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United States of America v. Victor Garcia-Carrillo

Victor Garcia-Carrillo pled guilty to re-entering the United States illegally and was sentenced to 89 months of imprisonment. The Government declined to move in the district court for a one-level reduction for acceptance of responsibility under United States Sentencing Guidelines Manual (U.S.S.G.) § 3E1.1(b) because Garcia-Carrillo refused to waive his right to appeal. After sentencing, and while... More...   $0 (04-15-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Ivan Velasquez-Caballero, aka Talivan

McALLEN, Texas - Ivan Velasquez-Caballero, aka Talivan or 50, has entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Velasquez-Caballero, 44, of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, has been in custody in the United States since he was extradited to Lare... More...
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United States of America v. Tevon Harris a/k/a “Da Kidd” and “King Kidd"



HOUSTON – Tevon Harris aka “Da Kidd” and “King Kidd,” 22, of Houston, has entered a plea of guilty on two charges of trafficking children under 18 for commercial sex, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

According to the plea agreement, from January through July 2012, Harris forced young girls, who he knew were minors, into prostitution by using force and int... More...
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United States of America v. Jose Vela and Michael Vela



HOUSTON, TX – Jose Vela, 65, and his Michael Vela, 30, have entered guilty pleas to conspiracy and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Also pleading guilty today in a separate, but related case was Orlando Vela, 33.

Jose and Michael Vela were originally charged along with Omar Vela and others based on their allege... More...
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United States of America v. Rogelio Munoz Chavarria

El Paso, TX - El Paso commercial truck driver Rogelio Munoz Chavarria, age 63, was sentenced to four months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release and fined $2,000 for his role in an undocumented alien smuggling scheme announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent In Charge Dennis Ulrich.

Chavarria’s sentencing com... More...
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Shane and Kristie Trahan v. Jimmy and Peggy Mettlen

Shane and Kristie Trahan bought 22.61 acres of land (the Property) from Jimmy and Peggy Mettlen. Sometime after the real estate transaction was completed, a dispute arose over ownership of the mineral interests in the Property. The Mettlens claimed that they retained ownership of the mineral interests, and the Trahans claimed that the interests were, or at least should have been, conveyed as part ... More...   $0 (04-09-2014 - TX)

In The Interest of Z.C., a child

Appellant, J.C.C.E., appeals from the trial court’s order terminating his parental rights to his son, Z.C., (hereinafter “the child”) and appointing Appellee, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, sole permanent managing conservator.1 By a single issue, he contends the evidence is insufficient to support the trial court’s finding that termination is in the child’s best ... More...   $0 (04-11-2014 - TX)

Vasile Marincasiu v. Stpehen C. Drilling

Vacile and Stacy Marincasiu appeal the trial court’s judgment granting Stephen C. Drilling a first lien on certain real property located at 1702 Egret Lane, Southlake, Texas, 76092 (hereinafter “the Southlake Property”); allowing him to foreclose on the property; and clearing title to the land. On appeal, the Marincasius challenge the factual and legal sufficiency of the trial court’s find... More...   $0 (04-09-2014 - TX)

Mark Davis v. Norma Chaparro

Appellant, Mark Davis, appeals the trial court’s finding of breach of contract and its award of $2,750 on the contract and $5,433.68 in attorney’s fees in favor of Appellee, Norma Chaparro. We affirm.

BACKGROUND

Davis is an attorney. He instructed his office manager, Lisa Rodriguez, to seek a translator to translate a recorded conversation on an audio cassette tape in a post-... More...
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Chad Dickerson v. Acadian Cypress & Hardwoods, Inc.

Chad Dickerson asks that we dissolve a temporary injunction which, among other restrictions, prohibits him from working for direct competitors of his former employer and from competing with it for certain sales. We conclude the trial court did not abuse its discretion in granting a temporary injunction to preserve the status quo; nevertheless, because the restrictions placed on Dickerson by the tr... More...   $0 (04-10-2014 - TX)

GoDaddy.com, L.L.C. v. Hollie Toups, et al.

GoDaddy.com, LLC (“GoDaddy”) filed a petition in this Court seeking an order permitting an interlocutory appeal of the trial court’s order denying GoDaddy’s motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ claims on the basis that such claims are barred by section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (the “CDA”). See 47 U.S.C. § 230. We granted GoDaddy’s request to file an interlocutory appeal. Aft... More...   $0 (04-10-2014 - TX)

Mai Thi Tran v. Andy Luu

In four issues, appellant, Mai Thi Tran, challenges the trial court’s granting of summary judgments in favor of appellee, Andy Luu, and the trial court’s denial of her motion for new trial. We affirm.

I. BACKGROUND

On or about April 18, 2006, Luu sold to Tran approximately 47.98 acres of land situated in Robertson County, Texas for $143,940.1 The transaction was finalized on
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In the Matter of the Marriage of Elaine Denise Landry and Robert Denison Landry and In The Interest of D.R.L., a child

In this appeal, appellant, Robert Denison Landry, challenges the trial court’s final decree of divorce. In five issues, Robert argues that: (1) the property division is not supported by legally and factually sufficient evidence; (2) the child-support award is not supported by legally and factually sufficient evidence; (3) the trial court erred in not naming him joint-managing conservator of his ... More...   $0 (04-10-2014 - TX)

Elaine Stephens v. Brand Scott Beard

Elaine Stephens, independent executrix of the estate of Vencie Beard and of the estate of Melba Beard, appeals from declaratory judgments construing Vencie Beard’s will and Melba Beard’s will. In two issues, Stephens asserts that the trial court erred in determining that Vencie and his wife, Melba, died in a common disaster and that the Simultaneous Death Act applies to this case. We affirm.More...   $0 (04-10-2014 - TX)

24/7 Grill, LLC v. Donal S. Clark

Appellee Donal S. Clark obtained a money judgment against Michael C. Orr. Then Orr gave $225,000 to appellant 24/7 Grill, LLC, which is owned by Orr and his wife. Clark applied for a post-judgment writ of garnishment to obtain the $225,000 in 24/7 Grill’s possession. After a bench trial, the trial court awarded Clark a judgment for $225,000 against 24/7 Grill. In one issue, 24/7 Grill contends t... More...   $0 (04-10-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Caleb Deason

FORT WORTH, Texas — Caleb Deason, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to serve a total of 120 months in federal prison, following his conviction at trial in December 2013 on one count each of wire fraud and money laundering. Departing upward from the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, Judge McBryde remarked that it was obvious to him that Deason was no... More...   $0 (04-04-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Duncan MacDonald, III

DALLAS — Duncan MacDonald III, 50, of Dallas, was sentenced yesterday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to five years in federal prison, following his guilty plea in July 2013 to a felony Information charging conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Restitution owed will be determined at a later date. The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern Distr... More...   $0 (04-04-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Lawrence Hart

DALLAS — Lawrence Hart, 37, appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge RenĂ©e Harris Toliver and pleaded guilty to a felony and misdemeanor Information charging various offenses stemming from his role as a caseworker for an outreach program that is managed by the City of Dallas’s Housing Department. The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District o... More...   $0 (04-08-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Aaron Garcia

DALLAS — Aaron Garcia, 21,of Grand Prairie, Texas, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey to 96 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in October 2013 to an Information charging one count of receipt of child pornography. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed i... More...
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United States of America v. Vathany Teng and Lina Ma

DALLAS — Plano, Texas, residents, Vathany Teng, 43, and Lina Ma, 55, were sentenced yesterday for their role in a loan fraud scheme they ran from August 2007 to April 2008 that resulted in the total funding of more than $3 million in fraudulent loans, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey sentenced Teng to 27 month... More...
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United States of America v. Jennifer Tyson

DALLAS — Jennifer Tyson, 37, of Rockwall, Texas, the former Executive Director/Manager of the Rockwall Housing Development Corporation (RHDC), was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to 12 months and one day in federal prison and ordered to pay $195,421.00 in restitution for conspiring to steal federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). ... More...   $0 (04-09-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Ivy Johnson, Jr.

DALLAS, TX — Two Dallas men, who were stopped by officers with the Dallas Police Department (DPD) for a traffic violation in March 2013, and who subsequently pleaded guilty to federal firearms offenses, have been sentenced, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay sentenced Ivy Johnson, Jr., 26, to 40 months in federal... More...
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Orville Paul Dunagan v. Bryan Coleman

In this appeal from a jury trial, Orville Paul Dunagan contends the trial court erred in failing to direct a verdict in his favor on the negligence claim against him. Because we conclude the ordinary negligence standard does not apply and there was no evidence that Dunagan engaged in reckless conduct, we reverse the trial court’s judgment and render judgment in favor of Dunagan.

FACTUAL B... More...
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Texas Department of Public Safety v. Raymond Terrell Radway

The Texas Department of Public Safety brings this restricted appeal of the trial court’s expunction order in favor of Raymond Terrell Radway. In two issues, DPS contends we must reverse the trial court’s order because Radway was not entitled to an expunction or, alternatively, because there is no reporter’s record. We reverse the trial court’s order and render judgment denying Radway’s p... More...   $0 (04-10-2014 - TX)

Melvin West v. Southern County Mutual Insurance Company

Melvin West appeals a summary judgment in favor of Southern County Mutual Insurance Company. In a single issue, West argues the trial court erred by granting summary judgment because the phrase “domestic employee,” as used in a business automobile insurance policy, is ambiguous. We disagree. When the entire relevant phrase in the policy (“domestic employees not entitled to workers’ compens... More...   $0 (04-10-2014 - TX)

Ernest Mangia v. VIA Metropolitan Transit

Ernest Mungia sued his former employer, VIA Metropolitan Transit, and obtained a default judgment. Four years later, VIA attempted to set aside the default judgment by filing a bill of review and a claim for declaratory relief. The trial court granted VIA’s motion for summary judgment as to both causes of action and awarded attorney’s fees to VIA. In one issue on appeal, Mungia contends the tr... More...   $0 (04-09-2014 - TX)

Ruben Guadalupe Galindo v. Tony Se Galindo

This is an appeal from a final divorce decree and a temporary order pending appeal. Appellant Ruben Guadalupe Galindo (“Ruben”) raises three issues, contending the trial court erred by: (1) ordering Ruben to pay spousal maintenance to appellee Tonya Sue Galindo (“Tonya”);1 (2) ordering Ruben to pay Tonya’s trial attorney’s fees; and (3) assessing attorney’s fees against Ruben in the ... More...   $0 (04-10-2014 - tx)

Fox Lake Animal Hospital PSP v. Wound Management Technologies, Inc.

Appellant Fox Lake Animal Hospital PSP, a business located in Illinois, sent funds to Appellee Wound Management Technologies, Inc. (WMT), a Texas corporation, under a convertible promissory note. The note, made on October 28, 2010, and due on February 28, 2011, allowed Fox Lake to convert any portion of the outstanding balance into shares of WMT at a specified price per

1See Tex. R. App. P.... More...
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Marta Carrejo Martinez v. Janet D. Mangrum

In this interlocutory appeal from a temporary injunction, Appellant Marta Carrejo Martinez claims the trial court abused its discretion by excluding her from real property located at 2109 Flemming Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, (the Property) and by enjoining her from coming within 300 feet of the Property. We affirm the trial court’s temporary injunction.

1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.

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Concerned Owners of Thistle Hill Estates Phase I, LLC v. Ryan Road Management, LLC; Ryan Road Partners, Ltd; and Debra Johnson-Stafford

The trial court determined that Appellant Concerned Owners of Thistle Hill Estates Phase I, LLC (Thistle Hill, LLC) lacked associational standing to pursue

1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.

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the declaratory judgment action it had filed against Appellees Ryan Road Management, LLC; Ryan Road Partners, Ltd; and Debra Johnson-Stafford. Because Thistle Hill, LLC and the declaratory judgm... More...
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Alexandra Burns v. Michael Donald Burns

Alexandra Burns appeals the trial court’s order denying her petition to terminate the parental rights of Michael Burns, her ex-husband and the father of their child, M.A. On appeal, she contends that the trial court erred in refusing to

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terminate Michael’s parental rights. Because the trial court reasonably could have concluded that Alexandra failed to establish, by clear and c... More...
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Casa Del Mar Association, Inc. v. Gossen Livingston Associates, Inc.

Appellant, Casa del Mar Association, Inc. (“Casa del Mar”), sued appellee, architecture firm Gossen Livingston Associates, Inc. (“GLA”), for services GLA

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provided during renovation of Casa del Mar’s condominiums.1 GLA moved for summary judgment, arguing that the doctrine of collateral estoppel applied based on a previous arbitration proceeding addressing the same renovati... More...
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Joann Batey v. Paul Droluk, Intercontinental Bearing Supply Company, and Jack O'Donnell

Appellant, JoAnn Batey, appeals from the trial court’s take-nothing judgment in her suit against Paul Droluk and Jack O’Donnell for a declaratory judgment, breach of fiduciary duties, shareholder oppression, breach of contract, and fraud. In four issues, Batey argues the trial court abused its discretion by (1)

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denying her request for a declaratory judgment, (2) determining Dro... More...
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United States of America v. Antonio Pena-Arguelles

San Antonio, Texas - Antonio Pena-Arguelles, 58-year-old, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for his role in a money laundering conspiracy announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman of the Western District of Texas, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas, Acting Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Steven S. W... More...   $0 (03-31-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Jesus Gonzales

DALLAS, TEXAS — Jesus Gonzales, 25, who pleaded guilty in May 2013 to a one-count indictment charging possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 40 months in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, on October 25, 2012, ... More...
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United States of America v. Reynaldo Macedo-Flores

DALLAS, TEXAS — A Dallas man who was arrested last summer as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation and later convicted at trial, was sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to serve a total of 300 months (25 years) in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana.

Reynaldo Macedo-Flores, 35, was convicted on all fi... More...
   $0 (03-28-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Vincent Bazemore

DALLAS, Texas - A former Denton County insurance agent, who was convicted at trial last summer on several felony offenses stemming from a scheme to defraud various life insurance companies, was sentenced today in federal court in Dallas.

U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor sentenced Vincent Bazemore, 40, formerly of Aubrey, Texas, to serve a total of 292 months in federal prison and or... More...
   $0 (03-28-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Lawrence Dale St. John and Jeffrey Dale St. John

DALLAS, TEXAS — Two Grand Prairie, Texas, men, convicted at trial in October 2013 on conspiracy and health care fraud charges related to their operation of A Medical House Calls, a physician house-call company in North Texas, were sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Lawrence Dale St. Jo... More...
   $0 (03-31-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Simon Orlando Chavez, Jr.

LUBBOCK, Texas — The last defendants convicted in an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation targeting the Simon Chavez Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO), have been sentenced. That DTO was responsible for distributing large quantities of methamphetamine in Lubbock, Texas, and surrounding areas. The operation resulted in significant seizures of methamphetamine, three ve... More...   $0 (04-02-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Glen Murray McDonald

DALLAS, TEXAS — A multi-year investigation into the trafficking of untaxed cigarettes, including purchasing cigarettes and selling them with counterfeit tax stamps to avoid paying state cigarette taxes, in violation of the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act, has led to the conviction of 11 Texas residents, most of whom are from North Texas.

The last convicted defendant was sentenced thi... More...
   $0 (04-03-2014 - TX)

 
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