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'Sticky Note Bandit' Strikes a 4th Time in 2 Weeks

Houston suspect left latest bank robbery without cash, police say

(Newser) - The FBI says the "Sticky Note Bandit" attempted his fourth bank robbery Tuesday, but he didn't get away with any cash. Police say the suspect walked into a Bank of America branch in Houston and, as in other robberies, handed a teller a sticky note with a threatening...

In Houston Suburb, a 'Very, Very Evil, Evil Thing'

Couple accused of kidnapping teen, holding her captive for a month

(Newser) - An 18-year-old woman was sexually abused over the course of a month while held against her will in a Texas neighborhood before escaping her restraints and running for help, according to police. A resident of the Houston suburb of Humble tells KHOU that a "shaking" barefoot woman showed up...

Rudy Farias Says Mom 'Brainwashed' Him for 8 Years

But 'missing' Houston man denies reports he was sexually assaulted

(Newser) - Rudy Farias says he felt like he was "brainwashed" by his mother to go along with her lies for eight years. Police in Houston say Farias, then 17, returned home one day after he was reported missing in 2015 but mother Janie Santana continued to insist he was missing...

Police Back Up Neighbors, Say Teen Never Was Missing

Rudy Farias and his mother are not being charged over eight-year search

(Newser) - Rudy Farias, who was reported missing eight years ago and said to have been found safe last weekend, indeed was unaccounted for in 2015—for one day, Houston police said Thursday. Officers said at a news conference that Farias, who was then 17, returned home the day after his family...

Case of Missing Houston Man Takes a Disturbing Turn

Activist says mother drugged, abused Rudy Farias

(Newser) - With questions continuing to swirl around the case of Rudy Farias, the Houston man who was found outside a church eight years after he was reported missing, community activist Quanell X made some very disturbing allegations Wednesday. The activist said the 25-year-old, who was reported missing by his mother in...

Protections for Police Dog in Patrol Car Fail—Fatally

Houston police say air-conditioned vehicle shut off without warning, killing K9 Aron

(Newser) - A police dog in Texas died in a "tragic accident" Monday as the air-conditioned patrol car the 4-year-old was housed in unexpectedly lost power. The handler of the Houston Police Department dog named Aron had left him in a "running, air-conditioned patrol vehicle, which is a necessary and...

6 Shot in Parking Lot Near Houston Club

Dispute from inside venue apparently carried outside; one victim was seriously wounded

(Newser) - Police in Houston say six people were shot and injured after someone opened fire in a crowded parking lot outside of a club in Houston early Sunday. Police Chief Troy Finner said officers found six people shot following a disturbance inside the club that spilled out into the parking lot,...

Guy Charged With Taking Break From a Date to Kill a Man

Erick Aguirre allegedly shot and killed a fake parking attendant in Houston

(Newser) - A woman told Houston police that she went on a date with a guy, only to find out later that he committed murder when he left for a short time, according to a criminal complaint. Erick Aguirre, 29, is accused of fatally shooting a man who was posing as a...

Taylor Swift Fans Make $13 Donations After Man's Death

Jacob Lewis was struck by allegedly drunk driver after leaving Swift's Houston concert

(Newser) - A Houston man is facing a felony murder charge after he allegedly struck and killed a man who'd just left a Taylor Swift concert. Jacob Lewis, 20, and his 26-year-old sister departed Houston's NRG Stadium early Saturday only to have their vehicle break down on the Southwest Freeway....

State Takes Over Country's 8th-Largest School District

Democrats slam Texas takeover of Houston schools as politically motivated

(Newser) - Texas officials on Wednesday announced a state takeover of Houston's nearly 200,000-student public school district, the eighth-largest in the country, acting on years of threats and angering Democrats who assailed the move as political. The announcement, made by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's education commissioner, Mike Morath, amounts...

Cops: 3-Year-Old Girl Fatally Shot Sister, 4

Houston girls were playing unsupervised, sheriff says

(Newser) - "Our hearts are broken," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said after a 4-year-old girl was fatally shot in a Houston apartment Sunday. The sheriff said that in a "tragic" and "very preventable situation," the girl was apparently shot by her 3-year-old sister while they were...

Prosecutors: He Kept Her Where She Was 'Not Likely to Be Found'

Houston authorities say Abraham Bravo Segura kept woman captive in trailer for 4 years

(Newser) - Deputies arrested a Houston man this week, and court records say he's being charged with kidnapping for holding a woman captive in his trailer for about four years. Abraham Bravo Segura, 42, was hit with the felony charge after his Wednesday arrest, for allegedly "secreting and holding" the...

'Complete Shock': Podcaster Captures Crazy SUV Crash

Nobody was injured in the Houston accident

(Newser) - Podcaster Nathan Reeves was wrapping up an interview in Houston from a cafe when he spoke some unintentionally ironic words: "It got so quiet in here," he said—just as an out-of-control SUV barreled into the cafe right behind him. The startling video is here , via Reeves' "...

Cops: Restaurant Customer Killed Robber, Gave Money Back to Patrons

Grand jury will decide on charges for Texas man

(Newser) - A man who killed an armed robber Thursday night at a restaurant in Houston came forward to speak to police Monday. Surveillance video shows a masked man dressed in black waving a gun around as he robs patrons at a taqueria in southwest Houston. Police say the customer rose from...

Police ID Man Charged With Throwing Cans at Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz's Booze Chucker
Won't Face Charges

Ted Cruz's Booze Chucker Won't Face Charges

Texas senator was nearly hit in the head by unopened White Claw can

(Newser) - A guy who threw two unopened cans of alcohol at Ted Cruz won't face charges after all. A grand jury opted not to indict Joseph Halm Arcidiacono for chucking the cans at the senator during a victory parade for the Houston Astros last year, reports the Houston Chronicle . Halm...

Amid Houston's Freezing Temps, Woman Ends Up With 1.6K Bats in Attic

They recovered there after plunging from area bridges

(Newser) - More than 1,500 bats found a temporary home this week in the attic of a Houston Humane Society director, but it wasn’t because they made it their roost. It was a temporary recovery space for the flying mammals after they lost their grip and plunged to the pavement...

Here Are the Most Festive US Cities
Here Are the Most
Festive US Cities

Here Are the Most Festive US Cities

New York tops LawnStarter's list

(Newser) - Do you don your party hat on Dec. 1 and not take it off till the new year? You might want to seek out cities where you'll find like-minded festive souls. LawnStarter gathered public data from 200 of the nation's largest cities to see where those in a...

Man Arrested in Takeoff&#39;s Death
Arrest Made in Rapper's Death

Arrest Made in Rapper's Death

Police say rapper was an innocent bystander in dispute outside Houston bowling alley

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 33-year-old man in the fatal shooting of rapper Takeoff, who was killed last month outside a bowling alley in Houston. Houston police announced Friday that Patrick Xavier Clark has been charged with murder in connection with Takeoff's death. Police Chief Troy Finner said Clark was...

Houston Residents Can Drink Their Water Again

City lifts boil advisory

(Newser) - Houston officials lifted an order Tuesday that had called for more than 2 million people in the nation's fourth-largest city to boil their tap water before drinking or using it. The boil order had been in effect since Sunday, when a power outage at a purification plant caused pressure...

Houston Issues Boil Water Notice for Entire City

Power outage caused pressure to drop at water purification plant

(Newser) - More than 2 million people in the Houston area were under a boil order notice Monday after a power outage at a purification plant caused water pressure to drop, and the mayor of the nation's fourth-largest city ordered a full review of the system. The notice tells customers to...

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