Monthly Archives: May 2014

THE END OF SCHOOL YEAR BLACKLIGHT PARTY!

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Reverberating music and hyped teens were all factors at an end of the school year party at the House of Dereon Friday night.

The black light party was hosted by Blake Dennis and Wassim Ghazi.

Dozens of the hosts classmates from Village High School in Houston turned out for the event.

Dennis’ father, Houston rap legend Willie D, was on the microphone all night long hyping up the fruit punch filled kids.

DJ Astra was on the wheels of steels while the party goers also enjoyed live performances, games, and lots of giveaways.

Here are some of the pictures and videos from the big event in Houston!

THAT HARRIS COUNTY APP IS APPARENTLY WORKING WELL!

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The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Control Division (CCD) are crediting the iWatch Harris County smartphone application for the arrest of three men on numerous drug charges at a residence in the 18600 block of Artesian Way in north east Harris County.

On Thursday, May 22, 2014, members of the CCD unit served a search warrant on the residence after receiving an anonymous iWatch Harris County clue that illegal drug activity was taking place at the home.

Investigators have charged Devon Hinote (DOB 02/02/69) Trevor Hinote (DOB 01/22/97) with possession of marijuana and 4 counts of possession of a controlled substance. Tyler Kimbrell (DOB 01/12/97) was charged with possession of marijuana.

Deputies recovered a small grow light operation unit and two six foot marijuana plants. During the search of the residence an additional 5 lbs. of mushrooms and 17 grams of methamphetamine were also found.

CCD deputies located 3 grams of LSD and 18 grams of marijuana concealed under a kitchen sink.

Two shotguns and a handgun were seized from the home.

The mug shots of the defendants are in order listed.

Over 70 tips submitted by iWatchHarrisCounty users have been cleared by arrest by HCSO investigators since its launch in 2012.

CAN YOU IDENTIFY THESE GUYS?

Crime Stoppers of Houston is seeking the public’s assistance for information leading to the arrests of four male suspects responsible for an aggravated robbery.  On May 19, 2014 at least four suspects wearing masks and black clothing entered a pawn shop in the 11700 block of the Eastex Freeway demanding money from the safe.  One of the suspects broke the top portion of a glass display and began grabbing the jewelry inside.  An employee of the store also said the suspects stole several guns. 

The suspects are described as black males, standing approximately 6’0″ to 6’1″ and weighing between 170 and 190 pounds.  They were wearing masks, black clothing and gloves.

HCSO # 14-71129

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the filing of felony charges or arrest of wanted fugitives.  Download Houston Crime Stoppers in the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store and the Blackberry App World. 

Call 713-222-TIPS(8477).  Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). 
Visit www.crime-stoppers.org.

WHAT A WAY TO START YOUR NEW BUSINESS!

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Don Gordon tried out a new restaurant that just opened in Houston and he left very disappointed.

Gordon says he ordered a stack of pancakes they came back with a fly in the stack.

He says he was offered another plate but instead he hit the road.

I am putting in a call to this restaurant to see if they’re addressing the problem.

Don’s email to the Factor:

Mr. Carey,

I wanted to tell you that I was eating pancakes at XXXXX XXXX, the new facility, and found a fly on my order of pancakes. I have attached pictures for your review. I alerted the management about the fly, and was asked if I wanted another plate. I told them no, and I paid for the juice I had ordered and left.

If you have any questions please contact me,

Don Gordon

METRO MOVING FORWARD WITH HUGHES STREET OVERPASS!

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METRO’s is taking the Green Line over Hughes Street to connect the line to the Magnolia Transit Center.

After several meetings with East End residents, civic leaders, elected officials and extensive discussions with environmental professionals on the subject of the Hughes Street overpass/underpass, the METRO Board of Directors voted today in favor of an overpass.

“I think it’s important that we never lose sight of our fiduciary duty, and we represent everyone and everything within the service area,” said METRO Board Chairman Gilbert Garcia. “We’ve got to complete the line. That is the best thing we can do for this community – complete the line and get out of the way.”

Eight board members voted in favor with Christof Spieler absent.  Spieler did however send an email in support of an overpass.

The METRO Board will move forward with the option that will take light rail and vehicular traffic, plus sidewalks over Hughes Street. The option also provides a lane for vehicular traffic and pedestrian sidewalks at street level.  Preliminary costs are estimated between $35-$43 million. The overpass is projected to take 31 months to complete.

The underpass option would have cost $52-$68 million and take approximately
42 months to complete. That does not include the costs of environmental clean up outside of the project area.

The Board approved motion states:

I MOVE THAT METRO RESCIND ITS PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION FOR AN UNDERPASS, AND CONSTRUCT A LIGHT RAIL OVERPASS WITH A LIMITED NOTICE TO PROCEED WITH THIS DESIGN. METRO WILL WORK WITH THE CITY OF HOUSTON TO SECURE FUNDING AND AGREEMENTS BY JUNE 30TH, TO ALSO HAVE TRAFFIC LANES OVER AND PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS AND TRAFFIC LANES AND PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS AT GRADE AND PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS. IF AN AGREEMENT IS NOT ENTERED INTO BY JUNE 30TH, METRO WILL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCT AN OVERPASS WITH LIGHT RAIL ONLY.

The light rail only option would cost $27-$37 million and take approximately 28 months to complete. Next steps include working with the city of Houston to try to expedite the construction process. “We want to work to move this forward as fast as possible,” said Garcia.

CASSANDRA WILLIAMS GETS A SURPRISE FROM ELITE COLLISION!

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Cassandra and Sam of Elite Collision

It was last week when we first told you about Cassandra Williams. The Fort Bend county woman took her vehicle to be repaired at USA Auto Collision in Houston.

She says more than a month after she picked up her car there were more issues than the cracked bumper she originally took it in for.

In fact, Williams says she could not drive her car at all.

She also learned someone at the repair shop actually drove her vehicle to and from work putting an additional 1000 miles on the 2013 Dodge Charger.

How did she know? The person who drove Williams’ car without her authorization took the toll road because she had an easy tag in it.

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After that report aired last week Sam Bara, owner of Elite Collision Center, wrote the Factor saying he was very touched by Williams story.

As a result of that he has agreed to fix her vehicle at his shop and not charge her a dime.

Way to go Sam and Elite Collission Center. We will follow up and keep you updated!

CASSANDRA WILLIAMS GETS A SURPRISE FROM ELITE COLLISION!

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Cassandra and Sam of Elite Collision

It was last week when we first told you about Cassandra Williams. The Fort Bend county woman took her vehicle to be repaired at USA Auto Collision in Houston.

She says more than a month after she picked up her car there were more issues than the cracked bumper she took it in for.

In fact, Williams says she could not drive her car at all.

She also learned someone at the repair shop actually drove her vehicle to and from work putting an additional 1000 miles on the 2013 Dodge Charger.

How did she know? The person who drove Williams’ car without her authorization took the toll road because she had an easy tag in it.

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After that report aired last week Sam Bara, owner of Elite Collision Center, wrote the Factor saying he was very touched by Williams story.

As a result of that he has agreed to fix her vehicle at his shop and not charge her a dime.

Way to go Sam and Elite Collission Center. We will follow up and keep you updated!

THREE ARRESTED FOR CAPITAL MURDER IN HARRIS COUNTY!

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The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit has charged three individuals with capital murder in the death of a man reported missing last week.

Investigators have charged Juan Lopez (DOB 11/04/93), Carino Ratcliff (DOB 04/12/97), and Cierra Jacobs (DOB 09/03/94, in the death of the 60 year old male.

The victim’s sister reported him missing on May 14, 2014 after he failed to meet her that day and she was unable to contact him. She provided investigators with information which indicated the victim may have been the victim of foul play.

On Tuesday May 20, 2014 at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit recovered the remains of the male in a retention pond in the 3400 block of DeSoto in north Houston.

The positive identification and cause of death are to be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Robbery appears to be the motive for the death. All three defendants are currently booked into the Harris County Jail with no bond in the 182nd Distric

NEW BLUE BELL ICE CREAM SNACK AND FLAVOR OF THE MONTH!

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Celebrate with our new frozen snack and latest ice cream flavor!

It’s party time! Have you tried our new Mini Party Cones? These miniature cones are filled with cake batter frozen dessert and topped with a vanilla coating and festive colorful sprinkles.

Our Red, White & Blue Bell® Ice Cream is also a great treat for all of your summer celebrations. Red, White & Blue Bell is a colorful dessert featuring a strawberry ice cream loaded with succulent strawberries, a creamy vanilla ice cream and a smooth blueberry ice cream combined with real blueberries packaged side by side in one carton.

Send us a photo of your party guests enjoying Mini Party Cones or Red, White & Blue Bell and it could be posted on the Country Club Bulletin Board.

SERIAL BURGLAR BUSTED IN HOUSTON!

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Charges have been filed against a suspect believed responsible for committing at least 14 burglaries of businesses in the Houston area since early March.

The suspect, identified as Torron Jermaine Alexander (b/m, 42), is charged with two counts of burglary of a building in the 248th State District Court.  A photo of Alexander is attached to this news release.

Alexander targeted U-Haul stores and Community Self Storage businesses and is accused in the following incidents:

March 3 – U-Haul at 6505 Fondren
March 3 – U-Haul at 10621 Main
March 17 – Community Self Storage at 2515 Washington Avenue
March 18 – Community Self Storage at 2515 Washington Ave.
March 22 – U-Haul at 14225 Northwest Freeway
March 23 – Community Self Storage at 2101 South Voss
March 24 – Community Self Storage at 12906 Fry Road (Harris County)
March 26 – U-Haul at 8550 State Highway 6 North (Harris County)
March 30 – U-Haul at 10220 Old Katy Road
March 30 – Community Self Storage at 2515 Washington Ave.
April 13 – Community Self Storage at 2101 South Voss
April 14 – U-Haul at 5503 Almeda Road
April 22 – U-Haul at 2222 Southwest Freeway
April 27 – U-Haul at 6808 Bissonnet
Investigators stated Alexander arrived at each business during closing hours driving a stolen U-Haul truck, picked up a landscaping rock and shattered glass at the business to gain entry.  Once inside, he stole cash and televisions.

Authorities in Fort Bend County arrested Alexander following a short vehicle pursuit on May 5.  He remains in the Fort Bend County Jail on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felony evading and a burglary of a U-Haul in that county.

KUNG FU SALOON RELEASES SECRET DRESS CODE POLICY AFTER YEARS OF RACISM ALLEGATIONS!

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DeAndre Upshaw

Kung Fu Saloon is starting to feel the heat after years of allegations of racism. The company released a statement saying 26 year old DeAndre Upshaw wasn’t allowed into their business because of his behavior. Upshaw is the Houston native who was turned away from the Kung Fu Saloon in Dallas over the weekend. He says a bouncer told him he could not enter because he wore Chuck Taylor Converse. Upshaw said in an interview with Fox 26 there were also Whites in the bar wearing Converse. The social media expert brought heat on the bar after he took to Twitter and Instagram reaching thousands of his followers who also retweeted the allegations of racism. Tuesday Kung Fu Saloon management released their long time secret dress code to the press…A dress code no customer could ever find posted in their Texas locations. Here’s that dress code:

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Kung Fu Saloon, employees, and patrons are to present themselves in an appropriate manner which is conducive to a productive, safe and fun environment. Administration has the final authority about dress code compliance. In accordance with Kung Fu policies, employees and patrons may not wear:

• Improperly fit clothing; baggy pants, overly tight clothes, or clothes that expose body parts or undergarments.
• Boxer shorts, sweat pants, or athletic shorts
• Undergarments, pajamas or other clothing not designed to be worn as an outer  garment
• Gang associated clothing or colors
• Emblems or writings that are obscene or that may reasonably be expected to cause a disruption of or interfere with normal operations
• Clothing advertising, condoning, depicting, or promoting a controlled substance, violence, or displaying vulgar or suggestive language
Clothing or items that promote discrimination or intolerance of any group based on race, religion or sexual orientation
• Accessories, which are weapon-like, such as metal-studded collars and arm / wristbands
• Any item with graffiti including of backpacks and other items on the personage


Full Statement from Kung Fu:

“As previously acknowledged, management of Kung Fu Saloon was made aware of a claim that an employee of the company turned away a customer trying to gain entrance to the bar that was wearing unacceptable attire; of which the customer claims was racially motivated.

“Upon learning of the situation, the manager on duty immediately established contact with the customer, and invited them back in order to hear what had happened in an effort to remedy the situation. The customer refused to return, stated the previously mentioned claims, and the incident was unable to be resolved.

“As many of those that have visited us in the past will attest, Kung Fu Saloon is home to a diverse crowd of patrons of all races, ethnicities, genders, and religions. This is a culture that we value, and is something we have taken great pride in since creating the concept, and it is worth restating that it is not the policy of Kung Fu Saloon to deny any customer entry based upon race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or any other status.

“Management has determined that the dress code has caused misunderstanding, and therefore may be found below. We encourage you to join us to see for yourself how diverse our crowd is, and thank you for your patronage.

“Dress Code: Kung Fu Saloon, employees, and patrons are to present themselves in an appropriate manner which is conducive to a productive, safe and fun environment. Administration has the final authority about dress code compliance. In accordance with Kung Fu policies, employees and patrons may not wear:

• “Improperly fit clothing; baggy pants, overly tight clothes, or clothes that expose
body parts or undergarments.
• Boxer shorts, sweat pants, or athletic shorts
• Undergarments, pajamas or other clothing not designed to be worn as an outer
garment
• Gang associated clothing or colors
• Emblems or writings that are obscene or that may reasonably be expected to
cause a disruption of or interfere with normal operations
• Clothing advertising, condoning, depicting, or promoting a controlled substance, violence, or displaying vulgar or suggestive language
• Clothing or items that promote discrimination or intolerance of any group based
on race, religion or sexual orientation
• Accessories, which are weapon-like, such as metal-studded collars and arm/wristbands
• Any item with graffiti including of backpacks and other items on the personage”]