Monthly Archives: September 2015

HPD LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO STOP SYNTHETIC DRUGS!

The Houston Police Department is asking citizens to “Help Us, Help You” educate the community on the emerging dangerous threat of chemically enhanced (synthetic) drugs being falsely advertised as safe alternatives to marijuana.

Captain M.D. Brown of the HPD Narcotics Division shares a very important message all parents and young people should hear on the HPD YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXy4b4HsMHw.

For more information on these drugs and how to report illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, go to https://stopdrugshouston.org

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

NARCOTICS BUST IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY!

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On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit and Gang intelligence Unit conducted a narcotics investigation in the 15200 block of White Oak Lane, in Conroe, Texas. During the course of the investigation, a vehicle was stopped and the driver was identified as Eric Lee Ryzewski. The driver was found to be in possession of 16 grams of methamphetamine.

As the investigation continued, a search warrant was obtained and executed at a residence near the location of the traffic stop. During the search, 1 additional gram of methamphetamine was recovered, along with a handgun, electronic scales, and plastic baggies.

As a result of the investigation, Eric Lee Ryzewski, (date of birth 06/07/1983), was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, 1st degree felony.

To report illegal drug activity anonymously, see links to resources and information regarding drug prevention, drug treatment, drug education, or see prevailing drug threats and drug related dangers to the community, please go to

https://StopDrugsMontgomeryCounty.org/
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Information Source:
Lieutenant Brady Fitzgerald
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
Administrative Services

CHARGED WITH MURDER!

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Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man and the wounding of a woman at 10630 Beechnut about 9:15 p.m. on September 17.    

The suspect, Davion Ross (b/m, 22), is charged with murder in the 176th State District Court.  A photo of Ross is attached to this news release.

The victim, Kensley Provosty Paul, 26, of Houston, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The female victim, 19, was transported to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital with non life-threatening wounds.  

HPD Homicide Division Senior Police Officer J. Villareal and Officer R. Lujan reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call at an apartment at the above address.  Officers arrived and found Mr. Paul and a woman had sustained gunshot wounds.  The suspect fled the scene in Paul’s white 2013 Ford Focus, with Texas license plates FTM 0876.  

Further investigation led to the identification of Ross as a suspect in this case and, on Tuesday (Sept. 22), he was arrested without incident by members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force.

STILL MISSING IN HOUSTON: AADAN ABDILAHI!

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If you have seen this man in the Houston area please contact the Houston Police Department.
Aadan Abdilahi has been missing since September 8 and the Somali native doesn’t speak any English.

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OFFICERS WARNED ABOUT AMBUSH IN HOUSTON!

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The Factor has learned Houston police officers are being told to be alert when they respond to calls for service at a southeast Houston apartment complex.

We’ve obtained an internal memo allegedly sent by the FBI Houston office to the Houston police department.

That memo warns law enforcement officers that a street gang by the name of the ‘Brick Boys’ is targeting cops at Crestmont Apartments on Selinsky.
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According to the plot gang members are making fake calls to 911 in order to get officers to respond to the complex.

The information suggests once officers are near the back of the complex they will be ambushed.

The notice also indicates the assault on officers is because some tenants and gang members believe officers are providing protection to the owner of the complex who failed to pay the electric bill.

Residents were left without power at the complex off and on for about two weeks.

We reached out to Shauna Dunlap with the FBI who said they could neither confirm nor deny the documents we had of if they sent out the alert.

Dunlap went to say they would like to remind the public to report any suspicious activity.

Jodi Silva with HPD confirms they did receive the alert and the appropriate action was taken by the department.

TIME TO DUMP THOSE OLD PRESCRIPTION DRUGS!

The Houston Police Department wants to help you dispose of prescription drugs in a safe manner.

On SATURDAY, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., HPD, in partnership with the Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance Office, will host eight prescription drug collection sites for the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Prescription drug abuse is one of the nation’s fastest-growing drug problems and many teenagers are admitting to abusing prescription pain relievers. Easy access is what makes these drugs appealing to teenagers. The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from a family or friend’s medicine cabinet and this take-back initiative is the best opportunity to clear out cabinets and make households safer.

HPD urges you to never throw away or flush unused or old medications, but instead utilize a take-back initiative.

This service is free, anonymous and open to all. No questions are asked. All tablets, capsules and solid dosage forms will be collected (intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted).

Citizens can drop off prescription drugs at the following eight locations:

1) Kingwood (Metro Park and Ride) – 3210 W. Lake Houston Parkway

2) Northeast Police Station – 8301 Ley Rd.

3) South Central Police Station – 2202 St. Emanuel

4) Westside Police Station – 3203 S. Dairy Ashford Rd

5) Southeast Police Station – 8300 Mykawa Rd.

6) Clear Lake Police Station – 2855 Bay Area Blvd.

7) South Gessner Police Station – 8605 Westplace Dr.

8) North Police Station – 9455 W. Montgomery Rd.

For more information or to find a nearby collection site, go to www.dea.gov and click on the “got drugs” link. This service is free, anonymous and open to all citizens.

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

FROM THE DESK OF PASTOR ALAN LAMAR PATTERSON:

I attended Hampton University with Harry Smith. Harry is Will Smith’s younger brother. I was inspired by Will and Jada Smith’s strong support of Charity Water a non-profit organization that helps supplies clean water to developing companies. I inquired the legitimacy of the organization and confirmed that they are changing the world through water. Clean water means health, income and education–especially for women and kids.

As a congregation I felt compelled to get involved because my vision for Mount Corinth is to be equally concerned with issues beyond Corinth, our community, city and country. Our Vision is to THINK BIGGER! Our mission is to CHANGE THE COSMOS by channeling our commitment to Christ through contributions to citizens in need around the world.

I preached a sermon straight out of Genesis 26 last Sunday entitled, “DON’T STOP DIGGING! It was about Isaac digging wells in the same place where his legendary father Abraham had dug successfully. However, Abraham’s opposition tried to obstruct the wells Abraham had dug. They also tried to block Isaac from digging BUT GOD made a way out of no way. Isaac dug even in the midst of a fierce famine and Isaac struck WATER. It was an act of Divine design to showcase God’s favor.

Last Sunday at our 8:00 A.M. service I shared our plan to raise $10K to drill a well in Africa. Before our 10:00 A.M. began our 8:00 A.M. members had not only raised the $10,000.00; we had a surplus of several thousand from members who wanted to join in the grace gift.

At the 10:00 A.M. service I explained that we were going to drill a well in Africa and I was prepared to share our goal however, the members at our 8:00 A.M. service already covered the cost. I then proceeded to ask by a raising of the hand since they did not have an opportunity to give would the 10:00 A.M. service be interested in getting an additional well and approximately 95% of the congregation held their hands high. Therefore, after our 10:00 A.M. worship service we held another drive to drill another well. Shortly, after the 10:00 A.M. service was completed not only did the members of Corinth cover 1 well but we secured an additional $10K for a second well and had a overflowing surplus of several thousand from those who wanted to join in. Since Sunday we have had many more members contacting us wanting to be apart of the grace gift to bring clean water to others.

Corinth will now be digging two water wells in Africa and Asia. One well in Malawi, Africa will be called REHOBOTH (means well of success) and another in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Asia will be called SHIBAH (means well of surplus).

My father the late great legendary A. Louis Patterson Jr. used to say it is better to be “a channel of blessings rather than a reservoir of selfishness.”

Rachel Beckwith's Mom Visits Ethiopia. from charity: water on Vimeo.

At Mount Corinth we give cheerfully and joyfully because of the undeserved, unearned and unmerited gift of grace the Lord gives us. We’re getting ready to change the cosmos and God’s got our back and our blessings!

MOUNT CORINTH CHURCH
JOY FOR THE JOURNEY!
PASTOR ALAN
#GOJESUSGO!

TAX PREPARER ACCUSED OF FRAUD SAYS I DID IT!

The operator of a tax preparation in Houston has entered a plea of guilty to one count of knowingly preparing a materially false claim against the United States, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Special Agent in Charge Rick Goss of IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI). Adriana Lizette Luna pleaded guilty today, admitting she prepared a materially false 2011 U.S. Individual Income Tax return.

According to the written plea agreement filed in the record of the case, Luna operated an income tax preparation business known at times as Ruby’s Income Tax and Diaz Tax Service at other times. As part of the plea, Luna admitted preparing at least 23 false income tax returns for clients, including the 2011 return which the basis for her plea which claimed a false refund of approximately $11,724.

Luna admitted in the plea agreement that the intended tax loss on the 23 false tax returns she prepared was more than $235,000 and that she split roughly one-half of the false tax refunds with her clients. As part of the plea, she has agreed to pay restitution to the United States in the amount of $116,000.

U.S. District Judge Sim Lake, who accepted the plea, has set sentencing for Dec. 10, 2015. At that time, Luna faces up to five years and a possible $250,000 fine.

IRS-CI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles J. Escher is prosecuting the case.


The Humane Society of the United States investigated flea markets across the county and found in 10 different states and at 21 different flea markets and found that puppies sold at flea markets in fact do come from puppy mills.

“No, there’s no requirements, just bring ’em in and sell ’em.”

“The ones that are thrown out, they’re out there shooting them.”

These are actual statements said by flea market managers or vendors to an HSUS undercover investigator — and they’re talking about puppies.

For more than a year, our investigator traveled the United States to look into claims that inhumane, commercial dog breeders known as puppy mills sell at flea markets.

Many of the puppy dealers present themselves as small hobby breeders. When our cameras visited the sellers’ properties, we found a far different reality. With virtually no regulation, these dogs suffer in the mills, and then are dragged to open-air markets even in extreme temperatures.

Millions of animals are waiting in shelters for a home, yet puppy mills churn out an endless supply of puppies. Please tell the National Flea Market Association to urge flea markets to adopt humane policies and stop selling puppies.

KICKING THE SMOKING HABIT IN HOUSTON!


More than 40 businesses, hospitals and advocacy organizations have joined the Houston Health Department to kick off the Houston Boots Smoking campaign and raise awareness about the smoking cessation resources available to help Houstonians kick the cigarette habit. The week-long event begins on Monday, September 21, with a news conference at the Historic Oaks of Allen Parkway Village’s Community Center at 1600 Allen Parkway at 9:30 a.m. Faith Foreman, Ph.D., assistant director at the Houston Health Department, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Houstonians can keep up with the all of the week’s activities by following the hashtag #HoustonBootsSmoking.

“With more than 40 organizations and businesses participating in this effort, we have a real opportunity to ensure the 13 percent of adult smokers in our great city kick the habit,” said Dr. Foreman. “Quitting smoking is one of the most powerful changes a person can make for their health, but it’s not easy. Together we can make a clear, measurable difference — not just for ourselves and our generation, but for the generations that come after us.”

The Houston Housing Authority is hosting the event at the Historic Oaks of Allen Parkway Village Community Center where organizers are celebrating the second anniversary of the Houston Housing Authority going smoke-free this month. In addition to Foreman, there will be speakers at the news conference from the American Lung Association and the Houston Housing Department, two of the other organizations working together to help people quit smoking.

The American Lung Association has developed the Quitters Circle app which provides shareable resources and a support network for smokers who are trying to quit. The app includes: a customizable quit plan with goals and milestones; a quit fund tool to ask for support to help cover any costs of quitting and to celebrate the small wins along the way; a feed for sharing stickers and notifications; and tips, tools and articles on helpful information for staying smoke-free.

Another great statewide resource is the Texas Quitline. Available through a toll-free line or Web-based program to all Texans, the Texas Quitline provides tailored counseling sessions focused on long-term success, access to self-help booklets and advice about support programs in communities throughout the state.

“It is estimated there will be almost 2,000 new cases of lung and bronchus cancer in Harris County this year,” said Sandra Curphey Borne, executive director, American Lung Association. “The campaign will be showcasing so many of the fantastic smoking cessation resources that our city offers and we are excited be able to share our new app with Houstonians who are looking for additional resources to quit smoking.”

The campaign is hosting a Twitter Chat on Wednesday, September 23, at 10 a.m. Participants in this conversation will be representatives from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Memorial Hermann, and MD Anderson. To join the conversation, use the Twitter Chat hashtag #HoustonBootsSmoking.

“As the largest city in Texas with the largest medical center in the world, we have a responsibility to set an example not only in our state, but throughout the United States and beyond when it comes to raising awareness about the health risks associated with tobacco use,” said Dan Wolterman, president and CEO, Memorial Hermann. “We’re known for our amazing art and culture, international cuisine and Texas flair, but what if we could be known for being the city that puts an end to smoking? Together we believe it is achievable.”

Houston Boots Smoking partners include: American Lung Association in Texas, Houston Health Department, MD Anderson Center, Memorial Hermann, Go Healthy Houston, YesQuit.org, State of Texas Kidney Foundation, Cigna, BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, Texas Renal Coalition, Texas Heart Institute, Texas Health Institute, Sisters Network Inc., Texas AHEC East, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Dia de la Mujer Latina, Renaissance Physician Organization, Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, Pfizer, North Cypress Medical Center, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Houston Business Coalition on Health, Leadership Women, One Voice Texas, Harris Health System, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Houston Area Community Services, Houston Housing Authority, Houston Methodist, Harris County Public Library, City of Houston-Discover Health with the Wellness Connection, Harris County Academy of Family Physicians, United Healthcare, Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practices, Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, Texas Department of State Health Services, Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas, Urban Harvest, HOPE Clinic, Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services, Vets Kick Butts, CHI St. Luke’s Health, Clinton Foundation, & Harris County Medical Society.


The Black Heritage Society and Houston’s Junior Achievers are demanding assistance to the approx., 180 families, that’s over 500 individuals who have just learned that the entire apartment complex is officially shutdown. The Press Conference in front of Crestmont Village Apartment Complex 5638 Selensky Street immediately.

The Black Heritage Society and Junior Achievers believe more could be done to force “Slum Lords”, to be held accountable criminally and humanitarily. These Families are economically poor families and are only being given three days (3 days ) to move all of their worldly possessions, when many don’t have adequate employment and income nor appropriate transportation in order to accoumplish the task at hand.

“These people deserve a clean safe place to live with consistently working electricity, clean running water and properly flowing sewage. This has not be the case for quite some time here at Crestmont Village Apartments”. – (Sandra Massie Hines founder of Junior Achievers and Vice Chair of The Black Heritage Society).

“I believe that the City of Houston and Harris County should conduct a thorough investigation into behavior of the owners and management namely Denise Vatnin, Abe Vatnin and Teresa Gutierrez, in the meantime these people need assistance regarding their current and very personal plights.”- (Barry Thompson Senior Advisor of the Black Heritage Society).

“We call on the Mayor and City Council of Houston to do all that’s possible in addressing and fixing this humanitarian crisis, now, for these 180 Families. In addition, please remember that like all families, Black Families do matter, there for these families matter too”. – (Ovide Duncantell Founder of the Black Heritage Society).

Multiple interviews will be available upon request prior to and following the event.
For more information regarding the event or interviews please contact Barry Thompson at 832.894.3542. Or email: bhs.barrythompson@gmail.com or Twitter @HtownMLKStatue
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This fantastic event is scheduled for Saturday, September 19th from 7:30 to midnight at Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058.

In attendance will be community leaders and elected officials from the community.

We are also honoring several community leaders including Congress Woman District 18, Sheila Jackson Lee, State Representative, Sylvester Turner, Pastor Keion Henderson of Light House Church, Faye Clinton and Kathy West.

We are expecting approximately 100 guest from the community, local businesses, partners, sponsors, schools, and churches.

ABOUT LAUNCH POINT CDC
Launch Point CDC is non-profit 501c3 tax deductible organization, providing information, education and resources to develop and advance the betterment of youth, adults and communities, since 1993. The organization offers skill building project-based training and programs for youth, job training, job placement and social services for adults. Over the last 10 years we have reach over 7000 adults and 20,000 youth and were nominated as one of President Obama’s Whitehouse Champions of Change organizations in 2013. Launch Point’s mission is to bridge the gaps in services for those who are marginalized, overlooked and under-served in the Houston, Harris County areas.