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The mother and older brother of a slain Houston 14-year-old are expected to appear in court Friday in connection with an unrelated robbery.
Ellen Breaux, 33, and her 17-year-old son, Messiah Breaux, were arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
A few hours later, a teen, who was identified by her aunt as 14-year-old Layla Ramos, was found early Thursday fatally shot in an Atascocita-area house after the unidentified homeowner said he fired in self-defense. When the owner of the residence - a 43-year-old man - heard the female intruder coming into his house, he called 911. The homeowner apparently picked Ramos up from her mother's house Wednesday night, said the aunt, adding details to the still unfolding story. Lopez said the 14-year-old used to live in the neighborhood with her mother until the family moved away, but she would often visit the house on River Brook Lane and even stayed there for a period of time. On Thursday evening, the street was quiet as some cars drove by and stopped to look at the house where the girl was found.
[...] on tap: banning health care coverage for abortions, finding a fix to school funding and authorizing a study on the state's skyrocketing maternal mortality rates. The biggest attention-grabbing bill up for committee debate Friday is the so-called "bathroom bill" that would ban transgender people from using the bathrooms in schools and government buildings that best correlate with their gender identity. The call to include school finance on the special session to-do list follows a year after the Texas Supreme Court ruled the state's method for funding education was constitutional but in need of major improvements. House lawmakers pitched a plan to improve the school funding system during the regular session, namely by doing away with outdated provisions in the law and adding more money on public education.
The 17-year-old brother of a boy shot to death during his 14th birthday party has reportedly confessed to the killing, according to a law enforcement source. Before the pair appeared in court early Thursday to face charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, they both confessed to the gunpoint heist, prosecutors said. Surveillance video showed the Dodge and the red SUV parked in front of the house, and it also captured people believed to be the trio of suspects getting out of the vehicles and unloading property. After the pair of arrests, the Harris County Sheriff's Office began probing evidence collected from the home for any possible connections to other robberies in the area. Initial reports indicated that it was an apparent stray bullet that killed the Aldine ISD middle school student in the early hours of Monday morning.
Sometimes it might be worth the extra effort of parking inside a garage.
One person is dead after a falling from the seventh story of a construction site in midtown.
The home where the careers of Destiny's Child and Beyonce were born, and a piece of Houston history is officially set to be demolished, according to About.com article.
Police are searching for Trevien Thomas, 22, who is accused of kidnapping a girl from Dallas and forcing her into prostitution in Houston.
One person is dead and another hospitalized after a Thursday afternoon shooting in northwest Harris County.
An accomplished Texas neurosurgeon's resume may be impressive, but a closer look into her history reveals a series of troubling run-ins with the law.
Burglars robbed a southeast Houston auto shop two weeks ago and the owner said Thursday that Houston police have yet to collect surveillance footage that would lead them to at least one of the perpetrators.
In a news conference called Thursday afternoon by activist Quanell X, Bam Lewis of Bam's Auto Express on Griggs Road said his business was illegally entered and robbed by a fired employee and two others. HPD said they've been given the runaround on acquiring the video.
A Houston woman was arrested Thursday on federal charges in what authorities called a "virtual" kidnapping-for-ransom scheme that targeted 39 families across three states, including two families in The Woodlands.
U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison, of the Southern District of Texas, laid down the law for prison officials Wednesday in a hotly worded 100-page opinion in a civil rights lawsuit.
A watchdog group sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, saying it failed to police lax pollution enforcement by the state of Texas.
In five separate complaints, the Environmental Integrity Project said Texas issued permits to refineries in Houston, Pasadena, Baytown, Port Arthur and Dallas that violate federal law because they allow too much pollution or make pollution limits nearly impossible to enforce.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is warning of the parasite Cyclospora found in Texas produce.
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