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Fugitives sought by Houston-area police (Aug. 11)
houstonchronicle.com / Sat, 12 Aug 2017 00:03:43 UT

Crime Stoppers of Houston and the Multi-County Crime Stoppers each have released a list of their 10 featured fugitives of the week.

Dashcam video released in body-cavity search
houstonchronicle.com / Tue, 15 Aug 2017 01:48:11 UT

The lawyer for a 23-year-old woman suing the Harris County Sheriff's Office over a roadside body cavity search is asking for a special prosecutor to be appointed following the district attorney's office dismissal of the cases against two deputies charged with official oppression. Attorney Sam Cammack, flanked by protesters and Black Lives Matter activists at a news conference Monday in front of the Harris County Criminal Courthouse, said the two deputies should be facing justice instead of having their cases dismissed on the eve of trial. Cammack filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Charneshia Corley, contending the deputies violated her constitutional rights by conducting the roadside search. Cammack called for a special prosecutor to investigate the allegations and, presumably, take the deputies to trial for official oppression. Department policy prohibits deputies from conducting strip searches without a warrant and requires they be conducted in a private, sanitary facility. [...] female officers told Corley to remove her pants and shone a flashlight onto her exposed genital area to conduct a "visual strip search," according to her lawsuit. The view of the search is blocked by car doors, but Corley can be seen being placed on the ground without her pants and with her legs pinioned in an awkward position for more than 10 minutes while the female deputy shines a flashlight in the area. The charge against Corley was later dropped by the district attorney's office, according to court records. McIlhenny said the full dashcam video and audio shows that Corley could be heard saying she had smoked marijuana earlier that day and that she had never had a driver's license.

New allegations surface in case of wife accused of killing husband
houstonchronicle.com / Tue, 8 Aug 2017 02:23:00 UT
[...] the missing evidence joined a string of allegations raised in court documents as Sandra Melgar braces for trial this week on a charge that she killed her husband, then tied herself up to stage a home invasion. "The defendant has vigorously asserted her innocence, denied having any involvement in her husband's death, is herself a victim of a home invasion, and has demanded a jury trial," according to a discovery motion from the defense filed earlier this year. Defense attorney Mac Secrest did not return calls for comment Monday, but court filings accuse investigators of failing to test the bloody print and "many" other pieces of evidence from the crime scene, despite repeated pleas. The court documents suggest the defense will argue that the Harris County Sheriff's Office misplaced evidence instead of testing it after settling on a theory that Sandra Melgar staged the home invasion. "What appears to be bloody finger or thumb print was observed by (Crime Scene United) investigators and homicide detectives during the investigation of the handle of a safe that was located in the master bedroom closet where the body of the deceased was found," according to the defense motion. Inexplicably, no examination was conducted for latent prints or the presence of DNA despite the fact that fingerprint ridges and grooves are easily observed on photographic evidence of the handle. Jury selection began Monday, but too many potential jurors out of a panel of 60 people were excluded to seat a jury of 12.

Council delays placement of improvement bonds on fall ballot
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 9 Aug 2017 14:20:37 UT

City Council on Wednesday delayed placing Houston's $495 million bond package on November's ballot, pushing their vote until next week.

Former President Bush to speak at Mark White memorial service
houstonchronicle.com / Tue, 8 Aug 2017 01:14:00 UT

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. at the Second Baptist Church in Houston, longtime friend Barry Silverman said Monday. Mark White was a champion for education for all Texans and put his political career on the line for it.

Police: Texas man beats 57-year-old to death over military branches argument
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:16:02 UT

A 30-year-old Austin man was recently arrested after police said he beat a man to death over an argument about the military branches they served in.

Investigators suspect cousins in deaths of nurse, University of Houston student
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 7 Aug 2017 18:55:29 UT

A dating app link-up may have lured two Houston-area men to their deaths in what could be the work of serial killers, Harris County sheriff's investigators said Monday in warning the public to be wary of meeting strangers online.

Investigators didn't publicly identify the app, but said the killers may have been targeting Asian men when they went after Glenser Soliman, a 44-year-old St. Luke's Medical Center nurse whose body was found Feb. 25, and An Vinh Nguyen, a 26-year-old University of Houston student last seen March 31.

What do Flat Earthers think of the eclipse? A Houston-area believer explains.
houstonchronicle.com / Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:13:14 UT

"The globe is dying a death of 1,000 cuts," Steere said. "This is another cut in the globe model."

FOOTBALL: Battle of 105 commences Thursday night at Moorhead Stadium
YourHoustonNews.com / Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:00:00 -0500
According to Conroe coach Robert Walker, Conroe vs. Montgomery — a matchup that’s being dubbed as the Battle of 105 — is “the biggest rivalry in Texas high school football that’s never been played.”

Man killed in Midtown shooting
houstonchronicle.com / Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:29:45 UT

One person was shot to death Sunday morning in Midtown, according to police.

Texas woman battling cancer dies after eating tainted oyster
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:05:33 UT

Jane White Cunningham, a 56-year-old woman from Texas, died after eating raw contaminated oysters while on vacation with her husband.

Oldest World War II vet and Texas native, Richard Overton, hospitalized
houstonchronicle.com / Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:23:31 UT

Richard Overton, the United State's oldest living World War II veteran, was hospitalized on Thursday after being diagnosed with pneumonia in both of his lungs.

Texas assistant principal reassigned after writing alt-right kids’ book
houstonchronicle.com / Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:49:39 UT

Eric Hauser, an employee of Denton ISD, was removed from his position on Monday after district officials learned of his book, "The Adventures of Pepe and Pede."

60 illegal immigrants found in cold produce truck
houstonchronicle.com / Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:51:00 UT

After the high-profile and tragic deaths of immigrants locked inside trailers in sweltering heat, at least some smugglers have switched tactics.

Tropical Storm Harvey heading west toward Mexico
houstonchronicle.com / Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:11:47 UT

Tropical Storm Harvey is moving westward through the Caribbean, but poses no threat to the Gulf Coast.

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