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2 Houston Officers Shot, 1 in Critical Condition

One suspect is dead, one or two others are at large

(Newser) - Houston authorities say two police officers have been shot and taken to hospitals, one in critical condition, the AP reports. Mayor Sylvester Turner says one of the officers wounded Tuesday is in critical condition while the other suffered injuries to his foot that are not life-threatening. He says the officers... More »

Teen Hits Gas Instead of Brake, Drives Off Parking Garage

Young Houston driver escaped with just minor injuries after car fell 7 stories

(Newser) - A Houston-area teen may not feel like watching any of the Fast & Furious franchise after his quick-but-terrifying experience at a local parking garage over the weekend. Firefighters tell KHOU it appears the teen mistakenly accelerated instead of stepping on the brake while on the roof of the garage, sending... More »

8-Year-Old Murdered Moments After Surviving Car Crash

Grieving mom of Latoyia Jarmon-Thomas believes it was road rage

(Newser) - Police in Houston are looking into the murder of an 8-year-old just moments after she survived a car crash unharmed. Latoyia Jarmon-Thomas, mother of De'Maree Adkins, says they were on their way home in her Honda Accord early Saturday when they were hit by a speeding Pontiac while traveling... More »

Teen Dies Protecting Mom in Subway Shop Holdup

Cops say teen pushed her out of the way as man fired

(Newser) - Houston police say an 18-year-old sandwich shop employee was fatally shot as he tried to protect his mother during an attempted robbery at the store. Police say Javier Flores and his mother were the only people working in the southeast Houston Subway restaurant near closing time Wednesday night when two... More »

Law Firm's Suit Over Bad Yelp Review Backfires

Judge tosses libel lawsuit, orders firm to pay woman's attorney fees

(Newser) - "I'm just proud of this young lady," attorney Michael Fleming tells the Houston Press . "She stood up to them, she did the right thing, and she was successful." Last summer, 20-year-old Houston resident Lan Cai was hit by a drunk driver, breaking two bones in... More »

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 »

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