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Three members of racist organization arrested

Posted on June 29th, 2010 No Comments

38-year old Frank Lavelle Urbish Jr. aka “Thumper” of Beaumont, 29-year old Michael Dewayne Smith aka “Bucky” of Houston, and 42-year old Jim Flint McIntyre aka “Q-ball” of Houston were arrested for “violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity”.

The men are members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, a racist organization that started in prison in the 1980s.  The three were indicted in San Antonio for the 2008 murder of a prospective member in Atascosa County.  Each are charged with murder and possessing a firearm after having being convicted of a felony and conspiracy to commit murder.  Smith and McIntyre are also charged with carrying and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

The men are in state custody facing a maximum of life in federal prison or the death penalty.

If you or someone you know has been charged a weapons crime, contact the Houston weapons charge criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Five member organized crime ring arrested

Posted on June 25th, 2010 No Comments

Fort Bend County Sherriff’s Office Organized Crime Unit detectives arrested five people involved in an organized crime ring who forged checks to buy high-end merchandise.

24-year old Leeandre Aaron Brewer of Houston was identified as the ring leader, who would produce the checks using others’ personal identification information with the help of a collaborator, 30-year old Jessie Lamon Rose of Garland.  Rose was previously a manager of a clearinghouse of credit unions, Southwest Corporate Federal Credit Union.

37-year old Fredrick Lee Herford of Houston, 27-year old Dallas Christopher Toussaint of Houston, and 24-year old Brandon William Stowe of Houston were arrested for traveling out of state with the checks to purchase clothing and electronics merchandise in stores including, Target, Macy’s and Dillard’s.  The men would then ship the items to Houston to be returned at stores for a cash refund.

Detectives believe the total financial losses involved in the ring will be over $100,000.

If you or someone you know has been charged with theft, contact the Houston theft attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Texas teacher and administrators charged with assault

Posted on June 22nd, 2010 No Comments

The Texas teacher accused of beating a 13-year old student was charged yesterday with injury to a child.

The Jamie’s House Charter School teacher, Sheri Lynn Davis, was caught on video tape hitting and kicking 13-year old Isaiah Reagins in April.  The Harris County Sherriff’s Office also charged a slew of authorities, including one teacher, the school principle, and district superintendent, at the school for witnessing or knowing about the incident, but failing to report it.

A district spokesperson stated that the principle and district superintendent did all they could once they were aware of the abuse, and that the two teachers involved in the incident were fired.

Reagins’ mother has filed a civil lawsuit against Davis and the school for the injuries done to her son.

If your or someone you know has been charged with assault, contact the Houston assault defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson, & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Houston mayor halts police phlebotomy training

Posted on June 17th, 2010 No Comments

Houston mayor Annise Parker stopped the Houston police’s training to become certified phlebotomists.

Officers started training to draw blood in February after federal grant money was approved for the project in October .  The idea was that instead of taking suspects to nurses or hospitals to draw blood, police officers could do it in the police department’s downtown intoxilizer room where drunk drivers are booked.

Officers began their training drawing blood from state prison inmates.  Inmates that approved being part of their training were lined up for police officers to practice finding the veins to draw blood.  This testing was kept private with the understanding that the public most likely wouldn’t like the idea of using prison inmates as guinea pigs.  Officials believe that the prison testing did not have anything to do with Parker’s decision to halt the training.

A new proposal is now being discussed that would permit Houston firefighters and paramedics to perform blood draws.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, contact the Houston drunk driving defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Cameras responsible for crime drop in west Houston

Posted on June 14th, 2010 No Comments

In an area known for crime, west Houston people and business owners are taking action to lower crime rates by installing surveillance cameras.

The cameras are just part of an overall initiative to reduce crime in the Westchase District of Houston around Beltway 8 and Westheimer.  Many parts of Houston are seeing rises in non-violent crime, while Westchase has seen significant drops.  Non-violent crimes and break-ins have dropped by 29 percent.

A local resident stated, ” If you come to this area and you commit a crime, we’re gonna follow it through”.

In addition to surveillance cameras, the district also hired more part-time security patrols, and four part-time investigators.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, contact the Houston criminal attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Abandoned Houston apartment complexes attract crime

Posted on June 9th, 2010 No Comments

A series of abandoned apartment complexes in Northwest Houston have been harboring criminal activity for the past three years. The apartments are off Tidwell, only 18 minutes from downtown Houston. Residents and neighbors compare the area to living in a war zone.

While the apartments were abandoned three years ago after an investment company from California took the investor’s money, crime has gotten dramatically worse in the past year. Northwest Houston residents describe the area as being used for everything but the right thing, and so overrun with crime that the criminals no longer try to hide.

Many Houston residents are going to the city council to complain, and one state representative stated, “They need to be torn down like yesterday”.

After complaints, the city is now fighting in court in hopes of winning the right to tear the complexes down.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, contact the Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.

Southwest Houston hit by two man serial robber team

Posted on June 3rd, 2010 No Comments

The Houston police are on the hunt for two men involved in over a dozen robberies in southwest Houston in the past few weeks.

Typically, one man enters the store, purchases something, then leaves.  Police believe the first man to enter then informs the robber of the layout of the store and its employees.

In the most recent occurence, the suspect approached the register, gave the clerk a pile of clothing and showed him the outline of a gun in his waistband through his clothing, then told the clerk to empty the register.

The suspected serial robber is described as an african american man in his thirties, a little over six feet tall, and around 250-280 pounds.

If you or someone you know has been accused of theft or other criminal offenses, contact the Houston theft defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.