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Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush speaks to the Texas House.

The possibility of a federal government shutdown is threatening to delay a long-awaited Hurricane Harvey disaster relief package, state and local leaders told a legislative committee Thursday.

During a Texas House Committee on Urban Affairs hearing in Houston, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the much-needed federal aid shouldn’t be bogged down by partisan issues.

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Two Houston men were sentenced today in separate cases for their involvement with gas pump skimmers, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced Dec. 14.

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John Wayne Stoneham | Photo: Texas DPS

A Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender is now in custody after being captured Thursday in Houston, DPS officials said in a release.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added John Wayne Stoneham, 49, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward of up to $5,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture, the department said in a release.

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Police in Nederland have identified and plan to file felony theft charges against a 52-year-old Houston man for stealing an expensive ring from Keith's Custom Jewelry store on Nov. 27, reports Chief Darrell Bush. 

According to a news release from Bush, a man entered the store, located at 2111 Nederland Ave., at 1:36 p.m. and asked to look at a ring. Once the clerk handed him the ring, the subject fled from the store and left the scene in a late model Jeep.

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Carlos Alberto Gonzalez-Barahona | Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety
Carlos Alberto Gonzalez-Barahona | Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding the public that the reward for Carlos Alberto Gonzalez-Barahona, 26, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and this month’s featured fugitive, has been increased to $10,000 for information leading to his capture if the tip comes in during the month of November.

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Fitz and Emma, were born to first-time parents Maya and Tesoro on July 20.

The Houston Zoo’s four-month-old jaguar cubs made their debut Thursday, Nov. 9. The male, Fitz, and female, Emma, were born to first-time parents Maya and Tesoro on July 20 and have spent the past few months behind-the-scenes bonding with mom. The pair can be seen exploring their habitat with mom most mornings, and have access to be out of public view in their night house or caves if they choose. Fitz and Emma are the first jaguars born at the Houston Zoo in 12 years. The jaguar range covers South and Central America, with some venturing north into Mexico and the southwestern U.S.

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A 67-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to federal prison for violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston Nov. 2.

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Several Los Angeles police officers, prompted by news coverage of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding in Houston, banded together and ended up in Southeast Texas.

“This really started with me watching the news and then seeing what was happening out here in Houston,” Capt. Jonathan Tom explained. “We saw that poor sergeant who died in the line of duty,” referring to Houston PD’s Sgt. Steve Perez found drowned Aug. 29.

Tom is the commanding officer of LAPD’s south traffic division with 130 officers working under him.

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Comedian and television host Bert Kreischer will perform five shows this weekend at The Improv in Houston beginning Thursday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. Kreischer has co-hosted television programs such as The X-Show on FX and is currently hosting his own show on the Travel Channel called Bert the Conqueror. One of Kreischer’s most famous stories states that he once went on a college field trip to Russian and accidentally joined a Russian mob and participated in a robbery while intoxicated. Showtimes are Friday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., and two shows on Saturday, Aug.

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