Florida woman sues Kraft Heinz for $5M, claims she is misled by instructions on microwaveable mac and cheese cups
A woman in Florida is suing Kraft Heinz Food Company, claiming that she is misled by the instructions provided on Velveeta’s microwaveable mac and cheese cups, KPRC’s sister station WDIV reported.
Harris County Now Under a Burn Ban. Read more before you burn.
Harris County, Texas –Earlier this week Harris County Commissioner’s Court approved an outdoor burn ban due to continuous drought conditions across unincorporated Harris County. There are now 144 Texas counties with burn bans, including Harris, Galveston, Waller, Chambers and Liberty counties. “The burn ban is meant to ensure the safety of our residents and their properties” said Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen. DO NOT burn on “red Flag” or windy days and think twice before burning outdoors when KBDI approaches 700 or more. The mission of the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office is to safeguard the lives and property of the residents in Harris County through effective fire prevention, fire investigation, education, emergency response, and emergency management.springhappenings.com
Judge fears no-contact order may negatively impact child rescued from Spring home in ‘horrific’ condition
A judge brought up concerns about the bond condition that says a couple accused of prostitution and child endangerment is not allowed to have contact with their 7-year-old child. The judge said she believes it’ll do more harm to simply cut her off from all of her family.
Muslim Call to Prayer Approved in Minneapolis
Minneapolis is the first large city in the US to allow the Islamic call to prayer to be broadcast publicly. So far only one mosque is doing so, three times a day. But after consulting with neighbors more plan to start their own. (June 1) (AP video: Jessie Wardarski)news.yahoo.com
Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) launches an absurd attack against Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke over abortion.
While on the campaign trail, Governor Greg Abbot (R-TX) slammed gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) for O’Rourke’s stand on abortion, alleging O’Rourke “believes that a fully developed a baby, just seconds away from delivery, can still be aborted and killed.” Abbot delivered his inflammatory remarks in the wake of O’Rourke’s pro-choice rally in Houston. O’Rourke held the rally in support of abortion rights following the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion signaling the Court would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark court case that established a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion.news.yahoo.com
Mission granting amnesty for unresolved tickets
Residents with unresolved tickets from the Mission Municipal Court are being granted a temporary reprieve. Beginning Friday, the municipal court will be offering an amnesty period that will run until April 29. According to a Mission news release, any “failure to appear” and warrant fees will be waived; however, all fines are required to be paid in full and in person. “It is the perfect opportunity for people to pay unsettled tickets at a reduced rate and clear up those outstanding warrants,” Mayor Armando O’Caña said in the release. For more information about the amnesty period, call the Mission Municipal Court at (956) 584- 5150.myrgv.com
Trump ‘more likely than not’ committed crime in trying to block confirmation of Biden’s win, judge says
The determination came in a ruling addressing sensitive documents that Trump ally and conservative lawyer John Eastman had resisted turning over to the congressional Jan. 6 committee.washingtonpost.com
Former HCSO deputy charged with possession of child pornography in 2018 sentenced to 10 years in prison
The former veteran Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography in 2018 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Friday.
Court knocks judge, suggests he's in 'wrong line of work'
A maverick judge in Michigan known for ripping into criminal defendants is catching criticism again from a higher court. The Michigan Court of Appeals suggested Jackson County Judge John McBain is ripe for a misconduct investigation for how he handled the sentencing of a woman convicted of killing her boyfriend on Valentine's Day 2015. “If a trial judge is unable to follow the law as determined by a higher appellate court, the trial judge is in the wrong line of work,” the appeals court said in a 3-0 opinion Tuesday.news.yahoo.com
Supreme Court denies abortion providers’ request to return Texas case to judge who blocked state’s six-week ban
The court’s liberal justices issued fiery dissents saying it had become complicit in establishing an “unconstitutional chill on abortion care,” and calling the handling of the case “a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies.”washingtonpost.com
NorthShore may take action against workers with religious objections to COVID-19 vaccine mandate as case is underway, judge decides
Fourteen NorthShore employees are suing the hospital system alleging NorthShore won’t let them keep their jobs because of their religious objections to getting COVID-19 vaccines.chicagotribune.com
Man known as ‘Uncle Al’ sentenced to life in prison for child sex crimes, Harris County Dist. Attorney says
A Houston man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for sex crimes against four children including those he knew from church, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
The Texas Senate has approved a new statewide appeals court. Critics contend it's another attempt to limit Democrats' power.
Colorado shooting suspect will remain held without bail, judge says
Alissa is also charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting at another police officer, who was unhurt. He appeared alert and attentive, moving his knees from side to side, his eyes darting back and forth from his lawyers to the judge. Many held candles and roses while locking arms or embracing at Fairview High School near the base of the snow-covered Rocky Mountain foothills. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.
Man accused in fiery crash that killed mother, 3 children, appears in court
HOUSTON – Family members of the victims were in the courtroom Tuesday, including the husband and father of the woman killed. Family members of victims Porsha Branch, 28, and her three children, ages seven months, 5, and 2, were visibly upset when authorities brought the suspect into the courtroom. Daniel Canada, 35, faces four counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault. According to Harris County officials, Canada was drunk with a blood-alcohol level of at least .15 when he slammed into another car, killing a mother and her three children. The fiery crash resulted in a seven-car pileup on Sunday night.
Former HISD special ed student claims he was sexually assaulted by fellow student
HOUSTON – A former student at Cesar Chavez High School claims in a lawsuit filed against the Houston Independent School District that he was sexually assaulted by a fellow student. “He was repeatedly raped in a bathroom by another student at HISD and he reported this to his teacher,” Feldman said. AdFeldman said HISD’s position seems to call in to question the former student’s credibility because of his disability. In this case, it is alleged that a student was sexually assaulted by another student and that a teacher was aware of the harm but did nothing in response. It is HISD’s position that the minimum legal requirements for a claim under Title IX have not been met in this case.
Harris County $1.4 billion short on flood control projects that are part of bond voter’s approved after Harvey
More than two years after Harris County voters overwhelmingly approved a $2.5 billion flood control bond, the county announced Tuesday that it is $1.4 billion short. Many of the hundreds of original projects remain unfinished, including in some of the most economically disadvantaged communities. “Halls and Greens, the two poorest watersheds in the county -- they’re basically left out of the process,” said Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia in Commissioner’s Court. “It doesn’t add up at all,” said former Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “The commissioner’s court needs to fix it,” said State Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-Dist.
Man accused of killing HPD Sgt. Sean Rios makes second court appearance; bond now set at $700,000
HOUSTON – The suspect charged with the murder of Sgt. A judge increased his bond to now include two new charges of aggravated assault. On Monday, prosecutors said witnesses saw Soliz, who is an alleged gang member, and Sgt. Witnesses said Soliz sped away in his Mercedes, along with another man in a black pickup truck. The judge set the bond at $100,000 for each of the new charges.
Ask 2: What precautions are in place to protect jurors from COVID-19?
As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. What precautions are in place to protect jurors from COVID-19? Answer: According to Galveston County, the jury assembly room is operating at a limited capacity and has been rearranged and marked in order to allow for proper social distancing. Seating in the gallery has been limited to every other row and jury seating arrangements are to be monitored by court staff. Other social distancing measures include maintaining adequate social distancing of at least 6 feet from all persons who are not from the same household, restrictions in elevators and restrooms, and the closing of public common areas.
Woman charged in attempted kidnap of Joe Montana grandchild
Sodsai Dalzell appears in court for an arraignment Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles. Dalzell is charged with attempted kidnapping of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana's granddaughter. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)
Pregnant woman accused in road rage shooting to appear in court Tuesday
HOUSTON – A pregnant woman accused in a Friday road rage shooting is set to appear in court Tuesday after previously appearing in court over the weekend. The alleged road rage incident began at 12:45 p.m. Friday near JFK and Beltway 8 and ended in the 500 block of Rankin Road. Deputies said they began sideswiping each other with their vehicles and that’s when Daniels got out the Jeep, pulled a handgun and fired several times at the red sedan. The driver of the red sedan was struck in the lower back. Prosecutors said Daniels admitted she got out of her car and fired her gun at the other woman’s car at least three times.
Mother charged with intoxication assault after fiery crash is a repeated offender: Court documents
HOUSTON A magistrate judge reviewed a case Monday morning involving a mother accused of driving while intoxicated and causing a fiery crash that severely burned her son. Court officials said the six-year-old will likely die and the mother was given a $75,000 bond. Authorities said early Saturday morning 28-year-old Erika Long was caused a single-vehicle crash along the Grand Parkway in Spring. The six-year-old boy taken to UTMB via Life Flight while his mother was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. Teare said Long has been charged twice before in connection to her six-year-old son.
DPS trooper charged with sexually assaulting woman while on duty appears in court
HOUSTON – Lee Boykin, 31, took an oath to serve and protect as a DPS trooper, but he found himself on the wrong side of the law after being charged with aggravated sexual assault. Authorities accuse him of pulling over a woman, driving her to a parking lot and forcing her to perform sex acts. Investigators say he claims the sex act was consensual. He was arrested Saturday and posted a $100,000 bond on Sunday. If convicted of aggravated sexual assault, Boykin could spend 5 to 99 years or life behind bars.
Harris County eviction cases continue to mount as coronavirus threat, job loss continues
The state lifted its moratorium on evictions at the end of May and since that time, the number of evictions cases filed in Harris County court has continued to rise. That’s the situation I’m in.”From southeast Houston to West Harris County, and from Pasadena to Humble, Harris County Justice of the Peace courts have dockets filled with eviction cases. There were 2,300 eviction cases filed Harris County just in the last month according to Princeton University’s Eviction Lab, which is studying evictions nationwide. Hepburn said despite historically lower numbers — unlike other cities such as Boston, Cleveland or even Austin — there are fewer protections for those facing eviction in Harris County. Karni said many people facing eviction don’t even know to ask if they’re covered by the CARES Act.