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The Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office, Walk Like MADD Team, this weekend took the prize for the TOP LAW ENFORECEMENT TEAM, narrowly edging out the Department of Public Safety Team.

Together the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Team raised over $4000 for the local MADD Chapter and overall the event raised over $50,000.  The money raised at this year’s event stays here locally to assist the victims of drunk and drugged driving crashes.

Captain Rand Henderson and his daughter, Rylie ran the 5K portion and Rylie finished 3rd in the youth division.

Team Captain, Brandon Bartoskewitz and all the participants wish to thank the public for their donations and participation in this year’s event and look forward to an even bigger and better turnout next year.

Photo Attached: (L to R) Patrol Captain Rand Henderson, Rylie Henderson, Brandon Bartoskewitz, and Patrol Lieutenant Joe Senn

Information Source:

Lt. Dan Norris
Administrative Services – PIO

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NBC: Authorities in Texas have found a missing homeless man who may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Sunday.

At a news conference earlier Sunday, Jenkins said authorities were searching for a “low-risk individual” who was a contact of the first U.S. Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan.

He said authorities had been “working to locate the individual and get him to a comfortable, compassionate place where we can monitor him and care for his every need for the full incubation period.”

He noted that the man “has not committed a crime.”

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If you haven’t heard by now then you haven’t been watching the local news.

There is a major construction project underway on I-45 at highway 242.

That section of the major thoroughfare will be closed north and south bound until Monday morning.

If you’re heading to Dallas or if you live in Conroe and you’re driving to Houston you may want to find an alternative.

Most traffic reporters have advised using highway 59 as the detour.

Good luck!

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A'Darrion Christie and his mom Christine Gray

Three young athletes around the country died on the Football field this week alone.

This has prompted the Factor to interview Houston high school athlete A’Darrion Christie about safety on the field.

Christie is the quarterback for Kashmere High school in Houston.

He says he’s concerned about his safety but the win comes first.

That’s where the 18 year old’s mother comes in.

Christine Gray says she is more focused on her son’s safety and health than he is.

Gray says that’s why she is in constant contact with his coaches because there is always life after the game.

FOX 26 News | MyFoxHouston

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Rules for football safety from: wwwhttp://kidshealth.org.kidshealth.org

Why Is Football Safety Important?

Because of its violent nature and the sheer numbers of people who play, football is the leading cause of school sports injuries. Aside from minor aches and pains, common football injuries include ankle sprains, knee injuries, shoulder injuries, and concussions.

Fortunately, many football injuries can be prevented by wearing the right equipment, playing within the rules, and using proper technique.

Gear Guidelines

You’ll need a lot of protective gear to play football, and you’ll need to remember to wear all of it each time you play. If you show up for a practice or game without a necessary piece of equipment, tell your coach, and don’t try to play until you fix the situation.

At a minimum, you should never take the field without the following gear:

Helmet. All football helmets should have a hard plastic outer shell and a thick layer of padding. Helmets should meet the safety standards developed by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). Ask for help from your coach or a trained professional at a sporting goods store to make sure you get a helmet that meets these standards and fits well.

Helmets also should have a rigid facemask made from coated carbon steel. Check your facemask to make sure it is properly secured to the helmet. There are different face masks for different positions and purposes. Ask your coach which one would be appropriate for you.

Finally, all helmets should have a chin strap with a protective chin cup. Always keep your chin strap fastened and snug whenever you play.

Pants with leg pads. Some football pants include pads that snap into place or fit into pockets within the pants. Other pants are shells that you pull over your pads. Regardless of which style you choose, you should have pads for your hips, thighs, knees, and tailbone.

Shoulder pads. Football shoulder pads should have a hard plastic shell with thick padding.

Shoes. Different leagues have different rules dictating the type of shoes and cleats (non-detachable or detachable) you can use. Check with your coach and consult your league’s guidelines regarding which types of shoes are allowed.

Mouthguard. All football leagues will require you to use a mouthguard. Be sure to get one with a keeper strap that attaches it securely to your facemask.

Athletic supporter with cup. Worn properly, this essential piece of equipment helps male athletes avoid testicular injuries.

Additional gear. Other items that you might want to consider using for protection include:

padded neck rollsforearm padspadded or non-padded gloves”flak jackets” that protect the ribcage and abdomen

If you need to wear glasses on the field, be sure they’re made of shatterproof glass or plastic.

Before Kickoff

Get yourself in shape before the season starts. Ideally, you should eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise year-round, but if you can’t, be sure to start preparing for the football season by working out and eating right during the summer. This will help you be a better player and help prevent injuries.

Have a pre-season physical exam. Many schools won’t let athletes play unless they’ve had a sports physical. If your school doesn’t require or schedule an exam for you, ask your parents to take you to your own doctor to get checked out.

Warm up and stretch before every game or practice. Start by doing jumping jacks or jogging in place for a few minutes to warm up your muscles, then try some sport-specific dynamic stretching.

Drink plenty of water before, during, and after games and practices. This helps you avoid dehydration and overheating, especially when it’s hot out.

Work with your coach and teammates to learn proper techniques. You’ll want to know how to avoid unsafe play before you participate in a game or full-speed practice. Once play begins, things will happen quickly. If you aren’t knowledgeable about what’s going on, you’ll be more susceptible to getting hurt.

During Games and Practices

Know and obey the rules of football. There’s a reason why things like tripping, clipping, grabbing the facemask, blocking below the knees, and helmet-to-helmet contact are illegal. They can be dangerous to both you and others. The point of the game is to hit opposing players, but if you don’t do it in a legal manner, you will cost your team on the field and greatly increase the risk of injury.

When making a tackle, keep your head up and never lead with the top of your helmet. Known as “spearing,” this is not only illegal, it also greatly increases your chances of a traumatic head or neck injury. Practice tackling with correct form until you are sure you can do it safely in a game.

Know your vulnerabilities. If you will be playing an offensive “skill position” such as wide receiver, running back, or quarterback, you’ll find yourself in a vulnerable position as defenders try to tackle you. Learn how to absorb contact and protect yourself when you have the ball or are making a throw or catch.

Be aware of where you are on the field and what is going on around you at all times. Football can seem a little chaotic, but if you pay attention to what you’re doing, you can usually avoid accidental collisions that might otherwise lead to injuries.

If you have any pain or discomfort, take yourself out of the game. Never try to play through pain. It only increases the severity of an injury and keeps you out of action longer. Don’t start playing again until the pain goes away or you get cleared to play by a doctor.

If you feel like an opposing player is deliberately trying to injure you, don’t start a fight or try to retaliate. Let your coach and the referee know, and let them handle the situation.

Stop at the whistle. Give it your all when a play is in progress, but be sure to stop as soon as you hear the whistle. It’s not uncommon for a player to get hurt when one player keeps going after everyone else relaxes at the whistle.

A Few Other Reminders

Make sure there is first aid available at the fields where you play and practice, as well as someone who knows how to administer it. This can be a coach or other responsible adult. Have a plan for emergency situations, and be sure there is someone available to take injured players to the emergency room or contact medical personnel to quickly treat serious injuries.When you are on the sidelines waiting to go into a game, stand well back from the playing field so you don’t find yourself in the way if a play spills out of bounds.Study the playbook and know what you are supposed to be doing on every play. Then practice, practice, practice until you have your responsibilities down pat. The more confident you are in what you’re doing on the field, the less likely you are to get hurt.

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A suspect charged in the beating death of a woman at 7824 Sherman on April 16, 1995 is in custody.  

The suspect, Pedro Hernandez Maldonado (H/m, 47), charged with murder in the 248th State District Court, is accused in the killing of Guadalupe Torres, 24, of the above address.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant P. Motard of the Cold Case Unit reported:  

Maldonado, who shared an apartment with Ms. Torres, was outside of the apartment drinking with friends when she arrived home from work.  Torres entered the apartment and Maldonado followed a short time later.  Witnesses reported hearing arguing that soon grew in intensity, but no one called police to report the incident.    

Later that day (April 16), Torres’ boyfriend attempted to contact her but was unable to do so.  Concerned, the boyfriend went to her apartment but received no answer at the door.  Both he and a neighbor then made entry to the apartment and found Torres lying on the bed, unresponsive and bleeding from blunt force trauma.  She was transported to the hospital and died the next day.  At that time, HPD homicide investigators opened an investigation into the incident.  Further investigation and witness statements identified Maldonado as the suspect and he was subsequently charged.  However, at that time, all leads were exhausted and investigators were unable to locate Maldonado.  

The HPD Homicide Division Cold Case Unit received information that U. S. Marshals had located Maldonado in Mexico.  He was extradited to the United States and is currently in the Harris County jail.  

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Some students were so angry about there aging band uniforms at Jack Yates High school that they refused to play at one of their games last month.

After intense public pressure the principal at Yates decided to order the band new uniforms.

A spokesperson for HISD released this statement to the Factor:

Hey Isiah:

It looks like a design has been agreed upon and the prototype has been ordered for final approval and/or design modifications. Fittings and final order should be placed in the next few weeks. I don’t have a budget line just yet.

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The lines at the polls this election season could be very long in Harris County.

That’s if everyone who is registered to vote shows up.

Harris County Taxman Mike Sullivan confirms for the Factor there are 110,000 new registered voters in the county since 2012.

He says that means there are 2 million registered voters in Harris County…a record.

That’s the highest the rolls have been ever in this community.

CAIR
On Friday, October 3 at 3 p.m., the Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) along with other Houston-area religious and community leaders will hold a rally to denounce the terrorist group ISIS and to express their support of unity and peace.

WHAT: #NotInMyName rally against ISIS

WHEN: Friday, October 3, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Intersection of Westheimer and Post Oak Road (in front of the Galleria)

“It’s important at this time that the interfaith community come together and share the message that we condemn ISIS and strive for peace and unity,” said Mustafaa Carroll, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Texas, Houston chapter.

In addition to leaders from the Houston Muslim community, religious leaders and community representatives from other faiths will attend the rally to speak out against ISIS.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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Sheriff’s Deputies make drug arrest:
After a month long investigation, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes Unit (SCU) executed a Narcotics Search Warrant at 719 Roosevelt LaMarque, Galveston County, Texas.

Arrested and charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance F2, Anthony Wayne Jackson b/m 61 YOA. His bond was set at $ 10,000.00. Jackson, a self-proclaimed former Juvenile Probation Officer had been under investigation since August of this year.

Approximately 3.2 grams of crack cocaine rocks (7) was found in his shorts pocket that he was wearing concealed inside two separate containers ready for sale.

Assisting with the investigation was LaMarque PD Narcotics, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Warrant Division and members of the Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team (TRT).

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Lawrence Taylor

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Derian Wilson

Houston police have arrested a second suspect charged in the fatal shooting of a man at 8939 Long Point about 9:45 a.m. on June 11.

The second suspect, Lawrence Taylor (b/m, 21), was taken into custody on Monday (Sept. 29) without incident.  He was wanted on a charge of capital murder filed on August 11 in the 178th State District Court.  The other suspect, Derian Latrell Wilson (b/m, 22), was charged with aggravated robbery-serious bodily injury in the 183rd State District Court.  Wilson was arrested on July 9.  Photos of both suspects are attached to this news release.

The two males are accused in the killing of Russell Soltani, 66, of Houston, who was pronounced dead at Ben Taub General Hospital. 

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants J. Burton, M. Brady and Senior Police Officer T. Miller reported:

Mr. Soltani had just arrived at a car sales business at the above address when he was approached by an unknown black male.  According to witnesses, two gunshots were heard in the parking lot.  An individual, described only as a black male, was then seen running from the parking lot carrying a box or container in one hand and a pistol in the other.

Further investigation led to the identities of Wilson and Taylor as suspects in this case.

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Cancer survivor Thomas Cantley will roll his inflatable ball through Houston as part of a national tour to promote awareness of male cancers. Thomas has been rolling his ball since September 4th, 2014 and has reached Houston. Cantley is running the whole campaign in kind as he gets help from strangers he meets along his journey to New York City.

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He only asks for food, shelter, and gas and is collecting funds on behalf of the Texas-based Testicular Cancer Foundation. Thomas has garnered major media attention from most of the cities he has rolled through, including a television spot on the daytime television show The Doctors, HuffPost Live, and numerous online web features including Today.com, Cosmopolitan, E! Online, MTV, Men’s Health Magazine, etc. At

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Charges have been filed against a man in connection with the theft of a large bronze statue stolen last month from the Coles Crossing community center in northwest Harris County. 

William Montgomery White, 39, has been charged with theft and is currently in the Harris County Jail on an unrelated charge.
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The large bronze statue, stolen from the community center in late August, was recovered by HCSO deputies in pieces from a scrap metal business. 

It had been a fixture in the Coles Crossing community since the late 1990’s.