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CNN: Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry is dead, a hospital spokeswoman said early Sunday. He was 78.

Barry was elected four times as the city’s chief executive and was a council member for Washington’s 8th ward at the time of his death.

His death was disclosed by Natalie Williams, a spokeswoman for United Medical Center, a public hospital in Washington.

“Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city,” Mayor Vincent C. Gray said in a statement, according to CNN affiliate WUSA. “He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him.”

Dogged by allegations of cocaine and alcohol abuse during his first three mayoral terms from 1979 to 1991, Barry was arrested in 1990 after a famously televised police surveillance tape showed him smoking crack in a hotel room. He was sentenced to six months in prison after a possession conviction.

More recently, he has had run-ins with the IRS over his failure to file tax returns and pay taxes. In 2006, he was suspected of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license in separate incidents. He was found not guilty of the DUI charge, and the state said a computer glitch erroneously reported that Barry’s license had been suspended.

In 2002, police said they found “apparent” traces of marijuana and cocaine in Barry’s car but didn’t arrest him, and in 2009, he was arrested for stalking, a charge prosecutors later dropped.

He reclaimed his seat in the mayor’s office in 1995 and was re-elected to the City Council in 2004.

Over the summer, Barry released his autobiography, “Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.” It’s a nod to his longevity in the city politics of the capital.

“In Washington, I have worked hard for the people and I’ve been loved by the people,” Barry said in a July interview on CNN. “I didn’t get elected because of my name. I got elected because I work hard for the people.”

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The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing person adult.    

Brian Orolin was last seen at his residence in The Woodlands, Texas, on November 19, 2014, in the mid-afternoon.  It is believed that Mr. Orolin was in the North Harris County area, near the 7500 block of Lenae Road, at approximately 2:00 PM on the same date.  The missing person adult is believed to be wearing blue jeans, a red shirt, blue hoodie, camouflage backpack and is believed to be traveling on foot.
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If you have information regarding the missing person adult, please contact Detective Hatfield at 281-297-6510 or the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center at (936)-760-5800, (option 3).

Information Source:

Lieutenant Brady Fitzgerald

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Administrative Services

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Just before FSU shooter Myron May attempted to cut down a room full of people At Florida State investigators say he mailed several suspicious packages to friends…

The FBI says one to a local attorney here in Houston.

Shauna Dunlap with the FBI says they have retrieved that package and it did not pose a threat to the public.

Just what was in it is still unclear.

Dunlap refered the Factor to the FBI office in Florida for more details.

As you may know May went to law school at Texas Tech and worked as an attorney here in Houston.

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The owner of a local Metro PCS store really wants to catch the men who broke into his business Monday night.

The cellphone shop is located on Martin Luther King Boulevard in South Park.

Manager Carlos Gonzales says the thieves came through a concrete wall and stole over $30,000 in cellphones, cash, and computers.

The wanted men were captured on surveillance video but the alarm at the shop did not kick in.

Gonzales says the owner is offering a $500 reward for each of the suspects.

If you have any information call Metro Pcs at 832-463-9064.

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Houston City Councilman Michael Kubosh was hot after learning dozens of people at thevMunicipal Court was left standing in long lines Tuesday morning.

Kubosh says this is while the temperature was in the 30’s.

He says there should’ve been better planning by the administration at the city facility.

The Factor reached out to the courts and received this response:

Council Member Kubosh visited our court yesterday and expressed concerns regarding what he perceived as overcrowding in courtrooms. Our Director and Presiding Judge, Barbara E. Hartle contacted him and let him know that we are a bit busier than usual because of an Amnesty Program currently being offered to individuals with delinquent court matters, which affords them an opportunity to settle their cases at a considerable cost savings.

Also, it’s not uncommon that during peak hours, even without the Amnesty, it may take a few extra moments for folks to pass through security. The security check point is there to safeguard all court visitors and is common practice for most public buildings. Our security team does a great job of getting hundreds of people processed through security on a daily basis as quickly as possible without compromising the safety of our team or those we serve. 

 

Thanks for allowing us an opportunity to respond regarding this inquiry.
 

 

Sincerely,

Gwendolyn Goins

Public Information Officer

Municipal Courts Department

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November is Hunger & Homeless Awareness Month and multiple events are taking place right here in Montgomery County as part of this important campaign!  

The Montgomery County Homeless Coalition announces the following events as opportunities for local city and county officials and Montgomery County citizens to understand the problems and become part of the solution for homelessness in Montgomery County, Texas.  

Tuesday, November 11th – “Picture This” Youth Photo Exhibit (open to the public) Opening Reception:  November 11, 2014 5:30-7:00pm, Conroe City Hall (300 W. Davis Street) The “Through Their Eyes” screening will be at 6:30pm. Exhibition presented by HomeAid Houston and Our City TV will run from November 11-30, 2014 For more information about the exhibit, call 281-382-9977 or visit www.homeaidhouston.org

Thursday, November 13th – Homelessness Panel Discussion (open to the public) Topic: Current Challenges of Homelessness in the City of Conroe & Montgomery County  5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Conroe Chamber of Commerce (505 W. Davis Street) Panel Members:  Diane Pyles, Housing Authority; Dr. Joanne Ducharme, Director of Montgomery County Community Development; Jeff Christy, Deputy Chief of Conroe Police Department; Rodney Poole, Downtown Merchants Association;  Nancy Heintz, President of the Montgomery County Homeless Coalition, Capt. Karen Twinney, Salvation Army, and a Representative from Tri-County.  Moderator: Tyler Dunman, Assistant District Attorney.  

Wednesday, November 19th – Empty Bowls Lunch (open to the public)  Conroe Tower, Top Floor, 300 W. David Street, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm    This simple meal of soup, bread, and water is $5.oo per person.  Servers to include: Wayne Mack, Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace, James Noack, Pct. 3 Commissioner, Brett Ligon, District Attorney, among others. 

Also, beautiful handmade bowls created by students at Lone Star College-Montgomery and local artists will be available for purchase.  All proceeds of this event will help underwrite efforts of the Homeless Coalition to educate and provide community awareness.

Thursday, November 20th – Montgomery County Homeless Coalition Monthly Meeting  Conroe Chamber of Commerce (505 W. Davis Street), 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Join us for our monthly event and to meet the agencies and ministries who do the daily work to prevent and end homelessness in and around Montgomery County.

Nancy Heintz: “We are very excited about the homelessness events happening this month.  We hope that the city and county officials and the citizens will come out to these events to learn more about the issues facing Montgomery County and how they can be a part of the solution.”  

The Montgomery County Homeless Coalition is non-profit organization that, through advocacy, education, and collaboration by its members, seeks to eliminate homelessness in Montgomery County, Texas.  For more information on any of these events, contact Nancy Heintz at 936-443-4990 or go to:  www.mctxhomeless.org /   www.facebook.com/mctxhomeless /   @mctxhomeless

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On Sunday, November 16, 2014, at approximately 9:00 AM, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies responded to the 12700 Block of Willis Waukegan Road, in reference to a male found deceased within a vehicle. When Deputies arrived at the location, they discovered a deceased male inside of the vehicle with what appeared to be a gunshot wound.

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Units, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigators, and representatives from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office responded to the scene.  The body of the deceased was later transported to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for an autopsy.  An investigation is on-going and investigators are in the process of reviewing evidence. 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to call the Major Crimes Unit at (936) 760-5876.

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On November 4, 2014, Harris County Deputies responded to a robbery call at a drug store in the 6700 block of S. State Highway 6. The female employee told deputies that around 3:20 am the suspect approached the service counter and pulled out a handgun. He placed it on the counter and demanded all the money out of the register. The suspect grabbed the cash and walked out of the store.

This suspect is described as a black male, approximately 30-to-35 years old. He has a slim build. The employee says he has a tattoo on the side of his left eye.
If you have any information about this crime, or any other felony crime, please call Crime Stoppers at

713-222-TIPS (8477).  

 

You never have to give your name, and if your information leads to the criminal’s arrest, you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

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On Friday, November14, 2014, at approximately 5:00AM, a Deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division noticed a suspicious vehicle in the area of 9595 Six Pines Drive,in The Woodlands. 

The vehicle was occupied by three individuals and was witnessed drivingslowly in front of a closed business, the Michael Kors store.  The patrol division received a CrimeStoppers’ tip that two to three males were reportedly on their way from the Dallas area, planning to burglarize a Michael Kors store. 

The vehicle was then witnessed driving around the plaza before parking in front of the business.  The driverwas witnessedexiting the vehicle wearing gloves, a hooded sweatshirt, and a bandana over his face.  The driver approached the front of the closed store, looked inside of the store, before returning to his vehicle.  
The Deputy called for additional units to respond to the location. 

Additional units arrived on location and all three occupants of the vehicle were identified.  When Deputies arrived, all three males had masks and gloves in their immediate areainside the vehicleand the trunk of the vehicle was open with a large piece of broken concrete inside.  All three suspects were from the Dallas area.

Property Crimes Detectives were called to the location.  After an investigation, all three males were arrested and charged with attempted burglary of a building and engaging in organized crime.  The investigation is currently on going.   
Arrested Subjects:
Carlos Rodgers,(DOB 07/12/1981)
Roger Ray Wilson, (DOB 07/23/1966)
C.J. Spratt, (DOB 05/17/1977)

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Employees at the University of Houston say it feels like the Grinch is running the campus when it comes to holiday bonuses.

The employees at the school say because many of them haven’t received a raise in two years administration has decided to hand out a stipend or holiday bonus this week.

The amount given to employees who make under $50,000 a year maxes out at $1500.

However, those workers who say they may owe as little as $10 for a parking ticket on campus won’t get a bonus.

The Factor has obtained an internal memo from the school saying anyone who has outstanding debt with he University of Houston won’t get the bonus.

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Those workers say even when they tried to pay the amount they owe they were told no they still won’t be able to get the bonus and the administration is standing by its position.

That left some calling those in charge the Grinch who stole their bonuses.   

We placed a call to the school’s communications director and we’re still waiting on a response.  

University of Houston reverses policy:
University of Houston Statement:

Higher education, nationwide, is under pressure to find more efficient ways of operation. While the University of Houston experienced record-breaking enrollment this year, the academic budget year runs a year behind. The funding associated with the current enrollment increase will come in September of 2015. Accordingly, the enrollment dip experienced last year has an impact this year. As a result, the University did not award across-the-board or merit increases this year.

With limited resources available, the administration assembled a faculty and staff team, with representatives from both the Faculty Senate and Staff Council, to address ways to reallocate resources. This team established as its top priority the creation of a one-time bonus of $1,500 for all faculty and staff earning less than $50,000, with distribution to take place as soon as possible.

A total of 1,535 employees are receiving this bonus. An additional 150 employees are eligible to receive the one-time funding, but have been excluded in the first round of the award because University policy prohibits awarding bonuses to employees with delinquent University debt, until the debt is paid in full (MAPP 02.01.01, Provision 6C).

In the interest of fairness, the University is implementing a two-week extension for these 150 employees, who owe the University an average of $440. If they clear their debts with the University within this timeframe, their eligibility for the one-time $1,500 bonus will be reconsidered. The University will notify these employees by email on Monday, providing details and instructions on how they can become eligible for the bonus consideration.

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Richard Bonnin
Executive Director of Media Relations
and Digital Programming
University of Houston

Roman Forest Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a pair of young males who were caught on home security video as they
committed a burglary around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, November 11.

The burglars targeted a Roman Forest residence where they burglarized a vehicle parked next to the garage before entering an adjacent storage room and removing a firearm (a rifle) in a black case.

The video security system is designed to capture images in light or dark conditions. Because it was dark at the time of the burglary, the colors are obscured. However, some facial features are clearly visible at times along with the burglars’ body structure and movement. Roman Forest Police Chief feels certain the
suspects would be easily recognizable to people who know them. “Vehicle Burglaries are common in the area, but most can be prevented by simply locking the vehicle,” Chief Stephen Carlisle said.

“This residence was equipped with an alarm and security system that gathered valuable information for investigators, but it is still important to secure valuables.”

“I will not tolerate the violation of the personal space of the citizens of Roman Forest, and will use every
resource available to catch those who victimize our residents,” he said.

“I’m asking everyone to view the security video and share it on social media if possible, in the hopes that these young men will be quickly
identified and stopped be fore someone else becomes a victim.”

Anyone with information regarding the identities of the burglars is asked to contact
Chief Stephen Carlisle at 281-399-8182 ext. 105, or by email at Carlisle@RomanForestPD.com. Your identity will remain anonymous.

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Colder Air Moving Into Southeast Texas Today…
A Strong Cold Front Has Moved Through The Area Today Allowing Temperatures To Fall Into The 50s. Temperatures Will Continue To Fall And Low Temperatures Thursday Morning Will Fall Into The 30s Over Much Of The Region. Some Guidance Is Showing Freezing Temperatures For Our Northern Counties Thursday Morning But Given The Clouds And Winds Have Held Off On Freezing Temperatures For Now.
The Coldest Morning Of The Season Is Expected On Friday As High Pressure Settles Over The Southern Plains. Areas North Of A Brenham To Woodlands To Liberty Line Will Likely See Freezing Temperatures For Six To Eight Hours. Areas North Of A Caldwell To Livingston Line Could See Temperatures In The Upper 20s. Further South Parts Of Rural Brazoria… Matagorda… And Fort Bend Counties Could See Freezing Temperatures Friday Morning For An Hour Or So. A Freeze Warning Will Likely Be Required Friday Morning.
The Unseasonably Cold Weather Will Persist Through The Weekend With Only Slight Warming For Saturday And Sunday. A Developing Storm System Will Bring A Good Chance Of Rain To The Coast Late Saturday Into Early Sunday.