Congratulations to long time Houston police officer Ray Hunt.
With more than 80% of the vote Hunt has been elected the new President of the Houston Police Officers’ Union.
Ray has served as vice president of the group under sitting President Gary Blankinship.
Blankinship decided not to run so Hunt took advantage of the opportunity.
HPOU is the main bargaining agent for Houston cops and represents more than 4000 officers in the city.
No word yet what Hunt’s first order of businesss will be!
The First Lady is unable to come to Houston for the scheduled events tomorrow, November 1, due to a family scheduling conflict.
We look forward to her next visit and cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work.
Further information will be forthcoming.
Note: The cancellation also came after reports Mrs. Obama would attend a fundraiser at the home of a millionaire who is also a former Enron executive. Remember the company based here in Houston where people lost their investments and retirement. You know that would lead to bad press for the first lady.
The news business is not just a business but a service to the community. That’s why any legitimate news organization would never be caught charging to get a story on the air. But I felt sort of like a used piece of news meat when I was mistakenly sent an email from the Houston Independent School District. Apparently, reps at the district put a dollar amount on the ‘free’ news coverage they get in the community. For example the email I received indicated a 30 second report on ABC 13 was worth $2700 in free publicity. The email also shows how many viewers that station has and the total value of free news coverage the district received. By the way, the Insite wasn’t the only news person in Houston to get the memo likely meant for only HISD officials. To the people at HISD – I’m hurt and I feel used!
Here’s an update on the dogs of Sunny Side from Kelly Cripe. She did a welfare check on the dogs this weekend thinking they were the victims of abuse. But Cripe learned the owners were doing the best they could on a limited income so she stepped in to help the owners keep their dogs and help them as well. Here’s the latest information:
P.O. Box 70286
Houston, TX 77270
3. Or to donate by phone, please call SNAP at:
Just when you thought everyone was following the rules in the Texas prison system. There have been rumors for years that corrections officers have been having sex with inmates in prisons. The Insite wanted to see just how bad the problem really was so I submitted an open records request to the Texas Department of Corrections. The numbers were not mind blowing but surprising that just how frequently inmates have sex with employees who are there to insure there is no hanky panky. Records from TDCJ show over a three year period ending in the first half of 2011 at least two female inmates became pregnant in the Texas penal system. State officials also say over that some time period at least 13 corrections officers were terminated from TDCJ for having sex and or inappropriate contact with inmates. What do you think of those stats?
The Insite is hearing some Harris County Sheriff’s Office retirees are upset with the County Commission. Bob Goerlitz, President of the Harris County Deputies’ Organization, says those retirees are upset because county commissioners took their monthly healthcare premiums up from $0 a month to $115 a month. Goerlitz says the retirees are on a fixed income and can’t afford to pay the increased rates. He also says this is plain and simple a broken promise by commissioners. However, a spokesperson for the County Judge’s office says the increase was likely made because of the budget constraints. That rep also passed the Insite along to the Harris County Human Resources Department. We’re hoping to get a response!
The Insite has learned there is a Harris County survey going around that won’t likely give Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos anything to write home about.
That survey is being conducted by the Harris County Deputies’ Organization.
The President tells the Insite the poll asks workers in the Sheriff’s department and the D.A.’s office if they have confidence in the job currently being done by Lykos.
Bob Goerlitz says so far anywhere from 94% to 98% of the people have said they don’t have confidence in Lykos’ job performance.
This comes at a time when Lykos is facing lots of heat here in the county.
A Harris County grand jury is looking into the role the D.A.’s office may or may not have played in ensuring the integrity of the results from HPD’s Breath Alcohol Testing vans.
The Insite has not received a response from the D.A.’s office so far on the HCDO survey. Stand by!
You’ve probably heard of Houston City Council member Jolanda Jones’ spokesperson Kelly Cripe. Well, what you likely didn’t know is the public relations specialist is an advocate for animals and helps out PETA. This weekend Cripe says she received a call to go and investigate neglected and abused animals in Sunny Side. When Cripe arrived she found the animals were being fed but the bigger issue was the owners simply were having a hard time providing for themselves. So, now Cripe is trying to help both the animals and the owners. She explains more here:
Help: Anyone that wants to help these dogs with dog houses, food and vaccinations can contribute to SNAP, www.snapus.org, and note that their contribution is for the “Sunnyside Dogs.”