Category: Violent Crime

Gun in School

Texas has liberal gun laws but they don’t extend to school campuses. Three students were arrested for gun offenses in North Texas a day after a shooter killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in Florida. The Dallas Morning News reported three North Texas high school students — one each at…

APTOPIX Police Officers Shot

Violent crime is increasing in Texas at a rate that outstrips the rest of the nation, according to recently released statistics. Violent crime in the Lone Star State is above the national average, although lower than a decade ago. Statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September found Texas outpaced the rest of…

What Is the RICO Act

There are a host of famous — or infamous, depending on your perspective — RICO Act cases throughout U.S. legal history. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act is a federal statute that has been around since 1970. It makes headlines every now and then in the news when federal law enforcement officials and…

police officer

Another fatal shooting of a police officer in San Antonio has highlighted violence against law enforcement officers in Texas. Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered state flags to be lowered to half-staff in San Antonio to honor Officer Miguel Moreno. He was killed in a shoot-out last Thursday and died a day later. Moreno…

fort worth

Violent crime has been rising in many American cities over the last few years and Texas is no exception. Recent figures for Fort Worth found crime increased by 14 percent and murders were up 69 percent year-on-year. A report on Channel 5 compared crime figures in the first three months of 2017 with those in…

dallas police

Dallas police chiefs have been accused in the past of downplaying the extent of gang activity in the city. However, the interim Police Chief David Pughes appears to have broken ranks by publicly acknowledging that gang activity is driving up violent crime in the city, reported WFAA. Violent crime is up just over four percent…

Jewel Heists Happen — and the FBI Has a Special Team to Investigate Them

The theft of jewels and art is a serious federal crime punishable by high fines and lengthy prison sentences. Jewel thefts may sound like crimes that belong in big budget Hollywood movies, but they happen in real life. They happen so often, in fact, that the FBI has a special team devoted to investigating crimes…

court of criminal appeals texas

A Texas man who was convicted of the murder of a Putt-Putt golf course assistant manager has been granted a stay of execution by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Paul Storey, 32, was convicted in 2008 for the murder of Jonas Cherry. He was scheduled to die this month, but concerns that defense attorneys…

People Think Crime Is Going Up But It’s the Opposite

It can be tough to put things into perspective when violent crimes dominate news headlines. According to the Pew Research Center, the public perception of crime rates in the U.S. is dramatically different than the reality. Crime has dropped by double digits since 2008, however, most people believe crime is actually getting worse. Here are…

gangs

Dallas has a serious gang issue and the police response has been dwindling at a time when the problem is increasing, according to a recent report. The issue was tackled by the news channel WFAA8. It noted the diminishing size of Dallas Police’s gang unit. In previous years, there were 30 gang enforcement police officers…