A Galveston County woman is suing a popular Texas City drinking establishment, asserting her leg was broken and she suffered other injuries when a security guard picked her up and threw her out of the building.

Kefflin Phillips filed the lawsuit against John Phelps, doing business as Shakky’s Ice House, and Datra LaMonte Sanders in the 212th District Court.

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

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

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

While she was picking up her shoe, Sanders, who was working as a 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.

The defendants have not yet been served in the lawsuit, court records show.


A former dishwasher at Olympia Grill at Pier 21 is suing the restaurant, asserting he was inappropriately fired after being injured on the job.

Ronald Jackson filed the lawsuit against Olympia Grill in Galveston County Court at Law No. 1, asserting he injured his hand in June 2017 when a glass shattered while he was emptying the dishwasher.

The injury required surgery, the lawsuit asserts.

Jackson seeks between $200,000 and $1 million in damages, according to court documents.

The defendant filed an answer to the complaint generally denying the claims, court documents show.



Federal officials early Monday swore in a new U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas to assume a post vacant since 46 of the presidential appointees across the nation were asked to resign.

The Southern District of Texas spans from Houston and Galveston all the way to Laredo.

The new U.S. Attorney, Ryan Patrick, began his duties immediately after a short swearing-in ceremony early Monday, officials said.

Federal officials had been searching for a full-time leader of the district since former U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson resigned in March 2017 after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions requested the resignations of 46 U.S. attorneys that remained from the Barack Obama presidency.

President Donald Trump nominated Patrick to replace Magidson Nov. 2, 2017, and the senate confirmed the appointment Dec. 20, 2017, officials said.

It has been customary for U.S. attorneys to resign their offices with the arrival of a new president, but those resignations have typically been staggered.

Magidson’s former first assistant U.S. attorney Abe Martinez had been serving as the acting U.S. attorney before Patrick’s appointment.

Patrick began his law career as an assistant district attorney in Harris County, officials said.

Then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry appointed Patrick to be a judge of the 177th District Court, beginning in 2012, officials said.


Galveston County courts will host juries to hear trials this week in five separate cases, Assistant Criminal District Attorney Bill Reed, the felony division chief, said.

The 212th District Court will host a jury to hear evidence against Dominic Talies Potter, 39, on a charge of escape while confined for a felony, Reed said. Law enforcement officials captured Potter December 2016 in Madisonville, where he had made it after escaping from the Galveston County jail. Madisonville is about 150 miles north of Galveston.

The 56th District Court will host a jury to hear evidence against Gwendolyn Brown Bailey, 75, on a charge of murder.

The 10th District Court will host a jury to hear evidence against Edward Dean Gomez, 53, on a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle.

The 122nd District Court will host a jury to hear evidence against Brian Anthony Cheek, 43, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

The 405th District Court will host a jury in a trial, but hadn’t by deadline Monday determined which case would be tried, Reed said.

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

(1) comment

Diane Turski

As I recall, Ryan Patrick is Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's son.

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