On Tuesday, August 4, 2009 Kofi Taharka the newly elected National Chairman of the National Black United Front (NBUF) will be in Fort Worth, Texas at 11:00am at the Tarrant County Justice Center located at 401 W. Belknap. Chairman Taharka will join the community in support of Broderick Gamble and Silk Littlejohn. Additionally, he will be standing in solidarity with Frederick D. Haynes, III Senior Pastor at
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Because of the efforts of Pastor Freddie Haynes, the E.R.A. movement members, Thomas Muhammad (Community Activist/NBUF representative) and the strength of the victimized couple over the past two years this case has not been swept under the rug. Grace Head has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 25 foreign-born sex offenders in the Houston area during a five-day operation that ended Friday.
The ICE-led initiative was carried out with assistance from the sheriff’s departments of Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, and the probation departments of Galveston and Brazoria counties. ICE agents and officers located and arrested 25 aliens, some of them in the United States illegally and some with legal status. Those with legal status have been convicted of one or more criminal offenses, rendering them removable from the United States.
“Everyone should be able to live a life free of sexual exploitation and abuse,” said Robert Rutt, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Houston. “ICE will not rest in its pursuit of those who physically or sexually abuse others, especially children. We remain steadfast in protecting of those who are unable to protect themselves.”
Below are descriptions of some of those arrested.
- A 49-year-old Conroe resident and lawful permanent resident (“green card” holder) was convicted in California of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14. The man repeatedly sexually assaulted his 12 and 15-year-old stepdaughters.
- A 38-year-old Houston resident and lawful permanent resident was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The victim was his 12-year-old daughter.
- A 21-year-old Houston man was convicted of sexual assault of a child. He sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl on two occasions.
- A 33-year-old lawful permanent resident from Pasadena was convicted of sexual assault after he entered his estranged wife’s house as she slept with their 2-year old daughter, then dragged the woman into another room and sexually assaulted her. Another daughter was awakened by the victim’s screams and witnessed the assault.
Of those arrested, four entered the United States illegally; two entered as students but had remained beyond the expiration of their visas; and one had been lawfully admitted but had not yet obtained residency status. The remaining 18 were lawful permanent residents.
Those arrested are from the following countries: Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, Laos, Mali, Mexico, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Venezuela and Vietnam.
Previous convictions were for a variety of crimes including: aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault of a child, sexual assault, online solicitation of a minor, indecency with a child, indecent exposure, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, and injury to a child. Not all of those arrested were convicted of sexual offenses involving minors; some victims were adults.
This operation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. Since Operation Predator was launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 11,600 individuals, including more than 1,090 in Texas.
ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com
Gene Locke today formally filed paperwork with the City Secretary’s Office to place his name on the November ballot to be Houston’s next Mayor.
Waiting for Locke outside City Hall, a large and diverse crowd of supporters whipped up a frenzy of excitement as Locke was leaving City Hall. There were chants of “Locke, Locke” as many people held up “Locke for Mayor” signs and others sported their orange “Locke for Mayor” t-shirts.
“I thank each of you for joining me today. I thank all of you for all of your work, all of your tireless hours in this campaign.” Locke told the cheering crowd. “We’ve done some great things already, but the future is so bright, and the greatness that is in front of us is awesome. We’re going to win this election!”
In response to a reporters question about partisan support of his campaign, Locke said, “….what’s special about this race [is] that I have tremendous Republican support, I have tremendous Democratic support, I have tremendous support from the business community, from the labor community. It’s my ability to find a common ground among all of us that allows us to work together for the betterment of Houston.”
Locke ended his remarks by asking Houstonians to join his campaign–the traditional way by volunteering at his headquarters or putting a sign in their yard, or by going to his website, www.genelocke.com and signing up on Twitter and Facebook.
The election for Mayor of Houston will be held on November 3, 2009.
It’s always the small things that catch my attention. I was at Houston’s City Hall when I was quite thirsty. I started to drink from the old Jane Pittman water fountain near the elevators when a city employee stopped me. He said the water that came from the system tasted like rust. He directed me to a small conference room near City Council chambers. That’s where I saw it. The new Culligan 5000. Well, actually, it’s not the 5000 model but that sounds cool. It was the Culligan water cooler. It gives you several options. Cold water, tap water and even warm water for those hot cocoa days. I was pretty excited. The only thing I had to track down was a plastic or Styrofoam cup. Once I had that I was in heavenly bliss. The fountains were so cool until I had to do some digging to find out more about them. I tracked down General Services director Issa Dadoush. He said about two months ago his office received a request and the machines were leased. The price is $34.99 for each cooler. The annual cost for the 10 machines is about $3499 a year. Like you couldn’t do that simple math. Anyway, the coolers can be found in the main building and the annex. It’s an investment as a taxpayer I could live with. What about you? Have you had some of the cool crisp water yet?
A sailor charged with murder who committed suicide in the brig at Camp Pendleton asphyxiated himself by stuffing toilet paper in his mouth, according to a U.S. Navy spokesman.
Petty Officer Jonathan Campos was found unresponsive in his cell about 12:20 p.m. Friday, said Navy spokesman Doug Sayers. He was rushed to the base hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.
“He was intent on committing suicide and stuffed toilet paper into his mouth until he asphyxiated,” Sayers said.
Campos, 32, of Lancaster, Calif., was charged July 23 in connection to the fatal shooting of Seaman August Provost of Houston. On June 30, Provost, 29, was shot several times while on duty in a sentry station at Camp Pendleton.
Provost’s remains were set on fire in an apparent attempt to destroy evidence, Navy officials said.
Campos was charged July 23 with 16 criminal offenses, including murder, unlawful handling of a dead body, stealing military property and soliciting a civilian to kill a fellow sailor. He had been in Navy custody since July 1 and faced an investigative hearing in military court, similar to a grand jury, in the coming weeks.
Provost’s family believed his shooting may have been a hate crime. The family said Provost, who was gay, complained of being harassed about his sexuality in the days before his death.
Navy officials rejected those claims and said there is no record of Provost filing a harassment report.
Officials said Campos, a gas system technician, had been cooperating with investigators.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service continued to investigate the shooting death, according to Sayers.
An autopsy has been ordered for Campos. Campos and Provost were both assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5, but officials said there was no indication they had a close association.
Ten days before the Provost shooting, Campos was arrested in Imperial Beach and charged with driving under the influence. Campos also faced charges for illicit drug use as well as breaking into another service member’s home where $5,400 worth of electronics, jewelry and a .45 caliber pistol was stolen, military officials said.
Campos enlisted in the Navy in December 2001. Provost entered the Navy in March 2008 and reported to Camp Pendleton last September.
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Dozens of people turned out to celebrate Kalele Thumbutu’s birthday. I’m not quite sure if the Party King has ever revealed his age but I think he’s about 18 with the energy he has. Anyway, lots of his family members, friends and coworkers showed up at Pravada Friday night to party with him. Some of the people attending were: Don Williams, Big E, Dr. Teeth, Wendy Jackson, Candy Shaw, Kyle Washington, Rob G, Madd Hatta, Von McDaniel, and a host of others. The Insite was stuck on picture taking duties in a haze of fog. Sorry if some of the pics came out cloudy. Happy birthday Party King!
Is the female firefighter who was allegedly victimized at HFD Station 54 the target of the city’s internal investigation?
Jane Draycott’s attorney says he feels like his client is being treated as the only suspect in the case.
Attorney Joseph Ahamd tells FOX 26 that law enforcement officers showed up at Draycott’s home twice this week with a court order. The order demanded a handwriting sample from Draycott to determine if she wrote the racist and sexist graffiti found at Station 54 earlier this month.
“We’ve been talking with them, cooperating doing everything they want us to do and instead of calling us they went out and got a court order. It seems they’re determined to pin this on Jane,” said Ahmad.
The attorney says this was the second court order detectives served on his client. The attorney says Draycott will submit to the test on Wednesday.
This comes just weeks after she took an independent and city-ordered polygraph test.