CRIMESTOPPERS

On October 31, 2014, Harris county Deputies responded to a robbery call at a gas station located in the 6900 block of Gessner. The victims say around 5:00 pm three suspects stormed the store wearing masks and carrying guns. Two of the suspects ordered everyone to get on the floor. The third suspect jumped over the service counter and pointed a gun to the clerk demanding all the money in the registers. They left in a white Ford truck.

The suspect that went behind the counter is described as a black male standing around 5’8” to 5’10”. He weighed approximately 150-to-160 pounds.

If you have any information about this crime, or any other felony crime, please call Crime Stoppers at
713-222-TIPS (8477).

You never have to give your name, and if your information leads to the criminal’s arrest, you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

HPD

The Houston Police Department is conducting an investigation into an incident involving the apparent injury to a juvenile suspect. On Monday (Dec. 8) about 9:30 p.m., off-duty HPD officers were patrolling an apartment in the 8900 block of Glencrest when they were advised that three individuals were trespassing and had concealed themselves in a vacant apartment. When the trespassing suspects refused the officers commands to exit the vacant unit, the officers obtained assistance from an on-duty supervisor and an HPD K9 unit (police service dog).
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Despite the on-scene supervisor’s attempts to convince the suspects to exit the apartment and be lawfully detained, the suspects refused. HPD officers, along with a police service dog, then entered the apartment to effect detention and arrest. During an encounter with the juvenile, who was concealing herself in a bathroom, the police service dog bit the juvenile, causing injury. The juvenile received medical attention at the scene and at a local hospital for her injuries. In total, two juveniles were arrested for criminal trespassing and an adult male was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant, criminal trespassing, and possession of marijuana.

Police service dogs are used to assist officers in a number of situations, including searching for concealed suspects. This standard operating practice helps reduce the risk of use of force encounters between officers and suspects and usually does not result in serious injury to suspects or officers. This investigation will focus on the facts of the incident and will also evaluate the practice in terms of mitigating injuries to suspects and officers.

fedsA coordinated effort among federal, state and local officials has led to the federal indictment of eight individuals for trafficking in methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Special Agent in Charge Robert W. Elder of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Walker County Sheriff Clint R. McRae and Huntsville Police Department Chief Kevin Lunsford.

“The arrests made this week in Huntsville and in the surrounding Walker County communities demonstrate the value of information sharing and interagency collaboration,” said Arabit. “Law enforcement at the local and federal levels will continue to join together to disrupt and remove key command and control elements of criminal drug trafficking organizations responsible for the distribution of narcotics into our communities.”

“These arrests in Houston and the surrounding areas exemplifies the success that can be achieved when federal, state and local agencies combine resources to eliminate suspected serious firearms and narcotics offenders from the streets,” said Elder. “These results highlight the use of ATF’s Frontline Model, which seeks to direct limited resources towards positive impacts on crime.”

Eight people, including an officer with the Houston Police Department, were charged in a seven-count indictment returned under seal Dec. 4, 2014. They are all charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. The indictment was unsealed in its entirety today as some made appearances in federal court in Houston.

Those charged include Derryck Collins, 38, David Choate, 51, Michael Kelly, 22, and Roddrick Collins, 29, all from Huntsville, as well as Jarvis Lovelady, 33, Carlos Montemayor, 39, Javier Aguirre, 38, and Jasmine Bonner, 26, all of Houston. Bonner is a three-year veteran of the Houston Police Department.

All but Lovelady have been taken into custody and have made their initial appearances in recent days before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy. Some will be back in federal court for their detention hearings Dec. 16, 2014, at 02:00 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Milloy.

Lovelady is considered a fugitive and a warrant remains outstanding for his arrest. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact authorities as follows:

DEA at 713-693-3000

Huntsville Police Department at 936-291-5480

Walker County Sheriff’s Office at 936-435-2400

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For Texas Southern University’s famed Ocean of Soul Marching Band, the year is ending pretty much the same way it began – with a big band Bang! The famed band was on hand to play for the premiere opening of popular entertainer/comedian Kevin Hart at his opening at the Edwards IMAX  in Katy, Texas. Hart got into the grove and made a few cool moves to the sounds of the Ocean. He’s pictured with members of the Ocean, “the motion” dancers. Earlier this year Hart made a $50,000 donation to support the band’s trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Yesterday was a cool way for the band to say, “Thank You,” for your support of student musicians.

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It is that time of the year when all of the journalist groups come together in the city Houston.

It was the annual joint Christmas party (Jingle Bells with Journalists) that attracted dozens of working reporters and public relations reps.

Some of the organizations attending the event included the Society of Professional Journalists, Houston Association of Black, Hispanic, and Asian Journalists along with the Houston Press Club.

The Wednesday night event was held at the Houston Print Museum in midtown. 
Some very familiar faces attended the party that also served as a fundraiser for young future journalists here in the community.

Here are some of the photos I snapped at the big event! 

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METRO’s newly appointed Police Chief Vera Bumpers is inviting the public to meet her officers and bring a donation that will enhance the life of patients in treatment at the county’s busy psychiatric hospital. Chief Bumpers, who has been with the force for more than 30 years, is making staff available to meet the public and accept donations destined for the UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center (UTHCPC) patients.

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“Our officers understand – from everyday experiences – the necessity of mental health services for all our constituents. What we hope to accomplish with our meet-up and collection drive is familiarize the public with our police force, and support an agency that provides vital services to thousands of families regardless of their circumstances,” said Chief Bumpers, the first African-American and first female to lead the agency’s police force.

Officers, including Chief Bumpers, will be on-hand to accept new items such as:

Personal hygiene products (non-aerosol only)
T-shirts and socks
Sneakers (size 7 and up)
Dominos and playing cards
Crossword puzzles and coloring books

Supplies collected on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at the Texas Medical Center Transit Center (6910 Fannin at Pressler) between 7 and 9 a.m. will be given to UTHCPC staff and volunteers for patient use.

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The Factor has learned there is a secret industry in Houston those involved don’t want you to know about.

It’s pigeon hunting and sales.

The Factor ran into a man in downtown Houston near Metro headquarters who had multiple cages and a large net hitched to his truck.
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This man, who didn’t want the story out, said there is a market for pigeon sales all over Texas.

The guy tells me he goes around the city catching pigeons then he sells them on the open market.
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The man, who says he didn’t want the story out because he didn’t want competition, sells the city birds for $3 each to buyers.

He says what the buyer uses the pigeons for varies from research to hunting.

Who knew?

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Members and staff of the Houston Police Officers’ Union celebrated Tuesday night with a kick off of the holidays.

The group held its annual Christmas party where they welcomed police officers,  deputies, prosecutors, and politicians from around the city.

The event began with cocktails and ended with dinner for the guests in attendance.

HPOU represents more than 5000 police officers in Houston!

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A Houston man has learned the hard way you shouldn’t take animals you don’t own.

Investigators with the Houston Police Department say they have arrested 21 year old Tyriel Turner for stealing a horse.

Prosecutors say he pulled up to a woman’s home on Madera in a van and loaded up the victim’s bridles, car wash machine, and a full horse.

Turner was arrested after a witness noticed him in the area trying to ride the horse that he could not control.

The 21 year old is in jail charged with burglary.

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‘Tis better to give than receive, and for Spring dentist Dr. Emily Graham, giving is a way of life. Each year, Dr. Graham performs numerous international mission trips to help to Central and South America treating underprivileged children and adults, offers free services and discounts to our nation’s troops, veterans and families as part of Freedom Day USA, and regularly finds a way to assist those in need in our area. On Friday, Dec. 12, Dr. Graham will reach out to community for a day of complimentary, basic dental care in the true spirit of giving for her seventh annual Unto the Lord Day.
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“I have been so blessed with the talents that God has given me and I am so grateful that I can use those talents, along with my colleagues, to help others. In this joyful season, it is so rewarding to celebrate our ability to give others the gift of good health and happiness,” said Graham.

Dr. Graham’s office will open from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Unto the Lord Day. Dr. Graham and her staff will work with approximately 25 to 30 Houston-area dentists. These are dentists who take a day off from their own practices or retired dentists who feel compelled by the spirit of the season. Based on previous years, it is anticipated that this small group of dentists will provide services to 250 patients. In the past, community members have lined up as early as 3:30 a.m. to ensure that they get seen.

According to Graham, there are no qualifications for Unto the Lord Day. Dr. Graham and her colleagues perform complimentary cleanings, extractions and take care of their patients most pressing dental concerns – all for free.

“It is amazing to serve so many people in our community who really need our help,” said Graham. “We are so blessed to be able to give back to individuals and make positive impact in their lives.”