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Phillip Garcia Jr. was only celebrating a Houston Rockets win with some drinks and grub at a restaurant called Bombshells in southeast Houston — but he didn’t make it home after an off-duty cop shot him to death in the parking lot.

That’s according to the civil rights lawsuit his parents, Sonia Garcia and Phillip Garcia Sr., are filing against the City of Houston and the officer who killed their son, asking for an unspecified amount of damages.

jeremy.yachik.cbs4.file.photoBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire:  An arrest affidavit alleged punishment of Yachik’s teenage daughter that included binding her hands with zip ties, locking her in the laundry room and force-feeding her hot sauce for sins such as eating carrots stored in the family refrigerator. Upon pleading guilty to a single abuse count, he received a sentence that didn’t involve jail time — but now he’s facing between eight years and life in prison. Westword has the story.

abuse-cover-finalJustin Renteria

On the phone, the former Houston priest didn’t recognize the name of the 13-year-old boy he molested in 1978.

So much time has passed since that third encounter with the boy, in the Town & Country Village movie theater in Memorial City, where the priest slid his hand into the boy’s jeans and masturbated him. It’s hard to keep track of these things, and besides, the priest says, it’s old news.

Salisbury was one of more than a dozen priests named in a November 2016 press release by the local chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, as part of the group’s push for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to publicly identify, for the first time, all of its priests who’d been accused or convicted of crimes against children. Our cover story on the survivors .

john-bowlen-mug-shot-tmz-800Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A few months back, we told you about the quizzical decision by John Bowlen, son of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, to appeal his wrist-slap of a conviction in a domestic-violence harassment incident last year that included a murder claim and inhalation of nitrous oxide. Here’s why it didn’t go anywhere. Westword has the story.

red_light_camera_largeBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Data shows that adjusting the time on yellow lights to reflect the speed of traffic leads to fewer red-light runners than the presence of cameras does. But one officials attempts to get his colleagues to agree, and potentially give up a lot of the revenue from tickets, crashed and burned. Westword has the story.

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