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The Factor has learned Prairie View Police Chief Larry Johnson abruptly resigned Tuesday.

I spoke with Johnsin tonight and he confirms his resignation. He says when it was clear the positive things he pushed for (In Prairie View) weren’t going to happen, it was time to move on.

This comes just a day after an officer from PVPD was booked and taken into custody for tasing and arresting Prairie View City Councilman Jonathan Miller last October.

The Factor has also learned Chief Johnson had no clue his officer in that case, Michael Kelley, was a potential target of the grand jury in Waller County. 

When I first called the chief last Friday he was not aware his officer was indicted.

Moreover, the resignation also folliws reaction from some members of City Council in Prairie View who expressed dissatisfaction with Johnson.  That’s after they say he failed to launch an internal investigation into Officer Kelley’s actions during the arrest of Councilman Miller.

Johnson said he would talk publicly when the time is right. Stay tuned!

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It’s been nearly two weeks since 1 year old Carson Northrop died in a hotel room in Brookshire.

The baby boy was living there with his parents and siblings.

McCall Northrop, Carson’s mother,  says his funeral service will be held in an undisclosed location Wednesday morning.

She says it will be private for family and close friends.
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A preliminary autopsy shows the child died from natural causes but the medical examiner is still awaiting the toxicology.

McCall says she wanted to thank the people of Brookshire who stepped up and helped her with funeral costs.

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JANUARY 30TH (Saturday)
IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TX
IT’S JAMES PRINCE DAY

MR PRINCE WILL BE FEEDING THE HOMELESS JANUARY 30TH, 2016
@St. Johns Church Downtown Houston
2019 Crawford St, 77002
9am BREAKFAST WILL BE SERVED

BECAUSE OF HIS PASSION TO SERVE, HE HAS DEDICATED HIS DAY, JANUARY 30TH (Saturday), TO FEEDING THE HOMELESS.  SO SPREAD THE WORD TO THE HOMELESS THAT THEY ARE WELCOMED TO BE JAMES PRINCE GUEST ON JANUARY 30TH @ 9am to have BREAKFAST with MR PRINCE AND SOME OF HIS FAMILY and FRIENDS. 

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans in advance of the upcoming Primary Election that Election Identification Certificates (EIC) are available year-round at all Texas driver license offices for individuals in need of proper identification required to vote. DPS will be deploying mobile stations to various locations across Texas; and alternate approved locations will be issuing EICs in select counties. Additionally, select driver license offices will be open on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27, to issue EICs only.

The 2016 Primary Election is March 1, with early voting from Feb. 16-26. The last day to register to vote is Feb. 1.

Texans can obtain an EIC at:

Any of the more than 220 Texas driver license offices during regular business hours throughout the year Select driver license offices on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (EIC transactions only)
EIC mobile station locations (EIC transactions only)
Alternate approved locations issuing only EICs in select counties

Most residents already have an acceptable form of photo identification needed for voting and will not need or qualify for an EIC. If an applicant already has any of the following documents, they are not eligible to receive an EIC:

Texas driver license – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting Texas personal identification card – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting U.S. passport book or card – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting Texas concealed handgun license – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
U.S. Military identification with photo – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo

To apply for an EIC, applicants must visit one of the locations listed above and complete an application for a Texas Election Identification Certificate (DL-14C).  (For the Spanish language version of the EIC application, see http://www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/forms/DL-14CS.pdf).

 

 

 

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Prairie View police officer Michael Kelley was booked into the Waller County jail just after 9 pm Monday night.

He was arrested on a charge of official oppression after the October 2015 tasing and arrest of Prairie View City Councilman Jonathan Miller.

The Waller County grand jury returned the indictment Friday after members of the panel said officer Kelley had ‘no lawful reason’ to arrest Miller.

He was released on a $3,000 personal recognizance bond according to the Waller County Sheriff’s office.

Miller was cleared Monday of his initial arrest charges by the Waller County District Attorney’s office.

There’s no word yet when Kelley will make his first court appearance.

In the meantime, Chief Larry Johnson with the Prairie View Police Department says Kelley has been relieved of duty.

 

 

 

 

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Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady announced today that his office will be working with law enforcement agencies across Galveston County in sponsoring No-Refusal operations during both weekends of Mardi Gras – beginning Friday, January 29th
through Sunday, January 31st, and again on Friday, February 5th, through Sunday, February 7th.

“Mardi Gras celebrations in Galveston County attract several hundred
thousand visitors from all over. With that kind of traffic, we’re bound to see
an increase in intoxicated drivers,” Roady said. “As part of our ongoing
commitment to fight drunk driving, we’re working with all of our local
officers to make sure they have every tool they need to keep Galveston
County safe.”
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In Texas, anyone driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08
grams per deciliter or higher is considered legally impaired. Under the No
Refusal program, police officers may seek blood search warrants for
offenders who are arrested for DWI and refuse the officer’s request for blood
alcohol testing. Blood samples collected can be used as evidence in the DWI
cases.

A DWI arrest and conviction in Texas can cost $17,000 or more: fees
include car towing and impoundment, bail, attorney fees, court costs, hearing
and fees to regain and retain a driver’s license, DWI fines, probation costs,
fees for extended proof of insurance, plus insurance rate hikes.
Local judges will be available to make probable cause determinations and
authorize the blood search warrants. Prosecutors and nurses will also work
through the night to assist police officers with these investigations.

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The indictment of a Prairie View police officer has put the city’s six man department under some strain.

PVPD Chief Larry Johnson says since officer Michael Kelley is being charged this week with official oppression he had to place him on unpaid leave.

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PVPD Police Chief Larry Johnson

That has left Kelley’s position open and only five officers on patrol in the city.

This comes after officer Kelley tasered and arrested PV City Councilman Jonathan Miller back in October 2015.

Johnson says his officers provide coverage to 6,000 people in the college community.
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He says he will likely have to rely on overtime to insure there are enough officers on the streets of Prairie View.

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Officer Michael Kelley at Prairie View PD indicted by a Waller County grand jury for official oppression involving the 2015 tasing incident of Prairie View Councilman Jonathan Miller. ‪#‎fox26news‬ ‪#‎IsiahFactorExclusive‬

We have learned the city and state are investigating the Norovirus at an assisted living facility.

It is located in west Houston. The department of aging and disability services along with the city’s health department have been at Brookdale Memorial Oaks throughout the day.

They’re trying to determine if there is an outbreak of the Norovirus. Sources say more than a dozen patients and staff have been sick.

Brookdale Memorial Oaks issued this statement to FOX26 News:

“The health and well-being of our residents is very important to us, so when a few of our residents began feeling unwell, we took immediate steps to contact the appropriate authorities for testing. Until those results are back to us, we’re taking proactive measures within our community, such as asking residents to stay in their apartments, encouraging regular hand washing and advising associates who may feel under the weather to stay at home until spending at least 24 hours symptom free.”

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2016 Film Festival Open for Submissions!

The Zone Sci Fan Film Festival is officially open for submissions!

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/TheZONESciFan
Dates & Deadlines

November 30, 2015 Earlybird Deadline
February 29, 2016 Regular Deadline
April 30, 2016 Late Deadline
May 17, 2016 Notification Date
June 17 – 19, 2016 Event Date

Friday at 5pm. Registration opens for The ZONE film race. First 10 get early bird pricing of $75. After that, regular registration is $160. Prizes will be announced soon. Mixer to be held on February 20th at MicroSearch from 2 to 5pm. Food, drinks and prizes.

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Only on Fox…The FBI is searching a Montgomery County property on
Irwin Keel road just next door to the home of recently convicted Jordanian Ali Irsan. Agents apparently dug up some evidence on an adjacent property…but Irsan remains locked up in federal prison while also facing a murder charge related to an Iranian national killed in the Galleria area. Just what the Feds are looking for is still unclear. Shauna Dunlap with the FBI confirms an investigation but declined to give details.

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Set in Houston, a class-conscious city of old money and new rivalries, WE tv’s groundbreaking new series “Sisters In Law” follows a close-knit group of elite high-powered black female lawyers as they juggle their families, busy careers, and even more demanding social calendars. The ladies may differ in their fundamental beliefs when it comes to right and wrong, but what they have in common is their ability to win cases in a traditionally white, male-dominated profession. “Sisters In Law” documents their fascinating legal lives as well as their intricately woven personal lives. From trial prep and courtroom cross-examinations, to opposing council and opposing each other, watch as these powerful women struggle to remain civil under fierce competition and pressure.

Isiah Factor Exclusive: Houston we have a reality show and look at our favorite right up front…none other than Jolanda Jones. BAM! Coming in March on WE TV!