Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. is asking you to mark your calendars for an HPD Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, February 7. The Chief is inviting you and your neighbors to meet with him and top HPD commanders at the HPD Citywide Town Hall Meeting, from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, February 7, at the Granville M. Sawyer Auditorium, Texas Southern University Campus, 3100 Cleburne Street.

Free parking will be provided on the TSU campus, as will accommodations for hearing-impaired citizens.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in the “Shoot, Don’t Shoot” simulator, as well as view displays of the HPD Helicopter and the SWAT Tactical Vehicle.

Chief McClelland and his commanders will take questions one-on-one and in group settings to find out what issues are of most importance to you and your neighbors. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to voice concerns and ask questions. The event will also be live-streamed on the HPD YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/houstonpolicedept and live-blogged at www.hpdtownhallmeeting.blogspot.com

Following Chief McClelland’s address and a question-and-answer period, you will be able to break into smaller groups to meet with HPD patrol captains who oversee your neighborhoods.  Members of various HPD divisions including Internal Affairs, Homicide and Juvenile will also be present.

A video clip of last year’s Town Hall Meeting can be viewed on the HPD YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JencRauhEk. Photos of last year’s Town Hall meeting can be viewed on the HPD Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonpolice/sets/72157640603919883/

For more information regarding this event, visitwww.houstonpolice.org or call 713-308-3200.

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The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office remains vigilant in their effort to take suspected child predators off the streets…

Back in February 52 year old Mazen Elzarka was arrested for soliciting a minor for sex while online.

The Spring resident goes to trial this week in Conroe and a jury will decide if he will spend a significant amount of time behind bars if he is found guilty of the crime. 

Investigators say Elzarka also arranged to have sex with the minor once they met. 

The case is being heard in Montgomery County.

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Apparently,  a stolen van driven by a thief or group of thieves wasn’t strong enought to get the job done in the Woodlands Tuesday morning.

Investigators in Montgomery County say a stolen van from Humble was used to try and smash into a Costco around 4 Tuesday morning.

The attempt utlimately failed because the suspects were not able to penetrate the iron overhang door at the store on I-45 at Highway 242.

The Factor spoke with the manager of the store who says while he’s not absolutely sure he doesn’t believe the would be burglars got away with anything.

However,  there was substantial damaged to the double doors where the culprits attempted to ram through. 

WANTED!

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The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying two individuals from a series of still photos.  The individuals are suspects in an aggravated robbery that occurred on December 30, 2014. 

On December 30, 2014, at approximately 12:45 AM, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 300 block of Valleywood Road, in reference to an aggravated robbery.  The complainant reported that as she was getting in her car to leave an apartment complex, a male approached her driver side window asking for directions.  Reportedly as the complainant rolled down her window, the male brandished a handgun demanding her purse and car keys.  The complainant complied with the actors demands.  The actor, who was accompanied by a female, proceeded to a light colored sedan, which both the actors fled in.  

The two suspects in the still photos were taken while utilizing credit cards that were in the complainant’s purse.  The photos were taken shortly after the robbery.  The suspect utilized the complainant’s credit cards at several location throughout the Spring and Tomball areas

If you have information regarding the robbery or identification of the suspects in the still photos, please contact Detective K Williams at 936-760-5876.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment of a felony crime.  Call 800-392-STOP (7867).  Anonymous tips can also be made through the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers WEB PAGE at
www.montgomerycountycrimestoppers.org.

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Neighbors in the quiet hidden Woodlands neighborhood say they didn’t see it on Northline Road but they surely heard it.

They describe it as a loud crash.

Investigators say it was a small helicopter operated by one man.

It crashed on the property line of a church and a private home just after noon in Montgomery County

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were on the scene combing through the wreckage where the pilot was killed…

State investigators say they have no idea who he is at this time or where he came from.

In the meantime, those who live in the sudvision just off Gosling near 242 say this is more than they expected on a quiet Friday afternoon.

The NTSB is also expected to launch an investigation.

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Charges have been filed against three suspects arrested in the fatal shooting of a man found at 10131 Emnora about 7 a.m. on November 16, 2014.

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The three suspects are Andres Rojo (H/m, 19), Jorge Castro (H/m, 17) and Edgardo Ligas (H/m, 19).  Each is charged with capital murder in the 337th State District Court.  Photos of all three males are attached to this news release.

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The victim, Rikko Armando Valencia, 19, of Houston, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Racus, Senior Police Officers L. Lovelace and X. Avila, and Officer L. Bailey reported: 

Mr. Valencia got off work about 4:20 a.m. and was walking home.  As Valencia crossed a church parking lot at the above address, he was shot by an unknown suspect(s).  A groundskeeper arrived at the building about 7 a.m. and found Valencia deceased in the parking lot. 

Further investigation identified three males as suspects in this case.  Those suspects, Rojo, Castro and Ligas, were arrested on Thursday (Jan. 15) without incident.  Each admitted to his role in the murder, stating robbery was the motive.  

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Investigators in the Houston Police Homicide Division Cold Case Unit have solved a 1984 investigation into the murders of two women.

The suspect, Edmond Beauregard Degan (w/m, 57), is charged with capital murder in the 208th State District Court.  He is accused in the deaths of Yleen Kennedy, 33, and Lillie Kennedy, 23, of the above address.  A photo of suspect Degan is attached to this news release. 

HPD Homicide Division Cold Case Unit Sergeant P. Motard reported: 

On March 5, 1984, Yleen and Lillie Kennedy were found deceased with gunshot wounds inside Yleen’s home at 600 East 12th Street.  The home had been rummaged through and property had been taken.  An extensive investigation was conducted with no suspects identified at that time. 

In 2009, the case was reviewed by the HPD Homicide Division’s Cold Case Unit and evidence found at the scene was processed.  A DNA profile was developed and entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).  However, no known match was found and all possible leads at that time were exhausted. 

In late 2014, investigators in the Cold Case Unit received information from an individual who identified Edmond Degan as a possible suspect.  Investigators determined Degan still lived in the Houston area.  Forensic evidence obtained from Degan was entered into CODIS and a high probability match was found to evidence in the 1984 case. 

On Wednesday (Jan. 14), Degan was arrested and subsequently charged for his role in the deaths of Yleen and Lillie Kennedy.

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Today, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) filed SB 304, legislation designed to raise the standards of Texas nursing homes and protect seniors from systematic abuse and neglect.

“This bill is about protecting some of our most vulnerable Texans,” said Schwertner.  “Our citizens deserve to know that their parents and grandparents are being cared for in a nurturing environment, free from abuse and neglect.”

If passed, SB 304 would require the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) to revoke the license of any nursing facility with three or more serious health and safety violations.   These high-level violations are defined as those that “have caused, or are likely to cause, serious injury, harm, impairment, or death.”

“It’s time for Texas to get serious about protecting the lives of our seniors, and state sanctions need to be viewed as more than just a cost of doing business,” said Schwertner.  “Operators of these kinds of nursing facilities need to understand that there are real consequences for jeopardizing the health and safety of their residents.”
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In November 2014, Dr. Charles Schwertner was overwhelmingly reelected to serve the citizens of Senate District 5, a ten-county region of central and east Texas.  Following the 83rd Legislative Session, Senator Schwertner was named a “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition, a “Lone Star Conservative Leader” by the Texas Conservative Roundtable, and “Senate Freshman of the Year” by Texas Monthly magazine.

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Attorney Donald Worley wins major judgement

Harris County Texas judge has ruled in favor of plaintiff Honorio Barragan, and issued a judgment awarding damages of approximately $1.36 million in a lawsuit filed by Houston based law firm McDonald Worley on behalf of the plaintiff.  Don Worley led his firm’s team of personal injury attorneys in this case. (CAUSE NO. 2012-49400)

The lawsuit resulted from injuries the plaintiff received following being hired to repair the roof of a commercial building owned by the defendant in Harris County Texas.  The building had an unsafe awning and the defendant was ruled negligent as the conditions posed an unreasonable risk of harm to Mr. Barragan, whom plaintiff’s attorneys argued should have been warned of the danger.

“This case was about providing closure to the Mr. Barragan and giving him his day in court about the wrongs he suffered,” stated Mr. Worley.

According to the firm, under Texas law in circumstances where a commercial building poses an unsafe condition the owner is required to warn of the dangerous conditions and if someone gets hurt, the owner is responsible for damages.

The case documents describe the plaintiff as having stood on the awning to the building at the owner’s instruction when the awning collapsed.  Mr. Barragan fell to the ground and a bucket of hot tar spilled on him causing severe burns.

“We are pleased Mr. Barragan will receive compensation for his injuries and justice from this ruling,” stated lead trial attorneyDon Worley when asked about the judgment.

According to trial transcripts from court records, the plaintiff described suffering from severe mental anguish, permanent scarring, great and ongoing pain, and incurred medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.

“The people of Houston have a reasonable expectation of safe conditions and adequate warnings in instances of dangerous environments have the potential of causing injury,” added Mr. Worley.

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Football fans in Ohiohave more than just a big win to excite them – some fans are receiving free furniture thanks to the college football championship outcome.  Customers of Ashley Furniture HomeStore and Better Sleep Shops in Columbus, Cincinnati,Dayton, and Florence, KY who purchased more than $1,999 of furniture will be receiving a full refund on their purchases. 

Morris Home Furnishings, the parent company, secured prize coverage from SCA Promotions for its conditional rebate promotion.  Customers were invited to shop at any of the four Morris Home Furnishings stores between December 17 and 30.  If Ohio won the championship game by at least seven points, customers would receive a full refund.  Morris Home Furnishings is now rebating over $1.5 million, paid by SCA Promotions, to lucky customers after Ohio beat Oregon by 22 points on Monday. 

“We had a 20% sales increase during that period,” said a representative with Morris Home Furnishings.  “We launched the promotion the week before Christmas which is typically the slowest week of the year.  This promotion definitely made us stand out during that time and encouraged customers to shop during a time they are normally not shopping for furniture.” 

Customers were thrilled at the outcome and took to social media to celebrate. 

“I’m about to be sleeping real good on my #FreeMattress,” Zac Morrison tweeted. 

“Dear Morris Home Furnishings: thank you,” tweeted Brian Burgemeir.

Morris Home Furnishings also received national media exposure from outlets such as ABC News, USA Today, and FOX Sports thanks to the conditional rebate promotion.

“Sports promotions tied to significant games are a smart way for retailers to use fan loyalty and excitement to their advantage,” said Bill Riley, Account Executive at SCA Promotions who managed the promotion. “Conditional rebate promotions have been proven to increase sales and enhance exposure for stores, allowing them to grab market share from the competition.  The best feature about a conditional rebate promotion is the ability for it to catch fire and capture attention, anticipation, and generate thousands…or sometimes even millions of impressions in a crowded marketplace.” 

About SCA Promotions

Dallas-based SCA Promotions delivers promotional solutions and incentives that connect with consumers, without risk to the sponsor. For more than 28 years, SCA has offered an entire suite of advanced, interactive promotions, instant win promotions, record-breaking sweepstakes, and inventive games designed to engage and motivate. SCA has covered billions of dollars in prize coverage and paid out more than $188 million in cash and prizes for sales and consumer product promotions, lottery and casino jackpots, radio contests, direct mail, Internet, and sports promotions. SCA has offices in Dallas, London, Las Vegas, and Calgary, with affiliate partners across the globe.

CONTACT:
Tanya Mathis, SCA Promotions
tanya.mathis@scapromo.com
888-860-3700

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Houston police are awaiting autopsy results on skeletal remains found at 9500 Fannin about 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday (January 13). 
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The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences determined the remains to be human, with gender and cause of death pending verification at this time. 

HPD Homicide Division Senior Police Officers M. Coleman and T. Tyler reported: 

Workers conducting a survey of the area near the above address found bones in a vacant field on Fannin.  HPD patrol officers responded to the scene.  Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences personnel arrived and verified the bones were those of a human.  

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.