HOUSTON - Here is a quick roundup of the top-clicked stories, both local and national, on KHOU.com for the week of Oct. 16.
1. REMEMBERING BOB ALLEN
The Houston television news community is dealing with a very tough loss. Former KHOU and KTRK sports director Bob Allen died at the age of 70 after a battle with cancer. He covered Houston sports for more than four decades. KHOU 11’s Matt Musil worked with Bob and spoke with others who knew Bob best. Tap here for the full story.
2. TWO KLEIN COLLINS H.S. STUDENTS GO MISSING
Two Klein Collins High School students who went missing Monday were found safe Tuesday evening, according to officials. Klein ISD officials say 15-year-old Alyssa Schaefer's uncle found her and a 16-year-old male student, identified by law enforcement as Noah Lewis, on Tuesday. Schaefer's mom said the two were hanging out in the woods in nearby Hanover Forest. Tap here for the full story.
3. MICHELLE WEARS ROSE GOLD FOR FINAL STATE DINNER
The first lady kicked off the Obamas' final state dinner decked in gold. Michelle Obama donned a stunning rose gold off-the-shoulder Atelier Versace gown to welcome Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini, Tuesday night. Tap here for the story.
4. CATTLE TRUCK OVERTURNS ON CROSBY FREEWAY
A cattle truck overturned on the Crosby Freeway early Tuesday. Officials say there were more than 120 head of cattle inside the truck. Views from Air 11 showed rescuers cutting into the back of the wrecked big rig to open the doors. Several cattle made their way out on their own while others had to be pulled out into a pen set up alongside the freeway. Most the cattle survived, but some died or had to be put down. Tap here to read more.
5. JUDGE: ‘I MADE A DECISION THAT HAD THE MOST TRAGIC RESULT POSSIBLE’
More than a week after the controversial death of Laura Russell, Jefferson County Indiana Superior Judge Michael Hensley released a statement in explaining his decision as it relates to the incident. In a statement delivered to the Madison Courier on Monday, Hensley said, “I made what I thought to be the correct legal decision. Obviously, I made a decision that had the most tragic result possible.” Tap here to read more.
6. SNAKE EMERGES DURING RUSH HOUR
Imagine driving down the highway and having a snake slither up your windshield! A Dunedin man says it turned out to be near 6-foot snake hiding under his hood. Tim Mokwa grew up in Florida around plenty of snakes, but says even he was surprised when the reptile emerged right in front of his face. Tap here for more.
7. TEEN ACCUSED OF MURDERING GRANDPARENTS AT CHAMBERS CO. HOME
What the 14-year-old grandson of Sandra and Chester Bienek is accused of giving them in return is unconscionable. Chambers County Sheriff’s Office detectives said the teen not only killed his grandparents in their sleep but then potentially went on to live the bodies for days inside the waterfront home in Beach City. According to investigators, the boy tried to impersonate his dead grandfather when his concerned principal began asking questions. Tap here to read more.
8. MOM WORRIED MAN TRIED TO KIDNAP BABY AT STORE
A Fort Bend County mother fears a man tried to kidnap her baby at a grocery store this weekend. It was caught on security camera video, and now Houston Police are investigating. A stranger came by, spoke to her baby, then walked away. Monauer turned to look at an item on the shelf. A moment later, she heard the baby shopping cart cover move, she looked up and saw the man pulling her 14-month-old out of the cart. Tap here for more.
9. U.S. SOLDIER WOUNDED IN HOUSTON ROAD RAGE SHOOTING
A 20-year-old U.S. Army soldier, willing to put his life on the line for our country, is targeted in a vicious attack during a two week visit back home to Houston. Luis Diaz was shot Sunday night around 11 p.m. in the 13700 block of South Post Oak Road. Police said the violent attack appears to be result of a road rage confrontation. Tap here to read more.
10. HOUSTON 911 OPERATOR ACCUSED OF HANGING UP ON CALLERS
The fallout continued Monday after a Houston 911 operator was accused of hanging up on hundreds of people calling to report an emergency. City officials announced that Crenshanda Williams' manager and supervisor have been put on probation for a year. The Houston Emergency Center is also changing the way it monitors call takers with a high number of short calls. Tap here to read more.
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