Suspects Arrested, Charged in #Jadapose Rape Case

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Screenshot MSNBC interview with Jada

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.

19-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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Three Ridiculous Pot Laws in Texas

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Photo by Sids1 via flickr

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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DA's Office Will Spend $1.9 Million to Outfit More Local Cops With Body Cams

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HPD
It looks like there's finally an official plan in place for the purchase of some more body cameras for hundreds of local law enforcement officers.

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced this afternoon that her office plans to dole out $1 million to the Houston Police Department and $900,000 to the Harris County Sheriff's Office for the purchase of hundreds of body cameras, which will be worn by officers while they're on duty. The money will come from assets the office has seized during criminal investigations, Anderson said.

The DA's office said that overwhelming frustration voiced at a recent town hall, along with the overwhelming community support for body cameras, led to the decision to chip in some funding for more local body cams.

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State Lawmakers are Filing Against HERO and other Non-Discrimination Ordinances

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Photo by Aaron Reiss
Opponents of Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance now have some state legislation to watch.

The City of Houston hasn't had much luck with Mayor Annise Parker's attempt to enact Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance, (aka HERO) an ordinance to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents against discrimination, but now it looks like the Texas legislature is getting involved and all of the ordinances could be in jeopardy.

While things have been relatively quiet regarding Houston's law in recent weeks, opponents to such laws in the state had something new to chew on this week after Plano officials signed off on a similar anti-discrimination law in the ritzy suburban enclave that sits on the edge of Dallas.

Some of the same pastors that so ardently opposed Houston's law were immediately on hand to protest Plano's anti-discrimination measures aimed at protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents from, you know, discrimination. Then, because this is Texas, land of tolerance and hands-off government, -- as long as it has nothing to do with equal rights or abortion -- the whole argument got kicked up a notch when state lawmakers decided to get involved.


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Spring-Area Teenager Shows How Not to 'Cop-Watch'

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Thanks to the most brilliant plot known to man, a Spring-area teenager is behind bars after allegedly calling 911 with fake emergencies and then screwing with the cops when they showed up.

Eighteen-year-old Tony Ybarra was arrested December 6, accused of calling in two separate fake reports of suspicious drug activity near Cypresswood and Holzwarth in north Houston in order to gain some YouTube fame.


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HFD Captain Threatens to Make Hispanic Male Teens "Deceased" on Facebook

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Capt. Larry Batiste Twitter

Apparently Hispanic male teenagers should watch out around a Houston Fire Department captain, who threatened to "make them deceased," saying during a Facebook rant that "Hands Up, Don't Shoot shit" doesn't work with him.

The department is investigating HFD Captain Larry Batiste after he posted the threat on his Facebook page after finding his truck broken into early one morning, according to KHOU.

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Local Pit Bull Owner Drops Lawsuit Against Victims of Dog Attack

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Screenshot, First Coast News

After nearly a month of public scrutiny over her million dollar lawsuit, the Texas City woman who was suing her neighbors for injuries she says she sustained after her four pit bulls broke through a shared fence and killed her neighbor's beagle has dropped her lawsuit.

Emerald White, a Texas City woman with four pit bulls, filed the lawsuit against her neighbor, Steve Baker, in mid-November, stating that she was "seriously injured" while trying to retrieve her four pit bulls, which had broken through a shared fence and were attacking Baker's dog on his property.

White said she suffered "multiple serious bite and scratch-type injuries," during the incident due to Baker "failing to properly train the animal in question to prevent the vicious behavior of the animal," and "failing to securely confine and restrict" Bailey, a 10-year-old Beagle. Bailey was killed in the attack.

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The New MLK Statue at MacGregor Park Was Vandalized This Weekend

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Screenshot from the Black Heritage Society dedication video

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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If You're Buying a Cheap TV on Black Friday, Here Are Some Reasons to Watch Yo' Ass

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So there's a good chance some of you are planning to venture out on Black Friday, intent on throwing yourself into the hordes of people fighting over an iPod knockoff. Well, we kinda think you're nuts.

But the good thing is, you're not alone in your nuttery. Plenty of Houstonians will be out there along with you, all clawing their way to the electronics bins at Walmart in a fight to the death for whatever that super-cheap thing is everyone's after.

But there are plenty of reasons you should watch yo'self during Black Friday shopping. No one needs to be robbed at gunpoint in a mall parking lot. So here are just a few reasons to be cautious as you head out tomorrow (or tonight, or whenever the hell stores are opening for Black Friday these days):

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Lawyer of Accused Tutu Flasher Says His Client Was Wearing Underwear While Exposing Himself

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There's nothing like getting caught with your pants...er...tutu down.

While it may be embarrassing, the attorney of a man accused of flashing a local salon says baring your balls from underneath a tutu is hardly indecent exposure. After all, his client, who has been accused of doing just that, had on some sort of "shielding" undergarment, too.

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