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  • Houston cop 'lied about drug dealing so officers could storm home'...

    02/16/2019 7:23:20 AM PST · by Ol' Dan Tucker · 200 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 02-15-2019 | Lauren Fruen
    Houston cop 'lied about drug dealing so officers could storm home' sparking a shootout which left a couple dead and five officers wounded The Houston officer who led a deadly raid in which a couple were killed and five cops were injured lied to get a search warrant, according to the city's police chief. Lead investigator Gerald Goines alleged an informant bought heroin at the house of Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58, the day before the January 28 raid. The informant had also allegedly seen a handgun in the home. But according to an affidavit filed as part...
  • Channel 2 Investigates: Major questions raised about raid-turned-shootout after warrant reviewed

    02/15/2019 9:08:12 AM PST · by Jaded · 40 replies
    NBC Houston/ KPRC ^ | 2/15/19 | Mario Diaz
    HOUSTON - The story from Houston Police Department narcotics officers surrounding a drug raid-turned-shootout that left five officers injured and two people dead doesn’t add up, according to a warrant reviewed by Channel 2 Investigates on Friday. The warrant was requested by an HPD sergeant with the Special Investigations Unit, regarding the controversial raid at 7815 Harding St. on Jan. 28. In the legal documents obtained by Channel 2 Investigates, a sergeant stated that he along with his partner were unable to track down any confidential informants involved in a drug buy at the home of 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and...
  • Houston Police Only Seized Small Amount Of Marijuana In Deadly Raid, No Heroin

    02/11/2019 4:09:49 AM PST · by abb · 96 replies
    Houston Public Media ^ | February 8, 2019 | HPM Digital Team
    The Houston Police officers who conducted a deadly raid in an East Houston home on January 28, expecting to find heroin, only seized 18 grams of marijuana and 1.5 grams of an unknown white powder. The Houston Chronicle obtained the results of the search warrant Friday, which also showed officers found two shotguns and two rifles inside the house. The house had been under investigation for about two weeks after HPD received information about a suspect that was allegedly selling narcotics. A confidential informant was sent to purchase heroin from the suspect on January 27. The informant told officers the...
  • Veteran HPD officer connected to deadly drug raid relieved of duty

    02/07/2019 2:22:52 PM PST · by slumber1 · 52 replies
    KHOU 11 ^ | 2-7-19 | Jeremy Rogalski
    HOUSTON — A veteran Houston police narcotics detective has been temporarily relieved of duty due to ongoing questions about his role in last week’s drug search warrant that ended in a deadly shootout between two suspects and police. A department spokesperson confirmed that the senior police officer, who joined the department in 1996, must temporarily surrender his badge pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation. “The department has made the decision to relieve the officer of duty while a thorough investigation continues,” the Houston Police Officers Union said in a written statement.
  • HPD officer connected to deadly raid, shootout relieved of duty (raid where 5 cops shot)

    02/07/2019 11:35:57 AM PST · by abb · 51 replies
    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/HPD-officer-connected-to-deadly-raid-shooto ^ | Thursday, February 7, 2019 | St. John Barned-Smith, Jay R. Jordan, and Keri Blakinger
    A veteran Houston police narcotics officer has been relieved of duty due to "ongoing questions" that have emerged over his role in a raid last week that ended in a deadly mid-afternoon shootout, police said Thursday. "We have confirmed that at least one narcotics officer has been relieved of duty due to ongoing questions that cannot be answered until the case agent is interviewed," HPOU President Joe Gamaldi said in a written statement. "The department made the decision to relieve the officer of duty while a thorough investigation continues. Nearly all officers relieved of duty return to work quickly after...
  • Drug Dealer Ambush or Defense Against Home Invasion?

    02/02/2019 7:22:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 344 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 31 January, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    The recent killing of a couple in Houston, Texas, and the wounding of four police officers, has been claimed to be an ambush of police by drug dealers. Later accounts by officers at the scene show that police broke into the house, and fired first, killing the couple's dog.The husband then fired back, wounding the officer who killed their dog. Officers then shot the unarmed 58-year-old wife. They claim she was attempting to get the shotgun from the wounded officer. From cnn.com: When Monday afternoon's raid was over, two suspects were dead and five officers were injured, four of...
  • Houston Police Chief to Criminals: "Don't Victimize Our People"

    08/29/2017 7:06:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    wwltv ^ | 8-29-17
    Houston area law enforcement responded to reports of looting as the city continued to face devastating flooding.
  • Houston Police sergeant kills himself inside HPD station

    03/31/2017 10:10:33 AM PDT · by bgill · 19 replies
    MySA ^ | March 31, 2017 | Margaret Kadifa
    The man was found around 8:35 a.m. inside of a stairwell on the fourth floor at the Westside Patrol Station, where he worked, at 3203 South Dairy Ashford, Acevedo said. The fourth floor is not currently in use by the department, so no one heard the gunshot. Officers working in the Westside Patrol Station decided to search the facility after they discovered at 7 a.m. the sergeant had not come to work.
  • HPD: More than 100 immigrants found in suspected stash house

    03/19/2014 5:09:36 PM PDT · by deport · 14 replies
    Click2Houston.com ^ | Mar. 19, 2014 | Amanda Perez, Reporter
    HOUSTON - More than 100 immigrants were found at a suspected stash house in south Harris County, according to the Houston Police Department..... Police say a total of 94 men and 14 women were discovered, including one pregnant woman who was taken to a hospital for treatment. Cannon said all of the illegal immigrants had been held against their will for up to two weeks, locked inside of the home that had only one bathroom with a partially functioning toilet..... Authorities say 500 chickens were also found on the property. Photos and video at article link.
  • Activists and civil rights groups weigh in on arrest beating video

    02/10/2011 3:43:06 AM PST · by humblegunner · 33 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 8, 2011 | JAMES PINKERTON
    Outrage mounted Tuesday to the video broadcast of Houston police officers beating a teenage burglary suspect, with several activists and civil rights groups holding a town hall meeting and news conferences to demand tougher and more open disciplinary procedures aimed at curbing police brutality. A number of civil rights groups also backed a Houston congressman's call for an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Meanwhile, local prosecutors forcefully defended the appropriateness of misdemeanor charges filed against four police officers who took part in the youth's arrest in March. Chad Holley, who was then 15, was fleeing from a burglary on...
  • Police looking for two men posing as Houston cops

    12/22/2010 6:36:24 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 8 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 22 December 2010
    Late last night, a white truck with flashing blue lights pulled over two vehicles on the Katy Freeway at the Grand Parkway in west Harris County. At least two men got out of the truck wearing what appeared to be police uniforms. They also had guns. They robbed the victims of one of their cars and also took cash, cell phones and other belongings.
  • REDSTATE EXCLUSIVE: A Review of ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis’s Rolodex Suggests Strong White House Ties

    09/22/2009 7:23:44 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 13 replies · 1,117+ views
    Red State ^ | September 22, 2009 | Erick Erickson
    The story in a nutshell: Bertha Lewis is the CEO of ACORN. In a review of Lewis’s contacts list, which was leaked to RedState, Bertha Lewis has the office, cell phone, home number, and private personal email address of Patrick Gaspard. Patrick Gaspard holds Karl Rove’s position in the White House and was Obama’s Political Director during the campaign. In addition to Patrick, Bertha has Patrick’s brother Michael in her rolodex. She lists Michael as working at the Advance Group. The Advance Group is ACORN’s lobbying organization. In other words, besides having Obama’s political director’s contact info, the political director’s...
  • HPD officer kills man armed with screwdriver

    07/25/2009 1:59:28 PM PDT · by humblegunner · 32 replies · 828+ views
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | July 25, 2009, 2:40PM | MICHELA GARCIA and LINDSAY WISE
    A Houston police officer shot and killed a suspected burglar who attacked him and his police dog with a screwdriver, authorities said. The officer, identified by HPD as G. Smith, was responding to a burglary call at an apartment in the 7100 block of Renwick about 4:20 p.m. Smith has been with the department 11 years and is assigned to the canine unit, according to HPD spokeswoman Jodi Silva. Residents in the apartment reported the burglary and when a patrol officer arrived the burglar was still inside, officials said. Smith called for a supervisor and a canine unit. The burglar...
  • Storm frenzy overshadows girl's death, crime news (Houston citywide curfew and crime stats)

    09/22/2008 11:22:03 PM PDT · by weegee · 10 replies · 423+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 22, 2008, 10:22PM | MIKE GLENN
    Since Hurricane Ike struck — pitching much of the city into darkness — Houston police have made about 280 arrests every day. Most were for nonviolent offenses, including 388 for public intoxication and 335 for drug possession, police said. The totals actually show a decrease from pre-Ike levels, when Houston police were arresting about 370 people daily, according to department officials. "A lot of the credit goes to the visibility of the officers. We're trying to deter as much crime as we possibly can," said HPD spokesman John Cannon. Arrests for looting have dwindled. Of the 168 arrests made since...
  • Off-duty (HPD) officer faces charge after gunfire (New Year's celebratory gunfire)

    01/02/2007 11:40:36 PM PST · by weegee · 31 replies · 889+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 3, 2007, 12:04AM | By MIKE GLENN
    Off-duty officer faces charge after gunfire He is suspended after deputies say at least 2 shots fired during party hit a nearby home An off-duty Houston police officer was arrested early Monday after allegedly firing a gun during a New Year's party, striking a nearby home, authorities said. Ricardo Piñeda, 27, was charged with deadly conduct after the shooting that happened shortly before 12:30 a.m. in the 8800 block of Rustling Leaves, Harris County sheriff's deputies said. The owner of the home struck by the bullets was in the laundry room when someone attending a New Year's party across the...
  • Houston lineman shot with Taser, arrested

    11/15/2006 5:05:16 AM PST · by radar101 · 16 replies · 543+ views
    AZSTARNET ^ | 15 NOV 2006 | AZSTARNET
    HOUSTON — Houston Texans offensive lineman Fred Weary was shot with a Taser before being arrested Tuesday after a traffic stop. He was pulled over at 1 p.m. about six miles from Reliant Stadium and transported to jail. Houston Police officer Gabriel Ortiz said he "possibly faces charges of resisting arrest." Weary, 29, was being held at Houston's Central Jail on Tuesday night but had not been charged with a crime, and no bond had been set, a jail official said. "At this time, we're gathering all the information and getting all the facts," said Tony Wyllie, Texans' vice...
  • Suspect expected a free pass from officers... thought HPD's no-chase policy would let him flee

    09/07/2006 9:01:45 AM PDT · by weegee · 12 replies · 651+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 6, 2006, 11:34PM | By ANITA HASSAN
    Suspect expected a 'free pass' from officers Deputies say he mistakenly thought HPD's no-chase policy would let him flee A driver trying to evade authorities thought a recent change in the Houston Police Department's chase policy would help him get away, authorities said. But he was running from a different agency. Regardless, the controversial HPD policy restricting when officers can chase fleeing suspects has been put on hold. "I think this is an absolute perfect example of the mind-sets that are out there," warned Hans Marticiuc, president of the Houston Police Officers' Union, a vocal opponent of the proposed policy...
  • HPD, airport security at odds over incident Man allowed to board aircraft ... bomb components

    07/11/2006 3:00:34 AM PDT · by omronnie · 133 replies · 1,706+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 9, 2006 | Harvey Rice
    The report states that a man with a Middle Eastern name and a ticket for a Delta Airlines flight to Atlanta shook his head when screeners asked if he had a laptop computer in his baggage, but an X-ray machine operator detected a laptop. A search of the man's baggage revealed a clock with a 9-volt battery taped to it and a copy of the Quran, the report said. A screener examined the man's shoes and determined that the "entire soles of both shoes were gutted out." No explosive material was detected, the report states. A police officer was summoned...
  • 3 escape murder charges in carjacking death of toddler (Update)

    06/17/2006 4:14:34 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 88 replies · 1,648+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 17, 2006, 1:12AM | ARMANDO VILLAFRANCA
    Harris County prosecutors decided to file aggravated robbery charges in a deadly carjacking because the evidence did not show the attackers intended to kill a little girl, a key element for a murder charge, officials said. "It doesn't sound like a serious enough charge — maybe that is what people's perception is," said Di Glaeser, chief of the major offender and special crimes unit of the Harris County District Attorney's Office. "I think, that if these people are guilty, they should receive the most serious punishment and that would be aggravated robbery." Charged with aggravated robbery were Bakari Holland, 18;...
  • Houston police working with Katrina evacuees to stop gangs [from New Orleans]

    02/18/2006 7:36:20 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies · 1,020+ views
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times/AP ^ | February 17, 2006 | JUAN A. LOZANO
    HOUSTON- Houston police say they are making inroads in dealing with a rash of violent crimes attributed mostly to New Orleans gang members who evacuated to Houston along with other hurricane victims. They asked this week for help in finding five Katrina evacuees believed responsible for three murders and two thefts. Last month they announced the arrests of eight others for the deaths of 11 fellow refugees. While the city had "a huge explosion of murders" in November and December, Houston Police Sgt. Brian Harris said Friday the homicide rate has stabilized and is only slightly up from this time...