THIS IS NOT A CITY OF HOUSTON WEBSITE OR AUTHORIZED AGENT

Houston Public Works Customer Account Services is issuing a warning to water utility customers about a suspicious website claiming customers can pay water bills online quickly and securely.

Customers have stated they have made water bill payments through the website Doxo.com and those payments have not been received by the City of Houston. Customers also claim they have not been able to contact anyone from the website.

Doxo.com is a third-party website that claims to allow people to pay their bills on online. Doxo.com has not been authorized by the City of Houston to accept any form of payments on its behalf. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is aware of confusion regarding services offered by Doxo.com. Customers should be advised payments from Doxo.com may not post to their City of Houston water account. If a customer’s account is delinquent, the account will incur additional fees and could potentially be disconnected. If you have attempted to pay a water bill through Doxo.com, please notify Customer Account Services of the billing issue by calling 713-371-1400.

The only official website for customers to make payments for water bills is www.HoustonWater.org.

Customers can also pay their water bills by phone (713-371-1400), set up payments directly through their bank or at HEB, Fiesta, Kroger’s and other authorized storefronts throughout Houston.

As a secure way to never miss a bill, verify the status of your account, and save paper, Customer Account Services recommends signing up for Water eBills.

1. Visit bit.ly/water-ebills
2. Register your new or existing online profile
3. Scroll down to current bill delivery
4. Click change bill delivery method to E-bill option and submit

If you have questions about your water bill, call 713-371-1400.

A 30-year-old resident of Houston had pleaded guilty to cconspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.  
 
Gabriel Ocampo-Mayorquin admitted in federal court yesterday that he was part of a violent robbery crew that would rob traveling jewelry salesmen during their travels to Houston. 
 
On Sept. 11, 2009, Ocampo-Mayorquin and Columbian co-conspirators robbed an off-duty Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission (TABC) officer and an interstate traveling jeweler at gunpoint at 3201 Sage Road in Houston. Ocampo-Mayorquin and Santos Diaz-Soto, 32, approached the TABC officer while he was waiting in his car on the salesman. Diaz-Soto had the gun and Ocampo-Mayorquin a “glass punch” used to break the windows of the car.
 
After Ocampo-Mayorquin broke the window, Diaz-Soto held the officer at gunpoint, at which time they attempted to steal several watches. The officer fired shots resulting in injuries to both. Diaz-Soto was shot in the back and arms, while Ocampo-Mayorquin was shot in the arm. 
The men then fled into a green Acura that Juan Carlos Valencia, 35, was driving. Immediately thereafter, witnesses observed three suspicious vehicles enter into the Gables Apartment Complex located at 3300 Sage Road to change license plates and switch cars. Ocampo-Mayorquin fled to Mexico after this robbery under an alias, while the others, all Columbian nationals, were charged and sentenced for their various roles in this robbery. 
 
Ocampo-Mayorquin spent eight years in a Mexican prison, after which the FBI brought him back to the United States face these charges. He will remain in custody pending sentencing, at which time he faces up to 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine.
 
The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Elmilady is prosecuting the case.

 

A female Harris County Jail inmate has died after apparently hanging herself.

Debora Ann Lyons, 58, was found hanging from a door in a common area on the fourth floor of the 1200 Baker Street jail building at about 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

She was taken by ambulance to Ben Taub Hospital and was pronounced dead on Wednesday afternoon.

The apparent suicide is being investigated by the Texas Rangers in compliance with state law that requires all jail deaths to be investigated by an outside law enforcement agency.

The Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division is also investigating to determine whether all applicable policies and procedures were followed, which is standard following the death of an inmate
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In addition, the death has been reported to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

Lyons was booked into the jail on July 22 on a felony theft charge from the Houston Poli ce Department.

Statement from Senator Miles on Houston ISD TEA Sanctions

“I am happy to see progress at Houston Independent School District and that the district has avoided possible sanctions by the Texas Education Agency.  I am ecstatic that three of the schools requiring improvement in Senate District 13 — Worthing, Mading and Woodson PK-5 — have turned around student performance and now meet TEA standards. Those students, teachers, parents and principals are to be commended for their hard work to reach this achievement.

“The fight for our kids does not end here.  While accountability standards have been waived for some schools in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, HISD could still face sanctions without further improvement. As the next legislative session approaches, I am prepared to roll up my sleeves and keep up the effort to help HISD succeed. I promise to do everything in my power to achieve a brighter future for Houston students.”

 

 

Keep the Faith, Keep the Fight!

WASHINGTON — For years, President Trump has used Twitter as his go-to public relations weapon, mounting a barrage of attacks on celebrities and then political rivals even after advisers warned he could be creating legal problems for himself.

Those concerns now turn out to be well founded. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is scrutinizing tweets and negative statements from the president about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, according to three people briefed on the matter.

Several of the remarks came as Mr. Trump was also privately pressuring the men — both key witnesses in the inquiry — about the investigation, and Mr. Mueller is examining whether the actions add up to attempts to obstruct the investigation by both intimidating witnesses and pressuring senior law enforcement officials to tamp down the inquiry.

Mr. Mueller wants to question the president about the tweets. His interest in them is the latest addition to a range of presidential actions he is investigating as a possible obstruction case: private interactions with Mr. Comey, Mr. Sessions and other senior administration officials about the Russia inquiry; misleading White House statements; public attacks; and possible pardon offers to potential witnesses.

A baby has been born in Indonesia with two faces because his conjoined twin did not develop properly in the womb.

Two-month-old Gilang Andika, from Batam, a city in Indonesia about 20 miles (32km) across the sea from Singapore, has two faces and two brains but just one head.

The complication has left him looking disfigured and suffering from a potentially fatal brain condition, which is causing fluid to build up.

Although he has just one body with two arms and two legs, Gilang is technically a conjoined twin – a condition which affects one in every 250,000 births.

His parents, Ernilasari and Mustafa, now desperately want help to save their son’s life after local doctors told them they were unable to operate.

Tekashi69 was kidnapped, pistol whipped and robbed and is now in the hospital … TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Tekashi tell us, the rapper was working on a music video in Brooklyn early Sunday morning and at around 4AM he wrapped for the night and drove home.  We’re told when he got there another car pulled up and blocked his driveway.

Our sources say that’s when 3 hooded gunmen got out of the other car, grabbed Tekashi and pistol whipped him … knocking him unconscious.

We’re told the next thing Tekashi knew, he was in the back seat of the car as the gunmen were driving around, telling him if they didn’t get what they wanted from him — jewelry and money — they would kill him.

Our sources say a short time later, the gunmen pulled up to Tekashi’s home and 2 of them made their way inside as the third guarded 69 inside the vehicle. 

We’re told the gunmen took around $750k in jewelry and between $15k and $20k in cash.  While all this was happening, Tekashi’s baby mama and daughter were inside the house but not hurt.

That wasn’t the end of it.  We’re told the gunmen then drove away with Tekashi still in the back seat.  At some point 69 was able to open the back door and jumped out.  One of the gunmen began chasing him but got scared and retreated because he was afraid he’d be ID’d.

Our sources say Tekashi jumped in the passenger seat of a stranger’s vehicle and pleaded for help.  The stranger called 911 and then asked 69 to get out of the car at an intersection.

An ambulance came and Tekashi was taken to a hospital, where he remains.  Doctors are performing various tests, including a CT scan.

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77100 W Little York RD

Houston, TX 77040

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

NOTES

Texas Department of Agriculture responded to a complaint at this location and found a credit card skimmer on Pump #4. Pump was closed until law enforcement could arrive to remove the device. The store previously found a credit card skimmer on Pump #3 on July 9, 2018 and removed the device. Both skimmers were taken into possession by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

SKIMMER TIPS

If paying at the pump with a credit card, these tips might help you avoid becoming a victim of a gas pump skimmer:

• Use pump closest to storefront, in line of sight for store personnel

• Before pumping, check for unusual bluetooth signals with ID of string of numbers and letters; might be a skimmer

• Check that security tape on pump cabinet has not been damaged. Torn tape might indicate cabinet opened without store personnel’s knowlege

• Safest bet is to pay inside with cash

• Always save the receipt and monitor your bank statements after filling up.

• If you think you’ve been skimmed, contact 1-800-TELL-TDA and we will send an inspector to check it out.

Scammers Using Spoofed FBI, U.S. Marshals Phone Numbers to Fool Victims

(Houston, TX) – The FBI Houston Division is warning the public about a phone scam that spoofs, or fraudulently displays, the FBI’s or U.S. Marshals’ real telephone numbers on the victim’s caller ID.

The scam involves individuals claiming to be FBI agents, U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials, attempting to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty or other offenses. The scammers tell the victims they can avoid arrest by purchasing a prepaid debit card or gift card and read the card number over the phone to supposedly satisfy the fine.

Scammers use many tactics to sound credible. They sometimes provide information like badge numbers, names of actual law enforcement officials and federal judges, and courthouse addresses. They may also spoof their phone numbers to appear on caller ID as if they are calling from a government agency.

The public is reminded that neither the FBI, nor any local, state, or federal law enforcement agency, calls or emails private citizens to demand money, payment, or threaten arrest.

The FBI strongly encourages anyone contacted by a caller who says they’re with the FBI to verify the information with the Bureau’s closest field office. The main telephone number for the FBI Houston Field Office is 713-693-5000. Contact information for other field offices can be found at www.fbi.gov.


HOUSTON MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER ISSUED A CHALLENGE TO THE ATTORNEYS WHO REPRESENT THE FAMILIES OF THOSE FIREFIGHTERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE SOUTHWEST INN FIRE IN 2013.

THIS WEEK WE REPORTED THE CITY OF HOUSTON HAD LIENS ON THE ESTATES OF MATHEW RENAUD, ROBERT BEBEE, ANNE SULLIVAN, AND ROBERT GARNER. THEY ALL DIED FIGHTING THE HOTEL FIRE…

THERE WAS ALSO A LIEN ON ROBERT YARBOROUGH WHO SURVIVED ACCORDING TO COURT RECORDS…

THOSE LIENS WERE FOR ANY FUNDS THE FAMILIES COLLECTED IN CIVIL LAWSUITS RELATED TO THE DEATHS OF THE FIREFIGHTERS. LIENS THAT WERE DESIGNED TO REPAY THE CITY FOR MEDICAL AND AMBULANCE SERVICES THE FIREFIGHTERS RECEIVED BEFORE THEIR DEATHS…

MAYOR TURNER EXCLUSIVELY TELLS THE FACTOR THE CITY NEVER TRIED TO COLLECT ON THOSE LIENS…HE WENT ON TO SAY ALL OF THE ATTORNEYS WHO REPRESENT THE FAMILIES SHOULD NOT BENEFIT AS A RESULT OF THE LIENS THE CITY ISN’T PURSUING.

TURNER SAYS THE FAMILIES HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH AND ANY FUNDS THE FAMILIES GET – THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP WITHOUT THEIR ATTORNEYS RECEIVING INCREASED FEES AS A RESULT OF THE FORGIVEN LIENS THE CITY WILL NOT PURSUE….

TURNER ALSO SAYS HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE HOUSTON PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS’ UNION SUPPORT THIS EFFORT…

MARTY LANCTON WITH THE UNION DECLINED CALLING THIS EFFORT A LEGAL STUNT. HE SAYS THE MAYOR OWES THE FAMILIES AN APOLOGY AND A RELEASE OF THE LIENS.

LANCTON’S FULL STATEMENT: