A Harris County woman is suing a Galveston vacation resort group and the owner of a dog, asserting that her 2017 vacation went wrong when she was attacked and bitten.

Lilia Garcia-Sharp sued Debbie Edward Kyles, owner of the dog, and Orange Lake Holdings, also known as Holiday Inn’s Silverleaf Seaside Resort, Feb. 8 in the 212th District Court.

It was not immediately apparent whether the suit was aimed against Silver Leaf Resorts or the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Galveston Seaside Resort.

Garcia-Sharp was visiting the island in May 2017 and staying at the resort when she was attacked by a dog on a stairwell, the lawsuit asserts.

Kyles was walking her dog, Tiger, and as the two were coming up the stairwell, Tiger lunged and bit Garcia-Sharp’s ankle, according to the complaint.

The resort is negligent for allowing dogs to roam the grounds, the lawsuit asserts.

The lawsuit was filed after two highly publicized instances of dog attacks in Galveston County.

A Port of Galveston police officer Feb. 6 shot and killed a dog after witnessing it attacking another dog on a League City street, police said.

A woman in late January also suffered severe injuries when she was attacked by a dog at an island apartment complex, police said.

Garcia-Sharp’s lawsuit seeks less than $500,000 in damages.

The defendants have not yet responded to the complaint, court records show.


Hitchcock Independent School District is suing an international adjuster service, contending the company didn’t properly inspect the damage from a 2013 hailstorm.

Because of that failure, the district hasn’t been properly compensated for its insurance policy, according to the lawsuit.

Hitchcock school district officials filed suit Wednesday in the 405th District Court against Crawford Global Technical Services and one of the company’s adjusters, Robert Darden, court records show.

The school district had an insurance policy through the Texas Association of Public Schools Property and Liability Fund that covered all buildings and structures it owned, according to the lawsuit.

A hailstorm struck the region in April 2013 that produced stones more than an inch in diameter and damaged many of the district’s properties, according to the complaint.

District officials filed a claim shortly after the storm, but the adjusting firm didn’t properly inspect the damage, the complaint asserts.

The attorney representing the school district, Shaun Hodge, is not new to representing public entities against insurance agencies.

Hodge is also representing the cities of La Marque, Dickinson and Santa Fe and the school districts of Texas City, Dickinson, Santa Fe and the College of the Mainland as they seek insurance payments for Hurricane Ike damage from the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

The complaint does not indicate how much Hitchcock is seeking in damages.

The defendants have not yet responded to the lawsuit, records show.


A Lufkin company is suing a Beaumont company, asserting it owes more than $131,700 for work on a proposed RV park in Bacliff.

Ultra Lane filed the complaint Thursday in the 56th District Court against Starship Conroe, arguing it had been working on a proposed RV site in Bacliff.

But Starship Conroe failed to pay about $131,700 in invoices stemming from the work, which included sewer work, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit seeks $131,700 for late payments and about $40,000 in attorney’s fees.

The defendants have not yet responded to the suit, court records show.


A League City couple is suing a homebuilding group over defects they say they found in their home.

William Johnson and Amanda Johnson filed a lawsuit Jan. 29 in the 122nd District Court against Taylor Morrison of Texas and Taylor Woodrow Communities — League City, seeking between $200,000 and $1 million.

The couple purchased a house from the defendants in March 2016 in League City, according to the lawsuit.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning defects led to increased humidity in the house and leaks and mold has grown in the residence, according to the lawsuit.

“The home will require extensive remediation and plaintiffs’ contents must be repaired or replaced as necessary,” the complaint asserts.

The defendants have not yet responded to the complaint, records show.

Trial schedule

No juries are hearing cases in Galveston County courts this week.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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