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40 years on, Crime of Century still binds FBI director, prison snitch
 For a time, Johnny Ray Spinelli was a one-man crime wave. After jumping bail in a Houston burglary case, he’d surfaced in the San Francisco Bay Area, where, according to press accounts, he became known briefly as the “Fotomat bandit.” He approached saleswomen at the drive-ups, robbed them and, on six occasions, raped them...

Posted: 10 days ago

For a time, Johnny Ray Spinelli was a one-man crime wave. After jumping bail in a Houston burglary case, he’d surfaced in the San Francisco Bay Area, where, according to press accounts, he became known briefly as the “Fotomat bandit.” He approached saleswomen at the drive-ups, robbed them and, on six occasions, raped them...
40 years on, Crime of Century still binds FBI director, prison snitch
 For a time, Johnny Ray Spinelli was a one-man crime wave. After jumping bail in a Houston burglary case, he’d surfaced in the San Francisco Bay Area, where, according to press accounts, he became known briefly as the “Fotomat bandit.” He approached saleswomen at the drive-ups, robbed them and, on six occasions, ...

Posted: 11 days ago

For a time, Johnny Ray Spinelli was a one-man crime wave. After jumping bail in a Houston burglary case, he’d surfaced in the San Francisco Bay Area, where, according to press accounts, he became known briefly as the “Fotomat bandit.” He approached saleswomen at the drive-ups, robbed them and, on six occasions, ...
After snitching, ex-Austin gangster collected reward money, vanished
 Johnny Spinelli wasn’t the only one secretly recording on behalf of FBI. A violent and notorious ex-Austinite also wore a wire in an effort to help prosecutors nab Judge John Wood’s killers. But his life ended very differently from Spinelli’s. “Jerry Ray James was a vicious, brutal sociopath who didn’t have any...

Posted: 11 days ago

Johnny Spinelli wasn’t the only one secretly recording on behalf of FBI. A violent and notorious ex-Austinite also wore a wire in an effort to help prosecutors nab Judge John Wood’s killers. But his life ended very differently from Spinelli’s. “Jerry Ray James was a vicious, brutal sociopath who didn’t have any...
Owner of Austin’s vanishing cache of gold and silver charged with fraud
 The mystery of what happened to millions of dollars-worth of gold and silver bullion that vanished from a downtown Austin vault two and a half years ago just got a little less puzzling. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors arrested Charles McAllister, the founder and former majority owner of Bullion Direct, charging him with three felony counts...

Posted: 26 days ago

The mystery of what happened to millions of dollars-worth of gold and silver bullion that vanished from a downtown Austin vault two and a half years ago just got a little less puzzling. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors arrested Charles McAllister, the founder and former majority owner of Bullion Direct, charging him with three felony counts...
Owner of Austin’s vanished cache of gold and silver charged with fraud
 The mystery of what happened to millions of dollars’ worth of gold and silver bullion that vanished from a downtown Austin vault 2½ years ago just got a little less puzzling. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors arrested Charles McAllister, the founder and former majority owner of Bullion Direct, charging him with three felony counts...

Posted: 26 days ago

The mystery of what happened to millions of dollars’ worth of gold and silver bullion that vanished from a downtown Austin vault 2½ years ago just got a little less puzzling. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors arrested Charles McAllister, the founder and former majority owner of Bullion Direct, charging him with three felony counts...
As storms batter Texas, billions in state property goes unprotected
 You are a responsible property owner, so you make sure to buy insurance to pay for repairs or rebuilding in the event of a disaster. Unless you’re the state of Texas. This past summer, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice sustained an estimated $1 million in damage from Hurricane Harvey, most of it at the W.F. Ramsey complex, about...

4:03 PM Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

You are a responsible property owner, so you make sure to buy insurance to pay for repairs or rebuilding in the event of a disaster. Unless you’re the state of Texas. This past summer, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice sustained an estimated $1 million in damage from Hurricane Harvey, most of it at the W.F. Ramsey complex, about...
As storms batter Texas, billions in state property goes unprotected
 You are a responsible property owner, so you make sure to buy insurance to pay for repairs or rebuilding in the event of a disaster. Unless you’re the state of Texas. Last summer, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice sustained an estimated $1 million in damage from Hurricane Harvey, most of it at the W.F. Ramsey complex, about 40...

3:56 PM Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

You are a responsible property owner, so you make sure to buy insurance to pay for repairs or rebuilding in the event of a disaster. Unless you’re the state of Texas. Last summer, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice sustained an estimated $1 million in damage from Hurricane Harvey, most of it at the W.F. Ramsey complex, about 40...
After 30 years in business, locksmith loses his license — for 1980 crime
 When Shayne Gatlin opened his locksmith business outside of Dallas more than 30 years ago, Fred Akers coached the Longhorns and the Dow Jones industrial average was a tenth its current level. Over the decades, he worked hard and grew his operation to three trucks and a retail shop, eventually acquiring more than 100,000 customers. The Better...

5:15 PM Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

When Shayne Gatlin opened his locksmith business outside of Dallas more than 30 years ago, Fred Akers coached the Longhorns and the Dow Jones industrial average was a tenth its current level. Over the decades, he worked hard and grew his operation to three trucks and a retail shop, eventually acquiring more than 100,000 customers. The Better...
After 30 years in business, locksmith loses his license — for 1980 crime
 When Shayne Gatlin opened his locksmith business outside of Dallas more than 30 years ago, Fred Akers coached the Longhorns and the Dow Jones industrial average was a tenth its current level. Over the decades, he worked hard and grew his operation to three trucks and a retail shop, eventually acquiring more than 100,000 customers. The Better...

4:58 PM Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

When Shayne Gatlin opened his locksmith business outside of Dallas more than 30 years ago, Fred Akers coached the Longhorns and the Dow Jones industrial average was a tenth its current level. Over the decades, he worked hard and grew his operation to three trucks and a retail shop, eventually acquiring more than 100,000 customers. The Better...
For 45 years, Buck Moore has been about more than feeding the animals
 There is no mistaking Buck Moore Feed & Supply for the under-glass version of country living on display at big box stores. Visitors are walloped by a pungent blast of feed and animal the moment they walk in. Over the years Buck’s has been forced to make concessions to its increasingly urban clientele — pricey dog food and organic...

6:47 PM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

There is no mistaking Buck Moore Feed & Supply for the under-glass version of country living on display at big box stores. Visitors are walloped by a pungent blast of feed and animal the moment they walk in. Over the years Buck’s has been forced to make concessions to its increasingly urban clientele — pricey dog food and organic...
For 45 years, Buck Moore has been about more than feeding the animals
 On a recent afternoon, Laura Strohm sidled into Buck Moore Feed & Supply on North Lamar Boulevard. She pretended to be in distress and on the verge of tears, or maybe she wasn’t pretending at all. “Noooo,” she wailed. “This better just be a real long we’re-closing-for-the-holidays thing.” Ken Bushong looked...

2:56 PM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

On a recent afternoon, Laura Strohm sidled into Buck Moore Feed & Supply on North Lamar Boulevard. She pretended to be in distress and on the verge of tears, or maybe she wasn’t pretending at all. “Noooo,” she wailed. “This better just be a real long we’re-closing-for-the-holidays thing.” Ken Bushong looked...
Mesquite police watched as handcuffed teen hit his head 50 times before dying
 When Mesquite police arrived at a local middle school late on a summer night in 2013, Graham Dyer was pounding his head on the ground. Earlier, witnesses reported seeing him ram his head into a building. A friend explained that the 18-year-old was experiencing a bad LSD trip. Police have a legal duty to care for their prisoners, and after...

7:45 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

When Mesquite police arrived at a local middle school late on a summer night in 2013, Graham Dyer was pounding his head on the ground. Earlier, witnesses reported seeing him ram his head into a building. A friend explained that the 18-year-old was experiencing a bad LSD trip. Police have a legal duty to care for their prisoners, and after...
Mesquite police watched as handcuffed teen hit his head 50 times before dying
 When Mesquite police arrived at a local middle school late on a summer night in 2013, Graham Dyer was pounding his head on the ground. Earlier, witnesses reported seeing him ram his head into a building. A friend explained that the 18-year-old was experiencing a bad LSD trip. Police have a legal duty to care for their prisoners, and after...

7:35 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

When Mesquite police arrived at a local middle school late on a summer night in 2013, Graham Dyer was pounding his head on the ground. Earlier, witnesses reported seeing him ram his head into a building. A friend explained that the 18-year-old was experiencing a bad LSD trip. Police have a legal duty to care for their prisoners, and after...
Tras Harvey: una lenta recuperación en la costa para residentes
 A tres meses de que el huracán Harvey retumbara sobre su apartamento en Aransas Pass, sacudiendo las paredes y vertiendo suficiente agua sobre el complejo hasta volverlo inhabitable, Debrah Harmon mantiene pequeñas metas y esperanzas para el futuro. Sobre todo, la futura abuela espera poderse mudar fuera de la tienda de campañ...

5:53 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

A tres meses de que el huracán Harvey retumbara sobre su apartamento en Aransas Pass, sacudiendo las paredes y vertiendo suficiente agua sobre el complejo hasta volverlo inhabitable, Debrah Harmon mantiene pequeñas metas y esperanzas para el futuro. Sobre todo, la futura abuela espera poderse mudar fuera de la tienda de campañ...
On Texas coast, Harvey-battered residents find recovery a slog
 Three months after Hurricane Harvey roared over her Aransas Pass apartment, shaking the walls and dumping enough water into it to render the entire complex uninhabitable, Debrah Harmon keeps her goals for the future small. Mainly, the grandmother-to-be said, she hopes to move soon out of the tent she’s been living in for the past month...

6:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017

Three months after Hurricane Harvey roared over her Aransas Pass apartment, shaking the walls and dumping enough water into it to render the entire complex uninhabitable, Debrah Harmon keeps her goals for the future small. Mainly, the grandmother-to-be said, she hopes to move soon out of the tent she’s been living in for the past month...
Sutherland Springs survivors struggle to pick up pieces after massacre
 Two days after a man entered a rural church service dressed in military-style gear and opened fire, killing 26 and wounding 20, local, state and federal law enforcement investigators and residents of Sutherland Springs continued the essentially impossible task of trying to make sense of the incomprehensible. The accumulation of details began...

5:41 AM Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017

Two days after a man entered a rural church service dressed in military-style gear and opened fire, killing 26 and wounding 20, local, state and federal law enforcement investigators and residents of Sutherland Springs continued the essentially impossible task of trying to make sense of the incomprehensible. The accumulation of details began...
Sutherland Springs survivors struggle to pick up pieces after massacre
 Two days after a man entered a rural church service dressed in military-style gear and opened fire, killing 26 and wounding 20, local, state and federal law enforcement investigators and residents of Sutherland Springs continued the essentially impossible task of trying to make sense of the incomprehensible. The accumulation of details began...

1:18 AM Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017

Two days after a man entered a rural church service dressed in military-style gear and opened fire, killing 26 and wounding 20, local, state and federal law enforcement investigators and residents of Sutherland Springs continued the essentially impossible task of trying to make sense of the incomprehensible. The accumulation of details began...
Texas church shooting: Why federal law should have stopped Devin Kelley from buying guns
 Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed at least 26 people Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. His history of violent crime should have prevented him from being able to purchase an assault-style rifle. Here’s what we know about how the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident was able to purchase...

9:31 AM Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017

Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed at least 26 people Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. His history of violent crime should have prevented him from being able to purchase an assault-style rifle. Here’s what we know about how the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident was able to purchase...
Devin Patrick Kelley’s violent history didn’t stop him from buying guns
 Devin Patrick Kelley — the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident who on Sunday perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history — should not have been able to buy the assault-style rifle he used to kill 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, according to gun and military experts. In 2012, a military...

1:02 AM Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017

Devin Patrick Kelley — the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident who on Sunday perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history — should not have been able to buy the assault-style rifle he used to kill 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, according to gun and military experts. In 2012, a military...
Why federal law should have stopped Devin Kelley from buying guns
 Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed at least 26 people Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. His history of violent crime should have prevented him from being able to purchase an assault-style rifle. Here’s what we know about how the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident was able to purchase the rifle...

12:52 AM Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017

Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed at least 26 people Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. His history of violent crime should have prevented him from being able to purchase an assault-style rifle. Here’s what we know about how the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident was able to purchase the rifle...
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