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The National Black United Front (NBUF) Houston-Chapter will not just talk about harnessing Black economic power; we will practice self-determination with our Fight Back! Buy Black Shopping and History tour on Saturday, February 14, 2014. While on the bus we learn about our illustrious history.  The businesses on the tour have shown a commitment to our community as a whole. Registration fee for the bus is $20.00. Deadline Monday, February 2, 2014.

12 Black Businesses & Organizations Will Be Supported During This Tour

Featuring: Black Kollectibles, Meats & Spices, Caribbean & Vegetarian Cuisine, Black Media, Hair Care Products, Black Cleaners, Clothing, Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
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Outline of Tour

FRIDAY, February 13 4:00pm meet at Unity Bank 2602 Blodgett  St. 77004  713-387-7400 opening bank accounts

SATURDAY, February 14  8:OOam NBUF 2428  Southmore Blvd. Hou, TX Depart

9:00am-10am 1st STOP Shirley Ann’s Black Kollectibles & Flowers 6130 Wheatley St. 77091 713-692-1195

10:30am-11:30am 2nd STOP DAVIS Meat Market  2204 Lockwood  713-672-1803

12noon-12:30pm 3rd STOP Forward Times Newspaper 4411 Almeda Rd. 77004 713-526-4727 sign up for subscriptions

12:30 -2:30pm 4th STOP LUNCH Green Seed 4320 Almeda 844-365-8346 & Reggae Hut 4814 Almeda Rd 713-520-7171

                        Shopping @ Reggae Bodega 4816 Almeda Rd 713-269-0241 & Mr. Indian 

                                                       Hair & Mid City Cleaners 4804 Almed Rd.

2:45pm-4:00pm 5th STOP  NUWATERS 2320 Elgin St. & AllRealRadio 2325 Holman St

RETURN NBUF 4:15pm 2428 Southmore Blvd      

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A Houston rapper is lucky to be alive tonight after he says he stared down the barrel of a gun and was pistol whipped.

Tai Carr, known to fans by the stage name Doughbeezy, says he was attacked when he went to a friend’s house in the Houston Heights on Tuesday night.

Houston police say Doughbeezy walked right into the middle of a home invasion.

Carr posted on Instagram after he was attacked that he made his way to his vehicle and grabbed a gun out of the trunk. He ended his story there, but police say a victim, who they did not positively identify as Doughbeezy, took a gun out of a truck and shot and killed one of the home invaders.

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“I definitely see Doughbeezy as a hero,” said Houston-based and nationally-recognized rapper Paul Wall during an interview with FOX 26 News. Wall also considers Doughbeezy a friend.

A representative for Doughbeezy says that the rapper will not be doing any interviews but he is recovering at home. That representative also says Doughbeezy and his attorney will talk when it is necessary.

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A spokesperson for the Houston Police Department says the case will go before a Harris County grand jury as a result of the deadly shooting.

Police took one man, identified as 23-year-old Marquez Romero Heckard, into custody at a nearby Wendy’s restaurant.

Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. is asking you to mark your calendars for an HPD Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, February 7. The Chief is inviting you and your neighbors to meet with him and top HPD commanders at the HPD Citywide Town Hall Meeting, from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, February 7, at the Granville M. Sawyer Auditorium, Texas Southern University Campus, 3100 Cleburne Street.

Free parking will be provided on the TSU campus, as will accommodations for hearing-impaired citizens.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in the “Shoot, Don’t Shoot” simulator, as well as view displays of the HPD Helicopter and the SWAT Tactical Vehicle.

Chief McClelland and his commanders will take questions one-on-one and in group settings to find out what issues are of most importance to you and your neighbors. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to voice concerns and ask questions. The event will also be live-streamed on the HPD YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/houstonpolicedept and live-blogged at www.hpdtownhallmeeting.blogspot.com

Following Chief McClelland’s address and a question-and-answer period, you will be able to break into smaller groups to meet with HPD patrol captains who oversee your neighborhoods.  Members of various HPD divisions including Internal Affairs, Homicide and Juvenile will also be present.

A video clip of last year’s Town Hall Meeting can be viewed on the HPD YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JencRauhEk. Photos of last year’s Town Hall meeting can be viewed on the HPD Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonpolice/sets/72157640603919883/

For more information regarding this event, visitwww.houstonpolice.org or call 713-308-3200.

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The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office remains vigilant in their effort to take suspected child predators off the streets…

Back in February 52 year old Mazen Elzarka was arrested for soliciting a minor for sex while online.

The Spring resident goes to trial this week in Conroe and a jury will decide if he will spend a significant amount of time behind bars if he is found guilty of the crime. 

Investigators say Elzarka also arranged to have sex with the minor once they met. 

The case is being heard in Montgomery County.

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Apparently,  a stolen van driven by a thief or group of thieves wasn’t strong enought to get the job done in the Woodlands Tuesday morning.

Investigators in Montgomery County say a stolen van from Humble was used to try and smash into a Costco around 4 Tuesday morning.

The attempt utlimately failed because the suspects were not able to penetrate the iron overhang door at the store on I-45 at Highway 242.

The Factor spoke with the manager of the store who says while he’s not absolutely sure he doesn’t believe the would be burglars got away with anything.

However,  there was substantial damaged to the double doors where the culprits attempted to ram through. 

WANTED!

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The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying two individuals from a series of still photos.  The individuals are suspects in an aggravated robbery that occurred on December 30, 2014. 

On December 30, 2014, at approximately 12:45 AM, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 300 block of Valleywood Road, in reference to an aggravated robbery.  The complainant reported that as she was getting in her car to leave an apartment complex, a male approached her driver side window asking for directions.  Reportedly as the complainant rolled down her window, the male brandished a handgun demanding her purse and car keys.  The complainant complied with the actors demands.  The actor, who was accompanied by a female, proceeded to a light colored sedan, which both the actors fled in.  

The two suspects in the still photos were taken while utilizing credit cards that were in the complainant’s purse.  The photos were taken shortly after the robbery.  The suspect utilized the complainant’s credit cards at several location throughout the Spring and Tomball areas

If you have information regarding the robbery or identification of the suspects in the still photos, please contact Detective K Williams at 936-760-5876.

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.

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Neighbors in the quiet hidden Woodlands neighborhood say they didn’t see it on Northline Road but they surely heard it.

They describe it as a loud crash.

Investigators say it was a small helicopter operated by one man.

It crashed on the property line of a church and a private home just after noon in Montgomery County

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were on the scene combing through the wreckage where the pilot was killed…

State investigators say they have no idea who he is at this time or where he came from.

In the meantime, those who live in the sudvision just off Gosling near 242 say this is more than they expected on a quiet Friday afternoon.

The NTSB is also expected to launch an investigation.

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Charges have been filed against three suspects arrested in the fatal shooting of a man found at 10131 Emnora about 7 a.m. on November 16, 2014.

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The three suspects are Andres Rojo (H/m, 19), Jorge Castro (H/m, 17) and Edgardo Ligas (H/m, 19).  Each is charged with capital murder in the 337th State District Court.  Photos of all three males are attached to this news release.

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The victim, Rikko Armando Valencia, 19, of Houston, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Racus, Senior Police Officers L. Lovelace and X. Avila, and Officer L. Bailey reported: 

Mr. Valencia got off work about 4:20 a.m. and was walking home.  As Valencia crossed a church parking lot at the above address, he was shot by an unknown suspect(s).  A groundskeeper arrived at the building about 7 a.m. and found Valencia deceased in the parking lot. 

Further investigation identified three males as suspects in this case.  Those suspects, Rojo, Castro and Ligas, were arrested on Thursday (Jan. 15) without incident.  Each admitted to his role in the murder, stating robbery was the motive.  

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Investigators in the Houston Police Homicide Division Cold Case Unit have solved a 1984 investigation into the murders of two women.

The suspect, Edmond Beauregard Degan (w/m, 57), is charged with capital murder in the 208th State District Court.  He is accused in the deaths of Yleen Kennedy, 33, and Lillie Kennedy, 23, of the above address.  A photo of suspect Degan is attached to this news release. 

HPD Homicide Division Cold Case Unit Sergeant P. Motard reported: 

On March 5, 1984, Yleen and Lillie Kennedy were found deceased with gunshot wounds inside Yleen’s home at 600 East 12th Street.  The home had been rummaged through and property had been taken.  An extensive investigation was conducted with no suspects identified at that time. 

In 2009, the case was reviewed by the HPD Homicide Division’s Cold Case Unit and evidence found at the scene was processed.  A DNA profile was developed and entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).  However, no known match was found and all possible leads at that time were exhausted. 

In late 2014, investigators in the Cold Case Unit received information from an individual who identified Edmond Degan as a possible suspect.  Investigators determined Degan still lived in the Houston area.  Forensic evidence obtained from Degan was entered into CODIS and a high probability match was found to evidence in the 1984 case. 

On Wednesday (Jan. 14), Degan was arrested and subsequently charged for his role in the deaths of Yleen and Lillie Kennedy.

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Today, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) filed SB 304, legislation designed to raise the standards of Texas nursing homes and protect seniors from systematic abuse and neglect.

“This bill is about protecting some of our most vulnerable Texans,” said Schwertner.  “Our citizens deserve to know that their parents and grandparents are being cared for in a nurturing environment, free from abuse and neglect.”

If passed, SB 304 would require the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) to revoke the license of any nursing facility with three or more serious health and safety violations.   These high-level violations are defined as those that “have caused, or are likely to cause, serious injury, harm, impairment, or death.”

“It’s time for Texas to get serious about protecting the lives of our seniors, and state sanctions need to be viewed as more than just a cost of doing business,” said Schwertner.  “Operators of these kinds of nursing facilities need to understand that there are real consequences for jeopardizing the health and safety of their residents.”
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In November 2014, Dr. Charles Schwertner was overwhelmingly reelected to serve the citizens of Senate District 5, a ten-county region of central and east Texas.  Following the 83rd Legislative Session, Senator Schwertner was named a “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition, a “Lone Star Conservative Leader” by the Texas Conservative Roundtable, and “Senate Freshman of the Year” by Texas Monthly magazine.

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Attorney Donald Worley wins major judgement

Harris County Texas judge has ruled in favor of plaintiff Honorio Barragan, and issued a judgment awarding damages of approximately $1.36 million in a lawsuit filed by Houston based law firm McDonald Worley on behalf of the plaintiff.  Don Worley led his firm’s team of personal injury attorneys in this case. (CAUSE NO. 2012-49400)

The lawsuit resulted from injuries the plaintiff received following being hired to repair the roof of a commercial building owned by the defendant in Harris County Texas.  The building had an unsafe awning and the defendant was ruled negligent as the conditions posed an unreasonable risk of harm to Mr. Barragan, whom plaintiff’s attorneys argued should have been warned of the danger.

“This case was about providing closure to the Mr. Barragan and giving him his day in court about the wrongs he suffered,” stated Mr. Worley.

According to the firm, under Texas law in circumstances where a commercial building poses an unsafe condition the owner is required to warn of the dangerous conditions and if someone gets hurt, the owner is responsible for damages.

The case documents describe the plaintiff as having stood on the awning to the building at the owner’s instruction when the awning collapsed.  Mr. Barragan fell to the ground and a bucket of hot tar spilled on him causing severe burns.

“We are pleased Mr. Barragan will receive compensation for his injuries and justice from this ruling,” stated lead trial attorneyDon Worley when asked about the judgment.

According to trial transcripts from court records, the plaintiff described suffering from severe mental anguish, permanent scarring, great and ongoing pain, and incurred medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.

“The people of Houston have a reasonable expectation of safe conditions and adequate warnings in instances of dangerous environments have the potential of causing injury,” added Mr. Worley.