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Yahoo News: Jermell Charlo made boxing history after an eighth-round knockout of John Jackson to join his twin brother as a reigning world champion in the super-welterweight division.

Charlo’s successful bid for the vacant World Boxing Council crown in the 154-pound (69.8kg) category marked the first time twin siblings have owned world titles at the same weight.

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The Charlo twins on Isiah Factor in 2014!

Roughly an hour after Jermell’s title triumph, brother Jermall Charlo successfully defended his International Boxing Federation crown with a hard-fought unanimous decision over Austin Trout in the same ring.

The 26-year-old Jermell Charlo was trailing on all three judges scorecards after the first seven rounds against the skillful Jackson, but unleashed a brutal series of punches to score a knockout in the eighth round.

Charlo, who had caught Jackson flush on the chin with a left hook in the fifth round, connected with another stinging blow to his opponent’s head early in the eighth round.

A stunned Jackson appeared dazed by the shot, and turned away from Charlo, who moved in for the kill, sending his opponent crashing into the ropes with two left hooks to the head.

Referee Tony Weeks halted the fight to prevent Jackson suffering further punishment.

“It’s history, we did it,” a delighted Charlo said. “I’m waiting on my brother next,” added Charlo, who improved to 28-0 with 13 knockouts.

After retiring to the dressing room, Jermell then reappeared at ringside to watch his brother’s attritional 12-round battle with the durable Trout.

Jermall eventually prevailed in a hard-fought encounter, with two judges scoring it 116-112 and a third 115-113 for a unanimous victory.

The Charlo brothers embraced in the ring after a triumphant night.

“It wasn’t a struggle, it was an experience,” Jermall Charlo told an interviewer.

“I want to thank God for allowing me and my twin brother to see this day, baby. History, baby. It feels good.”

Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 knockouts) said he hoped his family’s dominance of the division would lead to bigger fights.

“It feels good because I knew my brother would get the job done, and we belong at this level,” Jermall said.

“And for us to get the attention that we need, we need these titles and we need to keep these titles.”

A downcast Trout, meanwhile, was disappointed that he had not impressed the judges. All three of his defeats have now come via unanimous decision.

“He fought a hell of a fight, but I felt I did enough to win,” Trout said.

“But you know what? They ain’t never going to give me a close decision. It’s time to start putting these cats out, man.”

In the third world title-fight on Saturday’s card, Cuban-born American Erislandy Lara defended his World Boxing Association super welterweight title with a unanimous decision over Vanes Martirosyan.

Lara had fought to a controversial draw against Martirosyan in 2012, but fared better against the American-Armenian from Los Angeles in another gritty contest.

Lara, who improved to 23-2-2 with 13 knockouts, won by a margin of 115-112 on one card while two other judges scored it 116-111.

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Nearly 10,000 high school seniors from across the Houston Independent School District will receive their diploma at graduation ceremonies held this week for the Class of 2016.

The district’s first graduation ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 24 for the Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner as keynote speaker. The school will graduate its second class of seniors this year with 11 students. The 6th through 12thgrade campus is one of two single-sex academies established by HISD in 2011. The ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Kingdom Builders Center, 6011 West Orem Dr.

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Additional graduation ceremonies will take place around the city between Friday, May 27 and Sunday, May 29 at various locations, primarily at the Barnett Fieldhouse, Butler Fieldhouse, NRG Stadium, Texas Southern University campus, and Williams Pavilion.

“The Class of 2016 is ready for the world!” said HISD Board of Education President Manuel Rodriguez Jr. “I’m very proud of all of our seniors. They are truly global graduates, having proven they are responsible decision makers and critical thinkers in order to reach this major milestone in their lives. I’m confident that the skills they have learned in HISD will serve them well on whatever path they choose in life. Their future is now in their own capable hands.”

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HISD’s Class of 2016 have been accepted to state colleges as well as top-tier colleges and universities across the country. To date, the entire senior class has racked up more than $275 million worth of scholarships and financial aid awards.

Nearly 100 of these students will graduate at the top of their class as high school valedictorians and salutatorians. The number of HISD students graduating high school with associate degrees has risen steadily since 2010 to a total of 452 this year, 140 more than last year. Several students also will graduate with industry certifications in high-demand technical fields.

“We have prepared every single one of these students to achieve their highest potential whether they choose to continue their studies in college or launch right into their career,” said HISD Interim Superintendent Ken Huewitt who plans to attend graduation ceremonies at Chavez, East Early College, Washington, Westside, and Yates high schools. “Each one of them are one step closer to their dreams. I’m excited about what their future will bring.”

To learn more about the students from HISD’s Class of 2016, follow the hashtag #Ready4TheWorld on social media and visit HoustonISD.org/2016scholars. To view the district’s high school graduation calendar, visit HoustonISD.org/graduationcalendar.

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Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Division is seeking the public’s help for any information on the murder of a local man.

On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at approximately 2:00 a.m., deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a sports bar, located in the 14900 block of Hwy 249, in reference to a shooting.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they learned that the victim, Dominique Johnson, was shot at the sports bar and driven away from the scene by his friends.

Deputies received a second call from a residence, located in the 5800 block of Wickover.

When deputies and EMS arrived, they located complainant Johnson lying in the street, outside his friend’s car.

Complainant Johnson was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A photo of Johnson is attached.

Any person with information on this murder are encouraged to call the HCSO Homicide Unit at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org.

Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637) or via our mobile app (Crime Stoppers Houston). All tipsters remain anonymous.

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A 66-year-old former ex-vice president of the Houston Police Federal Credit Union has been ordered to federal prison for embezzlement that occurred for approximately 18 years, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Cheryl Vickers was charged in a criminal information that was filed Dec. 7, 2015. She pleaded guilty Jan. 20, 2016.

Today, U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon ordered Vickers to serve 41 months in prison and to pay $1,247,785 in restitution to the Houston Police Federal Credit Union. Prior to today’s sentencing, Vickers made a lump sum payment of $949,148 into the registry of the court to be applied toward the restitution owed.

At the time of her plea, she admitted that between January 1997 and February 2015 she embezzled at least $1,247,785 from the Houston Police Federal Credit Union while employed there as vice-president of accounting.
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The embezzlement was ultimately discovered following her retirement in February 2015. At that time, a credit union customer brought in a “stale” check to have it re-issued. A “stale” check is an old check that has been issued by the credit union but never cashed. When credit union records showed that Vickers had already reissued the stale check, the credit union conducted an audit of Vickers’ banking activity.

The audit revealed that from January 1997 until her retirement, Vickers had embezzled at least $1,247,785 by various means, including, but not limited to, re-issuing stale checks. The credit union maintained a ledger of its stale checks which showed that Vickers reissued stale checks to credit card companies to pay her personal credit card bills. This included a Feb. 4, 2015, reissued stale check in the amount of $7,800 to pay her Chase Bank credit card bill. Some of the reissued checks even had her credit card number hand-written on them.

Vickers admitted that while employed at the Houston Police Federal Credit Union, she took credit union money without authorization or permission.

She was permitted to remain on bond pending her surrender to federal prison.

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The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has accepted criminal charges against a Sharpstown High School tutor following an HISD Police investigation into reports that he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Aldo Leiva, 51, is facing a felony charge of sexual performance by a child and possession of child pornography. A criminal warrant was issued Friday, and he is expected to soon be taken into custody.

The allegations of inappropriate conduct were first reported in February. School administrators immediately notified HISD Police.  Mr. Leiva resigned when he was made aware of the allegations.

HISD Police conducted a thorough investigation and presented the findings to the District Attorney’s Office. The charges were accepted and a warrant was issued Friday.

HISD takes situations such as this very seriously, as the safety of students is always the district’s top priority.

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The Factor has learned the Fort Bend County District Attorney has filed papers to have charges dropoed against a 14 year old high school student.

You may remember Alec Hunter said he found what turned out to be a fake $10 bill at school and he tried to use it to buy lunch.

Despite Alec not knowing the money was a counterfeit he was charged with forgery by the juvenile justice system.

Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey tells the Factor the evidence was not sufficient to move forward with a case against the high school student.

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Looks like Che Calhoun will be released after charges were dropped this morning. Prosecutors say the Michigan native is not the person who stabbed 11 year old Josue’ Flores to death earlier this week in north Houston… now it’s time to find the real killer.

HPD has a press conference scheduled for 11:30 this morning to address the issue.

Calhoun’s comon law wife told Fox 26 news by phone Thursday he would never commit such a crime. Quiana Ruff says he’s the father of five children and would not even spank them.

Keep watching for details!

From HPD:

At 11:30 a.m. TODAY (Friday, May 20), an investigator in the Houston Police Homicide Division will be available to answer questions in the dismissing of charges against a suspect arrested in the fatal stabbing of an 11-year-old boy at 1900 Fulton on Tuesday.

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Daily News: Getting the story is always priority No. 1, but a Phoenix TV reporter seems to have forgotten about No. 2 until it was too late.

Jonathan Lowe, a reporter for KPHO, was arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly defecating on a front lawn near the subject of his story’s home.

The 33-year-old was seen by a neighbor as he picked up papers from the street before leaning against the wall of a house and relieving himself, according to a Goodyear police report obtained by his station.

An officer tasked with the job of tracking Lowe down said the suspect admitted to using the yard as an impromptu latrine.

“I know what you want to talk to me about. I’ve been feeling very sick and I’ve been stuck in this van all day,” he said, according to the report.

A police report narrative showed Lowe telling an officer that he had been feeling sick.

“Those people who called on me just wanted to start problems.”

The woman who made the call about Lowe heeding nature’s call said that he could have used her bathroom if he had knocked on her door.

Lowe was arrested for public defecation, and now faces a fine of $2,500 or six months in jail for the misdemeanor, according to the Phoenix New Times.

KPHO news director Dan Wilson told the Times Wednesday that Lowe was still employed, though the channel’s Thursday night write-up of their colleague’s legal troubles called him a “former KPHO/KTVK reporter.”

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Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man found at 6320 Fairdale Lane about 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday (May 17). 

The suspect, Veronica Erin Staley (w/f, 34), is charged with murder in the 351st State District Court.  She is accused in the killing of Aljosa Memovic, 30, of Houston.  Mr. Memovic suffered multiple gunshot wounds and lacerations and was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital.  A photo of Staley is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants M. Brady, J. Burton and Officer B. Roberts reported: 

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting at the above address and found Mr. Memovic lying in the parking lot.  He was then transported by HFD paramedics to the hospital.  According to witnesses, Memovic was walking through the parking lot when he was assaulted and shot by a female wearing pink workout clothes.  The female then fled the scene in a black Hyundai Genesis. 

Further investigation determined the female and Memovic had a previous dating relationship and it is believed a meeting had been arranged between the two.  Surveillance video of the suspect was then released to local media. 

Early this morning (May 18), relatives of the suspect contacted authorities and identified the person in the surveillance video as Veronica Staley.  She was taken into custody without incident at the relatives’ residence in northwest Houston.  Investigators also recovered the Hyundai Genesis and the gun believed to have been used in the incident.  Staley provided a statement to investigators regarding her involvement in Memovic’s death and was subsequently charged.

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) in partnership with Clear Channel Outdoor will launch its countdown to the 2016 hurricane season via digital billboards. These public service announcements are part of HCOHSEM’s annual preparedness campaign urging residents to get ready for the upcoming hurricane season which starts on June 1st. A total of eight digital billboards will display the actual countdown to the start of hurricane season. In addition, five traditional billboards will also display preparedness messages throughout hurricane season in Harris County. Clear Channel Outdoor is providing the billboards at no charge to the county. Planning ahead can help you protect yourself, your family, and your property before disaster strikes. Get hurricane preparedness tips and sign up for emergency alerts for Harris County at www.readyharris.org.

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Bryan Klevens

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Hats off to Bryan Klevens who is the owner of Prison Break Tattoos in Houston.

The business owner, who’s also a Houston police officer, decided to give back to the first responders in our community by hosting a free lunch for those who put their lives on the line.

The luncheon was held at Max’s Wine Dive on Washington Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

Klevens forked over the cash for more than 200 police and firefighters to eat.

Way to go Bryan!