Monthly Archives: December 2015

ARE YOU READY FOR OPEN CARRY IN TEXAS?

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House Bill 910 – which allows a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to now openly carry a holstered handgun – goes into effect Jan. 1, 2016.

The License to Carry (LTC) portion of the DPS website, http://www.dps.texas.gov/RSD/CHL/index.htm, has been updated in several places with information relevant to the new law, including an expanded Frequently Asked Questions section, which can be found at http://www.dps.texas.gov/RSD/CHL/faqs/index.htm.

Information about HB 910, including an overview of the legislation and a link to the text of the bill, can be found at http://www.dps.texas.gov/RSD/CHL/Legal/newlegislation.htm.

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There are also updated instructor resources at http://www.dps.texas.gov/RSD/CHL/LicenseRegistration/instrguidepres.htm. (Please note that much of this information can only be accessed by LTC instructors.)

Historical information related to handgun licenses can be found at http://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/chl/reports/demographics.htm.

THE FUTURE OF GUS WORTHAM AND GLENBROOK GOLF COURSES!

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Mayor Annise Parker announced that the initial fundraising targets have been met for restoration of the Gus Wortham Golf Course and creation of a Houston Botanic Garden at Glenbrook Golf Course. As a result, the city will turn over operation of the Gus Wortham Course to the Houston Golf Association (HGA) effective January 1, 2016 and the Houston Botanic Gardens will be allowed to exercise an option to lease the Glenbrook facility.GW2

Under the terms of the contract with the City, HGA was required to raise an initial $5 million by the end of 2015 in order to be able to take over the facility and begin restoration work. The City and HGA will work through a mutually-agreed upon transition period. Over the next two years, HGA will work to raise additional funds to ensure restoration of the Golf Course to its historic condition. In addition, a new clubhouse and other amenities will be in place by July 1, 2019.

The HGA project will enhance quality of life for residents with a best-in-class recreational amenity, stimulate economic development in the East End, and provide expanded educational opportunities through programming by the HGA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, The First Tee of Greater Houston, which is already offering programming on-site.

The Houston Botanic Garden was also under contract to raise $5 million by the end of 2015. Another $15 million is to be raised by December 31, 2017. The City will continue to operate the Glenbrook Golf Course until the additional monies are raised.

IDENTIFIED – CAN YOU HELP HPD IDENTIFY THE BODY?

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Update:

The Factor has learned a man who was found dead and in a ditch at 2000 Quitman has been identified.

Family members say the man who was found Tuesday is 51 year old Craig Anthony Butler.

Family members say he was robbed and murdered by someone.

If you have any information on this case contact the Houston Police Department.

Craig is pictured here with his younger brother James Butler who provided this photo to the Factor.

Condolences to the Butler family.

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James Butler (L) and his late big brother Craig Anthony Butler (R)

Original Report:
Houston police are investigating the death of a male found at 2000 Quitman about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday (December 29).

The victim, in his 30s, had suffered apparent head trauma.  His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Homicide Division Officers E. Wohlgemuth and C. Sharp reported:
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A train conductor saw the body of an unknown male lying in a ditch next to the railroad tracks and contacted police.  HPD patrol officers and Houston Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

At this time, there are no known witnesses nor suspects.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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BUDGETING
*Going on journey & every road trip needs a map.
*Last 3 months statements and average expenses
*Top 3 areas the most is spent: Eating out-Shopping-Cable/Satellite
*When you find those savings put them in an account,  don’t spend them elsewhere

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6 MONTH SAFETY NET
*3-6 months of living expenses stored up
*Keeps you from going into debt for when life happens
*Automate your savings

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#TEAMNOFISHPLATES
*Constantly seeing fliers for fishplates to raise money for funerals. Avoid it for the sake of your family.
*Get life insurance. Period.
*L.I.F.E. needs analysis

HE PICKED THE WRONG ONE TO TRY AND ROB!

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Incident at 3800 Hickok

Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in the attempted robbery of an off-duty Houston police officer at 3800 Hickok about 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday (December 29).  

The suspects, Joshua Jones (b/m, 23) and Fredrick Hawthorne (b/m, 17), are charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in the 180th State District Court.  

A photo of suspect Hawthorne is attached to this news release.  A photo of suspect Jones is not available for release at this time.  

Officer C. Curry, who discharged his duty weapon, was not injured in the incident.  Officer Curry was sworn in as an officer in April 2014 and is assigned to the North Patrol Division.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M A. Holbrook and Officer K. McDonald reported:  

Officer Curry, who was off-duty and in plain clothes, was in his personal vehicle the 3800 block of Hickok when he was approached by Jones and Hawthorne.  Hawthorne approached the driver’s side of the vehicle while Jones approached the passenger side and pulled out a handgun.  Jones then demanded everything in Officer Curry’s truck and threatened to kill him.  Jones then pulled the trigger but the weapon malfunctioned.  Fearing for his life, Officer Curry quickly exited his vehicle and drew his duty weapon.  Both men then exchanged gunfire.  Hawthorne and Jones then fled the scene on foot.  

Further investigation determined Jones sustained several gunshot wounds and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in an unknown condition.  Hawthorne was taken into custody in the 5000 block of Sunflower.  Both suspects admitted to investigtors their roles in the incident and were subsequently charged.  

As is customary in HPD officer-involved shooting incidents inside the city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions, a

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The Houston Arson Bureau has arrested Gary Nathanial Moore (aka Jamal Moore) (DOB 4/23/78) in connection to the Christmas Day Mosque fire. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office accepted the charges of felony offense of arson at a place of worship at 1:30 a.m. this morning, December 30, 2015.

The Houston Fire Department responded to a two alarm fire just before 3 p.m. on December 25, 2015 in the 11000 block of South Wilcrest in South West Houston. The Incident commander on scene deployed Houston Arson Bureaus to investigate the cause and origin and upon realizing the religious nature of the occupancy the Houston Arson Bureau setup a Joint task force for the Investigation. The Task Force consisted Houston Arson Bureau, ATF and HPD.

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Holy smokes…

Prosecutors have charged Bill Cosby with a 2004 sexual assault involving female who was an employee at Temple University. 

Cosby allegedly gave her pills and wine in an encounter and then sexually assaulted her.

It’s a felony.

Cosby hasn’t been arraigned just yet in Philadelphia!

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The owner of Torch Lifestyle, Alfred Nwagbo, has decided to make a difference in the community by giving back to 10 lucky people.

Nwagbo says he will provide personal training for a month to those who show the passion and drive to get in shape.

If you think you’re that person then go to www.TorchLifestyle.org and email the reason why you want to get into shape.

The questions section at the bottom of the webpage is where you should submit your request.

Good luck!

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More About Team Torch Lifestyle:

Torch Lifestyle is a convenience centered, personal health and fitness movement in the Greater Houston area. Our main objective is to meet clients  ‘where they are’ in every way — physically and geographically. So wherever you’re most comfortable working out, let us know and we’ll meet you there! Our passion is STRONG! We enjoy helping others towards becoming the best ‘me’ that they can be, inside and out, along with the encouragement to ‘Pass the Torch’ to friends, family and co-workers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make sure you tune into the Isiah Factor for the motivation you need to get in shape for the New Year.

We will chat with Alfred Nwagbo and his team of fitness experts from Torch LifeStyle.

Today at 5:30 pm on Fox 26 news at 5 pm.

To learn more about Torch Lifestyle click this link!

Phone Number: 832-267-1908

Torch Lifestyle is a convenience centered, personal health and fitness movement in the Greater Houston area. Our main objective is to meet clients  ‘where they are’ in every way — physically and geographically. So wherever you’re most comfortable working out, let us know and we’ll meet you there! Our passion is STRONG! We enjoy helping others towards becoming the best ‘me’ that they can be, inside and out, along with the encouragement to ‘Pass the Torch’ to friends, family and co-workers. 

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its new ozone standards rule. The EPA has lowered the ozone standard placed on states to a level that is inappropriate and unrealistic and is based on flawed science. The changes to the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) would impose a serious financial burden on the Texas economy for dubious public health benefit.

 
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 “The EPA’s new ozone rule is not supported by scientific data,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Areas of the country that fail to comply with these impossible standards will be subject to costly new regulations that will harm our economy and kill jobs. Texas has proven that we can reduce ambient ozone concentrations without stifling growth, and my office will continue to defend our state from the EPA’s harmful and overreaching regulations.”

 

The new ozone rule lowers the level of the NAAQS from 75 to 70 parts per billion, which could be impossible to comply with in some areas of the country due to background ozone levels that are outside of regulatory control. In addition, analysis from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and from the EPA itself, show that the rule could have minimal, if any, health benefits.

 

Texas has demonstrated that it can clean its air without destroying the energy sector. Even as the state’s economy and population has grown steadily for decades, nitrogen oxide and ozone levels are down over the past 15 years and Texans are breathing cleaner air.

 

The Texas Attorney General’s Office challenged the rule on Dec. 23rd on behalf of the state and TCEQ. In addition to Texas, the following states have filed separate lawsuits against the new rule: Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Utah and Wisconsin.

 

To view the petition for review, please visit: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/2015.12.22_PFR_(signed).pdf

 

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A suspect wanted in the death of a man found at 8900 Irvington about 9:05 a.m. on October 25 has been arrested. 

The suspect, Charles Everett Walton (b/m, 42), was taken into custody on December 19 by deputies from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.  Walton is charged with murder in the 176th State District Court.  He is accused in the killing of Abraham Soto, 45, of Houston.  An autopsy by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences determined Soto was stabbed to death.  

A prior photo of suspect Walton is attached to this news release.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant W. Elsbury and Senior Police Officer R. Martinez reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a person down call at the above address.  A witness called 9-1-1 and told officers Walton admitted to killing Mr. Soto.  A preliminary investigation and evidence from the scene were consistent with witness statements and a murder charge was filed on Walton.  

Following Walton’s arrest, HPD homicide investigators traveled to Dublin, California to interview him in the Alameda County Jail.  He admitted to his role in Soto’s death and is awaiting extradition back to Texas.  

FINAL TAX SALE AT THE HARRIS COUNTY COURTHOUSE!

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Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan announces that the county will host the final monthly Tax Sale at the Family Law Center. In February, it will move to the Bayou City Events Center.

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“For almost two centuries, Harris County Tax Sales were required to be conducted on the steps of the county courthouse,” said Sullivan. “Thanks to the Texas Legislature and Harris County Commissioner’s Court, we’ll be hosting our final Tax Sale at the Family Law Center on January 5, 2016. Starting on February 2, 2016, it will moved to the Bayou City Events Center.

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The Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office works with county constables and departments, taxing jurisdictions and collections attorneys to organize and host a monthly tax sale. The new location will offer easier access, better parking, more security and a climate controlled environment, which will result in a more pleasant experience for bidders.

“Each month, we help host this tax sale to sell delinquent properties that unfairly burden the taxpayers of Harris County,” said Mr. Sullivan. “These properties are eyesores and blights to neighborhoods that lower property values. This month, we reclaimed $2,746,707 from the December Tax Sale. For the year 2015, we reclaimed $31,198,140, which is $3,077,801 more than last year. With this new move, I’m confident we will be able to reclaim more tax dollars for the citizens of Harris County.

The new location will host its first tax sale on February 2, 2016 at Bayou City Events Center, 9401 Knight Road, Houston, TX 77045.

The Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office Property Tax Division maintains more than 1.6 million tax accounts and collects property taxes for 71 taxing entities including Harris County. The Tax Assessor-Collector’s office collects more than $6 billion in property taxes.