Monthly Archives: June 2014

WHAT’S GOING DOWN IN THE WOODLANDS!

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From Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office…The latest police blotter:

(Woodlands) On June 16th, Deputy Jobe assisted Sergeant Rogers on a traffic stop in the 8000 block of State Highway 242.  After an investigation, the 50 year old male driver was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated and transported to the South Montgomery County Jail annex without incident.

On June 16th, Deputy Frey was dispatched to a shoplifter in custody call at 3040 College Park Drive.  The suspect, a 22 year old male, attempted to steal $103.67 worth of merchandise from Walmart.  The suspect was charged with theft and transported to the Montgomery County Jail without incident.

On June 17th, Deputy Martin, while on patrol in the area of Trillium Circle, observed a vehicle stop and three passengers exit the vehicle.   Due to previous criminal contact with one of the subjects, Deputy Martin stopped to speak with the subjects.  As the subjects exited the vehicle, Deputy Martin detected a strong distinct odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle.  One of the passengers, a 20 year old male, was discovered to have marijuana on his person and in the vehicle.  He was charged with possession of marijuana and transported to the South Montgomery County Jail Annex without incident.  The subject that the Deputy recognized, a 20 year old male, was also arrested for an outstanding warrant.

On June 18th, Deputy Abdelbaky was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at 4700 Lake Woodlands Drive.  During the course of the investigation, one of the drivers, a 43 year old male, was found to be intoxicated.  After completing an investigation, the driver was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated and transported to the South Montgomery County Jail without incident.

On June 20th, Deputy Hardin conducted a traffic stop in the area of Woodlands Parkway and John Cooper Drive.  During the course of the traffic stop, the 30 year old driver was found to have marijuana in his vehicle.  Charges for possession of marijuana were accepted by the District Attorney’s Office and the suspect was transported to the Montgomery County Jail without incident. #1 Criminal Justice Dr. – Conroe, Texas  77301 Page 7                                                                                                                                             

A MONTGOMERY COUNTY MURDER PROBE IS UNDERWAY!

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On Wednesday, June 25, at approximately 8:00 AM, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies responded to the 24000 Block of East Terrace Drive, in Porter, in reference to an open door/building check.  A resident had arrived to her home and discovered forced entry and the front door open to her residence.  The resident retreated and contacted the Sheriff’s Office to check the residence.  When Deputies arrived at the location to check the residence, they discovered a male resident inside deceased with what appeared to be gun shot wounds.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Units, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigators, and representatives from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office responded and are still investigating at the scene.  Identification of the deceased is not being released until family notification is made.  The investigation is on-going and investigators are in the process of reviewing evidence. 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to call the Major Crimes Unit at (936) 760-5876 or Montgomery County Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment of a felony crime.  Call 800-392-STOP (7867).  Anonymous tips can also be made through the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers WEB PAGE at
www.montgomerycountycrimestoppers.org.

FIVE YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH MICHAEL JACKSON’S VALUE IS AT $1 BILLION!

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Billboard revealed that the estimated net worth of Michael Jackson is larger than what it was when he was still alive. Billboard claimed that the MJ Inc. acquired a total revenue of not less than $1 billion a year after his death due to the artist’s new record deal with Sony Music which would extend until 2017, plus his successful concert films. Billboard deeply examines the various revenue streams that have entered the Jackson estate from 2009-2010.
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Net Worth: $1 Billion – As of 2011
Music Sales Value: $429 million
Film/TV Value: $392 million
Music Publishing Value: $130 million
Licensing/Touring Value: $35 million
Recording Contract Value: $31 million

According to Nielsen Soundscan, the Jacksons and the Jackson 5 have only sold around 800,000 albums, while Michael Jackson has been able to sell a staggering 98 million units of his albums in the United States. In 2009, Michael Jackson sold a total of 24 million units outside of the United States. With a retail price of $11.62 per unit, Jackson has generated around $383 million in total sales.

SoundScan revealed that Michael Jackson’s songs have earned a total of 12.9 Million track downloads in the last twelve months across the United States. Billboard further claimed that the total download worldwide totaled to 26.5 million units which gives a net value of $34 million.

There has been a sudden flux of ringtone sales in the United States after the artist’s death in 2009. It generated a total sales copied of 1.5 million Meanwhile, its global ringtone sales are estimated to be 3 million. At a price of $2 per unit, its ringtone revenue gives a net value of $5 million.
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MJ Inc. has also generated money from digital performance royalties and subscription services which amounted to a total of $2 million.

About 13% of the total revenue generated from single track downloads represents the digital performance royalties of the United States. A total of $4.5 million was generated worldwide for the artist’s digital performances.

Sony Pictures offered AEG with $60 million for the rehearsal footage of Michael Jackson. Released on October 28, 2009, “Michael Jackson: This Is It” earned a total of $72 million which makes it as the top-grossing concert film ever according to the BoxOfficeMojo.com.

A total of $188 million was earned overseas where $56 million of which comes from Japan alone. It is believed that as high as 90% of the recouped investment of over $35 million from the canceled shows of the artist has actually flowed into Jackson’s estate.

Since its release in January 26, a total of 2.7 million units of “This Is It” DVD were sold in the United States which earned a total of $43 million in revenue. The Nash Information Services claimed that the rental revenue of the DVD totaled to $25 million.

The film was sold as a component of the “This Is It” package for the PS3. On its premier day of release, DVD sales have gone as high as $18 million. A total of 351,000 Blu-Ray copies have been purchased which add about $7 million to the total revenue.

In 2009, Viacom bought the exclusive rights to air “This Is It” on the company’s BET and MTV family of Networks which include Palladia, VH1, BET and MTV for six years. The deal is estimated to cost more than $15 million.

Because of its family-friendly PG rating, the film can be aired outside of the traditional theaters which include hotel chains, cruise ships and airplanes. The cost of the licensing fees is estimated to be around 7% of the film’s total revenue. The amount varies according to the movie and its reach plus the length of time it will be aired after its initial screening in theaters.

From its minimum value of $75 million in the year 2005, Jackson’s Publishing Company, Mijac, is now estimated to have a total value of about $150 million. It is claimed that the company is generating total revenue of around $25 million every year and in the past 12 months, its revenue could have doubled to $50 million.

Jackson is also a co-owner of Sony/ATV which was found in 1995. During the time of acquisition, Sony/ATV is estimated to worth around $1.6 billion. This gives Michael Jackson a total share of $800 million. Every year, Jackson gets a portion of the company’s total revenue which amounts to $80 million.

Despite the cancellation of the This Is It Tour in London, the organizers also obtained great revenues. Some fans opted to retain their tickets as souvenirs and the non-refunded ticket brought in a total sale of $6.5 million. Meanwhile, its Bravado’s This Is It concert brought in a total of $5 million.

AEG produces an exhibit of Michael Jackson’s memorabilia in Japan and it has brought in a staggering $3.5 million to Jackson Estate. There are plans of having the exhibit in China.

According to sources, Bravado got a $10 million advance from the new deal with the Jackson Estate.

Some insiders tipped that the retail sales and licensing royalties made another $10 million as revenue. But there are rumors that the actual sales were much higher.

Just this week, Ubisoft announced that they are releasing a dance-oriented videogame during the holiday season. However, licensing fees are not still revealed.

Some sources claimed that there were no cash advances taken from the estate’s deals with Las Vegas residency and Cirque de Soleil. The startup costs were shared by the cirque and the estate, and the revenues will be taken from the ancillaries and box-office receipts.

Billboard claimed that the O2 shows would earn up to $100 million and possibly, another 15 million. Should the run had been completed successfully, AEG would have had offered a 36-month global tour for Michael Jackson.

The Sony Music Entertainment closed a deal with the Jackson Estate which involves the release of Michael Jackson’s songs until 2017. The album contains unreleased tracks which are expected in November while the reissue of “Off the Wall” can be expected next year. The estate gets around $200 million-$250 million with the closing of the deal. Some portion of the said amount was already paid in advance. Considering the contract which will extend through the 2017, Jackson Estate can expect $31 million revenue each year.

THE CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO HOLD $10 MILLION FROM METRO’S OVERPASS PROJECT!

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The Houston City Council sent a strong message to Metro Wednesday after delaying $10 million in funding for the green line in the East End area.

This comes just a month after Metro officials voted to move forward with an overpass on Harrisburg.

Councilman Robert Gallegos says the community wanted a less intrusive underpass at the location.

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The problem is the public  transportation company says there is contaminated soil underground at the proposed site.

Back in February Metro board member Dwight Jefferson told Fox 26 it would cost at least $18 million dollars to clean up the area once the soil is disturbed.

Gallegos says he wanted Metro to hold off on the process for 30 days until a consultant could provide what he considers the true cost of the clean up.

After Metro ignored the plea last month Wednesday morning the City Council responded in kind.

The body voted to take no action on funding the project for 30 days.

That leaves Metro without the $10 million in funding promised by the city for the overpass.

Gallegos says that time gives their expert a chance to evaluate the possibility and cost of an underpass.

 
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Metro responds:

“We are terribly disappointed with the Houston City Council vote to delay a decision on the anticipated $10 million funding for the East End project. These funds were earmarked years ago by Mayor Bill White.

The community and Metro have been working hard all year to come up with an excellent plan for the utilization of the funds that would complete the Harrisburg line quickly and would make it a special landmark entry into the East End.

To accommodate the community’s desire to fast-track the process, the METRO Board approved a resolution in May calling for a commitment from the City of Houston by June 30th .” Unfortunately, Councilmember Robert Gallegos has knowingly led the council to take action that will lead Metro to construct a plain, rail-only overpass,” said Metro Chairman Gilbert Garcia.

Previous report on controversy:

Metro’s green light rail line is already undergoing test runs for an anticipated fall opening.

But there is one thing that stands in the way of connecting the east and west sides of the line.

The route that runs along Harrisburg is separated by Union Pacific train tracks.

Those who work and live in the area say Metro agreed to an underground solution at the Union Pacific crossing.

But now, the agency is considering an overpass.

That’s because Metro officials say the soil under the Union Pacific train tracks may be contaminated.

Lorenzo Lezscano is an east end business owner on the line.

He says, “I would prefer underpass because if you put that big bridge it’s just going to be an eyesore.”

But officials with Metro say they can’t move forward with the underground idea because of the contamination.

Board member Dwight Jeffereson says it would cost $18 million to clean up the affected area.

So what’s next? Jefferson says there is a special meeting at Metro downtown headquarters scheduled for February 18th at 2 pm to address the issue.

Jose Chaired says, “I lose business because they take too much time to build the Metro rail.”

But getting those who work and live along Harrisburg to accept an overpass may be a hard sell.

Chaires just moved his barbershop near the location where the overpass could be built.

He says it would be bad for business.

The long time business owner says if the light rail is underground cars at the street level will still be able to spot his business.

But Jefferson says if they move forward with an overpass the flow of traffic will remain at street level.

PREPARING TO TACKLE DRUNK DRIVING IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY!

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County Constable Precinct One, Montgomery County District Attorney

Traffic fatalities increase during the summer months leading to the period from May to August being labelled the 100 deadliest days of the year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  July 4th typically sees a spike in traffic fatalities and DWI cases due to increased travel and drinking.  As people hit vacation spots, such as Lake Conroe, we also see an increase in Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) cases and also drowning or other accidents.  

In an attempt to prevent this possible increase in death and crime, the above agencies and others will be participating in regional DWI and BWI initiatives across the Houston Region.  Agencies from Brazos to Galveston to Fort Bend to Montgomery counties and all counties in between will be increasing patrol and No Refusal initiatives beginning this weekend and next weekend.   Extra patrols will be on area roads and waterways to deter potential violators and apprehend those who don’t get the message.

Join us tomorrow.  Participants will be provided access to patrol cars and patrol boats with an opportunity to film enforcement on Lake Conroe or highway patrols on local roadways.  In addition, we are at the two year anniversary of the wrong way fatalities on Interstate 45.  Participants will receive a copy of video from a DWI case for information on the dangers caused by impaired driving.

WANTED FOR RAPING THAT 63 YEAR OLD LAST WEEK AT PRIMROSE!

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Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s Special Victims Unit, and Crime Stoppers, need the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect who broke into an apartment and sexually assaulted a 63-year-old woman.

In the early morning hours of Friday, June 20, 2014, HCSO deputies responded to a sexual assault at an apartment complex located in the 10000 block of Old Bammel North in northwest Harris County.

The victim, a 63 year-old woman, told deputies the suspect broke into her apartment by kicking in the patio door then raped her.

She told deputies the suspect threatened to kill her if she did not comply with his demands.

The suspect fled on foot but not before demanding money and other items from the apartment.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The suspect is described as a black male between 20 and 30 years old, approximately 5’9″-6′ feet tall, of big build with a large belly. He had marks underneath both eyes. He was wearing a blue and white striped collar shirt, blue denim shorts, and black suede shoes.

A composite sketch of the suspect is attached.

Anyone with information about this suspect’s identity and/or location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS or send a tip via iWatchHarrisCounty.

MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED TO MAXIMUM FOR CHILD PORN!

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Carmen Hernandez has been sentenced to the statutory maximum of 20 years for distributing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Hernandez, 37, pleaded guilty to the charge March 31, 2014.

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Today, U.S. District Judge David Hittner handed Hernandez the maximum 240 months in in federal prison to be followed by life on supervised release. He must also register as a sex offender. Due to his illegal status in the country, he is expected to face deportation proceedings following his release from prison.

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Hernandez utilized peer-to-peer software to obtain and distribute child pornography images and videos via the Internet. A savvy computer user, he had provided technological assistance to his neighbor and used their wi-fi to facilitate his criminal behavior. This unsuspecting family was then subject of a search warrant executed at the location which authorities believed was traceable to Hernandez. The investigation revealed Hernandez had access to their Internet service provider. He later admitted to the illegal activity.

Forensic analysis resulted in the discovery of child pornography images/videos on computer media belonging to Hernandez. These images included those involving bondage and children under 12 being penetrated by adults and foreign objects.

The charges were the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Houston Area Cyber Crimes Task Force of the FBI which focuses its attention on, among other things, investigating offenses involving the exploitation of children via the Internet.

This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri L. Zack, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

THE WOODLANDS WELCOMES THE VETERANS BACK HOME JUNE 30TH!

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The Helping a Hero organization will hold a Welcome Home Ceremony in The Woodlands at 11 a.m. on June 30, 2014, to honor Major (Ret.) Will Lyles of the United States Army. Major (Ret.) Lyles was severely injured in his third and final deployment to Afghanistan, where he lost both legs and suffered many other injuries.

“We are extremely grateful of the service and dedication of Major (Ret.) Lyles,” said The Woodlands Township Chairman of the Board Bruce C. Tough. “His dedication to our country allows us the freedom to be able to live in this world-renowned town of The Woodlands. All of us in The Woodlands owe Major (Ret.) Lyles a high sense of gratitude, and I am so pleased and honored that he and his wife will be moving to The Woodlands.”

Major (Ret.) Lyles spent approximately nine weeks in Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, and has been in and out of the center undergoing treatment and rehabilitation at The Center for the Intrepid. Major (Ret.) Lyles has been awarded three Bronze Stars, one Purple Heart and numerous other medals.

Now, Major (Ret.) Lyles and his fiancée Sophia are beginning a new life in The Woodlands, thanks to the support of Helping a Hero, a non-profit organization that provides specially adapted homes for severely wounded heroes injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Helping a Hero has assembled a team to construct a new wheelchair-accessible four bedroom, three bathroom home tailored to meet Major (Ret.) Lyles’ needs.

Helping a Hero received extremely generous help from other parties involved in making this happen, including Woodforest National Bank for underwriting the home, The Woodlands Development Company for donating the lot, and Chesmar Homes for constructing the home with special features of wide doors, a roll-in shower and a roll-under sink that will allow Major (Ret.) Lyles to remain independent.

Lee Greenwood will deliver a special performance for the event, and barbecue will be served following the Welcome Home Ceremony. Complete information on this event can be found in the Helping a Hero flier. Those interested in attending should RSVP to rsvp@helpingahero.org.

For more information on The Woodlands Township, please call 281-210-3800 or visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

CHILDREN TAKEN OFF THE STREETS AND PIMPS THROWN BEHIND BARS!

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During the past week, the FBI, its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) conducted Operation Cross Country VIII, a week-long enforcement action to address commercial child sex trafficking throughout the United States. This operation included enforcement actions in 106 cities across 54 FBI field divisions nationwide and resulted in 168 recoveries of children who were being victimized through prostitution. Additionally, 281 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges.
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“Targeting and harming America’s children through commercial sex trafficking is a heinous crime, with serious consequences.” said FBI Director James B. Comey.  “Every child deserves to be safe and sound. Through targeted measures like Operation Cross Country, we can end the cycle of victimization.”

“Child sex traffickers create a living nightmare for their adolescent victims,” said Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice.  “They use fear and force and treat children as commodities of sex to be sold again and again.  This operation puts traffickers behind bars and rescues kids from their nightmare so they can start reclaiming their childhood.”

Operation Cross Country is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative that was established in 2003 by the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, in partnership with the Department of Justice and NCMEC, to address the growing problem of child prostitution.

“Operation Cross Country reveals that children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day,” said John Ryan, President and CEO of NCMEC. “We’re proud to partner with the FBI and provide support to both law enforcement and victim specialists in the field as they help survivors take that first step toward freedom.”

To date, the FBI and its task force partners have recovered nearly 3,600 children from the streets. The investigations and subsequent 1,450 convictions have resulted in lengthy sentences, including 14 life terms and the seizure of more than $3.1 million in assets.

Task force operations usually begin as local enforcement actions that target truck stops, casinos, street “tracks,” and websites that advertise dating or escort services, based on intelligence gathered by officers working in their respective jurisdictions. Initial arrests are often violations of local and state laws relating to prostitution or solicitation. Information gleaned from those arrested frequently uncovers organized efforts to prostitute women and children across many states. FBI agents further develop this evidence in partnership with U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section so that prosecutors can help bring federal charges in those cities where child prostitution occurs.

The Innocence Lost National Initiative partners with NCMEC to provide training for state and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and social service providers from across the country.

The FBI thanks its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners representing 392 separate agencies for their ongoing enforcement efforts, and participation in Operation Cross Country.

Houston:

4 children taken off streets
4 pimps arrested

WANTED FOR CHILD ABDUCTION IN HOUSTON!

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Houston police have released a composite sketch of a suspect wanted in the abduction of a baby girl at 1110 North Sam Houston Parkway West about 1 a.m. TODAY (Monday, June 23).

The suspect is described only as a black male, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, in his late teens to early 20s.  A composite sketch of the suspect is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant E. Cisneros reported:

The mother of 8-month-old Genesis Hailey stopped at a gas station at the above address.  Leaving her vehicle running and her sleeping infant in the back seat of the car, she attempted to enter the convenience store.  As she walked inside, she observed the suspect get into her green Saturn Ion and drive away, with her daughter inside.

The mother contacted police, who issued an Amber Alert for the abducted child.  About 3:30 a.m. the vehicle was found at 1400 Greens Parkway without Genesis Hailey inside.  About 7:45 a.m., a passerby found little Genesis, still strapped in her car seat, in a field at 11300 Ella Boulevard, near where the vehicle was located.  She was transported to Texas Children’s Hospital for evaluation, found to be in good condition, and released to her mother.

Anyone with information on this case, or on the identity or whereabouts of the suspect, are urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY WOMAN HEADED TO TRIAL AND COULD BE DEPORTED!

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A Montgomery County woman goes on trial this week for allegedly driving drunk with her child in the car.

Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam says Martha Armendariz-Guerrero was driving while intoxicated with her 4 year old child in the vehicle.

Diepraam says if the mother is convicted she could be deported from the United States.

Armendariz-Guerrero was indicted on the charge back in October 2013.

COUNTY ATTORNEY WANTS TO FORCE COMPANY TO OBEY POLLUTION LAWS!

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Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has filed a lawsuit against a Channelview industrial tank and container cleaning business demanding that the business stop the pollution and noxious odors that flow from the facility. 
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Ryan contends that these emissions and waste materials are causing neighbors to complain of nausea, headaches and burning eyes.

The defendant, Texas Industrial Box Maintenance, located at 15531 Market Street, cleans tanks and containers used in the transportation and storage of chemicals and regulated waste.

Nearby residents have complained about the smells coming from the tank cleaning operation, leading the Harris County Pollution Control Department to cite the company on seven separate occasions for violating Texas environmental and safety laws.

“The tank and container cleaning business is an essential part of our region’s oil and petrochemical industry. It is also a dangerous business,” County Attorney Ryan said. “Our Office will continue to work to make sure that these companies are following the laws that protect our residents.”

According to the lawsuit the company allowed unauthorized air emissions, accepted chemical waste without a permit and allowed chemical waste to flow into the waterways.

In addition to seeking a court order to require the company to follow health and safety laws, the County Attorney has asked for civil penalties of up to $25,000 for each day the company has violated, and continues to violate, the law.

The Harris County Pollution Control Department estimates there are approximately 50 tank cleaning facilities registered in Harris County.