Monthly Archives: March 2010

MAYOR ANNISE PARKER WILL ANNOUNCE HER POLICE CHIEF WEDNESDAY!


Mayor Parker to Name Her Choice for Police Chief

Who: Mayor Annise Parker

What: Announcement of Mayor Parker’s nomination for Houston Police Chief

When: Wednesday, March 31, immediately following City Council meeting

Where: Proclamation Room, 3rd Floor, Houston City Hall

JANET JACKSON TO HEADLINE ESSENCE FESTIVAL IN NEW ORLEANS!

FINALLY A REASON TO GO TO THE BIG EVENT IN JULY!

Multiple Grammy Award-winning recording artist, actress, and songwriter Janet Jackson will make her only concert appearance of 2010 at this year’s ESSENCE Music Festival on July 4th weekend in New Orleans. This performance will be Jackson’s debut at the ESSENCE Music Festival, as well as her first full concert since 2008.

Jackson–who has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is one of the best-selling artists of all time–joins Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys on the all-star lineup. Jackson is scheduled to perform on July 2nd, the opening night of the festival. The announcement was made today in celebration of Jackson’s iTunesrelease of “Nothing,” the theme song she performs, co-wrote and co-produced for Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married Too?” opening nationwide April 2, 2010.

IN AND OUT OF THE MUNICIPAL COURTHOUSE!

NEW TECHNOLOGY TO HELP YOU SAVE TIME IN TRAFFIC COURT!

If you’re one of those people who is always in a rush, you likely have some traffic tickets. And just like your big hurry to get there you’re probably in a hurry to pay that traffic ticket off. The city of Houston is making it easier for all of you speed demons. They have installed a new ticket kiosk. It allows people who are not challenging their citations to just walk up to the machine, insert your credit card, and you’re on your way. Gwendolyn Goins with the Municipal Court System says this could be just the beginning. Goins says this could de-centralize some city operations. She says not only will the kiosk be a convenience to you but it will make workers at the court more efficient. The prototype can be found at the Municipal court building at the edge of downtown Houston. Check it out if you have a ticket to pay!

CITY CONTROLLER RONALD GREEN SAYS STICK TO THE DEAL!

In an early Monday morning appearance Houston City Controller Ronald Green says the Mayor should stick to the deal of selling the Lakewood church facility to the church for the current agreed upon price of $7.5 million. Green says the church already has a solid lease on the facility for 50 plus years. If we don’t sell the building it would be hard to convince another entity to buy it with a long term tenant. Here’s a portion of the FOX 26 interview with anchor Jose Grinan:

RESCUE CAUGHT ON TAPE!

A SUV overturned on I-45 Saturday March 27, 2010 at around 7pm…It happened between Conroe and the Woodlands. Not sure just how seriously the passengers were injured but you can’t walk away from this scene with no scratches!

THE HOUSTON ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALIST ANNUAL DINNER!

THANKS TO ALL OF THOSE WHO ATTENDED AND SUPPORTED THIS GREAT EVENT!










































It was another successful year for the Houston of Association of Black Journalists. Hundreds of people turned out for the annual fundraiser held at the Hilton of Americas Friday night. It was an event designed to help young people get scholarships for college while honoring some of the best journalists Houston has to offer. The big honorees this year were Ralph Cooper, Richelle Carey, Roland Martin and Tony Wyllie. The event was spear headed by Mary Benton, Joy Sewing, Shere Cary, and a long list of other HABJ volunteer and staffers. The dinner featured the who’s who from Houston media, politics and the business community. If I named everyone I saw I’d be here all day so lets just get to those pictures.

NITRA GETS $9 MILLION DOLLARS FROM WALMART!

JURY SIDES WITH FORMER COLLEGE STUDENT IN CIVIL LAWSUIT!

A woman who was arrested in 2008 at a Wal-Mart location in Houston will be awarded $9 million after winning a case against the retail company.

Nitra Gipson, a former Texas Southern University student, filed a civil lawsuit against Wal-Mart which alleged that store employees accused of her of trying to exchange counterfeit Wal-Mart money orders to obtain cash.

Investigators determined that the money orders that Gipson presented were authentic, which meant she was falsely arrested.

Closing arguments took place on Friday afternoon and a jury ordered the retail company to pay Gipson $9 million for her false arrest.

THOUSANDS IN HOUSTON GO TO JAIL AND MILLIONS COLLECTED!

THE BIG WARRANT ROUND UP SHOWS RESULTS!

The City of Houston Municipal Courts Administration Department reported that 33,081 delinquent cases were closed during the “2010 Great Texas Warrant Round-Up.” The program, which began March 6, 2010 and officially ended March 15, 2010, is being touted as the reason behind a record-breaking year for case closures and arrests for the City of Houston as compared to the previous three years of participation.

“The unified approach between Municipal Courts, the Houston Police Department, Harris County Constables and over 70 other Gulf Coast participants helped this initiative tremendously,” stated Chief Donald McKinney. “Having regional partnerships showed the effectiveness of a coordinated, multi-agency effort.”

After weeks of televised news reports and radio announcements to notify the public of the statewide initiative, many of Houston’s warranted public responded by coming forth early to handle their court matters. Unfortunately, not everyone heeded the warning, and for thousands, a trip to jail was not avoided.

“We offered a grace period from February 19, 2010 through March 5, 2010 in hopes that defendants would come to us voluntarily to pay their fines and/or to learn about their court cases,” said Sahira J. Abdool, Director & Chief Clerk of the Municipal Courts Administration Department. “We did everything we could to inform the public of what was to come and the various options available to them to handle court matters,” Abdool stated.

The threat of arrest remains in effect for defendants who did not take care of their delinquent case(s) and may still have active warrants pending against them.

“It is an unfortunate reality that our Courts must rely on the periodic intervention of law enforcement to assist us in resolving cases in warrant status. We make every effort to offer individuals various options and customer-driven services to facilitate the successful resolution of their court matters and to avoid arrest,” said Presiding Judge Berta A. Mejia, “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the officers who participated in the Warrant Round-Up for their invaluable assistance.”

No amnesty was offered in conjunction with the Round-Up effort. The Office of the Chief Clerk provided the following statistics concerning the Warrant Round Up:

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Arrests Warrants Cleared

Fines Paid

Traffic/Non-Traffic 5992 33081 $2,376,083

DON’T MISS THE BIG EVENT AND YOUR CHANCE TO HELP COLLEGE STUDENTS!

FROM RALPH COOPER TO ROLAND MARTIN!

The Houston Association of Black Journalists, HABJ, will celebrate four distinguished media professionals at its 24th Annual Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, at the Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar. The honorees were selected for their outstanding contributions to the journalism profession and for their commitment to the event’s theme, “Empowering Journalists for the Future.”

“In light of all the changes happening in our industry, this is our night to celebrate our achievements and focus on our future,” says Katishia Cosley, KIAH-TV Channel 39 anchor and dinner co-chair. This year’s anniversary dinner will include an additional category recognizing emerging excellence in the journalism field. The honorees include:

-Roland Martin, nationally award-winning journalist and author, will receive the coveted HABJ Pinnacle Award. The Houston native serves as commentator for TV One Cable Network and hosts “Washington Watch with Roland Martin.” Martin is also an analyst for CNN and senior analyst for the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

-Ralph Cooper, sports director for KCOH Radio and commentator for KTRK-TV Channel 13’s Extra Points, will be honored with the HABJ Lifetime Achievement Award for many years of excellence and devotion to journalistic standards.

-Tony Wyllie, vice president of communications for the Houston Texans, will receive the HABJ Spirit Award for his decade-long role in shaping the image of the NFL team and fostering its supporting relationship within the community. He is a graduate of Texas Southern University and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

-Richelle Carey, is a weekday anchor for HLN, part of the CNN Worldwide family. Carey is a Houston native and began her career at KPRC-TV Local 2. She will be receiving the newly entitled award,HABJ’s Emerging Journalist of the Year, for her dedication to the field.

Other dinner co-chairs include, HABJ’s Special Events coordinator and author, Sherea Cary, and Houston Chronicle Fashion and Beauty Editor, Joy Sewing.

For more information about HABJ’s 24th Anniversary Awards Dinner, visit www.habj.org

ADA GETS A NEW POSITION IN THE CITY!

MEET THE HEAD OF THE CITY’S HOUSING DEPARTMENT!

A former Houston city councilwoman is getting a promotion from Mayor Annise Parker as the interim director of the housing department, sources tell FOX 26.

FOX 26 News learned of the decision on Thursday to name Ada Edwards the interim director of the city’s troubled housing department. The current director, Richard Celly, announced his resignation two weeks ago.

Mayor Parker says Edwards has a wealth of experience on housing issues.

A search for a permanent director is underway.