Monthly Archives: September 2015



A second Texas man has pleaded guilty to hate crime offenses for his role in a Mar. 8, 2012, assault of a gay African-American man in Corpus Christi, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

Jimmy Garza, 33, pleaded guilty in federal court in Corpus Christi today to one count of conspiracy to commit hate crimes and one count of a hate crime violation based on the victim’s sexual orientation.

During the plea hearing, Garza admitted that he and others conspired to assault a gay African-American man because of his race and sexual orientation. Garza admitted that during the assault, he and his co-conspirators punched and kicked the man, and assaulted him with various weapons, including a frying pan, a mug, a sock filled with batteries, a broom and a belt.

Garza admitted that when the victim began to bleed, the conspirators forced him to remove all of his clothing and clean up the blood throughout the apartment. After the victim was completely naked, Garza held a gun to the victim’s head, while a co-conspirator sodomized the victim with a broom handle. During the assault, Garza poured bleach onto the victim’s face and eyes, and struck him with a handgun. The conspirators also whipped the victim on the back with a belt.

Note: This case was handled by Assistant US Attorney Ruben Perez. He has been very successful at handling civil rights cases like this in Texas. Way to go Ruben!

Houston Prosecutor Ruben Perez handle the case

Houston Prosecutor Ruben Perez handle the case

Garza acknowledged that throughout the assault, the conspirators repeatedly called the victim racial and homophobic slurs and made other anti-black and anti-gay statements.

Garza will be sentenced on Dec. 9, 2015, and faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. He will remain in custody pending that hearing. Co-defendant Ramiro Serrata Jr. pleaded guilty to the same hate crime charges in connection with this offense on Sept.15, 2015. He is also set for sentencing on Dec. 9, 2015.

“The gruesome evidence heard in today’s plea of guilty underscores the importance of prosecuting hate crimes under our authority to protect the civil rights of all our citizens,” said Magidson. “These cases will continue to be a high priority of our office.”

“The federal hate crime to which Jimmy Garza Jr. and Ramiro Serrata Jr. pleaded guilty to was as shocking as it was reprehensible,” said Gupta. “The Department of Justice will continue to use every tool at its disposal to vindicate the rights of victims of violent crime.”

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Corpus Christi Resident Agency with assistance from the Corpus Christi Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruben Perez and Trial Attorneys Jared Fishman and Nicholas Durham of the Civil Rights Division.


stop drugs
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston HIDTA Executive Director will announce the StopDrugs Website Project for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a news conference at 9:00 am., Wednesday September 30, 2015, to announce this unprecedented launch of multiple websites throughout Southeast Texas.

The StopDrugs Website Project is a program designed to assist local communities throughout Southeast Texas and support federal, state, and local authorities with drug related community concerns.
Houston HIDTA StopDrugs Website Project
News Conference
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 9:00 am
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office 1 Criminal Justice Drive
Conroe, Texas 77301

A display of maps featuring the Houston HIDTA area of operation, website locations, press packages, and other items will be on display at the press conference. Further, as part of the public awareness campaign beginning this week, billboards advertising the website will be placed in Harris and Montgomery counties through a gracious donation of advertising space from Clear Channel Outdoor Houston Division; Vice President Lee Vela.

For additional information regarding this event, please contact Brady Fitzgerald at 936-538-345


Former Harris County District Attorney employee Denise Garcia has alleged in a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that she was terminated because she invoked various constitutional rights during a traffic stop and because she made a complaint to the Houston Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division.  She also claims that she was investigated and fired without being accorded notice of the accusations against her.

The District Attorney strongly denies Ms. Garcia’s accusations.  Her termination from employment had nothing to do with her exercise of constitutional rights or with her complaints to the Houston Police Department.

In her EEOC complaint, Ms. Garcia also states, “I was discriminated against because I am Hispanic.” 
The District Attorney’s Office did not discriminate against Ms. Garcia on the basis of her race.  As will be developed in more detail during the EEOC’s review proceedings, the decision of the District Attorney’s Office to terminate Ms. Garcia was based on a careful factual review of Ms. Garcia’s conduct in which she was accorded an opportunity to be heard.  At no point in this process was her Hispanic heritage a factor of any kind in the office’s decision to terminate her employment.

Ms. Garcia’s accusation is particularly disappointing given the District Attorney’s commitment to running an office in which improper discrimination has no place. 

“Since taking office two years ago, I have taken great care to ensure that the office is inclusive and encouraging to everyone on the staff,” said District Attorney Devon Anderson.  “I have made it clear to our staff that First Assistant Belinda Hill and I have an open-door policy to listen to and act upon any concerns about discriminatory or other inappropriate workplace conduct, without fear of retaliation.”

The District Attorney looks forward to a fair and expeditious review of Ms. Garcia’s complaint in which the facts of Ms. Garcia’s termination will be fully developed.










Dozens of people filled the DJ Supa Star Spin Academy for the release of rapper Spilly’s mixtape and industry mixer in Houston Monday night.

Spilly is a juniot at Lamar High School  and he just happens to be in the National Honor Society.

By the way, he’s an up and coming rapper who said he was bit by the entertainment bug when he was kid.

The high school student says he knew entertainment was his calling when he was invited on the stage by the Sauce Twinz during their performance at the Sneaker Summit in Houston back in 2014.

He says you can expect a full album in the near future.

Loom for a video report on the Isiah Factor this week! 

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Jerry Wayne Adaway, 57, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up to $3,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Adaway, a violent sex offender, is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

Adaway has ties to the Houston area, which was his last known address. He also has ties to New Orleans, La. In 1982, Adaway was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in Harris County. In 2007, Adaway was convicted of the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in Travis County. His criminal history also includes sex offender registration violation, robbery and possession of a controlled substance. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at:

Adaway is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. He has tattoos on both arms, his left hand, and chest; scars on his back and chest; and needle marks on both arms. Adaway is known to use false or fraudulent identification and may wear glasses.

Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, there are five different ways to provide anonymous tips:

Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
Text the letters DPS – followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.
Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.
Submit a Facebook tip at by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App. The app is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store: ( and for Android users on Google Play: (

All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted.

DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists – with photos – on the DPS website at

Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.


Fallbrook Church is hosting a Second Chance Workshop,
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 12512 Walters Road, Houston, TX 77014. This
FREE informational workshop is for individuals who have faced road blocks when seeking employment
because of criminal background issues.

Attorneys and their personnel will be available on Saturday for one-on-one consultations based on
individual needs. Topics of discussion will include motions to seal juvenile records, expunctions, motions
for non-disclosure and more. Also at the workshop will be employers with immediate job openings.
Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

In October 2011, Fallbrook Church birthed its newest ministry entitled Fallbrook Jobs Act: Putting
People Back to Work. The mission is to serve as an extension of President Obama’s American Jobs Act
– to put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans.
Registration is not required for this FREE workshop. For more information, call 281-444-2733.


The Houston Independent School District will begin its second year with Read Houston Read, a program which aims to improve literacy among Houston students by having a volunteer read to them once a week throughout the academic school year. 


Read Houston Read’s purpose is to instill a love of reading to children, while giving Houstonians an opportunity to give back to their community. It is part of the district’s Literacy by 3 movement, which aims to end the literacy crisis in Houston through its mission to have all students reading on grade level by the end of third grade.

Read Houston Read helps students reinforce what they are learning in the classroom. Students have the opportunity to improve their reading skills with a mentor who is giving them their undivided attention. 


“Our nation is facing a literacy crisis and Houston is not exempt,” said Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier. “The HISD team is passionate about improving literacy in our city, and Read Houston Read allows us to take it a step further by helping a child develop a love of literature.”

HISD has identified nearly 500 first-grade classrooms at almost 80 schools, where children are in need of a mentor who can provide one-on-one support. Volunteers are asked to read to their assigned first-graders for thirty to sixty minutes once a week, either in person or over the internet via online conferencing.

Volunteers are required to pass a background check and attend a training session, which is online. From there, they are assigned a classroom and are able to schedule weekly sessions with their assigned student.


Last year, more than 400 volunteers dedicated their time through the program. HISD teachers have said they quickly began to see noticeable improvement in the comprehension and reading skills of participating students.


For more information about the program or how to volunteer, go 



The Houston Police Department wants to inform citizens how to file an online police report for theft and criminal mischief incidents using the Houston Police Department website.

This service is not for emergency use, and can only be used for crimes given a certain set of conditions.

You can use this service if:

The theft or criminal mischief incident isNOT an emergencyThe theft or criminal mischief incident isnot over $5,000 in valueThe theft or criminal mischief incident isnon-vehicle relatedThe theft or criminal mischief incident occurred inside the city limits of Houston, TexasThere is no evidenceThere are no suspects or witnessesNo injuries occurred

You must have a valid, functioning e-mail address and you must be the actual victim to use this service.

Do not use this service to report a stolen vehicle or to report a burglary.


The service is available on the HPD website at  In addition, a tutorial can also be found on the HPD YouTube page at

HPD’s “Help Us, Help You” campaign is aimed at sharing information and educating citizens on crime prevention and everyday tips related to public safety in our city.



A pioneer in the South’s quest for respect in the Hip Hop world and one of the most colorful characters to emerge from the music scene which ultimately topped rap charts at the turn of the century, Chad “Pimp C” Butler’s controversial life – and suspicious death in 2007 – left behind many unanswered questions, a family divided, and scores of talented new artists inspired by his group UGK’s music. Sweet Jones pays tribute to the extremely talented – yet bipolar and complex – musician who embodied the Southern dream. Written by the founder and Editor-in-Chief of esteemed Southern rap publication OZONE Magazine and compiled from interviews with Pimp C himself, his mother and manager Weslyn “Mama Wes” Monroe, UGK rap partner Bun B, and hundreds of friends, family members, and collaborators like Snoop Dogg, Scarface, Too $hort, 8Ball & MJG, Jazze Pha, David Banner, Mannie Fresh, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Trae, and Willie D of the Geto Boys, Sweet Jones is a must-read for any Southern rap fan.





Sat, September 26, 12pm – 2pm
Cactus Music, 2110 Portsmouth Street, Houston, TX 77098, United Statesmap
Pimp C promo tour

Sat, September 26, 3pm – 5pm
Elite Collective, 10803 S Post Oak Rd, Houston, TX 77035, USAmap
Pimp C promo tour

Sat, September 26, 6pm – 8pm
SF2, 215 W Greens Rd, Houston, TX 77067, USAmap
Pimp C promo tour



Two new federal grants totaling $6 million will ensure more than 350 area homes are free of health hazards posed to young children by lead-based paint.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded a $2.9 million grant to the Houston Health Department (HHD) and a $3.1 million grant to the Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services (HCPHES). HHD’s total project value will rise to $3.6 million with an additional $750,000 in matching city bond funds from the City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department.

“Every family deserves to live in a safe and healthy home where their children can live and thrive,” said Michelle Miller, deputy director of HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. “We know that housing conditions directly affect the health of occupants, and today’s grants will protect families in Houston from lead exposure and other health and safety hazards such as mold and moisture, radon, pests and asthma triggers.”

Every year nearly 300 Houston children under the age of 6 are confirmed with elevated blood lead levels. The figure could be higher as only about 20 percent of Houston’s 210,474 children are screened for lead poisoning. Similarly in Harris County, of the 21 percent of children under the age of 6 that were tested, 323 children were found to have elevated blood lead levels.

Homes of families with lead-poisoned children will receive priority for the lead-hazard remediation. HHD will remediate about 200 homes and HCPHES more than 150 homes.

“Children living in these dangerous homes will get to succeed in school and in life because of these new funds coming to our community and our local efforts,” said Brenda Reyes, chief of the Bureau of Community and Children’s Environmental Health at HHD.

HHD has eliminated lead hazards in 2,789 homes since 1996 with previous federal grants. HHD targets inner-city neighborhoods, areas more likely to contain older homes with lead-based paint –– the most common source of lead exposure in children.

Over the last ten years, HCPHES has helped improve the quality of life for more than 500 households in Harris County.

“At HCPHES we remain committed to improving the living and health standards for all our Harris County families,” said Dr. Umair Shah, executive director, HCPHES. “The newly awarded funding will help us continue our ongoing work of removing lead-based paint from homes and providing safer living conditions for many low-income families and children.”

Houston residents interested in qualifying in the program can call 832-393-5141. Harris County residents can call 713-274-6374.



The 31 members of Certified Class 2015-D , will graduate from the Houston Fire Department’s Training Academy after about three months of training.

When:Tonight, September 24, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Where:Houston Community College Central Campus, San Jacinto Memorial Building Auditorium, 1300 Holman Street, 77004


Additional Information:

A “Certified Firefighter” Academy Class is made up of members who are Texas firefighters and a Texas Department of State Health Services EMT Basic or Higher. Instruction includes extensive physical preparation, written testing, response simulations, and live fire training. The course has a predominated focus on hands training in order to prepare the trainees to be productive Houston firefighters from the very first day of work at the fire station.



They’re honoring Gospel icons Kathy Taylor and Gospel Radio personality Corliss A. Rabb on Sept 25. Will you be there?