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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 »

'Please Pray': 5 Cops Shot, Injured in Houston

Police officers were reportedly delivering a narcotics warrant

(Newser) - The Houston Police Department confirms at least five of its officers were shot Monday afternoon in the southeastern part of the city "following an encounter with a suspect," per USA Today . The officers were all transported to Memorial Hermann Medical Center , with police Chief Art Acevedo putting out... More »

Prosecutor: Girl Died Because Suspects Went After Wrong Car

Authorities say shooter hit vehicle believing it had people from an earlier bar fight

(Newser) - Two men suspected in a drive-by shooting that killed a 7-year-old black Houston girl and that was initially investigated as a possible hate crime mistakenly thought they were attacking people whom they had fought with at a club hours earlier, a prosecutor said Monday. One of the men, Eric Black... More »

Sketch Released in Search for 7-Year-Old's Killer

Suspect described as having a 'five o'clock shadow'

(Newser) - Authorities have released a composite sketch of a man accused in the death of a 7-year-old black girl during a Houston-area shooting that her family believes might have been racially motivated. The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s or 40s, wearing a black hoodie, with pale... More »

NFL Star Donates Playoff Check to Find Girl's Killer

Houston Texans' DeAndre Hopkins will give $29K to family of Jazmine Barnes, 7

(Newser) - Houston Texans star DeAndre Hopkins will collect $29,000 this weekend for his team's playoff game against Indianapolis. Hopkins, however, said Thursday that all of that money will go to the family of Jazmine Barnes, the 7-year-old girl killed in what appears to have been a deliberate attack by... More »

Boy, 14, Charged With Murder After Egging Leads to Death

Woman was killed as fleeing boys allegedly ran red light, hit her truck

(Newser) - An egging prank ended with a murder charge after a New Year's Day tragedy near Houston. Police say a 14-year-old male driver and two teenage passengers were inside a GMC Acadia Tuesday afternoon, throwing eggs at cars driving by on a road in Aldine, when the driver of one... More »

Cops: Driver of This Pickup Killed 7-Year-Old

Houston shooting 'totally unprovoked'

(Newser) - Investigators in Houston said Monday that they have a surveillance video image of a pickup truck from which a driver fired several shots into a car carrying a family , killing a 7-year-old girl and wounding the child's mother. The image of the red, four-door pickup was captured shortly before... More »

Man Opens Fire on Car, Kills 7-Year-Old Girl

'So senseless,' police say after Houston murder

(Newser) - Police in Houston are hunting a suspect who fired into a vehicle as it left a Walmart parking lot early Sunday, killing a 7-year-old girl in front of her mother and three siblings. Police say Jazmine Barnes was shot when the suspect pulled up next to the vehicle around 7am... More »

2 Dead After Warehouse Drug Sting

One Houston suspect fled, hid in a quarry

(Newser) - It was a scene that could have been taken from countless TV dramas: Nine armed gang members arrived for a drug deal at a warehouse Wednesday night, only to discover they had been set up by undercover officers in a sting operation. Police in Houston say two of the suspects... More »

Obama Crows Over Own Lack of Indictments in Interview

'Nobody in my administration got indicted,' he tells gala crowd

(Newser) - Former President Obama got in a dig at the Trump administration at a Rice University gala on Tuesday without even mentioning the president's name. Obama's 50-minute interview with former Secretary of State James A. Baker III—the namesake of the nonpartisan Baker Institute for Public Policy, which was... More »

ATM Spits Out $100 Bills by Mistake, Bank Says 'Keep It'

It happened at a machine in Houston

(Newser) - Banks aren't usually known for giving out free money, but Bank of America is begrudgingly making an exception after one of its Houston ATMs went haywire over the weekend, spitting out $100 bills instead of smaller denominations, per KTRK . A man discovered the glitch while withdrawing money Sunday night,... More »

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