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United States of America v. Alejandro Reyes aka “Keiko,” Rene Gabriel Gonzalez, aka “Beast,” Carlos Alberto Acosta aka “Pinni,” Luis Francisco Gutierrez, Jorge Armando Perez, Hector Manuel Cavazos, Jose Juan Sosa, and Jesus Ramirez aka “Playboy”

LAREDO, TX – A total of 10 Laredoans have entered guilty pleas related to a cocaine, crack and marijuana distribution conspiracy. On July 8, 2014, a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment against 32 defendants in Laredo. All were allegedly responsible for locally distributing cocaine, crack and marijuana, maintaining drug premises and utilizing minors to distribute drugs. Eight... More...   $0 (11-21-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Mindy Ritch

TYLER, TX – A 32-year-old Flint, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

Mindy Ritch pleaded guilty on May 5, 2014, to student financial aid fraud and was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider. Ritch was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $564,447.72.

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United States of America v. Raymond Valas

San Antonio, TX - A federal jury convicted 41-year-old U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Valas of sex trafficking of a minor announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI’s San Antonio Division and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

The jury found that Valas, a U.S. Army War College fellow at Syracuse University and a member of ... More...
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United States of America v. Andres Tomas Gutierrez

Austin, TX - Former Jarrell (TX) Police Chief Andres Tomas Gutierrez, age 52, was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for a wire fraud/theft of honest services scheme announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman; Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent In Charge Janice Ayala in San Antonio; Department of Homeland Security Office of ... More...   $0 (11-21-2014 - TX)

State of Texas v. David Wieseckel

Galveston, Texas - The State of Texas charged David Wieseckel, age 41, with four counts of child abuse for locking his son in a plywood box.

Defendant claimed that he had to confine is son to protect himself and his wife from his son who threatened to kill him.

When the way in which Defendant tried to control his son, he was arrested and his son was placed in foster care.
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Chirstus Spohn Health System Corporation d/b/a Christus Spohn Hospital-Corpus Christie-Memorial

By one issue, appellant Christus Spohn Health System Corporation d/b/a Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi–Memorial (hereinafter “Christus Memorial”) appeals the trial court’s denial of its plea to the jurisdiction related to a medical negligence lawsuit
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brought against it and others by appellee Angela Young. We reverse and render.
I. BACKGROUND
Young filed suit agains... More...
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Bruce Olson v. Del Mar College

Appellant, Bruce Olson, appeals from the trial court’s summary judgment in favor
of appellee, Del Mar College. By seven issues, Olsen contends that: (1) the trial court
should have ordered Del Mar to specifically perform a settlement agreement by paying
him the amount of $100,467 in the form of salary and not as a retirement benefit; (2) the
trial court improperly admitted parol ... More...
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William A. Jentsch, Jr. v. Lake Road Welding Co.

Appellant, William A. Jentsch, Jr. (“Jentsch”), appeals the trial court’s denial of his declaratory action for an easement by necessity. We reverse and remand.1
BACKGROUND
At one time, Oswald Jentsch (“Oswald”), owned approximately 500 acres of land in Archer County, Texas, some of which he later sold to multiple buyers. Most of these conveyances involved the selling of parcels t... More...
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Darrin Opaitz v. Gannaway Web Holding, L.L.C., d/b/a Worldnow; Raycom Media, Inc. d/b/a KCBD-TV NewsChannel 11; and James Clark

Appellant, Darrin Opaitz, challenges the trial court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of media Appellees, Gannaway Web Holdings, LLC, d/b/a Worldnow, Raycom Media, Inc., d/b/a KCBD-TV NewsChannel 11 and James Clark, individually, (collectively KCBD) in his suit for invasion of privacy, defamation by libel, defamation by libel per quod and declaratory judgment.
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BACKGROUND
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Kelly Ellis v. Lubbock County Hospital District d/b/a University Medical Center

Appellant Kelly Ellis sued appellee Lubbock County Hospital District d/b/a University Medical Center (the hospital) under the Texas Whistleblower Act1 and Health and Safety Code section 161.134.2 The trial court sustained the hospital’s plea to the jurisdiction and dismissed Ellis’s entire case.3 We will affirm the order of the trial court.
1 TEX. GOV’T CODE ANN. §§ 554.001-.010 (West ... More...
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Deon Reese Evans v. The State of Texas

A jury found appellant guilty of the murder of his mother and sentenced him to ninetynine
years’ imprisonment. In two issues on appeal, appellant asserts the trial court erred in
denying his motion to suppress evidence seized pursuant to search and arrest warrants that were
not supported by probable cause and erred in admitting evidence of an extraneous offense. We
affirm the tri... More...
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James Lermon v. Minyard Food Stores, Inc. and Rodney Lee

James Lermon sued Minyard Food Stores and Rodney Lee (collectively Minyard) for malicious prosecution, negligence, and gross negligence. A jury found in Lermon’s favor on all claims and awarded Lermon $830,000 in actual damages and $115,000 in punitive damages on his malicious prosecution claim and $175,000 in actual damages and $1 million in punitive damages on his negligence and gross negligen... More...   $0 (11-19-2014 - TX)

Insurance Alliance v. Lake Texoma Highport, LLC and Bowood Partners, Limited

After its marina on Lake Texoma was damaged in a flood, Lake Texoma Highport, LLC sued its insurance broker, Insurance Alliance, and a London broker, Bowood Partners, Limited, because the policy in place at the time of the flood was not the policy Highport had requested. A jury returned a verdict in Highport’s favor. The trial court’s judgment ordered that Highport recover damages and attorney... More...   $0 (11-19-2014 - TX)

Andrew Mata v. State Farm Mutual Insurance Company

In the underlying cause, Andrew Mata and Oscar Mata sued State Farm Mutual Insurance Company after it denied their claim for underinsured motorist benefits. State Farm moved for summary judgment asserting the Matas were not entitled to underinsured motorist coverage based on a definitional exclusion contained in the insurance policy. The trial court granted State Farm’s motion, and the Matas app... More...   $0 (11-19-2014 - TX)

J. Felix Gonzalez-Limon v. Ruth Gonzalez

The sole issue raised in this appeal is whether the trial court erred in finding that J. Felix Gonzalez-Limon gave his interest in the real property located at 1226 Patton Boulevard (the “Property”) to Ruth Gonzalez. We affirm the trial court’s judgment.
BACKGROUND
Gonzalez-Limon and Gonzalez were married in 2004 and purchased the Property in March of 2009. In June of 2009, Gonzalez-... More...
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Kelly Ellis v. Lubbock County Hospital District d/b/a University Medical Center

Appellant Kelly Ellis sued appellee Lubbock County Hospital District d/b/a University Medical Center (the hospital) under the Texas Whistleblower Act1 and Health and Safety Code section 161.134.2 The trial court sustained the hospital’s plea to the jurisdiction and dismissed Ellis’s entire case.3 We will affirm the order of the trial court.
1 TEX. GOV’T CODE ANN. §§ 554.001-.010 (West ... More...
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Gary Wayne Wilson v. The State of Texas

Appellant, Gary Wayne Wilson, was charged by indictment with aggravated sexual assault of a child.1 The jury found him guilty and assessed punishment at life imprisonment. In one issue on appeal, Appellant argues that the trial court
1 See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. §§ 21.02(b), (h), 22.021(a)(1)(B) (Vernon Supp. 2014).
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abused its discretion by excluding evidence of his good character fo... More...
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Jim P. Benge, M.D. and Kelsey-Seybold Medical Group PLLC v. Lauren Williams

Dr. Jim Benge and his employer, Kelsey-Seybold Medical Group, PLLC, appeal from an adverse jury verdict finding that Dr. Benge’s medical negligence caused a perforation of Lauren Williams’s bowel during a hysterectomy. Dr. Benge and Kelsey-Seybold (collectively Dr. Benge) raise three issues challenging the judgment against them. First, Dr. Benge contends that Williams’s expert on the applica... More...   $0 (11-20-2014 - TX)

Jerry Day v. Jeanie Day

Jerry Day appeals from a final decree of divorce awarding Jeanie Day spousal maintenance of $500 per week for 60 calendar months and thereafter $300 per week for 15 calendar months. On appeal, Jerry argues in five issues that “there is no evidence” to satisfy the statutory requirements for spousal maintenance or
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support either of the two findings necessary to overcome the presumption... More...
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Roy Keith Coble v. Kelly Dianne Adams

Appellant, Roy Keith Coble, challenges the trial court’s order denying his Petition to Modify Spousal Maintenance and awarding appellee, Kelly Dianne Adams, attorney’s fees. In three issues, Coble contends that the record does not
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support the trial court’s judgment and the trial court erred in determining that it was without jurisdiction to modify the underlying order and refusing ... More...
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Deana Pollard Sacks v. Thomas Hall and Gregory R. Travis

Deana Pollard Sacks sued Thomas Hall and Gregory R. Travis for invasion of privacy. The trial court granted Hall’s and Travis’s no evidence and traditional motions for summary judgment against Sacks. On appeal, Sacks identifies eight issues in which she asserts that the trial court erred in granting the motions for summary judgment.
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We affirm.
Background Summary
Deana Pollard... More...
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Willie Koehler v. Amoco Federal Credit Union and Reba Hankins

Plaintiff-appellant Willie Koehler appeals the trial court’s judgment in favor of defendants-appellees Amoco Federal Credit Union and Reba Hankins on Koehler’s breach-of-contract and promissory estoppel claims. We affirm.
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BACKGROUND
Koehler sued Amoco Federal Credit Union and Reba Hankins (collectively, Amoco), alleging that Amoco breached a contract between the parties when Amoc... More...
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Patsy Ohea Copeland v. Carolin W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security

Plaintiff-Appellant Patsy Copeland brought this action under § 205(g) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 405(g), to obtain judicial review of the Commissioner of Social Security’s administrative decision that Copeland is not disabled as defined by the Act. Specifically, the Commissioner found that Copeland was not entitled to disability insurance benefits (DIB) and supplemental security i... More...   $0 (11-17-2014 - TX)

JNJ v. The State of Texas

This is an appeal from an order denying appellant JNJ’s petition for nondisclosure of his criminal history record. We affirm.

Appellant was charged with aggravated assault of a family member. Pursuant to a plea agreement, he was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for the offense of deadly conduct for one year. Appellant fulfilled the conditions of his probation and hi... More...
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In the Interest of A. S., J. D., and S. D., Children

Appellant Texas Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) filed this interlocutory appeal to challenge the trial court’s order denying its plea to the jurisdiction and motion to dismiss
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in a slip and fall case brought against it by appellee Raquel Guzman.1 By two issues,2 DPS argues: (1) the trial court erred because DPS did not have actual knowledge of the alleged water on the floor; an... More...
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Texas Department of Public Safety v. Raquel Guzman

Appellant Texas Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) filed this interlocutory appeal to challenge the trial court’s order denying its plea to the jurisdiction and motion to dismiss in a slip and fall case brought against it by appellee Raquel Guzman.1 By two issues,2 DPS argues: (1) the trial court erred because DPS did not have actual knowledge of the alleged water on the floor; and (2) the ... More...   $0 (11-14-2014 - tx)

Jorge Guevara, M.D. v. Mark Lackner and Robert E. Lackner

Appellant Jorge Guevara M.D. appeals the trial court’s no-evidence summary judgment granted in favor of appellees Mark Lackner and Robert E. Lackner on Dr. Guevara’s claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and conspiracy. By three issues, Dr. Guevara contends that the trial court erred in concluding that his evidence presented in response to the Lackners’ motion for no-evidence summary ju... More...   $0 (11-13-2014 - TX)

In the Interest of M. L. H.-M., a child

B.M. appeals the termination of his parental rights. B.M.’s counsel filed a brief in compliance with Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S. Ct. 1396, 18 L. Ed. 2d 493 (1967), and Gainous v. State, 436 S.W.2d 137 (Tex. Crim. App. 1969). B.M. filed a pro se brief. We affirm.
BACKGROUND
B.M. is the father of M.L.H.-M., born May 31, 2013. V.H. is the mother of M.L.H.-M. and is not a party... More...
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In the interest of M.J.C.B., Jr. and M.J.B., children

Appellant is the father of the children at issue in this appeal: M.J.C.B., Jr. and M.J.B.1 The trial court entered an order in which it appointed the children’s maternal grandparents as joint managing conservators and the parents as possessory conservators of the children. Appellant filed a notice of appeal; the mother did not. We reverse in part, affirm in part, and remand.
1We note that an... More...
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Melvin Carter v. Ennis Paint, Inc.

Ennis Paint, Inc. sued Melvin and Sharon Carter on a promissory note in the
principal sum of $1,953,000. The Carters counterclaimed for usury. Both sides moved
for summary judgment on their respective claims, and Ennis Paint also moved for
summary judgment on the Carters’ usury counterclaim. The trial court denied the
Carters’ motion, finding that the note is not usurious, and ... More...
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Daniel G. Johnson v. Anna Maines Johnson

Anna Maines Johnson filed for divorce from Daniel G. Johnson. After a bench trial, the trial court entered a Final Decree of Divorce and issued Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law. In three stated appellate issues, Daniel challenges the trial court’s refusal to grant his reimbursement claim. Daniel contends that: (1) the trial court divested him of his “separate property” contrary to the... More...   $0 (11-14-2014 - TX)

Methodist Hospitals of Dallas d/b/a Methodist Dallas Medical Center and Methodist Health System v. Deborah Searcy

In this interlocutory appeal, Methodist Hospitals of Dallas d/b/a Methodist Dallas
Medical Center and Methodist Health System appeal the trial court’s order denying their motion
to dismiss Deborah Searcy’s slip-and-fall claim. Appellants contend Searcy’s claim is a health
care liability claim subject to the requirements of Chapter 74 of the Texas Civil Practice and
Remedies C... More...
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Susan E. Jones v. Karen Coyle

Appellant Susan E. Jones appeals the probate court’s denial of a motion requesting that her attorneys’ fees be assessed against appellee Susan Coyle. Appellant asserts that it was error for the probate court not to award attorneys’ fees against the party who wrongfully withheld property of the estate. We affirm.
BACKGROUND
Following the death of Frances Hutchins, appellant was appoin... More...
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Patricia Villarreal v. Bey Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

03/20/2013 1 COMPLAINT ( Filing fee $ 350 receipt number 0542-5363734), filed by Patricia Villarreal. (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Summons, # 3 Summons, # 4 Summons, # 5 Summons, # 6 Summons, # 7 Civil Cover Sheet Civil Cover Sheet)(Maloney, Marynell) (Entered: 03/20/2013)
03/20/2013 Case Assigned to Judge Xavier Rodriguez. CM WILL NOW REFLECT THE JUDGE INITIALS AS PART OF THE CASE NUMBER... More...
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Uvalde County Hospital Authority v. Estela R. Garcia, Individually, on behalf of all Wrongful Death Beneficiaries, and on behalf of The Estate of Juan Garcia, Deceased

This is an interlocutory appeal from the trial court’s order denying a plea to the jurisdiction filed by appellant Uvalde County Hospital Authority. On appeal, Uvalde raises three issues, contending the trial court erred in determining: (1) the asserted claims fall within the limited waiver of immunity provision of the Texas Tort Claims Act (“the Act”); (2) the failure to provide oxygen is a... More...   $0 (11-14-2014 - TX)

QuikTrip Corporation v. Glenn Goodwin, Individually and on Behalf of the Estate of Melanie Therese Goodwin, and Peggy Goodwin, Individually and on Behalf of the Estate of Melanie Therese Goodwin

On an early morning in September 2007, Ernesto Reyes saw nineteen-year-old Melanie Therese Goodwin at a QuikTrip store, briefly spoke with her, entered her car, and brutally raped and murdered her away from the store. A split jury found appellant QuikTrip Corporation liable for Melanie’s tragic death and awarded damages to appellees Glenn Goodwin and Peggy Goodwin, each appearing individually an... More...   $0 (11-13-2014 - TX)

Jeanine V. Richardson v. Estate of H.A. Smith and Randy A. Dishongh

This appeal arises from a dispute between a tenant, Jeanine Richardson, and her landlords, the Estate of H.A. Smith and the estate’s executor Randy Dishongh (collectively, “Dishongh”). In seven issues, Richardson challenges the legal and factual sufficiency of the evidence supporting the trial court’s finding that
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Dishongh is not liable for withholding part of Richardson’s secu... More...
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United States of America v. Mary Jane Haxton

TYLER, Texas - A 59-year-old Lindale, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for embezzling bank funds in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Mary Jane Haxton pleaded guilty on July 18, 2014, to misapplication of funds by a bank employee and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis on Nov. 12, 20... More...
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Horace Simpson v. The State of Texas

Appellant raises three issues in this appeal from a conviction for driving while intoxicated. In issues one and two, we consider whether the trial court reversibly erred when it admitted evidence of appellant’s response and nonresponse to official police questioning. In issue three, we consider whether the trial court improperly sustained an objection to appellant’s closing argument. We conclu... More...   $0 (11-13-2014 - TX)

Jonathan Albert Leal v. The State of Texas

Appellant Jonathan Albert Leal was stopped for failing to yield the right of way. Appellant was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI) and, over his explicit refusal, compelled by the arresting officer to submit to a warrantless intrusion into his veins. Appellant was convicted of felony DWI. See Tex. Penal Code Ann. §§ 49.04, 49.09(b) (West 2011 & Supp. 2014).

Appella... More...
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