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Sweeny woman pleads guilty to sex trafficking conspiracy involving minors

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.

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Man extradited from Mexico to face charges in 2015 deaths of 2 Baytown teens

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.

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2 Galveston Ball HS students charged after stolen gun found in vehicle on campus

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.

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Mechanic stabbed in neck during argument at Galveston tire shop

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).

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Hitchcock HS student threatens school after being caught cheating on test, police say

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.

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2 dead in possible murder-suicide in Galveston, police say

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.

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Houston Fire employee relieved of duty while facing felony charges in Colorado

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.

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Speeds reach 130 mph in chase from Dickinson to South Houston

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.

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2 women charged in deadly shooting of Dollar General employee

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.

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Woman offered sex acts to deputies for squatting rights, deputies say

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.

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Officials: Deputy shoots roommate of handcuffed man who shot another deputy

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.

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AT&T project bringing faster internet leaving damage, headaches in its wake

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.”

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Man accused of using counterfeit money trying to buy iPhone X through OfferUp

A Houston man is accused of theft after he gave a victim fake money, documents from Harris County Probable Cause Court read.

It happened Dec. 20 when the victim was attempting to sell his iPhone X through the app, ‘OfferUp,’ documents said.

Documents said the victim met with 21-year-old Keyshawn Parrish, of Houston, at a gas station in the 13000 block of Katy Freeway.

Parrish is said to have gotten into the victim’s vehicle, looked at the phone, got out of the car and then walked back to his car, documents said.

Parrish came back to the victim’s car and “snatched the phone from the complainant’s hand” and threw counterfeit money into the victim’s car and drove away, documents said.

The victim later reached back out to Parrish through the app, saying he wanted his phone back, though Parrish never responded, documents said.

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13 suspected in tire, wheel theft ring that operated in 7 counties, officials say

Thirteen people are believed to be connected to a multi-county crime ring that was concentrated on stealing tires and wheels, authorities said.

Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said his investigators partnered with investigators from 11 other agencies to break up the ring that operated in Harris, Grimes, Waller, Washington, Fort Bend, Montgomery and Brazos counties.

Search warrants were executed Thursday at three locations in Harris County, and thousands of stolen tires and wheels were found at a tire shop on West 34th Street in Houston, Herman said.

Herman said it appears that the vast majority of tires and wheels that were stolen in the seven counties since 2016 went to the shop in Houston.

“I can assure you that the tire and wheel thefts, after this, should come to a screeching halt,” Herman said. “These folks were responsible for a large part of our thefts.”

A few of the 13 people connected to the ring have been arrested, and warrants have been issued for the others, Herman said.

Most will face charges of theft and organized crime, Herman said.

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Family wants justice for woman struck by 3 vehicles, killed in north Harris County

The family of a woman struck and killed by three vehicles demanded justice Wednesday.

Linda Rodriguez, 33, was killed while walking home from work Tuesday, along Red Oak Drive, near FM 1960 in North Harris County.

“Why didn’t you stop and help her?” asked Irma Zuniga, Rodriguez’s roommate. “She could have had a chance.”

Investigators believe as many as three vehicles hit Rodriguez. None of the drivers stopped after hitting her, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.

“I’m upset that these people are not coming forward and not being responsible. I’m so disgusted. Disgusted,” cried Maribel Rodriguez, Rodriguez’s aunt.

According to investigators, witnesses said Rodriguez was lying in the street around 7:45 p.m. in the 17200 block of Red Oak Drive, near the intersection of FM 1960 and I-45, when she was hit by a truck. The witnesses reported that the driver of the truck stopped briefly, then drove away.

Soon after being hit by the truck, a car hit Rodriguez and the driver kept going, police said.

“There are some cameras in the area from the school right here next to us, so we are reviewing that footage right now to see if it’s going to show anything,” Sgt. Eric Albers said.

Rodriguez’s family hopes the video will help identify the drivers.

“You could have saved her life by stopping, calling 911, asking for an ambulance to get there as soon as possible,” Zuniga said.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs, as the investigation into who struck Rodriguez continues.

“There’s got to be somebody out there, somebody out there that knows something and I’m pleading, please come forward,” Maribel Rodriguez said.

Anyone with information about the crashes is asked to call the Vehicular Crimes Division at 713-274-7400 or Crime Stoppers 713-222-TIPS.

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Massage parlor workers offering sex for money in Fort Bend County, sheriff says

The Red Apple massage parlor is just another business in a small strip center in the 11300 block of Highway 6 at W. Airport Road.

It sits next to a donut shop, a restaurant and a beauty shop.

Fort Bend County sheriff’s investigators said they were selling a lot more than backrubs at the parlor.

Just after lunchtime Wednesday, deputies forced their way inside the business, battering down an inner door to get into the massage parlor’s back rooms.

They went in after one of the women who they said offered sex for money.

The massage parlor is situated in a nondescript shopping center on Highway 6.

Neighbors noticed an unusually high number of men coming and going over the last few months.

A worker at the beauty shop next door said she never saw any female customers.

“She says she went there, tried to get a massage, and they say they don’t take women,” the worker said.

The sheriff said it was a front for prostitution.

Three female employees were detained.

“I want to do everything I can to find out who owns this strip center and shut this place down. I don’t want to leave here and, all of a sudden, this place is open next week,” Sheriff Troy Nehls said.

Nehls said he conducted the raid in response to complaints from neighbors who live nearby.

The owner of a deli restaurant next door says it was bad for business.

The sheriff’s department contacted the shopping center owner who agreed the massage parlor won’t be allowed to reopen.

Investigators said they’re satisfied this was not part of a human trafficking operation.

The three women who were detained, all legal immigrants, won’t be charged, deputies said.

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Appeals court mostly upholds ruling against Harris County bail practices

Harris County judges and bail bond companies are fighting against court-ordered changes in the county's bail system. 

A federal appellate court on Wednesday mostly upheld a ruling claiming that Harris County’s bail practices unfairly discriminate against poor misdemeanor defendants.

In October, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on the pretrial system of Texas’ most populous county, where arrestees who can’t afford their bail bonds regularly sit in jail — often until their cases are resolved days or weeks later — while similar defendants who have cash are released. The county was appealing a ruling from U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal that called its bail practices unconstitutional and ordered the release of almost all misdemeanor defendants from jail within 24 hours of arrest, regardless of their ability to pay their bail amount.

In its ruling, the 5th Circuit upheld Rosenthal’s previous findings but said the injunction on the county was “overbroad” and narrowed some of the orders against the county.

Perhaps of most importance to the county, the appellate court pushed back the 24-hour deadline to 48 hours. The appellate judges appeared suspicious about Rosenthal’s time limit in their hearing and said Wednesday that it was too strict.

“Nevertheless, even under our more forgiving framework, we agree that the County procedures violate [the plaintiff’s] due process rights,” Judge Edith Brown Clement wrote.

The circuit opinion also removed the Harris County sheriff from the lawsuit, who was previously one of the defendants. The county appealed Rosenthal’s decision to include both the sheriff and the county judges, but they didn’t bite on the judges.

The county judges, unlike the sheriff, can set bail policies consistent with state law, and yet they participated in an “unwritten, countywide process for setting bail that violated both state law and the Constitution,” Clement wrote.

The case will now go back to Rosenthal for her to modify the ruling.

This developing story will be updated.

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Harris County assistant district attorney fired after 2 days on job, authorities say

A Harris County assistant district attorney was fired Wednesday after just two days on the job.

Authorities told KPRC 2 Marlene Bovell lied on her employment application.

She started Monday as an assistant district attorney assigned to the Misdemeanor Division.

In a statement, the Harris County public relations spokesperson Dane Schiller wrote, “When asked on her Harris County District Attorney Office job application if she had ever been arrested or convicted of a crime anywhere aside from minor traffic violations, she responded, ‘No.’ She admitted Wednesday that she had not been truthful on the application.”

Harris County authorities said prior to her hire, her background was checked through databases traditionally used by law-enforcement, to determine if a person has been previously arrested or convicted of a crime. The databases returned no information to indicate she’d had any previous encounters with law enforcement, according to authorities.

The State Bar of Texas, which licensed her to practice law in November 2017, conducts fingerprint checks of applicants.

Bovell worked at the Harris County District Clerk’s Office from July 2013 to July 2015 as an assistant district clerk.

Harris County authorities said background check procedures for all Harris County District Attorney’s Office applicants have been amended.

There’s no word yet on what interaction or interactions she’s had with law enforcement, but KPRC 2 is working to learn more and bring you confirmed information on Bovell’s background.

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Woman charged with retaliation after threatening Harris County judge

A woman has been arrested and charged for threatening a Harris County judge, according to authorities.

A sheriff’s department report said after repeatedly failing to appear in court on a misdemeanor theft charge, Charise Annette Jackson became enraged when Judge Analia Wilkerson increased her bond.

It happened during a hearing on Jan. 31.

Jackson, 41, has a long history of arrests in Harris County going back to 1996 for crimes like theft, drug possession and fraud.

She was before Wilkerson that Wednesday on a misdemeanor theft charge filed last October. She’d failed to appear for court hearings several times since then, so the judge increased her bond.

According to a sheriff’s department report, Jackson became upset when that happened and within hearing of her court-appointed attorney threatened to murder Wilkerson.

In part, the report read:

“(She) Further inquired about the Judge’s family, stating that she will ensure that the Judge does not return to the the bench after the defendant gets released on a ‘P.R.’ bond.”

Jackson’s attorney, Jose Vela, became alarmed and reported the threat to Wilkerson and the court prosecutor. A sheriff’s department investigator was assigned to the case, and Jackson was charged with retaliation, a felony, the same day.

Jackson was arrested and remained in jail until Monday, when she posted a $10,000 bond and was released.

Jackson is due back in court before a different judge for arraignment on the retaliation charge Feb. 20.

KPRC called Wilkerson and Vela for comment, but we haven’t heard back from them.

A spokesman for the sheriff’s department confirmed Jackson had been charged and arrested for retaliation, but declined to appear on camera.

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Pregnant passenger injured in high-speed chase, crash in Conroe

A pregnant woman was taken to a hospital in stable condition after she was involved in a chase and crash in Montgomery County late Monday night.

Just before midnight on I-45 near The Woodlands, authorities said they attempted to pull over a silver Honda with no taillight assembly.

The driver of the vehicle did not stop and led authorities on a chase that reached speeds up to 90 mph, according to authorities.

The driver continued northbound on I-45 while throwing things, believed to be drugs, out of the vehicle, authorities said.

The driver wove through the streets of Conroe, until he struck a utility pole at the intersection of Sherman Street and 2nd Street, authorities said. The driver continued to try to leave the scene, even though one of the front wheels was ripped off. The vehicle struck another pole and several mailboxes before coming to rest against a third pole, according to authorities.

Two men got out of the vehicle and attempted to run on foot, but were apprehended by authorities. One was found hiding in a nearby truck, according to authorities.

A large quantity of meth was found in the vehicle, authorities said.

The passenger was released.

The driver was arrested.

The pregnant passenger was taken to the hospital.

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