Monthly Archives: June 2013

MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE ARTIST MJ OF HOUSTON/EPIC DROPS BY THE FACTOR!

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The #1 Michael Jackson tribute artist drops by the #IsiahFactor today at 5 pm on Fox 26 news!

About MJ of Houston: ‘MJ of Houston’ is Texas’ best Michael Jackson Impersonator.  If you are looking for an exciting corporate entertainer then ‘MJ of Houston’ is right for you. He dances and lipsync’s to all your favorite Michael Jackson songs including ‘Thriller’, ‘Beat it’, ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Bad’, and more! He has all the most famous Michael Jackson clothing or costumes.Adults and kids alike will love watching him dance and do all the moves Michael Jackson made famous. Your guests will line up to get their pictures taken with ‘MJ of Houston’.  When you advertise that a Michael Jackson impersonator will be at your event you will see an increase in attendance.From Birthday parties to corporate events, ‘MJ of Houston’ will make a big splash at your event. Call today to check availability and get pricing. 

THANKS FOR THE HONOR!

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The Factor would like to thank the leadership at M.E.N. Inc. for honoring me Saturday night along with two others for community service. The groups provides mentoring for young men in the community. The annual fundraiser was held at Houston Community College. Here’s more about the group:

Mentoring

With up to date and state approved modules, our mentoring program is designed to effectively encourage, uplift, motivate, advise and guide young men into a progressive future. 

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There has been a huge uproar after Food Network star Paula Deen admitted to using racial slurs in the past.

Executives at the cable channel have  decided not to renew her contract once the current one expires in a month.

The question I have now is will the other shoe drop for Deen?

Meaning will her products be pulled off the shelves at major retailers like Walmart?

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I was in a local store this week and noticed Deen’s food products and cooking products like pots and pans are still being sold.

Retailers could feel the pressure from the public to remove her products from their stores as well.

The question for you is should her products be removed or has she paid the price by losing her high profile cooking show?

Let me hear your opinion right here on the blog!

FEMALE DEPUTY SHERIFFS MOVING UP THE RANKS IN HARRIS COUNTY!

The Harris County Sheriff’s office for the first time has three women on the command staff.

Debra Schmidt, Penny Crianza and Sheila Jones are majors, appointed by Sheriff Adrian Garcia because of their qualifications.

Except for sheriff and chief deputy, major is the highest rank in the 4,200-employee agency.

Debra Schmidt is over the Justice Management Bureau, which includes booking and releasing, bailiffs and inmate transportation.

Penny Crianza is over the Systems Intelligence and Strategic Analysis Bureau.

Sheila Jones is over the Detentions Bureau, which is the inmate housing
part of the jail operation.

SAN JACINTO COLLEGE POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED!

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The Factor has learned a San Jacinto College police officer has been indicted and arrested over allegations of filing a false police report.

Court records show 51 year old Sgt. Kerri Lynette Burch was charged with tampering with a governmental record.

San Jacinto College officials confirm the arrest saying Burch is accused of filing a false police report related to an accident on the campus.

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However, school officials did not say what gain the veteran officer would get by tampering with the document.

Teri Crawford who serves as Vice Chancellor of Marketing at San Jacinto College says Burch is now the subject of an internal investigation at the school.

She also says the sergeant has been placed on leave during the criminal probe by the District Attorney’s office.

Here’s a statement from San Jacinto College:

We learned this week that one of our officers, Kerri Burch, was indicted for tampering with a government record based on the officer’s preparation of a San Jacinto College Police Report. The officer has been placed on leave pending a review of the charge as filed by the district attorney’s office. Because of the pending investigation, we cannot comment on the indictment other than to state that San Jacinto College is fully cooperating with the District Attorney’s office regarding its review of this matter.

The San Jacinto College police department takes pride in serving to enrich the quality of life of San Jacinto College students and employees. It is committed to the values of integrity, justice, service, and trust, and holds each of its officers accountable for their actions.

Teri Crawford
San Jacinto College

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It was last week when I first started getting tweets and emails about 22 year old Joshua Randall.

The Houston resident, who suddenly collapsed and died this month, was a Texas inmate at the Willacy Unit.

He was being held on a burglary and drug conviction according to prison officials.

Family members and friends say Randall had no previous medical issues and they want to know how an otherwise healthy 22 year old just dies behind bars.

Jason Clark with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice says there is an investigation underway along with an autopsy.

However, Clark says there appear to be no foul play and the Office of Inspector General always investigates inmate deaths.

Here is a statement from the TDCJ:

At approximately 2020 hours on June 14, 2013, offender Joshua Randall
collapsed while in the dayroom at the Willacy Facility.

Staff responded and began life saving measures.

911 was called and EMT’s arrived shortly thereafter.

Randall was taken to Valley Baptist Medical Center for treatment.

Doctors continued life saving measure and ultimately pronounced
Randall deceased at 2131 hours.

An autopsy was completed and the cause of death is unknown at this time.

Foul play is not suspected.

As is customary in any offender death, the Office of Inspector General – TDCJ will conduct an investigation.

FORMER SAN JACINTO COUNTY RESERVE DEPUTY ARRESTED!

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The Factor has learned a former San Jacinto County deputy has been arrested in Harris County in a massive fraud case.

Sources say Royce Binnion is accused of stealing more than $700,000 from his former employer before becoming a reserve deputy in San Jacinto County.

Binnion is accused of filing fake purchase orders while working as a manager at NOV Tuboscope.

A second employee William Pigden also has a warrant out for his arrest.

Sources say Binnion and Pigden worked together creating those fake purchase orders over a three year period (2008 – 2011) and splitting the money.

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The Harris County Sheriff’s department has been investigating this case for two years.

Both men have bonds of $1.5 million dollars each on the charge of first degree felony theft.

HOUSTON CITY WORKERS ARE NOTIFIED THERE WAS A SECURITY BREACH WITH THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION!

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The Factor has learned more than 4,000 Houston City employees will get a phone call letting them know their personal information (name, social security number, bank account) may have been compromised. 

Sources tell the Factor ADP – the payroll company – has alerted city officials about a breach in their security.

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ADP has provided W-2 and tax filing services for the city since 2010.

The company is expected to call each person (4,300) affected and provide them with the latest on the investigation and how they could be affected. 

We also hear ADP is offering each of the victims a free one year subscription to a credit monitoring service.

Official ADP Statement:

ADP recently discovered a software code error that affected a subset of employees from a small number of clients for whom ADP provides electronic tax document services.  The issue has now been corrected, so any new tax forms being produced do not have this problem.   

 

Although ADP believes that the risk of exposure is very low, the company has reached out to all impacted clients and offered to provide their affected employees with standard credit monitoring services.  ADP maintains many safeguards to protect confidential client information, upgrades our security and systems whenever appropriate and truly regrets any inconvenience caused by this error.

 

Please let me know if you have additional questions or concerns.

Best Regards,

 

Rick Weber

Vice President, Marketing

ADP Added Value Services

THE YOUTH CONFERENCE IS COMING TO HOUSTON!

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The Nation’s Premiere Youth Conference! June 19th – 21st For Ages 13-19 | 1535 Greensmark Drive, Houston, TX. | Free Registration @ www.spiritualencounter.net | Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/spiritualencntr & Instagram: instagram.com/spiritualencounter | Like us on FB: facebook.com/spiritualencounter
Title: June 19 – 21: Spiritual Encounter
Number: 25/11
Status: Not exceeded
Begin: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 07:30PM
End: Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:00PM
Location: New Light Church North
1535 Greensmark
Houston, TX. 77067
Bookable: 8000

CITY CONTROLLER TO WITHHOLD $800,000 FROM CONSTRUCTION COMPANY!

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The Houston City Controller’s Audit Division has recovered over $800,000 in overcharges and unsupported costs at the Hobby Airport New East Concourse construction project. The Construction Contract Performance Audit analyzed Phase One of the Hobby project; Phases Two and Three of the project continue to be analyzed by the Audit Division. The new East Concourse opened to passengers in July 2010.

Clark Construction Group-Texas, LP, was the lead contractor of the Hobby project.
“Construction audits are a major undertaking for our Audit Division,” says City Controller Ronald Green. “The City of Houston has numerous construction contracts amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars annually-at HAS as well as the City’s utility system, parks, libraries and many other City facilities. Obviously, these are significant and complicated projects involving thousands of line items. As history indicates, there is ample room in these large contracts for erroneous and/or mistaken charges. This particular audit demonstrates how different branches within the city government can collaborate and bring about a successful outcome for the benefit of the citizens.”

The Hobby Airport East Concourse construction costs totals $65.7 million. Clark Construction has been notified that the City intends to keep $801,593 of the $2,145,240 held in retainage.

 
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Ronald C. Green was elected Houston City Controller in December 2009, after serving three terms as a Council Member At Large on Houston’s City Council where he also served as Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee. He was unopposed for his second term as City Controller which began January 2012. Green serves on two National League of Cities committees: the 2013 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee and the Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) Policy and Advocacy Committee.