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Spring pharmacist pays record fine

2:07 PM Mon, Mar 31, 2008 |
Adrienne

A Spring pharmacist has paid a $600,000 fine to resolve alleged violations of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act.



Woodlands man charged with mail theft

2:03 PM Mon, Mar 31, 2008 |
Adrienne

Peter Lim, 50, of The Woodlands has been indicted for mail theft, according to the Justice Department.



Man found shot lying on Lee Road

8:21 AM Mon, Mar 31, 2008 |
Adrienne

A man was found on Lee Road with a gunshot wound to the back early Monday morning.



No charges for HPD officers who shot Houston man

4:35 PM Thu, Mar 27, 2008 |
Juanita Jimenez

Two police officers who shot and killed a crowbar wielding man have been no billed by a Harris County Grand Jury.

The panel declined to accept charges against officers Robert Weiners and Tracy Jackson.

They shot and killed Steven Guillory after he smashed the windows of a police car and then made threatening movements toward officers.



Wrong-way driver hits car, charged with DWI

8:33 AM Thu, Mar 27, 2008 |
Adrienne

A wrong-way driver who crashed head-on into another car has been charged with DWI.
Just after 2 a.m., the suspect got turned around on Greenbriar and was heading north toward Highway 59.
Another driver going the right way didn’t see the car in time and was hit. He had a broken finger and some other injuries.
The suspect going the wrong way wasn’t hurt.



Man shot in Bennigan’s parking lot

8:15 AM Thu, Mar 27, 2008 |
Adrienne

A man is in serious condition after a shooting at the Greenspoint Bennigan’s restaurant.
Around 10:30 p.m., four men were talking to a man sitting in his car. Suddenly, one of the suspects took out a gun and shot the driver, who was hit three times.
The shooting victim tried to drive away but crashed into a parked vehicle.
The suspects sped off in a white Chevy Impala. The victim was transported to Ben Taub Hospital in serious condition.



Four face Brazoria County drug charges

12:38 PM Wed, Mar 26, 2008 |
Adrienne

Four people face drug charges after a raid by both the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department and Angleton police.



Rate your cop

2:50 PM Fri, Mar 21, 2008 |
Adrienne

You can find reviews for all kinds of things online — including Houston police officers.
A Web site called Rate My Cop allows users to anonymously score law enforcement officials from around the country.
About 1,700 HPD officers are listed on the site by name.
Department officials here said they’d prefer people call HPD supervisors to give feedback directly.
They also expressed concern about Web sites giving out officer’s person information, fearing it may compromise undercover operations.



Vandals tag Sam Houston statue

12:48 PM Fri, Mar 21, 2008 |
Adrienne

Sam Houston is getting an early spring cleaning thanks to some vandals.
The feet of the statue in Huntsville were hit by graffiti vandals this week.
Officials say it will cost about $650 to repair.
If those who were responsible are found, they’ll face state felony charges.



Speeding driver hits pedestrian

11:01 AM Fri, Mar 21, 2008 |
Adrienne

A man was hit by a speeding car early Friday morning.
It happened on Dairy Ashford at Bissonnet.
Police say the driver was speeding through a parking lot, and then he hit the victim, who was standing behind a gas station.
The man suffered head and leg injuries.



Three in custody after wild chase

7:43 AM Wed, Mar 19, 2008 |
Adrienne

Three suspects who led police on a wild chase are in custody.
HPD said they spotted the men in a stolen SUV at a northeast Houston Jack in the Box.
The men drove all the way to White Oak Bayou in northwest Houston.
An HPD squad car got stuck in the grass and had to be pushed out.



Passengers arrested after chase

7:13 AM Tue, Mar 18, 2008 |
Adrienne

Police tried to pull over a driver around 9:30 p.m. Monday near MLK and Bellfort.
The driver took off but ended up crashing the car. He took off on foot, and police arrested his passengers.
Police believe the car was stolen.



Monahan Elementary broken into

2:25 PM Mon, Mar 17, 2008 |
Adrienne

A suspect broke into the back of Monahan Elementary School early Monday morning.
Deputies are still taking inventory of what was damaged or stolen.
Officials said the person got in through a window.



Man charged in death of man found near North Fwy.

10:11 AM Mon, Mar 17, 2008 |
Juanita Jimenez

A 40-year-old man has been charged in the death of a man found on the side of the road Saturday, police say.
Robert Daniel Lucas is accused in the killing of 22-year-old Oscar Caldwell who suffered multiple concussions to the head.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say Caldwell was found in the 5100 block of the North Freeway near the Skyline Apartments and appeared to have been beaten.
According to police, a witness said Caldwell showed up at the apartment complex with a handgun and threatened residents shortly before he was found.
Police say Lucas confessed to killing …



SWAT standoff ends after 4 hours

8:17 AM Mon, Mar 17, 2008 |
Adrienne

A SWAT standoff in southeast Houston ended after nearly four hours and netted no suspects Sunday night.
Around 7 p.m., police got a report that a man had shot his friend. When they arrived, they saw a man run into the house.
Finally, at 11:30 p.m., they went into the house, but it was empty. Police aren’t sure where the man went.



Dead man found in the street

8:16 AM Mon, Mar 17, 2008 |
Adrienne

Around 1 a.m. Monday, residents of an apartment complex in the 9800 block of Larkwood heard gunshots.
Someone called 911, and Houston police found a man lying in the street. Detectives haven’t found any witnesses to the shooting yet, and they have no suspects.



Former HPD cadet cleared of drug charges

2:54 PM Fri, Mar 14, 2008 |
Juanita Jimenez

Last year, a patrol officer arrested HPD cadet, Rene Fuentes, for allegedly buying and selling crack cocaine.

But Friday, a grand jury who heard his testimony refused to indict him.

Fuentes’ attorney says he suspects there wasn’t enough evidence to prove drugs found in a car belonged to his client.

He also says his client has no intentions of re-applying to the police department.



Charges dropped against Jersey Village cop

2:47 PM Fri, Mar 14, 2008 |
Juanita Jimenez

The charges have been dropped against a Jersey City police officer.

Robert LeRouax will not be tried for tampering even though, police say, he kept bottles of Xanax and Vicodin that should have been tagged as evidence.

The DA’s office says a conviction would have been unlikely, but left open the possibility of drug possession charges.

Officers found the drugs in LeRouax’s trunk after he crashed his patrol car while on duty.



Alleged Sharpstown Mall stabber appears in court

2:27 PM Fri, Mar 14, 2008 |
Adrienne

The man accused of stabbing a woman as she walked out of Sharpstown Mall is now being held on $40,000 bond.
A judge set that amount Friday morning during Adrian Hawkins first court appearance. He’s charged with two counts of aggravated robbery.
Police say he pretended to hold a mall door open for two women before stabbing one several times. He then allegedly stole that woman’s purse and the other woman’s SUV.
The woman who was stabbed is still recovering in the hospital.



Game Stop robbery suspects arrested

9:06 AM Fri, Mar 14, 2008 |
Adrienne

Two men accused serial robbers were taken into custody Thursday.
 

The Harris County Sheriff’s office says Jeffrey Quinn and Elliot Baptiste began a spree of robberies targeting Game Stop establishments on February 18.

The pair, investigators say, is also linked to at least seven Game Stop heists.

They’re also being investigated for two Cricket and two Sprint store robberie…



Thieves target Friendswood Junior High

1:50 PM Wed, Mar 12, 2008 |
Juanita Jimenez

Someone stole equipment from Friendswood Junior High at 402 Laurel and deputies want to know who.

Employees arriving for work reported the theft Tuesday morning.

The burglar, police say, got into a portable building through a window.

A computer keyboard and a DVD player were taken.

Graffiti was also spray painted at the school, but it’s not known if both incidents are connected.

The name of a rival school “Brook” was also painted on a wall.

In addition to this, the Galveston County Sherriff’s Office is also investigating a burglary at Clear Brook High School that occu…



Woman taking out trash finds dead body

6:54 AM Wed, Mar 12, 2008 |
Adrienne

A woman taking out her trash Tuesday night found a man lying in the alley at 9777 Harwin.
When Houston police arrived, they discovered he’d been shot to death. The man still had his wallet, so police don’t believe robbery was the motive.
If you have any information about this death, please call Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.



Man accused of killing landlord on the run

3:26 PM Tue, Mar 11, 2008 |
Juanita Jimenez

Charges were filed Tuesday against a man wanted for killing two men in southeast Houston.

Police say Librado Jimenez was late on his rent.

 

So, when Israel Gevara and his son, Israel Alvarado went to collect the rent Saturday the men got into a fight.

That’s when police believe Jimenez shot both father and son.

It’s believed Jimenez is on his way…



Suspect bit by K-9

8:48 AM Tue, Mar 11, 2008 |
Adrienne

Around 2:30 a.m., Houston police responded to a call about a possible break-in at Spring Forest Middle School.
When officers arrived, they saw a man running from the school on Memorial, and he did not stop when officers asked him to. That’s when they sent off the K-9, who quickly caught him and bit his leg.
The suspect was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital and faces criminal trespassing charges.
Police don’t know if he actually made it into the school.



3 men attack Fort Bend County resident

2:26 PM Mon, Mar 10, 2008 |
Juanita Jimenez

A Fort Bend County man is telling a tale of terror after being attacked on his way home.

It happened was the man walked home from a Phillips 66 service station on 2605 Fifth Street in Stafford on Friday.

Police say it was about 6:30 p.m. when the victim passed three men who, for some reason, attacked him.

The trio got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

One of the suspects, police say, wore an orange colored shirt and pants. The other two, they say, wore navy blue shirts and blue jeans. One of them had an orthopedic shoe.

Anyone with information should call the Fort Ben…



Sugar Land teen accidentally shot, dies

10:37 AM Mon, Mar 10, 2008 |
Adrienne

The accidental fatal shooting of a Sugar Land teen will be referred to a grand jury without charges.
Kenneth Valencia, 18, was shot in the chest Saturday afternoon at a friend’s Houston apartment.
HPD said the two were playing with Valencia’s gun. Valencia tackled his friend, who was holding the gun, causing it to go off.
Valencia was taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, where he died.



Woman shot in the face in southwest Houston

5:22 PM Sun, Mar 09, 2008 |
Adrienne

Police are looking for the man responsible for murdering a southwest Houston woman.
Investigators said 42-year-old Aldegunda Alvarez was sitting in a pickup truck with someone she knew when a man with a shotgun walked up to her window.
HPD has no motive for the crime.



Hit-and-run driver hits, kills cyclist

10:52 AM Fri, Mar 07, 2008 |
Adrienne

Around 5:15 a.m. Friday, a man riding his bicycle was hit and killed by a truck.
The truck then fled the scene at I-45 and Cullen. A witness to the incident stopped to talk to Houston police, but they have no description of the pickup truck.



HPD looking for a few good recruits

1:12 PM Thu, Mar 06, 2008 |
Adrienne

The Houston Police Department is asking men and women to “stand up” to protect and serve their community.
They are running TV spots to recruit the best police officers.

Check them out here.



K-9 finds man hiding in bushes

9:21 AM Thu, Mar 06, 2008 |
Adrienne

One man is in custody after a short chase that started near the North Loop East at Lockwood.
They pulled over the white Cadillac for a traffic violation, but when they approached the car, the driver got out and ran on foot.
Eventually a K-9 unit found him hiding int he bushes, and he was arrested.



Two shot, 1 dead, at northwest Houston motel

9:16 AM Thu, Mar 06, 2008 |
Adrienne

An apparently argument between family members Wednesday night led to a shooting that killed at least one person.
It happened at the Lisa Motel around 5:30 p.m.
Two men were shot, and one of them died.



Chase suspect crashes in ditch

8:55 AM Wed, Mar 05, 2008 |
Adrienne

Houston police working on the northeast side found themselves chasing a driver early Wednesday morning.



Grocery store bank robber wanted

1:14 PM Tue, Mar 04, 2008 |
Adrienne

The FBI hopes someone will recognize the man in this photo, because they say he robbed the First Convenience Bank in a Kroger on Feb. 28.



Man shot in the foot at cabaret

7:43 AM Mon, Mar 03, 2008 |
Adrienne

A man is recovering from a gunshot wound to the foot after a fight at a cabaret early Monday morning.



Stolen car recovered after short chase

7:40 AM Mon, Mar 03, 2008 |
Adrienne

Houston police recovered a stolen car early Monday morning, but the suspect is on the run.