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Before Burying Sergeant, Chief Slams Senators, NRA

Houston's top cop blasts Cruz, Cornyn for stalling Violence Against Women Act

(Newser) - Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo laid into the National Rifle Association and Texas politicians Monday, minutes before he escorted the body of a slain officer from the medical examiner's office to a funeral home. Sgt. Christopher Brewster, 32, was shot Saturday after responding to a call about a domestic... More »

Here Are the 'Darkest Corners of America'

Trying to be good? Don't go to these 'sinful' cities IDed by WalletHub

(Newser) - A little bit of hedonism never hurt anybody—but in what WalletHub calls "the darkest corners of America," some of our worst vices are in overdrive. The site examined more than three dozens indicators of "evil deeds" in upward of 180 US cities, broken out into seven... More »

All the Cats Kept Escaping a Shelter Room. Here's the Culprit

Rescue cat Quilty just did not take to being locked up

(Newser) - Still feeling the void left by Grumpy Cat ? Meet Quilty, aka Houdini, aka "spicy a-hole," who's been terrorizing a Texas animal shelter. It seems the 6-year-old rescue cat hates being locked up—so much so that he repeatedly freed himself and his feline friends from their... More »

Traffic Stop Officer Killed in 'Ruthless, Cold-Blooded Way'

Sandeep Dhaliwal was considered a 'trailblazer'

(Newser) - A sheriff's deputy described as "a trailblazer" because he was the first Sikh deputy of the Harris County Sheriff's Office when he joined the force 10 years ago, was shot and killed while making a traffic stop Friday near Houston, the AP reports. Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, 42,... More »

FBI Seeks 'Mummy Marauder'

Man wrapped in gauze robbed Texas bank

(Newser) - The FBI's Houston office is trying to catch a bank robber dubbed the "Mummy Marauder" before the city's news outlets can use the headline "The Mummy Returns." The FBI says the robber had white gauze wrapped around his face and arms when he robbed the... More »

Castro Defends His Exchange With Biden

It was 'not a personal attack,' he says, though others disagree

(Newser) - The Democratic candidates for president took each other on during a debate in Houston Thursday night, clashing on everything from war to health care, but what the Hill calls a "fiesty exchange" on the latter went down between two contenders in particular. Julian Castro and Joe Biden were going... More »

Dad's Plan to Let Daughter Drive Ends in Tragedy: Police

Tomas Mejia's 12-year-old girl apparently killed a pedestrian and his dog

(Newser) - A father's plan to let his 12-year-old daughter go driving apparently turned to tragedy when a pedestrian and his dog ended up dead, Click2Houston reports. Police say Tomas Mejia, 42, let his daughter drive an SUV in Houston, where she mistook the gas pedal for the brakes and hit... More »

A Highway Crash, Then a Deadly Shooting

Suspect, accomplice are still at large in Houston in deaths of 2

(Newser) - A man believed to have killed two people in a brazen highway shooting in Houston on Thursday remains at large, along with an accomplice. Police said Friday that no arrests had been made following the shooting, in which an AR-15 rifle may have been used, per the Houston Chronicle . The... More »

Officials: Woman Playing SUV 'Chicken' Hits 3-Year-Old Son

Lexus Stagg has been charged with criminally negligent homicide

(Newser) - Authorities say a 26-year-old Houston woman who was driving an SUV toward her children in an apparent game of "chicken" struck and killed her 3-year-old son, the AP reports. Harris County prosecutors said Friday that Lexus Stagg is charged with criminally negligent homicide in the June 11 death of... More »

Diner Stunned When Living Thing Falls on Her Plate

It was a rat. And she wasn't happy

(Newser) - Welcome to the City of Angels: A woman visiting LA from Houston was stunned to see a rat fall on her table at a Buffalo Wild Wings, CBS Los Angeles reports. Alisha Norman says she was celebrating her birthday at the Westchester-area restaurant Thursday and watching the Women's World... More »

Cops Deliver Sobering Message on Missing 4-Year-Old

'I'd be lying' to say Maleah Davis will be found alive, Houston police chief says

(Newser) - Even though Derion Vence was arrested almost two weeks ago in the case of missing preschooler Maleah Davis and charged with tampering with evidence relating to a corpse, Houston police weren't explicitly saying they thought the 4-year-old had been murdered. That all changed Thursday, when Chief Art Acevedo said... More »

Man Who Said 4-Year-Old Abducted Is Now Charged

Houston police charge Darion Vence after finding blood evidence of ex-fiance's missing daughter

(Newser) - The man who reported a 4-year-old Texas girl had been abducted from him last weekend was arrested near Houston on Saturday and police say they have found blood in his apartment linked to the girl. Darion Vence was arrested without incident, Houston police said. He was charged with tampering with... More »

Repo Man Arrested After Incident Turns Deadly

Oscar Lee Harrison was charged in Houston

(Newser) - Houston police have arrested a repo man after a vehicle repossession turned deadly on Thursday, Fox News reports. Police say tow truck driver Oscar Lee Harrison, 33, was repossessing an SUV on South Gessner Road when the owner, 68-year-old Alberto Nduli, tried stopping him. "The owner came out and... More »

Crooks Ruin Their Robbery in Most Ridiculous Way

Seems one of three Houston robbers made an unexpected call

(Newser) - Note to burglars: Try to avoid butt-dialing 911 during your getaway. But that's apparently what three crooks did Sunday after hitting a Best Buy near Houston, ABC News reports. Officers were en route to the Sugar Land store when dispatch received a 911 call that transmitted only background noise.... More »

School's Dress Code for Parents Called 'Belittling'

It bans satin caps, shower caps, hair rollers, Daisy Dukes, pajamas

(Newser) - It's not the students who are irritated about a new dress code at a Houston high school. These students wear uniforms , and the new rules apply to their parents. According to James Madison High School, parents and other guests will not be permitted in "sagging pants," Daisy... More »

In the Lone Star State, a 1-in-4.7B Birth

Thelma Chiaka welcomed sextuplets in Houston Friday

(Newser) - Thelma Chiaka now has six more mouths to feed. Per the Houston Chronicle , the Texas mom gave birth to sextuplets Friday morning at Houston's Woman's Hospital of Texas—two sets of twin boys and a pair of twin girls, all weighing in at between 1 pound, 12 ounces... More »

Teacher Chops Waist-Long Hair for Bullied Girl

'You can look any way and still be true to yourself'

(Newser) - Shannon Grimm misses her waist-length hair, but she says chopping it off was a small price to pay for brightening a child's life. The kindergarten teacher at Meador Elementary School in Houston noticed students were teasing a girl in her class about her short hair, saying it made her... More »

Drug Raid Ended in 2 Deaths. Now, a Cop Accused of Lying

Gerald Goines will 'more than likely be charged with serious crime' after raid that also hurt 5 cops

(Newser) - More details are emerging after a drug raid in Texas last month that left two people dead and five police officers injured. Undercover narcotics officers had been carrying out a search warrant on Jan. 28 for a Houston house that was reputed to be a drug den when shots rang... More »

Houston Seeks 'Forever Home' for Tiger Found by Pot Smoker

Big cat was found in 'rinky-dink' cage in abandoned home

(Newser) - All's well that ends well, though the outcome at an abandoned Texas home could've been a lot different. Per KTRK , authorities say someone busted into the Houston abode earlier this month so they could smoke some pot and found something rather unexpected: a large tiger in an unlocked... More »

2 Suspects Dead After Shooting Injures 5 Houston Cops

2 officers are in critical condition

(Newser) - It started as an attempt to serve a search warrant at a suspected drug house and quickly turned into a gun battle that killed two suspects and injured five officers , including four who were shot, Houston's police chief says. The suspects were killed Monday after firing at narcotics officers... More »

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