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Sentencing took place at the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse in Houston. Shutterstock

Final Man Convicted in Major Houston Area Cocaine Conspiracy

  HOUSTON –  With the final plea today, three Houston men have been convicted for their roles in a $1 million narcotic trafficking conspiracy, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Robert Ashleigh Whitten, 38, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Lalo Buddy Perez, 26, and Michael Anthony Patran, 28, pleaded guilty […]

Conroe Area Man Sentenced for Producing Child Pornography and Possessing 10,000 Plus Images

HOUSTON – A 59-year-old man from the Conroe area has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of sexual exploitation of a child as well as distribution and possession of child pornography, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Robert Neal Hatchell pleaded guilty Dec. 19, 2016, admitting he took sexually-explicit photographs and a video […]

Jeffrey Killebrew

Jail Time for Katy Man Who Caused Franz Road Fatal Crash

HOUSTON (Covering Katy) – Jeffrey Killebrew, 50, of Katy was convicted this week of criminally negligent homicide in Harris County Criminal Court after a 2014 Franz Road accident where a motorcyclist was killed.  Killebrew was sentenced to two years in state jail, and fined $3,000 following a three-week trial. The punishment was the maximum penalty under Texas […]

Mike McKim - Photo by Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune

Austin Bar Tells TABC to ‘Come and take it’ and Then Wins Legal Battle to Get ‘it’ Back

By Jackie Wang AUSTIN (The Texas Tribune) – Mike McKim held an empty aluminum can under a tap and pulled the handle, filling the can with Real Ale Brewery’s Helles beer. He fitted a pull tab lid on top, slotted the can into his “crowler” machine, and pushed a button. He told the story of the equipment’s […]

Judge R.H. “Sandy” Bielstei

Fort Bend County Judge R.H. “Sandy” Bielstein has Died

  FORT BEND COUNTY (Covering Katy) – According to reports, Fort Bend County Court-at-Law No. 4 Judge R.H. “Sandy” Bielstein died peacefully Sunday. Bielstein served with the United States Marine Corp, earning three Presidential Unit Citations for unit combat action, before serving 20 years with the Houston Police Department. In 2001 he was the first […]

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Dinner Cruise Ship Captain Convicted of Using Stolen Identity 

  GALVESTON, Texas – A ship captain for Majestic Ventures, Majestic Dinner Cruises and Majestic Yacht Charters dinner cruise lines has entered a guilty plea to aggravated identity theft and making false statements in a passport application, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Cynthia Lyerla, 53, of League City, admitted to obtaining the birth certificate […]

The Katy parking lot at I-10 and Westgreen Blvd. where a baby was found in a car seat. Courtesy Google

More is Known about Pair Charged with Abandoning Child In Katy Parking Lot

  HOUSTON (Covering Katy) – The Katy man and Houston woman who are accused of abandoning a baby in a Katy parking lot have a history of legal troubles that include drug possession charges. The baby was found in a parking lot at the corner of I-10 and Westgreen Boulevard. Gary Collins, 39, and Sarah […]

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U.S. Attorney Magidson Announces His Resignation

  HOUSTON – United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson has resigned as chief law enforcement officer for the Southern District of Texas.  The resignation was effective at midnight March 10, 2017. He is one of 45 Obama appointees asked to resign Friday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It is not unusual for incoming administrations to ask […]