Houston: Local News from the Houston Chronicle


Here is the latest Local News from the Houston Chronicle.

Victim fatally shot at fast-food restaurant

At least one person was fatally shot about 10:15 p.m. at a restaurant in the 1500 block of Wirt, Houston police confirmed.

Child falls from third-story apartment balcony

A child remains hospitalized after falling from the balcony of an apartment building in northwest Harris County Tuesday night..

Body found inside car in NW Houston

Police are investigating a body found in a car in northwest Houston.

Social media go crazy over photo of Houston girl’s goose attack

Two try to pay $10,000 for girl’s virginity, now face felony trafficking charges

The Dallas Morning News reports a Texas man and a Texas woman face felony trafficking charges for trying to pay $10,000 for an underage girls’ virginity.

Jury deliberating fate of boyfriend in Houston prom death

A Houston teenager who died in a hotel room after prom had neck injuries that were so severe, they likely rendered her unconscious, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Houston police set to close special patrol investigations unit

The Houston Police Department is shuttering a highly praised investigative unit in a bid to reduce response times and increase police visibility throughout the city.

Critics called the closure of the Investigative First Responders Division a short-sighted move that could mean fewer solved cases of burglary, theft, assault and domestic violence and eliminate an important training ground for promising investigators.

City Council poised to OK controversial defibrillator deal

Houston City Council is poised to authorize a widely criticized contract of up to nearly $6 million on Wednesday that would replace the Fire Department’s supply of defibrillators.

Better buckle up: Police stepping up seat belt enforcement

Last year in Texas, almost 900 people who weren’t wearing seat belts died while more than 1,800 were seriously injured in 2,370 vehicle crashes.

Google’s Street View adds images of Texas landmarks

Street View in Google Maps now will include imagery of more than 80 Texas landmarks, state tourism leaders announced Monday.

Things you have to do before you can call yourself a Texan

From holding nature’s call until you see a Buccee’s to truly appreciating “Varsity Blues,” there are a few things you need to experience before calling yourself a Texan.

Taking a closer look at Houston’s official flag

You’ve likely never seen it fly along Houston’s many buildings, but we do indeed have an official flag.

Victim shot to death at NW Houston home

According to initial reports, one person was fatally shot shortly before 10 p.m. at a home in the 7000 block of Cole Creek Drive.

Waller County begins debris removal following flood

Professional Santa Claus pleads guilty to distributing child pornography

A seasoned Santa-Claus-for-hire Monday pleaded guilty in a Corpus Christi federal courtroom to distributing child pornography online.

Nine days before Christmas 2015, Corpus Christi police executed a search warrant at Reynaldo Ramirez’s home. The 38-year-old admitted he had an addiction to child pornography and had been downloading it for six years, according to court documents.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos heard Reynaldo Ramirez plea and set sentencing for Aug. 1.


Trial starts in Houston teen’s death on prom night

Eddie Herrera, 20, faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted of seriously injuring Jacqueline Gomez, his date to the senior prom for Aldine school district’s MacArthur High School.

Former Houston Mayor Parker returns to Rice University as professor

Fresh off a semester as an Institute of Politics Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Parker joined the Rice faculty May 1 as a professor. Parker will work with students through Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, where she has been named a Doerr Institute Fellow.

A native Houstonian, Parker graduated from Rice in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, psychology and sociology. She served as Houston’s 61st mayor from 2010 through 2015.

Decision likely months away on license of vet who shot cat with bow and arrow

Reward increased to $10,000 for one of Texas’ most wanted fugitives

Jose Fernando Bustos-Diaz is among Texas’ 10 Most Wanted Fugitives after he escaped from the Briscoe prison in 2010. Bustos-Diaz was serving 35 years for a 2005 murder he committed while working as a ranch hand in Harris County. He pleaded guilty to the case in 2006.

Texas A&M building $150 million research campus on old air base

Armed man in standoff with deputies in west Harris County

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is responding to a scene in west Harris County where a man barricaded himself in his home after threatening himself and family members.

1 dead, 1 injured in 2 Gulf Freeway wrecks

Man killed in Cypress Station single-car wreck

A man in his 50s died on Saturday night after crashing his car into a utility pole in Cypress Station.

2 extricated from DWI crash

Two people were extricated from a car and transported by Lifeflight after a single-car DWI crash Saturday night.

Child run over on SW Houston driveway

A 1-year-old girl died early Sunday after being struck as her mother backed out of their southwest Houston driveway.

Houston man dies after fight with brother

A 52-year-old Houston man died early Saturday after a fight with his brother, according to Houston police.

Nathan’s Hot Dog Contest sends 2 to Coney Island
Eleven contestants gulped, shoveled and wolfed their way through plates upon plates of hot dogs as two emerged victorious in Saturday’s qualifying competition for the 2016 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot-Dog Eating Contest. Gathered before a congregation of young and old in the western corner of Memorial City Mall, contestants squinted, bounced and nodded though 10 minutes of gorging, turning a plate of beautifully-browned buns and brick-red beef franks into puddles and mush. Morgan will be practicing at home with grits and oatmeal between now and then, when he’ll face heavy weights like Joey Chesnut, who owns the world record by eviscerating 69 hot dogs in 2013. Being so close to contestants means Shea has to walk through the “spray zone” where food residue may shoot or squirt by from any direction, although he said it’s not too bad since as a father, he’s changed babies’ diapers

This west Texas ranch serves as a safe haven for abused kids who have killed their parents

Most would be alarmed to welcome someone who murdered their mother or father but for the 68 year old, this has become his life’s work.

Body found floating in San Jacinto River

A man’s body was discovered floating in the middle of the San Jacinto River, authorities said Friday night.

Shooting leaves one dead in south Houston

Authorities are investigating a shooting that left a person dead in south Houston, police said.

Man found dead at Dow chemical plant

A contract worker died after being found unresponsive at the Dow Chemical Facility in Freeport.

Legal advice offered by phone to flood victims May 2-6

Reports: Worker at Dow plant collapses and dies

A contractor collapsed at a Dow Chemical facility in Freeport on Friday and died, according to reports.

Constable appeals to public for help in finding man who shot deputy
Though doctors initially said he would be able to leave the hospital in a week, the married father of six married remains there in “fair” condition, according to the facility’s doctors. The shooting, which came just months after the high-profile murder of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth, highlighted the dangers peace officers face, said Harris County Deputies’ Organization President David Cuevas, who separately urged tipsters to come forward. “Any time there’s an ambush type shooting, it always raises a concern among the rank and file as well as the public,” he said, of the impact such incidents have. Crime Stoppers of Houston, a non-profit public safety organization, has doubled a reward to $10,000, for information leading to the arrest of the shooter. The Houston Police Department, meanwhile, has been investigating the shooting, initially questioning a man whom they said matched the description of the shooter.

Dallas cops to use ‘Nerf’-type weapons to cut down on deadly officer-involved shootings

To prevent deadly officer-involved shootings, the Dallas Police Department has announced plans to begin using so-called “sponge guns” in lieu of more lethal weapons.

Houston prepares for storm with barricades, debris collection

To prepare for a flash flood watch this weekend, the City of Houston will create street barricades and collect debris to keep drainage systems from clogging in advance. The Houston Fire Department will ready high-water rescue vehicles throughout the city, while HPD and the Department of Public Works and engineering will monitor the storms and prepare to assist in evacuations if necessary, according to the news release.

Texas woman accused of lying that DEA agent corrupt

A Rio Grande Valley woman was arrested on accusations she falsely accusing a Drug Enforcement Administration agent of taking bribes, according to prosecutors.

Planned Parenthood videographers reject plea deal, head to trial in Houston

Anti-abortion activists accused of falsifying records to secretly videotape Planned Parenthood officials in Houston have rejected a plea deal that would have effectively put an end to criminal charges against them, their lawyers confirmed Friday.

David Robert Daleiden, 27, and his colleague, Sandra Susan Merritt, 63, both of California, are prepared to go to trial to fight the charges, their attorneys said.

Report: IKEA to build distribution center in Houston area

According to the Houston Business Journal, it looks like Houston will soon be home to a new IKEA distribution center.

Suspect hospitalized after officer-involved shooting in NE Houston

A suspect was hospitalized Thursday night after being shot in by an officer in north Houston.

Texas festival for drag queens aims to inspire people from around the world

Austin’s International Drag Fest is proof that drag has become more mainstream than ever. It’s not just a lifestyle, but performance art and a business. The yearly event is set up like a convention and it pulls in crowds from all over the world, according to co-founder Jamie Steward Bancroft.

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