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Tue
13
Nov
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Jessica Tata Guilty of Murder

 

Jessica Tata was  found guilty Tuesday in the death of one of four children killed in a fire at her Houston home day care while she left them alone to go shopping now faces the punishment phase of her trial.

Jessica Tata could receive up to life in prison. She was away at a nearby Target store when the blaze broke out February 2011 at the day care in Houston, leaving 16-month-old Elias Castillo and four other unsupervised children dead and three others seriously injured. Authorities say the fire started when oil ignited in a pan atop a stovetop burner.

The jury began hearing evidence in the sentencing portion of the trial Tuesday afternoon, more than an hour after their verdict for a murder conviction was announced. They found the 24-year-old Tata guilty of one count of felony murder.

Tata had no visible reaction as the guilty verdict was read. Some of Elias' family and relatives of other victims present in the courtroom began to cry.

Tue
13
Nov
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Home Invasion in Westlake Community

 

Around 9 pm Monday night a west Harris County man was tied up in his home with an extension cord during a robbery.   The home invasion happened on the corner of Peach  Valley Circle at Bentvine Drive.

No one was hurt in the incident and the items stolen are unknown at this time; according to Harris County Deputies.

Mon
12
Nov
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Alvarado Supported by Gallegos' Widow

 

Mario Gallegos Jr. was re-elected after his death to serve State Senate District 6, so a special election will be held to determine his replacement. Carol Alvarado, a close friend of Gallegos, announced Monday that she is running for the seat.

Gallegos was elected to the seat in 1995 and served until his death on Oct. 16. He died from complications of a liver transplant that he had in 2007.

"Before he passed, Mario asked me to keep up the fight for good schools, good jobs and affordable health care when he no longer could, and that is why, with both a heavy heart and hope for the future, I have decided to run to succeed him," Alvarado said.

On Election Night, Gallegos' family said he told them he wanted Alvarado to fill his seat after his death.

"Mario and Carol shared the same goals," said Gallegos' widow, Theresa. "He believed Carol was the right person to continue his work in the Senate, and we are proud to support her."

Mon
12
Nov
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Officer Slammed In Truck/HPD Accident

 

An officer escaped injury after police say a truck crashed into his squad car.

It happened around 2am on Beechnut near Jorine in southwest Houston. The truck T-boned the officer at the intersection. The officer was not responding to a call and did not have his sirens on.

The truck driver is being checked for any signs of drugs or alcohol.

Sat
10
Nov
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Woman dead after domestic altercation

 

A fight between a man and woman Saturday morning in north Harris County ended with the woman dead.

Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office deputies were the first to arrive on scene, followed by Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies, accident investigators and the district attorney's office. All of them are assisting and conducting their own investigations.

Deputies say a 27-year-old woman was trying to stop a man from leaving when she jumped onto his Jeep and then fell off the hood as he drove away.

The woman suffered severe head trauma. She was taken by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital where she died.

There is no word on whether this was an accident. Deputies tell us they are still working to determine what exactly happened, but they have detained a man in his 30s who they say was driving the Jeep that struck the woman.

Fri
09
Nov
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Buffalo Soldiers: Houston Museum District

 
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum has a new home in Houston.
A ribbon cutting was held Thursday at the Houston Light Guard Armory in the Museum District.
The U.S. Army created all black soldier units after the Civil War.  They became known as the Buffalo Soldiers for their tenacity and hair texture.
It’s the only exhibit of its kind in the country.
“I started with a little section in my garage and onto the kitchen table, and we ended up here. --It’s beyond my wildest dreams,” said the museum’s founder Cpt. Paul Matthews.

Thu
08
Nov
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Tata Trial Comes To An End

 

Tata, 24, is charged with felony murder. Prosecutors said she left several children home alone with a pan of grease heating on a stove while she went shopping in 2011. When she got home, the house was on fire, officials said.

After the defense rested on Thursday morning, the prosecution called three rebuttal witnesses.

Bonyata suggested that the burner switch on the stove may have been faulty. He said similar switches on other stoves had caused burners to turn on or jump in temperature on their own.

Bonyata also said that an electrical malfunction in the refrigerator could have also caused the fire. He said there was heavy fire damage to the refrigerator and the area around it. He testified that a damaged electrical relay was recovered after the fire and records showed that someone tried to repair the refrigerator a week before the fire.

Thu
08
Nov
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Oasis Petroleum Inc. Announces Quarter Ending September 30, 2012 Earnings

 

Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OAS) ("Oasis" or the "Company") today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

 

Highlights for the three months ended September 30, 2012 include:

 

 

    --  Increased average daily production to 24,257 barrels of oil equivalent

        per day ("Boepd"), a 109% increase over the third quarter of 2011.

        Average daily production increased by 19% compared to the second quarter

        of 2012 and exceeded our guidance range of 22,000 to 24,000 Boepd.

    --  Increased revenue to $184.7 million in the third quarter of 2012, up

        from $87.6 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $149.1 million in

        the second quarter of 2012, for an increase of 111% and 24%,

        respectively.

    --  Completed and brought on production 34 gross operated wells in the third

Wed
07
Nov
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Amegy Bank Robbery Ends With Booty In Cemetery

 

A west Houston cemetery was the final resting place for the hopes of a failed bank robbery Wednesday.  Police apprehended two suspects after a bank robbery at the Amegy Bank on Eldridge Parkway. 

The suspects were initially on foot and somehow gained the employ of a buick used to throttle the police efforts of capture.  The robbers were armed with semi-automatic handguns, according to the FBI.

The suspects ran into a nearby neighborhood, but police spotted them a few minutes later in a Buick.

The cops tried to pull them over, but they sped off.

Officers cornered the suspects after they drove into the Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.

Wed
07
Nov
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$1.89 Billion HISD Bond Approved

 

 

Voters have approved a nearly $2 billion Houston ISD bond package intended to fix, rebuild or move outdated, dilapidated facilities.

The bond $1.89 billion will provide upgrades to 38 schools in the district. It includes 20 new campuses for aging high schools like Madison, Bellaire, Lamar and Yates. It also seeks to build three new elementary school campuses. The bond also calls for $100 million in technical improvements across the district.

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