Ronald Green

Continuing its strategic growth in Texas, the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has added two new attorneys in the Houston office and one associate in Dallas. Ronald C. Green, who joins the firm as a shareholder in Houston, brings deep experience in municipal government and finance, most recently serving as Houston City Controller, the city’s independently elected chief financial officer. Kristin H. Agnew, a corporate transactional associate, joins Greenberg Traurig’s Houston office from Porter Hedges LLP. Amanda McKinzie, an associate with litigation experience, joins Greenberg Traurig’s Dallas office from Bowman and Brooke LLP.
“We are very pleased to welcome new shareholder Ronald Green. Ronald is a talented and well-known lawyer and former elected official in the Houston community. He has handled a broad range of issues in local government. Ronald’s deep experience and relationships, and sophisticated understanding of public finance, government law and policy, budgeting and fiscal project management will enable him to serve our clients on a wide range of significant issues,” said Douglas C. Atnipp, co-regional operating shareholder for Texas. “We also welcome associates Kristin and Amanda, who will support our growing corporate and litigation practices in Texas,” Atnipp added. 
Green focuses his practice on public finance and government law and policy.  His extensive background in government provides him with insight into the needs of clients.  Before joining the firm, Green, who has practiced law for 20 years, was elected and served for six years as Houston City Controller, where he acted as the city’s chief financial officer, responsible for ensuring that the assets of the city were properly accounted for and expended in a manner consistent with applicable laws, policies, plans and procedures. Previously, Green was elected to Houston City Council, where he also served for six years with duties which included serving as chairman of the city’s Budget & Fiscal Affairs Committee. Green has served as a Board member for the National League of Cities, and is a frequent national speaker on municipal finance issues. Green holds a B.S. from University of Houston, an M.B.A. from University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business, and a J.D. from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Kristin H. Agnew focuses her practice on corporate matters including the negotiation and drafting of credit agreements, deeds of trust, officer certificates and resolutions, as well as other loan documents for real estate financing transactions and acquisition-based lending transactions. She served as a judicial intern for the Hon. David Hittner, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the Hon. Mark Davidson, MDL Civil Court. Agnew earned a B.A. from Texas A&M University and her J.D., cum laude, from South Texas College of Law.
Amanda McKinzie joins the firm as a litigation associate.  Amanda McKinzie concentrates her practice on products liability, mass tort and commercial litigation with a focus on the motor vehicle, consumer products, and pharmaceutical and medical device industries. McKinzie was selected for the Leadership SBOT Class of 2014 – 2015, as well as the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers 2015 Leadership Class. She earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University and her J.D., summa cum laude, Texas Tech University School of Law.

The holidays are an especially meaningful and emotional time for our military men and women who want nothing more than to be able to spend a few days at home with the ones they love. 

Unfortunately for some, the expense of getting home isn’t always manageable, and instead of being in the presence of family, and enjoying the smell of turkey and homemade cookies baking, some have to settle for phone conversations and Skype meetings half way around the world. A lot of citizens are unaware that service members are required to pay for all expenses regarding personal travel. 

The Boots For Troops Warrior Morale Project will help those service members, who can’t afford travel, get home for Christmas The Warrior Morale Project launched last year for Christmas 2015. 

The project was able to assist eight service members with their travel expenses last Christmas, including six of those eight coming home from over sea’s. One of the service members the project helped was Petty Officer 2nd Class Jamon 

Jefferson of the United States Navy.

The Warrior Morale Project falls under Boots For Troops, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and depends solely on the generosity and giving spirit of the American people. We are honored to be able to give back to our military men and women, together we can all make a difference in the lives of others. 
The organization has teamed up with Rancourt Collision and Automotive Repair to Present the first ever Concert in the Country! 
The event will take place November 19th at Show Sports Farm. (32931 Wright Rd. Magnolia, TX 77355). Gates open at 5PM and music starts at 6PM. Live performances by Jason Cassidy, Jake Worthington, Jody Booth, and David Byrnes. 
The event will also feature food trucks and live presentations for service members in the local area. Cowboy Dave Houston’s favorite Cowboy will be in attendance as the MC for the event. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Warrior Morale Project to help bring service members home for Christmas. Tickets available for only $20 at www.eventbrite.com. 

Search Concert in the Country (Tomball, TX). 
As always Boots For Troops appreciates the support from all who give. A big thank you to the sponsors of Concert in the Country. Rancourt Collision and Automotive Repair, Boot Barn, Tomball Ford, All Floors and More, HVAC Systems, TurfCo Landscape Management, Chris George/Deitra Robertson Real Estate,

G&C Cylinder, Carl’s Refrigeration, MX2 Concrete and Magnolia Towing and Recovery.

If you are unable to make it to the concert you can get involved with the Warrior Morale Project 
including sponsoring flights for service members how may need help by contacting Boots For Troops at info@Boots4Troops.com.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Lindsey George at 281-794-9128 or email at Lindsey@boots4troops.com

Vincent Stredic

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of one man and the wounding of two others at 6610 West Sam Houston Parkway South about 8 p.m. last Thursday (November 10).  
The suspect, Vincent Depaul Stredic (b/m, 39), is charged with murder in the 177th State District Court.  He is accused in the killing of Christopher Barriere, 44, of Houston, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Barriere is also known as legendary Houston rapper Mr. 3-2 of the Screwed Up Click. 

A second male was transported to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries.  

Mr. 3-2 of the Screwed Up Click

HPD Homicide Division Officers M. Arrington and C. Sharp reported:  
Stredic and three friends in his vehicle pulled into a parking lot of a gas station at the above address to purchase alcohol.  As Stredic and his friends (Barriere and the two other males) were in the parking lot, for unknown reasons, Stredic removed a shotgun from the trunk of his car and fatally shot Mr. Barriere.  Stredic got into his vehicle and fled the scene.  
Moments later, Stredic returned to the scene, exited his vehicle, threatened the second male with the shotgun and fled the scene.  Stredic then returned to the scene a third time, exited his vehicle and shot the second male.  The second male was transported by HFD paramedics to an area hospital.  A bystander pumping gas was also injured by the gunfire, but did not require medical attention.  The third male friend in the group was not injured.  Stredic fled the scene a third time in his vehicle, a silver, four-door 2008 Ford Taurus.  
Further investigation developed information on Stredic’s whereabouts and he was taken into custody today (November 15) without incident.

HISD Trustee Jolanda Jones is under fire for sending out a tweet calling President-Elect Donald Trump Hitler 2.0.

Others are now discovering the day old tweet attacking Jones on Twitter. 

But in typical Jones style she is not backing down from a fight. 

In fact,  the reality star is also retweeting news posts about the controversial tweet. 

This isn’t the first time Jones has compared Mr. Trump to Nazi leader Adolf Hilter. 

It was during a heated debate two months ago between Jones and Angela Box when she first compared Trump to Hitler.  

Jones says she is not removing the tweet and not apologizing.  She says she stand behind her actions.  

State Senator Charles Perry

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick

With a new leader soon to take over in this country legislation is already being filed in Texas to reflect President-Elect Donald Trump’s beliefs. 
Tuesday Texas State Senator Charles Perry filed Senate Bill 4. It’s a bill that would ban all sanctuary cities in the state.  
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick issued a statement applauding the legislation.  Patrick says any city that provides safe haven for illegal immigrants is breaking the federal immigration law.
The powerful Republican also says he is committed to ending sanctuary cities once and for all in Texas.   

President-Elect Donald Trump

The charges keep adding up for the Black Lives Matter activists and other demonstrators who held an anti-Trump rally last week in Houston. 

Now, the Factor has learned another protester is being charged with punching a police horse but this time in the throat.  

Last week Shere Dore was charged with the same crime. 
Now 27 year old Joseph Wade has a warrant out for his arrrest associated with the assault of a police service animal.

This comes after investigators reviewed video of the protest over the weekend and a spokesperson for HPD says Wade was seen striking the horse.

That’s not all. 

A charge of harassment of a public servant has been also filed against Wade. 

Investigators say during the protest on November 10 Wade spat on a police officer.  

He has yet to be arrested on the latest two charges.


On Thursday, November 10, 2016, jurors in the 410th District Court of Montgomery County, Texas  (Judge Carolyn Johnson presiding) found Defendant Joel Eric Holder, 45, guilty of Murder and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. In a sentencing hearing held Thursday, November 10, 2016, Judge Carolyn Johnson sentenced him to Life in prison on the Murder count and 20 years in prison on the Aggravated Assault count. 

At trial, Assistant District Attorneys Donna Berkey and Laura Bond presented evidence that on March 28, 2015, Holder dropped his estranged girlfriend off at a residence in Splendora, and then remained on the property despite requests by the homeowner to leave. At approximately 9:45 a.m., while backing out of the drive way, Holder suddenly drove his truck at James Kiernan and Aaron Lord, causing each to suffer serious bodily injuries. Holder then exited his truck with a tire tool and struck a defenseless Kiernan multiple times as he lay on the ground. Testimony from medical experts revealed that Kiernan died from multiple blunt force injuries. After approximately three hours of deliberation, the jury convicted Holder on two of the three counts submitted, acquitting him on one Aggravated Assault charge. 

Judge Johnson considered testimony during the punishment phase of trial from both Holder’s mother, and members of James Kiernan’s family before rendering her verdict assessing his punishment on the murder case at life in prison. 

Chief Prosecutor Donna Berkey: “We commend the jury and judge’s hard work in reaching this decision, and this case once again underscores that Montgomery County simply does not tolerate tragic attacks on two of its innocent citizens.” 


A local minister and head of several area non-profit organizations has been ordered to federal prison for fraud in connection with a natural disaster, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Jesse Dunn, 58, of Houston, pleaded guilty March 17, 2016,

 

Today, U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Dunn a 66-month sentence. He was further ordered to pay $1,305,800 in restitution to the Small Business Administration (SBA). Dunn will also be required to serve a term of five years of supervised release following completion of the prison term.

 

From about September 2008 to about December 2010, Dunn falsified numerous documents to the SBA in order to receive disaster relief funds. Hurricane Ike made landfall on Sept. 13, 2008. Shortly thereafter, Dunn applied for an SBA loan on two of his properties for disaster relief funds for his non-profit organization the Aldine Community Care Center. The SBA disbursed a total of $1,300,800 to him in order to fix his properties. Several of those disbursements were based on fictitious documents and/or invoices that he had submitted. A great deal of the money was used for his own personal use, such as numerous gambling trips. To this day, the SBA is still owed the outstanding amount from Dunn. 

 

Dunn was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

 

The SBA and the FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Suzanne Elmilady and Andrew Leuchtmann are prosecuting the case.


Baby Bash and host Yvonne Guidry

Coco Dominguez

Dozens of people showed up in Uptown Houston to celebrate with rapper Baby Bash. 

The platinum recording artist released his latest album called ‘Don’t Panic It’s Organic’ which is now on sale on all platforms. 

The event was hosted by Yvonne Guidry on the patio at Belvedere. 

Guests we’re treated to drinks and food while also receiving a copy of Bash’s latest release. 

Sheree Dore Black Lives Matter Activist

Update: Dore has been released and is set for a hearing in court on 11/14/2016 in the 263rd in Judge Jim Wallace’s court at 9 am. 

It was suppose to be a peaceful anti-Trump rally in Houston Thursday night but for some things turned ugly.  

Sources say high profile Houston Black Lives Matter activist Sheree Dore was arrested along with four other protesters.

Our source says Dore was arrested and charged after punching a police horse in the face during the protest.

Ashton P. Woods, who’s also a part of the Houston Black Lives Matter group,  confirms this morning Dore was arrested but says he did not see her hit the horse.

Dore along with the other protesters remain behind bars at the HPD jail on Mykawa.

Update: Woods says 2 of the five protesters have been released from jail while Dore and two others remain behind bars as of 6:50 pm Friday night.