Monthly Archives: March 2009

WE’RE WATCHING YOU!

WHO’S WATCHING THE STORE OWNER?

I went into a convenience store in Kashmere Gardens Tuesday while out covering a story and something caught my attention. There were these signs posted all over the store that read – we’re watching you. I wouldn’t have had a problem with the signs if the store owners didn’t need to be watched. First, they had all kinds of bootleg music cd’s for sale in the store. Secondly, there were at least a half dozen illegal gambling machines in the back. The machines could be legal but the people were playing like they were in Vegas. These type of operations are common in the hood according to some Houston police officers. So, the last thing the owners of this store should have up is a sign telling most law abiding citizens they’re being watched. How about we the customers are watching you!

I THINK THIS GUY MAY LIVE NEAR ME!

A REBEL FLAG WAVING CHEVY!

I saw a guy with a huge rebel flag waving from his car pulling into my subdivision. I’m not sure if he lives there or was just visiting. As you can see it was an unusually big flag to be flying from a passenger car. While some use the rebel flag as a form of southern pride others choose to fly it as a symbol of racism. I’m not quite sure what this person’s purpose was but it sure did catch my attention. It’s not often you see a rebel flag waving Chevy. How about you?

WHY CAN’T KASHMERE GARDENS GET QUIET TRAINS?

LOUD ENOUGH TO SHAKE YOU OUT OF YOUR BED!

I was out doing a live shot Tuesday night for FOX 26 in Kashmere Gardens at a local school when something scared the lead story out of me. It was a train roaring through a neighborhood around 9pm at night with the horn blaring. If I was someone trying to get some sleep I would have been knocked out of the bed. It was loud. Unreasonably loud. That incident made me think about the big to do a year or so ago. It was the city of Houston signing an agreement with a national train company. They agreed not blow their loud horns during certain hours in West University. For those of you who don’t know West University is a well heeled community in the loop. Kashmere Gardens in north Houston is just the opposite. I wonder how the folk in Kashmere could get the same deal? Do you have any ideas how they could get their quiet time?

SOMEONE NEEDS TO BE FINED!

WOULD YOU ALLOW THIS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?



I stumbled upon this mess in east Houston. It was disgusting how people or some businesses have just illegally dumped their junk including tires on the side of the streets. The specific location is Boyles and Harris. It’s just jumk on top of junk. HPD or some other city agency should do a sting on a very slow day and catch the person who may be polluting our streets in Houston. I personally think this is unacceptable. While it’s mainly in an industrial part of the city it still hurts the quality of life. Do you agree or disagree? The Insite would love to hear your opinion!

WILL KELLY ROWLAND’S CAREER THRIVE AT DESTINY’S CHILD?

SHE DROPS KNOWLES AND NOW COLUMBIA DROPS HER?

R&B/pop superstar Kelly Rowland will no longer be recording with Columbia Records as a solo artist, the U.S. record label announced Tuesday. However, Rowland, a founding member of Destiny’s Child, will continue her relationship with Columbia Records in her ongoing role in the ensemble, the company said. “Because Columbia Records has been my home base as an artist for more than a decade, the decision to move out on my own required a lot of soul-searching,” Rowland said in a statement. “As a solo artist, I felt the need to explore new directions, new challenges, and new freedoms outside my comfort zone and my friends and family at Columbia have been incredibly understanding about my evolution. I want to thank everyone at Columbia for the love and support they’ve shown and I will never forget how many good times we’ve had over the years.” “Kelly Rowland is one of our finest contemporary artists and a musical force to be reckoned with,” added Rob Stringer, chief executive officer of Columbia/Epic Label Music Group. “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with Kelly and we will continue our working relationship with her under the Destiny’s Child moniker. The decision for Kelly to seek other opportunities for her solo career was agreed upon mutually, and any reports to the contrary are false.”

CLEVELAND FIRE CHIEF FOUND SHOT TO DEATH!

AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY!

By: Jamie Nash – Cleveland Fire Chief / EMS Director Steve Wheeler was found dead from a gunshot wound around 5 p.m. Monday at his residence off of FM 787.

Wheeler, 55, lived in Cleveland most of his life, serving with the Cleveland Fire Department for over 30 years and as Chief since 1982. During that time, Wheeler participated in, and provided mutual aid to fire departments throughout Liberty and adjoining counties, including East Montgomery County.

Wheeler also headed up the Cleveland Fire Academy, which has successfully trained and certified firefighters now employed with agencies throughout Southeast Texas.

When members of the Splendora Volunteer Fire Department learned of Wheeler’s death, they moved manpower and equipment to Cleveland to cover their city, and the New Caney Fire Department assisted by backing in at the Splendora Fire station. Northstar EMS volunteered their services to the City of Cleveland overnight, with the cities of Livingston and Liberty running their fire calls.

The ambulance transporting Wheeler to the Southeast Forensic Center in Beaumont Monday night passed by the Cleveland Fire Station with an escort, as flags flew at half staff and a flower arrangement was laid at the station and lit. Over 100 people lined the street as the ambulance passed.

The house where Wheeler was found, which is near the Cleveland airport, was his “home away from home.” It stands on property he and his wife owned, where they planned to build a larger home.

City leaders, firefighters and others who knew Wheeler gathered near the home in disbelief as investigators continued their work. Former Cleveland Police detectives Jim Cooper and Harry Kelly are now with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and are the lead investigators in Chief Wheeler’s death.

Friends say the Chief recently purchased a 9mm handgun that was found near his body along with a gun cleaning kit, and planned to take a concealed handgun class next week.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

SHOULD THOSE BELLAIRE POLICE OFFICERS BE INDICTED?

TOLAN SAYS IT WAS CLEAR RACISM!

A young man who says a Belliare cop shot him because of his race, has told his story to a Harris County grand jury.

Twenty-three-year-old Robbie Tolan, son of former professional baseball player Robert Tolan, spent four hours inside the closed proceedings. He was accompanied by his family and their attorneys.

The grand jury will decide if a Bellaire police officer Jeff Cotton and his partner should go to trial for shooting Tolan during a confrontation outside the Tolan family home on New Year’s Eve.

Cotton and another officer were investigating a report of a stolen car, but Tolan was with his own vehicle in his own driveway when Officer Cotton fired at him. Tolan was also unarmed.

Tolan, who is black, claims he was targeted because of his race.

Geoffrey Berg, Tolan’s attorney, says this is a clear case of racial profiling, and Bellaire police have not apologized or acknowledged the problem.

Berg says he does not know when the grand jury will reach its decision or what the officer could be charged with if it returns an indictment.

THE FEDS SAY DON’T EAT THE NUTS!

PISTACHIOS NOW ON THE SCARE LIST!

In another food scare sure to rattle consumers who watched the national salmonella outbreak in peanuts unfold, federal food officials are now warning people not to eat any food containing pistachios, which could carry contamination from the same bacteria.

The Food and Drug Administration said central California-based Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., the nation’s second-largest pistachio processor, was voluntarily recalling more than 2 million pounds of its roasted nuts shipped since last fall.

“Our advice to consumers is that they avoid eating pistachio products, and that they hold onto those products,” said Dr. David Acheson, assistant commissioner for food safety. “The number of products that are going to be recalled over the coming days will grow, simply because these pistachio nuts have then been repackaged into consumer-level containers.”

Two people called the FDA complaining of gastrointestinal illness that could be associated with the nuts, but the link hasn’t been confirmed, Acheson said. Still, the plant decided to shut down late last week, officials said.

The recalled nuts represent a small fraction of the 55 million pounds of pistachios that the company’s plant processed last year and an even smaller portion of the 278 million pounds produced in the state in the 2008 season, according to the Fresno-based Administrative Committee for Pistachios.

California alone is the second-largest producer of pistachios in the world.

IT HAS HAPPENED AGAIN: PAY ME TO GET YOUR JUSTICE!

YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY FOR NEWS COVERAGE!

The Insite interviewed a Houston family about the death of a loved one in the state prison system. I was turned on to this incident as a possible news story by a local minister who wanted to help the family get answers. As I interviewed the family they told me something very interesting. They said they first turned to a community activist group for help. The group told them they could help if they paid $1500. The family said they couldn’t afford that. A rep from the activist group called back later and said they would accept $750. The family still couldn’t afford that. So what was the money for? The family was told it was going to be used for a private investigation into the death of the loved one of the family and news coverage. The family turned to a local prominent minister who got them lots of media coverage and answers without pay a single dollar. So once again don’t pay these people for news coverage. Call each newsroom and ask for the assignments desk or your favorite reporter The Insite. It’s free!

Newsrooms:

KRIV TV – 713-479-2801 (The Insite)
KHOU TV – 713-526-1111
KTRK TV – (713) 666-0713
KPRC TV – 713-222-6397
CW 39 – 713-781-3939
Houston Chronicle –
713-362-7171
KTRH AM – 713-212-8740

IT’S TIME FOR THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS HALL OF FAME!

THE BIG EVENT YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!

In anticipation of the Buffalo Soldiers Hall of Fame Awards a Media Luncheon will be held this Thursday, April 2nd @ 11A at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, 1834 Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX 77004. All media invited.

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum Presents The Hall of Fame Awards, Presented by the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Sunday April 5th at the Cullen Theater @ Wortham Center. Doors open 5:00 PM. Show starts at 6:00 PM. Tickets $25

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is committed to preserving the rich and incredible history of the African American Soldier in the United States. The museum has recognized a need in our community and in our world to honor those who have sacrificed their time, hard work and their lives in some cases to create a better life for others.

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum accomplishes these two tasks by creating the first annual Buffalo Soldiers Museum Hall Of Fame Awards. This awards program was produced to create and instill a sense of pride and honor to those who seek to acquire the secrets of what makes this country so great. “It is It’s People”.

Enjoy the live re-enactments of the Buffalo Soldier story, depicting the history and bravery of these great black men and how the west was really won.

Honorees include: Sgt. Major Charles Bass, one of the youngest and highly decorated soldiers in the Vietnam War. Dr. Joseph Gathe, a world renowned specialist in Infectious Diseases and a expert in life saving HIV-AIDS medical care. Sheila Jackson Lee, one of the most powerful African American women in the U.S. Government. Abner Haynes, Pro Football Hall of Fame, credited for de-segregating football in colleges and the NFL.

Channel 8 will air the premiere broadcast event in the month of June 2009 in recognition of the June Teenth Holiday and Celebration. The show will be hosted by Tracye McDaniel and Jose Grinan. Musical Guests include: Marion Meadows, National Recording Artist; Kyle Turner, Houston’s Own Jazz Saxophonist; Russia Bimiage, 13 year old phenomenal singer; Soul Fruit, local singing group and Tammy Bishop Ministries, local Gospel Group.

JAMIE JONES LOVES HER LOUISIANA CUISINE!

PIG’S FEET, NECK BONES AND FRIED TURKEY WINGS!



Insite niece Jamie Jones aka Jailyn can’t resist her favorite Louisiana eats when she is in the River City. I had to make several stops for her so she could gather some of her favorite foods before we pulled out of Baton Rouge last weekend. On that list was Atchafalaya Seafood in North Baton Rouge. So what did she buy? Neck bones boiled in seafood seasoning, pig’s feet also in the seafood boil and let’s not forget the fried turkey wings. What was the Insite’s weakness in Lousiana? Four Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I had to have them!