A Texas City man is suing two Pearland residents, asserting they conspired to steal his vehicle while he was jailed.

Rubin Salas filed a lawsuit against Virginia McKnight and Earl Shaw Dec. 29, 2017, in the Galveston County Court at Law No. 3, stating he signed documents giving McKnight power of attorney over his affairs while he was incarcerated in October 2017.

Salas had purchased a 2006 Coachmen Mirada RV Oct. 18, 2017, and had been jailed on a probation violation before actually taking possession of the vehicle, according to the complaint.

After receiving power of attorney, McKnight took the vehicle back to Pearland, the lawsuit asserts.

Salas then got out of jail and asked for his RV back, but McKnight refused, according to the complaint.

McKnight had titled the vehicle in her name, according to the lawsuit.

Salas seeks about $25,000 in damages plus attorney fees, court records show.

The defendants have yet to file a response to Salas’ petition.


A Baytown man, who was included in a lawsuit that a Galveston County woman filed against a popular Texas City drinking establishment, is arguing he was named in the case by accident.

John Phelps filed an answer Monday in the 212th District Court asserting he was included in the case by mistake and that he should be excused.

The answer was in response to a lawsuit Kefflin Phillips filed against Phelps, doing business as Shakky’s Ice House, and Datra LaMonte Sanders, stating she broke her leg and suffered other injuries when a security guard at the bar picked her up and threw her out of the building.

Phelps does not operate the bar, but only owns and leases out the property, according to Monday’s answer.

Phillips was visiting the Texas City bar May 12, 2017, when she encountered her aunt with whom she had a strained relationship, according to the lawsuit.

The aunt started pushing Phillips and put her in a headlock, according to the lawsuit.

A bouncer then told the two to leave the building, but allowed Phillips to grab her shoe, according to the lawsuit.

While she was picking up her shoe, the security guard picked up Phillips and raised her over his head and threw her out of the bar into the parking lot, according to the complaint.

Phillips’ leg was broken, she suffered back injuries and walks with a limp because of the incident, the lawsuit asserts.

Phillips is seeking more than $1 million in relief, court records show.


An industrial rental company is suing a Hitchcock man and his welding company over what it asserts is more than $50,000 in unpaid invoices.

Sunbelt Rentals filed a lawsuit Jan. 9 in the 10th District Court against Christopher Gray and American Welding Services Corp.

AWS Corp. is a construction and marine repair company, according to its website.

Sunbelt Rentals reached an agreement with the Hitchcock company in 2013 to supply rental equipment, the complaint asserts.

The Hitchcock business rented equipment in August 2016 through January 2017, but has not paid about $53,000, despite receiving multiple invoices, according to the lawsuit.

The defendant has not yet responded to the case, court records show.


A former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, which includes Galveston, died last week.

Donald DeGabrielle Jr died Jan. 22, officials said. He was 64.

DeGabrielle was the 21st presidentially appointed U.S. Attorney for the district, serving from 2006 to 2008, officials said.


One trial is set for Galveston County courts this week, Assistant Criminal District Attorney Bill Reed, the felony division chief, said.

Judge Lonnie Cox of the 56th District Court will host a jury to hear evidence on a charge of continuous sex abuse of a child under 14 against Juan Theo Vega, 28, of League City.

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

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