The Houston Police Department finally reveals its body camera policy.

HPD’s leaders are meeting with members of the Houston City Council to lay out the program this morning.

Chief Tim Oettmeier says the videos will be made available to the public under open records but the public must be specific in their requests.

If they ask for copies of videos they must provide parties involved, date, time, and location. Officers will also have lots of discretion when it comes to activating the camera in the field.

Some Houston Council Members also take issue with officers having the ability to decide which videos of relevant as evidence in a case.


Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in an incident in which the suspect pointed a weapon at Houston police officers at 7753 Leonora Street about 8:40 a.m. on Saturday (October 3).  

The suspect, Viktor Manuel Sanchez (H/m, 22), is charged with aggravated assault of a public servant in the 263rd State District Court.  A photo of suspect Sanchez is attached to this news release.  

Sergeant S. Rios, who discharged his duty weapon, was not injured in the incident.  Sgt. Rios was sworn in as an officer in February 1996 and is assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Parker and Officer J. Nguyen reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to the above address regarding a suicide in-progress.  Officers arrived and confronted Sanchez, who was armed with a knife, and gave him verbal commands in English and Spanish to come out.  Sanchez ignored the commands and retrieved a shotgun.  Sanchez then raised the shotgun and pointed it at the officers as if to fire at them.  Fearing for his and his fellow officers’ lives, Sgt. Rios sought cover behind his patrol vehicle and discharged his duty weapon more than one time, but did not strike Sanchez.  Sanchez then opened and closed the door to the residence repeatedly and again raised the shotgun and pointed it at officers.  Sgt. Rios again discharged his duty weapon but did not strike Sanchez.  The suspect then barricaded himself inside the residence and the Specials Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT) was called to the scene.  

After several hours of negotiations with Sanchez via loudspeakers and telephone, SWAT officers deployed tear gas into the residence.  Sanchez then surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.  

As is customary in HPD officer-involved shooting incidents in the city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions, as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.  


On September 25, 2015, a Montgomery County jury found Michael Rubino, age 52, guilty of Continuous
Sexual Abuse of a Child and Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and then sentenced the defendant to Life in prison for each count. The Defendant was formally sentenced by Judge Hamilton on Thursday, October 1, 2015. The conviction for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child means that Rubino will not be eligible for parole.

This case involved the sexual abuse of a child from ages 7-13. As in most cases of this nature, the child did not
outcry for fear that the child would be the one to get in trouble.

The lead investigator on the case was Detective Tom Gannucci, with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Det. Gannucci testified that during his investigation he learned that the Defendant may have taken multiple indecent pictures of the child and was able to seize several electronic devices from the Defendant.

Det. Billy Ballard, with the Montgomery County Crime Lab’s Electronic Forensics Division, uncovered child pornography videos that the State felt they could link back to the Defendant and the jury agreed.

The case was tried by prosecutors, Nancy Hebert and Adam McLane, with the Montgomery County District
Attorney’s Office. Hebert credits Det. Gannucci and Det. Ballard’s investigation for making it possible to corroborate the testimony of the child at trial.

The jury heard about the details of the abuse from the child as well as what the child had previously revealed to Kari Prihoda, Children’s Safe Harbor, during a forensic interview, and what the child had revealed to the witness coordinator for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Ilda Rupert.
Nancy Hebert (Special Victims Divison Chief): “As with all of these type of cases, we never know how a child will react to testifying in front of their abuser. Yet, as in this case, I am once again, in awe at a child’s strength to testify and a child’s depth of courage.”

Brett Ligon (District Attorney): “We know Montgomery County juries give careful consideration of all the evidence when reaching their verdicts. In this case, the jury sent a clear message that the children who are brave enough to come forward will be protected. We can only hope that the message is received by anyone who would hurt a child.”

Contact: Nancy Hebert at 936-538-3588; 713.819-4517.


The Houston Community College Rustic location will aid the effort to lower the veteran unemployment rate by helping Houston-area veterans find job opportunities through its Sixth Annual “United We Stand” Veteran Job Fair.

The Job Fair will take place on Thursday November 5, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6815 Rustic St., Houston, TX 77087. Over 50 employers and 10 veteran agencies will be available to assist veterans at the event. The Centers of Excellence will be present to provide course information on Associate of Applied Science Degrees (AAS) in Corrosion Technology and Logistics for veterans to consider in redefining stagnant careers where jobs are unavailable.  .

Despite their experience and wide range of skills acquired through training, the unemployment rate for veterans sits higher than the civilian one, especially for new veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Many people, including First Lady Michelle Obama, have begun to focus on the employment opportunities available to veterans as troops are being withdrawn from abroad.

Houston Community College Chancellor Dr. Cesar Maldonado, Southeast College President Dr. Irene Porcarello and other special dignitaries are expected to attend

Interested veteran jobseekers should register at


Exhibitors and employers should contact James Corona at


About HCC

HCC is one of the country’s largest accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the Greater Houston Area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society. To learn more go to


Rolling Out Magazine: Omarion took a stand against a London nightclub that was accused of racism. On Sept. 26, Zalika Miller and four of her friends attempted to party at DSTRKT nightclub in London. However, the promoter told Miller that if she was bringing Black girls than they needed to have a certain look.

When they arrived at the club, the person at the door told them the club was at full capacity. But other White men and women were allowed to enter the club afterwards. Miller, who knew the club promoter, sent several text messages. The promoter responded by saying that Miller’s friends were “too dark” and “overweight” to be allowed entry. Miller, who is an actress, took to social media and shared her story as other people revealed similar incidents of racism.

Dozens of people protested at DSTRKT and called for all Black celebrities to boycott the venue. Karrucehe Tran received some backlash after she made an appearance at the club days after the women were denied. Karrueche denounced the discrimination allegations, but some were upset that she decided to party at the club.

On Oct. 2, promoters at DSTRKT announced an appearance by Omarion. However, the R&B star tweeted that he would not support the club. Reportedly, the club owners have denied discrimination, but they have yet to apologize to the women who were insulted due to their skin tone.


Justin Campbell Leaving KFBB


By Kevin Eck on Sep. 30, 2015 – 4:56 PM1 Comment

Justin Campbell is leaving Great Falls, Mt. ABC affiliate KFBB for Charlotte, N.C.

Campbell told TVSpy he’s moving to Time Warner Cable’s News 14.

“Thank you Great Falls it’s been a once in a life time experience!” Campbell wrote on his facebook page. “It was bone-chilling cold, but so many Montanans stopped and dug me out after sliding into a ditch. It’s the winter that makes Montanans who they are, some of the most hospitable people I have ever met. I couldn’t have done it without you or my co-workers. Next stop #QueenCity
Charlotte NC.”

It was back in August when we first reported Yvonne Cazares bought a house in an upscale community on Rosemont in Pearland.

The local business owner said she had plans to flip the house as soon as possible.

But Cazares says when she tried to move into the half million dollar home another man moved in claiming he was the legal tenant.

After hiring an attorney and waiting weeks we’ve learned Cazares will finally be able to take possession of the property next week.

Court records show the so called tenant will be served and removed from the property as soon as next week.

When we first approached the man back in August who referred us to his attorney. That attorney said they would handle the case in court
and had no further comment.


It’s time for an Isiah Factor exclusive. For the first time we are taking you inside the new Krispy Kreme store located on Highway 6 in northwest Harris County. While inside the store I ran into a regional manager who said they plan to open 8 stores in the Houston area over the next few years. She says the Westheimer store will be the first to open by the middle of the (October) month.

The manager says the Highway 6 store is expected to open at the end of October. Why? That Krispy Kreme rep said they wanted to open the largest store first and that would be the Westheimer location. We’re told that store will be able to produce 200 dozens of donuts per hour while the Highway 6 location can handle only 100 dozen per hour.

The manager also said we can expect stores near Katy and even on Kuykendahl in the Spring. So let’s start the countdown guys!


A second Texas man has pleaded guilty to hate crime offenses for his role in a Mar. 8, 2012, assault of a gay African-American man in Corpus Christi, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

Jimmy Garza, 33, pleaded guilty in federal court in Corpus Christi today to one count of conspiracy to commit hate crimes and one count of a hate crime violation based on the victim’s sexual orientation.

During the plea hearing, Garza admitted that he and others conspired to assault a gay African-American man because of his race and sexual orientation. Garza admitted that during the assault, he and his co-conspirators punched and kicked the man, and assaulted him with various weapons, including a frying pan, a mug, a sock filled with batteries, a broom and a belt.

Garza admitted that when the victim began to bleed, the conspirators forced him to remove all of his clothing and clean up the blood throughout the apartment. After the victim was completely naked, Garza held a gun to the victim’s head, while a co-conspirator sodomized the victim with a broom handle. During the assault, Garza poured bleach onto the victim’s face and eyes, and struck him with a handgun. The conspirators also whipped the victim on the back with a belt.

Note: This case was handled by Assistant US Attorney Ruben Perez. He has been very successful at handling civil rights cases like this in Texas. Way to go Ruben!

Houston Prosecutor Ruben Perez handle the case

Houston Prosecutor Ruben Perez handle the case

Garza acknowledged that throughout the assault, the conspirators repeatedly called the victim racial and homophobic slurs and made other anti-black and anti-gay statements.

Garza will be sentenced on Dec. 9, 2015, and faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. He will remain in custody pending that hearing. Co-defendant Ramiro Serrata Jr. pleaded guilty to the same hate crime charges in connection with this offense on Sept.15, 2015. He is also set for sentencing on Dec. 9, 2015.

“The gruesome evidence heard in today’s plea of guilty underscores the importance of prosecuting hate crimes under our authority to protect the civil rights of all our citizens,” said Magidson. “These cases will continue to be a high priority of our office.”

“The federal hate crime to which Jimmy Garza Jr. and Ramiro Serrata Jr. pleaded guilty to was as shocking as it was reprehensible,” said Gupta. “The Department of Justice will continue to use every tool at its disposal to vindicate the rights of victims of violent crime.”

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Corpus Christi Resident Agency with assistance from the Corpus Christi Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruben Perez and Trial Attorneys Jared Fishman and Nicholas Durham of the Civil Rights Division.

stop drugs
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston HIDTA Executive Director will announce the StopDrugs Website Project for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a news conference at 9:00 am., Wednesday September 30, 2015, to announce this unprecedented launch of multiple websites throughout Southeast Texas.

The StopDrugs Website Project is a program designed to assist local communities throughout Southeast Texas and support federal, state, and local authorities with drug related community concerns.
Houston HIDTA StopDrugs Website Project
News Conference
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 9:00 am
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office 1 Criminal Justice Drive
Conroe, Texas 77301

A display of maps featuring the Houston HIDTA area of operation, website locations, press packages, and other items will be on display at the press conference. Further, as part of the public awareness campaign beginning this week, billboards advertising the website will be placed in Harris and Montgomery counties through a gracious donation of advertising space from Clear Channel Outdoor Houston Division; Vice President Lee Vela.

For additional information regarding this event, please contact Brady Fitzgerald at 936-538-345


Former Harris County District Attorney employee Denise Garcia has alleged in a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that she was terminated because she invoked various constitutional rights during a traffic stop and because she made a complaint to the Houston Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division.  She also claims that she was investigated and fired without being accorded notice of the accusations against her.

The District Attorney strongly denies Ms. Garcia’s accusations.  Her termination from employment had nothing to do with her exercise of constitutional rights or with her complaints to the Houston Police Department.

In her EEOC complaint, Ms. Garcia also states, “I was discriminated against because I am Hispanic.” 
The District Attorney’s Office did not discriminate against Ms. Garcia on the basis of her race.  As will be developed in more detail during the EEOC’s review proceedings, the decision of the District Attorney’s Office to terminate Ms. Garcia was based on a careful factual review of Ms. Garcia’s conduct in which she was accorded an opportunity to be heard.  At no point in this process was her Hispanic heritage a factor of any kind in the office’s decision to terminate her employment.

Ms. Garcia’s accusation is particularly disappointing given the District Attorney’s commitment to running an office in which improper discrimination has no place. 

“Since taking office two years ago, I have taken great care to ensure that the office is inclusive and encouraging to everyone on the staff,” said District Attorney Devon Anderson.  “I have made it clear to our staff that First Assistant Belinda Hill and I have an open-door policy to listen to and act upon any concerns about discriminatory or other inappropriate workplace conduct, without fear of retaliation.”

The District Attorney looks forward to a fair and expeditious review of Ms. Garcia’s complaint in which the facts of Ms. Garcia’s termination will be fully developed.