When the Factor spoke with a group of angry parents this week they made it clear there would be a united protest Saturday night at a local football game.
Apparently, that notice of solidarity did not make it in the memo to all the band members at Jack Yates High School.
Parents and some band members said students at the Houston school would not play their instruments Saturday night at the Yates vs. Wheatley football game because of old and aging band uniforms.
Uniforms the parents say have been used by the school since 2005.
As a result of that dissatisfaction students said they would wear all black and not perform at the game.
Factor Contributor Torrey Walker
Factor contributor Torrey Walker attended the game and said the band played and only about five students put down their instruments and wore all black.
Not sure if this is the message some parents and students wanted to send to the principal at the school.
A principal they say has broken a promise to buy new uniforms this year.
HISD sent Fox 26 a statement saying the principal opted to use $30,000 from the school’s budget to buy and repair old instruments.
A spokesperson also said the band members were given temporary uniforms.
On August 30, 2014 hip-hop artist Baby Jay will release online his anticipated music video “Is It Worth It (Don’t Drink & Drive, Don’t Text & Drive) http://youtu.be/5TugHtjhems .
“I’m honored to be able to continue to use my talents to inspire and impact young lives with my music projects. For the past couple of years many organizations have been doing a great job creating increase awareness regarding the dangers of texting and driving which are wonderful. Drinking & Driving is still taking away many lives and I felt that creating a rap song and music video to discourage both drinking & driving and texting & driving was very important for me to bring to schools, communities and my fans especially in the Harris County area,” said Jonathan Gutierrez aka “Baby Jay”.
“According to the Texas Department of Transportation’s most recent statistics, Harris County has the highest rate of alcohol-related traffic fatalities among large counties in Texas and in the nation.” “Alcohol is by far the biggest drug problem in America. It contributes to more crashes and more highway deaths than cocaine, heroin and every other illegal drug combined. The safest strategy for any driver—especially teens—is to avoid any substance that can impair driving.
“(DriveItHome.Org) “My manager and I felt the perfect timing to release this special music video online was on Labor Day weekend to end “100 Deadliest Days” on a positive note and to kick off the school year with awareness of safe driving,” said Jonathan Gutierrez aka “Baby Jay”. “100 Deadliest Days” kicks off on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day.
“Working together with San Jacinto College Film & Video program on this special music video project was a positive learning experience for their students. We also couldn’t have done this music video without the support of Bayshore Medical Center, Compean Funeral home, the city of Galena Park and many others! This was truly a collaborative effort from caring individuals who all believe in the vision of this impactful music video, said Rolando Cuellar”. On Saturday, September 13th, The City of Jacinto City along with the city of Galena Park will debut live the music video during their Jacinto City Movie Night at 1022 Mercury Drive which is open Free to the public! The debut of the music video will be cohosted by Constable Chris Diaz, Mayor Esmeralda Moya and others to be announced. Baby Jay will also be present for pictures and autographs!
Today (Fri Aug. 29) the Texas Supreme Court handed a victory to a man who was smeared by a former employer on the Internet. Houston appellate lawyer Martin Siegel represented Robert Kinney in a case of interest to anyone who has been cyber-bullied or had something defamatory written about them on the internet.
The Texas high court told Mr. Kinney that an Austin trial court was wrong when it said that even if someone places a damaging falsehood about him online, it can remain there forever and the Texas courts cannot order it to be removed.
“This is a win for Robert and other people who are smeared online. The Supreme Court reinstated his lawsuit and ordered that the defamation will have to be removed from the web if he wins before a jury. Before, the courts said his only possible remedy would be an award of money damages. The Supreme Court carefully limited the extent of the injunction to the existing posts, but if the defamation is repeated in new posts, it will be easy for Robert to get new orders taking those down too. The important thing is, a person can’t destroy someone else’s reputation online and have that stay on the web forever, as the other side wanted,” said Houston appellate lawyer Martin Siegel.
Mr. Kinney sued a former employer but does not seek damages. He simply wants to get the false statements about his past work removed from the Internet. He can now go ahead with his lawsuit.
Case: Robert Kinney v. Andrew Harrison Barnes et al. No. 13-0043
Opinion here: http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/historical/2014/aug/130043.pdf
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Coles Crossing community need the public’s help in recovering a large bronze statue stolen from the property this week, as well as tracking down the suspect(s) who stole it.
The bronze statue is of a boy walking barefoot, holding a fishing pole over his right shoulder and a string of fish in his left hand (photo attached).
It was discovered missing from its location at 13050 Barker Cypress in northwest Harris County by the community center’s landscape company early Thursday morning.
The statue is approximately four feet tall and weighs about 500 pounds. Its estimated value is between $25,000-$35,000. It’s been a fixture in the Coles Crossing community since the late 1990’s.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Burglary and Theft Division at 713-967-5805 or submit a tip via iWatchHarrisCounty.
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at approximately 3pm, Houston Police responded to a family disturbance with shots fired at 1502 Fellows. Upon their arrival witnesses told them that Lisa Thorn was moving out of the residence she shared with Starling Caston, who was her boyfriend.
Caston was watching Thorn pack her personal property when, he pulled out a handgun and shot her. Witnesses inside the home quickly fled the residence and called police. Police believed the suspect had barricaded himself and Thorn inside the house.
Houston SWAT was called to the scene. SWAT officers entered the home and found Ms. Thorn deceased inside, and Mr. Caston was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a back bedroom. This case was investigated by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit.
A man suspected in several area ‘smoke shop’ armed robberies has been arrested and charged with capital murder after he shot and killed a store clerk this weekend in northwest Harris County. A second suspect has also been charged.
On Saturday, August 23, 2014 at around 8:15 p.m. Sergio Ramon Gil, 22, entered a ‘smoke shop’ located at 16247 FM 529. He robbed the business at gunpoint, then shot the clerk several times before fleeing.
The clerk, Ziauddien Sharique Khan, 44, was transported by ambulance to Ben Taub Hospital where he died.
On Sunday, August 24 at around 3 p.m. the manager from a ‘smoke shop’ that had been robbed before recognized Gil while at a sporting goods store in the 10300 block of I-45 N and called police. On Friday the HCSO released surveillance video of Gil from a previous armed robbery asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating him
Sergio Gil is being held in the Harris County Jail with no bond.
A second suspect, Karlos Alvarado, 22, has also been arrested and charged with capital murder for his involvement in the deadly armed robbery. He’s in the process of being booked into the Harris County Jail.
Director James B. Comey has named Perrye K. Turner special agent in charge of the FBI’s Houston Division. He most recently served as special agent in charge of the Louisville Division.
Mr. Turner became a special agent with the FBI in 1991 and was assigned to the Birmingham Division, where he worked criminal investigative matters in the Huntsville Resident Agency. Four years later, he transferred to the New Orleans Division and investigated gang, drug and public corruption matters in the Monroe Resident Agency.
In 1999, Mr. Turner was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigation Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. While there, he worked in the Mexican/Criminal Syndicates Unit of the Drug Section.
Mr. Turner transferred to the Jackson Division in 2001 to supervise the Criminal Enterprise Squad. In August 2004, he worked in the division’s Field Intelligence Group. A year later, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge in the Memphis Division and managed the Criminal and Administrative Programs for three years and all programs in the National Security Branch for two years.
In August 2010, Mr. Turner returned to FBI Headquarters as deputy assistant director of the Information Technology Engineering Division.
Mr. Turner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and statistics from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Business Administration from Belhaven University.
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the death of an infant following an incident at 4831 Markwood Lane about 3:30 p.m. last Thursday (August 21).
The suspect, Everton Oneal Bryan (b/m, 20), is charged with murder and injury to a child with serious bodily injury in the 184th State District Court. He is accused in the death of his son, Daniel Bryan, of the above address. Doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital pronounced him dead on Sunday (August 24).
HPD Homicide Division Sergeants E. Cisneros and H. Chavez reported:
Baby Daniel was transported to the hospital after suffering several blunt trauma injuries and died a few days later. An initial investigation determined Everton Bryan was taking care of baby Daniel at the time he suffered his injuries. Further investigation determined Daniel’s injuries were not consistent with Everton’s account of what occurred and he was re-interviewed by HPD homicide investigators and subsequently admitted to causing the injuries to baby Daniel. He was taken into custody without incident.
A call for justice was the cry in downtown Houston Tuesday afternoon.
The families of two Houston area men who say they were the victims of police brutality converged on the US Federal Courthouse.
Robbie Tolan and his parents along with family members of Alfred Wright…You may remember Wright died near Jasper this year under what his family calls suspicious circumstances.
The rally comes on the heels of the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson.
Activists here in Houston say it’s time the killing of Black men across America stops.
Ben Crump who represents the Tolan’s in Houston as well as Michael Brown’s family spoke at the downtown rally.
He says officers should be required to where video cameras on their uniforms so there won’t be any questions if a suspect is shot.
Tolan, who was shot in 2008 by Bellaire Police Officer Jeffery Cotton, is expected in federal court Wednesday for his resurrected civil case against the city of Bellaire.
Warehouse fire in South Houston (update)
What: Warehouse fire in South Houston
When: August 26, 2014 at 12:24 p.m.
Where: 106 N. Perez St
Injuries: No injuries
Damage: Severe fire, smoke and water damage
HFD units responded to mutual aid request from South Houston Fire Department for a Warehouse fire in South Houston. 42 Houston firefighters are on scene. There are no injuries reported at this time. (UPDATE)This is still an active incident. Update will follow.
Lt. Tommy Hansen, of the State of Texas receives the 2014 IAATI Directors Award.
The IAATI Directors Award is given each year to a person who is dedicated to IAATI and its mission.
The recipient of the 2014 IAATI Directors Award has dedicated much of the past 30 years to the service, promotion and representation of IAATI both at Chapter and International levels and continues to work tirelessly in promoting IAATI in the law enforcement domain.
He has been a wise counsel in Board matters that required knowledge of the history and protocols of this great organization and his chapter. He is a great mentor to members seeking appointment to Board positions at international, Chapter and Branch levels. He is also an advocate for the Auto, Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority in his home state of Texas.
Sheriff Henry TrochessetGalveston County Sheriff’s Office