Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Just shy of two years after a pair of police officers shot and killed seventeen-year-old Jessie Hernandez while she was behind the wheel of a stolen car, the department for which the officers work has announced that they will face no discipline over the controversial case, since their actions didn’t violate policy about firing into a moving vehicle in place at the time of the incident. But from the family’s perspective, that doesn’t close the case. Westword has the story.
Sometimes using a burner phone isn’t enough. That’s a lesson learned for John Rivello, the Maryland 29-year-old currently facing federal and state charges for sending a flashing GIF to Dallas journalist Kurt Eichenwald, who is epileptic.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A police department in a legal-marijuana state has released data revealing the number of local homicides linked by a so-called “marijuana nexus” during the past three years, with the 2016 numbers showing that weed was a factor in more than a third of the killings. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The idea behind the boxes was to give flyers a way to dispose of legal cannabis before they boarded a plane bound for a destination where the substance might be against the law. But weed isn’t the only aromatic thing sometimes left in them. And plenty of the other items are disgusting. Westword has the story.
A Baytown father has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for pimping his 16-year-old daughter at truck stops in the area, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
Scott Robinson, 46, pleaded guilty to aggravated compelling of prostitution after the Houston Child Exploitation Task Force — comprising HPD Vice Division officers and the FBI — nabbed him in an undercover investigation in June 2015.
Backtracking from the department’s Wednesday night statement that there was no evidence of a shooting at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston police shortly after noon on Thursday announced officers had found one shell casing near the rodeo carnival and have arrested one suspect.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Cameron Korth has gone on quite a journey. In 2012, Utah’s branch of the American Red Cross named him a “Youth Good Samaritan Hero” for his efforts on behalf of a child he’d connected with through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. But five years later, the now-twenty-year-old is facing federal charges for allegedly making a false bomb threat on a flight to Denver, adding to a criminal history he blamed in part on doing drugs with a stripper. Westword has the story.