The Galveston County Daily News

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    December 3, 2012

    Rev. Bobby Gass: That Cocaine Wasn't Mine -- I Found it in the Church Parking Lot!

    A Galveston County pastor charged last week with assault and cocaine possession has quit the pulpit, telling his congregation that the bag of coke officers found his car was something he had found in the church parking lot. For real. Rev. Kenneth "Bobby" Gass, 60, of Tikie Island, is accused of pus ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012

    HPD Officer Miles Dumas Flashed Bar Patrons, Beat Some Up, Cops Say

    A Houston cop has been accused of flashing patrons of a Galveston bar and then getting in a tussle with some of them. Miles Stedman Dumas, 24, has been charged with indecent exposure and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and been relieved of duty pending an investigation, the Galveston County ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    AG Sues to Preserve Galveston's Fort Crockett

    ​Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed a suit on behalf of Texas's state historical officer, asking a judge to order the owners of Fort Crockett to fix the buildings and not demolish them. The state is asking for a temporary restraining order against Max Bowen Enterprises and Juan Hijo ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Lyle Monroe Bensley: Galveston Teen Vampire Joins Pantheon of Weird Seawall Criminals

    GCSOLyle Bensley: He's a vampire​Man, what is it about the Seawall? There's just something about that place: nuts on the run from all over Texas wind up there because they just can't run any farther. If we can liken the state of Texas proper to a margarita, Seawall Boulevard is the bath-salt ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Never Bring Oatmeal to a Gunfight, Man Learns

    He would prefer friendly persuasion.​It's Go Time. You and some other dude have been driving side by side, cursing the other, and now you've pulled over to settle things. Other dude gets out with a gun. You reach for...a bowl of oatmeal? Consider yourself outclassed, son. The epic oatmeal v ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Shadaysha Little, Aricka Issac: Pregnant Robbers Get Busted

    GCSOLittle and Isaacs: What not to expect when you're expecting​If you're 36 weeks pregnant -- that's nine months, if you're not a math whiz -- as far as we can tell, you don't want to do much except have the damn baby. If you're Shadaysha Little, 18, you're not going to let a little pregnan ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Aliah Rowe: Girl with Migraine Suspended for Being Under the Influence, Until Publicity Hits

    Score one for the mainstream media​The Texas City school district suspended 12-year-old Aliah Rowe and was planning to send her to an alternative school for being under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Her fighting mom produced evidence that she was absolutely not under such influence and w ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Landry's Admits Some Flagship Debris May Have Been Dumped In Gulf, And They're Not Happy

    Shelby ScottThe Flagship, in its dying days​Landry's Restaurants, the company owned by Tilman Fertitta that is tearing down Galveston's Flagship Hotel, has been disputing reports that demolition crews have been tossing debris into the Gulf. No longer. A letter to the contractor, issued publi ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Famous Grouse: Liquor Truck, Meet Seawall

    YouTube/Galveston Daily NewsSomething to grouse about​We're told, by the Galveston County Daily News, that the driver of this liquor truck "forgot to set the parking brake" when he stopped at a convenience store on Seawall Boulevard. The truck then rolled across five lanes of traffic and ende ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Last Ike Victim: Who Is the Web-Footed Woman?

    Photo by Bill OliveA tip about a son in California jail didn't work out​After more than two years, Galveston County officials are saying they have no further leads on identifying the last victim of Hurricane Ike. They know she's a five-foot-tall middle-aged woman who wore a 34C bra, had a sur ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Pot Farm On Main Street: Because Commuting To The Woods Is A Hassle

    At least they weren't flying this flag​Location is key for a growing business. Of course, when you're business involves growing weed, you tend to sacrifice convenience for privacy. Not so for four La Marque entrepreneurs. Their large-ish indoor pot farm -- 240 plants strong -- was located rig ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Galveston Paper Issues Correction On Who Called It Racist

    Galveston County Daily News: Someone said we were racist​The Galveston County Daily News had a story this morning somewhat innocuously headlined "NAACP leader: 'I did not make that comment'."It got more interesting when you read what the comment in question was, and when you know that Dolph Tillot ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Smoking Ban Gets Semi-Vaporized In Galveston

    Send a few to Galveston, Ronnie​Smokers can enjoy a rare victory in the Banning Wars thanks to Galveston.The city council there ignored the wishes of the new mayor and in a close vote revised the drastic ban on public smoking that had been in effect since the first of the year.That ban outlawed sm ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Crystal Sierra: Galveston Woman Jumps Gun On Birthday, Ends Up In Jail

    Photo courtesy GCSOCrystal Sierra​Another week, and another Crystal gets in trouble in a kind of awesome way.This time it's now-23-year-old Crystal Angelita Sierra's turn.Seems last Sunday was her 23rd birthday, and apparently Sierra found the very prospect of that occasion so exciting she started ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    Litter In La Marque? You're Going To Jail

    "Even I think this is harsh."​La Marque is fed up with litter. The Galveston County suburb sees only way to address it -- send people to jail.Starting August 1, city officials told the Galveston County Daily News, "anyone caught littering will go to jail and will have to pay a hefty fine."We ... More >>

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    June 25, 2010

    10 Commandments Vs. Car: God 1, Car 0

    Thou shalt not collideth with a 10 Commandments monument​All you pansy atheistic liberals out there should learn a lesson from one bad Galveston driver.The driver, according to the Galveston County Daily News, mistook the throttle in her car for the brake (at, ummm, 2:48 in the morning Thurs ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    Assault By Mardi Gras Beads: Coming Soon To A Law & Order Near You

    Yes, it is​A Galveston jury has acquitted a man of the dastardly deed of Assault by Mardi Gras Beads, thus making the world safe for balcony-dwellers everywhere wishing to see a flash or two of drunken boob.Larry Dean Wiseman of Houston was the accused, charged with dropping what the Galveston Cou ... More >>

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    May 28, 2010

    Galveston Woman Loses Lower Lip In Drunken Seawall Donnybrook; Claims Clubgoers Ignored Her Distress

    Courtesy Galveston County SOcutline​Loretta Pearl Ramos, 32, and her beau Carlos Alberto Hernandez-Munoz, 27, were tearing it up yesterday on the Seawall in Galveston when Hernandez-Munoz decided he wanted to kick things up a notch or two.Ramos later told police that Hernandez-Munoz was "extremely ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    Bureaucracy: Galveston May Resort To Video To Determine How Bad It Is

    To be clear, this is not the judge's wife​You know things are bad in the bureaucratic red-tape department when you're thinking of resorting to videotaping events just to see how bad it is.That's what Galveston is thinking of doing, since getting hit with a ton of complaints that people tryin ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    A Work By Brooke Bartholomew Of Friendswood May Be The Face Of Google For A Day

    Courtesy Google"Repairing All the World's Breaks"​ Your Google searches may soon start with artwork from a Friendswood eighth-grader.Brooke Bartholomew is one of 40 finalists out of 33,000 contestants, and she's getting a free trip to Google's New York headquarters out of the deal.You want her to ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    Jeffrey Petroff Will Pay You To Watch Him Have Sex With A Hooker, Police Say

    Courtesy Florida Sex Offender RegistryWould you take $500 to watch this man have sex?​Hotel workers see a lot of strange stuff, and this week at Galveston's San Luis Resort was no different.Police say Jeffrey Petroff, the suave guy pictured to the right, was going around the hotel offering employe ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    Great Moments In Political Debate, La Marque Style

    ​You can have your Daniel Webster rising in the Senate to give his storied Second Reply to Hayne; the La Marque City Council has set the bar for legislative contemplation far, far higher with its epochal Argument Over A Past-Due Library Book.As noted in the Galveston County Daily News, the ever-sq ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    Soon-To-Be-Sorry Pilot Buzzes Bolivar Beach

    If you're having a nice little get-together with fellow Jeep enthusiasts on a beach, the last thing you expect is to get your head almost taken off by some pilot who decides it'd be fun to bizz the beach.But that's what happened last weekend on Bolivar Peninsular, the Galveston County Daily News re ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    Worst Impersonation Of A Police Officer, Ever

    ​The police pull you over because you're swerving "all over the road." Fair enough.But this wasn't your typical DWI. For one thing, the arrestee was riding a bicycle. For the other, he got charged not only with public intoxication, but with impersonating a police officer -- all because the thrift- ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    The Archbishop Outlines Which Galveston Churches Are Not Long For This World

    ​The list of Galveston Catholic churches that the Archdiocese wants to tear down is out, and it's somewhat grim reading.The Galveston County Daily News reports that Archbishop Daniel DiNardo wrote island parishioners of the plans, not making everyone all that happy in the process.Among those that ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Murdoch's Pier Reopens On Galveston: Take That, Ike

    ​Hurricane Ike has just officially become Yet Another Storm That Couldn't Beat Murdoch's Pier.The historic shop, on a pier stretching out over the Gulf, has had a soft re-opening and is expecting to be fully operational by the end of the month, the Galveston County Daily News reports.Some of the g ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    Galveston Sees A Racial Split On Plan To Rebuild Public Housing

    ​The public housing in Galveston, like a lot of other stuff on that island, took a pounding from Hurricane Ike.The Galveston Housing Authority has a proposal out that would rebuild the 569 housing units lost to the storm, and held a public meeting on it last night.How did it go? Let's let the Galv ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    You've Heard It Effin' Before: Cops Wash Out With Soap Another Galveston County Potty-Mouth

    ​We really thought we wouldn't be writing again about people getting into trouble with the law in Galveston County because they cursed. But goshdarnit, it just keeps popping up.Whether it's a frustrated woman in a Wal-Mart, a guy arguing over his neighbor's dog poop, or even a guy from fuckin' Que ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    Ike Claims Yet One More Victim On Galveston: The Fun Of Bowling

    Oh Galveston, when will your Hurricane Ike suffering ever end?News has come down that the last bowling alley on the island, the imaginatively named Island Bowl, will not reopen. Roof damage during Ike and struggles with insurance money have proven to be too much to over come.No bowling. Are there tw ... More >>

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    May 13, 2009

    That Pavilion No One Uses At Galveston's Seawolf Park To Be Replaced

    Pretty much no one ever goes to visit the modernistic white pavilion at Galveston's Seawolf Park.Now they never will.The building, which is mostly a kind of visual landmark seen by people cruising on the ferry, was heavily damaged by Ike. Since it was a bit of a white elephant, the city's Parks Boar ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    Galveston's Skate Park Gets A New Name, For A Great Kid

    Galveston had a ceremony recently naming their skatepark after Johnny Romano, a 10-year-old skater who died last year after fighting leukemia."He would be embarrassed we were making such a fuss over him," Rhonda Gregg, a family friend who spearheaded construction of the skate park, told the Galvesto ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    Trouble With Trees On Galveston Island

    Galveston needed more bad Ike news like it needed more Ike. But more bad news is being reported: The leafy trees that provided a distinctive canopy over many of the island's most charming streets ain't coming back. The Galveston County Daily News reports that the salt water that inundated three-quar ... More >>

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    April 13, 2009

    WTF Is Up With All The Cursing Arrests In Galveston County?

    Believe it or not, a third person has been ticketed for cursing in public in Galveston County.First it was Kathryn Fridge, arrested for dropping an F-bomb in a La Marque Wal-Mart. Then it was the guy from Queens, ticketed for talking like a guy from Queens, in a Galveston diner.Now it's a Texas City ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    Tip: If You're Too Drunk To Drive, Don't Pull Into The Police Parking Lot

    Via the Galveston County Daily News comes word of yet another Great Moment In DWI History: A 35-year-old woman was, we guess, near-passing-out drunk (at 8 pm, no less -- way to get an early start!!) and decided she needed to pull over.Getting that drunk and driving: Bad idea.Deciding to pull over: G ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    Brandon Backe's Hard-Ass Cops Disciplined, Kind Of

    We've raised some questions about the fact that Astros semi-pitcher Brendon Backe is opening a bar in the wake of his participation in a drunken wedding brawl in Galveston last year. Now the report on that brawl -- called a "riot" initially -- has come out, and thirteen Galevston police officers hav ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Don't Get A Toothache If You've Got Jury Duty In Galveston County

    A League City woman has been found in contempt of court and fined $100 because she got a toothache during a trial on which she was a juror, the Galveston County Daily News  reports.It wasn't so much she got the toothache and needed surgery; it was more that she told some people (including a rep ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Galveston's Di Bella's Restaurant Survives Ike, Gets Hit By Fire

    Di Bella's, a cozy little Italian place (we guess we should call it a "joint") in Galveston, got hit by Ike but opened its doors a month or so after the storm.So it really sucked that the place was knocked out by a big fire early Monday morning.No one was injured seriously in the -- as they say in t ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Buried Treasure Found In Galveston

    Michael Pate, a contractor helping clean up Ike debris off Galveston beaches, noticed a sturdy US Army ammunition box half-buried in the sand earlier this month.Thinking it'd be useful, he dug it out and opened it. Inside was a somewhat odd collection of stuff, the Galveston County Daily News report ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Galveston's Grand Opera House Is Back, Baby

    The 1894 Grand Opera House, socked with eight feet of water by that bastard Ike, is back.The facility officially reopens tomorrow with a free party featuring tours, sing-alongs and people reading from the best Ike survival stories. Then Jerry Jeff Walker will bring the place back for paying customer ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    Art For Galveston's Art's Sake At Lawndale

    The Galveston Arts Center, like a lot of places along The Strand, took a pretty big hit from Hurricane Ike.Four feet of floodwater destroyed artwork, the plumbing and a/c systems, and much of the walls. It'll take close to $850,000 to repair it all and bring modern art back to the island.It's a situ ... More >>

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    September 29, 2008

    Galveston Beaches To Open, Whether You Want Them Or Not

    The beaches of Galveston -- at least those by the seawall -- are expected to be open to swimmers tomorrow. Not without a bunch of warnings, though. Not only have the beaches been heavily eroded, but there are new riptides out there, sunken damage you can't see and who knows what else. Here's the ... More >>

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    September 24, 2008

    Tilman Fertitta Is Not A Homeless-Hating Grinch, City Of Galveston Says

    There was an odd story in the Galveston County Daily News this morning. It was headlined "Landry's Nixes Convention Center Shelter." The News reported that the city of Galveston had planned to use its convention center to house people returning to the city to wrecked homes: Less than an hour afte ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008

    Bush Visit Causing Gridlock, Galveston Reporter Claims

    Thanks a lot, President Bush. According to Leigh Jones, the Galveston County Daily News reporter who's Twittering her reporting from around the battered island, Bush's visit there is hampering relief workers. "Emergency personnel can't get over the causeway because the president is here. No one ca ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 3, 2008

    Rainbow Hair Is Apparently A "Distraction" In Galveston

    Public school administrators with, like totally dorky fashion sense are at it again. This time, they have struck at Galveston’s Ball High School, where student April Barton’s rainbow-hued coif has her on the receiving end of vague threats from the principal’s office, the Galveston County Dail ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008

    The Concept Of "Three Buttons" Confuses La Marque ISD

    Just in case you were wondering, no, you can not wear stiletto heels to school if you live in La Marque ISD. Nor, it seems, can you wear a shirts with less than three buttons on it. Or is it more than three? Nobody was very clear on that during opening day for freshmen students yesterday. According ... More >>

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    August 6, 2008

    Galveston Beaches May, May Not Be Improved

    Edouard didn't cause much in the way of beach erosion (or anything else) in Galveston, but efforts to restore beaches on the island have hit the usual snag -- money. Estimates for how much it would cost to put 200-feet beaches on the seawall between 103rd Avenue and 61st Street have skyrocketed, fr ... More >>

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    August 5, 2008

    The Backlash Begins

    Laura Elder, a business writer for the Galveston County Daily News, writes in her blog about a conversation with Michael Gaido, whose family owns what is probably the island's most famous restaurant. Gaido bitches about television coverage leading up to Edouard's arrival, and Elder sympathizes: Tr ... More >>

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    September 12, 2007

    US Army Sgt Omar Mora Dies in Iraq

    U.S. Army Sgt Omar Mora, of Texas City and the 82nd Airborne, gained fame a few weeks ago when he was one of seven front-line soldiers to sign onto an op-ed piece in The New York Times that injected some reality into the rosy scenarios the Bush Administration was pushing. Now he’s dead.

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