Monthly Archives: May 2010

THREE PEOPLE DROWN IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY!

Bad weather led a boat to capsize on Lake Conroe – sending its four occupants into water. Only three of those boaters survived.

The incident happened Sunday night as a grandfather and his daughter, grandson, and son-in-law took to the lake. Authorities say the family tied up under FM 1097 and began fishing.

Just before 10 p.m., bad weather sent a wave over the side of their 16-foot boat. All four were sent into the water. The daughter managed to use her cell phone to call for help, with lake patrol responding and quickly pulling out all four.

Rescuers said the 65-year-old grandfather, identified as Richard Lamberth, was found floating face down.

He was sent to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The drowning is the third in a week in Montgomery County and the second on Lake Conroe.

According to officials, alcohol does not appear to be a factor in Sunday’s death.

PATROLLING LAKE CONROE WITH DEPUTY CONSTABLES FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY PRECINCT 1!

MEMORIAL DAY ASSIGNMENT!




The Insite had the chance to travel Lake Conroe at about 30 miles per hour Monday during the Memorial Day holiday. I rode with veteran deputy Constable Lt. Bryan Dubose from Precinct 1 in Montgomery County. Also, along for the ride was FOX 26 photographer Joe Lanford. We rode by East Beach and Ayers Island where all of the cool people go to party. The water was a little choppy for me so don’t expect to see me cruising the waves anytime soon. Thanks Lt. Dubose for the ride!

I DON’T CARE WHAT THE JUDGE SAYS I’VE GOT TO TELL SOMEONE!

THE OUT OF CONTROL JURY FOREMAN!

A federal judge warned jurors in a death penalty trial 41 times not to discuss the case with anyone, not even each other, until they were sent off to deliberate on a verdict.

That didn’t stop Cynthia Wilson, the jury foreman, from calling five news organizations and placing 71 other telephone calls to two fellow jurors.
U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. of South Carolina found Wilson’s behavior so outrageous that he held her in contempt of court, ordering her to return $2,500 of her juror’s pay and perform 120 hours of community service. Anderson said he would have put Wilson in jail for six months if she did not have four children at home.

But when the defendant in the case, Brandon Basham, asked for his death sentence to be thrown out as a result of Wilson’s conduct, Anderson refused and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., backed him up.

And when Basham took his plea to the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan agreed that the judge had made the correct call. The high court, to which Kagan has since been nominated, could say as early as Tuesday whether it will hear Basham’s case.

It is no surprise that the government is seeking to preserve what it already has won, especially after the time and expense of a capital punishment trial.

Basham’s guilt in a brutal, senseless crime is not in dispute, as even his lawyers concede. Basham was convicted by a jury and Chadrick Fulks pleaded guilty to kidnapping and killing 44-year-old
Alice Donovan during a two-week crime spree after the pair escaped from a Hopkins County, Ky., jail in 2002. Fulks also has been sentenced to death.

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY AND THANKS TO ALL THE VETERANS OUT THERE!

EVENTS AROUND TOWN HONORING OUR FALLEN AND LIVING VETERANS!

On behalf of your Harris County Republican Party, I would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe Memorial Day.

Let us take this day to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom and liberty. Let us also give thanks for the members of our military who continue to stand in the breach in defense of this great nation and pray for their safe return to their families.

Here are a couple of events being held in Houston on Memorial Day that you may wish to attend:

Monday, May 31 – 9:30 am
Houston VA National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Gov. Rick Perry will be the featured speaker at an event that also includes a flyover by the U.S. Coast Guard, a cannon salute, a horse procession, a rifle salute, the releasing of doves and parade of colors and wreaths.

Monday, May 31 – 2:00 pm
Bear Creek Pioneers Park, 3535 War Memorial Dr.
Names of local military personnel killed at war will be etched into a memorial wall. Local color guards will present the flags, and Pastor Larry Womack of Copperfield Baptist Church will offer prayers for the fallen.
May God continue to bless these United States of America.

Sincerely,


Jared Woodfill
Chairman, Harris County Republican Party

KRITAARTH IS HEADING TO WASHINGTON D.C. FOR THE TEACH AFRICA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT!

THIS IS A FORT BEND COUNTY STUDENT WE ALL CAN BE PROUD OF!

Clements High School junior Kritaarth Mahankali is one of two Houston high school student leaders selected to receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the first Teach Africa Leadership Summit – jointly organized by The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa in partnership with The United States Department of State – on June 3rd, 2010. He will be representing Clements High School, the Fort Bend Independent School District, the World Affairs Council of Houston, and the city of Houston at the educational summit that will engage 290 high school student leaders from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in addition to 8 others (two each) representing the cities of Los Angeles, Portland, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta.

The first Teach Africa Leadership Summit is an innovative day-long Africa immersion, leadership program – funded by the United States Agency for International Development – during which, high school student leaders will come together to participate in workshops, review case studies, and discuss a variety of critical issues as they relate to the African continent. Participants will meet with ambassadors, policymakers, and professionals during the summit in addition to conversing with their counterparts in Liberia, South Africa, and Cameroon through interactive digital video conferences. During afternoon workshops, experts will lead discussions on topics focused on Africa, including: leadership, conflict resolution, women, science & technology, media & US foreign policy. The distinguished guests who will speak to the students include: The Honorable Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Michael Blake, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement, & Deputy Associate Director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; His Excellency Nathaniel Barnes, Ambassador of the Republic of Liberia; and Her Excellency Fatou Danielle Diagne, Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal.

The following Africa Society Teach Africa Partners selected students from their respective cities to attend the State Department program: The World Affairs Council of Portland, The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, The World Affairs Council of Houston, the Southern Center for International Studies, and the UCLA James S. Coleman African Studies Center. Kritaarth was selected on the basis of his significant interest in African & international affairs, and achievements in the classroom, student organizations, and community service.

INSITE PICTURE OF THE DAY: MONEY TO WASH!

THE CITY COULD SAVE MONEY IF THEY DROVE THROUGH THOSE NO FRILLS CAR WASHES AT THE CORNER EXXON!

For months Mayor Annise Parker has been tackling the tough issue of balancing the city’s budget in Houston. After some penny pinching the $4 billion budget was solid. But if city leaders still need a few extra dollars I know how they can save…stop sending city owned vehicles to full service car washes. Here’s a picture of a Public Works vehicle going through the wash on Kirby near Westheimer. The average cost is about $20 per car. Imagine how much the city could save if they used that no frills wash at the gas station or detainees at the jail who may want to work off fines…This could save thousands unless the city has a heck of a deal with this full service car wash!

HARRIS COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING AND BEATING A BABY GIRL!

DONNIE PEARSON HELD ON $50,000 BOND ON A CHARGE OF SUPER AGGRAVATED SEX ASSAULT OF 23 MONTH OLD!

A Harris County man is being described as a monster by some. 32 year old Donnie Ray Pearson has been arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a baby girl so bad his charge is ‘super’ aggravated sexual assault of child.


According to Harris County court records Pearson is accused of not only sexually assaulting the child but beating the 23 month old as well.

Investigators say it happened last year in Deer Park while Pearson was caring for the child. Prosecutors

say Pearson was the boyfriend of the child’s mother.

Doctors who examined the child say there were serious internal damage to parts of her body. There were also
bruises found on the child’s arm, face, back, legs, and hip area.

Pearson is being held in jail on $50,000 bond and is expected to be arraigned in court next Tuesday.

GARY COLEMAN DIES!

Gary Coleman has died at 42.

Coleman had been hospitalized in Provo, Utah since Wednesday, May 26, after suffering what his family called “a serious medical problem.”

As previously reported, Coleman had slipped into a coma and was on life support after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage.

He was pulled of life support Friday morning and later passed away. His wife Shannon Price and her father were at the hospital Friday.

The Illinois native’s death marks the end of a long, sad road for the diminutive Diff’rent Strokes star, who struggled professionally and financially as his fame and fortune diminished since the show went off the air in 1986.

Coleman’s growth was hampered at a young age by a congenital kidney disease caused by focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, as he never grew beyond 4 feet, 8 inches tall. Twice having undergone kidney transplants in 1973 and 1984, Coleman required daily dialysis in his everyday life.

Coleman got his break in acting when caught the eye of TV icon Norman Lear, which eventually paved the way for him to star in Diff’rent Strokes as Arnold Jackson, a wisecracking runt adopted with his brother Willis (Todd Bridges) by a rich New York businessman (Conrad Bain). Coleman’s considerable charisma — buoyed by his catchphrase “What’cu Talkin Bout Willis” — made the show a ratings winner in its’ first three years, as the young actor was earning as much as $70,000 an episode at its’ peak.

JARVIS JOHNSON: I’M SHAKING THEM DOWN FOR JOBS!

IF THE FBI WANTS TO COME TALK TO ME THEN TELL THEM TO COME TALK TO ME – NOW, I’M TAKING MY KIDS TO FIESTA TEXAS!

In rare form Thursday night Houston City Councilman Jarvis Johnson was defiant. He tells the Insite he’s fed up with the allegations that he’s been shaking down people, contractors, and companies in his council district for money or personal gain.

Johnson was elected to the seat in District B in 2006 and now the 38 year old husband and father of two young children says he’s being attacked by haters. The Insite called Johnson Thursday to ask if he is in fact under investigation by the FBI, the Houston Police Department, or the Harris County District Attorney’s office for soliciting bribes in exchange for supporting city contracts. Johnson tells The Insite he has not been contacted by any investigatory agency. He says, “they’ve been saying that for 3 or 4 years and it’s old news.”

There are even allegations Johnson allegedly tried to shakedown another elected official for jobs. The 3 term council member denied that as well. Johnson says if he shakes down anyone or anything it will be those businesses who come into his community not expecting to give back. He says District B has one of the highest unemployment rates in the city. Johnson says if demanding companies hire his constituents when they do business with the city so be it. He says, “I demand these businesses support the district with jobs…if that’s a shake down then that’s a shake down.”

Just this year Johnson made a run for the 18th Congressional District against Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and lost. He says he believes the rumors are also rooted in politics. The Councilman says people are attempting to soil his name if he decides to run for the same position in the future. He says, “if the FBI wants to come talk to me, then come talk to me.”

Johnson, the family man, says he has two kids ages 9 and 12. He asked if I believed he would jeopardize not seeing one minute of their future with foolishness like asking companies for kickbacks. I didn’t answer because I wanted him to answer. He said absolutely not. Johnson says, “if someone comes forward with some solid proof about who I shook down then I will take them seriously.”

Johnson, who insisted I print his side of the story, then told the Insite he had to go because he was taking his children to Fiesta Texas. The end!

Note: The Insite will follow up with calls to the FBI, DA, and HPD but if there is any type of investigation their typical line will be ‘we can neither confirm nor deny.’

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA RESPONDS TO BP OIL SPILL CRITICISM!

MY ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN INVOLVED SINCE DAY ONE!


President Barack Obama is addressing criticism the federal government has dropped the ball in handling the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

The President says BP is being held responsible and will pay for the damage. He says those who think his administration was slow in responding don’t have the facts.

Obama also says Americans can help by visiting Louisiana to keep the state’s tourist industry flourishing.

The POTUS says he’s moving quickly to make sure another oil catastrophe like the one still uncapped off the coast of Louisiana doesn’t happen again.

Mr. Obama says from the day the oil spill began in the Gulf of Mexico the federal government has been leading the effort. Obama says, “BP is operating at our direction.”

Some of the President’s actions today included: suspending planned exploration of two sites in Alaska and suspending the drilling of deep water wells for 6 months.

This comes as Obama launches a commission to look into the BP oil spill in the Gulf…Obama ended by saying we need to invest more in clean renewable energy.