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Houston police have released a composite sketch and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in two shooting incidents within a two-mile area on the southeast side of the city on April 30.

The suspect is described only as a black male in his 20s to 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a thin to average build.  He was wearing eyeglasses in both cases.  A composite sketch of the suspect is attached to this news release.

Gunshots were fired at two male victims, 21 and 51.  The younger victim was wounded and transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The first incident happened in the 5400 block of Scott Street about 9:50 a.m. when the victim, 21, was driving southbound on Scott Street and waiting at the light at the North MacGregor intersection.  The victim heard a “pop” and felt his arm go numb.  He looked to his left and saw an unknown black male (suspect) in a late model, black GMC or Chevrolet pickup truck.  The suspect was pointing a scoped rifle at him.  The victim pulled over and called 911.  Paramedics transported the victim to Ben Taub General Hospital for treatment.

The second incident occurred about 2:15 p.m. at 2523 Calumet as the victim, 51, was standing on the side of the road waiting for traffic to pass.  At that time, a pickup truck with the same description in the first incident stopped in front of him.  An unknown black male in the truck pointed a rifle at him.  The victim jumped and managed to avoid being struck as the suspect fired shots in his direction.  

Investigators in the Investigative First Responders Division are asking anyone with information on the identity of the suspect to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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Every mode of transportation possible was used to locate a missing senior citizen in rural Fort Bend County.  The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office took to air,  the ground and even water to try and locate 73 year old Alice Tovar.

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She is a mother,  grandmother,  and still gainfully employeed hard working woman who hasn’t been seen in 24 hours.

Her Daughter-in-law Cathy Yanes says, “it’s an awful feeling I don’t ever want anyone to feel what we’re going through especially when you don’t know where they are. ”

Family members say Tovar braved the storm Tuesday morning to get to her job at the Chevron in Pleak. 

That’s when they say she ran into high water on Highway 36 near Gerken.

Family members say they found Tovar’s car with her purse and one shoe inside…

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office and Texas Equusearch are on the ground leading the search.

Captain Steve Holtz with Fort Bend County says,  “because of the flood yesterday the search area has expanded greatly because the water was out of its banks by at least 100 yards so that has increased our search area by quite a bit. ”

Family members to the matriarch stood around all night and day hoping for the best.  They even searched the rough terrain themselves with no success…

They were unable to locate the woman who was simply determined to get to work on a rainy morning.

“Very giving a hard worker we just want her home we miss her already you know it’s a nightmare, ” says Yanes.

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The City of Houston has confirmed a fourth fatality in conjunction with today’s weather event. The initial fatality was a male of unknown age discovered at Ranchester @ Harwin.

A second deceased 50-year old female was recovered by HPD helicopter from Braes Bayou near the 5400 block of Ardmore. A third deceased person was found in a vehicle, which was towed from the 1700 block of Studewood.

The fourth deceased person was found in Braes Bayou at Holcomb Blvd and was an Asian Male of unknown age.

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Their is a high likelihood that the Asian male is the same Asian male that was lost during the water rescue early this morning where the evacuation boat capsized. Notification to the respective families are pending their identifications.

An elderly couple ages 85 and 87 are still missing.

A deceased male, Mr. Dennis Lee Callahan ,  was discovered lying at the exit of a building’s parking garage at 1433 West loop South at about 11:30pm.

HFD paramedics pronounced him deceased, his death is not believed to be directly weather related.

Reporting to 311 allows the City to dispatch the appropriate crew to remedy the situation.  If you have a life threatening emergency, please call 911.

Residents can stay informed about recover efforts and important updates by visiting the National Weather Service website at weather.gov/houston and the City’s emergency information site at houstontx.gov/emergency.

If your car was stranded on a city street, go to www.findmytowedcar.com or call (713)308-8580

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The City of Houston has activated the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Houston Emergency Center (HEC) to Level 1 to coordinate the emergency response due to the severe flooding impacting the City of Houston.  Level 1 is the highest in a four-tier level of EOC activation. The last time the City of Houston was activated to Level 1 was during Hurricane Ike in 2008.

In addition, the City is delaying non-emergency City services and some employee start times by 2 hours today.

Suspended/Delayed City Services

Some Municipal Court Cases Canceled/Delayed

The City of Houston Municipal Courts Department has canceled all morning dockets (those with court cases between…)
Individuals who are are set for court today between 8:00am and 4:00pm will have until Friday, May 29th at 9:00pm to come in to the court and reset their cases.
People with cases from 4:00pm until 9:00pm should call 311 or visit houstontx.gov/emergency after 12:00pm for information on whether or not their case will be reset.
Other Non-Emergency City Services

All other non-emergency City services are delayed by 2 hours today.
This includes the Houston Permitting Center, which will be delaying opening until 10:00am.
Employee Reporting

Non-Essential City Employees (Tier II and III) should report on a 2-hour delay from their normal start time.
Essential Employees (Tier I) are required to report to work as normal.
If it is unsafe for employees to report to work, they should contact their supervisor to make alternative arrangements.
Houston residents are urged to visit houstontx.gov/emergency for u

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The City of Houston has activated the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Houston Emergency Center (HEC) to Level 1 to coordinate the emergency response due to the severe flooding impacting the City of Houston.  Level 1 is the highest in a four-tier level of EOC activation. The last time the City of Houston was activated to Level 1 was during Hurricane Ike in 2008.

In addition, the City is delaying non-emergency City services and some employee start times by 2 hours today.

Suspended/Delayed City Services

Some Municipal Court Cases Canceled/Delayed

The City of Houston Municipal Courts Department has canceled all morning dockets (those with court cases between…)
Individuals who are are set for court today between 8:00am and 4:00pm will have until Friday, May 29th at 9:00pm to come in to the court and reset their cases.
People with cases from 4:00pm until 9:00pm should call 311 or visit houstontx.gov/emergency after 12:00pm for information on whether or not their case will be reset.
Other Non-Emergency City Services

All other non-emergency City services are delayed by 2 hours today.
This includes the Houston Permitting Center, which will be delaying opening until 10:00am.
Employee Reporting

Non-Essential City Employees (Tier II and III) should report on a 2-hour delay from their normal start time.
Essential Employees (Tier I) are required to report to work as normal.
If it is unsafe for employees to report to work, they should contact their supervisor to make alternative arrangements.
Houston residents are urged to visit houstontx.gov/emergency for u

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The City of Houston Municipal Courts Department has canceled all morning dockets from 8:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. today.

Individuals who are are set for court today between 8:00am and 3:00pm will have until Friday, May 29th at 9:00pm to come in to the court and reset their cases.
People with cases from 4:00pm until 9:00pm should call 311 or visit houstontx.gov/emergency after 12:00pm for information on whether or not their case will be reset.
This cancelation applies to all morning settings for jurors, defendants, witnesses, and attorneys. Municipal Courts staff should contact their supervisor for reporting instructions.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport seized counterfeit Gucci, Burberry, Lacoste, Versace, Armani, Ferrari, Coco Chanel, Tory Burch and Michael Kors merchandise, May 13, valued at more than $48,000.
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The seized items included shirts, hats, shoes, purses and jewelry destined for Houston.
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CBP officers conducted an inspection of a passenger arriving from El Salvador with checked bags.  During the inspection, they discovered 161 brand-named articles that appeared to be counterfeit. The items did not appear to be of the quality consistent with legitimate goods as the items included unusual labeling and the markings on the clothing were not manufactured by the trademark holders.

“Packing hundreds of phony articles in suitcases doesn’t release passengers from their obligation to adhere to U.S. import laws and requirements,” said Houston CBP Port Director Charles Perez. “This seizure protects the trademark holder, their businesses and their employees and denies criminal organizations from reaping profits from the sale of counterfeit and illegitimate consumer goods.”

CBP officers obtained digital images of the merchandise and forwarded them to the trademark owner to determine their authenticity. After verifying that the merchandise was counterfeit, CBP seized every item for infringement of intellectual property rights.  

On a typical day in fiscal year 2014, CBP officers around the country seized more than $3.4 million worth of products because of IPR violations.  Since 2007, CBP identified IPR enforcement as a priority trade mission. For additional statistics and a list of the most popular counterfeit items and their worth visit the fiscal year 2014 IPR report.

The IPR 2014 report provides seizure statistics including the top 10 counterfeit items and their estimated value.

CBP does offer importers/exporters with information to become familiar with applicable laws and regulations.

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Rapper Drake kicked off his Houston Appreciation Weekend with a private event held to honor Bun B.

Drake described Bun as a mentor who told him to be a good person before being a celebrity.

The Canadian born rapper says Bun was almost like a father to him while he was perfecting his craft in Houston.

Dozens of people turned out for the event including Mayor Annise Parker and RapALot founder James Prince.

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Thursday – Future concert
Thursday – Afterparty at 5th amendment
Thursday – Bun B tribute

Friday – charity baseball game
Friday – Afterparty at engine room

Saturday – pool party
Saturday – Afterparty at Venue

Sunday – Concert at Toyota Center
Sunday – Afterparty at limelight Boosie

Funeral arrangements have been made for HPD Officer Richard Martin, 47, who was killed in the line of duty after being struck by a fleeing suspect’s vehicle.

Services will be held at Grace Community Church at 14505 Gulf Freeway at 2 p.m. TOMORROW (Friday, May 22), to be followed by a private burial out of state.