Harris County Sheriff’s Office

Suspect Arrested in Shooting of Katy Nail Salon Owner

By George Slaughter Authorities have arrested and charged a woman in connection to a shooting of a Katy nail salon owner shot over the Memorial Day weekend. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said Joana Vara, 21, was arrested Thursday in the 7600 block of Fallbrook Drive. Vara’s sister, Quetzali Vara, 20, was arrested for evading after deputies were conducting a traffic stop on the vehicle she was in earlier that same evening. Vara was not […]

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Information on Aggravated Assault Suspect

Harris County Sheriff's Office is looking for information on this suspect (Harris County Sheriff's Office photo)

By George Slaughter The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman wanted in the connection of the shooting of a Katy-area nail salon owner. In a news release, investigators released two images from the phone of the suspect who they believe shot the store owner. Sheriff’s deputies were alerted Saturday to a shots fired call by witnesses to a business at 21945 Katy Freeway in far west Harris County. […]

Four Charged in Murder of Katy-Area Man

By George Slaughter The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has charged four people with murder following the shooting death of a Westminster Village subdivision resident. One of them, Joe Argueta, 19, is in custody. The other three are wanted: Margarito Alcantar, 29; Florinda Argueta, 39, and Luis Argueta, 45, according to an HCSO news release. At about 11:35 p.m. Monday, deputies and Cy-Fair EMS responded to a shooting in the 17100 block of Hilton Hollow Drive, […]

Sheriff’s Office Launches Virtual Deputy Program

By George Slaughter The public has a new option for submitting criminal mischief, lost property, or theft reports, thanks to a new program launched by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. The new Virtual Deputy program enables anyone with a webcam or a camera-equipped cell phone can submit a report directly to a deputy using video conferencing. The same restrictions for online reporting apply. A citizen can connect to a Virtual Deputy from 8 a.m. to […]

Off-Duty Veteran Sergeant Dies After Leading Funeral Procession

Sgt. Bruce Watson

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is saddened to report the passing of Sgt. Bruce Watson. The 20-year department veteran was fatally struck on his way home by a vehicle in Pearland near FM 2234 and Kingsley Drive. He had just finished an off-duty job leading a funeral procession. He succumbed to his injuries at Memorial Hermann Hospital. “Our entire Sheriff’s Office family is grieving the sudden loss of our long-time brother,” said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. […]

Veteran HCSO Deputy Dies from COVID-19

Deputy Johnny Tunches

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the death of Deputy Johnny Tunches, who died Tuesday after a courageous battle against COVID-19. He is the third Sheriff’s Office deputy to die after contracting COVID-19. Sergeant Raymond Scholwinski died on May 6 and Deputy Juan Menchaca died on June 13. Deputy Johnny Tunches, 56, had been hospitalized for almost a month after contracting COVID-19. He was a 29-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and […]