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If you didn’t know there has been a very public battle to gain control of the officers who collect evidence on the scene of crimes in Houston.

Those officers are a part of the Crime Scene Unit.

For years that group was under the Houston Police Department but after ongoing problems with HPD’s Crime Lab the unit was transferred.

CSU has since been under the newly created Houston Forensic Science Center.

 

But HPD acting Chief Martha Monltavo made it clear she wanted CSU back in her department.

However, city leaders confirm to officials at the Forensic Science Center that the evidence collecting unit will remain under their jurisdiction for now.

That’s bad news for HPD’s brass and members of the Houston Police Officers’ Union who say CSU should be at HPD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The popular City Hall Farmers Market returns for the fall season on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, and then continues each Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. through December 14.

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“The farmers market is a great opportunity to pick up farm fresh produce and locally prepared ready-to-eat or packaged to-go foods,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “There is also music, making it a fun way to enjoy the lunch hour with friends and coworkers.”

More than 30 vendors will feature items such as fresh produce grown by local farmers, cheeses, breads, coffee and a variety of prepared meals. Food trucks will be stationed along the perimeter of City Hall. This week’s entertainment will be offered by D-J Johnny J.

The farmers market is co-produced by Urban Harvest and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.

Downtown residents and employees are encouraged to walk, take the Greenlink (the free downtown shuttle) or ride a bike via Houston Bike Share to the Farmers Market. Parking is available in the garage at 400 Rusk or at meters on the street.

For more information on the market visit: http://www.greenhoustontx.gov/farmersmarket.html

ABOUT URBAN HARVEST: Urban Harvest promotes healthy communities, sound nutrition and respect for the environment by educating children and adults and facilitating harvest and habitat gardens. Urban Harvest Farmers Markets help educate the public about the benefits of eating local produce in season and provides the local agricultural community with a direct outlet for their products. For more information, visit www.urbanharvest.org

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A 28-year-old Houston man has entered a plea of guilty to two counts of sex trafficking by the use of force, fraud and coercion, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Roger Maldonado came to the attention of law enforcement after law enforcement found a female at a hospital whom Maldonado had physically assaulted in August 2015. The victim had suffered a forehead laceration, upper and lower eyelid contusions, neck abrasions, a finger contusion and abdominal trauma. At that time, the female advised law enforcement that Maldonado was her boyfriend and that he had assaulted her.

In September 2015, law enforcement found a second female whom Maldonado had also assaulted. The investigation revealed that Maldonado had been trafficking these two victims on Backpage.com as well as at Pink Spa – a sexually-oriented business located in Houston known by law enforcement for prostitution activities.

Through their investigation, law enforcement discovered Maldonado had been taking photographs of these victims and posting advertisements in order to solicit business for these victims. Maldonado would set up the dates for the victims and transport the women in order for them to engage in commercial sex acts. The victims would then turn a portion of the money over to the defendant. Ultimately, Maldonado used force, threats of force, fraud and coercion to have these victims perform commercial sex acts from which he benefited financially.

Maldonado pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas who set sentencing for Nov. 29, 2016. At that time, Maldonado faces a minimum of 15 years and up to life in federal prison.

The FBI and Houston Police Department investigated.

This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly Ann Leo and Sherri Zack, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

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Queenie Freeman and friends

Cars we can’t afford – ha Rolls Royces

JJ on the Mic and J-Que from 97.9 the Box

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Houston’s own Slim Thug turned 36 years old and he celebrated his birthday in style.

The Houston based nationally known rapper held his yearly birthday celebration at the House of Blues in Houston.

Slim invited friends, family, and some dedicated fans to an exclusive party Thursday night.

Some of the biggest names in the south were present at the party.

On the list of invitees – Slim, Bun B, JJ on the Mic, JQue, Queenie Freeman, Rico aka Troy, Michael Artis, and Zro the Don just to name a few!

​(NYDN)- A girl at Alpine High School in Texas shot and wounded another girl before fatally turning the gun on herself Thursday morning, police said.

The shooting happened in a bathroom before 8 a.m., law enforcement officials told ABC7 New York.

Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson said the shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The other girl was wounded, he said.

A police officer was also accidentally shot and wounded by a marshal at the school, Dodson said.

The shooting happened less than three weeks after classes began Aug. 22. The district — comprising only one elementary, middle and high school, with about 1,000 students — went into lockdown after the gunfire.

Attorney General Paxton’s Statement on the Alpine Shooting

 

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following statement regarding today’s high school shooting in Alpine, Texas:

 

“I am currently monitoring the active shooter situation in Alpine. I have directed my office to offer any measure of support needed to assist the law enforcement officials currently working this case. I wish to extend prayers and sympathy to any victims’ families and their loved ones who have been affected by this senseless act of violence.”  

Alexander Ansari celebrates his birthday!

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Zamara and Michael

Houstonian Alexander Ansari celebrated two major events in his life in one week.

The Samsung employee not only had his birthday Wednesday evening but he also got engaged Saturday to his girlfriend Donna Dixon of St. Louis, Missouri.

The birthday event was held at Yia Yia Mary’s while the engagement party was held at a private residence. 

The pictures above are from the birthday dinner where Ansari and Dixon were surrounded by close friends.

Stay tuned for the big wedding where there Factor will also have pics.

Congratulations and happy birthday Alexander!


Forty-four drivers were arrested in central Houston/Harris County from 10 p.m. Friday to about 6 a.m. today in the DWI crackdown spearheaded by Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen’s staff.

“That’s the good news and the bad news,” Rosen said. “The good news is we took that many dangerous people off the streets, preventing potential deaths, maimings and heavy property damage. The bad news is that that many people represent an even larger group of drivers who haven’t gotten the message that drinking and driving leads to jail — before or after tragedy strikes.”

“If you drive, don’t drink. If you drink, get a ride,” Rosen added.

Forty-one drivers were arrested for dirving while intoxicated, plus two for possession of a controlled substance and one for marijuana possession.

Twenty-five Precinct 1 patrol deputies, whose overnight shift was funded by a Texas Department of Transportation grant, took part in the initiative along with personnel from the Houston Police Department, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Metro Police and the Harris District Attorney’s Office. Members of Mothers Against Driving and Kyra’s Karing Angles provided support — and food.

Operated from the Pct. 1 patrol office ay 7300 N. Shepherd Drive, the project was a “one-stop shop” for processing DWI cases; a judge and nurse were on hand to pave the way for blood samples to be taken udner court order from DWI defendants who refused to take breath tests. Only one refused and had to provide a blood sample.

The initiative took place on the first night of the holiday weekend that is traditionally a time for fun-seeking. “Fun should never involve crime, however,” the constable remarked.

MADD named the Precinct 1 Constables Office its Harris County Law Enforcement Agency of the Year in 2014 and 2016


A 30-year-old teacher has been arrested on multiple charges surrounding his travel across state lines to engage in sexaul activity with a minor male, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Drew Dillon Watson is a Physics teacher at a local school serving approximately 1,000 students in grades 6-12.

Watson, of Houston, was taken into custody yesterday upon the filing of a criminal complaint. He is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Wm. Smith at 2:00 p.m., at which time the government intends to request his detention pending further criminal proceedings. 

The criminal complaint alleges Watson had been communicating with a 15-year-old male via text messaging, telephone calls, Skype and social media such as Kik and Snapchat beginning on or about April 16, 2016. During those conversations, Watson allegedly engaged in extremely explicit sexual conversations which eventually led to plans for Watson to travel to Illinois to meet with the boy. According to the criminal complaint, the minor male believed Watson’s intentions to be sexual in nature and that they had discussed engaging in various sex acts once they were alone.

The complaint further indicates that Watson was aware the male was under the age of 18. During those online communications, which allegedly occurred every day, Watson had stated he was approximately 30 years old and had formerly been employed as a physics teacher at a Texas area high school. The male informed Watson that he was a 16-year old high school student. As the communications progressed, Watson also allegedly sent the minor full body nude images of himself.

The criminal complaint charges that on May 13, 2016, Watson flew from Houston to Chicago with plans to meet with the boy for the purpose of engaging in illicit conduct. The victim’s mother had dropped her son off at a friend’s residence, thinking he was spending the weekend there. According to the charges, she was about to leave, when she felt something amiss and circled back around to the home. There, she witnessed her son entering a vehicle driven by an approximately 30-year-old male, according to the complaint. She confronted him, at which time her son exited the vehicle and they alerted authorities.

Watson is charged with coercion and enticement as well as transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Both counts carry a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison. He is also charged with travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct which carries another 30-year-maximum term.

The FBI Violent Crime Task Force investigated the case with assistance from FBI in Chicago and the Lansing, Illinois, Police Department.

On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at approximately 8:30 AM, Deputies with the Montgomery 

County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit executed a search warrant at a residence 

located in the 25900 block of Avenue C, in Montgomery, Texas. 

The warrant was obtained after probable cause was established that illegal narcotics were being 

trafficked at the residence. The Special Investigations Unit originally received information that 

illegal narcotics were being trafficked to young adults and high school age students in the 

Montgomery area. Upon serving the search warrant, approximately 2.08 pounds of hydroponic 

marijuana, 4.5 grams of marijuana wax, 4.6 grams of heroin, Xanax bars, and Oxycodone pills 

were recovered. There was also a handgun and approximately $2700 in United States currency 

seized from the residence. The investigation is ongoing. 

Arrested: 

Thomas Michael Mock (date of birth 03/01/1995) 

Charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and tampering with 

evidence. 

Madison Sanborn (date of birth 04/05/1998) 

Charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and tampering with 

evidence.