Monthly Archives: June 2015

GALVESTON COUNTY IS READY FOR DRUNK DRIVERS!

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Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady announced today that law enforcement agencies across Galveston County will be working together to conduct No
Refusal Operations for the upcoming July 4th Holiday Weekend, from Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5.

In Texas, anyone driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher is considered legally impaired. Under the No Refusal program, police officers may seek blood search warrants for offenders who are arrested for DWI and refuse the officer’s request for blood alcohol testing. Blood samples collected can be used as evidence in the DWI cases.

A DWI arrest and conviction in Texas can cost $17,000 or more: fees include car towing and impoundment, bail, attorney fees, court costs, hearing and fees to regain and retain a driver’s license, DWI fines, probation costs, fees for extended proof of insurance, plus insurance rate
hikes.

Local judges will be available to make probable cause determinations and authorize the blood
search warrants. Prosecutors and nurses will also work through the night to assist police officers
with these investigations.

CONRAD BARRETT SAYS YES I ATTACKED HIM BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK!

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29 year old Conrad Barrett could soon go to prison for ten years after saying he did it.

The Houston man admitted to the 2013 brutal attack of an elderly Black man in Katy.

Federal prosecutors say Barrett specifically targeted the 81 year old victim because he was a minority.

Barrett entered that guilty plea to one count of committing a federal hate crime which carries a 10 year federal prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.

It was back in November 2013 when federal investigators say Barrett was out looking for a Black person  to target in the so called knockout game.

That’s when someone is punched and it’s captured on video tape.

Prosecutors say Barrett recorded the attack on his cell phone.

Investigators say in one of the videos on Barrette’s phone he is heard saying African Americans haven’t fully appreciated the process of evolution.

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Ruben Perez Prosecutor

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George Parham Defense Attorney

While Barrett has entered that guilty plea he is not set to be sentenced until after  pre-sentence investigation and that is set for September 18 @ 10:15 am.

Barrett was represented by George Parham and Ruben Perez is the assistant US Attorney who prosecuted the case. 

WHEN WILL THE CITY OF HOUSTON COMPLETE THE BIKE TRAILS?

One Houston man is very upset about the way some of the bike trails just abruptly ends.  He wrote the Factor seeking some help.  I wrote to the city of Houston’s Public Works Department and Alvin Wright says he is working on getting me an answer.  Here’s that email from the Factor viewer:

The Email:

As a cyclist intent on my health, I’ve been enjoying the Brays Bayou Bike Trail for decades.  I tolerated the disruption caused by the post-Allison Medical Center flood control construction, expecting an overall improvement to the trail through that part of Hermann Park. For the most part this turned out to be the case.

However, there are six points where the trail was simply not completed, and some of those have become increasingly hazardous.

The most dramatic of these are East and West of the Almeda overpass on the lower trail parallel with North MacGregor.

Parallel with South MacGregor, also East and West of the Almeda overpass, are longer discontinuities.  Visible as natural trails, they are passable as long as the ground is dry.

The final two discontinuities are on either side of a drainage culvert from the Medical Center into the Bayou.  The culvert is between Holcombe Blvd and Cambridge St, on the MacGregor side of the Bayou.  The trail was meant to go up over the culvert, then back down onto the lower trail.  On the Cambridge side of the culvert the discontinuity is steep, strewn with rocks, and yet is commonly traversed, including by me.

From what I’ve been able to gather, the city told the construction company that the Almeda bridge was to be rebuilt, so no need to connect the lower trails together under it.  The bridge plans fell through, the city called the construction company back, but the company declared the job finished.  The trail has been held up in court ever since.  Further, a few years ago a councilman involved in a large bike ride ordered a temporary connection that has since been largely washed away by multiple flooding events, leaving the hazard depicted in the attached photos.

Mayor Parker has often touted her Hike and Bike trail acumen. Although the problems at the edge of Hermann Park predate her administration, what is she doing to accelerate a solution?

SLIM THUG DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE AT RIVER OAKS THEATER!

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Close friends, supporters, and fans packed into the River Oaks theater for the premier of Slim Thugs new documentary Wednesday night.

Still Surviving is part 2in a series the Houston based rapper has released within the last year.

Several people attended the event including Zro, Propain, Bun B, Queenie Freeman, DSolo, and many more!

Press Release: Hogg Life: Still Surviving follows Slim through the early 2000’s when he used his southern draw and charismatic star power to thrust the culture of Houston hip-hop past the confines of Texas, into the mainstream on a global scale. Slim Thug‘s larger than life appeal broke barriers winning him a MTV VMA for his work with Beyoncé on the hit single “Check On It”. Volume 2 of this docu-series includes never before seen footage of Slim‘s work with super producers Pharrell and Dr. Dre, and a behind the scenes look at the creation of his first major label album “Already Platinum”.

Narrated by the “boss of all bosses” himself, Hogg Life: Still Surviving features commentary from Pharrell Williams, Paul Wall, Jazze Pha, Killa Kyleon, radio personality Madd Hatta, and DJ Michael “5000” Watts. The visual is accompanied by an album with all new music produced by legendary producer Mr. Lee.

ANOTHER BURGLARY IN THE WOODLANDS THIS WEEK!

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On Tuesday, June 24, 2015, at approximately 2:20 AM, Deputies with the Montgomery County
Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division were dispatched to a burglary in progress call in 25000 block of Grogans Mill Road, in The Woodlands, Texas.
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A complainant reported being woken up by a
continuous banging noise coming from behind his home. When he investigated, he witnessed a
male striking the rear wall of a nearby convenience store with a sledge hammer.

Units converged on the area and was able to locate the suspect hiding in the woods behind the
convenience store.

The suspect was able to hammer through two layers of the building’s rear
wall, prior to the Deputies arrival.

The suspect was arrested and charged with burglary of a
building.

Arrested:
Timmy James Powell (date of birth 09/06/1993)

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The Food and Drug Administration just posted a new page related to Essure permanent birth control to their website and announced a public meeting of their Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel on September 24 to discuss the risks and benefits of the device.

The FDA added serious short and long-term risks associated with the device, recognizes 5,093 adverse event reports that have been filed with the agency about Essure and advises physicians to warn their patients about getting the device implanted if they have a nickel allergy, which could cause serious allergic reactions in women.
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Among the new information, the FDA highlights significant risksrelated to Essure, including unintended pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic pain, migration of Essure inserts through the fallopian tubes into the lower abdomen and pelvis, perforation of the uterus or fallopian tubes, and rash and itching associated with a possible nickel allergy.

INVESTIGATING ANIMAL ABUSE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY!

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Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon is out serving a warrant in Conroe.

A local resident is accused of animal abuse involving 150 to 180 horses.

The DA is traveling with the SPCA and criminal investigators at the property on League Line Road in Conroe.

HELPING THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED!

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The Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of a new device that when used along with other assistive devices, like a cane or guide dog, can help orient people who are blind by helping them process visual images with their tongues.

The BrainPort V100 is a battery-powered device that includes a video camera mounted on a pair of glasses and a small, flat intra-oral device containing a series of electrodes that the user holds against their tongue. Software converts the image captured by the video camera in to electrical signals that are then sent to the intra-oral device and perceived as vibrations or tingling on the user’s tongue. With training and experience, the user learns to interpret the signals to determine the location, position, size, and shape of objects, and to determine if objects are moving or stationary.   

“Medical device innovations like this have the potential to help millions of people,” said William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director for science and chief scientist in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “It is important we continue advancing device technology to help blind Americans live better, more independent lives.”

According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute (NEI), in 2010 more than 1.2 million people in the United States were blind. NEI projects that number of Americans who are blind will rise to 2.1 million by 2030 and 4.1 million by 2050. 

The FDA reviewed the data for the BrainPortV100 through the de novo premarket review pathway, a regulatory pathway for some low- to moderate-risk medical devices that are not substantially equivalent to an already legally-marketed device.

Clinical data supporting the safety and effectiveness of the BrainPort V100 included several assessments, such as object recognition and word identification, as well as oral health exams to determine risks associated with holding the intra-oral device in the mouth. Studies showed that 69 percent of the 74 subjects who completed one year of training with the device were successful at the object recognition test. Some patients reported burning, stinging or metallic taste associated with the intra-oral device. There were no serious device-related adverse events.

BrainPort is manufactured by Wicab, Inc., in Middleton, Wisc.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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Who:
Mayor Annise Parker, officials with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) and Reliant, area seniors and disabled residents

What:
Officials will kick off this summer’s distribution of portable air conditioners to seniors and disabled residents of Houston and Harris County. The elderly are particularly vulnerable to the heat. It takes seniors nearly twice the time of younger people to return to core body temperature after exposure to extreme outdoor temperatures. The Harris County Area Agency on Aging, a division of HDHHS, will distribute the air conditioners to those who lack a unit in their homes.
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Visuals: This summer’s first recipient of an air conditioner will attend the news conference and be available for interviews.

When:
Thursday, June 25, 2015; 10 am to 10:30 a.m.

Where:
Magnolia Multi-Service Center, 7037 Capitol Street

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Missing: Johnny Deon Flanagan

Johnny Deon Flanagan has been missing since 5-13-15.

He was last seen in a black Nissan altima with four dogs.

The license plate is #DRG0880.

His family says if you have seen or heard anything please inform us at 832-785-4305 or 713-738-2964 or 832-516-0850.

We miss him dearly with all our hearts.

Please help us bring him home.

He was last seen on the southeast side of Houston.

WANT TO WORK FOR BBVA COMPASS STADIUM?

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WHAT:           BBVA Compass Stadium, an AEG Facilities venue, home of the Houston Dynamo, Houston Dash and Texas Southern University college football, will host a Job Fair at the Stadium TOMORROW Wednesday, June 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Part-time, seasonal staff is needed for a variety of departments including: Team Store sales representatives, Box Office sales staff, and Guest Services Representatives, along with part-time opportunities available with Stadium partners 5 STAR Event Services, which includes level 2 security officers and Levy Restaurants featuring positions for concessions, cashiers, vendors and more.

                      

Potential candidates must be available to work evenings, weekends and holiday hours/shifts, must be able to stand for long periods of time and withstand various weather conditions such as rain and warm temperatures. Bilingual candidates are encouraged.  BBVA Compass Stadium part-time staff has the opportunity to work public, ticketed events as well as private events throughout the year.

On-site interviews will be conducted by the respective department’s hiring managers; applicants are required to dress professionally and bring a current resume and valid I.D.  Eligible candidates must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent certificate in order to apply.

2015 BBVA Compass Stadium Event Highlights:

·         July   3           Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire

·         July 11           CONCACAF Gold Cup

·         July 12           Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars

·         July 17           Chivas vs. Monterrey

·         Sept 3             Ed Sheeran

·         Sept 5             TSU vs. Prairie View Labor Day Classic

WHO:              BBVA Compass Stadium, managed by AEG Facilities and part of its global network of the most elite venues worldwide, is a state-of-the-art, open-air stadium hosts Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash matches and Texas Southern University football games as well as additional professional, collegiate and community sporting events, concerts, exhibitions, conventions and special events. The 340,000-square foot, 22,000-seat stadium is the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer located in a city’s downtown district.

WHEN:           Wednesday, June 24

                        4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

                      

WHERE:         BBVA Compass Stadium

                        Admin Entrance

                        2301 Walker Street

                        Houston, TX 77003

INFO:              For more information, visit www.bbvacompassstadium.com.