Around the Area: Houston pilot among 2 dead in copter crash
A Houston pilot was among two people killed Monday when a helicopter crashed in northeast Harris County.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were investigating the crash. Troopers said there is so far no indication about what caused the helicopter to spin out of control about 3:45 p.m. and crash near Crosby Freeway and Miller Road.
DNA evidence results in arrest in cemetery theft
Blood left by a thief at Houston National Cemetery has been linked to a Houston man, Harris County prosecutors said.
Robert Torres, 32, has been charged with felony theft, court records show. A judge set a $15,000 bail.
Prosecutors said Torres stole three utility carts valued at $36,000 when he broke into cemetery the weekend of Dec. 16. Also missing, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, were two new wheels off a utility trailer.
Prosecutors said the thief tried to steal a fourth utility cart, and in the process, cut a finger. Blood was found near the foot petal.
In January, the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab matched the DNA evidence to Torres. Sheriff's deputies arrested him on Sunday.
Man accused of impersonating officer on road
A Channelview man who became irate with a motorist took matters into his own hands early Tuesday and tried to pull over the driver with his siren, authorities said.
Ricardo Garza, 30, now faces a felony charge of impersonating a public servant, court records show. He was released from the Harris County Jail after posting a $2,000 bail.
Garza was driving in the 14000 block of Woodforest Boulevard in Channelview when he became angry with another motorist, said Capt. Jon Moore of the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable's Office. In an attempt to get the other driver to stop, Garza activated a police siren on his GMC truck as he followed behind the vehicle.
A Precinct 3 deputy constable watched as the vehicles passed him. The deputy pulled over the truck driver after finding no emergency call on his car computer.