Monthly Archives: September 2014

LEARN YOUR RIGHTS AND LEGAL OPTIONS!

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The People’s Law School will convene on Oct. 4 at the University of Houston Law Center campus offering free classes on legal rights and answers to many basic legal questions.

 

“The People’s Law School is the oldest and most successful law program for the layperson in the country,” said Richard M. Alderman, longtime professor and director of the Center for Consumer Law at UH Law Center.  “When it comes to the law, knowledge really is power. The People’s Law School won’t make you an attorney, but it will help you settle disputes and avoid problems. Whether you are buying a car, preparing a will, dealing with a debt collector or in a dispute with your neighbor, knowing your legal rights can make a difference.”

 

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Krost Hall at the Law Center on the main campus of the University of Houston. Although there is no charge for the People’s Law School, pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to the first 1,000 people. Registration officially opens Sept. 24. To register go to, www.peopleslawyer.net

 

Over the years, more than 50,000 people have attended the program co-sponsored by the Center for Consumer Law and the Houston Bar Association. Volunteer lawyers, judges, and law professors, will teach courses in 14 different areas of law, including business law, tax, employment, health insurance, consumer law, credit and debt collection, wills and estates, family law, insurance law, landlord tenant law, small claims court, social security and how to deal with an attorney. There will even be a class on how you can find the law on the Internet.

Each person may choose three classes and attendees will receive comprehensive written materials to supplement the classes.

DID A SCHOOL COP WANT SPECIAL FAVORS AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP?

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The Factor has learned a veteran CyFair ISD police officer is now the target of an internal investigation.

That officer according to sources allegedly asked a woman to have sex with him after a traffic stop during the summer just before school began.

Our source says that woman later came forward and filed a complaint against the veteran officer alleging he forced her to have sex.

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Nicole Ray, spokesperson for CyFairISD, confirms the investigation and says once they received the complaint they placed the officer on leave while they investigated the case.

Here’s the statement from CyFair:

The incident is currently under investigation.

When the allegation was brought forth, the officer was immediately placed on administrative leave. 

Thank you,

Nicole Ray

A MAJOR INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY AT THE 911 CENTER IN HOUSTON!

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The Factor has learned there is an Office of Inspector General investigation underway at the Houston Emergency Center.

It’s where your 911 calls are directed in the city of Houston and Harris County.
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Our sources say this probe centers on possible time card fraud, employees’ background checks, and the unauthorized use or abuse of city issued credit cards called P-Cards.

This investigation by the Office of Inspector General has already resulted in the termination of a high ranking official at HEC center back in July.

The city employee union – HOPE – confirms some of their members may be a target in the probe.

Janice Evans with the Mayor’s office declined to comment on the OIG probe.

Stay tuned for more details!

SILVER ALERT ISSUED FOR DALLAS AREA SENIOR!

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The Dallas Police Department is searching for Theodore Moore, diagnosed with a Cognitive Impairment, Black, Male, 75 years old, DOB 05/15/1939, HEIGHT 5’ 10”, WEIGHT 140 lbs, Black Hair, Brown Eyes, wearing Gray Shirt and Blue Pants. Has an earring in left ear.

The senior citizen was last seen at 10:30 PM, 09/20/2014 at 4527 Idaho Ave., Dallas, TX 75216, driving a Blue, 1998 Honda Civic with TX License Plate 19B4720.

Law enforcement officials believe this senior citizen’s disappearance poses a credible threat to HIS own health and safety.

If you have any information regarding this missing senior citizen, contact the Dallas Police Department at214-671-4268.

HOME DEPOT OFFERING FREE CREDIT MONITORING SERVICES FOR SECURITY BREACH!

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Dear Valued Customer, 

As you may have heard, on September 8, 2014, we confirmed that our payment data systems have been breached, which could potentially impact customers using payment cards at our U.S. and Canadian stores. On September 18, 2014, we confirmed that the malware used in the breach has been eliminated from our U.S. and Canadian stores and that we have completed a major payment security project that provides enhanced encryption of payment data at point of sale throughout our U.S. stores, offering significant new protection for customers. There is no evidence that debit PIN numbers were compromised or that checks were impacted. Additionally, there is no evidence that the breach has impacted stores in Mexico or customers who shopped online at HomeDepot.com. 

We are offering customers who used a payment card at a Home Depot store in 2014, from April on, 12 months of free identity protection services, including credit monitoring, beginning on September 19, 2014. We apologize for the frustration and anxiety this may cause you and we thank you for your patience during this time. 

For more information, please visit our website where you’ll find frequently asked questions, helpful tips, our Important Customer Notice, and information about how to take advantage of the free identity protection services, including credit monitoring. Should you have questions regarding the authenticity of this email or any additional questions over the coming days and weeks, please call 1-800-HOMEDEPOT. 

We hope this information is useful and we appreciate your continued support. 

The Home Depot 

THE MONEY IS JUST NOT THERE RIGHT NOW FOR UNIFORM CAMERAS!

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Since the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson there has been an outcry from activist around the country for uniform cameras on police officers. It’s a pilot program Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland kicked off a year ago. Houston’s top cop says he would also like to see cameras on more uniforms but he simply doesn’t have the money in his budget. McClelland says the cost to equip officers with the cameras will be $8 million dollars and it will be up to Mayor Annise Parker and the City Counil to come up with the money.

HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR DRY CLEANING BILL LATELY?

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I was shocked this week when I looked at my dry cleaning bill. What I noticed was an additional charge of $5.25 on my bill for an item listed as an ‘environmental fee’ on the receipt. I was livid and immediately thought this was some type of scam. But as I did more research I found a Texas law that allows dry cleaners to charge us what I call this extra tax in addition to the state and local taxes we already pay. What’s so frustrating about this fee is on a bill that’s $35, it’s higher than state and local taxes put together. We’ve been hit by the man once again. Here’s what I was able to find on the law:

“In 2003, the Texas Legislature established the Dry Cleaner Remediation Program. The program, administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, establishes registration requirements, fees and performance standards for dry cleaning facilities and distributors,” the website says. “Some dry cleaners have chosen to pass along the costs of this program to their customers in the form of higher rates for services while others have decided to separately state a line item charge on the invoice or receipt given to their customers for ‘Environmental Fees’ or something similar.”

FLOOD WATCH FOR HOUSTON AREA!

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Flood Watch Remains In Effect Through 7pm Cdt Thursday…
The Flood Watch Continues For
* A Portion Of Southeast Texas…Including The Following Counties…

Austin…Brazoria…Brazos…Burleson…Chambers…
Colorado…Fort Bend…Galveston…Grimes…Harris…Houston…
Jackson…Liberty…Madison…Matagorda…Montgomery…Polk…
San Jacinto…Trinity…Walker…Waller…Washington And Wharton.
* Through Thursday Evening

* A Tropical Air Mass Combined With An Upper Level Disturbance Will Cause Wide Spread Showers And Thunderstorms. Some Areas Have Already Received 1 To 3 Inches Of Rainfall The Last Couple Of Days Which Has Saturated Grounds. Some Storms Will Be Capable Of Rainrates Of 2 Inches An Hour Which Could Overwhelm Drainage Basins Causing Flooding. Storms Will Also Be Moving Slowly And Could Move Over Areas That Received Heavy Rainfall Further Adding To The Flood Threat. Area Bayous May Quickly Respond With Rapid Rises. Overall The Area Could See Another 1 To 3
Inches Of Rain With Isolated 5 To 6 Inch Amounts.

* Timing – Heavy Rainfall Could Begin As Early As 5am To 7am Cdt Thursday But Most Likely Later In The Morning Between 8am And
10am Cdt. Heavy Rainfall Threat Should Continue Into The Afternoon With Most Storms Dissipating With The Loss Of Day Time Heating In The Evening.

* Most Likely Area For Heavy Rainfall Will Be From College Station To Houston. Areas North Of This Line Are More Likely To Receive Heavy Rainfall But Coastal Areas Cannot Be Ruled Out Due To The Large Amounts Of Tropical Moisture For Storms To Develop.

ISIAH FACTOR & FOX 26 NEWS EXCLUSIVE: ADRIAN PETERSON COULD’VE BEEN TAKEN FOR QUITE THE FINANCIAL RIDE DESPITE HIS LEGAL PROBLEMS!

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It was Tuesday afternoon when I decided to pull the arrest record of the Minnesota Viking’s star player who’s at the center of a firestorm.

I went online to the Montgomery County District Clerk’s website and Adrian Peterson came right up.

The electronic data included his indictment, bond conditions, and arrest report.

After viewing the documentation for a while I noticed something disturbing that also stood out.

I noticed the information released by the clerk’s office could be a gold mine for an identity theft thief on the prowl.

The documents not only contained Peterson’s name and date of birth but it gave the multimillionaire’s driver’s license and social security numbers.

Give that critical and sensitive information to the dumbest criminal and they could open credit accounts, buy a car, or even a house in the name of Adrian Peterson.

We alerted Peterson’s legal team immediately.

The spokesperson (Mary Flood) for the case was shocked and outraged.

The next day because it was after business hours we decided to contact the clerk’s office in Montgomery County.

The secretary at the office admitted they made a mistake but when the actual clerk was asked about the release of the sensitive information she simply said no comment.

When I decided to check the information online again after alerting the clerk it was gone.

Instead of the criminal file containing six documents there were only two and visibly missing was the record showing Peterson’s social security and driver’s license numbers.

Montgomery County criminal defense attorney Rick Bass says typically this type of sensitive information is blocked online with all defendants.

All of this comes just days after Peterson was arrested for going too far with disciplining his 4 year old son at his Woodlands estate last May.

Peterson was indicted on injury to a child which carries a two year prison sentence if convicted.

This security breach with Peterson’s personal information came just hours before the Minnesota Vikings suspended the star running back.

PATTIE LABELLE IN HOUSTON THIS WEEK AND IT’S NOT TO PERFORM!

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BILLBOARD MAGAZINE: An attorney for an ex-West Point cadet told jurors Tuesday that veteran R&B singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguard to beat up the cadet as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal, resulting in a brain injury that forced him to drop out of the military academy.

The lawsuit against LaBelle alleges the cadet, Richard King, was waiting for his family to pick him up outside one of the terminals at Bush Intercontinental Airport in March 2011, when LaBelle’s bodyguard and two others attacked him. King had just arrived in Houston, his hometown, while on spring break from West Point.

King sued LaBelle; Zuri Edwards, LaBelle’s manager and son; Efrem Holmes, her bodyguard; and Norma Harris, her hair dresser.

The trial is expected to last about a week. LaBelle, who was in court Tuesday, was expected to testify.

THE LAW CAUGHT UP WITH HIM AFTER 6 YEARS!

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A Harris County grand jury has indicted a man for murder for the 2008 death of a driver during a ‘road rage’ incident in east Harris County.

Kenneth Bowman, 25, has been charged with murder for the shooting death of Feliciano Concha-Maxinez on July 30, 2008.

That day, Feliciano Concha-Maxinez was driving home from a friend’s house. As he turned right onto Mesa Dr. from Beltway 8 North, he crossed the center line and almost struck a white Ford Taurus being driven by Kenneth Bowman. Bowman became angry and fired several shots from a 9 mm handgun at Concha-Maxinez’s SUV. One of the bullets struck Concha-Maxinez in the back of the head. He subsequently crashed his vehicle into a tree and later died at the hospital.

The case was investigated by the HCSO Homicide Unit in 2008. Several leads were developed but witnesses were uncooperative and the case was eventually transferred to the Cold Case Unit.

In 2012, Sergeants Robert Minchew and Eric Clegg with the HCSO’s Cold Case Unit began actively investigating the case. New information and witnesses were developed which led to Kenneth Bowman’s murder indictment on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Bowman is currently incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s McConnell Unit in Beeville, Texas for a robbery charge. He will eventually be transferred to the Harris County Jail.

Since Sheriff Adrian Garcia reconstituted the Cold Case Unit in 2009, cold case investigators have been able to clear 22 cases and have been able to provide justice to 26 victims.

WOMEN IN THE PIT TAKES OVER THE ENSEMBLE THEATER!

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WOMEN IN THE PIT
By: Joyce Sylvester
Directed by: Eileen J. Morris
PG – Drama
Runs:  Sept. 18 – Oct. 12, 2014

Folks of Mount Zion Baptist Church are pretty riled up! Two deacons and two elders charged with the selection of a new pastor are at odds with one another when it appears that the most qualified candidate is a woman! This exciting story addresses the age-old controversial issue of women in the pulpit!

Featured Cast Members: Wayne DeHart, Byron Jacquet, Jason Carmichael, JoAnne Davis Jones, Lisa Thomas-Morrison, Rachel Hemphill Dickson, and James West.

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