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5-Year-Old Saves 2-Year-Old Brother After Deadly Crash

He pulled his brother from the burning wreckage

(Newser) - A 5-year-old boy is being called a hero after pulling his 2-year-old brother from the fiery wreck that killed their father, KPRC reports. According to KHOU , the boys were riding in an 18-wheel moving truck with their father shortly after 1am Friday in Houston when the truck hit a guardrail... More »

911 Operator Accused of Hanging Up on Callers

Crenshanda Williams is charged in Houston

(Newser) - "Ain't nobody got time for this," a former Houston 911 operator was recorded as saying as she allegedly hung up on a security guard calling to report a street-racing incident. NBC News reports 43-year-old Crenshanda Williams is being charged with interfering with emergency telephone calls, a misdemeanor,... More »

Activists Threaten to Sue Aquarium Over Tiger 'Dungeon'

Group says Houston's four tigers need a more natural environment

(Newser) - Four white tigers at Houston's Downtown Aquarium have never set a paw outside or basked in sunshine in a dozen years, say animal rights activists. Now one group is threatening to sue if the owners don't find a more natural home for the rare animals, reports the Houston ... More »

In Houston Shooter's Porsche: 2,500 Rounds of Ammo

(Newser) - The disgruntled lawyer killed by police in Houston after randomly shooting six drivers outside a condo complex Monday morning definitely had a thing for the Nazis, but police aren't sure whether that was his motive. Capt. DW Ready, head of the police homicide division, says the shooter—identified by... More »

Houston Mayor: Gunman Was Disgruntled Lawyer

Shooter is dead; 9 people injured

(Newser) - The man who opened fire in a Houston neighborhood Monday morning and randomly shot six people has been described as a disgruntled lawyer, reports AP . Mayor Sylvester Turner tells KTRK-TV that the unidentified man was either fired from "or had a bad relationship with this law firm." The... More »

Gunman Wounds 6 in Houston; Suspect 'DOA'

It happened early Monday at a strip mall

(Newser) - Another mass shooting: Six people were shot and wounded at a strip mall in Houston Monday morning, reports the Houston Chronicle . Police shot the gunman, who appears to have been acting alone, they announced via Twitter . "There are no reports of other suspects." The AP is now reporting... More »

The 10 Least Safe Cities for Women

Be extra-vigilant in Miami, Houston

(Newser) - Out on the town in Miami or Houston? Ladies should be extra-vigilant. Both cities are among the least safe for women based on 31 factors, including crime, workplace policies, women in local politics and police forces, and health care, as well as education and wealth, which "indicate a woman'... More »

Cops: Houston Mom Drowned 2 Kids, Hid Bodies

She confessed murders to acquaintance

(Newser) - A Houston woman was arrested Sunday after casually mentioning to an acquaintance that she had drowned her two children in a bathtub and hidden the bodies under a neighbor's home, police say. Sheborah Thomas, 30, has been charged with capital murder in the deaths of 7-year-old Orayln (also spelled... More »

Cops: Teen Son Killed Ex-NFL Player, Wife

Relatives stunned by deaths of 'power couple'

(Newser) - In a tragedy that relatives find completely unfathomable, former NFL player Antonio Armstrong and his wife Dawn were killed at their Houston home early Friday, allegedly by their own son. The 16-year-old was arrested after police were called to the home at around 2am, KHOU reports. Dawn Armstrong died at... More »

Houston 3-Year-Old Climbs Into Hot Car, Dies

Child locks trapped him inside

(Newser) - A tragedy in Houston—and a reminder that almost a third of children who die in hot cars do so after finding their own way in. Police in Houston say that 3-year-old Evan Trapolino died Thursday after apparently walking out of his house and climbing into a car parked in... More »

3 Dead After Plane Crashes Into Car Parked Near Airport

The plane was registered to Safe Aviation

(Newser) - Three people were killed Thursday after a small plane crashed into a car in a parking lot near a Houston airport, the AP reports. A Houston Fire Department spokesperson says the plane crashed shortly after 1pm into a car that was parked at a hardware store near Hobby Airport. Fire... More »

After 9th DWI, Houston Guy Gets Life in the Slammer

Donald Middleton's Texas driver's license was still valid when he was busted the 9th time

(Newser) - Donald Middleton of Texas has been gathering DWI convictions since Ronald Reagan was first elected president, and with nine to his name, he's now been sent to prison for life, per the Houston Chronicle . Montgomery County Judge Kathleen Hamilton issued the sentence to the 56-year-old Houston man on Tuesday... More »

Dad: Houston Gunman May Have Had PTSD

Disturbed vet had anti-government beliefs

(Newser) - The gunman behind Sunday's deadly rampage in Houston has been identified as Afghanistan veteran Dionisio Garza III by ABC13 , which found a bag containing bullets and his personal papers at the scene. The bag, which held the 25-year-old's birth certificate and military discharge record, was turned over to... More »

Police Helicopter Was Hit in Houston Shooting

Cops now unsure about 2nd suspect

(Newser) - A man came into a Houston auto detail shop and began shooting, killing a man known to be a customer and putting a neighborhood on lockdown Sunday before being killed by a SWAT officer , police say. A total of eight people were shot, with the aforementioned two being the only... More »

2 Dead After Gunmen Open Fire With AR-15s

Houston neighborhood sees gunfire break out

(Newser) - A gunman and at least one other person were killed Sunday, authorities say, as many shots were fired in a Houston neighborhood where police had urged people to remain in their homes. Police spokesman John Cannon says there were two armed suspects involved, one of whom was killed and one... More »

Cops: Man Kills Boy, 11, Walking Home From School

Suspect Che Calhoun is still at large

(Newser) - Josue Flores, 11, dreamed of being a doctor so he could help others. Sadly, doctors couldn't help him Tuesday when he was stabbed in an "unprovoked" attack on a Houston street, per CBS News . Police say Josue was walking home from school, about two blocks from his home,... More »

Justin Bieber Sued After Poorly Chugged Beer Bong Incident

'He was clearly a novice'

(Newser) - Justin Bieber's alleged lack of prowess with a beer bong could cost him $75,000, the Houston Chronicle reports. The singer was hanging out at Cle nightclub in Houston post-gig on April 9 when he grabbed a beer bong that was being passed around. According to a lawsuit filed... More »

2 Dead as Fired Worker Shoots Up Texas Office

Worker who was fired earlier in the day came back with 2 guns: cops

(Newser) - Authorities say a recently fired employee opened fire at a transportation company on the outskirts of Houston, killing one employee and injuring another before fatally shooting himself, the AP reports. Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said Wednesday that the gunman had been fired earlier in the day, then returned with... More »

Reporter Helps Rescue Driver in Houston Flood

The man escaped from his car in the nick of time

(Newser) - Houston has gotten nearly 20 inches of rain since Sunday night , and on Monday morning, an ABC13 reporter became part of the story as he was reporting on it, the Houston Chronicle reports. Steve Campion was with a camera crew in the Heights neighborhood when a man drove into the... More »

Man Busted for Ferris Wheel Sex Shot Dead

Houston cops say Philip Panzica was killed in carjacking

(Newser) - The life of the man arrested last month for allegedly having sex on a Las Vegas Ferris wheel came to a violent end in his hometown early Saturday morning in what police say was a carjacking. Police in Houston say that after 27-year-old Philip Panzica drove away from a strip... More »

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