- Tuesday December 17, 2017A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.
- Tuesday December 17, 2017
- Jaguars thump Texans 45-7 for 1st playoff berth since 2007 December 17, 2017The Jacksonville Jaguars are returning to the playoffs for the first time in a decade thanks to a 45-7 drubbing of rival Houston on Sunday.Once the NFL's poster child for futility and a punchline for potential relocation, the Jaguars (10-4) are now one of the league's top turnaround stories.Blake Bortles threw three touchdowns passes, including […]
- Houston sports mascots come together for the holidays December 17, 2017The holidays bring a lot of family members together, but this year Houston sports mascots decided to link up.Orbit (Astros) posted a group photo with Clutch (Rockets), Foxy (Dynamo) and Toro (Texans)."I got the boys together to celebrate the holidays!" Orbit tweeted.It's been a busy season for all the mascots, but they all made time […]
- Harden, Paul lead Rockets to 13th straight victory December 17, 2017James Harden scored 31 points and Chris Paul had 25 in the Houston Rockets' 115-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night for their 13th straight victory.The winning streak is the Rockets' longest streak since a franchise-best 22 straight in 2007-08.Harden hit a step-back 3-pointer over Malcolm Brogdon and was fouled, giving Houston an […]
- Paul, Rockets rout Spurs for 12th straight victory December 16, 2017Chris Paul had 28 points, eight assists and seven steals to lead the Houston Rockets to their 12th straight victory, a 124-109 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.Paul became the first player in NBA history to post 28 points, eight assists and seven steals in a game against the Spurs. In the […]
- World Champion Astros sign reliever Hector Rondon to 2-year deal December 15, 2017The World Series champion Houston Astros have bolstered their bullpen by signing free agent relief pitcher Hector Rondon to a two-year deal.The Astros are making good on their commitment to re-shape their bullpen this offseason after the team signed righty reliever Joe Smith Thursday.Rondon has spent each of his five major league seasons with the […]
- MD Anderson honors legendary sports reporter Craig Sager with Craig's Court December 15, 2017MD Anderson Cancer Center just honored former patient and NBA sideline reporter, Craig Sager Sr.MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital named its pediatric basketball court "Craig's Court" in a ceremony Thursday honoring the legend. WATCH: Craig Sager speaks about cancer battle, family"Craig's Court" is where pediatric patients and young adults at MD Anderson spend time playing […]
- Joe Smith, champion Houston Astros agree to 2-year contract December 14, 2017Right-hander Joe Smith and the World Series champion Houston Astros have agreed to a two-year contract.The 33-year-old was 3-0 with one save and 71 strikeouts over 54 innings in 59 relief appearances this year for Toronto and Cleveland, which reacquired him for a pair of minor leaguers at the July 31 trade deadline. Smith pitched […]
- Richmond 2-year-old buys Tic Tacs for firefighters December 14, 2017A little boy's good deed for a group of Richmond firefighters is going viral! Two-and-a-half-year-old Dawson usually gets a little reward for good behavior during shopping trips with his mom, Summer Aldridge.Last Thursday, during a trip to the Walmart on FM 1640 in Richmond, he earned $5 to spend on a toy or snacks.But after […]
- Doping: Russia backs Winter Olympics athletes December 13, 2017Russian athletes wanting to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea will have the unanimous support of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), the body said Tuesday.Last week Russia was banned from taking part in February's Games after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) found the country had engaged in "systemic manipulation" of anti-doping rules, […]
- Chris Pezman introduced as University of Houston athletics director December 12, 2017Officials at the University of Houston introduced Chris Pezman as the school's new athletics director during a news conference Tuesday.Pezman, who served as the assistant athletics director for football operations at UH during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, comes back to Houston after spending four years as senior associate athletics director at the University of […]
- Jaguars thump Texans 45-7 for 1st playoff berth since 2007 December 17, 2017
- Special Weather Statement December 17, 2017TXZ200-213-214-238-170515- Chambers TX-Liberty TX-Galveston TX-Harris TX- 1014 PM CST SAT DEC 16 2017 ...STRONG THUNDERSTORMS MOVING ACROSS GALVESTON...CHAMBERS...LIBERTY AND EASTERN HARRIS COUNTIES UNTIL 1115 PM CST... At 1014 PM CST, Doppler radar ...
- Lawsuit: man tricked into purchasing grocery store mired with structural defects, health code ... December 16, 2017GALVESTON – An owner of a San Leon grocery store claims he was swindled into buying the business. Faisal Artani's lawsuit, which was filed on Dec. 15 in the Galveston County 212th District Court, faults La Mejor Groceries LLC and Juan Cordero for failing to inform Artani of any problems in ...
- TX Houston/Galveston TX Zone Forecast December 16, 2017HGXZFPHGX. FPUS54 KHGX 160942. ZFPHGX. FPUS54 KHGX 160941. ZFPHGX. Zone Forecast Product for Southeast Texas. National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX. 341 AM CST Sat Dec 16 2017. TXZ211-162200-. Austin-. Including the cities of Bellville and Sealy. 341 AM CST Sat Dec 16 ...
- Football recruiting had twice the tales when it had two signing dates December 15, 2017... will sign just one national letter. So while the new system may result in some stories to remember, they will assume a different spin than the tale of Charles Alexander, a star running back at Galveston Ball who, as conference signing day approached in February 1975, was overwhelmed by indecision.
- Veteran Dallas officer to become Galveston police chief December 15, 201714, 2017 photo, Vernon Hale, deputy chief of police for the Dallas Police Department, receives applause after being confirmed as Galveston's new Police Chief by the city council, in Galveston, Texas. ... GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A veteran Dallas officer has been named police chief in Galveston.
- Veteran Dallas officer to become Galveston police chief December 15, 201714, 2017 photo, Vernon Hale, who was confirmed as Galveston's new Chief of Police, talks about his views on community policing in Galveston, Texas. (Jennifer Reynolds /The ... GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A veteran Dallas officer has been named police chief in Galveston. The Galveston City Council ...
- Veteran Dallas officer to become Galveston police chief December 15, 201714, 2017 photo, Vernon Hale, deputy chief of police for the Dallas Police Department, receives applause after being confirmed as Galveston's new Police Chief by the city council, in ... more. Photo: Jennifer ... GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A veteran Dallas officer has been named police chief in Galveston.
- Veteran Dallas officer to become Galveston police chief - KRISTV.com | Continuous News ... December 15, 2017The Galveston City Council on Thursday approved hiring Dallas Deputy Chief Vernon Hale. Hale will replace Galveston police Chief Richard Boyle, who's retiring. The 47-year-old Hale, who's supported community policing and led anti-narcotics operations, begins his new job on Jan. 2. He'll earn ...
- Galveston PD gives new details from investigators on boy found dead on beach December 15, 2017In a press release Thursday, Galveston Police reveal two new pieces of information, “Investigators believe sometime on or about Wednesday, October 18, the family members caring for the boy may have provided a plausible explanation for the child's whereabouts, such as, staying with family or friends ...
- Special Weather Statement December 17, 2017
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- COM TRUSTEES LEASE TRAINING SPACE TO ADDRESS SHORTAGE OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS December 15, 2017College of the Mainland Trustees have approved a one-year, $54,264 lease with the Community Family Center at 2000 Texas Avenue in Texas City.
- Truman Taylor Insurance Joins Galveston Insurance Associates December 15, 2017Texas Senator Larry Taylor from Friendswood, president of Truman Taylor Insurance, is closing his agency after 55 years of operation and joining Galveston Insurance Associates, effective Dec. 15.
- City of Galveston December 15, 2017The City of Galveston will host the 6th Annual Santa Hustle 5K and Half Marathon on Sunday.
- H-GAC Transportation Policy Council December 15, 2017The Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council today voted unanimously to approve a set of amendments to the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program and the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan.
- Galveston City Council December 15, 2017Galveston City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to appoint Council Member Dr. Craig Brown and Assistant City Manager Rick Beverlin to the Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council and Public Works Director Kyle Hockersmith and City Engineer Daniel Christodoss to the H-GAC Technical Advisory Committee.
- Galveston Welcomes Hale as Next Chief of Police December 15, 2017Galveston City Council on Thursday officially welcomed Vernon Hale as the city's next chief of police.
- Santa Fe City Council December 15, 2017Santa Fe City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to approve a collective bargaining agreement with the Santa Fe Police Officers' Association.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation December 14, 2017The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public's assistance in gathering information regarding the case of a boy whose body was found on a Galveston beach in October.
- Galveston City Council Workshop December 14, 2017Galveston City Council, during its workshop today, talked about an ordinance to add provisions for the regulation of substandard buildings in Chapter 10 of the city code.
- COM TRUSTEES LEASE TRAINING SPACE TO ADDRESS SHORTAGE OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS December 15, 2017
- Putin thanks Trump for CIA tip he says stopped bomb plot 18 Dec 2017 02:57 NEWS10 ABC MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin and the White House said. During the call, the two leaders’ …
- Here's How Trump Is Pitting Local Police Against the FBI 18 Dec 2017 02:57 Alternet Photo Credit: Screen Capture SNBC contributor Malcom Nance reportedly scared the “bejesus” out of viewers on Sunday when he pointed out that President Donald Trump was following the authoritarian playbook by pitting police against federal law enforcement. …
- Trump Is Really Trying to Set the World on Fire 18 Dec 2017 02:56 Alternet Photo Credit: By Vadim Sadovski / Shutterstock.com “I’ve just heard that my family home near Carpenteria is literally in flames at this moment,” a friend told me recently. She was particularly worried, she said, because “my mom has MS. She and my dad …
- Why Even the Idea That Neocon Senator Tom Cotton Might Run Trump’s CIA Is Scary 18 Dec 2017 02:56 Alternet Sen. Tom Cotton Photo Credit: By United States Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons In a recent profile of Tom Cotton, the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Willick characterized the 40-year-old junior Republican senator from Arkansas as “hawkish and …
- Putin thanks Trump for CIA tip he says stopped bomb plot 18 Dec 2017 02:53 AP News / Indystar MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin and the White House said. During the call, the two leaders' …
- Trump Set To Unveil New U.S. Security Strategy, Blast China 18 Dec 2017 02:46 Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump is set to present a new national security strategy in a speech on December 18 that will take a hard line with China, senior U.S. officials say. News agencies quoted U.S. officials as saying the speech, set for 2 p …
- Arizona Sen. John McCain likely to miss crucial tax vote next week,Trump confirms 18 Dec 2017 02:45 Tucson.com Sen. John McCain is returning home as he continues to fight the side effects of brain cancer treatment, President Trump told reporters on the White House lawn Sunday. McCain’s decision to return to Arizona to be with his family will likely mean that the …
- I’m not considering firing special counsel Mueller, says Donald Trump 18 Dec 2017 02:41 Indian Express By: AP | Washington | Updated: December 18, 2017 7:09 am US President Donald Trump. (File) President Donald Trump said Sunday that he is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller even as his administration was again forced to grapple with the …
- Trump says no plan to fire special counsel Mueller 18 Dec 2017 02:35 The Santa Rosa Press Democrat WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller even as his administration was again forced to grapple with the growing Russia probe that has shadowed the White House for much of his initial …
- LeBron wears 1 black shoe, 1 white shoe, speaks about Trump 18 Dec 2017 02:29 AP News / Indystar WASHINGTON (AP) -- LeBron James made a statement during an NBA game with his shoes - one black, one white, with the word "equality" in capital gold letters on the back of each. Then, after the game, James made a statement about President Donald …
- Arrests along border dipped sharply under Trump, according to federal data
- Woman with criminal history accused of setting Galveston man on fire turns herself in
- Man’s body found near Seabrook highway
- Officer kills burglary suspect in shootout in La Marque
- Deputy shoots teenage driver after driver attempts to run deputies over
- Gorilla escapes barrier into hog exhibit at Houston Zoo, officials say
- Meet the man who took his daughter out of school early for deer season
- Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Texas churches need to know they can have guns
- In Texas, you probably won’t get welfare benefits; even if you qualify
- Texas reform advocates want to close all state-run youth lockups
- Man exposes himself at tanning salon, League City police search for his identity
- Free Press Summer Festival is changing its name to this
- Assault charge against Johnny Manziel dismissed
- How Texas curtailed traditional welfare without ending poverty
- Texas parents wait in limbo as policymakers struggle to save Children’s Health Insurance Program
- Harris County man wanted for 2006 murder arrested in Mexico
- Members of street gang linked to series of burglaries of Apple products, police say
- Arrest expected soon after Galveston man set on fire, police say
- How Breitbart, Trump and Texas Politicians Spun a Tale out of a Border Patrol Agent’s Death
- Man accused of killing teen with whom he had inappropriate relationship appears in court
- Here’s what’s happening in Harris County now that the sheriff issues bail bonds
- Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halts state’s last execution of 2017
- Houston church threatened by gunman at Sunday’s service
- As Bayer and Monsanto push for merger, Texas farmers fear rising prices
- Civil Offenses: Those Calling for Political Civility Often Have the Least to Lose
- Without recovery funds, more than 50 Texas day cares close after Harvey
- 13-year-old robbery suspect shot in the head by apartment tenant, police say
- Man Mistaken for Burglar, Shot by Police then Shackled to Hospital Bed and Barred from Seeing Family
- Coyote attacks increasing: What you should know
- Postal worker accused of kidnapping, choking and fatally shooting co-worker girlfriend
- Medical marijuana in Texas: What you need to know
- Harris County deputy suspended after striking handcuffed man after chase
- Woman with F-Trump sticker adds Sheriff Troy Nehls to display on truck
- Abbott calls White House’s latest disaster aid request “completely inadequate”
- Former United Airlines pilot pleads guilty to running prostitution ring
- Abbott, Patrick push back on TxDOT’s plans for financing new toll projects
- Trial dates set for ex-deputy, husband charged in John Hernandez’s death
- Cities race to annex land before new Texas law goes into effect Dec. 1
- A “glitch” on U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s website asked for visitors’ Social Security numbers
- Greg Abbott Declares War on Moderate Republicans
- He thought he had a free court-appointed lawyer. Then he got a bill for $10,000
- Man fights to prove he’s alive after bank reports him as deceased
- Scam costs Friendswood man thousands of dollars
- At the Texas Capitol, victims of sexual harassment must fend for themselves
- Human Rights Lawyer on How Government is Complicit in Mexico’s Drug War
- ‘Sean Hannity Show’ fans smash Keurig brewers over pulled ads
- Another woman accuses former President George H.W. Bush of groping
- Student sent home from school bruised, claims PE teacher slammed him onto concrete
- Gov. Greg Abbott endorses primary challenger to state Rep. Sarah Davis
- Analysis: A media exec in Texas politics, not quite ready for prime time
- Police dogs trained to ignore marijuana
- Former HPD officer accused of tampering with evidence makes first court appearance
- Rent-to-own complaints spur investigation by federal agency
- HPD officer accused of tampering with evidence
- Joel Osteen impersonator breaches security at Los Angeles event
- Former ‘All My Children’ star arrested in Galveston
- Cornyn and Cruz under pressure over allegations in Alabama Senate race
- Family’s beloved pony shot to death in Liberty County
- Coastal officials say feds failing Harvey victims on short-term housing
- 22 Houston gang members indicted for multiple violent crimes, officials say
- The Faith-Tinged Fatalism of Greg Abbott’s Response to Texas’ Deadliest Mass Shooting
- Execution date set for Sugar Land man on death row
- Trump in Japan…
- Free of criminal charges, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes says she was victimized
- With no state-approved textbooks, Texas ethnic studies teachers make do
- Texas back in federal court over anti-“sanctuary cities” law
- Clara Harris granted parole for husband’s murder
- Coast Guard searching area near Freeport after boat catches fire, sinks
- Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez emerges as potential challenger to Gov. Greg Abbott
- With Trump Cuts, Obamacare Enrollment is a Volunteer Affair in Rural Texas
- Explosion at vodka distillery burns 3 in north Harris County
- Documents: Texas National Guard Installed Cellphone Spying Devices on Surveillance Planes
- Police increase reward for information in case of child’s body found on Galveston beach
- Meet Nueces County’s New DA, a Self-Professed ‘Mexican Biker Lawyer Covered in Tattoos’
- Leon Jacob, man accused in murder-for-hire plot, faces new charge
- The Brief: The deadliest mass shooting in Texas history
- Counterprotesters say white supremacists, not Russian Facebook ads, drew them to rally
- What we know about Texas church shooter
- Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constable shot several times, officials say
- $500 million in Ike relief is still unspent. Will Texas do better after Harvey?
- Prosecutor asks for current medical standards in death penalty evaluations
- How to earn quick cash by flipping items
- Rick Perry ties fossil fuel use to sexual assault prevention
- Abbott Supports Removing Inaccurate Capitol Displays. Do Slavery-Denying Plaques Count?
- A Russian Facebook page organized a protest in Texas. A different Russian page launched the counter-protest.
- 24 Texas Dairy Queens closing after franchise company files for bankruptcy
- USDA Rolls Back ‘Fair Practice’ Rule That Would’ve Protected Texas Chicken Farmers
- Trump nominating Ryan Patrick, son of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, to be U.S. attorney
- Fired in 2009, football coach Mike Leach still rages at Texas Tech and Texas law
- Texas Toxicologist Who Rejects Basic Science Appointed to EPA Science Board
- Abbott presses Congress for an extra $61 billion to rebuild after Harvey
- The ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Ban Has Already Reshaped Some Police Department Policies
- Hurricane Harvey flood looters exposed
- U.S. Supreme Court examines investigatory funding in Texas death penalty case
- Who’s Defending Texas’ Confederate Monuments?
- Kicking in doors and crushing credit: How a Texas-based retailer torments customers
- Harris County jailer accused of letting prisoner attack fellow inmate
- House Democrat: Abbott supports removing Confederate plaque from Texas Capitol
- Legislators mull changing Texas law allowing criminal charges against rent-to-own customers
- Houston woman’s daughter stranded at sea with another woman for 5 months
- ‘Fail State’ Delves into the Shadowy World of For-Profit Colleges
- Grambling State student charged in double homicide
- How renting furniture in Texas can land you in jail
- ‘Wedding crasher’ says she never attacked guest, apologizes to bride and groom
- Something Yuuuge was Missing From Franklin Graham’s Waco Revival
- Family: Florida deputy caught on camera breaking into dying man’s home
- Federal government rolls out eight border wall prototypes
- In ‘The Second Coming of the KKK,’ a Timely Lesson in the History of American Hate
- US launches ‘most advanced’ stealth sub amid undersea rivalry
- Houston man identified as victim of barge explosion near Port Aransas, officials say
- Controversial Halloween decoration in Katy leads to threats against homeowner
- What does boycotting Israel have to do with Hurricane Harvey relief?
- Rep. Dawnna Dukes cleared of criminal charges, attorneys say
- $5,000 reward being offered in shooting that caused man to lose his legs
- Tornado leaves trail of damage in two Dickinson neighborhoods, NWS says
- Former HPD officer indicted in 2016 shooting of unarmed neighbor
- State Rep. Victoria Neave pleads no contest to June DWI charge
- Texas attorney general opens investigation Into Harvey debris removal companies
- Police: 3 Texas men arrested after shot fired at Richard Spencer protesters
- Perry pursuing policy on coal, nuclear power at odds with Texas record
- Cornyn: Trump assured me more Harvey aid for Texas coming in November
- Dallas Fed CEO: Technology, not trade or immigration, is main reason for job loss
- Immigrant Workers in Texas Could Fill Farm Vacancies, but They’re Trapped in the Valley
- Texas Cities Embrace a Softer Approach to Pot Possession as State Reforms Stall
- This man robbed woman who was 9 months pregnant, shot her husband, authorities say
- Ex-KIPP Explore Academy staffer arrested after accusations of child indecency
- U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson walks back comments on sexual assault
- Who is this mystery man? Galveston woman begins search to find apparent veteran’s identity
- U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders face off in tax code debate
- A look back at Colt Stadium, the home of the Colt 45s
- After Failing to Prop Up Coal in Texas, Rick Perry is Trying Again Nationwide
- Potential new murder confession delays Texas serial killer’s execution
- Texas court halts execution to review claims that co-defendant lied at trial
- How much are property taxes in Houston going down next year?
- Cruz presses Sessions on Trump administration’s “catch-and-release” policy
- Federal Prisons Don’t Even Try to Rehabilitate the Undocumented
- Three teens charged with murder after missing teen’s body found
- Houston serial killer faces execution this week
- Insurance company accused of delayed response to storm claims
- Some Texas Republicans in Congress again outraised by challengers
- To fund bid against Ted Cruz, former mayor puts up building as prize in “essay and rib contest”
- U.S. House passes hurricane relief bill after tense day for Texas delegation, Abbott
- It’s Time to End Austin’s Failed Experiment in Police Oversight, Activists Say
- Prosecutors drop 1 of 13 felony charges against Rep. Dawwna Dukes
- League City mayor hospitalized after heart attack
- ICE Detained a Pregnant Rape Survivor for Six Months, Records Show
- Husband, wife each lose leg after hit-and-run crash in Waller County
- Temporary bans placed on fishing near site of busted cap
- Texas man travels to Orlando to sexually assault 9-year-old girl, police say
- Mom, older brother charged after 11-year-old found smoking meth
- Days from execution, man convicted in prison guard’s murder insists on innocence
- Truck involved in multiple accidents leaves 1 dead, 1 injured in Texas City, police say
- $1M worth of iPads mostly unused after being purchased for local elections
- Woman caught on camera stomping small dog inside elevator
- How much has been raised for Harvey relief — and how’s it being spent?
- The Case to End Assembly Line Justice for Poor People in Harris County
- Mother, son charged in murder-for-hire plot
- How scammers are using homeowners to defraud FEMA
- Police find man’s body stuffed in closet after victim ‘tortured’ to death
- In historic win, charters getting state funding for facilities for the first time
- Dreamers greet DACA renewal deadline with anxiety and unanswered questions
- Attorney General Ken Paxton’s trial is delayed for a third time
- Judge blocks Texas secretary of state from giving voter information to Trump commission
- East Texas county sues drug companies, alleges role in opioid crisis
- North Korean workers prepare seafood for U.S. stores, restaurants
- 3 Harris County Sheriff’s Office employees indicted in assault cases
- Reward raised for man on Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list
- Texas business mogul Mark Cuban offers details for hypothetical 2020 presidential run
- Woman accused of killing taxi driver appears in court
- Texas death row inmate Duane Buck has sentence reduced to life after Supreme Court orders retrial
- Hearing in Paxton case to consider delaying trial for third time
- Appellate judges show concern over Harris County bail practices, court ruling
- 28 organizations that got money from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
- Pasadena drops appeal, will remain under federal oversight of election laws
- Almost 400,000 Texans’ insurance at risk after Congress fails to renew CHIP
- How Harris County’s federal bail lawsuit spreads beyond Houston
- HHS Secretary Tom Price resigns amid criticism of his travel on private planes
- Houston mayor calls off property tax hike after Abbott delivers $50 million
- ‘I’m just gonna shoot him if things go sideways,’ cop tells college student during traffic stop
- Hearing set for Friday in wrongful death suit in John Hernandez case
- Aide found half-naked after sexual contact with student, deputies say
- Thousands of Poor Texans Could Lose Health Care With Congress Distracted by ACA Repeal
- Slideshow: For southeast Texas, recovery after Harvey is slow
- Even Hurricane Harvey Can’t Temper GOP Hostility Toward Texas’ Big Cities
- Murder suspect arrested in 27-year-old ‘killer clown’ shooting married to victim’s husband
- Texas attorney general now accepting complaints on “sanctuary” jurisdictions
- Abbott: Houston has enough funding for Harvey recovery
- U.S. House passes tax breaks for victims of Harvey, Irma and Maria
- New state law seeks to reduce the number of child brides in Texas
- Texas can enforce more of ‘sanctuary cities’ law
- Florida trooper accused of showing porn to child
- Town mayor facing assault charges
- 13-year-old accused in kidnapping and rape plot
- Hensarling to flood victims: ‘God’s telling you to move’
- Body Cam Policies in Texas Exacerbate a System Designed to Protect Police, Critics Say
- Army vet shown walking after claiming he couldn’t owes government $434K
- Analysis: X-factor in 2018’s Texas elections might be Harvey, not Donald
- Federal appeals court to hear arguments on Texas “sanctuary cities” law Friday
- Texas teens to be trained next year on police interactions
- Newlyweds say DJ robbed wedding cash
- How Galveston is offering a free beach weekend
- Lyft ride leads to hate crime charge for Houston man
- Florida woman makes ‘sexy’ plea to get power back after Hurricane Irma
- Report: Indicted state Rep. Dawnna Dukes spent $51k on online psychic
- Report: Trump’s judicial nominee from Texas called transgender kids part of “Satan’s plan”
- Hospital workers in hot water over Snapchat video, picture calling newborns ‘mini Satans’
- How some see Texas as the “gold standard” against wrongful convictions
- New leak discovered on Battleship Texas
- Texas House Speaker Joe Straus calls for removal of “inaccurate” Confederate plaque
- Hey, Texplainer: How is FEMA distributing money to areas hit by Harvey?
- Friendswood man accused of raking in nearly $2 million in decadelong pay-phone scheme
- Mayor Sylvester Turner has strong words for Red Cross after problems surface
- Trump Nominee to FEC Tried to Shred Texas’ Already-Weak Ethics Laws
- Dad in clown mask shot at while chasing daughter through neighborhood
- As a result of Hurricane Harvey, 600 more Texas prisoners getting AC
- Trooper fired for Sandra Bland stop: “My safety was in jeopardy.”
- Mysterious sea creature that washed up on Texas beach after Harvey identified
- Within days, this Austin company hopes to start legally growing marijuana
- Former officer accused of stealing $2,400 from dead man indicted on theft charges
- 135,000 gallons of sludge released into Galveston Bay after equipment failure, officials say
- Post-Harvey, Houston officials hope Congress is up for funding Ike Dike
- Ex-husband strangled Baytown realtor while children in next room, prosecutors say
- Pizza Hut manager threatened workers evacuating for Irma
- The Road to Huntsville
- Now you can carry any knife (almost) anywhere in Texas
- In beleaguered La Marque schools, Harvey stirs up old anxieties
- Flooded cars already being put up for sale
- Trump Nominates Lawyers from Anti-LGBT ‘Religious Freedom’ Group to be Texas Federal Judges
- Man survives being shot 16 times outside southwest Houston home
- Floridians jam highways to flee wrath of Hurricane Irma
- U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul again top contender to be Trump’s homeland security chief
- Experts: Much of Harvey-Related Air Pollution was Preventable
- Texans in Congress aim for united front ahead of long fight for Harvey aid
- Texas churches damaged during Harvey sue FEMA for federal funding
- Amazon wants to open $5 billion second HQ in North America
- New law allows hunting hogs from hot air balloons, but few balloonists will offer it
- New texting while driving ban full of loopholes
- Woman urinates herself, yells racial slurs during DUI arrest, police say
- Police shoot, kill tiger running loose in neighborhood
- What to do if your vehicle flooded during Hurricane Harvey
- House overwhelmingly passes $7.9 billion Harvey aid bill
- Selena’s family mourning the death of Houston relatives killed in Harvey flooding
- Trump ending immigration program that has impacted more than 120,000 in Texas
- Cinco Ranch flood victims demand buyout from federal government
- The Impossible City
- Our Lady of the Underground
- Texas officials see long road from Harvey for state transportation network
- Officials are starting to grapple with the costs of Harvey. Here’s what you should know today.
- Thanks to their State Rep, Friendswood Family Rushes to File Insurance Claim for their Flooded Home
- President Trump to visit Houston today to survey Harvey destruction
- As floodwaters continue to rise in Lake Jackson, crews come in to help with evacuees
- Residents being warned of people impersonating city of Houston, FEMA inspectors
- Renters find issues with flood-damaged units, property
- Crosby plant explosion highlights state efforts to block access to chemical information
- Where the government spends to keep people in flood-prone Houston neighborhoods
- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: No special session needed for Harvey aid
- Five days after Harvey, here’s where things stand in Texas
- Harvey brings catastrophic flooding to Houston; 5 reported dead
- Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio
- Why Houston isn’t ready for Hurricane Harvey
- Judge Emmett, Mayor Turner say ignore ‘rumors’ about Hurricane Harvey
- Galveston Island prepares for Harvey’s impact
- Former Galveston ISD teacher accused of having sex with high school student
- Galveston deputy accused of assaulting girlfriend, investigators say
- In San Antonio, Cops Punch Down
- The Brief: Battle lines are (curiously) drawn in Texas’ redistricting fight
- Analysis: Firing the opening shots in the 2018 GOP primaries
- As Houston plots a sustainable path forward, it’s leaving this neighborhood behind
- Harris County emergency officials preparing for tropical system Harvey
- Federal court puts hold on Houston ordinance aimed at homeless camps
- Puppy attacked by pet store owner’s dog
- Mother left kids in hot car while she drank at bar, police say
- Angela Paxton, Texas attorney general’s wife, eyes Texas Senate run
- US imposes sanctions on Russian, Chinese firms over North Korea
- Parents’ plea for help in finding teenage couple missing for 48 hours
- 2 women claim they were groped by local massage therapist
- Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller criticizes Six Flags’ removal of Confederate flag
- El Paso City Council votes down city ID program
- League City Man Sentenced to 6 Years for Online Solicitation of a non-existent Minor
- UT-Austin removing Confederate statues in the middle of the night
- Galveston County Deputies Prevent Jumper on Bridge at 646 & I-45
- Dickinson Cops use Facebook to Catch a Burglar Named Jesus
- Evading Theft Suspects Taken Into Custody After Causing Accident in League City
- Father faces charges after he and missing boy found at hotel, authorities say
- Confederate Monument Protest Draws Hundreds in Houston
- Former HPD officer among those arrested in prostitution sting
- Mother charged with murder after child ejected during drunken driving crash
- Over 250 sex buyers, traffickers arrested on prostitution charges during sting
- Remember the Alamo (Differently)
- Your phone’s Bluetooth can locate illegal skimmer devices
- With Supreme Court appeal, Texas wants to keep congressional map intact
- Dallas, Houston Protests Planned as Confederate Monuments Under Fire in Texas
- With Trump’s Infrastructure Plan, Rural Texas Could be Left in Disrepair
- Body found in Bayou Vista while searching for woman who disappeared under ‘suspicious circumstances’
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- When school’s out, rural Texas towns struggle to feed their hungry kids
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- ‘Ghost forests’ appearing from Canada to Texas
- Man charged after leaving crash that left motorcycle rider in critical condition, police say
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- Naked bank robbery suspect tosses stolen money
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- HPD officer hit by car, plunges 16 feet off Southwest Freeway
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- Drunk Driver Sentenced to 50 Years for Fatal Crash
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- Man Sentenced to 45 Years on Drug Charges
- After Texas “human trafficking crime,” Lt. Gov. Patrick lauds sanctuary city law
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- Texas Senate committee OKs bill to outlaw city cellphone restrictions
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- Carjacking suspect opens fire on officer during chase in SW Houston
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- Mickey Mouse mask-wearing burglar caught on camera breaking into 2 stores
- Houston pastor Victoria Osteen says she does not endorse skin care product
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- Environmental groups sue EPA over lax Texas air pollution permits
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The trial dates have been set for a former Harris County deputy and her husband who were arrested in connection with the death of John Hernandez.
Chauna Thompson, who was fired from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and her husband, Terry Thompson, were in court Thursday, where a judge set the trial dates – May 18, 2018, for Terry Thompson, and June 1, 2018, for Chauna Thompson.
There was a heavy presence of law enforcement at the courthouse as the Thompsons arrived. The couple ignored questions from reporters as they walked to a waiting elevator.
Family, friends and supporters of Hernandez were also present. They said they believe the trials could take up to two years to complete, and are willing to be there every step of the way.
The Thompsons were each charged with murder in connection with the May 28 confrontation with Hernandez outside of a Denny’s restaurant. Video of the incident appeared to show Terry Thompson using a chokehold and lying on top of Hernandez while Chauna Thompson held down one of Hernandez’s arms.
Jose Antonio Lopez is not only alive and well, he invited Channel 2 into his home in Cypress to prove reports of his death by a credit card company have been greatly exaggerated.
“I even asked them, Synchrony Bank. I said, ‘Do you have on record my death certificate?’ And even, ‘You don’t have a death certificate because you are talking to me on the phone. How are you going to be talking to a dead person?'” he said.
For Lopez and his family, the last 10 months have been no laughing matter.
He showed us paperwork from Synchrony Bank — from which he has several credit cards — that mistakenly reported him as deceased in January.
The mix up has caused Lopez’s credit rating to plummet because over the past several months his accounts have accumulated interest and late fees — but he couldn’t pay them because he was listed as dead.
“They have charged me interest, they have charged me late fees,” he said. “And like I say, they report on the credit bureaus charge off, which is a negative.”
Ironically, Lopez is a loan officer and understands the implications of a poor credit rating. All he’s asking for now is a clean slate.
“Is somebody there? Anybody that I can call or anything that I can do to fix this situation?” Lopez asked. “Because it’s really affecting me. Affecting me … and I don’t know what else to do.”
Channel 2 reached out to Synchrony Bank on Monday evening and are waiting for a response on Lopez’s situation.
It’s a scam that started with a simple voicemail followed by a phone call.
The scam ultimately cost a Friendswood senior citizen thousands of dollars.
The victim who was scammed said, “A little over $12,000. It even hurts me to say it.”
The caller said they were looking to refund the victim $500 from a software company that was going under that he had recently purchased a product from.
But in order to do that, they needed access to his computer.
“Of course he had a code and everything, to get in the computer I had to type in the code he gave me, my computer. Which meant he was in there,” said the scam victim.
Little did the victim know the scammers had also accessed his personal information and ultimately his bank account.
Something else the victim says he didn’t realize, the scammers moved $5,000 from his savings into his checking account claiming they had deposited.
The victim said, “I made a mistake it’s suppose to be $500, you’ve got to send me that $4,500 right away.”
The victim was then told to purchase thousands in gift cards to send the money back to them.
And it happened more than once.
“I was scared to the point I was trembling. I felt like if I don’t do what he tells me, I’m going to get wiped out,” the victim said.
When the victim finally realized it was all just a big scam, he contacted authorities and froze his bank accounts, but not before being out a lot of money.
He now has a warning for others.
“They’re very good at what they do and people need to be aware that this stuff is going on,” the victim said.
The mother of a child with special needs alleges a PE teacher attacked her son, slamming him onto concrete, leaving bruises from his face to his hands.
“This scar that’s right here. He has scratches on his chest,” said Ashley Degrate, describing the bruises over her son, Cavontrell Smith.
Smith, 10, is enrolled in fifth grade at the Aldine Education Center at 1702 Aldine Bender Road. The center is considered an alternative school. Cavontrell is there, his mother says, because of a behavioral and emotional disorder.
“Whenever he has an outbreak from his emotions they’re supposed to be trained to deal with it in a proper manner,” Degrate said.
It was not her son that caused a problem, Degrate alleges. Rather, it was a PE teacher, who allegedly whispered obscenities into Cavontrell’s ear during the attack. Cavontrell said the attack occurred after a run-in with another student on the playground.
“Blood was coming out of my eye because he hit me multiple times and then when I put my hand here there was a big old knot,” Cavontrell said.
The alleged attack occurred Thursday. Degrate told KPRC2 the school’s principal called her to tell her about Cavontrell’s injuries, but left details short.
“He told me that my son had fractures and bruises on his face that it might look bad but it’s not as bad as it looks,” she said.
Degrate said what the principal told her on the phone could not have been further from the truth. She said she saw the extent of her son’s injuries once the school bus dropped him off at the end of the day.
“When he got off the bus — oh my god!” she said.
A spokesman for Aldine ISD released a statement to KPRC2, which read, “Aldine ISD is aware of the allegation and the incident is currently under investigation. Once the investigation is complete, the district will take appropriate action.”
While the school district would not go into further detail, Degrate said the teacher was suspended, a ruling Degrate thinks was not strong enough.
“I just want them to take action. It’s not right. Nobody’s child should have to deal with this. No parent should have to deal with this. It’s just not right,” Degrate said.
Julissa Diaz has gone from HPD officer to former officer after she was accused of tampering with evidence related to narcotics.
Diaz made her first court appearance early Friday morning.
A source told Channel 2 News that a SWAT team arrested the 11-year veteran, who lives in the city of South Houston, during her overnight shift Thursday morning.
Thirty-seven-year-old Diaz was no ordinary officer. According to the Houston Police Officer’s Union, she was recognized as Patrol Officer of the Month in 2015 for apprehending two major drug dealers during a routine traffic stop. Her commendation said Diaz “has always demonstrated a passion for making a difference and her dedication to duty.”
According to our source, Diaz worked the night shift at HPD’s Clear Lake Station. She was arrested by SWAT officers after a lengthy investigation by HPD’s narcotics division.
In response, Chief Art Acevedo said in a statement:
“Ms. Diaz’s betrayal of the public trust and oath of office is inconsistent with the dedication of the men and women of the Houston Police Department (HPD) and their tireless, honorable service.
“While we cannot overstate our depth of disappointment, we take solace in the fact the investigation that led to Ms. Diaz’s arrest was conducted by men and women of the HPD, the same organization and co-workers she betrayed.
“We look forward to working with the Harris County District Attorney’s office to ensure she is held to the highest level of accountability under the law. Ms. Diaz’s peace officer powers have been suspended and she has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of an internal affairs investigation.
“I urge anyone with information regarding her criminal misconduct or misconduct by any member of the Houston Police Department to contact us.”
Diaz is being held in a Harris county jail on $100,000 bond. Charged with tampering, fabricating evidence, she is set to appear in court again on Nov. 13.
A Houston police officer who works the night shift at the Clear Lake patrol station has found herself on the wrong side of the law.
HPD officer Julissa Guzman Diaz is behind bars in the city jail. She’s charged with tampering with evidence related to narcotics.
Sources told KPRC 2 Diaz was arrested early Thursday morning while on duty after a lengthy investigation by HPD’s narcotics division.
We are working to confirm the details and specifics of her arrest with Houston police.
A Joel Osteen impersonator is making waves after a video he posted went viral.
The impersonator is a comedian — pretending to be Osteen at an Osteen event in Los Angeles last month — but no one is laughing after an apparent security breach at the LA Forum.
In the video, you witness comedian and Osteen-lookalike Michael Klimkowski getting free parking and breaching security measures by entering the event without getting checked.
Along the way, he poses for pictures with fans.
The incident happened in October.
We have reached out to the Forum, but so far, haven’t gotten any comment.
The real Houston pastor, and his wife, Victoria, were in California for a night of worship open to the public.
A spokesman with Lakewood Church says Osteen never met the imposter.
The spokesperson also says Osteen’s security never confronted Klimkowski — it was Forum security and the Los Angeles Police Department that handled Klimkowski.
The Lakewood spokesman also adds that they are unsure if Osteen has ever met Klimkowski — but they have seen him in at least one book signing in Los Angeles.
A former star of the soap opera “All My Children” was arrested in Galveston early Sunday, according to police.
Shane McDermott was charged with public intoxication, Galveston police said, after he was running in the middle of a street and refused to cooperate with officers who stopped him.
Police said McDermott had just left one of the downtown bars after some type of altercation.
An officer asked McDermott if there was someone at his house who could come get him, otherwise they would have to arrest him, police said. McDermott replied, “Arrest me,” according to police. He paid a small fine, police said.
McDermott, who played Scott Chandler on the popular ABC daytime drama in the mid-90s, did not reply to a request for comment.
According to his real estate website, McDermott moved to Galveston in the early 2000s.
Before the Brett family had any children, they had Chicken Nugget: A pony with dwarfism.
He stood 25 inches tall and weighed no more than 80 pounds. But for eight years, he was the perfect companion, and larger than life.
“Local celebrity, local favorite, people came and took their pictures with him,” Kylee Brett said. “And he would just hang out with us! I’m serious, he would just lay down and watch TV.”
Nobody loved Chicken Nugget more than Kylee’s 5-year-old daughter, Rylee. At 6 months old, she was already riding him at the rodeo. They did everything together.
Early Wednesday morning, authorities said someone entered the Brett family ranch in Hull, Texas, in Liberty County, and shot Chicken Nugget in the head at close range. The Brett family found him when they woke up, and buried him later that morning.
“Rest in Peace,” Kylee wrote on Facebook, “You now have your wings and are flying high. You will never be forgotten, you will forever be missed. My heart is absolutely shattered as I try to find the words. The way you were taken from us was the act of a coward.”
“On another note,” the post continued later. “Whoever stepped foot on our property and point blank shot him in the face will pay.”
The post quickly received thousands of responses, comments and shares.
“We’re going to catch him, whoever did this,” Rylee said. “And he’s going to get in big, big, big trouble.”
“He never ever had any kind of a bad day,” Kylee said. “He never had a moment to where you just had to worry about him. He just, he was there. He was our best friend. And he was just, he was special to everybody.”
The Bretts told Rylee that Chicken Nugget is now in heaven, watching over their family.
“Our hearts are broken,” Kylee said. “Very broken, and we’ll always miss him, we’ll always have that piece of our heart that’s broken. But good memories always help the heart heal a little faster.”
Investigators say 22 people have been indicted in an alleged street gang operation in Houston involving human smuggling, brothels and drugs.
Federal prosecutors say a 37-count indictment was returned earlier this month in Houston and partly unsealed Wednesday.
Authorities said the defendants are accused of operating several brothels in apartments throughout Houston, plus in Mexico. Prosecutors say some female immigrants were promised they could pay off the cost of smuggling them into the U.S. by working in Houston restaurants. The immigrants were instead forced into prostitution.
Those arrested during the enforcement actions on Tuesday include Houston residents Giovani Alecio aka Whiteboy, 26, Victor Javiel Gonzalez, 29, Maria Angelica Moreno-Reyna aka Patty, 51, Gabriela Gonzalez-Flores aka Gabby, 46, Eddie Torres aka Monterrey 38, Jose Luis Moreno aka Lucky, 23, Gilberto Espinoza Garcia, 49, Hector Reyna aka Pantera, 26; Jimmy Mejia Chavez, 33; and Grisel Salas aka Cris, 34, of Donna; and Jose Ruben Palomo-Martinez, 48, of Mission.
Two more defendants – Erik Ivan Alvarez-Chavez aka Casa, 39, and Denis Amaya Calballero aka Keiko, 25, both of Houston – were already in custody on related charges and are expected to make their appearances in federal court in the near future.
Nine others are also charged but not as yet in custody. Bianca Stephanie Reyna aka Troubles, 20, Claudia Soriano-Hernandez, 26, Juan Carlos Contreras Cervantes, 25, all from Houston; Raul Moreno Reyna aka Coney, 53, William Alberto Lopez, 27, Anadalit Duarte aka Paola, 25, and Walter Lopez, 26, all originally from Houston but believed to have fled to Mexico; and Israel Juarez Sifuentes, 43, and Melissa Dominguez aka Missy, 50, both of Donna; are considered fugitives and warrants remain outstanding for their arrests. Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact the FBI Houston field office at 713-693-5000.
All of the defendants are indicted in the criminal scheme as alleged members or affiliates of the Southwest Cholos. All are charged in varying counts to include multiple conspiracy counts; sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion; sex trafficking of a minor by force, fraud or coercion; transportation to engage in prostitution; enticing or coercing another to travel in interstate commerce for prostitution; transportation of illegal aliens; importation of aliens for immoral purposes; possession with the intent to distribute heroin; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamines; illegal dealing of firearms; felon in possession of a firearm; illegal re-entry; false statements; and aggravated identity theft.
According to the indictment, the defendants operated several brothels in apartments throughout Houston as well as in Mexico. The primary location was the Carriage Way Apartment Complex on Dashwood in southwest Houston, which was also home to their base of operations for drug and firearms trafficking, according to the allegations.
An execution date has been set for a Sugar Land man on death row for arranging to have some of his family members shot and killed so he could collect a $1 million inheritance.
Bart Whitaker is set to be executed on Feb. 22, 2018.
Investigators said that on Dec. 10, 2003, Whitaker arranged to make the shooting look like he and his family members interrupted a burglary as they returned home from dinner.
A masked gunman inside the home shot and killed Whitaker’s 19-year-old brother, Kevin, in the front room of the house. Then the gunman shot and killed Whitaker’s 51-year-old mother, Tricia. The shooter also wounded Whitaker’s 54-year-old father, Kent. A bullet hit Whitaker in his arm.
The gunman and a third person in the crime are also in prison, serving sentences.
Clara Harris, the woman who was convicted for running over her husband in an infamous murder in the Clear Lake area, was granted parole Friday.
Court records show Harris has not yet been scheduled for release as of Monday.
She was expected to stay in state prison through 2023.
Her parole was denied in 2016 because of the brutality of that crime.
In an interview with KPRC 2 the night of the murder, 15 years ago, she said, “It was an accident.”
The Lake Jackson dentist repeatedly drove her silver Mercedes over her husband, stopping the car on top of his body in the parking lot of the Hilton NASA Clear Lake in Nassau Bay.
Her orthodontist husband, 44-year-old Dr. David Harris, died. The crime was caught on tape.
Earlier on the day of the attack, Clara Harris hired a private investigator to trail her husband, whom she suspected of having an affair with one of his former employees.
That investigator ultimately videotaped David Harris’ dying moments after Cara Harris confronted her husband and a woman inside the hotel lobby.
The fight moved outside, where Clara Harris drove the car over David Harris three times.
She was convicted of murder and sent to prison for 20 years.
The Coast Guard is searching for possible missing people after a boat caught fire and sank Monday afternoon about 3 miles south of the San Bernard River, near Freeport.
Around 2:45 p.m., flames and smoke were reported just south of the San Bernard River.
A Coast Guard helicopter found a 25-foot-long vessel burned beyond identification. The vessel sank shortly after crews arrived.
“Our No. 1 priority is the preservation of human life,” said Lt. Mike Hart, chief duty officer at Sector Houston-Galveston. “We have several assets actively searching for any possible missing persons.”
Coast Guard crews said they would continue searching throughout the night.
Anyone with information regarding the vessel fire is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston at 281-464-4853.
Three people were burned Monday in an explosion at a vodka distillery in north Harris County, authorities said.
The incident was reported about 10 a.m. at a warehouse in the 1200 block of East Richey Road.
According to fire officials at the scene, one of the victims was flown to the hospital, while the other two were driven there.
Officials are working to determine the cause of the explosion, but an investigator said it may have happened during a transfer of the flammable alcohol.
Stay with KPRC 2 and Click2Houston.com for the latest on this developing story.
The Galveston Police Department and the FBI are still searching for more information in the case of a boy’s body found on a Galveston beach.
Monday, the two entities said they have chased down hundreds of leads, but none have been useful. The reward for useful information has been raised to $10,000.
Meantime, investigators have named the little boy “Little Jacob” while they continue to search for his real identity. Investigators say this will help the departments, and the public, with the association of the case.
Police say they continue to waiting for a complete autopsy and when the autopsy is complete, the details of that report will not be made public to protect the integrity of the investigation.
The parents of the child are expected to be alive, police say.
“This is extremely unusual for any part of the country and extremely unusual for Galveston Island,” Capt. Joshua Schirard with the Galveston police said.
The Galveston community has come together to support each other in these two weeks, Schirard said.
Police have released a sketch photo of a 3- to 5-year-old boy who was found dead on a beach in Galveston in late October.
A passerby spotted the child about 5:35 p.m. while walking on the beach near 7th Street and Seawall Boulevard, authorities said.
At the time of the boy’s discovery, there were no recent missing children cases in Galveston, police said. Investigators commissioned renowned forensic sketch artist, Lois Gibson, to draw a sketch of the child for police.
“I want to reach out to that grandmother or the relative or the mommy or the daddy or some neighbor. Somebody who knows the baby,” Gibson said at the time.
Police said no one has come forward to report a missing child in the surrounding area. The medical examiner has not released a cause of death.
The area where the boy was found is not heavily trafficked, police said last month, adding that the particular area is mostly grassland.
Police describe the child as 3 feet tall with a slender build, black hair and brown eyes.
Officials said this is an extremely unusual case and the circumstances surrounding the child’s death have grown more suspicious during the investigation.
“We are throwing every resource we possibly can at assuring we identify this child,” Capt. Joshua Schirard with Galveston police said.
Investigators said they were looking into a missing person’s case in Hawkins County, Tennessee, involving a boy whose picture is similar to the composite sketch of the boy found dead in Galveston. On Monday, investigators said that the cases are not related.
The Police Department is asking anyone who may have any information concerning this case to call 409-765-3702 or Galveston County Crime Stoppers at 409-763-8477.
Leon Jacob, the man accused in a murder-for-hire plot, is facing a new charge.
A grand jury indicted Jacob with aggravated kidnapping Friday.
According to court documents, the charge is connected to his former girlfriend, Megan Verikas.
A court date for the new charge hasn’t been set.
Jacob is already behind bars, charged with solicitation of capital murder.
Prosecutors said he and the late veterinarian Valerie McDaniel tried to hire a hitman to kill their exes.
A Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constable was shot several times Sunday, according to officials.
The shooting was reported about 6 p.m. at 9006 Walnut Glen Drive.
Officials said the deputy constable was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital for treatment.
A spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said that the deputy constable was shot several times in the legs and is expected to survive.
Harris County deputies at the scene told KPRC 2 reporter Bill Spencer that the gunman was in custody.
The identity of the deputy constable was not immediately released.
It was not immediately clear what led up to the shooting.
Stay with KPRC 2 and Click2Houston.com for the latest on this developing story.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrecly reported that Herman told KPRC 2 that the gunman was in custody.
There’s a simple way to make quick cash and we think just about anyone can do it. Have you ever heard of flipping? You buy something at a thrift store or garage sale and you resell it to make money.
Flipping is a great way to add to your income, but you have to know what to look for. It’s like a citywide scavenger hunt and the prize is quick cash in your pocket.
“I love getting out in the thrift store, trying to find the hidden treasures,” thrift shopper Jen Meneely said. “It’s kind of like gambling. I love gambling.“
“It is a great way to make money, but you really have to know your product,” Pippa Williams said.
Williams and Meneely met at a thrift shop and hit it off. They started shopping together right away and then created the website and blog Too Cheap Blondes. They don’t typically “flip” items, but they certainly know what to look for.
“There are people out there who do this to supplement their income. There are others that do it full time and make a lot of money doing it,” Williams said.
Good items to flip include furniture, artwork, books and kitchen items. The “Too Cheap Blondes” think the easiest item to flip is clothing.
“Do your research, know exactly what brands sell really well and you can flip quick,” Meneely said.
Williams recently found a Tommy Hilfiger jacket from the 1990s with a huge flag on the front.
“These are so hot right now,” she said. “The thing that makes this so valuable is it has the big logo flag. I found this for $2 at a Family Thrift Store and this is going to sell anywhere from $300 to $400 on Ebay.”
Other popular resale brands include Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Burberry and Levi‘s jean jackets and vests.
How do you know if the item will make money? Go to Ebay and type in the name of the item. Filter the “sold” items and you will see how much they are actually being sold for. That will help you decide if it would be worth it to try to resell the item you find.
“Thrift stores are a treasure trove for high–quality, vintage, solid wood furniture,” Meneely said.
As you probably know, companies just don’t make furniture the way they used to. There is always solid wood furniture at thrift stores and often it’s something you can buy and resell for a profit.
“The average price on, say, a solid wood buffet is about $120 to $150, which might seem like a lot,”
Meneely said. “Some of these don’t even need to be updated. Just, you happen to be the one to find it. You can sell this easily for $400 to $500.”
Chairs with fabric that can be easily recovered are also great items to flip. People who recover and upholster furniture frequently look to buy vintage furniture to fix up and sell. You can often grab a chair for $20 to $40 and sell it for an easy $100.
You’ll find artwork in just about any thrift store. Look for original works of art. Shopping local is prime for finding artists specific to the area where you live, and you can sell the art online to someone in a different area of the country.
“This is an artist out of Santa Fe who is famous for her watercolors,” Meneely said. “I think these have a value of around $300 and they are here at the Salvation Army for $2.99.”
Meneely and Williams recently paid $10 for an original piece from a Houston artist worth $2,500. They listed it on a Facebook trading group and sold it the same day for $100. They said that while they knew it was worth a lot more, they were just happy to get a quick buck instead of sitting on it and waiting for a higher bidder.
Plenty of people have a nostalgic memory of a kitchen gadget or item that was at their grandmother’s house. Because of that, vintage kitchen items often sell for a great price.
For example, KPRC Channel 2 News found Starbucks mugs for $2, and they are selling for $30 on Ebay.
Pewter items often resell well, too. A $3 pair of pewter bunny salad servers from Mexico are listed for $40 online.
“It’s the thrill of the hunt,” Williams said.
For smaller items, you can easily ship, Ebay is your best bet, because you are selling to a wider audience. You end up paying about 20 percent
For larger items, such as furniture, try neighborhood Facebook selling groups or Craigslist. Take precautions when meeting people you are working with through the sites. The Houston Police Department has a safe zone system set up for people who are meeting to exchange items sold online. They encourage people to use parking lots of police stations around town. Officers are not allowed to help out with the transaction.
25+ places to sell your items
Etsy – vintage only, i.e., old lunchbox
Offerup – App
Listia – App, various items
Depop – Clothing
Gone – Electronic trading app
Vinted – Clothing
Chairish – Furniture, art
Decluttr – Electronics, game consoles, books, DVDs, refurbishables
Close5 – Antiques, home goods, automobiles
Trove – Furniture, decor
Hoobly – Specializes in dog trading
5miles – Various items
Carousell – has a smaller grouping option on the website
Physical locations for “flipping”
Old-fashioned yard sale – Yard sale apps available or self-advertise with personal social media platform:
A Dairy Queen franchise company with 70 locations across Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma has filed for bankruptcy.
The company, Vasari LLC, has about 900 employees, according to the court filing.
So far, 29 Dairy Queen locations have closed, including 24 in Texas, three in Oklahoma and two in New Mexico.
The closest Texas location run by the company is in Conroe on 1612 North Frazier Street.
During the worst times of Hurricane Harvey, when families were at risk and homes and businesses were being destroyed, there were vultures preying on people. We are talking about looters, the people arrested for stealing from homes and businesses during the disaster.
“I hope karma gets them,” homeowner Elizabeth Burnham said.
The Villages of Bear Creek on the Westside near bloated Addicks Reservoir was a neighborhood devastated by flood waters and worse.
“There was also five feet of sewage on everything,” Burnham said.
Burnham salvaged what she could on her front lawn only to have it disappear piece by piece. She even had signs up asking people not to take items from her yard.
“I don’t know how people can do that, and I don’t know how they can sleep at night,” she said.
“Like it or not, there are evil people out there that are aware this is easy pickings,” said Andy Kahan, the city of Houston’s crime victim advocate.
Kahan’s home also flooded, and he witnessed looting as he was boarding a rescue boat.
“We need to do something,” he said. “We need to let the world and the public know who these quote ‘looters’ are and who got arrested.”
That’s what we did. KPRC Channel 2 News has spent weeks combing through documents and looking into the arrests made during the hurricane. Kahan has taken a special interest in the cases.
[Scroll to bottom to see interactive map of many looting locations and mugshots]
“There are multiple convictions — people are on bond, one particular person was paroled December 2016 after doing half of his 20-year sentence,” Kahan said.
In Northeast Houston on Lockwood near Cavalcade on Aug. 29 it was an absolute free-for-all at a hair shop. Dozens of people can be seen on store surveillance video walking through knee-deep water and taking whatever they wanted. The video shows a black Tahoe so loaded up with items that the people who did the stealing couldn’t even fit inside. More people were later seen coming up on a boat to burglarize the business.
“Me count (sic) about how many people come in,” said the store owner, who did not want to be identified. “Me count (sic) about 300 people — 300!”
Of those 300 people, KPRC found two men who have so far been charged: Patrick Davenport, 31, and Alex Townsel, 23. Hundreds of others may never be brought to justice.
“The offenses that occurred during that time period by and large have been investigated, and we’re proceeding on them,” said David Mitcham, from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. “There may be some outlier cases in the coming weeks and months.”
In some cases, the suspected looters almost seemed as if they were asking to get caught.
“Basically, I was checking the shop to see how bad it was getting,” said Derrick Martin with Gardner & Martin Inc. “I happened to notice somebody had a flash light in the corner looking around; I knew that wasn’t right.”
Martin knows a red flag when he sees one. His family-owned flag company in Pasadena got flooded, then looted. He watched it unfold on his phone and called the Pasadena Police Department. Officers arrested Drake Boren, 20, at the scene of the crime.
“Everyone is in panic, you know? It’s survival mode and someone takes advantage of that. That’s not right,” Martin said.
Harris County prosecutors requested a higher bond for Boren and dozens of other suspected looters.
“We find it intolerable and we are taking a hard line,” Mitcham said.
Enhancement charge for looting
In Texas, there is no criminal charge called looting. Instead, when burglaries, thefts, robberies and assaults happen in declared disaster areas the penalties can be stiffer. It’s called an enhancement charge.
“If it’s a burglary of a habitation for instance, and it was charged as a second, it could be enhanced up to a first degree,” Mitcham said.
Two to 20-year sentences are replaced with five to 99-year sentences. The Harris County District Attorney’s office said hundreds of suspected criminals — not all looters — initially appear to be eligible for Harvey-related penalty enhancement.
“These individuals need to go to prison,” Kahan said. “There’s no if, ands or buts — send a message loud and clear.”
KPRC will continue to follow these cases through the courts to see what convictions are eventually handed down.
You can look at the names and faces of many of the suspected looters who were arrested by clicking on the flood looters slideshow.
We’ve also made an interactive map that shows many of the looting locations along with mug shots and names of the people arrested at each location.