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Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel and the FBI in Houston urged southeast Texas residents not to be duped by con men who pose as police officers and demand that callers pay fines for purportedly missing jury service.

 

A local resident was recently tricked out of $250 by such a phone scam. The scam died down after it started occurring late last year, but it has recently resurfaced in Houston and dozens of others states, prompting Daniel and the FBI to warn the public.

 

Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel said he requested the FBI’s help in investigating the crimes because “these criminals are giving jury service a black eye. Innocent, hard-working people have been tricked into giving these con artists money. They need to be behind bars.”

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FBI Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner, head of the FBI’s Houston office, said one of the best ways to curb the scam is to inform the public not to fall prey to it.

 

“We’ve seen variations of this scam hit unsuspecting residents across the country,” Special Agent Turner said. “These scammers are using fear and intimidation to pressure victims into paying them money, and they often move from state to state very quickly to avoid detection.  Educating yourself on the latest scams is the best defense, and remember – law enforcement authorities will never demand you pay a fine by phone.”

 

People should report scammers’ calls to the District Clerk’s jury service operation at 713-755-6392 and to your local police or the FBI.  Tips to the FBI also may be submitted online at https://tips.fbi.gov.  All tipsters may remain anonymous.

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GSM Arena: The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is about to make its international debut and already the company is issuing the first software update for the device. The firmware number of the latest update is XXU1ANJ4 and at 36MB it is quite small.

That’s because it’s quite specific and aims at improving battery performance as well as overall stability. In our Galaxy Note 4 review we found out that the phone’s battery does excellently with an endurance rating of 87 hours. With the latest update though, you should expect the Galaxy Note 4 to do even better than that.

Samsung is already distributing the update to all Galaxy Note 4 units and expect it to become instantly available as soon as the phone launches in its respective markets. In the UK, Samsung recently announced the phone will be delayed until October 17and it will cost £575 off-contract.

If you already sport a Galaxy Note 4, then head to the Settings > About Phone > Software update menu and get the latest firmware version for the phone.

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Press Release: On Sunday, October 12, 2014, the Father’s Auxiliary of the Greater Channel Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. sponsored a discussion with Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland and high school and middle school students on racial profiling and police encounters.

The event, which was held at Peck Elementary School, also included Attorney Charles Livingston and Pastor Vern Cooper as guest panelists.  About 150 high school and middle school students and parents from Houston and surrounding areas including Pearland, Beaumont and Humble were in attendance to discuss this important and timely issue.  

“Our children are the greatest asset of our community. It is our responsibility as adults to arm them with information so they can make great choices,” stated Houston Police Chief McClelland. 

Greater Channel Chapter President Paula Harris added, “There was a huge value to have our children and our community have access to Chief McClelland and Attorney Livingston. Our youth needed to be armed with this information as they start driving and growing in this city.”

Police Chief McClelland believes that these dialogues should be continued with the community.

Background on Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Jack and Jill is a nationwide organization with over 200 chapters in 35 states and the District of Columbia, representing over 30,000 family members. The core of the Jack and Jill of America philosophy is that every child – if given the proper guidance and opportunity – can be developed into a leader.  The organization’s National Theme is “Power & Potential: Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development Cultural Heritage and Community Service.” For more information visit http//jackandjil1gcc.com

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Sunday evening, deputies arrested a convicted felon believed to be the hit and run driver who struck the 13-year-old son of Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack Friday afternoon.  Billy Dale Barnett, Jr., 25, of Magnolia already had an outstanding felony warrant when he allegedly struck the boy and then fled the area.
Barnett was one a Crime Stoppers Featured Fugitives two weeks ago and was still on the run when he added to his troubles. The Noacks were parked on the side of Champions Ridge Road in Magnolia with their flashers activated, along with another vehicle parked behind them with flashers activated. Noack’s son got out of his father’s vehicle to open a family member’s gate. A pickup, believed to have been driven by Barnett, went around the two stopped vehicles and struck the boy, throwing him into a rocky ditch nearby. The pickup stopped briefly and a female passenger jumped out and started toward the boy, but the driver yelled at her to get back into the truck. She complied and they sped away. The younger Noack was scratched and bruised, but medics checked him on the scene and he was not transported. Fortunately, Commissioner Noack got the truck’s license plate number and gave it to DPS Trooper Will Frederick who took the report and conducted the on-scene investigation.
By Saturday, the truck was linked to Barnett and his photo was posted online with other information and spread like wildfire through news and social media. Around 2 p.m. Sunday, members of the Montgomery County Precinct 3 and Precinct 4 Constable’s Offices met to launch their own investigation, assisted by US Marshals.
They checked out leads at locations around Magnolia that led to Harris County. Six stops later, and within hours of beginning their search, they found Barnett. He was visiting a friend when Precinct 4 deputies arrived and he was arrested without incident.
Commissioner Noack was very pleased and relieved to learn the news of Barnett’s arrest.
“The entire Noack family wants to express our gratitude to all the law enforcement agencies involved, with a special tip of the hat to the Precinct 3 and 4 Constable’s Offices for apprehending him,” Commissioner Noack said. “The whole family will sleep better knowing this criminal is in custody.”
He also praised the collaborative effort involved in the swift arrest.
“I’m proud of how our local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies worked together,” Noack said. “He was hunted down like the animal he is.”
Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden and Precinct 3 Constable Ryan Gable, who are also fathers, agreed that anyone who could hit a child and leave him lying in a ditch needed to be taken off the streets. 
“It doesn’t matter whose child is involved,” Constable Hayden said. “It becomes a high priority when someone does something like this.”
“As a result of the arrest, we hope the Commissioner and his family can get back to a normal life,” Constable Gable said. “I know he was concerned about the suspect being on the loose.”
As of 9 p.m., Barnett was still in the booking process. We will update with charges and bond information in the morning.

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In 1976, Ebola (named after the Ebola River in Zaire) first emerged in Sudan and Zaire. The first outbreak of Ebola (Ebola-Sudan) infected over 284 people, with a mortality rate of 53%.

A few months later, the second Ebola virus emerged from Yambuku, Zaire, Ebola-Zaire (EBOZ). EBOZ, with the highest mortality rate of any of the Ebola viruses (88%), infected 318 people. Despite the tremendous effort of experienced and dedicated researchers, Ebola’s natural reservoir was never identified.

The third strain of Ebola, Ebola Reston (EBOR), was first identified in 1989 when infected monkeys were imported into Reston, Virginia, from Mindanao in the Philippines. Fortunately, the few people who were infected with EBOR (seroconverted) never developed Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF).

The last known strain of Ebola, Ebola Cote d’Ivoire (EBO-CI) was discovered in 1994 when a female ethologist performing a necropsy on a dead chimpanzee from the Tai Forest, Cote d’Ivoire, accidentally infected herself during the necropsy. 

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On July 27, 2014, Investigators were dispatched to the 9600 block of Bissonnet where Aaron Francis was found dead. He had been shot inside his vehicle.

Throughout the course of the investigation police determined that there was a road rage incident between two people in their vehicles.

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The victim was driving a silver Mercury and the suspect was in a white 4-door car. The make and model of the car are unknown.

After the victim was shot by the unknown suspect, Francis lost control of his car and hit a woman that was walking near the scene. 

Houston police are seeking any witnesses that may have seen this incident take place on Bissonnet.

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The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a series of still photos, in reference to an ongoing credit card abuse investigation.  The photos were taken of the suspect on September 17, 2014, while the suspect allegedly made a fraudulent withdrawal from a bank.    If you have information regarding this case or the suspect, please contact Detective B. Akin at 281-297-6527.  If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Montgomery County Crime Stoppers.   Still photos and flyer attached.  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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The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a series of still photos, in reference to an ongoing credit card abuse investigation.  The photos were taken of the suspect on September 17, 2014, while the suspect allegedly made a fraudulent withdrawal from a bank.    If you have information regarding this case or the suspect, please contact Detective B. Akin at 281-297-6527.  If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Montgomery County Crime Stoppers.   Still photos and flyer attached.  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.

Nieder, Corey

Prado, Henry

Garcia, Juan

Davis, Fabian

Washington, Kurrika

The following fugitives are wanted as of October 9, 2014:

Johnson, Corey
Black Male
DOB 01-26-91
5’4″ / 130 lbs
Brown eyes / Black hair
Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon

Prado, Henry
Black Male
DOB 03-09-94
5’10” / 170 lbs
Brown eyes / Black hair
Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon

Sanchez, Roel
Hispanic Male
DOB 03-09-89
5’10” / 140 lbs
Brown eyes / Black hair
Aggravated Assault-Serious Bodily Injury

Garcia, Juan
Hispanic Male
DOB 02-24-80
5’11” / 180 lbs
Brown eyes / Brown hair
Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Williams, John
Black Male
DOB 03-14-82
5’4″ / 130 lbs
Brown eyes / Black hair
Aggravated Assault against a Public Servant

Hailey, Deamarcus
Black Male
DOB 05-31-92
6’2″ / 178 lbs
Brown eyes / Black hair
Robbery-Bodily Injury

Nieder, Corey
White Male
DOB 01-06-90
6’3″ / 150 lbs
Brown eyes / Brown hair
Robbery-Bodily Injury

Vela, Raymond
Hispanic Male
DOB 03-18-81
5’8″ / 140 lbs
Brown eyes / Black hair
Aggravated Assault-Family Member

Davis, Fabian
Black Male
DOB 03-28-82
6’0″ / 150 lbs
Brown eyes / Black hair
Aggravated Assault-Family Member

Washington, Kurrika
Black Female
DOB 01-15-93
5’9″ / 149 lbs
Brown eyes / Black hair
Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon

You can view their photos here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g1l5tjxfrvypp09/AACnJM2S-ItzXlgWFN-wocRza?dl=0

Anyone with information about the location of these fugitives is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477), or submit a tip via iWatchHarrisCounty.

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Nick Chen, a Vietnamese National legally residing in Houston, has been arrested on charges of conspiracy and trafficking in counterfeit goods, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
 
Chen, 46, was charged in a four-count sealed indictment returned Oct. 8, 2014, which was unsealed this morning as he made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Milloy. He will make his next appearance on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 10:00 a.m.
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Beats Electronics was originally founded in 2006 by rapper and hip hop mogul Andre Young aka Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine, according to the indictment. Beats Electronics was acquired by Apple Inc. in August 2014. Tours, urBeats, iBeats and Powerbeats by Dr. Dre are premium lines of earbud headphones manufactured by Beats Electronics who holds the registration for the trademarks for Beats, including its iconic logo with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and stylized variations from many countries around the world. The retail price of each Beats product ranges between $99.95 and $599.95.
 
The indictment alleges Chen was the CEO of NPC Enterprises and that he allegedly conspired to traffic in counterfeit Beats products from June 2013 through February 2014. Chen would allegedly import counterfeit Beats products from China and Honk Kong to numerous addresses in the Houston area. The indictment alleges he then took them to a location on Afton street which he used as his warehouse and distributing center. 
 
The total value of counterfeit products alleged in the indictment exceeds $560,000.  
 
If convicted, Chen faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $2 million fine.
The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Elmilady is prosecuting the case.

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The Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy involved in a vehicle collision on Friday, is reportedly alert and responsive while undergoing treatment at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

The suspect driver was transported via LifeFlight to the same hospital and is currently being treated following the collision.

The female passenger of the vehicle was pronounced deceased upon arrival of emergency personnel.

HARRIS COUNTY, TX – Just before 3:00 AM, on Friday, October 10, 2014, a deputy with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a collision on Highway 6 and Clay Road.

As the deputy was traveling eastbound in a marked patrol unit, a hispanic male driver and female passenger in a Ford Fusion struck the front left driver’s side of the deputy’s vehicle. The suspect driver was reportedly driving westbound in the wrong direction of the eastbound lanes.

The deputy was transported via LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

The female passenger of the vehicle was pronounced deceased upon arrival of emergency personnel.

The suspect driver was transported via LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Additional information regarding the identities of the deputy, suspect driver and deceased female will be provided as available.

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Fox 26 News has learned Montgomery County prosecutors have filed paperwork to have suspended Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson rearrested after he admitted to using drugs in violation of his bond conditions.  Court records show while giving his urine sample Wednesday Peterson admitted to a staffer he had ‘smoked a little weed’ before the test.  As a result of that the Montgomery County District Attorney has asked the Judge in this case to set aside Peterson’s $15,000 bond and have him rearrested.  However, there won’t likely be any action today because the current Judge over Peterson’s case is facing a recusal hearing Friday morning.

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