Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The victims of these crimes have not been publicly identified, but Yachik made a statement in court that he is “very open to treatment, and very remorseful of past decisions that have affected my family…. I’m definitely not a threat to anyone.” The judge didn’t buy it. Westword has the story.
Two Clear Brook High School students were arrested Thursday after threatening to shoot up the school—on the 18th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting.
Just as school was starting, around 7:20 a.m., the teens were pulled out of class. And by 8:45 a.m. they were arrested by the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office. One of the teens had told several students not to come to school Thursday because at 10:30 he was “going to honor his heroes, the ‘Columbine Shooters,'” according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, which is reviewing charges. The teen had posted a photo on social media showing himself pointing a pistol at two schoolmates in the hallway.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Richard Kirk has been sentenced to thirty years in prison for murdering his wife, Kristine Kirk, nearly three years ago, shortly after he’d consumed a marijuana edible. During the hearing at which this punishment was formalized, Kirk implied that the pot candy had spurred the killing, saying, “I had no idea how it would affect me…. I’m so sorry that I became the monster that I was supposed to protect them from.” But a major cannabis business organization maintains that legal marijuana actually reduces crime instead of increasing it. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Police uncovered and retrieved items of potential evidentiary value during its excavation behind the former home of Donthe Lucas, a person of interest in the case of Kelsie Schelling, who disappeared in February 2013 shortly after learning she was pregnant. However, authorities confirm that no human remains were located during the two-day process. Westword has the story.
Just after the Houston Police Department announced its largest kush bust yet, the Harris County Attorney’s Office is at it again with another lawsuit filed against an unrelated Alief smoke shop slinging the synthetic drug under the counter.
The county has won a restraining order against Smoke & Tote Shop on Bissonnet, blocking the shop from selling kush, after various Houston police investigations yielded arrests from October to February. Here’s how both busts went down.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The U.S. Navy is currently embroiled in one of the biggest scandals to rock the service in recent memory, with the main targets of a recently unsealed grand jury indictment being nine officers, including Stephen Shedd. The group, whose self-generated nicknames included “The Cool Kids,” “The Band of Brothers,” “The Brotherhood,” “The Wolfpack,” the “Familia” and “The Lion King’s Harem,” allegedly provided confidential shipping schedules and the like to Malaysian defense contractor Leonard Francis, aka “Fat Leonard,” in exchange for bribes such as party time with prostitutes. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Einspahr said that she owed $15,000 as part of a restitution/plea deal in a theft case — and she figured that the quickest way to come up with the dough would be to steal it from a bank. So she grabbed the kids she was babysitting, bought them some suckers at a gas station to occupy them, then took off her car’s license plates and headed to the bank. Westword has the story.
Texas was so impatient with the U.S. Food and Drug Adminsitration for withholding its execution drugs for nearly two years that it filed a lawsuit, demanding to know ASAP whether it could have its drugs back. Yesterday, the FDA got back to the state with its decision: No.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Hooker was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder last year. Now, however, he has been convicted of a much less serious charge: tampering with evidence. Prosecutors say he was guilty only of trying to hide a gun in a gopher hole after what is now believed to have been a tragic accident among friends. Westword has the story.