Monthly Archives: November 2012

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Exclusive:  Fox 26 news and the Factor have learned a large amount of what may be cocaine was found at a Houston fire station.

Our sources say the white substance was discovered Thursday night during the B shift.

We’re told the possible cocaine was discovered in the dorm area of Station 17 on Navigation Road just east of downtown Houston.

Those who are familiar with the fire house say all of the firefighters on that particular shift were drug tested and sent home after the package was discovered.

The city of Houston confirms the investigation and the fire department is preparing a statement.

Statement from HFD:

Yesterday evening (Nov. 29, 2012), we received a report that an unknown substance, that had the appearance of a controlled substance, was found at fire- station 17.  We are currently conducting an administrative investigation concurrent with a Houston Police Department investigation. It is against our policy to comment on the details of an ongoing investigations and it would be inappropriate for us to comment on another agency’s ongoing investigation, except to tell you that the HFD is assisting and will continue to provide whatever resources are necessary in this investigation.   Any further questions should be deferred to HPD.

 

Montgomery County Precinct 5 Constable David Hill has made an arrest of a former Magnolia, Texas city official.

Constable Hill says that man is former City Administrator Ryan Caldwell Kelley.

It appears  Kelley was arrested Thursday night after he apparently left his laptop on the outside of his vehicle then drove off and the computer fell off.

Investigators say someone found that computer and started looking through it and discovered child pornography on it.

That’s when that person contacted local law enforcement officials and Kelley was arrested.

But this wasn’t his first time in handcuffs.

Published reports show the former City Administrator of Magnolia lost his position after being arrested for driving while intoxicated back in April of 2010.

He later resigned from his position but the case was eventually dismissed.

In this current criminal case, Kelley is being charged with four counts of possession of child pornography.

He’s being held on a $400,000 bond.

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It was last month when we first told you about the campaign to save the historical Texan movie theater in Cleveland, Texas.
Well, I’m glad to report to you those who are spearheading the effort to keep the movie house doors open are half way to their goal of $86,000.

The Texan has been around since the 1930’s and it operates off a film based projection system.

But by 2013 movies will only be distributed in the digital format.

That has left the owner of the Texan, Cliff Dunn, hustling to raise the money to keep the theater alive with an updated projection system.

Carolyn McWaters, Cliff Dunn (Owner), & Bob Steely (Fundraising Committee)

So far there has been a dinner that raised $40,000 and this weekend the drive continues with a silent and live auction that’s open to the public.

The event will be held this Saturday December 1st at 5 pm at the Texan Theater in downtown Cleveland.

If you’re interested and would like more information call Carolyn McWaters at 281-593-8215 or Bob Steely at 281-622-7106.

TIME TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE BID PROCESS AT HISD!

The Houston Independent School District will open the solicitation process Saturday, Dec. 1, for architectural and engineering firms seeking to take part in the $1.89 billion 2012 bond program to replace and modernize schools across the city.

The Request for Qualifications will be available on the district’s website at http://prodnet.houstonisd.org/procurement/psd/. For companies interested in doing business with HISD, this RFQ is the first step toward winning a contract, and an important milestone in the district’s plan to ensure a quality construction program.

The RFQ encompasses the design and engineering work for all 40 schools slated to be renovated, replaced or built during the 2012 bond program.

“HISD wants to find the most qualified architectural and engineering firms to design schools for 21st-century learning,” said Chief Operating Officer Leo Bobadilla. “Our goal is to build schools that enhance education and become assets to their communities.”

The RFQ is designed to allow district officials to evaluate a firm’s qualifications, by looking at everything from its experience with school projects to its specific expertise in LEED green building design, also known as “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.”

In addition, HISD is continuing its commitment to promoting diversity among the companies doing business with the district by considering the participation of minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs).

HISD wants to ensure that all firms seeking to win a contract understand the selection criteria, which will be detailed at http://prodnet.houstonisd.org/procurement/psd/.

Pre-submittal conferences will be held on the RFQ on Dec. 18. To be considered, firms must submit their Statement of Qualifications by Jan. 7, 2013. The district will be holding interviews with selected firms in late January before sending its recommendation to the Board of Education.

The board could consider awarding contracts at its meeting on Feb. 14, 2013.

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Houston police are asking for the public’s help in identifying three suspects wanted in several robberies of AT&T employees in the Acres Homes area. 

Sketches of the three suspects are attached to this news release.

In addition, AT&T has offered a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals involved.

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In at least five incidents, the suspects have approached AT&T employees working on junction boxes, threatened them with a pistol, and have stolen the employees’ personal belongings, as well as AT&T issued iPhones and iPads.

The suspects are believed to be involved in robberies at:

900 Lucky, Oct. 8, 12:40 p.m.

1700 Wilburforce, Oct. 19, 4:20 p.m.

2000 Gardenia, Nov. 6, 11:30 p.m.

790 Little York, Nov. 7, 2 p.m.

1500 Tulane, Nov. 14, 10:45 a.m.

 

They are also believed to be involved in additional robberies outside the Houston city limits.

All three suspects are described only as black males.  The first suspect is in his late teens to early 20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighs between 200 and 230 pounds.  The second suspect is also in his late teens to early 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, and has a normal build.  The third suspect is in his 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and has a skinny build.

Anyone with information on the identities of these suspects is urged to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 281-405-6500.  

WHAT A NIGHTMARE OUT OF ARKANSAS!

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Jersey Bridgeman

NBC News: Zachary Holly, the Arkansas man charged Wednesday with the rape and murder of 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman, had been babysitting the little girl the night before her disappearance, as he had many times before, according to a court document released after his first hearing Wednesday. Jersey’s death came just months after a high-profile child abuse case in which her father and stepmother, David Bridgeman and Jana Bridgeman, convicted of chaining the girl to a dresser at night. Jana Bridgeman is serving a 12-year prison sentence, plus three years for a probation revocation. David Bridgeman is serving an 18-year prison sentence.

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ZACHARY HOLLY

Jersey had since moved in with her mother, DesaRae Bridgeman, and began kindergarten this fall in Bentonville, about 215 miles northwest of Little Rock. They lived next door to Zachary Holly, 28, and his wife Amanda, friends of the family who frequently babysat Jersey and her 2-year-old sister, as they did on Nov. 19, according to interviews described in the affidavit of probable cause released Wednesday. When DesaRae came home from work at about 11 that night, she went to get the girls, and after she chatted with the Hollys for a few minutes, Zachary carried Jersey to her home, while DesaRae carried the younger sister — and they placed them in the same bed, the document says. Jersey was reported missing the morning of Nov. 20. Minutes after a search for her began, Jersey’s body was discovered in an abandoned house two doors away. The probable cause document released to the public is heavily redacted, but it reveals that the crime lab in Bentonville worked through the Thanksgiving holiday to develop a DNA profile from sperm cells found on Jersey’s body. Holly called Bentonville police on Nov. 23, according to the affidavit, and later showed up at a station, gave a statement — the details of which are entirely blacked out in the document — and then was booked on charges of capital murder, kidnapping, rape and residential burglary. In Wednesday’s hearing at the First Circuit Court in Bentonville, Ark., he was denied bond, NBC affiliate KARK-TV reported.  “He was crying for a long time,” said Pickard. The fact that Jersey was abused by parental figures and a neighbor is suspected in her death fits into an unfortunate pattern, according to Beverly Engle executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County in Arkansas. “Ninety-six percent of people who offend on children are people that the child knows. We all have been so trained in the stranger-danger aspect, which certainly does happen, but I think the reality is that’s about 4 percent,” said Engle, who interviewed Jersey last year when allegations of abuse against her father and stepmother surfaced. “Jersey was a precious, adorable child and it is very grieving to know even in the moments before her death what she may have experienced, knowing this person or trusting this person,” Engle said. ‘A little old soul’: Girl found dead after dad, stepmom jailed Holly is being held in Benton County Jail, and on Tuesday was attacked by another inmate, jail Capt. Chris Sparks told The AP Wednesday. He said Holly wasn’t seriously injured, and that the other inmate, who was in jail on a parole violation, could face charges. “Obviously this case has gotten a lot of exposure in the media and all the inmates know what he’s in for …” Sparks said. “We’re going to do our best to try and keep him safe, just like we do every other inmate.” Holly was not required to speak at the hearing, and KARK reported that he remained silent as his lawyers, including public defender Jay Saxton, asked to review the decision to deny bond.

JAKE HAMILTON WINS THE NATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER’S AWARD!

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Jake Hamilton

Congratulations to Houston’s own Jake Hamilton who showed the big wigs in Hollywood how seriously KRIV TV takes the entertainment beat.

The entertainment reporter was skilled enough to beat out every entertainment reporter in the country for the prestigious National Entertainment Journalism Award.

The honor was bestowed on Hamilton by the Los Angeles Press Club.

Jake was honored for a report he did on superstar actor Tom Hanks.

Hamilton says it was truly an honor to win for that piece because he’s a huge fan of Hanks.

He says, “I said if I’m going to win for anything I want my cinematic hero telling me I’m good at my job.”

Hamilton says that comment came from Hanks during their interview session for the report.

The Houston native says the down side to winning the award was that he was not able to be present for the victory.

Hamilton was on assignment in New York while the ceremony was held in Los Angeles.

Make sure you take a look at the taped interview with Jake below to hear his reaction to the big win.

Congratulations to KRIV’s Jake Hamilton for bringing the gold home to Houston!

The Exclusive Interview with Jake Hamilton!

The Jack Yates Alumni Reunite Committee [JYARC] recently hosted Mary Wilson, one of the founding members of the Supremes. Mrs. Marla McNeal-Sheppard, JY principal, welcomed her, the JYARC, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and thanked them for their support. Betty Richardson, JYARC member, introduced Mary Wilson to a crowd that came to their feet with excitement and enthusiasm as the legendary singer approached the podium. Her ‘Dare to Dream’ presentation perfectly supported the JYARC’s objective of enriching the spiritual and educational development of the Yates student body.

Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee, Minister Howard Watson, Yates faculty, students and visitors listened attentively as Mary Wilson presented her approach to achieving success through self-determination. This best-selling author, motivational speaker and businesswoman vividly transported us to a time where obstacles and adversity challenged her personally and professionally but through sacrifice and Supreme faith she reached and exceeded her goals. She shared personal testimonies that detailed her experiences growing up in the Brewster projects of Detroit where performing in a high school talent show she found her calling and the rest is history.

In a smaller setting, several students from the Jack Yates School of Communications interviewed Mary Wilson. She encouraged them to take full advantage of life’s opportunities regardless of their present circumstances and stressed the importance of faith through perseverance. This type of motivational advice is crucial for their growth. It is important for our youth to understand that socioeconomic status or geographic location does not determine educational achievement or limit personal inspiration. They must never lose sight of the fact that we are a proud, strong people and our strength dares us to dream and believe that our God-given spirit dictates we earn our seat at the table. This mental toughness is the fabric that enables our youth to recycle personal challenges into fuel for success.

Raymond Fontenot, JYARC member, joined by Carl Davis and Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz awarded the resources from a previous raffle to the band, football and baseball teams. This presentation was aided by a video contributed by CNN Analyst Roland Martin and other JY alumni that included Muriel Brown Larry, Joyce Smith and Willie Iles. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee also made a special presentation to the JYARC for leading the effort to enhance the quality of life for the students at Jack Yates.

The JYARC thanks Mary Wilson for her work as a cultural ambassador and remains committed to promoting awareness through self-discovery and advancement through perseverance. We ask all interested parties to join us on this journey stated Terry Singleton JYARC Coordinator.

‘Our presence in the lives of our youth is a gift for their future’

Jack Yates Alumni Reunite Committee http://jyalumnireunite.com/

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The Harris county Attorney says it’s the power of the civil lawsuit. 

It was earlier this year when County Attorney Vince Ryan filed nuisance lawsuits against several strip clubs in Harris County including the very popular Babe’s on FM 1960.

Well, after that suit was filed Babe’s has shut down its north Houston location.

Melissa Spinks, an assistant County Attorney, says she attributes the closure to the lawsuit.

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Spinks says when law enforcement officers raid adult nightclubs they just reopen.

But she says when you file a civil lawsuit it goes deep in the pockets of the business and land owner.

Spinks says that’s why some businesses just choose to shut down rather than spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in a court battle.

I attempted to reach the management at Babe’s but all I got was a busy signal at the clubs listed phone number.

Melissa Spinks Talks About Babe’s Closure!

FAMILY OF TEEN FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST COUNTY AND FORMER DETENTION OFFICER!

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The family of an unidentified teenage girl has filed a lawsuit against the county and a former juvenile detention officer for sexual assault.

It was earlier this year when we first reported Robert Robinson was accused of sexually assaulting a young girl who was being held in the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center.

Robinson, who was later arrested, is accused of sneaking into the young girl’s cell and having sex with her.

Now, the alleged victim’s family has filed a lawsuit against the county and Robinson.

The family’s attorney is seeking $2 million dollars in damages!

Lawsuit:
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