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Vince Ryan

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    January 16, 2014

    County Attorney Goes After Sharpstown Strip Center Over Prostituion

    "The Track" has moved, apparently. Last May, we wrote about how County Attorney Vince Ryan was suing the Plainfield Inn at the corner of the Southwest Freeway and Bissonnet Street because it was home to prostitution and other general criminal activity. Those in the know referred to it as "the Track" ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Harris County Files Suit Against Houston Dolls Cabaret for Prostitution, Drugs and General Criminal Activity

    There are plenty of sexually oriented businesses in and around Harris County. For the most part, they are basically harmless, unless you count failed marriages, sexual addiction and alcoholism. So, when one goes bad, and in this case allegedly REALLY bad, the Harris County Attorney's office steps in ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    Vince Ryan Says Babes North Is a Strip Club, Not a Bikini Bar

    We don't know what you'll be wearing for Halloween, but in County Attorney Vince Ryan's eyes, the FM 1960 Babes North is already in full costume. According to a news release from his office Monday, Ryan filed suit against the business establishment, "alleging that it is a place where persons go fo ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    BREAKING: Whistleblowing Precinct One Constables Allege Retaliation in Aftermath of Jack Abercia Indictment

    Two Precinct One Harris County Constables have filed suit against Harris County and their immediate supervisor, Constable Kenneth Berry, successor to indicted former chief Jack Abercia. In both of the suits filed yesterday, plaintiffs Sergeant Kevin Williams (formerly of the Civil Division) and Ma ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    County Attorney Vince Ryan Sues Apartment Complex For Harboring Crime

    Harris County attorney Vince Ryan is asking a court to force a southwest-side apartment complex to beef up its security measures because it is currently a hazard to residents. Ryan's office has filed against the owners of the 251-unit Point at the Southwest, in the 11500 block of Keegans Ridge Road ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    City, County Move to Shut Down Treasures, the Strip Club

    The city and county have filed a suit seeking to shut down the strip club Treasures, calling it a public nuisance. They've been threatening to do this, most recently at a state hearing where dancers tearfully pleaded with officials not to close it down. "The Houston Police Department has made nume ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Harris County Sues Over All That Dixon in the San Jacinto River

    Harris County attorney Vince Ryan announced he's suing a collection of companies for 45 years' worth of pollution in the San Jacinto River, and he's asking for up to $25,000 a day in penalties. Ryan is suing International Paper Company, Waste Management, Inc., Waste Management of Texas, Inc. and Mc ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Shell Pays $500K to County for Not Telling About Pollution Incidents

    Shell pays up.​Shell Chemical has settled a threatened lawsuit over not notifying Harris County of five pollution incidents at its Deer Park plant, County Attorney Vince Ryan has announced. "The failure of a company as large and prestigious as Shell to notify the county of serious air-polluti ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    For One Brief, Shining Moment.....

    ​The word went forth at 9:30 this morning. Christina Garza, spokesperson for Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, e-mailed reporters to tell them of a new development."Sheriff Announces Employee Bill of Rights," read the e-mail header.Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has developed an Employee B ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Jail Hell

    Inmates emerging from the Harris County Jail tell remarkably similar stories of horrible conditions inside.

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    August 28, 2009

    Everyone's a Critic: ACLU vs. Harris County vs. DOJ vs. HCJ

    ​The ACLU of Texas is criticizing Harris County's criticism of the U.S. Department of Justice's criticism of Harris County Jail. Hair Balls isn't sure who to criticize yet. In a press release, the state chapter's legal director calls County Attorney Vince Ryan's response to the DOJ ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Magazine Actually Claims Harris County Can Govern Itself

    ​Reporter John Mecklin worked a long time in Houston for the old Post; he also served as an editor at the SF Weekly, the San Francisco paper in our very own Village Voice Media chain.He's now editor at a magazine called Miller-McCune, a publication started by a Southern California philanthropist; ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Polluter Begins His Jail Term For Defying Clean-Up Orders

    Photo courtesy Harris County Attorney's officeLuis Ortiz, the polluter who was sentenced to five days' jail time for failing to clean up his auto-salvage business, went behind bars today after a last-ditch effort to stay free.Ella Tyler of the county attorney's office tells Hair Balls district judge ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009
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    June 18, 2009

    The County Attorney Sends A Message: A Local Polluter Gets Jail Time

    Photo courtesy Harris County AttorneyHere's something relatively new: A Harris County polluter is going to jail.Vince Ryan, the new Harris County Attorney, has decided to make pollution a priority, and he went after the owner of a northside auto-parts salvage company that had been dragging its legs ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008

    County Attorney Candidate Vince Ryan Sues Linebarger Goggan

    Saying he deserves a bigger piece of the pie, the former city councilman serves up cherry information to his current political opponent

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    March 27, 2003

    Caught Between Iraq and a Hard Place

    Democrats' dilemma: the difference between antiwar and anti-U.S.

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    August 15, 2002

    Trading Places

    Who wants to be interim city controller?

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    September 6, 2001

    More District D Footprints

    Airing out Darryl Carter's dirty laundry, with the help of Womack's campaign

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    December 28, 2000

    Jump-starting a Political Engine

    Will Montrose come home in 2001?

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    March 23, 2000

    The Day the Democrats Died

    Learning to love the one-party state

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    September 30, 1999

    District ZZZZs Triumph

    Hordes of city candidates block-walk, while voters sleepwalk

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    April 15, 1999

    A Star in Reborn, Again

    Former Houstonian Charles Kathryn McGuire has been a millionaire, a transvestite, a socialite, a political candidate and a woman. Now, with son James's first play on stage in New York City, she's Daddy Kathryn.

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    January 29, 1998
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    December 18, 1997

    A Family Affair

    Roland Garcia has the political backing to be the U.S. Attorney for South Texas. He also has a brother imprisoned for murder and drug trafficking -- a fact he somehow forgot to tell his congressional sponsors. That may not be enough to disqualify him, but

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    November 27, 1997
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    November 6, 1997
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    May 8, 1997
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    March 27, 1997
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    March 13, 1997
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    December 12, 1996

    Radack-al Treatment

    What happens when the county's premier good ol' boy tangles with a sensitive '90s-style guy? It ain't pretty.

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    October 31, 1996

    Opposing Counsel

    County attorney candidate Mike Fleming brands his opponent a traffic-court jockey. Sylvia Garcia labels him a special-interest pawn. You be the judge.

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    February 2, 1995

    It's Joe B.'s World

    In the Kingdom of Bob, lawyer Joe B. Allen is the prime minister of vested interests

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    December 29, 1994

    The Year of Living Anxiously

    Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?

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    December 22, 1994

    Battle of the Retreads

    Two soon-to-be-unemployed politicians may be headed for a City Council showdown

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    October 20, 1994
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    October 20, 1994
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    October 20, 1994

    Little Big Crony

    Bob Lanier's buddy Billy Burge wants to play the power game the way it was played in the old days. . . . . . But the rules have changed.

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    October 13, 1994
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    October 13, 1994

    Pursuing Jerry

    A former prosecutor finds it was easier to investigate ethically challenged officials than to run against one

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    September 29, 1994

    Son of Lindsay ... Son of Driscoll

    Robert Eckels and Vince Ryan fight the battles of the past as they fight each other for county judge

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    August 25, 1994

    Vince Ryan's Distress

    His campaign manager's gone, his headquarters got smoked, but domestic bliss awaits

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