Monthly Archives: May 2007

HPD POLICE UNIT TRACKING DEVICES ON THE WAY!

CHIEF HAROLD HURTT OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES THE PROGRAM!

It was back on May 15th when The Insite first reported on FOX 26 there would be a GPS-like tracking device placed into HPD police units. The official name is the Automatic Vehicle Locating System or AVL. On Thursday Chief Harold Hurtt officially announced the program. Instead of a satellite based system, HPD will operate off a cellular phone based system to track where their officers are located. Below is the previous report The Insite aired on May 15th:

FOX 26 May 15th report: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=3368518&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=3.2.1

HOUSTON POLICE OFFICER CLEARED IN SHOOTING DEATH OF ROBERT MCINTOSH!


THE GRAND JURY RETURNS A NO BILL IN THE SHOOTING CASE!

Here is the news release HPD sent out on the controversial shooting death o Robert McIntosh:

The January 8, 2007 officer-involved shooting incident that resulted in
the death of Mr. Robert McIntosh at 4600 Knoxville was presented to a Harris County grand jury who returned a “NO BILL” decision. The grand jury was presented with all evidence collected through the homicide investigation and the independent investigation of the Harris
County District Attorney’s Police Integrity Division. The grand jury examined the evidence and listened to the testimony of the witnesses involved in this tragic case in reaching its decision.

The death of Mr. McIntosh is unfortunate, but the facts are that he violently resisted arrest. The evidence in this case showed Officer L.D. Smith of the Southeast Patrol Division did everything within his
power to restrain Robert McIntosh with less than deadly force. It was only after Robert McIntosh continued to fight with Officer Smith, broke the officer’s thumb and attempted to incapacitate Officer Smith that
Officer Smith was forced to use deadly force. Robert McIntosh was on probation for robbery. During this incident, he was in possession of cocaine, PCP and marijuana. He knew if he was arrested his probation
would most likely be revoked and he would go back to prison.

The incident unfolded when Officer Smith pulled over a vehicle for a defective brake light. The female driver complied without incident and was arrested on an outstanding warrant. After placing the female in the
back of his patrol vehicle, the officer went back to the vehicle where the female’s passenger, McIntosh, was sitting. Officer Smith immediately detected the odor of the felony narcotic PCP. When the officer searched McIntosh and felt what he believed to be marijuana in his pockets, McIntosh stood up and pushed the officer. The two struggled and McIntosh ran. Officer Smith deployed his conductive energy device (CED), but the darts did not make good contact with McIntosh. Officer Smith continued to pursue McIntosh on foot for about
150 yards until he caught up with him. The two fell into a ditch and McIntosh began fighting with Officer Smith again. Officer Smith deployed his CED in an effort to drive stun the suspect, but it had no effect on McIntosh. At that time, McIntosh, who weighs close to 300 pounds, took the CED from Officer Smith and broke the officer’s thumb in the process. McIntosh used the CED and deployed it twice on Officer
Smith. Fortunately, it did not incapacitate Officer Smith, who was able to pull his duty weapon. When McIntosh refused orders to drop the CED and tried to use it on Officer Smith again, Officer Smith shot McIntosh as a last resort. As McIntosh sat up in the ditch and still struggled, Officer Smith placed handcuffs on him. HFD paramedics were called, but McIntosh was deceased when they arrived.

Blood tests conducted by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s office revealed McIntosh had PCP in his system. PCP is known to cause individuals to be combative and to act irrationally. McIntosh’s DNA
was found on the officer’s CED, confirming Officer Smith’s account that McIntosh gained control of the CED.

We appreciate the time and effort made by the Harris County District Attorney’s office to conduct its own independent investigation and, likewise, the efforts the grand jury took to examine all evidence before
rendering its decision.

FOX 26 REPORT ON HPD AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=3368518&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=3.2.1

KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE DURING YOUR SUMMER VACATION!

HPD SENDS OUT THIS ADVICE!

Before you pack your bags for that much deserved vacation, there are a few precautionary measures you need to know to make your home as burglar-proof as possible.

Many intruders enter through weak doors. Having strong doors and door frames, including garage doors, is essential to your security. Steel doors and frames provide good security because they are harder to destroy. If you have hollow-core doors, it is recommended that you replace them with a sturdier type. There are wooden doors being manufactured to withstand a tremendous amount of pressure from would-be burglars.

Secure windows and sliding glass doors can be secured with a locking device placed along the track. A broomstick or a wooden rod may work just as well if placed on the track between the doorframe and the door. Glass sliding doors are usually secluded from public view and special care must be taken to secure them. Bolt locks can be installed to help prevent the door from being opened or removed from its track.

Burglaries can occur when you are out during the daytime as well as just before dark. Burglars will sometimes log your departure and arrival times from and to your home. Here are some tips to help ruin their plot:

· Don’t advertise that you’ll be out of town to casual acquaintances. Instead, tell a reliable neighbor and have him/her watch your property.

· Leave a few lights on or use timers that will turn lights on and off periodically.

· Leave drapes in a normal position. Drapes or shades fully closed give a deserted look.

· Mark your valuables with your driver’s license number or an identifying mark.

· Make an inventory list of all your belongings, include serial numbers.

· Stop all newspaper deliveries and have someone pick up your mail.

The Houston Police Department encourages all homeowners to take part in the Operation I.D. Program by using an etching device to mark your valuables. Store an inventory of your valuables in a safety deposit box or fire safe or file it with your homeowners insurance company. Share this safety information with your neighbors and join the Houston Police Department’s or local law enforcement agency’s efforts in crime prevention.

For more information on reducing the chances of having your home burglarized, call the HPD Community Services Division at 713-308-3200 or your local law enforcement agency.

MELISSA NORIEGA GETS MORE ENDORSEMENTS!


SO WHO HAS GONE OVER TO NORIEGA’S SIDE?

The candidate who’s hoping to replace Shelley Sekula Gibbs on Houston’s City Council is apparently getting the backing of former candidates in the race. Noriega’s camp did not say who is now officially backing her against Roy Morales but there is a press conference to answer all questions next week. Here is the information The Insite received this week:

Melissa Noriega Kicks Off Early Voting With Former Candidates What: Melissa Noriega will be joined by former candidates who are now endorsing her when she cast her ballot on the first day of early voting in the runoff election to fill the vacancy on City Council. There will be brief comments by the former candidates and Melissa before they vote. When: Monday, June 4 at 12:00 noon Where: The early voting site at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center 1475 W. Gray Houston, TX 77019

WAYNE DOLCEFINO FINALLY GETS TO QUESTION THE POLICE CHIEF!

WE WERE ALL WAITING TO SEE IF SOMEONE WOULD RUN OUT OF THE ROOM CRYING!


As many of you know Wayne Dolcefino has done a series of explosive reports on the Houston Police Department in May. He called it Blurring the Badge. It takes a look at Houston police Captain Dwayne Readdy and other top brass. The reports question whether Readdy was using his influence as a captain to get results for his private security business. But throughout the series we never heard from HPD Chief Harold Hurtt. If I’m not mistaken – in one report Wayne indicated he wasn’t able to talk with the chief. And like an aggressive reporter Dolcefino showed up for the Chief’s monthly press conference with the news media and took over on Thursday. Wayne allowed all of the general assignment reporter like myself to get our questions in and when the chance came he jumped right in. We all just watched to see if someone would cry and run out of the room. But it appeared Chief Hurtt was well prepared and answered all of Wayne’s questions. Dolcefino made it clear there will be more reports about the improprieties he uncovered in the department including the destruction of emails by commanders on the force!

Note: Wayne is in the yellow jacket and the female in the chair is Elizabeth Lee who is kind of unknowingly dropping by The Insite for the second time!

LOOK WHO’S ON HER WAY BACK TO FOX 26!

CHRISTINA GARZA BACK IN HOUSTON!

After a 3 month trip to Paris, France – Christina Garza is back in the states. The Insite and fellow FOXer’s received an email Thursday saying she will be back on the air. However, Christina will only be filling in at the station temporarily. She was in the newsroom just last week visiting. She told The Insite she had a wonderful time in Paris and she wanted to go back. You can catch Christina on FOX 26 beginning this weekend – so make sure you watch!

THE INVESTIGATOR DROPS BY THE INSITE!

THEY RUN WHEN THEY SEE WAYNE DOLCEFINO COMING!

He is probably one of the most respected and feared journalist in Houston and when people see him coming they go running. It’s KTRK-TV reporter Wayne Dolcefino. The man has busted so many people I can’t count. His investigative pieces have changed policy, caused major investigations in the city and won numerous awards. The Insite ran into Wayne at HPD headquarters and decided to ask him to drop by The Insite. I also wanted his photographers but they said they didn’t want to be seen in a picture with him. Obviously, they were joking. But the photojournalist turned me down because they said they go undercover a lot. That’s understandable. Wayne’s latest hot story has been Blurring the Badge. He’s been investigating HPD’s top brass for allegedly double dipping. Wayne also told me he has read The Insite – so that made him a natural candidate to grace the pages. Wayne, thanks for dropping by The Insite!

OUT WITH THE WARWICK HOTEL AND IN WITH ZA ZA!

THE TRENDY NEW HOTEL IN THE BAYOU CITY!








After decades of operating the historical Warwick Hotel has disappeared from the city of Houston. It is being replaced by the trendy Za Za Hotel in the Museum District. The new Dallas based operation was opened to select VIP guests Wednesday afternoon. The 12 floor facility rooms range from $220 a night to the Rock Star suite with a price tag of $2500 a night. The Insite toured the facility with Julie ‘The Socialite’ Grayum. Dozens of people showed up including a Mick Jaggar and Marilyn Monroe impersonator. Za Za opens to the public on Monday. Here are some of the photos the Insite snapped at the new swanky hotel!

POLICE CHIEF OUT JOGGING CAPTURES ESCAPEE!

THE CHIEF AND THE ESCAPEE!

An inmate who escaped from a downtown Houston prison late Monday by crawling through a section of ventilation system and kicking out a portion of wall was recaptured today.

Andrew Dale Coley, 25, who was in the South Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility for a parole violation, was caught after being spotted by the University of Houston Downtown Police Chief Richard D. Boyle, according to a statement this afternoon by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. John Martin gave this account: Boyle was jogging along the bayou near the county jail on North San Jacinto Street in plain clothes when he recognized Coley.

The chief asked the subject if he was Andrew Coley, who replied he was. The chief then identified himself and attempted to take Coley into custody. Instead Coley fled, and after a short chase, the chief was able to apprehend him and take him to the jail.

Coley was convicted of auto theft in March 2006 in Galveston County and sentenced to two years in prison.

FOX 26 REPORT: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail;jsessionid=933AADCE42A9931DA417B0ED23A4CBDC?contentId=3357945&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1

WOULD YOU TRADE MCGRADY FOR KOBE BRYANT?

IT’S YOUR CHANCE TO PICK THE NEXT STAR PLAYER OF THE HOUSTON ROCKETS!

It appears Los Angeles Lakers star player Kobe Bryant wants to be traded from the team he’s called home for a decade. The big question floating around in Houston’s sports world is could he land in the Bayou City with the Rockets. Sports radio is abuzz about the possibility. Some sports fans have all but given Rockets’ star player Tracy McGrady the boot for Bryant. That’s the Insite question of the day. Would you trade McGrady for Bryant and why? There’s no word where Bryant will go if he is traded from the Lakers!

SYLVESTER TURNER FILES PAPERS!

THE BIG SHOWDOWN IN 2009: TURNER VS. CRADDICK!

It appears Houston state lawmaker Sylvester Turner is taking his political ambitions a step further in Austin. He has officially filed papers indicating he will seek the position of Speaker of The House in 2009. It’s the powerful political post Tom Craddick has been fighting to hold on to as of late. State Representative Turner issued a press release detailing his ambitions:

State Representative Sylvester Turner today announced that he is running for Speaker of the Texas House for the 2009 Session.
Turner, who has served as Speaker Pro Tem in the last three legislative sessions, filed his declaration of candidacy in Austin at noon today.
“I don’t ever want to have another legislative session like the one just completed where taking care of the people’s business took a back seat to political agendas,” Turner said. “We have too many problems in this state to waste most of a legislative session on political agendas that do not include providing lower electric rates to the low-income and elderly or more funding for mental health programs.”
“I sincerely hope that over the next 18 months, members will evaluate and assess my abilities,” Turner continued. “I believe I am the best person to serve as Speaker in 2009 and I hope the members will give me the opportunity to serve as their Speaker.”

RECORD DRUG SEIZURES FOR DPS TROOPERS!

TAKING DRUGS OFF OF TEXAS HIGHWAYS!

DPS troopers seized more drugs during routine traffic stops in 2006 than any other time in DPS history.

“Our troopers lead the nation in drug seizures on a yearly basis, but now they have set a new standard of excellence—new DPS records for cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine seizures,” said Col. Thomas Davis Jr., director of the Department of Public Safety. “Taking more than 100,000 pounds of drugs off the streets and arresting 1,975 drug smugglers is good news for Texas.”

Some of the drug seizure highlights in 2006:

· Nearly three tons (5,986 pounds) of cocaine—the most ever by DPS troopers;

· Nearly 48 tons (95,653 pounds) of marijuana—a new DPS record;

· 267 pounds of methamphetamine—the most in DPS history;

· Drugs valued at $335.9 million—ranks first in DPS history.

“Our troopers are highly trained in drug interdiction. The record numbers are a reflection of that training and— unfortunately—the amount of drugs that are transported on Texas roadways,” said Highway Patrol Chief Randall K. Elliston.