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All outbound mainlanes of Highway 290 between Pinemont Drive and West Road are closed for a multi-vehicle accident.



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.

Businesss impact of Houston Ship Channel oil spill

Many are wondering about the lasting affects of the oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel and what's next for these companies that were impacted. Some local business owners are already considering potential lawsuits.

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.

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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.

HPD, Nacogdoches police team up to curb crime leaving Houston

Nacogdoches police detectives are working with the Houston Police Department to curb a troubling export from our big city: crime.

City hall salary raises during budget battle

Mayor Annise Parker appears to be the second highest-paid mayor in the United States after a recent 11.75 percent raise, according to a Local 2 review of U.S. mayor salaries.

A look at pricing between urgent cares, free-standing ERs

Houston is leading the nation in terms of the number of state-licensed emergency care facilities. One woman loved the service and the fact that her son was seen immediately at one, but when she got the bill, she was stunned.

Gas station octane test and investigation

A Local 2 investigation has discovered some Houston area gasoline stations charging customers for high-octane gasoline that state tests showed was lower octane than what the stations claimed.

Doctor charged in neighbor's shooting death surrenders to police

A Clear Lake-area doctor charged with murdering his neighbor surrenders to police.

Local 2 Investigates tracks broken parking meters

Local 2 Investigates found there were more than 3,000 complaints about broken parking meters in Houston in 2013.

Local 2 Investigates tracks broken parking meters

Feb. 21, 2014: Local 2 Investigates found there were more than 3,000 complaints about broken parking meters in Houston in 2013. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Are generic drugs really the same as name brands?

Generic drugs are cheaper, but a Local 2 investigation is revealing why some doctors and researchers say certain generics do not always work the same as name brand medicines.

Are generic drugs really the same as name brands?

Feb. 20, 2014: Generic drugs are cheaper, but a Local 2 investigation is revealing why some doctors and researchers say certain generics do not always work the same as name brand medicines. Jace Larson reports.

Doctor indicted on murder charge in neighbor's shooting death

A Seabrook-area doctor has been indicted on a murder charge following the shooting death of his neighbor last May, Local 2 Investigates has learned.

Fmr. flight attendant pushes for stronger safety measures in airline industry

A woman who spent her entire career in the sky as a flight attendant for Delta Airlines is now an advocate, pushing for stronger safety measures in the airline industry, and she's very concerned about a new threat that is emerging.

Driver accused of fatal wreck appears in court

A Corpus Christi man appeared before a Fort Bend County judge for the time since being accused of causing a horrific crash that claimed the life of a 66-year-old woman.

Local 2 Investigates tracks problem pothole spots throughout Houston

Potholes are big and annoying, and many drivers across Houston just can't avoid them. A Local 2 Investigates analysis of Houston pothole complaints and repairs is revealing the streets and intersections with the most potholes.

Local 2 Investigates tracks problem pothole spots throughout Houston

Feb. 14, 2014: Potholes are big and annoying, and many drivers across Houston just can't avoid them. A Local 2 Investigates analysis of Houston pothole complaints and repairs is revealing the streets and intersections with the most potholes. Jace Larson reports.

Lawmaker has solution to prevent crooks from stealing your home

A local lawmaker thinks the Texas legislature will address a legal loophole that allows crooks to file fake deeds and steal people's homes and land.

Lawmaker has solution to prevent crooks from stealing your home

A local lawmaker thinks the Texas legislature will address a legal loophole that allows crooks to file fake deeds and steal people's homes and land. Jace Larson reports.

A family's quest for justice after a mother's death in fiery crash

A family's refusal to allow their mother's death in a fiery crash to go unanswered prompted a legal showdown between the Fort Bend County District Attorney's and her relatives.

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A family's quest for justice after a mother's death in fiery crash

Feb. 14, 2014: A family's refusal to allow their mother's death in a fiery crash to go unanswered prompted a legal showdown between the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office and her relatives. Robert Arnold reports.

Thieves stealing homes from unsuspecting owners

Prosecutors tell Local 2 Investigates they are seeing more cases of crooks trying to steal land and homes from unsuspecting owners.

Check for fake deeds filed on your property

Harris County prosecutors say they are seeing an increasing number of people filing fake deeds in an attempt to and steal an unsuspecting person’s property or house.

Houston's parking ticket hot spots

Local 2 Investigates analyzed a database of 415,000 parking tickets written from 2012-2013, and found a few city blocks and parking lots had thousands more parking tickets than anywhere in the city.

Prescription drugs: Saving thousands

A local man got downright angry when he found out how wildly different the prices medications can be from one pharmacy to the next.

Is your personal information safe?

A Rice University PhD believes that very few retailers spend enough money on cyber security, putting customer financial and personal data at risk.

Is your personal information safe?

Feb. 7, 2014: A Rice University PhD believes that very few retailers spend enough money on cyber security, putting customer financial and personal data at risk. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Woman arrested, man wanted in body shop break-ins

Houston police have arrested a woman they say was helping a man break into several Houston-area body shops. Some of the crimes were caught on camera and the man on that surveillance video is still on the run.

Woman arrested, man wanted in body shop break-ins

Houston police have arrested a woman they say was helping a man break into several Houston-area body shops. Some of the crimes were caught on camera and the man on that surveillance video is still on the run. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

A mother's warning about unlicensed contractors

State licensing officials are taking action against an electrician following a Local 2 hidden camera investigation. The investigation was prompted by a call from a worried Houston mother.

A mother's warning about unlicensed contractors

Feb. 6, 2014: State licensing officials are taking action against an electrician following a Local 2 hidden camera investigation. The investigation was prompted by a call from a worried Houston mother. Robert Arnold reports.

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911 operators hanging up on callers

Local 2 Investigates has discovered 911 operators hanging up on callers.

Residents concerned about waste water flowing near their homes

Residents in several neighborhoods of northwest Harris County are curious if not concerned about a plan that could increase, by several times, the amount of treated waste water that flows near their homes.

Rice University police arrest lawsuit

An arrest by a Rice University police officer has triggered a lawsuit that is challenging the department's authority to enforce the law away from campus.

Rice University police arrest lawsuit

Jan. 31, 2014: An arrest by a Rice University police officer has triggered a lawsuit that is challenging the department's authority to enforce the law away from campus. Robert Arnold reports.

Organized pot tourism draws Texans

Texans aren’t just traveling to Colorado on their own to enjoy legal marijuana, they are also taking part in organized marijuana tourism.

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January 31, 2014: Texans aren’t just traveling to Colorado on their own to enjoy legal marijuana, they are also taking part in organized marijuana tourism. Jace Larson reports.

Legal experts warn 'pot holiday' could end career

With more and more Texans traveling to Colorado to enjoy legalized marijuana, legal experts warn there could be ramifications back home.

Legal experts warn 'pot holiday' could end career

With more and more Texans traveling to Colorado to enjoy legalized marijuana, legal experts warn there could be ramifications back home. Robert Arnold reports.

Texans travel to Colorado to enjoy legal marijuana

An increasing number of Texas residents are traveling to Colorado to enjoy winter sports and get high now that the state has legalized recreational marijuana.

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Legal pot draws Texans to Colo. as Americans support legalization

Local 2 Investigates traveled to Telluride, Colo. to ask Texans if legal cannabis draws them to the Colorado.

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Tour of legal marijuana growing operation in Colorado

Jace Larson shows you how legal pot works and shows you the penalties first-time users face in Texas if they are busted for possessing a small amount of marijuana.

Attorney claims simulator manipulates grand jury process

A Houston attorney is trying an unusual legal tactic in defense of a client charged with assaulting a police officer.

Difficulty dialing 911 sparks change

A hotel room murder in Marshall, Texas may lead to a change in how phone systems work if one grieving parent has his way.

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Crystal Beach fire chief suspended after money questions arise

Jan. 20, 2014: Local 2 Investigates has learned the Galveston County Sheriff's Office has launched an investigation into questionable expenditures by the Crystal Beach Fire Department. Robert Arnold reports.

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Crystal Beach fire chief suspended after money questions arise

Local 2 Investigates has learned the Galveston County Sheriff's Office has launched an investigation into questionable expenditures by the Crystal Beach Fire Department.

Growing buzz about drones over Houston

Commercial drones could be flying over Houston by 2015 if Federal Aviation Administration regulations click into place, but some industry experts think it will take longer.

Growing buzz about drones over Houston

Jan. 20, 2014: Commercial drones could be flying over Houston by 2015 if Federal Aviation Administration regulations click into place, but some industry experts think it will take longer. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

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'Teddy Bear Paradise' indicted for threatening to kill President Obama

A Houston woman who refers to herself as 'Teddy Bear Paradise' was indicted by a federal grand jury for threatening to go to Washington, D.C. and murder President Barack Obama.

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New clues in 'Killing Fields' murder case

Jan. 14, 2014: A potential new clue could finally bring closure to the founder of Texas EquuSearch in his quest to find out who killed his daughter in the 1980s. Robert Arnold reports.

A new lead or another ghost in 'Killing Fields' murders?

Documents filed as part of decades old murder case in Galveston County hint at a possible link to other crimes that have haunted the Houston area since the early 1980s.

A new lead or another ghost in 'Killing Fields' murders?

Jan. 13, 2014: Documents filed as part of decades old murder case in Galveston County hint at a possible link to other crimes that have haunted the Houston area since the early 1980s. Robert Arnold reports.

Deputy suspended with pay following arrest in South Houston

Police say the veteran sheriff's deputy was found asleep in his county-issued vehicle and that officers found alcohol in the car.

Deputy suspended without pay following arrest in South Houston

January 14, 2013: Local 2 Investigates has learned a veteran Harris County deputy has been suspended with pay following his arrest in the city of South Houston. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

New warnings for crude oil rail transport

Hazardous materials teams and fire departments across Harris County are paying close attention to recent train derailments involving a type of crude that is potentially more flammable than other types of oil.

911 operators to be disciplined

After Local 2 exposed photos of 911 call takers who appeared to be sleeping on the job, Local 2 Investigates has learned those employees will go before a discipline board next week.

New details in murder case involving missing pregnant woman

Deputies say Matthew Sowders strangled Melissa Sowders, his wife of eight years and the mother of his four children, then stuffed her pregnant, half-naked body in a trash can and dumped her in Cypress Creek.

Apartment complex taking action after crime spree

A local apartment has pledged to fix broken security cameras and has hired a security guard to watch the front gate at night after several residents became crime victims recently and asked Local 2 Investigates for help.

More families come forward to try to stop killer's release

More families are coming forward as prosecutors and investigators dig deeper into the past of a suspected serial killer.

Fights break out throughout Houston on Christmas

Court records examined by Local 2 Investigates reveal at least 67 separate Harris County assault cases resulting in criminal charges from Christmas Eve through Thursday.

Dates set to auction off Michael Brown's luxury items

Twelve warehouses worth of high-end luxury items that once belonged to former Houston hand surgeon Michael Brown are scheduled to be auctioned in four separate auctions.

More victims of online military romance scams come forward

More victims of romance scams are coming forward after Local 2 Investigates exposed how scam artists are using pictures of U.S. soldiers to trick people into thinking they are falling in love and then coning the victims into sending money and expensive gifts abroad.

Soldier's pictures used in romance scams

Scam artists are using pictures of U.S. soldiers to trick people into thinking they are falling in love, so the scammers can get the victims to send money and expensive gifts, as Local 2 Investigation has found.

'Sliders' continue targeting women at Houston gas stations

Surveillance video obtained by Local 2 shows so-called 'sliders' are still a problem at gas stations across the Houston area.

Three Rice University police officers called to grand jury

As Local 2 Investigates reported, the DA's Office launched an investigation after we exposed a controversial arrest by Rice University police officers.

Three Rice University police officers called to grand jury

As Local 2 Investigates reported, the DA's Office launched an investigation after we exposed a controversial arrest by Rice University police officers. Robert Arnold reports.

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3 Webster police officers indicted on official oppression charges

Between the three of them, they've got less than ten years on the job with the Webster Police Department. And it was a single call Sept. 27th involving a domestic dispute, according to a source, that's got them in hot water.

Judge to run for DA after resigning following unethical conduct allegations

A district court judge who resigned Friday following allegations of unethical conduct, will run for Polk County District Attorney.

Student tasered by police officer on school bus

A student who attacked a Cleveland Independent School District police officer and a bus driver was Tasered on a school bus Monday afternoon, Local 2 Investigates has confirmed.

Attorney answers questions about Rice police arrest

A high-powered Houston attorney is now answering questions about how Rice University police officers handled the arrest of a bike thief.

Lawmaker wants change following Rice police arrest

A state senator is calling for a change in the law following a Local 2 Investigates story on how Rice University police officers handled the arrest of Ivan Joe Waller.

Hospital trend worries doctors

Several Houston doctors say a trend inside hospitals could keep you from getting the best care while you're there.

Residents want better security at apartment complex

Residents of a southeast metro apartment complex say management isn't doing enough to keep them safe after several burglaries in recent months.

HPD, HCSO plan to continue using Tasers

The Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff’s Office have no immediate plans to discontinue use of Tasers following new product warning information.

Local 2 Investigates: photos appear to show 911 operators sleeping

The pictures show people sitting in the 911 call center with headsets on, heads leaning back and eyes closed.

Lawmakers react to Rice University police arrest

State lawmakers are now demanding more answers following a Local 2 investigation into the level of force Rice University police officers used to arrest a bike thief.

Local 2 Investigates controversial arrest involving Rice University police

Local 2 Investigates has learned an independent investigation was launched following our questions into the level of force Rice University police officers used during the arrest of a bike thief.

Missing police paperwork allows DWI suspect to go free

A suspected drunken driver whose hospital records show he tested more than three times the legal limit has been set free.

Local 2 Investigates: Police crashes caused by distracted driving

Computers inside patrol cars are to blame for at least 18 accidents involving Houston Police Department officers in the last three years, Local 2 Investigates has learned after asking the city to total up numbers.

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Local 2 investigates Houston real estate giant

We've got a consumer alert for anyone looking for a new home.  If you're not careful, you could get sued.

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Local 2 investigates contracts from real estate giant Urban Living

Nov. 24, 2013: Local 2 investigates contracts from real estate giant Urban Living. Amy Davis reports.

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Multiple wills further complicating affairs of Michael Brown's estate

A former Houston hand surgeon's death appears to be as complicated as his life. A Federal Bankruptcy case has uncovered that Dr. Michael Brown had four wills.

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Multiple wills further complicating affairs of Michael Brown's estate

A former Houston hand surgeon's death appears to be as complicated as his life. A Federal Bankruptcy case has uncovered that Dr. Michael Brown had four wills. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Houston's biggest landlord responsible for neighborhood problems

The single largest owner of single family homes in Houston is responsible for problems in neighborhoods across the city and is causing a drain on public resources and taxpayer dollars, according to Houston’s city attorney.

Houston's biggest landlord responsible for neighborhood problems

Nov. 21, 2013: Officials say the single largest owner of single family homes in Houston is responsible for problems in neighborhoods across the City of Houston. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Teens pay teens to promote house parties

A local community activist who has talked to several teens who attended recent house parties says teens have paid other teens to promote the parties on social media.

How long could you wait in the ER?

A Local 2 hidden-camera investigation shows the problem of long patient times at some Houston-area hospital emergency rooms continues.

Airport security program designed to spot terrorists questioned

Thursday's hearing before a Homeland Security subcommittee on transportation addressed many of the same concerns raised in a Local 2 Investigates report from September of 2012.

Politician flying private plane at taxpayers' expense

Local 2 Investigates has discovered State Senator Kevin Eltife used a state aircraft a total of 26 times in 2011 and 2013 to fly from Austin to his home in Tyler when the legislative week ended.

Wrecker drivers indicted in SAFEClear investigation

Four wrecker drivers are now facing criminal charges after a months-long investigation by the Harris County District Attorney's Office and the Houston Police Department's Burglary and Theft division.

Search for shooters, school threats

Fears over retaliation as hunt for party gunmen continues

Families of the children who survived a deadly birthday party shooting say they are terrified of retaliation after hearing gang members are threatening anyone who talks to investigators.

Questions plague men charged with birthday party shooting

After Harris County Sheriff's officials announced the arrest of two people in connection with a deadly birthday party shooting, family members and party-goers stepped forward to question whether investigators had all the facts.

Police urge victims of fake surgeons to come forward

Nov. 11, 2013: Used liposuction and plastic surgery laser machines are among the items Local 2 Investigates has learned were taken from a northwest Harris County home after sheriff’s investigators arrested a husband and wife team accused of performing surgeries. Jace Larson reports.

Police urge victims of fake surgeons to come forward

Used liposuction and plastic surgery laser machines are among the items Local 2 Investigates has learned were taken from a northwest Harris County home after sheriff’s investigators arrested a husband and wife team accused of performing surgeries.

Police hunt for suspected ID thieves

Houston police are searching for two women suspected of using stolen personal information to create hundreds of fake identities.

Charges filed in death of man electrocuted at Houston hotel pool

Two electricians have been charged in the death of a man who was shocked and killed swimming at a west Houston hotel pool.

Charges filed in death of man electrocuted at Houston hotel pool

Two electricians have been charged in the death of a man who was shocked and killed swimming at a west Houston hotel pool. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Charges expected in death of man electrocuted at Houston hotel

Nov. 8, 2013: Charges are expected to be filed in the death of a man who was electrocuted at a west Houston hotel. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Two arrests made in 'jugging' case

On Wednesday night, Local 2 Investigates introduced you to a new crime trend called 'jugging.' Now we're hearing from a man who says he was jugged after leaving his bank and we've learned two arrests have been made.

Two arrests made in 'jugging' case

Local 2 Investigates introduced you to a new crime trend called 'jugging.' Now we're hearing from a man who says he was jugged after leaving his bank and we've learned two arrests have been made. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Two explosions, one connection to fired gas leak surveyor

Local 2 Investigates is uncovering new information about a pair of house explosions that disfigured a little boy and led to the death of a 64-year-old woman.

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Hundreds of likely patients saw unlicensed "surgeons"

A victim speaks out after receiving surgery from a husband and wife who were arrested last week for allegedly performing surgeries without a license.

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Nov. 7, 2013: Authorities say a husband and wife arrested last week for allegedly performing surgeries without licenses may have had as many as 200 patients. Jace Larson reports.

Gas explosions connected to employee

Nov. 6, 2013: Local 2 Investigates is uncovering new information about a pair of house explosions that disfigured a little boy and led to the death of a 64-year-old woman. Robert Arnold reports.

'Jugging' crime trend on the rise in Houston

Perpetrators of the crime have followed victims to their homes, work and retail locations waiting for the perfect opportunity, according to police.

Truck driver enjoys happy hour on the job

A Local 2 investigation has exposed a Houston truck driver drinking alcohol on the job and then getting behind the wheel on Houston freeways.

Local 2 Investigates: Truck driver caught drinking on the job

Nov. 4, 2013: A Local 2 Investigates hidden camera investigation has a trucker off the job. Robert Arnold reports.

Drivers ignoring school bus stop signs putting students in danger

Drivers ignoring school bus stop signs putting students in danger

One national school safety group says there will be 13 to 15 million illegal bus passes this school year in the United States.

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Drivers ignore school bus stop signs

Oct. 31, 2013: Careless drivers are caught on camera speeding past a bus with lights flashing and stopped, nearly hitting a child crossing the road. Bus drivers say this happens every single day across Houston. Bill Spencer reports.

Police work to make sure sex offenders follow rules on Halloween

The Houston Police Department's sex offender registration squad is hitting the streets in the days leading up to Halloween, working to make sure sex offenders follow the rules set out in their sentences.

Mothers want new murder charges filed against 'Angel of Death'

The mother of two babies killed in the 1980's wants new murder charges filed against a woman known as the Angel of Death.

Keeping the 'Angel of Death' in prison

October 30, 2013: The mother of two babies killed in the 1980's wants new murder charges filed against a woman known as the Angel of Death. Robert Arnold reports.

African drug showing up in Houston

An herbal stimulant primarily grown in Africa and banned in the United States has been showing up on the streets of Houston, prompting several arrests and raids.

Prosecutor arrested, charged with DWI

A former Brazoria County assistant district attorney was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to court document and Houston police.

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Protect your home from kitchen fires

One wrong move and a small flame on the kitchen stove can turn into a deadly fire. Local 2 Investigates teams up with the Lake Jackson Fire Department to find out what not to do when a grease fire starts and learn how one inexpensive product could save your home and your family.

Local 2 locates additional documents involving HPD police chief who hit pedestrian

Local 2 Investigates has located additional Houston Police Department investigative documents regarding Chief Charles McClelland's auto-pedestrian accident

More than $100,000 worth of stolen goods found at suspect's home

Local 2 Investigates was there moments after officers come across thousands of dollars worth of stolen goods at a home, including an official police uniform.

Judge resigns over allegations she texted prosecutor from bench during trial

A District Court judge in Polk County has agreed to resign following allegations that she texted a prosecutor from the bench during a trial and spoke to jurors improperly.

Judge resigns over allegations she texted prosecutor from bench during trial

A District Court judge in Polk County has agreed to resign following allegations that she texted a prosecutor from the bench during a trial and spoke to jurors improperly. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

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Investigators looking into Twitter threats against Sen. Ted Cruz

Local 2 Investigates confirmed the FBI and U.S. Capitol police are looking into a series of tweets directed at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

West: A town tries to heal

Six months after a massive explosion devastated portions of the central Texas town of West, Local 2 Investigates has found residents frustrated with a painfully slow rebuilding process.

Cemetery owner cleans up veteran's grave

World War II veteran's grave no longer covered up with extra dirt

The family of a World War II veteran whose grave had become a dumping ground for a cemetery's extra dirt finally has some peace.

Cemetery owner cleans up veteran's grave

World War II veteran's grave no longer covered up with extra dirt

The family of a World War II veteran whose grave had become a dumping ground for a cemetery's extra dirt finally has some peace. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Were 21 Calhoun County sheep killed by aliens?

A Calhoun County property owner is not ruling out the possibility that aliens mutilated and killed his 21 sheep.

Former Houston radio financial advisor charged with felony

A former Houston radio show host, who offered financial advice to his listeners, has been charged with a felony, Local 2 Investigates has learned.

World War II vet's family complains grave is used as dumping ground

A Galveston County family believes that hundreds of pounds of dirt piled on top of their loved one's grave is an affront to the veteran who passed away in 1978.

Veteran's grave covered in dirt

October 9, 2013: A Galveston County family believes that hundreds of pounds of dirt piled on top of their loved one's grave is an affront to the veteran who passed away in 1978. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Operator of illegal online drug store, arrested

For two and a half years, it has been the internet's ultra-profitable, all but untraceable, black market bazaar for the hardest drugs you can think of.

Police: ATM theft ringleader still at large

Local 2 Investigates has learned that a significant portion of stolen money from a series of ATM heists was spent at the Houston Galleria during a shopping spree.

More searches, few answers in FBI investigation at 2 Houston homes

FBI agents, supported by HazMat crews, raided and searched a total of five homes as part of an investigation that began in two of Houston toniest neighborhoods.

DA pledges second look at baby deaths linked to nurse

For years victim's rights advocates and Texas mothers have been trying to prevent the release of a woman who has been linked to the deaths of dozens of children. On Thursday, those pleas were answered.

DA pledges second look at baby deaths linked to nurse

For years victim's rights advocates and Texas mothers have been trying to prevent the release of a woman who has been linked to the deaths of dozens of children. On Thursday, those pleas were answered. Robert Arnold reports.

Could fracking cause earthquakes?

The man believes the seismic activity in his neighborhood is caused by fracking conducted by three oil and gas companies.

Mother of hotel electrocution victim speaks

"I don't want anyone else to suffer this pain. It's an immense pain losing my son," the victim's mother said.

Veterans in Houston waiting longer for benefits

Right now, there are more than 400,000 veterans nationwide who have been waiting more than 125 days for the VA to process their disability claims.

Local 2 Investigates mistakes at veterans cemetery

The Houston National Cemetery is considered sacred ground where veterans are honored, and families gather to connect with loved ones past. Yet, since January of 2012, officials at the cemetery have faced questions about incorrectly marked graves.

Local 2 Investigates: The dangers of Wi-Fi Jackers

Cyber security experts say leaving your home Wi-Fi wide open is just like giving the keys to your house to 100 thieves at the same time, you are completely open to attack.

311 response and repair times

Local 2 Investigates wanted to know if where you're calling from makes a difference in how quickly city crews come out to help.

Local 2's guide to the fastest DPS visit in Houston

There are nine different DPS offices in the Houston area and Local 2 Investigates has pulled the documents and crunched the numbers to come up with the average wait times at every one of those offices, which enables us to give you a guide to the slowest DPS offices and the fastest.

What's so special about Molly?

Have you heard of "Molly?" It's a drug similar to Esctacy that doctors say can be fatal and typically causes a rise in body temperature and heart rate.

Man charged in '98 burning of boy

The family of Robert Middleton, a Montgomery County boy who was attacked and horribly burned in 1998, is pleased that murder charges have finally been filed against the man they believe caused the little boy's death.

Carjacker crashes into gas pump, causes huge fireball

Surveillance video from the scene of a fiery carjacking in north Houston reveals a vindictive robber who tried to run down the victim even after he had his SUV.

Carjacker crashes into gas pump, causes huge fireball

Surveillance video from the scene of a fiery carjacking in north Houston reveals a vindictive robber who tried to run down the victim even after he had his SUV. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

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Victims rally to keep convicted baby killer in prison

Several Texas mothers and victims rights advocates are intensifying their efforts to try to keep a convicted baby killer from being released from prison. Robert Arnold reports.

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Victims rally to keep convicted baby killer in prison

Several Texas mothers and victims rights advocates are intensifying their efforts to try to keep a convicted baby killer from being released from prison.

Questions over Hurricane Ike recovery program arise

A Baytown man who has spent the last five years trying to rebuild his home after Hurricane Ike, claims a Harris County program designed to help residents, has been a frustrating experience.

Questions over Hurricane Ike recovery program arise

Sept. 12, 2013: A Baytown man who has spent the last five years trying to rebuild his home after Hurricane Ike, claims a Harris County program designed to help residents, has been a frustrating experience. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

HISD teachers speak out on survey

Many teachers feel safe in the classroom, but they're concerned about test preparation, class sizes and special education students not getting the help they need.

Spring ISD parents to protest for metal detectors in school

Local 2 Investigates did some digging and we found Spring ISD does not require any of its students to walk through metal detectors at any of the district’s elementary, middle or high schools.

Crime and gang activity stats for Spring High School

Spring High School had five incidents involving knives during the 2011-2012 school year, according to the Texas Education Agency.

Crime and gang activity stats for Spring High School

Spring High School had five incidents involving knives during the 2011-2012 school year, according to the Texas Education Agency. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Fort Bend ISD police work to keep weapons out of schools

The new school year has officially begun and so begins the battle to keep deadly weapons off school campuses, off school buses and out of the classroom.

Local 2 Investigates: Weapons in schools

August 27, 2013: Each year police find deadly and dangerous weapons on school campuses across the Houston-area. Bill Spencer reports.

Worky Johnson and Claude Eugene

Police: 'Felony Lane' gang hits Houston area

Webster police arrested two men who are suspected of being members of the so-called "Felony Lane" gang. Officials with the FBI office in Dallas said members of this group are primarily based in Florida and have been linked to car burglaries in Texas and five other states.

Gas station sliders

Gas stations warn women about 'sliders'

Aug. 22, 2013: A recent trend by thieves called "sliding" is when a crook enters an unlocked car at a gas station as a woman fills up her tank and then steals her purse. Robert Arnold reports.

Lt. Governor asks for family member not to spend night in jail

In an unusual move the Allen Police Department released an audio recording of a call made to the department by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst following the arrest of a family member.

Humble ISD refuses to bus kids nearly two miles from elementary school

The Humble Independent School District is refusing to bus children who live in an apartment complex nearly two miles from their elementary school.

Houston attorney insulted by questions over Durst verdict

Citing a single unnamed source, the New York Times published a report on Friday stating the FBI was looking into whether jury tampering had a hand in Robert Durst's acquittal.

New training to prevent school massacres in Houston

The Harris County Department of Education is offering a new type of training for teachers and administrators in the 25 school districts it services.

Mother criticizes school over handling of daughter's attack

Too afraid to say what happened out loud the girl put pen to paper and wrote that a fellow student cornered her in a classroom, switched off the lights, rammed his hands down her shirt and groped her.

DA to move forward in case of man who bought drunk driver drinks

The Montgomery County district attorney will press forward with the prosecution of a man who bought a drunk driver drinks.

More details in arrests of two 'sliders'

Local 2 Investigator Robert Arnold first uncovered this crime trend last week and now he has new details on this latest crime and the stolen property police recovered.

More details in arrests of two 'sliders'

Local 2 Investigator Robert Arnold first uncovered this crime trend last week and now he has new details on this latest crime and the stolen property police recovered.

Local 2 Investigates: Houston fire hydrant investigation

The City of Houston takes, on average, 17.9 days to fix a fire hydrant, Local 2 Investigates has learned.

Slider victim gets quick justice

A quick convergence of circumstances helped police track down and arrest a pair of suspected sliders within 20 minutes of a car burglary.

Arrests made in National Guard investigation

Local 2 Investigates confirmed Friday soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard in Houston and Austin were arrested as part of a far reaching federal investigation.

Man caught on camera allegedly exposing himself at Marshalls

An unidentified man twice within the last few weeks has strolled into a Hedwig Village department store and exposed himself near the pillow aisle, police say.

Increased cancer risk for residents near local dump site

The results of the EPA report are a big change from what neighbors in the Ryon community were told just six months ago.

Cancer risk near Superfund site

August 6, 2013: The results of the EPA report are a big change from what neighbors in the Ryon community were told just six months ago. Bill Spencer reports.

Family of woman injured in golf cart accident sues Houston Rodeo

The family of a woman lying in a coma after she was seriously injured at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo has filed a lawsuit against the historic Houston tradition.

Sliders target women at gas stations and day cares

Houston police officer Jim Woods explained this group of criminals primarily stakes out gas stations and watches for women who leave their purses on the passenger side of the car and the doors unlocked while they pump gas.

Family of the victims

Unanswered questions in Huntsville-area double murders

After releasing few details in the case, investigators are now reaching out to the public for help tracking down the murderer.

Military recruiters accused of bribery, wire fraud

Documents recently filed in Houston federal court reveal a sprawling investigation involving as many as 17 recruiters with the US Army National Guard.

Hospital bills exposed

Hospital billing error exposes private medical information

The compromised private information of those patients included: names, addresses, hospital account numbers, dates of procedures, types of procedures, costs of procedures, medications and insurance providers.

Bobby and Myrta Fariza

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Houston woman dies following Spain rail accident

A Houston-area woman involved in one of Europe's deadliest train accidents passed away late Saturday evening, according to family members.

Cruise ship crimes

Report confirms alleged cruise ship crimes

The cruise ship industry is under fire on capitol hill for an issue Local 2 Investigates highlighted last year.

Cruise ship crimes

Report confirms alleged cruise ship crimes

July 26, 2013: The cruise ship industry is under fire on capitol hill for an issue Local 2 Investigates highlighted last year. Joel Eisenbaum reports.

Houston splash pad test results

What's in water of splash pads?

Kids call them splash pads: Think of a giant, public, shower minus the soap and shampoo. But with all these children playing here, have you ever wondered what's actually in that water?

Charges could soon be filed in neighbor shooting death

A prominent optometrist in a well-to-do subdivision near the Johnson Space Center could be charged with a crime for shooting and killing his neighbor.

Weighing the risks of moving oil by rail

Railroad traffic in the Houston region is expected to double over the next 20 years.

Weighing the risks of moving oil by rail

July 23, 2013: Railroad traffic in the Houston region is expected to double over the next 20 years. Robert Arnold reports.

Home invasion protection

Support for home invasion victims

Local 2 Investigates a new membership club that promises to offer immediate assistance to people who shoot a suspect during a home invasion.

customer info exposed

ADT customers personal information exposed

A box of eight different Houston resident's contracts fell off the back of an ADT truck, as the sales man was leaving the area.

customer info exposed

Customer information exposed

July 19, 2013: A box of eight different Houston resident's contracts fall of the back of an ADT truck, exposing their credit card numbers, account numbers and social security numbers.

Houston's red light camera fines

City leaders seek red-light camera fines opposed by locals

Local 2 Investigates has learned the Houston's City Charter appears to clearly prohibit the collection of so-called "red light camera" fines, yet more than a year after the program ended, Houston city leaders were aggressively seeking nearly $26 million in fines.

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