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Jerry Rowell, owner of five area Gigi’s Cupcake locations, is telling HPD and all area law enforcement, THANK YOU!

“We live in the fourth largest city in America. I can’t begin to think what our city would be like if not for law enforcement. I sit in disbelief of what is going on in Baltimore,” Jerry Rowell said, owner of Gigi’s Cupcakes. “I appreciate all the good works of law enforcement and feel badly for what is going on in Maryland.”

Gigi’s Cupcakes is inviting members of area law enforcement to stop in any Gigi’s location for a free cupcake and free cup of coffee now through the month of May.

“It’s not much, but I want our police force to know they are very much appreciated,” Rowell said.

Founded in 2008 as a local bakery in Nashville, Tennessee, Gigi’s Cupcakes has grown into America’s largest cupcake franchise with more than 90 locations in 23 states. Gigi’s Cupcakes offers a wide variety of high-quality, freshly baked goods including cupcakes, cakes, pies, cookies and more. Recipes are created by founder Gigi Butler, whose “American Dream” story has inspired people across the country.

Gigi’s Cupcakes has five locations in the Houston area, including Downtown Houston at 600 Travis St. (713-225-2100), the Post Oak / Galleria area at 1609 S. Post Oak Lane(713-850-1610), Kingwood at 20 North Main Street (832-644-9044), Cypress at 2343 Barker Cypress Rd., Ste. 210 (281-758.2272), and The Woodlands at 4747 Research Forest Blvd., Suite 150 (281-651.5637). For more information on Gigi’s Cupcakes or how to find a location nearest you, visit www.gigiscupcakesusa.com.

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A HOUSTON MOTHER WANTS THE NAME OF A MAILMAN WHO SHE SAYS HIT HER DAUGHTER’S CAR AND LEFT THE SCENE.

YENIT JIMENEZ SAYS HER DAUGHTER WAS HIT BY THE UNITED STATES POSTAL WORKER IN HIS MAIL TRUCK BACK IN FEBRUARY. 

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JIMENEZ SAYS AFTER THE LETTER CARRIER BACKED UP INTO HER DAUGHTER’S VEHICLE HE GAVE HER A FALSE NAME AND THEN TOLD THE TEENAGER THERE WAS NOTHING SHE COULD DO ABOUT IT BECAUSE HE IS A FEDERAL WORKER. 

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THE FACTOR CONTACTED THE POSTAL SERVICE AND THEY SAY THEY’RE INVESTIGATING THE MATTER AND THEY WILL PAY THE CLAIM FOR THE DAMAGES. 

HOWEVER, JIMENEZ SAYS SHE WANTS THE DRIVER’S NAME SO THEY CAN FILE HIT AND RUN CHARGES AGAINST HIM WITH THE HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT.

STAY TUNED!

Full Statement from USPS:

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The United States Postal Service is committed to assuring safety as a top priority in our organization. When a safety incident or accident occurs, involving one of our employees, it is investigated immediately and we take the appropriate steps to remedy the situation with the customer and with the employee involved. We have been in contact and communicating with Ms. Yenit throughout the claims process and, as of last week, compensation has be made to repair the damage to her daughter’s vehicle.

Thanks.

Dionne Montague

Media Relations and Public Affairs

USPS Corporate Communications

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Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the stabbing of a Houston Community College police officer at 9555 South Post Oak Boulevard about 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday (April 28).

The suspect, Jeremiah Matthews (b/m, 23), is charged with attempted capital murder in the 182nd State District Court.  A photo of Matthews is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Officers M. Condon and C. Liu reported:

The suspect (Matthews) entered the Walmart at the above address and attacked an off-duty HCC officer who was in uniform and working an extra job at the store.  As Matthews stabbed the officer several times in the arm and body, several citizens came to her aid, tackling the suspect and disarming him.  During the struggle, Matthews also attempted to gain control of the officer’s duty weapon.  Upon being restrained, one of the citizens then used the officer’s handcuffs to detain Matthews until Houston police officers arrived and took him into custody.

Meanwhile, additional HPD officers used their EMS trauma kits in an attempt to stop the HCC officer’s bleeding until HFD EMS crews arrived.  She was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital in critical condition.

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Toyota Center (www.houstontoyotacenter.com/garth) is excited to welcome the Garth Brooks World Tour for four nights (eight shows) on June 26 & 27 and July 3 &4.  After 17 years, the most electrifying return of America’s most powerful concert force and number one selling solo artist in U.S. history is coming to Houston.

Tickets to see Garth and Trisha go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 8th at 10 a.m. There will be an online waiting room for fans seeking tickets that will open at 9 a.m. on May 8th. It is strongly encouraged that fans verify their ticketing account or sign up for an account online at the login box located in the upper right hand corner of the Houston Toyota Center website. Or you may visit this page directly by clicking here:  http://bit.ly/1GbRgJ0.

There will be an 8-ticket limit and tickets may only be purchased online at www.HoustonToyotaCenter.com/garth or by calling 1-(844)-63GARTH (844-634-2784). There will be no ticket sales at the Toyota Center Box Office or any Houston area Randalls locations on Friday, May 8th.

AN UNPRECEDENTED 8 SHOWS ON SALE AT ONE TIME!!!

Friday, June 26th 7PM

Friday, June 26th 10:30PM

Saturday, June 27th 7PM

Saturday, June 27th 10:30PM

Friday, July 3rd 7PM

Friday, July 3rd 10:30PM

Saturday, July 4th 7PM

Saturday, July 4th 10:30PM

TICKET PRICES:

$61.18 + $5.05 tax + $8.75 SC = $74.98

It is important to please go NOW to HoustonToyotaCenter.com/Garth to create an account or update your current one for a quicker purchasing experience.

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Only on Fox the family of a man accused in an honor killing is speaking out for the first time.

This comes as 5 children fathered by 57 year old Ali Irsan remains in the custody of CPS.

The state agency is attempting to terminate Irsan’s parental rights.

He was arrested last year during a raid at hos Conroe home.

It was during that time when CPS took custody of Irsan’s 5 children ranging in ages from 3 to 17 years old.

Irsan wasn’t charged with the murders of Iranian activist Galareh Bagherzadeh and Coty Beavers until a year later.

Two of the Conroe resident’s sons were also arrested and charged with murder.

Irsan’s other son Niles Irsan spoke with Fox exclusively saying he wants his siblings back at home who have since been placed in two foster homes.

He says, “I’ve been trying to get this point across to them but we believe they’ve been told from higher ups not to even consider us and just to go through the adoption process and that’s where we are trying to figure out why and what we can do to become suitable in their eyes.”

J.D. Lambright, the Montgomery County Attorney, says the CPS trial to terminate Irsan’s parental rights is set for May.

Niles says he has a sixth sibling who is in adult protective services because she has cerebral palsy.

Irsan declined to comment on his father’s criminal case.

Attica Locke appears tonight at Brazos Bookstore at 7pm on Bissonnett!

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Attica Locke’s first novel, Black Water Rising, was nominated for a 2010 Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was short-listed for the prestigious Orange Prize in the UK (now the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction). Her second book, The Cutting Season, published by Dennis Lehane books, is a national bestseller, and is a winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.

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A graduate of Northwestern University, Locke was a fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmakers Lab. She’s written scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, and HBO, and is a writer and producer of the Fox drama, Empire.

A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.

http://www.atticalocke.com/

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Black-Ish creator Kenya Barris is riding high on his freshman sitcom about an upscale African-American family. Now, he has been set by Sony to write Good Times, the feature adaptation of the groundbreaking sitcom about an African-American family on the other side of the spectrum, struggling in the Chicago projects in the turbulent 60s. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing.

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Dallas native, NFL veteran and Pro Bowler, Wade Smith, will celebrate his birthday and retirement from the NFL with The Wade Smith Foundation (WSF) through a weekend of giving back.

Wade teams up with elite NFL current and former players, along with Lake Highlands coaches, alum, professional dancers and cheerleaders on Saturday, April 25th from 9 am to 1 pm at Lake Highlands Family YMCA (8920 Stults Rd.) for a special Football and Cheer camp for youth in grades K-6.

Confirmed NFL players who will participate as coaches during the camp are Derek Newton (Houston Texans), Patrick Crayton (Former Dallas Cowboy), Edwin Harrison (CFL Calgary Stampeders), Stanley Bryant (CFL Calgary Stampeders), Quinton Demps (New York Giants), Shaun Smith (Former Dallas Cowboy), Amobi Okoye (Dallas Cowboys), Antoine Caldwell (Former Houston Texan), Ahmad Hall (Former Tennessee Titan/UT Grad), Frank Okam (Former Houston Texan/UT Grad/LH Grad), Chris Ogbonnya (New York Giants), Steven Octavien (former Dallas Cowboy/Cleveland Brown), Bethel Johnson (former New England Patriot/New Orleans Saint/Minnesota Viking), Rodney Bradley (former NFL player), Dexter Ford (former Baylor Bear) and Ken Hamlin (Former Dallas Cowboy)

Wade says, “The Wade Smith Foundation is excited to bring together some of the greatest athletes for an exciting weekend of fun, all in the name of charity. Our children are the most important assets in the world today and investing in the future success of generations to come is paramount.  I’m really excited that we can do so much in a fun environment and pay it forward to our future leaders of America.” WSF’s mission is to facilitate the growth of today’s youth by providing them with the necessary tools to improve their overall development as young adults. Since 2012, WSF has been regenerating fun and excitement in education and literacy, providing students and families with both encouragement and support in pursuing their goals and living their dreams through education, memorable experiences and valuable opportunities.

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The Factor received this exclusive statement from Sheriff Adrian Garcia’s office this afternoon.

It comes in response to an anticipated Sunday afternoon press conference where activist Quanell X will ask Sheriff Adrian Garcia to resign.

This is after it was revealed an inmate with mental issues was living in a cell filled with feces and bugs while deputy jailers failed to act.

Exclusive Statement:

Sheriff Adrian Garcia:

“The people of Harris County rightly expect and demand accountability and transparency in their government. My administration strives every day to give the public the  highest level of transparency and accountability. I’m proud of that fact.

“When I took over the county jail there were many issues and challenges and I have implemented many reforms that have contributed greatly to our public safety. We no longer just warehouse inmates, as had been the practice for many years prior, but now there is incredible time and effort to helping those once in our custody to live more positive and productive lives. Under my leadership inmate GED instruction, vocational education, spiritual ministry and counseling has been a priority since I took office – a priority that wasn’t there before.

“The punishments I have handed out as a result of this tragic Goodwin incident are the actions I have taken all along since I took office, holding all staff accountable to levels never seen before. This is what the community has expected and this is what I have delivered.

“After I learned of this incident I took the initiative to notify the DOJ, the FBI, and the District Attorney’s Office and gave each of them everything we knew about this incident at that time. No one had to demand such action.

“At the request of the District Attorney’s Office, I paused the internal investigation in order to ensure they had every opportunity to pursue criminal charges, as a result they indicted two employees, and this past Friday I dealt with all others involved.

“When the DA’s Office finished their work, we aggressively completed our internal investigation resulting in the punishments announced Friday.

“I understand Ms. Lambert’s anger over what happened to her son, and I have always shared her feelings. What happened to inmate Goodwin should never have happened, and my actions will help to keep it from happening again.

“The multi-point reform plan that I implemented in the county jail is a result of that shared anger and my desire for justice for law abiding citizens, the accused, and the guilty.

“However, I had already implemented the Crisis Intervention Response Team that has been able to keep over 1000 persons with mental illness from ever coming to jail.

“These reforms also serve as a reminder that more needs to be done on the front end of what brings people to the county jail, the mentally ill in our community are underserved and the county jail regretfully continues to be the primary mental health care facility for those in need. Until this reality changes, it will continue to cause challenges for my staff.

“The county jail will circulate about 120,000 inmates this year, I have nearly 5000 employees, and on any given day there are about 9000 inmates in my custody of which almost 30% are suffering from a serious mental illness. We have dramatically reduced the jail population in Harris County and improved the conditions of those in our custody and at the same time coming under budget four consecutive years. This isolated incident should not let this track record be forgotten.”

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The Factor would like to thank organizers at the 4th annual Nigerian-American Multicultural Council for inviting me to serve at their master of ceremonies Saturday night.

It was the yearly fundraiser for the organization that’s trying to build a community center in Houston.

The facility will not only provide resources for members of the Nigerian-American community but will also stand as a gathering place for the youth in our community.

Dozens of people attended the event which could only be described as a huge success for the organization.

The event was held at the Houston Westin hotel!


More information: NAMC

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Press release from Quanell X:
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Community activist Quanell X will hold a press conference this Sunday in front of the Harris County jail to call for the resignation of sheriff Adrian Garcia and ask the DOJ to step in and take over the Harris County jail after the horrific pictures of jail immate Terry Goodwin being tortured in his jail cell by guards Ms Mashell lambert Mr Goodwin mother will be present brothers and sisters this is happening everyday in the Harris County jail we must take a stand time 4 pm were 1200 baker st April 26.

Btw, sent Sheriff Garcia a text for a comment and waiting on his response!

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Education on responsible firearm safety and storage is the first step towards preventing firearm accidents in the home. With this in mind, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) will join the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Harris County Constable’s Office to host a special media and public event to provide free firearm safety kits (including a gun lock and safety information) to the community.

Law enforcement representatives will demonstrate how to properly install the locks on various firearms and Project ChildSafe will discuss its new safety video for parents: “How to Talk to Your Kids about Firearm Safety.” The video, starring champion shooter, veteran and mother Julie Golob, serves as a first-of-its-kind resource to guide parents in conversations about gun safety with children and teens.

WHAT: Project ChildSafe Firearm Safety Event and Gun Lock Distribution

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 9:30 AM

WHO: Bill Brassard, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia
Constable Ron Hickman Harris County Constable Pct 4
Chief Alan Bragg, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Police Department

WHERE: Salute to Law Enforcement: Sam Houston Race Park – Pavillion Centre (inside)
7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West, Houston, Tx 77064

WHY: Instilling awareness about firearm safety and proper storage, especially in the minds of young people, is the first step towards preventing firearm accidents, theft and misuse. This event will provide free gun locks to help area residents responsibly store their firearms when they aren’t in use, while encouraging families to start the important conversation about firearm safety in their homes.

VISUALS: Gun lock demonstration / safety kit distribution / Speakers will be available immediately after the
event for interviews.

Project ChildSafe will also provide its new educational video for parents, “How to Talk to Your Kids about Firearm Safety”