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Thanks to the error of one Harris County Precinct 4 deputy, an untold number of accused drug offenders might be off the hook.

In January, Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said his office discovered that the deputy, whom Herman did not name, accidentally threw away a large amount of drug evidence while cleaning out the property storage room. Herman said the property room was so overfilled with years’ worth of evidence that “you could barely close the door” — so he tasked several deputies with taking inventory and finding out what could be legally thrown out. “We had four or five people back there doing the right thing—and then we had this one person who evidently did his own thing.”

Since then, three cases have been dismissed as a result.

 

screen_shot_2016-08-23_at_9.04.07_amFor more than a year, Houston Police Department officers went undercover at various “spas” and “massage parlors” in the area, and found what they were looking for: evidence of prostitution.

Police had made various prostitution-related arrests earlier this spring following their sting operation. But now, the Harris County Attorney’s Office has secured temporary injunctions against seven of these unlicensed “spas” and their owners and landlords, preventing all of them from doing business and selling sex as trial in the civil suit approaches. 

 

 

A report of a nude man crouching in bushes near Irvine’s Venta Spur Trail walking path turned up former USC star quarterback Todd Marinovich, police said today.

The 47-year-old, who also played for the Raiders in Los Angeles before drug issues essentially ended his NFL career, was found “naked hiding in the backyard of a residence” nearby, according to a statement from the Irvine Police Department.

This happened about 9:20 p.m. Friday, cops said, but the department just announced the arrest, including a release of Marinovich’s booking photo (below), this afternoon.

A rapper well known in L.A.’s hip-hop community was killed in a shooting at a Granada Hills pool party over the weekend, according to multiple reports.

Kid Cali, who was once signed to NFL wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s record label, Jaccpot, was shot six times while attending an event on Saturday at a multimillion-dollar home in the 12400 block of Longacre Avenue. Digital fliers for the “Millions of Models Mansion Pool Party” stated that Chris Brown affiliate Kid Red would make an appearance.

Before the party, Kid Cali — real name Justin Lishey — posted on Instagram that he was “headed to this pool party wit my blood cuz’n @kidred.” Hours later, around 9 p.m., police responded to reports of a shooting at the house, LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman said. Three people had been shot, she said — Lishey died at a hospital and the other two were expected to survive.

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When Martin County Police arrived Monday to find 19-year-old Austin Harrouff standing over the bodies of two bleeding victims while violently biting one man’s face, police first fired stun guns. When those didn’t work, cops unleashed a dog. When that didn’t work, three officers pulled Harrouff off the man and took him to jail — alive.

Some activists are drawing a stark contrast between that approach and those employed in other recent police actions in South Florida. Take, for instance, the July incident when North Miami cops sent a SWAT team with military-style assault rifles to surround unarmed African-American behavior therapist Charles Kinsey, who was trying to help an autistic man “armed” with a toy car. Police shot Kinsey in the leg, although video showed him lying on the ground with his hands up.

Critics say Harrouff’s treatment highlights the vast disparity between how whites and blacks are treated by police. After all, Florida cops were able to take calm, measured steps to subdue a white, possibly drug-addled cannibal armed with a knife and no shirt, but somehow felt it was necessary to shoot Kinsey — who was cooperating and unarmed — from afar.

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