METRO will offer free rides to all veterans and active military personnel on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in honor of Veterans Day.

Fares will be waived on METRO (local bus/Park & Ride/METRORail and METROLift). Before boarding, simply let the vehicle’s operator know that you are a veteran or active duty member of the armed services.

METRO recognizes the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our country.

For information about Houston’s Veterans Day celebration visit




Congratulations to all of the new attorneys who recently passed the bar and were sworn in Friday in Montgomery County. District Judge Kathleen Hamilton officiated over the ceremony. Those who crossed over were BRITTNEY REHG, BARBARA FOX, ALLISON PHILLIPS, MICAL WHITEMAN, ROBERT SEWETT, CAITLYN ROSS, and AMBREEN DHARANI. Good luck to the news talent on the ground in Conroe.

Beginning Saturday, November 8 at 9 p.m. through Monday, November 10 at 5 a.m. the Sam Houston Tollway will be closed in both directions between US 290 and West Road, as shown on the map.

The direct connector ramps from US 290 to the Sam Houston Tollway will also be closed. The direct connector ramp from northbound Sam Houston Tollway to US 290 will remain open.

All northbound Sam Houston Tollway traffic will be required to either:

· exit the main lanes at W. Little York, continue north on the frontage road, and re-enter the tollway after West Rd., or access US 290 in either direction via the direct connectors.

All southbound Sam Houston Tollway traffic will be required to exit at West Rd., continue on the frontage road and turn right at US 290, make a left at Senate Avenue and continue to W. Little York to re-enter the tollway.

During the closure, the following ramp locations will be closed:

· Northbound Philippine entrance ramp (non-tolled)

· Southbound Fallbrook entrance (tolled)

· Southbound West Rd. entrance (tolled)


Sign trailers have been in place for the last two weeks to notify drivers of the upcoming closure, as indicated on the map. Additional signs will be placed on the roadway during the closure. Information about the closure has also been posted on

This closure will allow for sign bridges, which span both sides of the tollway, to be safely installed.


Commissioners Court last month took steps that it hopes will improve security in and around the courthouse complex and other county buildings.


Commissioners approved transferring oversight of the contractor in charge of courthouse security, Weiser Security, from Facilities and Property Management to the Precinct One Constable’s Office in the coming months.


The court also authorized hiring five deputies and two constable clerks to the Precinct One team currently providing security at the courthouse complex.


District Clerk Chris Daniel said he is pleased that Commissioners Court is beefing up security.


“It’s definitely a move that we approve of. We’ll be monitoring to see if any other steps are needed,” Daniel said. “Our first priority is the safety of our employees.”


In addition to the seven new positions, the constable’s office transferred two deputies to bicycle patrol duty at the complex.


The District Clerk’s Office was among the county agencies that urged Commissioners Court to improve security after a number of county employees and others were assaulted or groped in the area around the courthouse complex during the past six months.


DCO staffers and other county employees can cross paths with court-bound criminal defendants, just released jail inmates and homeless people, some of whom have stopped taking prescribed psychiatric medication.


In a letter to Commissioners Court, Precinct One Constable Alan Rosen wrote, “I am requesting these positions to help support and protect the downtown courthouse complex.”


Commissioners Court hopes that security will improve by transferring oversight of Weiser Security from Facilities and Property Management, a civilian, non-law enforcement department, to a law enforcement agency, the Precinct One Constable’s Office.


The constable’s office will have oversight of security at these buildings and areas during the daytime:

·        The courthouses in the courthouse complex

·        The county garage at 1401 Congress (the one behind the Civil Courthouse where many DCO employees park)

·        The Anderson Clayton Building

·        The county Administration Building

·        The county tunnels

·        Congress Plaza (the building where the County Attorney’s Office is located)

·        The Precinct One Constable’s Office and Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Place 2 building at 1302 Preston

·        A county probation office at 49 San Jacinto

·        A county probation office at 9111 Eastex Freeway

·        The old Gulf station at 1101 Franklin

·        The Justice of the Peace Precinct 7, Place 1 office at 5747 Cullen


I call this the worst behavior of the week and it happened election night during a prayer at a very public place…

Three local tv reporters found themselves both verbally and physically attacked by Republican supporters Tuesday night during election coverage at City Centre….

The first reporter was physically attacked by a guy who was angry because that reporter happened to have been live during a prayer at Lt.  Governor Elect Dan Patrick’s watch party at the Norris Conference Centre.


A second reporter was repeatedly shouted at because she was also live during that prayer.

A third female tv reporter was also called a fuckng bitch by another party attendant while the prayer was still going on because that person said the reporter didn’t respect the prayer…that’s after that female reporter tried to stop the attack on her coworker by the other watch party attendant.

This is behavior that is totally unacceptable for a group of people who want others to stop and respect a prayer. What these idiots don’t realize is as reporters we can’t just stop talking live on the air because there is a prayer underway. We can lower our voices a bit but there is no dead air allowed  in the middle of a live report. 

The actions of these watch party attendants was way out of line and hand especially during a prayer. Shame on them AND I RECOMMEND THEY READ THE BIBLE AND EXAMINE THE PART ABOUT NOT HARMING YOUR FELLOW MAN.


Vera Bumpers is METRO’s first female promoted to all levels of command at MPD. She is also the first African-American to serve as Chief of Police.

Vera Bumpers joined METRO before the agency had a police force. “I started in 1981 and at that time, it was a security department,” said Bumpers. “There were no more than 30 of us; like a little family. It was overwhelming for me coming to a big city; I came right out of college.”

The San Antonio native earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Texas State University – the same institution where former MPD Chief and now President & CEO Tom Lambert attended. The two were university colleagues at the time, but didn’t cross paths until the two joined METRO. 

Bumpers received her graduate degree from Prairie View A&M University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. 

Over her 30-plus year career at METRO, trail blazer Bumpers has held posts at every level of command – and was the first female to do so – officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and assistant police chief.

“I went into law enforcement to help and protect, be involved in the community, bring change and uphold the law,” said Bumpers. “I’ve been able to do that for our transit customers, our employees and the public. I look forward to my new role and I hope to be as instrumental in the development of future leaders at MPD as the agency has in my career.”

As police chief, Bumpers plans to turn her focus on:


Bumpers replaces Tim Kelly as chief. Kelly now has a new role at METRO.

“Bumpers has been a dedicated employee, and will ensure we stay focused on providing a safe and secure system” said Tim Kelly, METRO’s Executive Vice President of Operations, Public Safety & Customer Service.  


Some members of the law enforcement community are angry after claims a recently slain Harris County Deputy is being victimized in death.

Ray Hunt with the Houston Police Officers’ Union says a local organization has made attempts to collect money on behalf of Harris County Deputy Jesse Valdez’s surving family members.

Valdez’s funeral was held Tuesday morning where about two thousand people were in attendance.

We placed a call to the organization in question and a person who answered the phone denied any attempts to collect money on behalf of Deputy Valdez’s family.

If you are interested in donating to the family of any slain officers Hunt recommends the organization The 100 Club of Houston.

Valdez was killed last week after a suspected drunk driver slammed into his patrol unit.

He was a single father.


Last week, Chris Brown claimed to be a new, more peaceful man. But it seems like he’s still got a fire in his belly for beefs because he recently blasted “The Real” starsAdrienne Bailon and Tamar Braxton for weighing in on his relationship with Karrueche Tran.

Durign a recent segment of “The Real,” Braxton and Bailon spoke about Inter-Friend-tions, which is when friends intervene when they see you repeating the same mistakes, and they examined Brown and Tran’s relationship, with Bailon claiming that Tran’s friends aren’t “real” because they allow her to stay in a dysfunctional relationship.

Well, when Brown got word of the segment, he wasn’t pleased at all and he proceeded to blast Bailon and Braxton in a now-deleted Instagram post.


“BRING THAT A– HERE BOY” ADRIENNE BAILON…. You ole trout mouth a– b—-. U tried it. Won’t u the same b—- that was f—— wit married men? U also was keeping up with the Kardashians! U can’t talk about relationship goals when u don’t even have life goals. Ain’t you a cheetah girl? Last time u was important n—– was riding spinners and wearing 6x talk Ts. You the same b—- having threesomes like the rest of these h—. U tried it too Tamara Braxton. U take the role of the ugly sister. It’s always the people wit no career that talk all the s—. Dat plastic surgery f—– yo face up. B—- look like she always saying “huh”? Muppet face a–! #basicb—-problems #thotiannas I don’t even need a photo for Tamar, that b—- is beat in every photo! #icanmakeabrokeb—-richbutidontf—witbrokeb——” Brown captioned the photo.


Montgomery County prosecutors confirm jury selection got underway Monday in the trial of State Representative Ron Reynolds.

He was indicted in March of 2013 on barratry charges.

Essentially it’s ambulance chasing.

Reynolds was indicted with several others accused of paying kickbacks to another defendant for finding traffic accident cases in Montgomery County.

The state rep, who’s up for re-election, faces ten felony charges in the case.

Prosecutors also say he did not accept a plea agreement that was on the table back in October.


There’s no word how long the trial will last in Conroe.


On October 28, 2014, 9th District Court Judge Kelly Case sentenced James Mitchell Helfer (37 years old) of Magnolia, Texas, to five (5)
years Deferred Adjudication after he pled guilty to the 3rd degree felony offense of Possession of Child Pornography.

This sentence means that if Helfer completes the terms of his probation during the five year period, he will not have a
conviction for this charge on his criminal record. In addition to the deferred probation, Judge Case did not impose a fine of any kind and will allow Helfer to freely travel throughout the United States for work. Judge Case also allowed Helfer
unrestricted access to computers if needed for work. Helfer faced up to ten years in prison for this offense.

On June 6, 2013, an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Investigator received information that child
pornography was being downloaded at an address located in Magnolia, Texas. The Investigator monitored the IP
address and requested a search warrant from District Court Judge Lisa Michalk on August 7, 2013.

A search warrant
was executed on August 8, 2013 at this same residence, which belonged to Helfer. Through the examination of Helfer’s
computer that was obtained during the search warrant, the investigators discovered the child pornography was hidden
behind a virus cleaning icon. After a complete review of the computer, a Department of Homeland Security Forensic
Analyst discovered fifty (50) videos of child pornography. Many of the videos displayed pre-teen children (as young as
10 years of age) being sexually penetrated by adult males. Helfer also possessed videos of children being directed by an
adult male to give each other oral sex and to penetrate each other with sexual devices. Some of the videos lasted
around 30 minutes in duration.

During the investigation, Helfer confessed that he would often masturbate while watching these videos. In
addition, it was discovered that Helfer had installed image/video “wiping software” on his computer which gave the
defendant the ability to wipe any evidence off of the computer at any time.







It’s a dying breed but this independent / family owned and operated movie theater is still chugging right along in Hempstead.

The Hempstead Theater was opened back in 1978 and in 2008 Tina Fehrenbach and her husband purchased it.

They didn’t see the one screen 200 seat theater as just a business transaction but taking position of a town treasure.

The movie house is open to the public Thursdays thru Sundays with two showings each night.

The rest of the week it’s opened for private events.  And with a $65,000 donation from an anonymous donor they can broadened their catalog of movies using DVDs with the new state of the art digital projector.

Gone are the days of the big reel to reel.

Now showing at Henderson Theater is the movie the Judge…like we said one movie at a time but don’t expect any slasher films.

The owners say it’s more of a family facility that’s why the prices are affordable…tell me a theater where you can get a lemonade for a dollar.


Hempstead Theater
740 12th Street
Hempstead, Texas
(979) 826-2981
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