Stories By Keri Blakinger

  • Listen: An alias, an armed robbery and a decade on the run Waymond Hall spent ten years of his life on the run from the law. He’d grown up poor, with a father in prison - but seemed poised for a better life until he committed an armed robbery and became a fugitive. But on the DL he rebuilt his life,...
  • ‘The place is a jungle’: Texas youth prisons still beset by gangs, violence, abuse They climbed the walls, threw food, joined gangs and beat each other up. Some said they were sexually victimized, and others refused to leave their cells out of fear. At one lockup, teens challenged visiting officials to a fight. At another, a...
  • Police seek person of interest after 2 women stabbed to death in NE Houston home Police are looking for a Toyota Camry and a person of interest after a double-stabbing at a northeast Houston home.
  • Man found fatally wounded in parking lot of NW Houston apartment complex A man was shot to death Monday afternoon at an Acres Homes apartment complex, according to police.
  • Man dead after NW Houston car crash A man was killed late Monday in a northwest Houston car crash, according to police.
  • Listen: Everything you ever wanted to know about snitches, FOIA and how to be as cool as Pam Colloff For the latest episode of Behind the Walls, Pam Colloff and I talked about her latest investigation - just published in ProPublica and the New York Times Magazine - and her reporting process, plus everything from public records to policy...
  • Teen allegedly shoots girlfriend in leg at north Harris County apartment complex A 16-year-old boy is suspected of shooting a teenage girl in the leg at a northern Harris County apartment building on Christmas Day, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
  • Sheriff: Ex-boyfriend walks into woman's party, shoots her Harris County investigators are searching for a 52-year-old man who they said forced himself into his ex-girlfriend's birthday party in northwest Harris County on Christmas Eve and fatally shot her, according to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
  • Listen: The quest to build a new jail in Austin By and large, prisons and jails are built with men in mind. The officers are mostly male, the inmates are mostly male - and the buildings and programs are structured accordingly.
  • Former Houston police officer Gerald Goines ordered released from federal custody After spending Thanksgiving in federal lock-up, the former Houston police officer behind a January drug raid that left two homeowners dead was ordered released on Wednesday from federal custody. The move comes a week after federal prosecutors...
  • 1 killed, 2 wounded at birthday party shooting in SW Harris County One man was killed and two others wounded overnight after a pair of shooters opened fire at a birthday party in southwest Harris County.
  • Ex-Burleson County judge sued for allegedly raping former clerk An ex-clerk in Central Texas last week sued a former county judge, accusing him of repeatedly raping her in his Burleson County office and at his Caldwell cafe, the Funky Junky. Identified only as Jane Doe in the 12-page legal filing, the...
  • Man arrested after allegedly hitting pedestrian in League City car crash A Jefferson County man was arrested following a Wednesday night car wreck in League City that left a woman in the hospital, according to police.
  • Man arrested after police chase, stand-off in southeast Houston A mentally ill Houston man was arrested late Wednesday after he refused to pull over for police and instead drove home, where he then refused to get out of the car for nearly two hours.
  • Two 16-year-olds shot while sitting in parked car in Baytown The teens were sitting in the back seat of a Chevy Malibu parked on East Gulf near North Second around 3 a.m. when the shooting began.
  • Man shot to death at south Houston burger restaurant during fight with employee Police believe a man was shot in the back while fighting with a Gilmore Burgers employee the night before Thanksgiving.
  • Ex-Houston police officer at center of deadly Harding Street raid to stay in federal custody after bond hearing The former Houston police officer behind a bungled drug raid that left two homeowners dead will remain in federal custody after a Tuesday morning bond hearing in which prosecutors argued against his release. The decision came days after...
  • FBI arrests 2 ex-cops, 911 caller in deadly HPD drug raid A federal grand jury on Wednesday charged two former Houston police officers at the center of a failed January drug raid with civil rights violations, falsifying records and lying about use of confidential informants, marking the latest turn in...
  • Kim Kardashian visits Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed The same day high-profile death row prisoner Rodney Reed won a stay from the state's highest criminal court, he got a visit from his one of his most famous supporters: Kim Kardashian West.
  • Kanye West plays secret concert for Harris County jail inmates Rapper Kanye West spit it through the razor wire on Friday morning with a secret performance at the Harris County Jail.