Monthly Archives: January 2017

WANTED FOR QUESTIONING IN HOUSTON SHOOTING!

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Houston police are seeking to identify and question a female in connection to a fatal shooting of a man found at 4020 Dreyfus about 3:45 a.m. on November 1, 2015.

The female is described only as a black female who was seen getting out of, and then returning to, the victim’s white Ford Expedition at a convenience store approximately 45 minutes prior to the shooting.  Photos of the female are attached to this news release.

The victim, Emmett Wayne Crawford, 39, of Pearland, was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant B. Harris and Senior Police Officer M. Waters II reported:

Mr. Crawford was in his sport utility vehicle on Dreyfus near Foster and got into an argument with a black female and a black male in a gray Honda or Hyundai.  Both vehicles then moved slowly toward St. Augustine Street.  As both vehicles stopped side-by-side at the intersection, several gunshots were fired and Crawford was struck.  He was found deceased just outside his SUV.

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A witness told police he was awakened by gunshots, looked outside and saw a black or dark blue Ford F-150 pickup truck with the headlights off reversing from the intersection on St. Augustine.  The truck then headed eastbound on Dreyfus with the headlights still off.  The witness also saw Crawford lying in front of his SUV, which was in a ditch.

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

HARRIS COUNTY DEPUTY CHARGED WITH OBSCENITY!

On Monday, January 09, 2017, investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office High Tech Crime Unit charged Andrew C. Sustaita Jr. with Obscenity, a State Jail Felony. Sustaita is a six year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, most recently assigned to the Crime Control Division. Sustaita was immediately relieved of duty upon arrest.

Sustaita was identified as a suspect during the course of an investigation managed by the Sheriff’s Office High Tech Crime Unit. Investigators were contacted regarding obscene material originating from an account in Harris County, TX. Through their investigation it was determined that Sustaita was involved in producing obscene material online.

“The possession of obscene and illicit material is made even more troubling when a Sheriff’s Office employee is found to be involved,” stated Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “Every resource of this office will be dedicated to protecting the public and holding our employees accountable for wrongdoing.”

The investigation remains ongoing, additional charges may be filed upon conclusion.

WANDA ADAMS TO BE NAMED HISD BOARD PRESIDENT! 


HISD trsutee Wanda Adams tells the Factor she will be named the new President of HISD’s Board of Trustee. 

Adams says the appointment will likely come this Friday. 
More about Adams:
Wanda Adams was elected to the HISD Board of Education in 2013 after serving the 

limit of three two-year terms as Houston City Councilmember for District D. Adams’ 

commitment as a Board of Education Trustee is to continue to incorporate strong 

literacy programs, strengthen parent and community engagement, and decrease the 

number of low-performing schools in District IX.

Ms. Adams is a native Houstonian and product of HISD, graduating as a basketball 

standout from Kashmere High School. She received an athletic scholarship to Texas 

Southern University, where she earned her bachelor of science degree in public affairs 

and a master’s degree in public administration.

She is a professor of political science at her alma mater, where she also hosts the 

KTSU public-affairs radio program, “A Closer Look.” She brings to her classroom and 

the radio program not only experience as an elected official but a long career in public 

service for organizations and agencies including the Houston Housing Authority, Harris 

County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Association, and the Mayor’s Assistance 

Office. Ms. Adams is also the first African-American woman to be appointed to serve on 

the Harris County Appraisal District Board of Directors.

The HISD trustee has traveled throughout the world – Africa, Europe, and South 

America – as an international ambassador for the City of Houston.

As a public servant, Adams has been committed to support for the homeless, veterans, 

the disabled, and mentally ill, and is a strong advocate for breast cancer awareness. 

Among the organizations for which she volunteers are the Houston Area Women’s 

Center, YMCA, YWCA, Keep Houston Beautiful, and Meals on Wheels in the Sunnyside 

community.

As a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Adams had the honor of being 

appointed to national committees, including the Social Action Commission and the 

National/Regional Housing Task Force. She also serves as a trustee for the Museum of 

Fine Arts Houston and is a member of Leadership Houston Class 30.

Ms. Adams is a Sunday school teacher and international missionary for the Fountain of 

Praise church, through which she participated in a mission to Cape Town, South Africa, 

in 2013.

Among her honors are being featured in Houston Woman magazine’s Top 50 Women in 

Houston, the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children’s Elected 

Official of the Year Award, selection to RollingOut.com’s Top 25 Women, and the Award 

of Distinction from the National Forum of Black Public Accountants. Adams also 

partnered with KRIV Fox 26 on a television news special, “Diversity in the Classroom,” 

at Westbury High School. The program won a 2015 Lone Star Emmy Award.

HOUSTON NIGHTCLUB SETTLES DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT! 

DIALLO’S OF HOUSTON TO PAY $139,366 TO RESOLVE

EEOC DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT

Nightclub Made Unlawful HIV Medical Inquiry, Then Fired Employee, Federal Agency 

Charged

HOUSTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced 

today that Diallo’s of Houston, a Houston-area nightclub and party venue, will pay $139,366 and 

furnish other relief as a result of an EEOC disability discrimination lawsuit.

In its lawsuit, EEOC charged that Diallo’s violated federal law when it forced employee 

Felicia M. Parks to provide medical documentation to prove she was not HIV-positive, and then 

fired her when she failed to provide such documentation. EEOC charged that Diallo’s owner/manager approached Parks and informed her that she had “heard” from an unidentified 

third party that Parks was HIV-positive. The owner/manager twice demanded that Parks

provide documentation to show she was not HIV-positive, based only on the owner/manager’s

assumption that Parks’ HIV status was hazardous to the company’s business. The 

owner/manager then fired Parks when she did not provide the required documentation. 

Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). EEOC filed its 

lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division against Diallo’s 

Entertainment, Inc. dba Diallo’s of Houston (Civil Action No. 4:16-cv-02909) after first 

attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. 

On Dec. 29, 2016, Judge David Hittner entered default judgment against Diallo’s. EEOC 

was granted judgment following its presentation of evidence in court, and obtained an award for 

the affected employee of $139,366. The court awarded all the relief sought by EEOC, including 

$89,366 in back pay and other pecuniary losses to Parks, plus compensatory damages for her 

mental pain and suffering and punitive damages totaling an additional $50,000. The court also 

granted EEOC’s requested injunctive relief prohibiting Diallo’s from engaging in future disability 

discrimination, and ordered that the nightclub institute policies, practices and programs to 

ensure equal employment opportunities for qualified persons with disabilities. The court also 

awarded EEOC its court costs.

“It is a violation of federal law to make a disability-related inquiry unrelated to the 

employee’s job requirements or to any legitimate business necessity,” explained EEOC’s regional 

attorney in Houston, Rudy Sustaita. “EEOC will keep fighting such invasive and unfair probing by 

employers.”

The attorney in charge of the case, EEOC Senior Trial Attorney Connie Wilhite Gatlin, 

added, “Employers may no longer rely on outdated and meritless assumptions about HIV to 

discriminate against employees. A demand for disability-related information without any 

legitimate reason is simply illegal.”

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

at 1919 Smith St. in Houston.

EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting 

employment discrimination. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov. Stay connected 

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