Monthly Archives: September 2015

GETTING THE DRUNKS OFF THE WATER AND ROADS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY!

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From Thursday, May 21, 2015, and continuing through September 7, 2015, the Montgomery County District
Attorney’s office, in conjunction with both state and local law enforcement agencies, increased No Refusal Operations
and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) Enforcement on the roadways of
Montgomery County and on Lake Conroe. The goal of this initiative was to prevent boating and traffic related crashes
and deaths caused by impaired drivers during the summer holiday season – the roughly 100 days between Memorial
Day and Labor Day when alcohol and drug related crashes and fatalities are on the rise.

During this time period, the District Attorney’s office, through their No Refusal TxDOT Grant, provided nurses,
prosecutors, investigators, and judges at various locations throughout the county and on Lake Conroe to assist law
enforcement in obtaining blood evidence in cases were a DWI/BWI suspect refuses to provide a scientific sample. These
No Refusal Operations ensured that scientific evidence was obtained in all DWI and BWI cases and provides the
prosecution with strong evidence of guilt or innocence. As part of these operations, many Montgomery County law
enforcement agencies committed to increasing the number of officers on the streets and on Lake Conroe to catch as
many impaired drivers as possible during this summer period. Some of the participating agencies include the Texas
Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks & Wildlife – Game Wardens, Montgomery County Pct. 1 Constables Office – Lake Enforcement Division, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Conroe Police Department.
Here are the results:

Memorial Day Weekend (starting May 21, 2015) through Labor Day Weekend (ending September 7, 2015):
Total Arrests for DWI/BWI: 643
Number of BWI Cases: 8 (out of the 643)
Number of Search Warrants: 173 (out of the 643)
Number of Felony DWI Arrests: 88 (out of the 643)
Number of Intoxication Assault Arrests: 3
Number of Intoxication Manslaughter Arrests: 0
Average BAC from voluntary sample suspects: .15
Average BAC from search warrants suspects: .18
Tyler Dunman (Vehicular Crimes Division Chief): “In looking at those numbers, it is obvious that Law Enforcement had a
very busy summer. Fortunately, we did not have any intoxication related deaths or Intoxication Manslaughter cases
filed during this period. And that, saving lives, is the primary purpose of the No Refusal program.”

KIM DAVIS OUT OF JAIL BUT WILL SHE STOP THE GAY MARRIAGE LICENSES?

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After five nights in jail forrefusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk, walked free Tuesday to a roar of cheers from thousands of supporters, but she and her lawyer would not say whether she would continue to defy court orders and try to block the licenses.

Outside the jail here, a planned demonstration by people who, like Ms. Davis, say that same-sex marriage violates their religious beliefs turned buoyant when she was released, the sense of triumph mixed with a dose of presidential politics.

She walked onstage to thunderous applause, the song “Eye of the Tiger” playing on loudspeakers, her hands held aloft by one of her lawyers, Mathew D. Staver, and Mike Huckabee, a Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor. Another Republican presidential contender, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, was also in attendance but largely overshadowed.

SAFE HAVENS FOR INTERNET AND CRAIGSLIST SALES IN HOUSTON!

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Residents may now utilize Houston Police Department parking lots as meeting locations for property exchange transactions.  This is meant to provide residents with some measure of comfort and security for sales and purchases originated via the Internet, newspaper or some other means where the buyer and seller don’t know each other. 

“Unfortunately, in today’s electronic age, criminals scour the Internet and newspapers in search of opportunities to victimize buyers and sellers for criminal gain,” said Police Chief Charles McClelland.  “In some cases, criminals may even offer for sale items obtained through criminal or other illegitimate means.  Given these factors, it is easy to see why safety and security are important to anyone who sells or purchases goods this way.”
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“I’m glad to see HPD has put this new policy in place,” said City Council Member Ed Gonzalez, who initially presented the idea to Chief McClelland.  “It is another example of how HPD is concerned about making sure our residents are safe.”

HPD cautions that even though this is meant to provide some level of comfort and security, police officers and other department employees are prohibited from engaging in or interfering in private business matters.  Officers will not aid in the transaction by running serial numbers to determine whether an item has been reported stolen or missing, nor will officers be available to witness the sale or exchange of goods.  Residents may not utilize police facility parking lots on a repeat basis and they are not allowed to erect structures or signs indicating any type of business purpose.

More information and tips for conducting safe transactions is available at http://houstontx.gov/police/safe-transactions.htm.

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COMMITTEE: House Committee on County Affairs 
TIME & DATE: 10:00 am, Tuesday, September 15th 
PLACE: E2.016  
CHAIR: Rep. Garnet Coleman 

 

As Chair of the County Affairs Committee, I am calling a hearing for Tuesday, September 15th in the committee’s oversight capacity to continue the review of county jail standards, inmate care, training, coordination among different local and state agencies, the Sandra Bland case and, other recent jail suicides that have occurred in the state.
 
Click here to view the notice. 

The County Affairs Committee will build upon our previous oversight hearing and discuss potential solutions including those outlined in my earlier press statement that can be read here. Additionally, there will be invited testimony from the Sheriff’s Association of Texas, Texas Commission on Jail Standards, Texas Council  of Community Centers, and the Department of State Health Services.
 
This is a public hearing. You may join us if you are able, or you can watch the hearing online by clicking here. The video will be available as soon as the hearing begins. However, there will be no public testimony taken at the meeting. 

You will also be able to watch the hearing after it concludes by clicking here.

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Brothers and Sisters,

As we laid one of our brothers to rest this past week, all of us were more aware than ever that the
threat is real. Police officers are being targeted simply for the uniform they wear. There was no
provocation, no words exchanged…just the assassination of one of our own. When is the assault
on law enforcement going to end? And yes, I use the word assassination because that’s exactly what it was. Cold and calculated.
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We have all seen or visited the memorial, which is set to be taken down by the end of the
weekend. But this begs the question, “What now?” The community, and even many state
representatives, have been nothing but gracious in their show of compassion for Deputy
Goforth’s family, and for that we are appreciative beyond words. However, when all the media attention dies down, and we are back on the beat as usual, what happens then?

Some say that social media is the modern “root of all evil,” and that is kind of hard to argue with. How else could all of the individuals, as well as organized groups, that are spewing hate be so well networked to spread their message of violence? Social media accounts are full of hatred and calls to target and kill police officers. It is not just talk. Those spewing this hatred and those
calling for violence are having an impact. They have also been given a platform by the media to convey the message that police officers are their enemy and it is time to attack that enemy from
ambush, from hiding. It is a difficult and dangerous time to be a police officer and not just because the increased
violence is aimed at us. The venomous and hateful statements of those we are sworn to protect
and defend, as well as public calls to kill and injure police officers, are horrifying. How can it be true that in America in 2015 we hear about the deliberate, vicious assassination of a Texas Deputy and, the very next day, the national news media repeatedly airs footage of demonstrators
calling for violence against police – “pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon.” There is a very real
and very deliberate campaign to terrorize our nation’s law enforcement officers.

Too many good men and women are doing nothing and saying nothing in defense of us, the
defenders. As a result, we now have the crisis of this nationwide trend of violence against police
officers.
The Metro Police Union will not be silent. We will not be afraid or be rendered paralyzed by
political correctness. We will not do nothing. The National Fraternal Order of Police is the
largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with more than 330,000
members. The FOP is a force to be reasoned with, but we have to make our voice heard. We will
not stop, we will not quit, and we will not be intimidated. We will work to protect you and work
to get those who should be speaking out to do so in our defense.
The National FOP has called on the Federal Administration to acknowledge this crisis and asked
them to work with them to address the violent surge against police. The National FOP has called
on Congress to expand the Federal hate crimes law to protect police, to reauthorize the
Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program and to fully fund the State and local law enforcement
assistance programs that provide the men and women in the field with the resources and
equipment we need to do our jobs and get home to our families at the end of our shift.
I have communicated to the National FOP Office our support for this endeavor. Please join me in contacting our legislators so that we can make this happen, and convey the need for them to
“have our back”.

Fraternally,
Robert Lozano
Robert Lozano, President
Houston Metro Police Union
Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 98

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It’s been a fun run but all things must come to an end. I thank FOX 26, D’artagnan Bebel and Bob Morford for giving me the chance to run wild for 10 weeks with the #IFU. We are having our last show for the summer this Friday and you should come out and make it sing – also tune in and give us a big blow out.

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Last Friday we had the highest ratings ever on the show…Let’s do it again. Tonight at 9:30 pm at Ragin Cajun aka LA Bar and Restaurant on Richmond Avenue with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Slim Thug, and Paul Wall. It will be one big party for the final show!

AL ROKER SAYS I WON’T BE SPANKED AND THEN HIS SHOW IS CANCELED ON THE WEATHER CHANNEL!

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Rolling Out Magazine: Al Roker is perhaps one of the few weathermen in America that have a devoted fan base. His stint on “The Today Show” has allowed him to become a trustworthy face and voice for viewers when it comes to weather and news.  But his job on cable TV’s The Weather Channel apparently is now over and the cause may be over an email fight made public.

According to the media outletNewsBlues, Roker got into a heated email exchange with Weather Channel President David Clark. Roker wanted to go to New Orleans to cover the 10th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, which devastated New Orleans. However, Clark was opposed to Roker going to New Orleans for filming the segment. A series of emails were exchanged, which exposed the inner workings of The Weather Channel.

According to NewsBlues, the email exchange went as follows:

Roker: “I don’t understand why Steph [Abrams] and I aren’t together on the actual anniversary day of Katrina’s landfall [in New Orleans]. There is nothing happening Saturday in Florida…’I could not disagree more with this decision. We will have a phalanx of people talking about a storm Saturday that our graphic will show is not possibly making landfall till Monday…if then. Viewers aren’t stupid. They can see when potential landfall is, assuming it holds together… In the meantime, there are a lot of stories to tell about Katrina while pivoting to Erika… The reason we are in the trouble we’re in is an intransigence of management when it comes to a decision and an unwillingness to pivot.”

To which Clark responded: “If you disagree with a decision you are welcome to speak up, you have more than earned the right to do so, but this is out of line and not how we do things here.”

This caused a reaction from Roker in which he wrote: “Really David. You want to try and spank me in front of people. You want to do this?”

Unfortunately, Roker hit the “Reply To All” button and his email exchange with Clark went to everybody at The Weather Channel. Roker apparently realized his error and sent out the following email:

“Folks, I want to apologize if I embarrassed anyone. I didn’t mean for this to be a public argument. I replied on a cc: that I didn’t mean to. We all want the same thing, best possible product, and a real outcome for our viewers. Hey, the good news is, you all read your emails.”

Clark responded:

“Thank you for that Al, respect…We are all on edge right now. Don’t mind open dissent when constructive and we want your best thinking on this storm. As you say, let’s get focused on making the best product and move forward and thank you for being on the team.”

However Roker’s “Wake Up With Al” show was canceled a few days later. Roker then sent out the following email:

“It is with great disappointment that I have to announce that this is my last TV broadcast on the Weather Channel. I don’t know exactly where I’m going next… I am saying goodbye, for now.”

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Press Release: On Sunday, September 6, 2015, Minister Quanell X, New Black Panther Nation & New Black Muslims leader, will hold a fundraiser for fallen Harris County Sheriff Officer Deputy Darren Goforth who was fatally shot during an ambush at a Cypress gas station, last Friday (August 28th). Deputy Goforth was shot 15 times while he was pumping his gas. The fundraiser will take place this Sunday-(Sept. 6) on the corner of Hwy 288 & Southmore-(in front of the Denny’s) at 5:00PM.
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Quanell X has invited other African-American leaders, along with the community to attend the fundraiser. ALL monies donated will go directly to Deputy Goforth’s family, for the future education of his children.

WHAT: Community Fundraiser – (for fallen HCSO Deputy Darren Goforth)

WHEN: Sunday, September 6, 2015

WHERE: Corner of Hwy 288 & Southmore, (in front of Denny’s)

TIME: 5:00PM

THE MAIL THIEF OF HARRIS COUNTY CAPTURED!

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A 33-year-old Spring man has been ordered to prison after he admitted to breaking into a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail collection box and stealing people’s mail, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Edward Wayne Rothlander pleaded guilty March 10, 2015.

Today, U.S. District Judge David Hittner, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Rothlander a 37-month sentence to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release.

As part of his plea, Yarbrough admitted that on or about Dec. 22, 2014, he knowingly broke into an outside mail collection box at the U.S. Post Office located at 211 Baker Road in Houston and stole several pieces of mail.

The investigation began following the break-in of a USPS blue mail collection box on three occasions in a two-month period in late 2014. On or about Dec. 12, 2014, authorities placed a parcel that contained a GPS tracker inside the collection box. Shortly thereafter, the tracker emitted a signal meaning that the parcel was taken. The signal was traced to a location on Rivergate in Spring.
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Using surveillance photos, authorities were able to identify Rothlander and the vehicle he used in the crime.

Rothlander admitted to authorities they would find stolen mail at his residence on Diane Lane. He further admitted that he had thrown away what he thought to be a garage door opener at the Rivergate location. Authorities located the device, which was actually the GPS tracker.

A search was also conducted at Rothlander’s residence, at which time authorities located a black Outdoor Products back pack, a cardboard box and a small blue box, all of which contained stolen mail. The individuals who had mailed some of the items were contacted and reported they had mailed multiple Christmas cards from the Baker Road Post Office.

Authorities recovered 90 uncashed checks with a total intended loss of $75,796.04.

Rothlander will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Harris County Precinct 4 Constables Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mel Pechacek and Megan Paulson are prosecuting the case.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DAN PATRICK SAYS DO MORE FOR COPS!

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As more details of the tragic death of Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth unfold, a morbid reality is unveiled about America’s negative attitude toward our law enforcement officers. It must end now or we run the risk of fewer men and women willing to go into the profession and families insisting their spouses change careers.

Police officers are judged 24/7, 365 days a year for their entire career. One mistake can get them sued, fired or killed. I want to remind Texans and the rest of our country that these brave souls are the thin line between a country of law and order and a society of total lawlessness where no one is safe.

I challenge all Texans to think about how underappreciated our officers must feel, how dangerous their jobs are, how they leave their families everyday not knowing if they are coming home and more importantly, if there is anything you can do to help make their job a little easier.

Join me in changing this negative attitude toward those that protect us, by practicing the following:

Start calling our officers sir and ma’am all of the time. It’s a show of respect they deserve.

Every time you see an officer anywhere, let them know you appreciate their service to our community and you stand with them.

If you are financially able, when you see them in a restaurant on duty pick up their lunch check, send over a dessert, or simply stop by their table briefly and say thank you for their service.

Put their charities on your giving list.
If your local law enforcement has volunteer-citizen job opportunities, sign up.

Join me in a special prayer service to honor our fallen law enforcement heroes on Wednesday, September 2nd at the First Baptist Church of Conroe, 600 N Main St. Conroe, TX 77301 at 5:15pm.

All lives matter and we need to put an end to this violence against law enforcement – now!

COPS OUT IN FULL FORCE FOR DRUNK DRIVERS!

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Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady announced today that his office will be working with law enforcement agencies
across Galveston County in sponsoring a No-Refusal Labor Day Weekend,
covering Friday, September 4th through Monday, September 7th.

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.
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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.