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CNN —A controversial statue by Pakistani-American sculptor Shahzia Sikander — one of a handful of public pieces by the celebrated artist — has been beheaded at the University of Houston. The intact work of art, seen while on display in Madison Square Park in 2023. The university cancelled an opening celebration of Sikander’s work along with a scheduled talk from the artist. “And I hold the University of Houston accountable for their inadequate response and failure to protect the art. I have asked the university to remove the tarp and show the violated work.
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The nature of illegal lockouts means they are hard to track directly. One of the responding officers calls a sergeant over, who says there's nothing else they can do. While only 14% of lockout calls led to a police report, 86% of calls about shoplifting did. As they walk over, one of the officers tells the other to look up "illegal lockout" on his phone. A 2006 bill that would have defined illegal lockouts for all Illinois residents was defeated.
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A handful of states, including Texas and Nevada, have set up dedicated systems designed to restore tenants to their homes after an illegal lockout. She and her family still don't have a new apartment, she said, and the eviction cases on her record don't help. BI reviewed two years' worth of lockout cases from the department and found city lawyers routinely dismissed tickets, often without documenting why. Bridget Bennett for Business InsiderThat afternoon, Brown had three cases on his docket in which tenants were alleging they'd been illegally locked out and dozens of cases in which landlords were seeking formal evictions. In 2022, Miami-Dade County passed a tenant's bill of rights that underlines the illegality of lockouts and limits a landlord's ability to harass tenants.
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A home destroyed by Hurricane Beryl bakes in the midday sun on Monday off Blue Water Highway in Surfside Beach. At least six people have died in Texas and one in Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Beryl, as a huge clean-up and restoration operation gets underway to reconnect 2.3 million energy customers who lost power during the storm's disastrous procession through the state. A 53-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman both died when trees fell onto their homes in separate incidents in Harris County, Texas, police said. Beryl has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, but more than 21 million people from Arkansas to Michigan were under flood watches Tuesday morning as it continues to moves northeast. At least six people died in Texas as a result of the storm after it made landfall on Monday as a Category 1 hurricane with sustained wins speeds of 80 mph.
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The chief of the Houston Police Department retired abruptly amid an investigation into more than 260,000 incident reports since 2016 that were not investigated, including sexual assaults and other felonies, because of a “lack of personnel.”The departure of the chief, Troy Finner, was announced by Mayor John Whitmire during a City Council meeting on Wednesday. He praised the chief and called him a “friend" but said that “new information” related to the suspended cases was distracting the Police Department. After the council meeting, Mr. Whitmire told reporters that the retirement had come after he had discussions with Mr. Finner on Tuesday. “I dealt with it because it was a distraction to the mission of the men and women in H.P.D.,” the mayor said.
Persons: Troy Finner, John Whitmire, Whitmire, Finner, Organizations: Houston Police Department, Police Department Locations: H.P.D
The son of a politician from the Dominican Republic was fatally shot outside a gas station in Houston on Monday night in what the police said they believed was a “targeted” drive-by shooting. The Houston Police Department on Wednesday identified the man who was killed as Luis Alfredo Pacheco Rojas, 34, son of Alfredo Pacheco, the president of the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Republic. Another 29-year-old man who was injured by gunfire in the attack had not yet been publicly identified. The incident began around 7 p.m. on Monday, when Mr. Pacheco and three men in a black Cadillac Escalade stopped at a gas station in southeast Houston, according to the Police Department. The four men went inside the gas station, and immediately afterward they returned to the Escalade.
Persons: Luis Alfredo Pacheco Rojas, Alfredo Pacheco, Pacheco, Escalade, Adrian Rodriguez Organizations: Houston Police Department, Police Department, Dodge, Benz Locations: Dominican Republic, Houston
Just before opening fire with an assault-style rifle in the lobby of a Houston megachurch this month, Genesse Ivonne Moreno walked around the side of her sport utility vehicle and opened a rear passenger door for her 7-year-old son, who got out of the vehicle and followed her into the church. Moments later, as deafening gunfire erupted in the church, the boy stood in an alcove with his hands pressed to his ears, according to surveillance and body-camera videos released on Monday by the Houston Police Department. At one point, the boy appeared to reach up for Ms. Moreno, as if asking to be picked up.
Persons: Genesse Ivonne Moreno, Moreno Organizations: Houston Police Department
One federal law enforcement source told CNN she fired around 30 bullets. “That’s why federal authorities were executing search warrants,” he said, noting they are “looking for computers, any written documents, thumb drives, social media, online. But in her 30s, she described herself on social media as the founder of a real-estate and financial services firm. By her own account on social media pages, she is involved in sales of everything from new condos to shopping malls. Attorney William Capasso said he represented Moreno in 2021-2022 and told CNN Genesse Ivone Moreno went by the name Jeffrey Moreno Carranza at the time.
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The Houston Police Department was responding on Sunday afternoon to reports of a shooting at a Christian megachurch in Houston that is led by the televangelist Joel Osteen, it said on social media. The details were unclear, but Sheriff Ed Gonzalez of Harris County said on social media that a shooter was believed to have been shot by law enforcement. “We continue to assist in a methodical/thorough search of the complex,” he said. It was unclear whether anyone else had been injured. She said she ran into a smaller room where she sheltered with about 10 other people, including a child.
Persons: Joel Osteen, Ed Gonzalez, Organizations: Houston Police Department Locations: Houston, Harris County
CNN —A Texas man is suing Macy’s and the parent company of Sunglass Hut after the two companies allegedly relied on error-prone facial recognition technology to falsely accuse him of armed robbery. “They were misled by Sunglass Hut and Macy’s and the reason why Murphy was jailed is because of the actions of these companies. In 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union challenged Detroit’s police department over what the group described as the first known wrongful arrest involving facial recognition. Facial recognition concernsFor years, civil liberties and privacy experts have warned of the risks of overly casual facial recognition use or an overreliance on the technology, and the possibility that algorithmic bias could lead to misidentification, racial discrimination or other unintended consequences. The FTC has similarly moved to restrict Instagram-parent Meta from using facial recognition technology, which Meta has challenged in court.
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A woman in Houston raised $42,000 off her claim that a man attacked her with a brick. Police said they have video evidence, but Osman told Business Insider the officers are lying. Osman told BI that she believes the police filed charges against her in retaliation for her reporting one of the officers who handled her case. Osman told BI that her friend made it for her because she wanted to help. Advertisement"There's no such thing as a perfect victim," Osman told BI.
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“In this instance, the grand jury of the 228th District Court of Harris County found that no crime did occur, that no single individual was criminally responsible,” Ogg said. But a tragedy isn’t always a crime, and not every death is a homicide,” Ogg also said. He’s looking forward to getting back home after being cleared by the grand jury,” Schaffer told CNN. The grand jury met for six hours and homicide detectives testified, according to Schaffer. It was unclear at the time what Scott saw from the stage and whether he was aware of the conditions in the crowd.
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CNN —Taylor Swift fans have rallied in support of a fellow fan who was killed early Saturday after leaving Swift’s Houston concert. Jacob Lewis, 20, was hit and killed by a drunken driver after The Eras Tour show at NRG Stadium in Houston on Friday night. Karyn and Steve Lewis, Jacob’s parents, told CNN that the money donated will go toward a scholarship for theater students in the Katy, Texas, area. “If we could have him back that would be our choice but that’s not an option so we need to move forward and do what we can do to support others,” Steve told CNN. “We’ve gotten support from people who don’t even know us and now we’re able to honor him in a special way,” Steve said.
An armed masked robber who stormed a Texas taqueria demanding money was stopped by a patron who brandished his own gun, fatally shot the suspect, and handed the cash back to shaken diners, police said. Houston police are seeking to speak with that patron who foiled the robbery on Thursday. Texas police want to speak to the man who fatally shot a masked robbery suspect at the Houston taqueria. Houston Police DepartmentWitnesses told officers that the suspect had barged into the restaurant and pointed a pistol at diners demanding their money. The patron then collected the stolen money from the suspect, and returned it to the other diners, police said.
Police arrested two people in connection with the slaying of renowned Migos rapper Takeoff, who was "an innocent bystander" when he was fatally shot last month, Houston authorities said Friday. News of the arrests came one month after Kirshnik Khari Ball, known professionally as Takeoff, was killed on Nov. 1 outside a downtown Houston bowling alley. Officials said Takeoff and Quavo, 31, another member of Migos, were at a private party at 810 Billiards & Bowling. Police would not discuss if Clark and Joshua knew Takeoff, or if they were invited to the private party. The group had four Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, although Takeoff was not on its multiweek No.
A 25-year-old man who jumped on top of an 18-wheeler and started dancing died after the truck passed under a bridge and he was knocked off, police said. The incident unfolded on Nov. 10 at about 11:35 a.m. at 200 Eastex Freeway, the Houston Police Department said in a Monday news release. The driver of the red Kenworth tractor-trailer truck was traveling southbound and didn’t realize when the man “jumped or climbed onto the top of the trailer portion of the vehicle,” police said. The man then “began dancing” and was possibly recording himself. When the truck passed underneath the Tuam Street bridge, the man “was struck and knocked off the trailer onto the freeway main lanes.”Paramedics responded to the scene and the man was transported to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
A Texas teenager accused of trying to steal a ball python named "Chompers" at gunpoint was charged with aggravated robbery, court documents obtained Thursday show. Chompers, a ball python. The woman, Ariel Giron, told KPRC that she agreed to sell the ball python for $200. A girl arrived at the parking lot with a few dollars and said her brother would send her the rest later, Giron told the station. “I’m guessing he was scared of the snake,” Giron told KPRC.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was hit with a beer can during Monday's World Series victory parade for the Houston Astros and an arrest was made, police said. Cruz was on a float in Houston at the 2400 block of Smith Street when the can was thrown, the Houston Police Department tweeted. “The beer can struck the Senator in the chest/neck area,” police said, adding that he was not injured. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, attends the Houston Astros Championship Parade in Houston, on Nov 7, 2022. The Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 Saturday in game six of the World Series to take the championship for the second time in team history.
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