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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!

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A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit accusing Wells Fargo NA of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). If you received an autodialed call or prerecorded voice message from Wells Fargo that attempted to collect on a consumer credit card account, you may be eligible for benefits from the class action settlement.

The TCPA class action lawsuit alleged that Wells Fargo placed calls to cell phones in violation of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The plaintiff alleged she received calls from Wells Fargo that were intended for the collection of another person’s credit card account. Further, these calls allegedly featured a prerecorded voice message or were made with an autodialer, in violation of the TCPA. According to the class action lawsuit, the plaintiff did not have a credit card account with Wells Fargo and never gave her express consent to receive the calls.

Wells Fargo denies the allegations but has agreed to pay nearly $14 million to settle the TCPA class action lawsuit to avoid the expense and uncertainty of continued litigation. More than 4 million consumers may be eligible for benefits from the Wells Fargo class action settlement.

Who’s Eligible

Class Members of the Wells Fargo TCPA class action settlement include cell phone users or subscribers to wireless/cellular service within the United States who received a call from Wells Fargo with automated dialing or prerecorded voice technology in an effort to collect on a consumer credit card account between Nov. 1, 2009 and Sept. 17, 2014.

Potential Award

Each eligible Class Member who submits a valid and timely claim will receive a pro rata payment from the class action settlement fund. The actual amount each claimant receives will depend on the total number of approved claims.

How to sign up – click here!

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Houston police are asking for the public’s help in identifying three suspects wanted in at least seven robberies of cell phone stores and one robbery at a fast-food restaurant in the southwest Houston area since February.  

The suspects are described only as three black males, 17 to 20 years of age.  One suspect is about 6 feet tall, about 165 pounds, and has a medium complexion.  The other two suspects are about 5 feet 9 inches tall, about 135 pounds and have dark complexions.  Surveillance video of the suspects can be viewed on the HPD YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/CIq5tjlL9X4.  Surveillance photos of the suspects are attached to this news release.  

The suspects are believed responsible for robberies at the following locations:  

Cricket Store at 8658 South Braeswood about 7:10 p.m. on February 2Cricket Store at 8658 South Braeswood about 6:50 p.m. on February 8Cricket Store at 8658 South Braeswood about 1:50 p.m. on February 23Cricket Store at 9621 Fondren Road about 7:40 p.m. on February 28Cricket Store at 7245 Bissonnet about 11:50 a.m. on March 2Boost Mobile Store at 7600 Sanford about 2:40 p.m. on March 3McDonald’s at 10900 Beechnut about 5:20 p.m. on March 8Cricket Store at 9621 Fondren about 7:45 p.m. on March 20

In each incident, the suspects entered the location acting as customers and asked questions about cell phone prices and service plans.  At some point, one suspect pulls out a gun, demands money from the register and the safe and threatens to shoot the employees if their demands are not met.  The suspects then steal new cell phones and flee the scene on foot.  In at least one incident, there was a possible vehicle, described as a white or silver Buick or Impala.    

Anyone with information in these case or on the identity of the wanted suspects is urged to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.  

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Fix it: If the city of Houston ever felt generous about capital improvements then this is the project…

This is likely the worst stretch of sidewalk in the city on Eagle at Delano (The Third Ward) that I have ever seen.

If a person on a bike or a wheelchair hits this…they’re done.

Have you seen sidewalks like this before and where?

(Note: It’s my understanding homeowners are responsible for the sidewalks unless they can’t afford it and there is a public accessibility issue – Houston we have an issue!)