Monthly Archives: March 2017


Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Boston is pleased to return the jerseys worn by New England Patriots MVP Tom Brady during Super Bowl 49 and Super Bowl 51 to the New England Patriots and National Football League. We know how much this means to the Patriots and football fans everywhere, and we are honored to be able to bring these jerseys back to Foxboro.

This was truly a cooperative effort, and we want to thank our FBI field offices in Chicago, Phoenix and Houston, the United States Attorney’s Offices in the District of Connecticut, the Southern District of Texas, and the District of Arizona, and our Mexico City Legal Attaché. We would also like to thank our law enforcement partners in Mexico, in particular, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office for their invaluable assistance in resolving this matter. Assistance was also provided by the security teams from the NFL and the New England Patriots, the Massachusetts State Police and Houston Police Department.

As this matter remains ongoing, no further comment will be provided.

Harold H. Shaw
Special Agent in Charge
FBI Boston Division


Another Houston employee has been arrested for allegedly crossing the line with a student… 

The latest is 38 year old Mauricio Mendoza who works at Hartman Middle School in HISD. 

Mendoza was taken into custody Wednesday by HISD police and charged with aggravated assault of a child under 14.

Sources tell the Factor that 13 year old female student is now claiming she is pregnant by her former teacher… 

However,  it would take a DNA test after the child is born to prove that.

Mendoza has bonded out of the Harris County jail!

HISD Statement:  The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has accepted criminal charges against a former HISD employee following an HISD Police investigation into reports that he engaged in inappropriate conduct with a student while working at Hartman Middle School.


Mauricio Mendoza was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual assault of a child. He is no longer employed with the district.


The allegations were first reported to school officials in December at which time he was removed from the campus and an internal investigation began. The administration also notified HISD Police and Children’s Protective Services (CPS) of the allegation. Police conducted a lengthy and thorough investigation, which they concluded this month. Police presented findings from their investigation to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, which accepted criminal charges.


Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Investigators need the public’s assistance identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the shooting death of 21-year-old Reginald Thomas JR in north Harris County, Texas.

On August 10, 2016 , at approximately 9:14 p.m., Harris County Precinct 4 Constables responded to a call for service at an apartment complex located at 19000 block of Kenswick Drive in Humble, Texas.

Family members became concerned after not hearing from .

When officers entered the apartment they found him deceased.

There appeared to be no forced entry and it was determined that the he was shot and killed.

Anyone with information on the murder of Reginald Thomas JR is urged to call the Harris county Sheriff’s Office Homicide unit at 713-755-9100.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect 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). All tipsters remain anonymous.


Deputies and Detention officers with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will have a new look starting April of 2017.  The men and women of the Sheriff’s Office will be transitioning from the traditional tan and blue uniform to a standardized navy blue utility uniform for enforcement functions and a standardized grey-blue uniform for detention functions. Paying tribute to former Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Gage, elements of the traditional uniform will be maintained within the agencies’ Honor Guard function.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is making this change for several reasons. Most significant is that the new high-quality uniforms are cost efficient, both in the near and long term. Few law enforcement agencies, in this modern era, wear special-order tan uniforms. Additional costs and added delivery time were incurred by having red epaulets and pant stripes sewn on. These new uniforms are durable, functional, readily available, and an important part of an ongoing effort to promote the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office as team and community oriented. 

The new uniforms also boast a new agency patch featuring a simplified design that will modernize its look.  This new patch features a traditional five-point Texas star under “SHERIFF” in capital letters.   The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office set out to design an emblem that our public could easily identify while showing pride in our community and rich history – indicating the County’s founding date of 1837. This patch accomplishes those goals.  

At about three sets of uniforms per employee, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office stands to save approximately $36,000 with this change. Not to mention a significant amount of time gained in not having to wait weeks for a special-order uniform to be delivered. These new uniforms, while sharp-looking, are simply plug-and-play with readily available stock. 

Residents can also expect to see a sleek, definitive, new patrol vehicle graphics design. This new graphics package is being applied only on new vehicles entering the fleet, at a savings of $62 per vehicle. However, the old graphics package will stay on current patrol vehicles nearing the end of their services life, as not to incur any unnecessary costs. 


​The Department of Public Works has finally changed the speed limit signs on the very troubled Parker road in north Houston. 
Residents say cars have been speeding on a curve on Parker at Clark roads and then crashing into multiple homes. 
Those who live in the area say they want the city to post four way stop signs. 
However, city officials say the stop signs would only lead to more accidents so they reduced the speed on the street instead. 
DPW workers posted the new signs taking the speed limit from 35 to 30 this week in the area.


A 45-year-old woman has been indicted on multiple charges in a scheme to steal money from a local program funded with federal money designed to improve air quality in our area, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. 


Shonda Renee Stubblefield, of Houston, is considered a fugitive and a warrant remains outstanding for her arrest. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General at 1-800-424-9071 or via email at


The 10-count indictment charges Stubblefield with theft of public money, two counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud, two counts of money laundering by spending criminal proceeds and aggravated identity theft.


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is an agency within of the Department of Transportation that supported state and local governments in the design, construction and maintenance of the nation’s highway system through financial and technical assistance. FHWA administered the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program which provided funding to areas that faced challenges attaining and maintaining national ambient air quality standards for ozone, carbon monoxide and/or particulate matter.


The FHWA entered into a contract with the Texas Department of Transportation (TX DOT) to provide federal money to reduce traffic congestion and improve the air quality in Texas. TX DOT then contracted with the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) which provided financial incentives to companies that participated in a regional telework program designed to improve air quality in our area by reducing traffic congestion through single vehicle travel.


The indictment alleges Stubblefield was the owner of World Corporation Inc. and participated in that federally-funded telework program. She allegedly stole approximately $126,000 from the CMAQ program by submitting invoices and employee timesheets that falsely documented her participation in the program. The indictment alleges Stubblefield provided false and fraudulent bank records, match documents and a fictitious client list to H-GAC as part of her fraud scheme.


The indictment includes a potential forfeiture and a money judgement for the $126,000.


If convicted of either theft of public money or money laundering by spending criminal proceeds, she faces up to 10 years in federal prison. The possible punishment for a conviction of mail fraud and wire fraud is a maximum of 20 years in prison. She also faces an additional mandatory and consecutive 24 months upon conviction of aggravated identity theft. All charges also carry a possible $250,000 maximum fine.


The Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Redlinger is prosecuting the case.



You can call it a sad day at the University of Houston. 

Throughout the day students have been stopping and paying their respects to an unofficial mascot. 

That animal is a white tailed squirrel that has been seen on the campus for the last six years. 

The squirrel was found dead on campus this week and since that time memorials have popped up on campus and the school even sent out a tweet mourning his loss. 

The squirred was never given a name but he was considered fun,  friendly,  and brave. 

One person says the little animal would walk up to any human and beg for food. 

Little squirrel you will be missed even though I didn’t get a chance to know ya!  


Isiah Factor Exclusive: Houston attorney Carl Moore says Paul Wall and Baby Bash have been no billed by a Harris County grand jury today which means no criminal charges… 

The case is related to an engaging in organized crime arrest when rappers Wall and Bash were taken into custody during an appearance at a Houston smoke shop back in December!  

#Fox26 @paulwallbaby @babybash @carlmoore


Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested and believed responsible for at least 10 sexual assault incidents in the northeast Houston and Harris County areas.  

The suspect, Carlos Jose Ayala (H/m, 35), is charged with four counts of indecency with a child and one count of felony evading in the 184th State District Court.  

A photo of Ayala is attached to this news release.  

Ayala is believed responsible for sexual assault incidents on the following dates and locations:  

  • 5655 East Sam Houston Parkway – June 5, 2014 (Harris County)
  • 5655 East Sam Houston Parkway – July 7, 2014 (Harris County)
  • 5650 East Sam Houston Parkway – October 24, 2014 (Harris County)
  • 5655 East Sam Houston Parkway – August 30, 2015 (Harris County
  • 700 Shotwell Street  – October 7, 2016
  • 11534 Spicewood Lane – November 22, 2016 (Harris County)
  • 7320 Waxahachie – December 15, 2016
  • 7018 Force  – December 15, 2016
  • 7200 Abilene Street – January 23, 2017
  • 700 Shotwell – February 20, 2017

In January 2017, the HPD Northeast Divisional Gang Unit (DGU) initiated an investigation into sexual assaults of school-aged juvenile females, 7 to 15 years of age, as they traveled to and from school in the Denver Harbor area near the East Freeway (East Interstate Highway 10).  In each incident, the victims reported similar suspect and vehicle descriptions (a 2007 dark blue Toyota sedan).   In the incidents that occurred in the Houston city limits, Ayala would come up behind the victims and inappropriately touch them through their clothing.  In one incident, Ayala attempted to abduct one of the victims, a 7 year-old female, as she walked home from school with her 9 year-old brother.  The children told police Ayala drove past them several times and then parked near them.  Ayala exited his vehicle, opened the back door and approached the girl.  He then assaulted the victim and attempted to put her in the back seat of his car.  The girl’s brother yelled at Ayala, which caused him to put her down and drive away.  

Further investigation developed information on the suspect vehicle.  On Feb. 17, Northeast DGU and tactical officers initiated a surveillance operation in the area of 700 Shotwell and saw the suspect vehicle pass by.  Officers attempted a traffic stop and Ayala refused to stop.  Officers then initiated a short vehicle pursuit that ended in the 100 block of Harris.  Ayala was then taken into custody without incident.  He admitted to the sexual assault incident on Shotwell and was positively identified by victims in at least three other incidents.  

Investigators believe there may be other victims and ask anyone with additional information to contact the HPD Northeast Divisional Gang Unit at 713-635-0200



Here are some of the cuts to the US Federal budget as proposed by President Donald Trump:

Department of Agriculture

Water and Wastewater loan and grant program ($498 million): “Rural communities can be served by private sector financing or other federal investments in rural water infrastructure, such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s State Revolving Funds,” the budget says.

McGovern-Dole International Food for Education program ($202 million): Trump’s budget says the program — a sort of Third World school lunch project — “lacks evidence that it is being effectively implemented to reduce food insecurity.”

Department of Commerce

Economic Development Administration ($221 million): Obama’s 2017 budget touted the agency as ” the only federal government agency with a mission and programs focused exclusively on economic development.” The Trump budget says it has “limited measurable impacts and duplicates other federal programs.”

Minority Business Development Agency ($32 million): The White House says this minority business incubator program is “duplicative” of other programs in the Small Business Administration.

Department of Education

Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program ($2.4 billion): The White House says the program is “poorly targeted and spread thinly across thousands of districts with scant evidence of impact.”

21st Century Community Learning Centers program ($1.2 billion): The formula grants to states support before- and after-school and summer programs. “The programs lacks strong evidence of meeting its objectives, such as improving student achievement,” the budget says.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program ($732 million): This financial aid program, known as SEOG, help give up to $4,000 a year to college students based on financial need. The Trump administration says it’s a “less well-targeted” program than Pell Grants.

Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program ($190 million): The grants are targeted toward students with disabilities or limited English proficiency.

Teacher Quality Partnership ($43 million): A teacher training and recruitment grant program.

Impact Aid Support Payments for Federal Property ($67 million): Obama also proposed the elimination of this program, which reimburses schools for lost tax revenue from tax-exempt federal properties in their districts.

International Education programs ($7 million): This line item funds a variety of exchange programs, migrant schools and special education services abroad.

Department of Energy

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy ($382 million): This alternative energy research program was established by Congress in 2007 with the goal of funding projects that the private sector would not.

Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program: This loan fund finances projects that combat global warming.

Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program: Helps finance fuel-efficient vehicle research. “The private sector is better positioned to finance disruptive energy research and development and to commercialize innovative technologies,” the White House says.

Weatherization Assistance Program ($121 million): The program helps homeowners make their homes more energy efficient with grants of up to $6,500.

State Energy Program ($28.2 million): Gives grants to states to help them work on energy efficiency and anti-climate change programs.

Department of Health and Human Services

Health professions and nursing training programs ($403 million): Trump’s budget says these programs “lack evidence that they significantly improve the nation’s health workforce.” Instead, Trump wants to provide scholarships and student loans in in exchange for service in areas with a nursing shortage.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program ($3.4 billion): LIHEAP helps the elderly and low-income people pay their heating and power bills.

Community Services Block Grants ($715 million): CSBG is an anti-poverty grant program that the White House says duplicates emergency food assistance and employment programs.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Community Development Block Grant program ($3 billion): CDBG has been a bread-and-butter funding source for local communities for 42 years, totaling more than $150 billion in grants over its history. “The program is not well-targeted to the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results,” Trump’s budget says.

Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing program ($35 million): The affordable housing program supports organizations like the Local Initiatives Support Corp., which the White House says should be privately funded.

Department of the Interior

Abandoned Mine Land grants ($160 million): The Trump administration wants to eliminate a discretionary grant program that it says overlaps with a $2.7 billion permanent fund.

National Heritage Areas ($20 million): These are state-and-federal partnerships to preserve natural, historic, scenic, and cultural resources.

National Wildlife Refuge fund ($13.2 million): This is a revenue-sharing fund that makes payments to counties where wildlife refuges are located from fees the Fish and Wildlife Service receives.

Department of Justice

State Criminal Alien Assistance Program ($210 million): Four states receive the bulk of the funding from this program, which reimburses states for the cost of incarcerating criminal immigrants.

Department of Labor

Senior Community Service Employment Program ($434 million): SCSEP is a job training program for low-income people 55 and older that the White House says is “ineffective.”

Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants ($11 million)

Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development

The Global Climate Change Initiative ($1.3 billion) was an Obama administration proposal to support the Paris climate agreement. It includes the Green Climate Fund ($250 million), the Strategic Climate Fund ($60 million) and the Clean Technology Fund ($171 million).

Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund ($70 million): The account allows the president to “provide humanitarian assistance for unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs worldwide,” but Trump said the mission is best left to international and non-governmental relief organizations

The East-West Center ($16 million): Chartered by Congress as the Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange Between East and West, the Honolulu-based nonprofit has a mission of strengthening relations among Pacific Rim countries.

Department of Transportation

The Essential Air Service program ($175 million) provides federal subsidies for commercial air service at rural airports. EAS flights are not full and have high subsidy costs per passenger. Trump’s budget says several of those airports are close to major airports, and that rural communities could be served by other modes of transportation.

Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants ($499 million): The Obama-era TIGER program funded multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional projects, but the White House wants to cut existing infrastructure spending in favor of his own $1 billion infrastructure proposal.

Department of the Treasury

Community Development Financial Institutions grants ($210 million): Trump’s budget says the 23-year-old program to support community banks and credit unions is obsolete.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Geographic watershed programs ($427 million) like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative ($40 million) and the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Initiative ($14 million): The Trump budget would turn over responsibility for those efforts to state and regional governments.

Fifty other EPA programs ($347 million) including Energy Star, Targeted Airshed Grants, the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program, and infrastructure assistance to Alaska Native Villages and the Mexico border.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Office of Education ($115 million), which the Trump budget says duplicates efforts by the agency’s Science Mission Directorate.

Independent agencies and commissions

African Development Foundation ($26 million): An independent foreign aid agency focusing on economic development in Africa.

Appalachian Regional Commission ($119 million): A 52-year-old agency focused on economic growth in 420 counties.

Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board ($11 million): The agency was created by the Clean Air Act of 1990 and investigates chemical accidents.

Corporation for National and Community Service ($771 million): The agency is best known for its Americorps community service program.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting ($485 million): Supports public television and radio stations, including the PBS television network and, indirectly, National Public Radio.

Delta Regional Authority ($45 million): An economic development agency for the eight-state Mississippi Delta region.

Denali Commission ($14 million): A state and federal economic development agency for Alaska.

Institute of Museum and Library Services ($231 million): Provides money to the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums.

Inter-American Foundation ($23 million): Promotes “citizen-led grassroots development” in Latin America and the Caribbean.

U.S. Trade and Development Agency ($66 million): Promotes U.S. exports in energy, transportation, and telecommunications.

Legal Services Corp. ($366 million): A 43-year-old congressionally chartered organization that helps provide free civil legal advice to poor people.

National Endowment for the Arts ($152 million): Encourages participation in the arts.

National Endowment for the Humanities ($155 million): Supports scholarship into literature and culture.

Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. ($175 million): Better known as Neighborworks America, the organization supports local affordable housing programs.

Northern Border Regional Commission ($7 million): A regional economic development agency serving parts of Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.

Overseas Private Investment Corp.($63 million): Encourages U.S. private investment in the developing world.

U.S. Institute of Peace ($40 million): Government-run think tank focusing on conflict prevention.

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness ($4 million): An independent agency coordinating the federal government’s efforts to reduce homelessness.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars ($11 million): A program to provide scholarships and fellowships in social sciences and humanities.