Inmate With History of Carrying Shanks Uses One to Stab Harris County Jailer

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One shank, two shanks, three shanks, four?

An inmate with a propensity for carrying homemade stabbing devices, or "shanks," for you novices, has now been accused of stabbing a Harris County jailer with...well...a shank.

According to authorities, 33-year-old Weylin Alford, who is currently serving a sentence for burglary with attempt to assault, stabbed a detention officer at the Harris County Jail on Monday after officers attempted to complete a sanitation check of the inmate's cell.

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Officer Threatens to Erase Open Carry Protester Video, Can't Figure Out How

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Screenshot of YouTube Open Carry Video

An open carry protester released footage over the weekend of what he says is an HPD officer attempting to erase footage of the interaction he recorded with his cell phone camera. The only problem? The officer couldn't quite figure out how.

The four-minute video opens with an explanation of what is happening -- the man is apparently standing on the corner of Bay Area and Reseda with a video camera, a copy of the Constitution and an AR-15 -- when two officers drive up in marked vehicles and ask him what's up.

The HPD officers can be heard telling him he's scaring people to death, and ask him to move up toward the driveway. One of the officers asks him for ID, to which the rifle-toting man responds that he just doesn't have ID on him. The guy will, however, tell them who he is.

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Family Rescued on a Sinking Boat in Galveston Are Now Running From the FBI

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Galveston County Sheriff's Office

Remember the dramatic rescue of the couple and their seven children whose boat had run aground in Galveston in late October? Well, according to police, those parents are fugitives, wanted in Colorado on charges of wire fraud. Whoops.

Galveston authorities say the FBI contacted them after they recognized the couple on news footage of the dramatic October 29 rescue, during which San Leon firefighters saved the family from drowning after their sailboat flipped over during a storm on the East Bay.

Federal authorities have apparently been looking for the couple, 43-year-old Donald Brian Winberg and 33-year-old Karlein Richel Winberg, since April, when they fled Colorado on charges of wire fraud stemming from an elaborate investment scheme that authorities claim bilked millions out of victims.

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HPD Chief McClelland Calls War on Drugs "A Miserable Failure" in Radio Interview

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Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland
In a 30-minute in-depth interview set to air on KPFT 90.1 FM this afternoon, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland acknowledged that the war on drugs has disproportionately hurt "young minority men," and that law enforcement attitudes on marijuana use are beginning to shift.

In a wide-ranging interview with Dean Becker, host of the "Cultural Baggage" radio show and a regular speaker with the marijuana legalization group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, McClelland also said the money spent jailing non-violent drug offenders -- it costs about $50-60,000 to house a single inmate for a year inside a Texas prison, he says -- would be better spent on drug treatment and prevention programs.

"Most of us understand, we do believe, those of us that are law enforcement executives, that the war on drugs, the 1980 drug policies, was a miserable failure, there's no doubt about that," McClelland said.


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Houston Officer Accused of Accepting Bribes From Tow Truck Drivers

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A veteran officer with the Houston Police Department who was only months away from retirement has been relieved of duty, accused of taking bribes from tow truck drivers.

Fifty-nine-year-old Charles Russell is now being accused of contacting two tow truck drivers to tow cars that were parked downtown illegally in exchange for favors, including car repair services.

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HPD Officer Who Kicked Teen in the Face During Arrest Denied Appeal

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One of the HPD officers caught on tape brutally beating a teenager during a 2010 arrest failed to convince a state appeals court that the video footage wasn't enough to support a conviction.

The appeal was filed by Drew Ryser, one of the four Houston Police Department officers indicted on misdemeanor charges of official oppression in the March 2010 beating of 15-year-old Chad Holley, a robbery suspect.

Of the four officers, two pleaded no contest to the charge, while another was acquitted. Ryser, on the other hand, attempted to fight the charge and was eventually found guilty.

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Houston Mother Facing Charges for Emaciated Child Found Dead in the Refrigerator

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Charges have been filed against a local mother who officials claim kept the emaciated body of her disabled daughter in the crisper drawer of her refrigerator for months following her death.

Amber Keyes was charged Monday with injury to a child by omission in the death of her daughter, nine-year-old Ayahna Comb, who was found stuffed inside a refrigerator drawer in Keyes's Southwest Houston apartment earlier this year.

Keyes is accused of failing to seek medical care for her daughter, who suffered from cerebral palsy and was severely emaciated, weighing just 14 pounds when she was found.

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Prosecutors Call Former Software Company Executive a "Calculated, Choreographed Sexual Predator" UPDATE

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Update 3:30 p.m.: In court on Tuesday morning, a visibly distraught Henri Morris opted to plead guilty to drugging and sexually assaulting one employee rather than continue with what was certain to be a grueling jury trial.

Morris spent much of the morning slumped over in a chair at the defendant's table, with heaving breaths and hands shaking as his attorneys negotiated a plea deal with prosecutors. Under the 16-page plea agreement he signed Tuesday, Morris admitted to the "drug-facilitated sexual assault" of a woman who traveled with him -- for business, she was told -- just a week after she joined his company.

Court documents state that after checking in with Morris at a New Jersey hotel in 2011, Morris asked the woman to meet him for drinks at a concierge lounge. Morris mixed her a vodka and soda before offering to take her to Manhattan to show her the city. According to court records, the woman started to feel, inexplicably, "very intoxicated" on the drive to New York. Manhattan was a hazy blur. When the woman briefly came to hours later, she was on a bed, naked and back in her New Jersey hotel room. Morris was looking down on her, snapping photos with his Blackberry.

Prosecutors on Tuesday agreed to dismiss the rest of the charges against Morris. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He'll have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

A judge is scheduled to sentence Morris in February.

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By early 2012, not long after Kelly (not her real name) took her first business trip with Henri Morris, word was starting to get around that women who traveled with the software company CEO kept blacking out.

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Authorities Say Reserve Deputy Constable Shot Woman Because She Honked at Him in Traffic

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A Harris County Constable has been arrested, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for a road rage incident in which he allegedly shot a woman in the freaking head for honking at him in traffic.

Kenneth Caplan, a reserve deputy constable for Harris County, Precinct 6, was arrested last Wednesday, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for a November 11 road rage shooting on the 610 loop.

Witnesses say an off-duty Caplan cut off the unnamed victim near 610 and Stella Link during afternoon traffic, and the irritated woman honked her horn in return and attempted to get around Caplan. Sounds like some irritating yet pretty typical traffic antics, right?

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The New MLK Statue at MacGregor Park Was Vandalized This Weekend

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In today's random vandalism news, vandals were caught striking a massive bronze statue of Martin Luther King Jr. in a local park over the weekend, but no one's sure exactly why.

A city park ranger was completing a routine check of MacGregor Park in Third Ward about 11 p.m. Friday night, when he came across two men striking a bronze community monument of Dr. King.

According to the park ranger, the men were repeatedly striking the 8-foot-tall, $120,000 statue with a metal object, damaging the back side of the recently-erected statue.


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