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While Houston was not a city targeted for a massive enforcement effort by ICE nationwide over the weekend, Austin and San Antonio were hit.

The Houston office of ICE operations confirms there were no arrests here but released the numbers of illegal immigrants arrested nationwide.

Release: Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a series of targeted enforcement operations across the country. These operations targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.

ICE officers in the Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio and New York City areas of responsibility arrested more than 680 individuals who pose a threat to public safety, border security or the integrity of our nation’s immigration system. Of those arrested, approximately 75 percent were criminal aliens, convicted of crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, indecent liberties with a minor, drug trafficking, battery, assault, DUI and weapons charges.

ICE conducts these kind of targeted enforcement operations regularly and has for many years. The focus of these enforcement operations is consistent with the routine, targeted arrests carried out by ICE’s Fugitive Operations teams on a daily basis.

President Trump has been clear in affirming the critical mission of DHS in protecting the nation and directed our Department to focus on removing illegal aliens who have violated our immigration laws, with a specific focus on those who pose a threat to public safety, have been charged with criminal offenses, have committed immigration violations or have been deported and re-entered the country illegally.

I commend the heroic efforts of the dedicated officers of ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations and those who provided assistance from ICE Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as cooperating state and local law enforcement agencies. These professionals put their lives on the line to protect our communities and country. There is no greater calling than to serve and protect our nation – a mission that the men and women of ICE perform with professionalism and courage every single day.

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Just in time for Black History month Houston City Councilman Michael Kubosh is releasing a guide to Black Houston. 

The Black Heritage Visitors guide will be strategically placed at hotels and businesses to give those who are new to town a complete run-down of  Black Houston. 


The brochure will included historical landmarks and popular Black owned businesses like Frenchy’s Chicken and Just Oxtails. 

Kubash says he took enough money out of his own pocket to create 20,000 pamphlets. 


On February 6, 2017, detectives and agents with the Montgomery County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MOCONET) received information in reference to a large amount of United States Currency being shipped through the United States Post Office. During the course of the investigation, it was determined the currency was being sent to Colorado to purchase an unknown amount of marijuana as well as marijuana infused edibles and oils to be sold in the Montgomery County area. As a result of the investigation, law enforcement interdicted a parcel that was found to contain $36,000.00 in U.S. Currency.  The U.S. Currency was seized pending further investigation.

On February 8, 2017, the investigation led to a search warrant being conducted in the 800 block of Glen Hollow Dr., in Conroe, Texas. As a result of the search warrant, an additional $6,600.00 in U.S. Currency was seized, 1.9 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, 2 grams of marijuana wax/shatter, over 200 grams of THC infused edibles, and two firearms.  John Philip Simon, who was found in possession of these illicit narcotics was arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Jail. 

The Montgomery County Narcotics Enforcement Task Force is a cooperative multi-agency task force which consists of law enforcement agencies from, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constables Offices, Texas Department of Public Safety-CID, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Walker County District Attorney’s Office, Customs and Border Protection-Houston Air and Marine Operations, and Homeland Security Investigations.  Participating agencies recognized that a special collaborative effort was necessary to more effectively combat the drug distribution and collection of drug proceeds throughout the area.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office encourages those who have knowledge of illegal narcotics use or sales to please contact Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392- STOP (7867) or you can report tips anonymously at www.Stopdrugsmontgomerycounty.org

Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in the shooting of a woman found at 10039 Bissonnet about 3 a.m. on February 3.  

The suspects, Rahari Randell (b/m, 18), and Desmond Ray Williams (b/m, 17), are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 232nd State District Court.  Both are accused in the shooting and wounding of April Lindsey, 24, of Houston, who remains in critical condition at Ben Taub General Hospital.  

Photos of both suspects are attached to this news release.   

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants K. Daignault, C. Cegielski, J. Brooks and Officer J. Dodson reported:  

Ms. Lindsey was found on the sidewalk near the above address. HFD paramedics responded to the scene and transported her to the hospital.  

At that time, there were no known witnesses nor suspects.  

Further investigation identified Williams and Randell as suspects in this case.  Both were arrested last Friday (February 3) without incident.  


SOME ANGRY STRIPPERS IN TOWN FOR THE SUPER BOWL SAY THEY WON’T BE COMING BACK TO HOUSTON ANY TIME SOON AFTER ALLEGEDLY BEING ROBBED…

THIS AFTER THOSE EXOCTIC DANCERS CLAIM SOME OF THEM WERE ROBBED AT THE POP-UP STRIP CLUB CALLED CLUB ATLANTA ON RICHMOND AVENUE…

WHILE SOME DANCERS ALLEGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA THEY WERE ROBBED BY A GUNMAN HPD SAYS A ROBBERY AT THE CLUB WAS NEVER REPORTED 
OVER THE SUPER BOWL WEEKEND…

THE DAY IN QUESTION A SPOKESPERSON FOR HPD SAYS THERE WAS A SHOOTING WHERE A SECURITY GUARD AT CLUB ATLANTA WAS SHOT AND A BYSTANDER WAS GRAZED…

A VISITING STRIPPER POSTED: DEAR HOUSTON THIS HAS BEEN THE TRIP FROM HELL…I WILL NEVER BE BACK.

Houston rapper Slim Thug made an appearance at the new store Maison in the Galleria area Wednesday night. 

Maison is a store that specializes in clothes and sneakers for the hip hop community. 

The CEO  Faisal Jayed says he wants Maison to be a branding mechanism for the city of Houston.  

In the meantime,  Slim also introduced his new line of Boss Life apparel in the store. 

Maison is located at 5887 Westheimer Road in Houson. 

If you’re a Houstonian and you plan to party in downtown Houston during Super Bowl weekend, make sure you have an affordable place to stay if you don’t want to drink and drive…

Hotels.com shows most hotels in downtown Houston are booked up and there are only a a few rooms remaining…

And those rates from $400 to $700 a night – so find that back up plan… 


Happy Birthday to the City of Houston’s First Daughter. 

Mayor Sylvester Turner’s daughter, Ashley, turns 30-years-old today.

Friends celebrated Ashley’s big day with a fun lunch at El Real Restaurant in the Montrose area.

 
The crowd included luncheon hosts Cindy Clifford and Elizabeth Gonzalez Brock.  Guests included Erica Davis, Janice Weaver, Wayne Klotz, Bill Baldwin, Scott Doyle, Susan Christian, Miya Ford, David MInceberg, Jason Fuller and many other movers and shakers, and of course, Mayor Turner and Ashley’s mother, Cheryl Turner. 

Since her father’s election,  Ashley Turner has taken on the unique role as the city’s First Daughter, a position she has handled with style, grace and humility.

A popular and frequently requested speaker, Ashley passionately supports charitable causes and represents the mayor at official events.

It’s not uncommon to see her standing by his side. 

On December 10, 1980 the body of a young African American Female was discovered in the 3600 block of Stokes. The semi-nude female was lying on the ground under interstate 45 Freeway located about six miles from downtown along side a railroad track.
The body was discovered by employees working on an outdoor advertisement billboard. The unidentified female was wearing two thin gold bracelets, and one orange bracelet found on her left wrist.  She also had two necklaces around her neck.  
On October 15, 2008 the information on this unknown female was entered into The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.  However, she is still unidentified.  
In 2016, The Houston Police Department Sketch Aritist, Lois Gibson, completed a depiction from a  morgue photo of the unidentified female.  
The Houston Police Department Homicide Division Cold Case Squad is requesting anyone who may know this victim to please contact the Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or the Cold Case Hotline at 713-308-2653.
  

Upset Hindus are urging New Braunfels (Texas) based New Braunfels Brewing Company (NBBC) to withdraw three beers named after Hindu deity Lord Shiva, calling these highly inappropriate.

 

These are: “Shiva’s Tears”, “Shiva’s Wrath” and “Cosmic Dancer”.

 

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts or symbols for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.

 

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, indicated that Lord Shiva was highly revered in Hinduism and he was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be used in selling beer. Moreover, linking a deity with an alcoholic beverage was very disrespectful, Zed added.

 

Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken frivolously. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled, Rajan Zed noted.

 

According to NBBC website, which describes Shiva as “the god of destruction and rebirth” in Hindu faith: Shiva’s Tears (Weizenbock Of The Destroyer), which it terms as “a study in sinful grace and ultimate power”, “is our pathway to beer truth.  Meditate on a few of them and you may just cry a few tears of your own.” Shiva’s Wrath (Eisbock-condensed version of Shiva’s Tears) “is cosmic destruction in a glass. Take heart. For even in destruction there is rebirth.”  Why the name “Cosmic Dancer”? …“When Shiva destroys the universe (and subsequently creates a big bang) he does a dance in the heavens. And because of it, he is also called The Cosmic Dancer”. Images of both Shiva’s Tears and Shiva’s Wrath show picture of Lord Shiva’s trishul (trident).

 

Founded in early 2011 by Lindsey and Kelly Meyer, NBBC, whose tagline seems to be “Here’s to Life”, claims to brew “hand-crafted beer inspired by old-world German recipes with a Texan disregard for the rules” and their “base beers are a hefeweizen, dunkelweizen weizenbock and Oktoberfest”.

 

In Hinduism, Lord Shiva, along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu, forms the great triad of Hindu deities. Moksh (liberation) is the ultimate goal of Hinduism. There are about three million Hindus in USA.

 

City of New Braunfels, founded in 1845 under German charter, is a home-rule city under Texas State Law. Comal River, known as one of the shortest rivers in the world, runs through it. Every November, it holds a German-style sausage festival “Wurstfest”.  Prominent people associated with it include baseball player Lance Berkman, astronaut Charlie Duke and singer-songwriter Leigh Nash. Barron Casteel and Robert Camareno are Mayor and City Manager respectively.