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.

Attorneys for a 66-year-old Texas death row inmate say his health problems make him unsuitable for lethal injection scheduled for this week so they’re proposing he be rolled in his wheelchair in front of a firing squad or be administered nitrogen gas to cut off oxygen to his brain until he stops breathing.

If the state doesn’t accept one of their alternatives, lawyers for confessed multiple killer and rapist Danny Paul Bible contend his lethal injection, set for Wednesday evening, should be halted because it would be unconstitutionally cruel and present a “substantial risk” of being botched due to his “unique constellation of medical issues.”

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused the appeal Tuesday, affirming a decision from a federal judge in Houston last week.

Bible’s attorneys said they would take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

State attorneys argued the civil rights lawsuit was a “meritless tactic” to delay his “well-deserved execution.” Neither firing squad nor nitrogen gas are legal execution methods in Texas and the state Legislature isn’t scheduled to meet again until next year. A handful of death penalty states allow nitrogen hypoxia, although the method hasn’t been used. Three Utah inmates have been executed by firing squad, the most recent in 2010. Utah now allows that method if drugs for execution are unavailable.

No one is disputing Bible’s guilt for a Houston slaying nearly 40 years ago that went unsolved for two decades before a jury convicted him of it and sent him to Texas death row.

Bible, a drifter with a record of violence in several states, would be the seventh convicted killer executed this year in Texas, equaling the state’s total for all of 2017. He’d be nation’s the 12th prisoner executed this year.

Bible’s lawyers sought a reprieve, a restraining order and an injunction to block his execution, arguing Bible had no suitable sites on his body for IVs to deliver a lethal dose of the sedative pentobarbital and that severe tremors accompanying his Parkinson’s disease would complicate insertion of IV needles. They also warned of a problematic execution like ones in recent years in Ohio and Alabama.

The decision came in connection with the third iteration of President Trump’s travel ban, issued last fall, which barred various travelers from eight countries, six of them with Muslim majorities.

The administration argued before the court earlier this year that it was within the president’s power to issue the travel restrictions and that it is not a “Muslim ban” based on religious discrimination, as critics have said.

But the challengers, led by the state of Hawaii, said that the order exceeded Trump’s authority and violated the Constitution and that its citizens and educational institutions have suffered because of the ban. This is a developing story. It will be updated.

An arrest has been made in the shooting death of up-and-coming rapper XXXTentacion.

On Wednesday, cops took Dedrick D. Williams into custody in connection to the rapper’s death, the New York Daily News confirmed.

The 22-year-old faces charges of first-degree murder, driving without a valid license and a probation violation for theft of a car.

Police believe the murder was a robbery-gone-wrong, since the two men made off with a Louis Vuitton bag. Onfroy’s lawyer also said his client had withdrawn a large sum before visiting the dealership, possibly to purchase a motorcyle.

It’s unclear if cops are still looking for a second suspect. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office did not return DailyMail.com’s requests for comment Thursday morning.

A parade of mourners on Tuesday visited the spot outside the Riva Motorsports where the rapper was gunnned down.

They placed candles, flowers and teddy bears on the sidewalk near the spot. They decorated 100 yards of sidewalk with chalk art including messages of sympathy and loss such as ‘Feel for you XXX’ and ‘4evr Young’.

Myles O’Hara, 17, and Aaron Gavin, 20, sat on the curb, solemnly staring at the ground, mostly ignoring the people who moved past. They said they admired XXXTentacion because he was a local kid who rose from rough circumstances and was making a positive contribution.

‘He had some legal allegations before, but the last year he had only been a positive influence on people’s lives, making hit Billboard songs,’ O’Hara said. ‘He has been a kind person. You could look at his face and smile and he was just a normal kid like us … His style is almost hard to explain. He had an angry tone. He meant everything he said, even the most simplistic words. It just came off his tongue like nothing. He was speaking his mind.’

Gavin said unlike other rappers whose songs emphasize buying expensive merchandise, XXXTentacion rapped about his emotions.

‘X talked about how he felt instead of materialistic things like owning this car, this car, this house, this house,’ Gavin said.

The controversial young Florida rap star XXXTentacion is dead. Earlier today, an unidentified assailant shot him while he was shopping for motorcycles in Miami. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead by the Broward Co. Sheriff’s Department, according to TMZ. XXXTentacion was 20.

XXXTentacion was born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy in the Miami suburb of Plantation. He spent his childhood in youth programs and living with his grandmother. In an attempt to protect his mother, he tried to stab a man when he was six years old, and he was later expelled from middle school for fighting. He dropped out of high school in 10th grade.

As a child, XXXTentacion was drawn to both rap and to nü-metal. He taught himself to play guitar and piano. While serving time in a juvenile detention center on a gun possession charge, he met fellow young Florida rapper Ski Mask The Slump God, and they began to rap together, forming the groups Very Rare and Members Only. He began posting music on SoundCloud in 2014.

XXXTentacion posted his song “Look At Me” on New Year’s Eve 2015. The song, a frantic lo-fi rap bromide, grew organically online, and it really took off early in 2017, after XXXTentacion accused Drake of stealing his “Look At Me” flow on the More Life track “KMT.” The song gained much of its popularity when XXXTentacion was in jail, awaiting bail on charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering, and aggravated battery of his pregnant girlfriend.

XXXTentacion released two albums, last year’s 17 and this year’s ?. They’re both short, angry, jagged records, and they combine lo-fi rap with metal, emo, neo-soul, and indie rock. XXXTentacion rapped about mental illness, depression, and suicidal ideation. That frankness, combined with some version of outlaw appeal, probably contributed to XXXTentacion’s huge and cultlike fanbase. ?debuted at #1, while 17 debuted at #2.

But whatever the merits of XXXTentacion’s music, his public image will always be tied up with violence and misogyny. Last year, Pitchfork posted a truly harrowing account of the domestic violence charges against XXXTentacion. His live shows were notoriously violent, and some of that violence was directed at him.

Last month, Spotify removed XXXTentacion’s music from its promoted playlists, then reversed its position after a backlash. XXXTentacion was still facing charges, and possible decades in prison, from those alleged assaults, as well as witness-tampering charges, at the time of his death. Recently, he was placed under house arrest, though he was let out to tour. His tremendous popularity raised all sorts of concerns, and his death resolves none of them. His legacy will always be a complicated, tangled thing.

SO IT APPEARS SHE MADE IT ALL UP – I WAS RAPED BY A TEXAS STATE TROOPER:

Sherita Dixon-Cole, 37, claimed through a high-profile civil rights lawyer that Texas Highway Trooper Daniel Hubbard raped her during a traffic stop Sunday.

Her story was picked up by blogger Shaun King, who quoted Hubbard as telling Dixon-Cole: ‘why don’t you just give me some of that sweet p***y’.

Attorney Lee Merritt alleged that the officer groped and vaginally penetrated the woman.

Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday released two-hour body camera video, which showed no evidence of misconduct on Hubbard’s part.

Merritt later released a statement apologizing to Hubbard and his family and taking responsibility for amplifying Dixon-Cole’s false claims.