Justin Carter said he would "shoot up a kindergarten," but is that a "terroristic threat" according to Texas law?
People do a lot of stupid things, but as the year draws to a close, we decided to stop and remember that some of the exceptionally stupid criminal things people have done in the year of 2013 were also funny. As the saying goes, some things change, but you can count on people to try and get away with ... More >>
Let's see if this can quickly be broken down before getting into details. A former cop who resigned from the force on October 1 was arrested because of some stolen tools in Rio Hondo. That seems odd enough. Now, add in the fact that the way he got busted was he dropped his police issue pager at the ... More >>
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 >>
A Florida man with a lengthy rap sheet ran afoul of two powerful forces yesterday: the long arm of Texas law and the mystical might of Justin Bieber. Forty-year-old Robert C. Grusczynski pleaded guilty in Montgomery County district court to one count of second-degree felony forgery. Judge Fred Edwa ... More >>
Omar Ibrahim just needed a little help, you know what I mean? Can't a guy get a hand with a honey-do, for crying out loud? For some reason, no one seemed eager to pitch in with his request to move some bedding wrapped in some rugs. Maybe it was the freaking corpse that cops say was stuck in the mi ... More >>
Unless you have a thing for ex-cons who look exactly like a combination of the Joker and Satan, it's hard to understand why someone would want to tie the knot with Billy Fred Wray Jr. Especially when you read that this Henderson County Hellion has a history of associating with meth-heads, fighting w ... More >>
A 39-year-old man, wanted on an aggravated assault charge involving a family member, died this morning after running from the law enforcement personnel who came out to serve him his warrant. Members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Unit, led by the U.S. Marshal's Office, along with Harris County ... More >>
Jordan Wilson, the former member of the Alief-area rap group FDAB charged with murder in the May 4 shooting death of his ex-bandmate Toyurean "T.O.Y." Young, has been arrested, the Houston Police Department said this morning. According to HPD, Wilson, who had reportedly been feuding with Young on T ... More >>
A 50-year-old former Texan is currently awaiting extradition to East Texas in an Arkansas jail, where he was escorted earlier this week by United States Marshals. According to Tylerpaper.com, Smith County Sheriff Ray Nutt said the Marshals got a tip that Travis Wayne Jones was hiding out in a home ... More >>
Man, Om Prakash Budha, 28, does not want to go back to Nepal. He was nabbed in October 2010 crossing the U.S. border at Brownsville without proper documentation. Fine, you got caught, go home and try again, right? Wrong. "On four separate occasions during a four-month period, Budha steadfastly ref ... More >>
ICE nets some bad guysThe federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced today that more than 2,400 criminal illegal aliens or fugitives had been arrested in a nationwide crackdown last month, and 91 of them were in Houston. "All of the criminal aliens taken into custody had pr ... More >>
Out with one groping guru; in with another.Prakashanand Saraswati, the 82-year-old Austin-based guru who fled the country once he was found guilty of more than 20 counts of sexual indecency with his female followers, is still on the run. U.S. Marshals think he's hiding out in Mexico, trying t ... More >>
The youthful Eversole, before the feds started pestering him.Jerry Eversole surprised a lot of people when he escaped conviction on bribery charges. A hung jury ended in a mistrial, but prosecutors expect to take another swing at it soon. In the meantime, everyone is poking through the wrec ... More >>
Allegedly living with a secret for 23 years.When George Riffle walked out onto the driveway of his modest home in suburban Chicago the morning of March 9, he got a rude surprise: U.S. Marshals and local police were waiting for him. They said they knew his name wasn't really George Riffle, and ... More >>
Jessica Tata: On the runSince announcing a $25,000 reward last week, U.S. Marshals have gotten dozens of "detailed" tips on how to find Jessica Tata, the fugitive owner of a daycare where four kids died horrifically. "We've gotten some really good leads, and we're tracking them down," agency ... More >>
Samir Itani got rich sending expired food overseas to U.S. troops in the Middle East.
We're the biggest!Houston is all about being the biggest and best, so if anyone should hold the record for biggest PCP bust in the history of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, it's us, dammit. And now we do. Eight Houstonians have been arrested and 57 freaking gallons of PCP confiscated, Ho ... More >>
Dennis Ray Anderson, murderer, takes his own lifeDennis Ray Anderson, the dangerous, hotly pursued convicted murderer who left a female corpse in a barrel in his back yard here, has been found hanged to death in a Florida motel room.Christina Garza of the Harris County Sheriff's Office says Frida ... More >>
Photo courtesy HCSODennis Ray Anderson: Yes, he's dangerousYou serve a long prison term for murdering a woman and her three-year-old granddaughter. You're now wanted because you've been keeping a corpse in a barrel in your backyard, someone you most likely killed.You have no money, you're on foot ... More >>
Operation Streamline costs millions, tramples the Constitution, treats migrants like cattle and doesn't work.
Sixteen years later, caughtAnother week, another cold-case arrest in Houston.This time it was two men who had been on the run since participating in a gang murder back in 1994, officials say.Jorge Carlos Tejeda, 33 and Jorge Tejeda Magdeleno, 35, were quietly arrested July 7, Tejeda at the tire s ... More >>
Anonymous commenters are pretty rough on Judge HittnerU.S. District Judge David Hittner has been on the federal bench almost 25 years, and he's definitely earned a reputation for wanting things done his way.College student Kelsey Gloston didn't know that, though, so she was arrested and handcuffe ... More >>
I'm confused by the weather, recovered from South By Southwest, and forbidden from re-enacting Ghost. This was the week in TV Land: • I'm a week behind on HBO's The Pacific. This is my own fault; between this show and others, sometimes things get put on the back burner. The good news is t ... More >>
Swamplot, which can navigate the real-estate webz better than us, has pictures of the Drug Kingpin House that you can buy for yourself next week.Located up north near Spring, the tasteful manse was the home of one Darren Odell Jones, currently housed in slightly less spacious digs after being co ... More >>
Loon Star State: Texas Small-Town Crime Round UpThe crime dates only from 1986, but the motive could be from 1886...Authorities in Rio Grande City recently arrested 53-year-old Juan Francisco Martinez for the Easter Sunday 1986 murder of Margarito Alaniz Jr. Police say that Martinez and Alaniz we ... More >>
Photo via wikimedia commonsStanford in his cricket daysAllen Stanford, the man who singlehandedly revived Houston's fading Enron reputation for corporate scams (here's our feature take on him) has finally been indicted.A Houston grand jury indicted him on 21 charges of charged with 21 counts of cons ... More >>
Castles and corruption lead to criminal charges.
Troy Neel, of Brazoswood High, had one good year in the majors: as an Oakland A, he batted .290 in 1993.So he was never an All-Star. Today he earned a new title: The newly arrested Biggest Deadbeat Dad in Texas.Attorney General Greg Abbott's office announced that Neel was arrested yesterday at LA In ... More >>
If you were planning to go to a dog-fight this weekend, change your plans. And contact the DAs office. Federal and local authorities announced today they'd busted a major dog-fighting operation based in Harris County. Standing before an armored truck, representatives of the US Marshal's Office, ... More >>
For days after the storm, inmates in Beaumont lived without A/C, electricity or hot meals. Press releases kept saying everything inside was fine. Guards and prisoners agree — that was nothing but B.S.
Paul Miles returned from Iraq needing help with the death in his head. He got prison.
There's not much difference between a bounty hunter and a cop, save for a lot of regulation and a little respect
Bush's battle against terrorism now bars some federal labor activities
A lawyer gets charged up -- really -- over a convict's financial plight
Robert Altman wants your attention, if not your affection
Singing (and Stinging) in the rain
A Bible-quoting con man finds easy pickings among those looking for a miracle or a windfall
Gary Robert Williams's violent career began spectacularly 29 years ago. This is the story of how one determined U.S. marshal brought it to an end.
Yet again, Steven Russell bluffed his way out of prison. And yet again, he got caught.