Category: The Insite

Jonathan Martin’s High School Tour!

By Jonathan Martin:I’ve gathered some of Houston’s most inspiring men, for a candid talk w/ our young brothers in @HoustonISD
It’s okay to want to be the next LeBron or Kobe…but too many boys are limiting their dreams to sports! It’s time to empower and inspire!

Worthing, Yates, Madison, Booker T. Washington are the first stops. Starts next week.

Mayor Turner’s statement on Maleah Davis, City plans tribute.

Maleah Davis

HOUSTON – Please attribute the following statement to Mayor Sylvester Turner. 

My heart is heavy this afternoon upon
hearing the medical examiner has positively identified the remains found
in Arkansas last week as four-year-old Maleah Davis.

“Maleah
was a sweet, beautiful, and innocent little girl who deserved a chance
to enjoy life just like any other child. She belonged to our community,
and we share a collective grief.

“As
we learn more about her death and disappearance, I ask people to focus
their energy on creating lasting changes in Maleah’s honor. Love your
child and hold them close, volunteer at a shelter for women and
children, support foster organizations or make a donation to your
favorite charity in Maleah’s name.

“In
Maleah’s memory, I have approved a request for Sunday June 9, to turn
the Houston city hall lights pink, which was her favorite color.

Just
as the light will shine in her memory, we must continue to shine a
light on the horrific circumstances that lead to her death and make a
promise to protect all children in our community
.”

TRAFFIC COURT CLOSED BECAUSE OF WEATHER!

COH MUNICIPAL COURTS CLOSE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
HOUSTON – HOUSTON – Due to inclement weather, the City of Houston Municipal Courts Department will be closed beginning at 6 p.m., on Thursday, May 9, 2019. Normal business hours will resume effective Friday, May 10, 2019. Individuals who have court settings on Thursday evening will be given the opportunity to reset their case(s).
 
Resets will be given in person at all City of Houston court locations Monday, May 13, 2019 through Friday, May 17, 2019, until 9 p.m. Please visit the Municipal Courts’ website at www.houstontx.gov/courts for information on all court locations and hours of operation. It is important to note that if an individual fails to reset their case(s) during the reset period (5/13/19 through 5/17/19), an arrest warrant may be issued.
 
On Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., there will be:No Trials (by Judge). Anyone scheduled for trials on this day must come in person May 13, 2019 through Friday, May 17, 2019 to receive a new trial date. All trials will resume Friday, May 10, 2019 unless further notified.No Parking Adjudication Hearings. Hearings will resume Monday, May 13, 2019. If you have a hearing scheduled, you will be rescheduled and notified by mail of your new hearing date.For additional announcements and information please call the City of Houston Helpline at 3-1-1, or 713.837.0311 if outside of the City of Houston, or visit the Municipal Courts website at www.houstontx.gov/courts

WOMAN FILES LAWSUIT AFTER SCALP IS DAMAGED BY HAIR LIGHTENING!

Totally Shocking!

This sent chills down my spine… A Houston attorney says his client (pictured) went to get her hair lightened and left the salon in Houston looking like this… Just WOW! We’ll have the full report on today at 5 PM on #Fox26 (It’s like she was scalped)

More than 4,000 parents who had entrusted their children to administrators at the Varnett Charter School are set to receive payments totaling more than $600,000, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick along with Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI, Special Agent in Charge Neil Sanchez from the Department of Education – Office of Inspector General (ED-OIG) and Acting Special Agent in Charge Sarah Kull of IRS – Criminal Investigation (CI).

Marian Annette Cluff, 70, was the founding superintendent of The Varnett Public School, a charter school with three locations in Houston, while her husband – Alsie Cluff Jr., 69, was the facilities and operations manager. They pleaded guilty Aug. 25, 2017, to mail fraud and conspiracy to commit tax evasion charges for embezzling millions of dollars from the school.

In June 2018, U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon sentenced Marian Cluff to 120 months imprisonment and to pay a $295,596 fine, while her husband was ordered to serve a 36-month term of imprisonment and pay a $88,678 fine. More importantly, however, was that both were also ordered to pay a total of $4,443,755.69 in restitution.

In less than a year following the sentencing hearing, the Financial Litigation Unit (FLU) of the U.S. Attorney’s Office – with the substantial assistance of the U.S. Marshal Service (USMS) – collected the total restitution ordered in the case.

In an amended order issued in March 2019, U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen ordered that $604,889.76 of that amount be distributed to the identified victim parents of the school. The U.S. District Clerk’s Office has indicated that restitution payments to the parents will be handled on an expedited basis.

At the time of the sentencing, the court heard that the couple embezzled millions of dollars in funds that were intended for the operation and function of the charter school and its programs. These included “money orders” parents had submitted to pay for school field trips and student fundraisers, such as chocolate sales, book fairs, school carnivals and other school-related activities.

The Cluffs used their positions of trust and authority and diverted and concealed money received from vendors of the school, insurance companies and federal agencies into the off-book accounts for the purpose of diverting money intended for the charter school for their own personal use and benefit. The Cluffs concealed the accounts from the charter school office manager, the school’s external accountant and their income tax preparer.

Testimony at sentencing also revealed the Cluffs conspired to commit tax evasion of approximately $1,827,477.55 in tax, interest and penalties owed to the IRS. The Cluffs did not pay income taxes on the money they received as a result of the scheme.

The Cluffs were ordered to surrender to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in August 2018 and are currently serving their sentences.

Today’s announcement comes as National Crime Victim Rights Week (NCVRW) draws to a close. Every April, the Office for Victims of Crime leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of NCVRW. This year’s theme – Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future – celebrated the progress made by those before us as we look to a future of crime victim services that is even more inclusive, accessible and trauma-informed.

ILLEGAL STREET RACING IS BACK IN HARRIS COUNTY!

Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Prosecutor to Announce Criminal Charges in Illegal Street Racing.

What: On March 17, 2019, a crowd of people were gathered to watch an illegal street car race on a public road in northwest Harris County, when one of the drivers struck two pedestrians causing serious injuries.

Sheriff’s Office investigators worked with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to gather evidence, which has culminated in the filing of felony criminal charges.

The illegal street racing incident occurred at a time when race enthusiasts were gathered in the region for the legally sanctioned TX2K auto racing event in Baytown.

Who: Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Assistant District Attorney Sean Teare, HCSO Capt. Quincy Whitaker

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 9 a.m.

CAMPERS: WHEN SHOULD YOU LEAVE A RESTAURANT?

Are you a “restaurant camper”? Do you go out to dinner and then spend hours sitting at the table chatting? Restaurants should never rush guests to finish their meal, but guests should be aware of the impact their stay has on the staff and other diners. The fewer tables the restaurant turns over, the less revenue the business generates. “When you receive the receipt, you should leave,” says Monica Lewis from the Monica Lewis School Of Etiquette. “You shouldn’t stay no more than 15 to 20 minutes after the receipt.” Also, it’s important to be clear at the beginning of the meal how the ticket will be split, to make things easy on the wait staff. At the very most, be prepared to leave the restaurant after an hour and a half. On average, meals should last 45 to 90 minutes. “You shouldn’t wait until the server asks you a question like, ‘Do you need anything else?’,” says Darian Lewis from the Monica Lewis School Of Etiquette. “You want to pay attention to those cues the servers are giving you.” Staying past your welcome not only hurts the restaurant financially, but the servers in particular. “It really affects the way they make their money,” says Brandi Bowie, co-owner of the Taste Bar + Kitchen with her husband Don. “They live off those tips, so you want to turn and burn those tables.” As a restaurant owner, losing wait staff can be a problem if your atmosphere is too welcoming. Guests staying too long can mean servers quit to go to other restaurants that have quicker turnover. At the end of the day, enjoy your meal and tip well, but be courteous to restaurant owners and wait staff.