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- Love in the air at Minute Maid Park: Couple left with more than just love for Astros baseball February 23, 2018Many Astros share a love for the team, but last season, Cupid showed up to Minute Maid Park, leaving fans with more than just a love for baseball. "Our first date was an Astros game," said newlywed Lori Tolopka, laughing. PHOTOS: Astros super fans prepare for spring trainingShe and her now-husband, Wes, are preparing for […]
- Simone Biles to hold international invitational at family's World Champions Centre in Spring February 22, 2018America's most decorated gymnast, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles will have her very first international invitational at her family's World Champions Centre in Spring.Biles sat down with KPRC where she discussed her invitational, preparations and plans for Tokyo 2020 and her message of encouragement to current Olympians in Korea.She watched the historic win in Pyeongchang […]
- Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa form special bond with Astros February 22, 2018One stands 6 feet 4 inches tall and the other a mere 5 feet 6 inches.Carlos Correa and Josel Altuve make up the best middle infield in baseball, and they have a mutual respect that goes far beyond the field."Just his work ethic, he works hard and smart. He knows what it takes to be […]
- Carlos Correa's dog getting into trouble at spring training February 22, 2018When one of your owners is a World Series champion and the other is a former Miss Texas USA, you get to cause a little trouble.Groot Correa is a dog, who is doing just that, but, he is super adorable, so it's okay.Astros star Carlos Correa and his fiancee Daniella Rodriguez took their dog with […]
- For Elana Meyers Taylor, bobsled silver is sweeter this time February 22, 2018Silver is sweeter this time for U.S. bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor.Her perspective has changed so much, and in so many ways, over the last four years. The silver medal she got at the Sochi Games in 2014 represented failure. It was nothing more than a shiny reminder of a loss, a bauble that she wanted […]
- This silver may be the most important medal Mikaela Shiffrin ever wins February 22, 2018Both Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn raced the Alpine super-combined on Friday, the first time the two American skiers competed against each other at the Olympics, and almost surely the last. The experts made Shiffrin the pre-race favorite for gold. For Vonn, medal prospects were akin to -- in her words -- Russian roulette.Shiffrin didn't […]
- USA defeats Canada to win gold in women's hockey February 22, 2018In perhaps the ultimate Olympic grudge match, Team USA earned a 3-2 shootout victory over Canada in the women's hockey gold medal game.Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson beat Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados on a deke after the shootout remained tied 2-2 after the first five shooters.WATCH: Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scores the shootout winnerWhen U.S. goalie Maddie Rooney turned away […]
- A plethora of pitchers: Astros' Hinch must make decision February 21, 2018With virtually every position already a lock for the Houston Astros at the beginning of spring training, the toughest decision manager A.J. Hinch might have to make this spring is which of his talented pitchers won't make the rotation.On a championship team with Cy Young winners Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel, newcomer Gerrit Cole and […]
- Dallas Mavericks launch probe after allegations of workplace misconduct February 21, 2018The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company […]
- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban fined $600,000 for tanking comments February 21, 2018The NBA has fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving.Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday the fine was for "public statements detrimental to the NBA." The podcast with Erving was posted Sunday, the day the All-Star game was played in Los Angeles.Cuban […]
- Love in the air at Minute Maid Park: Couple left with more than just love for Astros baseball February 23, 2018
- 18-wheeler strikes Hitchcock church during crash February 24, 2018HITCHCOCK, Texas - First responders and power crews were in place to help remove an 18-wheeler that ran into a church on Highway 6 in Hitchcock in Galveston Countyon Friday. Police said that, just after 4 p.m., the truck driver swerved to avoid a car that had pulled out in front of the big rig.
- Tractor-trailer crashes into church in Hitchcock February 24, 2018The tractor-trailer's male driver swerved to try and avoid a car on the 15000 block of Highway 6 near Avenue A and hit the side of the small church. The driver had a passenger and at least one of the truck's occupants was injured and taken to the United Texas Medical Branch Trauma Center in […]
- Galveston police officer arrested on drug charges February 24, 2018Galveston police officer John Rutherford is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, misuse of official information and evidence tampering. Police Chief Vernon Hale said Friday that the 40-year-old Rutherford provided 32-year-old Salvador Rivera with information on officers' locations, ...
- Galveston police officer arrested on drug charges - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and ... February 24, 2018GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A Southeast Texas police officer faces felony drug charges alleging that he supplied a suspected drug dealer with information that helped him avoid other police officers. Galveston police officer John Rutherford is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, misuse of ...
- Moody Foundation Launches Generation Moody Education Initiative With $8613679 Investment February 24, 2018GALVESTON, Texas, Feb. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Moody Foundation has launched its Generation Moody Education Initiative, a signature project benefitting Galveston Island by providing a catalyst for exceptional education opportunities for infants through high school and into post-secondary ...
- TX Houston/Galveston TX Zone Forecast February 23, 2018022 FPUS54 KHGX 232142. ZFPHGX. Zone Forecast Product for Southeast Texas. National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX. 341 PM CST Fri Feb 23 2018. TXZ211-241000-. Austin-. Including the cities of Bellville and Sealy. 341 PM CST Fri Feb 23 2018 .TONIGHT...Partly cloudy early in the ...
- The Ultimate Galveston Spring Break Guide February 23, 2018Galveston Island, dubbed the Playground of the Southwest, is one of the top spring break destinations for travelers looking for anything from exciting beach parties to relaxing attractions for all ages. Every year, Galveston turns in to a road trip destination in the month of March, as the island begins ...
- Galveston Cop Arrested On Felony Organized Crime Charges February 23, 2018GALVESTON, TX — The Galveston Police Department arrested one of their own officers on several felony charges related to organized crime and evidence tampering, officials said Friday. The officer, who has not yet been named, is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, misuse of official ...
- Galveston police officer arrested on felony organized criminal activity charges February 23, 2018The Galveston Police Department has arrested one of their police officers on three felony charges Friday morning. According to a brief statement released by Galveston PD, a Galveston police officer was arrested and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, misuse of official information and ...
- Galveston police officer arrested, charged with organized criminal activity February 23, 2018The Galveston Police Department arrested one of its own officers, who faces three felony charges including engaging in organized criminal activity, the department announced Friday. No other information was readily available, but the department will hold a new conference at 1 p.m. today to release ...
- 18-wheeler strikes Hitchcock church during crash February 24, 2018
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- Electronic Plan Review Coming to Galveston’s Development Services Department February 22, 2018Galveston's Department of Development Services will take its first step toward offering electronic plan review to those doing business with the city beginning the week of February 26th.
- Galveston City Council Workshop February 22, 2018Galveston City Council, during its workshop today, received an update on city pension funds.
- Kemah City Council February 22, 2018Kemah City Council voted unanimously to approve the implementation of a K9 patrol unit with the Kemah Police Department.
- Galveston ISD Board of Trustees February 22, 2018The Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted 5-0-1, with Anthony Brown abstaining, to nominate Tom Farmer for appointment to the Galveston Central Appraisal District Board of Directors.
- Friendswood Police recover stolen guns, a stolen car, drugs and cash during search warrant February 22, 2018The Friendswood Police Department today reported that Jeremy Dwayne Clemons has been arrested on drug and weapons charges in connection with Wednesday's search warrant executed at 2802 West Bay Area Boulevard.
- Friendswood offering Skywarn training February 22, 2018The City of Friendswood will host Skywarn training on March 20.
- Texas City City Commission February 22, 2018The Texas City City Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously to create a marketing/tourism coordinator position and appropriate funding for the position.
- Friendswood ranks high on Safest Cities list February 22, 2018The City of Friendswood on Wednesday announced that the city has been ranked the eighth safest in Texas by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.
- Galveston College Board of Regents February 22, 2018The Galveston College Board of Regents on Wednesday voted unanimously to nominate Tom Farmer for appointment to the Galveston Central Appraisal District Board of Directors.
- Electronic Plan Review Coming to Galveston’s Development Services Department February 22, 2018
- Indian Americans question Trump’s armed teacher solution to campus violence 24 Feb 2018 11:00 The Times of India KOLKATA: Donald Trump’s insistence on backing a plan to arm teachers in US schools despite the lack of evidence showing this would end school shootings has come under criticism from Indian Americans. They have joined the protests registered by America’s …
- Trump says Jared Kushner's security clearance is up to chief of staff 24 Feb 2018 10:57 Japan Times WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump says he’ll leave it up to chief of staff John Kelly to decide whether Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will keep his interim security clearance. “I will let General Kelly make that decision and he’s going to do …
- Suit accusing Trump of taking foreign gifts is now personal as well as official 24 Feb 2018 10:57 Japan Times WASHINGTON – Attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia on Friday expanded their lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of accepting gifts from foreign and state governments, suing him not only as president but in his personal capacity as …
- Trump: Officer in Parkland didn't 'love the children' CNN 24 Feb 2018 10:54 Video Games UK & Ireland Yahoo Trump: Officer in Parkland didn't 'love the children'More (CNN)President Donald Trump continued to criticize the armed school resource officer in Parkland, Florida, who stayed outside of the school during the shooting, saying during a White …
- ‘This is why nepotism is a terrible idea’: Legal analyst puts a stake through the heart of Trump’s Kushner problem 24 Feb 2018 10:52 Raw Story Benjamin Netanyahu, Jared Kushner and U.S. President Donald Trump are seen during their meeting at the King David hotel in Jerusalem. (Photo by Kobi Gideon / GPO) A CNN legal analyst on Friday pinpointed why President Donald Trump’s insistence on …
- Trump company settles lawsuit for $5.45 million over golf club members who demanded a refund and were refused 24 Feb 2018 10:52 Raw Story An image of Pres. Donald Trump playing golf (Twitter.com) A Florida golf club owned by U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on Friday to pay $5.45 million to settle claims by former members that it wrongfully refused to refund their deposits when they …
- ‘Blue Lives Matter’ and Trump fans are behind #FireSheriffIsrael hate after he shouted at NRA spokeswoman 24 Feb 2018 10:52 Raw Story On Friday night, hashtags calling for the firing or resignation of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel began trending on Twitter — and they appear to be directed by both fans of President Donald Trump and, peculiarly, proponents of the so-called “Blue …
- The NRA just honored Trump’s FCC chair Ajit Pai with rifle for killing ‘net neutrality’ 24 Feb 2018 10:52 Raw Story Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday …
- Former US Attorney explains how Mueller can build a case of conspiracy against the Trump campaign 24 Feb 2018 10:52 Raw Story Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade (MSNBC screenshot) Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade told MSNBC’s Joy Reid Friday that the plea deal from Rick Gates could be the beginning of the end for President Donald Trump. “I think it’s a significant …
- ‘They should be ashamed’: Don Lemon rips Trump and CPAC crowd for ‘low blow’ attacking John McCain while he’s ‘fighting for his life’ 24 Feb 2018 10:52 Raw Story President Donald Trump had promised Meghan McCain and Cindy McCain that he would refrain from attacking Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) while he’s fighting glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer that has a very low survival rate. Political contributor Chris Cilizza …
- Sweeny woman pleads guilty to sex trafficking conspiracy involving minors
- Man extradited from Mexico to face charges in 2015 deaths of 2 Baytown teens
- 2 Galveston Ball HS students charged after stolen gun found in vehicle on campus
- After four weeks, state Sen. Carlos Uresti’s criminal fraud case heads to the jury
- TRUMP SLAPS RUSSIA WITH SANCTIONS OVER ELECTION MEDDLING:
- Mechanic stabbed in neck during argument at Galveston tire shop
- Hitchcock HS student threatens school after being caught cheating on test, police say
- 2 dead in possible murder-suicide in Galveston, police say
- Houston Fire employee relieved of duty while facing felony charges in Colorado
- Speeds reach 130 mph in chase from Dickinson to South Houston
- Man accused of beating 4-year-old to death, injuring two other children facing charges
- SAISD police officer arrested, accused of causing wrong-way crash on Loop 1604
- 2 women charged in deadly shooting of Dollar General employee
- Woman offered sex acts to deputies for squatting rights, deputies say
- Officials: Deputy shoots roommate of handcuffed man who shot another deputy
- LIVE: 13 Russian nationals, 3 Russian entities charged with interfering in US political process
- Dog food withdrawn over concerns about euthanasia drug pentobarbital
- Indictment says Russians communicated with a person affiliated with a Texas grassroots group during 2016 election
- George P. Bush’s secret mansion is financed by an undisclosed loan from Texas donor’s bank
- AT&T project bringing faster internet leaving damage, headaches in its wake
- Local candidate’s campaign ad draws criticism
- DPS reverses decision to lay off more than 100 older officers
- Man accused of using counterfeit money trying to buy iPhone X through OfferUp
- 13 suspected in tire, wheel theft ring that operated in 7 counties, officials say
- Audit: Company behind Texas ‘clean coal’ project used federal funds for liquor, limousines and lobbying
- Republican state Rep. Sarah Davis on voting for Gov. Greg Abbott: “It’ll be hard to do that.”
- Family wants justice for woman struck by 3 vehicles, killed in north Harris County
- Massage parlor workers offering sex for money in Fort Bend County, sheriff says
- Appeals court mostly upholds ruling against Harris County bail practices
- ‘The Most Dangerous Man in America’ is a Pleasant Flashback to One of the Wildest Stories of the ’60s
- Harris County assistant district attorney fired after 2 days on job, authorities say
- Woman charged with retaliation after threatening Harris County judge
- Pregnant passenger injured in high-speed chase, crash in Conroe
- Coastal communities hit by Harvey will get $1 billion for hazard mitigation, Abbott announces
- At Border Patrol Checkpoints, an Impossible Choice Between Health Care and Deportation
- He’s been a Texas Supreme Court justice for a month. Now Jimmy Blacklock must become a candidate.
- Email hack targets Texas EquuSearch members, files
- Harold Farb’s family says report proves he was murdered
- $20K reward offered in 1986 Valentine’s Day murder cold case
- Houston-area officials approved a plan for handling a natural disaster — then ignored it
- A Prison By Any Other Name
- Land commissioner says ‘doctored’ audit critical of his agency’s management the Alamo is under investigation
- Texas community health centers fear layoffs, closures without federal funding
- ‘We don’t have a flu season,’ Texas televangelist Gloria Copeland says
- More than half of Texas public school students are in districts where teacher certification isn’t required
- At East Texas debate, embattled Texas agriculture chief Sid Miller in hot seat
- Medical cannabis dispensaries are opening in Texas, but the newly legal oils still aren’t easy to procure
- Fake Pasadena cop tries to pull over mother
- Man dies after shooting outside of Fish Place in Texas City
- After land office inks Harvey contract, Land Commissioner George P. Bush gets donations from contractor
- “They’re just setting those babies up for the penitentiary”: How minor offenses feed overcrowding at Houston youth jail
- How a federal proposal could affect millions of dollars in Texas workers’ tips
- Houston Forensic Science Center analyst fired for shredding homicide case notes
- Suspect in 3 killings found in Harris County after escaping Mississippi jail
- Report: U.S. Rep. Farenthold of Texas to retire amid sexual harassment scandal
- This Texas lawmaker could finish his term from jail
- Paul Pressler, former Texas judge and religious right leader, accused of sexually assaulting teen for years
- Amid sexual harassment controversy, U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold faces tough re-election
- Houston bounty hunter accused of running international sex trafficking network
- Snow falls on Galveston County
- Baby killer pleads not guilty in 1980s deaths of 5 kids
- Texas district attorney who prosecuted Jeff Wood now wants him off death row
- Texas-Bred Anti-Environmentalists Find New Power in Trump Administration
- Requiem for an Alt-Weekly
- Democrat Andrew White, son of late Gov. Mark White, announces gubernatorial bid
- Former Oilers QB Warren Moon sued for sexual harassment
- Texas prisons ban over 10,000 books. An Israeli diplomat wants to know why Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is allowed.
- Who are the 5 jailers indicted in Harris County inmate’s beating?
- Breast cancer survivor faces bullying after Melania Trump-inspired plastic surgery
- Bond concerns: Career criminal allowed to return to streets after 32 arrests
- Texas senators discuss closing youth lockups amid sexual abuse scandal
- 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’
- South Florida woman accused of DUI with 3-year-old unbuckled in back seat
- Deputies: Mother tells son to buy her drugs
- HPD officer relieved of duty after DWI charge, officials say
- Abbott: Removing Confederate monuments “won’t erase our nation’s past”
- Prosecution rests at trial of woman accused in 2012 death of husband
- Confederate statue controversy hits Houston
- Selena’s brother taken into custody after landing on most wanted list
- In special session rubble, spotlight shines bright on Straus
- President Trump disbands White House business councils as CEOs leave
- Video shows deadly jailbreak; Man who pleaded guilty in deputy’s death sentenced to life
- Fisherman hooks gator in Buffalo Bayou
- Squatters or scam victims? Homeowner finds another family living in home
- Charges sought against those who toppled Confederate statue
- Houston group asks mayor to remove Confederate statue from downtown park
- Federal court invalidates part of Texas congressional map
- Texas to receive millions in federal funding for wildlife conservation projects
- How a total solar eclipse created France, Italy and Germany
- Deputies Go Unpunished for Invasive Cavity Search on Houston Roadside
- Florida man gets 6 years for firing gun during strip club selfie
- Map details where Texas hate groups are in 2017
- Man blames ‘hookah-smoking caterpillar’ for wrecking liquor store, police say
- ‘I feel like I was raped,’ woman says of invasive roadside strip search
- New Mexico Bandidos members held in Texas in firearms case
- Man, 57, commits suicide after shooting juveniles during road-rage incident, police say
- Mother charged with child abandonment after newborn found in flower bed
- President Trump condemns KKK, neo-Nazis as ‘thugs’
- Woman hit, killed by Houston garbage truck while crossing street
- Legislature advances annexation bill to Gov. Abbott
- 2 Teens Who Attacked Man Shot After Auto Accident in Galveston
- White nationalist rally, counter protest planned at Texas A&M on Sept. 11
- Hundreds Clash over Confederate Monument in San Antonio
- Greenspoint Mall to close in 60 days, sources say
- Texas House approves “compromise” city annexation bill
- Asps — poisonous, stinging caterpillars — back in season
- Texas bathroom bill appears to be all but dead in special session
- Gator spotted on Galveston County road
- After 2015 legalization, Texans may be able to buy medical cannabis oil by January
- Conroe Chief of Police asked to leave doctor’s office
- Law Enforcement Increasingly Opposed to Abbott’s Agenda
- Meet the Expert Who Helps Texas Cops Justify Extreme Behavior
- Baytown woman charged in two La Porte road-rage incidents
- FBI agents searched former Trump campaign chair’s home
- Special Session a ‘Battle Royal’ for Dominionists Who Seek Christian Rule
- Zoo employee accused of sex with 14-year-old boy
- New requirement for Texas driver’s license begins soon
- With 8 days left in special session, Texas House and Senate remain far apart
- What you need to know if your vehicle is flooded
- City of Houston applies for FEMA grant to help elevate homes in flood-prone areas
- Commissioners vote to ban swimming, fishing in San Luis Pass
- Texas backs Wisconsin in battle to protect partisan gerrymandering
- SE Houston gas pump appears to charge customers after they are done filling up
- Carjacking suspect accused of shooting father multiple times sentenced to 171 months in prison
- 4 arrested in connection with 2 deadly shootings in Montgomery County
- 1 drowns, 2 injured in incident at San Luis Pass
- 1 arrested, 1 on the run in linked cases of Spring nurse found dead, missing UH student
- Near Drowning at Bacliff Chase Park Pool
- Drunk Wrong Way Driver Arrested in Dickinson
- Lasker Park Community Swimming Pool to Open on August 15th
- Man accused of touching girls’ buttocks in back-to-school aisle at Walmart
- Rare pink dolphin spotted in Louisiana waterway
- Woman found hiding in bed of pickup truck says she ‘was just looking at the stars’
- Amazon sells out of toilet paper with Trump’s tweets
- Teen home invasion suspect killed, man on the run in Baytown
- Houston man last seen throwing life jacket to daughter before going underwater at Canyon Lake
- Deadly dare: 8-year-old girl dies after drinking boiling water
- 2nd Man In Robbery Spree Gets 20 Years Prison
- Oklahoma to seek death penalty against William Reese
- 4 officers taken to hospital after 2 patrol units run into each other, police say
- STATE LEGISLATURE PUTTING THE BRAKES ON TEXAS CITY ANNEXING SAN LEON WITHOUT SAN LEON RESIDENTS APPROVAL:
- 2 men charged in teen girl’s shooting death in Bacliff
- Weed company buys town in hopes of creating pot-friendly tourist destination
- Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick calls city governments the source of “all our problems in America”
- Man, 25, arrested for DWI after crashing into patrol car, deputies say
- Texas man snags “bucket list” 12-foot tiger shark off Padre Island
- Chauna Thompson, deputy terminated in wake of Denny’s choking death, appeals firing
- Humble ISD police officer accused of child pornography
- Angry woman robs cellphone store with large gun
- Dalia Dippolito discusses prison break in recorded jail call after recent conviction
- Tiny mermaid-painted shed drifted 200 miles in Gulf of Mexico
- Uber ride turns into nightmare for recent Texas A&M graduate
- ‘Sugar daddy’ banned from beaches after handing out provocative cards
- Business owners fight against crime in Chinatown
- 14-year-old girl clocked driving 107 mph during chase in Montgomery County
- Fight outside Spire Nightclub ends in crash, shooting
- When school’s out, rural Texas towns struggle to feed their hungry kids
- Guided bus tour of Houston’s strip clubs, massage parlors sheds light on human-trafficking business
- NASA looking to hire officer to protect earth from alien harm
- In Texas House, property tax proposals range from minor tweaks to abolishment
- Man exposes himself to woman outside fitness center, police say
- Man accused of robbing people who post items on buy, sell sites
- What it means for Texas colleges if Trump targets affirmative action
- ‘Cash Me Outside’ girl sentenced for stealing mother’s car, using her credit cards
- President Trump signs bill imposing sanctions on Russia
- Wife shoots, kills husband after finding him with another woman, police say
- Humble restaurant employees accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls
- Family reunited with dog 3+ years after it went missing
- Angleton animal sanctuary facing fines after filing lawsuit
- Woman finds evidence bag full of marijuana at neighborhood park
- State Rep. Dawnna Dukes declines deal from Travis County District Attorney
- Report: Texas could lose billions if new immigration enforcement law stands
- Texas’ War on Local Control is Part of National Trend
- Wife of accused gunman dies after double shooting that led to innocent woman’s death
- ‘Ghost forests’ appearing from Canada to Texas
- Man charged after leaving crash that left motorcycle rider in critical condition, police say
- Flight in Vegas delayed by naked passenger, officials say
- Galveston’s Pleasure Pier ride Revolution shut down temporarily
- How often do shark attacks happen in Texas waters?
- Naked bank robbery suspect tosses stolen money
- Harris County officials continue crackdown on unlicensed after-hour bars
- Wife: Disagreement over Trump contributed to divorce from state attorney
- Kingwood native torches 8 cars after wedding called off, police say
- HPD officer hit by car, plunges 16 feet off Southwest Freeway
- Texas executes man who claimed his lawyers committed fraud
- Woman arrested on suspicion of posting ‘revenge porn’ online
- Statue honoring Alvin’s hometown hero, Nolan Ryan, topples
- Man arrested after showing porn to child at supermarket, authorities say
- Underage woman claims she was raped after being served at Houston-area restaurant
- The Woodlands teens accused of Florida crime spree after posting Snapchat videos
- La Marque residents asked to boil water after order issued
- Man who fled to Mexico after murder charge 21 years ago arrested trying to re-enter US
- Texas Senate passes bill to allow people to vote on whether a city can annex them
- Spring man caught filming up skirts arrested on child porn, invasive photography charges
- One-armed, machete-wielding clown arrested, police say
- Despite Knowledge of Climate Change in 1970s, Texas Utility Companies Funded Climate Denial
- Venus Williams accuses 78-year-old man killed in crash of not wearing seat belt
- Scammers target college students eager for scholarship money
- Woman accused of kidnapping baby while hitchhiking
- Every Texan in the U.S. House just voted for sanctions against Russia
- Man accused of producing child pornography
- Persistence pays off for rural Texans besieged by sky-high power prices
- Man accused of beating dog with crow bar
- 2 charged with prostitution after offering sex acts to undercover constables, authorities say
- Senate votes to start debate on health care bill
- Harris County pastor charged with sexual abuse of a child
- Trump’s New Immigration Lockup Draws Local Opposition in Conroe
- Fukushima nuclear disaster dumping 300 tons of waste a day into Pacific Ocean for years now. This is an ongoing problem for the world with no end in sight. A major cover-up of this disaster is a crime against us all. February 23, 2018submitted by /u/trickymason [link] [comments]/u/trickymason
- Parkland students told, "Police would be firing blanks...it's a drill" February 23, 2018submitted by /u/cosmicerrors [link] [comments]/u/cosmicerrors
- Emma at the CNN town hall, completely caught up with fame. Waving to her friends and twirling around after her applause. February 23, 2018submitted by /u/ilikerealmaplesyrup [link] [comments]/u/ilikerealmaplesyrup
- Over A Million Children Under the Age of Six Are Currently on Psychiatric Drugs in America February 23, 2018submitted by /u/OB1_kenobi [link] [comments]/u/OB1_kenobi
- Youtubes largest page's about las vegas shooting deleted day before protest. February 23, 2018MANY channels on YT have just been terminated with appeals denied within a hour some minutes. There's a planned vegas protest tomorrow and there WAS a TON of good data about the false flag corruption coverup (not hoax). The contridictions in autopsied bodys,pictures in the crime scene and just tons of credible info from vegas […]/u/AmishAtomicPhysicist
- School shooting survivor Colton Haab confirms that CNN tried to force him to read a script, names CNN producer Carrie Stevenson who literally told him to "stick to the script." February 23, 2018submitted by /u/Frozen_ [link] [comments]/u/Frozen_
- People Being Rounded Up & Jailed for Being Unable to Pay PRIVATE Debts February 23, 2018submitted by /u/ilikerealmaplesyrup [link] [comments]/u/ilikerealmaplesyrup
- YouTube is giving strikes to people just for questioning the florida shooting February 23, 2018submitted by /u/Spider_Goat7 [link] [comments]/u/Spider_Goat7
- Where are all the Vegas survivors February 23, 2018Being a non American its just strange that all these kids are making noise about gun control but there has been nothing from the 10s of thousands that were at The Vegas shooting. Do y'all just pick and choose what horrific massacre you protest about? submitted by /u/GeneticEnginLifeForm [link] [comments]/u/GeneticEnginLifeForm
- Remember that time Bill Nye and his seahorse ran a segment encouraging 14 year olds to try some butt stuff, give strangers hand jobs and engage in sex stew? February 23, 2018submitted by /u/naturalproducer [link] [comments]/u/naturalproducer
- What's Assange mean by this"There is evidence that Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Israel were engaged in influence operations and possibly a number of other states. Which country is being protected by Rosenstein? Why is that country, or the campaign it is connected to, above the law?" February 23, 2018submitted by /u/Tha_Dude_Abidez [link] [comments]/u/Tha_Dude_Abidez
- School shooting survivor: CNN told me to stick to script February 23, 2018submitted by /u/Bert-Goldberg [link] [comments]/u/Bert-Goldberg
- This statue outside of a community center in my town, Portland OR. February 23, 2018submitted by /u/Beetlejuiceisking [link] [comments]/u/Beetlejuiceisking
- 7 Arrests in Veterans For Child Rescue Joint NGO/LEO Pedophile Sting. This is how the People Win, a Veterans Org helping to bring down the Pedo Rings February 23, 2018submitted by /u/OT-GOD-IS-DEMIURGE [link] [comments]/u/OT-GOD-IS-DEMIURGE
- Armed Sheriff’s Deputy ‘Never Went In’ During Florida Shooting February 23, 2018submitted by /u/BanMikePantsNow [link] [comments]/u/BanMikePantsNow
- Fukushima nuclear disaster dumping 300 tons of waste a day into Pacific Ocean for years now. This is an ongoing problem for the world with no end in sight. A major cover-up of this disaster is a crime against us all. February 23, 2018
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Sweeny woman has plead guilty to conspiracy and sex trafficking of children, the United States Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
Angela Marks, 24, was originally one of nine charged as part of a sex-trafficking ring that used sexually oriented websites to advertise four minors for sex, the DOJ said.
After having the girls pose in provocative positions, pictures were taken with Marks’ phone and put online for advertising of the victims using the site, Backpage. While the victims were with “customers,” Marks would monitor the three victims’ encounters, even going as far as hiding in the hotel bathroom, according to the DOJ.
These prostitution dates occurred at Hobby Inn and Stay Express Inn in Houston, the DOJ said.
She also collected the proceeds from the dates and provided condoms, food and drugs to the victims, officials said.
Sentencing is set for May 9. Marks faces up to life in prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine, the DOJ said.
A man suspected in the deaths of two area teens in March 2015 was extradited to the U.S. from Mexico Wednesday.
Brandon Alejandro Flores, 23, of Dayton, was taken into custody at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Flores was arrested on two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Alejandro Chavez, 18, of Baytown and Jarvis Morgan, 17, of Baytown.
Chavez and Morgan were reported missing in February 2015, and their bodies were found by local law enforcement in the Double Bayou in southern Chambers County.
Both teens had been shot and their bodies weighted before they were dumped off of a bridge, according to authorities.
Authorities named three suspects in the deaths: Jose Juan Chavez, 20, Valentin Jose Lazo, 31, both of Baytown, and Flores. Chavez and Lazo are awaiting trial in the Chambers County Jail.
A news release from the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office says an “exhaustive effort” by the U.S. Marshal Service led to Flores’ capture. The details of his arrest by Mexican authorities have not been released.
Two Galveston Ball High School students were arrested Tuesday after authorities said they found a gun in one of the student’s vehicles.
Around 7:45 a.m., Galveston police said they investigated reports of a vehicle burglary Monday in the 1500 block of Strand Avenue in which a handgun was stolen out of a man’s vehicle.
The man also had surveillance video of the burglary.
After reviewing video of the incident, police were able to identify 17-year-old Daryus Cooper, a current Galveston Ball High School student, as the person responsible for the burglary.
Police said Cooper admitted to the burglary and taking the gun.
Cooper told authorities that he hid the gun in another student’s vehicle that was parked on campus.
The owner of the car, a 15-year-old student, told authorities that she knew Cooper put the gun in her vehicle.
The gun was retrieved out of the glove box of the vehicle that was parked in the Galveston Ball High School parking lot.
The female student was arrested and charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon in a weapon free zone and has been remanded to the Juvenile Detention Facility in Texas City. As she is a juvenile, her name is not being released.
Cooper has been charged with burglary of a motor vehicle and unlawfully carrying a weapon.
SAN ANTONIO — If a businessman takes the ostrich approach — burying his head in the sand — to avoid evidence that his colleagues are perpetrating a fraud, is he also guilty of that fraud?
Probably — but state Sen. Carlos Uresti is no ostrich, defense attorneys insisted Tuesday morning in their last opportunity to sway the jury.
The San Antonio Democrat, who’s been on trial for the past month on 11 felony counts, including criminal fraud and money laundering, sat expressionless Tuesday morning as prosecutors and defense attorneys quibbled one last time over whether he was aware of the Ponzi scheme being perpetrated at the now-defunct oil field company FourWinds Logistics, where he served as general counsel, a 1 percent owner and a recruiter of investors, according to court documents.
That question is now in the hands of the jury, which began deliberations Tuesday afternoon in a case that has the potential to end Uresti’s career in the Senate.
Standing beneath several courtroom screens showing a colorful cartoon image of one of those ignorant ostriches, Uresti’s attorneys argued the government hadn’t proven that Uresti was aware of the company’s shady dealings — even aware enough to, ostrich-like, intentionally avoid learning more.
And, defense attorneys argued, the jury should take care not to convict Uresti because of preconceived biases against politicians.
The criminal justice system doesn’t convict people “because of foolishness, mistakes or negligence,” defense attorney Tab Turner said. “It takes intentional misconduct. It takes knowledge of a crime. They haven’t proven that knowledge. Don’t supply it for them because a senator’s sitting in the room.”
He paused. “That’s what elections are for.”
The animal metaphor came during closing arguments of the month-long trial. If convicted on any counts, the two-decade veteran of the Texas Legislature would be ineligible to continue serving his district, though he could keep his seat during appeals. He also faces jail time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
Prosecutors have argued that Uresti knew about the company’s fraud scheme and that he was in possession of forged financial documents with obvious errors and omissions. Uresti was driven, prosecutors allege, by personal financial struggles to bring investors into a scheme he knew was fraudulent — and he used his reputation as a state legislator to lend credibility to the sketchy investment.
“It’s brought to his attention. He knows the documents are changing — ever-changing. They don’t add up. The sales presentations: lies, lies, lies. The bank statements that happen to perfectly address an investor concern,” said the lead prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Blackwell. “With all that information available to him, he made a choice. He made a choice to bring others to this con man.”
To support their argument, over the last several weeks prosecutors have called more than 20 witnesses, including defrauded investors, former FourWinds associates and FBI personnel. Denise Cantu, the key government witness who lost about $800,000 to FourWinds’ scheme, testified earlier this month that Uresti leveraged their sexual relationship to persuade her to invest. Uresti has denied that they had an affair.
Defense attorneys have insisted throughout the trial that though fraud plagued FourWinds, Uresti was unaware and uninvolved. Uresti, they said, acted in good faith — and he, like FourWinds’ unfortunate investors, was misled by former CEO Stan Bates. Bates pleaded guilty to eight felonies last month.
“Not one person sat on that witness stand and said, ‘Carlos Uresti knew we were doing this,’” Turner told the jury Tuesday morning. “Not one witness.”
The government bore the burden of proving Uresti guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Arguing that prosecutors had not met this standard, the defense has asked U.S. District Judge David Ezra twice this month to dismiss the case.
Ezra refused both times. He told attorneys there was “a lot of telling evidence” against Uresti. The judge listened to most of the closing arguments Tuesday reclined in his chair with his arms folded over his chest.
Still, defense attorneys revisited that argument Tuesday morning, spending a large chunk of their argument time defining terms like “reasonable doubt” and criminal “intent” to demonstrate that the government had not sufficiently proven Uresti’s guilt.
Uresti is also set for trial in May on separate bribery charges.
President Trump has issued strict new sanctions against Russia in response to Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. The sanctions come in the form of stiff tariffs on a variety of Russian imports, including:
Imitation alligator skin watchbands
Orange bow ties
Gasoline-powered alarm clocks
Bulletproof jockey shorts
Latex inflatable male sex dolls
Left-handed catcher’s mitts
8 volt flashlight batteries
Meat and fish flavored yogurt
Items on the list will be subject to a 70% import tax, starting in 2021.
“The President is taking this stern approach to our dear friends in Russia in order to let them know that he is serious” Sarah Huckleberry-Sanders said in a White House briefing this afternoon, adding “He has taken this major step, even though there was no collusion, and the Russian efforts actually were more helpful to the Clinton campaign.”
The mood at the Kremlin was gloomy after the announcement. A spokesman for Vladimir Pootin told reporters that the sanctions might ignite a trade war, which could be costly to both sides.
“We no have doubt this Tromp is, how you say, koo-koo for the Puffs of Cocoa”, said Russian Press Liason Boris Sukmeovsky, “This has made proof of his devil coming outside of himself now.”
The CEO of Spalding, an American manufacturer of left-handed catcher’s mitts, has applauded the measure, saying it will create an additional job in the United States.
A 51-year-old employee was stabbed in the neck during an argument at a Galveston tire shop Monday, police said.
Witnesses said Charles Schatlowitz and a customer were involved in a verbal altercation when the customer stabbed Schatlowitz, a mechanic, in the neck around 3 p.m. at the A&A Tire Shop in the 5700 block of Stewart Road.
“My dad’s a good man. He’s a mechanic. He helps people as much as he can,” Schatlowitz’s daughter Sharla Schatlowitz said. “For somebody to sit there and do that to him, that’s evil.”
The man who stabbed Schatlowitz left the scene. Police are searching for him. He is described as being black, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 180 pounds, had a shaved head and was wearing a dark shirt.
The shop’s owner said the argument began when the customer tried to use an air hose.
“Unfortunately, the mechanic went and unhooked the air hose. The other person got mad and then stabbed him here,” said the owner of the tire shop, Marco Rabago, pointing at his neck.
Schatlowitz was taken to an area hospital and rushed into surgery, police said. They said he made it through surgery and is in stable condition.
The family is hoping for a quick arrest.
“The main concern now is for him to be found and be brought to justice,” Sharla Schatlowitz said.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Galveston Police Department at 409-765-3702 or Crime Stoppers at 409-763-TIPS (8477).
An 18-year-old Hitchcock High School student was charged with making a terroristic threat after he was caught cheating on a test, according to police.
Trevion Oryan McFadden told a teacher that he was going to turn Hitchcock High School into another Florida after he was caught cheating on an exam on Friday, police said.
Hitchcock Police Department Chief John Hamm said McFadden is a recent transfer from the Dickinson Independent School District.
McFadden made the threat in front of other students, police said.
Authorities are pushing to have the charge upgraded to a felony because the threat caused “fear of an imminent” act.
McFadden was arrested Monday at the high school as his parents were meeting with administrators, Hamm said.
A 94-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man were found dead at a Galveston residence on Monday and, according to police, the man killed the woman before killing himself.
Authorities have not released the names of the victims.
Around 1:50 p.m., authorities said, they responded to reports of a possible suicide at a residence in the 6700 block of Fairway Drive.
The woman was found inside the home and the man was found in the backyard with a shotgun lying near him, police said.
Both were dead from gunshot wounds.
Witnesses told police they heard what could have been gunshots just before police arrived at the house.
Galveston police are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide, but the investigation is ongoing.
The Houston Fire Department announced it has relieved an employee of duty pending an administrative investigation after being accused of kidnapping and sexual assault in Denver, Colorado.
Luke McIntosh faces felony charges related to kidnapping, sexual assault with physical violence, victim sex offense/robbery and sex assault of helpless victim, Denver court records show.
He is being held on a $100,000 bond in Colorado. He is set to appear in court at 8 a.m. March 8, according to court records.
A chase that started in Dickinson and ended in South Houston reached speeds of 130 to 140 miles per hour early Sunday.
The chase started around 1:20 a.m. when deputies attempted to stop a Chevrolet pickup truck for traffic violations near Termini Street and Highway 3, Dickinson police said.
The driver refused to stop for officials, and the chase began near Highway 3 and Deats and ended at Highway 3 and Mississippi Street, police said.
The truck was involved in a crash when it hit another car at Highway 3 and Edgebrook, police said. There were injuries in the vehicle that was hit by the pickup truck.
The chase ended with a crash that left several people with minor injuries, police said.
A 32-year-old man accused of beating his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son to death and injuring two other children on Friday is being charged with capital murder, police said.
The San Antonio Police Department arrested Michael Cruz Arroyo after his girlfriend found him intoxicated on the bed with her 4-year-old boy dead next to him.
SAPD said Arroyo and his girlfriend both checked into the Days Inn motel located on the city’s East Side in the 4000 block of I-10 East on Friday night when she left her three children with Arroyo.
When the mother returned, she found her 4-year-old son on the bed next to Arroyo, police said. The boy was dead with visible injuries to the head.
EMS pronounced the boy dead at the scene and his siblings, a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old, were transported to Christus Santa Rosa with possible injuries, SAPD said.
SAPD said Arroyo was transported to University Hospital and is being treated for possible toxic ingestion.
Arroyo is being charged with capital murder and two counts of injury to a child, SAPD said.
Arroyo’s bond is set at $2 million.
A San Antonio Independent School District police officer was arrested early Thursday after investigators said she caused a wreck while driving the wrong way on Loop 1604.
Christina Vasquez, 29, faces a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.
According to a blood draw warrant, San Antonio Police Department officers responded to North Loop 1604 and Gold Canyon Road around 2:25 a.m. Thursday.
Officers said Vasquez was seen driving a vehicle west in the eastbound lanes before it crashed into another vehicle.
Vasquez, who has worked for SAISD since June 2016 and was off duty at the time of the wreck, was described at the scene as staggering and swaying, according to the warrant.
At one point Vasquez mistakenly told an officer she had been on Highway 281 when the crash happened.
The warrant does not indicate if anyone was injured in the crash.
An SAISD spokeswoman confirmed Friday afternoon that Vasquez has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of a district investigation.
Two women have been charged in connection to the shooting death of a 20-year-old man in north Houston last year.
Authorities said on Dec. 17, 2017, Kaila Alexine Nelson and Dinesha Renee Jackson were responsible for Dequan Donte Anderson’s death.
Anderson got inside his car and was taking a bag of money from his place of employment to the bank when he was approached by an unknown person, police said.
The person opened Anderson’s car door and tried to grab the bag of money. The person then shot Anderson multiple times, according to police.
Anderson attempted to drive away and crashed his car in a nearby median, police said.
He was pronounced dead at an area hospital.
Witnesses told police the shooter ran north on Oxford Street and got into a dark blue Dodge Avenger, which then left the scene.
Nelson, 23, and Jackson, 23, were identified as the suspects in the case, police said.
Nelson was identified as the shooter and is charged with capital murder. She was arrested in Marietta, Georgia, on Feb. 7 and confessed to her role in the incident, police said.
Jackson was arrested Feb. 14 in Houston. She also confessed to her role in the incident and is charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
A woman is accused of offering to perform sex acts on deputies in an effort to continue squatting on property in north Harris County.
Precinct 4 Constable’s deputies said while they were out on a call on Wednesday in the 17000 block of Nanes Drive, they encountered Deziree Demarco, 30.
Authorities say they issued criminal trespass warnings to Demarco and 14 other people who were living in tents illegally on property in the area.
Demarco refused to leave and told deputies she would perform sexual acts for them in order to be allowed to stay in the area, authorities said.
She was arrested and charged with bribery. She was denied bond and remains behind bars.
The roommate of a handcuffed man who shot and wounded a deputy last month before killing himself was shot several times by another deputy at the scene, authorities said Friday.
Harris County deputies said they had taken Matthew Cobb, 35, into custody the night of Jan. 31 at a home on Kiplands Way Drive in connection with an earlier domestic disturbance when Cobb pulled a hidden gun from his waistband and shot one of two deputies who were at the scene in the arm.
Investigators said that when Cobb began firing, the two deputies and Cobb’s roommate began running downstairs. When the uninjured deputy reached the bottom of the stairs, he turned back and fired at the roommate, investigators said. The roommate was hit several times, investigators said.
After the incident, investigators said they were still trying to determine who shot Cobb’s roommate.
In the frenzy, Cobb ran into a bathroom and killed himself.
The roommate, who suffered critical injuries, and the injured deputy were treated at a hospital.
Surveillance video that was first reported on by KPRC 2 showed the injured deputy holding his arm and falling to the ground. Moments later, several deputies were seen carrying a wounded man from the home.
Deputies said they are still investigating the case.
The office of special counsel Robert Mueller says a grand jury has charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities.
The defendants are accused of violating U.S. criminal laws to interfere with American elections and the political process.
The complaint lists the defendants as:
Internet Research Agency LLC, aka Mediasintez LLC, aka Glavset LLC, aka Mixinfo LLC, aka Azimut LL, aka Novinfo LLC
Concord Management and Consulting LLC
Yegeniy Viktorovich Prigohzhin
Mikhail Ivanovich Bystrov
Mikhail Leonidovich Burchik, aka Mikhail Abramov
Aleksandra Yuryevna Krylova
Anna Vladislavovna Bogacheva
Sergey Pavlovich Polozov
Maria Anatolyevna Bovda, aka Maria Anatolyevna Belyaeva
Robert Sergeyevich Bovda
Dzheykhun Nasimi Ogly Aslanov, aka Jayhoon Aslanov, aka Jay Aslanov
Vadim Vladimirovich Podkopaev
Gleb Igorevich Vasilchenko
Irina Viktorovna Kaverzina
Charges include conspiracy, wire fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
The J.M. Smucker Co. is withdrawing some shipments of dog food amid reports that it could be tainted with traces of a drug used to euthanize animals.
The company said Thursday it is pulling back shipments of several varieties of wet canned Gravy Train, Kibble ‘N Bits , Skippy and Ol’ Roy brands. It said it is investigating how the euthanasia drug pentobarbital got into its supply chain and is focusing on a single supplier of a minor ingredient used at one manufacturing facility.
The recalls come after WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., said it tested 15 cans of Gravy Train. It found nine cans, or 60 percent of the sample, tested positive for pentobarbital.
Smucker cited experts noting that the low levels of the drug cited in the report do not pose a threat to pets.
“However, the presence of this substance at any level is not acceptable to us and not up to our quality standards,” said the company, which is based in Orrville, Ohio. It said it does not use meat from euthanized animals in its pet food.
Indictment says Russians communicated with a person affiliated with a Texas grassroots group during 2016 election
A federal indictment against 13 Russian nationals accused of conspiring to defraud the United States by meddling in the 2016 presidential election says that co-conspirators posing as U.S. citizens communicated with an American who was “affiliated with a Texas-based grassroots organization.”
The indictment from a grand jury convened by Special Counsel Robert Mueller doesn’t appear to identify that person. But it says the alleged conspirators “learned from the real U.S. person that they should focus their activities on ‘purple states like Colorado, Virginia & Florida.'”
Afterward, the indictment alleges, the co-conspirators “commonly referred to targeting ‘purple states’ in directing their efforts.
The indictment, which also targeted a Russian organization called the Internet Research Agency, says Russians waged “information warfare” starting in 2014 and throughout the 2016 election with fake identities and social media accounts.
Mueller was tasked in May 2017 to investigate election meddling and possible collusion in Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election. He has already filed charges against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort over money laundering, conspiracy against the United States and more. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to giving false testimony to the FBI in the case.
Mueller is also reportedly investigating Trump for obstruction of justice. Trump has denied any collusion or obstruction.
According to the indictment, the Russians were trying to spread “derogatory information” about Hillary Clinton and some of Trump’s Republican primary opponents to elevate Trump — including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush lives in an Austin mansion he financed at a bank owned by a major Republican donor who employed his wife, Austin lawyer Amanda Bush.
But voters would be hard-pressed to connect all those dots.
Bush’s name doesn’t appear in online property appraisal records for the 4,000-square-foot house he bought in a gated West Austin enclave in 2014. And the $850,000 mortgage from donor Brandon Steele’s East Texas bank isn’t disclosed on the personal financial statements that Bush, like all state candidates, must file.
The house — with four bedrooms, a fireplace in the master bedroom and a pool out back — is legally owned by a family trust that also isn’t disclosed in Bush’s personal financial statements.
For all practical purposes, it is a secret mansion.
That secrecy raises questions about whether Bush violated state ethics laws — his campaign says he has not — or if he’s just found a loophole you can drive a Texas-sized pickup through.
Under Texas law, candidates must disclose a “beneficial interest” in real estate, along with any loans over $1,000. But it’s not clear if those obligations apply to the kind of trust the Bushes set up. Bush aides say they don’t, and an official at the Texas Ethics Commission said the agency apparently has not yet encountered this type of scenario.
“I’m not aware of any opinions from the commission specifically addressing these facts,” said Ian Steusloff, general counsel at the Ethics Commission. “Whether that constitutes a beneficial interest would depend on the facts. Every case is different.”
In a written statement, Bush’s political director Ash Wright dismissed any reporting on Bush’s private trust and the undisclosed $850,000 loan as “another absurd fake news story from the liberal media” — though errors discovered by The Texas Tribune later prompted the campaign to promise that Bush will amend his ethics filings.
Wright said Bush put the house in a trust to prevent disclosure of his address in county property records — for his family’s personal safety.
“Commissioner Bush purchased his home just like every other family does by taking out a mortgage at a bank. For security reasons, the Commissioner used a trust to buy the house to protect his family’s address from being publicly listed,” Wright wrote in the statement. “Having received death threats, he thought it wise to protect his family.”
Longtime ethics lawyer Buck Wood, who helped draft the bill that produced the personal financial disclosure requirement in Texas, said failing to reveal major assets and loans at the very least violates the spirit of state ethics law. He said requiring the disclosure of financial ties between political benefactors and officeholders was one of the main goals of the watershed 1973 ethics reforms.
It was a debate animated by the abuses of the 1971 Sharpstown Scandal, which featured allegations of financial misconduct by the Democrats who dominated Texas politics at the time.
“This is the root cause of the problem that we passed the ethics bill for in the first place. It was to find out if you’ve got conflicts of interest,” said Wood, a Democrat. “You have a financial relationship that’s involving hundreds of thousands of dollars with somebody who is interested in what goes on in your office, yet you don’t have any idea how this is being financed?”
Wood said if Bush’s interpretation of the ethics law is correct — that the assets and liabilities of such trusts don’t have to be disclosed — other politicians will follow his lead.
“Everybody will start doing this,” Wood said.
Bush campaign spokesman Lee Spieckerman said Bush and his wife are both the creators and the beneficiaries of the trust. He said keeping the trust, the house and its financing arrangement private is allowed under state ethics law.
“The whole reason behind the [personal financial statement] is to show any potential conflicts of interest that might affect an officeholder’s discharging of his/her official duties,” Spieckerman said in an email. “The Bush home obviously doesn’t pose such a conflict.”
Steele, the donor and bank owner, said he had no involvement with or connection to Bush’s trust. A six-figure donor to the 2016 effort to get Bush’s father, Jeb Bush, elected president, Steele said he considered the Bush family to be friends.
“Very sweet people. I count it a privilege to have gotten to know the whole family over the years,” Steele said. “I hope they consider me a friend to them as well.”
A Tyler businessman and board chairman of American State Bank in Arp, Texas, Steele has given George P. Bush’s campaign more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind donations, including numerous trips on his private plane and a $32,000 in-kind donation to hire country singer Joe Nichols for a 2014 election-night party.
He said that because of privacy laws and the threat of fraud against consumers his bank does not “divulge anything about our customers” and therefore he couldn’t talk about any loans his bank may or may not have made to the nephew of former President George W. Bush.
Steele confirmed that Amanda Bush was a senior vice president and non-equity partner at one of his companies, Steele Resources. George P. Bush disclosed his wife’s employment at Steele Resources on the personal financial statement covering the 2015 calendar year but failed to report it for 2016 even though she worked at Steele Resources most of that year.
“Thank you for pointing out this error!” Spieckerman, the Bush spokesman, wrote in a follow-up email. “We inadvertently left Steele Resources off of the 2016 PFS and will amend.” Bush will also amend his reports to add three nonprofit boards related to oversight of the Alamo, Spieckerman said.
Bush’s campaign noted that former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, his GOP opponent, also left off an Alamo-related nonprofit from his disclosures when he was at the helm of the General Land Office. Patterson acknowledged the error and said, “I’ll fix it.”
Bush’s home, nestled on a cul-de-sac in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Austin, was most recently valued on county tax rolls at $1.5 million. Described in a real estate listing as a home with “Mexican flair” boasting “city views,” the house has a Spanish tile roof, four bedrooms, three and half baths and a three-car garage.
Once the Tribune found out the land commissioner lived in the tony abode, the connection to Steele’s bank could be found in county property records; Steele’s campaign contributions to Bush and other candidates are a matter of public record.
The Tribune asked his campaign why the land commissioner took such elaborate steps to block the disclosure of his home address from county tax rolls in the first place. People with his military background — Bush served as an intelligence officer in Afghanistan in 2010 — can request confidentiality by filling out a simple form and checking the appropriate box.
Spieckerman said the family has received “suspicious packages” in addition to death threats and wanted confidentiality for both their home and their rental property, not only to protect themselves but also their tenants.
So Bush created the trust for the home property and has used the exemption for former soldiers in combat zones to keep an Austin rental property valued at $388,000 — in the Caswell Lofts overlooking Pease Park — off the Travis County Appraisal District’s online database since January of 2015. By law, though, the exemption only applies to a person’s home address.
After the Tribune inquired under freedom of information laws why the rental property’s ownership had been deemed confidential, the appraisal district abruptly informed Amanda Bush on Feb. 7 that it would rescind the exemption she had applied for — and got — a little over two years ago.
“Dear Mrs. Bush, in responding to a request for public information it came to our attention that confidential protection was erroneously granted to your property,” county officials wrote. “We are removing the confidential protection from the property as it is not your home address as required by Section 20.025 of the Texas Property Tax Code.”
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From Tomball to Pearland, and all over the greater-Houston area, AT&T is in the middle of a massive project to speed up its internet service. But as it digs and tunnels new cables for miles underground, it is leaving major damage in its wake.
KPRC2 News dug deeper to find out what you can do to protect your property.
Loud machinery and flags marking underground utilities are the sounds and signs of progress for AT&T’s new Gigapower project. Contractors are installing fiber lines underground in neighborhood’s all over greater Houston, but AT&T’s progress is causing major setbacks for many families.
Joyce Skala’s home in Cypress burned to the ground when contractors hit an electric line.
“Everything you look at when you leave your house in the morning, it was gone,” Skala told KPRC2 News consumer expert Amy Davis two months after the Nov. 14 fire. “I have not heard from a soul — not one. Not even a representative of a representative.”
The day after Skala’s fire, AT&T contractors hit an electric line in Shelli Moore’s yard in another neighborhood. It was a fix she was told would cost about $2,000.
“That would break me,” she said. “I have no idea where I would come up with that kind of money, but we have to have lights and heat,” Moore said.
While she worried, workers kept digging, hitting a gas line two days later, and another one in the same neighborhood four days after that.
“People in my neighborhood are mad at AT&T,” homeowner Pam Grossman said.
On Facebook, homeowners shared the same stories of AT&T from Sugar Land to Pearland: Breaking down fences and not replacing them, tearing up yards and cutting gas lines.
Contractors are using pneumatic missiles to bore through the ground several feet deep. Crews then push pliable piping all the way through the tunnel. The pipes run the length of several houses, up to a block, but hitting another line in its path can damage property several streets away.
“It wasn’t even at my house,” Skala said. “It started four houses down.”
When fire marshals showed up to investigate, the report showed how contractors pointed fingers. The owner of Connect Links, subcontracted by NX Utilities and contracted by AT&T, told investigators, “There was no way that his company was involved in the fire.”
“I couldn’t get anywhere with AT&T,” homeowner Anni Shugart said.
Her Cypress home was damaged in the electric surge that destroyed Skala’s home. When she filed a claim with AT&T for her damages, she, like others, received a denial letter. AT&T told her to contact contractor NX Utilities instead.
Shugart finally filed with her own insurance company so she could start repairs, but now she’s out her $4,500 deductible.
“Well, I hope I’ll get it back eventually,” she said. “It’s a lot of money.”
KPRC2 asked AT&T how many claims it has received and denied stemming from the fiber project. A representative declined to answer.
When asked who is ultimately responsible, real estate attorney Nikolas Spencer said, “All of them are.”
Spencer said everyone from the guy with the shovel to AT&T’s top brass bears some responsibility.
“If they know that this particular subcontractor is routinely causing fires at people’s houses, or even just nicking the lines themselves, that’s a repeated and dangerous situation that AT&T is on notice as happening. They’re responsible for that,” Spencer said.
If contractors have caused damage to your home and are giving you the runaround in paying for repairs, an attorney may be able to help. Homeowners looking to prevent problems before they happen can take advice from victims.
“I think I would definitely take a day off work and be here when they were in my backyard,” Moore said.
If you can’t be home, find a neighbor who can help monitor the progress.
Contractors are required to call 811 to have all underground lines marked before they begin digging, but you can call, too, to have gas, electric and phone lines marked at no charge.
Take pictures of your property before crews start digging in case they fail to put it back the way it was.
AT&T wouldn’t talk with us on camera for this story, but a representative sent the following statement via email:
“We are aware of these issues and I’d refer you to NX Utilities, who can update you on the specific cases you mentioned. There is no one available for an on-camera interview. Below is our official company media statement in response to your inquiry and some background information about how we work to avoid construction issues and when they do occur work quickly to resolve them.”
AT&T media statement:
“We have helped to position Houston as a gigabit city by bringing our fastest internet connections to more than 600,000 homes, apartments and small businesses in the area.
“Our goal is to minimize impact on residents before, during and after construction and to keep them informed through a variety of means throughout the network expansion process.
“If construction-related issues do occur, we work quickly to resolve and restore any impacts from our work.
“Some additional information on our process that may be helpful background:
“We have dozens of supervisors and inspectors in the field to ensure our contractors are performing to our standard. We work closely with city officials to ensure our work is done in a timely and orderly fashion. Our contractors are trained to obtain proper permitting, closely follow local construction codes, and abide by rules governing rights-of-way and property easements.
“It is our practice to place door hangers at each residence and place signage within subdivisions to identify what’s taking place and how to reach us in the event of an issue. We track damages and other issues and review performance with our contractors performing the work. As we identify poor performers, we cull those out.
“Whether large or small, these damages impact the public and that is not lost on us. Damage can occur for a number of reasons, from contractor error to locates not being accurate. Before we begin a project, we talk with locating firms to provide them with some high-level visibility into where we anticipate completing work on a regular basis. Furthermore, as a part of the large project locate process, we typically provide 30-60 days’ notice versus the minimum 10 days.
“We are constantly reviewing our processes and vendors to evaluate our efforts. We make changes as needed to ensure improvements in the process. We work with excavators, other utility owners, locaters, and state and local municipalities to identify best practices of our own forces, that of our contractors, and their sub-contractors.”
KPRC2 reached out to NX Utilities. General Counsel Paul Kestenbaum sent the following message via email:
“Thank you for contacting NX Utilities. We take any complaints from residents in the areas where we work very seriously,” Kestenbaum said in the email. “We work very hard to resolve them quickly in order to minimize any disruptions. We are working with multiple parties and their insurers to address all concerns as quickly as possible. NX Utilities has been and will continue to work within the requirements of all state and local laws that govern our industry.
“As to the specific cases you referenced:
“Nov. 14: I suggest you review the Fire Marshal’s report and supplement on the fire to fully understand the causes of the damage. There were many companies involved and the investigators and insurance companies are working to determine the final report. We are in the process of working the claims we have received related to this incident as expeditiously as possible.
“Nov. 15: This service line was not properly marked by the utility company. We have been in contact with the homeowner on a regular basis so we can complete restoration work once the weather improves. A temporary line to repair the issue was placed the day of the occurrence and the line was permanently repaired on Jan. 1/3/18. We previously had told the homeowner that we will cover the cost of the temporary connection and are waiting for submission of CPS invoices for the temporary line.
“Nov. 17: This gas line was accidently (sic) struck by a shovel during the required hand dig process of locating the gas line. The proper authorities were notified immediately and service was restored within hours. The occurrence happened mid-day, although it did take until evening to complete the restoration.
“Nov. 21: This damage resulted from utility service line not being properly marked, which public records filed by the power utility confirm. During the repair of the line, the power utility removed the fence and reported to us that it would put it back up upon completion of repairs. All other normal and customary restoration work was completed by NX the same day.”