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The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying an individual from a series of still photos.  The individual is a suspect in a fraud investigation that occurred at a bank in the South Montgomery County area.   

The fraud occurred on February 10, 2015, at a Prosperity Bank along the Interstate 45 corridor.  The still photos were captured as the suspect was committing the criminal offense.  The suspect presented personal information that was previously stolen from a victim’s wallet from another location.  The suspect used the victim’s identifying information to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account fraudulently.  The individual is connected to other similar offenses throughout Montgomery, Harris, and Fort Bend counties.   

If you have information regarding the identification of the suspect in the still photos, please contact Detective T. McCoy at 281-297-6503.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment of a felony crime.  Call 800-392-STOP (7867).  Anonymous tips can also be made through the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers WEB PAGE at
www.montgomerycountycrimestoppers.org.

Photos attached.

Information Source:
Lieutenant Brady Fitzgerald
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
Administrative Services

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On April 1, 2015 HESP Union President Wretha Thomas will be introducing A NEW RIDING READING PROGRAM that will get Transportation workers involved with the literacy in Houston ISD on their school buses.

During the week of April 13, 2015, the bus attendants will be reading to the Special Need students while enroute to and from home and school each day.  These employees are excited to play their part because after all, they are the first and last persons the students see each day.  We look forward to expanding this program further by allowing the bus drivers and attendants to read to these same students at the schools between their bus runs and breaks.

JOIN US APRIL 1, 2015 @ 10:00 A.M.- 11:30 A.M. @ HISD NORTHWEST TRANSPORTATION MOTOR POOL located at 6351 Pinemont, Houston, TX  77092

###RIDING READING PROGRAM KICKOFF

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A Friday night street racing initiative by Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies resulted in the arrest of eight individuals; additionally, 13 traffic citations were issued for various other violations.

The initiative was held on Friday, March 20, the same weekend as one of the biggest drag racing events in the country- TX2K. This year the event took place in Baytown and drew thousands of spectators, many of which insist on using the streets of Harris County to do racing of their own.
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Charged and arrested were:

Jesus Cervantes Racing on a Highway
Scott Glaser Racing on a Highway
Nicholas Harding Racing on a Highway
Martin Vela Racing on a Highway
Demitrius Abercrombie Racing on a Highway
Eduardo Cerazo Racing on a Highway
Marquise Christian Driving While Intoxicated
Julian Fernandez Open Warrant

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A MAN WHO WAS ARRESTED TWICE IN TWO SEPARATE STINGS WITH CONDOMS STASHED IN HIS POCKETS IS GETTING TEN YEARS PROBATION….

INVESTIGATORS SAY 44 YEAR OLD JON RUSSO WAS FOUND GUILTY ON TWO FELONY CHARGES OF SOLICITATION OF A MINOR IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY THIS WEEK .

PROSECUTORS SAY WHEN RUSSO WAS FIRST ARRESTED IN AN UNDERCOVER STING HE THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO HAVE SEX WITH A 16 YEAR OLD GIRL.

AFTER HE BONDED OUT ON THAT CHARGE DEPUTIES SAY HE WENT RIGHT BACK ONLINE – A VIOLATION OF HIS BOND – AND WAS CAUGHT IN A SECOND STING TRYING TO MEET WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS A WOMAN AND HER DAUGHTER FOR SEX.

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The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes Unit concluded a four month long narcotics investigation by executing a narcotics search warrant in Bacliff, TX.  The Sheriff’s Department Tactical Response Team (TRT) assisted with the execution of the search warrant in the 4400 block 2nd Street.  Over 20 grams of methamphetamine and $1,585.00 were seized during the search warrant.  The investigation resulted in the arrests of Ashlie Hocutt charged with Manufacture/Delivery of CS PG1 4-200 grams and Tampering with Physical Evidence, bonds set at $50,000.00 each , Robert Thomas charged with Manufacture/Delivery of CS PG1 4-200 grams, bond set at $250,000.00 and Toni Pannell charged with Manufacture/Delivery of CS PG1 4-200 grams, bond set at $30,000.00.  League City PD Narcotics and La Marque PD Narcotics also assisted the Sheriff’s Office with the execution of the search warrant.
Sheriff Henry TrochessetGalveston County Sheriff’s Office

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A total of six Houston residents have been charged in a nine-count indictment alleging their inv
involvement in a marriage fraud scheme involving Nigerian nationals, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Brian M. Moskowitz, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Houston.

The indictment was returned under seal Feb. 26, 2015, and unsealed today as Shakietha Ann Joseph, 39, Nathan Michael, 36, Trevor Ray Frenney, 39, and Hauwa Bello, 37, all of Houston, made their initial appearances in federal court. At that time, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Milloy ordered they be detained pending further criminal proceedings.

Anthony Andrews 27, also of Houston – is in state custody on unrelated charges and is expected to make his appearance in federal court in the near future.

A final defendant – Anisha Nicole Gable, 33 – is considered a fugitive and a warrant remains outstanding for her arrest. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact HSI at 281-985-0500.

The six defendants allegedly conspired together in connection with a marriage fraud ring involving arranged “sham” marriages between recruited U.S. citizens and Nigerian nationals. A “sham” marriage is a marriage that is entered into for the primary purpose of circumventing the immigration laws.

“Becoming an American citizen is an honor and a privilege,” said Moskowitz. “Obtaining citizenship through fraud is an affront to every person who has played by the rules and it threatens the integrity of our legal immigration system. HSI special agents will continue to work with our partners to ensure that those who use criminal and dishonorable means to achieve the most honorable of goals are brought to justice.”

The indictment alleges conspirators would pay U.S. citizens for entering into fraudulent marriages to Nigerian nationals who had originally entered the country on tourist visas. The conspirators would then complete immigration documents and submit them to Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) to obtain legal permanent resident status, according to the indictment. As part of the conspiracy, the indictment further alleges they would take staged photographs of themselves as a couple for documentation of an allegedly meaningful relationship. The conspirators also allegedly coached the recruits and/or the Nigerian nationals on what to say when questioned or interviewed by law enforcement or immigration officials about the legitimate nature of the marriages.

The indictment charges all six with conspiracy commit marriage fraud. Gable is also charged with four counts of aiding and abetting marriage fraud, while Joseph and Frenney are each charged with two counts of the same allegation. Michael and Bello were also indicted on one count of committing marriage fraud.  

Gable allegedly recruited Andrews, Frenney and Joseph to marry Nigerian nationals. The indictment further alleges Bello did knowingly marry Frenney, a U.S. citizen for the for the purpose of evading any provision of the immigration laws of the United States. Similarly, Michael allegedly entered into a sham marriage with Joseph, according to the allegations. At the time of their respective marriages, Bello and Michael were natives and citizens of Nigeria and were in the U.S. temporarily on B1/B2 non-immigrant visas.

If convicted on any of the counts as charged, each defendant faces up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

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A Houston man has been arrested after investigators say he orchestrated a scheme to steal $177,000 from a local bank.

Houston police say 43 year old Pablo Salazar stile the money over a three month period.

Investigators say he lifted more than $43,000 out of his cash drawer at the bank while also shorting the ATM of $133,000.

Now the police report shows two of Salazar’s coworkers falsified documents to cover the theft but there’s no word if they have been arrested in the $170,000 inside job.

Bail has been set at $354,000 for Salazar!