A Houston police officer shot his neighbor during a dispute over a dog Thursday evening, Houston police said Friday.
According to police, off-duty Officer Jason Loosmore knocked on his 21-year-old neighbor’s door around 6:20 p.m., on Riderwood Drive in Westside, hoping to ask the man for medical and shot records for his German shepherd, which Loosmore told police attacked his own Pug mix that evening. Then things got weird.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Bowlen was involved in a domestic-violence episode fueled by alcohol and whippets — nitrous-oxide canisters that few people over the age of fourteen use. A jury convicted him, but the team’s high-priced attorney is trying to get the whole thing tossed based on a tiny technicality. Westword has the story.
Ain’t nobody got time to handle emergency phone calls in which some people could possibly die — or at least that’s the opinion of one 911 operator who is now facing criminal charges for hanging up on thousands of panicking callers.
Crenshanda Williams has been charged with interference with an emergency phone call after an investigation by police and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Unit revealed Williams was consistently blowing off callers from October 2015 through March 2016. Williams’s superiors started to grow suspicious after noticing that Williams had logged an unusual number of calls lasting shorter than 20 seconds (superiors are notified any time that happens, according to court records). Here’s what she actually tells people.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Years ago, Richard Shawl’s two dogs generated a complaint from a neighbor, who said they were “loose and aggressive” — but that hardly prepared law enforcers for the gruesome scene after they attacked his mom. Now, activists who’ve been fighting against bans of the breed are trying to regroup. Westword has the story.
A fourth victim has died following a weekend shootout at a makeshift restaurant in a home in West Adams, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison.
The victim was a man who had been in critical condition, he said. He was declared deceased today. Three others were declared dead at the scene after cops responded to 12:30 a.m. reports of shots fired near Rimpau and West Jefferson boulevards Sunday, police said.
You would think that if corrections officers wanted to talk in graphic and violent terms about the people they get paid to watch and, theoretically, take care of every day, they would do so in private.
But apparently not.
After the Texas Observer published a story about a transgender inmate appealing a federal judge’s dismissal of her lawsuit seeking gender confirmation surgery, people who self-identified on Facebook as working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice posted the story in a group called Texas Correctional Employees – Huntsville and proceeded to make crude and violent comments about the inmate.
Let’s get this over with: The photo above is real, the man is alive, and his name is Carlos Rodriguez. He is 31 years old and goes by the nickname “Half Head,” and the reason is obvious. Half Head lives in Miami and got into a car accident when he was high some years ago. This forced doctors to remove part of his brain and then fuse his skull back together.
So, without a full brain, Half Head seems to have issues with impulse control and can’t keep himself out of trouble. Today he’s back in jail.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Colorado’s Make My Day law allows homeowners to defend themselves against invaders. But Keith Hammock shot two teenagers, killing one and paralyzing the other, for trying to steal marijuana plants from his backyard grow. Is he off the hook, too? Or in big trouble? Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Forensic pathologist Dr. Werner Spitz theorizes that Burke, then age nine, killed his little sister JonBenet with a blow to the head, after which his parents covered up the crime. Rather than simply shrugging off this claim, Burke, by way of his powerful attorney, has lowered the boom. Westword has the story.
After embarking on a year-long review of Harris County’s pretrial system for poor people, the Texas Indigent Defense Commission released its findings and recommendations Tuesday — and it appears judges have their work cut out when it comes to reform.
According to the commission’s analysis, judges appear to be rather arbitrarily deciding whether someone is indigent based solely on whether they paid bail or not, a practice prohibited under the Fair Defense Act. Bail for defendants appears to be set based solely on what the convenient bail schedule mandates, with deviations from the schedule being rare — a practice for which Harris County has been sued. And court-appointed attorneys appear to be taking on two to four times as many cases than the maximum caseload recommended by the commission, potentially affecting the quality of representation for hundreds of poor clients.