Monthly Archives: September 2016

 – Diallo’s, a Houston-area nightclub and party venue, violated federal anti-discrimination laws when it forced an employee to provide medical documentation to prove that she was not HIV-positive, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. When the employee failed to provide the documentation, she was unlawfully fired, EEOC said.

The lawsuit charges that Diallo’s owner/manager approached the employee and informed her that the owner/manager had heard from an unidentified third party that the employee was HIV-positive, which the owner/manager simply surmised to be hazardous to the company’s business. The owner/manager then demanded, on two separate occasions, that the employee provide documentation to show that she was not, in fact, HIV-positive, and informed the employee that if she could not provide such documentation, she would be terminated. The employee did not provide such documentation and was fired.

EEOC charges that Diallo’s violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by making an impermissible disability-related inquiry that was unrelated to the employee’s job requirements or any business necessity, and by firing her because of her disability when she failed to provide medical documentation. EEOC filed suit against Diallo’s Entertainment, Inc. dba Diallo’s of Houston (Civil Action No. 4:16-cv-02909) in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, after first attempting to reach a voluntary prelitigation settlement through its conciliation process. EEOC seeks an injunction, back pay with pre-judgment interest, reinstatement (or, in the alternative, front pay), compensatory damages and punitive damages, in amounts to be determined at trial.
“It is starkly unfair as well as unlawful to force an employee to prove that she does not have an ailment 

because it heard she might have it,” said Rayford O. Irvin, district director of EEOC’s Houston District Office. 

“Federal law makes clear the parameters under which an employer may use medical exams, and Diallo’s clearly 

violated them.”

Jim Sacher, EEOC’s regional attorney in Houston, explained, “An employer cannot make business 

decisions affecting an employee who it heard had a disability such as HIV based on generalized assumptions 

and unsupported conclusions about the effects of the possible disability on the workplace. Knee-jerk reactions 

to such disabilities – especially if the supposed condition is based on hearsay – are not only outdated, they are 


EEOC’s Houston District Office is located on the sixth floor of the Leland Federal Building at 1919 

Smith St. in Houston.

EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about EEOC 

and the laws it enforces is available on the agency’s website at



American Cowboy Museum 6th Annual Grand Market Place

Houston…The American Cowboy Museum will host the 6th Annual Grand Market Place and Farmer’s Market fundraiser on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the historic Taylor-Stevenson Ranch – 11822 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX. The event will feature C/W & Zydeco music, along with D.J.’s Chris Tucker & Sweet Gee, a petting zoo, pony rides, and face painting. In addition, a variety of delicious food and beverages will be offered by local vendors including turkey legs, fried fish, barbecue, hot dogs, snow cones, and much more. There will be plenty of hand made crafts, jewelry, visual art and books.

Founded by Mollie Taylor Stevenson, Jr., The American Cowboy Museum’s mission is to preserve the western heritage of African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and women through education, entertainment, and entrepreneurship. The American Cowboy Museum showcases an extensive collection of the150 year old Taylor-Stevenson Ranch Area’s historical letters, personal artifacts, newspapers, legal documents, clothing, photographs, and oral histories, along with the Black Cowboy’s experience and history throughout Texas and the American West.

The American Cowboy Museum is also part of a fully functioning, working ranch that showcases ranch equipment, such as tractors, plows, cultivators and planters. The interactive exhibit, which has welcomed visitors from all over Houston, brings to life the 150-year history of farming, ranching and the western way of life.

For more information regarding vending opportunities contact ACM at 713 478-9677 or The event is free and open to the public. Visit the ACM at



Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department’s Vehicular Crimes Division need the public’s assistance identifying the possible suspect responsible for a Hit and Run – Failure to Stop and Render Aid.

On Sunday, September 10, 2016, at approximately 11:34 p.m., a pedestrian attempted to cross the 2500 block of Chartres Street in Houston, TX. An unknown suspect driving a red 4-door sedan, traveling north bound on Chartres Street, struck the pedestrian causing serious bodily injuries. The suspect fled north on Chartres Street, without rendering aid to the victim. There is no additional information about the suspect at this time.

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637) or via our mobile app (Crime Stoppers Houston). All tipsters remain anonymous.


Lovett and Oak Forest elementary schools in the Houston Independent School District received a 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award on Wednesday from the U.S Department of Education. The schools are among just 329 schools nationwide and 26 public schools in Texas to receive the honor.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap, especially among disadvantaged and minority students. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.

This is the first-ever National Blue Ribbons Schools Award for Lovett Elementary, a fine arts magnet school. The school offers a rigorous academic curriculum in combination with specialty programs in music (band, orchestra, classroom music and chorus), visual arts and physical education.

“Winning a National Blue Ribbon Schools Award is a celebration of the collaborative effort of the entire Lovett school community,” said Lovett Principal Dawn Thompson. “Our staff, parents, and students all strive to create a place where we have high expectations for learning and high expectations for how we work together. This is a proud moment for the entire Lovett community and we will work diligently to continue our tradition of excellence.”

Oak Forest Elementary, which previously won a National Blue Ribbon Schools Award in 2010, offers a Vanguard magnet program that aims to provide students with a nurturing, but challenging learning environment. The school also offers a rigorous curriculum that stresses problem solving, originality, creativity, and the uniqueness of individuals.

“We are so honored to be named a National Blue Ribbon School of excellence,” said Oak Forest Principal April Williams. “My teachers, staff and students give their all every single day, and this is just a testament to their hard work. I look forward to continuing this high standard of excellence for years to come.” 

Both schools will be honored by the U.S. Department of Education at an awards ceremony Nov. 7-8 in Washington, D.C. 

“National Blue Ribbon Schools are proof that we can prepare every child for college and meaningful careers,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. in a video message to honorees. “Your schools are on the cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices—professional learning communities, project-based learning, social and emotional learning, positive behavior systems—making you shining examples for your communities, your state and the nation.”



The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Charles Simpson, 48, 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. Simpson is wanted for parole violation and failure to comply as a sex offender. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.


Simpson’s last known address was in Houston, and he has ties to the Houston area, including Missouri City. In 1990, he was convicted in Harris County of sexually assaulting a 35-year-old woman. In 1993, Simpson was convicted of delivery of a controlled substance and received a 25-year prison sentence. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at


Simpson is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. He has tattoos on his hands, arms and chest, and may be wearing earrings.


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, tipsters must provide information to authorities using one of the five following methods:



All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted, and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.


DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders 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.


The Justice Department filed a lawsuit today against the owners and operators of 360 Midtown, a bar and nightclub located in Houston, alleging that the defendants discriminated against African-American, Hispanic and Asian-American patrons in violation of Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


The lawsuit, filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, alleges that Ayman Jarrah and his company Land Guardian Inc. discriminated against African-American, Hispanic and Asian-American patrons at 360 Midtown, which formerly operated as Gaslamp, by charging such persons a cover charge to enter the establishment, while not imposing such a charge on similarly situated white persons, and denying such persons the right to enter the establishment while admitting similarly situated white patrons.


“When going out to eat at a restaurant or relaxing at bar, no one should ever suffer discrimination because of the color of their skin,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.  “The Justice Department will continue to vigorously protect the rights of all people to go about their daily lives free from discrimination at bars, restaurants and other public accommodations around the country.”


“A bar’s cover charge based on skin color is prohibited by law,” said U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas.  “All places of public accommodation should treat their customers equally.  If not, justice will be sought in our courts of law.”


Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin in places of public accommodation, such as restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, nightclubs, stadiums and other places of exhibition or entertainment.  Under Title II, the Civil Rights Division can obtain injunctive relief that changes policies and practices to remedy customer discrimination.  Title II does not authorize the division to obtain monetary damages for customers who are victims of discrimination. 


More information about the Civil Rights Division and the laws it enforces is available at  Persons who believe they have experienced or witnessed unlawful discrimination in public accommodations may contact the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section at (202) 514-4713.

Officer Jarius Warren indicted for beating homeless man… A Harris County grand jury returned an indictment on an assault charge.  The second officer involved was not charged or no billed!  



The mother of a Houston middle school student is very disturbed by what her son found on his school bus leaving Pershing Middle School Tuesday afternoon.

That mother says her son found a swastika drawn by hand on bus route 2111.

She says she wants answers from the district.

We placed a call to the Houston Independent School District and a spokesperson says it may be hard to track down the person or student who left the drawing behind because the bus travels to more than one school.

However, we are told the district is investigating the matter!

HISD is aware of an offensive picture that was found on a school bus and the matter is under investigation.

Lila Hollin


Giles most recent booking photo after he allegedly bit a Houston Police officer

 Out of the frying pan into the fire… Fox 26 news has learned the man seen on video being beaten by a Metro police officer two weeks ago is back in jail. 

Harris County Court records show 32 year old Darrel Giles was arrested again on September 22 for biting a Houston police officer while he was being transported to the jail.  

A spokesperson for HPD says Giles was arrested after getting into a fight with another man at a Shell gas station. 

He has been charged with assault and remains in the Harris County jail with a bond of $5,000. 

More details today at noon and 5 pm on Fox 26. #IsiahFactor #Fox26news 

Maurice Antuan Speights, 32, of Tallahassee, Fla., was found guilty of one count of sexual abuse.  United States District Judge Patricia Minaldi presided over the trial, which started Monday and ended Tuesday with the jury returning the guilty verdict after deliberating for 50 minutes. According to testimony and evidence admitted at trial, the defendant, a civilian, was an acquaintance who was temporarily residing at a relative’s home in Leesville. Speights, the victim and a female friend went out for a night of drinking on October 20, 2013. At trial, the female friend testified about the events of the evening. She stated that the victim was so intoxicated that by the time the three returned to the female friend’s home, the victim passed out. The female friend and Speights had to carry the victim to an upstairs bedroom. An FBI agent testified that during an interview, Speights acknowledged engaging in sexual intercourse with the victim but claimed it was consensual. The victim took the stand during the two-day trial and testified that she had no memory of anything that occurred until she woke up in the middle of the night with the defendant sexually assaulting her.

The case was brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office because the crime occurred on the Fort Polk Military Base where the United States has exclusive jurisdiction.

Speights faces up to a lifetime in prison, life of supervised release, registration as a sex offender and a $250,000 fine.  Sentencing has been set for January 12, 2017.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and the FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Luke Walker and David C. Jose