Bexar County

  • Interactive map shows how Bexar County voted in the 2016 presidential election

    Voters head to Woodlawn Baptist Church in San Antonio to cast their ballots on Election Day
    Voters head to Woodlawn Baptist Church in San Antonio to cast their ballots

    Hillary Clinton lost the election — but not in Bexar County. We can see which parts of the county and San Antonio supported Clinton or GOP presidential winner Donald Trump thanks to the Bexar County Elections Department, which releases precinct-level voting results after every election.

    This interactive map we created from the data follows a familiar pattern. From our story that ran today:

    Voters in outlying areas of Bexar County turned out in strong numbers and overwhelmingly supported Republican presidential winner Donald Trump, especially on the far, suburban North Side.

    But Democrat Hillary Clinton, who lost the national election and Texas, still won the popular vote locally and seized more than twice as many voting precincts as Trump in other parts of Bexar County, according to an analysis of election data by the San Antonio Express-News.

    The analysis shows a county divided by geography and ideology. Some of the strongest turnout occurred in large precincts that ring Bexar County and lean conservative. Nestled in that sea of Trump supporters is an island of inner-city precincts that might be smaller in size, but collectively supported Clinton and other Democrats in high numbers.

    What explains the divide? Many of the precincts that favored Clinton were in heavily Hispanic neighborhoods such as Precinct 2045 near Woodlawn Lake, where 65 percent of the voters cast ballots. Most voters in that precinct preferred Clinton over Trump, 952 votes to 258.

    “It doesn’t help that we’re the most economically segregated community in the United States,” said Manuel Medina, chairman of the Bexar County Democratic Party, referring to past studies examining the economic divide in San Antonio.

    Click on any precinct to view voter turnout and the final results. Overall, Clinton won 474 voting precincts in Bexar County while Trump won 198. Out of 598,081 ballots cast in Bexar County, Clinton won 53.7 percent of the vote to Trump’s 40.3 percent.

  • Police reports about people who die in custody are late, missing in Texas

    With so many controversial deadly force incidents in the news that raise questions about police tactics, wouldn’t it be great to have a reliable system in place to keep track of lethal police encounters to get a handle on how often they happen?

    The good news is, there’s a statewide system in Texas to track how often people die in police custody. The bad news is, no one is taking responsibility to make sure the reports are accurate or even filed at all.

    When I started working at the Express-News eons ago in 1997, one thing I learned as a cops reporter is that Texas law requires police departments to file a report with the Attorney General’s office every time someone dies in police custody.

    The reports are available to anyone who asks, and under the law, the definition of “custody” includes police shootings.

    Gilbert Flores
    Flores
    Those “custodial death” reports came to mind this summer after two Bexar County deputies fatally shot a combative suspect, Gilbert Flores, moments after he raised his hands above his head in an apparent attempt to surrender. A bystander, Michael Thomas, recorded the shooting on his cell phone, sold the video footage to KSAT-TV, and it became a national news story.

    The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the Bexar County district attorney refused to release any records about the shooting. Since custodial death reports are filed with the Attorney General’s office, I bypassed the sheriff’s office and filed an open records request with the AG for the custodial death report for the Flores shooting.

    Missing information

    When the AG’s office emailed me a copy of the report, there was a gaping hole. At no point did it mention that Flores had his hands raised when he was shot. The sparsely worded narrative stated:

    Officers were dispatched to 24414 Walnut Pass for a family violence call. Suspect attacked the officers with a knife and was shot by the officers after the suspect refused to drop the knife. Suspect resisted arrest.

    Maybe it’s not surprising the sheriff’s office didn’t include that pertinent fact. But the omission raised a basic question: What exactly is required of a law enforcement agency when it files a custodial death report, and is anyone making sure the information is accurate?

    Police accountability

    A few Google searches and phone calls taught me a lot more about the law and the history of custodial death reports. For example, Texas law requires a “good faith effort to obtain all facts relevant to the death and include those facts in the report.” It’s a misdemeanor if the agency files the report but fails to include “facts known or discovered in the investigation.”

    Using the eminently valuable website of the Texas Legislative Reference Library, I tracked down who wrote the law and learned it was a former Bexar County lawmaker named Walter Martinez, who filed his bill in 1983 to help the public learn more about custodial deaths.

    “At the time, a pretty energetic prison reform movement was going on in the state,” Martinez told me. “We really didn’t know what the record was with regard to deaths while in custody.”

    When Martinez’s bill became law, it set up a potentially useful resource for anyone researching police use of force in Texas. But how well did law enforcement agencies actually follow the statute, and did they ever face any repercussions for failing to follow it?

    Those questions led to this news story:

    The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office failed to file at least five state-mandated reports about people who died in police shootings since 2005, was late in filing a dozen more fatality reports and left out key details about two deadly shootings involving deputies.

    The missing details include how one suspect had his hands raised above his head when two deputies opened fire. In another case, a report didn’t quote a deputy who can be heard on dash-camera video saying, “He started attacking me and I shot him.” The deputy then swears, saying either “Fuck him” or “Fuck it.”

    Sheriff’s spokesman James Keith noted that the five missing reports of fatal shootings all occurred before Sheriff Susan Pamerleau took office Jan. 1, 2013. During her tenure, four custodial death reports were late. Keith blamed that on a misunderstanding that’s been cleared up.

    “The investigator didn’t have a clear understanding of the law and the requirement that these had to be submitted within 30 days,” Keith said.

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office doesn’t take any steps to make sure law enforcement agencies are being diligent in filing the reports.

    “We are simply a repository for this information,” spokeswoman Katherine Wise wrote in an email when asked if the attorney general’s office has any system in place to flag late reports.

    Texas Custodial Death Report for Police

    While the AG doesn’t check how often reports are filed past the 30-day deadline, there’s a simple way to find out by using the agency’s own data.

    You can request a copy of a large spreadsheet the AG compiles from the custodial death reports submitted by law enforcement agencies. This is a lot more detailed than what the AG posts on its website. Out of 4,250 death reports filed in Texas since 2005, the records show that law enforcement agencies filed nearly 700 reports — 16 percent — after the 30-day deadline. Some reports were more than two years late:

    Late custodial death reports in Texas



    Report Date Days lateDepartment NameFirst NameLast NameAge
    1/25/2012 12:04 1,013Wichita Falls Police Dept.DanielSmith33
    1/10/2013 13:38 1,011Brazoria County Sheriff’s Dept.JesseWoodard27
    7/27/2015 0:00 826Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeNatalioChaparro65
    8/14/2007 9:25 810Harris County Constable Precinct 5RomonGiesburg15
    7/27/2015 0:00 807Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeMelvinBell27
    7/27/2015 0:00 805Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeDonaldBryant84
    7/27/2015 0:00 804Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeAlvinWilson55
    7/27/2015 0:00 774Texas Department Of Criminal JusticePrudencioOrtiz78
    3/2/2015 13:05 719Bastrop County Sheriff’s Dept.JoseCantu78
    7/27/2015 0:00 627Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeDavidGraham48
    2/26/2010 9:48 617Garland Police Dept.TroyPool32
    7/31/2008 7:57 570Potter County Sheriff’s Dept.RaymondMayburry61
    7/22/2014 13:42 543Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeIsidoroResendez32
    2/26/2010 9:57 527Garland Police Dept.DerrickWatson20
    7/20/2015 0:00 505Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeMichaelYates24
    3/2/2012 12:13 490Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeBobbyNeble39
    11/26/2013 13:10 408Bexar County Sheriff’s Dept.JoseGuerra20
    7/20/2015 0:00 392Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeBalkrishnaBooker33
    1/4/2007 13:42 381Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRonaldDelcamp47
    5/10/2006 16:26 380Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJeronimoRivera44
    2/25/2015 13:17 374Bastrop County Sheriff’s Dept.YvetteSmith47
    10/5/2007 14:45 367Abilene Police Dept.JefferyTrotter27
    5/9/2013 11:21 366White Oak Police Dept.JasonSlaughter36
    1/22/2007 8:24 366Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeCruzPerea54
    1/22/2007 8:18 366Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeCruzPerea54
    1/1/2007 14:52 365Austin Police Dept.FidelMacedo44
    6/19/2015 12:36 357Midland Police Dept.NyocomusGarnett35
    1/7/2008 10:30 352Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJanetteBlair51
    7/20/2015 0:00 351Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeVincentHeims49
    2/26/2010 10:04 344Garland Police Dept.RudyElizondo17
    7/20/2015 0:00 342Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeKellyHunckler24
    8/8/2006 14:13 338McAllen Police Dept.NelsonSaenz56
    2/26/2010 10:10 326Garland Police Dept.AbelQuinonez48
    6/26/2007 15:08 288Plainview Police Dept.JoseCeballos34
    6/29/2010 14:24 258Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeRobertBrock27
    7/20/2015 0:00 255Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeLarryJohnson51
    7/20/2015 0:00 245Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeThanhPham34
    11/8/2006 16:44 235Midland Police Dept.PatrickCalanchi28
    7/24/2015 0:00 231Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeMichaelHarrington45
    7/20/2015 0:00 231Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeFiyazHussain16
    6/27/2007 7:38 230Silsbee Police Dept.RobinLynn44
    1/31/2013 13:27 220Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeJohnPinkston53
    6/8/2009 19:54 214Austin Police Dept.AdanMondragon23
    1/31/2013 13:05 212Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeJesusRivera28
    2/18/2009 15:11 209Dallas Police Dept.RichardSmith46
    6/18/2015 15:20 199Midland Police Dept.RosendoRodriguez49
    5/22/2006 9:42 196Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeWesleyCreager43
    12/3/2013 13:40 193Austin Police Dept.JohnThomas56
    5/18/2010 0:00 190McKinney Police Dept.JeremyBates20
    3/29/2010 10:18 189Dallas Police Dept.JerryGray56
    7/20/2015 0:00 185Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeLaranthonyMoore23
    10/20/2005 14:42 184Bowie County Sheriff’s Dept.RobertWilliams54
    3/26/2010 10:03 181Dallas Police Dept.RobertTaylor44
    3/26/2010 11:00 180Dallas Police Dept.AbelMartinez36
    11/8/2006 14:43 173San Antonio Police Dept.KevinMaGirl52
    11/8/2006 10:08 172San Antonio Police Dept.BrounxsyeBarber17
    2/26/2010 10:16 171Garland Police Dept.RonaldChester37
    7/17/2015 0:00 168Harris County Sheriff’s OfficePedroHernandez38
    4/29/2013 15:40 168Franklin County Sheriff’s Dept.JonathanLove29
    6/28/2012 12:49 166Smith County Sheriff’s Dept.IsacharGuerrero47
    3/2/2009 15:49 166Dallas Police Dept.DerrickJones31
    8/9/2011 14:59 164Garland Police Dept.JamesKincaid66
    11/17/2008 14:50 164Dallas Police Dept.DaleLemoine53
    9/12/2011 0:00 163Conroe Police Dept.JamesHill54
    7/1/2008 8:42 160Beaumont Police Dept.MichaelMitchell22
    12/15/2008 14:43 159Dallas Police Dept.RodrigoAguirre25
    4/26/2013 8:37 156Wise County Sheriff’s Dept.DavidMalone29
    11/28/2005 9:15 153Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeEdwinKelley81
    10/29/2008 15:00 152Dallas Police Dept.DanielRoss42
    6/26/2007 14:59 152Plainview Police Dept.ClaraMorris54
    11/17/2005 15:28 149Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJulieMartinez29
    7/17/2015 0:00 148Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeAntonioWilliams34
    6/29/2010 10:48 145Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeJoseDe La Rosa18
    10/4/2006 8:23 144Richardson Police Dept.KevinNelson37
    7/30/2009 15:15 143Dallas Police Dept.ShirleySouth41
    8/1/2007 10:46 142Texas Department Of Public SafetyMichaelSteggall35
    7/24/2015 0:00 139Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJoseAlvarado47
    7/24/2015 0:00 138Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeLarryShears63
    7/24/2015 0:00 137Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeClarencePetry50
    7/24/2015 0:00 137Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeMartyRobinson47
    1/20/2010 0:00 135Mission Police Dept.AdanOlvera39
    7/24/2015 0:00 134Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeKwabinaWilson34
    7/24/2015 0:00 134Tarrant County Sheriff’s Dept.LarryCrowley52
    11/9/2006 14:57 134Texas Department Of Public SafetyThomasStrong42
    7/24/2015 0:00 132Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeTimothyWhite60
    7/24/2015 0:00 132Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeCharlesWomack55
    6/16/2006 15:39 132San Marcos Police Dept.LeslieWhited35
    8/17/2011 8:31 131Grand Prairie Police Dept.ThahnNguyen34
    7/24/2015 0:00 130Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeCubiaCollins70
    7/24/2015 0:00 129Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeGaryMiller45
    11/17/2005 15:54 129Texas Department Of Criminal JusticePaulHensley44
    9/15/2005 8:38 129Llano County Sheriff’s Dept.EricWolfe29
    8/4/2009 13:32 128Dallas Police Dept.RosendoNavareno24
    7/24/2015 0:00 125Texas Department Of Criminal JusticePhillipAllen64
    7/5/2011 14:41 123Taylor County Sheriff’s Dept.ErnestBaca49
    7/31/2013 14:07 120Nueces County Sheriff’s Dept.JohnWallace58
    4/24/2008 9:33 120Reeves County Sheriff’s Dept.FranciscoCancino-Rodriguez33
    4/20/2006 13:05 120Baytown Police Dept.JamesPotts51
    7/24/2015 0:00 119Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeTerryPhillips54
    11/17/2005 16:25 119Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeHarryClark56
    1/4/2007 13:52 117Desoto Police Dept.AntonieBell31
    7/24/2015 0:00 115Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeThomasJemmerison58
    7/24/2015 0:00 114Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeMatthewNelson37
    7/17/2015 0:00 114Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeTeleforoJimenez83
    8/3/2012 16:24 114San Antonio Police Dept.mariosoto41
    7/24/2015 0:00 113Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeBlaineDevillier57
    11/22/2005 9:52 113Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeKendrickMcGahee24
    7/24/2015 0:00 111Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeManuelArzola46
    2/5/2013 11:17 110Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeGerritPerkins37
    6/16/2006 14:15 110San Antonio Police Dept.NugentRaspberry44
    7/24/2015 0:00 109Mansfield Police Dept.WendaleWebb44
    2/16/2006 16:45 109San Antonio Police Dept.GeraldSalazar49
    11/18/2005 14:45 109Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeBrandiMarsh25
    11/19/2008 14:53 108Dallas Police Dept.GregoryCarter51
    8/21/2008 12:49 108Dallas Police Dept.ReginaldStarling30
    3/8/2006 8:21 107Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Dept.DaniellBundrick46
    10/13/2009 14:42 106Dallas Police Dept.StaceyParis38
    5/25/2006 14:37 106Nueces County Sheriff’s Dept.SantosGuajardo25
    7/27/2015 0:00 104Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeManuelGarcia70
    7/24/2015 0:00 104Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeMatthewEspinoza29
    11/18/2005 15:07 104Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeMichaelGladney27
    5/10/2006 7:55 103Cameron County Sheriff’s Dept.JoeRamos37
    11/18/2005 15:13 103Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeFultonCarter54
    7/24/2015 0:00 100Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeLloydGore56
    8/8/2006 13:04 100McAllen Police Dept.ArthurRamirez34
    8/2/2006 16:14 100Frio County Sheriff’s Dept.JesusBenavides55
    11/18/2005 15:27 99Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeEarlGuyton74
    7/17/2015 0:00 98Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeSeanFlanders31
    1/24/2012 11:09 98Dallas Police Dept.JacobFord23
    2/16/2006 16:31 98San Antonio Police Dept.CarlO’Neill40
    4/18/2005 13:59 98Temple Police Dept.CurtisLewis56
    7/24/2015 0:00 97Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeTracyMcNulty53
    2/16/2006 8:40 97Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRayGrimes28
    10/1/2009 15:32 95Dallas Police Dept.JohnnyRose49
    7/21/2009 13:09 95Wichita Falls Police Dept.DanielSmith33
    5/18/2005 15:41 95Comanche County Sheriff’s Dept.AdrianMuniz19
    4/9/2007 14:41 94Mansfield Police Dept.DianeMcIntyre45
    2/16/2006 9:23 94Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJosePeralta47
    7/28/2010 10:54 93Hood County Sheriff’s Dept.MichaelPollard29
    3/9/2009 10:33 93Houston Police Dept.PeterIoannidis50
    8/2/2006 16:26 93Milam County Sheriff’s Dept.RickyShaw46
    11/21/2005 8:00 93Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeGeorgeRodriguez39
    7/28/2010 12:29 92Hunt County Sheriff’s Dept.RandyWallick54
    2/1/2006 10:39 92Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJoeMartinez33
    2/26/2010 9:59 91Garland Police Dept.AntonioAlonzo27
    2/16/2006 8:26 91Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRubenRamirez45
    7/24/2015 0:00 90Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJosePizano48
    11/16/2006 11:09 90Hudson Oaks Police Dept.BillyWeckar53
    2/1/2006 10:29 90Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRichardGoree54
    11/18/2005 15:41 90Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJamesHolland60
    7/27/2015 0:00 89Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeCharlesLockhart60
    8/23/2013 13:51 89Texas Department Of Public SafetyEstebanSmith23
    2/16/2006 8:55 89Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeDionJamerson28
    11/22/2005 14:09 89Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeBillyDown54
    8/2/2006 16:44 88El Paso Police Dept.AlfonsoDeAnda35
    2/16/2006 15:47 88Frio County Sheriff’s Dept.RobertHernandez36
    6/3/2015 11:17 87Wise County Sheriff’s Dept.LeslieBurnham49
    11/26/2013 15:44 87Bexar County Sheriff’s Dept.MathewJackson30
    2/1/2006 9:31 87Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeEdwardAlcazar62
    2/3/2011 11:48 86Cameron County Sheriff’s Dept.JoseGuerrero51
    3/23/2010 17:39 86Dallas Police Dept.DontellTerrell19
    2/16/2006 11:15 86Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeChristopherFant20
    6/26/2007 14:50 85Grimes County Sheriff’s Dept.LarryKey38
    2/16/2006 12:52 85Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJohnGarrett34
    10/20/2005 9:21 85Lipscomb County Sheriff’s Dept.EmilyCorbin20
    12/2/2011 10:03 84South Houston Police Dept.DanielCisneros23
    11/15/2006 12:33 84Fort Worth Police Dept.NoahLopez25
    11/21/2005 8:15 84Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJorgeRodriguez27
    9/2/2014 10:33 83Amarillo Police Dept.JeremiahFarris36
    7/30/2013 11:04 83Deaf Smith County Sheriff’s Dept.GaryMcQuigg43
    10/6/2010 8:57 83Dallas Police Dept.CedricHill57
    2/16/2006 10:56 83Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeNelsonEscolero45
    2/1/2006 10:09 83Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeTeanBowens53
    6/29/2010 13:45 81Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeChristopherBrooks26
    8/3/2006 9:26 81Travis County Sheriff’s Dept.MarkLarkins49
    7/28/2010 13:26 80Bell County Sheriff’s Dept.LincolnKephart46
    10/14/2009 13:11 80Dallas Police Dept.JuanReyes-Gallardo27
    2/1/2006 9:55 80Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRobertAnderson50
    7/24/2015 0:00 79Travis County Sheriff’s OfficeCoreyCarlson50
    7/17/2015 0:00 79El Paso Police Dept.ErikSalas22
    5/26/2015 10:15 79Travis County Sheriff’s OfficeChallaseJennings47
    5/11/2007 8:24 79Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeGerardoVillarreal42
    3/2/2006 10:39 79Cameron County Sheriff’s Dept.SantiagoMaldonado25
    2/21/2006 8:57 79Bell County Sheriff’s Dept.MarvinCarter70
    2/16/2006 12:58 79Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRalphJackson50
    1/26/2006 9:54 79Dallas Police Dept.RodricusCausey20
    6/8/2005 10:58 79Garland Police Dept.KevinGarland35
    4/18/2005 10:30 79Pasadena Police Dept.VicenteDesena27
    4/18/2005 8:24 79Harris County Sheriff’s Dept.RonnieHoward42
    8/2/2007 15:58 78Dallas Police Dept.TommySmith39
    9/15/2005 9:23 78Hewitt Police Dept.TravisCollins34
    9/7/2010 11:30 77San Patricio County Sheriff’s Dept.CharlesHuett38
    12/19/2007 16:24 77Lufkin Police Dept.BrandonKort29
    11/15/2006 10:43 77San Marcos Police Dept.ChristopherGonzales19
    8/8/2006 14:57 77Wichita Falls Police Dept.TimothyAlfaro26
    11/21/2005 8:25 77Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeLeonardPrice40
    9/16/2013 10:35 76Bexar County Sheriff’s Dept.FredySuazo-Perez28
    7/28/2010 13:12 76Coleman County Sheriff’s Dept.JohnDobbins24
    8/3/2006 10:29 76Dallas Police Dept.BenMiller36
    12/22/2005 10:15 76Mission Police Dept.JoseLopez40
    11/8/2006 15:07 75Corpus Christi Police Dept.ElcideSylve48
    8/3/2006 10:12 75Corpus Christi Police Dept.MadelineGarcia34
    2/7/2006 10:53 74Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeDavidMagnusson33
    7/31/2013 15:31 73Concho County Sheriff’s Dept.ErnestoGonzalez29
    12/17/2007 15:05 73Dallas Police Dept.JuanRobles54
    2/9/2007 10:21 73Hopkins County Sheriff’s Dept.TerriMinty36
    8/8/2006 13:12 73Dallas Police Dept.GregorySteward32
    8/1/2013 11:10 72Bosque County Sheriff’s Dept.AlanStokes22
    1/20/2011 15:04 72Texas Department Of Criminal JusticePhillpSpeckter58
    10/29/2008 14:19 72Littlefield Police Dept.RANDALLMcCULLOUGH38
    2/9/2007 13:00 72San Patricio County Sheriff’s Dept.SimonDiaz49
    11/8/2006 14:53 72El Paso Police Dept.WilliamEcker58
    2/16/2006 16:13 72Montgomery County Sheriff’s Dept.DanielBeasley45
    2/16/2006 14:09 72Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeAndrewCervantes59
    11/22/2005 14:27 72Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRaymondGonzales59
    5/18/2012 10:20 71Dallas Police Dept.LuisEscalante23
    11/21/2005 7:56 71Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRobertGomez31
    10/20/2005 11:01 71Denton County Sheriff’s Dept.BrianSavage37
    10/20/2005 10:34 71Houston Police Dept.RonaldNewman52
    4/18/2005 10:14 71San Antonio Police Dept.DoroteoTorres22
    3/15/2005 16:47 71Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRodgerJenkins, Jr.25
    5/9/2006 9:34 70Bexar County Sheriff’s Dept.RobertAleman62
    11/22/2005 14:22 70Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeHeilryAtkins65
    5/18/2005 15:51 70Dallas County Sheriff’s Dept.CharlesTownsend58
    4/18/2005 9:15 70Texas Department Of Criminal JusticePedroRodriguez54
    2/18/2014 13:08 69Malakoff Police Dept.WilliamLivezy70
    2/13/2014 9:02 69University of Incarnate WordCameronRedus23
    11/8/2006 16:16 69Hunt County Sheriff’s Dept.GlendaJackson42
    8/3/2006 9:04 69Gregg County Sheriff’s Dept.AdolphusRandall51
    2/16/2006 13:41 69Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeShanWoods31
    3/15/2005 16:53 69Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeSamSalas45
    5/21/2015 13:48 68Austin Police Dept.JamesSizer62
    8/3/2006 16:24 68Dallas Police Dept.JasonPabis31
    11/21/2005 8:43 68Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeCarolynWells41
    10/21/2005 8:39 68Kinney County Sheriff’s Dept.EulalioGarza21
    3/18/2005 14:12 68Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeFrankJames74
    3/16/2005 7:41 68Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeBernardBrown49
    7/30/2013 15:17 67Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Dept.DonaldAdams49
    5/31/2011 15:10 67Ector County Sheriff’s Dept.JuanCarrasco33
    2/22/2010 11:38 67Dumas Police Dept.JohnWard38
    11/5/2009 16:44 67Kaufman County Sheriff’s Dept.JeromeNicholson81
    12/19/2007 15:54 67Collin County Sheriff’s Dept.BokPark44
    8/3/2006 8:50 67Aransas County Sheriff’s Dept.MichaelSolis28
    2/16/2006 13:30 67Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeEnnisJohnson33
    4/18/2005 14:43 67Plano Police Dept.AnthonySanders30
    4/27/2012 8:34 66Randall County Sheriff’s Dept.TaraMiller46
    2/2/2011 13:57 66Parker County Sheriff’s Dept.DarrylBrady46
    5/17/2010 8:54 66Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeAntonioHicks33
    2/22/2008 11:27 66Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeArthurDuku24
    9/17/2007 14:13 66Dallas Police Dept.MatthewLayton25
    3/18/2005 14:27 66Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeThomasSelf23
    3/18/2005 14:20 66Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeBennieGonzalez60
    11/5/2009 16:31 65Collin County Sheriff’s Dept.ChristopherSchell29
    8/3/2006 12:58 65Denison Police Dept.BobbyWadford55
    2/16/2006 13:25 65Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeHowardEllis33
    10/20/2005 9:35 65Tarrant County Sheriff’s Dept.ChristopherWaller46
    3/18/2005 14:34 65Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeMichaelBennett75
    2/10/2015 12:32 64Bexar County Sheriff’s Dept.ChristopherDoss41
    2/10/2014 0:00 64Denton County Sheriff’s Dept.MichaelStolz77
    8/22/2008 16:17 64San Patricio County Sheriff’s Dept.RaulGomez46
    6/26/2007 16:29 64Midland Police Dept.ChadSanchez20
    11/15/2006 15:45 64Texas Department Of Public SafetyKevinVickers48
    9/14/2005 16:42 64Euless Police Dept.KevinOmas17
    4/18/2005 9:09 64Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeNathanielWatts50
    11/25/2008 9:06 63Longview Police Dept.KevinWilliams32
    6/29/2007 9:45 63Rockwall County Sheriff’s Dept.JamesHetchler45
    11/16/2006 10:27 63Garland Police Dept.CurtisHarwell39
    2/16/2006 14:21 63Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeNormanColburn55
    1/26/2006 9:41 63Comal County Sheriff’s Dept.IrvingWest48
    4/19/2005 8:11 63Fort Worth Police Dept.JohnMorrison59
    4/18/2005 8:58 63Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeDarrellGilbert36
    3/18/2005 14:40 63Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJuanCantu54
    4/5/2013 15:04 62Copperas Cove Police Dept.KristoferGagliardi24
    12/10/2012 14:25 62Dallas Police Dept.MarshallMoreno43
    11/22/2005 14:39 62Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRobertHathaway74
    10/20/2005 13:13 62Allen Police Dept.EdgarVera45
    10/20/2005 9:59 62Dallas Police Dept.DouglasBlackstone24
    4/18/2005 11:04 62Lubbock Police Dept.PedroAlcorte43
    8/16/2006 14:08 61Williamson County Sheriff’s Dept.JoeThornton29
    8/3/2006 8:22 61Randall County Sheriff’s Dept.MatthewGriffin46
    7/20/2006 10:04 61Dallas Police Dept.DashaunPearson27
    2/28/2006 15:50 61Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeNicholasOrtiz22
    2/16/2006 15:13 61Brazos County Sheriff’s DeptKendraWillliams29
    4/18/2005 12:43 61Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRaymondTristan65
    3/18/2005 14:51 61El Paso County Sheriff’s Dept.RobertoDiaz55
    3/3/2005 14:07 61Travis County Sheriff’s Dept.MichaelDickson51
    11/14/2013 7:47 60Johnson County Sheriff’s Dept.GregoryMcElvy35
    7/31/2013 16:43 60Corsicana Police Dept.EliseoMercado-Resendiz23
    7/31/2013 11:46 60Ferris Police Dept.Angel (aka Oscar)Lopez (aka Martinez)29
    2/3/2011 13:41 60Robertson County Sheriff’s Dept.DianeHiggins55
    12/11/2009 12:40 60Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeTheodoreNelson55
    11/17/2008 15:15 60Dallas Police Dept.EricParenzan22
    3/1/2006 7:28 60Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeKennethThemis45
    2/21/2006 9:28 60Houston Police Dept.RitchieBrown22
    4/18/2005 15:44 60Travis County Sheriff’s Dept.RickyHerron51
    3/24/2005 13:24 60Texas Department Of Public SafetySamuelStrange, Jr.58
    3/3/2005 14:16 60Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeDarrylWallace44
    3/2/2005 14:48 60Fort Worth Police Dept.DinoGomez40
    2/4/2013 10:22 59Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeShellyFrey27
    6/1/2011 10:21 59Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeDavidBarrandey41
    2/2/2011 13:04 59Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeNamaanPierce22
    8/3/2006 9:41 59Texas Department Of Public SafetyHaroldGray61
    2/16/2006 14:16 59Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeKennethYancey55
    11/22/2005 14:44 59Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRafaelTrujillo46
    9/15/2005 8:23 59Silsbee Police Dept.CliftonYoung23
    3/3/2005 14:51 59Houston Police Dept.AlexMendez26
    3/3/2005 14:40 59San Antonio Police Dept.AlbertEnriquez21
    9/12/2013 13:05 58Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJamesVaughan44
    2/13/2007 14:13 58San Patricio County Sheriff’s Dept.GlenSanderson67
    5/18/2006 14:03 58Dallas County Sheriff’s Dept.ShawnLeflore33
    5/9/2006 9:27 58Houston Police Dept.WilliamPetty29
    2/28/2006 16:36 58Smith County Sheriff’s Dept.CarlBussey56
    11/21/2005 15:39 58Houston Police Dept.JoseCantu25
    8/11/2005 10:10 58Waco Police Dept.RobertWilliams62
    3/9/2005 9:06 58Temple Police Dept.CurtisLewis56
    5/21/2015 11:47 57Travis County Sheriff’s OfficeRobertogarcia51
    4/11/2013 9:42 57Matagorda County Sheriff’s Dept.CarlWilliams27
    7/28/2010 10:31 57Port Aransas Police Dept.SherryLancaster51
    8/1/2007 9:28 57Gaines County Sheriff’s Dept.BeckieTeague51
    6/26/2007 16:14 57Alamo Heights Police Dept.JuanTorres17
    6/26/2007 15:19 57Laredo Police Dept.RicardoTenorio41
    10/20/2005 10:44 57Baytown Police Dept.LaurianRova48
    9/15/2005 8:08 57Houston Police Dept.MichaelBrooks41
    4/18/2005 13:14 57El Paso County Sheriff’s Dept.WilliamWren47
    5/17/2013 9:29 56Burleson County Sheriff’s Dept.StevenDahlquist50
    2/9/2007 13:33 56Fayette County Sheriff’s Dept.JameyFoster28
    11/16/2006 9:05 56Midland Police Dept.ArmandoGarcia20
    5/3/2005 9:55 56Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeDanielBarnett47
    5/2/2005 16:09 56Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeCynthiaRogers42
    7/27/2015 0:00 55El Paso County Sheriff’s Dept.JoseDiaz51
    4/17/2007 14:59 55Port Arthur Police Dept.JohnSanders32
    11/16/2006 8:29 55Smith County Sheriff’s Dept.JoelShuler41
    3/28/2006 12:55 55Bexar County Sheriff’s Dept.VictorSamarron61
    3/1/2006 8:44 55Karnes County Sheriff’s Dept.RubenPotts37
    11/22/2005 14:55 55Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeStephanieGoode37
    8/11/2005 8:42 55Houston Police Dept.AndrePrince34
    4/18/2005 12:58 55San Antonio Police Dept.JacobSchlentz20
    6/26/2007 15:59 54Smith County Sheriff’s Dept.JeromeLacy26
    6/26/2007 14:36 54Round Rock Police Dept.DawnMcLemore22
    2/9/2007 15:49 54Lewisville Police Dept.FranciscoGonzalez38
    3/28/2006 13:13 54Houston Police Dept.JeremyRoberson28
    3/1/2006 10:42 54Seguin Police Dept.RickyRisinger35
    2/28/2006 16:11 54Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeChristopherBrockman22
    2/16/2006 13:10 54Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRonaldJones60
    5/17/2005 13:11 54Tarrant County Sheriff’s Dept.WesleyBonner61
    4/18/2005 16:37 54Houston Police Dept.AlanHunter26
    6/3/2015 11:41 53Westworth Village Police Dept.JasonJohnston29
    7/31/2013 12:29 53San Angelo Police Dept.MicahKey24
    2/3/2011 14:03 53Uvalde County Sheriff’s Dept.MatiloaKatovich26
    3/11/2009 14:00 53Williamson County Sheriff’s Dept.JasonSorrell23
    6/16/2006 16:17 53Dallas Police Dept.JoseRomero23
    4/20/2006 10:34 53Tarrant County Sheriff’s Dept.RickeyAshby48
    2/16/2006 14:27 53Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeOmarChapa42
    12/6/2005 12:52 53Harris County Sheriff’s Dept.LarryCure41
    11/22/2005 15:00 53Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeVernonCaraway59
    10/19/2007 12:58 52Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeVictorRodriguez72
    6/27/2007 8:48 52Dallas Area Rapid TransitBobbyWalker15
    6/27/2007 8:19 52Corpus Christi Police Dept.ArmandoRobledo20
    4/17/2007 9:59 52Nolan County Sheriff’s Dept.DecrickWestbrook27
    2/9/2007 15:17 52Hamilton County Sheriff’s Dept.JohnHanson23
    6/16/2006 14:31 52San Antonio Police Dept.JerameyGay22
    2/28/2006 16:17 52Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJoshuaKirk26
    2/16/2006 13:16 52Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRubenLoya55
    10/20/2005 12:53 52Mount Pleasant Police Dept.RoslynHatley42
    9/15/2005 8:59 52Houston Police Dept.BridgetDolon26
    7/26/2005 15:24 52Edinburg Police Dept.RomeoMoreno23
    6/16/2005 11:25 52Harris County Sheriff’s Dept.CecilJasper35
    4/19/2005 10:26 52Jefferson County Sheriff’s Dept.GaryHarvey22
    7/24/2015 0:00 51Houston Police Dept.EdelmiroHernandez33
    8/21/2012 10:09 51Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeBillyDickerson46
    4/20/2012 11:44 51Galveston Police Dept.RaymondAllen34
    8/1/2007 10:03 51Smith County Sheriff’s Dept.MauriceSapp50
    6/27/2007 8:31 51Corpus Christi Police Dept.DougressaCrawford27
    6/26/2007 15:38 51Young County Sheriff’s Dept.RobertMcClain33
    1/4/2007 14:24 51Hall County Sheriff’s Dept.ChristopherBlagg19
    2/28/2006 16:07 51Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeLeoMartinez49
    3/22/2005 8:10 51Cass County Sheriff’s Dept.CharlesDaniel40
    3/22/2005 7:39 51Atascosa County Sheriff’s Dept.RossCruz, Sr.39
    9/17/2014 15:51 50Montague County Sheriff’s Dept.JamesMcGowan28
    1/25/2012 11:15 50Lee County Sheriff’s Dept.CesarCardenas33
    1/24/2012 11:21 50Dallas Police Dept.StephenMalone32
    12/16/2009 12:29 50Chambers County Sheriff’s Dept.ErnestMuller36
    4/17/2007 13:27 50Gregg County Sheriff’s Dept.RobertWallace39
    5/4/2006 10:14 50Angelina County Sheriff’s Dept.MichaelRagsdale48
    2/28/2006 15:59 50Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeArisGonzalez54
    4/18/2005 14:13 50Collin County Sheriff’s Dept.LuisReyes26
    4/18/2005 13:44 50Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeEduardoHawkins60
    3/24/2005 13:42 50Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeEddieLawrence52
    7/2/2014 15:05 49Wichita Falls Police Dept.JoshuaPowell22
    8/1/2007 10:43 49Victoria Police Dept.FrankBenavides34
    4/18/2007 8:57 49Brownsville Police Dept.JoseLimon35
    8/8/2006 9:01 49Grayson County Sheriff’s Dept.TymetdredBowen28
    3/3/2006 7:27 49Harris County Sheriff’s Dept.DarylKelley29
    11/21/2005 15:55 49Austin County Sheriff’s Dept.AntonioRondeau35
    7/26/2005 14:36 49Richardson Police Dept.JeffreyCollard23
    4/18/2005 13:26 49Shelby County Sheriff’s Dept.MichaelArd21
    12/3/2009 15:56 48Rusk County Sheriff’s Dept.GeraldJohnson31
    11/25/2008 9:24 48Bosque County Sheriff’s Dept.ThomasAquirre52
    1/22/2008 16:48 48Willacy County Sheriff’s Dept.BillyGranger52
    3/20/2007 15:03 48Parker County Sheriff’s Dept.DavidHamblen62
    12/21/2006 16:33 48Saginaw Police Dept.TracieGriffith28
    8/3/2006 11:01 48Walker County Sheriff’s Dept.CourtenayO’Bryant25
    2/16/2006 14:58 48Bexar County Sheriff’s Dept.TeresaBanda58
    11/30/2005 16:46 48Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeManuelMoreno61
    5/10/2005 16:21 48Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJoseValverde48
    4/18/2005 14:25 48Bastrop County Sheriff’s Dept.MarcNicolson22
    4/18/2005 13:37 48Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeArthurEtter82
    3/24/2005 16:24 48Texas Department Of Criminal JusticePoloCanales, Jr.47
    3/24/2005 14:38 48Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeChristopherBritton30
    1/9/2014 14:45 47Fort Worth Police Dept.JohnAshmore37
    9/26/2013 10:38 47Odessa Police Dept.JohnVassilion54
    5/17/2012 14:38 47Dallas Police Dept.JackYoung44
    4/25/2012 10:05 47Houston Police Dept.AlexandraLongoria16
    1/28/2009 17:48 47Reeves County Sheriff’s Dept.JesusGalindo-Aguilera32
    4/17/2007 16:07 47Potter County Sheriff’s Dept.RandyMcSmith45
    2/9/2007 13:12 47Galveston County Sheriff’s Dept.ShailonYoung23
    1/4/2007 10:55 47Dallas Police Dept.JamesTurner24
    5/4/2006 10:32 47Brownsville Police Dept.JesusQuintanilla32
    3/1/2006 9:27 47Anderson County Sheriff’s Dept.SherryRancour46
    2/17/2006 8:45 47Johnson County Sheriff’s Dept.JuanCardenas23
    8/11/2005 8:27 47Houston Police Dept.LuisManriquez26
    3/24/2005 13:55 47Bell County Sheriff’s Dept.ChadBlevins17
    9/27/2013 6:15 46Johnson County Sheriff’s Dept.JayMorgan50
    4/30/2013 10:06 46Devine Police Dept.JuanGonzalez25
    11/2/2011 11:12 46Weatherford Police Dept.ShaneCook40
    9/19/2008 15:39 46Orange Police Dept.JerryJones45
    4/24/2008 13:23 46Ector County Sheriff’s Dept.LuisChavez22
    1/22/2008 14:41 46Dallas Police Dept.LORENZOSTIGGERS50
    3/29/2006 11:07 46Fort Worth Police Dept.AngeloAllums27
    9/15/2005 8:44 46Hale County Sheriff’s Dept.FabianSaldana42
    1/28/2009 9:10 45Reeves County Sheriff’s Dept.RogelioAlba58
    4/17/2007 14:43 45Dickens County Sheriff’s Dept.ScottPayne43
    4/20/2006 11:04 45Reeves County Sheriff’s Dept.ThomasRichmond63
    3/1/2006 9:16 45Texas Department Of Public SafetyIsmaelSegura-Mendez23
    2/17/2006 9:14 45Reeves County Sheriff’s Dept.JoseRamirez-Gonzalez28
    2/17/2006 8:25 45Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeMarvinWilliams56
    12/22/2005 13:23 45Houston Police Dept.AngelaBrewer48
    10/20/2005 13:54 45San Antonio Police Dept.ShaunMorales29
    5/2/2005 16:25 45Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeNakiaWilliams30
    4/19/2005 8:21 45Kaufman County Sheriff’s Dept.DavidGlover34
    8/26/2014 9:46 44Wichita Falls Police Dept.ArmandoAleman35
    4/29/2013 12:35 44Anderson County Sheriff’s Dept.JeffreyEastman50
    6/22/2011 19:41 44Austin Police Dept.GilbertoVallejo30
    3/7/2011 10:45 44Midland County Sheriff’s Dept.LonnyMartin54
    10/11/2007 9:31 44Texas Department Of Public SafetyJorgeOchoa47
    2/13/2007 7:57 44Gregg County Sheriff’s Dept.AbelJaimes Benitez21
    2/9/2007 16:21 44Montgomery County Sheriff’s Dept.DaveRogers44
    8/22/2006 16:17 44Denton County Sheriff’s Dept.RobertRedden50
    8/8/2006 8:32 44Grapevine Police Dept.EricGrotz32
    1/26/2006 11:00 44Montgomery County Sheriff’s Dept.RichardDavis33
    12/1/2005 8:11 44Comal County Sheriff’s Dept.JesusRuiz54
    5/10/2005 16:25 44Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRobertBond46
    5/2/2005 16:38 44Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeWillieRay50
    4/18/2005 16:10 44Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeGilbertBrown60
    3/24/2005 15:54 44Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeDianaGaines27
    3/24/2005 14:14 44Hughes Springs Police DepartmentRobertSanchez35
    6/15/2015 12:29 43Lavaca County Sheriff’s Dept.JosephPihota28
    6/3/2015 12:31 43Shelby County Sheriff’s Dept.AllenShuemaker33
    6/3/2015 12:12 43Shelby County Sheriff’s Dept.AllenShuemaker33
    9/6/2011 11:53 43Corpus Christi Police Dept.BryanEgolf36
    12/16/2008 9:12 43Mexia Police Dept.AdrenTurner44
    9/25/2007 14:37 43Dallas Police Dept.JonathanSimon28
    2/13/2007 13:39 43Gregg County Sheriff’s Dept.RonnieJohnson53
    11/16/2006 8:51 43Texas Youth CommissionRobertSchulze19
    11/15/2006 16:27 43Frio County Sheriff’s Dept.TeoduloOrtiz40
    8/3/2006 14:15 43Victoria County Sheriff’s Dept.RonaldGarner53
    2/28/2006 15:39 43Jefferson County Sheriff’s Dept.ShmekiaLewis24
    11/22/2005 8:45 43Dallas County Sheriff’s Dept.ChristopherLynch27
    5/2/2005 16:14 43Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeWilliamGrover52
    4/19/2005 10:20 43Morris County Sheriff’s Dept.JohnRied43
    4/30/2013 16:56 42Henderson County Sheriff’s Dept.KaylaGillum22
    7/28/2010 8:22 42Lubbock Police Dept.MatthewColbert23
    5/13/2010 9:02 42Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeMiltonDixon60
    11/6/2009 8:41 42Upshur County Sheriff’s Dept.LindseyStevens24
    9/10/2009 9:52 42Howard County Sheriff’s Dept.RogerEdwards53
    1/15/2008 16:47 42Corpus Christi Police Dept.RichardParr45
    2/13/2007 10:03 42Morris County Sheriff’s Dept.GaryGoynes42
    5/25/2006 14:44 42Haskell County Sheriff’s Dept.DaleGeesaman41
    4/20/2006 13:19 42Bastrop County Sheriff’s Dept.JamesPancher35
    2/16/2006 15:26 42Karnes County Sheriff’s Dept.RubenBlanco-Pott37
    1/27/2006 8:30 42Dallas County Sheriff’s Dept.JakeSimpson64
    12/6/2005 15:53 42Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeArlinHector28
    12/1/2005 8:21 42Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeDavidThomas40
    4/18/2005 16:58 42Houston Police Dept.JkordericJefferson21
    1/23/2014 16:25 41Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Dept.DustinWest26
    7/30/2013 11:31 41Matagorda County Sheriff’s Dept.CarlitosFlores19
    5/29/2008 14:41 41Dallas Police Dept.JacquesHoward20
    4/21/2006 14:40 41Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRudolphSims72
    3/29/2006 10:40 41Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRoyMendoza40
    10/20/2005 14:15 41Houston Police Dept.JuanAguilar32
    8/11/2005 10:24 41Carrollton Police Dept.HunterLittle18
    4/18/2005 15:57 41San Antonio Police Dept.PaulVara22
    5/20/2014 9:40 40Fort Worth Police Dept.LanceRevalee41
    10/6/2011 15:14 40Ellis County Sheriff’s Dept.BernardinoMoreno52
    9/17/2009 11:12 40Houston Police Dept.SalvadorHernandez28
    6/9/2009 16:22 40Lumberton Police Dept.KevinLaDay35
    10/8/2008 16:21 40McLennan County Sheriff’s Dept.NoelPhillips46
    10/8/2008 11:12 40Olmos Park Police Dept.JustinYbanez21
    12/21/2006 14:54 40Lubbock County Sheriff’s Dept.BobbyMata30
    9/7/2006 13:53 40Corpus Christi Police Dept.SergioGarcia30
    9/7/2006 10:25 40Deer Park Police Dept.DavidCody31
    4/21/2006 14:27 40Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeHawthorneGary48
    9/15/2005 12:43 40Nueces County Sheriff’s Dept.MarkGolding49
    7/26/2005 14:51 40Taylor County Sheriff’s Dept.JasonSpencer20
    7/26/2005 14:45 40Taylor County Sheriff’s Dept.JasonSpencer20
    7/26/2005 14:06 40Bexar County Sheriff’s Dept.JuanChavez49
    7/5/2005 9:15 40Houston Police Dept.KennethBanks22
    5/18/2005 10:07 40Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Dept.CurtisBishop28
    3/24/2005 16:15 40Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeVictoriaAnderson75
    3/24/2005 15:41 40Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRonaldMajor48
    3/9/2015 11:40 39Fort Worth Police Dept.GradyKing40
    12/18/2014 10:32 39Irving Police Dept.AshifAnwar34
    4/29/2013 16:53 39Gregg County Sheriff’s Dept.BobbyMadewell51
    1/6/2011 12:05 39Dallas Police Dept.KennethHorton31
    11/15/2010 12:06 39Rockwall County Sheriff’s Dept.KennethKimball67
    7/8/2008 16:05 39Fort Worth Police Dept.RicardoFerrera29
    8/16/2007 10:12 39San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Dept.dustinklander24
    4/30/2007 15:35 39Dallas Police Dept.BrandonWashington20
    1/4/2007 14:11 39Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Dept.LeandroMartinez34
    12/20/2006 10:15 39Webb County Sheriff’s Dept.ChristinaHernandez25
    11/16/2006 13:30 39Llano Police Dept.EliLewis22
    8/23/2006 12:59 39Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeReynaldoRobles63
    8/10/2006 13:56 39Dallas Police Dept.CarlKelley40
    8/3/2006 14:59 39Denton County Sheriff’s Dept.JoseTrevino39
    8/3/2006 13:13 39Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Dept.RobertTanner58
    3/28/2006 13:27 39Wood County Sheriff’s Dept.JamesTaylor57
    12/22/2005 10:29 39Dallas County Sheriff’s Dept.RosieSims60
    11/21/2005 16:15 39Port Arthur Police Dept.TyroneJones36
    7/26/2005 16:31 39Texas Department Of Public SafetyThomasFortner37
    6/17/2005 9:12 39Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeDonaldSmith42
    5/17/2005 15:26 39Bee County Sheriff’s Dept.CodyMorgan25
    5/3/2005 9:44 39Dallas Police Dept.NeimanGibson19
    4/19/2005 9:57 39San Antonio Police Dept.MarkKarnuth38
    4/19/2005 8:56 39Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeDanielGarza24
    3/24/2005 16:06 39Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeDannyGarcia31
    3/24/2005 15:25 39Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeCharlesRussell48
    4/16/2015 8:39 38Laredo Police Dept.JuanTorres-Saldana67
    3/24/2015 9:54 38Laredo Police Dept.RoyDay51
    7/31/2013 16:10 38Montgomery County Sheriff’s Dept.JohnEbarb42
    5/23/2013 10:41 38Cass County Sheriff’s Dept.BeverlyDubal50
    2/21/2012 13:28 38Smith County Sheriff’s Dept.SonyaArmstron57
    12/10/2009 8:59 38Perryton Police Dept.WadeWilson46
    10/30/2007 10:50 38Dallas Police Dept.ShaunWatson17
    5/3/2007 15:35 38Dallas Police Dept.PaulRodriguez35
    2/13/2007 10:57 38El Paso County Sheriff’s Dept.JaimeMunoz30
    2/13/2007 8:25 38Texarkana Police Dept.CedricMercer24
    3/28/2006 13:47 38Dallas County Sheriff’s Dept.MarkWilson47
    3/1/2006 9:02 38Gregg County Sheriff’s Dept.TeresaJohnson36
    1/27/2006 9:32 38Midland County Sheriff’s Dept.WesleyThomas41
    12/22/2005 11:12 38Texas Department Of Public SafetyCharlesBoll32
    11/21/2005 15:17 38Dallas County Sheriff’s Dept.KennethDowning61
    5/30/2013 17:18 37Austin Police Dept.HerbertBabelay54
    7/15/2011 8:26 37Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeDarellTurner52
    7/27/2010 11:56 37Lancaster Police Dept.DavidBrown27
    1/14/2009 0:00 37Hays County Sheriff’s Dept.TorreySmith31
    4/25/2008 16:29 37Texas Department Of Public SafetyEricSmith40
    4/17/2007 9:23 37El Paso County Sheriff’s Dept.LorenzoMartinez34
    1/4/2007 13:05 37Tarrant County Sheriff’s Dept.RaleighKemp65
    11/6/2006 11:18 37Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJimmyHarris48
    10/4/2006 8:36 37La Porte Police Dept.ShannonSybert44
    11/21/2005 14:43 37Angelina County Sheriff’s Dept.SamuelDolese53
    8/11/2005 8:53 37Texas Department Of Public SafetyGeraldWade40
    1/14/2015 9:19 36Montgomery County Sheriff’s Dept.MichaelLandes59
    1/8/2015 14:51 36Fort Worth Police Dept.GilbertReyna55
    2/5/2013 14:38 36Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeKemalYazar43
    9/12/2012 0:00 36Reagan County Sheriff’s Dept.MarcusMadison42
    11/5/2009 16:57 36Gregg County Sheriff’s Dept.BrettBirdwell45
    9/11/2009 13:56 36Texas Department Of Public SafetyGeorgeRosson57
    8/19/2009 16:18 36Houston Police Dept.TonyJohnson29
    10/31/2007 13:33 36Dallas Police Dept.DennisOatis49
    3/21/2007 8:01 36Wharton Police Dept.DannyCastillo17
    3/20/2007 14:48 36Bowie County Sheriff’s Dept.LouisPavey87
    12/21/2006 16:12 36Galveston County Sheriff’s Dept.DanielWhitaker49
    8/22/2006 16:23 36Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeJamesBaker42
    8/8/2006 11:09 36Cherokee County Sheriff’s Dept.JerryTatum57
    4/20/2006 10:42 36Harris County Sheriff’s Dept.RonaldWilliams57
    1/27/2006 8:11 36Bexar County Sheriff’s Dept.DavidRodriguez38
    12/22/2005 10:08 36Bexar County Sheriff’s Dept.ReginaldRobles46
    12/22/2005 9:17 36San Antonio I.S.D. Police DepartmentEricZapata-Colin18
    12/6/2005 10:57 36Jersey Village Police Dept.DustinWright21
    11/22/2005 15:44 36Dewitt County Sheriff’s Dept.ThomasSanchez53
    8/11/2005 9:24 36Garland Police Dept.LeoJunce18
    6/16/2005 11:42 36Cedar Hill Police Dept.JefferySpradling44
    5/17/2005 15:53 36Brown County Sheriff’s Dept.ChristopherJames38
    5/3/2005 7:55 36Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRoyOudems68
    5/3/2005 7:42 36Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJeraldBrown22
    5/2/2005 16:47 36Wise County Sheriff’s Dept.JohnMorris34
    4/19/2005 8:29 36Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeElmerWalker45
    3/24/2015 9:25 35Del Rio Police Dept.PedroSaldivar50
    2/3/2014 0:00 35San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Dept.ErnestClark58
    4/30/2013 12:47 35Balch Springs Police Dept.NoahTimmons26
    3/19/2012 14:15 35Dallas Police Dept.WilliamBanks26
    12/16/2008 9:31 35Ector County Sheriff’s Dept.JessieBass41
    5/25/2006 15:08 35Orange County Sheriff’s Dept.AnthonyStepney42
    5/10/2006 14:35 35Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeWillieModdon57
    5/4/2006 11:01 35Dickinson Police Dept.CurtisCamille46
    3/29/2006 11:00 35Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeLorenzoEasly44
    3/1/2006 10:34 35Reeves County Sheriff’s Dept.LuisSustayta-Villa42
    12/21/2005 16:03 35Texas Department Of Public SafetyEmilioSanchez18
    8/11/2005 9:08 35Dallas County Sheriff’s Dept.SandraGonzales45
    7/26/2005 15:55 35Savoy Police Dept.DavidWilhelm44
    7/24/2014 14:22 34Garland Police Dept.SadiqIsmail30
    5/17/2012 11:44 34Dallas Police Dept.EfrainZarzoza20
    3/12/2012 19:24 34Dallas Area Rapid TransitCoreyJones27
    5/16/2007 9:50 34Dallas Police Dept.RobertWoods33
    4/17/2007 14:30 34Hartley County Sheriff’s Dept.CoryLucero43
    10/4/2006 10:26 34Coryell County Sheriff’s Dept.JamesGilmore47
    5/25/2006 15:22 34Lamar County Sheriff’s Dept.HunterNorwood22
    3/31/2006 12:48 34San Antonio Police Dept.MichaelPais30
    2/28/2006 14:36 34Dallas County Sheriff’s Dept.SusieHarris53
    1/27/2006 8:55 34Kinney County Sheriff’s Dept.JoseAguilar-Flores31
    12/1/2005 8:29 34Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeWalterRobinson38
    6/8/2005 10:27 34Universal City Police Dept.WilliamLary47
    4/19/2005 9:41 34Midland Police Dept.DavidCalvillo22
    4/19/2005 9:15 34Haskell County Sheriff’s Dept.BobbyPryor42
    3/24/2005 15:11 34Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeMelvinNeal65
    7/2/2014 15:35 33Montgomery County Sheriff’s Dept.RandallJohnston55
    7/2/2014 0:00 33Comal County Sheriff’s Dept.HumbertoPlacencia42
    10/7/2013 15:48 33Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeDewayneBennett57
    9/16/2013 9:17 33McCulloch County Sheriff’s Dept.JohnShelton32
    12/3/2012 12:07 33Ector County Sheriff’s Dept.MarvinWilkerson66
    8/29/2012 8:16 33San Antonio Police Dept.AlfredoAragon35
    9/7/2011 14:55 33Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeMargaritoBrito33
    9/7/2010 11:13 33Edinburg Police Dept.Joelde la Rosa18
    3/2/2007 14:59 33Houston Police Dept.FrancineSonnier34
    12/21/2006 15:19 33Cochran County Sheriff’s Dept.RaymondBrown54
    10/2/2006 11:57 33Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJosephSepeda34
    9/5/2006 10:55 33Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeDorisDancer55
    8/23/2006 13:13 33Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeHunterEarl50
    8/14/2006 10:07 33Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJoeDaniel46
    8/10/2006 13:45 33Dallas Police Dept.JohnnyRobles31
    6/16/2006 15:45 33Dallas County Sheriff’s Dept.NeabLlahsram62
    5/31/2006 14:56 33Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeRicoKing61
    4/28/2006 12:38 33Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeEdmundoVillanueva49
    2/28/2006 14:45 33Travis County Sheriff’s Dept.JohnFrench36
    2/21/2006 15:44 33Harlingen Police Dept.DanielTamez21
    8/11/2005 14:44 33Bexar County Sheriff’s Dept.JesseSolis56
    7/5/2005 9:38 33El Paso County Sheriff’s Dept.WalterRojas41
    6/16/2005 11:36 33Harris County Constable Precinct 5KevinHafstienn34
    6/9/2005 10:44 33San Antonio Police Dept.HectorRodriguez26
    5/17/2005 14:04 33Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeJamesBrown47
    5/3/2005 8:10 33Houston Police Dept.CarlosMejia36
    5/11/2015 10:27 32Tarrant County Sheriff’s Dept.JosephWilson41
    1/14/2015 9:36 32Harris County Constable Precinct 4AidanHickman21
    10/1/2014 16:45 32Laredo Police Dept.JoseGarza30
    3/12/2014 16:31 32Aldine I.S.D. Police DepartmentStevenAllen24
    7/27/2012 14:52 32Tarrant County Sheriff’s Dept.IrvinDorsey53
    2/17/2012 16:35 32Texas Department Of Public SafetyEzequielSerna14
    9/3/2011 0:39 32Metro Dept. of Public SafetyNoltonLaFleur29
    5/3/2010 16:03 32Texas Department Of Public SafetyZackeryWelch22
    11/19/2009 13:06 32Dallas County Sheriff’s Dept.BernardoPena44
    9/24/2009 17:14 32Texas Department Of Public SafetyMichaelBradshaw54
    3/20/2007 15:14 32Laredo Police Dept.MichaelVillareal33
    2/13/2007 9:08 32Waco Police Dept.FranciscoOlivarez33
    10/4/2006 10:04 32Payne Springs Police DepartmentMichaelRecio19
    9/7/2006 11:22 32Wichita Falls Police Dept.JoseRamirez24
    8/23/2006 9:21 32Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeShaneMorris35
    8/14/2006 11:32 32Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeGuadalupeRosales67
    8/14/2006 11:19 32Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeMichaelWalker20
    1/27/2006 9:22 32Dallas County Sheriff’s Dept.LarryGurst53
    1/27/2006 9:11 32Texas Department Of Public SafetyJacobThompson18
    1/27/2006 8:24 32Taylor County Sheriff’s Dept.DominicPizotti60
    12/1/2005 9:29 32Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeCharlieLong51
    10/28/2005 8:01 32Austin Police Dept.MichaelClark33
    8/11/2005 15:26 32Dimmit County Sheriff’s Dept.MichaelCerna26
    7/26/2005 14:59 32Fort Worth Police Dept.CarolynDaniels35
    5/17/2005 14:11 32Bexar County Sheriff’s Dept.EdwardSauceda46
    4/19/2005 10:40 32Harris County Sheriff’s Dept.RalphMontez44
    11/12/2013 15:45 31Tarrant County Sheriff’s Dept.TimothyGhormley64
    1/23/2013 7:17 31Fort Worth Police Dept.DerrickBurleson33
    4/16/2012 17:27 31Tarrant County Sheriff’s Dept.WillieSmith65
    2/21/2012 9:21 31Texas Department Of Public SafetyMichaelBarnes45
    2/15/2012 7:04 31Fort Worth Police Dept.DanielGuerra24
    11/16/2011 11:09 31Granbury Regional Juvenile Justice CenterJordanAdams14
    11/2/2011 16:46 31Bexar County Sheriff’s Dept.JasonBiesenbach40
    10/20/2011 9:21 31Amarillo Police Dept.LeonStephens72
    1/5/2010 9:10 31Houston Police Dept.StuartProulx49
    9/22/2009 16:49 31Gregg County Sheriff’s Dept.RobertFoster57
    8/4/2008 11:06 31Fort Worth Police Dept.GeneKetner38
    2/4/2008 9:18 31San Angelo Police Dept.GregCranfill42
    8/28/2007 11:55 31Val Verde County Sheriff’s Dept.AlbertoREYES-Alvarez25
    6/13/2007 8:15 31Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeDavidMorris55
    2/7/2007 13:01 31Houston Police Dept.OmarEsparza21
    9/5/2006 11:04 31Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeTerrethWhite21
    4/28/2006 13:02 31Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeErnestSims68
    3/31/2006 12:58 31San Antonio Police Dept.SteveJohnson43
    3/28/2006 14:01 31Harris County Sheriff’s Dept.ThomasJohnson59
    3/28/2006 11:07 31Brownsville Police Dept.EdgarLopez17
    12/22/2005 13:43 31Pasadena Police Dept.BarneyGreen38
    10/20/2005 15:29 31Corpus Christi Police Dept.GilbertoLimon42
    7/26/2005 13:54 31Montague County Sheriff’s Dept.RandallWiggins46
    5/18/2005 10:23 31Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeAnthonyEvans25
    3/24/2005 14:57 31Texas Department Of Criminal JusticeGonzaloGarcia55

    Late report

    In Bexar County, a report that was more than a year late was filed with the attorney general’s office Nov. 26, 2013. It described how Sgt. Frank Bellino had responded to a call Oct. 14, 2012, for a possibly intoxicated man who was walking along Culebra Road and creating a hazard for passing drivers.

    Joe Guerra
    Guerra
    The report says the unarmed man, Joe Guerra, 19, became aggravated and refused to obey instructions. “He charged at me,” Bellino was quoted as saying, and Bellino opened fire. Guerra later died at a hospital.

    I learned a lot about this case from a federal civil rights lawsuit filed against Bellino and the sheriff’s office by Guerra’s family. Their lawyers unearthed dash-camera footage from a patrol car that recorded Bellino moments after the shooting explaining what happened.

    “He just went fucking nuts on me,” Bellino told a fellow deputy. “He started attacking me and I shot him.” Bellino then can be heard swearing, saying either “Fuck him” or “Fuck it.”

    Sean Lyons, a lawyer representing the Guerra family, told me there’s no question that Guerra was inebriated, but he disputed claims that Guerra was in any condition to fight. The custodial death report in Guerra’s case was not only a year late, he said, but paints an inaccurate picture of what happened.

    “You’re basically learning the opposite of what went wrong,” Lyons said of the report. “Because the report goes out of its way to make it sound like Bellino did all he could to de-escalate the situation and that Guerra was the aggressor, when in fact, Bellino immediately threatened Guerra’s life, threatened to fucking shoot his ass, and used escalating language.”

    Keith declined to answer most questions about the case, citing the litigation against the sheriff’s office. But he did say the office believes that the custodial death reports are supposed to be a general account of what happened.

    “The thought is, the investigation is still ongoing, you’re not going to know every single answer, every specific detail within that 30-day time period,” Keith said.

    Martinez, who served as a state representative from 1983 to 1985, said the law governing custodial death reports might need to be revised and strengthened to clearly show who’s responsible for making sure the records are accurate and filed on time for the public to review.

    “If no one’s following up or taking responsibility for ensuring that it’s done, then there’s a break in the chain,” Martinez said.

  • Have you been asked to donate to Shop with a Sheriff? Call me.

    If you live in Bexar County, someone claiming to be with the Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Bexar County might have called you recently, asking for money.

    The caller probably promised that every penny of your donation stays in Bexar County. You were probably told that it all goes to a worthy cause.

    Like most sales pitches, it wasn’t entirely true.

    Offices of the Deputy Sheriff's Association of Bexar County
    The Deputy Sheriff s Association of Bexar County has offices in this building near the San Antonio International Airport.
    Last year the union representing Bexar County sheriff’s deputies hired a telemarketing firm called PFR Promotions to raise money for a charitable program called “Shop with a Sheriff.” Also called “Shop with a Cop” in other cities, it’s a holiday shopping spree for poor kids.

    The event is real. But most of the money from donations goes to PFR Promotions, not the kids.

    I started looking into Shop with a Sheriff after receiving a tip from someone who read our stories about the Texas Highway Patrol Museum, another telemarketing entity that relied on the credibility of law enforcement officers to raise money. The small San Antonio museum actually employed hundreds of telemarketers across Texas who raised millions. Yet only a fraction was spent on charity. Executives squandered donations on luxury vehicles and junkets. In December 2011, the Texas Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit and successfully shut down the operation.

    Shop with a Sheriff is a real event that helps children. But most of the money raised — 67 percent — goes to PFR Promotions, a telemarketing firm based in Arizona. Only a third trickles down to the charitable cause.

    Donors aren’t being told that vital information. In Texas, the law requires telemarketers who are raising money for law enforcement organizations to disclose their overhead before any donation is made. The law applies to companies located outside Texas. Organizations are also required to report that information to the Texas attorney general, which the union had failed to do.

    Union President Juan Contreras acknowledged that he wasn’t aware of that legal requirement and pledged to take care of the problem immediately. He said the union might sever its relationship with PFR Promotions.

    But in the meantime, I’d love to hear from potential donors whether PFR’s telemarketers are complying with the law.

    If you’ve received a phone call, feel free to contact me and let me know if the caller is disclosing who he works for — and where your money is really going.

  • San Antonio lawyer Alberto Acevedo says he bribed judge, got favorable treatment

    Express-News Reporter Guillermo Contreras, who covers the federal-courts beat, has been writing scoop after scoop about an FBI investigation at the Bexar County courthouse in San Antonio. The latest bombshell is a story about this plea deal for local defense lawyer Alberto “Al” Acevedo Jr., who lays out in excruciating detail how he bribed Bexar County District Judge Angus McGinty by giving him cash, paying for car repairs and selling the judge’s Mercedes for him:

    “In exchange for these bribes, Judge McGinty provided favorable judicial rulings which benefited me and my clients,” Acevedo says in the court document. “Judge McGinty provided these favorable judicial rulings as requested, and as opportunities arose. These favorable rulings included leniency at sentencing and less restrictive conditions of release.”

    San Antonio lawyer AcevedoThe clients included a man who was convicted of DWI and sentenced by McGinty to three years imprisonment. In court, McGinty had said the defendant had committed so many offenses it didn’t make any sense to put him on probation. Yet after Acevedo asked him to reduce the sentence, the judge did just that and sentenced him to four years community supervision:

    On Sept. 10, Gabriel A. Lopez stood before then-state District Judge Angus McGinty and received three years in prison and a $1,500 fine for his no-contest plea to drunken driving.

    He admitted his blood alcohol level was 0.21 — more than 21/2 times the legal limit. It was his third driving-while-intoxicated conviction.

    “There comes a time when someone has committed so many offenses that it doesn’t make sense to put them on probation,” McGinty told Lopez, 35, who appeared with attorney Leandro Renaud.

    The judge noted Lopez had 11 prior criminal cases and had received probation four times, while three of those were revoked.

    “That’s unacceptable, Mr. Lopez,” McGinty admonished. “I do not think probation is appropriate.”

    But just three days later, on Sept. 13, Lopez stood before McGinty again, this time with lawyer Al Acevedo Jr. And this time, he walked out a happier man after the judge changed Lopez’s sentence to four years of probation.

    “Mr. Lopez, when you were here last, and I sentenced you, it’s because I thought you had earned the right to go to” prison, McGinty said. “Your attorney has done a good job of pointing out some facts that I didn’t adequately consider before.”

    In reality, the FBI has alleged, Acevedo had the good graces of the judge because he had served as McGinty’s personal car service — paying for repairs on the jurist’s two luxury cars with the expectation that the scales of justice would tilt heavily in favor of Acevedo’s clients.

    Later, Acevedo’s law partner congratulated Acevedo. “I guess it does make a difference givin’, givin’ people money, right?”

    Acevedo laughed. “Sure does,” he replied.

    Other clients that benefited from the judge’s leniency included an alleged bank robber and a man charged with aggravated robbery.

    McGinty resigned after word of the federal investigation spread but hasn’t yet been charged.


  • ‘San Antonio 4’ set free after doubts raised in bizarre criminal case

    Anna Vasquez, right, embraces her brother David Vasquez, as family and friends of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera and Kristie Mayhugh gather in the 175th District Court in the Cadena Reeves Justice Center to hear that the 3 women will be released from prison. Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The fourth women, Anna Vasquez, was released on parole from prison just over a year ago.Express-News reporter Michelle Mondo spent 18 months investigating the bizarre case of the “San Antonio Four” — four women accused of sexually assaulting two girls over the course of a weekend filled with debauchery and Satan worship. Michelle’s meticulously researched article raised questions about the evidence and the credibility of the accusers, who might have made up the whole sordid story.

    Since then, one of the accusers recanted, and one of the accused was released on parole. Today, the remaining members of the San Antonio Four were set free on bond.

    Amazing.

    (Photo credit: Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News)


  • Road rage in Texas: Find accidents in your neighborhood with this interactive map


    Full map
    Crash with one or more injuries. Crash with no injuries.

    Braylon Nelson is one of the sweetest kids you’ll ever meet. Like any other 2-year-old boy with an insatiable curiosity, he asks a million questions and loves stories. When I visited him, a 400-page book of fairy tales was on his bed near the medical equipment that helps him breathe and eat.

    Braylon’s father was driving him home from daycare last year when a Ford F-150 crashed into their small Saturn SL2. Witnesses said the truck driver had been speeding during a dispute with another motorist, and police blamed the accident on road rage.

    The Nelsons had nothing to do with the altercation, but Braylon was paralyzed from the neck down.

    No other county in Texas has as many reported road-rage crashes as Bexar County. Police and sheriff’s deputies cited road rage as a contributing factor in 680 crashes from 2007 to 2011.

    That’s according to a public database of every vehicle accident in the state. The information comes from police accident reports, known as CR-3 forms, and are compiled by the Texas Department of Transportation in a massive database called the Crash Records Information System.

    The database tracks hundreds of details about each accident, and anyone can request this information from TxDOT. You can ask for specific locations or types of crashes, or request a copy of the entire database if you’re comfortable using spreadsheets or database managers. To get an idea of what kind of information is available, check out this TxDOT spreadsheet. Or you can read the annual reports of crash statistics published by TxDOT.

    Why does Bexar County have so many road rage crashes? It’s unclear whether we have more angry drivers, or whether San Antonio police are more apt to cite road rage than officers in other jurisdictions.

    Road Rage in Bexar CountyWhen I met with police officials about these statistics, they said they couldn’t comment on the reporting practices in other cities. But about 12 years ago they recognized San Antonio had a growing problem with aggressive drivers, and police started a program in which officers drive in unmarked cars to catch speeders, tailgaters, and other unsafe motorists like the ones accused of paralyzing Braylon.

    I’ve seen some crazy drivers in San Antonio, and when I was working on this story, it seemed like every day I saw someone driving like a maniac.

    If you want to learn more about road rage, you can check out the data for yourself in this interactive map that shows crashes in your neighborhood. You can also download the raw numbers here.

  • Express-News and WOAI team up for story about court-appointed lawyers

    Collister
    Collister
    Veteran observers of San Antonio politics experienced a deja vu moment the other night when a familiar story graced their TV screens. WOAI Trouble Shooter Brian Collister told viewers that Bexar County judges are using a flawed process to appoint lawyers to indigent defendants. If this story rings a bell, it should — Collister broke a similar story in 2002 about then County-Court-at-Law Judge M’Liss Christian giving David Garcia, a lawyer and city councilman at the time, most of Garcia’s indigent defense work at the courthouse.

    This was an interesting fact, considering how Christian and Garcia were rumored to be a romantic item.

    In 2002, the Express-News and other San Antonio news organizations scrambled to keep up with Collister’s bombshell coverage of Christian and Garcia. But for this more recent court story, Collister did something weird — the hyper competitive TV reporter asked if the Express-News wanted to team up.

    How the heck did that happen?

    It turned out Collister was working on his courthouse story around the same time Express-News reporter Brian Chasnoff was also digging into the issue. Last month, Chasnoff wrote a story about Bexar County’s erratic method of appointing defense lawyers to low-income clients. The story was based on a state report by the Texas Task Force on Indigent Defense, which determined that Bexar County was violating the Texas Fair Defense Act.

    It was an important story. If you’re poor and accused of a crime in Texas, you’re entitled to a court-appointed lawyer. That lawyer is supposed to be randomly appointed to your case from a rotating pool of eligible lawyers. But in Bexar County, judges were appointing hundreds of lawyers who weren’t even on the approved list, and a small number of lawyers had amassed the most work and income.

    The state report obtained by Chasnoff did not identify the lawyers who got the most work. But Collister had already obtained a county database that named names. It identified the lawyers receiving court appointments; how much they were paid; and the judges that gave out the work. A handful of attorneys were making hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    This is where things get interesting.

    In the old days, Collister would have done his own story in an effort to compete with the Express-News. But times have changed in journalism. There are fewer warm bodies in newsrooms, and while there’s still heated competition between news organizations in Texas, there’s also a new willingness to pool resources, collaborate on stories, and reach wider audiences.

    So Collister approached the Express-News and asked if it wanted to team up for a detailed story about court-appointed lawyers.

    “The idea was, ‘You have a piece of the puzzle, I have a piece of the puzzle. Let’s work together and make a better story,'” Collister told me. “The days of there being cutthroat competition, to a point, are over.”

    It was an odd sight watching Collister hanging out in the Express-News, hovering over Chasnoff’s desk and collaborating like it was the most natural thing in the world.

    I asked Chasnoff what it was like working with Collister. Chasnoff said he was pleasantly surprised. He didn’t encounter the heavy handed reporter on TV who shoves fuzzy microphones in people’s faces during ambush interviews. Collister had good ideas, and his court data saved Chasnoff a lot of time. Before they teamed up, Chasnoff had requested similar data from the county, so partnering with Collister meant Chasnoff didn’t have to waste time waiting for the information. “He had the goods,” Chasnoff said.

    Chasnoff wrote a long news story that ran in the Sunday paper and WOAI produced its own version of the story. They identified the top lawyers and how much they were paid and posted the data online:

    The top earner, lawyer Hilda Valadez, earned more than $400,000 in the past three years, hundreds of thousands of dollars more than the average court-appointed attorney.

    In at least one courtroom, the inequity appears rooted in cronyism. Attorney Edward Adams, who contributed the most in the past year to the failed re-election campaign of County Court Judge Monica Guerrero, also was appointed the most cases and earned by far the most money in Guerrero’s court in the past three years.

    Both news organizations brought different strengths to the table. WOAI told the story with pictures and audio, while the newspaper story went into greater depth and detail. Collister said he was pleased by the long, nuanced newspaper article. In most TV stories, he has to leave a lot of good material on the cutting room floor — that’s the nature of the beast in TV news, which is always crunched for time. So it was nice to have the newspaper story include points that he didn’t have a chance to air.

    “To see it all get out there is just really gratifying,” Collister said.

    I like news scoops as much as the next guy. But I’m starting to warm up to the notion that there’s a benefit to teaming up, every once in awhile, with other news organizations to pool resources and reach a broader audience.

    Even after the stories ran, the teamwork between Collister and Chasnoff continued. The stories generated interesting tips from readers and viewers. Chasnoff said he and Collister have been sharing tips, and they might work on follow-up stories together.

    “His attitude is, we stay unified,” Chasnoff said, “and we push the story forward.”

  • What stimulus projects are being funded in Bexar County, and what’s the price tag?

    Construction workers on the Mission Reach of the River Walk
    Construction workers on the River Walk's Mission Reach

    Our latest story about the stimulus is about how much federal money is flowing to Bexar County, what kind of projects are being funded, and what will the lasting impact be?

    Stimulus money is fixing headstones at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, building new playgrounds, painting buildings at Lackland AFB, paying for 50 new police officers and reshaping the San Antonio River.

    It’s funding high-profile projects that will benefit future generations — and paying for obscure work that hardly will be noticed.

    Sometimes, it feels like the biggest beneficiaries of the Recovery Act are companies that make the outlandishly sized checks for ribbon-cuttings, where politicians frequently take credit for stimulus projects.

    But behind the photo ops are a large number of companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations that were awarded 775 grants and contracts in Bexar County worth more than $850 million, according to spending reports released last week by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. Another $60 million in stimulus money is being loaned to local businesses.

    We’ve been spending a few months examining the local impact of the Recovery Act — past stories are here and here. I’ve also been bookmarking useful resources through Diigo — feel free to check out my real-time list of handy websites.

    For the latest story, we mostly relied on data you can download directly from Recovery.gov, the website of the Recovery Board. The data doesn’t have a “county” category, but you can match the zip code of each award with the zip codes of your county. If you’re simply interested in seeing what kind of stimulus projects are being funded in your county or neighborhood, the Recovery Board offers an interactive map that lets you drill down to the street level. Each stimulus project shows up as a dot — click on it to learn more details.

  • How to keep a secret if you’re a crooked politician in Texas

    County Commissioner Tommy AdkissonHand it to Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson — his feud with the Texas Attorney General and the San Antonio Express-News is, at the very least, exposing a flaw in the state’s open-records law.

    Adkisson doesn’t want to release private e-mails in which he discussed public business. The attorney general’s office told him he has to release the e-mails. However, there’s an important caveat: Adkisson is the one who’s responsible for identifying the e-mails that pertain to the public’s business.

    Adkisson. The guy who doesn’t want to give up any e-mails. He’s the one who’s supposed to go through his Hotmail account or whatever and turn over copies of e-mails that can be deleted with a mouse click.

    In related news, a public interest group, the Corrupt Regime of Associated Politicians (C.R.A.P.) announced today that they’ll be conducting all business on Yahoo! e-mail accounts.

    Nothing to see here. Move along.

  • Open records quiz: Can officials question your motives and withhold documents from you?

    County Commissioner Tommy AdkissonCheck out this open-records story by Josh Baugh: A Bexar County official wants to sue the attorney general in an effort to withhold e-mails from the San Antonio Express-News — because the official believes the newspaper is biased:

    Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson refuses to comply with a Texas attorney general’s ruling that ordered him to release e-mails in his private accounts that contain public information. This week he instructed the Bexar County district attorney’s office to sue the AG.

    The San Antonio Express-News submitted an open-records request under the Texas Public Information Act on Feb. 17, seeking all e-mails between Adkisson and grass-roots toll opponent Terri Hall regarding business of Bexar County and the Metropolitan Planning Organization, of which Adkisson is chairman.

    The request sought e-mail correspondence from Adkisson’s county-provided e-mail address as well as from two private accounts he maintains. The newspaper is seeking the e-mails because they would offer insight into Adkisson’s management style at the MPO.

    The story raises two issues that ought to trouble open-records advocates:

    One is that public officials are keenly aware that their government e-mails are public documents, and they are turning to private e-mail accounts to conduct government business.

    The other is Adkisson’s explanation for seeking to withhold his e-mails from the newspaper: He believes the Express-News is biased and has a pro-toll road agenda.

    Even if Adkisson’s claim were true, the point is irrelevant when it comes to public information. In Texas, a government record is either public, or it isn’t. In order for an agency to withhold a record, it must cite a legal exemption. For example, a section of the Texas Public Information Act says investigative files of law enforcement agencies don’t have to be made public.

    The motives of the person requesting the information has no bearing on whether a document is public. In fact, under the law, officials aren’t even supposed to ask why someone wants the information. Otherwise, government officials could withhold everything from the public simply by saying they don’t trust the people asking for the information. Or they could play favorites and give information to preferred journalists and bloggers.

    So now the county is going to spend taxpayer money on a legal effort to withhold information from taxpayers. Maybe Josh can find out how much money the county will spend on the case — assuming no one questions his motives for asking.

Posts navigation