing, lawsuit-losing, non-debt-paying fake minister vote for?” – your prayers have been answered. Allowing the rest of the voting public to exhale, Anand “K.A. P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    They Stayed In The Flagship Hotel -- And Survived

    Galveston County Daily News reporter Leigh Jones is Twittering her reporting today and says that 11 people rode out the storm in the Flagship Hotel. The Flagship is the historic building built over a pier that extends well out into the Gulf. That must have been an experience. Our Olivia Flores Al ... More >>

  • News

    September 13, 2007

    Cold Case

    Woman found dead 17 years ago in Manvel remains unidentified

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2007

    There Are Some Real Creeps on That Site

    So I was verifying the license status of a private investigator on the Texas Department of Public Safety's website, when lo and behold, I discover that someone over there is a big ol' Radiohead fan. Check out the name they use as a search example: Thom Yorke — you know, the carrot-haired, perp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2007

    Truth in Advertising

    There's something crooked going on here. Ford really is the best in Texas — when it comes to getting jacked, at least. Ford pickups topped the Texas Department of Public Safety's list of stolen vehicles for 2006, followed by Chevy (drivin' Texas!) and Dodge (born on the Llano Estacado!). Ap ... More >>

  • News

    July 6, 2006

    Bad Checks

    Sure you can ferret out the slimeballs in our midst? Guess again if you're relying on standard background searches in Texas

  • News

    February 5, 2004

    Free-Fire Zone

    Interrupt a sheriff's deputy's beer? Prepare for a hailstorm of lead!

  • News

    April 12, 2001

    Zeroing In

    So the DPS doesn't play favorites with VIPs? Just check out their licenses.

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Local Song About Drivin'

    "Supercop," by the Road Kings

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    January 7, 1999
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