Texas Sheriffs Today
Aug. 14, 2015

Houston sheriff: 'We're all hurting' after mass murder
CBS News
Authorities said Sunday a suspect has confessed to breaking into a Houston-area home where he used to live and killing six children and two adults. David Conley, 48, was charged with three counts of capital murder involving several victims during a probable cause hearing Sunday afternoon. A Harris County prosecutor said in court that Conley told investigators that he broke in through an unlocked window after the woman he formerly lived with, Valerie Jackson, changed the locks on the doors.

"We're here today on a very sad day," Harris County Sheriff Chief Deputy Tim Cannon told reporters Sunday evening. "We're here with our brothers in arms standing behind us because we're all hurting. It's a difficult day for us at sheriff's office. Once again, a tragedy has struck ... our city. Our hearts go out to those affected by this tragedy."More

Memorial unveiled for fallen Travis County sheriff's deputy
TWC News
A Travis County sheriff's deputy, who was swept away by rushing water last September, now has a permanent memorial on Fritz Hughes Park Road. The Jessica Hollis Memorial was unveiled on Aug. 6.

Hollis was checking a low-water crossing in Northwest Austin when she died. The Travis County Sheriff's Office raised $16,000 for the roadside memorial.More

Potter County sheriff's speed trailer vandalized
The Potter County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying who damaged one of their speed trailers early Wednesday morning. According to Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas, someone (or possibly several people) pushed their speed trailer that was located on Western Street near Yucca Drive on Aug. 12 around 4 a.m. The cost of the trailer was almost $6,700.More

1 of Houston Police Department's 1st African-American officers dies at 95
One of the first African-American police officers to serve in the Houston Police Department has passed away. Retired Senior Police Officer Edward A. Thomas died at age 95. According to HPD, Thomas passed away Monday morning of natural causes. On July 27, HPD Headquarters was renamed the Houston Police Department Edward A. Thomas Building in a short ceremony that celebrated his dedication and 63 years of service. In 1948, Thomas graduated from Cadet Class #1 and received numerous awards, commendations and letters of appreciation during his HPD career. More

Arlington police chief fires officer who shot and killed unarmed teen
An Arlington police officer who shot and killed an unarmed college football player has been fired for "exercising poor judgment," the city's police chief said Tuesday. Officer Brad Miller lost his job because of the Aug. 7 incident at an Arlington car dealership, Police Chief Will Johnson told reporters.

The officer was in the last stages of his field training when he shot Christian Taylor, 19, multiple times at a car dealership. Taylor played defensive back at Angelo State University.More

West Texas police report uptick in fake IDs
Houston Chronicle
Police in West Texas report a substantial increase in apprehensions of suspects with fake identification, likely including some illegal immigrants. Odessa Police Department spokesman Steve LeSueur said instances of fake ID or Social Security cards have increased steadily in 2015, and now the department sees several per week, sometimes daily.More

Basketball breaks the wall between Dallas police, community
The Dallas Morning News
Too often, when you're young and black in America, police are considered the enemy. It's been that way for generations, since the dogs and water hoses of the 1960s, until today, when routine arrests and fatal shootings are frequently viewed through a lens of distrust. But recently at Fair Park, on the first anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown, Dallas police and pastors stepped onto a basketball court to try to break down barriers between law enforcement and the community it serves.More

Consequences of leaving children unattended in a vehicle
Harris County Sheriff's Office
Often times, we push out awareness about the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles during the hot weather season. The response is almost always the same: "I would never leave my kids alone in an unattended vehicle." Sadly, many great parents and guardians make the mistake.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is pleased to partner with Memorial Hermann, the Houston Fire Department and other local agencies to spread awareness to the public about the dangers of leaving a child in a vehicle.More