The military spent how much on self warming coffee cups in two years? Over $320,000!

(USA TODAY) An Air Force official admitted the branch’s multiple purchases of coffee cups that break easily and cost $1,280 each “is simply irresponsible,” vowing to pursue ways to fix the mugs instead of continually buying new ones.

Buying and replacing the special mugs, which can reheat liquids aboard air refueling tankers in flight, has cost the Air Force $326,785 since 2016, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in a letter.

The letter, dated last Wednesday to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, came after Grassley questioned “yet another report of wasteful spending in the Department of Defense” in an earlier letter.

In an Oct. 2 correspondence, Grassley asked Wilson about a Fox News report that found a squadron at California’s Travis Air Force base had spent $56,000 on the metal mugs in the past three years alone, which service members kept dropping and shattering.

Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman, a squadron spokesman, explained the problem to Fox News.

“Unfortunately, when dropped, the handle breaks easily leading to the expenditure of several thousand dollars to replace the cups as replacement parts are not available,” he said.

In her response, Wilson explained the cups are designed for use with a 34-year-old fleet, and that decreased parts production along with increased material prices had nearly doubled the cup’s price from $693 in 2016 to $1,280 in 2018.

The Air Force at large has purchased 391 of the cups over the past two years, she said, totaling the $326,785 — an average of $835 per cup.

“You are right to be concerned about the high costs of spare parts, and I remain thankful to have your support in addressing this problem,” said Wilson, detailing a new effort to 3-D print such otherwise costly or irreplaceable parts.

A nightclub party that focuses on relationships, sexuality and tools that promote intimacy will take place on Friday, Oct. 19 at Cle in downtown Houston.

Isiah Carey learns more about the event from organizer Chris Luera, supporters Chris and Tina Martinez, and models Raquel Raquel, Luciana Giraldo and Kyla Smith.

THE 7TH ANNUAL DIWALI FESTIVAL IN SUGAR LAND, TEXAS SATURDAY WITH SPECIAL GUEST GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT!

SUGAR LAND, Texas (FOX 26) – Diwali is a major holiday for many people in the Houston area and it lasts one week. Homes are decorated, there are fireworks and plenty of food. Followers of Hinduism refer to Diwali as the festival of lights, comparable to Christmas and New Year’s Even rolled into one super holiday.

Arun Verma and Ila Patel preview the 7th Annual Diwali – Dussehra Festival which will take place at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.


If you don’t have plans this coming Sunday morning there will be a big event at Discovery Green. It’s the Annual Aga Khan Foundation Walk-Run in Houston.

The foundation provides support around the world for those who are in need of assistance to get the resources we take for granted here in this country.

Anchor Isiah Carey spoke with Khuram Virani from the Aga Khan Foundation about what the Aga Khan Foundation does and how you can join in on the run and walk this Sunday at Discovery Green.

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the death of a child at 5401 Rampart about 11:45 a.m. on September 5.

The suspect, Shandricka Nakesha Mack (b/f, 27), is charged with murder and injury to a child-serious bodily injury in the 180th State District Court. She is accused in the death of her daughter, Kaliyah McCowan, 2, of the above address.

A booking photo of Mack is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Officers K. James and J. Young reported:

HPD officers were flagged down after baby Kaliyah was found unresponsive. While waiting for paramedics to provide medical assistance to Kaliyah, officers noticed external injuries on her younger sister, Kaniyah, 1. Both girls were transported to an area hospital, where Kaliyah was pronounced deceased.

Further investigation determined both girls had been severely beaten by their mother, Mack. She was taken into custody on September 21 and charged for her role in her daughter’s death.

Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division need the public’s assistance identifying the suspect(s) responsible for a Murder.
On Thursday, September 13, 2018, the body of Jessie Tello was found in the parking lot of an apartment complex located in the 300 block of Rosamond Street in Houston, Texas. Mr. Tello suffered a fatal gunshot wound to his mid torso. The Houston Fire Department responded and pronounced Mr. Tello deceased at the scene.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477), submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app. All tipsters remain anonymous.

In August of 2018, the Conroe Police Department took two separate reports of sexual abuse that named Manuel La Rosa-Lopez as the perpetrator.

The reports alleged that over a span of several years in the late 1990’s to early 2000’s, La Rosa-Lopez had sexually abused children while he was assigned to a position at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe Texas.

The investigation led to the issuance of a warrant and La Rosa-Lopez turned himself in to the Montgomery County Jail on 09/11/18. He is charged with four counts of indecency with a child. No other details are being release as this investigation is ongoing.

(Press Release) Shortly before 11:00 am on September 7, 2018, State Representative Ronald Reynolds was sent to the Montgomery County Jail to serve five concurrent one year sentences.  These charges stemmed from a trial that occurred in November of 2015 in which a Montgomery County jury sentenced Reynolds to the maximum penalty allowed, one year in jail and a $4,000 fine, in each of the five counts of misdemeanor Barratry. Judge Mary Ann Turner presided over the week-long trial in County Court at Law Number Four. The jail sentences will run concurrently. Reynolds was originally indicted on felony Barratry charges, but the November 2014 trial ended in a mistrial after the jury convicted Reynolds on six counts of misdemeanor barratry.

The Barratry trial began on Monday, November 16, 2015. Misdemeanor Barratry carries a punishment range of up to one year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

Evidence was presented during trial that during 2012 and 2013 Reynolds provided blank attorney-client contracts to a habitual felon named Robert Valdez, who then solicited clients on Reynold’s behalf and pressured them into signing contracts with Reynolds. Valdez testified that Reynolds would order three clients per week and would pay an average of $1,000 per client that signed the contract. The evidence also revealed that Reynolds, a member of the Texas Legislature, voted to pass Barratry laws in 2011 and 2013. The jury convicted Reynolds on all five counts of misdemeanor barratry on Friday, November 20, 2015 after approximately one hour of deliberations.

During punishment, the jury heard testimony from two separate clients who testified that Reynolds had settled personal injury claims without their consent, collected money without their knowledge, and had never given them any money from the settlement. Both former clients testified that Reynolds signed their names on settlements without them knowing and they had to hire new attorneys to sue Reynolds to recover a portion of the money owed to them. The jury also heard evidence that Reynolds had been suspended by the State Bar of Texas numerous times, had failed to report his campaign and personal finances to the Texas Ethics Commission, had been fined for failing to report those finances, and had multiple default judgments against him for nonpayment of those fines.

During closing arguments, prosecutors Joel Daniels and Lisa Stewart asked the jury to sentence the defendant to jail and not probation, “Probation is a rehabilitation tool. You can’t rehabilitate a callous disregard for people and a deficiency of character.” After the verdict, Chief Prosecutor Joel Daniels said, “Barratry represents a fundamental distortion of the legal system. Lawyers who engage in conduct of this sort denigrate a noble profession.”

After being sentenced to the maximum penalty, Reynolds was remanded into custody by Judge Mary Ann Turner to begin his sentence at the Montgomery County Jail.  Reynolds immediately appealed his convictions and the appeals were assigned to the Court of Appeals of the Eighth District of Texas, located in El Paso.  Reynolds was able to post an appeal bond, which allowed him to get out of jail and remain at liberty until the appellate process was completed.

In an opinion issued on November 29, 2017, the Eight Court of Appeals rejected all of Reynolds’s arguments that his conviction should be reversed and ruled that the convictions and sentences should be affirmed.  After the opinion came down, Reynolds petitioned the Court of Criminal Appeals, the State’s highest criminal court, to review the case.  The Court of Criminal Appeals subsequently denied Reynolds’s petition for discretionary review and sent the case back to the appellate court so that the trial court’s original judgment rendered on the jury’s verdict could be carried out.  Reynolds appeared in County Court at Law Number 4 of Montgomery County, Texas requesting that his appellate bond be revoked to allow him to begin serving out his sentences immediately. Judge Mary Ann Turner granted Reynold’s request.