Monthly Archives: January 2012



The National Recreation and Park Association (N.R.P.A.) elected Joe Turner, Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, to the organization’s 2011-2012 Board of Directors for a three year term.

N.R.P.A.’s Board of Directors is composed of 21 individuals. Board members are representative of N.R.P.A.’s membership, which includes leaders in the park, recreation and conservation movement, park and recreation professionals, and individuals from corporations, industry suppliers, commercial businesses, and volunteer and civic groups.

“Joe will be an asset to our Board,” said Robert Johnson, Jr., chair of N.R.P.A.’s Board of Directors. “He has supported the park and recreation movement and N.R.P.A.’s mission on many levels throughout his career. We are excited to have his expertise and leadership skills, which we know will contribute to achieving N.R.P.A.’s goals and moving the association forward.”

Turner has served as the Director of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department since 2004. His many professional credits include membership in the N.R.P.A., Texas Recreation and Park Society, the Greater Gulf Coast Parks and Recreation Director’s Association, the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition, Trees for Houston, The Heritage Society, the Hermann Park Conservancy, the Memorial Park Conservancy and Houston Wilderness.

The new members of the N.R.P.A. Board of Directors were installed this past November during N.R.P.A.’s Annual Congress & Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia.





Harris County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies in the Channelview area arrested three burglary suspects this week after the trio’s get-away vehicle ran out of gas.

All three are accused of kicking in the door and burglarizing two homes the morning of January 24, 2012.

The first case happened at about 9 a.m. at an apartment complex located at 917 Ashland in Channelview. The suspects kicked in the door but were quickly confronted by the apartment’s occupants. The suspects fled in a red Jeep, but not before taking a television set with them.

About half an hour later the same suspects kicked in the door to a home located at 806 Doncrest. They told the homeowner to get in the closet and then proceeded with burglarizing her home.

While HCSO deputies were taking that homeowner’s statement another patrol deputy located the suspects and their vehicle nearby. They had run out of gas.

All three were taken into custody for Burglary of a Habitation and are currently being held at the Harris County Jail. They are identified as Kassandra Beltran, 17; Raymond Paige, 19; and Kolby Fleeks, 20. Deputies later learned the burglary victim in the second case is Beltran’s aunt.



On January 11, 2012, The Houston Fire Department (HFD) was notified by the Houston Police Department (HPD) that Captain Saul Fiszer was the subject of an investigation being conducted by their department. On January 24, 2012, charges were filed and Captain Fiszer was arrested by HPD on three felony counts of possession of child pornography.

“We, as a department, take these allegations very seriously. As a result of these allegations, I have opened up an Internal Affairs investigation that will run concurrently with HPD’s ongoing criminal investigation,” said Fire Chief Terry Garrison.

Captain Fiszer is an 18 year veteran of HFD, beginning his career in April 1994. He was assigned to station 21 (corrected) on the “C” shift. Captain Fiszer was relieved of duty with pay pending the results of on-going investigation, however, just before 11 a.m. this morning, Captain Fiszer signed his papers for resignation and is no longer employed by the Houston Fire Department.


The four Houston men accused of beating a Black man because he was Black was in federal court for their first appearance Thursday morning.

Charles Cannon, Brian Kerstetter, Michael McLaughlin, and Joseph Staggs were all charged with a federal hate crime.

Prosecutors say they attacked Yondell Johnson last year in downtown Houston.

Johnson told investigators the men called him the n-word several times during the alleged assault.

When those men appeared in federal court on the charges they all said they were broke.

That meant they can not afford to hire an attorney to represent them on the hate crime charges that could land them in prison for a long time.

The federal magistrate appointed attorneys for all of them.

I also noticed something different about the men who have been in jail since August.

All of them now have heads full of hair when they were waiting in the courthouse for their hearing.

In their booking photos from last August many of them were clean shaven or close to being completely bald.

Jail has taken a toll on the look they were all initially trying to achieve.

Cannon, Kerstetter, McLaughlin, and Staggs are expected back in fed court next week for their official arraignment with their court appointed attorneys by their side!




Are you ready for a whole new look at the world?

If so, you’ll need to check this out. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has just shared a new breathtaking, high-definition photo of the Earth.

According to a NASA , the new “Blue Marble” image come from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. The satellite “is the first of a new generation of satellites that will observe many facets of our changing Earth.”

This particular image was taken using the Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite or VIIRS. The photo is actually a composite image, featuring several swaths of the Earth’s surface taken on Jan. 4.

The latest image is another installment of NASA’s ” Blue Marble ” series, which started in 1972 with pictures taken onboard Apollo 17 with a 70mm camera.

If the original Blue Marble looks familiar to you, you’re not alone.

If you are among the millions of world-wide iPhone users, you’ve most likely seen the image hundreds – if not thousands – of times, as it was the default background on several different iPhones. According to a Gizmodo report , the original image has been public since 2001.

For more high-resolution earth photos and videos, check out the NASA Goddard stream on Flickr .

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Houston, TX- “Gingrich is not a conservative” is what former Majority Leader Tom Delay said this evening on The Michael Berry Show, “Newt was more like Bill Clinton.”


Delay discussed Newt’s leadership saying he did not question his ethics but maybe his character.  He also questioned his leadership style and said each day Newt came in with new and changed ideas stating his leadership style could only be characterized as “erratic.”


Delay stated Gingrich was never unethical as a Speaker or since rather Delay said his problem was with his core issues. He also said Gingrich was not known for compromise rather would just vote NO without trying to work with the other side or compromise.


In conclusion Tom Delay stated, “Newt doesn’t stand on principal!” 


To listen to the audio click on the following link:


Two dogs in Brenham had to find a new home once a tornado moved through the city Wednesday morning.  Why?  A roof on a nearby storage facility was blown into the yard where the dogs lived knocking down a tree and flattening their dog house.  So those dogs decided to take shelter in the next best thing.  Under a tree stump that was also uprooted by the storm in the dog’s backyard.  They looked like cute little pets but they were vicious.  Listen to the video and here them growl…but for now they have a new home until their owner takes them inside or rebuild their doggy house!



It’s all about the clean up in the small city of Brenham, Texas today. That’s after emergency officials in the area confirmed a tornado hit the
area just after six this morning. The damaged building you see is part of Kettler’s Woodwork and Repair. So far there have been no major injuries reported. Tune in to Fox 26 at 5 pm for more details!