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Harris County Sheriff’s Office District 4 West patrol deputies arrested and charged four suspects with aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping after they forced their way in to an apartment located in the 1600 block of Katy Gap road in west Harris County.

Deputies say that Juwan Deshotel (DOB 09/03/99), Yuel Valcin (DOB 12/13/93), Derrick Boudreaux (DOB 01/13/99) and Derrica Lewis (DOB 12/22/98) forced their way into a residence on Friday, February 10, 2017, at around 11:40 pm

The four were armed with a handgun and an AR-15 rifle; they tied up the two residents, a 25 year old male and 25 year old female, and ransacked the residence for valuables.

One of the victims was able to call 911 and deputies arrived quickly enough to apprehend all four as they were exiting the apartment. 

The three men and one woman were taken into custody without incident.

The weapons and the valuables were recovered. 

The male and female were checked by EMS and no injuries were reported.

All are currently in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facilities awaiting arraignment. 

Juwan Deshotel and Yuel Valcin are being held on a no bond.
Derrick Boudreaux is being held on $50,000 bond and Derrica Lewis is being held on a $30,000 bond.
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Today at the Senate Finance Committee hearing chaired by Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) questioned Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Executive Director Whitney Brewster on the status of actual fraud detection software and systems in the state’s Registration and Title System (RTS). At least 10 county tax offices and state regional centers have been affected by these thefts over the last two years per the testimony of TxDMV Executive Director Brewster.

 

“Having six Tax Assessor-Collectors arrested for registration and title fraud across the state in the last year is appalling to say the least,” Senator Bettencourt said.

 

“Now that the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has upgraded and modernized the old Registration and Title System (RTS) mainframe to a modern server system, fraud detection tools must be developed to stop elected tax assessors and/or their employees from stealing and defrauding public monies from the state and counties,” he added.

 

In testimony today, Tax Assessor-Collectors in Austin, Cameron, Starr, Milam, Leon, Van Zandt were arrested in the last year and other state and county offices have had employees arrested as well.

 

“It’s an epidemic. There is just too much money changing hands at window counters all across the state on titles and registrations to ignore this problem any longer,” Senator Bettencourt added. “A lot of these are cash transactions that can be cancelled by the lack of RTS fraud tools, and it has to stop.”

 

As a tax assessor-collector in Harris County for a decade, Senator Bettencourt directed his Harris County tax office executive director and office staff at the time to develop fraud detection software programs to be “bolted onto” the RTS system that is still in service 15 years later that prevents similar theft in RTS.

 

“It is time that the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles adopt similar tools to prevent this epidemic of thefts at tax offices around the state,” he requested of the TxDMV executive director during testimony.

 

In response, Commissioner Brewster said this development of anti-fraud tools is being done in the base budget request of the department. Senator Bettencourt expects to follow this software development closely in the legislative session.

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While Houston was not a city targeted for a massive enforcement effort by ICE nationwide over the weekend, Austin and San Antonio were hit.

The Houston office of ICE operations confirms there were no arrests here but released the numbers of illegal immigrants arrested nationwide.

Release: Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a series of targeted enforcement operations across the country. These operations targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.

ICE officers in the Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio and New York City areas of responsibility arrested more than 680 individuals who pose a threat to public safety, border security or the integrity of our nation’s immigration system. Of those arrested, approximately 75 percent were criminal aliens, convicted of crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, indecent liberties with a minor, drug trafficking, battery, assault, DUI and weapons charges.

ICE conducts these kind of targeted enforcement operations regularly and has for many years. The focus of these enforcement operations is consistent with the routine, targeted arrests carried out by ICE’s Fugitive Operations teams on a daily basis.

President Trump has been clear in affirming the critical mission of DHS in protecting the nation and directed our Department to focus on removing illegal aliens who have violated our immigration laws, with a specific focus on those who pose a threat to public safety, have been charged with criminal offenses, have committed immigration violations or have been deported and re-entered the country illegally.

I commend the heroic efforts of the dedicated officers of ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations and those who provided assistance from ICE Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as cooperating state and local law enforcement agencies. These professionals put their lives on the line to protect our communities and country. There is no greater calling than to serve and protect our nation – a mission that the men and women of ICE perform with professionalism and courage every single day.

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Just in time for Black History month Houston City Councilman Michael Kubosh is releasing a guide to Black Houston. 

The Black Heritage Visitors guide will be strategically placed at hotels and businesses to give those who are new to town a complete run-down of  Black Houston. 


The brochure will included historical landmarks and popular Black owned businesses like Frenchy’s Chicken and Just Oxtails. 

Kubash says he took enough money out of his own pocket to create 20,000 pamphlets. 


On February 6, 2017, detectives and agents with the Montgomery County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MOCONET) received information in reference to a large amount of United States Currency being shipped through the United States Post Office. During the course of the investigation, it was determined the currency was being sent to Colorado to purchase an unknown amount of marijuana as well as marijuana infused edibles and oils to be sold in the Montgomery County area. As a result of the investigation, law enforcement interdicted a parcel that was found to contain $36,000.00 in U.S. Currency.  The U.S. Currency was seized pending further investigation.

On February 8, 2017, the investigation led to a search warrant being conducted in the 800 block of Glen Hollow Dr., in Conroe, Texas. As a result of the search warrant, an additional $6,600.00 in U.S. Currency was seized, 1.9 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, 2 grams of marijuana wax/shatter, over 200 grams of THC infused edibles, and two firearms.  John Philip Simon, who was found in possession of these illicit narcotics was arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Jail. 

The Montgomery County Narcotics Enforcement Task Force is a cooperative multi-agency task force which consists of law enforcement agencies from, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constables Offices, Texas Department of Public Safety-CID, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Walker County District Attorney’s Office, Customs and Border Protection-Houston Air and Marine Operations, and Homeland Security Investigations.  Participating agencies recognized that a special collaborative effort was necessary to more effectively combat the drug distribution and collection of drug proceeds throughout the area.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office encourages those who have knowledge of illegal narcotics use or sales to please contact Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392- STOP (7867) or you can report tips anonymously at www.Stopdrugsmontgomerycounty.org

Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in the shooting of a woman found at 10039 Bissonnet about 3 a.m. on February 3.  

The suspects, Rahari Randell (b/m, 18), and Desmond Ray Williams (b/m, 17), are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 232nd State District Court.  Both are accused in the shooting and wounding of April Lindsey, 24, of Houston, who remains in critical condition at Ben Taub General Hospital.  

Photos of both suspects are attached to this news release.   

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants K. Daignault, C. Cegielski, J. Brooks and Officer J. Dodson reported:  

Ms. Lindsey was found on the sidewalk near the above address. HFD paramedics responded to the scene and transported her to the hospital.  

At that time, there were no known witnesses nor suspects.  

Further investigation identified Williams and Randell as suspects in this case.  Both were arrested last Friday (February 3) without incident.  


SOME ANGRY STRIPPERS IN TOWN FOR THE SUPER BOWL SAY THEY WON’T BE COMING BACK TO HOUSTON ANY TIME SOON AFTER ALLEGEDLY BEING ROBBED…

THIS AFTER THOSE EXOCTIC DANCERS CLAIM SOME OF THEM WERE ROBBED AT THE POP-UP STRIP CLUB CALLED CLUB ATLANTA ON RICHMOND AVENUE…

WHILE SOME DANCERS ALLEGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA THEY WERE ROBBED BY A GUNMAN HPD SAYS A ROBBERY AT THE CLUB WAS NEVER REPORTED 
OVER THE SUPER BOWL WEEKEND…

THE DAY IN QUESTION A SPOKESPERSON FOR HPD SAYS THERE WAS A SHOOTING WHERE A SECURITY GUARD AT CLUB ATLANTA WAS SHOT AND A BYSTANDER WAS GRAZED…

A VISITING STRIPPER POSTED: DEAR HOUSTON THIS HAS BEEN THE TRIP FROM HELL…I WILL NEVER BE BACK.

Houston rapper Slim Thug made an appearance at the new store Maison in the Galleria area Wednesday night. 

Maison is a store that specializes in clothes and sneakers for the hip hop community. 

The CEO  Faisal Jayed says he wants Maison to be a branding mechanism for the city of Houston.  

In the meantime,  Slim also introduced his new line of Boss Life apparel in the store. 

Maison is located at 5887 Westheimer Road in Houson. 

If you’re a Houstonian and you plan to party in downtown Houston during Super Bowl weekend, make sure you have an affordable place to stay if you don’t want to drink and drive…

Hotels.com shows most hotels in downtown Houston are booked up and there are only a a few rooms remaining…

And those rates from $400 to $700 a night – so find that back up plan… 


Happy Birthday to the City of Houston’s First Daughter. 

Mayor Sylvester Turner’s daughter, Ashley, turns 30-years-old today.

Friends celebrated Ashley’s big day with a fun lunch at El Real Restaurant in the Montrose area.

 
The crowd included luncheon hosts Cindy Clifford and Elizabeth Gonzalez Brock.  Guests included Erica Davis, Janice Weaver, Wayne Klotz, Bill Baldwin, Scott Doyle, Susan Christian, Miya Ford, David MInceberg, Jason Fuller and many other movers and shakers, and of course, Mayor Turner and Ashley’s mother, Cheryl Turner. 

Since her father’s election,  Ashley Turner has taken on the unique role as the city’s First Daughter, a position she has handled with style, grace and humility.

A popular and frequently requested speaker, Ashley passionately supports charitable causes and represents the mayor at official events.

It’s not uncommon to see her standing by his side.