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Local 2 investigates crime-prone areas

Thieves targeted cars and trucks for burglaries in Houston, on average, 99 times per day in 2013, and downtown Houston leads the list of areas most prone to the crime, according to data calculated by Local 2 Investigates.

U.S. faces dilemma over Kurdish oil tanker off coast of Galveston

A massive oil tanker parked roughly 60 miles off the coast of Galveston has the potential to ignite an international incident, if the oil on board is offloaded in the U.S.

Kurdish oil near Galveston poses international dillema

July 28, 2014: An oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico could cause an international controversy. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Local man victimized by knockout game

An east Houston man who was attacked and beaten by three men Thursday night believes he was the victim of a vicious game.

Houston man falls victim to knockout game

July 25, 2014: A local man falls victim to the knockout game. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Local 2 investigation protects consumers from identity thief

Your information is safe from a convicted identity thief thanks to a Local 2 investigation.

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Facebook 'Friend Verifier' app searches for sexual predators

Facebook -- where teenagers tell it all: Secrets, stories, gossip. But because so many teens and tweens want to be seen as uber popular, many times they'll accept Facebook friend requests from just about anybody.

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New way to track your children's online friends on Facebook

July 23, 2014: Facebook -- where teenagers tell it all: Secrets, stories, gossip. But because so many teens and tweens want to be seen as uber popular, many times they'll accept Facebook friend requests from just about anybody. Bill Spencer reports.

Real estate heir accused of urinating on candy rack turns himself in

Millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst turned himself in to authorities Wednesday afternoon after being accused of relieving himself on a candy rack inside a Houston pharmacy.

Alleged police officer hazing incident

Officers disciplined after injury from alleged hazing

A police lieutenant is out of a job and three of his colleagues have been disciplined after an officer was injured in what the chief calls a hazing initiation incident for a new SWAT team member. The lieutenant involved denies it was a hazing incident.

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Officers disciplined after alleged hazing incident

July 23, 2014: A police lieutenant is out of a job and three of his colleagues have been disciplined after an officer was injured in what the chief calls a hazing initiation incident for a new SWAT team member. The lieutenant involved denies it was a hazing incident. Jace Larson reports.

Real estate heir accused of urinating on candy at pharmacy

Officials with the Harris County District Attorney's Office said a Manhattan real estate heir has been arrested and accused of urinating on $150 worth of candy at a Houston pharmacy.

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Guatemalan man accused of murder sought help from Houston missionary

Local 2 Investigates has learned a Guatemalan man accused of murdering his girlfriend in Louisiana sought help from a missionary he met in his native country.

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Man accused of posing as veterinarian, practicing without a license

A man is accused of posing as a veterinarian and practicing without a license, and police believe there may be more victims.

Car break-ins at movie theaters among top Houston crimes

Car break-ins rank at the top of a list of crimes at area movie theaters, according to a Local 2 Investigates review of police reports written for the past two years.

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HPD: Man posed as veterinarian

July 21, 2014: HPD: Fake veterinarian treated pets. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Was $80 parking for Beyonce concert price-gouging?

Local 2 Investigates looks in to the high price to park at Minute Maid Park for Friday's Beyonce and Jay Z concert.

Is $80 too much for parking at Beyonce concert?

July 21, 2014: The high price to park at Friday's Beyonce and Jay Z concert raises questions. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

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Remembering the Stay family; accused killer's difficult defense

The last members of the Stay family who were killed July 9 in their Spring home were laid to rest this week. Investigative reporter Jace Larson takes an in-depth look at the case, remembering the victims and looking into Ronald Haskell's likely defense.

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New details in suspect's past in Stay family murder case

July 18, 2014: The last members of the Stay family who were killed July 9 in their Spring home were laid to rest this week. Investigative reporter Jace Larson takes an in-depth look at the case, remembering the victims and looking into Ronald Haskell's likely defense.

Thief targets N. Houston Redbox kiosk

A movie thief in Houston targets a Redbox and replaces his rental DVD with a piece of paper, much to the consternation of the next renter.

Thief cheats Redbox system in N. Houston

July 18, 2014: A thief targets a Redbox kiosk,much to the consternation of a paying customer. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

HPD: Security guard shot by suspect near Montrose area

A security guard was rushed to the hospital Friday morning after being shot by a suspect near the Montrose area, according to Houston police.

Security guard shot at Montrose convenience store

July 18, 2014: A security guard is shot at a convenience store in the Montrose area. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Cost of Texas border crisis

Government's warning not deterring all immigrants

A media campaign designed to deter Central American immigrants from illegally crossing into the United States is not yet proving to be a strong enough warning for those waiting at shelters in Mexican border cities.

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How are American tax dollars being used for Texas border crisis?

July 16, 2014: A media campaign designed to deter Central American immigrants from illegally crossing into the United States is not yet proving to be a strong enough warning for those waiting at shelters in Mexican border cities. Robert Arnold reports.

Start of shrimp season arrives with shortages expected

Gulf shrimp season starts at midnight Tuesday, but fishermen are not optimistic about what they will find.

Suspected mass shooter has history of stealing guns

Sheriff’s investigators are trying to piece together the series of events that led to murder suspect Ronald Lee Haskell Jr. getting the gun he allegedly used to murder six members of the Stay family in Spring last week.

Haskell has history of stealing weapons

July 14, 2014: A man accused of murdering six people has a history of stealing firearms. Jace Larson reports.

Thief roughs up 75-year-old Spring woman

A 75-year-old northwest Harris County woman was the victim of a home invasion over the weekend.

Pct 4: Home invasion suspect shot when gun goes off during struggle

One home invasion suspect was shot Monday morning during a struggle in northwest Harris County, according to Precinct 4 deputy constables.

Suspected home invader shot when gun goes off during struggle

July 14, 2014: A home in northwest Harris Coutny takes an unexpected turn. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

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Have you been the victim of an unlawful traffic stop?

Do you know your rights during a traffic stop? Watch Amy Davis' report on KPRC Local 2 tonight at 10.

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Lifeguard training company won't abandon use of controversial technique

Local 2 Investigates has found that a lifeguard training company, whose curriculum is taught to thousands of new lifeguards nationwide every year, uses a single controversial life-saving technique not recommended by either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.

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Questions arise over lifeguard training

July 11, 2014: Local 2 Investigates has uncovered questions about the training that many local lifeguards are getting on the job. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

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A look at alleged gunman in mass shooting's past, path, detour

July 11, 2014: Local 2 Investigates uncovered the suspect's rampage started near San Diego, where he's accused of attacking his own mother. Local 2 is now tracking the gun Ronald Lee Haskell allegedly used to a third state. Jace Larson reports.

Texans food stamp benefits used in Hawaii, Guam

A Local 2 investigation discovered Texans using hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of food stamps in tropical locations far from Texas.

Ship containing chemicals used to make weapons arrives in Port Arthur

Local 2 Investigates has learned a container ship carrying some of the ingredients to make Syria's chemical weapons arrived in Port Arthur Wednesday.

League City council meeting on border

League City votes to ban housing of undocumented children

From League City to Galveston, local and county government leaders are standing their ground and sending the federal government a message as tensions mount over the growing humanitarian crisis at the border.

League City council meeting on border

City votes to ban housing of undocumented children

July 8, 2014: From League City to Galveston, local and county government leaders are standing their ground and sending the federal government a message as tensions mount over the growing humanitarian crisis at the border. Robert Arnold reports.

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Officials tour HISD school as possible shelter for immigrant children

An empty school on Houston’s northeast side is being considered as a temporary shelter for unaccompanied Central American children.  Federal officials from FEMA and Health and Human Services were among those who spent more than an hour touring the former middle school.

HISD school may be shelter for undocumented kids

Congressional sources told Local 2 Investigates an empty school on Houston's north east side is being considered as a possible temporary shelter for unaccompanied Central American children.

Thief targets NW Houston auto shop twice in same weekend

Surveillance video catches footage of a man breaking into a store.

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Trash truck crashes into toll booth in north Houston

A close call for a toll taker Monday at a toll plaza that was also the scene of another big accident involving a big rig a few months ago.

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2 car accidents hit same toll booth in NW Houston

July 7, 2014: A toll booth in northwest Houston becomes the site of a crash for the second time. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Galena Park city commissioners vote to limit mayor's power

A city commissioner's meeting reverses the decisions made by the mayor of Galena Park.

Controversial changes afoot at Galena Park City Hall

July 7, 2014: Executive session leads to a wild meeting at the Galena Park City Hall. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Woman posting lost dog flier attacked in front of Family Thrift Store

Julie doesn't want Local 2 to reveal her full name because she is still worried the man who attacked  her outside of a busy, thrift store in northeast Houston will come back and kill her.

2 planes nearly collide at Bush IAH

Two commercial jets came dangerously close to each other Thursday night at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Near collision between 2 planes at Bush IAH

July 4, 2014: Two commercial jets came dangerously close to each other Thursday night at Bush Intercontinental Airport. Joel Eisenbaum reports. [Cockpit/Tower audio courtesy of LiveATC.net.]

HCSO: Minister shot & killed with his own gun during home invasion

Deputies said a man was killed with his own gun as he tried to confront an intruder at his northwest Harris County home.

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Hearing shows continued gridlock over Texas border crisis

A congressional field hearing in McAllen showed lawmakers remain deeply divided over how to handle the influx of thousands Central American immigrants caught illegally crossing the border into Texas. Lawmakers also sparred over what is driving the problem.

Hearing shows continued gridlock over Texas border crisis

A congressional field hearing in McAllen showed lawmakers remain deeply divided over how to handle the influx of thousands Central American immigrants caught illegally crossing the border into Texas. Lawmakers also sparred over what is driving the problem. Robert Arnold reports.

Border agents discuss safety, security

Veteran agent says border not secure

A 13-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol and union representative for the National Border Patrol Council is warning Congressional leaders the border is not secure.

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Border agents discuss safety, security

July 2, 2014: A 13-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol and union representative for the National Border Patrol Council is warning Congressional leaders the border is not secure. Robert Arnold reports.

Admitted humanitarian crisis, Capitol Hill gridlock over Texas border

Republicans and Democrats continue to lock horns over how to handle the thousands of Central American immigrants caught illegally crossing our border. Robert Arnold reports.

Are Uber and Lyft cheaper than a cab?

You've heard the ride-sharing apps Uber and Lyft and by now you've probably heard about the controversy in Houston. So with just a few weeks before the big city council vote Local 2 Investigates is putting those apps to the test.

Uber and Lyft cheaper than a cab?

July 1, 2014: You've heard the ride-sharing apps Uber and Lyft and by now you've probably heard about the controversy in Houston. So with just a few weeks before the big city council vote Local 2 Investigates is putting those apps to the test. Jace Larson reports.

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Lawmakers focus on border security

July 1, 2014: Several state and local officials were called to Austin Tuesday to testify before the State Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. Robert Arnold reports.

Lawmakers hear testimony about money, security, disease along border

Several state and local officials were called to Austin Tuesday to testify before the State Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.

Admitted humanitarian crisis, Capitol Hill gridlock over Texas border

Republicans and Democrats continue to lock horns over how to handle the thousands of Central American immigrants caught illegally crossing our border.

Political chess game continues amid border crisis

July 1, 2014: Government officials continue to point fingers as the crisis on the border rages on. Robert Arnold reports.

Boy hit by train recovering after surgery

A 9-year-old boy had his foot and part of his leg amputated after being run over by a train.

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Boy's death punctuates danger of border crossing

June 30, 2014: A phone number written on the inside of a belt buckle helped investigators track down the family of an 11-year-old boy found dead near Texas' border with Mexico. Robert Arnold reports.

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Advocates help to lower medical bills

June 30, 2014: Americans spend more than $140 billion a year in out-of-pocket expenses for hospital bills, medical fees and drug costs. Bill Spencer reports.

Boy's death punctuates danger of border crossing

A phone number written on the inside of a belt buckle helped investigators track down the family of an 11-year-old boy found dead near Texas' border with Mexico.

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Advocates help to lower medical bills

Americans spend more than $140 billion a year in out-of-pocket expenses for hospital bills, medical fees and drug costs.

Female home invader takes nothing

A woman is accused of illegally entering people's homes but decides not to steal any items.

Strange string of Heights home invasions

June 30, 2014: A woman in The Heights is illegally entering homes but not behaving like your average home invader. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Boy survives after being hit by train

June 30, 2014: A boy is hit by a train but survives. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

More border patrol agents headed to Texas

June 30, 2014: President Barack Obama issues a fiery speech as the border crisis continues to grow. Robert Arnold reports.

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Car dealer steps up to fix Marine's stolen pickup

A local Marine and father who served our country had his prized truck stolen and trashed before he was able to track it down online. After his story aired on Local 2 earlier this week, the Marine's truck is now being repaired as a thank you for his service.

Web posting prompts more questions about Texas border problems

A posting on a federal website is prompting new questions from lawmakers about why swifter action was not taken to help secure our southwestern border.

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Houston-area identity thief exposed on Local 2 now on probation

A Houston-area identity thief first exposed on Local 2 last year is now on probation and the thief's victim says now everyone's financial information is at risk.

Hidden generic drug dangers

Houston doctor happy to see popular drug recalled

The widely prescribed generic blood pressure medicine Metoprolol ER has been voluntarily recalled by Wockhardt Limited. A neurologist practicing in Houston says the drug was on her radar for years before it was recalled.

Man accused of killing grad student pleads not guilty to fraud

Accused killer Ali Irsan pleaded not guilty Wednesday to defrauding the federal government.

Mom of baby taken during carjacking speaks out

'It was the worst moment of my life,' said baby Genesis' mom, who for the first time told Local 2 about what happened.

Congressional leaders grill Homeland Security secretary over border problems

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson faced pointed questions Tuesday from members of Congress.

Governor, senator call for more action on border

Federal and state officials toured Texas border facilities Monday.

Amber Alert canceled after 8-month-old baby found safe

Authorities say the baby, Genesis Haley, was in her mother's car when it was stolen early Monday morning from a gas station in north Houston. Now police have released a sketch of the suspect.

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Crooks steal, trash local Marine's prized pickup truck

A local Marine tracked down his stolen truck using the internet, but sadly he wasn't able to reach it soon enough.

Family claims excessive force by HPD

A 21-year-old man says he was intentionally run over by Houston Police officers.

Money, resources being sent to Texas border

As Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and a contingent of senior federal officials toured immigration facilities in South Texas, the White House announced that an influx of money and resources were being sent to the border to combat the growing number of Central American…

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Federal initiatives announced to secure Texas border

June 20, 2014: As Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and a contingent of senior federal officials toured immigration facilities in South Texas, the White House announced that an influx of money and resources were being sent to the border to combat the growing number of Central…

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New drug used by high schoolers causing concern

Narcotics investigators tell Local 2 Investigates a new dangerous synthetic drug has caused several young adults to go to the emergency room in recent weeks.

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Use of synthetic LSD by high schoolers causing concern

June 20, 2014: Narcotics investigators tell Local 2 Investigates a new dangerous synthetic drug has caused several young adults to go to the emergency room in recent weeks. Jace Larson reports.

CPS: Girl found dead in fridge may have had home health care worker

The mother of a child who was found dead in a refrigerator draw earlier this month had hired medical help at home, Local 2 Investigates has learned

White House sends team as governor calls for 'surge' on Texas border

The Secretary of Homeland Security, along with senior officials from the the White House, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Defense and Health and Human Services will visit Customs and Border Protection facilities in Texas on Friday.

More DPS troops sent to Texas border

Officials with Governor Perry's office say they are worried the increase in illegal immigrants will lead to an increase in crime along the border. Robert Arnold reports.

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Feds arrest 2 Central Texas men on terrorism cases

June 18, 2014: Federal prosecutors have arrested two Central Texas men who they say both expressed a desire to go abroad and help terrorist groups in Syria and Africa. Jace Larson reports.

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Feds arrest 2 Central Texas men on terrorism cases

Federal prosecutors have arrested a Houston-born man and another Texas man who they say planned to go to the Middle East on a violent jihad mission, according to federal court documents reviewed by Local 2 Investigates. Mark Boyle and Jace Larson report.

Builder, city point fingers in fire hydrant dispute

The City of Houston Fire Marshal's Office has begun issuing daily citations to the developer of a gated community off South Main near Stella Link. The enforcement action comes after months of complaints from residents living in the Contemporary Main Plaza subdivision.

Not enough fire hydrants still in SW Houston neighborhood

June 17, 2014: The City of Houston Fire Marshal's Office has begun issuing daily citations to the developer of a gated community off South Main near Stella Link. The enforcement action comes after months of complaints from residents living in the Contemporary Main Plaza subdivision. Robert Arnold…

ER wait times, costs

Repeat ER patients costing millions

Houston-area emergency rooms are packed and the taxpayer price tag is climbing. But one doctor's idea could not only shorten ER waits and save money, but could dramatically improve the health of Houston's most vulnerable patients.

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Possible solution to ER overcrowding?

June 17, 2014: Houston-area emergency rooms are packed and the taxpayer price tag is climbing. But one doctor's idea could not only shorten ER waits and save money, but could dramatically improve the health of Houston's most vulnerable patients. Bill Spencer reports.

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How does Houston's VA Center measure up?

Local 2 Investigates was first to expose service delays at Houston's VA Medical Center, delays that one family says contributed to a veteran's death. Local 2 has new numbers showing how Houston's VA Center stacks up to the rest of the country. Bill Spencer reports.

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How does Houston's VA Center measure up?

Local 2 Investigates was first to expose service delays at Houston's VA Medical Center, delays that one family says contributed to a veteran's death. Local 2 has new numbers showing how Houston's VA Center stacks up to the rest of the country. Bill Spencer reports.

Father of teens killed in crash wants harsh punishment

The father of two teens killed during a hit-and-run accident did not mask his anger toward the woman now charged in connection with that crash.

Teen home alone held at knifepoint during home invasion

A 15-year-old in northwest Houston was at home when a knife-wielding thief entered his family's house.

Texas veterans share VA care horror stories

If the scandal-ridden VA can't give United States veterans the medical care they need, when they need it, then the state of Texas will just have to step in and help them get it.

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Unclaimed, unidentified bodies fill Harris County cemetery

Newly released numbers obtained by Local 2 show that in 2013, 24 bodies at the Harris County morgue were listed as "unclaimed."

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Unclaimed, unidentified bodies fill Harris County cemetery

June 11, 2014: Newly released numbers obtained by Local 2 show that in 2013, 24 bodies at the Harris County morgue were listed as "unclaimed." Joel Eisenbaum reports.

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Killer's parole review prompts call for change in law

At the same time a Pasadena family is fighting to keep a serial killer in prison, there is a call to change the frequency of parole reviews for those convicted of capital murder.

City's lawsuit targets Houston's biggest landlord

The man who owns the most single family homes in Houston could lose almost five dozen of them if he fails to bring them up to code.

City's lawsuit targets Houston's biggest landlord

The man who owns the most single family homes in Houston could lose almost five dozen of them if he fails to bring them up to code. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

'Jugging' victim turns table on robbers

A north Houston woman turned the tables on a robber, but he still managed to get away and commit a similar crime the next day, according to police. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

New security for stretch of Buffalo Bayou Park after Local 2 investigation

New 24-hour weekend security has been added at a stretch of Buffalo Bayou Park in hopes that it will help bring more people to the park.

New security for stretch of Buffalo Bayou Park after Local 2 investigation

New 24-hour weekend security has been added at a stretch of Buffalo Bayou Park in hopes that it will help bring more people to the park. Jace Larson reports.

Houston man on hunger strike over neighborhood 'no parking' signs

He wears an unusual outfit, but his message is serious. A Houstonian is on a hunger strike and it's mostly because of no parking signs.

Investigation launched when vet disappears after discharge from Houston VA hospital

A spokesperson for the Houston VA medical center tells Local 2 Investigates they have launched an internal investigation after family members say their 82-year-old Navy veteran father was discharged and went missing for 12 hours.

Convicted Houston killer released from prison

The man convicted of killing a Houston postal worker in 1984 has been released from prison after serving less than half of a 75 year sentence. David Isador Port was released Thursday and sent to live at the Southern Corrections Austin Transition Center in Del Valle.

Convicted Houston killer released from prison

The man convicted of killing a Houston postal worker in 1984 has been released from prison after serving less than half of a 75 year sentence. David Isador Port was released Thursday and sent to live at the Southern Corrections Austin Transition Center in Del Valle. Robert Arnold reports.

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Harris County deputy constable parked illegally in handicapped spot?

Local 2 Investigates is asking questions after viewers sent in a photo of what appears to be a Precinct 4 officer parked in a handicapped space outside of a fast food restaurant.

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Harris County deputy constable parked illegally?

Local 2 Investigates is asking questions after viewers sent in a photo of what appears to be a Precinct 4 officer parked in a handicapped space outside of a fast food restaurant. Bill Spencer reports.

Daughter of man implicated in murder of activist also held without bond

Nadia Irsan was charged with defrauding the Social Security Administration in federal court.

Pilot who swallowed drugs made bizarre 911 call

A commercial pilot who smuggled cocaine on a flight made an uncommon emergency call.

Member of La Marque city council recorded making racist remarks

Connie Trube used offensive remarks to describe the state of La Marque's school district.

Texas ranks high in number of human trafficking victims

Texas comes in at No. 2 on the list of most victims of human trafficking.

New rankings have district replacing football helmets

With an emphasis on head safety in high school football, an area school district takes action to prevent injuries.

Pilot gets physical with Local 2 crew

May 29, 2014: The commercial pilot accused of swallowing 62 bags of cocaine before boarding a flight as a passenger from Colombia to Houston charged a Local 2 News crew on Thursday. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Man charged in high-profile murder had 200 credit cards in his name

A man accused in the shooting death of an Iranian student and women's rights activist was back in court Thursday for a hearing on federal fraud charges and investigators revealed new details in both cases.

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We got our first look today at the commercial pilot charged with smuggling cocaine through Bush Airport. But he wasn't too happy to see Joel Eisenbaum.

Pilot accused of ingesting drugs on flight charges Local 2 News crew

The commercial pilot accused of swallowing 62 bags of cocaine before boarding a flight as a passenger from Colombia to Houston charged a Local 2 News crew on Thursday.

Pilot accused of smuggling cocaine faces federal charges

A Texas commercial airlines pilot accused of smuggling cocaine from South America to Houston by swallowing 62 bags of it was wearing his pilot’s uniform on the flight, according to a source close to the investigation.

Man charged in high-profile murder held without bond on fraud charges

A Jordanian-born man facing state charges for the shooting death of an Iranian student and women's rights activist has been ordered held without bond on federal fraud charges for what authorities say was his involvement in a benefits scheme.

Pilot faces drug charge, hospitalized after swallowing cocaine

Local 2 Investigates has learned new details about a bizarre story we first broke Monday.

Pilot who swallowed cocaine faces drug charges

May 27, 2014: New developments in the case of a man who is accused of smuggling drugs on a Houston-bound flight. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Man charged in high-profile murder held without bond on fraud charges

May 27, 2014: New details emerge in a high-profile murder and fraud case. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Pilot accused of smuggling drugs as passenger

May 26, 2014: A commercial airline pilot is accused of swallowing a bag of drugs as a passenger on a Houston-bound flight. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Medical issue keeps man charged in high-profile murder out of court

Authorities say Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan collapsed during police interviews.

Man charged in unsolved 2012 murder case in Galleria area

Local 2 Investigates has learned a man is now charged in the unsolved murder of Gelareh Bagherzadeh, who was shot to death outside her Galleria-area town home in January 2012.

Man charged in unsolved 2012 murder case in Galleria area

May 22, 2014: Local 2 Investigates has learned a man is now charged in the unsolved murder of Gelareh Bagherzadeh, who was shot to death outside her Galleria-area town home in January 2012. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Arrest in Galleria-area murder case from 2012

Local 2 Investigates has learned a man is now charged in the unsolved murder of Gelareh Bagherzadeh, who was shot to death outside her Galleria-area town home in January 2012. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Man charged in unsolved 2012 murder case in Galleria area

Local 2 Investigates has learned a man is now charged in the unsolved murder of Gelareh Bagherzadeh, who was shot to death outside her Galleria-area town home in January 2012. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Dangerous Houston parks

Local 2 Investigates top crimes at neighborhood parks

Parks in downtown, Hermann Park, Bear Creek Park and Memorial Park top the list of Houston parks with the most crime, according to a year's worth of Houston Police Department data reviewed by the Local 2 investigators.

Townhome residents concerned over lack of fire hydrants

See why a new neighborhood is being considered a fire hazard.

Questions surrounding Galveston County deputy constable

The Galveston County Commissioners decided not to take any action at this time after a Local 2 Investigation raised questions about whether a chief deputy constable was paid for hours he didn't work.

Lack of fire hydrants concerns SW townhome residents

May 20, 2014: A gated community is considered a fire hazard due to its lack of fire hydrants. Robert Arnold reports.

Questions surrounding Galveston County deputy constable

The Galveston County Commissioners decided not to take any action at this time after a Local 2 Investigation raised questions about whether a chief deputy constable was paid for hours he didn't work. Jace Larson reports.

Local 2 goes into Houston bayous to find submerged vehicles

A team of Texas Equusearch volunteers located and filmed three sunken cars in Brays Bayou over the weekend.

Local 2 goes into Houston bayous to find submerged vehicles

May 19, 2014: A team of Texas Equusearch volunteers located and filmed three sunken cars in Brays Bayou over the weekend. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

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Residents fed up with odor, trash at chemical plant

Residents of a southeast Houston neighborhood said they are frustrated with the foul odor and piles of trash at a shuttered chemical plant off Griggs near Calhoun.

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Where does your food come from? Labels don't tell entire story

You shop. You buy. You eat. Chances are you may not pay attention to where all that food comes from. But now, some experts say not knowing the origins of your food could be putting your health at risk.

Underwater cam: Submerged vehicles in Houston bayous

Go into the water of Houston bayous to see one of the more than 100 suspected submerged vehicles.

Local 2 investigation sparks commissioners inquiry

Galveston County commissioners will hold a special private meeting Tuesday to discuss a county employee investigated by Local 2 following a tip claiming he was paid for time that he did not work.

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Man accused of setting boy on fire indicted

In 1998 Robbie Middleton was 8 years old when he was catastrophically burned over 90 percent of his body. Sixteen years later the man accused of this crime will finally go to trial.

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Man: Weapons easily made with merch found in airport shops

The Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at the airport is loaded with officers and high-tech machines, but is that enough?

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New hi-tech program curbs unnecessary ambulance rides

Houston paramedics and EMTs receive between 700-800 calls for help every day, but among the shootings, stabbings, heart attacks and strokes are those who abuse the 911 system.

Stiletto killer explains why jury convicted her

The woman who killed her boyfriend with a stiletto shoe says she thinks the jury didn't believe her self-defense story because she had never made police reports when she says her boyfriend abused her before.

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Hundreds of parents worry about teacher's sex abuse

The Houston FBI tells Local 2 Investigates hundreds of parents have come forward worried their kids may have been sexually abused by an international schools teacher who worked all over the world.

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More than 100 vehicles submerged in Houston bayous?

The founder of Texas Equusearch said he is convinced more than 100 cars, trucks, and perhaps even a few bodies lie on the bottom of Houston bayous.

Family accuses police of using excessive force during arrests

Baytown police are denying allegations of excessive force and racism leveled by guests at a house party where seven people were arrested after officers answered a loud music complaint there around midnight May 4.

Local VA hospital to be audited for delayed health care investigation

Local 2 Investigates has learned the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center will be audited as part of a nationwide investigation into delayed health care.

Infections inside hospitals attacking patients

Imagine going in to the hospital for a minor procedure, but leaving with a life-changing infection.

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Man, 83, accused of trying to sexually assault housekeeper

A woman is accusing an elderly Jacinto City man of trying to sexually assault her while she cleaned his house.

Pricey perks, travel paid for by taxpayer dollars

Local 2 Investigates discovered the questionable spending at the East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID).

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Pricey perks, travel paid for by taxpayer dollars

May 6, 2014: A Local 2 investigation has uncovered dozens of trips, travel perks, even expensive meals taken by elected officials and government staff and paid for by local taxpayers. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

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Local 2 Investigates: Avoiding outrageous medical bills

May 5, 2014: Here are five steps to avoid outrageous medical bills. Bill Spencer reports.

Avoiding outrageous medical bills

For many people these days going to the hospital is like  entering a cage fight, full of tension and drama and surprises, where patients often feel powerless against the massive hospital system and its huge costs. 

Local 2 Investigates pharmacy prescription mistakes

Local 2 Investigates found pharmacy mistakes happening across the state and discovered big loopholes in how they're tracked.

Local 2 Investigates pharmacy prescription mistakes

Local 2 Investigates found pharmacy mistakes happening across the state and discovered big loopholes in how they're tracked. Jace Larson reports.

New developments in case local CEO accused of drugging, raping women

A federal judge says Henry Morris has been tampering with his ankle monitor, perhaps trying to take it apart and alter it.

Contractors claim government wasted money on bridge project

Contractors building a $133 million U.S./Mexico border crossing bridge are speaking out to Local 2 Investigates, saying the project is wasting taxpayer money.

Top neighborhoods for crime in Houston

A Local 2 Investigates' analysis of Houston crime numbers is revealing certain Houston neighborhoods experienced much larger number of crimes last year than most neighborhoods.

A hurricane, a guitar and the Texas blues

A hurricane, a guitar and the Texas blues

An acoustic guitar that survived the wrath of Hurricane Ike only to surface years later was finally reunited with its owner, along with the story of a legendary Houston blues man.

Top neighborhoods for crime in Houston

April 29, 2014: A Local 2 Investigates' analysis of Houston crime numbers is revealing certain Houston neighborhoods experienced much larger number of crimes last year than most neighborhoods. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

How to search for your school on violent schools list

Robert Arnold walks you through how to read the database of school violence.

Local 2 investigates crime at Houston schools

From brawls, to gang violence and drugs in the hallways; crime on schools campuses is a bitter reality for many districts. To understand which campuses are seeing the most trouble, Local 2 Investigates obtained a database of all reported school crime from the Texas Education Agency.

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New evidence found in suspected serial child sex predator case

The FBI confirms to Local 2 that it is in the process of recovering possible new evidence in the investigation of an international school teacher thought to have molested more than 90 young men since the 1970s.

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New evidence found in suspected serial child sex predator case

April 25, 2014: The FBI confirms to Local 2 that it is in the process of recovering possible new evidence in the investigation of an international school teacher thought to have molested more than 90 young men since the 1970s. Jace Larson reports.

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Chemicals used to make weapons head to Texas

Local 2 Investigates has learned a load of chemicals, once destined to become essential ingredients to make Syria's chemical weapons, will instead be shipped to Port Arthur.

Chemicals head to Texas

Chemicals used to make weapons head to Texas

April 25, 2014: Local 2 Investigates has learned a load of chemicals, once destined to become essential ingredients to make Syria's chemical weapons, will instead be shipped to Port Arthur. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Astrodome still in limbo, no decision imminent

The fate of the Houston Astrodome remains in limbo more than five months after Harris County voters rejected a proposal to transform the aging icon into a $217 million venue for events and conventions.

Astrodome still in limbo, no decision imminent

April 24, 2014: The fate of the Houston Astrodome remains in limbo more than 5 months after Harris County voters rejected a proposal to transform the aging icon into a $217 million venue for events and conventions. Robert Arnold reports.

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Local 2 Investigates: Sports helmet rankings

Helmets are the first line of defense against a concussion on the football field. And, Local 2 Investigates just got the results of new tests, ranking those helmets on how they protect your children. Investigative Reporter Jace Larson traveled to Virginia to see the testing and reveal the results.

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More victims of alleged child sex predator come forward

The FBI tells Local 2 Investigates agents are receiving many tips and learning about more suspected victims of an international schools teacher thought to have molested more than 90 young men.

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Football helmet safety rankings

April 24, 2014: Local 2 Investigates has received new test results ranking football helmets on how they protect your children. Jace Larson reports. 

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Houston FBI: One of worst child sex abuse cases ever

Local FBI agents tell Local 2 Investigates they are working on a recent case of child sexual assaults that is one of the worst they've ever seen, involving more than 90 victims.

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Former HPD cop busted for allegedly providing security to drug dealers

A former Houston police officer has been charged with helping distribute cocaine when he was on the force.

Realtor: Hoarders' Houston home to be renovated

The home where two adult sisters were found living with 130 cats in a hoarding situation will be stripped to the studs and renovated after a pending sale on the property closes later this month, according to the seller’s Realtor.

Houston company subject of nationwide complaints

More than 50 nationwide customers of a local business are complaining they aren’t getting merchandise purchased through the Sunshine Kitty website, Local 2 Investigates has found.

Houston company subject of nationwide complaints

April 18, 2014: More than 50 nationwide customers of a local business are complaining they aren’t getting merchandise purchased through the Sunshine Kitty website, Local 2 Investigates has found. Jace Larson reports.

Texas EquuSearch defies government order

The founder of Texas EquuSearch, Tim Miller, plans to fight the Federal Aviation Administration's attempts to prohibit the use of drones in searches for missing people.

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Looking into psychiatric issues of Fort Hood shooter

April 4, 2014: Investigators say the suspected shooter's psychiatric issues played an underlying role in the shooting at Fort Hood. Robert Arnold reports.

Local 2 Investigates: In-home flight simulators

A You Tube video shows Zaharie Ahmed Shah, the captain of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, had a fairly elaborate flight simulator set-up.

Texas oil spill: Recorded moments before impact

Local 2 Investigates has obtained the "captain to captain" conversation that took place via two-way radio just before the ship channel collision March 22.

Texas oil spill: Recorded moments before impact

March 31, 2014: Local 2 Investigates has obtained the "captain to captain" conversation that took place via two-way radio just before the ship channel collision March 22. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Guilty verdict in decades-old murder case in Galveston County

A jury has handed down a guilty verdict in a nearly 30-year-old murder case in Galveston County.

Family of man electrocuted at hotel pool reach settlement with contractor

The family of a man who was electrocuted at the Hilton Westchase Hotel pool has reached an undisclosed financial settlement with a Houston electrical contractor.

Man charged with string of robberies he didn't commit

Gilford Beatty's legal troubles began with a phone call from a bonding company. Beatty said the message left on his cellphone informed him he had warrants out for his arrest on two felony charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

Trial underway for accused murderer in Galveston County

Nearly 30 years after a woman’s body was found stuffed under a discarded couch in Galveston County, her accused killer is facing trial. 

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Despite efforts, murderer still on the loose

A $70,000 reward combined with statewide pleas for information in the murder of a family of four in Cypress has still not given Harris County sheriff’s deputies enough information to arrest anyone in the seven-week-old case.

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Despite efforts, murderer still on the loose

March 19, 2014: A $70,000 reward combined with statewide pleas for information in the murder of a family of four in Cypress has still not given Harris County sheriff’s deputies enough information to arrest anyone in the seven-week-old case. Jace Larson reports.

Thieves easily stealing credit card info by electronic pick-pocketing

It could just be the scariest high-tech crime out there right now. It involves thieves stealing your credit card information without ever touching you, or your wallet -- it's called electronic pick-pocketing, or crowd hacking.

Rice U. police make changes after controversial arrest

A Harris County Grand Jury no-billed two Rice University police officers for alleged misconduct during an arrest that Local 2 Investigates first broke.

Judge: Montgomery Co. man can be tried as adult in boy burned case

A Montgomery County judge ruled Thursday the man accused of setting Robert Ray Middleton on fire in June 1998 can stand trial as an adult. Even though Don Willburn Collins is 28 years old, he was 13 at the time of the attack.

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Prosecutors push for adult certification in boy burned case

Prosecutors are hoping to convince a judge the person accused of setting fire to Robert Ray Middleton back in 1998 should stand trial as an adult.

City of Houston disciplines 911 call takers after investigation

The city of Houston is now disciplining some 911 call takers following a Local 2 investigation uncovered photographs that appeared to show operators sleeping on the job.

City of Houston disciplines 911 call takers after investigation

Mar. 3, 2014: The city of Houston is now disciplining some 911 call takers following a Local 2 investigation uncovered photographs that appeared to show operators sleeping on the job. Jace Larson reports.

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