By now, you’ve heard about all the problems that are going on at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. If all the allegations that have been reported are true it appears the department and Sheriff Tommy Thomas are on a path of self destruction. Some of the allegations so far: deleting and withholding emails, deputies spying on plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit against the department, inmates dying after attacks from jailers, and now arresting innocent people including a Houston judge. Now comes this article from Houston Chronicle’s elusive Peggy O’hare. I was able to get this profile shot of the photo shy reporter several weeks ago. But now she reports a seargent in the department tried to intimidate a witness in a case just last (Friday) night. What do you think about all the problems at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office? Is the department on a path of self destruction?
By: Peggy O’Hare – A business owner said a Harris County Sheriff’s internal affairs officer intimidated him and tried to put words in his mouth while questioning him Friday about a friend who filed a civil rights lawsuit against the county.
Joe Burroughs of Katy said Sgt. C.A. Sandoval told him to appear at a sheriff’s office substation at 10 a.m. Monday to give a sworn statement about Lloyd Henderson, one of five people suing the county and Sheriff Tommy Thomas, alleging the law enforcement agency punishes people lodging civil rights complaints.
Burroughs said Sandoval insisted on getting an affidavit from him, though he said he has no facts about the incident prompting his friend’s lawsuit.
Henderson was thrown to the ground and handcuffed as deputies investigated a burglary at his computer shop Oct. 19, but later released without charges.
The arrest was captured on the shop’s security camera. Burroughs, whose Meineke business was next door to Henderson’s shop at the time, was not present when the incident occurred.
“They kept on and on — ‘Don’t you think Lloyd threatened that police officer?’ ” Burroughs said after Sandoval’s visit to his home Friday. “They wanted me to tell them he had a temper and that he told me he threatened that police officer.”
Henderson never made any such admission, Burroughs said.
Sandoval, when reached by phone at his office later Friday, appeared unmoved by Burroughs’ allegations.
“Really. Wow. Really? That’s really impressive,” Sandoval said before transferring the call to his supervisor, who declined to comment.
Sheriff’s Office Capt. John Martin said Burroughs’ description of the conversation does not match Sandoval’s recollection of the interview.
More at www.chron.com
I’M WAITING ON THE SUNDAY NEWSPAPER!
I was at a local Walgreens last Sunday when there was some commotion at the front of the store. It happened as a woman and her daughter were checking out. Unfortunately, I didn’t stop to see what was happening. But by the time I returned to the front of the store to pay for my items – the store was abuzz again. The clerk asked me if I saw what had happened. I told him no. He then went on to tell me how this woman purchased $141 worth of items and ended paying only $1 for all of her stuff. How? He says the female shopper had coupons for everything. He went on to say if one coupon hadn’t worked then the store would’ve ended up owing her $1. The excited store employee told me he had never seen anything like that in his life. I asked him if she purchased a lot of junk or stuff people actually use. He said it was a variety of items from around the store. That leads me to the question of the day: Have you started using coupons as a result of the current tough economic times? I know I used at least four coupons this week. One at CVS, 2 at Kroger and one at the dry cleaners. It saved me some cash and now I can’t wait to get the Sunday edition of the Houston Chronicle. I hear there are a lot of coupons in it!
OPRAH’S SEGMENT ON THE DEATH OF HER DOG!
I was off from work this week when I turned it on the local CBS station around 4pm. I saw Oprah crying and I wondered what was going on. Then after a couple of minutes of watching her bawl her eyes out about this person she called Sophia or Sophie – I thought this must be a really close relative. Then after about 5 additional minutes I find out it’s her dog. I was like no way. Is Oprah doing an entire hour about her dog Sophia or Sophie dying? I can’t seem to recall the name because I turned the channel after I snapped a quick photo. I realize how people can get really close to animals. I remember having a really good friend in Little Rock who had to take a few days off while her cat was dying. She was really hurt. I felt really bad for her. But I don’t have a pet and can’t understand Oprah’s total show or even a segment being dedicated to her pet. That’s just me. I haven’t had a real pet since I was about 10 years old when my dog – a mutt named Puppy died. It was tough but I didn’t do an entire segment on my elementary school’s morning announcements about it. Of course, at 10 I didn’t have that therapeutic avenue as an option. What do you think about Oprah dedicating a full show or segment to her pet?
…THEY BURN A HOLE THROUGH YOUR NEW POT!
My niece came over to Insite headquarters about a month ago and cooked a big pot of red beans for a small group of people. That niece is Jamie ‘Jailyn’ Jones. She cooked such a large batch of beans until I decided to put the remainder away in the refrigerator for another day that never quite arrived. Needless to say, after about a month I decided to take them out and throw them away. There was no horrible smell or mildew growing but what I did find shocked me. Keep in mind this pot was recently purchased for the purpose of in house seafood boils at Insite headquarters. It was virtually brand new. But when I emptied the beans out and started to clean it there was a hole in the pot pictured above. A hole in a cooking pot. Immediately I blamed Jamie ‘Jailyn’ Jones for her so called deadly and acidic red beans. They must have eaten through the pot. Have you ever seen anything like this before? This is very strange!
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THE CITY OF HOUSTON MUNICIPAL COURTS PROUDLY ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF A NEW FULL-SERVICE COURT AT THE NORTH COMMAND STATION EFFECTIVE JUNE 2, 2008.
THIS NEW COURT, MUNICIPAL COURT NO. 20, WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE THE CITIZENS OF THE ACRES HOME AND SURROUNDING AREA AS AN ANNEX COURT HANDLING OFF-DOCKET MATTERS, AND WILL ALSO NOW HAVE REGULARY SCHEDULED ARRAIGNMENT DOCKETS AND TRIALS BY JUDGE FIVE DAYS PER WEEK. THE COURT WILL ALSO HANDLE MAGISTRATE WARNINGS.
THE COURT IS LOCATED AT THE H.P.D. NORTH COMMAND FACILITY AT 9455 WEST MONTGOMERY ROAD. THE HOURS OF OPERATION ARE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, FROM 8:00AM – 5:00PM.
THE OPENING OF THIS COURT WILL ALLOW BOTH CITIZENS AND OFFICERS ASSIGNED TO THE NORTH COMMAND TO HAVE THEIR COURT MATTERS HELD IN A MORE CONVENIENT LOCATION.
EXPANDING HER DUTIES AT KHOU TV!
The Insite hears Deborah Duncan is returning to the talk show circuit. There are promos running announcing her new hosting duties on Great Day Houston. Duncan steps in several months after the original host Whitney Casey decided to call it quits with the show. As many of you know Deborah has served as a talk show host on KTRK 13, KTRH radio, and Lifetime Television. She currently anchors KHOU’s morning newscast. The Insite hears she will continue her morning news duties while also taking on the hour long 9am talk show beginning Monday morning!
HCSO Vice Division Conducts Raid in Response to Citizen Complaints!
On Thursday, May 29, 2008, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Vice Division conducted a raid on the St. James Cabaret located at 555 Rankin Rd. The business had been the subject of numerous recent complaints from citizens concerned about possible prostitution, narcotics violations and violations of SOB regulations. In response to the complaints, the Sheriff’s Office’s Vice Division conducted a brief investigation during the past week. As a result of that investigation, Vice investigators filed 14 charges against employees of the St. James Cabaret, primarily for violations of SOB regulations and prostitution. Investigators had also discovered 18 outstanding warrants for employees of the business, most of which were for Class C Misdemeanors, such as traffic offenses.
During the raid of the business, which began at approximately 1:00 pm, Sheriff’s Deputies sought to execute the above warrants, and were prepared to file additional charges if any additional violations were observed. During the raid, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested the following people:
- Nava, Roxann W/F, DOB 08/12/86 – SOB Charge
- Green, Casey W/F, DOB 03/29/89 – SOB Charge
- Redmond, Tierra W/F, DOB 11/23/88 – SOB Charge
- Mesa, Jessica W/F, DOB 02/10/84 -SOB Charge
- Herrera, Katherine W/F, DOB 12/27/87 – SOB Charge
- Bautista, Jenny W/F, DOB 01/14/72 – Prostitution Warrant and SOB Charge
- Cox, Samantha W/F, DOB 05/06/87 – SOB Charge
8. Felipe, Imelda W/F, DOB 08/12/84 – SOB Charge, Two Traffic Warrants
9. Alba, Miranda W/F, DOB 11/03/86 – SOB Charge
10. Gates, Esmeralda W/F, DOB 02/21/71 – SOB Charge
11. Perez, Estrella W/F, DOB 12/18/88 – SOB Charge
12. Young, Naomi B/F, DOB 05/08/79 – Three Traffic Warrants
13. Banks, Lashonda B/F, DOB 09/11/83 – One Traffic Warrant
14. Munoz, Celina W/F, DOB 12/22/78 – One Traffic Warrant
15. Salazar, Sergio W/M, DOB 01/14/83 – Pasadena Municipal Warrant
16. Campbell, Jennifer W/F, DOB 09/06/84 – One Traffic Warrant
17. Gaona, Jackie W/F, DOB 07/22/89 – One Class C Warrant
18. Tuyet, Tran A/F, Possession of Cocaine 5.6 grams
Sheriff’s Investigators still have several outstanding warrants that they were not able to execute during this raid as the suspects were not present at the time.
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CAN YOU BEAT THESE READERS ON THEIR DEDICATION TO THE INSITE?
The Insite readers of the week all have something in common – they read the Insite nearly everyday. On the list of honorees this week – Donna Aaron. The Houston based reader tells The Insite she hits the site everyday. She even quized me at a party with information that I posted and forgot about. Aaron is also the sister of Carl ‘New Hammer’ Davis. She is truly dedicated. USA1 is a reader who leaves his stamp on nearly every post. He is very opinionated and wears the American flag with pride. He finds time to challenge individuals and the Insite if he doesn’t agree with the comments. Insite reader #3 is the Insite’s long time friend who finds a sadistic pleasure in criticizing and taunting me on the blog at every turn. He’s called me cheap a** and a hack of a reporter. But I know where he buried all the bodies in Baton Rouge. That’s Michael Gildon who manages to log on in from his new home in Alabama or while he’s traveling on the road. These are you Insite readers of the week!
BIG BIKES AND FAMILIAR FACES AT CROME!
By: Kalele ‘Party King’ Thumbutu – The Party King wrapped up Memorial Day Weekend with some fun in the sun at the Bike Fest and Block Party held at Crome (2815 S. Shepherd) Monday afternoon. The daytime party was the perfect way to wrap up the long weekend and was brought to you by Fourtion Entertainment, The Coalition, and Musicdistrict.com. Inside the club the crowd enjoyed the live performance by up and coming artist Twank Star. On the Miami styled outdoor lounge, partygoers were entertained by the sounds of one of Houston’s hottest DJ’s DJ La Rose, who was accompanied by the awesome hip hop percussionist Groove tha Funky Drummer. Partygoers that did not get their fix of food over the holiday weekend were able to please their palate with the fish and shrimp served on the outdoor patio courtesy of T &B Catering. The patio also served as a prime location to mix and mingle and view the bikers, bikes, and cars as they rolled in. The Party King wishes that every weekend was Memorial Day because it was definitely good times to be had by all that ventured out YEE!!!!