Monthly Archives: July 2013

THE HUNT FOR A SERIAL RAPIST IN HOUSTON!

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Houston police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in at least three sexual assault cases in southeast Houston.  

The suspect is described only as a black male in his late 20s.  He is about 6 feet tall, with a medium build and a medium complexion.  He has a “wide” smile and a fade-style haircut.  

The incidents occurred on the following dates and times:  

May 24 – 2:15 a.m.
May 31- 11:10 p.m. 
July 3 – 3:50 a.m. 
In each incident, the suspect was driving a white, newer model four-door vehicle with light tint on the windows and a dark interior.  He picked up the victims and drove them to a vacant residence where he physically and sexually assaulted them.  

In the most recent incident, the female victim was walking in the area of Yellowstone and Martin Luther King Boulevard when the suspect, driving a white four-door vehicle, approached her and asked if she wanted a ride.  The suspect managed to talk the victim into accepting the ride and then drove her to a vacant residence in the 5900 Southtown.  The suspect then forced the victim out of the car and took her to the back of the house where he physically and sexually assaulted her. The suspect then took the victim’s purse.  The victim struggled with the suspect and managed to escape.  

Anyone with information in these cases or on the identity of the wanted suspect is urged to contact the HPD Special Crimes Division at 713-308-1100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.  

ANONYMOUS TIP LEADS TO $125,000 IN MARIJUANA PLANTS!

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Press Release: An anonymous tip from a user of the iWatchHarrisCounty free smart phone app has led to the discovery and destruction Tuesday of a marijuana field in south Harris County near Highway 288.

Sheriff’s deputies, along with Baytown and South Houston police who are members of the Harris County Narcotic Task force, observed plants and cultivation materials throughout the property. No suspects were present.

The illegal farm remains under investigation.

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Halliburton Energy Services Inc. has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Department of Justice announced today. A criminal information charging Halliburton with one count of destruction of evidence was filed today in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana.Halliburton has signed a cooperation and guilty plea agreement with the government in which Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty and admit its criminal conduct. As part of the plea agreement, Halliburton has further agreed, subject to the court’s approval, to pay the maximum available statutory fine, to be subject to three years of probation, and to continue its cooperation in the government’s ongoing criminal investigation. Separately, Halliburton made a voluntary contribution of $55 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation that was not conditioned on the court’s acceptance of its plea agreement.According to court documents, on April 20, 2010, while stationed at the Macondo well site in the Gulf of Mexico, the Deepwater Horizon rig experienced an uncontrolled blowout and related explosions and fire, which resulted in the deaths of 11 rig workers and the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Following the blowout, Halliburton conducted its own review of various technical aspects of the well’s design and construction. On or about May 3, 2010, Halliburton established an internal working group to examine the Macondo well blowout, including whether the number of centralizers used on the final production casing could have contributed to the blowout. A production casing is a long, heavy metal pipe set across the area of the oil and natural gas reservoir. Centralizers are protruding metal collars affixed at various intervals on the outside of the casing. Use of centralizers can help keep the casing centered in the wellbore away from the surrounding walls as it is lowered and placed in the well. Centralization can be significant to the quality of subsequent cementing around the bottom of the casing. Prior to the blowout, Halliburton had recommended to BP the use of 21 centralizers in the Macondo well. BP opted to use six centralizers instead.As detailed in the information, in connection with its own internal post-incident examination of the well, in or about May 2010, Halliburton, through its cementing technology director, directed a senior program manager for the cement product line (program manager) to run two computer simulations of the Macondo well final cementing job using Halliburton’s Displace 3D simulation program to compare the impact of using six versus 21 centralizers. Displace 3D was a next-generation simulation program that was being developed to model fluid interfaces and their movement through the wellbore and annulus of a well. These simulations indicated that there was little difference between using six and 21 centralizers. The program manager was directed to, and did, destroy these results.In or about June 2010, similar evidence was also destroyed in a later incident. Halliburton’s Cementing Technology Director asked another more experienced employee (employee 1) to run simulations again comparing six versus 21 centralizers. Employee 1 reached the same conclusion and, like the program manager before him, was then directed to “get rid of” the simulations.Efforts to forensically recover the original destroyed Displace 3D computer simulations during ensuing civil litigation and federal criminal investigation by the Deepwater Horizon Task Force were unsuccessful.In agreeing to plead guilty, Halliburton has accepted criminal responsibility for destroying the aforementioned evidence.The guilty plea agreement and criminal charge announced today are part of the ongoing criminal investigation by the Deepwater Horizon Task Force into matters related to the April 2010 Gulf oil spill. The Deepwater Horizon Task Force, based in New Orleans, is supervised by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman and led by John D. Buretta, who serves as the director of the task force. The task force includes prosecutors from the Criminal Division and the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice; the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana and other U.S. Attorney’s Offices; and investigating agents from: the FBI; Department of the Interior, Office of Inspector General; Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division; Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Inspector General; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Law Enforcement; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

THE HARRIS COUNTY ATTORNEY GOES AFTER ANOTHER SPA!

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Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has filed another lawsuit against a business he considers a public nuisance.

That business is Ace Spa in the 16000 block Kuykendahl in Harris County.

In that suit filed this week Ryan’s staff alleges Ace is a known sex shop.

The County Attorney’s office has included exhibits showing photos of large amounts of cash found in the spa and most importantly condoms hid in the bottom of a WD40 can.

Ryan is hoping to get a temporary injunction against the business.

THE HARRIS COUNTY ATTORNEY GOES AFTER ANOTHER SPA!

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Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has filed another lawsuit against a business he considers a public nuisance.

That business is Ace Spa in the 16000 block Kuykendahl in Harris County.

In that suit filed this week Ryan’s staff alleges Ace is a known sex shop.

The County Attorney’s office has included exhibits which show photos of large amounts of cash found in the spa and most importantly condoms hid in the bottom of a WD40 can.

Ryan is hoping to get a temporary injunction against the business.

RULING IN FAVOR OF HARRIS COUNTY ATTORNEY VINCE RYAN!

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An appeals court ruling has cleared the way for Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan’s legal team to proceed with a lawsuit alleging that the San Jacinto River has been polluted with the dangerous chemical dioxin.   The companies being sued by Ryan had tried to prevent the County Attorney from hiring outside counsel to assist with the lawsuit.  

However, the  First Court of Appeals today rejected the companies’ arguments, ruling that the County had the right to hire the law firm  of Connelly Baker Wotring LLP because the County’s lawyers retained ultimate control over the conduct of the case.   “The ruling affirms the County’s right and my duty to assemble the best team of public and private lawyers I can to protect the public health and safety of our community, especially when the defendants have virtually no limit on what they can spend to fight the people of Harris County,” said County Attorney Ryan.  
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“I look forward to vigorously pursuing this threat to human life and our ecological system,” Ryan continued.  “The people of Harris County do not think it is acceptable for the culpable companies to wash their hands of their massive dioxin pollution.”  

Ryan sued International Paper Company, Waste Management Inc. and Waste Management of Texas in 2011 seeking more than $ 1 billion in civil penalties for the pollution of the San Jacinto River. The County alleges that in the 1960s huge quantities of paper mill waste containing dioxin, the most poisonous chemical made by man, were dumped into pits along the river. The lawsuit claims the companies failed to disclose the  abandoned waste for 40 years as it polluted the San Jacinto River and Upper Galveston Bay.  

Dioxin can cause cancer and birth defects.  The Texas Department of State Health Services warns women who are nursing, pregnant or who might be pregnant and children under the age of 12 not to consume fish or blue crab from the area.  

The Department has issued a consumption advisory for blue crab, cat fish and spotted sea trout from the San Jacinto River and Galveston Bay.  The Department has also advised adults and children to avoid the risk of exposure to dioxin through skin by not camping, fishing, or picnicking near the San Jacinto River where the toxic waste ponds are located.  

Despite the many warning signs posted along the river, people continue to fish and swim in contaminated waters.

THE MAN ACCUSED OF STABBING AND THEN SETTING A DOG ON FIRE ARRESTED!

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It was earlier this week when Fox 26 news first reported there was a suspect in the brutal death of a dog in Harris County.

Now, investigators have officially charged and arrested 26 year old Jacob Maurice Davis.

Detectives say he was captured on video tape July 13th throwing a white and brown dog into the sewer on Ella Crossing Drive.

A necropsy also revealed the dog was stabbed three times and was alive when it was set on fire allegedly by Davis.

That terrier we’ve learned was owned by Davis’ mother and was named Roscoe.

Investigators say Davis told them he killed the animal because it was getting on his nerves.

The 26 year old’s mother also told Harris County Fire Marshal investigators she feared for her life around her son.

Davis has been charged with cruelty to animals and is being held in the Harris County jail on the felony case.

IT’S SO HOT IN HOUSTON….

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Apparently, it’s so hot in Houston one woman decided to just rip her shirt off.

That woman was sitting at a bus stop on Main street just after 2pm when she pulled it off and started wiping under her arms and under her breast area.

She then got up and walked to a near by gas station.

That’s when she was approached by a group of Metro police officers.

The unidentified woman then put her shirt back on and walked away!

THE PEACE OF MIND IS ALWAYS BROKEN!

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There was a rash of credit card cloning/swiping cases that plagued American consumers over the last few years.

More often than not that fraud happened at a fast food stop or restaurant when your card left your sight. 

The solution the industry came up with was the outside credit card swiper you can find at many drive thrus.

It was designed to give those who use credit or debit cards peace of mind because the employee doesn’t touch your card.

But have you noticed the outside swiper never works.

Each time I try to use it the employee says it’s out of order.

So much for peace of mind because it’s broken…I guess I will result to cash again!

GLENN ROBERTS AND HIS 3D TECHNOLOGY!

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Glenn Roberts is an attorney in Houston, Texas, specializing in energy-related business brokerage and Mergers & Acquisitions.

A graduate of University of Texas, Rice University, and University of Houston Law School, Mr Roberts tries cases in U.S. federal court. Legal skills include negotiating and writing contracts, LLCs, LLPs, FLIPs, energy leases, and filing trademarks, copyrights, and investor visa applications.

Mr Roberts is a serial entrepreneur, having launched www.epicbusinessbrokers.com, which lists businesses and real estate for sale; www.TexTemps.com, which provides staffing to the medical industry in Texas and several other States; www.Mobyguard.com, a dashcam streaming video Android app available to the public for free download; and his latest venture: www.Progware.com, which sells 3D printer parts and 3D printers.

Mr Roberts is a current or recent member of the following organizations:

 Houston Mayor’s International Trade Development Council (MITDC-MENA)
 United States District Court – Southern District of Texas
 United States District Court – Eastern District of Texas
 Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
 American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)
 American Translators Association (ATA), Arabic
 Mergers & Acquisitions Source
 International Business Brokers Association (IBBA)
 Registered business broker, State of Texas
 Texas Association of Business Brokers, Education Committee
 Texas Association of Business Brokers (TABB), Vice-President, Houston Chapter
 Licensed Texas real estate broker
 International Trademark Association (INTA)
 Houston/Texas/American Bar Associations