Families in Texas may be interested in a recent study that associated anti-social behavior with three specific genes of DNA. The study discovered that teens possessing the usual variants of these three genes may be predisposed to various levels of anti-social behavior in relation to whether the child was raised in a caring or abusive environment. Researchers concluded that genes may alter the sensitivity an individual has to their surroundings, thereby affecting both genes and behavior.
Two Texas men, ages 21 and 19, were taken into police custody on June 23 after they were accused of luring a 19-year-old man to their apartment in order to steal his cash and cigarettes after beating him. According to the report, they were taken into custody around 9:15 p.m. in Roman Forest.
In a case with implications for Texas residents in proximity to the Mexican border, a former weapons dealer who was sentenced to prison for selling guns to be smuggled into Mexico has been given a reduced sentence. The man was first ordered to serve five years in federal prison, but the court later determined that his time had been incorrectly figured. The new sentence was set at slightly more than three years in prison, and he was released to a halfway house.
A man who allegedly killed a sheriff's deputy shot his gun because believed that he was the victim of a home invasion. According to the Burleston County Sheriff's Office, the incident took place in the early morning hours of Dec. 19 as the sheriff's deputy and other officers executed a drug-related search warrant on the defendant's residence. On Dec. 23, a spokesperson for the Burleston County Sheriff's Office stated that officers were not wearing body cameras while they executed the warrant, and she did not know how or if deputies announced their presence.
Two Houston residents have been taken into custody in connection with the murder of a 51-year-old employee of M.D. Anderson, who was found beaten to death in his home on Sept. 29. Police discovered the body of the deceased after his coworkers reported that he had not shown up for work; officers made a welfare check call to the victim's home in Pearland.
Texas residents suspected of serious crimes may find themselves linked to another criminal charge by their DNA. The Supreme Court has ruled that the state can collect DNA samples from those who have been detained under the suspicion of a serious crime. The Supreme Court justices were divided on the issue and passed it with a vote of five to four. This ruling will benefit the police but may raise some privacy law concerns. This ruling has reinstated a conviction in a case where a man was convicted for a sexual assault that occurred in 2003 based on DNA evidence that was collected by police during an arrest for an assault charge six years later.
Cuts in funding for family violence programs in Texas would be restored under a proposal from one state senator. As the Texas legislature works on a budget for the fiscal year, restoring $1.25 million in budget cuts from the last legislative session to domestic violence intervention and prevention programs is a priority for some legislators.Domestic violence services account for $51 million in Texas. The budget cuts affected programs aimed at preventing domestic violence by focusing on the offender. Other programs focus on the accuser of family violence. Proponents of restoring funding for the programs point to their importance in addressing the underlying causes of domestic violence.
A Houston man was recently convicted in federal court for his part in a major shoplifting and fencing operation responsible for the loss of $10 million a year in merchandise. The alleged theft crimes occurred between 2008 and 2012.The Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff's Office worked together with the FBI on the investigation that ended in the arrests of the Houston man and other members of the shoplifting ring. According to the FBI, the theft crimes operation had ties to the Middle East.
State and federal law enforcement agencies recently targeted illegal activities at massage parlors in Harris County. Following raids on the establishments, the district attorney's office opened a criminal case against each of the businesses where criminal activity was found to exist.The raids were prompted by new county regulations that require massage parlors to be licensed and submit to an inspection by the fire marshal. The recent raids resulted in citations for 48 violations of the fire code. A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said the new county regulations opens the door to joint efforts by various county departments to attack crime in businesses that are sexually oriented.
The emotional trauma of witnessing the death of his two young sons might be the defense an Alvin construction worker relies upon as he faces a criminal charge for killing the drunk driver who ran into them. The dead driver had a blood alcohol level that was twice the 0.08 legal limit in Texas.The accused father of four was pushing his disabled truck toward his home with the aid of his 12-year-old and 11-year-old sons when the driver rammed into the back of the truck. When sheriff's deputies arrived, the driver of the car was dead with a single bullet wound in his head. Investigators did not find a gun, but they recovered a holster and ammunition in a search of the suspect's home.