Monthly Archives: October 2012

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Investigators in the Houston Police Department’s Robbery Division are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in a robbery at 11807 Westheimer about 11:55 a.m. on Sept. 17. 

The suspect is described only as a black male, 35 to 40 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 200 pounds.  He was wearing eye glasses and a mechanic-style shirt.  Surveillance photos of the suspect are attached to this news release. 

The suspect entered the Game Stop at the above address and requested to purchase an item.  The employee got the item for him and rang up the purchase.  As the employee opened the register, the suspect produced a pistol and demanded all the money from the register.  Fearing for his life, the employee complied.  The suspect then fled the scene, but it is not known if he fled on foot or in a vehicle. 

Anyone with information on the identity of the wanted suspect in this case is urged to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. 

THE EFFORT TO STOMP OUT CRIME IN HARRIS COUNTY!

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Press Release: A proactive initiative aimed at reducing and preventing specific crimes in communities throughout Harris County has yielded positive results in the three weeks it has been implemented, Sheriff Adrian Garcia announced.    The Crime Victim Reduction Initiative began in September in all five of the HCSO’s patrol districts. It partners resources from the Patrol, Investigative, and Community Services Bureau, with the community.    Part of the initiative includes deputies, along with Harris County Sheriff’s Office Explorers and alumni of the HCSO’s Citizens Police Academy, distributing crime prevention flyers, door hangers, and home safety “report cards” to residents.   The goal is to focus a proactive community-oriented policing approach to emerging crime patterns and trends that are unique to each geographic area throughout the county.    “This initiative is in response to some of the concerns I’ve been hearing from our citizens at our various town hall meetings,” said Sheriff Garcia. “Our responses are based on those concerns, crime analysis and intelligence gathering.”   Results from the first three weeks of the initiative show an overall reduction in the targeted crimes by as much as 43% percent in some areas. Continued declines of crimes in the target areas are expected as the initiative progresses.   During the first 3 weeks of the initiative:   o       More than 1,200 citations have been issued o       Over 270 arrests have been made, including the arrest of 3 burglary suspects who were linked to two additional burglaries. o       Crime Prevention deputies have met with nearly 100 business owners and provided them with crime prevention tips. They’ve also issued more than 600 vehicle report cards in business parking lots and attended community meetings and home owners’ association meetings to provide crime prevention information. o       The HCSO Explorers have been handing out crime prevention information to citizens in the initiative areas.    Deputies taking part in the initiative are paid voluntary overtime using funds seized from criminal enterprises.

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Presidential photo at the US Federal Courthouse

I received calls from some Houstonians who were outraged about an occurrence at the main post office in downtown Houston.

Michael Harris says he was extremely upset when he realized President Barrack Obama’s photo had been removed from the downtown US Post Office.

Harris like many others were initially told the photo was removed because of the election and it violated a federal law called the Hatch Act.

The legislation prohibits campaigning by federal workers on the job and limits certain photos.

But no where in the Hatch Act does it require an official Presidential photo to be removed from a post office or federal building because of an election.

After making several calls Dionne Montegue with the Houston postal service clarified.

She says the photo of the President was taken down because it violated the US Postal Service’s policy of not displaying any elected official’s photo in the post office.

She says whomever originally posted the President’s picture in the downtown post office didn’t know they were violating policy.

Montegue says someone recently brought the hanging portrait to the attention of management and it was taken down.

OFFICIAL RESPONSE FROM POSTAL SERVICE:

Although employees are allowed to display official photographs in their individual work stations under the Hatch Act, the United States Postal Service has a policy that prohibits the display of pictures of any President (incumbent or former) in postal lobbies at any time.  United States Postal Service Postal Operations Manual Section 124.55 Prohibited Postings provides as follows:

 Except for official postal and other governmental notices and announcements, no handbills, flyers, pamphlets, signs, posters, placards, or other literature may be deposited on the grounds, walks, driveways, parking and maneuvering areas; exteriors of buildings and other structures; or on the floors, walks, stairs, racks, counters, desks, writing tables, window ledges, or furnishings in interior public areas on postal premises. This prohibition does not apply to posting notices on bulletin boards as authorized by 39 CFR 243.2 or to interior space assigned to tenants for their exclusive use. Bulletin boards and other posting space in Post Office lobbies and other public access areas may not be used for posting or display of the following:

a.    Private business or nonprofit organization advertisements.
b.    Photographs of an incumbent or former U.S. President or Postmaster General.
c.    Photographs or likenesses of any elected officials.
d.    Political cartoons or other matter designed to influence an election.
e.    Religious symbols or matter including but not limited to nativity scenes and the Star of David. This section applies to seasonal displays by the Postal Services, its employees and agents, and nothing in this section prohibits the display of stamps and stamp art or use of secular holiday decorations such as evergreen trees (provided that only nonreligious ornaments are used), menorahs (when displayed in conjunction with other seasonal matter), wreaths, holly, candy canes, Santa Claus, dreidels, and Kwanzaa symbols such as mkeka (a straw mat), kikombe cha umoja (unity cup), or mishumaa saba (a seven–place candle holder with three red, three green, and one black candle). Printed expressions “Season’s Greetings,” and “Happy Holidays” must be used in lieu of “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah.”
 
As such, the picture of President Obama should not have been in the lobby and it was properly removed.

TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY HONORING EXCELLENCE!

This year, on November 2nd, at the Westin Galleria Hotel – Texas Southern University will celebrate EXCELLENCE – with a tribute to 10 outstanding graduates of its distinguished colleges and schools. Dr. John Rudley will award presidential awards to graduates of Texas Southern who have made outstanding contributions to the university on a national stage and who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields.

The 10 graduates and the colleges and schools they will represent are: Honorees for 2012 are listed in alphabetical order and include; Dr. Felicia Conley, Forensic chemist, Department of Drug Enforcement, Dallas, TX, TSU’s Graduate School honoree; Kermit Crawford, President, Walgreens Pharmacies, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Dr. Bettie Jean Graham, National Institutes of Health Program Director, College of Sciences and Technology; Deidra Fontaine, United Airlines Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Jesse H. Jones School of Business; Dr. Michael Steven Hunte,Methodist Dallas Medical Center Emergency Room Physician, TSU’s Dr. T.F. Freeman Honors College; Bernadine Oliphint, Internationally Acclaimed Opera Singer, College of Liberal Arts & Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Carroll Thomas, Beaumont Independent School Superintendent, College of Education; Senfronia Thompson, Texas State Representative, Thurgood Marshall School of Law; Patrick Trahan, Exxon/Mobil Chalmette Refining L.L.C’s Public & Government Affairs Manager, School of Communication; and Rocky Williform, Hip Hop Blog Chief Operating Officer, Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs.

Sponsorship, table and additional information is available by calling the Tiger Homecoming Hotline at 713-313-1111. The date again for the Live 85 – Legends and Leaders Presidential Scholarship Gala is Friday, November 2nd at 6 p.m. at the Westin Galleria Hotel. More details are available at WWW.TSU.EDU/85

HOUSTON POLICE OFFICER TO BE LAID TO REST!

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Houston Senior Police Officer Amado Huerta died Sunday in Houston during a motorcycle accident. He was off duty. Funeral services have been set for Thursday, October 25th at Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. The location is 1111 St. Joseph in downtown Houston. The services will begin at 9: 30 am. Burial follows at Forest Park Lawndale. Officer Huerta is survived bu his wife and five children.

HOW TO KEEP CRACKHEADS FROM COMING TO YOUR DOOR AT NIGHT!

What would you do if a man who appeared to be crackish knocked on your door around 8 at night?

Unfortunately, I answered and realized I was wasting my time with someone who was trying to scam me.

This 30+ year old whose pupils were all over the map wanted me to donate money to send him and his softball team to Hawaii.

You have got to be kidding right?  I kid you not.

This guy who was tatted up and stoned out of his mind went door to door in my neighborhood asking people to send his baseball team to Hawaii…I wonder what position he played?

While I have nothing against tattoos or people who are fighting substance abuse, I do have a problem with individuals knocking at

my door at 8 pm trying to scam me out of money.

To help you and my neighbors I decided to place a call to Lieutenant Dan Norris with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office.

He says while what the 30+ year old little leaguer did (door to door solicitation) wasn’t illegal there are ways to stop the visits.  Legal ways.

Lt. Norris says you can post a ‘no trespassing’ / ‘no soliciting’ sign on your door to send a message.  They should adhere

to that in theory.

However, Lt. Norris says it wouldn’t be a bother to call your local law enforcement agency if they persist with their unwanted visits to your community.

In my area I have seen busloads of solicitors dropped off in my area trying to collect as much as they can.

No, not all are scam artists but the last thing many want is someone showing up at their front door begging for money.

Back to this 30+ year old little leaguer who wants to go to Hawaii…He was lucky I didn’t bring my light saber to door.

It would’ve been a bloody Jedi mess!

Note: I had to kill the Isiah Factor tonight as a result of this development.  It was recorded and I included the victim’s account of what happened.  Investigators say she set herself on fire and made the racism up!

See video press conference: http://www.thenewsstar.com/videonetwork/1920432022001?odyssey=mod|tvideo2|article

Police have announced that they believe Sharmeka Moffitt fabricated a story about being attacked and burned Sunday night at Civitan Park in Winnsboro by three men who wrote “KKK” on the hood of her car.

Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb said during a press conference at the Franklin Parish Courthouse this afternoon that all forensic evidence pointed toward Moffitt concocting the story and setting herself on fire.

“Basically we had to follow the facts,” Cobb said. “This was a disturbing case for all involved. All indications show this was a self-inflicted situation.”

Moffitt, 20, told police she was walking on a park trail when she was attacked and set afire by three men wearing white T-shirt hoodies. She remains at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport in critical condition.

Police now believe it was Moffitt who wrote “KKK” and “nigger” on the hood of her Buick LaCross with toothpaste and then set fire to herself. She told police she couldn’t identify the race of those she claimed had attacked her. She called 911 from the park.

Cobb and Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Martin said both Moffitt and her family still deserved the community’s prayers.

“This is a tragic situation,” Martin said!

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Update:Harris County prosecutors have filed two more charges of impersonating an attorney.

Justin Thomas has been arrested and charged with a growing crime in Harris County. 

The 28 year old is accused by Harris County Prosecutors of trying to pass himself off as an attorney in court.

Sources say Thomas may have been discovered by someone who reportedly saw him in court representing another man.

That person knew Thomas was not an attorney. 

Thomas was held on a $20,000 bond!

THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE TEXAN THEATRE IN CLEVELAND!

At a time when politicians and pundits are talking about change and moving forward at every opportunity nationwide, there is a growing movement in nearby Cleveland to keep a part of the past from being bulldozed by progress. The Texan Theater in downtown Cleveland opened in January 1939, and thanks to owner Cliff Dunn, it looks much the same inside and out. Unfortunately, the Texan will be closing soon unless supporters can raise $86,000 to upgrade its equipment to show movies in digital format, because movies will no longer be available in the 35 mm format the theater’s equipment has used for decades. Over the past couple of years, Dunn says it has become increasingly difficult to get movies in the old format, and some movies were only available in digital, leaving him without the option of ordering them. The $86,000 may sound like a lofty goal without much time, but those determined to make it happen are confident and already have benefits planned.

The iconic theater is one of the last remnants of a bygone era, when small town movie theaters were locally owned and operated, and showed one movie that usually changed weekly- a time when parents felt safe allowing their children to go there alone, and it was still affordable. Much of the reason people are joining forces to keep The Texan open can be attributed to their loyalty to Cliff Dunn, who is also one of the last remnants of that more innocent era.

Dunn has kept the prices for first-run movies at $5 for adults and $3 for children, with the most expensive concession item only $3 for an enormous bucket of popcorn. Dunn says he loves what he does and is not interested in making a fortune from it. He has further vowed to keep his low prices, if he is able to convert to digital and remain open.

Each week, the 80-year-old owner personally records the phone message announcing the movie and movie times, along with ticket prices and the name of the upcoming movie. Dunn also cheerfully greets people at the door each night taking their admission and sometimes works the concessions stand as well. Many parents still feel safe dropping off their children to catch a movie, which Bob Steely says is probably due largely to Dunn’s ritual of standing outside the theater after the movie until every child has been picked up and is safely on their way. He is known for his kindness and generosity, and is considered by many to be as much a fixture in Cleveland as his theater. Many of the children became familiar with the theater through school field trips when Dunn showed movies free of charge to the school districts or children, at his own expense.

 

Steely, one of Dunn’s closest friends and biggest supporters, is leading the charge to save The Texan. He and Dunn have a morning ritual of meeting for coffee and starting the day with a nice visit. It was over coffee Dunn told Steely he had learned the industry’s shift to entirely digital movies was coming much sooner than originally anticipated and he was unsure of what to do. Steely was distraught at the news and relayed the information to his wife, Carolyn.

It was Carolyn Steely, who happened upon a USA Today article about people in another small American town trying to save their theater from the same fate through fundraising efforts, and went to her husband.

“She said, Bob – this is what we need to do for Cliff,” Steely said.

They believe God made Mrs. Steely notice that article, which was something she would never have read normally, so they would realize there was still something they could do to help Cliff Dunn keep his theater open.

Bob Steely says there are two good reasons to save The Texan. One reason is the theater itself, opening the year World War II began and a part of the city’s history and generations of people’s memories.

The other reason, Steely said, is Cliff Dunn. The entrepreneur, who is the friendly voice on the theater’s phone and the friendly face at the door, also has an extraordinary history. He was one of five children, born to a share cropper who died of a heart attack in 1935 when Cliff was only 3. It was around the time of the Great Depression and families with both parents were unable to make ends meet. Dunn’s mother could not handle five children alone. She left the youngest three, including Dunn, at an orphanage. No one adopted him, and around the age of 11, Dunn ran away and lived on the streets of El Dorado, Arkansas. Somehow, the boy survived until he was old enough to enlist in the United States Air Force.

Read Full Story Here!

Updates on fundraising efforts and other information can be found on the “Save The Texan” Facebook page. Please find that page, click “like” and share it.

To learn what movie is showing at The Texan, call 281-592-6464.

THE JACK YATES ALUMNI REUNITE INITIATIVE!

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Press Release: The Jack Yates Alumni Reunite Initiative is a home grown project created in the hearts and minds of those focused on the self-preservation of our kids though community involvement. Our approach is simple; we consolidate our resources and solicit assistance from those who are like-minded in the long term vision we have for the Yates student body.

We recognize and applaud the work being done by the educators in our community but they need our help. It’s imperative that we stand in the gap for and remain committed to those we plan to pass the torch to.

These are our children and we must lead by example. Fiscal constraints sometime jeopardize and limit their availability to higher technology and other advanced educational programming. As a people we cannot be part of the problem.
 
It is our responsibility to absorb these challenges and preserve an environment where future leaders are given every opportunity to achieve and succeed.

We must maintain an educational climate where the students are confident that their community is spiritually and financially invested in their future.

Recently we held a raffle to support The Football team, The Band and The PTO Scholarships. This initial effort was supported by alumni, concerned individuals and businesses.

We thank the local television and radio station personalities who provided air time and a platform for us to showcase this initiative.

Please visit http://www.jyalumnireunite.com to see our most recent activities and make donations. Our contact information is posted on the website.
 
We look forward to partnering with you to ensure Jack Yates High School maintains its ability to make a positive impact on our children. Standing out front in this initiative does not mean that we have all the answers; it means we are the servants of those who make it possible for us to stand stated Terry Singleton, Coordinator Jack Yates Alumni Reunite.
 
“Where there is no vision, the people perish”

Jack Yates Alumni

IT APPEARS YOU CAN PRE-ORDER THE GALAXY NOTE 2 BY THE END OF THE WEEK – JOIN ME WITH MY CELL PHONE OF CHOICE!

PC Tablet: It’s confirmed now, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be releasing in US on 24th October in a special press event planned by Samsung. The phone will be made available to order from 25th October by all five major carriers of US.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is going to be the first quad-core 4G LTE phone carried by Sprint on its superfast LTE networkSprint will offer Galaxy Note 2 to its customers from 25th October for $299 with 2 year service contract. The phone will support Sprint’s unlimited data on LTE plan and will ship with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and Samsung’s customized TouchWiz UI to take advantage of digital S-Pen.

The Galaxy Note 2 will be available in Marble White and Titanium Gray for Sprint customers. It will be featuring the latest security features for securely synchronizing the corporate email, contacts, schedules and other such sensitive data.

Galaxy Note 2 is also arriving on AT&T’s LTE network on 25th October for $299 with service agreement. The Galaxy Note 2 is reportedly having the same configuration for both Sprint and AT&T. Galaxy Note 2 features a large 5.55-inch Super AMOLED HD display screen with 1280-by-720 pixel resolution, 8 Megapixel primary camera, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB memory variants, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a massive 3100 mAh battery, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and S-Pen.

The Galaxy Note 2 will be put for pre-orders from 25th October and expected to start shipping from 2ndNovember onwards. If you can’t wait for the official release of Galaxy Note 2, you can buy the international Galaxy Note 2 unlocked version from Amazon.com for $695 only. The unlocked Galaxy Note 2 works perfectly with all network carriers in US. Check the $695 unlocked Samsung Galaxy note 2 for sale on Amazon here.

So, are you planning to buy Galaxy Note 2? Share your views about this large screen phablet with us in comments.

 

 
WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather

WINNSBORO, LA (KSLA) – New details are emerging surrounding the critical injury of a Winnsboro woman set on fire in a city park on Sunday night.

20-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt is in critical condition at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. Her mother, Edna Moffitt, says surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. “Both of her arms, and they are third degree burns, down her chest and legs – one. Basically her arms are real bad.” Edna Moffitt also confirms her daughter was not wearing an Obama t-shirt, as initial rumors on social media had indicated.

At a news conference held just before Noon Monday, authorities confirmed Moffitt called 911 around 8 p.m. Sunday from Civitan Park, telling them she had been attacked and burned by three men in white hoodies. They say she was unable to identify her attackers. Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb confirms that “KKK” was spray-painted on the hood of her car, with a racial slur underneath.

At this point, police are not classifying the incident as a hate crime, but FBI agents are there investigating the possibility. Agents are there in addition to Louisiana State Police and local law enforcement, the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Department.

Winnsboro Police say they will be tightening security at the park as a result of the incident.

“This is a horrific event for our community,” says Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb. “It makes everyone uneasy. It is our hope that everyone stands together at this time, and follow the information that is gathered, follow the facts, follow the evidence and hopefully that will lead us to justice in this case.” He went on to tell KSLA News 12 that they have no information to lead them directly to any individual suspects at this point, but he says they are following all avenues.

The story went viral Sunday evening on Twitter and Facebook. Many of the posts speculated the attack was a hate crime. However, the sheriff’s office has also confirmed with KSLA News 12 that Moffitt was not wearing a President Obama t-shirt, despite claims on social media that the t-shirt is what provoked the attack.

Family and friends are planning a candlelight vigil for Sharmeka Moffitt. It’s set for Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Civitan Park.