Monthly Archives: March 2016

YOU’RE INVITED TO SEE THE SHOW LIVE IN HOUSTON!

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You’re invited to another live broadcast of Isiah Factor Uncensored. Come see the show live with food and drinks and lots of great guests and topics. 4057 Bellaire Blvd. at The Union Kitchen beginning live Friday (April 1st) night at 9 pm!

The Union Kitchen – Bellaire

4057 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, Texas 77025

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Fire Trainee Steven Whitfield II

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The Houston Fire Department regrets the loss of Fire Trainee Steven Whitfield II (pictured below) DOB 3/17/1984, who was transported to the hospital from the training academy earlier today, March 31, 2016.  Cadet Whitfield was hired by the HFD in October of last year and was a member of Class 2015-G. His class will graduate in June of this year.

FINISHING THE JOURNEY HE COULD NOT!

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Starting at 9 a.m. Thursday members of the Houston Police Department and other surrounding law enforcement agencies will send off three runners representing the Travis Manion Foundation who intend to finish a 2015 walk across the nation that ended in Houston after a runner who initially began it died in Houston…The run will also honor veterans.

The celebration, which is open to the public, will take place at Telge Park at 12400 Pleasant Grove Road in Cypress.
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The three representatives from the Travis Manion Foundation will set out from Houston to run 1500 miles to finish the journey of a supporter, Sam Leonard, who passed away last year after being diagnosed with stomach cancer during his walk.

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Leonard had begun his walk across America in the fall of 2014 in his home state of Florida with the goal of walking all the way to California. In April of 2015, Leonard was forced to stop his efforts in Houston due to his health. He then passed away in August, 2015, at the age of 73. Prior to Leonard’s death, he and his family worked with the Travis Manion Foundation with a goal to finish Leonard’s walk across America.

WHAT: HPD to Send off Runners Honoring Our Nation’s Veterans

WHEN: TOMORROW (Thrusday, March 31)

TIME: 9 a.m.

WHERE: Telge Park, 12400 Pleasant Grove Road, Cypress (Key Map 368-J)

THE LATEST ON THE STAAR TEST!

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The following information from the Texas Education Agency was sent today to all Texas school districts, charters and education service center testing coordinators:

The purpose of this email is to provide an update to districts regarding the testing of students who experienced issues yesterday with missing responses due to inactivity.  

According to ETS, districts will be able to resume testing students Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7:00 AM CT, if those students fall into any of the following three categories.

The test administrator realized that the student was inactive, stopped the student from testing, and did not let the student log back in to the test session.
The test administrator realized the student was inactive, followed instructions to log out and log back in, checked if they were active, and had the student take the test. The student completed the test but did not submit the test.
The student took a break, resumed testing, and then alerted the test administrator that responses were missing. The student may not have finished the test.
ETS has reported that they will be restoring all the student responses that could be recovered. The students should confirm that their responses are recorded before submitting the test. Campus personnel should continue to check that students’ status is active during the test session. 

For students who have not attempted to take a specific test this week, the required test(s) can be administered on Thursday or Friday.

For students who were not able to complete an online test because of the technology issues related to the STAAR online testing platform, districts are not required to have the students complete the test(s) and should feel under no obligation to do so. Rather, they should determine on an individual student basis whether continuing testing is in the best interest of the student. The agency will ensure that there are no adverse consequences for students who do not resume testing and for districts that elect not to have students resume testing. Subsequent correspondence will communicate how this testing decision will be fairly addressed in such areas as SSI requirements, performance-based monitoring, and accountability. 

A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE TO SHARE WITH YOUR PET!

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Bellaire United Methodist Church (BUMC) in the town of Bellaire, Texas, is set to host its sixth annual Blessing of the Animals event. The event will take place on Saturday, April 9th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. At this fun, family and pet-friendly event, the public and people of all faiths are invited to bring their pets and have them blessed by the church’s pastors. Each year, millions of people around the world have their pets blessed during an annual blessing of the animals ceremony. The event is held in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment, and his love for all animals.

The event is free and will take place on the front lawn of Bellaire United Methodist Church, located at 4417 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire, TX 77401. The service will begin with an opening prayer, homily and a group blessing by the pastors.  Afterward, attendees’ pets can receive an individual blessing from Pastors Seann Duffin, Jim Love and Diane McGehee. Professional photographer Nikky LaWell will provide a free commemorative photo of each pet for attendees to take home, compliments of Nikky LaWell Photography and Rover Oaks Pet Resort.  Attendees are welcome to come and go during the two-hour event, and visit with a number of pet care experts including: veterinarian Dr. Garnett Von Eiff of Southwest Animal Clinic, BUMC’s Faithful Paws pet therapy group, pet food experts from Natural Pawz, a professional dog trainer and a groomer from Rover Oaks Pet Resort, representatives from AniMeals on Wheels, and Mission K-9 Rescue, the local chapter of United States War Dogs Association.

Looking to adopt or foster an animal in need?  Several Houston-area pet adoption groups will bring their adorable, loveable canines that are looking for a forever home! Adoption groups include Bassett Buddies, Westie and Scottie Rescue, Houston Cocker Spaniel Rescue, and Dream Dachshund Rescue! Representatives will also be on hand to talk about each animal as well as highlight the benefits of adoption and discuss area foster programs.

“God has blessed us with pets of all species, shapes and sizes.  These pets are our constant companions and they provide us with unconditional love,” says Seann Duffin, Pastor at Bellaire United Methodist Church. “We want the community to join us as we celebrate, honor and bless the wonderful pets we hold so dear.”

“This will be our sixth year to hold the event, and every year we see more people from the community come out to join us on this joyous occasion,” says Jim Love, Associate Pastor at Bellaire United Methodist Church. “We’re expecting over 200 people and their pets in attendance this year, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share this special message with such a pet-loving community.”

Please remember that all pets should be friendly and either on a leash (dogs), in protective carriers (cats), cages (birds, small mammals), fish bowls, or terrariums (amphibians, reptiles). For more information, contact Sean Duffin at (713) 666-2167 or sduffin@bellaireumc.org. View the event on Facebook here.

TO CATCH A CATTLE THIEF?

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A $500 reward has been offered through the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Operation Cow Thief  hotline for information leading to the arrest of an East Texas man who stole four head of cows from his employer, an elderly Carthage, Texas rancher.

This investigation is being led by TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand with assistance from TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley, Panola County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Ivy and Investigator James Ferris. Authorities have been searching for the suspect for three years and are again seeking help from the public in locating the suspect.

According to Hand, the victim was away from his property in Carthage for five days, and after returning he realized cattle were missing from his herd. Hand helped the victim file a report with the Panola County Sheriff’s Department and TSCRA.

Hand searched sale barn records for a wide area and found the suspect, Marvell Galloway, 57, of Carthage, Texas, had sold four head of cows at the Emory Livestock Auction on Feb. 19, 2013. Later, Hand checked bank records and found photos of Galloway cashing a check for the four head of cattle at a bank in Emory, TX.

Galloway is a black male 60 years of age, 6’-1” tall, 210 pounds, Black hair and brown eyes. He usually wears a faded black felt western hat.

Galloway was indicted by a Panola County Grand Jury and a 3rd degree felony theft of livestock warrant was issued on April 12, 2013. He has a criminal history in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. His bond has been preset at $30,000. Galloway’s crime may be enhanced to a 2nd degree felony for exploitation of an elderly person.

Galloway left the Carthage area prior to a warrant being issued and remains at large. Authorities are still searching for Galloway and asking for the public’s help in located the suspect. Galloway has been known to be in the Carthage, Talco, Mt. Pleasant, Clarksville and Dallas, Texas areas, as well as Southeastern Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Anyone with further information leading to the arrest of Galloway should contact TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333 or call TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand at 903-592-5252.  A cash reward of up to $500 may be paid to individuals who provide useful information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Individuals reporting information may choose to remain anonymous.

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A five-week operation, dubbed Project Shadowfire, netted 1,133 arrests, including more than 900 transnational criminal gang members and others associated with transnational criminal activity, like drug trafficking, human smuggling and sex trafficking, murder and racketeering. The nationwide operation was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and concluded March 21.

Texas statewide arrests during this operation totaled 266 individuals. In the Houston area of responsibility (AOR), HSI made 112 arrests. Of these arrests, 66 were made in the Corpus Christi – area. Within the AOR, 96 were arrested on active Texas criminal warrants, with 12 cases being pursued federally. Members and associates were arrested from 26 gang affiliations.

“This operation is the latest example of ICE’s ongoing efforts, begun more than a decade ago under Operation Community Shield, to target violent gang members and their associates, to eradicate the violence they inflict upon our communities and to stop the cash flow to transnational organized crime groups operating overseas,” said ICE Director Sarah R. Saldaña.

Since the inception of Operation Community Shield in February 2005, HSI special agents, working in conjunction with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, have made more than 40,000 gang-related arrests and seized more than 8,000 firearms.

Project Shadowfire was a surge operation conducted under Operation Community Shield, and led by the HSI National Gang Unit. Between Feb. 15 and March 21, HSI special agents worked with numerous state, local and federal law enforcement partners, including ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), to apprehend individuals from various gangs.

Most of the individuals arrested during Project Shadowfire were U.S. citizens, but 239 foreign nationals from 13 countries in Central America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean were also arrested.  Most of the U.S. citizens arrested had open warrants for their arrest and were turned over to the custody of local law enforcement agencies.

Following is the nationality breakdown of the 239 foreign nationals arrested:  Mexico (129), El Salvador (56), Honduras (22), Dominican Republic (11), Guatemala (9), India (3), Jamaica (2), Philippines (2), and one arrest each for Belize, China, Morocco, Peru and Spain.

Of the 1,133 arrests, 915 were gang members and associates, 1,001 were charged with criminal offenses and 132 were arrested administratively for immigration violations.  Some of those arrested on immigration violations had illegally re-entered the United States after having been previously deported, which is a felony.

The majority of arrestees were affiliated with gangs like MS-13, Sureños, Norteños, Bloods and several prison-based gangs. Enforcement actions occurred around the country, with the greatest activity taking place in the Los Angeles, San Juan, Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, and El Paso areas.

HSI special agents also seized 150 firearms, more than 20 kilograms of narcotics and more than $70,000 in U.S currency.

HEW THREW EVERYTHING OUT OF THE WINDOW BUT THAT STILL DIDN’T HELP!

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3/23/16 at 12:30am Pct. 4 deputy stopped a white suburban for a traffic offense. The vehicle, though slowed down, continued miles down the road, throwing objects from the window. Once the vehicle stopped in the parking lot of the Palace Inn in Porter, TX it was found the driver Keith Golden II, 2/18/89 from Houston, TX threw marijuana, methamphetamines as well as a glass pipe from the vehicle, all of which was collected by a second Pct. 4 deputy. Golden was arrested for the alleged possession of methamphetamines as well as tampering with physical evidence, both 3rd degree felony charges.

A BABY BOTTLE FILLED WITH CODEINE!

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3/21/16 around 11am Pct. 4 deputy stopped a black passenger car for a traffic offense. The driver Jabari Lawson 3/21/88 and passenger Schenetra Holman 9/16/88, both from Memphis, TN were arrested for the alleged possession of codeine, a second degree felony, which they had disguised in a baby bottle as well as possession of marijuana.

WE TV DECLARES JOLANDA JONES BOSS LADY OF THE WEEK!

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From WE TV:

The women of Sisters in Law are raising the bar for the next generation of female lawyers. This week, self-professed “Warrior Lawyer,” Jolanda Jones stood out as lady litigator of the week. Here are five reasons why Jolanda is a Boss Lady of the Week:

1. She takes it to heart.
Jolanda turns personal experience into power in the courtroom. She was born into poverty, her brother was murdered and she survived an abusive long-term relationship. All of which helps her put her heart and soul into each case she tries.

2. Next-level investigator.
She uses a methodological approach to coach her clients into creating the best defense possible – even if it means reliving a nightmare.

3. Fighter for equality.
She’s not just a lawyer, she’s a civil rights activist. Growing up in the Third Ward of Houston, Jolanda fights to be a voice for those who feel they may not have one. Especially as she prepares her son, Jiovanni’s defense as she suspects he’s been a victim of racial profiling.

4. Political aspirations.
As if being a mother, lawyer and civil rights activist isn’t enough, Jolanda is running a campaign to become a member of the Houston Board of Education. If that does not make her a #BossLady, WE don’t know what does!

5. Taking things to new heights.
Jolanda is quite tall and she’s fearless when it comes to wearing six-inch heels into the courtroom with dual purpose – style and intimidation!

Don’t forget to watch Sisters In Law every Thursday at 10|9c and check back here next week to find out who will be our next #BossLady!

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Mimi Perez says last week her apartment caught fire and her children lost all of their clothes and now she’s looking for help.

Ms. Perez says she’s not looking for cash handouts but clothes that you may want to donate to her children.

If you can help she has two boys and two girls.

How to contact Ms. Perez – (346) 314-6595

Perez has provided me with their sizes below:

Boy age 16. Shirts large shorts 36.
Boy age 12 shirt xlarge pands 36 by 28.
Girl age 15. Shirts xlarge shorts xlarge.
Girl age 13 pants 18 shirts xlarge

SCAM ALERT FROM THE TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL!

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Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued a warning to Spanish-speaking consumers, alerting them to scam artists posing as debt collectors calling on behalf of government entities. In recent cases, a caller claims to represent the Texas Supreme Court and demands payment of outstanding debts supposedly incurred by consumers sometime in the past.

“Every day, Texans unfortunately lose money to scams and frauds, and my office is committed to protecting consumers by spreading the word about such fraudulent activity, and informing them about what to do if they fall victim,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The first line of defense against scammers and con artists is education, and a wide variety of important topics are addressed in the consumer protection section of our website.”

According to complaints, the person calling says the consumer can either appear in court and pay the alleged debt – which varies from $1,000 to $7,000 – or resolve the matter immediately by sending funds directly to the scammers. How the debt was incurred is never explained. The form of payment requested by the caller is either through pre-paid cash cards or wired funds through Western Union.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office encourages every Texan who receives a similar call from a purported government debt collection agency to first verify that the request is legitimate. To do so, Texans should directly contact the government agency that is allegedly seeking the funds by using a phone number for the government agency that is independent of the one provided by the caller.

If you do receive a call from a debt collector claiming to be calling on behalf of a government or law enforcement entity, please try to copy the telephone number of the caller, then stop the call and contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office at (800) 621-0508 or (512) 463-2070.

General information regarding scams such as the one discussed above as well as other forms of fraud can be found in the Consumer Protection link at the website of the Texas Attorney General:  www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.