Monthly Archives: March 2007

MORE THAN A DOZEN MURDERS SINCE LAST FRIDAY?

THE MURDER COUNT CONTINUES TO RISE!

Not including the Metro Bus shooting on Westheimer and Royal Oaks Wednesday that left one man dead in Houston – The Insite received another long list of murders from the Houston Police Department this week. Those murders occurred on Monday through Wednesday. I have to ask the question again what’s going on as of late in Houston? Lots of murders. This comes at a time when the city can claim good news like creating 1 in 22 jobs across the country. But that doesn’t counter all the murders. Between last Friday and Wednesday of this week there were more than a dozen murders in the Bayou City. What do you think is going on? Here is the latest list of murders and it doesn’t include Harris County:

#1
Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at 6405
West Bellfort about 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday (March 27).

The victim, Jose Saul Garcia, 26, of 6405 West Bellfort #108, suffered
a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

#2
Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in the
10400 block of Sandpiper Drive about 8:55 p.m. on Tuesday (Mar. 27).

The identity of the victim, 26, is being withheld pending notification
to family members by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s office.

#3
Houston police are investigating the death of an unknown male at 1118
Coldstream Road about 9:55 a.m. on Tuesday (Mar.27).

The identity of the victim is pending notification to family members by
the Harris County Medical Examiner’s office.

#4
Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at 3244
Reeves about 12:20 a.m. on Tuesday (March 27).

The victim, Kenneth Wayne Hickman, 22, of 3244 Reeves, suffered a
gunshot wound to the hip and was transported to Ben Taub General
Hospital where he later died.

#5
Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at 14519
Almeece about 1:35 a.m. today (March 28).

The victim, Lee Perry O’Neal, 56, of 14519 Almeece, suffered multiple
gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

#6
Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at 10201
Telephone Road about 9:20 p.m. on Monday (March 26).

The victim, 56, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to
Memorial Hermann Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His identity is
pending verification by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s office.

#7
Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at 10201
Telephone Road about 9:20 p.m. on Monday (March 26).

The victim, 56, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to
Memorial Hermann Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His identity is
pending verification by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s office.

LIFE IS UP AND DOWN FOR THE FORMER ARABIC ASSASSN!


HPD ROUGHED UP MY WIFE AND TREATED HER LIKE A MAN”

The Insite had a chance to talk with the rapper who became infamous under the name ‘Arabic Assassin’ and while his rap career isn’t going great he did tell me he recently got married. You’ll remember it was back in 2005 when I first broke his story. He was a baggage handler for the TSA at Bush Airport. And when management at the federal agency found out what the Assassin AKA Bassam Khalaf was rapping about he was fired. His lyrics included rifts about sexual assault of a young girl, terrorism and racism. He also used the “N” word a whole lot. But the Assassin says his latest problems are with the Houston Police Department. He claims while he and his wife were recently at a local nightclub they were ruffed up by HPD cops. AA says one cop allegedly called his wife a bi— and in his words they “picked her up like a man” and slammed her to the ground. Assassin tells The Insite he has filed a complaint with internal affairs and now he’s looking for an attorney to take his case!

LIKE AN OLD FASHIONED CHAIN GANG AT HARRIS COUNTY!

STRIPES ARE AT THE HARRIS COUNTY JAIL!



It doesn’t take much to get my attention and this proves it. I was at the Harris County Sheriff’s department on Wednesday when I noticed some inmates who appear to be trustees. But what was different about this group is all the inmates were wearing old fashioned jail stripes. Like in the old black and white movies. Except the stripes were a bright orange and white. Lt. John Martin says those detainees who get to travel outside the jail must wear the stripes. He says there are some hip hop magazines that actually sell clothes that look like jail wear. So this is Harris County’s way of making it clear these guys are jail detainees. He says the uniforms were introduced about a year ago!

DEADLY HIGH-RISE FIRE LEAVES 3 PEOPLE DEAD AND SEVERAL INJURED!

DRAMATIC RESCUE PLAYED ON ON TELEVISION!




It was a tragic day on the loop this afternoon after a fire broke out around 5pm at the North Loop Medical Center. According to firefighters at least 3 people died in the blaze in the structure built back in the 1980’s. I’m told at least 6 people were hospitalized including some Houston firefighters. The building mainly housed medical offices. The rescue of several people played out live on television as firefighters showed what kind of heroes they really are. The Houston fire department is still on the scene as of 9pm spraying the building with water. Keep reading the Insite for more details!

I DON’T NEED NO STINKING SCRIPT!

INSITE’S SPEAKER OF THE WEEK!

The Insite had a chance to watch Houston Mayor Bill White in action on Tuesday while he gave a speech to the Government Procurement Connections luncheon. I was really surprised to see the Mayor give a 15 minute long speech with a beginning, middle and end that flowed very well without a single script. He didn’t even have an outline for the crowd of more than a thousand people. I was really impressed. And it was a speech that actually earned laughs, applause and the attention of the audience. I was the emcee so I was right on stage next to him and I was confident he would pull out at least some notes on a pad. Nothing. When others have given speeches there is always some type of guide they have as back up. The subject matter of his monologue remained on course and focused on businesses getting contracts from various levels of government. So with that, I proclaim Bill White as Insite’s speaker of the week!

WHILE UNDER A STORM OF CONTROVERSY – ALBERTO HAS TIME TO COME HOME!

THE CHAMBER WELCOMES THE US ATTORNEY!

As many of you know US Attorney Alberto Gonzales has come under fire for the firing of several US Attorneys around the country. Democrats claim it’s the result of political pressure from the White House. Gonzales has denied that. But in the meantime, Gonzales is coming to Houston. The details are below:

Houstonian Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez is returning home to help celebrate as the key note speaker for The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 30th Anniversary at the Annual Luncheon. The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is an aggregator of information, resources and a promoter of interests related to the Hispanic Community both locally and nationwide. It is a catalyst for businesses and professionals to create and develop resources needed to build profitable and dynamic businesses. After 30 remarkable and successful years the Chamber is celebrating another sold out luncheon with chamber members, corporate partners and guests.

The Chamber will also proudly and formally introduce its new Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President, Dr. Laura Murillo from Memorial Herman Hospital. She brings new energy, new business, new members and her goal is to take the Chamber to the next level by making sure the members reap from the benefits of being a part of the Chamber.

When: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 11:30 am Where: The Hilton Americas 1600 Lamar, Houston, TX 77010

J. PRINCE WANTS HIS MONEY!

WILL HOUSTON’S J-PRINCE FACE OFF AGAINST LA’S SUGE KNIGHT IN COURT?

According to HIPHOPDX:

Rap-A-Lot Records filed a $300,000 lawsuit against Death Row Records last week, in an attempt to collect money invested into the Death Row/Rap-A-Lot Records 2Face album, which consisted of posthumous vocals by Tupac, in conjunction with new lyrics by Scarface.

Knight filed for bankruptcy in Apr. 2006, in an attempt to avoid paying a $107 million default judgment against Death Row Records to Michael and Lydia Harris. They claim they invested $1.5 million to help start Death Row Records in 1991 and were cheated out of the profits. Death Row Records has since been turned over to a court-appointed bankruptcy-trustee last year, after a judge ruled that the label was mismanaged due to accounting practices. Knight’s assets have been frozen since Aug. 2005.

THE NATION OF ISLAM AT ODDS WITH TYNESHA STEWART’S FAMILY!

SHOULD THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT LISTEN TO THE NATION OF ISLAM OR TYNESHA’S FAMILY?


Members of the Nation of Islam held a press conference Tuesday demanding the Harris County Sheriff’s department search for the remains of Tynesha Stewart. As you know her boyfriend – Timothy Shepherd – has confessed to killing and the grilling her remains. Shepherd says Tynesha’s remains were thrown in a dumpster which ended up at a landfill. Now, the NOI demand comes despite Stewart’s family saying they don’t want the sheriff’s department to search. Family members tell FOX 26 they just want to grieve and they don’t want Stewart’s death to be used as a racial cause. But the Nation says without finding the body parts it will be tough to prosecute Shepherd. Do you agree with that? Should the Nation of Islam respect the family wishes or continue to demand for a search? The Insite would like to hear from you!

THE GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT CONNECTIONS LUNCHEON!

THE AWARDS WERE HANDED OUT AT THE EVENT!






The Insite served as emcee for the GPC 2007 luncheon held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston Tuesday. Hundreds of people packed into the George Bush Grand Ballroom for the event. GPC helps smaller businesses find their way in the world of government contracts. Several Houston businesses were honored for successfully maneivering through the year and landing city, county, state and federal contracts. Several members of the media were honored also for their role in getting GPC’s message out to the public and The Insite was on that list. Lots of people attended the event including Latisha Jackson (Gospel 1360 AM), Lisa Whitlock (FOX 26), MJ Khan, Mayor Bill White, D’artagnan Bebel (FOX 26 General Manager), The Insite, Paralee Shivers, Margo Handy, Dick Heubner, Carmen Watkins (MAGIC 102), Jackie Freeman (Harris County) and a host of others. I was too busy to snap photos so I only have a few pictures!

SENATOR JOHN WHITMIRE UNDER FIRE BY REPUBLICANS?

ONE OF THOSE HARD TO BELIEVE THINGS THAT HITS THE INISTE!


Here’s a press release the Insite received just minutes ago. I’ve put a call into Whitmore’s office to try and get a response!

TEXAS STATE SENATOR JOHN WHITMIRE DISMISSES BLACK, JEWISH & HISPANIC RELIGIOUS LEADERS DISRESPECTFULLY AS “BOYS” DURING A VISIT TO HIS STATE CAPITOL OFFICE

According to Dallas/Fort Worth area minister Rev. Kyev Tatum after a group of religious leaders went to Sen. Whitmire’s office to meet with him. He wasn’t there but came in before they left. When they told him why they were there to support school choice, he said, “You go back to the boys who sent you and tell them I’m not going to support school choice.” Kyev said, “God sent me. Whitmire said, “Then go back and pray to your God who sent you.” Kyev was hot but the receptionist, who was sympathetic with him and understood what was happening, helped to calm Kyev down. Then he left and went on with the other religious leaders. Those in the room were Jewish rabbis, representatives of Catholic church, evangelical Hispanic pastors and leaders and three black pastors — Dr. Raymond Bryant, Rev. Tom Franklin, and Rev. Kyev TatumKyev was offended that Whitmire thought they were there carrying the water for someone rather than being leaders who were convicted by their faith and concern for kids trapped in schools. Senator Whitmire should be called to answer for his disrespectful treatment of these Texas Religions Leaders.

UPDATE – WHITMIRE RESPONDS: The Insite received a speedy return call from Senator John Whitmire who says this incident as detailed in the press release never happened. Whitmire says Rev. Kyev harassed him. He says the Dallas resident is being controled by a group of wealthy republicans who want to put a voucher program in place. Whitmire says until there is a voucher program in the suburbs and not just inner city – he’s not willing to look at the program. The senator from Houston says this same group has taken aim at Senator Rodney Ellis and others to push their agenda at the capital. But once again Whitmire says while he did encounter Rev. Kyev, he did not refer to anyone as boys!

THE POLICE INVESTIGATING THE POLICE DECIDE AGAINST THE CITIZEN!

THE UPDATE THE INSITE PROMISED TO YOU!


The results are in and it appears Gladys House’s account of what happened several months ago involving her and several Houston police officers is not holding water at HPD. You’ll recall House, a Houston activist, claims police officer retaliated against her after she filed an internal affairs complaint against them. The latest development is Chief Harold Hurtt has sent a letter to Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee saying the department’s internal affairs probe into its own cops supported the officers. In other words HPD says the officers did not retaliate against House. Her court date is set for April. Here’s a copy of the letter and a link to the original story below. Make sure you leave your comments, I delivered an update as promised!

ORIGINAL FOX VIDEO REPORT – http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=2119661&version=3&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=3.1.1

HOW CAN HE AFFORD THAT ATTORNEY!

HE SURE DID POP UP ON THIS CASE REAL FAST!

A question a lot of people have been asking is how can the ex-boyfriend of Tynesha Stewart afford Chip Lewis. If you didn’t know Lewis is one of those high priced – high profile criminal defense attorneys who is hired by the heavy hitters of Houston. He’s represented Ken Lay in Enron and millionaire Robert Durst. So it leaves one asking the question how could Timothy Shepherd – the confessed killer of Tynesha Stewart afford Lewis. Some speculate Chip volunteered for the job because of all the publicity surrounding the horrific case. Some say he’s doing it at a reduced fee. Hopefully, at some point we can get Chip to answer these questions but with client/attorney confidentiality rules we may never know. But he sure did pop up fast representing the 27 year old who lived in a modest apartment here in Houston. Anyone with any ideas out there?