SHOT AND KILLED IN SWAT STANDOFF!
A suspect who pointed a gun at Houston police officers was fatally shot by officers at 4400 Mowery about 10:40 a.m. today (July 31).
The suspect, identified as Reginald Lee Sumbler (b/m, DOB 10-5-85), was pronounced dead at Ben Taub General Hospital.
Seven HPD officers discharged weapons at the suspect. They were: Sergeant P.E. Ogden III of the Eastside Patrol Division, Officer H.M. Wagner Jr. of the Southeast Patrol Division, Officer T.S. Warren of the Special Operations Division, and Officers P.J. Straker, A. Gonzales,
R.L. Kent, and R.J. McCusker of the Tactical Operations Division. None of the officers was injured.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant P.C. Motard and Officer C.P. Abbondandolo reported:
Mr. Mowery called police from his residence at 4327 Mowery about 9:20 a.m. to report that he “wanted to die.” The responding patrol officers were advised Sumbler had a firearm and wanted to commit suicide. Just as the first officer arrived, Sumbler was out in front of
his residence. He had already fired at least two shots from a 9 mm pistol. Mr. Sumbler stepped into the middle of a large grassy median on Mowery while holding the gun and a Bible. As officers continued to set up a perimeter for safety in the area, Mr. Sumbler alternately put the
weapon to his head, waved it in the air and laid it on the ground. A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trained officer spoke with Mr. Sumbler and pleaded with him to move away from the weapon. Shortly after Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officers arrived, they were in the
process of setting up when Mr. Sumbler picked up the gun and pointed it at one or more officers. Sumbler was shot and fell back. Witnesses said Mr. Sumbler once again raised the weapon in a threatening manner. He was then shot again.
As is customary in officer-involved shootings in the city limits, the case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney’s office.
AND IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THOUGHT!
Usher and his pregnant fiancee, Tameka Foster, canceled their wedding last weekend, but they’re apparently still together.
“As of right now we don’t have a date but we will let you know when we do,” he tells Usmagazine.com in a story posted Tuesday.
“Everybody’s fine. Tameka and the baby are fine.”
“We’re good. We’re all doing great now,” Foster is quoted as saying.
The 28-year-old singer and Foster, his longtime girlfriend, called off their wedding Saturday, saying no details about the circumstances of the cancellation would be released.
As to reports that Foster had checked into a hospital because of problems with her pregnancy, she told People.com on Monday: “We had a scare. But, I am fine and the baby is fine.”
The couple announced their engagement earlier this year, and later, that Foster was expecting Usher’s first child, due this fall. She has three other children from a previous marriage.
THE LATEST ON KOREY RAY WILSON!
You have probably read about Houstonian Korey Ray Wilson. He’s the Gulf War veteran who’s been living in a friend’s car. He hasn’t been able to get veteran benefits for 7 years. Today I received an email from Wilson and he says he’s just received good news:
I got a letter today I should rec. my first ben. check from V. A. late next month Im sure your help got them moving on it . I stiil am not finished with them( so far they have just admitted I have P.G.W.S. and thst my legs dont work as a result) but for now i can get a place to live i hope by the end of Aug. or first week of Sept.
IS THERE A GAS STATION IN YOUR COMMUNITY!
The Texas Agriculture Department began publishing a list of gas stations with inaccurate fuel pumps on its Web site today, showing more than 100 that are short-changing drivers around the state.
As gas prices hover around three dollars a gallon across Texas, 74 pumps shorted consumers by at least six tablespoons per five gallons, while 31 pumps doubled that shortage amount to 12
tablespoons per five gallons. That’s according to a report covering the previous 60 days.
The department allows a variation of about six tablespoons per five gallons of gas.
Texas Department of Agriculture: http://www.agr.state.tx.us
BUCK IS HONORED BY FRIENDS AND FORMER CO-WORKERS!
If you weren’t invited – don’t feel bad because the Insite wasn’t either. But there was a big celebration and salute last week to Houston’s former head of Solid Waste. Thomas ‘Buck’ Buchanan spent more than two decades working for the city of Houston. He was honored by a long list of guests. Here’s more about the man people know as Buck:
Mr. Thomas Buchanan was unanimously approved by City Council on January 17, 2001 to serve as Director of the City of Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department where he has oversight of approximately 600 employees. Buchanan, more affectionately known by department employees as “Buck,” is a 24-year veteran of the City.
Before becoming director of the 4th largest City’s solid waste activities, Buchanan served as deputy director where he was directly responsible for administration and finance issues, maintenance of facilities and rolling stock. He had supervisory responsibility for residential waste collection, heavy trash/brush collection, special collection services and recycling and environmental services. Buchanan has also served as Past President of the Lone Star Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).
Buck holds a BBA in Personnel Management from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Houston. Buchanan, a Vietnam veteran, also holds the rank of a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves, and is a graduate of the Air War College, Command and General Staff College, Logistics Development Executive Course, and the Defense Procurement Management Course.
The combined military and solid waste experience that Buck possesses was instrumental in strategizing and executing the City of Houston’s Disaster Debris Removal Plan. The foresight of having these legal contracts in place with contingency private haulers provided Houston with a rapid response to the devastating effect caused by Tropical Storm Allison. In less than 24 hours after City Council appropriated the funds for emergency debris removal, contractors had already begun to tackle the most severely hit areas. Under Buchanan’s leadership, the City’s Solid Waste Management Department maintained its regular collections schedule while simultaneously collecting one year’s worth of debris volume in 2 months.
Buck is married to lovely Karen Buchanan and has two children and 4 grandchildren.
HILLARY CLINTON IN HOUSTON THIS WEEKEND!
The Insite received information that Senator Hillary Clinton is headed back to the city of Houston for more meeting and greeting with potential voters. Here are the details:
Join Us At The Hillary Clinton Volunteer Round-Up with Senator Hillary R. Clinton and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee National/Regional Co-Chair, Hillary Clinton for President Campaign 10 a.m., Saturday, August 11th, 2007 Communication Workers of America Hall 600 Jefferson Street – Houston, TX 77002 Music! Entertainment! Fun ! Your Friends on the Hillary Clinton for President Committee
WES HOHENSTEIN’S OWN WEATHER WORLD BLOG!
If many of you have been wondering where in the world is former KPRC weatherguy Wes Hohenstein. Wonder no more. He’s at WNCN-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina now serving as their chief Meteorologist. But here’s the good news. Wes has started his own blog and now it’s open for business for those of you who would like to see what’s going on with the former Houston weatherman. The link is below:
KEEPING AN EYE ON HOUSTON FROM AROUND THE WORLD VIA THE INSITE!
High profile Houstonian Gigi Lee is the Insite reader of the week. She tells me she kept track of the comings and goings in Houston via the Insite while she spent several weeks in Korea. Gigi was also voted as one The Insite’s best community activist last year. Gigi is very involved in the Asian community and has played an important role in city government for years. Thanks for checking out the Insite Gigi!
THE WRITING IS ON THE DOOR!
I noticed a door in the City Hall annex building sports a new name. It no longer reads Office of The Mayor Pro Tem. It now reads Finance and Administration, Administrative Office of City Council. Apparently, Mayor White is keeping true to his commitment to phase out the scandal plagued Mayor Pro Tem’s office. The office is currently being held by staffers from Councilman Michael Berry’s office. The previous staff/tenants were all terminated and slapped with criminal charges over the Bonus-Gate scandal. Just something The Insite noticed while walking around City Hall!
NOT IN COURT OR FOX 26 STUDIOS OVER THE WEEKEND!
Lots of people expected troubled Houston rapper Lil Flip in federal court Monday morning but he wasn’t there. His case has been delayed. If you didn’t know Flip AKA Wesley Weston is being sued by the folk from SuckaFree Records. The company has filed a $6 million dollar claim against the rapper and his current label Sony. SuckaFree executives are claiming Flip breached his contract by signing with Sony and leaving the independent label behind. The Insite had a weekend interview set up with Flip to address this issue as well as his recent arrest for credit card abuse but he never showed. The federal case has been set for another date that hasn’t been released by the courts as of yet!
Note: The Insite hears Lil Flip never knew about an interview set up with FOX 26 and myself through a mediator. So he did not fail to show up because he never knew there was an interview!
IS THIS A BETTER ANGLE TO GET SOME MONEY?
The Insite spotted a man who was panhandling near the Galleria area. What was his angle if there was an angle? The man I saw Monday was carrying a sign claiming he has cancer. It’s an ailment that can’t be determined by the naked eye. He looked very healthy and he’s hitting the intersection on a daily basis. But I wondered if he really had cancer or was it a new ploy to get money from drivers. I have seen the panhandlers with no arms, no legs, no legs and arms but this is the first time I’ve seen cancer. Would you give to someone who claims to have cancer? The Insite would love to hear from you!
HEADING THE TEXAS GOP!
Former state Rep. Talmadge Heflin, a Houston Republican who served two decades before losing a re-election bid three years ago, was hired Monday as executive director of the
“Talmadge Heflin has over 25 years of conservative leadership and experience as both a leader in the Texas Legislature and a businessman,” Republican Party Chairman Tina Benkiser said.
Heflin succeeds Jeff Fisher, a former Van Zandt County judge who will continue as an adviser to the party, Benkiser said.
Heflin was a state lawmaker from 1983 to 2004, including a stint as the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
In November 2004, he lost by 16 votes to political newcomer Hubert Vo, a Democrat who became the first Vietnamese to serve in the Texas House. An election recount showed Vo’s victory margin over Heflin was 33 votes and Heflin challenged the results before
the House. While Heflin gained 17 votes in the investigation, he withdrew his challenge in February 2005 to avoid the possibility of a bitter partisan fight.
Later that year, he applied to become director of the Texas Lottery Commission but subsequently withdrew the application to try to regain his House seat. He lost the election last November, again to Vo, but this time by 10 percentage points, or about 2,000 votes.