Monthly Archives: April 2014

60 NEW HOUSTON POLICE OFFICERS ON THE STREETS!

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It’s what the public wanted and now they’re getting it. Tuesday night the Houston Police Department added 60 new officers to the streets. Those officers graduated from Cadet Class 218.  These new officers come at a time when Houston police union leaders say it’s been really tough to recruit for their department. The big graduation was held Tuesday night at the L.D. Morrison Training Academy on Aldine Westfield.

THE HOMELESS INVASION AT CITY HALL!

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The Factor is hearing from Houston police officers that they have been told to get a handle on the homeless population around City Hall.

On any given day a large crowd of homeless individuals can be found gathering around the Bagby street governmental building.

It has left some City Hall workers and visitors nervous by the group that shows up in the mornings and just hang around the reflection pond through the night.

Officers also say they have been told to keep their eyes open for a specific car near City Hall.
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They say the driver is a gang member who is suspected of selling the synthetic drug kush to the homeless.

The Houston Police Department has also been asked to provide more officers to patrol the building to prevent drug dealing and violence.

A spokesperson for HPD is looking into this issue in hopes of getting a response from the department!

EVIDENCE FOUND IN THE CAR!

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Investigators at the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office confirm they have discovered blood in the car of a Houston couple found murdered last month.

The vehicle owned by Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson was found in a storage facility last week.

This is after investigators had been searching for the car since the bodies of the women were found at Port Bolivar last month.

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Captain Barry Cook says after retrieving the SUV investigators did find blood in it.

Cook says that evidence will be turned over to the FBI for examination.

The chief suspect in the case is Cosby’s father James Cosby. 

He was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence back in March.

Cook believes the blood evidence could lead to a charge of murder against James Cosby. 

RALLY AT CITY HALL TODAY TO ADDRESS EQUAL RIGHTS ORDINANCE!

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Press Release: Join us this Wednesday, April 30th for a rally at City Hall! We’ll gather on the steps of City Hall at 1:15 for a brief rally before moving up to City Council Chambers to attend the Quality of Life Committee’s hearing on the proposed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. Mayor Annise Parker has released a draft of the proposed Equal Rights Ordinance to protect the Civil Rights of everyone in our city. The committee is seeking testimony from the public, and we hope you’ll join us to tell your stories. If you plan to attend the City Council meeting, please bring a photo ID, as one is required to enter City Hall. There is limited street parking in downtown, but the Jones Plaza Parking Garage is a great option. You can see a map here.

The opponents of this ordinance say there is no more discrimination in Houston. We know that’s just not true. Just last month an African American couple was strip searched by a store owner because he suspected them of stealing a pair of $3.99 earrings. Last year a parking lot on the West side put up a sign that said “NO MUSLIM PARKING.” It’s time to end discrimination in our city, and the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance is an important first step.

Houston is the only major American city without a local ordinance to protect its residents from discrimination. No person should be turned away from a restaurant, or fired from their job because of who they are. Houston’s better than that. While federal law prohibits discrimination against many classes, seeking justice can be a long, expensive process. Under this ordinance, Houstonians would be able to bring their complaint before a local arbiter. If you have questions about the proposed ordinance, you can get answers here.

For several months Texans Together has been engaging community leaders all over our City to grow support for the Equal Rights Ordinance. Through our petition, we’ve gathered thousands of signatures from Houstonians of all walks of life who believe the law should protect us from discrimination. If you’d like to join our fight, please Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Twitter.

THE JACK YATES GRADUATION EVENT YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!

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Press Release: The Jack Yates High School Maritime Academy will host their Graduation and Recruitment Dinner on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM to celebrate the current graduates and provide information for the incoming freshman and current underclassman.  The Keynote Speaker for this special occasion will be the Port of Houston Chairwoman Janiece Longoria.

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Please join the Jack Yates Family to learn more about this program and opportunities for our students in the Maritime Industry.

Dinner will be served and free to all.   Please RSVP by April 28, 2014 at 713-748-5400.

PUTTING DISTRICT B TO WORK!

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Houston City Councilman Jerry Davis will hold a business seminar next week to make sure residents and businesses in District B get a piece of the pie.

Davis says the event is scheduled for Tuesday May 6, 2014 at the Northeast Multi-Service Center at 7 pm.  The address is 9720 Spaulding.

It will be a chance to share with residents in the area the opportunities that will soon become available by way of the Houston Independent School District.

Davis says the district is building two new schools in the community and he wants his constituents to take advantage of potential jobs and contracts.

The Councilman’s staffers say there will be reps from the city and the school district to provide information to the public.

If you would like more information on the meeting contact the Councilman’s officer below:

Contact the Council Member

Council Member Jerry Davis
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 832.393.3009
FAX; 832.393.3291 
E-Mail: districtb@houstontx.gov

YOUR CHANCE TO ADDRESS THE PROPOSED EQUAL RIGHTS ORDINANCE IN HOUSTON!

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There is a special meeting at Houston’s City Hall to address Mayor Annise Parker’s proposed Equal Rights Ordinance.

That ordinance addresses the problem of ongoing discrimination in Houston including at restaurants, bars, and clubs on Washington Avenue.

The details about a rally and the actual meeting are below:

It’s a special called meeting of the Houston Quality of Life Committee. There will be signup sheets at a table at the front of the council chambers (no signing up beforehand like a regular council meeting).

There will be a rally before the hearing, meeting on the steps of City Hall at 1:15, and we are expecting press to cover the rally.

There is a small parking lot behind City Hall Annex located at 900 Bagby (enter from Walker St.) but it will fill very quickly so Tranquility Park parking garage will likely be your best bet.  I’ve attached a map.  Persons entering city facilities are required to undergo screening (metal detectors and x-ray machines for bags). A driver’s license or photo ID must be presented to obtain a visitor’s badge.  Either at the main entrance to City Hall or at the entrance to the Council Chambers, our witness wrangler Chhaya Phatarpekar will be standing to guide anyone with questions.  You should be able to pick her out of the crowd because she’ll be wearing an ACLU-TX t-shirt and carrying an ACLU-TX bag and asking people if they need any assistance.  Public testimony will be limited to two minutes (most likely), so you’ll have to hit your points quickly –

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Press Release!

DONALD STERLING BANNED FOR LIFE BY THE NBA!

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Donald Sterling, the longtime owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was barred from the N.B.A. for life and fined $2.5 million by the league’s commissioner, Adam Silver, on Tuesday for making racist remarks. Silver said that Sterling would be barred from any contact with his team and the league and that he would urge the league’s board of governors to force Sterling to sell the team.

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The fine, Silver said, was the maximum allowed by the league’s constitution.

“The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful,” Silver said. “We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling’s views. They simply have no place in the N.B.A.”

Silver said Sterling, in an interview, had admitted to him that the racist remarks on a recording released last week by the website TMZ were his. Silver said he would “do everything in my power” to see that Sterling was forced to sell the Clippers. “I fully expect to get the support I need to remove him,” Silver said.

LEGENDARY BAND DIRECTOR DR. ISAAC GREGGS OF SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY DIES!

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Southern University mourns the death of Dr. Isaac Greggs, the legendary former director of bands on the Baton Rouge campus. Greggs, 85, died today in Baton Rouge.

“Dr. Isaac Greggs was a visionary, who created a marching band – the Human Jukebox – that constantly set the standard of greatness for all college marching bands,” said SU’s Baton Rouge Chancellor James L. Llorens. “He poured his heart and soul into every performance. With Dr. Greggs, perfection was the only outcome he accepted.”

“The true testament of his leadership is reflected not only in the number of his students who have become band directors and musicians of note around the country, but the multitude of former band members who, through the dedication and commitment instilled in them by Dr. Greggs, became leaders in their respective chosen careers outside of music,” Llorens said.

“What he created with our marching band drew thousands of students to Southern University and left fans of the band in cities from Los Angeles to Houston to New York City,” Llorens said. “The Southern University family has lost a giant and he will be missed.”

Greggs headed Southern’s marching band for 36 years before retiring in 2005. In 2013, Greggs was inducted into the Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame.

SU’s Director of Bands Lawrence Jackson said today that “Dr. Greggs was an icon in the marching band world. He was an impeccable leader and he believed in innovation. Many of the things we do today, we do because Dr. Greggs was the architect.”

Jackson played in Southern’s marching band from 1971 to 1975 under Greggs leadership, was an assistant and associate band director at SU before succeeding Greggs in 2006.

“A lot of the success we have enjoyed is because of the system that he put in place,” Jackson said. “He was my mentor and he taught me a lot about being a band director. I know that he will be missed.”

Funeral arrangements are pending. 

–Provided by Edward Pratt, SUBR Media Relations

THE COPS SAY HE WAS ANGRY AFTER AND JUST STARTED SHOOTING AND KILLED THE WRONG MAN!

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Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of one man and the wounding of another at 4005 Hollister about 9:20 p.m. on September 9, 2013.

The suspect, Gustavo Rojo (H/m, 30), is charged with murder in the 232nd State District Court.  He is accused in the killing of Hernan Hernandez, 24, of Houston.  A second male victim, 30, was transported to an area hospital with a non life-threatening wound to the arm.  A photo of suspect Rojo is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant H. Garcia and Officer C. Cardenas reported:

Mr. Hernandez and another man were among a group of people in the parking lot of a strip center at the above address when a fight broke out between several people.  During the altercation, one of the males fighting produced a gun and fired several times at another male.  The shots missed the male and instead struck two bystanders.  Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Further investigation led to the identity of Rojo as the suspect in this case and, on April 22, he was arrested without incident.

THE COPS SAY HE WAS ANGRY AFTER A FIGHT AND JUST STARTED SHOOTING AND KILLED THE WRONG MAN!

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Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of one man and the wounding of another at 4005 Hollister about 9:20 p.m. on September 9, 2013.

The suspect, Gustavo Rojo (H/m, 30), is charged with murder in the 232nd State District Court.  He is accused in the killing of Hernan Hernandez, 24, of Houston.  A second male victim, 30, was transported to an area hospital with a non life-threatening wound to the arm.  A photo of suspect Rojo is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant H. Garcia and Officer C. Cardenas reported:

Mr. Hernandez and another man were among a group of people in the parking lot of a strip center at the above address when a fight broke out between several people.  During the altercation, one of the males fighting produced a gun and fired several times at another male.  The shots missed the male and instead struck two bystanders.  Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Further investigation led to the identity of Rojo as the suspect in this case and, on April 22, he was arrested without incident.