The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Ernest Leroy Smith, 46, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward up to $7,500 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Smith, who is a sexually violent predator, removed his ankle monitor on Thursday and fled from a Houston halfway house. He is wanted for parole violation and is considered at high risk to reoffend. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

Smith has ties to San Antonio and Paris, Texas. His criminal history includes aggravated sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child and escape. In 1997, Smith was sentenced to 20 years for the aggravated sexual assault of a 5-year-old boy in Lamar County. In December 2014, Smith was required to participate in the civil commitment program. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, please view his wanted bulletin at:

Smith is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 225 pounds. He has multiple tattoos, including a marijuana leaf; a chain surrounded by an anchor with the words “Jesus my anchor and guide” on his left forearm; “Peanut” and Tinker Bell on right arm; “Betty Lou” on his right hand; and others. Smith also has scars on his left arm, right ankle, right leg and abdomen.

Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, there are five different ways to provide anonymous tips:

Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
Text the letters DPS – followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.
Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture
Submit a Facebook tip at by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App. The app is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store: ( and for Android users on Google Play: (


Charges have been filed against a third suspect in the fatal shooting of a man at 5338 Darling about 6:10 p.m. on January 9, 2015. 

The suspect, Xavier Francis (b/m, 27), is charged with murder in the 209th State District Court.

One suspect, Darrian Haywood (b/m, 25), is charged with murder in the 208th State District Court and was arrested on March 20.  The other suspect, Curtis Friday Odigie (b/m, 21), also charged with murder, was arrested on February 21.  All three suspects are accused in the killing of Then Huynh, 32.

Photos of all three suspects are attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. A. Holbrook and Officer K. McDonald reported:

Mr. Huynh pulled up in front of his girlfriend’s condominium at the above address and began unloading groceries.  Witnesses then reported hearing screaming and a gunshot.  Huynh was found lying on the ground outside the residence.  He was then transported to Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Two suspects were seen fleeing the scene in a gray or teal Series 7 BMW.
Further investigation identified Francis as being a suspect in this case and on Thursday (August 27), a murder charge was filed.  Francis is currently in federal prison serving a sentence for an unrelated crime.


Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan working with the Texas Attorney General and City of Houston has obtained a temporary restraining order preventing a local convenience store from selling synthetic marijuana.


Ryan, the Texas Attorney General, and the City of Houston sued the store located at 2709 Broadway, after an investigation by the Houston Police Department’s Narcotics Division resulted in the purchase of a package of suspected synthetic marijuana—called Kush—on July 22. A subsequent inspection by HPD narcotics officers that same day found multiple packets of the same substance, as well as a hole in a back wall through which they suspect the clerk sold the product to customers outside the building. The clerk admitted selling 50 to 75 packages of Kush every day.


Tests performed at the Houston Forensic Science Center on sample packets collected by the police officers found they contained Schedule I controlled substances, considered the most dangerous drugs. Under state and federal law, it is a crime to possess or distribute Schedule I drugs.


The temporary restraining order was issued by 151st State District Court Judge Michael Landrum on Wednesday.


The lawsuit claims that the defendants are violating the federal Deceptive Trade Practices Act because the packages were labeled “safe” and that the store is a “common nuisance” because of the illegal drugs sold there.


Synthetic marijuana is a designer drug, often manufactured overseas, that is marketed as a “safe” and “legal” alternative to marijuana. Synthetic marijuana is not marijuana at all but a dried leafy substance that is sprayed with powerful, added-in hallucinogenic chemicals that are dangerous and highly addictive to the user. The added chemicals are intended to mimic the biological effects of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.


While the product may be labeled “not for human consumption,” that is exactly how it is intended to be used. Ingesting these substances can cause paranoia, psychotic episodes, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts. Persons who have ingested Kush have become violent and have suffered paralysis, brain damage, heart attacks and even death.


The next hearing on this lawsuit will be at 1:30 p.m. on September 3 in the 151st Court.



The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) Board of Directors today announced approval of a new contract between METRO and the Transport Workers Union of America Local 260 and the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, which represent the majority of METRO’s bus and rail operators and mechanics.

The three-year pact provides wage increases, enhanced health care contributions, and revisions regarding qualifications and appointment of trustees to the employee health and welfare trust. The agreement was ratified by almost 90 percent of union members who voted.

METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia said, “I think this is a wonderful outcome. Ultimately we did the right thing and I feel great about it.”

METRO President & CEO Tom Lambert said he was very pleased with the ratification. “This is the first time in 10 years  that we have been able to reach  agreement on a new pact without an impasse or arbitration.”   

“The Transport Workers Union of America and TWU Local 260 reached an agreement after months of negotiations. We are pleased with the contract that was overwhelmingly ratified by the membership. TWU and Local 260 reached the agreement with Houston METRO with no give- backs,” said John Bland, Administrative Vice President of the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO.

The new contract includes:

A 2.25 percent wage increase retroactive to Aug.1, 2015.A 3 percent wage increase for each of the following two years.A hike in METRO’s monthly contribution to the Transport Workers – METRO Health and Welfare Trust to $1035 per eligible employee and retiree retroactive to Aug.1, 2015.Additional increases in METRO’s monthly contribution to the Transport Workers – METRO Health and Welfare Trust to $1,071 per eligible employee and retiree in 2016, and to $1,109 in 2017.Modifications to provisions reflecting that all trustees of the METRO Health and Welfare Trust will be appointed by the Union.



An online petition has been created and may be signed with the following link:



A shooting on live television has left a reporter and a cameraman dead, according to their news station.

Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed during a live news segment this morning in Moneta, Virginia, according to their station WDBJ.

The Franklin County sheriff confirmed that it is considered an active shooter and the suspect, who is believed to be male, is not in custody at this time.

The active shooter was reported at 6:45 a.m. and now schools in the surrounding area have been placed on lock down, according to a Facebook post on the Bedford County Public Schools.

The shooting itself took place at Bridgewater Plaza, a recreational facility with shops, restaurants, a mini golf course and boat rentals.

On Monday 8/24/2015 shortly after 10:00 a.m. Liberty Police responded to a local apartment complex in reference to possible abandon children. Upon arrival officers determined that there was two small children crying and screaming from an upstairs apartment balcony. Officers attempted to make contact with the parent of the children by knocking on the door. After a short few minutes officers made forced entry into the apartment and found the two young children alone on the balcony in the direct sunlight. The children had obviously been there for a while.

Officers summoned the City of Liberty EMS to the scene to check the children’s welfare. The mother of the children was found by officers in the back room of the apartment passed out from apparent synthetic drug use. The children after being checked by EMS were turned over to Child Protective Service. The mother identified as Casey Trine age 21 with a Liberty address was arrested at the scene and charged with Abandon/Endanger Child Imminent Danger of Bodily Injury which is a 2nd degree Felony.

Ms. Trine remains in Liberty County Jail where bond was set by Judge Stephen Hebert at $50,000.

Two area residents have been ordered to federal prison for their participation in a scheme to obtain tax refunds in the names of others, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Carey Jermaine Johnson aka Jermaine Johnson, 38, of Houston, and Tarmera Renee Wyckoff aka Toni Wyckoff, 39 of Richmond, had each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to make false claims to the IRS and making a false claim to the IRS.

Today, U.S. District Judge Gray Miller ordered Johnson to serve 28 months in prison, while Wyckoff will serve a 41-month-term. Johnson and Wyckoff were further ordered to pay $705,323 and $472,591.37 in restitution, respectively. A third defendant – Cheryl Reed Johnson aka Shawnee Reed and Cheryl Reed, 38, of Humble, is set for sentencing on Sept. 10, 2015.

The scheme for which all were convicted involved the electronic submission of federal tax returns in the names of numerous individuals, each of which falsely claimed tax credits that resulted in a refund. The defendants directed most of those refunds into their bank accounts or those of their co-conspirators. The co-conspirators claimed more than $2,261,000 in false first time home buyer credits on the 2008 returns filed with the IRS. Those fraudulent claims resulted in the defendants and their co-conspirators claiming more than $2,329,000 in fraudulent refunds.

Carey Johnson was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. Wyckoff and Cheryl Johnson will remain in custody.

This investigation was conducted by IRS-Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Annis is prosecuting the case.



Two San Jacinto County residents racked up five felony charges each, in less than half an hour Saturday. Around 7:30 p.m., a local resident contacted a Montgomery County Pct. 4 Deputy Constable in reference to five children inside a vehicle that was parked without the engine running in front of the Walgreens on FM 1314 in Porter. The concerned citizen said the keys were in the ignition and an open alcoholic beverage was visible inside the vehicle. He also said the children were sweating profusely and very red, having been inside the hot vehicle for an estimated 20 to 30 minutes, and no adult had been seen checking on them during that time.

The deputy went to the location and saw the children just as the concerned citizen described them. Their ages were 1, 2, 5, 8, and 10 years old. One of the children told the deputy their parents were in the store. He then went inside and found the parents, Michael Bledsoe and Kimberly Cazalas.
Medics were called to check out the children and determined they were healthy. They were released to the care of a grandparent.
A review of the store’s surveillance video showed the children were left in the hot car for approximately 20 minutes, and neither parent walked out of the store to check on them during that time.

Bledsoe said he knew they made a mistake leaving the children in the vehicle, and said he was also aware the keys were left in the car. Cazalas tried to take responsibility for the incident alone and said she should be the one arrested.
Bledsoe was a parolee.

Michael Alann Bledsoe, 25, of Coldspring is charged with five counts of second-degree felony Abandon / Endangering Child with imminent danger of death, bodily injury, physical or mental impairment.

Kimberly Ann Cazalas, 29, of Cleveland is charged with five counts of second-degree felony Abandon / Endangering Child with imminent danger of death, bodily injury, physical or mental impairment.


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Press Release: On Tuesday August 25, 2015 at 4:27p.m., thousands of Prairie View students will join with the family and friends of Sandra Bland in a “Walk of Solidarity” to the City of Prairie View’s City Hall, where the council will vote on a measure to rename the main thoroughfare leading to Prairie View A&M University, Sandy Bland Parkway.

If the measure is adopted, the Prairie View community will make a powerful statement that #blacklivesmatter as they honor a young Black, unemployed female graduate of Prairie View, who died in a Waller County jail, under mysterious circumstances.

The “walk” will depart from the Memorial Student Center on the campus of Prairie View A&M University
and proceed south (one mile) on University Drive to Business Highway U. S. 290 east, (1/4 mile) to the
Prairie View City Hall.

The council action is the first item on the mayor’s agenda. The council meeting is called to order at

For more information please contact DeWayne Charleston 573-356-9872; Hai Bui 281-330-4351;
Cynthia Cole 713-540-0706; for radio interviews call Michael Moore 832-723-7156