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Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett is no stranger to controversy, but on Friday, the 32-year-old Pro Bowler was hit with an unusual accusation: A Harris County (Texas) grand jury indicted Bennett for injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic. The reported victim worked at Houston's NRG ...
An elderly man is dead after being struck by a vehicle in northwest Harris County on Friday night. Harris County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating the crash at the 7900 block of Fallbrook Drive just west of Texas 249 near the Sam Houston Race Park. Deputies arrived at the scene to find ...

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -- The Harris County Sheriff's Office arrested an for an inmate Thursday afternoon after the suspect escaped from the local jail while awaiting ICE pickup. Manuel Enrique Alvarez-Soto, 35, escaped from Downtown jail at 1201 Commerce on Wednesday afternoon. He had been ...
Abbott nominated 105 census tracts in Harris County, the most in any Texas county, along with many areas along the Gulf Coast hit hard by Harvey. More than 70 economically distressed census tracts along the U.S.-Mexico border, including areas of Laredo, McAllen, Del Rio and El Paso, were ...
The shooting is at least the ninth officer-involved shooting in Harris County this year, and the fourth by a Harris County Sheriff's Department officer, according to Spencer and a Chronicle review of records. Of those - including one fatal shooting by a Sheriff's deputy on Friday - five have been fatal. ...
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) --. The Harris County Sheriff's Office says one person is dead and another is being flown to the hospital after a deputy-involved shooting in northwest Harris County. Authorities responded to the shooting call in the 1700 block of Seven Pines Drive around 5:28 a.m.. EMBED More ...

Man charged after dramatic car chase through west Harris County ... leading deputies on a high-speed pursuit through neighborhoods and on busy roads for almost 25 minutes, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. ... The Texas Department of Public Safety aided in the pursuit, the spokesman said.
Thieves steal ATM machine from Harris County courthouse (KTRK). KTRK. Sunday, March 11, 2018 07:38AM. HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) --. The Houston Police Department said thieves stole an ATM machine from the Harris County Courthouse Annex Sunday morning. Police responded to a call for assistance at the ...
The Standard's news roundup gives you a quick hit of interesting, sometimes irreverent, and breaking news stories from all over the state. Three Texas civil rights organizations are calling for a meeting with Harris County officials after voters faced issues at several polling locations on Election Day.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office has its SWAT team deployed at an apartment complex in northwest Harris County where a man is holed up after a family disturbance. Deputies with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office responded to a family disturbance at an apartment complex in the 13000 ...
Tarsha Jackson (third from the left), Texas Organizing Project's criminal justice director, led a press conference held in downtown Houston during which she and other members of her organization demanded that Harris County settles the lawsuit on its bail system. The Texas Organizing Project (TOP) ...
The ACLU of Texas is asking Harris County's longest serving felony court judge to resign after making a statement to the Houston Chronicle on his views about black men's attitudes toward the criminal justice system. The civil rights group also is asking that the judge be automatically recused from cases ...
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan said he is trying to keep Harris County's opioid lawsuit a state district court. As we've been reporting, Harris County filed the lawsuit against 21 drug manufacturers and distributors, four doctors and one pharmacist because of their alleged roles in the so-called “opioid ...
After an October hearing held by three judges of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the conservative-leaning court issued an opinion stating that Texas' most populous county sets bail in a way that keeps people in jail — often until their cases are resolved days or weeks later — simply because they are ...
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - Harris County authorities responded to reports of a suspicious box with a blinking light in a Harris County park Monday night. Authorities said the box was reported at a park near the intersection of Royal Village Drive and Royal Blue Drive. Harris County bomb squad ...
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - A man was shot outside a grocery store in north Harris County on Monday night, according to Harris County authorities. Authorities said the man was shot outside of a Kroger near the intersection of FM 1960 and Cypress Station Drive around 8:45 p.m. ...
“We had this big surge of exonerations that was driven by [Harris County] efforts to rectify that,” said Barbara O'Brien, a Michigan State University law professor and editor of The National Registry of Exonerations, which on Wednesday released a report showing that Texas led the U.S. with 23 exonerees last ...

Voting official: Few problems in first hours of Harris County primary voting. By Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, Robert Downen, and Samantha Ketterer. Updated 6:22 pm, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. 2. Supporters of 7th District candidate Laura Moser applaud as she addresses the crowd at her primary. 7th District ...
LaHood accused Gonzales of trying to buy the election: Liberal billionaire George Soros contributed $6,000 in “research” to the Gonzales campaign through a PAC, the Express-News reported. Soros is known for spending more than $583,000 in 2016 on Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg's campaign ...
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A man was beaten and shot after a group of men broke into a home overnight in northwest Harris County, deputy constables say. Investigators with Harris County Pct. 1 say the men broke into a home on Enchanted Forest early Tuesday morning. Three people, including the man, ...
Longtime Texas politician Jack Ogg — the father of Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg — died Saturday in Houston, his family said. He was 84. Ogg, a lawyer and conservative Democrat at a time when Democrats controlled state government, represented the Houston area for 16 years, serving as a ...
Though officials caught the mistake and canceled payment before it was too late, the incident has led the Texas county to a thorough review of its ... Officials in Harris County, Texas — the county surrounding Houston — are calling for greater cybersecurity defenses after a failed phishing attack nearly cost ...
A taco stand altercation escalated into gunfire that killed a store owner's son and wounded two others Friday evening in northwest Houston, Harris County sheriff's deputies said. Deputies received the call for the shooting shortly after 6:30 p.m. outside the DJ Food Store at the corner of Bammel North ...
More than $43 million of Texas' first installment of federal aid for rebuilding from Hurricane Harvey would go to Harris County projects under to a draft funding plan released last week. That amounts to roughly three-quarters of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's initial $58 million ...
21, not three weeks after Houston was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, the Harris County auditor's office received an email from someone named Fiona Chambers who presented herself as an accountant with D&W Contractors, Inc. The contractor was repairing a Harvey-damaged parking lot, cleaning up ...
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - A family is confused why a man decided to rap and dance on their front porch, which was all captured surveillance video. “He never looked at the camera, so it wasn't like he was performing for the camera. He was just performing for my front door. I have no idea why or what he ...
Harris County paid out almost $200,000 to a Houston woman who was subjected to a controversial roadside cavity search in 2015, according to federal court records. The payment comes after Charnesia Corley filed a federal lawsuit against Harris County, contending her constitutional rights were violated ...
A federal judge Tuesday ordered Harris County lawyers to produce missing or additional evidence in the trailblazing lawsuit in which she ruled the county's bail practices kept poor people in jail due to a wealth-based detention system. Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal noted that she had asked ...
A Houston Chronicle review of more than 100 misdemeanor cases in Harris County, and interviews with defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges, jail administrators and defendants, revealed a pretrial system that provides little supervision for indigent defendants who are most at risk of failing to appear in ...
As of December, there were about 5,000 inmates in the jail, which has a capacity for about 8,700, according to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. The Dallas lawsuit is similar to the one in Harris County, though the Dallas case applies to misdemeanor and felony defendants while the suit in Harris ...
Goose Creek CISD's police department did not have any referrals to the program and did not return calls for comment. One of Harris County's medical schools, the University of Texas at Houston, said they have not had anyone detained for marijuana possession who was eligible for the program.
Still very few clues in the murder of a couple inside their home in northwest Harris County. (KTRK) ... A man and wife found dead inside their home in a gated community in northwest Harris County, Texas were executed. ... Two people found dead inside home in NW Harris County, Deborah Wrigley reports.
HOUSTON - At a press conference late Monday afternoon, county leaders reminded the public about the dangers associated with a dramatic drop in temperatures. "We just want to be really safe and I think the safest for most people would be, if at all possible, either stay home or plan to go home early ...
Still very few clues in the murder of a couple inside their home in northwest Harris County. (KTRK). KTRK. By Deborah Wrigley. Sunday, January 14, 2018 08:01PM. SPRING, Texas (KTRK) --. A source tells Eyewitness News that a man and wife found dead inside their home in a gated northwest Harris County community ...
Three Harris County hearing officers were sanctioned for failing to exercise their judicial duties in deciding whether to grant bail to hundreds of people arrested for low level offenses each week, according to disciplinary actions taken by the state'board that oversees Texas judges. In testimony before the ...
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - Harris County deputies are searching for two man after a 14-year-old was shot in north Harris County on Friday. The teen was shot in the 500 block of Northaire Drive around 9 p.m., according to authorities. Deputies are searching the area for the men they believe are responsible ...
Once known as the "capital of capital punishment," Harris County is now doling out more life without parole sentences than any other county in the state. In the 12 years since then-Gov. Rick Perry signed the life without parole or "LWOP" bill into law, Harris County has handed down 266 of those sentences ...
The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office says a dozen fires blamed on fireworks in unincorporated areas of Texas' most populous county over New Year's Eve and New Year's Day caused about $1.2 million in damage. Fire Marshal Mike Montgomery says seven of the blazes were the result of improperly ...
$1.2 Million in Damage From Fireworks in Harris County. The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office says a dozen fires blamed on fireworks in unincorporated areas of Texas' most populous county over New Year's Eve and New Year's Day caused about $1.2 million in damage. Jan. 2, 2018, at 5:42 p.m.. $1.2 Million in ...
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — More than a dozen units were damaged, and families were displaced, after a fire broke out at an apartment complex in northwest Harris County Friday. The fire broke at the Pepper Mill Apartments in the 8400 block of Easton Commons Drive near Highway 6. Firefighters from the ...
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) --. Investigators have charged a man with arson after a fire at a northwest Harris County motel Thursday morning that forced guests to evacuate. Officials say Rodney Diamond confessed to them that he started the fire to gain attention. He was also wanted for two unrelated ...
Rachel Moreno with the Harris County Fire Marshal's office said fireworks are banned within 600 feet of a church, hospital, licensed child care center, or a school. In addition, some homeowners associations and apartment complexes ban fireworks so Moreno said it's best to check before you celebrate.
Martin's position that it does not pay to prepay, from a deduction standpoint is echoed by State Senator Paul Bettencourt, former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector. "Unfortunately it looks like the IRS cancelled the run on preporty tax prepayments for next year in Texas," Bettencourt said. County Appraisal ...
HOUSTON - Harris County Sheriff's Office is looking for three to four men accused of an armed robbery and carjacking in east Harris County. Deputies said the ... Deputies said the men carjacked a 2014 blue Chevrolet Silverado Texas bearing the license plate JSY1407, the sheriff's office said. “If they were ...
It was three days late and the elves were wearing orange, but Santa Claus didn't care. His festive shouts of holiday greetings bounced down the sparse hallway as he marched toward his final delivery for the season, followed by a crowd of gift-carrying Santa's helpers - all parents locked up in the Harris ...
In recent decades, no county has been as prolific in its application of the death penalty as Harris County. If the county were a state, only one state would have executed more people since 1976, the year capital punishment was reinstated in the US: Texas itself. But in 2017, for the first time in more than 40 ...
Since the Supreme Court legalized capital punishment in 1976, Harris County, Texas, has executed 126 people. That's more executions than every individual state in the union, barring Texas itself. Harris County's executions account for 23 percent of the 545 people Texas has executed. On the national ...
Officials in a Texas county devastated by Hurricane Harvey have approved new regulations on building construction in flood-prone locations, rules they touted as the nation's toughest for a major metropolitan area. The rules taking effect Jan. 1 in unincorporated parts of Harris County will increase the ...
Lawyers behind the civil rights case that upended the bail system for low-level offenses in Harris County have asked a federal judge to consider sanctioning sitting county judges, citing grave concerns that the county withheld evidence. The controversy will likely come to head on Tuesday in an unusual ...
Harris County and the City of Houston top the list of Texas jurisdictions that will get rifle-resistant vests for law enforcement officers thanks to a series of grants Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday. The grants amount to almost $23 million and, overall, law enforcement professionals from 453 different ...


 

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