Monthly Archives: November 2016

FROM CIVIL TO CRIMINAL IN HOUSTON’S VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY!  


A Houston woman who says she was the target of harassment for supporting political candidates has asked for a criminal investigation.

It was this week when Han Mai Nguyen told FOX 26 she was the target of a smear campaign after she supported Republicans in local and state races in Houston’s Vietnamese community. 

Now, Nguyen has gone to the Houston Police Department in hopes of getting the person accused of sending what she called threatening messages online and using flyers.

As we first reported Nguyen has already sued two men who publicly accused of having sex with a Monk and other sexual and deviant allegations. 

Nguyen is being represented by Houston attorney Tammy Tran in her civil cases.  

RAISING FOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY! 


Houston police commanders and other members of HPD will announce the kickoff of the police department’s 31st Annual Comida/Food Drive to feed those in need during the holiday season.

The news conference will be held at the Fiesta Mart at 800 South Wayside Drive.

The Houston Police Department, Houston Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association, Fiesta Mart and the Pepsi Bottling Group will once again join together to sponsor the annual “Comida” Drive.

The Comida/Food Drive began 31 years ago with an officer’s concern for the less fortunate citizens of Houston.  That began what is today one of the largest food drives in the city of Houston.  During the first year, approximately 600 families received a box of non-perishable food.  Each box fed a family of four during the holiday. 

The food drive now provides food for more than 4,000 families in the city of Houston and last year raised more than $64,000 in donations.  All cash donations are used to purchase basic food staples packaged for distribution to families.

The distribution of the food will be held at a later date to churches that pre-registered to participate in the program.  For more information, contact the HPD Public Affairs Office at 713-308-3200.

DEATH THREATS IN HARRIS COUNTY! 

Fox 26 news has learned an assistant Harris County Attorney has received death threats and now there is a criminal investigation.
Those threats have been targeted at Assistant County Attorney Julie Countiss.  
This comes after Countiss has been very successful at putting a dent in sexually oriented business in the Houston / Harris County area.  
Using the nuisance law in civil court Countiss has held massage parlors and strip clubs accountable even causing some to shut down using legal action.  
Countiss says she could not talk about the case and said the Harris County District Attorney’s office is investigating.
The veteran attorney says the threats could result in criminal charges against the perpetrator or perpetrators.

32 year old Milton Cole is heading to prison for five years.

Cole was a special education teacher at Harmony Schools on Kirby before he was arrested for sexually assaulting a child off campus back in February.  

The sex assault is not related to the school. 

Cole was sentenced in the case this week and the victim’s family says they wanted him to get more time behind bars.


Lone Star College-North Harris partners with Communities In Schools of Houston and Houston Food Bank for Food Fair Nov. 22

Who:   Lone Star College-North Harris is partnering with Communities In Schools of Houston (CIS) and the Houston Food Bank to host the Third Annual Fall Harvest Food Fair.

What:   The Fall Harvest Food Fair is a free event that will take place before the Thanksgiving Holiday break in order to provide additional food items to LSC-North Harris students, employees and their families. With the support of LSC-North Harris, an 18-wheeler containing 10,000 lbs. of food, including fresh produce will be delivered to attendees. Each family will receive a package of food weighing up to 40 pounds.

When:  Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until all of the food has been distributed).

 

Where: Lone Star College-North Harris Student Service Building Parking Lot K, located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073.

 

Why:     When students are out of school for the holidays, many will not have the opportunity to have access to the food that they normally would rely on. Filling the gap during this time is crucial to helping these families stay healthy.


The man once known as the Finnisher could walk away from a laundry list of criminal charges in Harris County. 

Riku Melartin,  the owner of a Crosby car dealership, was accused of sexual assault of a child involving two different victims according to his attorney Kent Schaffer. 

Earlier this year Melartin was sentenced to 11 years in prison for a bribery case in Galveston. 

Attorney Kent Schaffer

Schaffer says when his client was sentenced in that case the jury in Galveston took into consideration his alleged crimes in Houston and increased his sentence. 

Schaffer says that is considered double jeopardy and Judge Maria Jackson agreed saying she would dismiss the first three cases of sexual assault Melartin was scheduled to go on trial for last week.  

HOUSTON EXECUTIVES WILL SLEEP OUT FOR HOMELESS YOUTH! 


What will happen the night of November 17th?  We’re inviting everyone to join us at 7PM for the 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil & Rally for Homeless Youth as Covenant House youths share their stories of courage, award winning musician, Wayne Watson performs and, Carol Vance, former District Attorney of Harris County, honorary chair for the Sleep Out, will be speaking.  After the program there will be a reception with light refreshments and our guests will have a chance to talk with our young people. 

 

Our Sleepers will participate in the Vigil program.  After the Vigil & Rally they will have quality time with the kids and take a van ride to areas where homeless kids hang out. Then…they will grab their cardboard box and sleep outside on the cold hard ground on the campus of CHT! 

Nationwide, on the night of November 17, 2015, over 750 leaders in business, government, media and sports will sleep out on the streets of 16 cities in North America in solidarity with homeless kids.  Hundreds of young people in Houston/Harris County are homeless, while there are 2 million homeless kids in the US each year. This nationwide Sleep Out will raise awareness for the plight of kids on the street and raise money to support homeless and runaway youth.  For more info about the nationwide Sleep Out go to: www.thesleepout.org.  More info about Covenant House Texas. www.covenanthousetx.org

CHT will be accepting donations of new or slightly used winter coats, for toddlers, teenagers and young adults during the event.

The activities will be held on the campus at Covenant House Texas, located at 1111 Lovett Blvd. 77006. Near the corner of Westheimer & Montrose.

P. DIDDY WAS IN HOUSTON FOR TGE TEQUILA! 


​Tuesday. Night Sean “Diddy” Combs joined DeLeón Tequila to celebrate the DeLeón 100 program in the second city- Houston at Clé Nightclub!  Along with Combs, DeLeón Tequila is identifying and recognizing 100 influencers nationwide who are taking their craft to #TheNextLevel.  The private event was the second stop on a multi-city tour to support DeLeón 100. This week, Combs will head Washington D.C., Chicago and end in New York on Friday.  Tour started in Los Angeles on Monday.

Photo Credit: Jaren Collins/ JCi Creatives

IT’S A BATTLE AT THE CAPITOL! 

Ashton P. Woods
Houston activist Ashton P.  Woods took a trip to Austin to deliver a message: Don’t turn our school agaed children into sheep. 

That message is being delivered to a Texas senate committee considering a bill by State Senator John Whitmire of Houston. 

The legislation would require schools in Texas to teach students how to properly interact with law enforcement officers if they’re stopped for a traffic violation or other reason. 

Senator Whitmire

Senator Whitmire says the bill was designed to keep young people alive in a time when we’ve seen some deadly encounters around the country. 

Woods says young people should question authority when it’s needed.  

If the bill gets out of committee it will go before the entire legislature next year for possible passage.  

RONALD GREEN MAKING PROFESSIONAL MOVES! 

Ronald Green

Continuing its strategic growth in Texas, the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has added two new attorneys in the Houston office and one associate in Dallas. Ronald C. Green, who joins the firm as a shareholder in Houston, brings deep experience in municipal government and finance, most recently serving as Houston City Controller, the city’s independently elected chief financial officer. Kristin H. Agnew, a corporate transactional associate, joins Greenberg Traurig’s Houston office from Porter Hedges LLP. Amanda McKinzie, an associate with litigation experience, joins Greenberg Traurig’s Dallas office from Bowman and Brooke LLP.
“We are very pleased to welcome new shareholder Ronald Green. Ronald is a talented and well-known lawyer and former elected official in the Houston community. He has handled a broad range of issues in local government. Ronald’s deep experience and relationships, and sophisticated understanding of public finance, government law and policy, budgeting and fiscal project management will enable him to serve our clients on a wide range of significant issues,” said Douglas C. Atnipp, co-regional operating shareholder for Texas. “We also welcome associates Kristin and Amanda, who will support our growing corporate and litigation practices in Texas,” Atnipp added. 
Green focuses his practice on public finance and government law and policy.  His extensive background in government provides him with insight into the needs of clients.  Before joining the firm, Green, who has practiced law for 20 years, was elected and served for six years as Houston City Controller, where he acted as the city’s chief financial officer, responsible for ensuring that the assets of the city were properly accounted for and expended in a manner consistent with applicable laws, policies, plans and procedures. Previously, Green was elected to Houston City Council, where he also served for six years with duties which included serving as chairman of the city’s Budget & Fiscal Affairs Committee. Green has served as a Board member for the National League of Cities, and is a frequent national speaker on municipal finance issues. Green holds a B.S. from University of Houston, an M.B.A. from University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business, and a J.D. from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Kristin H. Agnew focuses her practice on corporate matters including the negotiation and drafting of credit agreements, deeds of trust, officer certificates and resolutions, as well as other loan documents for real estate financing transactions and acquisition-based lending transactions. She served as a judicial intern for the Hon. David Hittner, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the Hon. Mark Davidson, MDL Civil Court. Agnew earned a B.A. from Texas A&M University and her J.D., cum laude, from South Texas College of Law.
Amanda McKinzie joins the firm as a litigation associate.  Amanda McKinzie concentrates her practice on products liability, mass tort and commercial litigation with a focus on the motor vehicle, consumer products, and pharmaceutical and medical device industries. McKinzie was selected for the Leadership SBOT Class of 2014 – 2015, as well as the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers 2015 Leadership Class. She earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University and her J.D., summa cum laude, Texas Tech University School of Law.

HELPING MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY GET HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! 

The holidays are an especially meaningful and emotional time for our military men and women who want nothing more than to be able to spend a few days at home with the ones they love. 

Unfortunately for some, the expense of getting home isn’t always manageable, and instead of being in the presence of family, and enjoying the smell of turkey and homemade cookies baking, some have to settle for phone conversations and Skype meetings half way around the world. A lot of citizens are unaware that service members are required to pay for all expenses regarding personal travel. 

The Boots For Troops Warrior Morale Project will help those service members, who can’t afford travel, get home for Christmas The Warrior Morale Project launched last year for Christmas 2015. 

The project was able to assist eight service members with their travel expenses last Christmas, including six of those eight coming home from over sea’s. One of the service members the project helped was Petty Officer 2nd Class Jamon 

Jefferson of the United States Navy.

The Warrior Morale Project falls under Boots For Troops, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and depends solely on the generosity and giving spirit of the American people. We are honored to be able to give back to our military men and women, together we can all make a difference in the lives of others. 
The organization has teamed up with Rancourt Collision and Automotive Repair to Present the first ever Concert in the Country! 
The event will take place November 19th at Show Sports Farm. (32931 Wright Rd. Magnolia, TX 77355). Gates open at 5PM and music starts at 6PM. Live performances by Jason Cassidy, Jake Worthington, Jody Booth, and David Byrnes. 
The event will also feature food trucks and live presentations for service members in the local area. Cowboy Dave Houston’s favorite Cowboy will be in attendance as the MC for the event. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Warrior Morale Project to help bring service members home for Christmas. Tickets available for only $20 at www.eventbrite.com. 

Search Concert in the Country (Tomball, TX). 
As always Boots For Troops appreciates the support from all who give. A big thank you to the sponsors of Concert in the Country. Rancourt Collision and Automotive Repair, Boot Barn, Tomball Ford, All Floors and More, HVAC Systems, TurfCo Landscape Management, Chris George/Deitra Robertson Real Estate,

G&C Cylinder, Carl’s Refrigeration, MX2 Concrete and Magnolia Towing and Recovery.

If you are unable to make it to the concert you can get involved with the Warrior Morale Project 
including sponsoring flights for service members how may need help by contacting Boots For Troops at info@Boots4Troops.com.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Lindsey George at 281-794-9128 or email at Lindsey@boots4troops.com