Lawsuit Blames DA's Office for Failing to Supervise Investigators Accused of Stealing High-Priced Comic Books

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The Harris County investigators accused of stealing some high-priced comic books earlier this year are once again on the receiving end of some unwanted attention, thanks to a new lawsuit filed in the case.

In a lawsuit filed December 18, Houston-based industrial crane company Tadano American Corp accuses the Harris County District Attorney's Office of failing to properly supervise two veteran investigators, 39-year-old Lonnie Blevins and 41-year-old Dustin Deutsch, who have been charged with stealing expensive collectibles from the company that were being held as evidence in a criminal investigation.

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Man Says He Shouldn't Be Charged in the United States for Having Sex With a Teenager in Honduras

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Apparently a grown man having sex with a 13-year-old girl -- obviously illegal under U.S. law -- should not be considered a crime here, in the United States, if said sexual activity happened overseas.

That's according to one Texas man, anyway, who's fighting federal charges of illicit sexual conduct based on just that reasoning.

In late October, federal prosecutors in Houston charged 54-year-old William McGrath, a former army contractor, with the crime of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places for an alleged sexual relationship he had with a 13-year-old girl while working at an Army base in Honduras.

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Police Extradite Man Accused of Stabbing Wife to Death, Stuffing Her Body in Fridge and Fleeing to Mexico

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Patrick Lambert
The man whose wife was found stabbed to death and rotting in a refrigerator earlier this month has been extradited from Mexico and charged with murder.

Police say Patrick Lambert killed his estranged wife, 27-year-old Anastacia Oaikhena-Lambert, stuffed her body in the refrigerator of their Fondren Road apartment, and fled for Mexico with their 11-month-old son, Achilles. County medical examiners last week reported that Oaikhena-Lambert had been stabbed several times in the neck.

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Suspects Arrested, Charged in #Jadapose Rape Case

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Two teenage suspects have been arrested in connection with a Houston-area rape that made national headlines after photos of the unconscious girl were posted to Twitter and mocked under the hashtag #Jadapose.

Nineteen-year-old Clinton Onyeahialam and an unnamed 16-year-old were arrested earlier this month in connection with the sexual assault of Jada, a Stafford-area girl who was photographed and bullied on social media after allegedly being drugged and raped at a house party in June.

Onyeahialam has been charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child in connection with the alleged assault, according to HPD. No information is available on the charges against the 16-year-old, who is being referred to Harris County Juvenile Probation officials.

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"Matriarch" of Large-Scale Sex-Trafficking Ring Set for Trial Early Next Year

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The girls were kept in a locked room above the cantina, the door dead-bolted from the outside. The second-floor prison had a bathroom, so the girls would hardly ever need to be let out. Sometimes, they were locked up all day, every day -- once, this stretched on for a month.

The door would only open whenever a "special client" arrived at Las Palmas II, a Telephone Road cantina with a facade brightly painted with a tranquil ocean scene and palm trees. Bar owner Hortencia Medeles-Arguello, also known as La Tencha, or her daughter Delia Diaz would show the customers around the room, explaining which girls had been working at the brothel the longest and which ones were "fresh meat," as if the men were picking cattle.

For the big spenders -- men willing to spend $350 to $500 for an hour with the girls, some as young as 14 years old -- La Tencha had hardly any rules. Anything goes, she told clients -- oral sex, anal sex, slapping and hitting. Just don't strike the girls in the face, she told them. It could depreciate their value.

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Three Ridiculous Pot Laws in Texas

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So, there's more good news on the marijuana legalization front, and this time, it's coming to us straight from the Lone Star state.

This week, Texas State Representative Joe Moody introduced a bill that could potentially reduce the current state penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The proposed law, while certainly not blanket legalization for Texas, a la Washington or Colorado, would remove the threat of arrest or jail time, and would also keep the person from having a criminal record for possession, imposing a $100 civil fine instead.

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Victoria Officer Under Investigation After Tasing 76-Year-Old Man During Traffic Stop

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Perhaps it's not the greatest idea to use a taser on an elderly person during a traffic stop. That's what a rookie cop in Victoria is finding out, anyway.

Victoria police officer Nathanial Robinson has been placed on administrative duty for accusations of excessive force stemming from a traffic stop where he tased a 76-year-old man twice as he lay on the ground.

The 23-year old officer tased elderly Victoria resident Pete Vasquez during a routine traffic stop last week, and the entire incident -- minus the tasing part, which happens just out of sight of the camera -- was caught on dash-cam video.

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Man Shot by Two Houston Cops During Traffic Stop Was Unarmed

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The Houston Police Department is investigating the shooting of an unarmed man by two police officers in southwest Houston over the weekend, according to a statement the department issued Monday morning.

Police say two officers shot 38-year-old Michael Paul Walker after he acted erratically and appeared to reach for a weapon during a traffic stop Friday night.

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Prominent Houston Doctor Accused of Trading Oral Sex for Norco, Xanax Prescriptions

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Some troubling accusations are being leveled against the chief of academic surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center by two former patients, who say the prominent surgeon hooked them on prescription pain meds and then forced them to trade sexual favors for more pills.

The patients, identified as "John and Jane Doe," filed a lawsuit against Dr. Thomas V. Taylor in a Harris County court last week, accusing the surgeon of intentionally hooking the patients on highly addictive painkillers, and then using that addiction to exploit them sexually in exchange for thousands upon thousands of pills.

Peter Schneider, the attorney for the couple, released video to Channel 2 that he says was taken by his clients in November, and is evidence of the sexual exchanges. On the video, a doctor who resembles Taylor can be seen examining Jane Doe's genital area for a rash in his office. Following the exam, she performs oral sex on him.

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A Group of Men Are Robbing and Shooting Hispanic Women on the South Side, Police Say

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A group of men are targeting Hispanic women in apartment complexes on the city's south side, robbing and then shooting them in the early morning hours.

The same suspects are believed to be responsible for nine robberies and shootings that have happened on the south side of Houston since November 16. One woman, 50-year-old Angelina Romero-Alvarez, was shot and killed during a December 5 robbery that happened as she was getting into her car.

Police say the unknown suspects approached Romero-Alvarez at about 6 a.m. in the parking lot of Wilcox Apartments off of the South Loop West, robbing and shooting her as she stood outside of her car. Witnesses reported seeing an unknown vehicle driving away following the shooting.

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