Monthly Archives: July 2018


HOUSTON MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER ISSUED A CHALLENGE TO THE ATTORNEYS WHO REPRESENT THE FAMILIES OF THOSE FIREFIGHTERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE SOUTHWEST INN FIRE IN 2013.

THIS WEEK WE REPORTED THE CITY OF HOUSTON HAD LIENS ON THE ESTATES OF MATHEW RENAUD, ROBERT BEBEE, ANNE SULLIVAN, AND ROBERT GARNER. THEY ALL DIED FIGHTING THE HOTEL FIRE…

THERE WAS ALSO A LIEN ON ROBERT YARBOROUGH WHO SURVIVED ACCORDING TO COURT RECORDS…

THOSE LIENS WERE FOR ANY FUNDS THE FAMILIES COLLECTED IN CIVIL LAWSUITS RELATED TO THE DEATHS OF THE FIREFIGHTERS. LIENS THAT WERE DESIGNED TO REPAY THE CITY FOR MEDICAL AND AMBULANCE SERVICES THE FIREFIGHTERS RECEIVED BEFORE THEIR DEATHS…

MAYOR TURNER EXCLUSIVELY TELLS THE FACTOR THE CITY NEVER TRIED TO COLLECT ON THOSE LIENS…HE WENT ON TO SAY ALL OF THE ATTORNEYS WHO REPRESENT THE FAMILIES SHOULD NOT BENEFIT AS A RESULT OF THE LIENS THE CITY ISN’T PURSUING.

TURNER SAYS THE FAMILIES HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH AND ANY FUNDS THE FAMILIES GET – THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP WITHOUT THEIR ATTORNEYS RECEIVING INCREASED FEES AS A RESULT OF THE FORGIVEN LIENS THE CITY WILL NOT PURSUE….

TURNER ALSO SAYS HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE HOUSTON PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS’ UNION SUPPORT THIS EFFORT…

MARTY LANCTON WITH THE UNION DECLINED CALLING THIS EFFORT A LEGAL STUNT. HE SAYS THE MAYOR OWES THE FAMILIES AN APOLOGY AND A RELEASE OF THE LIENS.

LANCTON’S FULL STATEMENT:

Billy Knight, the former UCLA basketball player who committed suicide last weekend after posting a video saying he ‘didn’t belong here on Earth,’ was arrested for sexually abusing a child in the weeks before his death.

Court documents obtained by TMZ Sports show the 39-year-old was arrested in Phoenix on June 14 and charged for sexual acts involving a girl that was nine.

He faced six felony charges including sexual conduct with a minor, sexual abuse and molestation of a child.

The court documents say the victim was abused at her home, in her mother’s bed.

Knight faced more than 50 years in prison if he was convicted on all of the charges.

Instead, he decided to take his own life.

Knight was found dead in the early hours of July 8, not long after he posted a video online saying his ‘time is up’.

See major update near the end of the post!
Isiah Factor Uncensored has learned the city of Houston is going after the families of at least four dead Houston firefighters.
This comes as a private attorney has been hired by the city to file liens against the families and or estates of  Mathew Renaud, Robert Bebee, Anne Sullivan, Robert Garner, and Robert Yarborough.
Yarborough survived the 2013 Southwest Inn fire but also sustained serious injuries.
The liens filed on behalf of the city seeks on average $20,000 per family.
The hired attorney is also hoping to recoup $50,000 from the survivor – Robert Yarbrough.
The city is hoping to get that money from possible settlements and judgements from lawsuits the families have filed against several private companies they believe had a role in their loved ones deaths.
Why file these liens against the family of fallen firefighters?
We’re told the city of Houston wants to be reimbursed for medical and ambulance services they provided on the scene of the hotel fire before the firefighters died.
Attorney Ben Hall, who represents many of the fallen firefighters’ families, limited what he would say on the case but he confirmed the city has moved forward with the liens.
President of the Houston Professional Firefighters Association, Marty Lancton, describes the legal action by the city as disgusting.
You will hear more from Lancton on Isiah Factor tonight at 10:30 pm on Fox 26.
A spokesperson for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office says they’re working on a statement.
The attorney who filed the lien on behalf of the city has not yet responded to our call for a comment.  (Late Wednesday night that attorney sent me and text and said he would be willing to chat with me so stay tuned.)
UPDATE:

The city of Houston issued this statement late Wednesday evening:

In response to questions about alleged liens against the estates of Houston firefighters:

“The City is not pursuing recovery on any lien from anyone in this case.”
Thank you,

Mary Benton
Press Secretary
Office of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Meanwhile, Ben Hall the attorney representing the deceased firefighters families says if the city isn’t actually pursuing the liens then that’s ‘new’ and good news to him… Hall made it clear and has the documentation showing the proposed negotiations for reducing the liens.  He also made it clear he was told by an attorney representing the city that under Texas labor code and case law that the families would have to pay significantly more for medical and ambulance services their loved ones received at the scene of the 2013 fire.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide investigators are releasing composite sketches and still photos of two subjects wanted for the capital murder of a local man.

On Saturday, June 9, 2018, at around 2:00 p.m., HCSO District 1 Patrol Deputies were dispatched to the Shadow Ranch Apartments located at 12203 Old Walters Road to an in progress call for service.
Responding deputies located a 35-year-old male unresponsive with several gunshot wounds

Investigators learned from witnesses that two black male subjects followed the victim into a breezeway of an apartment block, where multiple gunshots were heard.

The subjects then fled the location in a 2009-2011 blue Chevrolet Malibu.

The vehicle had discoloration and deterioration on the roof.

Subject #1 described as a black male, approximately 5’7-5’8 thin build with a dreadlock hairstyle.

Subject #2 was described as black male, approximately 6’0-6’2 heavy build with a dreadlock hairstyle.

Both suspects appeared to be in their mid to late 20s.

Anyone with information is urged to call the HCSO Homicide Division at 713-274-9100.

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 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

LAS VEGAS —

An arrest is close in the murder of Tupac Shakur, according to a Las Vegas television station.

The rapper was killed in his car on a Las Vegas street 21 years ago.

Las Vegas police will only say the case is still an active homicide investigation.

This potential break comes after a confession in a new documentary on BET in which a former gang member claims he was in the car when Tupac was shot.

KTNV says it has reached out to Las Vegas police.


Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the death of a woman at 10500 West Hardy Road about 8 p.m. on Tuesday (July 3).

The suspect, Eddie Roy Olvera (H/m, 28), is charged with murder in the 208th State District Court. He is not in custody.

A 2017 booking photo of Olvera is attached to this news release.

The identity of the victim, 33, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Homicide Division Detectives T. Huynh and D. Higgs reported:

Olvera was driving a burgundy, newer model Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and following a vehicle driven by the victim southbound on West Hardy Road. One of Olvera’s former girlfriends was inside the victim’s vehicle. After stopping her vehicle, the victim got out of her car and began arguing with Olvera. At some point, Olvera then intentionally struck the victim with his vehicle and fled the scene.

Paramedics transported the victim to Memorial Hermann Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Eddie Roy Olvera is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.