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United States of America v. Ricardo Castillo, Jr.

San Antonio, TX - U.S. District Judge David A. Ezra sentenced 33-year-old Ricardo Castillo, Jr., to 130 months in federal prison followed by ten years of supervised release for transportation of a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity announced Acting United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI’s San Antonio Division.

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   $0 (03-23-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Altagracia Guadalupe Vargas

LAREDO, TX – Altagracia Guadalupe Vargas, 28, of Laredo, has been convicted of conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute Heroin, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. The jury returned its verdict following a three-day trial and approximately one hour deliberation.

The jury heard that one Dec. 12, 2014, Vargas conspired to smuggle approximately 3.5 kilograms of heroin ... More...
   $0 (03-24-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Michael Stratton

DALLAS, TX — A 32-year-old Cedar Hill, Texas man, Michael Stratton, who pleaded guilty in June 2014 to an Information charging one count of receipt of child pornography, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to 72 months in federal prison. The announcement was made today by John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Stratton was ordered to surrender... More...
   $0 (03-25-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Debra Rush-Santens, Casey Irons, Chris Limbrick, Gregory Preston and Eric Patterson

PLANO, Texas – Six defendants have been sentenced for their roles in a mortgage fraud conspiracy. The sentencing hearings were held before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

Debra Rush-Santens, 42, of Plano, pleaded guilty on Oct.4, 2012, and was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison on Mar. 12, 2015, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of 6,215,087.47.

Casey Irons, ... More...
   $0 (03-17-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Kenneth Simon Brzoznowski

Midland, TX - Kenneth Simon Brzoznowski, age 37, will serve 29 years and 7 months in federal prison for coercion and enticement of a minor.

In addition to the prison term handed down today, U.S. District Judge Robert Junell ordered that Brzoznowski be placed under supervised release for a period of 10 years after completing his prison term.

On October 17, 2014, Brzoznowski pled g... More...
   $0 (03-19-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Kenny Iroegbu

DALLAS, TX — A Kenny Iroegbu, who admitted to a federal felony offense stemming from his preparation of false tax returns was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to 36 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $323,046 in restitution to the IRS. Iroegbu pleaded guilty in December 2014 to one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false income tax return.

Acc... More...
   $0 (03-19-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Roberto Boris Fernandez

DALLAS, TX — A man who admitted to federal felony offenses stemming from his conspiracy to obtain tax refunds by filing fraudulent tax returns using stolen names and Social Security information was sentenced yesterday, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Roberto Boris Fernandez was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to a total of 60 ... More...
   $0 (03-19-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of B.D.S., a Child

Appellant, S.L.A., appeals a final decree signed November 20, 2014,
terminating her parental rights to the child who is the subject of this suit.
Appellant’s appointed counsel filed a brief in which he concludes the appeal is
wholly frivolous and without merit. The brief meets the requirements of Anders v.
California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396 (1967), by presenting a profession... More...
   $0 (03-03-2015 - TX)

Bobie Kenneth Townsend v. Montgomery Central Appraisal District, Montgomery Central Appraisal District, Chief Appraiser Mark Castleschouldt, Appraisal Review Board of Montgomery County, Texas and Appraisal Review Board of Montgomery County, Texas Chairman Terry Bowie

In this case concerning a homeowner’s tax protest, the trial court dismissed
most of the homeowner’s claims for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction and granted
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summary judgment to the appraisal district on the homeowner’s remaining claim
regarding his 2011 property taxes. The homeowner challenges these rulings, and
additionally argues that the trial court erred in faili... More...
   $0 (03-03-2015 - TX)

Vonda Barnhart v. Sylvia Morales and Luis Perez

In this car wreck case, appellant Vonda Barnhart appeals from a final judgment signed following a jury trial, raising nine issues. In her first two issues, Barnhart contends the trial court abused its discretion when it admitted medical records and a police report containing the results of a blood serum alcohol test performed at the hospital following the wreck. According to Barnhart, the trial co... More...   $0 (03-05-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of T.R.M. aka E. T.M., T.J.W aka T.W., Children

Appellant T.R.R. aka T.R.W. (the Mother) appeals the termination of her
parental rights to the Children, T.R.M. aka T.M. (the Daughter) and T.J.W. aka
T.W. (the Son).1 In her sole issue, the Mother challenges the legal and factual
sufficiency of the evidence to support the trial court’s finding that termination of
her parental rights is in the Children’s best interest. Concludi... More...
   $0 (03-10-2015 - TX)

Estate Land Company, Aaron Wiese, and Kamal Banani (Bannan) v. Anthony Wiese

In eleven issues, appellants, Estate Land Company, Aaron Wiese, and
Kamal Banani, complain the trial court lacked jurisdiction to sign a final judgment,
and that there is insufficient evidence to support the judgment. We affirm.
I. BACKGROUND
In 1999, Aaron Wiese (“Aaron”) and his brother, Anthony (“Tony”) Wiese,
purchased three properties in Houston, Texas: 812 Main St... More...
   $0 (03-10-2015 - TX)

David Isaac Cisneros v. Laurette Cisneros

Appellant David Isaac Cisneros appeals a judgment in favor of his sister,
appellee Laurette Cisneros, following a bench trial in a forcible detainer action,
contending that reversal is warranted because (1) the petition fails to comply with
Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 510.3; and (2) the evidence is legally and factually
insufficient to support the judgment. We affirm.
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B... More...
   $0 (03-12-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Han Woon Liew

HOUSTON, TX – Han Woon Liew, 46, of Sugar Land, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods. Liew pleaded guilty Nov. 18, 2014.

U.S. District Judge Lynn C. Hughes ordered he serve 70 months of federal imprisonment to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. He was further ordered to pay $2.6 million in re... More...
   $0 (03-16-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Jose Urbano Cortinas

McALLEN, Texas – Jose Urbano Cortinas, 29, has been ordered to prison for nearly 23 years following his conviction of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. Cortinas, of Memphis, Tenn., entered a guilty plea to the charge Oct. 29, 2014.

Today, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane ordered Cortinas to serve a total of 262 months in federal prison to be immediately followe... More...
   $0 (03-17-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Nicole Dette Perkins

HOUSTON, TX – Nicole Dette Perkins has entered a guilty plea to one count of knowingly presenting a material false, fictitious or fraudulent claim against the United States in the nature of a false U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Lucy Cruz, special agent in charge of IRS - Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).

The plea agreement filed in... More...
   $0 (03-17-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Oscar Herrera, III

LAREDO, Texas – Oscar Herrera III, 42, of Laredo, has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Janice Ayala, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in San Antonio and Webb County Sherriff Martin Cuellar.

“This case is another example of the many successes resulting from the strong partnership betw... More...
   $0 (03-17-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Michael David Carrol

DALLAS, TX — A Irving, Texas, man, who was sentenced to serve 70 months in federal prison in an investor fraud case, pleaded guilty this morning to the federal offense of failing to surrender to serve that sentence. Michael David Carroll, 39, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in federal prison, to be served consecutively to the sentence imposed on his prior conviction. He also faces ... More...   $0 (03-17-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Michael Lloyd Moody

DALLAS, TX — A defendant who admitted causing false income tax returns to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was sentenced. Michael Lloyd Moody was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 36 months in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution to the IRS.

Moody was indicted in March 2013 on 16 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation and presenta... More...
   $0 (03-18-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Anthony Minor

DALLAS, TX — A Cedar Hill, Texas man, who was convicted at trial on various federal felony offenses stemming from an identity (ID) theft conspiracy he ran in the metroplex from October 2009 to July 2013, was sentenced.
Anthony Minor, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 16 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $88,131 in restitution. A federal jury convicted Minor ... More...
   $0 (03-18-2015 - TX)

Osama Abdullatif v. Erpile, LLC and Ali Choudhri

In this appeal from the judgment of a Harris County civil court at law, no
one challenges the trial court’s judgment regarding the original plaintiff’s claim
against the original defendant. Instead, the defendant argues that the trial court
lacked subject-matter jurisdiction over the intervenor’s claims. We agree. We
additionally conclude that the trial court lacked subject-m... More...
   $0 (03-12-2015 - TX)

Joseph R. Willie, II v. Commission for Lawyer

Willie represented his client, Don Collis Houston Jr., after Houston was
indicted for possession of a controlled substance and bail jumping. After
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consulting with Willie, Houston signed a judicial confession and waiver of rights
as to both charged offenses on May 12, 2008; these documents also were signed by
Willie and the State’s attorney, Michael Mark. Houston then pleade... More...
   $0 (03-17-2015 - TX)

Arbor Windsor Court, LTD v. Weekley Homes, LP

Appellant, Arbor Windsor Court, Ltd. (Arbor), appeals the trial court’s judgment following a jury verdict. Specifically, in two main issues, Arbor contends the trial court erred in rendering a take-nothing judgment on its breach of contract claims against Weekley Homes, LP (Weekley). Weekley also asserts two conditional cross-points in support of the trial court’s judgment. We affirm.
I. B... More...
   $0 (03-17-2015 - TX)

Kingwood Home Health Care, L.L.C. d/b/a Health Solutions Home Health v. Amedisys, Inc., d/b/a Amedisys Texas, Ltd

Amedisys, Inc., d/b/a Amedisys Texas, Ltd. (“Amedisys”) sued Kingwood
Home Health Care L.L.C., d/b/a Health Solutions Home Health (“Kingwood”) for
tortious interference with non-solicitation agreements between Amedisys and two
of its employees. Following the second mediation, and pursuant to Texas Rule of
Civil Procedure 1671 and Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code Chapter... More...
   $0 (03-17-2015 - TX)

Joseph Greco, et al. v. Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys and the National Football League

Dallas, TX - Joseph Greco and others sued the National Football League, Dallas Cowboys and others on breach of contract and fraud theories over a seating fiasco at the 2011 Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas. The Plaintiffs sought compensation for what they spent on their trips including tickets, fights, hotels and hospitality.

The NFL admitted that it made mistakes but denied that it defrau... More...
   $76000 (03-13-2015 - TX)

ANA CECILIA CANTU v. EDWARD LEE CANTU

By three issues, appellant Ana Cecilia Cantu (“Ana”) challenges the provision of
the decree of divorce awarding her husband, appellee Edward Lee Cantu (“Edward”), the
right to designate the primary residence of their minor child. We affirm.
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I. BACKGROUND1
In September of 2012, Ana petitioned for divorce from Edward on the basis of
irreconcilable differences. The p... More...
   $0 (03-05-2015 - TX)

RICK WOOD v. TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

We issued an opinion in this case on December 30, 2014, affirming the trial court’s judgment. Appellant, Rick Wood, subsequently filed a motion for rehearing. Without changing our previous disposition, we deny the motion for rehearing,
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withdraw our earlier opinion and associated judgment, and issue this substitute opinion and judgment in their stead.
This is an appeal from a Travis... More...
   $0 (03-05-2015 - TX)

In the interest of J.F., a child

This is an appeal from an order of termination of the parental rights of the mother and father of J.F. Both parents appeal and, in two issues on appeal, challenge the legal and factual sufficiency of the evidence. We affirm.
The trial court found that the parents failed to comply with the provisions of a court order that specifically established the actions necessary for them to obtain the ret... More...
   $0 (03-06-2015 - TX)

In the matter of J.A.S., a juvenile

This is an appeal from a judgment adjudicating a juvenile of delinquent conduct. The jury found that Appellant, a juvenile, engaged in delinquent conduct by committing graffiti “on a school,” a state jail felony. See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 28.08(d) (West 2011). Based in part on the jury’s findings, the trial court committed Appellant to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department until his ninete... More...   $0 (03-05-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of T.R.L. and C.J.L., Children

Appellants K.L. and J.R.L. each challenge the trial court’s order of termination of
their parental rights to T.R.L. and C.J.L. We will affirm.
In a proceeding to terminate the parent-child relationship brought under section
161.001 of the Family Code, the Department must establish by clear and convincing
evidence two elements: (1) one or more acts or omissions enumerated under su... More...
   $0 (03-05-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of Y.H.T., A.M.T. and R.S.T., Children

In two issues, appellant, Teisa I. Tupou-Pati, challenges the trial court’s dismissal
of her petition seeking managing conservatorship of her grandchildren, Y.H.T., A.M.T.,
and R.S.T. Because we agree that appellant lacked standing to file suit in this matter,
and because we conclude that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by denying
appellant’s motions for new trial ... More...
   $0 (03-05-2015 - TX)

Kish D. Powell v. The State of Texas

Kish D. Powell filed a suit against the State of Texas for a declaratory judgment of inability to pay property taxes and for injunctive relief. Before service of process, the trial court dismissed the case as frivolous and for failure to comply with the procedural requirements that apply to litigation filed without payment of costs by persons incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justic... More...   $0 (03-05-2015 - TX)

In Re Commitment of Robert Becker

The State of Texas filed a petition to commit Robert Becker as a sexually violent predator. See Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann. §§ 841.001-.151 (West 2010 & Supp. 2014). A jury found that Becker is a sexually violent predator and the trial court rendered a final judgment and an order of civil commitment. In two appellate issues, Becker challenges the admission of certain evidence. We affirm the t... More...   $0 (03-05-2015 - TX)

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation v. Judy Mansfield

On February 26, 2015, we issued our original opinion in this case, conditionally affirming the trial court’s judgment and suggesting a remittitur of $30,000.00 from the final judgment issued by the trial court. See Tex. R. App. P. 46.3. We further provided that if the appellee, Judy Mansfield, filed a remittitur within fifteen days from the date of our opinion, we would reform the trial court’... More...   $0 (03-05-2015 - TX)

James Wimpy v. Motel 6 Operating, L.P.

This is an appeal from the grant of a summary judgment in a premises liability case. James Wimpy, Appellant here and plaintiff at the trial court, failed to file a response to a no-evidence and traditional motion for summary judgment advanced by Motel 6. We are asked to consider whether Wimpy received adequate notice of the summary judgment hearing, and whether the trial court abused its discretio... More...   $0 (03-04-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of M.E., a Child

Appellant, D.E., appeals the order terminating her parental rights to M.E., T.E., and Z.E.1 D.E.’s appointed counsel has filed a brief in conformity with Anders v. California rendering his professional opinion that any issue that could be raised on appeal is frivolous and without legal merit. See 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d 493 (1967). D.E.’s counsel avers that he has zealously rev... More...   $0 (03-06-2015 - TX)

In the Matter of J.L., a Child

Appellant J.L., a juvenile, appeals the disposition order of commitment to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department in which the trial court found he engaged in delinquent conduct by committing indecency with a child. Through one issue, he contends the trial court reversibly erred in its instruction to the jury. We will affirm the judgment of the trial court.
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Background
The district att... More...
   $0 (03-06-2015 - TX)

South Plains Lamesa Railroad, Ltd. and Larry Dale Wisener v. Kitten Family Living Trust

Appellants, South Plains Lamesa Railroad, Ltd. and Larry Dale Wisener (collectively “SPLR”), appeal from a property dispute decided in favor of Appellee, Kitten Family Living Trust (hereinafter the “Trust”), following a jury trial. In support, SPLR asserts (1) the evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support the jury’s finding that the parties reached an agreement for the Tr... More...   $0 (03-03-2015 - TX)

Heritage Constructors, Inc. v. Chrietzberg Electric, Inc., and Richard Marc Chrietzberg

The deadline was looming for aspiring prime contractors to submit their bids to TexAmericas Center to build a wastewater treatment plant on its property in Bowie County. The subcontract bid of Chrietzberg Electric, Inc. (Electric) submitted at the last minute by Richard Marc Chrietzberg (Chrietzberg) to aspiring prime contractor Heritage Constructors, Inc. (Heritage), for the electrical portion of... More...   $0 (03-04-2015 - TX)

State of Texas v. Steven Jay Peace, Jr.

Waco, TX - The State of Texas charged Steven Jay Peace, Jr. with murder in the death of Emuel "Man Man" Browers at an east Waco park in 2010.

The State called two witnesses who testified that Peace admitted to them that "he did it" and another witness who claimed that she saw Peace shoot Bowers.

Peace testified that he has nothing to do with Bowers' death.

... More...
   $0 (03-06-2015 - TX)

 
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