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by ELB
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: The Crime Blotter
Topic: TX:The mean streets of Houston
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Re: TX:The mean streets of Houston

If only there were a law to deal with people who have a history of violent convictions.
by ELB
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: The Crime Blotter
Topic: TX:The mean streets of Houston
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Re: TX:The mean streets of Houston

airbornecpa wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:12 pm

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What is the duty of the police to return firearms to a convicted felon?
As I read this article, the police officer who responded to the first incident of the weekend did not confiscate a firearm, he took six rounds Manzano was carrying in his pocket. The police officer found no firearm (which was apparently later determined to be in a safe), and his report said there was no violation of law, no assault, and no threat. This was the same officer who was wounded in the incident where the sergeant was fatally wounded.

Manzano was arrested in May 2001 for felony assault causing bodily injury to a family member. He completed two years of deferred adjudication and the charge was dismissed. He had other arrests and convictions for assault, but it looks like all were misdemeanors.

It appears to me that under Texas law the police had no legal power to confiscate bullets nor a handgun anyway, barring any other violation. Under Texas law a convicted felon may legally possess a firearm at the location where he lives after the fifth anniversary of his release from confinement, parole, community supervision, or mandatory supervision.

So, it appears the DA declined charges for the first incident because did not bring in any evidence of criminal violation. There would be no reason to retain the individual's property, e.g. bullets (or a firearm if one was found) because there was no criminal violation found.

If it turns out the article I linked was wrong, or more information comes to light, then that's a new situation, and I have no love for Kim Ogg, but I don't think we want her filing charges against people if the police don't bring any evidence of a crime.

I haven't seen any reports that the police reported to federal authorities that Manzano might possess a firearm or ammunition, which I think would be a violation under Federal law.
by ELB
Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: The Crime Blotter
Topic: TX:The mean streets of Houston
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Views: 55288

Re: TX:The mean streets of Houston

Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) often remarks that the court system and the police exist to protect the criminal from the populace, not the other way around. Mr. Luna a case in point.
by ELB
Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: The Crime Blotter
Topic: TX:The mean streets of Houston
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Re: TX:The mean streets of Houston

This was not in the article linked above:
Witnesses told police a man, later identified as 32-year-old Shepherd Schumaker, fired several gunshots into the crowd.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/po ... r-BB17XM3G

If true that more strongly supports the shooter's claim of self-defense.


Further to the shooting at the softball game: The dead guy has previous arrests for Assault with Bodily Injury and Public Intoxication in Oct 2018 and Possession of Marijuana about 10 days before he was killed.
https://texas.arrests.org/search.php?fn ... =Schumaker
https://www.mugshotsonline.com/texas/ho ... /217642052

Doesn't necessarily mean he was the aggressor at the softball park, but doesn't suggest great judgment either.
by ELB
Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: The Crime Blotter
Topic: TX:The mean streets of Houston
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Views: 55288

Re: TX:The mean streets of Houston

philip964 wrote:
Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:30 am
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Man claims self defense at a sports complex shooting.

https://www.click2houston.com/news/loca ... f-defense/

Large fight breaks out after a softball game in the parking lot, something about a foul ball. One man dead. Not going to call it murder yet because the shooter stayed at the scene and is cooperating with police. But a lot of questions. He went to his car to get his gun? He was a LTC and carried during the game or had it in is sports bag? Could he have just walked away or drove away? Someone else have a gun or knife?
Article says:
Police said after the game, [the soon-to-be-dead guy} pulled out a gun and pointed it at several people, including a 45-year-old suspect who was trying to break up the fight. Police said the suspect then pulled his own weapon and shot Schumaker.
Don't know if the article author or the police decided to use the term "suspect" but the police let him go and sent case to DA without charges.
by ELB
Mon May 25, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: The Crime Blotter
Topic: TX:The mean streets of Houston
Replies: 586
Views: 55288

Re: TX:The mean streets of Houston

philip964 wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 12:13 am
https://www.click2houston.com/news/2018 ... bile-home/

So the guy beats his wife, wife gets a protective order against her husband. He is released on bond.

He murders his wife and murders the poor guy installing cabinets in her house.

He’s charged with capital murder and is released on bond again.

How it works in Houston now.

Haven’t found the bond release story as it’s recently happened.
https://www.facebook.com/Houstonsvoiceforthemissing/

http://copsperspective.com/in-houston-c ... iven-bail/

https://www.facebook.com/HPOUTX/?hc_ref ... _tn__=kC-R

May have to scroll down on some of those links, look for entries for 23 and 24 May.

Unbelievable.

The legislature was fairly prompt at convening an investigation to impeach one of the University of Texas board of regents members who had the temerity to dig into the fast-track admissions policy that UT granted certain legislators, including then-Speaker Straus. I wonder if they will find the energy to look into this judge.


ETA:

Looking at a picture of the order releasing Bullock on bond, this was done in January.
by ELB
Mon May 25, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: The Crime Blotter
Topic: TX:The mean streets of Houston
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Views: 55288

Re: TX:The mean streets of Houston

philip964 wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 12:13 am
https://www.click2houston.com/news/2018 ... bile-home/

So the guy beats his wife, wife gets a protective order against her husband. He is released on bond.

He murders his wife and murders the poor guy installing cabinets in her house.

He’s charged with capital murder and is released on bond again.

How it works in Houston now.

Haven’t found the bond release story as it’s recently happened.
https://www.facebook.com/Houstonsvoiceforthemissing/

http://copsperspective.com/in-houston-c ... iven-bail/

https://www.facebook.com/HPOUTX/?hc_ref ... _tn__=kC-R

May have to scroll down on some of those links, look for entries for 23 and 24 May.

Unbelievable.

The legislature was fairly prompt at convening an investigation to impeach one of the University of Texas board of governors or directors members who had the temerity to dig into the fast-track admissions policy that UT granted certain legislators, including then-Speaker Straus. I wonder if they will find the energy to look into this judge.
by ELB
Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: The Crime Blotter
Topic: TX:The mean streets of Houston
Replies: 586
Views: 55288

Re: TX:The mean streets of Houston

philip964 wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:30 pm
https://www.click2houston.com/news/loca ... olice-say/

5 men wearing masks and carrying automatic and semi-automatic weapons bust down the door of a home after midnight and announce they are police and to put hands up. Stole $4000 in jewelry and cash.

Really nice of the criminals to protect everyone from the Coronavirus.
If the goobers haven't been caught yet, how do the police (per the article) know the robbers were armed with "automatic" weapons? Did somebody rip off a burst? Doesn't say there was any in the article.
by ELB
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: The Crime Blotter
Topic: TX:The mean streets of Houston
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Views: 55288

Re: TX:The mean streets of Houston

philip964 wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:39 am
https://www.click2houston.com/news/loca ... -her-home/

Watch as two men break into a house with a ring doorbell. They notice the doorbell and duck underneath it not to be seen. This was at 7 in the morning. Fortunately the woman who lives alone had already left for work and got to watch it on her phone.

Everyone needs a gun for protection.
The Ring doorbell has two-way communication. I would have yelled at them just to see if it would scare them away.
by ELB
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: The Crime Blotter
Topic: TX:The mean streets of Houston
Replies: 586
Views: 55288

Re: TX:The mean streets of Houston

philip964 wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:13 pm
https://www.click2houston.com/news/loca ... de-arrest/

Mother and boyfriend arrested for helping son evade arrest. Drove him to a motel to hide out. Motels have security cameras. Looking for a third person shown driving a Cadillac.

Charges upgraded on son to Capital Murder, no bond now. But we got to see the original Judge as he really feels.
And MOM, who bonded out, was already out on bond because she attacked an elderly person in October, plus has a long criminal history. The nut didn't fall far from the tree.
by ELB
Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: The Crime Blotter
Topic: TX:The mean streets of Houston
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Views: 55288

Re: TX:The mean streets of Houston

philip964 wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:00 pm
https://www.click2houston.com/news/loca ... as-station

Woman coughed in convenience store, and another woman goes crazy on her, with boy friends help. Ends up robbing her as well.

Watch the video.

You may also want to read the story on the woman in Taco Bell in Oregon, who slit the throat of the man and only got 7 years.

Note to self: don’t hang out in convenience stores.
So the woman who gets yanked off her stool and pummeled is your wife. No weapons visible to me. Your response? I would bet that any response would bring that guy in in the female assailant's side. Now what?
by ELB
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: The Crime Blotter
Topic: TX:The mean streets of Houston
Replies: 586
Views: 55288

Re: TX:The mean streets of Houston

03Lightningrocks wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:19 pm
Is it just my imagination or does Houston have one heck of a lot of violent crime?
It's a big city with a government run by Democrats.

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