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My name is David Anderson. I want to make the world smile…

About three months ago I needed a SMILE after losing someone close to me. What I would do to see them smile again. As I sat in church one Sunday morning I began to feel guilty for feeling down because I have way too much to be thankful for. So as I began to dwell on my many blessings I thought to myself how blessed I am to live and thrive off of a career that is my passion. Since the age of 16 I have enjoyed throwing some really great parties and events. This thought took me to why do I enjoy throwing parties and events, I realized it has more to do with the pleasure and fullfilment of moving people to enjoying themselves and SMILE! WOW, my aha moment! My purpose in life is to make people SMILE. What a gift from God!?!?

This brings me back to the beginning of the story… What I would do to see my friend smile again? I would gladly turn every frown upside down, perhaps raise 1 billion SMILES in hopes that somewhere and some way these 1 billion SMILES could bring me the one smile I lost.

I am seeking to raise $10,000 to help fund the startup expenses associated with starting my foundation, A Billion Smiles.  A Billion Smiles’ mission is to get 1 billion people to smile through charitable giving, acts of kindness and “paying it forward”. In our first year we will make contributions to nonprofit organizations that do cancer research, alzheimers/dementia research, mental health research, and fight alcohol & drug abuse.  The way we see it if we can better the lives of people affected by any of these causes we are bringing smiles to them and the people that love them.

There is nothing more rewarding then a SMILE. The warm and fuzzies shared by both the benefactor and beneficiary is equally rewarding. “In a study conducted in the UK (using an electromagnetic brain scan machine and heart-rate monitor to create “mood-boosting values” for various stimuli), British researchers found that one SMILE can provide the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 chocolate bars; they also found that smiling can be as stimulating as receiving up to 16,000 Pounds Sterling in cash. That’s 25 grand a smile… it’s not bad…at 400 daily smiles quite a few children out there feel like Mark Zuckerberg every day!” (http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2011/03/22/the-untapped-power-of-smiling/ )

I want everyone to feel like a billionaire, so I hope you will help make me a SMILEionaire… Thank you for your time and consideration. I am SMILING right now are you?

SMILE. 🙂

-DA

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE CAMPAIGN BY CLICKING THIS LINK! 

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On Friday, June 17, 2016, detention personnel with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to an attempted suicide at the 1200 Baker Street Jail.

At approximately 8:05 PM a male inmate secluded himself in a shower area in a Medical Detoxification tank, and attempted suicide by hanging. The staff was notified of the inmate’s attempt, and immediately responded with emergency equipment designed to safely cut ligature devices. Detention staff immediately began resuscitative procedures as medical staff was summoned to the scene. HCSO Medical Staff and Houston Fire Department personnel continued CPR until the inmate’s blood pressure, pulse and breathing were restored. The individual was transported by HFD to St. Joseph Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.

The inmate was booked into custody on June 13, 2016, for felony charges of Assault-Bodily Injury/Family Member. The State prescribed intake screening was performed, and no indicators of suicidal ideation were noted.

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman has ordered an immediate Internal Affairs investigation into any possible violations of policy or procedure. “Should any indication of failure to adhere to our strict policies or procedures become evident, I will use the full power of my office to retrain or if necessary reprimand staff involved,” stated Hickman. “The care, custody, control and safety of inmates in our custody are charged to all employees working in the Harris County Jail.

“Unfortunately attempted suicide is an unwelcome reality of the jail environment. In 2015 there were 186 attempted suicides, and year to date in 2016 there have been 130 attempted suicides. No deaths in custody are acceptable, and I have dedicated my administration to improving the standards of care for Harris County inmates.

“Harris County averages a per capita jail suicide rate of 13 per 100,000. The National average is 46 per 100,000. I grieve for the circumstances that lead any person to attempt to take their own life, and pray for the family of the inmate involved in this attempted suicide.”

A three year breakdown of suicide attempts is listed below:

2016 – 130 Suicide Attempts
2015 – 186 Suicide Attempts, 1 death caused by Suicide
2014 – 154 Suicide Attempts, 3 deaths cause by Suicide.

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Carolyn Conner, who’s 9 years old, made a card and dropped it off at the Patton Village police department today.

This is after Sgt. Stacy Baumgartner was killed during a police chase this weekend.
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We spoke to the 9 year old about the importance of remembering a fallen hero.

More details today at 5 pm on #Fox26News !

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Former Montgomery County 1st Assistant District Attorney Phil Grant has received a helluva promotion.

The former prosecutor was elected to replace outgoing 9th Judicial District Court Judge Kelly Case in Montgomery County.

While Case’s term doesn’t expire until December, the controversial Judge made it clear he was leaving in June…six months early.

The Governor’s office appointed Phil Grant as interim judge even thought he won the seat and was officially set to take office in January.

Grant was sworn in Monday morning and he says now it’s time to get to work in the felony court.

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Houston police have released surveillance video of two suspects wanted in a game room robbery at 10301 Club Creek about 9 p.m. on May 6. 

The suspects are described only as black males, 25 to 30 years of age.  One suspect is about 6 feet tall, weighing 180 to 200 pounds.  He was wearing a dark-colored hoodie and camouflaged shorts.  The other suspect is about 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 160 to 170 pounds and wore a dark-colored T-shirt and light-colored shorts. 

Surveillance video of the suspects can be viewed on the HPD YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/bMi-NTPFB5Y.  Surveillance photos of the suspects are attached to this news release. 

The two suspects, armed with handguns, entered the Variety Game Room at the above address and approached a security guard with his back turned and speaking with a customer.  The suspects disarmed the security guard and then robbed various customers at gunpoint.  The suspects then fled the location in a waiting vehicle, described only as a white SUV type vehicle, driven by a third suspect of unknown race or gender. 

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. 

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Houston Fire Department Cadet Classes 2016-B and 2015-G graduation ceremony.

When: Tonight, June 16, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Houston Community College Central Campus, San Jacinto Memorial Building Auditorium, 1300 Holman Street, 77004

Additional Information: 12 Cadets from HFD Class 2016B and 39 Cadets from HFD Class 2015G will graduate from the Houston Fire Department Training Academy during the graduation ceremony. Interim Fire Chief Rodney West will give the oath of office to the cadets.

A Civil Service Exam for Firefighter Trainee is scheduled for August 24, 2016. For more information about this exam and registration go to www.hfdcareers.org or call 832-394-6600.

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A new unit is roaming the halls of the Harris County Jail to ensure a safe and secured environment for nearly 9,000 inmates and 1,500 employees.

This morning, the Criminal Justice Bureau’s K-9 Operations Team conducted an operation to search select cells for contraband and narcotics.

On Thursday, Sheriff Ron Hickman joined the Criminal Justice and Personnel Resources Bureau K-9 Operations Team as it responded to a tip that narcotics and other contraband may be present in a cellblock at the Sheriff’s 1200 Baker Street Jail.

The K-9 Operations Team was formed by Sheriff Hickman in February of 2016 in order to improve upon existing resources dedicated to the detection and removal of contraband from the secured Harris County Jail.
Lt. Tommy Shelton oversees the operation managed by SGT David Cruzan and DEP Jeremy Sanchez.

K-9 Deputy “Vito” is a single purpose narcotics detection dog that was donated to the Sheriff’s Office by the 501(c)(3) organization K9s 4COPS.

The team is working to add an additional K-9 used to detect electronic media storage devices and cell phones.
For full details, view this message on the web.

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The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR- Houston) today welcomed a decision by City Council Member Mike Knox to terminate a member of his staff who tried to block a Muslim from a Republican Party post because of the staffer’s hostility to Islam.

At a meeting of the Harris County Republican Party last month, Trebor Gordon asked that the Muslim party member be removed from consideration as a precinct chair, “on the grounds that Islam does not have any basis or any foundation- it is in total opposite of our foundation.” During that meeting, Gordon also stated, “Islam and Christianity do not mix.”

Last week, representatives of CAIR-Houston, along with other Muslim and Interfaith activists and leaders, met with Council Member Knox and called for a full apology from Gordon, sensitivity training for Knox’s staff and for a city council resolution denouncing Islamophobia and religious intolerance.

Knox agreed to those requests and called for a subsequent meeting to inform the group of his decision. It was during that meeting that Knox informed the group of his decision to terminate Gordon.

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Corey Alexander Crear

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Some Houstonians have found another way to give back and that’s one pair at a time.

Corey Alexander Crear of SNKR Critique held his first monthly sneaker drive in downtown Houston at Dean’s Tuesday night.

Supporters of the event donated more than 70 pair of gently used sneakers and they’re going to those who can truly use them.

Crear says, “it’s giving to someone who’s unable to purchase that on their own and with us doing something for them hopefully that will help them do something positive for yourself.”

Jermaine Patterson also showed up to the event as a sneaker enthusiast. He decided to turn over a pair of shoes because he says it’s the right thing to do.

The shoes collected this month will go to the young people at the Covenant House.

If you would like to get involved make sure you contact Corey at SNKRCRITIQUER@GMAIL.COM

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Congratulations to Houston Investigator Monica Fortson… The ‘shero’ cop is getting amazing praise and accolades on social media after capturing a man described as a suspected serial rapist.

Fortson lead the investigation that resulted in the arrest on 33 year old Marquis Tate.

Tate is charged with seven counts of felony sexual assault involving women mainly in the Fifth Ward area dating back to 2012.

Forston arrested Tate on June 1st after using DNA evidence, a photo lineup, and a car he purchased from a Fort Worth man.

So far on my social media pages alone Investigator Fortson has received over 4300 likes, 300 comments, and 850 shares. Way to go Monica!

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking for the public’s help in solving the murder of United States Marine Pfc. Greg William Ivey, 20, in 1989. As part of a DPS public awareness program, one unsolved case is featured by the Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Team each month in an effort to generate new investigative leads and bring added attention to unresolved or “cold cases” across the state.

At the time of his death, Ivey, had been in his hometown of Groves (Jefferson County) on a 15-day leave. Ivey was last seen on May 8, 1989, when his father dropped him off at Houston Intercontinental Airport for a flight back to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. However, records indicate that Ivey never boarded his departing flight and never reported to Camp Lejeune. Ivey was last seen wearing a white shirt, Levi jeans, grey “roper” boots and a western hat.

One of Ivey’s friends also reported receiving a phone call from him on May 10, 1989. According to the friend, Ivey claimed to be hitchhiking back to Groves, Texas.

In August 1989, Ivey’s skeletal remains were discovered in Tyler County, approximately 10 miles southeast of Warren off of FM 2827. The remains were found near an old logging road, located approximately ½ to ¾ miles into the woods. An examination of the remains revealed evidence of murder.

Anyone with information about this unsolved case can submit a tip through the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website or contact the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-3243. Also, additional photos of Ivey are posted online at the above link.

The Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Team was created to assist Texas law enforcement agencies investigating unsolved murders or what appear to be serial or linked criminal transactions. Since there is no statute of limitations for the offense of murder, investigators pursue these cases to a successful resolution; or until no other lead is viable.