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United States of America v. Joe Adam Vega

LAREDO, TX – Joe Adam Vega, 25, has entered a guilty plea to two counts of Impeding agents at the Border Patrol checkpoint just north of Laredo for refusing to comply with instructions, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Vega, of Greenville, pleaded guilty in Laredo federal court yesterday afternoon. According to court records and statements made at yesterday’s proceeding, Vega arrived ... More...   $0 (08-26-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Andrea Michelle Tellison

HOUSTON, TX – Andrea Michelle Tellison, 47, has been ordered to federal prison for eight years following her convictions of 14 counts of health care fraud and seven counts of aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. A jury convicted Tellison April 2, 2014, following three days of trial and less than two hours of deliberation. Today, U.S. District Judge Lee Ro... More...   $0 (08-26-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Richard John Medina

LAREDO, TX – Richard John Medina aka “El Guero,” 40, of Laredo, has been ordered to prison for being a felon in possession of multiple firearms and grenades, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Medina pleaded guilty Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Today, U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Medina a 93-month sentence to be immediately followed by thr... More...   $0 (08-27-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Alexander Sylvester Sellers, Keeland Duralle Williams and Kendrick Dewayne Walker

HOUSTON, TX – Three Houston men have been ordered to federal prison following their respective convictions for bank robbery and related firearms charges, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Alexander Sylvester Sellers, 22, Keeland Duralle Williams, 33, and Kendrick Dewayne Walker, 22, all previously admitted they robbed the J.P. Morgan Chase Bank in Kingwood on July 31, 2013. Today, U.S. D... More...   $0 (08-28-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Jesus Carmona

In San Antonio, Texas, 37-year-old Jesus Carmona of San Antonio received 101 months in federal prison for his role in a drug distribution and firearms smuggling operation announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Robert Elder, Houston Division, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Jani... More...   $0 (08-28-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Steven Alexander Chavez, Jr.

DALLAS, TX — A federal grand jury has indicted Steven Alexander Chavez, Jr., 23, on one count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Today, special agents with the FBI arrested Chavez in Lubbock, Texas, where he had recently relocated from Garland, Texas.

According to the indictment, returned earlie... More...
   $0 (08-22-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Redonda Russell

FORT WORTH, TX — A former executive at First Command Financial Services, an investment advisor and financial planning firm located in Fort Worth, Texas, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to a felony offense stemming from a fraud scheme she ran while employed there, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Redonda Russell, 66... More...
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Annie East v. Southwest Cimm's Inc. d/b/a Burger King #1002 a/k/a Cimm's Incorporated

Appellant, Annie East, challenges the trial court’s rendition of summary judgment in favor of appellee, Southwest Cimm’s Inc., doing business as Burger King #1002, also known as Cimm’s Incorporated (“Cimm”), on her claim against
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Cimm for premises liability. In her sole issue, East contends that the trial court erred in granting Cimm summary judgment.
We reverse and remand.<... More...
   $0 (08-28-2014 - TX)

Stanley A. Tener v. Short Carter Morris, L.L.P. and Adam J. Morris

Tener challenges the trial court’s rendition of summary judgment in favor of appellees, Short Carter Morris, LLP (“SCM”) and Adam J. Morris, in his suit against them for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty. In three issues, Tener contends that the trial court erred in granting Morris and SCM summary judgment and overruling his objections to their summary-judgment evidence.
We affirm.... More...
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Jerron C. Hill, M.D. v. Tx-An Anesthesia Management, LLP, et al.

Appellants Jerron C. Hill, M.D., individually, and Jerron C. Hill, M.D., P.A. appeal the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Tx-An Anesthesia Management, LLP, M2 Healthcare Services, LP, and Anesthesia Business Consultants. Appellants complain, in three issues, that the trial court erred in granting summary judgment because appellees failed to prove that all of appellants’ clai... More...   $0 (08-25-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Perez-Moshan, Humberto Alvarez-Cheo, Roberto Salinas-Martinez and Euclides Moreno-Dominguez,

McALLEN, TX – Four Mexican nationals, who kidnapped a group of foreign nationals who had been smuggled into the U.S. by another smuggling group, have been sentenced to lengthy federal prison terms, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Andres Perez-Moshan, 37, Humberto Alvarez-Cheo, 25, Roberto Salinas-Martinez, 29, and Euclides Moreno-Dominguez, 34, of Mexico and themselves illegal... More...   $0 (08-18-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Jimmy Ortiz

HOUSTON, TX - Jimmy Ortiz, 33, of Cypress, has entered a guilty plea to one count of distribution of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Indicted Jan. 30, 2014, Ortiz later appeared for a detention hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge George C. Hanks Jr. who found Ortiz to be a danger to the community and ordered he be detained.

The investigation... More...
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United States of America v. Jimmy Stanley Brizuela

BROWNSVILLE, TX – Jimmy Stanley Brizuela, 43, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of illegal re-entry after removal/deportation, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. A jury convicted Brizuela, a citizen of El Salvador, on May 13, 2014, following a two-day trial and approximately two hours of deliberation.

Today, U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen, who pres... More...
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United States of America v. Lawrence Tyler

HOUSTON, TX – Lawrence Tyler, 42, has been ordered to prison for six years following his convictions of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, seven counts of health care fraud and one count of money laundering, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. A Houston jury convicted Tyler on May 12, 2014, following five days of trial and less than four hours of deliberation.

Today... More...
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United States of America v. Carlos Luna

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Carlos Luna, 45, of Corpus Christi, has been handed a 36-month sentence for his conviction of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Luna entered a plea of guilty on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos sentenced Luna to the 36-month-term which will be followed by a three-ye... More...
   $0 (08-22-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Jesus Cardenas

In Del Rio today, 23-year-old Jesus Cardenas of New Braunfels, TX, was sentenced to six years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine for smuggling ammunition from the United States announced U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Janice Ayala.

In February, a federal jury convicted t... More...
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Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Trustee for Carrington Mortgage Loan Trust, Series 2006-NC3 Asset Backed Pass-Through Certificates, Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC and Tom Croft v. Mary Ellen Wolf and David Wolf, on behalf of Themselves And All Others Similarly Situated

Appellants, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., As Trustee for Carrington Mortgage Loan Trust, Series 2006-NC3 Asset Backed Pass-Through Certificates (“Wells Fargo”), Tom Croft (“Croft”), New Century Mortgage Corporation (“New Century”), and Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC (“Carrington”), appeal an
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Order Granting Class Certification on behalf of appellees, Mary Ellen Wolf and David... More...
   $0 (08-21-2014 - TX)

Iradj R. Farkooshi, Parvaz Group, Inc. and Pars Shell, Inc. v. Afisco Interest, LLC f/k/a Afisco Industries, Inc.

Appellants, Iradj R. Farkooshi, Parvaz Group, Inc., and Pars Shell, Inc. appeal a final judgment in a breach of contract suit, awarding damages and attorney’s fees to Appellees, Afisco Interest, LLC f/k/a Afisco Industries, Inc. We affirm.
I. BACKGROUND
On November 30, 2001, Afisco Industries, Inc. (“Industries”) entered into a contract with Parvaz Group, entitled Petroleum Supply Ag... More...
   $0 (08-21-2014 - TX)

Rosalva Ruiz v. CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

This cause is pending before the Court on Rosalva Ruiz’s appeal of the district
court’s order granting a final, take-nothing summary judgment for CBL & Associates
Properties, Inc. See TEX. R. CIV. P. 166a. Prior to this appeal, Ruiz successfully
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challenged a different summary judgment for CBL. See Ruiz v. CBL & Assocs. Props.,
Inc., No. 13-12-00162-CV, 2012 WL 4335305 (Te... More...
   $0 (08-21-2014 - TX)

Elizabeth Valentine Belford v. Adam Leonhart

Elizabeth Valentine Belford appeals the trial court’s judgment against her and for Adam Leonhart. In two issues, Belford contends that the initial trial court improperly transferred venue and that, because venue was improperly transferred, the subsequent trial court lacked subject matter jurisdiction. We reverse and remand with instructions.
PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND
Leonhart filed an action... More...
   $0 (08-20-2014 - TX)

Mary Hall v. Ralph & Kacoo's of Lufkin, Texas d/b/a Great Texas Foods Corp., d/b/a Brazos Cattle Co.

Mary Hall appeals the trial court’s order granting two motions for summary judgment filed by Ralph & Kacoo’s of Lufkin, Texas d/b/a Great Texas Foods Corp., d/b/a Brazos Cattle Co. In two issues, Hall contends both grants of summary judgment were erroneous. We affirm.
BACKGROUND
On January 23, 2010, Mary Hall arrived at Ralph & Kacoo’s restaurant in Lufkin to celebrate her seventy-fi... More...
   $0 (08-20-2014 - TX)

Rex Smith v. Kelly Davis and Amber Davis

Rex Smith and Nancy Smith appeal the trial court‟s judgment in favor of Kelly Davis and Amber Davis based on Texas Property Code Section 5.077. The Smiths raise fourteen issues on appeal. We affirm.
BACKGROUND
The Smiths own the Tall Oaks Estates Subdivision in Van Zandt County, Texas. In 2003, Rex Smith signed a contract with the Davises to allow them to purchase lot nine of the subdivi... More...
   $0 (08-20-2014 - TX)

Larry Long v. Miken Oil, Inc. and Mike Tate

This cause originated as a suit by Miken Oil, Inc. and Mike Tate (Appellees or Plaintiffs), to recover operating expenses they incurred in the operation of three oil and gas leases in Gregg County, Texas. The case was tried on Appellees’ claim that they and Appellant, Larry Long (also Defendant), were cotenants of the three leases and that, as the operating cotenants, Appellees were entitled to ... More...   $0 (08-24-2014 - TX)

Ex Parte: T. C.

The Texas Department of Public Safety appeals the trial court‟s order granting an expunction of T.C.‟s theft arrest. In one issue, DPS contends there is legally insufficient evidence to support the trial court‟s order. We reverse and render.
BACKGROUND
T.C. was charged by information with misdemeanor theft, and pleaded guilty. The county court deferred an adjudication of guilt and pl... More...
   $0 (08-20-2014 - TX)

In the Interest of K. S., a child

D.S. appeals the termination of her parental rights to K.S. and raises seven issues on appeal. We affirm.
BACKGROUND
D.S. is the mother of K.S., who was born on March 14, 2011; both are from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.1 D.S. and K.S. had been traveling through Texas when a report of neglectful supervision was reported at a Texas hospital, which led to the ultimate removal of K.S. from D.S.‟... More...
   $0 (08-21-2014 - TX)

In the matter of A.W., a proposed patient

Appellant, A.W., a minor, appeals from the trial court’s order committing her to the San Angelo State Supported Living Center (SSLC) to receive care, treatment, and training for a period of twelve months. We reverse and remand.
Background Facts
A.W. is sixteen years old. Her mother is deceased. The parental rights of her father have been terminated. The Texas Department of Family and Pro... More...
   $0 (08-21-2014 - TX)

In the interest of S.L., Jr. and C.I.L., children

The trial court entered an order in which it terminated the parental rights of the mother and father of S.L., Jr. and C.I.L. The mother appeals.1 We affirm.
Issues
The mother presents two issues for review. In these issues, she asserts that the evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support the finding that termination is in the best interest of the children.
1We note that t... More...
   $0 (08-21-2014 - TX)

In the matter of M.S.K., a juvenile

This appeal arises from the trial court’s modification of juvenile disposition concerning M.S.K. We affirm.
Appellant, M.S.K., presents two issues for our review. In her first issue, she contends that the State incorrectly alleged a violation of the terms and conditions of her juvenile probation without any supporting evidence. Appellant argues in her second issue that the trial court erred ... More...
   $0 (08-21-2014 - TX)

Mariano Octavio Castelnuovo v. Sandra Faieta

This appeal arises from a divorce proceeding. In two issues, Appellant, Mariano Octavio Castelnuovo,1 challenges the trial court’s characterization and award of a bank account in the amount of $566,252.49 to Appellee, Sandra Faieta, as her separate property. We affirm.
1It is noted that Appellant’s name is also spelled as “Mariano Octario Castelnuovo” on several documents in the record... More...
   $0 (08-21-2014 - TX)

Rippy Interests, LLC v. William L. Nash, John D. Nash, Charles Nash and US KingKing, LLC

This is a summary-judgment appeal. The trial court granted the amended motion for summary judgment of Appellee US KingKing, LLC (KingKing) and denied the cross-motion for summary judgment of Appellant Rippy Interests, LLC (Rippy).1 Rippy appeals, complaining that the trial court erred in granting KingKing’s amended motion and in denying Rippy’s cross-motion. We agree; we will reverse the summa... More...   $0 (08-21-2014 - TX)

Robert Gerald Sherwood Sr. v. Janet Lynne Sherwood

In this appeal, we address whether the trial court erred by imposing a death penalty sanction due to the appellant’s failure to fully answer the appellee’s discovery. We hold the trial court abused its discretion by imposing a death penalty sanction; we reverse and remand that portion of the trial court’s judgment dividing the parties’ property for a new trial to allow the trial court to m... More...   $0 (08-21-2014 - TX)

In the Interest of K.P., K.P. and K.P.

After a bench trial, the trial court entered an order which terminated the parental rights of N.C. (Mother) and A.P. (Father) to their daughters, K.P., K.P., and K.P.1 See Tex. Fam. Code Ann. § 161.001 (West 2014).2 In this appeal of the judgment terminating their parental rights, Mother raises three issues and Father raises seven issues.
1We identify the minor children by initials to protect... More...
   $0 (08-21-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Daniel Isiah Thody

San Antonio, TX - Daniel Isiah Thody was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $162,857.00 restitution to the Internal Revenue Service announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Internal Revenue Service--Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Steven McCollough and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in C... More...   $0 (08-21-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Jarrod Jamiel Williams, et al.

DALLAS, TX — Four Dallas-area individuals, along with a defendant from Georgia, who were convicted for their roles in a mortgage fraud scheme that caused more than $3 million in losses to lenders, have been sentenced, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

On Friday, August 15, Jarrod Jamiel Williams, 35, most recently of McKinney, Texas, was senten... More...
   $0 (08-18-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Michael G. Johnson

DALLAS, TX — Michael G. Johnson, 46, formerly of Fort Worth, Texas, was sentenced late yesterday, by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn, to 28 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $354,529 in restitution, following his guilty plea in January 2014 to felony offenses stemming from an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) into violations of the Clean Air Act. The ann... More...   $0 (08-20-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Hong Jae Kim, aka “Randy Kim”

DALLAS, TX — Hong Jae Kim, aka “Randy Kim,” 45, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 10 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $1,795,125 in restitution for his nearly two-year role in a scheme to launder mortgage fraud proceeds, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

A felony information was filed in February 2013 cha... More...
   $0 (08-21-2014 - TX)

Four Thousand Thirty Dollars U.S. Currency ($4,030.00) v. The State of Texas

This is a civil forfeiture proceeding under Chapter 59 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.1 Appellant Miguel Angel Valdez appeals a summary judgment decreeing forfeiture of $4,030.00 to appellee the State of Texas. Through a single issue, Valdez argues the trial court erred by not dismissing the case on grounds of standing and capacity. Finding the contention without merit, we will affirm.
1 TE... More...
   $0 (08-18-2014 - TX)

Markus Miller & Celia Miller v. Bob Durham

Appellants, Markus Miller and Celia Miller, appeal from a final judgment granted to appellee, Bob Durham, in a breach of contract action against the Millers. Durham sued the Millers for breach of a grazing lease and the Millers answered, filed a cross-claim and asserted certain affirmative defenses. Following a bench trial, judgment was rendered in favor of Durham for $75,450 together with pre- an... More...   $0 (08-19-2014 - TX)

Favour Leasing, LLC, et al v. Patrick J. Mulligan, et al

We deny appellees’ motion for rehearing. On our motion, we withdraw our June 24, 2014 opinion and vacate our judgment of that date. This is now the opinion of the Court.
This is an interlocutory appeal from the trial court’s order overruling the special appearance of Favour Leasing, LLC, C.F. Abbott Family LLC, and the LLC’s sole members, the C.F. Abbott Trust and the Oranee H. Abbott Tr... More...
   $0 (08-19-2014 - TX)

Luis A. Santiago and Linda A. Santiago v. Mackie Wolf Zientz & Mann, P.C.

Luis and Linda Santiago sued several entities involved in their home equity loan and the law firm of Mackie Wolf Zientz and Mann, P.C. (Mackie Wolf). After the trial court granted summary judgment in favor of Mackie Wolf on all of the Santiago’s claims, the trial court granted Mackie Wolf’s motion to sever. In two issues, appellants contend the trial court erred in granting Mackie Wolf’s mot... More...   $0 (08-19-2014 - TX)

 
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