Yearly Archives: 2012



Following is a statement approved by President Bush, who remains in the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital, on the passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

“Barbara and I mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation. A distinguished member of that Long Gray Line hailing from West Point, General Norm Schwarzkopf, to me, epitomized the ‘duty, service, country’ creed that has defended our freedom and seen this great Nation through our most trying international crises. More than that, he was a good and decent man — and a dear friend.  Barbara and I send our condolences to his wife Brenda and his wonderful family.”



Update on medical condition of former President George H. W. Bush:

Bush’s staff writes:

We had been resisting putting out a statement for a couple of reasons: 1) Out of respect for President Bush and the Bush family who, like most of us, prefer to deal with health issues in privacy; and 2) because he is so beloved we knew everyone would overreact.

I am reminded of the line in the movie “A Few Good Men,” when Jack Nicholson yells at Tom Cruise: “You can’t handle the truth.” (That was supposed to make you laugh …)

So here is what you need to know:

• Yes, President Bush is in ICU where he is getting the best medical care in the world. We know you all have great doctors/hospitals where you live, but I can assure you that the healthcare he is getting at Methodist Hospital in Texas Medical is unequaled anywhere.
• Is he sick? Yes. Does he plan on going anywhere soon? No. He has every intention of staying put. He would ask me to tell you to please “put the harps back in the closet.”
• Will he be in the hospital for a while? Yes. He is 88 years old, he had a terrible case of bronchitis which then triggered a series of complications.
• Is there anything you can do? Yes, of course. Keep him and the family in your prayers. I am thinking heaven has not seen such a barrage of prayer intentions since “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

I hope you all know how much your love, concern, and support are appreciated.

Last but not least: The other thing you can do for President Bush is laugh, since he is the funniest person we’ll ever know. So please enjoy my favorite cartoon of the week.


George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) is an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States (1989–93). A Republican, he had previously served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States (1981–89), a congressman, an ambassador, a Director of Central Intelligence, and is currently the oldest surviving president.

Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts, to Senator Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Bush postponed going to college, enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday, and became the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy at the time.[1][2] He served until the end of the war, then attended Yale University. Graduating in 1948, he moved his family to West Texas and entered the oil business, becoming a millionaire by the age of 40.



Houston rapper Lil Flip is out on bond after spending Wednesday night in DeSoto Parish Jail.  He was arrested on drugs and weapon charges.

Deputies say 31-year-old Wesley Eric Weston was arrested in Mansfield Wednesday afternoon. Weston was arrested after deputies pulled him over for speeding and they allegedly found marijuana and a semi-automatic weapon in his possession. According to the booking sheet, Weston was driving 86 miles per hour in a 75.  He was released on a $35,000 bond.

The DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office tells KSLA News 12 that the type of gun in his possession was a Bushmaster AR-15. The Sheriff’s Office says they still have the rifle in evidence and are still investigating where Weston obtained it. This it common in an on-going investigation like this. His arrest is shedding some light on just how common the sale of this specific type of assault weapon has become.
The Bushmaster AR-15 has gained national attention after reportedly being used or in the possession of the gunman in three deadly high profile shootings this year:  The recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the shooting that killed two firefighters in Webster, New York, and the Aurora, Colorado theatre shooting that left 12 people dead.

Many Americans have strong opinions on gun control and a proposal to reenact a ban on assault weapons. The AR-15 was included in the Federal Assault Weapons Ban which expired in 2004.

President Obama supports reinstating the federal ban on assault weapons.  Since giving gun control his support, weapons like the AR-15 have been flying off the shelves in stores across the country, even here in the ArkLaTex. President Obama has called for sweeping gun reform.



Press Release: METRO wants to make sure revelers ringing in the New Year get home safely.

The agency is offering free rides starting at 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) until 6 a.m. New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) on both the bus and rail system.

METRO service for New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2012 will follow regular, published schedules. METRORAIL will, however, operate until 2 a.m.

METRO wants to help individuals celebrating the arrival of the New Year find a safe option to get home rather than getting behind the wheel.

Here’s a quick reminder of METRO’s service for the New Year’s Day holiday:
Tuesday, Jan.1, 2013 (New Year’s Day)

Local bus routes and METRORail will operate a Sunday schedule.
No Park & Ride service.
Customer Care Center will be closed.
RideStore and Lost & Found will be closed.



Charges have been filed against a suspect who fatally shot an on-duty Bellaire police officer and a male citizen at 5625 Bellaire Boulevard about 8:55 a.m. on Monday (Dec. 24).

The suspect, Harlem Harold Lewis (b/m, DOB: 7-5-91), is charged with capital murder of a police officer and murder in the 351st State District Court. He sustained at least one gunshot wound and remains at Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition. Lewis is accused in the killings of Bellaire Police Corporal J.D. Norman, 53, and Terry Taylor, 66, of Houston.

A photo of suspect Lewis is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Jewell and Senior Police Officer J. Sosa reported:

Corporal Norman was working uniform patrol and was involved in a vehicle pursuit, attempting to stop a vehicle driven by suspect Lewis. The pursuit ended in the parking lot of the Maaco Auto business at the above address when the suspect crashed his car into a trash dumpster. Cpl. Norman exited his marked patrol car and attempted to take the suspect into custody. The suspect pulled a gun and a struggle ensued. Mr. Taylor, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and owner of the Maaco paint and body shop, came outside his business and attempted to assist Cpl. Norman. At that time, suspect Lewis shot Cpl. Norman, he then exited his vehicle and shot Mr. Taylor. A responding Bellaire patrol car, with Bellaire Lieutenant W. Bledsoe and Detective D. Clawson inside, arrived on the scene. Suspect Lewis opened fire on the responding officers and the two officers returned fire. The suspect then fled on foot and was located and arrested at a nearby business complex. Paramedics transported Cpl. Norman to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Suspect Lewis was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Mr. Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene.



Officer Steven Deliphose (Cleveland PD)

Shout out to one of our favorite Facebook Friends Officer SteVen Deliphose (above) who made this big arrest in Cleveland…way to go Officer Deliphose:

From Cleveland News: A 42-year-old Houston man is in police custody and is considered a suspect in the rape of an elderly female and an attack on a second elderly female, both residents of Cleveland Housing Authority’s Boothe Square where a total of 18 elderly residents live.An alert, gun-wielding neighbor is being credited with helping police nab the suspect, Demetrius Donielle Jackson, following the second attack.The first attack took place around 9 p.m. Dec. 20. The 69-year-old victim was raped by a heavyset, black male.According to Cleveland Police Chief Darrel Broussard, a male friend had just left the first victim’s home when she heard a knock at the door.


Assuming her friend had returned, she opened the door. Standing in the doorway was a black male who reportedly forced his way into her apartment and raped her.The incident was reported to police by the victim after the suspect took $60 from her and fled the apartment.A few nights later, at around 12:55 a.m. on Christmas morning, a second female, who is 81 years old, was attacked at the same housing complex.In her statement to police, the second female victim said that she was in her bedroom when the male made his way into her apartment. He reportedly forced himself on top of her and began unzipping his pants.“The female resisted him and fought back. In the struggle, she screamed and glass was broken. A neighbor heard the glass breakage and screaming and looked out of his apartment,” said Broussard. “When he saw the black male run out of the back door, he retrieved his weapon and fired a shot into the air. He chased after him and later gave officers information about where the subject had run.”Police officers were quick to respond, according to Broussard, because they took the victim’s 911 hang-up call seriously.“I am proud of my staff to have followed up on this 911 hang-up call. Instead of assuming it was just kids playing on the phone, they checked it out. Had they not checked it out, there is a possibility they would not have been there so quickly and apprehended him,” said Broussard.When police arrived, they found the gun-wielding neighbor standing outside in his boxer shorts. He yelled at them while pointing, “He’s in the back. He’s in the back.”From that direction, officers heard noises and observed Jackson, described by police as a heavyset black male, walking away from the housing complex. When ordered to stop by police, he reportedly ignored them and continued walking away. After a second warning to stop, police reportedly forced Jackson to the ground and took him into custody.“In his pocket they found what is believed to be drug paraphernalia — a crack pipe,” said Broussard. “They also observed a fresh cut on his hand that was bleeding.”He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Burglary of a Habitation with the Intent to Commit Another Felony. His DNA will be compared to samples taken from the first victim, who, after the attack on her, was taken to Northeast Medical Center in Humble for a rape kit.Jackson is in the Liberty County Jail awaiting arraignment. His bond for each of the two charges was set at $500,000 by Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Lynn Allen.Once the forensics tests are completed, Jackson could be looking at additional charges.According to Broussard, Jackson’s driver’s license lists him as living on the 4000 block of Lila St. in Houston, but he has Cleveland ties and lived in the area in the past.


It’s Janet, soon to be Mrs. Al Mana if you’re nasty.

Janet Jackson is officially engaged to her billionaire boyfriend Wissam Al Mana, Us Weekly is reporting.

The 37-year-old Qatari mogul actually popped the question earlier this year, a source told the gossip magazine, giving “her a huge, expensive ring.

“She’s afraid it will get lost, so she keeps it locked up!”

The third time might be a charm for Jackson, 46, who was perviously married to James De Barge manager Rene Elizondo. She was also rumored to be secretly married to then-boyfriend Jermaine Dupri in 2009.

There was speculation in October in the Emirates press that the pair were engaged in October and that the singer was planning to convert to Islam.

The couple is planning a lavish $20 million spring wedding, according to reports, that would include flying her family to Qatar on a fleet of private jets.

“She wants kids,” a source told Us Weekly. “If she can’t have them, she will adopt.”




January is shaping up to be a busy month for Houston-based, Gospel singer, songwriter, composer, producer, Terrance Bell. He is preparing for two concerts in Nashville, TN.

January 17th, Bell performs at the East Coast Benefit Concert, at Friendship Baptist Church, in Nashville. This will be a free concert, but all donations collected will go to the Red Cross for those effected by Super Storm Sandy. Other national gospel recording artists scheduled to perform include Lisa Page Brooks, Martha Munizzi, Billy Rivers & The Angelic Voices of Faith, Lemmie Battles and many more. Then on January 19th, Bell will be a special guest performer at the TGIF (Thank God I’m Fresh) After Party, presented by The Urban Soul Cafe. The event will take place at the Limelight Entertainment Complex and will showcase Love, Hope & War, the new CD by gospel hip hop artist, DA’ T.R.U.T.H.

After the concerts, its back to Houston, for Bell to continue working on his forthcoming project Reveal Renew Restore, due out Summer of 2013. He is also gearing up for a conference he is bringing to Dallas, Texas, March 1st and 2nd called, The Ability To Sing And Speak So We can Worship Workshop & Concert. It will be held at Concord Church, and guest clinicians and singers include Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, song writer, hymnist, conductor, author and publisher, V. Michael McKay; and multiple award-winning, gospel recording artist, Martha Munizzi. Proceeds will benefit The Hope Of Faith Foundation and The Texas Gospel Announcers Guild Scholarship Fund (for more details about the conference go to

Congratulations also goes out to Bell. He recently made the Ballot for the 14th Annual Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards, which will take place in Houston, February 7-10, 2013.
About Terrance Bell
Terrance Bell, a veteran in music ministry has been singing since the age of 3 and playing musical instruments since he was 7.  By the time he was 12, The Houston native began directing the youth and young adult choir at the church he grew up in, Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church.  He has served as Minister Of Music at Jones Memorial UMC, Progressive New Hope Baptist Church and First Shiloh Baptist Church, all located in Houston, TX. After the release of his first CD (Preserved – Which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003), Bell decided to go into the music ministry full-time. Since then, he has released his second CD, Relative To Life and is now working on his next project, Reveal Renew Restore.  For more information on Terrance Bell, go to


There was a steady stream of customers at the small storefront business on Shepherd in Houston.

It’s where Tori Alfano operates a small repair business called FixUrGadget.

Alfano says she had the idea to start the venture nearly two years ago after seeing so many broken Iphones.

In August of 2011 Alfano opened her first store only seeing a small number of customers each day.

Now, 16 months later the business owner has expended to 3 stores in the Houston area.

Alfano says she gets her most business from broken Apple products while she repairs brands from Samsung to Wii.

She says between the three stores she sees on the average 180 cracked Iphones and 90 shattered Ipads a week.

Alfano says most customers come to her despite having insurance on their cell devices.

She says there’s an unusually high deductible to repair a broke Apple cell screen.

Alfano says her rates for a broken Iphone screen is $80 while the Ipad replacement screen is $125.

The Houstonian says she’s heard and seen it all when it comes to broken Apple devices.

Alfano says she’s had products dropped from a two story building to someone driving over their own Iphone.

FIXURGADGET is located in the River Oaks area!


Link to the shop!


Investigators in the Houston Police Department Robbery Division have released surveillance video of a suspect wanted in the robbery of a business at 4010 Synott about 11 p.m. on November 12.

The suspect is described only as a black male in his 20s. He was armed with a silver pistol and carried a black backpack.

Officers were called to the New Tony Express service station at the above location and were advised that a suspect robbed the business. After he pointed a gun at an employee, the suspect jumped over a counter to gain access to a cash register. Once the employee gave him money, the suspect attempted to leave through the front door, but could not. He then climbed through ceiling tiles and entered a neighboring business to escape.

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



Christmas morning brought threatening weather in a small city about two hours north of Houston.


Residents in Pennington say what they believe to be a tornado roared through their community Tuesday morning.


Several homes and a hand full of businesses were destroyed but no one was seriously hurt.


The clean up is expected to take several weeks while crews are working around the clock to restore power in the town.

Here are some of the photos I snapped!


An unidentified Harris County man is dead after deputies say a tree fell on him in Tomball. Investigators say the tree was knocked down by strong winds Christmas morning and the driver attempted to move the tree out of the road. Deputies say the tree then fell on him. The victim later died. It happened just after 9 am on North Eldridge Parkway in Tomball. The identity of the man was not released.