Anthony Duane Horne, 25, an HIV-positive man, was charged with aggravated assault for spitting on two Dallas police officers, The Dallas Morning News and Dallas Voice reported yesterday. According to police, when a Dallas County Hospital employee tried to put a spit mask on Horne, who was being book ... More >>
White Rock Lake has become a favored hunting ground for knife-wielding bandits. At the end of March, one made off with a cell phone and bicycle from kids walking along the path cutting through the park below the dam. Two weeks later, at almost the same spot, a young couple was confronted by a man wi ... More >>
And why do they always yell "Cu-le-ro" at bands they love?
Aftermath Inc. refers to itself as a "biohazard restoration company", more commonly known as crime-scene cleanup: The company's employees go in after murders, suicides, injuries, hoarding cases and other seriously unpleasant situations. But now three of their Texas employees are being sued in Dallas ... More >>
Danny Balis just called with the heads-up: In the last two days, two local bars have been robbed at gunpoint. Danny wondered if perhaps they were related.According to Dallas Police reports, the first stick-em-up occurred around 1 a.m. Tuesday at the Dallasite on Bryan Street, across the street fr ... More >>
If it's a major holiday likely to involve a drink or two or 12, it's time for ... you guessed it: the Dallas Police Department's No-Refusal DWI Initiative! Let's not waste time recapping the what-the-whats. Release the release!The No-Refusal Initiative will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December ... More >>
As mentioned yesterday, several of the Dallas County exonerees appeared on CNN's Larry King Live last night, where they were joined by the stars of the movie Conviction, The Innocence Project's Barry Sheck and Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins. On the other side you'll find King's int ... More >>
Back in June 2009, then-Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle told then-Dallas Observer-er Kimberly Thorpe why he was (and, no doubt, remains) a big fan of the department's so-called No-Refusal DWI Initiative, which allows officers who pull over suspected drunk drivers to take and test two vials' wort ... More >>
I know where Andrea'll be tomorrow at noon: In the Flag Room at Dallas City Hall, where council member Delia Jasso will be joined by members of the Dallas Police Department and local rape-victims advocacy and support groups to announce the kickoff of what DPD's calling a "Sexual Assault Awareness ... More >>
No doubt you caught at least some of The Dallas Morning News's recently wrapped three-part series on Texas's trouble with properly punishing drunken drivers. Probation instead of prison; back behind the wheel instead of behind bars. Says Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins in a missive ... More >>
We're thinking the kiddos at Pinkston High School weren't having a tough time getting high last year. (The markers are streets where drug houses were located.)Tyrone Weatherall, the 35-year-old leader of the "West Side Gator Boys," pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to possess wi ... More >>
This just in from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: The agency, along with the Office of Homeland Security Investigations National Gang Unit and an alphabet's soup worth of local law enforcement agencies, spent the last five days sweeping Dallas-Fort Worth for gang members and their a ... More >>
Sam MertenCraig WatkinsTwo months ago to the day, we told you about Dallas County Republican Party chair Jonathan Neerman's public information request for the calendar of Democratic Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins dating back to his first day in office -- January 1, 2007. Seeme ... More >>
Eleanor Mowery Sheets and husband NickyAgain, this is Candy Evans's beat -- why, just today she noted over on D's DallasDirt that the former manse of Eleanor and Nicky Sheets is selling at half off the original asking price after it failed to move at an IRS auction in February. Nevertheless, this ... More >>
Joe Betzel, one of the Dallas Fire-Rescue workers who filed suit against the city -- yet again -- todayBack in December we wrote a few items about the so-called "billion-dollar case" currently being considered by the Supreme Court of Texas. Very long story way too short: It stems from a 1979 refe ... More >>
Sam MertenTerri HodgeThe staff was all tied up today and couldn't make it to the Earle Cabell for Terri Hodge's sentencing. But the guilty-plea-taking ex-state represenative got a year in federal prison, because U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn didn't really buy her story that, look, it was ... More >>
Craig Watkins speaking at SMU on WednesdaySpeaking of Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins ...This week, SMU hosted a Media and Human Rights Symposium that featured among its guests Watkins, a few profs and even a noted Oscar-winning filmmaker. Watkins delivered his presentation on Wedne ... More >>
Interesting item on the Dallas City Council's agenda this morning: "Judicial Nominating Commission." (It's Action Item No. 5, for those playing along at home.) City Attorney Tom Perkins is offering the council three alternative ways to fix the body that vets candidates for municipal judgeships. S ... More >>
Kimberly ThorpeSome of the drugs and money seized by law-enforcement officials in the fall of 2009We were there in October of last year, when the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the I.R.S., the U.S. Secret Service and Texas Air National Guard -- and every other law-enforcing acronym -- ... More >>
Hey, Don Hill, how many years in prison did guilty-plea-taker John Lewis get today?John Lewis and Kevin Dean were among the first two to plead guilty, both to one count of extortion, in the Dallas City Hall federal corruption case -- Lewis in March of last year; Dean, in June. When Lewis pleaded ... More >>
There's magic in these hits hot off the charts, all charged with original star power -- pure power! New, from K-Tel and the U.S. Attorney's Office, this hit parade of local tax preparers, investment advisers and other no-filing nogoodniks currently serving five to Top 10! The original hits of '09 ... More >>
Perhaps you recall the recent tale of Inequa Rushing and Waylon McDonald, who, late last month, robbed a bank at East R.L. Thornton Freeway and Grand Avenue -- and left a baby in the backseat, not to mention ID in the parking lot. It merited a brief mention in the regional roundup, but the U.S. A ... More >>
Laugh openly at Robert Hawkins
Remembering a trade of blue plates for civil rights
Some call Dr. Buch a troubled genius. His ex-patients and hospital bosses call him trouble.
Judge David Hanschen lets men challenge whether the kids they support are theirs. And the Texas Attorney General's Office is pissed.
Two murders and two life sentences won't alter one convict's allegiance to the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas
When Sharon Keller turned off the clock on a Death Row inmate's last-gasp appeal, she became the most vilified judge in Texas
Jim Willett oversaw 89 executions. Now, amidst dozens of DNA exonerations, he wonders whether it was right.
When big-city lawyers appear in the courtroom of Judge Gene Knize, they better be prepared to duck and cover
Matthew's mother speaks
A wall of Bush slams into Dallas
Lisa Diaz had to save her "precious babies" from an evil world. She drowned them.
On the prosecution-biased Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, justice isn't blind. It's dumb.
Los Tigres del Norte have become legends by singing the immigrant's song
Lawyer Fred Baron says he's one of the good guys, fighting a war against evil asbestos manufacturers. But some former employees claim his firm is a factory that mass-produces lawsuits by implanting memories and inventing testimony.
While Erica Sheppard sits on death row, penniless and convicted of a gruesome murder, her cadre of elite Dallas lawyers tries to prove that the justice system has gone fatally awry
Idaho's potato king accuses a dead Dallas oilman and his sons of a multimillion-dollar scam