Monthly Archives: September 2013

HOUSTON CHURCH ACCUSED OF DISCRIMINATING AGAINST PREGNANT WOMEN!

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United Bible Fellowship Ministries, Inc., an organization that provides faith- based, community social services, violated federal law when it forced female employees out of their jobs because of their pregnancies, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit announced today.

According to the EEOC’s suit, Shamira Johnson worked as a resource technician, providing home care assistance to disabled individuals. Her duties included housecleaning, light laundering, administering medication, cooking and assisting with personal hygiene and grooming.

United Bible terminated Johnson and other pregnant employees according to its “Pregnancy in the Workplace Policy” which required pregnant women in direct client-care positions to stop working during their pregnancy and reapply for a vacant job once they were no longer pregnant. Johnson did not return to work at United Bible after her pregnancy. The policy also unlawfully required applicants to disclose their pregnancy when applying for employment.

Such a policy, and adverse employment actions taken under the policy, violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. The EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. United Bible Fellowship Ministries, Inc., Civil Action No. 4:13-cv-02871) in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division after attempting to reach a voluntary pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The EEOC is seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting defendant from engaging in any further sex discrimination.

THE MEN WANTED FOR STEALING FROM A FEDERAL AGENT!

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The FBI is releasing photographs of two men wanted for questioning in a series of break-ins in Northwest Houston. During the latest crime spree, burglars broke into the home of an FBI agent, stealing government weapons and the agent’s personal property. The men pictured in the photographs below were captured on surveillance cameras at the Willowbrook Mall while using the agent’s personal credit cards during a shopping spree on September 24, 2013.

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Burglars broke into the agent’s home in the area of Hollister and West Little York in Northwest Houston on September 23, 2013. It is one of several break-ins to occur in the area over the past several months. Among the government property taken were a Remington 870 short-barreled shotgun and a Glock-22 handgun, both secured in a green gun locker, which was also stolen. The FBI is seeking information about these two men or others who may have been involved in the crime. If you have possession of either of these stolen weapons, we ask that you call the Crime Stoppers tipline or the Houston Office of the FBI. The theft of government property is a federal felony.

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The first man is described as a Hispanic male with a heavy-set build. On September 2013, he was pictured wearing a white T-shirt with the logo “Play Cloths High Rollers” on the front. Later the same day, he was pictured wearing a black T-shirt and black shorts. The second man is described as a taller Hispanic male, with a thin build. On September 24, 2013, he was wearing a red shirt with the logo “Ca$h Only” on the front of the T-shirt. He also had a large gold chain around his neck and a large white wrist watch. The men were last seen driving away from the Willowbrook mall in a black four-door sedan.

Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and arrest of anyone involved in the case. If you have information about this crime, or the property stolen, please call the Crime Stoppers tipline at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the Houston Office of the FBI at 713-693-5000.

FORMER ENRON EXECUTIVE IN MORE TROUBLE FOR HIDING ASSETS!

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A federal grand jury has returned a 24-count indictment against Jeffrey Adam Shankman with bankruptcy fraud and concealment of assets, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
 
The indictment was returned today. Shankman is expected to turn himself in to federal authorities and make an initial appearance before a U.S. magistrate judge in the near future.
 
According to the indictment, Shankman engaged in a scheme to conceal assets to defraud creditors and the trustee who was appointed to collect and dispose of all Shankman’s assets in his bankruptcy estate.
 
A debtor is required to complete several documents to carry out the bankruptcy process, which consist of a petition which contains summary information about the debtor’s financial condition, various bankruptcy schedules and a statement of financial affairs. That statement contains, among other things, detailed information about the debtor’s assets, liabilities, recent payments to creditors, past and current income and anticipated future income. The documents are required to be signed and certified under penalty of perjury that the information contained in them is true and correct. A debtor is required to disclose all creditors to the bankruptcy court so that the court can provide notice to the creditors of the filing of the bankruptcy petition. One purpose of this requirement is to allow the creditors the opportunity to participate in the bankruptcy proceeding and protect their interests.
 
Shankman, 46, filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy in October 2008. The indictment alleges he concealed, transferred and sold various pieces of fine art, decorative art as well as Jewelry and other assets without the knowledge, consent and approval of the trustee or the bankruptcy court. The approximate value of the assets was $952,125, according to allegations.
 
Shankman was head of the Global Markets Division of Enron in 2001 before its collapse and served on the Art Committee of Enron.
 
In order for the bankruptcy system to work for all parties, it is imperative for the debtor to be truthful and forthright in all aspects of the bankruptcy process. The bankruptcy system is based on an honor system; the debtor agrees to provide all of the necessary information requested by the trustee and to assist the trustee in collecting all assets of debtors and comply with the court’s orders to obtain the relief desired under the chapter the case was filed.
 
If convicted, he faces up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine of on each count.
 
The case was investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Quincy L. Ollison.
 

HOUSTON MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER!

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Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the death of a man at 9303 Woodfair about 1:55 a.m. on November 15, 2009.

Cory Bernard Sanders (b/m, DOB: 10-1-83) is charged with murder in the 208th State District Court.  He is accused in the death of Noe Uribe, 33.  Mr. Uribe was found critically injured at the above address and transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

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

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants B. Harris, L. Flores and Senior Police Officers P. Guerrero and M. Waters reported:

Officers responded to a shooting call at 9303 Woodfair and saw Mr. Uribe lying in the driveway entrance to the Riverstone Apartments. HFD paramedics arrived at the scene and transported him to the hospital.

Investigators determined he had been beaten and then shot during a struggle with three robbery suspects.  

The suspects, described as a black male and two black females, then fled on foot, leaving their white Ford Thunderbird behind because Mr. Uribe’s vehicle blocked the only exit.

Suspect Sanders was initially questioned by investigators.  He claimed at the time his Thunderbird had been stolen.  Further investigation and evidence obtained at the scene later linked Sanders and one other individual to the murder.

Last Thursday (Sept. 26), Sanders voluntarily came to the HPD Homicide Division where he was re-interviewed and confessed to his role in Mr. Uribe’s killing.  He also provided information on two other possible suspects.

WHERE IS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

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The Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) is gearing up for an informative yet fun-filled National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 from 6-9 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to come out and meet their neighbors, as well as law enforcement officers, to discuss crime prevention and other concerns in their community.

Sheriff Adrian Garcia and HCSO deputies will be attending over 70 neighborhood gatherings throughout Harris County. Among them are:

North/Northeast Harris County
• East Aldine District- Sheriff Garcia attending
5333 Aldine Mail Route
Houston, TX

• Fall Creek- Sheriff Garcia attending
7930 Fallcreek Bend
Humble, TX

• Summerwood- Sheriff Garcia attending
16136 Hunters Lake Way
Houston, TX

East Harris County
• Woodforest- Sheriff Garcia attending
314 Freeport St.
Houston, TX

• Galena Park Oaks
1407 Holland Ave.
Galena Park, TX

• Northshore Meadows Apts.
333 Uvalde Rd.
Houston, TX

West Harris County
• Westgreen- Sheriff Garcia attending
1626 West Fork Dr.
Katy, TX

• Clay Road HOA
19230 Cypress Flower
Katy, TX

• Westlake Place
19725 Spanish Needle Dr.
Houston, TX

North/Northwest Harris County
• White Oak- Sheriff Garcia attending
Fallbrook Dr. at Foxrow Ln.
Houston, TX

• Northwest Park- Sheriff Garcia attending
10406 Cactus Flower
Houston, TX

• Willowlake
9503 Willowlake Park Dr.
Houston, TX

South/Southwest
• Crestwater
207 Bridgecrest Blvd.
Houston, TX

• Westbend
3915 Summit Valley Dr.
Houston, TX

• Millstone Apartment Homes
23405 West Fernhurst Dr.
Katy, TX

National Night Out was created to raise awareness about crime, come up with ways to fight crime, and solidify relationships between law enforcement officers and the community.

We encourage everyone to take part in their neighborhood National Night Out event.

DEATH AT MAH EXPRESS CHINESE RESTAURANT!

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Houston police say one man is dead and another hospitalized after a shooting at a Houston restaurant.

Police say a gunman walked into Mah Express on Griggs Road just after 10:30 am and demanded money.

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Investigators say the owner and his brother were inside the business with a cook.

According to police the gunman fired one shot in the air and then another into the leg of one of the brothers.

Detectives say that’s when the owner, in an attempt to save his brother, charged the shooter.

The owner was shot in the chest and died.

We’re told the cook ran out of the back of the restaurant and was not hurt.

Police say they’re looking for a black male about 6’5 who fled the scene in a white SUV.

KIM OGG IS RUNNING FOR HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY – YOU KNOW THE FORMER CRIMESTOPPERS LADY!

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“As the next Harris County District Attorney, I will protect the lives, liberty and property of every citizen in our county. I am committed to independence from special interests and I will be equally fair to crime victims and those accused. My focus will be to fight crime with 21st century tactics and this will be accomplished through re-prioritization of resources, including forfeiture funds. On my first day in office, I will end the practice of accepting ‘trace drug cases’ where there is no evidence to convict and instead will shift the focus to dismantling organized crime from the top down.”

Kim Ogg will also file her campaign Treasurer Designation on Monday at the Harris County Democratic Party Headquarters. This is the initial step in formally placing her name as a candidate on the 2014 Democratic Party Primary election ballot. Former State Senator Jack Ogg will serve as her campaign treasurer.

Kim began her career at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office where she rose to the level of a Chief Felony Prosecutor. Her high profile prosecutions of criminal street gang members in the early 1990’s led to appointment by Mayor Bob Lanier as the City of Houston’s first Gang Task Force Director in 1994. From 1999-2006, Kim was the Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Houston, the most successful anonymous crime tips hotline cash reward program in the world. Kim entered private legal practice in 2006 and has represented crime victims, police officers, and the accused in more than 100 jury trials. Kim is a native Houstonian and the daughter of former Senator Jack Ogg and Connie Ogg.

Filing for candidates to place their names on the ballot begins November 9, 2013. The Primary Election will be held on March 4, 2014. Early voting begins Feb. 18, 2014.

THE NEW HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY TALKS WITH THE MEDIA!

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Who:              Devon Anderson, Harris County District Attorney

What:            Announcement of recently appointed Harris County District Attorney

 

HOUSTON TACKLES BOARDING HOUSES!

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Thursday officers with the Houston Police Department’s Mental Health Division will meet with Houston Councilmember Ed Gonzalez and community partners to introduce the department’s boarding home investigative team and educate everyone on the upcoming City of Houston Boarding Home Ordinance.

The meeting will be held on the second floor of the Houston Sobering Center at 150 North Chenevert.  Mental Health Division officers will be available from 9:30 to 10 a.m. for media interviews. 

Media may obtain b-roll of the meeting from 10 to 10:15 a.m.
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The goal of the meeting is to educate various city employees, law enforcement and social service agencies on the ordinance with a goal of ensuring all team members work collaboratively to improve the quality of life for individuals living in Houston boarding homes. 

The Houston City Council on July 24th passed an ordinance calling for the regulation of “Boarding Homes” within the City of Houston. The ordinance amends Chapters 1 and 28 of the code of ordinances and regulates unlicensed facilities within the City of Houston.A boarding home or boarding home facility means an establishment that:(1)   Furnishes, in one or more buildings, lodging to three or more persons with disabilities or elderly persons unrelated to the owner of the establishment by blood or marriage; and(2)   Provides residents with community meals, light housework, meal preparation, transportation, grocery shopping, money management, laundry services, or assistance with self -administration of medication, but does not provide personal care services as defined by Section 247.002 of the Texas Health and Safety Code to those persons.The ordinance exempts certain facilities that have state licenses. (Sec 28-452)The Ordinance requires a registration, fire inspection, records retention, reporting, and criminal background checks of owners and employees.  Registration packets will be mailed to boarding home operators in October and enforcement begins November 25.Additional information on the ordinance may be found at:   http://www.houstontx.gov/council/h/committee/20130625/boardinghomes.pdf or by contacting 311, the City of Houston Helpline.