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He is the star second baseman with the Houston Astros and he found himself the center of attention this week.

Jose Altuve was surrounded by friends, fans, and celebrity
guests at the Astorian.

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The baseball player was honored by Hennessy. 

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He says it’s a proud honor and he also talked about how important his teammates are to the success of the Astros this year.

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Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon wants to equip cops in his community with body cameras.

This comes after the Conroe Police department filed for a federal grant to buy 14 body cameras.

Ligon says he will use drug seizure funds to buy an additional 14 cameras.

No word yet when the purchase will go through.

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After a short investigation it appears the fire two weeks ago at the beloved Burger Park in Houston was an accident.

Jay Evans with the Houston Fire Department days the fire was caused by a spark from an exhaust fan over the grill.

Evans says when the device malfunctioned it spit out a spark that hit the grease and caused the fire at the 47 year old business on Martin Luther King in South Park.

There’s no word yet if Burger Park known for its burgers and slushies will reopen.

I will check with the owners and keep you updated.

A call to the business early Thursday morning went unanswered.

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Fox 26 News has learned a 19 year old part time employee of the Houston Independent School District has been arrested.
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According to our sources Pablo Duran was arrested after investigators say he had an inappropriate relationship with a 14 year old student at Milby High School.  Our sources say that’s where Duran served as a student tutor for the district.  It is also where investigators say he met the 14 year old student.  HISD is working on a statement for the Factor.

HISD STATEMENT:

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has accepted criminal charges against a former Milby High School hourly tutor following an HISD Police investigation into reports of inappropriate conduct between the employee and a student in 2014. The employee was immediately removed from the campus and has not worked for the district since the allegation was reported.

Background Info:

Name: Pablo Duran

Charges: Sexual assault of a child under the age of 17 and improper relationship with a student

Arrest: Arrest was made Wednesday, June 10 by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office

Investigation: HISD Police conducted a thorough investigation and presented the finding to the District Attorney’s Office this week

Ashley Anthony
Sr. Media Relations Specialist

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Who should the building be named after…That’s the question and battle going on at the Houston Police Department.  Houston City Councilman and former HPD chief C-O Bradford has sent a letter to Mayor Annise Parker and other council members saying he believes HPD headquarters at 1200 Travis should be named after former Houston Mayor Lee P. Brown. 
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But members of the rank and file and current HPD chief Charles McClelland feel the cop shop should be named after retired HPD Officer Edward Thomas.  As you know he is one of the longest serving police officers in the country.  He worked at HPD from 1948 to 2011.  No word which way Mayor Parker and the council will vote on this naming issue.

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On Monday, June 8, 2015, a jury convicted Royce Gene Adams, III of three counts of the felony offense
of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and one count of Indecency with a Child by Contact.
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Yesterday, the same jury sentenced him to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on the Indecency Count and 45, 60 years, and Life in prison on the three counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.

Visiting Judge, Lisa Burkhalter, presided over the trial in the 212th District Court and stacked each of the four
sentences so that they run consecutively to each other. Adams was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Beverly
Armstrong and T. Philip Washington. Winston Cochran represented the Defendant.

Prosecutors presented evidence showing that Adams met Virginia Lou Busler through an online dating site a few months before the July 8, 2013 sexual assault. He moved into Busler’s home, with her 9 year old son and her 11 year old
daughter—the victim—shortly after meeting Busler. Adams and Busler were married on July 4, 2013.

The victim testified that Adams invited her into his bedroom, on July 7, 2013, while her mother was being treated
at a hospital for stroke symptoms. She explained that Adams gave her alcohol, a pill, and marijuana before touching her
inappropriately and having sex with her.

The Defendant was caught with his pants down as Busler returned home about
10:00pm, opened the bedroom door and caught both in various states of undress. Busler immediately called 911 and
police officers arrived to find Adams attempting to flee with a backpack of personal items.

The victim was taken to UTMB to have a Sexual Assault Examination performed. Prosecutors presented evidence
proving that Adams’ DNA was found on the victim’s body and toxicology results reflecting the prescription drug,
Clonazepam, in her blood and urine. Jurors were also shown evidence that a search of Adam’s home computer produced
numerous images and videos of child pornography.

The 20 year sentence for Indecency with a Child by Contact and the 45, 60 years and Life sentences for the three
counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, will run consecutively to each other.

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More about HPD Headquarters:

1200 Travis is a 28-story building inDowntown Houston, Texas that is currently occupied by the Houston Police Departmentas its current headquarters. At one time it was known as the Houston Natural Gas Building.[2] The building houses HPD’s administrative and investigative offices.[3]

The building, with 575,000 square feet (53,400 m2) of rentable space, has a typical floor size of 16,500 square feet (1,530 m2). The police department’s 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2), three-floor crime laboratory, a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) fitness center, a 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) voice/data room, a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) 24-hour emergency tactical command center,[4] and a fingerprinting laboratory are located in the building.[5]

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It’s likely the largest retirement party many have seen in quite a while.

Hundreds of cops poured into the Houston Police Officers’ Union Friday to say thank you to Gary Hicks.

The veteran officer is retiring from the Houston Police Department after 30 years.

Hicks was surrounded by family and friends at a noon luncheon that even attracted politicians and HPD’s top brass.

Hicks also served as the unofficial photographer at the police union and at various police related events.

Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen says Hicks will be joining his department in retirement but he’s not sure what he will do at this point.

Congratulations Gary!

The final man arrested in connection with the March 2014 discovery of more than 100 illegal aliens in an area stash house has been ordered to federal prison, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Benjamin Granados-Lupian, 32, pleaded guilty approximately one month after his arrest. He was convicted of conspiracy to harbor and transport illegal aliens and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence as were co-conspirators Jose Aviles-Villa, 32, Antonio Barruquet-Hildeberta, 46, Jonathan Solorzano-Tavila, 30, Jose Cesmas-Borja, 26, and Eugenio Sesmas-Borja, 20. All of the smugglers are from Michoacan, Mexico.

Today, U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon, handed Granados-Lupian a sentence of 63 months in federal prison for the conspiracy charge. He also received a consecutive 60-month sentence for the use of a firearm, resulting in a total sentence of 123 months of federal imprisonment. Aviles-Villa, Barruquet-Hildeberta, Solorzano-Tavila, Sesmas-Borja and Cesmas-Borja were previously sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal to terms between 111 and 123 months. As illegal aliens, they are all expected to face deportation proceedings following release from prison.

The stash house was discovered on March 19, 2014, on Almeda School Road in Houston with 115 illegal aliens inside.

The convicted smugglers admitted they obtained substantial profits as a result of the conspiracy. They had established networks who brought the aliens into the U.S. illegally across the Southwest border. The illegal aliens were then held in stash houses while the smugglers arranged payment of remaining smuggling fees from their families.

While in the stash house, the conspirators seized the victim aliens’ clothes, shoes, phones and other possessions. The conspirators used guns, paddles, tasers and other equipment to control and prevent the illegal aliens from escaping from the stash house. They also guarded the aliens with guns displayed in plain view and threatened to kill them by shooting them in the back of the head if they tried to escape.

In one specific instance, the conspirators contacted the mother of one of the stashed aliens and told her to pay an additional $13,000 for the victim and her two children. She was advised that if she did not pay, they would “make her family disappear and make her family pay.”

Granados-Lupian will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of the Houston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Julie Searle and Special AUSA Rick Bennett are prosecuting.

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The United States has filed suit against Outreach Diagnostic Clinic and Outreach Eyecare, medical director Emelike Agomo M.D. and owner Mustapha Kibirige M.D., announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. The suit alleges the defendants knowingly charged for special eye pressure tests never performed on patients in order to receive reimbursement from Medicare.

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According to the complaint filed this week, Outreach Diagnostic and Outreach Eyecare performed standard eye pressure tests on Medicare patients during intermediate and comprehensive eye care services for which the defendants received reimbursement from Medicare. Simultaneously, these providers allegedly charged Medicare for a special eye pressure test claiming it was performed separately on the same day as the eye care services. However, the complaint alleges that Outreach Diagnostic and Outreach Eyecare never performed the special eye pressure test on Medicare patients. In fact, they did not even have the necessary equipment to perform the special eye pressure test, according to the allegations.

Kibirige allegedly started this false billing. Later, the allege he directed Agomo and his staff to continue to falsely charge Medicare for the special eye pressure tests that they knew were never performed on any Medicare patient, according to the complaint.

The original lawsuit was filed by Dr. Michael Sorensen under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act., which permit private parties to sue on behalf of the United States when they believe people are submitting false claims for government funds. The private plaintiffs, called “relators,” are entitled to receive a share of any recoveries in the lawsuit. The False Claims Act permits the government to recover three times its damages plus a civil penalty of $5,500 to $11,000 for each false claim.

Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General investigated and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jose “Joe” Vela Jr. is handling the case.