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Houston talk show host and radio personality Michael Berry is at it again.

He’s using Veteran’s Day to raise money for those men and women of the service who have been affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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Berry has decided to donate 100% of his sells at the Redneck Country Club today only to the PTSD Foundation of America.

It was back in September when Berry raised another $200,000 for the organization using his radio platform and nightclub.  

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The battle to keep a Kroger fuel station out of the Woodlands has been lost by the residents who objected to the facility being built by the grocery store chain.

This comes more than a year after Kroger reps told residents they would find an alternate location rather than on Kuykendahl and Bay Bridge in Alden Bridge subdivision.

Those who live in the area say the 24 hour fuel station will bring too much traffic and put the safety of children at risk who attend a nearby school.
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However, despite the promise to look elsewhere for a location, Kroger has decided to move forward with their construction plans saying the company could not find another suitable location.

Here’s the statement released by Kroger:

For many years, Kroger has searched for an appropriate property in The Woodlands for a fuel center, so that our customers can benefit from our Fuel Reward Program, which helps customers save money. Across the country, it is our most popular customer perk. We announced plans to build a fuel center at Kuykendahl and Bay Branch in late 2012, but we responded to community concerns and committed to researching alternative properties. Since then, we have explored many retail lots and no property proved feasible. We have continued to receive feedback from customers who were eagerly anticipating a fuel center in The Woodlands and have been waiting for almost two additional years. A traffic light was recently installed at the intersection, which has eased congestion in the area. After much deliberation, we are resuming our plans to build on the property and we will remain faithful to the promises made to the community last year regarding security, preservation of greenery, and product selection. As the original grocer in The Woodlands, we look forward to finally fulfilling our promise to give our local customers a Kroger Fuel Center.

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An effort to feed the homeless in downtown Houston has been killed again…

This is after Houston City Councilman Michael Kubosh collected 34,000 signatures to challenge the current city ordinance in an election that would’ve been slated for 2015.  

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It bans Houstonians from giving food to more than five people without city approval.  

The signatures collected by Kubosh came up about short according to the City Secretary’s office.  

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Needless to say Councilman Kubosh is hot and says his effort to make it legal to feed the homeless without a permit is not over just yet. 

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The attorney representing Grammy nominated gospel singer James Fortune has asked the courts to allow him to see his children while a criminal case and CPS investigation are underway.

Two weeks ago Fortune was arrested after allegations he assaulted his wife Cheryl Fortune.  

As part of his bond conditions Fortune could not have any contact with his wife Cheryl and their four children.  

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Now Fortune’s attorney Dorian Cotlar has filed a motion to allow Fortune to have supervised visits with his children.  

This is while Cotlar says the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is also investigating singer and his children to determine if they have been harmed.  

Fortune is set to be in court on November 19th.  

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Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady announced today that a total of seven DWI arrests were processed through the No Refusal operations based on Galveston Island during last weekend’s Lone Star Rally No Refusal program.

This is a decrease over the last several years. “This year’s Rally weekend total is a dramatic decrease over those of the last two years,” Roady stated.

“2013 saw 17 No Refusal DWI arrests, while 2012 saw eleven such arrests during the weekend. We’re glad to see so many of the Rally participants
choosing to ride sober. And, we give thanks to all of
Galveston County’s men and women in law enforcement who worked hard over the long weekend to keep the riders and citizens safe.”

For the seven DWI cases processed through the No Refusal operations, blood samples
were collected and will be submitted for analysis at the Department of Public Safety’s
Crime Lab. Law enforcement

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The man dubbed by law enforcement as the L.A. Bandit is suspected of robbing the Bank of America at 5610 Broadway Boulevard in Garland, Texas on November 4, 2014.

The suspect entered the bank and verbally demanded cash from the bank teller. The subject’s actions were aggressive, but no one was physically injured. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled the location on foot.

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The suspect is described as a black male with a goatee, believed to be in his 30s, approximately 6’1” tall, with a large build. He wore a dark hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and a dark baseball cap with buttons or rivets on the sides.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Dallas Field Office of the FBI at 972-559-5000 or your local police department.

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Defendant who committed multiple armed robberies sentenced to six 99 year sentences. On November 6, 2014, Justin Maurice Harris was sentenced by Judge Michael Seiler after pleading guilty in the 435th District Court in Montgomery County to six counts of Aggravated Robbery, arising out of two robberies at McDonald’s restaurants in The Woodlands, Texas on October 4, 2013, and October 11, 2013.

Mr. Harris and his accomplices yielded semi-automatic pistols when they jumped through the drive thru windows at two separate McDonalds in The Woodlands. Upon entering the restaurants they pointed their weapons at employees and demanded money and access to the safe. During one of the robberies they shot multiple rounds at civilian witnesses who followed them to try to get their license plate number.

Detectives with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Division investigated the case and worked with the Houston Police Department Gang Unit and Robbery Unit to develop Justin Harris as a suspect. The defendant’s cell phone records and ballistics from the bullets recovered from the scene linked Justin Harris to the robberies after he was arrested in Harris County in possession of the gun used in the Montgomery County robberies. Officers with the Houston Police Department were able to identify Justin Harris from surveillance video collected from McDonalds.

During the punishment hearing Mr. Harris admitted being involved in selling drugs, being a gang member, committing multiple other robberies, and being present at multiple shooting incidents. Since Mr. Harris used a firearm in the commission of this felony he will not be eligible for parole until he serves half of his 99 year sentence. The six 99 year sentences will run concurrently.

The case was investigated by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Division, the Houston Police Department Gang Unit, and the Houston Police Department Robbery Unit.

Shanna Redwine (Prosecutor): “This sentence sends a very strong message that if you commit a violent crime in Montgomery County you will be punished accordingly. I appreciate all of the hard work of law enforcement in bringing Mr. Harris to justice.”

Investigators need the public’s help in identifying and locating two armed suspects who robbed at gunpoint a northwest Harris County nail salon on Thursday afternoon. One employee was shot.

It happened at around 2:45 pm on Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Red’s Nails Salon located at 13123 Veterans Memorial Drive.

According to witnesses, two armed suspects walked into the nail salon demanding money from the customers and employees.

One of the employees refused to give her purse to one of the suspects and when he managed to take it from her, she ran after the suspect. That’s when the second armed robber shot her in the back.

The employee was taken by helicopter to the hospital. At last check she was listed in critical condition.

The two suspects fled on foot.

Suspect #1 was wearing a red hoody, dark jeans, and black underwear. He was seen with a gun tucked in his underwear prior to entering the business.

Suspect #2 was wearing a gray hoody, dark jeans and a ‘beanie’ cap on his head.

They were seen talking to two other suspects driving an older model white, Dodge Durango just before the robbery.

You can see video of the suspects here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYtQU0OiSmM&feature=youtu.be

Anyone with information about the suspects’ identity and/or location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information that leads to the filing of felony charges or arrest of wanted fugitives. All tipsters remain anonymous.

See something? Say something!

iWatchHarrisCounty is the HCSO’s free mobile phone app that allows the public to report suspicious persons and/or activity anonymously, anywhere, any time.

For more information please visit www.iWatchHarrisCounty.com.

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METRO will offer free rides to all veterans and active military personnel on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in honor of Veterans Day.

Fares will be waived on METRO (local bus/Park & Ride/METRORail and METROLift). Before boarding, simply let the vehicle’s operator know that you are a veteran or active duty member of the armed services.

METRO recognizes the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our country.

For information about Houston’s Veterans Day celebration visit http://www.houstontx.gov/nov11/index.html.

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Congratulations to all of the new attorneys who recently passed the bar and were sworn in Friday in Montgomery County. District Judge Kathleen Hamilton officiated over the ceremony. Those who crossed over were BRITTNEY REHG, BARBARA FOX, ALLISON PHILLIPS, MICAL WHITEMAN, ROBERT SEWETT, CAITLYN ROSS, and AMBREEN DHARANI. Good luck to the news talent on the ground in Conroe.

TOLLROAD
Beginning Saturday, November 8 at 9 p.m. through Monday, November 10 at 5 a.m. the Sam Houston Tollway will be closed in both directions between US 290 and West Road, as shown on the map.

The direct connector ramps from US 290 to the Sam Houston Tollway will also be closed. The direct connector ramp from northbound Sam Houston Tollway to US 290 will remain open.

All northbound Sam Houston Tollway traffic will be required to either:

· exit the main lanes at W. Little York, continue north on the frontage road, and re-enter the tollway after West Rd., or access US 290 in either direction via the direct connectors.

All southbound Sam Houston Tollway traffic will be required to exit at West Rd., continue on the frontage road and turn right at US 290, make a left at Senate Avenue and continue to W. Little York to re-enter the tollway.

During the closure, the following ramp locations will be closed:

· Northbound Philippine entrance ramp (non-tolled)

· Southbound Fallbrook entrance (tolled)

· Southbound West Rd. entrance (tolled)

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Sign trailers have been in place for the last two weeks to notify drivers of the upcoming closure, as indicated on the map. Additional signs will be placed on the roadway during the closure. Information about the closure has also been posted on www.hctra.org.

This closure will allow for sign bridges, which span both sides of the tollway, to be safely installed.

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Commissioners Court last month took steps that it hopes will improve security in and around the courthouse complex and other county buildings.

 

Commissioners approved transferring oversight of the contractor in charge of courthouse security, Weiser Security, from Facilities and Property Management to the Precinct One Constable’s Office in the coming months.

 

The court also authorized hiring five deputies and two constable clerks to the Precinct One team currently providing security at the courthouse complex.

 
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District Clerk Chris Daniel said he is pleased that Commissioners Court is beefing up security.

 

“It’s definitely a move that we approve of. We’ll be monitoring to see if any other steps are needed,” Daniel said. “Our first priority is the safety of our employees.”

 

In addition to the seven new positions, the constable’s office transferred two deputies to bicycle patrol duty at the complex.

 

The District Clerk’s Office was among the county agencies that urged Commissioners Court to improve security after a number of county employees and others were assaulted or groped in the area around the courthouse complex during the past six months.

 

DCO staffers and other county employees can cross paths with court-bound criminal defendants, just released jail inmates and homeless people, some of whom have stopped taking prescribed psychiatric medication.

 

In a letter to Commissioners Court, Precinct One Constable Alan Rosen wrote, “I am requesting these positions to help support and protect the downtown courthouse complex.”

 

Commissioners Court hopes that security will improve by transferring oversight of Weiser Security from Facilities and Property Management, a civilian, non-law enforcement department, to a law enforcement agency, the Precinct One Constable’s Office.

 

The constable’s office will have oversight of security at these buildings and areas during the daytime:

·        The courthouses in the courthouse complex

·        The county garage at 1401 Congress (the one behind the Civil Courthouse where many DCO employees park)

·        The Anderson Clayton Building

·        The county Administration Building

·        The county tunnels

·        Congress Plaza (the building where the County Attorney’s Office is located)

·        The Precinct One Constable’s Office and Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Place 2 building at 1302 Preston

·        A county probation office at 49 San Jacinto

·        A county probation office at 9111 Eastex Freeway

·        The old Gulf station at 1101 Franklin

·        The Justice of the Peace Precinct 7, Place 1 office at 5747 Cullen