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 […]

Two Alien Smugglers Head to Federal Prison

HOUSTON, Texas – Two Alvin residents have been ordered to prison for their involvement in transporting undocumented immigrants, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.   Sarah Lynn Reyes, 23, and Martin Thomas Contreras, 25, pleaded guilty Feb. 21, 2017, to transporting an alien in reckless disregard of his citizenship. Reyes also admitted to fleeing a […]

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Texas Senators Cornyn and Cruz Defend Trump’s Firing of Comey

By Abby Livingston,The Texas Tribune WASHINGTON – The two senators from Texas said Wednesday that President Donald Trump was within the bounds of his authority to fire now-former FBI Director James Comey, even as the move raised concerns from some of their fellow Republicans and virtually all Democrats in the Senate. Both U.S. Sens. John […]

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Abbott signs “sanctuary cities” bill into law

By Patrick Svitek AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) – Gov. Greg Abbott signed a ban on “sanctuary cities” into law on Sunday, putting the final touch on legislation that would also allow police to inquire about the immigration status of people they lawfully detain. “Texas has now banned sanctuary cities in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said in a brief […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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Rep. Beto O’Rourke to launch Senate run against Ted Cruz Friday

By Abby Livingston, The Texas Tribune WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke will launch a campaign to challenge U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 on Friday, according to a colleague with direct knowledge of the El Paso Democrat’s thinking. O’Rourke’s campaign team sent an email to supporters Wednesday morning revealing that “a big announcement” was coming Friday. “Together, we can […]

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Texas Legislators Push to Regulate Powdered Alcohol

By Alex Samuels, The Texas Tribune – *Correction appended Andrea Marquez came to a House committee hearing Monday armed with three things: Kool-Aid packets, her makeup bag and a big bottle of Jack Daniels. The 17-year-old high school student from El Paso told the House Licensing and Administrative Committee hearing Monday that the Kool-Aid pouches were the same […]

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Liquor regulators now acknowledge Rangers haven’t cleared them

By Jay Root AUSTIN (The Texas Tribune) – After state liquor regulators got hit with a complaint last year that it violated its own rules when it served alcohol without a permit at a state convention, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said it conducted a thorough investigation, determined no permits were needed and then forwarded […]