Press Release from Dwayne Charleston:

When Sandra Bland died in a Waller County jail in mid-July of 2015 (Not sure of the date -given the jailers admission of falsified cell check logs), she had been denied medical treatment while in the care, custody, and control of Sheriff Glen Smith, and his staff. Waller County officials allege Bland took her own life, had self-inflicted wounds, and had mental issues.

Unfortunately, Bland did not live to tell her side of the story.

However, one man did. Meet Quincy Davis of Brookshire, Texas. 

So seriously sick, he could no longer walk, Davis was recently transported from the Waller County jail to the Tomball Regional Hospital while awaiting trial on criminal charges in Waller. Mr. Davis had been in detention for 780 days.  Charged with assaulting two police officers, the inmate’s bond was set at $150,000.  Davis could not meet the bond and made repeated request to have it lowered. All such requests were denied.

It was not until seven days after Davis was rushed to the hospital on July 18, 2016, and diagnosed with a severe case of Staph infection, that the judge in the case finally lowers the defendant’s bond to $50,000.  Once Davis bonded out, and was no longer being cared for at the expense of Waller County, Tomball Regional discharged and sent the defendant home.  Davis was still unable walk.

The very next day, July 26st, Davis is admitted to Ben Taub Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. According to doctors, and several witnesses from the jail, the defendant has contracted the Staph infection from having to crawl back and forth to the toilet and shower. 

As the defendant’s medical condition worsened, he incurred a neurological condition which led to a severe case of incontinence of his bladder and bowels. The jailers not only refused to treat his worsening medical condition, but also refused to issue pads and diapers to the defendant. He is now left to crawl on the floor of an uncleaned cell for several months in his own waste. Hence the severe wounds and infections, and subsequent loss of mobility.

Waller County Deputy Sheriff, Brian Cantrell wrote in a memo to his boss Sheriff Glen Smith, and Waller County District Attorney, Elton Mathis, alleging that the defendant had been hospitalized and diagnosed with a staph infection. Cantrell writes that the staph infection is a result of self-inflicted wounds (his belief, not the doctor’s). He then conveys the doctor’s sentiments that “inmate Davis has mental issues”.

Remarkably, neither the jail nurse, doctor, jailers, or other deputy’s considered the defendant mentally or medically ill, during the 780 days of his incarceration while awaiting trial. In addition, a team of private attorneys who had been assembled by Sheriff Smith to investigate the entire jail operation as a result of the Bland death, found nothing. Not even an inmate crying out for help, lying in his own waste, crawling to the toilet, in a cell contaminated with a germ, so deadly it could have led to Davis’, and other inmate’s, very death.

Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested following a Houston Police Department investigation into large-scale distribution of synthetic cannabinoids (Kush) in Houston.  

The suspects, Minh Dang (A/m, 42) and Tuan Dang (A/m, 46), are charged with two counts each of engaging in organized criminal activity in the 184th State District Court.  Photos of the Dang brothers are attached to this news release.  

More than 30 pounds of illegal narcotics were seized in the operation.  In addition, investigators recovered a firearm, vehicles and thousands of dollars in U.S. currency and gold bars.  

In June, investigators in the HPD Narcotics Division initiated an undercover investigation into an incident in which several homeless persons became ill after consuming synthetic cannabinoids in Hermann Park.  The Kush initiative targeted not only street-level dealers but also various locations where Kush was sold.  

Further investigation identified a retail chain, “Spice Boutique,” owned by the Dangs, whose three locations were found to be selling synthetic cannabinoids.  Both men were arrested on Tuesday (August 9) and subsequently charged.  Four additional suspects, employees of “Spice Boutique,” were arrested and face charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and falsifying drug test results.  Photos of these four suspects are not available at this time, pending further investigation.  

HPD Assistant Chief M. Curran said, “This is a another great example of the Houston Police Department’s partnership and collaboration in our effort to protect the Houston community from dangerous substances that found their way to our streets.  Synthetic cannabinoids have been a large issue in our city and this particular operation was another major step in getting this illegal substance off our streets.”  

The enforcement efforts are continuing with more arrests and charges possible.  

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The attorney representing the son of legendary NBA player Moses Malone has filed a $1 million lawsuit against a local bikini bar in Houston.

That civil suit was filed Wednesday by attorney George Farah on behalf of his client Moses Malone Jr.

Malone says it was back in June when he was attacked and robbed of $50,000 in jewelry outside of VLive Houston on Richmond Avenue.

Moses Malone Jr says he was robbed and attacked outside of VLive

Moses Malone Jr says he was robbed and attacked outside of VLive

Malone says that incident came after he wrote a post criticizing Houston Rockets player James Harden for charging youth to attend a basketball camp.

The lawsuit is seeking $1 million in damages from VLive saying the security force outside the club did not intervene as Malone Jr. was being attacked.

So far there is a warrant out for the arrest of two of the four people involved.

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Two of the men have already been charged and arrested.

Sources tell the Factor at least three more individuals have been identified in the June 25th attack bringing the number to seven people who allegedly attacked the son of the NBA legend.

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The University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal have announced that Attica Locke, author of “Pleasantville,” will receive the 2016 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.
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Locke is the sixth winner of the prize. The prize, authorized by Lee, is given annually to a book-length work of fiction that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.

“I clearly recall the summer I read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ and wrote my first stories on the back of my dad’s legal stationery,” Locke said. “There could be no higher praise for me than winning this prize. I am deeply moved.”

“Pleasantville” was chosen by a distinguished panel of writers. They are: Dr. Philip Beidler, author and professor of English, University of Alabama; Helen Ellis, author of“American Housewife”; Homer Hickam, author of “Rocket Boys”; Rheta Grimsley Johnson, author, journalist and syndicated columnist; and Angela Johnson, author of “Wind Flyers” and “Heaven.”

The Selection Committee said “Pleasantville” has beautiful prose and strong characters, much like “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

“In “Pleasantville,” Attica Locke takes us out of a courtroom and into a lawyer’s home and heart,” Ellis said.

Locke will be honored with a signed special edition of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a $3,000 cash award and a feature article in the ABA Journal.

“I think the finalists this year were, collectively, the best in the history of the Harper Lee Prize,” said Allen Pusey, editor and publisher of the ABA Journal, a co-sponsor of the prize. “’Pleasantville’ is a richly constructed narrative truly worthy of this recognition.”
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“Pleasantville”

Locke’s novel will be honored during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Library of Congress’s Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the National Book Festival. Following the award presentation, the Selection Committee will convene a panel discussion of “Pleasantville” in relationship to Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

About Attica Locke

Attica Locke’s first novel, “Black Water Rising,” was nominated for a 2010 Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was short-listed for the Orange Prize in the United Kingdom (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. 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, Attica lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

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A Harris County Sheriff‘s Office Detention Officer is being credited with saving the life of an emotionally distraught woman who attempted suicide by jumping from the San Jacinto street bridge.

On Saturday, August 6, 2016 at around 4:00pm, detention officer T. Sanders assigned to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office 701 N San Jacinto detention facility was on a break in front of the building when he noticed the 22 year old female crying and distraught on her cell phone.

He walked towards the woman to ask if she was ok, when the woman jumped on the ledge of the bridge and stated she wanted to kill herself.

D.O. sanders grabbed the woman and pulled her off the ledge and attempted to hold her so she would not follow through with her threat.

She managed to break free and climb on the ledge again stating she wanted to kill herself.

D.O. Sanders again grabbed her and pulled her to safety, instructing other citizens to run inside the detention building and summon help.

Other HCSO personnel responded and the woman was subdued for her own safety.

A Harris County Sheriff’s Office Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) deputy and clinician were called for the woman and a mental evaluation was done.

She was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital for a mental wellness exam.

Detention Officer T. Sanders showed courage and compassion, his conduct continues to exemplify the core values of our organization, specifically, “Protect our citizens with honor and courage”…

Thank You Detention Officer T. Sanders

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On Monday, August 08, 2016, in the 410th District Court of Montgomery County, Texas (Judge Michael Mayes presiding), Defendant Ronnie Paul Hobgood Jr., 45, pled guilty to Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or More, a third degree felony, on the morning of trial. As part of a plea bargain agreement, Hobgood was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Assistant District Attorney Brittany Litaker prosecuted the case.

On February 7, 2016, Hobgood was leaving a bar when a bartender noticed that Hobgood was highly intoxicated. The bartender approached Hobgood and attempted to prevent Hobgood from driving. Instead, witnesses reported that Hobgood started his truck, put it in reverse, and crashed into a parked car. He then attempted to flee the scene while the bartender called the police. After being blocked in the parking lot by concerned citizens, Hobgood drove over a curb and onto the feeder road of I45 North where he collided with another vehicle before driving off at a high
rate of speed.

A local wrecker driver located Hobgood and called the police. Trooper Matthew Cline with the Texas Department of Public Safety responded and began his investigation. Hobgood was very unsteady on his feet, smelled strongly of alcohol, and failed field sobriety tests. A search warrant was executed for a sample of Hobgood’s blood which revealed a blood alcohol concentration of .272, over three times the legal limit.

Hobgood has a long history of DWI related offenses dating back to 1990. He also has two prior prison trips for DWI type offenses.

Because Hobgood has two prison trips, he is a habitual offender, making his minimum punishment in this case 25 years in prison.

Prosecutor Brittany Litaker:

“This Defendant is clearly a danger to the public and this sentence will ensure that he never has the opportunity to hurt anybody else again. Thanks to the efforts of Trooper Matthew Cline with the Department of Public Safety and the concerned citizens of Montgomery County, another habitual offender is out of our community. We would like to commend the other officers who investigated his previous cases for their willingness to testify in this case and for their continued dedication to ensuring the safety of the people who live in and travel through this community. This result once again demonstrates that such conduct will not be tolerated in Montgomery County.

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In honor of National Frozen Custard Day on Monday, August 8, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers will sell $1 single scoop cake cones and dishes of its chocolate and vanilla frozen custard. Fifty cents of every $1 single scoop sold will be donated to charity. Guests of Freddy’s are asked to vote for their favorite of two, national charities, Kids In Need Foundation and Playworks, by texting to 72727 either the word ‘KIDS’ for Kids In Need Foundation or the word ‘RECESS’ for Playworks.

“We are excited to partner with Freddy’s, a company that values family, friends and community, for National Frozen Custard Day,” says Jill Vialet, founder and CEO of Playworks. “With your vote, Playworks will be able to help even more kids across the U.S. experience safe and healthy play. No matter who wins though, the Playworks way is to always high five at the end of the game!”

“We are so pleased to be partners with Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers,” said Dave Smith, executive director of the Kids In Need Foundation. “This organization understands the immediate impact school supplies have on the lives of children, nationwide. With supplies, students’ classroom behavior improves and grades go up, because kids feel they have a better chance of achieving. We are so thankful to be considered for this generous donation.”

Monday, August 8, is the final day to cast a vote. To learn more about National Frozen Custard Day at Freddy’s, visit https://freddysusa.com/frozencustardday/.


Houston Vacation Spots.
1. Omni Houston Westside.   Summer Sun and Fun Packages start at $159 per night.      Great for families. Includes a pool bag with sunscreen, aloe, and an underwater camera, movie night by the pool, breakfast for each guest,  Omni Kids backpack for each child and  Milk and Cookie turn down service.  Shuttle to Memorial City mall and City Centre.

2. Sugarland Marriott Town Square $169 per night.   Includes buffet breakfast for 2 adults/2kids.  You can do some back to school shopping, catch a Skeeters game, checkout the museum of Natural Science, Fort Bend Discover Center or the Aerodome Ice Skating Complex

3. Boardwalk Inn Kemah.  Rates start at $179 Receive priority Seating at boardwalk restaurants.  Add on Just for Fun package for $99 more and receive 4- All Day Ride passes, or just for 2 packages for $49.72 for 2 All day right passes.     Hilton NASA Clear Lake Rates starting at $119 with breakfast included, special packages for NASA and Kemah also available. 

4. La Torretta Lake Resort.  Lake Conroe.  Rates starting at $189 per night, Kids stay and eat Free, includes , breakfast and lunch only.  Resort has an Aquapark with waterslides, lazy river and kid’s splash pool.  Mini Golf, Fitness Center, Paddle board and Kayak rentals available. 

5. Marriott Houston Medical Center. Rates start at $149 night; kids eat free packages, $159 Breakfast included. Check out the Museum District, Zoo and Herman Park. (Top areas for Pokémon sightings in Houston.)

6. The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center.  Rates start at $219 per night which includes Waterscape Water Park with lazy River, waterslides, and kiddie pool, fitness center, bike rentals, free transportation to Market Street and The Woodlands Mall.  Bed and breakfast plans start at $235 a night.  Also running a One Night Pokémon special for $245. The package includes: deluxe accommodations, full breakfast for two, one Pokémon souvenir toy, access to Pokémon Gym and Pokestop on property with lures being added throughout the day to attract even more Pokémon.   (Can only be booked for 1 night stay)  Also nearby the resort you can rent Kayaks, hit the trails, check out the Children’s Museum, or go to a concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion   

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit served a search warrant at a residence located in the 2900 block of Chaucer, in Montgomery, Texas. 

The warrant was obtained after probable cause was established that illegal narcotics were being trafficked at the residence. The Special Investigations Unit originally received information that illegal narcotics were being trafficked to young adults and high school age students. 

Methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills were recovered at the residence.  Several arrests were made, with one of the arrested individuals being on parole for narcotic violations. Three arrests were made as a result of an investigation. 

Arrested: 

Jonathan Ammon Scardino (date of birth 04/06/1994) 

Charged with possession of a marijuana/misdemeanor “B” 

David Alexander Scardino (date of birth 01/10/1992) 

Charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance/felony “1”, (methamphetamine), 

and manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance/felony “2”, (cocaine). 

Crystal Ann Nash (date of birth 12/21/1985) 

Charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance/felony “1”, (methamphetamine), 

and manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance/felony “2”, (cocaine).