Monthly Archives: March 2018

This is the cause of death released on Houston City Councilman Larry Green by the Harris County Medical Examiner:

Manner: Accident

Cause: Combined toxicity of chloroethane and methamphetamine

Description of substances found in his system :

Chloroethane (ethyl chloride) is an organic solvent that is found in aerosol (spray can) preparations. It has been used as a solvent, refrigerant, local anesthetic and in the manufacture of various other chemical compounds. It is sold in spray cans as a “cleaning solvent” under the trade names Black Max or Maximum Impact; these sprays are often inhaled because the vapor causes a sense of drunkenness and relaxation. At higher concentrations, inhalation can be fatal. There is no safe “dose” of chloroethane, and no way to predict how much inhalant has been taken in during a “use.”

Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is commonly known as “meth,” or “speed.” Methamphetamine has direct effects on the body to produce a sense of excited elation. But that euphoric feeling is accompanied by direct toxic effects on the brain and on the heart. Street preparations of methamphetamine are unpredictable in their concentration of active compound, and are considered dangerous and potentially lethal at any concentration.

Tricia Rudisill Bentley, M.A.

KSLA TV reports: A Shreveport financial planner and the pastor of a prominent United Methodist church in Houston are accused of bilking investors out more than $1 million.

A federal grand jury has indicted 55-year-old Gregory Alan Smith, of Shreveport, and 64-year-old Kirbyjon H. Caldwell, of Houston, U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced today.

Each is charged with six counts of wire fraud, four counts of money laundering and one count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

An indictment is an accusation. A person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The indictment alleges that:

Smith abused his influence and status as the manager and operator of Smith Financial Group LLC in Shreveport, and,

Caldwell used his influence and status as pastor of Windsor Village Church to lure investors to pay more than $1 million to invest in Historical Chinese bonds.

The U.S. attorney’s office reports that the bonds, issued by the former Republic of China prior to losing power to the Communist government in 1949, are not recognized by China’s current government and have no investment value.

Smith and Caldwell allegedly promised high rates of return, sometimes three to 15 times the value of the investments.

“Instead of investing the funds, the defendants used them to pay personal loans, credit card balances, mortgages, vehicle purchases and other personal expenses.”

Smith and Caldwell face 20 years in prison if convicted of wire fraud and/or conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

They also face 10 years in prison if convicted of money laundering and/or conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The two, if found guilty, also could be fined $1 million and ordered to make restitution, forfeit property and serve five years of federal supervised release once released from prison.

A Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested Thursday on three felony charges of possession of child pornography.

Deputy D. Dehnert, 46, was taken into custody as members of a multi-agency investigative team executed a search warrant at his home in Kingwood.

The investigating agencies included the Grand Prairie Police Department, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Texas Rangers and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The third-degree felony charges were accepted by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. Dehnert has been booked into the Harris County Jail and he has been relieved of duty.

Dehnert joined the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in 1992.

The investigation is ongoing.

HARRIS COUNTY / ICE ESCAPEE CAPTURED!

Manuel Enrique Alvarez-Soto, 25, has been captured.

He had been in jail since 1 a.m. on Tuesday, following his arrest on misdemeanor charges of theft and trespassing.

Preliminary indications are that Alvarez-Soto hid from view inside the inmate releasing area, and then left through the exit that inmates use after they are approved for release.

WANTED FOR SEX TRAFFICKING A 16 YEAR OLD FEMALE!

Harris County Sheriff’s Office investigators need the public’s help in locating a 34-year old male wanted for numerous charges relating to the trafficking of an underage female victim.

Investigators say that Kareem Marcus Nolden is charged with trafficking of a child prohibited, compelling prostitution and sexual assault of a child 14-17 years of age.

Nolden’s charges are for forcing a 16-year old female to have sexual relations with adult men.

His last known residency was in the Windchase Hamlet apartments in the 3200 block of Windchase Blvd.

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 www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous