Monthly Archives: July 2012

Avery Ayers is running for President

If you’re tired of having only two political parties to choose from in the race for President of the United States, now you have an alternative.  Houstonian Avery Ayers is a write-in candidate for the top seat in the country.  The native Texan is also a member of the Utopian party.  I asked Mr. Ayers to send me more information about his campaign and platform.  Here’s that information:

Party Platform

  • Balanced Distribution of the Wealth
      • Reverse the Economic Tipping point
  • Job Creation
      • American Diverse Employment/Entrepreneurial Training Program – ADEETP
  • The ABC’s of Politics
      • Accountability
      • Business of Governing
      • Communication with Constituents
  • Our Homeless Heroes – Veterans
      • Veterans account for 40% of the Homeless population
  • Education Nation – Technology
      • America ranks 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in mathematics
  • OPP – Ordinary Peoples’ Politics
      • A True Representation of the Community – No more Professional Politicians
  • Family Value Clinic – FVC
      • Re-Inventing the Family Unit


Campaign Managed by:


Former Houston City Councilman Jarvis Johnson is hot on election day.

He’s currently in a runoff with fellow Democrat Erica Lee for the position 6 seat at the Harris County Department of Education. 

Johnson says he’s angry because with only one day notice his strongest voting location was moved. 

Johnson says he was told today that location St. Pius has been moved a mile away to Dominion Academy.

The political candidate says when his supporters get to the new location many will just turn around and go home. 

He says by noon on an election day like this at least 200 people would’ve voted at St. Pius.

Johnson says only 20 people have cast their ballots at Dominion.

He says this is another example of voters being disenfranchised by Harris County.

The Insite is placing calls to county election officials to get some answers.

Note: Waiting on return call from Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart with explanation.



Marcus Fleming Goree after November 2011 arrest


It was last November when Houstonian Marcus Goree found himself at the center of intense media scrutiny and in trouble with the law.

According to investigators he was stopped for suspicion of drinking and driving.

But the situation only escalated from there when prosecutors say Goree refused to get out of his vehicle.

The SWAT team was eventually called out for an intense scene where deputies say Goree reached under the seat as if he was getting a weapon.

When all was said and done Goree was taken into custody after police knocked out his window and caught him after a short foot chase.

But the problems mounted. Investigators say Goree had a uniform for a Fort Bend County deputy sheriff in his vehicle and was no longer with the department.

He was charged with impersonating an officer of the law and driving while intoxicated.

A spokesperson with the Harris County District Attorney’s office says  Goree failed to show up for his court appearance in February on those charges.

A warrant was later issued for his arrest and that leads me to Facebook.

It’s where Goree posted a long note to his friends and family Monday night saying he would be turning himself in to face charges once he sent the email.

At last check reps from the District Attorney and the Harris County Sheriff’s offices said Goree had not turned himself in as of 12:25 pm Tuesday.

But if Goree means what he wrote in his Facebook message he could be on the right track to redemption:



Marcus Fleming Goree asks for forgiveness and prayers on Facebook

Marcus Goree writes:

To all my friends, family, and close business associates,

Most of you are aware of my past legal issues (DWI case), life’s stressors and bad choices. Heavy drinking has definitely turned me into a husband, dad, friend and business professional that I’m not proud to have been over the last few years. I’ve done things and behaved in ways I know God intended me not to.

Im certain that my actions have affected my relationship with each of you in some way shape or form. Personally and being unproductive on the business side due to my condition. I apologize for my actions. I’m so sorry for any harm that my poor choices have caused you. I know this one letter doesn’t fix anything but it was on my heart to say I’m sorry. I want to close this chapter of my life and began to be a better, stronger and sober person. Therefore, I will be turning myself in to the Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas shortly after sending this email.

If you wish to write me, send reading materials, credit my books, etc, my full name is Marcus Fleming Goree. But more than anything, please keep me and my family in your prayers. Thanks and God bless I will be back soon


I’m always shocked at what people will go through to get a pair of sneakers.  I’m usually waiting around for the clearance sale to get the kicks I want.  Paying full price is absolutely out of the question.  There are millions of people who will brave the elements and lay down hundreds of dollars for their favorite brand of sneakers.  Now, just imagine what you will get when you put thousands of those young people under one roof.  You get the H-Town Sneaker Summit.  The big event is held twice at year at Reliant.  It’s where vendors and individuals come together to sell their products.  But that’s not all.  Throughout the event you get lots of music and plenty of celebrities taking pictures with attendees.  Here are some of the pictures from the summit I snapped Sunday evening.  Enjoy!


Since 1980 Houston activist Ray Hill has been the voice of the Prison show on KPFT. It’s a call in program (airs Fridays 9 to 11pm) that allows family members and friends of inmates to call and say what they want to that detainee who may be listening. Hill says this will be his second time retiring. He left the show for the first time back in 2010 but he said his replacement didn’t work out. He was eventually called back into the radio booth. This time Hill is being replaced by
Katherine Griffin and Anthony Graves. Hill says, “after 30 years if I haven’t done what I needed to do with that vehicle…then I wasn’t going to accomplish anything more.” Hill says he’s not completely calling it quits on the airwaves. He says he will continue to host Execution Watch. It’s a program that’s activated during executions here in Texas. Hill’s first day on the air was back in March 1980 and his last day will be August 31!



Colorado prosecutors filed 24 counts of murder charges Monday against James Eagan Holmes, the former neuroscience student accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others at an Aurora movie theater, The Associated Press reports.Prosecutors also filed 116 counts of attempted murder against Holmes, who Aurora police said booby trapped his apartment with the intent to kill any officers responding there the night of the theater attack.Holmes, 24, was not expected to enter pleas on Monday. He ultimately could verbally enter a plea, or his attorneys could enter it for him.




George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is welcoming the largest passenger aircraft in the world to Texas. The Lufthansa A380 will make its first arrival at Intercontinental on Wednesday, August 1, and is inviting Houston to the “A380 Houston Party” to celebrate from noon – 2 p.m. at FM 1960, just east of Farrell Road, Houston, 77066.

Guests will have an unbeatable view of the A380 landing on the runway at IAH. Get your cameras ready, because the “A380 Houston Party” is in a gated area, not regularly open to the public and it is very close to the runway. Planespotters should be able to get great photos.

While guests are waiting for the A380 to arrive, Intercontinental has plenty of entertainment planned, including chances to win several prizes including two trips to Germany on the A380 – all guests have to do is participate in a couple of contests.

For the grand prize contests, guests will need to register and show proof of I.D. at the registration table when arriving to the “A380 Houston Party.” To be eligible for the grand prize, contestants must be 18 years or older and cannot be City of Houston employees. Lucky participants, chosen at random, will either have to yodel their way to Germany or pack their suitcases the best.

Two other contests include a Lederhosen costume contest and a Foursquare Check-in contest. For more information on how to register for the contests and eligibility, visit

What’s a party without food and music? The “A380 Houston Party” will have free food: sandwiches, chips, ice cream cups, popsicles, drinks and more; a free gift for each guest and entertainment from the Das Ist Lustig Band. For more information about the “A380 Houston Party,” visit

For more information about Lufthansa Airlines, visit



Update: Harris County Sheriff’s Office Missing Persons has located Ernestine King, an 81-year-old woman who was missing earlier today. She was located safe and sound.

Lilia Bonilla Media Relations Intern Harris County Sheriff’s Office

Please help us in locating 81 year old Ernestine King, last seen at her residence in the 19300 Gagelake Ln in the Westlake Village subdivision, on July 29, 2012 at 2:00p.m. Clothing description is unknown.

Mrs. King is driving a purple 2007 Chevrolet Malibu 4 door with Texas license plate Cy5X360.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Missing Person Unit at 713-967-5908

Contact Sgt. D Thomas or Deputy K. Cote


Press Release: A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive today to examine all aspects of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Communications Division’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services. As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees, public safety entities and members of the public are invited to offer comments by calling 713-755-7753 on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 between the hours of 1:00pm and 3:30pm. Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Communications Division’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. 13575 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 320, Gainsville, VA 20155. is available at the Communications Division at 1301 Franklin Street, Houston, Texas 77002. Local contact is Ms. Traci Mullins at 713.755.7428. Sheriff Adrian Garcia said that verification by the team of the Communications Division’s compliance with the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of public safety communications professional excellence. The assessment team is composed of public-safety communications practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance may be witnessed. The assessors are: Team Leader Jack McQueeney of New York and Linda Johnson of Florida. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted continued accreditation status for the next three years. The Sheriff’s Office was accredited in 2006 and 2009. For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 320, Gainsville, VA 20155; or call (703)352-4225.




The Texas Rangers and the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office are trying to identify two homicide victims found near Eagle Pass on May 22, and a $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for their deaths. Authorities are asking for the public’s help on both sides of the border in identifying the two male victims, who may be from Mexico.

The victims were discovered in an irrigation canal at FM 1588, which is also known as Thompson Road, north of Eagle Pass. Both men were shot in the head.

A Texas Ranger forensic artist composed post-mortem renderings of the victims to assist in the case. The victim pictured to the left was a Hispanic male between 19 and 22 years of age, 5 feet 6 inches in height, approximately 130 pounds, with wavy black hair and brown eyes. He had a barbed wire tattoo on his upper right arm and the letter “A” tattooed on his upper left arm. He also had a rubber wrist band inscribed with the words “Germany” and “Brazil.”

The second victim (pictured above right) was a Hispanic male, between 17 and 19 years of age, about 6 feet tall, approximately 160 pounds, with short straight black hair, brown eyes and a mole on his left cheek near his ear. He was wearing a black string necklace with a small medal of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Click here to see images of the personal effects described above: .

Anyone with information regarding the murders or identity of the victims is urged to call the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office (Armando Guzman) at 830-773-2321 or the Texas Rangers at 830-703-1202.



Press Release: Could it be that Harris County is finally on the way to losing its infamous title as the national leader in DWI-related traffic deaths per capita? DWI arrests made by Harris County Sheriff’s Office crime-fighters have risen every year for the last five years, indicating a concentrated effort to get drunken drivers off the streets. But this year the combined unincorporated areas where 1.5 million people live are on pace for the lowest total in at least five years for traffic fatalities caused by driving while intoxicated. There were 24 such cases from January through June of 2012. In the comparative six-month period, there were 48 in 2011, 27 in 2010, 38 in 2009 and 37 in 2008. More statistics are listed below. “Twenty-four deaths in the first six months of this year is 24 too many,” Sheriff Adrian Garcia said. “But the trend line is encouraging. Maybe the driving public is getting the message! If you drink and get the behind the wheel, not only will there be a good chance you will be caught and jailed, but you also may end up with the blood of innocents on your hands.” “So please avoid tragedy. If you drink, do it in moderation. If you’re intoxicated, get a ride from a sober driver or make other safe arrangements,” Garcia said. “There’s no room on the roadways of Harris County who recklessly endanger themselves and others. For those who do, we’ll always make room for them in the county jail.” The sheriff said he was proud of the agency’s patrol deputies and other officers who make communities safer by boosting the number of DWI arrests for five consecutive years despite a three-year county government freeze on law enforcement hiring. Now that the Sheriff’s Office has balanced its budget for the first time in six years (Sheriff Garcia took office in January 2009), it is hiring again and adding deputies to the patrol force. Court-ordered alcoholism intervention programs for DWI defendants and public education campaigns probably have helped increase awareness about the dangers of DWI, Sheriff Garcia said, “but our deputies patrolling the streets send the strongest message of all when they arrest drunk drivers and put them in jail. That’s where they sober up and wake up to the reality of now having a criminal record that will possibly affect them for the rest of their lives. “I hope the increase in arrests is part of what led to the decrease in DWI fatalities,” he added. “But that is no reason for us to become complacent. Intoxication will still be the road to incarceration.” DWI arrests by HCSO: 2008: 1,555 2009: 1,633 2010: 2,179 2011: 2,211 2012: 1,367 through June, on pace for 2,734 for the year DWI fatalities in HCSO patrol areas: 2008: 75 2009: 91 2010: 56 2011: 85 2012: 24 through June, on pace for 48 for the year


Organizers for the Houston Sneaker Summit threw a pool party as a benefit for the son of Crooks and Castles founder and marketing director Chris Natalio.  He died back in June.  The money raised at the event will go towards a college fund for Natalio’s 16 year old son C.J. “Siege” Natalio.  Lots of people turned out for the event held in north Houston at Maya Lagoon.  On the list: Bun B and his wife Queenie, Slim Thug, and many more. Here are some of the pictures I snapped at the event!