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A Montgomery County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable arrested a Houston man Tuesday after discovering he had a large quantity of MDMA, the designer drug most commonly known as “ecstasy,” as well as marijuana.

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Around 2 p.m., the deputy was patrolling US 59 near SH 242 when he initiated a traffic stop on a 2015 Toyota Corolla that was exceeding the posted speed limit.  The deputy approached the vehicle and when the window was rolled down, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana. The driver, Delwin Jones, said people were smoking marijuana in his vehicle the previous night and denied there was marijuana or other contraband in his vehicle. Jones gave the deputy his consent to search the vehicle, and then began acting extremely nervous.

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Hidden inside the vehicle, the deputy found a large bag containing approximately 800 MDMA pills, along with a digital scale and three plastic bags containing marijuana. Jones admitted the items belonged to him, and the pills are sold for $4 to $10, making the street value $3,200 to $8,000. Manufacturers of the illegal pills often imprint them with a symbol identifying their “brand.”

Law enforcement across the nation has found an unending variety of symbols on confiscated ecstasy pills, which are also made in a variety of colors. All the pills in Jones’ possession were imprinted with the handicapped symbol.

Delwin Jermaine Jones, 28, of Houston is charged with first-degree felony Manufacture / Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Penalty Group 1) more than 200 grams, but less than 400 grams.
Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy”

Hayden said he was glad the drugs were confiscated, not just because they are illegal, but also very dangerous.
“MDMA is a dangerous drug in and of itself, but that danger is compounded by the fact that the pills are manufactured in clandestine labs with no oversight and there’s no way for a user to know what’s really in the pill they’re taking or how strong it will be,” Constable Hayden said. “It’s the pharmaceutical equivalent of Russian Roulette.”
They also pose a threat to small children because of their resemblance to candy, the Constable said.

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The new multimillion dollar computer system at Municipal court goes hot Thursday. It’s been a project in the works since 2006 that has failed several times. After spending more than $40 million dollars on the project I’m sure city officials are praying it works this time.

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Official Press Release:

The City of Houston Municipal Courts Department is transitioning to a new court case management system. During this temporary transition period, which begins Saturday, March 21, 2015 and ends April 2, 2015, certain court services will be unavailable.  However, the following services will continue to be available at most Municipal Court locations:

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Jail Bonding
Payments (including Parking Citations, Deferred Compliance, etc.)
PLEASE NOTE: KIOSKS, IVR and Online Payment System will be unavailable beginning at noon, March 20, 2015. Other options to make payments are to mail your payment to PO Box 4996, Houston, TX 77210
Appeals
Completion Documents (Driving Safety Course (DSC), Deferred Disposition)
Motions For New Trials
Parking Adjudication Hearings
DPS Driver Record Printing Services
Notary Services
Wedding Services
For more specific information regarding court cases or general court questions, individuals dial 3-1-1 (713.837.0311 if outside of Houston) to speak with a Municipal Courts representative.

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Reduced Services FAQ’s

Why is this happening?

Municipal Courts is implementing a new court case management system. This temporary reduction in certain services is necessary during the transition.

What if I have a court date during this timeframe?

You should call 3-1-1 to confirm that your case has been reset prior to your arrival.

Will I be able to post a bond to get out of jail?

Yes, jail bonding services will remain available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What should I do if I have paperwork that is due to be turned in?

You may mail it to P.O. Box 4996, Houston, Texas 77210, or you may bring it in person to 1400 Lubbock, Houston, Texas 77002.

Can I still make payments?

Yes. Payments will be accepted by mail and at the following Municipal Courts locations:

·        Herbert W. Gee Municipal Courthouse, 1400 Lubbock, 77002
·        Southeast Command Station, 8300 Mykawa, 77048
·        Westside Command Station, 3203 South Dairy Ashford, 77082
·        North Command Station, 9455 West Montgomery, 77088

Will the Annex Courts at Kingwood and Clear Lake be open during this period?

The Kingwood Annex Court, which is located at 3915 Rustic Woods, Kingwood, Texas 77339 and is open weekly on Wednesday, will be closed only Wednesday, March 25, 2015.  The Clear Lake Annex Court, which is located in the Clear Lake Sub-Station, 2855 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, Texas 77058, will be closed only Thursday, March 26, 2015.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, checks, money orders, American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.

Will there be jury service during this period?

There will be no jury service from March 23, 2015 through April 1, 2015.  If you received a juror summons during this time period, please call 713.247.5464.

When will this period end?

The transition period will end when the new system goes live, April 2, 2015.

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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