Monthly Archives: August 2015



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A shooting on live television has left a reporter and a cameraman dead, according to their news station.

Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed during a live news segment this morning in Moneta, Virginia, according to their station WDBJ.

The Franklin County sheriff confirmed that it is considered an active shooter and the suspect, who is believed to be male, is not in custody at this time.

The active shooter was reported at 6:45 a.m. and now schools in the surrounding area have been placed on lock down, according to a Facebook post on the Bedford County Public Schools.

The shooting itself took place at Bridgewater Plaza, a recreational facility with shops, restaurants, a mini golf course and boat rentals.


On Monday 8/24/2015 shortly after 10:00 a.m. Liberty Police responded to a local apartment complex in reference to possible abandon children. Upon arrival officers determined that there was two small children crying and screaming from an upstairs apartment balcony. Officers attempted to make contact with the parent of the children by knocking on the door. After a short few minutes officers made forced entry into the apartment and found the two young children alone on the balcony in the direct sunlight. The children had obviously been there for a while.

Officers summoned the City of Liberty EMS to the scene to check the children’s welfare. The mother of the children was found by officers in the back room of the apartment passed out from apparent synthetic drug use. The children after being checked by EMS were turned over to Child Protective Service. The mother identified as Casey Trine age 21 with a Liberty address was arrested at the scene and charged with Abandon/Endanger Child Imminent Danger of Bodily Injury which is a 2nd degree Felony.

Ms. Trine remains in Liberty County Jail where bond was set by Judge Stephen Hebert at $50,000.


Two area residents have been ordered to federal prison for their participation in a scheme to obtain tax refunds in the names of others, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Carey Jermaine Johnson aka Jermaine Johnson, 38, of Houston, and Tarmera Renee Wyckoff aka Toni Wyckoff, 39 of Richmond, had each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to make false claims to the IRS and making a false claim to the IRS.

Today, U.S. District Judge Gray Miller ordered Johnson to serve 28 months in prison, while Wyckoff will serve a 41-month-term. Johnson and Wyckoff were further ordered to pay $705,323 and $472,591.37 in restitution, respectively. A third defendant – Cheryl Reed Johnson aka Shawnee Reed and Cheryl Reed, 38, of Humble, is set for sentencing on Sept. 10, 2015.

The scheme for which all were convicted involved the electronic submission of federal tax returns in the names of numerous individuals, each of which falsely claimed tax credits that resulted in a refund. The defendants directed most of those refunds into their bank accounts or those of their co-conspirators. The co-conspirators claimed more than $2,261,000 in false first time home buyer credits on the 2008 returns filed with the IRS. Those fraudulent claims resulted in the defendants and their co-conspirators claiming more than $2,329,000 in fraudulent refunds.

Carey Johnson was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. Wyckoff and Cheryl Johnson will remain in custody.

This investigation was conducted by IRS-Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Annis is prosecuting the case.




Two San Jacinto County residents racked up five felony charges each, in less than half an hour Saturday. Around 7:30 p.m., a local resident contacted a Montgomery County Pct. 4 Deputy Constable in reference to five children inside a vehicle that was parked without the engine running in front of the Walgreens on FM 1314 in Porter. The concerned citizen said the keys were in the ignition and an open alcoholic beverage was visible inside the vehicle. He also said the children were sweating profusely and very red, having been inside the hot vehicle for an estimated 20 to 30 minutes, and no adult had been seen checking on them during that time.

The deputy went to the location and saw the children just as the concerned citizen described them. Their ages were 1, 2, 5, 8, and 10 years old. One of the children told the deputy their parents were in the store. He then went inside and found the parents, Michael Bledsoe and Kimberly Cazalas.
Medics were called to check out the children and determined they were healthy. They were released to the care of a grandparent.
A review of the store’s surveillance video showed the children were left in the hot car for approximately 20 minutes, and neither parent walked out of the store to check on them during that time.

Bledsoe said he knew they made a mistake leaving the children in the vehicle, and said he was also aware the keys were left in the car. Cazalas tried to take responsibility for the incident alone and said she should be the one arrested.
Bledsoe was a parolee.

Michael Alann Bledsoe, 25, of Coldspring is charged with five counts of second-degree felony Abandon / Endangering Child with imminent danger of death, bodily injury, physical or mental impairment.

Kimberly Ann Cazalas, 29, of Cleveland is charged with five counts of second-degree felony Abandon / Endangering Child with imminent danger of death, bodily injury, physical or mental impairment.



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Press Release: On Tuesday August 25, 2015 at 4:27p.m., thousands of Prairie View students will join with the family and friends of Sandra Bland in a “Walk of Solidarity” to the City of Prairie View’s City Hall, where the council will vote on a measure to rename the main thoroughfare leading to Prairie View A&M University, Sandy Bland Parkway.

If the measure is adopted, the Prairie View community will make a powerful statement that #blacklivesmatter as they honor a young Black, unemployed female graduate of Prairie View, who died in a Waller County jail, under mysterious circumstances.

The “walk” will depart from the Memorial Student Center on the campus of Prairie View A&M University
and proceed south (one mile) on University Drive to Business Highway U. S. 290 east, (1/4 mile) to the
Prairie View City Hall.

The council action is the first item on the mayor’s agenda. The council meeting is called to order at

For more information please contact DeWayne Charleston 573-356-9872; Hai Bui 281-330-4351;
Cynthia Cole 713-540-0706; for radio interviews call Michael Moore 832-723-7156


Beginning at noon on SUNDAY (Aug. 23), members of HPD’s Public Affairs Office will join volunteers donating their time and talent to local children returning to school. 

The 7th annual “Look Good, Feel Good” community outreach event will provide free haircuts, styling, backpacks and school supplies to Houston area students.

Media may attend the event at three locations:  Fort Bend Boys and Girls Club at 5525 Hobby Road, Havard Boys and Girls Club at 1520 Airline Drive, and Spring Branch Boys and Girls Club at 8575 Pitner Road.

Children may be photographed at all locations.  Spanish-speaking officers will be available at the Spring Branch Boys and Girls Club.

Children interested in a free haircut are encouraged to come to these locations. 



WHAT:                   HPD, Volunteers to Help Returning Students “Look Good, Feel Good”

DATE:                    Sunday   (August 23)

TIME:                     Beginning at noon

WHERE:                Three locations:                   

                               Fort Bend Boys and Girls Club

                               5525 Hobby Road (Key Map 611-B)


                               Havard Boys and Girls Club

                               1520 Airline Drive (Key Map 453-X)


                               Spring Branch Boys and Girls Club

                               8575 Pitner Road (Key Map 450-M)





School days are just around the corner and so is METRO.  Families can make the most of their time and their budget by introducing their students to METRO’s Q card.

METRO is adding hours at the RideStore to make it easier for parents and students to get their discounted fares.  Weekdays from now through August 28, the RideStore will open at 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.  On Saturdays it will open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

METRO’s Back-to-School Student Appreciation days are also expanded and staffed with New Bus Network agents who can help get students and parents ready for their new trips to school.

Students and parents will need to verify student enrollment at the time of purchase. 

K-12 students can bring current school ID, class schedule, enrollment form or report card on school letterhead.
Full-time college students can bring current class schedule (showing credit hours) and a fee receipt, letter from the college verifying (current) full-time status.



The Houston Independent School District Homeless Education Office will provide free backpacks, school supplies, shoes, and health screenings to hundreds of low income families during their fourth annual Back-to-School Extravaganza on Friday. Students do not have to be homeless to attend the event.




                                The Back-to-School Extravaganza was created to help economically disadvantaged students and their families prepare for the new school year by providing them with easy access to community resources and health services, including free dental checkups and immunizations. Students must bring their shot records to get free immunizations. The Houston Food Bank also will be on hand to distribute fresh produce to families.


                                The HISD Homeless Education Office is a grant-funded program that currently serves approximately 6,000 homeless students throughout the district.


Who:                     HISD School Support Services Officer Annvi Utter, HISD Homeless Education Office outreach workers, and hundreds of HISD students and families


When:                  Friday, August 21, 2015, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Where:                Bethel’s Empowerment Center, 12660 Sandpiper Dr., Houston 77035



Kut-N-Zone Barbers, HISD Trustee Wanda Adams, and Diamonds & Pearls Mothers will be hosting a Back to School Hair Cut Charity on Sunday, August 23, 2015 from 3-7 pm at 2919 Westridge, Houston, Texas 77065. Children will be able to enjoy a moonwalk, snacks, games, and a back pack giveaway!