Monthly Archives: April 2017

SUMMER JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN HOUSTON!

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Nearly 5,000 summer jobs and internships are being made available for Houston youth between the ages of 16-24. Students will work up to 40 hours a week for at least seven weeks, earning at least $8 an hour.  Applications may be submitted at www.hirehoustonyouth.org.  In addition, there will be six on-the-spot hiring events scheduled through mid-June.

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HPD WELCOMES NEW CADETS TO THE FORCE!

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Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo welcomed dozens of police recruits to their first day of training in the department’s 232nd Police Academy Cadet Class.

The cadets will undergo 26 weeks of rigorous training prior to graduation.

With officers retiring and many vacancies HPD is welcoming the new class and looking for more recruits…

If you are interested in becoming an HPD officer you’re urged to visit http://www.hpdcareer.com or call the department’s Recruiting Division at 713-308-1300.

LIFE IN PRISON FOR INDECENCY WITH A CHILD!

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Tuesday, 78 year old Charles Ray Martin was sentenced to life in prison for Indecency With a Child by Sexual Contact.

Martin was indicted in August 2015 for the May 2015 offense.

On May 31, 2015 a local League City church reported to police that a 15-year-old church attendee had been fondled by Martin during a Sunday morning service. The victim was in the church’s kitchen when Martin came up behind the victim, put his arm around her and squeezed the victim’s breast. The victim initially thought it could have been an accident but then Martin did it a second time.

Why life in prison…That’s because Martin was convicted of sexual assault of a child back in 1998…which gave him automatic life after the first felony.

Meanwhile, the victim told him to stop and pushed him away. Martin told the victim to not tell anyone because they both could get into trouble. Initially the family reported the incident only to the church, who had known since Martin became a member that he was a registered sex offender. The victim testified that she had known Martin for several years because they attended church together.

After closing arguments, the court found Martin guilty and a short punishment phase immediately followed. Martin faced a punishment of automatic life because of a felony enhancement for a 1998 Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child conviction. Martin pled not true to the enhancement requiring the State to present evidence of the conviction. Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Deputy W. Kilburn testified after conducting a fingerprint analysis that the prior judgment presented by the State was for Martin. Judge Neves took both the evidence and arguments under advisement and shortly before 5pm found the enhancement true, which meant Martin would be serve an automatic life sentence. Martin will not be eligible for parole until at least 30 years of his sentence has been served.

Martin was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Kacey Launius and Rebecca Russell in the 10th District Court, with Judge Kerry Neves presiding. The investigation was conducted by the League City Police Department.

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HISD Homeless Education Office to donate 1,000-plus prom dresses, formal attire to students in need

 

What:                  The Houston Independent School District Homeless Education Office will provide free dresses, tuxedos, shoes, and accessories to hundreds of homeless and at-risk high school seniors planning to go to prom.

 

                              The second annual Project Prom event will be held on Saturday, April 8. Students will be able to select formal attire from a wide selection that includes more than 1,000 dresses, 1,500 men’s blazers, and 1,500 men’s pants. Hundreds of students will receive the items they need to attend their senior prom, thanks to the support of the Bee Busy Wellness Center, City of Houston Health Department, United Way, Career Gear, Carla’s Closet, and This Woman’s Work.

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The event also will include motivational speakers and special performances by the Whidby Elementary School Dolls Twirling Team and local comedian Chinedu Oju. College and career resources as well as health services, including meningitis shots which are required for all incoming Texas college students, will also be provided.

 

The HISD Homeless Education Office is a grant-funded program that currently serves approximately 6,000 homeless students throughout the district.

 

 

Who:                    HISD high school seniors

 

When:                 Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

Where:               Third Ward Multi-Service Center, 3611 Ennis St., Houston 77004

THE NEW POET LAUREATES IN HOUSTON!

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As part of National Poetry Month, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the selections of Deborah Mouton – an internationally-known poet, singer, actress, photographer, wife and mother – as Houston’s third Poet Laureate and Fareena Arefeen as the city’s second Youth Poet Laureate.

“Houston has so many talented page and performance poets and a strong literary arts community,” said Mayor Turner. “Deborah Mouton has the expertise and passion for poetry that will be invaluable in working with arts groups of all disciplines to take poetry to all of Houston’s neighborhoods. Likewise, Fareena is a tremendous choice for the Youth Poet Laureate, and I am impressed by her commitment to serving the community.”

“The Houston Public Library (HPL) congratulates Deborah and Fareena and joins the mayor in recognizing their invaluable talent,” said Houston Public Library Director Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson. “We are excited about working with both of them and look forward to seeing them extend their passion for poetry around the city.”

Mouton was chosen from among Houston’s poetry community through a competitive application and interview process by a panel of local literary arts experts. Her two-year term begins in April 2017 and runs through April 2019. As Poet Laureate, she will work closely with the Houston Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs to implement her Community Outreach Project. She will also conduct eight workshops in Houston Public Libraries, create videos and poems to share on social media and mentor the Houston Youth Poet Laureate.

“It’s such an honor to be chosen to serve Houston as the Poet Laureate,” said Deborah Mouton. “I can’t wait to work with local artists and citizens to shine light on the unique voices and cultural experiences that this great city has to offer.”

Arefeen, a junior at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), succeeds Andrew White, a graduate of HSPVA and a freshman at New York University who now serves as U.S. Regional Youth Poet Laureate and is in the running to be the National Youth Poet Laureate. Arefeen’s one-year term includes a scholarship, a book publication and mentorship from Houston’s Poet Laureate.

The Youth Poet Laureate program is led by the Writers in the Schools with coordination from the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Houston Public Library.

“Young people are capable of all the wisdom and insight of adults. They can develop words that are so powerful they could change the world,” says Robin Reagler, executive director of Writers in the Schools. “With the Youth Poet Laureate program, our wish is to amplify the voices of these young people so they can deliver a powerful message to our community.”

Arefeen draws inspiration from her mother, who works at a gas station and raised her daughter to love the poetry of the Bengali people, whom she regards as “poets at heart.” As Houston Youth Poet Laureate, Arefeen hopes to make the written word more accessible across communities and is especially interested in using public art as a vehicle for poetic expression and social change.

“There is space for everyone in writing,” says Arefeen. “I would like marginalized groups of people to recognize the validity of their work. I want people to share their words and hear the voices of others around them because poetry is a device of connection.”

Arefeen will participate in several community events throughout Houston, where she will lead youth in contributing to a visual art installation created out of their own poetry. Their poetry will be displayed and later photographed and archived for a gallery opening and reading at the end of her term.

The Houston Poet Laureate Selection Committee is comprised of a diverse group of poets, scholars and literary experts. The group includes Ashley Turner, First Daughter of Houston; Robin Davidson, current Houston Poet Laureate; Marina Tristan, Arte Publico Press; Reyes Ramirez, DiverseWorks; Jack McBride, Writers in the Schools; Sally Connoll, UH Director of Graduate Studies, and Martha Serpas, UH Professor and Author. Non-voting members include: Jennifer Schwartz, Houston Public Library, and Radu Barbuceanu, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The final selection for the Poet Laureate was made by Mayor Turner. The Poet Laureate is awarded a $10,000 honorarium for the two-year term.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCILMAN MICHAEL KUBOSH WANTS TO CLEAR THE AIR IN MURDER FOR HIRE PLOT!

COUNCIL MEMBER KUBOSH TO CLEAR UP CONFUSION IN THE TESTIMONY OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY INVESTIGATOR IN THE MURDER FOR HIRE CASE.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

On March 29th Investigator Turpin testified, upon Cross-Examination of Defense Attorney George Parnaham,  that Council Member Michael Kubosh was an attorney.  Investigator Turpin’s testimony was widely reported and has led to speculation that Defendant Jacob’s conversation with Council Member Kubosh might fall under the attorney client privilege.

 

This speculation is not rooted in fact. Furthermore, when Council Member Kubosh informed the Police about the information he received he expected it to remain as confidential as possible.  Especially since it was a Solicitation of Capital Murder case.  Therefore in light of Investigator Turpin’s testimony and the widespread reporting on this case.  Council Member Kubosh will be taking questions on his involvement in this Murder for Hire Case.

 

Council Member Kubosh and Attorney Paul Kubosh will hold a Press Conference to clear up the confusion and inconsistencies in this case.

 

When:    Wednesday, April 5th, @ 1:30 p.m.

Where:   

Contact: Michael Kubosh


Paul Kubosh
1619 Lubbock


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