Monthly Archives: October 2012

THE LATEST TOTALS ON EARLY VOTING IN HARRIS COUNTY!

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The number of people who have decided to cast their vote early in the November election has gone over 600, 000. That’s a fourth of the people who are registered to vote in our community. Once again way to go!

THE CHILDREN OF MILITARY PERSONNEL NEED BOOKS BEFORE THEIR PARENTS ARE DEPLOYED!

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The USO is accepting donations and new books to go to the children of members of the armed forces.

There are still lots of men and women being deployed to dangerous territories around the world.

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Many of those members of the military will leave children behind.

To comfort that son or daughter their military parents read them a book in front of a video camera.

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That narration is then placed on a dvd and shipped to the child with the actual book.

Robin Crouse with the USO at Fort Hood says there is always a need for more books or donations.

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She says some of these men and women may not return and the video with the book may be the last gift from a parent to a child.

If you would like to help out send your book or donation to:

USO FORT HOOD
United Through Reading Program
50th Street
Building 1871
Fort Hood, TX
76544
Phone # (254)768-2771
Website for Donations!

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Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Ruben Perez will lead the efforts of his office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 6, 2012 general elections, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
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AUSA Perez has been appointed to serve as the district election officer (DEO) for the Southern District of Texas and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the district’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

“Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud,” said Magidson. “The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process.”The Department of Justice has an important role in deterring election fraud and discrimination at the polls and combating these violations whenever and wherever they occur.

The department’s long-standing Election Day Program furthers these goals and also seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local points of contact within the department for the public to report possible election fraud and voting rights violations while the polls are open on election day.Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input. It also contains special protections for the rights of voters and provides that they can vote free from acts that intimidate or harass them. For example, actions of persons designed to interrupt or intimidate voters at polling places by questioning or challenging them or by photographing or videotaping them, under the pretext that these are actions to uncover illegal voting, may violate federal voting rights law.

Further, federal law protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice.The franchise is the cornerstone of American democracy. We all must ensure that those who are entitled to the franchise exercise it if they choose and that those who seek to corrupt it are brought to justice.

In order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses on November 6, 2012, and to ensure such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, United States Attorney Magidson has advised that AUSA/DEO Perez will be on duty in this district while the polls are open. He can be reached by the public at 713-567-9344 until 7:00 p.m. on November 6, 2012.

In addition, the FBI will have special agents available in each field office and resident agency throughout the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on election day. The Houston FBI Field Office can be reached by the public at 713-693-5000; the San Antonio Field Office at 210-225-6741.

Complaints about ballot access problems or discrimination can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington at 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767.

30 YEARS OF ROLLER SKATING IN THE FIFTH WARD!


 

IN THE HISTORIC FIFTH WARD… CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER FOR THE LOCKWOOD SKATING PALACE.

THE RINK CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF BUSINESS IN HOUSTON.

THIS MONTH THE OWNERS INVITED EVERYONE OUT TO A BIG OLD SCHOOL PARTY…AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE VIDEO THERE WAS QUITE A TURNOUT FOR THE EVENT.

HOUSTON RADIO PERSONALITY ‘WALTER D’ WAS ON THE “ONES-AND-TWOS.”

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Press Release: A civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the City of Pasadena, Texas, and members of the city’s police department following the death of a 41-year-old local man who was hogtied by police and left face down on a stretcher while struggling to breathe.
 
Jose Sauceda died on March 25, 2012, at the Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena after his blood was drawn following his arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. According to the lawsuit filed on behalf of his children and parents, Mr. Sauceda suffered a significant beating from Pasadena police officers and was shackled in the hogtie position despite offering no resistance.

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After Mr. Sauceda was transported to the hospital and placed in a private room, the lawsuit says, at least one Pasadena police detective and several officers looked on while he struggled for air and eventually died. According to the family’s claims, the same officers prevented hospital nurses from caring for Mr. Sauceda’s obvious injuries.
 
“Jose’s family wants answers, and they deserve to know why this happened and who should be held responsible,” says Lawrence P. Wilson of The Lanier Law Firm in Houston, lead counsel for the family. “How can a room full of police officers stand a few feet away while a healthy man is suffocating right in front of them?”
 
In addition to the City of Pasadena, the lawsuit also names Pasadena police detective Mike Young and three individual officers as defendants. Unidentified city employees who were involved in Mr. Sauceda’s tragic death are named as “John Doe” defendants in the lawsuit filed in Judge R.K. Sandill’s 127th District Court in Houston. The case is Jose Maria Moya, et al. v. City of Pasadena, Texas, et al., No. 2012-64082.

SERIAL BURGLAR ARRESTED!

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Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested and believed responsible for more than one dozen home burglaries in the east Houston area since July 2011. 

The suspect, Bernard Cardenas (H/m, DOB: 10-9-78), is charged with five counts of burglary of a habitation and felon in possession of a weapon in the 182nd State District Court. 
Cardenas is believed responsible for burglaries at the following locations: 

1000 Ogilvie on July 11, 20114900 Falvey on November 24, 20114000 Marlborough on June 5, 20125100 Vinett on July 2, 20121300 Loper on July 16, 2012300 Axilda on August 20, 20121300 Axilda on August 29, 20125500 Shamrock on September 7, 20121100 Oak Meadows on September 12, 2012800 Loper on October 4, 2012500 Maroby on October 5, 20122000 Sieber on October 8, 2012600 Gober on October 12, 20125400 North Shady Creek on October 18, 2012

On October 18, Eastside Patrol Division officers were on routine patrol in their assigned area and looking for a black Acura with paper tags, believed involved in burglaries that occurred on Oct. 8 and Oct. 12. 

Officers located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle in the area of Meadow Creek Village.  Officers followed the vehicle and eventually saw the vehicle back into a driveway of a residence in the 5400 block of Shady Creek.  The driver (Cardenas) then got out of the vehicle, knocked on the door of the residence and looked through the winowds. 

Additional patrol units responded ot the scene, set up a perimeter near the house and waited for Cardenas to enter the residence. After several minutes, Cardenas kicked in the front door of the residence and entered.  Responding patrol units then quickly moved in and blocked the suspect’s vehicle in the driveway and surrounded the residence.  As Cardenas exited the residence, he was met by uniformed patrol officers and taken into custody without incident.  Officers recovered a pistol in Cardenas’ possession, later determined to have been stolen in a home burglary several days before in Harris County.  Officers also recovered stolen property inside the vehicle from other burglaries committed earlier in the day, as well as other stolen items from Cardenas’ apartment in Pasadena.  Cardenas’ three-year-old son was also in the vehicle.  He was not harmed. 

Cardenas admitted to his involvment in the burglaries and he remains in custody. 
At 10 a.m. TODAY (Wednesday, Oct. 31), officers from the Eastside Patrol Division will be available to answer questions about this investigation at the HPD Eastside Patrol Station, 7525 Sherman. 

A SAFE HALLOWEEN FOR YOUR KIDS THIS YEAR WITH HPD!

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Beginning at 5 p.m. TOMORROW (Wednesday, Oct. 31), officers at the Houston Police Department’s Sunnyside and Telephone Road Storefronts are inviting the community to Trick or Treat with HPD. Residents are encouraged to come in costume and learn valuable Halloween safety tips before their children go door-to-door on Halloween. Free refreshments and live DJ music will be at the event. WHAT: Trick or Treat Safely with HPD DATE: TOMORROW (Wednesday, October 31) TIME: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: HPD Sunnyside Storefront, 3511 Reed Rd. (Key Map 573-B) AND HPD Telephone Road Storefront, 10201 Telephone Rd. (Key Map 575-S)

The Consulate General of Mexico and the Suburban Houston – Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. cordially invites you to be their special guest at the opening ceremony of Domestic Violence Awareness Week to be held on October 29, 2012 at 10:00 am at the Consulate General of Mexico, located at 4507 San Jacinto St, Houston, Texas 77004.  The event is an initiative coordinated by the Consulate and this local chapter of Delta Sigma Theta along with the participation of other Latin American Consulates and key government agencies. All participants are seeking to educate our community at large in regard to their rights as it relates to domestic violence.

The Violence Against Women Act was enacted in 1994 under the leadership of then-Senator Joe Biden.  This act was put into action to create tough new provisions that would stringently hold offenders accountable for their actions.  The Act also promotes programs to provide services to the victims.


WHO: Consulate General of Mexico and the Suburban Houston- Fort      Bend Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

WHAT: Domestic Violence Awareness Week

WHEN: Monday, October 29, 2012

WHERE: 4507 San Jacinto Street, Houston, Texas 77004

TIME: 10:00 am


For more information about this event, contact Consul Luis Lara by phone at (713) 857-6504 or by email at sgchavez@sre.gob.mx.


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., founded in 1913 is a private, non-profit community service organization that provides support through its many established programs and projects in local communities throughout the world. The Suburban Houston-Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter was charted on May 22, 1976 as the 553rd chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

CITY COUNCIL MEMBER WANDA ADAMS RESPONDS TO YOUNG GIRL WHO WAS ALLEGEDLY ATTACKED IN HOUSTON!

As a Council Member, we are most challenged with the public safety of the community and ensuring that we can provide a safe passage of travel for students, residents, and the elderly.

In response to the young teenager who was assaulted in an abandoned home, Council Member Adams, City of Houston representatives, and Community Leader, Pastor Terry K. Anderson, will walk Noah Street and Mainer Street to assess the various dangerous buildings that pose a threat for criminal activity, including the abandoned home where the attack is suspected to have taken place.

As we walk to shed light on homes that are in need of boarding or demolition, we will continue to strive to hold property owners accountable for clearing violations so that our neighborhoods are safe for the residents.

We are asking that you encourage your viewers to contact the Houston Police Department at (713) 884-3131 if they have any information pertaining to this case.

WHO: Council Member Wanda Adams, Department of Neighborhoods Director, Katye Tipton, HPD DRT,

Community Leader, Pastor Terry K. Anderson

WHAT: Dangerous Buildings Assessment

WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – 11:30 am

WHERE: 3633 Mainer, Houston, Texas 77021

WE’VE HIT THE HALF MILLION MARK!

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Congratulations Harris County voters…you have reached the half million mark.

Harris County records show there have been 517,000 people who have voted early in our very large community.

Way to go people…they will hear your voice in the big election in November!

KMART ALIVE AND WELL IN KILLEEN, TEXAS!

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KMart in Killen, TX

I’m sure you’ve gathered by now it’s the small things in life that get me excited. One of those things happens to be Kmart or Big K as some have come to know it. Since Walmart’s dominance in the 1990’s our beloved Kmarts began to disappear all over the country. There are no stores in Houston. But I’ve been lucky enough to spot a few stores still kicking in Killeen, Gonzales, and New Orleans, La. Every chance I get I go in and by something. It’s like supporting an old friend!

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