2012

Blog Posts in 2012

  • Richmond man dies after 3-car accident in Sugar Land

    By Brian Besch Fort Bend Herald A Richmond man is dead after a three car accident in Sugar Land on Oct. 20, according to DPS Sgt. Steve Holtz. Joseph Bolua, 23, of Richmond, died soon after the accident. Bolua was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Amanda Wiley, 26, of Richmond, who was traveling south on Hwy 99. According to Holtz, at approximately 5:55 a.m., the vehicle driven by Wiley took a ...
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  • BP spill settlement offers trickle out

    By: Emily Pickrell Houston Chronicle Thousands of Gulf Coast residents damaged by the 2010 oil spill have to decide soon whether to participate in a class action settlement, yet most still don't know what the deal will offer. The Deepwater Horizon Claims Center, appointed by the federal judge overseeing spill litigation to coordinate claims under the settlement, reported Thursday that about 60,000 ...
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  • Homecoming: Fallen firefighter Capt. Neal Smith returns to Atascocita

    By: Stefanie Thomas Residents of all ages and first responders of various agencies lined the streets Wednesday afternoon when the body of Capt. Neal Smith of the Atascocita Fire Department returned home. The procession originated in Beaumont, where Smith spent his last hours on life support at an area hospital following heat exhaustion he suffered during a training exercise Sept. 15. On Sept. 16, ...
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  • Hard lessons learned from Bastrop fire

    By Colin McDonald BASTROP — Michael Hritz lives in a FEMA trailer parked in his driveway, surrounded by the blackened trunks of stout loblolly pines. He's still at least a year from moving into his house, where a tree trunk with one burned spot serves as a support beam in his new living room, as well as a reminder of what happened one year ago. On the anniversary of last year's 32,000-acre Bastrop ...
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  • Judge jails woman who refused to delete Facebook account

    The Leon Law Firm www.theleonlawfirm.com wants to share the following article by Eric Pfeiffer to highlight how social media is finding its way into our judicial system. Judge jails woman who refused to delete Facebook account By: Eric Pfeiffer Yahoo! News A Kentucky woman who was issued a DUI after she caused a car accident with four teenagers is being sent back to jail after a judge ordered her ...
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  • Blitz USA...the innocent victim of unwarranted litigation?

    Blitz USA…the innocent victim of unwarranted litigation? Big businesses love to complain about trial lawyers and how we're supposedly driving the cost up on everything from health care to gas cans. People don't often get to see the truth behind these stories. Big businesses love to make themselves out to be the victim. Often the truth is just the opposite. In the Blitz USA gas can cases, there is ...
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  • Harris County Sheriff's Office touts decrease in alcohol-related deaths

    Now for a bit of good news.... Harris County Sheriff's Office touts decrease in alcohol-related deaths By Erin Mulvaney Houston Chronicle Drunk driving-related fatalities are down in the first half of this year in Harris County, the county that typically leads the nation in such deaths. In the first six months of 2012, there have been 24 drunk-driving related deaths in Harris County's combined ...
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  • Teen who tweeted sex attackers' names won't face charges

    The Leon Law Firm www.theleonlawfirm.com shares the following story for several reasons. Social Media has changed so much of the legal landscape, and this story is an illustration of how it affected this case in particular. Teen who tweeted sex attackers' names won't face charges By Bruce Schreiner and Janet Cappiello Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky teenager frustrated by light ...
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  • Hundreds of accidents blamed on Houston road rage

    By Yang Wang and John Tedesco Houston Chronicle From fender benders to fatalities, from fists flying to guns blazing, enraged drivers in the greater Houston area have caused more than 900 motor vehicle accidents that injured hundreds and killed five over the last five years, according to crash data from the Texas Department of Transportation. Road-rage crashes across Texas peak during evening rush ...
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  • Authorities fighting DWIs struggle to stop over-serving of alcohol

    Under Texas State law bar owners, restaurants, liquor stores, and others can be held liable for auto accidents and deaths that result from their illegal sale of alcohol. Commonly referred to as "dram shop laws," those who knowingly or negligently serve alcohol to intoxicated or under age persons can be held liable for accidents they cause as a result. At The León Law Firm , we investigate the ...
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  • Wrong-Way Drivers Wreak Havoc

    In a disturbing turn of events, five people died in a span of less than 48 hours on Interstate 45 near The Woodlands, Texas, which is just north of Houston. All of the fatalities were the result of car accidents caused by wrong-way drivers. In the first accident, a 19-year-old female and an 18-year-old male passenger, who was riding in the backseat, were killed when a car being driven by a ...
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  • Trial reconvenes for man who killed neighbor in party dispute

    By Brian Rogers Houston Chronicle Jurors Monday returned to court to hear witnesses defend Raul Rodriguez, who was convicted of murder in the shooting death of Kelly Danaher, a neighbor who was having a loud party. Rodriguez videotaped his encounter with Danaher and a group of his friends just after midnight on May 2, 2010. The 22-minute video shows Rodriguez confronting Danaher and his guests ...
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  • Driving habits over there killing returning troops over here

    By Ned Hibberd Houston (FOX 26) - The number one killer of troops returning from combat zones is not suicide. According to the VA, it is car accidents. Soldiers and Marines (and to a lesser extent, Sailors and Airmen) learn to "drive to survive" in foreign battlegrounds. But those same habits wreak havoc once they return. So if you think Houston's highways are a war zone, well, you may be right. ...
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  • Wildfire Safety Tips

    By: Melissa McNamara CBS News What is a wildfire? Wildfire is one of the most destructive natural forces known to mankind. While sometimes caused by lightning, nine out of ten wildfires are human-caused. "Wildfire" is applied to any unwanted and unplanned fire burning in forest, shrub or grass. More than 900 homes are destroyed by wildfires each year. Why has there been an increase in wildfires? ...
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  • Wildfires in Colorado, New Mexico Force Hundreds to Evacuate

    The Leon Law Firm ( www.theleonlawfirm.com ) is sad to report that the wildfires in New Mexico and Colorado continue to burn. With the Bastrop Fires still fresh on our minds and the lack of rain combined with hot temperatures, we know all too well that the conditions in many areas are favorable for fires. By: Clayton Sandell ABC News Firefighters in New Mexico and Colorado are battling wildfires ...
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