Harris County estimates at least 2 years to make a ‘significant’ dent in criminal case backlog
Tens of thousands of criminal cases remain backlogged in the Harris County criminal justice system; leaving victims and the accused waiting longer and longer for their day in court. Even the most optimistic estimate from the Harris County Budget Management Department shows it could takes two years to make a significant dent in the backlog.
More than 200 arrests made in street racing crackdown over weekend in Harris County
HOUSTON – More than 200 arrests have been made during a county-wide street racing crackdown over the weekend, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Thursday. The crackdown was a joint initiative with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Houston Police Department and other law-enforcement agencies. READ: HCSO: Over 100 arrested in crackdown on illegal street racingOfficials said there were 222 arrests and 12 vehicles seized during the crackdown. Street racing is being prosecuted. READ: HCSO cracking down on illegal street racing, urging racers to practice on legal race tracks“Hundreds of peace officers, prosecutors and support staff spent all of spring break protecting our community from dangerous street racers,” said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
Liberty County swears in two women, including first-ever female District Attorney in historic ceremony
LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas – History was made during Monday’s swearing-in ceremony as two women take up two county positions never been held by a woman before. The county swore in Jennifer Bergman, who was elected as District Attorney and Tammy Bishop as Constable Precinct #1, the county said in a news release. “This is history, ladies and gentlemen...It is history that is long, long, long overdue.”In total, 13 candidates were sworn in on Monday, five of then being newly-elected officials. “I look forward to serving the citizens of Liberty County,” she said in a statement. I am blessed to call Liberty County my home and I look forward to doing everything I can to make you proud.”
State senator files bill calling for legal action in connection with secret art collection inside Harris County shed
Friday’s announcement of proposed Senate Bill 252 comes after Channel 2 Investigates first exposed secret massive art collection being warehoused on the taxpayers’ dime, “Legally what this bill means is that I don’t think that what Precinct One Commissioner is doing is legal. I don’t think you can take a private Art collection, house it, spend public money, do private tours, I don’t think that is the right thing under the Texas Code,” said Bettencourt. The state senator out of District 7 doesn’t believe the actions taken by Ellis and his office is legal. Bettencourt said this bill is to ensure accountability at the state level if the Ogg’s office does nothing. Bettencourt indicated he cannot speak to federal operations, but he can speak to the state and its laws.
Documents: Charges not pursued after incidents involving man accused of killing HPD sergeant
HOUSTON – Charges were not pursued against “Elbert Manzano” after a pair of incidents that preceded Tuesday’s shooting that killed one officer and wounded another, according to documents obtained by KPRC 2 Investigates from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the Houston Police Department. According to an intake disposition report from an incident on Monday, the prosecutors were examining the offense as a “terrorisric threat,” which is how it was written in the report. An image of the Intake Disposition Report provided by the Harris County District Attorney's Office is seen. He told the officers, I’ll take a charge of terroristic threat if you believe the persons. He did not dive into the facts surrounding the situation and the lack of charges.
Houston Newsmakers: Hurricane season is here
Cristobal continues heading toward Louisiana coast (KPRC)We’re only one week into the 2020 hurricane season and already looking at the 3rd named storm. Tropical storm Cristobal is the earliest a named storm has formed in the Atlantic basin and a hint of the potentially very active season ahead. Chief Meteorologist Frank Billingsley is a guest on this week’s Houston Newsmakers to talk about the expected busy season ahead the best ways to prepare. https://bit.ly/374xDZMConversation with District Attorney Kim Ogg about:Transparency needed in law enforcement“We see too many narcotics cases where the officer was not wearing a body cam. Kim OggWatch this week’s Houston Newsmakers Sunday morning at 10:30amMore Information: ·Frank Billingsley, KPRC Chief MeteorologistKim Ogg, Harris County District Attorney-
Patient, attorney defend doctors accused of overprescribing meds that led to drug overdose
Prosecutors said the doctors prescribed drugs to 15 people, who later died from a drug overdose. She believes the District Attorney's Office has made a mistake. Investigators said In October 2018, the Montgomery County District Attorneys Office received federal grant funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance in order to investigate and prosecute prescription drug diversion in the county. The DAs office was able to identify the doctors by using autopsy data from the Montgomery County Forensic Services Department and analyzing the doctors prescribing habits. "We looked at some of their medical records and that's what led us to some of the doctors."
Disturbance call escalates to officer-involved shooting in Galveston Saturday
Galveston sheriff's deputies and the District Attorney's office are investigating after a disturbance call escalated to chase and officer-involved shooting, leaving a suspect injured Saturday night, according to a release from the Galveston Police Department. "The officer initiated a traffic stop at which point the suspect failed to comply and began actively evading," officials wrote. After the crash, police say the suspect got out of the pickup truck, "and an officer involved shooting occurred." "The involved officer will be placed on administrative leave and the investigation of the shooting will be conducted by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office with assistance from Galveston County District Attorney's Office," officials wrote. No one else was hurt in the shooting and a handgun was recovered from the scene, officials say.