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Mom Accused of Putting Teen in Trunk Gets Good News

Son, said to have COVID, reportedly found in car's trunk after Sarah Beam got to COVID testing site

(Newser) - Update: A high school teacher in Texas got some good news after being accused of putting her teen son in her car's trunk so she wouldn't be exposed to the coronavirus. Per CNN , Harris County Judge Chris Morton ruled on Thursday there was no probable cause to charge...

40 Years After Couple's Murder, Their Baby Is Still Missing

Female named Hollie Marie by her parents would be closing in on 42 now

(Newser) - Harold Dean Clouse gathered up his wife, Tina Gail Linn, and new baby, Hollie Marie, and moved from Florida to Texas, with a promise of a well-paying job as a carpenter. "I can take better care of Tina and the baby," Clouse's mother recalls him saying. Instead,...

PPP Fraudster Learns 'There Is No Easy Money'

Texas' Lee Price III gets 9 years for wire fraud, money laundering

(Newser) - A Texas man who fraudulently received $1.6 million in COVID-19 relief money, then bought a $200,000 Lamborghini and a Rolex, has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison. Lee Price III of Houston was sentenced to nine years and two months in prison on Monday after...

Cops: Man Killed Girlfriend a Day After Her Ultrasound

Kwanmaine Boyd reportedly said 'he did not want any more children'

(Newser) - A Texas man is charged with killing his girlfriend one day after an ultrasound confirmed she was pregnant. Cavanna Smith, a 25-year-old teacher, was found to be about four and a half weeks pregnant at an Oct. 5 ultrasound appointment, which her sister, Brittany Wilson, attended. Smith was nervous and...

Doctor Against Vax Mandates Has Her Privileges Yanked

Houston Methodist says Dr. Mary Bowden has spread 'dangerous misinformation' on COVID

(Newser) - A Texas hospital has suspended the privileges of one of its doctors for airing her "dangerous" views on the coronavirus vaccine. Per KTRK , Houston Methodist announced Friday evening it had yanked privileges for ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr. Mary Bowden, who the hospital says had been "using...

Lawyer: Rapper Didn't Know There Was a Crisis

Spokesperson says Travis Scott didn't have the authority to stop the show anyway

(Newser) - Travis Scott was busy onstage last weekend and had no idea he was performing at a mass casualty event , his lawyer said Friday. "He's up there trying to perform," Ed McPherson said. "He does not have any ability to know what's going on down below....

Travis Scott Under Fire for Concert Conduct
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Fallout Continues
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The Astroworld Fallout Continues

Boy, 9, in medically induced coma; Travis Scott has 2 convictions for urging fans to rush stage

(Newser) - A 9-year-old boy suffered brain trauma when he was trampled in the crowd surge during Travis Scott's set at the Astroworld Festival in Houston on Friday, civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump said Monday. "This little boy had his whole life ahead of him—a life that is currently...

Travis Scott Took the Stage. Then, a 'Mass Casualty Incident'

Officials say 8 are dead after crowd surge at Astroworld music fest in Houston

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated to add information about the victims. At least eight people died and numerous others were injured in what officials described as a surge of the crowd at the Astroworld music festival in Houston while rapper Travis Scott was performing. Officials declared a "mass...

Driverless Truck Crashes Into Home, Kills Woman

Police say theft suspect jumped out of vehicle during chase

(Newser) - A Texas woman was killed early Tuesday when a stolen, driverless big rig slammed into her home. Police in Harris County say they tried to pull over the stolen tractor-trailer after locating it via GPS around 12:30am, but the driver refused to stop. After a brief chase, he jumped...

Braves Pitcher's Injured Move 'Blows My Mind'

Charlie Morton kept pitching on broken leg in Game 1 of the World Series

(Newser) - Charlie Morton spun a curveball past Jose Altuve for a called third strike, his 16th pitch after taking a 102mph comebacker off his right leg. Morton stumbled and started to fall. Turns out the leg was broken. Morton's right fibula was fractured by Yuli Gurriel's one-hop screamer leading...

Deputies Working at Houston Bar Caught in Fatal Ambush

1 Harris County constable's deputy is dead, 2 others are injured after early morning shooting

(Newser) - Three constable deputies were shot in an ambush early Saturday morning while working an extra shift at a Houston bar, leaving one deputy dead and two others wounded, authorities in Texas said. Authorities took one person into custody but were still searching for a man believed to be the shooter,...

Slain Instagram Star's Husband Kills Himself as Police Close in

Alexis Robinault Sharkey was found dead last year

(Newser) - Update: The husband of an Instagram star found slain in roadside bushes near her Texas apartment last year killed himself as authorities tried to arrest him on charges connected to her death. US marshals arrived at Thomas Sharkey's Florida home late Tuesday; there was no confrontation, he simply ran...

Pardon Recommended for George Floyd's 2004 Arrest

It's up to Gov. Greg Abbott now

(Newser) - Update: On Monday, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously approved a posthumous pardon request from George Floyd's family. The request, which relates to Floyd's 2004 arrest at the hands of a former Houston cop who's since been indicted on counts including murder, now goes to...

1 Officer Killed, 1 Hurt in Houston During Arrest

Police were caught up in a shooting while trying to arrest a man on drug charges

(Newser) - A Houston police officer was killed and another was wounded Monday morning during a shooting that also killed a 31-year-old man whom the officers were attempting to arrest on drug charges, authorities said. The veteran officers were each shot multiple times while attempting to serve an arrest warrant at an...

She Saw Man Looking in Her Window, Went for the Rifle

A suspected peeping Tom is dead in Texas

(Newser) - A Texas homeowner didn't have a great start to her weekend. Police say when they arrived at the scene of a Houston residence shortly before midnight Friday, a man was dead in the driveway, and the shaken-up female owner conceded she'd shot him, reports WOIA . She told cops...

Hurricane Nicholas Makes Landfall in Texas
Hurricane Nicholas
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Hurricane Nicholas Slams Into Texas

Up to 20 inches of rain could hit parts of Gulf Coast

(Newser) - Hurricane Nicholas made landfall along the Texas coast on Tuesday, bringing the threat of up to 20 inches of rainfall to parts of the Gulf Coast, including the same area hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and storm-battered Louisiana. Nicholas touched down on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula,...

Murder-Suicide Erupts in Hotel Lobby

Police investigating shooting deaths of man, woman at Marriott Marquis Houston

(Newser) - A man shot a woman in a hotel lobby in Houston on Tuesday before turning the gun on himself. That's according to police, who responded to the downtown Marriott Marquis Houston hotel, one of the most popular in the city, around 3:33pm. Police Chief Troy Finner says officers...

Dad's Night Out With Sons at MLB Game Turns Tragic

Police: Fatal shooting of David Castro after Astros game may have been tied to road rage

(Newser) - A teen shot in the head in a possible road-rage incident on his way home from a Houston Astros game with his dad and brother has died, his family confirms. Paul Castro tells CNN his son David, 17, was taken off life support and declared dead Thursday afternoon. Castro says...

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Filed by Unvaccinated Employees

Judge: Comparing vaccine requirement to experimenting on concentration camp victims during the Holocaust is 'reprehensible'

(Newser) - A federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed by employees of a Houston hospital system over its requirement that all of its staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Houston Methodist Hospital system suspended 178 employees without pay last week over their refusal to get vaccinated, the AP reports. Of...

2 Dead, 2 Injured in Houston Nightclub Shooting

Gunman among the dead, police confirm

(Newser) - Two men were killed, including the gunman, and two more were injured when a man opened fire in a crowded Houston nightclub early Monday, the AP reports. Houston police chief Troy Finner said investigators have confirmed the gunman is among the dead, and that he was fatally shot by an...

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