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One Houston resident is angry after learning he may just have to live with loud explosions at his home.

The man, who’s name we’re not releasing, is complaining about HPD’S bomb range near George Bush International Airport.
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The resident says the loud explosions from the bomb range frightens his pet and shakes his house.

It’s been an ongoing issue for the last few years with residents who live near HPD’S training facility for the bomb squad.

Howerver, residents like Clyde Moody has accepted the noise he says as long as HPD notifies him before the blasts.

Moody says the department has done an excellent job with keeping him informed.

However,  the other resident, who recently started staying home in the day writes:

I have lived in the area for 12 years…until recently I have not been home during the day…That is when I noticed the loud explosions and my pet’s reaction, and the rattling of the windows when the explosions occur.

I am not aware of a notification list.  How would this make a difference if there may be possible long-term damage?

HPD is looking into this matter for the Factor.

Nearly 1,000 gang members and associates from 239 different gangs were arrested in 282 cities across the U.S. during Project Wildfire, a six-week operation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The operation targeted transnational criminal gangs and others associated with transnational criminal activity.

“Criminal gangs inflict violence and fear upon our communities, and without the attention of law enforcement, these groups can spread like a cancer,” said ICE Director Sarah R. Saldaña. “That’s why ICE works with law enforcement partners around the country to stamp out gang activity wherever it takes place.”

Project Wildfire was a surge operation led by the HSI National Gang Unit and ran Feb. 23 to March 31. HSI special agents worked with 215 state, local and federal law enforcement partners, including ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), to apprehend individuals from various gangs.

This operation was part of HSI’s Operation Community Shield, a global initiative, where HSI collaborates with federal, state and local law enforcement partners to combat the growth and proliferation of transnational criminal street gangs, prison gangs and outlaw motorcycle gangs in the United States and abroad. Through its domestic and international Operation Community Shield task forces, HSI leverages its worldwide presence and expansive statutory and civil enforcement authorities to mitigate the threats posted by these global networks, often through the tracing and seizing of cash, weapons and other illicit proceeds.

Most of the individuals arrested during Project Wildfire were U.S. citizens, but 199 foreign nationals were also arrested, from 18 countries in South and Central America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.

Of the individuals arrested, 976 were gang members and associates. HSI agents also arrested – or assisted in the arrest – of 231 other individuals on federal and/or state criminal violations and administrative immigration violations, for a total of 1,207 arrests. Of the total 1,207 arrested, 1,057 were males and 150 were females.

Of the 976 gang members or associates arrested: 913 were charged with criminal offenses and 63 were arrested administratively for immigration violations; 650 had violent criminal histories, including 19 individuals wanted on active warrants for murder and 15 for rape or sexual assault; and 199 were foreign nationals, of which 151 were gang members and gang associates.

The majority of arrestees were affiliated with the Sureños, Norteños, Bloods, Crips, Puerto Rican-based gangs and several prison-based gangs.

Enforcement actions occurred around the country, with the greatest activity taking place in the San Juan, Dallas, El Paso, Los Angeles and Detroit HSI areas.

Enforcement actions conducted during Project Wildfire include:

In Puerto Rico and central Florida, 46 members of the Zorrilla criminal organization were arrested for various charges of manufacturing and distributing narcotics, money laundering and other related criminal activity.
In Lubbock, Texas, HSI special agents and task force officers arrested 122 known or suspected gang members and associates from the Bloods, Crips Rollin 60s, Mexican Mafia, Sureños, West Texas, Raza Unida, Aryan Brotherhood, White Aryan Resistance, West Side, Gangster Disciples, Peckerwood, Texas Syndicate and West Texas Tango.
In the Detroit area, HSI special agents and task force officers arrested 89 gang members and associates with ties to gangs such as the Latin Counts, Folk Nation, Sureños and Atherton Terrace.
In the Chicago area, HSI special agents arrested 30 gang members and affiliates with ties to the Sureños 13, Latin Kings, La Raza, Conservative Vice Lords, Gangster Disciples, 4 Corner Hustlers, Maniac Latin Disciples and the Vice Lords.
In California’s Imperial Valley, HSI special agents arrested 28 individuals, including 10 documented gang members of the Brole, North Side Centro, West Side Centro, South Side Centro and Pilgrim Street gangs.
HSI special agents also seized 82 firearms, 5.2 kilograms of methamphetamine, 7.8 kilograms of marijuana, 5.6 kilograms of cocaine, 1.5 kilograms of heroin, $379,399 in U.S currency, counterfeit merchandise with a manufactures suggested retail price of $547,534 and five vehicles during Project Wildfire.

Since the inception of Operation Community Shield in February 2005, HSI special agents working in conjunction with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies have arrested more than 36,000 street gang members and associates linked to more than 2,600 different gangs. At least 46 percent of those arrested had a violent criminal history. More than 490 of those arrested were gang leaders, and more than 4,700 were MS-13 gang members or associates. Through this initiative, HSI has seized more than 6,600 firearms nationally.

The National Gang Unit oversees HSI’s expansive transnational gang portfolio and enables special agents to bring the fight to these criminal enterprises through the development of uniform enforcement and intelligence-sharing strategies.

To report suspicious activity, call ICE’s 24-hour toll-free hotline at: 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or visit www.ice.gov.

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On Monday, April 6, 2015, a jury in the 221st District Court of Montgomery County, Texas, sentenced Brian
Vanorman, 51 years old, to 60 years in prison for Burglary of a Habitation. On Thursday, April 2, 2015, the jury
found Vanorman guilty of Burglary of a Habitation but found him not guilty of Assault on a Public Servant.
District Court Judge Lisa Michalk presided.

In the late hours of June 8, 2014, the defendant’s ex-girlfriend, Kathy Foote, was awakened by the
defendant who demanded to be let in to her home. When she refused, the defendant began throwing cement
blocks on the top of Foote’s roof. When Foote continued to refuse to let him into her home, the defendant
kicked in the back door and began vandalizing the home. During this vandalism, he assaulted Foote by hitting
her in the back of the head. When police arrived, the defendant had fled from the home, but returned shortly after police arrived and was arrested.

During this arrest, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Sgt. Clay Swilling was
injured when he fell, tearing his ACL.
At trial, Vanorman maintained that he did not break into the home, but was consensually let in, and
further claimed that he lived in the home at the time of the break in.

However, the prosecutor in the case,
Assistant District Attorney, Sheri Culberson, was able to elicit testimony from victim Kathy Foote regarding her
refusal to let the defendant in, and testimony from Deputy Jason Henson, who was on scene, that none of the
defendant’s possessions were found inside the house. The jury found Vanorman guilty of Burglary of a
Habitation in approximately an hour and a half.

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Crime Prevention and K-9 Events

Come learn how dog walkers can report suspicious activity at The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch official Dog Walker Watch Kick-Off event.  Dog Walker Watch is a crime prevention initiative which encourages dog walkers to serve as extra eyes and ears for law enforcement and to report suspicious activity. The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch will be hosting several training sessions that will promote a heightened awareness of behaviors that might appear suspicious, what information is important and how to report it to law enforcement.

See K-9 and Crime Prevention Demonstrations
Win Prizes and Give-a-Ways
Visit with local K-9 Organizations and Rescue Groups
Get treats from the Natural Pawz treat truck!
Donate Food and Blankets to benefit the Montgomery County Animal Shelter
Dog Walker Watch Kick-Off
Saturday, April 11, 2015
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Shadowbend Park, 4995 Lake Woodlands Dr., 77381

Attendees are invited to participate in additional training sessions and view demonstrations that will be offered at the Tails and Trails event.

Tails and Trails Event
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Noon to 4 p.m.
Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Dr, 77389

For more information, please visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/neighborhoodservices or call The Woodlands Township at 281-210-3800.

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As a result of an ongoing investigation into a robbery that occurred on March 16, 2015, that occurred at a Walgreens store in the 3600 block of College Park Drive, in The Woodlands, Texas, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Major Crime Investigators were able to secure arrest warrants on two suspects. 

Clarence Dewayne Johnson was arrested on March 31 and was charged with aggravated robbery for his involvement in the robbery that occurred on March 16.  Duane Daeshaun Butler was arrested on April 2 and was charged with aggravated robbery for his involvement in the robbery that occurred on March 16.  The investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Major Crime investigators additionally revealed that Duane Butler was involved in a robbery that occurred at a Subway restaurant on February 20, 2015, located in the 300 block of Sawdust Road, in Spring, Texas.  Mr. Butler was additionally arrested and charged with aggravated robbery for his involvement in that robbery. 

The investigation into these robberies are still ongoing and Major Crimes Detectives are working with other surrounding local law enforcement agencies into these suspects involvement in other criminal offenses.

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Original report on Fox 26 News!

Ali Irsan, 58, has been convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Irsan’s wife—Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh, 38—and daughter—Nadia Irsan, 31—have also been convicted by previously entering guilty pleas to making false statements in association with the fraud scheme.
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Ali Irsan is a naturalized U.S. Citizen from Jordan and a resident of Conroe. He and members of his family received Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is needs-based benefit provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSI pays monthly benefits to the disabled, who DO NOT have resources. An individual with resources, excluding a home and a car, is ineligible for SSI.

On or about Sept. 4, 2002, Ali Irsan applied for SSI benefits claiming he had been disabled and unable to work since 1990. However, Irsan failed to report that he maintained a bank account in Jordan with a balance that fluctuated from approximately $4,000 to $16,000. Also, in January 2010, Ali Irsan received a settlement check for $75,000, which he failed to report to the SSA. Shmou and Nadia Irsan falsified documents in order to aid the fraud scheme involving the disability benefits.

The three family members will remain in custody pending their sentencing hearing, which is set for June 2015. At that time each face up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

The investigation leading to the charges was led by SSA—Office of Inspector General with the assistance of FBI, Houston Police Department and sheriff’s offices in Harris and Montgomery Counties among others. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim McAlister is prosecuting the case.

This content has been reproduced from its original source.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:  Phil Simmons

Monday, April 6, 2015

president@ofha.org

Media Advisory

Who:               Oak Forest Homeowners Association and Houston Fire Department

What:              Presentation to Houston Fire Chief Garrison with $23,885.87 donation                       generated through Oak Forest Homeowner’s Association Fundraising activities.

When:             10:00 AM, Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Where:           Houston Fire Department Station 13

                        2215 W 43rd Street

                        Houston, TX 77018

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The Crisis Intervention Response Teams created by Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia in cooperation with other government agencies have now diverted more than 1,000 people to emergency mental health treatment rather than place them in county jail cells where they would face relatively minor charges.

“This is the safer, smarter, less expensive approach to dealing with the many cases every day in which deputies and other law enforcement officers encounter people in mental health crisis,” Garcia said. “It doesn’t just help sick people get better sooner; it also helps prevent tragedies, crimes, and heavier burdens on taxpayers.”

In the Houston area, mental health crisis response teams in law enforcement were pioneered by the Houston Police Department, which has 10 two-person teams that respond to 911 calls potentially involving a person with mental illness. Each team is an officer with special training and a civilian clinician from the Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County.

The service did not exist for the 1.7 million people in the county’s unincorporated areas until Sheriff Garcia convinced Commissioners Court during an employee hiring freeze in 2011 to fund positions for three county teams. The Sheriff’s Office now has 11 teams and will launch the 12th this month.

Since its October 2011 start, HCSO CIRT has responded to 7,861 calls for service. In 2,798, a subject was taken for treatment under an emergency detention order to the MHMRA NeuroPsychiatric Center, Harris Health’s Ben Taub Hospital, a Veterans Administration facility or private care facility such as a Memorial Hermann Mental Health Crisis Clinic.

In 1,020 of the instances involving emergency care, the subjects would have been charged and jailed for violations such as trespassing or criminal mischief if CIRT had not existed. These diversions to care have saved taxpayers at least $1.1 million in jail costs and perhaps many more millions of dollars depending on how long each person would have had to stay behind bars.

The sheriff’s staff has worked closely with all entities listed above to expand and improve the program.

“Look at the results,” Sheriff Garcia said. “Obviously this service was desperately needed for all of Harris County. While we try to serve the community in every way possible, especially when there’s an emergency, people with mental illness are just that – ill people. Whenever possible, illness should be dealt with by medical professionals first, not correctional facilities.”

When CIRT responses do not lead to emergency treatment or arrest, cases are often resolved by placing subjects in the care of families and their physicians.

The sheriff emphasized that during an emergency mental health crisis, witnesses or the person with the illness should call 911 for a law enforcement response only when the crisis might involve the commission of a crime. In emergency cases that do not involve a crime, options include calling MHMRA toll-free at 866-970-4770 or the Crisis Intervention of Houston at 713-HOTLINE (468-5463). The Mental Health Association of Greater Houston offers a non-emergency referral service at 713-523-8963.

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Members of the media are camped out at the Harris Cunty Sheriff’s office waiting on the man who has been arrested in last month’s road rage incident.  He’s already in the detective’s office and he will soon be walked and that’s where we will see if this artist’s rendering matches the actual guy.

Sources identify the man in custody as Deitrich Evans of Houston.

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FROM SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT:

UPDATE: 04/06/2015: A suspect has been arrested in connection to last month’s ‘road rage’ shooting on the North Freeway.

No other information will be released at this time pending further investigation.

(HOUSTON, TX) – HCSO investigators are releasing a composite sketch of the man who shot and wounded a driver during a ‘road rage’ incident in north Harris County last Friday.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned black male in his late 20’s to early 30’s. He has a slim face, is possibly tall, and was wearing a dark blue or black cap. He was driving an older model white SUV, possibly a Suburban or Tahoe.

The incident occurred on Friday, March 20, 2015 at approximately 7:15 a.m.

According to the victim, it started in the 17300 block of the southbound feeder of I-45 and ended in the 16700 block.

The victim told investigators she turned on to the southbound feeder road from Bammel Westfield Rd. Once on the feeder road, she says she was ‘cut off’ by the suspect. The suspect pulled up next to her yelling for her to roll down her window. The victim continued traveling southbound as she merged onto the entrance ramp to the main lanes of the North Freeway. As she entered the ramp, she heard a loud noise, then felt a pain in the lower back of her head. She was able to pull over, realized she had been shot, and called 911. The suspect continued traveling southbound on the feeder road.

Anyone with any information about this suspect’s identity and/or location is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477), or submit a tip via iWatchHarrisCounty.

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It’s been one long and gutt wrenching search for 20 year old Kyle Rugg.

Monday morning they’re out searching again at the last place (Lake Livingston ) the Katy resident was seen with a close friend.

Kyle’s family has gone from store to store in Katy and even searched the Bayous in Harris County since he disappeared on March 4th…That’s  after they say he went to Lake Livingston with a close friend. Kyle’s  family says once there he then left with two guys he recently met at a party.

Judy Rugg, Kyle’s mother, says, “the weather got bad and they decided to leave Mike stayed Kyle got in the car with these friends to come back…cuz Kyle seemed to know them. ”

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Lake Livingston was the last place Rugg, who was living with that friend Mike, was seen.

Rugg left his vehicle, a 2003 Silver Hyundai Elantra, here at Mike’s apartment in Katy the day of the trip to Lake Livingston…but after Kyle disappeared on March 4th so did the car.

Kyle’s brother says, “so, we know that they took his keys and something happened to him when he was with those two guys but somehow somebody moved the vehicle.  ”

Rugg’s mother and brother say Kyle had plans to go to welding school and worked from time to time in construction…but they say this disappearance is not like the young man who wanted to be self sufficient and independent.

“He has never disappeared before like I said if he wasn’t with us he was with his friends,” says Judy.

A search is underway at Lake Livington this morning headed by Equusearch and Kyle’s family.

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With more people dying senselessly on Texas roads due to distracted driving, the Texas Department of Transportation kicks off its annual “Talk, Text, Crash” campaign to urge drivers to give their full attention to the road. TxDOT’s campaign coincides with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.

“Nearly 1 in 5 traffic crashes in Texas is caused by a distracted driver,” said TxDOT Deputy Executive Director John Barton. “Last year, 468 people were killed because someone took their attention off the road. How important is a fleeting distraction when it could end in the death of someone, perhaps even one of your loved ones?”

Distracted driving-related crashes in Texas are highest among 16- to 24-year-olds. In 2014, there were 100,825 crashes in Texas involving distracted driving — up 6 percent from the previous year.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers using a mobile phone are four times more likely to cause serious injury in a crash. Text messaging is particularly dangerous. New research conducted last year by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute showed it takes a driver double the amount of time to react when they are distracted by text messaging. Additionally, sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.

While mobile phone use is the most recognizable driving distraction, any type of behavior that draws a motorist’s attention away from driving is dangerous. TxDOT urges drivers to refrain from:

Texting
Checking email
Eating and drinking
Grooming
Reading

Programming a navigation system
Adjusting music or other audio device
If a distraction absolutely requires immediate attention, TxDOT reminds drivers to pull over to a safe location and come to a complete stop before diverting their attention.

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Empire writer and producer Attica Locke is focusing on her roots with her latest book.

Pleasantville is a book that takes an in depth look at politics in Houston.

Here’s more about the book:

In this sophisticated thriller, lawyer Jay Porter, hero of Attica Locke’s bestseller Black Water Rising, returns to fight one last case, only to become embroiled once again in a dangerous game of shadowy politics and a witness to how far those in power are willing to go to win.

Fifteen years after the events of Black Water Rising, Jay Porter is struggling to cope with catastrophic changes in his personal life and the disintegration of his environmental law practice. His victory against Cole Oil is still the crown jewel of his career, even if he hasn’t yet seen a dime thanks to appeals. But time has taken its toll. Tired and restless, he’s ready to quit.

When a girl goes missing on Election Night, 1996, in the neighborhood of Pleasantville—a hamlet for upwardly mobile blacks on the north side of Houston—Jay, a single father, is deeply disturbed. He’s been representing Pleasantville in the wake of a chemical fire, and the case is dragging on, raising doubts about his ability.

The missing girl was a volunteer for one of the local mayoral candidates, and her disappearance complicates an already heated campaign. When the nephew of one of the candidates, a Pleasantville local, is arrested, Jay reluctantly finds himself serving as a defense attorney. With a man’s life and his own reputation on the line, Jay is about to try his first murder in a case that will also put an electoral process on trial, exposing the dark side of power and those determined to keep it.