Thousands of people are waiting on a decision out of Austin County after a veterinarian is suspected of animal cruelty.

Last Friday Dr. Kristen Lindsey was fired from her job at the Washington Animal Clinic after a photo was posted of her holding a dead cat.

The caption on Facebook suggested she killed what she described as a feral tomcat with a bow and arrow.

Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes says his guys are still investigating and once their case has been made it will be up to the Austin County District Attorney to file the criminal charges.

We have not been able to reach Dr. Lindsey for a comment on the case that has sparked outrage around the country.


The Factor is now hearing Krispy Kreme won’t likely open in Houston til the early summer.

A former Krispy Kreme exec says because of construction issues the doors at the donut shop on Highway 6 won’t likely open until June.

This is the third date change for the business that hasn’t had a presence in Houston since 2006.


It’s been over a month since a Hempstead teacher was arrested for possession of drugs and she is still stuck behind bars.

It was in March when 42 year old Rachel Pfeffer was first arrested and charged in Austin County with several counts of possession of Methamphetamine.

A check with Sheriff Jack Brandes reveals the Hempstead high school educator is still behind bars because no one has posted the $200,000 to get her out until her trial.


Here’s the previous report:

It’s been more than two weeks and a Hempstead High School teacher remains locked up behind bars in Austin County.

Prosecutors confirm 42 year old Rachel Pfeffer was arrested on five charges related to possession of Methamphetamine. 

She was taken into custody on March 3 and was charged in Austin and Washington counties.

Our sources say there will be a special item on the Hempstead School Board’s agenda tonight to address her future with the district as a special needs educator at Hempstead High School.

Pfeffer is being held on a $200,000 bond for all of her charges.


Council Member Boykins and the District D office will host a job fair at Texas Southern
University on Thursday, May 21st to provide job training opportunities for individuals in
need of a second chance. This initiative will assist with addressing the City of Houston
workforce shortage and help to transform the lives of many marginalized residents. We
want to encourage active civic and community engagement by providing economic
opportunities and housing assistance. The economic vitality of our great city depends on
having a positive and productive workforce. Partners include Associated Builders &
Contractors of Greater Houston, Associated General Contractors of America –
Houston, Becoming One Community Foundation, United Airlines, City of Houston
Housing and Community Development, and City of Houston Human Resources.

More details to come.
Press Conference: May 6
– 8am, City Hall Annex, 1st Floor
Job Fair: May 21st
– 10am, Texas Southern University


Fox 26 news has learned a Sugar Land company has temporarily shut down after some employees were exposed to radiation.

A spokesperson for Thermo Fisher Scientific confirms at least 5 employees were exposed to what they call some radiological material last week.

The Gillingham Drive location was shut down Friday and all employees were told to stay home.

A rep for Thermo Fisher says the exposure happened in an isolated section on their campus and the employees affected have been tested. A statement further states the workers were not exposed above regulatory limits.

We’re told the facility will remain closed this week while a third party conducts a safety and health assessment of the full site.

The Sugar Land site manufactures gauging devices used in the oil and petrochemical industries.

A source in the company says some workers are concerned about the time line.

The time when the employees were exposed and when the rest of the staff was finally told about the incident.

We’re told by that insider the period of time was from Tuesday to Friday, a 4 day period.

But a statement from Thermo Fisher indicates all appropriate goverment agencies have been notified.

A check with the city of Sugar Land and Doug Adolph says they had not been informed of the exposure but he says the company has to only report it to the state.


Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a woman found at 2120 El Paseo about 11:05 p.m. last Friday (April 17).

The suspect, Josephy Anthony Lightsey (w/m, 37), is charged with murder in the 338th State District Court.  He is accused in the death of his mother.  A photo of suspect Lightsey is attached to this news release.  

The female victim’s identity is pending notification to family members by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Homicide Division Officers A. Vinogradov and M. Arroyo reported:

On Friday evening, Lightsey walked into the University of Texas police headquarters on Knight Road and told officers there he had shot his mother in an apartment at the above address.  HPD officers then responded to the location and found an elderly female deceased of a gunshot wound.  A weapon was recovered at the scene.

Lightsey was then brought to HPD Headquarters where he spoke to homicide investigators and admitted to his role in his mother’s death.  


Mayor Parker will speak about the ties strong business and cultural ties between Houston and India when she appears at the World Trade Center Mumbai today.  The speech, which has been publicized to more than 50 media outlets, will mark the mayor’s first official appearance since arriving in India early Sunday morning.  Mayor Parker, the Greater Houston Partnership and the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston are leading a week-long investment and trade mission to Mumbai and Delhi, India.

“It is my goal to introduce Indian business leaders to the leading business officials of my administration,” said Mayor Parker. “I want them to come away from this meeting with a name, a face and contact information of someone in Houston who can support them in their efforts to do business in our city.”

Greater Houston Partnership Chief Economic Development Officer Bob Pertierra will also address the WTC.

Monday’s schedule also includes a briefing by U.S. Consul General Thomas Vajda and meetings with Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar and the Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Mumbai.  In addition, the mayor and Pertierra will sit down for one-on-one media interviews about Houston with several India based reporters.

The delegation will be in Mumbai until Tuesday when they travel to Delhi for more business meetings during the last half of the week. 

The group of business leaders traveling with the mayor includes KBR Director of Business Development, Sales and Technology Arup Ganguly; Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston President Ashok Garg; Past IACC President Sanjay Ramahadran; Gunda Corporation President Ramesh Gunda; EmagineNET Technologies Co-founder Arif Momin; Universal Weather and Aviation Regional Vice President Charles Mularski; Emediscript President Pankaj Patel; Isani Consultants Principal Bobby Singh; Asset Management Consultants Principal Dr. Karun Sreerama; Strategic Infrastucture LLC Partner Mini Timmaraju; Geotest Engineering President Ravi Raj Yanamandala and two Port of Houston Commissioners.

The trade mission is sponsored by Gunda Corporation, AECOM and Universal Weather and Aviation.

Residents in the Woodlands found themselves running for cover late this afternoon as weather got pretty ugly up north.

Large hail fail in the area as a strong storm system passed over south Montgomery County just after 5:30 this afternoon. 

The hail continued for at least five minutes ranging from pea to quarter size near the end of the storm cell. 

No major damage reported but emergency responders were busy in the area after getting several calls from residents in The Woodlands.


Two Salvadoran men wanted for the aggravated homicide of three men in 2011 in their home country were deported Wednesday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

This removal is the latest result of stepped up collaborative efforts to locate Salvadoran criminal fugitives in the United States and return them to El Salvador to face justice.

Carlos Gomar-Castro, 26, and Willfredys Castro-Villalobos, 33, were flown to El Salvador April 15 onboard a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations (IAO) Unit. Upon arrival, both were turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Policia Nacional Civil (PNC).


“Identifying and removing foreign fugitives from the United States is an ICE priority,” said Steven P. Boll, field office director of ERO Houston. “The cooperation between the United States and the El Salvadoran government resulted in these foreign fugitives being safely returned to their home country where they will face justice.”

Both Gomar-Castro and Castro-Villalobos were encountered and arrested Feb. 19 by ERO’s Fugitive Operations officers in Houston.  Salvadoran authorities issued a warrant Jan. 10, 2015 for their arrest for aggravated homicide in September 2011.

According to the Salvadoran warrant, Gomar-Castro and Castro-Villalobos were travelling in a vehicle that struck three men on a bicycle. One of the men on the bike was run over and killed, while two others fled on foot. Gomar-Castro and Castro-Villalobos gave chase, ultimately catching and killing the two men.

Gomar-Castro was previously encountered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Border Patrol (BP) agents and charged with being inadmissable to the U.S. and was placed on bond in January 2013.

Castro-Villalobos was previously encountered by BP agents in September 2005 and charged with being inadmissible to the U.S. He was released on his own recognizance, but failed to appear at his immigration hearing. On Dec. 1, 2005, an immigration judge ordered his removal in absentia. In April 2008, Castro-Villalobos was encountered at the Harris County (Texas) Jail and turned over to ICE. He had been previously deported to El Salvador May 5, 2008.

The deportations of Gomar-Castro and Castro-Villalobos are examples of expanded bi-national cooperation to identify, arrest and repatriate Salvadoran criminal suspects who have fled to the United States to avoid prosecution in their home country.  As part of this effort, ICE officers are working closely with PNC, the Salvadoran National Interpol Office and Salvadoran immigration.

Gomar-Castro and Castro-Villalobos are the latest Salvadoran removals as part of ERO’s Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement (SAFE) Initiative. The SAFE Initiative is geared toward identifying foreign fugitives who are wanted abroad and removable under U.S. immigration law.  In just three years, through the SAFE Initiative, ERO has removed more than 480 criminal fugitives to El Salvador. Those removed as part of the SAFE Initiative have been deemed ineligible to remain in the United States and were all wanted by PNC. SAFE aligns with ERO’s public safety priorities and eliminates the need for formal extradition requests.

In fiscal year 2014, ERO removed 315,943 individuals from the United States. In addition to convicted criminals, the agency’s enforcement priorities include those apprehended while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States, illegal re-entrants — individuals who returned to the United States after being previously removed by ICE — and immigration fugitives. In fiscal year 2014, 98 percent of ICE removals met these priorities.