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United States of America v. Karen D'Onofrio v. Vacation Publications, Inc. d/b/a Vacations To Go

Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

In this employment dispute, Karen D’Onofrio sued her former employer,
Vacations to Go (“VTG” or “Vacation”), a division of Vacation Publications, Inc.,
the largest seller of ocean-going cruises in the world, for interfering with her
rights under the Family Medical Leave Act. Vacation counter sued, alleging
that Karen and her husband, Michael D’Onofrio, breached Karen’s covenant
... More...
   $0 (04-24-2018 - TX)

Christopher Troy Cartwright v. The State of Texas

Corporal Dalton Rosenbaum of the Arlington Police Department testified
that on September 23, 2015, while he was working as a patrol officer, he saw a
motorcycle parked in a residential front yard. According to Corporal Rosenbaum,
parking a motorcycle in that manner violated a city ordinance. Corporal
Rosenbaum did not recall that particular resident owning a motorcycle, but he ... More...
   $0 (04-23-2018 - TX)

Serena Nicole Farris v. The State of Texas

One day in February 2016, Arlington police officers Andrea Davis and
Charles Cisneros received a tip that Farris had an outstanding arrest warrant,
that she was likely possessing drugs or drug paraphernalia, and that she could
be found at Don’s Total Car Care. The officers confirmed that she had a warrant
and went to Don’s Total Car Care to arrest her. When they arrived, they... More...
   $0 (04-23-2018 - TX)

John Jeremy Loveall v. The State of Texas

Appellant was indicted on July 29, 2014 for possession of less than one gram of
methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a state jail felony. See TEX. HEALTH & SAFETY
CODE ANN. §§ 481.103, 481.113, 481.116 (West, Westlaw through 2017 1st C.S.).
Pursuant to a plea agreement, appellant pleaded guilty to the lesser included offense of
possession of a controlled substance, and the... More...
   $0 (04-20-2018 - TX)

Erlis Joseph Chaisson v. The State of Texas

Chaisson was charged by indictment with five counts of aggravated assault of a
child and ten counts of indecency with a child by contact. See id. §§ 21.021, 22.11. Prior
to trial, the State waived several counts, leaving one count of aggravated assault of a
child and four counts of indecency with a child by contact. At the close of the State’s
case, appellant’s motion for di... More...
   $0 (04-20-2018 - TX)

Truitt Russell Cook v. The State of Texas

Appellant does not challenge the sufficiency of the evidence so we will mention
only so much of the background facts as necessary for our disposition of his issues. On
February 12, 2015, appellant and Tianna Insall robbed the A1 Smoke Shop in rural
Tarrant County. They wore dark glasses and bandannas. Appellant carried what the two
store employees called “a gun.” Once insid... More...
   $0 (04-19-2018 - TX)

Neal Everett Bland v. The State of Texas

On the morning of December 21, 2012, Godwin Mathew picked up Joshua
Woods so they could go to Willowbrook Mall and purchase several pairs of limited
release Air Jordan Retro 11 shoes. After they made their purchases and were exiting
the mall, a young man approached them and asked to buy one of their pairs of shoes.
Mathew quoted a price but the man declined to buy them. When... More...
   $0 (04-18-2018 - TX)

James Allan Burg II v. The State of Texas

Court of Appeals Ninth District of Texas at Beaumont

Texas State Trooper Matthew Cline stopped Burg late one night when Burg
was driving on the interstate with his high beam lights against oncoming traffic.
Patrolling with Trooper Cline—who was nearing the completion of his field
training—was Texas State Trooper Richard Hazenberg, Trooper Cline’s field
training supervisor. Trooper Cline’s patrol vehicle was equipped with a dash c... More...
   $0 (04-15-2018 - TX)

Robert Alan Hawkins v. The State of Texas

Robert Alan Hawkins was charged by indictment with the offense of retaliation. The
Honorable Eddie Northcutt, trial judge for the 8th Judicial District Court, was named as the victim
in the case. He also impaneled the grand jury that returned the indictment against Hawkins.
Following a jury trial, Hawkins was found guilty of the charged offense and sentenced to five
years’ i... More...
   $0 (04-15-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Stephen E. Stockman

Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Houston, TX - Houston Jury Convicts Former U.S. Congressman

A federal jury convicted former U.S. Representative Stephen E. Stockman for orchestrating a scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from charitable foundations and the individuals who ran those foundations to illegally finance Stockman’s campaigns for public office and to pay for his and others’ personal expenses. U.S. ... More...
   $0 (04-13-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Rotech Healthcare, Inc.

Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas

Beaumont, TX - Rotech Agrees To Pay $9.68 Million To Settle False Claims Act Liability Related To Improper Billing For Portable Oxygen

Rotech Healthcare Inc., a Florida-based respiratory equipment supplier, agreed to pay $9.68 million for knowingly submitting false claims for portable oxygen contents to Medicare. As part of the settlement, Rotech admitted that it knowingly billed portab... More...
   $9680000 (04-13-2018 - TX)

Adrian Jerome Parker v. The State of Texas

Adrian Jerome Parker rendered his open guilty plea to the trial court in Gregg County, on
all four counts of the indictment against him, and pled true to a sentence-enhancement allegation.
The trial court found Parker guilty of all four charges, found the enhancement allegation true, and
sentenced Parker to forty-five years’ imprisonment on each of Count I (engaging in organized More...
   $0 (04-15-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Darius Fields

Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - Federal Jury Convicts Man on Firearm Offenses

Darius Fields, 27, of Dallas, Texas was found guilty Wednesday following a three-day trial before Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn for aiding and abetting the false statement to a federally licensed firearms dealer to acquire a firearm, commonly called “lying-and-buying” or making a “straw purchase.”

Fields wa... More...
   $0 (04-13-2018 - TX)

Ex parte Bryan Christopher Everage

Appellant Bryan Christopher Everage is charged in three cause numbers with evading
arrest with a vehicle, aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, and aggravated assault on a public
servant. The trial court set bail at $7,500 on the evading-arrest charge in cause number
17-1384-K26; $500,000 on the aggravated-robbery charge in cause number 17-1385-K26; and
$500,000 on the aggravat... More...
   $0 (04-15-2018 - TX)

Monica Nicole Ford v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged by indictment with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Pursuant to a plea bargain agreement with the State, Appellant pleaded “guilty” to the offense, and after deferring a finding of guilt, the trial court placed Appellant on community supervision for eight years. As a condition of Appellant’s community supervision, the trial court ordered that she pay $6,790.75 in re... More...   $0 (04-13-2018 - TX)

Jonathan David Moore v. The State of Texas

On June 20, 2016, Appellant presented a check to be cashed at a Tyler branch of Austin Bank. The check was a temporary check from his father David Moore’s (Mr. Moore) account with Austin Bank in Jacksonville. When Appellant presented the check to the bank teller, the bank’s system alerted the teller to compare the signature on the check with the signature on file. Mr. Moore previously contacted... More...   $0 (04-13-2018 - TX)

Stephyn Cornell Prine v. The State of Texas

Sexual assault of a child

Appellant was charged by indictment with one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, a first degree felony punishable by not less than twenty-five years but not more than ninety-nine years or life imprisonment, and two counts of sexual assault of a child, a second degree felony, punishable by not less than two years but not more than twenty years imprisonment. Appellant entered a plea of “n... More...   $0 (04-13-2018 - TX)

Larry Paul McLeod v. The State of Texas

Margie Wurm stored several items in a unit of a U-Haul storage building in Smith County, Texas. Wurm installed a padlock on the door of her unit to protect her belongings. UHaul monitored the area through the use of both staff and video. Wurm did not provide consent to anyone to enter her unit or to take her belongings from it. Despite these precautions, someone broke into Wurm’s storage unit... More...   $0 (04-12-2018 - TX)

IBradley Vencent Cheeks v. The State of Texas

Registered Sex Offender

On June 28, 2016, Tyler Police Department Officer Ben Jordan, while on patrol, observed a vehicle with an expired registration sticker and initiated a traffic stop. Appellant was the owner and driver of the vehicle. Brenton Coe was the passenger. Officer Jordan noticed that Appellant and Coe acted nervously, and asked Appellant for consent to search the vehicle, to which Appellant replied in th... More...   $0 (04-12-2018 - TX)

Santos Victor Ruiz, Jr. v. The State of Texas

In his first issue, Ruiz contends that the trial court abused its discretion by denying
his motion for continuance “sought due to the State belatedly providing a wealth of
information concerning the charged offense and various extraneous offenses allegedly
committed by Ruiz.” We disagree.
Where denial of a continuance has resulted in representation by counsel who was not prepa... More...
   $0 (04-12-2018 - TX)

Troy Michael Robino v. The State of Texas

When George Dubson attempted to pay for his order with a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill
at a fast-food restaurant in Kilgore, police were alerted. While responding to the police dispatch,
Sergeant Vance Callahan of the Kilgore Police Department stopped an automobile matching the
description of the one occupied by Dubson a short distance from the restaurant. Callahan identified More...
   $0 (04-12-2018 - TX)

Jud Waymond Smith v. The State of Texas

On February 14, 2015, Smith was arrested for the offense of driving while intoxicated
(DWI).1 During the drive to the Upshur County Jail, Smith was extremely belligerent toward the
arresting officer, Brandon Love. Smith argued continuously with Love, and he repeatedly stated
that he did not have to listen to anything Love was explaining to him. When Love asked Smith if
he wo... More...
   $0 (04-12-2018 - TX)

Daniel Antonio Ferrer v. The State of Texas

On May 23, 2015, complainant Francisco Capetillo-Medina was shot to death in broad daylight in front of a convenience store. Investigating officers were able to obtain surveillance video of the shooting, but the investigation stalled until investigators received a Crime Stoppers tip implicating appellant. Appellant was subsequently charged with the offense of murder pursuant to section 19.02 of ... More...   $0 (04-10-2018 - TX)

James Arthur Baxley v. The State of Texas

James Arthur Baxley appeals his conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI), third
offense.1 Baxley argues that, because the judgment of conviction for one of the predicate DWI
convictions in this case fails to identify defense counsel and fails to allocate an attorney’s fee for
appointed counsel, it establishes that he was not represented by counsel. Baxley reasons that,
... More...
   $0 (04-10-2018 - TX)

Jamal Joyner v. The State of Texas

In November 2012, Joyner was indicted for capital murder after he and two
other men stole drugs and, in the course of the robbery, murdered one of the drug
sellers. In September 2014, Joyner pleaded guilty in exchange for the State reducing
his charge to the lesser-included offense of aggravated robbery. The plea agreement
also stated:
The defendant agrees that he will tes... More...
   $0 (04-10-2018 - TX)

David R. Griffith v. The State of Texas


The basic facts are not disputed. When Griffith’s daughter A.G. was fourteen years
old, she made an outcry of sexual abuse against him that was reported to Child Protective
Services and the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office. After Griffith’s arrest, A.G. recanted
her sexual-abuse claims and subsequently testified at trial that Griffith did not sexually
abuse her. The evidence ... More...
   $0 (04-08-2018 - TX)

Travis Magill v. The State of Texas

On March 20, 2014, Corpus Christi Police Officer Michael Goodman responded to
the area near the Corpus Christi Country Club to help investigate a report regarding a
suspicious person. Officer Goodman testified that he saw a male, Magill, who matched
the description of the suspicious person and made contact. Officer Goodman stated that
he had no intention of arresting Magill, ... More...
   $0 (04-05-2018 - TX)

Roy Joseph Robledo v. The State of Texas

On August 5, 2015, Roy Robledo pleaded guilty to the offense of family violence pursuant
to a negotiated plea agreement. The trial court assessed punishment at eight years’ deferred
adjudication community supervision and fined Robledo $1,250.00. On May 17, 2017, the State
filed an amended motion to adjudicate guilt and to revoke Robledo’s community supervision.
During a revo... More...
   $0 (04-05-2018 - TX)

Ryan Dean Johnson v. The State of Texas

Sarah Stephenson testified that on August 13, 2016, her husband and daughter
went fishing at a pond near Auger Road, a narrow dirt road in Ellis County, Texas.
Her husband then called Stephenson to tell her that a car was “out there” “in the
middle of nowhere” and he was scared to walk passed it with their daughter.
Stephenson told her husband to call for emergency assistance... More...
   $0 (04-05-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Gao Mei Fang, a/k/a Amy Gao

Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - Chinese Citizen Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud and Smuggling Related to Dietary Supplement Scheme

Gao Mei Fang (a.k.a. Amy Gao), of Shanghai, China, pleaded guilty in Dallas to mail fraud and smuggling charges in connection with a scheme to sell mislabeled dietary supplements, the Department of Justice announced today.

Gao was the supply chain manager for Genabolix USA... More...
   $0 (04-03-2018 - TX)

Robert Christopher Young v. The State of Texas

Court of Appeals Sixth Appellate District of Texas at Texarkana

In 2016, Robert Christopher Young pled guilty to, and was convicted of, family violence
assault causing bodily injury, with one prior family violence assault. Pursuant to a plea agreement,
Young’s eight-year sentence was suspended, and he was placed on community supervision for five
years. On October 2, 2017, Young’s community supervision was revoked, and he was sentenced
to ... More...
   $0 (04-02-2018 - TX)

Dustin Allen Lambert v. The State of Texas

Dustin Allen Lambert was charged with assault family violence, and the indictment
also alleged that Lambert had previously been convicted of two substantially similar offenses in
another state. See Tex. Penal Code § 22.01(a) (setting out elements of offense of assault), (b)(2)
(elevating offense level to third-degree felony if offense is committed against someone whose
relationshi... More...
   $0 (03-30-2018 - TX)

Ramon Rojas Carrillo, Jr. v. The State of Texas

The jury heard evidence that appellant and Francesca Edwards were involved in a
romantic relationship for about four years. They lived together intermittently and, at one point, were
engaged to be married. Evidence at trial reflected that the events forming the basis of the instant
offense occurred as the relationship was ending. Edwards testified that one evening, she went out
... More...
   $0 (03-30-2018 - TX)

Lane Walker Waldron v. The State of Texas

As set out above, Waldron was charged with capital murder for the death of S.F.’s
unborn daughter. According to the undisputed evidence presented at trial, Waldron and S.F. were
romantically involved and were living together at the time of the offense, and S.F. was pregnant with
Waldron’s twin children. One of the twins was male, and the other was female. On the day after
the of... More...
   $0 (03-30-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Ramiro V. Ramon

Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Del Rio, Texas

Del Rio, TX - Former Val Verde County Commissioner Ramiro Ramon Sentenced to Federal Prison

A federal judge sentenced former Val Verde County Precinct 1 Commissioner Ramiro V. Ramon to 18 months in federal prison for underreporting his total income on three separate federal Income Tax Returns, announced United States Attorney John F. Bash, FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs and... More...
   $0 (03-26-2018 - TX)

Phil A. Smallwood v. The State of Texas

On June 2, 2016, the State charged appellant with capital murder by causing
the death of Jonathan Wilkerson while in the course of committing or attempting to
commit robbery.2 Appellant pleaded not guilty, and the case proceeded to trial.
On the evening of October 13, 2014, Wilkerson and his girlfriend, Quathanna
Lee, drove to the home of Roy Robinson, the best friend of Wil... More...
   $0 (03-23-2018 - TX)

Allen Bernard Gims v. The State of Texas

Texas First District Court of Appeals

Robert Jones lived in the front office space of an abandoned warehouse. One
night before midnight, Shirley Faye Thompson, a former girlfriend, snuck into the
warehouse through a hole in the garage door. She fell asleep, then later was
awakened by a knock on the office door. Although Thompson could not see Jones
answer the door from her vantage point, she heard him ask who it wa... More...
   $0 (03-23-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Chukwuma Jonas Osuagwn

Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - Dallas Man Convicted of Mortgage Fraud Offenses

A federal jury convicted Chukwuma Jonas Osuagwu, 45, of Dallas, on March 15, 2018, following a seven-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, of several counts related to a mortgage fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.

Specifically, Osuagwu was convicted o... More...
   $0 (03-20-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Chukwuma Jonas Osuagwu

Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - Dallas Man Convicted of Mortgage Fraud Offenses

A federal jury convicted Chukwuma Jonas Osuagwu, 45, of Dallas, following a seven-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, of several counts related to a mortgage fraud scheme.

Specifically, Osuagwu was convicted of five counts of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. He faces a maxi... More...
   $0 (03-17-2018 - TX)

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