KPRC 2 Investigates years-long HOA debate over security guard gate
From the Woodlands to way down south in Pearland, new subdivisions and communities are popping up all over our area. But before you buy into a new neighborhood, you should read this story. One northeast Houston homeowner called our Investigates team when the plan she said was sold to her never materialized.
KPRC 2 Undercover Investigation Update: Job training scam still operating after being ordered to stop
Our team first exposed a Houston business charging job seekers for fake forklift training. The Texas attorney general seized their assets and ordered them to stop operating. But our team has learned people are still losing money and the man at the center of the investigation is dodging authorities and our cameras.
Grave mystery: Officials seek answers after casket found buried on woman’s property in Crosby
It was a defining moment Tuesday morning when, using ground penetration radar, Texas EquuSearch uncovered the first hard evidence of something buried below the surface of the ground on a piece of land in Crosby that one woman purchased for her family.
KPRC 2 Investigates update: Huge mail theft issue in Houston area sparks new investigation team
Mail theft has become so rampant in Houston. The United States Postal Inspection Service has created a Houston mail theft jump team to investigate and try to stop the theft of mail and robberies of mail carriers. Our KPRC 2 Investigates team first exposed this problem back in May and has new numbers on the troubling crime.
Investigates: Emails show city council relations director, William Paul Thomas, had close communication with private businessman
City of Houston leaders are calling for an outside investigation into the actions of a now former city director, William Paul Thomas, after KPRC 2 Investigates uncovered emails showing negotiations in favor of a private businessman.
KPRC 2 Investigates surprise phone number switch
These days, wherever you go you can take your phone number with you, even if you switch phone carriers. It’s pretty common and an easy way to keep up with old contacts. That’s why a Cypress man was shocked when his phone company disconnected his number and reassigned it to someone else. The number is essential for his business. He called our KPRC 2 Investigates team for help.
Emails show a top city of Houston director had history of working outside of City Hall in favor of airport businessman
The liaison officer between Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office and City Council, who pled guilty to a federal conspiracy charge involving cash bribes from a bar owner, appears to have previously worked to help other private businesses on deals against the best interest of the City of Houston, according to emails obtained by KPRC 2 Investigates.
KPRC 2 Investigates: Fake employer on Indeed steals thousands from job applicant
Searching for a job can be stressful. Just when one woman thought she nailed her interview, she realized her new potential employer was actually a thief. She contacted KPRC 2 Investigates when she discovered the fraudster stole thousands of dollars from her online.
KPRC 2 Investigates Ways 2 Save: 5 things you can do to save $816 a year on energy costs
Summer electric bills in Texas are no joke. Our air conditioners are working overtime to cool our homes and that is just one reason our bills have doubled, even tripled, these last few months. But there are some “ways 2 save.”
KPRC 2 Investigates missing money from a now-closed bank
Losing a jacket or your phone is frustrating and inconvenient but you can usually retrace your steps to find out where you left them. But one Houston man has hit a dead end trying to find money his mother invested in a certificate of deposit nearly 30 years ago. He asked our Investigates team for help.
KPRC 2 Investigates why your cell phone bill might be going up next month
Your phone bills - both cell service and landlines - may be going up next month, thanks to a fee increase passed by the Public Utility Commission in July. Many of you were emailing to ask about this, concerned about just how high your bills may go.
‘I got rid of the S.O.B.’: Hear from the man whose actions ended the Austin clock tower shooting rampage
There are generations of people living because of Ramiro Martinez. He is the man who took down the sniper shooting people from the clock tower in Austin 56 years ago. KPRC 2 Investigates spent well over an hour with Martinez, hearing his story of heroism.
Assisted living facility where HPD officer shot knife-wielding man having ‘mental crisis’ is not licensed, KPRC 2 Investigates finds
Graystone Life Care Assisted Living is a for-profit business entity that advertises on the internet that it is a “licensed facility.” But, KPRC 2 Investigates found out that the business is not licensed.
KPRC 2 Investigates: Woman shocked by $4,000 electricity bill
With our extreme heat air conditioners are working overtime to cool our homes and your bills are likely higher. We expect that in the summer but one Alvin woman called Amy when she got an electric bill for more than $4,000. Learn what our team discovered and what you need to know if this happens to you.
KPRC 2 Investigates: Internet customers wrongly charged for years, now getting refund
With rising inflation and interest rates, consumers are looking to save wherever possible. What some fail to realize is they have been paying extra for internet access. KPRC 2 Investigates discovered customers wrongly paying a certain sales tax for years and now, those customers will be getting a refund. What we uncovered will have you checking your bills a little closer.
KPRC 2 Investigates ways to save while shopping for scratch and dent appliances
As the price of everything goes up, you may be asking about ways to save. Our KPRC 2 team is finding ways to help your family save money. Today, we are looking into how to get lower prices on big-ticket appliances, and what you need to know about buying scratch and dent products.
KPRC 2 Investigates: Warning about fake Astros tickets
The Houston Astros start their series against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park this weekend. One Magnolia family hoped they would be there in person cheering on the Astros and celebrating their son’s 11th birthday, but their mom reached out to KPRC 2 with a buyer beware.
KPRC 2 Investigates: Your rights if you are bumped from a flight
The summer travel season is shaping up to be a messy one. Both overbooked and canceled flights have airlines feeling the heat. If an airline is overbooked, can they make you change your flight? What should you get if you volunteer to get off the flight? Our KPRC 2 Investigates team has what you need to know before you take your next flight.
Bettencourt: Uvalde classroom door unlocked during rampage; law enforcement didn’t try to see if it would open
On Monday, the state House committee investigating the response to the mass murders at Robb Elementary will hear testimony from responding law enforcement officers. It is the third day of testimony in Uvalde.
KPRC 2 Investigates: Possible solution to the fraudulent paper tag problem in Texas
We are revealing a possible solution to Texas’ fraudulent paper plate problem. KPRC 2 Investigates first exposed our state’s fraudulent paper tag system and the lax oversight of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles more than a year ago. Now, one local security expert is pitching a possible solution to the state.
KPRC 2 Investigates: Woman hit with toll road fines for vehicle sold years ago
The only thing more annoying than getting bills in the mail is getting a bill that you don’t owe. A Texas City woman contacted KPRC 2 Investigates team after she received toll road fines for a vehicle she doesn’t even own.
KPRC 2 Investigates: You may be giving others access to change your home thermostat
Smart thermostats make it easy for you to adjust the temperature in your home, even when you’re not there. But you may also be giving others access to change your settings at any time without notice. KPRC 2 Investigates looked into what you need to know about who can control your smart thermostat and when.
Judges, attorneys seek ways to alleviate court system back-up
HOUSTON The Texas Supreme Court recently ordered no jury trials or jury selections are to take place before Aug. 1, unless a plan is submitted and approved by the Office of Court Administration. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys agree the system cant handle much more of a back-up and they have got to find a way to get things moving. Thiessen said only 10 people are allowed in a courtroom at a time and that includes court staff. Thiessen and Musick both were quick to say the idea of trial participants wearing masks wont work. The back-up in the courts is also leading to an increase in the population at the Harris County jail.
Whats it like up in the skies right now? KPRC 2 Investigates shows you what social distancing is like while flying
While booking the first leg on United, we saw the promotion of social distancing by limiting or blocking the advance selection of middle seats. But had the flight been full, social distancing would not have been an option. When we landed in Austin, flight attendants asked us to exit one row at a time to keep our distance, but a few passengers ignored the request. An internal memo says flight attendants should approach the situation with empathy and respect. Southwests official policy says customers will be asked to wear masks when social distancing is not possible. Its an indication that perhaps bluer skies are ahead for an airline industry thats navigating through turbulent times.