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July is Parks and Recreation Month at City Hall. City leaders and kids came together downtown for the big kickoff!

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Left to right Council Member David W. Robinson At-Large Position 2; Kay Joshua Division Manager, HPARD Recreation and Wellness Division; youth; Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner; youth; Debra Lathan, Assistant Director – Recreation and Wellness Division; Joe Turner, Director Houston Parks and Recreation Department

HPARD Summer Enrichment Program Youth at City Hall

Front Row Left to right: Kay Joshua Division Manager, HPARD Recreation and Wellness Division; Destini Atkins; Cha’liyah Atkins; Council Member David W. Robinson At-Large Position 2; 

                      2nd Row Left to right: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner; Debra Lathan, Assistant Director – Recreation and Wellness Division

                      3rd Row: Joe Turner, Director Houston Parks and Recreation Department

IMB 5539 – Front Row Left to right: Destini Atkins and Cha’liyah Atkins

                   Back Row Left to right: Kay Joshua Division Manager, HPARD Recreation and Wellness Division; Council Member David W. Robinson At-Large Position 2; 

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It’s valued at $70 million.
Lesedi La Rona, an uncut diamond that weighs 1,109 carats, will be auctioned off this evening in a public auction at Sotheby’s  BID 2.56%  in London.

The diamond—which is the size of a tennis ball—was unearthed in Botswana by the Lucara Diamond Corporation. Previous reports said it was expected to be worth a total of $70 million and net about $35 million for the company.

Large cut diamonds have fetched record prices. For example, an 813 carat diamond called “The Constellation” sold for $63.1 million back in May. It also set the record for being the world’s most expensive diamond. And another, a 14.6 carat diamond called the “Oppenheimer Blue,” sold for $57.6 million at an auction.

Normally large stones, like the ones listed previously, are offered to a handful of sophisticated dealers in the diamond industry. These dealers then study the diamond for weeks to determine how many cut stones the rough one will yield. Once they figure how much the stones will be worth, they submit a sealed bid to the mining company, according to the New York Times.

However, selling the Lesedi La Rona at a public auction breaks this tradition. In order to get the broadest exposure for Lucara’s record-setting find, the diamond corporation has been working with Sotheby’s and Julius Baer, a Swiss bank that has many wealthy private clients around the world, according to the Times.

Whoever buys the Lesedi La Rona, which means “our light” in Setswana, will pay Sotheby’s buyer’s premium, or a 12% fee, on the hammer price for anything over the first $3 million, and a higher percentage of the first $3 million. According to the Times, there is a reserve price below which Lucara would not sell, although that figure is not public.

Since the diamond could be cut to 400 carats, the hammer price does not include whatever the buyer would have to pay to have the stone cut, should he or she decide to do so.

“Nobody knows what a 400-carat diamond is worth,” said William Lamb, chief executive of the Lucara Diamond Corporation.

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The son of now deceased NBA legend Moses Malone says he was brutally attacked outside a popular Houston nightclub.

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An attorney representing Moses Malone Jr. says his client was brutally beaten and robbed at gunpoint of $50,000 in jewelry last Saturday morning. 

George Farah says security at V-Live Houston on Richmond Avenue did nothing to stop the assault and the suspects were allowed to run into the club after the robbery. 

As a result of this incident Malone Jr. is in hiding in another state because his attorney says he fears for his life.

Carl Moore, the attorney representing V-Live, says their security force broke up the attack and the men involved took off running down Richmond Avenue.

Moore says the club prides itself on providing security for all of their customers.

Malone Jr., who is a regular of the bikin bar, can be seen on V-Live throwing money into the air…a gesture known as making it rain.

Meanwhile, Farah says, “all I can tell you is that my client was brutally attacked unnecessarily and there is a police investigation and we will proceed accordingly.”

A spokesperson for the Houston Police Department says they’re still investigating the case and they have a long list of people to question in the incident.

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Earlier this month, our office sent more than 100,000 notices to taxpayers who did not pay their 2015 tax bill. Those accounts are considered delinquent and have been accruing penalty and interest since February 2, 2016. Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan urges those delinquent account holders to contact us immediately to pay their accounts in full, or set-up a payment plan by June 30, 2016. This is their last chance to sign-up before their accounts are turned over to collection attorneys on July 1, 2016.

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Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack
Roady announced today that law enforcement agencies across Galveston
County will be working together to conduct No Refusal Operations for the
upcoming Fourth of July Weekend, July 1 through July 4.
“The Fourth of July holiday weekend is a peak travel and tourist time for
Galveston County, so DWI enforcement will be a priority,” Roady said.
“This Fourth of July weekend, our No Refusal operations will get an extra
boost thanks to enhanced operations by State Troopers with the Texas
Department of Public Safety. They will be joining the rest of law
enforcement officers throughout Galveston County to wage the battle against
drunk drivers.”
In Texas, anyone driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08
grams per deciliter or higher is considered legally impaired. Under the No
Refusal program, police officers may seek blood search warrants for
offenders who are arrested for DWI and refuse the officer’s request for blood
alcohol testing. Blood samples collected can be used as evidence in the DWI
cases.
A DWI arrest and conviction in Texas can cost $17,000 or more: fees include
car towing and impoundment, bail, attorney fees, court costs, hearing and fees
to regain and retain a driver’s license, DWI fines, probation costs, fees for
extended proof of insurance, plus insurance rate hikes.
Local judges will be available to make probable cause determinations and
authorize the blood search warrants. Prosecutors and nurses will also work
through the night to assist police officers with these investigations.

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Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department’s Special Victims Division need the public’s assistance locating Fugitive Terrance Deandrea Miller who is wanted on two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child out of Harris County District Court #174.

Charges were filed based on an incident that occurred on October 20, 1997 when Miller entered a residence located in the 6200 block of Berkridge Dr by forcing the front door open.  He turned off the electricity then entered the bedroom where the juvenile victim was sleeping.  Once inside, Miller covered the juvenile’s face and sexually assaulted her.  He was later identified through additional investigative evidence.

Terrance Deandrea Miller is a  black male, 40 years old, 5’04, 180 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes, short black hair and tattoos on his right shoulder.  Harris County Warrant # 1512718 and 1512719.

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect(s) 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) or via our mobile app (Crime Stoppers Houston). All tipsters remain anonymous.

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A federal grand jury has returned a total of seven separate indictments against individuals alleged to have filed multiple bankruptcy cases to prevent creditors from initiating foreclosure proceedings against their properties, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

The separate, but similar cases charge Hugo O. Parra, 43, of Cypress; Carmen P. Turner, 55, of Missouri City; LaTasha Riles, 47, of Huntsville; Leslie Nicole Breaux, 40, of Sugar Land; and Jermaine S. Thomas, 40, Angelina Gailey, 57, and Patrick Lee Gailey, 25, all of Houston. All are expected to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge in the near future.

The individuals are each charged with filing multiple bankruptcy cases to obtain an “automatic stay” from the bankruptcy courts which would prevent their creditors from initiating foreclosure proceedings against property for which they had outstanding loans.

Each defendant filed multiple bankruptcy cases to prevent a foreclosure proceeding by their creditors, according to the indictments. Each time a creditor would issue a “Notice of Foreclosure,” the defendants would allegedly file a bankruptcy case in order to obtain an automatic stay of the foreclosure. The charges allege that they would take no further action to abide by the requirements of the court to file additional documents and submit a payment plan to the court to pay their debts under the protection of the bankruptcy laws. Following a 45-day-period of no action by the defendants, their cases would be dismissed, according to the indictments.

The number of bankruptcy cases the defendants allegedly filed ranged from four within less than two hears to 12 over a five-year-period.

The defendants did not make any payments to their creditors under a court approved payment plan, according to the charges. Additionally, each time a defendant filed a bankruptcy case, he/she allegedly failed to list all of the cases they had previously filed. They also signed each filing as being true and correct under penalty of perjury, according to the indictments.

Each person is charged with bankruptcy fraud-scheme to defraud and making false declarations under penalty of perjury. If convicted of either charge, they face up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

The FBI conducted the investigations with the assistance of the U.S. Trustee’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Quincy L. Ollison is prosecuting the cases.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

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At 9 a.m. today (June 24), officers with the Houston Police Department Bicycle Relay Team departed from City Hall on the first leg of their nine-day, 2,500 mile journey to San Francisco to raise money to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

“This year is going to be tough,” said HPD Senior Police Officer Jorge Gaytan. “But I know our cancer patients, those fighting the disease, those in the hospital, would trade places with us any day of the week.”

This is the 35th year HPD officers have donated their time to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. To date, officers have traveled almost 74,000 miles and raised more than $5.7 million to help find a cure and improve the quality of life for those battling blood-related cancers.

“These riders buy their own bikes. They train on their own, pay for their own jerseys, pay for their meals,” said Officer Gaytan. “Each and every one of them knows the more money that goes toward research, the closer we can get to a cure.”

Team members will wear at least one “dog tag” featuring the name of the patient or survivor who serves as their inspiration.

“The jingling is to remind us not to quit, not to give up,” said Officer Gaytan.

If you would like to help a Glen Flora Volunteer firefighter who is in the hospital please follow the contact information below.

You can contact Adraylle Watson personally by calling: 979-533-0418

All donations out to can be made out to Adraylle L. Watson Fund and may be sent to P.O. Box 86 Glen Flora, TX 77443. Anyone that would like to help partake and volunteer with Mr. Watson’s fundraiser, you may contact the Glen Flora Vol. Fire Dept. at gfvfd.14@outlook.com or 979.533.1829.

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Make sure you tune into the Isiah Factor Uncensored tonight at 9 PM with Houston’s own Joe Young of the Indiana Pacers and how he’s giving back to the community in a big way this weekend plus more. Set your DVR now or join us live at The Union Kitchen in Bellaire….tonight at 9 PM on #fox26news