Monthly Archives: July 2014

FINDING JUST THE RIGHT GIG IN THE NEWSROOM!

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Hundreds of people have hit the ground running at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Boston.

The young journalists kicked off their morning by hitting the convention’s job fair at the Sheraton Hotel and Hynes Convention Center.

The applicants are being screened, critiqued, and in some cases interviewed for their next big job in the industry.

Several major companies are on hand for the event including CBS News, Raycom, Comcast, and Cox Communications just to name a few.

The career fair will last through Friday while the convention officially wraps up Sunday afternoon.

THE ISIAH FACTOR COURTESY SUITE AND WELCOME TO BOSTON RECEPTION!

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Thousands of journalists from around the country have converged on Boston for the annual National Association of Black Journalists Convention. The organizers say the event on the east cost has sold out at least two hotels in the area. Attendees will participate in various seminars to help improve their craft in various fields such as journalism and public relations.  The Factor officially kicked off the event with my courtesy suite welcoming many of the members from Region 5 which includes Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Here are some of the people who dropped by the welcoming for the official first night of the conference!

BRAABJ IS SENDING THREE STUDENTS TO THE NATIONAL CONVENTION!

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Press Release: Two LSU students and one Southern University student will be attending the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention in Boston July 30 through Aug. 3 courtesy of the Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists (BRAABJ).
Gheni Platenburg and Amber Smith, both LSU graduate students, and Earnest Dunbar Jr., who graduated from Southern in May, are the recipients of BRAABJ’s Scholarship. BRAABJ is funding the trip from proceeds raised at its Second Annual Scholarship Luncheon in April.

For more information, go to brareabj.org.

MARY BENTON IN BOSTON WITH NABJ MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

Bob Butler - NABJ President, recipient of donation, and Mary Benton - NABJ Region 5 Director

Bob Butler – NABJ President, recipient of donation, and Mary Benton – NABJ Region 5 Director

Members of the National Association of Black Journalists are not just partying at the annual convention in Boston. The journalists are there making a difference in people’s lives. Houston journalist and NABJ Region 5 Director Mary Benton tweeted a picture Monday afternoon showing the group in action. NABJ’s President Bob Butler was able to work with Rent-A-Center and get a homeless veteran furniture while they’re also focusing on preparing to welcome thousands of journalists from all around the country. Way to go guys!

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Houston journalist Mary Benton held her final farewell party Saturday as she prepares to kick off a new chapter in her life.

After 20 years Mary left KPRC TV as a reporter for a public relations position with Harris County government.

The last and alleged final party was thrown by the Houston Association of Black Journalists where Benton has served as President.

Several members and friends attended the event to wish Mary well on her new chapter in life!

THE BIG ARREST IN GALVESTON COUNTY TODAY!

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The Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes Unit in response to complaints from the community in the unincorporate area of Dickinson about the drug activity at what is called the “The Yard” which is located at 2812 Ave B, began a year long undercover operation that led to todays search warrants.

This investigation resulted in 24 individuals being charged with 43 offenses of selling drugs. Not all of these individual have been arrested today, however, their arrest will be forthcoming.

In additon to the activity at “The Yard” this investigation led investigator to 2804 24th St., where drugs were bought, which led to this search warrant being executed today.  Alex Paige 38 is charged with selling drugs out of his home. Paige is charged with Manufacturing/Delivery of an controlled substance and found with 7.7 grams of crack cocaine in his pocket upon his arrest. His bond is set at $250,000.00 and $160,000.00 2 counts previously filed. Also arrested at this residence was Dwight Gaines 21. Gaines was charged with 2ct of Manufacturing/Delivery of a controlled substance, he was found in possession of 8.29 grams of crack cocaine, 6.5 grams of estcacy. Gaines bond was set at $40,000.00 each.

In addition to Paige and Gaines the following individuals are already in the County Jail:

Marcziavour Dickerson 44 Manufacturing/Delivery of a controlled substance 2 counts Bond $170,000.00

Alvin Perry Jones 36 Manufacturing/Delivery of an Controlled substance crack cocaine Bond $60,000.00

Henry Junior Nunez 48 Manufacturing/Delivery of an Controlled substance crack cocaine X-2 Bond $60,000.00 each.

Theodore Clay 30 Maunfacturing/Delivery of an Controlled substance crack cocaine X-4 Bond $330,000.00.

Undra Levin Cox 47 Manufacturing/Delivery of an Controlled substance crack cocaine Bond $60,000.00.

Currently in TDCJ:   

Shanequia McCall 33 Manufacturing/Delivery of an Controlled substance crack cocaine Bond $60,000.00

Joseph Nunn 36 Manufacturing/Delivery of an Controlled substance crack cocaine Bond $60,000.00

The following individuals were arrested today as a result of the two search warrants:

 Brian Lott 35 Manufacturing/Delivery of an controlled substance Bond $60,000.00

Cynthia Jones 30 Manufacturing/Delivery of an controlled substance 2 counts Bond $210,000.00

Nyberia Nunez 33 Manufacturinf/Delivery of an controlled substance 3 counts Bond $180,000.00

Tyrone Johnson 45 Manufacturing/Delivery of an controlled substance4 counts Bond $330,000.00

 

 

 

 Ira Hill 34 was arrest on a outstanding Federal warrant for Narcotic Trafficking out of Florida. Hill was turned over the US Marshall’s assisting us today.

The total amount of drugs seized at Paige’s residence was 16 grams of crack cocaine, 28 pills of ecstacy, 13.6 grams of marijuana individually packaged for sale.

Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the Special Crimes Unit, Criminal Investigations, Warrant, Patrol and Correction Divisions were assisted by the US Marshall’s, Galvesston Police Narcotics, Texas City Police Narcotics, League City Narcotics and K9 Unit and the UTMB K9 unit.

Sheriff Henry Trochesset
Galveston County Sheriff’s Office

BEEHIVE IN THE MIDDLE OF DOWNTOWN HOUSTON!

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This is a sight that left some very nervous people crossing to the other side of the street in downtown Houston. It’s a beehive with a very active swarm. A Houston police officer saw the hive and called the city’s 311 line to try and get some help. That officer says he was told by 311 they didn’t have anyone to send. So, if you’re on Walker street downtown make sure you avoid the growing beehive!

HOUSTON STUDENT WINS SISTER CITY ART AWARD!

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The Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs and Sister Cities of Houston are proud to announce that Anna Cho from Houston, Texas was selected as the Grand Prize winner of Sister Cities International’s 2014 Young Artists and Authors Showcase. Anna’s artwork titled “Global Village” was selected as the Grand Prize winner in the U.S. art category. Anna was sponsored by the Houston-Perth Sister City Association, housed within the Australian American Chamber of Commerce.

Additionally, Momoi Tanigawa of Houston’s Sister City Chiba City, Japan was selected as a finalist for her art piece titled “Connect”. The Houston-Chiba Sister City Committee, which is housed within the Japan America Society of Houston, facilitated Chiba City’s entrance into the competition.

“Houston is known for its thriving arts community, diversity and internationalism,” stated Mayor Parker.  “As such, I was delighted to learn that a local student won the grand prize in this year’s art competition,” she added.

Deanea LeFlore, executive director of Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs stated, “Sister Cities of Houston works to expose Houstonians of all ages and backgrounds to cultures across the world. The art showcase is one of many ways that Houstonians can become involved in the Sister Cities program, which includes activities as diverse as student exchanges, trade missions, and cultural programing.”

For more than two decades, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase has given youth from around the globe the opportunity to express their vision for a more unified, peaceful world through original artwork and literature. The 2014 showcase encouraged youth to submit entries inspired by what the Sister Cities International tagline means to them: “Connect globally. Thrive locally.” The theme challenged youth to express how connectivity has impacted them for the better and enabled their community to thrive.

“For 26 years, youth from around the globe have sent their inspiring work for this showcase. This year’s entries also highlighted immense talent and passion. We’re very excited to share the work of these talented youth with the world on our website and Tumblr,” said Mary D. Kane, Sister Cities International President and CEO.

For more information on the Young Artists and Authors Showcase and copies of the artwork, please email Megha Swamy at mswamy@sister-cities.org. To view all the 2014 Showcase artwork submissions, visit: www.sistercitiesinternational.tumblr.com.

The Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs, a division of the Mayor’s Office, serves as a resource and the primary point of contact with regard to international affairs, protocol, consular relations, visiting international government representatives, and Houston’s sister cities program.

Photo caption: Memorial High School senior Anna Cho (center) receives a Certificate of Congratulations from Mayor Parker at  city council session.

[Pictured from left to right] Arielle Angelovich, holds a replica of Anna’s winning piece; Ben Cho, father of Anna; Harry Gee, president of Sister Cities of Houston; Anna Cho; Martha Cho, mother of Anna; Mayor Annise Parker; Jerald Broussard, president of Houston-Perth Sister City Association

The Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs and Sister Cities of Houston are proud to announce that Anna Cho from Houston, Texas was selected as the Grand Prize winner of Sister Cities International’s 2014 Young Artists and Authors Showcase. Anna’s artwork titled “Global Village” was selected as the Grand Prize winner in the U.S. art category. Anna was sponsored by the Houston-Perth Sister City Association, housed within the Australian American Chamber of Commerce.

Additionally, Momoi Tanigawa of Houston’s Sister City Chiba City, Japan was selected as a finalist for her art piece titled “Connect”. The Houston-Chiba Sister City Committee, which is housed within the Japan America Society of Houston, facilitated Chiba City’s entrance into the competition.

“Houston is known for its thriving arts community, diversity and internationalism,” stated Mayor Parker.  “As such, I was delighted to learn that a local student won the grand prize in this year’s art competition,” she added.

Deanea LeFlore, executive director of Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs stated, “Sister Cities of Houston works to expose Houstonians of all ages and backgrounds to cultures across the world. The art showcase is one of many ways that Houstonians can become involved in the Sister Cities program, which includes activities as diverse as student exchanges, trade missions, and cultural programing.”

For more than two decades, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase has given youth from around the globe the opportunity to express their vision for a more unified, peaceful world through original artwork and literature. The 2014 showcase encouraged youth to submit entries inspired by what the Sister Cities International tagline means to them: “Connect globally. Thrive locally.” The theme challenged youth to express how connectivity has impacted them for the better and enabled their community to thrive.

“For 26 years, youth from around the globe have sent their inspiring work for this showcase. This year’s entries also highlighted immense talent and passion. We’re very excited to share the work of these talented youth with the world on our website and Tumblr,” said Mary D. Kane, Sister Cities International President and CEO.

For more information on the Young Artists and Authors Showcase and copies of the artwork, please email Megha Swamy at mswamy@sister-cities.org. To view all the 2014 Showcase artwork submissions, visit: www.sistercitiesinternational.tumblr.com.

The Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs, a division of the Mayor’s Office, serves as a resource and the primary point of contact with regard to international affairs, protocol, consular relations, visiting international government representatives, and Houston’s sister cities program.

Photo caption: Memorial High School senior Anna Cho (center) receives a Certificate of Congratulations from Mayor Parker at  city council session.

[Pictured from left to right] Arielle Angelovich, holds a replica of Anna’s winning piece; Ben Cho, father of Anna; Harry Gee, president of Sister Cities of Houston; Anna Cho; Martha Cho, mother of Anna; Mayor Annise Parker; Jerald Broussard, president of Houston-Perth Sister City Association

ACTIVIST DERIC MUHAMMAD RELEASES A BOOK!

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A.S.A.P. – A Street Activist’s Perspective is Deric Muhammad’s very first self-published book. It is a compilation of soul-stirring opinion editorials that cover a number of issues plaguing the Black community. He addresses social, political, cultural, spiritual and economic issues in a way that is reflective of his position as a street activist. This is a must-read for all of Black America.

 

 Here is an excerpt from Chapter 1: “THE A.S.A.P. MENTALITY”

“Black people in America have many issues. This book focuses on some of the most critical of our time. While it is meant to create meaningful dialogue, my real motive is to create in us a sense of NOW in addressing these issues. In so many ways we have become ‘jaded’ toward our own suffering. We make mockery of our own destructive behavior. Through television shows like ‘Love & Hip Hop’, as well as ‘Scandal’, we promote that which demotes the dignity of our community. This book is small in size; but so is a match. The size of a fire is never limited to the size of the match that lights the fire. In cities all across America and beyond we must come together as a people and create a ‘let’s get it done’ mentality when it comes to addressing our issues, mapping out a strategy to solve our problems and executing a plan with perfect precision.”

BE VERY CARRFUL OF YOU BUY A CAR OFF OF CRAIGSLIST!

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On July 17, 2014, the Montgomery County Auto Theft Task Force (MCATTF) received information about a possible scam on Craig’s List. Detectives answered an ad selling a used vehicle and arranged for the seller to meet with undercover officers. Checking the vehicle and the accompany title paperwork; detectives discovered the vehicle’s identification number (VIN) had been removed and replaced with another one. The title paperwork returned to the altered/replaced VIN and did not return to the vehicle being sold.  Detectives also learned that the vehicle was reported stolen in Harris County.

The seller was identified as Dyanna Meza W/F, 24 yoa from Houston. Ms., Meza was arrested and taken to the Montgomery County Jail charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and the stolen vehicle was taken to the MCATTF’s storage lot where it will be returned the rightful owner.

                                     

The public is reminded that there are numerous scams on Craig’s List and other similar publications. These include stolen vehicles, vehicle parts, trailers; title and odometer fraud. Buyers are reminded of the old adage “If it seems to be too good to be true it probably is!”

Anyone planning to make a purchase from a private individual, from an ad on the internet, newspaper or other publication should check the vehicle and documents very carefully. Make sure that the title is an original and that the VIN matches the one on the title.  Buyers may wish consider conducting the transaction at the local tax office as they will have all the necessary paperwork and notaries to complete the transaction.

If buying car parts or items without title paperwork make sure to receive a Bill of Sale and remember that in many scams the seller will tell you that the title is lost and you can get a new title with the bill of sale.

In many trailer purchases, the seller tells the buyer that the trailer is homemade, when in fact it is a stolen manufactured trailer with the identifying features hidden or ground off. Thieves count on the buyer being in a hurry to negotiate the best price and not prepared to properly check paperwork and other identifying numbers.

Historically, more vehicle thefts and burglaries occur in Texas during summer months, which is why the Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA) have declared July “Watch Your Car Month.”  

 

During “Watch Your Car Month,” representatives within 29 vehicle crime task forces funded by ABTPA will be working in their communities to remind Texas drivers to protect their vehicles and possessions to avoid falling victim to thieves.

 

Drivers should remember that thieves will strike where you are most likely to leave vehicles and can include homes, malls, gyms, movie theaters, hotels, and even places of worship!

 

For additional tips on preventing vehicular crime, or on information about “Watch Your Car Month”; contact your local Auto Theft Task Force, or call 800-CAR-WATCH for further information on how not to become a victim of vehicular crimes.

 

Press Release by:

 

J.E. Sclider, Lieutenant

 

Montgomery County Auto Theft Task Force