On a sweltering Monday in August 1966, Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower and began shooting pedestrians below, killing eleven people and forever altering the lives of many others. In this excerpt from her new novel, Elizabeth Crook reimagines the day that changed everything.
The last news anyone wanted about the Army post at Fort Hood was another mass shooting. Here's what we know right now.
Well, that was probably a joke.
The state managed to find a new supply of Pentobarbital, the drug it uses to perform lethal injections, but officials aren't saying where it came from.
A motorist fleeing a DWI traffic stop drove the wrong way down a one-way street, then charged through a barrier onto a closed street, turning a night at the festival into a tragedy.
Robin Doan was ten years old when a stranger killed her entire family. Nearly ten years later, she refuses to let the past haunt her.
"Revenge porn"—the public sharing of nude photos of someone on the Internet without their permission—isn't yet illegal in Texas. And after a Houston woman was awarded $500,000 in damages after her ex-boyfriend posted videos and images she gave him to YouTube and elsewhere, it's worth asking if it needs to
At a recent campaign event for Ricardo Rodriguez, a former district judge who is running to replace Rene Guerra as Hidalgo County’s district attorney, Edinburg mayor Richard Garcia took to the podium to warm up an already enthusiastic crowd. Garcia offered boilerplate campaign rhetoric, trumpeting the 41-year-old candidate’s accomplishments
On Thursday, four officers arrived at the scene near the University of Texas campus to arrest a young woman for jaywalking. A video of the arrest went viral, prompting APD Chief Art Acevedo to defend his officers in a curious manner.
I mean, yeah, we've all wanted to magically zip through stalled traffic at 100mph, but that doesn't mean we'd actually do it.
In 1998 famously tough Montague County district attorney Tim Cole sent a teenager to prison for life for his part in a brutal murder. The punishment haunts him to this day.
Note to open carry advocates: Hitching your wagon to people in banana costumes might not be the look you're going for.
The Justice Department Is Investigating the Death of Alfred Wright, the Jasper Man Who Disappeared in November
From the beginning, Alfred Wright's disappearance in Sabine County, and the subsequent police response, raised many questions. Now, the DoJ is looking for answers.
Sex offender registries are popular in the abstract, but maybe ordinances isolating sex offenders shouldn't be a one-size-fits-all policy.
Bernie Tiede, the Carthage man whose story of shooting the town's richest widow inspired a movie, may be walking free next week.
Get the guy a pair of new glasses and apparently he loosens right up.
We have no idea what that actually means, either.
It would be frightening if it weren't so weird, dumb, and ineffective: A new scam that attempts to prey on the elderly involves calling people up, telling them they've won the lottery, and then sending a cab to their house. The big flaw? No one has of yet gotten into
Even Scalia *Might* Agree That This Beaumont Man Should Be Arrested for the Way He Carried His Gun Through a Mall
A few days after the holidays, Derek Poe—a Beaumont gun store owner—was arrested for walking around a shopping mall with an AR-15 strapped to his back. While Texas allows for long guns to be openly carried in public, the question about whether or not Poe was committing a crime is
A federal lawsuit filed by Dr. Glen Hurlston claims that the former chief of police in Princeton, Texas—who currently holds that role in the Austin suburb of Kyle—and several of his fellow officers harassed him while the chief had an affair with his wife.
One doesn't need to be a master thief to figure out why there might be a flaw in this plan.
After eight years of lobbying, the Texas Federation of Animal Care Societies finally got the law in effect.
Alfred Wright of Jasper went missing last month and the Sabine County police called off the search shortly thereafter. His body was found by friends and family a few weeks later, but a lot of questions remain.
A Diabetic Woman Died In The Irving Jail Because The Staff Didn’t Give Her The Insulin They Knew She Needed
Held in custody for 42 hours, 37-year-old Sarah Tibbetts died after being arrested while in possession of someone else's credit card and trace amounts of marijuanta in baggies in her purse.
He wanted six tacos, and if his sword had anything to say about it, those tacos were going to be free.
Master Sgt. Brad Grimes of Fort Hood was found guilty of conspiring to patronize a prostitute and solicit adultery. But the allegations that came out during his trial are much worse.
Colt Morgan, 29, is suspected of killing Wende Marshall. When police attempted to arrest him in Buffalo, Texas—two hours northwest of Houston—he attacked the officer and has been on the run ever since.
13-year-old Landry Thompson, from Tulsa, was on a trip to Houston with her dance instructor, 29-year-old Emmanuel Hurd, and her dance partner, 22-year-old Josiah Kelly, to tape a dance video at Houston's Planet Funk Studio. When police saw the three of them parked in a gas station lot, they had
This week, after announcing yet another new tactic to curb domestic violence in the city, it's clear that Dallas's efforts could become a blueprint for other communities wanting to focus on this issue.
Sabine County Sheriff Called Off Search For a Missing African-American Father Whose Clothes Were Found in a Field (UPDATE)
Last Thursday, 28-year-old Alfred Wright went missing after his car overheated. His shirts, pants, keys, and watch were found in a pasture—but the Sabine County Sheriff's Office called off the search on Monday, saying that there's "no evidence in this investigation that leads authorities to believe that there is foul
An open letter to the paper, asking why its editors decided to publish a certain story.
John William Snavely was recruited into the world of gay porn from the stage at a strip club in San Antonio. As the Houston Press story details in a story about his second career in Miami, where he's now in jail on murder charges, that is a dark world to enter.
On both ends of Texas, discount "plastic surgeons" have been shooting people full of potentially fatal substances.
High-speed chases are dangerous, and now more avoidable.
On February 3, 2012, Fred Yazdi shot and killed 23-year-old Enrique Recio. In the latest test of Texas's Castle Doctrine, his trial ended last night with a conviction.
Cameron Todd Willingham became famous in death after the arson science used to convict him of murder and send him to death row wasdebunked. The debunking came in 2009 when the Texas Forensic Science Commission investigation concluded that “a finding of arson could not be sustained” in his
Deadspin's video of two street-fighting bros leads to some downright depressing commentary on the state of Houston.
According to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Associated Press, Texas is down to its last eight vials of the lethal injection drug pentobarbital—and the Houston-area "compounding pharmacy" that made them wants them back. What happens when the state runs out?
Senator John Cornyn has tried three times in seven years to pass a law outlawing the sale of "murderabilia," or memorabilia connected to famous criminals—will tying his latest attempt to the sale of a letter by Nidal Hasan help him finally get it through?
According to the Guardian, masturbation can get you two years in Texas, but you can buy your way out of jail time through a policy intended to ease overcrowding. Is there anything about our criminal justice system they wouldn't believe?
Only in Texas is there a law to prevent hobbyists from strapping digital cameras to RC helicopters that also allows law enforcement to watch citizens without a warrant.
The shooting at the Washington Naval Yard comes as Texas Senators seek support for a bill declaring Major Nadal Hasan's attack on Fort Hood to be "terrorism."
More minutiae from the University of Texas at Austin's infamously comical police blotter, including memories from longtime author Darrell Halstead and the story of a student who "made" Campus Watch.
Our favorite recent items from the Lufkin Daily News' police blotter.