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  • Home Invasion Thwarted by Quick-Thinking Home Owner (Video)(TX)

    08/07/2012 6:30:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 5 August, 2012 | Renee Nal
    A home invasion was thwarted by a quick-thinking homeowner who managed to find his gun and shoot the intruder, who is now in police custody. The would-be robbery occurred in Plano on Tuesday morning. The burglar first pounded on the door in Plano, and presumably the thief figured that nobody was home, so he climbed onto the balcony and broke the window in order to gain access. The homeowner heard the glass shattering and went for his weapon and called 911. What would have happened if the homeowner was unable to defend himself against the thief? There will be no...
  • Texas Man Shoots Home Invader in Self-Defense! (VIDEO)

    08/07/2012 6:26:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 6 August, 2012 | dabneybailey
    You’re reading, so we’re going to go out on a limb and guess that you probably own a gun. Some of you might just be hobbyist shooters at the shooting range, and others probably use guns for hunting. Regardless of how you use your guns for weekend recreational activities, every single personal firearm has the potential to be used a tool for self-defense. We don’t exactly look forward to the day when we’re forced to use a firearm to defend ourselves, but if that fateful day ever rolls around we’ll be glad that we have a pistol nearby. Why?...
  • Jeremy Alcede Gets a Lesson Supply and Demand(TX)

    08/03/2012 9:01:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 3 August, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    It seems a lot of customers have been demanding to know why Alcede publicly supported the Stop Online Ammo Sales bill. And throwing his lot in with dedicated gun grabbers probably caused demand for his products to fall faster than Facebook’s stock price. Our post yesterday detailed Jeremy Alcede’s eagerness to toss online ammo sellers under the bus – thus eliminating some of his competition – and putting a few more shekels in his pocket. We tried to reach Jeremy for comment, but he musta been kinda busy handling the blowback that resulted from his radio interview. But reader geekay...
  • Gun Owner Saves Cop's Life by Shooting Deranged Gunman! (VIDEO) (TX)

    08/02/2012 5:15:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 37 replies ^ | 1 August, 2012 | dabneybailey
    <p>It all began, innocently enough, “as a squabble over dogs.” David Michael House, 58, and Iris Valentina Calaci, 53, were both residents at the Peach House RV Park in central Texas. They were also dog owners, and their pooches allegedly had a nasty habit of relieving themselves on the lawn of neighbor Charles Ronald Conner, 58.</p>
  • Hardly a hero? Vic Stacy rejects the label, claiming he only did what had to be done(TX)

    08/02/2012 5:02:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 1 August, 2012 | GENE DEASON
    Vic Stacy never served in the military, and he never had any police training. But when a gunman shot and killed a couple in the RV park where they all lived Sunday afternoon, Stacy reacted with the composure — and the marksmanship — of a man who had been training for such a moment all his life. He’s a hero, many Brown County residents are saying. His actions probably saved the life of the first policeman on the scene — Early Police Sgt. Steven Means — as well as others living at the Peach House RV Park north of Brownwood...
  • Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Just Lending a Hand Edition(TX)

    08/01/2012 9:03:04 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 1 August, 2012 | Rober Farago
    “I’m just a citizen trying to help an officer out. That’s what I was tryin’ to do.” That’s what Vic Stacy had to say while deflecting attempts to call him a hero. Stacy came to the aid of Sgt. Steven Means of the Early, TX PD who came under fire from Charles Conner. According to, Conner had already murdered two neighbors and their dogs before opening fire on the officer as he arrived on the scene. When Stacy saw Sgt. Means couldn’t get a good shot at Conner, he feared the cop would be the third (well, fifth) victim...
  • Cruz leads in new Texas Senate poll (52-42)

    07/30/2012 1:11:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 30, 2012 | CHARLES MAHTESIAN
    A Public Policy Polling poll released Sunday evening reports Ted Cruz has a 52 percent to 42 percent advantage over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on the eve of Tuesday’s Texas GOP Senate runoff. From PPP’s analysis: Cruz's victory is driven by 4 things: the Tea Party, the enthusiasm of his supporters, a generational divide within the Texas Republican ranks, and the lack of regard the party base currently holds for Rick Perry. Cruz is ahead by a whooping 75-22 margin with Tea Party voters, more than making up for a 56-39 deficit to Dewhurst with voters who don't consider themselves...
  • Teen shot after entering man's East Side home(TX)

    07/29/2012 6:01:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies ^ | 28 July, 2012 | Michelle Casady
    A 15-year-old boy who took a shotgun blast to the abdomen after breaking into a man's East Side home was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Friday night, authorities said. Bexar County Sheriff's Department Sgt. James Hancock said the boy who was shot and another teen were entering a mobile home in the Regency Village park off Montgomery Drive through an open back door. The homeowner saw a boy in his home, grabbed a shotgun and fired once, striking him in the abdomen. He and the other boy ran away, and deputies caught the injured boy a few blocks...
  • Glenn Beck at Dallas Cowboys Stadium

    07/28/2012 6:15:09 PM PDT · by Gabrial · 59 replies
    7/28/12 | Gabrial
    I am at the Beck rally. I would guess crowd is somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000. Just getting started!!!
  • Man charged with Border Patrol agent assault near Rio Grande City

    07/28/2012 7:03:26 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    The Monitor ^ | July 27, 2012 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    The Monitor RIO GRANDE CITY — A Mexican national remains behind bars in connection with the assault of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent. Court records state 20-year-old Jorge Hernandez Mondragon was arrested last July 20 along the banks of the river near Rio Grande City. During the arrest, Hernandez tackled a Border Patrol agent in the process of arresting another illegal alien. The other man got away. Earlier this week, Hernandez went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos who charged him with both immigration and with assault charges and ordered he be held without bond pending a detention hearing.
  • Dewhurst: I focused on Texans, not tea party

    07/27/2012 1:52:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says he never felt the need to seek the support of key tea party leaders nationwide because, “I’ve been focused on Texans.” Asked about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and other grassroots darlings coming to Dallas and The Woodlands this week to campaign for Ted Cruz, his Republican opponent for U.S. Senate, Dewhurst said, “I’ve never gone and asked for their help.”
  • Dewhurst wins support of Combs, Patrick

    07/26/2012 12:27:35 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    The Austin-American Statesman ^ | July 26, 2012 | Kate Alexander
    Comptroller Susan Combs on Thursday added her name to the long list of Texas elected officials who are backing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in his bid for the U.S. Senate. Dewhurst has been “relentless and focused on conservative principles,” said Combs, who credited the lieutenant governor for putting Texas in a strong economic position. “Fighting for principle is not always easy and it is not always visible,” Combs said at an Austin news conference. “I will tell you that actions speak a lot louder than words.” The low-key news conference at Run-Tex on Riverside Drive stands in stark contrast to...
  • Alleged burglar shot in left leg Homeowner fired at man in his bedroom

    07/20/2012 12:20:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 19 July, 2012 | Alyssa Johnston
    A Wichita Falls man with a history of criminal activity was shot in the left leg when a surprised homeowner found him in a room Tuesday afternoon. Wichita Falls police were en route to a burglary of a habitation call at 4:27 p.m. when dispatchers told officers shots were fired. According to Public Information Officer Joe Snyder, the homeowner shot at the suspect when he found him in the master bedroom of his home. Nieves Molina Jr., 29, was arrested and charged with one count of burglary of a habitation and one count of criminal trespassing following the incident. According...
  • IN OUR VIEW: Are we safer with a ban on BB guns?(TX)

    07/16/2012 6:39:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 15 July, 2012 | NA
    Citizens of Odessa can now rest easy. BB guns are banned in public between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. after the Odessa City Council last week passed an ordinance pushed by Police Chief Tim Burton. Along with the BB gun, it bans airsoft guns and slingshots on a person or in a vehicle (except in a trunk) at night. Now, we acknowledge a recent spat of vandalism destroyed windows and other property throughout town. Burton said 158 criminal mischief acts occurred in the last year and they were primarily after dark. He called the new ordinance a helpful law to...
  • Black Women and Guns in Texas

    07/12/2012 3:48:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 12 July, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    I saw a couple of people (including InstaPundit) citing this Utne Reader article, which reports that “Texas Department of Public Safety data show that the fastest-growing group of concealed handgun owners in the state has been, for at least five years, black women” (and also tells the story of the author, one of those black women). And, as I always like to do, I decided to check the statistics for myself. I don’t think the race and sex of who owns guns and who has carry licenses is particularly important for evaluating concealed carry laws, but such demographic phenomena still...
  • Teen slain in Fort Worth robbery was caught in crossfire, documents say

    07/12/2012 11:52:44 AM PDT · by An American! · 21 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | july 10, 2012 | DOMINGO RAMIREZ
    FORT WORTH -- Claudia Hidic was desperate for money. On June 24, the 17-year-old former Trinity High School student began hounding a 43-year-old Overton Park West resident for cash, selling him an HK .40-caliber pistol for $100 and giving him two laptops as collateral for an additional $100. She told him that she needed the money to get her boyfriend out of jail. The teen returned a few days later asking for $600, but the man refused to give it to her. As he drove home from his job in Dallas on the afternoon of June 28, the resident got...
  • 2 indicted on murder, robbery charges (TX)

    07/12/2012 6:27:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 11 July, 2012 | BOBBY CERVANTES
    Randall County grand jurors indicted two Amarillo siblings Wednesday on murder and aggravated robbery charges in the death of a 26-year-old burglary suspect shot during a June home invasion. Jessica Medina, 26, and her brother, Timothy Francisco Lopez, 29, were each indicted on both charges. Randall County Criminal District Attorney James Farren said both participated with Gabriel Castillo, 26, in a June 8 home invasion at 2918 S. Highland St. Castillo’s body was found in the 2400 block of Rule Street, where police said he died of a gunshot wound to his right hip. In a criminal complaint last month,...
  • Homeowner Detains Burglar at Gunpoint (TX)

    07/12/2012 5:51:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 7 July, 2012 | NA
    A Washington County homeowner took matters into his own hands when a burglar broke into his garage and two vehicles Thursday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. “There's a sign at the edge of the property that says ‘Warning: Our citizens are armed,’ and this is a real good example," said Ryan Hord. Hord’s wife, Mindy, called 911 when the incident occurred. “I woke up this morning to get my son his milk and I look outside and there's a black guy outside without his shirt I ran inside and woke my husband up," said Mindy Hord in...
  • Feds: One in 14 Texas Adults Has no Photo I.D. (NAACP's Eric Holder meeting requires photo ID)

    07/10/2012 2:48:05 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 48 replies
    WOAI radio ^ | Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | Jim Forsyth
      Lawyers for several groups which are opposing the state's voter i.d bill have raised their estimate of how many otherwise eligible Texas voters would not be able to cast ballots if the law were implemented, 1200 WOAI news reports.   Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Westfall, representing the Justice Department, told a federal appeals court panel in Washington that 'as many as 1.4 million people' lack the appropriate government issued i.d. needed to vote under the Texas law.   That is up from the 600,000 people that Attorney General Eric Holder said would be 'disenfranchised' if the law is implemented.   Westfall gave...
  • Texas Is America's Top State for Business 2012

    07/10/2012 1:38:33 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 19 replies
    Texas has done it again. The Lone Star State makes a triumphant return as America’s Top State for Business—its third time at the top of our rankings. “Listen, there is a reason that Caterpillar [CAT 80.27 -2.87 (-3.45%) ] moved their hydraulics manufacturing and their engine manufacturing to the state of Texas,” said Gov. Rick Perry in November during the CNBC Republican presidential debate. We can attest to that. In our sixth annual study, Texas racked up an impressive 1,604 points out of a possible 2,500, with top-10 finishes in six of our 10 categories of competitiveness. Texas has never...
  • Police: Teen found dead had been robbing house(TX)

    07/09/2012 5:15:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 41 replies ^ | 9 July, 2012 | AP
    FORT WORTH, TX -- Fort Worth police say a high school student who was found shot to death had been robbing a house with two men when she was fatally wounded in an exchange of gunfire. Two other suspects were arrested.
  • Texan Shoots Drunk Man in Self-Defense

    07/08/2012 5:36:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies ^ | 6 July, 2012 | dabneybailey
    According to Dallas News, a Texas gun owner shot a man who attacked him at a convenience food store. Witnesses report that a drunk man stumbled into the EZ Trip Food Store in Dallas, Texas and began harassing customers. He repeatedly slapped one customer in the face until the customer ran from the store, so the drunk man switched his sights to another target. He began punching another man in the face and followed the fleeing man into the parking lot. That was the biggest mistake of his life. The punched customer, who was a concealed license carrier, pulled out...
  • Border Patrol: Agents fire shots after rock attack

    07/08/2012 11:23:47 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-8-12 | paul weber
    SAN ANTONIO—U.S. Border Patrol agents opened fire Saturday along the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border after being pelted by rocks and having a gunman point a weapon in their direction on the Mexican side of the river, an agency spokesman said. Spokesman Henry Mendiola said no Border Patrol agents were injured in the incident Saturday near Brownsville. He did not know if anyone else was hurt. He said the Mexican government had been notified and was responding to the area. The FBI also was investigating. The Border Patrol released little details about the morning gunfire, including what the suspects...
  • At Fort Worth show, gun owners tout 'stand-your-ground' laws(TX)

    07/08/2012 6:03:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 7 July, 2012 | Sarah Bahari
    FORT WORTH -- As area gun owners browsed handguns, rifles and ammunition Saturday, some were touting "stand-your-ground" laws and urging more states to adopt similar provisions, even as a national debate continues over whether to repeal them after the February shooting death of a Florida teenager by a neighborhood watch coordinator. The Florida case, along with others in Texas and elsewhere, has focused on whether stand-your-ground laws should be scaled back or eliminated. But at a Fort Worth gun show Saturday, the focus was quite different. "It's sad that we have to worry about it, but that's the world we...
  • DeSoto homeowners shoot intruders; one dead DeSoto homeowners shoot intruders; one dead (TX)

    07/04/2012 7:10:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 2 July, 2012 | NA
    DeSOTO — A DeSoto homeowner shot and killed a man breaking into his home early Monday morning armed with an AK-47 assault rifle. Police said two men tried to rob the house on 10 Mile Drive about 4 a.m. when gunfire broke out. "They were very specific bout what they were looking for... they were looking for money," said DeSoto police spokesman Capt. Ron Smith. When police arrived, they found one suspect dead inside with the AK-47; another was lying outside, injured. Two other alleged accomplices were also arrested. "We've charged two of them with aggravated robbery," Capt. Smith said....
  • Egypt's First Lady Represents New Image (first cousin of Marsi is his wife?)

    07/03/2012 3:33:46 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 16 replies
    New America Media ^ | July 3, 2012 | Ahmed Tharwat
    Editorial note: Mohammed Morsi’s victory as Egypt’s first elected civilian president—and first leader with a PhD—also brings the first traditionally Islamic First Lady. MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.--The world now knows that Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party became the first civilian elected president in Egypt’s long history on June 24. But this isn’t the only “first” that Morsi has brought to the Egyptian political landscape. Morsi is the first Islamist to get to the presidential palace. He is the first Egyptian president with Mohammed as an actual first name—although Hosni Mubarak and Anwar Sadat injected “Mohammed” into...
  • Has Texas’ ‘castle doctrine’ law really caused more killings?

    07/03/2012 8:14:29 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 46 replies ^ | 2 June 2012 | Rodger Jones
    That’s unknowable, yet the headline in the Houston Chronicle would have you think Texas’ 2007 law is stirring up more business for the state’s county morgues. It says: Texas justifiable homicides rise with ‘Castle Doctrine’ It might be a useful story except for that detour it has your mind take with the verbal gymnastics. See, there’s a difference between homicides rising “with” the Castle Doctrine and “because” of the Castle Doctrine law that Texas lawmakers passed in 2007 to clarify a person’s duty to retreat when fearing danger. The story’s lead anecdote was about a thief who was shot dead...
  • TX/Mex Border Residents: Violence, Kidnappings, Food Stamp Fraud & Drug Cartel/Sheriff Corruption

    07/03/2012 6:59:35 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 4 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 7/3/2012 | David Bellow
    I spent the last few days down on the Texas/Mexico Border. One of my brothers got married to a Hispanic woman down here so we all came down for the wedding. We had a great time down here and I got to talk to a bunch of new family members. Some of the small talk we had of course wandered into the topic of border violence and life on the border. I have written many articles about this topic because I am very worried about the situation down there. I always love hearing stories from people who actually live...
  • Texas justifiable homicides rise with 'Castle Doctrine'

    07/03/2012 5:40:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies ^ | 2 July, 2012 | Yang Wang and Dane Schiller
    In Houston early Friday, a 19-year-old convenience store clerk shot and killed a 52-year-old man who stole beer, according to police. The matter remains under investigation, but the clerk was not arrested. In Texas and elsewhere, each time someone is shot dead with a claim of self-defense, a grand jury must decide if an indictment is warranted. However, deliberations by grand juries are secret and the basis of their decisions is seldom public. The Chronicle also examined times of death, gender and race of both the shooters and the dead. Citizen shootings most often happen after dark, and involve a...
  • Would-be robber gets ambulance ride but no cash(TX)

    07/02/2012 5:35:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 30 June, 2012 | NA
    UPDATE: A 20-year-old suspect who was shot Friday night while trying to hold up a Katy-area restaurant is expected to be charged with aggravated robbery, a spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. The suspect was taken to an area hospital in stable condition after being shot by the manager at Cici’s Pizza, 3154 N. Fry Road, Deputy Thomas Gilliland said. The 20-year-old, whose name was not immediately released, and another man entered the restaurant’s back door about 10:35 p.m. Friday as an employee was taking out trash at the end of the night, Gilliland said. The would-be robbers...
  • Church to host gun class(TX)

    06/22/2012 3:41:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 21 June, 2012 | Matthew Waller
    SAN ANGELO, Texas — Whether people should be allowed to carry guns into churches has been a matter of debate, although in Texas, unless the church says otherwise, it's legal to carry a concealed handgun into a place of worship. Come Saturday, not only will people be allowed to carry a weapon onto one church premises, but there will be a class on how to use that weapon. The Heights Baptist Church will hold a concealed handgun class from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, with a break for lunch, church staff said. "I want to be a responsible owner,"...
  • Motorcyclist says Dallas crackdown went too far (TX)

    06/21/2012 1:28:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 37 replies ^ | 19 June, 2012 | DAVID SCHECHTER
    NEWS 8 EXCLUSIVE DALLAS — It was Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, and Chris Moore — riding southbound on Stemmons Freeway in Dallas in a pack of 50 to 100 sport bikes — was pulled over while traveling below the speed limit. "I didn't expect that at all," Moore said. Officers were out in force that weekend, working to prevent another shutdown of a Dallas freeway like the one on Memorial Day weekend 2011 that ultimately led to three arrests. So why was Moore pulled over? Dallas Deputy Sheriff James Westbrook said he wanted to see what was on Moore's...
  • Clerk, homeowner fire at suspects(TX)

    06/21/2012 4:28:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 20 June, 2012 | Ana Ley
    A convenience store clerk being robbed and a homeowner who encountered an intruder in his garage fired shots, with at least one suspect hit, police said. The clerk said he was behind the counter at B&J Grocery in the 2800 block of Chihuahua Street about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday when a man walked into the store, bought some items and left without incident. He told police the man returned to the store and brought an 18-pack of beer to the counter. As the clerk was ringing up the purchase, the robber punched him in the face and opened the register. He...
  • Home : News : Top Stories Homeowner fires shots at suspected burglar in his garage (TX)

    06/20/2012 7:07:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 20 June, 2012 | NA
    SAN ANTONIO- A wild situation on the southeast side Tuesday evening as a homeowner takes a shot at a man who broke into his garage. It happened around 11:30 at a home on Glamis near east Southcross and Pecan Valley. The homeowner heard a noise and went to investigate. That's when he found someone inside the detached garage. Police say the homeowner had a gun and fired a shot at the suspect who then ran off. It did not appear that suspect was hit, but police did search the area for him.
  • Mission triple shooting not being classified as attempted "honor killing"

    06/18/2012 6:52:27 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    Valley Central.Com ^ | June 18, 2012 | Rafael Carranza
    Authorities are saying that they are not treating the shooting of three people in Mission as an attempted “honor killing.” The suspect Talal Nimer is facing attempted murder charges after shooting his estranged wife, their daughter and their daughter’s boyfriend. Mission police the gunman's Muslim faith did not play a role in their investigation. But when quizzed on why he did it, the Lebanese man admitted that he didn't like that his daughter was dating someone who's not Muslim. He also felt his daughter's boyfriend was taking over as the man of the house. Honor killings of young women dating...
  • Parole hearings again. Freeper help requested to keep a rapist in prison (update at post 177)

    06/17/2012 1:06:42 PM PDT · by trussell · 223 replies
    6/17/12 | trussell
    It was suggested that I should post this in the public forum instead of keeping it in Freepmail. The monster who raped me is coming before the board of parole again. Every 3 years. I ask that anyone who may have a reason to want him to stay behind bars, please consider writing the board (by email) expressing their thoughts about his release. He is a 5-time felon. The attack happened in Texas, the day before Thanksgiving, 1990. He broke 6 locks on my front door. When he was raping me, he made it clear to me that I would...
  • Haltom City man shoots intruder during apparent robbery(TX)

    06/14/2012 4:28:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 13 June, 2012 | Matt Peterson
    A Haltom City homeowner shot and killed an intruder who beat and tried to rob him and his girlfriend over the weekend. Police were dispatched about 6 p.m. Sunday in response to a burglary call at a home in the 5300 block of Mallory Drive. The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Jerome Mitchell of Fort Worth, entered the home and struck the two victims with a blunt object, the homeowner told police. The homeowner, who was not identified, grabbed a gun and shot the intruder in self-defense, he said. Mitchell later died from his injuries. The case will be referred to...
  • Galveston woman bests intruder with paintball gun(TX)

    06/09/2012 4:56:48 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 9 June, 2012 | NA
    A Galveston woman used a paintball gun to detain an intruder long enough Friday for police to arrest him, according to the Galveston County Daily News. When officers arrived about 10:30 a.m., they heard the sound of the paint ball impacts and found the man inside covered with yellow paint, the Daily News reported. Elvis Alexander, 53, was charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit theft, said Lt. Michael Gray, a Galveston police spokesman. According to online records, Alexander remained Saturday in the Galveston County Jail on $40,000 bond. He was accused of taking coins and Ramen...
  • Where Police Don't Ask, and Immigrants Don't Tell

    06/09/2012 1:01:39 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | June 09, 2012 | Alain Castillo
    José Alfredo Romero Rodríguez looked to the United States as a place for better opportunity and quality of life than the one he experienced in Monterrey, Mexico. -- "I crossed the Rio Bravo in 1999 to have a change in my life," said Rodríguez, 54, a day laborer in Dallas, Texas, told Fox News Latino. -- Today Rodríguez, known as "El Perro" or "the Dog" to his friends, waits to be picked for a day laborer job...
  • Naked man chasing girl convicted of immigrant smuggling

    06/07/2012 4:38:11 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    Brownsville Herald ^ | June 07, 2012 | By JARED TAYLOR/The Monitor
    McALLEN — Federal jurors Thursday convicted a San Juan man in an immigrant smuggling case involving a 16-year-old girl with whom he tried to have sex. Pedro Salazar, 56, was convicted Thursday of conspiracy and harboring illegal aliens in U.S. District Court in McAllen. Jurors spent less than three hours deliberating the verdict following a two-day trial. Prosecutors said a group of three illegal immigrants from El Salvador and Guatemala fled a two-vehicle accident Feb. 24.After the group hid in the brush for a few hours, they wandered down a road, where Salazar passed and asked if they needed help....
  • Jury selection set for illegal immigrant in drunk driving crash that killed HPD officer

    06/04/2012 11:37:16 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 4, 2012 | Brian Rogers
    Jurors will be selected Monday to decide the fate of an illegal immigrant from Mexico who has admitted guilt in the drunken driving crash that killed 38-year-old Houston Police Officer Kevin Will last year. Johoan Rodriguez, 27, pleaded guilty Friday to intoxication manslaughter in the May 29, 2011 wreck on 610 North Loop freeway. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. His attorney, Rick DeToto, said he is also eligible for probation.
  • Woman barred from US after denying citizenship

    06/04/2012 7:57:04 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 33 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 4, 2012 | The Associated Press
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 20-year-old native Texan says she's barred from re-entering the country after she denied, under grilling by the U.S. Border Patrol, that she was a U.S. citizen.
  • Brownsville police urge public's help in finding fugitive

    06/02/2012 8:09:53 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09
    Valley Central ^ | 06.01.2012 | Daisy Martinez
    Brownsville Police Interim Chief Orlando Rodriguez said the investigation in the shooting of 21-year-old Yazmin Reyes of Brownsville is complete. He said it was her ex-boyfriend, 25-year-old Victor Manuel Hernandez, who shot her five times at her home on Keith Lane. However, Rodriguez said closing the case has become the challenge, since Hernandez is believed to have fled to Mexico to avoid authorities. "At this point we do believe he is a fugitive in Mexico we think that he may be with family - someone is hiding him out,” Rodriguez said. While Hernandez runs, Reyes, continues her road to recovery....
  • 'Too much crazy': Texas store clerk shoots armed robber in the back

    06/02/2012 5:18:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies ^ | 31 May, 2012 | Tiffany Craig
    SUGAR LAND, Texas — A crook picked the wrong store to rob at the intersection of Greenway Drive and Eldridge Road on Tuesday night. "Yeah, it’s too much crazy," said a clerk who goes by the name Eddie. Eddie and a coworker were inside the Corner Grocery when a gunman stuck a gun to the head of a third worker outside and forced him back into the store. As soon as the gunman saw the register open, Eddie says he came after him. That’s when the clerks decided to fight back. "I hold him and then my worker guy, he...
  • Perry: We don’t need outsiders’ views on Senate race (Are you listening, Sarah Palin?)

    06/01/2012 4:06:14 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 259 replies
    Texas Chronicle ^ | Friday June 1, 2012 | Peggy Fikac
    Gov. Rick Perry is once again slamming “out-of-state interest groups” backing former solicitor general Ted Cruz in his runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst –this time tweaking Sarah Palin, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and Rick Santorum by suggesting their states could learn a lot from Texas, but Texas doesn’t need their advice on choosing its next U.S. senator. Perry, standing staunchly behind Dewhurst, brushed off the question about whether his own tea party credibility may be damaged by his opposition to Cruz, who has been endorsed by national conservative and tea party groups and figures (including Palin, DeMint and Santorum)...
  • TX: Numbers bode well for Dewhurst in runoff, his pollster says (counting his chickens.....)

    06/01/2012 1:52:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Austin-American Statesman ^ | May 29, 2012 | Kate Alexander
    Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has strong support from repeated Republican primary voters as well as senior citizens, two groups that are more likely to turn out for a July runoff for U.S. Senate, according to a Dewhurst campaign memo written by pollster Mike Baselice. Supporters of former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, a tea party favorite who placed second in Tuesday’s vote, have argued that Cruz would be favored in a runoff because his supporters are more enthusiastic and likely to show up for an unusual, mid-summer vote. So the Baselice memo was clearly intended to rebut that argument. Recent...
  • Texas Sends Two Pro-gun Constitutionalists into July 31 Runoffs

    05/31/2012 5:10:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 31 May, 2012 | Tim Macy
    Washington, DC --( Don’t mess with Texas! The Lone Star State is on the verge of electing a U.S. senator who may be as bright, conservative, and effective as any senator in memory. And, were this not enough, Texas may be about to elect a House member who will send House do-nothings scurrying for the exits. The ground-breaking Senate candidate is Ted Cruz, who, last night, forced Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst into a runoff. Dewhurst fell a few percent short of the votes needed to avoid the runoff. The Cruz-Dewhurst mid-summer runoff election on July 31 – coming at...
  • Gunfight at Family Dollar leaves clerk dead(TX)

    05/31/2012 4:48:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 18 May, 2012 | Sally MacDonald
    HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A 26-year-old woman went to work but never got to go home. Tyrza Smith was the victim of a robbery that became a shootout inside the Family Dollar at 6951 Bellfort just west of Telephone Road in southeast Houston. Smith, an assistant manager, was someone's wife, daughter and sister. Police aren't sure if she was shot by the robbers or a customer who had a license to carry. The shooting has longtime customers grappling with grief. "Last night, I was about to come here, but something was telling me not to come so I didn't come,"...
  • CHL holder fired shot that killed store clerk(TX)

    05/31/2012 4:43:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 47 replies ^ | 30 May, 2012 | Sally MacDonald
    HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Houston Police confirm it was a customer with a concealed handgun license who accidentally shot and killed a store clerk. The CHL holder was trying to protect Tyrza Smith, 26, from armed robbers, but something went terribly wrong and she was killed. It happened on May 17 at the Family Dollar located at 6951 Bellfort in southeast Houston. Police say Dwight Richardson, 20, and another man who hasn't been arrested are accused of bursting into the store, locking the front door and holding a gun to the clerk's head. "They come in, they got guns out...
  • TSRA-PAC Endorsements for the Primary Election(TX)

    05/30/2012 4:38:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 29 May, 2012 | TSRA
    Houston, Tx --( The complete TSRA-PAC State Voter’s guide can be found at In God we trust, all others bring data! Candidates listed as endorsed have a perfect record vote and co-authored concealed carry on campus. Those with an A+ successfully carried our legislation or directly influenced passage of a bill. A candidate without a legislative history has made a “promise” based on the answers to TSRA’s candidate questionnaire and the best score is an AQ. Federal Election Voter’s Guide As the NRA state affiliate, the Texas State Rifle Association-Political Action Committee offers TSRA members scores for federal candidates,...