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Note to readers: it's almost certain death to wrestle with a police office who is armed, might as well count on them for one thing only three hots and a cot.
Don't do it bubba!
An off-duty deputy constable shoots a man during a confrontation in northwest Harris County. That man later died at a hospital.
The Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constable, who was working as a security guard at the Village in the Woods apartment complex on Lakewood Forest near Grant Road, approached the man at 2:45 a.m.
After the deputy constable determined that he needed to arrest the man, that man resisted and began to fight with the deputy constable.
During the fight, the deputy constable pulled out his weapon and fired two gunshots into the man's midsection.
The man who was shot was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital where he died. The deputy constable was taken to Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital in stable condition with multiple scrapes and an injury to his back.
Ron Lee Haskell, 33, who was taken into custody after he surrendered to the Harris County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday night, is charged with capital murder in the death of 34-year-old Katy Stay.
Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables arrived to a home on Leaflet Lane in the Spring area in response to a reported "in progress shooting" before 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Inside the home, they found the bodies of Katy, her 39-year-old husband Steven, and three children who were shot. Two other children who were shot were taken by Life Flight medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medical Center where one of them later died.
The shooter led deputies on a vehicle chase that ended on Countrymeadows Drive near County Canyon Drive, where the HCSO High Risk Operations Unit and Hostage Negotiation Team later arrived, which resulted in the shooter placing a gun to his own head before surrendering at around 10 p.m. Wednesday.
The teen girl who was shot remains in critical condition.Haskell has refused to speak with HCSO Homicide Division investigators.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
DENVER (AP) - Colorado is smoking pot by the ton, and visitors are, too.
Colorado's pot regulators issued what is believed to be the world's first post-legalization market study for the weed on Wednesday. The study relied on sales data from Colorado's first three months of recreational marijuana sales, while previous pot market studies relied on survey responses because the drug is illegal.
"This study finds total marijuana demand to be much larger than previously estimated," Colorado's study concluded.
The study estimated that total market demand for marijuana in Colorado is about 130 metric tons a year. That's about 121 metric tons for residents and almost 9 metric tons a year for visitors. These figures include medical and recreational marijuana.
Marijuana has an average market rate in Colorado of $220 per ounce, authors concluded.
The estimates were nearly a third higher than one recently projected by the state Department of Revenue, which regulates the marijuana industry. Nations with legal or semi-legal marijuana sales, such as the Netherlands, do not track national inventory, making firm market analysis spotty.
Colorado concluded that visitors account for 44 percent of recreational marijuana retail sales in the Denver area. In the mountains and other vacation spots, visitors to Colorado account for 90 percent of recreational dispensary traffic.
Colorado's market numbers bore out survey estimates that most marijuana is consumed by heavy daily users. For example, survey authors estimated that a third of all Colorado's pot consumers use the drug less than once a month. But that group accounts for just 0.3 percent of the total market, analysts concluded.
"Heavy users consume marijuana much more often, and more intensely, than other consumers," the study concluded.
The study tapped into Colorado's new Marijuana Inventory Tracking System used by commercial growers and retailers to account for inventory. But the study's authors also included untaxed pot in the analysis because Colorado allows adults over 21 to grow pot at home. The survey also estimated production from the state's medical marijuana caregivers, who are authorized to grow medical marijuana on behalf of others and do not face state pot taxes.
So far, Colorado sells a lot more medical marijuana than recreational marijuana, and medical pot patients must be in-state residents. Survey analysts concluded that medical users generally have avoided recreational sales, which come with much higher taxes for the same product.
"Therefore, the retail demand is derived primarily from out-of-state visitors and from consumers who previously purchased" black-market or illegal weed, the study concluded.
The study noted that Colorado's medical marijuana patients are two-thirds male. But analysts did not come up with a gender breakdown for retail consumers.
The authors also said that many recreational marijuana users are younger than 21 and not participating in the taxed recreational market.
The survey noted significant difficulties tabulating market demand for concentrated and edible marijuana products, both growing in popularity. Another study to examine those markets is planned for next year.
Online: Colorado marijuana market study: http://1.usa.gov/1lVgbWY
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It was thrown away like trash, folders full of personal information. What do you think? Is your social security number, salary and employment information trash? One company now has some explaining to do after private files were found in a dumpster. "Copies of drivers license, copies of social security cards, banking information," explains Zachary Hailey as he lists all of the personal information on documents he says he found in a dumpster at the Wilcox Apartments on 610.
Hailey says the folders full of personal information were "filed" right there in the trash bin at the Wilcox Apartments. "Two boxes. I have 150 maybe 200 folders," adds Hailey. Hailey says the folders came to his attention as people gathered around the trash and were removing documents. He then took as many boxes as he could to secure them and he started calling the people listed on the paperwork.
"I'm not happy. I'm not happy," says Clarice Anthony in frustration. Anthony used to live in the complex back in 2010 when it was the Meadow Ridge Apartments. She was shocked to receive a phone call from a perfect stranger who had her very private information about her.
"I'm just like oh my gosh," says Anthony. She picked up the folder from Hailey and has filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau, Houston Apartment Association and she contacted the credit bureaus. Anthony is also trying to get answers from Trinity Property Consultants, the management company for Wilcox apartments. "I give my information to these people thinking it's in good hands and it's not," explains Anthony.
Hailey says when he went to the leasing office to find out why personal files were in the dumpster at Wilcox Apartments he says he was told the information belongs to former residents. He says management also told him they fixed the problem by doing this. "They went in there an poured oil on it," says Hailey.
My calls to Trinity Management weren't yet returned as of when the report was filed. Anthony says she's speaking out because she wants other former residents of Meadow Ridge or Wilcox Apartments to be on the lookout. "Your information may have been breached," warns Anthony.
So is a company obligated to properly dispose of your personal information? According to the Houston Apartment Association the answer is yes. State law requires businesses to destroy documents containing your private information. State law also says those who have had personal information disposed of improperly may be entitled to financial damages after filing a complaint with the attorney general's office.
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