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Around 6 a.m. Monday, members of the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office SRT Unit shut down methamphetamine distribution at a mobile home in the 20204 block of Rebecca in New Caney where they executed a narcotics search warrant. Upon arrival, they found three adults and a small child. The child was in bed with suspects Brian Bounds and Brandy Fulcher. While searching their bedroom, deputies found four small plastic bags containing methamphetamine inside a drawer, along with scales and multiple small plastic bags with “420” imprinted on them. The bags and the scales are typical of those used in the distribution of illegal drugs. Deputies found multiple glass smoking pipes containing methamphetamine residue in the room as well. Neither Bounds nor Fulcher claimed ownership of the methamphetamine.  

Deputies found Karin Garcia in the master bedroom, where they found a pink bag on the nightstand containing four more small plastic bags containing methamphetamine, a scale and multiple small plastic bags. Garcia’s room also contained multiple glass smoking pipes containing methamphetamine residue, as well as other drug paraphernalia.  

A family member was allowed to take the child with Fulcher’s approval.

Brian Keith Bounds, 30, (unemployed) of New Caney is charged with Manufacture / Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, more than 4 grams, but less than 200 grams.

Brandy Nicole Fulcher,26, (unemployed) of New Caney is charged with Manufacture / Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, more than 4 grams, but less than 200 grams.

Karin Melinda Garcia, 57, of New Caney is charged with Manufacture / Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, more than 4 grams, but less than 200 grams.

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It was Thursday when we first reported a Houston couple accused a Fedex driver of stealing their dogs.

Armando Correa and his wife provided the delivery company with home surveillance video of the driver removing their French bulldogs from in front of their home.

Fedex issued a second statememt late Thursday night saying they take the allegations seriously and they have taken the driver off the streets while the investigation is underway.

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In the meantime, the Correas are meeting with the woman who found their two dogs on the side of the road about 20 miles away the same night they disappeared.

Armando says they want to give her a card with flowers and just say thank you for turning their family pets over to a local vet.

That woman called Fox 26 to say she found the dogs on Blackhawk Road after seeing our report.

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Donald Collins will know next week if statements he made when he was 13 years old will be used against him in his own trial.

Monday Montgomery County Judge Kathleen Hamilton will rule if the written statement made to investigators will be used in Collins’ murder trial.

It was back in 1998 when Collins was accused of setting Robbie Middleton on fire during a sexual assault.

Middleton died 13 years later as a result of the injuries he sustained from his attack according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office.

Collins’ attorney maintains his client did not have the mental capacity back then to give the stayement.

His trial is set to begin February 2nd in Galveston County.

HARRISCOUNTY

MIKESULLIVAN
Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan wants to ensure taxpayers understand their tax bill and how they can lower their tax burden.

He’s teaming with the Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) and Commissioners Court to announce the second series of Property Tax Workshops. The mission is to discuss property taxes, protests, exemptions and payment options.

“After launching the property tax workshops last year and receiving incredible feedback, I’m happy to announce that we’re bringing these workshops back,” said Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan. “I want to personally thank HCAD and Harris County Commissioners El Franco Lee, Jack Morman, Steve Radack, R. Jack Cagle and Judge Ed Emmett for their commitment and assistance to make these workshops possible.”

The Property Tax Workshops are open to the public and will discuss how property taxes are calculated, how to protest appraisal values, available exemptions and payment options. “The deadline to pay is February 2, 2015. My office will be assisting taxpayers with payments by credit card and check at the workshops,” said Mr. Sullivan. “I encourage taxpayers to take full advantage of these Property Tax Workshops. My goal is to create the best customer service experience possible.”

Property Tax Workshops Schedule

Commissioner Steve Radack

Precinct 3

January 13, 2015

10:00 a.m.

Mendenhall Community Center

1414 Wirt Road, 77055

Commissioner Steve Radack

Precinct 3

January 14, 2015

6:30 p.m.

Mendenhall Community Center

1414 Wirt Road, 77055

Commissioner El Franco Lee

Precinct 1

January 20, 2015

10:00 a.m.

Julia C. Hester House

2020 Solo Street, 77020

Commissioner R. Jack Cagle

Precinct 4

January 21, 2015

10:00 a.m.

Mangum-Howell Community Center

2500 Frick Road, 77038

Commissioner Jack Morman

Precinct 2

January 29, 2015

6:30 p.m.

Bay Area Community Center

5002 E. NASA Parkway, 77586

conroeconnection

It’s been five years in the making and by the end of the month Conroe residents will have their own bus service.

The city’s Transit Administrator, Shawn Johnson, says they expect the service to kick off at the end of January.

Johnson says there will be two buses that will run two different routes in the city from 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday.

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Avenue E bus stop

More info:

Conroe Connection will run along Frazier, from North Loop 336 at Wal-Mart and Lowe’s to South Loop 336 at Lone Star Family Health and the Conroe Regional Medical Center. We’ll also loop around the Dugan area. All stops will be identified by bus stop signs. Please do not try to flag the driver down at any location other than a bus stop.

Link to route and additional information: Conroe Connection

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It was back in September when former HPD Sgt. Ryan Chandler tried to get his job back and now we have learned he won’t.

Chandler, who was fired by HPD Chief Charles McClelland last year, appealed his termination with the city’s Human Resource Department.

Our sources say the civil service review board has decided to stand behind the Chief’s decision to terminate the former homicide investigator.

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Chandler was accused of intentionally not following through on his caseload (2008 – 2012 / 21 cases) as a homicide investigator.

During an April 2014 press conference Chandler was described as one of the worst cops at HPD by McClelland.

“He was lazy, he was a liar, he was not forthright with his supervisors, he misled his other co-workers,” said Chief McClelland.

The veteran investigator was represented by an attorney from the Houston Police Officers’ Union at his arbitration hearing last September. 

That attorney says his client is aware of the decision but declined to comment.

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Email from her family:

My name is Roy Lee.   My sister Jennifer Hunter has been missing since December 30, 2014.

She is 49 years old. She was last seen S.W. Houston in the Bissonet area
She is in need of her medications for seizures and paranoid schizophrenia.                                     

I can be reached at 832 267 9279. My sister Cynthia can be reached at 832 606 9590. Can you please help us find her. Thank you for your time

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If you live Montgomery they need your help at the local Salvation Army center.

The organization is preparing for cold weather to pass through Texas this week and with a growing homeless population at about a thousand people there is a need for winter supplies.

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On that list: blankets, coasts, scarves, shoes, socks, and sleeping bags.

Other donations are also strongly encouraged!

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Salvation Army
304 Avenue E
Conroe, Texas 77301
936-760-2440

CITYCOURT

Once again there were long lines outside of Houston’s Municipal Court Monday morning. Houston City Councilman Michael Kubosh says this is unacceptable. However, those who work with the city court say the problem was the result of parking issues. The administration with the court issued the following statement:

The parking lot located directly in front of the City of Houston Herbert W. Gee Municipal Courthouse (1400 Lubbock Street) is currently undergoing modifications. As a result, there will be a reduced number of parking spaces available to the public – the entrance and exit points are also subject to change. Should the front parking lot reach full capacity, metered street parking and private pay parking lots are available around the courthouse. Please plan to arrive early to court. We apologize for this temporary inconvenience.

Gwendolyn Goins, Public Information Officer

Herbert W. Gee Municipal Courthouse
1400 Lubbock Street
Houston, TX 77002
713.837.0311
www.houstontx.gov/courts/Court-Location-Central

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D & S Shipley Donuts d/b/a Shipley’s Do-Nuts, a Katy-area franchise of Shipley’s Do-Nuts, violated federal anti-discrimination laws when it forced an employee whom it suspected of being pregnant, to take unpaid leave until she was cleared by a doctor indicating that she could work despite her pregnancy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. When the employee failed to provide a release, and after she and her mother disputed the legality of the requirement, the employee was fired in retaliation.

The EEOC’s suit alleged that the owner of Shipley’s Do-Nuts confronted Brooke Foley based on informal reports by other employees that she was pregnant. In an impromptu meeting attended by two other employees, the owner asked Foley intrusive personal questions about whether she was pregnant, which Foley refused to answer. At that point, the owner took Foley off the schedule and told she could not return (and therefore not get paid), until she provided a doctor’s note allowing her to work and assuring Shipley’s she did not have a “high risk” pregnancy.

The lawsuit further alleged that the same day as the confrontation with the owner, Foley’s mother, acting on her daughter’s behalf, confronted the owner about the legality of the release requirement. The following day, Foley was fired by a supervisor over the phone alleging she failed to report to work, despite her having been removed from the schedule.

Such alleged actions violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex or pregnancy and also prohibits retaliation against an employer for opposing an illegal workplace practice. The EEOC filed suit (Civil Action No. 4:14-cv-03712) in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, after first attempting to reach a voluntary pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The EEOC seeks an injunction, back pay with pre-judgment interest, reinstatement, compensatory damages and punitive damages.

“The Pregnancy Discrimination Act ensures that female employees are not forced out of the workplace because of their pregnancy. The decision of whether a pregnant employee should remain gainfully employed during her pregnancy rests solely upon her,” said Martin Ebel, acting director of the EEOC’s Houston District Office.

Jim Sacher, EEOC’s regional attorney in Houston, explained, “The Supreme Court has made clear that the employee alone is responsible for making decisions that affect her safety and that of her future offspring. An employer who forces leave on a pregnant employee violates federal law. The law also prohibits retaliation against an employee for opposing unlawful attempts to interfere with that decision-making.”

Shipley’s Do-Nuts, the franchisor, has approximately 300 company-owned and franchised stores in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee. This Shipley’s franchise owns and operates at least three restaurants in or around Katy, Texas, a suburb of Houston.