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Recent Articles
  • Body discovered near Gulf Freeway HOV lanes

    HOUSTON — Houston Police shut down the southbound HOV lanes of the Gulf Freeway near IH-610 Friday morning after a body was discovered in the area. Officers say there doesn’t appear to be foul play, but the lanes will stay closed for the length of the investigation. There’s no word on exactly how long that will be. The closure will affect several Metro bus routes, including  routes 76, 244, 246, 247, 249 and 297. To find alternative ways to work, click here.

  • 5-year-old killed, toddler hospitalized after struck by hit-and-run driver

    HOUSTON — Harris County deputies are looking for the driver who hit two little boys Thursday night, killing one. Investigators say the boys, ages 2 and 5, were playing in a field at Doss Park around 8:40 p.m. Deputies say a ball the boys were playing with rolled onto Fallbrook Drive, and they ran out to get it. That’s when an orange or red pickup or SUV hit the boys, but the driver kept going. “Right now we have some […]

  • HPD: Mother intervening in sons’ argument stabbed in southwest Houston

    HOUSTON — Houston police are searching for a man who allegedly stabbed  a mother who intervened in an argument involving her sons. The attack happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at a home on Riverwood Drive. According to police, the woman heard her sons arguing with another man in her front yard, and when she went outside to see what was going on, the other man allegedly stabbed her. Police say one of the woman’s sons pulled out a gun and exchanged gunfire […]

  • Man shot during confrontation in N Houston

    Houston Police say a man was shot after an argument in a parking lot off Wayforest Drive in north Houston overnight. Officers say two men were arguing when one pulled out a gun. The other man took off running and the gunman tried to shoot him, but missed his target and accidentally hit another man in the leg. The victim is being treated at Ben Taub, where he’s in stable condition. The shooter got away.

  • HPD investigating possible homicide in Third Ward

    Houston Police are on the scene of what appears to be a homicide in Third Ward. Information is pretty scarce right now, but here’s what we know: the shooting happened near Rosalie Street and Napoleon Street and homicide investigators are on their way to the scene. We’ll update you with more information as it becomes available.

  • 1 shot after fight in NW Houston parking lot

    One man is in the hospital after a shooting in a northwest Houston apartment complex parking lot. Police say that around 12:15 a.m., a large group of guys was hanging out near W. Little York Road and Green Meadow Lane when some sort of fight broke out. People started running when one of the men whipped out a gun and started shooting. Officers say one man was hit twice; paramedics took him to Ben Taub, where he’s in serious condition. Police […]

  • Man shot during armed robbery in SE Houston

    An armed robbery suspect is on the run after shooting a man in southeast Houston early Wednesday morning. Around 4:15 a.m., the victim was on his way home from a store near Broadway Street and Ithaca Street when the suspect confronted him. The man held the victim at gunpoint, demanding his wallet. But after he got it, he shot the victim twice, once in the leg and once in the wrist. The victim is expected to survive; he’s in Ben Taub […]

  • Suspect, HPD car get stuck in mud during chase

    A chase suspect tells Houston Police he refused to stop because he was “afraid.” The pursuit started around 2 a.m. when officers tried to pull over a truck on Scott Street. The driver instead took off, leading officers from the Gulf Freeway to Spur 5 to Wheeler. That’s where he hit a curb and knocked off a tire. Even so, he kept driving until the truck wouldn’t move. Officers say the suspect jumped out of the truck and tried to […]

  • 10-year-old among 5 victims shot at gathering to watch fireworks on Fourth of July

    HOUSTON — Houston police are searching for suspects who opened fire at a gathering to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July. According to Houston police, a large group of people were having an illegal fireworks display in the 1300 block of Robin when three to four men began shooting at another man. “We just know somebody pulled up. Someone shooting started. We don’t know if there was an altercation prior to that or if anybody was targeted specifically,” said […]