A 45-year-old woman has been indicted on multiple charges in a scheme to steal money from a local program funded with federal money designed to improve air quality in our area, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. 


Shonda Renee Stubblefield, of Houston, is considered a fugitive and a warrant remains outstanding for her arrest. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General at 1-800-424-9071 or via email at hotline@oig.dot.gov.


The 10-count indictment charges Stubblefield with theft of public money, two counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud, two counts of money laundering by spending criminal proceeds and aggravated identity theft.


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is an agency within of the Department of Transportation that supported state and local governments in the design, construction and maintenance of the nation’s highway system through financial and technical assistance. FHWA administered the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program which provided funding to areas that faced challenges attaining and maintaining national ambient air quality standards for ozone, carbon monoxide and/or particulate matter.


The FHWA entered into a contract with the Texas Department of Transportation (TX DOT) to provide federal money to reduce traffic congestion and improve the air quality in Texas. TX DOT then contracted with the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) which provided financial incentives to companies that participated in a regional telework program designed to improve air quality in our area by reducing traffic congestion through single vehicle travel.


The indictment alleges Stubblefield was the owner of World Corporation Inc. and participated in that federally-funded telework program. She allegedly stole approximately $126,000 from the CMAQ program by submitting invoices and employee timesheets that falsely documented her participation in the program. The indictment alleges Stubblefield provided false and fraudulent bank records, match documents and a fictitious client list to H-GAC as part of her fraud scheme.


The indictment includes a potential forfeiture and a money judgement for the $126,000.


If convicted of either theft of public money or money laundering by spending criminal proceeds, she faces up to 10 years in federal prison. The possible punishment for a conviction of mail fraud and wire fraud is a maximum of 20 years in prison. She also faces an additional mandatory and consecutive 24 months upon conviction of aggravated identity theft. All charges also carry a possible $250,000 maximum fine.


The Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Redlinger is prosecuting the case.



You can call it a sad day at the University of Houston. 

Throughout the day students have been stopping and paying their respects to an unofficial mascot. 

That animal is a white tailed squirrel that has been seen on the campus for the last six years. 

The squirrel was found dead on campus this week and since that time memorials have popped up on campus and the school even sent out a tweet mourning his loss. 

The squirred was never given a name but he was considered fun,  friendly,  and brave. 

One person says the little animal would walk up to any human and beg for food. 

Little squirrel you will be missed even though I didn’t get a chance to know ya!  


Isiah Factor Exclusive: Houston attorney Carl Moore says Paul Wall and Baby Bash have been no billed by a Harris County grand jury today which means no criminal charges… 

The case is related to an engaging in organized crime arrest when rappers Wall and Bash were taken into custody during an appearance at a Houston smoke shop back in December!  

#Fox26 @paulwallbaby @babybash @carlmoore


Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested and believed responsible for at least 10 sexual assault incidents in the northeast Houston and Harris County areas.  

The suspect, Carlos Jose Ayala (H/m, 35), is charged with four counts of indecency with a child and one count of felony evading in the 184th State District Court.  

A photo of Ayala is attached to this news release.  

Ayala is believed responsible for sexual assault incidents on the following dates and locations:  

  • 5655 East Sam Houston Parkway – June 5, 2014 (Harris County)
  • 5655 East Sam Houston Parkway – July 7, 2014 (Harris County)
  • 5650 East Sam Houston Parkway – October 24, 2014 (Harris County)
  • 5655 East Sam Houston Parkway – August 30, 2015 (Harris County
  • 700 Shotwell Street  – October 7, 2016
  • 11534 Spicewood Lane – November 22, 2016 (Harris County)
  • 7320 Waxahachie – December 15, 2016
  • 7018 Force  – December 15, 2016
  • 7200 Abilene Street – January 23, 2017
  • 700 Shotwell – February 20, 2017

In January 2017, the HPD Northeast Divisional Gang Unit (DGU) initiated an investigation into sexual assaults of school-aged juvenile females, 7 to 15 years of age, as they traveled to and from school in the Denver Harbor area near the East Freeway (East Interstate Highway 10).  In each incident, the victims reported similar suspect and vehicle descriptions (a 2007 dark blue Toyota sedan).   In the incidents that occurred in the Houston city limits, Ayala would come up behind the victims and inappropriately touch them through their clothing.  In one incident, Ayala attempted to abduct one of the victims, a 7 year-old female, as she walked home from school with her 9 year-old brother.  The children told police Ayala drove past them several times and then parked near them.  Ayala exited his vehicle, opened the back door and approached the girl.  He then assaulted the victim and attempted to put her in the back seat of his car.  The girl’s brother yelled at Ayala, which caused him to put her down and drive away.  

Further investigation developed information on the suspect vehicle.  On Feb. 17, Northeast DGU and tactical officers initiated a surveillance operation in the area of 700 Shotwell and saw the suspect vehicle pass by.  Officers attempted a traffic stop and Ayala refused to stop.  Officers then initiated a short vehicle pursuit that ended in the 100 block of Harris.  Ayala was then taken into custody without incident.  He admitted to the sexual assault incident on Shotwell and was positively identified by victims in at least three other incidents.  

Investigators believe there may be other victims and ask anyone with additional information to contact the HPD Northeast Divisional Gang Unit at 713-635-0200



Here are some of the cuts to the US Federal budget as proposed by President Donald Trump:

Department of Agriculture

Water and Wastewater loan and grant program ($498 million): “Rural communities can be served by private sector financing or other federal investments in rural water infrastructure, such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s State Revolving Funds,” the budget says.

McGovern-Dole International Food for Education program ($202 million): Trump’s budget says the program — a sort of Third World school lunch project — “lacks evidence that it is being effectively implemented to reduce food insecurity.”

Department of Commerce

Economic Development Administration ($221 million): Obama’s 2017 budget touted the agency as ” the only federal government agency with a mission and programs focused exclusively on economic development.” The Trump budget says it has “limited measurable impacts and duplicates other federal programs.”

Minority Business Development Agency ($32 million): The White House says this minority business incubator program is “duplicative” of other programs in the Small Business Administration.

Department of Education

Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program ($2.4 billion): The White House says the program is “poorly targeted and spread thinly across thousands of districts with scant evidence of impact.”

21st Century Community Learning Centers program ($1.2 billion): The formula grants to states support before- and after-school and summer programs. “The programs lacks strong evidence of meeting its objectives, such as improving student achievement,” the budget says.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program ($732 million): This financial aid program, known as SEOG, help give up to $4,000 a year to college students based on financial need. The Trump administration says it’s a “less well-targeted” program than Pell Grants.

Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program ($190 million): The grants are targeted toward students with disabilities or limited English proficiency.

Teacher Quality Partnership ($43 million): A teacher training and recruitment grant program.

Impact Aid Support Payments for Federal Property ($67 million): Obama also proposed the elimination of this program, which reimburses schools for lost tax revenue from tax-exempt federal properties in their districts.

International Education programs ($7 million): This line item funds a variety of exchange programs, migrant schools and special education services abroad.

Department of Energy

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy ($382 million): This alternative energy research program was established by Congress in 2007 with the goal of funding projects that the private sector would not.

Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program: This loan fund finances projects that combat global warming.

Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program: Helps finance fuel-efficient vehicle research. “The private sector is better positioned to finance disruptive energy research and development and to commercialize innovative technologies,” the White House says.

Weatherization Assistance Program ($121 million): The program helps homeowners make their homes more energy efficient with grants of up to $6,500.

State Energy Program ($28.2 million): Gives grants to states to help them work on energy efficiency and anti-climate change programs.

Department of Health and Human Services

Health professions and nursing training programs ($403 million): Trump’s budget says these programs “lack evidence that they significantly improve the nation’s health workforce.” Instead, Trump wants to provide scholarships and student loans in in exchange for service in areas with a nursing shortage.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program ($3.4 billion): LIHEAP helps the elderly and low-income people pay their heating and power bills.

Community Services Block Grants ($715 million): CSBG is an anti-poverty grant program that the White House says duplicates emergency food assistance and employment programs.

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Community Development Block Grant program ($3 billion): CDBG has been a bread-and-butter funding source for local communities for 42 years, totaling more than $150 billion in grants over its history. “The program is not well-targeted to the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results,” Trump’s budget says.

Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing program ($35 million): The affordable housing program supports organizations like the Local Initiatives Support Corp., which the White House says should be privately funded.

Department of the Interior

Abandoned Mine Land grants ($160 million): The Trump administration wants to eliminate a discretionary grant program that it says overlaps with a $2.7 billion permanent fund.

National Heritage Areas ($20 million): These are state-and-federal partnerships to preserve natural, historic, scenic, and cultural resources.

National Wildlife Refuge fund ($13.2 million): This is a revenue-sharing fund that makes payments to counties where wildlife refuges are located from fees the Fish and Wildlife Service receives.

Department of Justice

State Criminal Alien Assistance Program ($210 million): Four states receive the bulk of the funding from this program, which reimburses states for the cost of incarcerating criminal immigrants.

Department of Labor

Senior Community Service Employment Program ($434 million): SCSEP is a job training program for low-income people 55 and older that the White House says is “ineffective.”

Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants ($11 million)

Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development

The Global Climate Change Initiative ($1.3 billion) was an Obama administration proposal to support the Paris climate agreement. It includes the Green Climate Fund ($250 million), the Strategic Climate Fund ($60 million) and the Clean Technology Fund ($171 million).

Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund ($70 million): The account allows the president to “provide humanitarian assistance for unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs worldwide,” but Trump said the mission is best left to international and non-governmental relief organizations

The East-West Center ($16 million): Chartered by Congress as the Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange Between East and West, the Honolulu-based nonprofit has a mission of strengthening relations among Pacific Rim countries.

Department of Transportation

The Essential Air Service program ($175 million) provides federal subsidies for commercial air service at rural airports. EAS flights are not full and have high subsidy costs per passenger. Trump’s budget says several of those airports are close to major airports, and that rural communities could be served by other modes of transportation.

Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants ($499 million): The Obama-era TIGER program funded multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional projects, but the White House wants to cut existing infrastructure spending in favor of his own $1 billion infrastructure proposal.

Department of the Treasury

Community Development Financial Institutions grants ($210 million): Trump’s budget says the 23-year-old program to support community banks and credit unions is obsolete.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Geographic watershed programs ($427 million) like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative ($40 million) and the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Initiative ($14 million): The Trump budget would turn over responsibility for those efforts to state and regional governments.

Fifty other EPA programs ($347 million) including Energy Star, Targeted Airshed Grants, the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program, and infrastructure assistance to Alaska Native Villages and the Mexico border.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Office of Education ($115 million), which the Trump budget says duplicates efforts by the agency’s Science Mission Directorate.

Independent agencies and commissions

African Development Foundation ($26 million): An independent foreign aid agency focusing on economic development in Africa.

Appalachian Regional Commission ($119 million): A 52-year-old agency focused on economic growth in 420 counties.

Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board ($11 million): The agency was created by the Clean Air Act of 1990 and investigates chemical accidents.

Corporation for National and Community Service ($771 million): The agency is best known for its Americorps community service program.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting ($485 million): Supports public television and radio stations, including the PBS television network and, indirectly, National Public Radio.

Delta Regional Authority ($45 million): An economic development agency for the eight-state Mississippi Delta region.

Denali Commission ($14 million): A state and federal economic development agency for Alaska.

Institute of Museum and Library Services ($231 million): Provides money to the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums.

Inter-American Foundation ($23 million): Promotes “citizen-led grassroots development” in Latin America and the Caribbean.

U.S. Trade and Development Agency ($66 million): Promotes U.S. exports in energy, transportation, and telecommunications.

Legal Services Corp. ($366 million): A 43-year-old congressionally chartered organization that helps provide free civil legal advice to poor people.

National Endowment for the Arts ($152 million): Encourages participation in the arts.

National Endowment for the Humanities ($155 million): Supports scholarship into literature and culture.

Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. ($175 million): Better known as Neighborworks America, the organization supports local affordable housing programs.

Northern Border Regional Commission ($7 million): A regional economic development agency serving parts of Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.

Overseas Private Investment Corp.($63 million): Encourages U.S. private investment in the developing world.

U.S. Institute of Peace ($40 million): Government-run think tank focusing on conflict prevention.

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness ($4 million): An independent agency coordinating the federal government’s efforts to reduce homelessness.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars ($11 million): A program to provide scholarships and fellowships in social sciences and humanities.


The Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) today called on the administration of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) to meet with representatives of the Muslim community to discuss its social media policy after a teacher apparently sent out virulently anti-Muslim statements on Twitter. 


Tweets included:


* “I do not want people who are at war with me (dar so Harb) in my country”

* “Embrace Islam and you embrace death”


Some Tweets also included highly sensitive photos of mutilated children and the comment “Islam did this.”


“We find it repugnant that a public school teacher would use social media to promote hatred of the faith practiced by a significant number of the district’s student population,” said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll. “In order to ensure that that this type of incident does not happen again, we will seek to meet with HISD administration to review its social media policy and to consider sensitivity training for its staff.”


He noted that CAIR-Houston in 2015 welcomed the resignation of a Lamar Consolidated ISD teacher who passed out anti-Muslim materials in his class.



The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Division needs the public’s helps identifying the suspects responsible for the Murder (shooting death) of Javier Alonso in Harris County, Texas.

On Thursday, July 14, 2016, at approximately 2:50 a.m., Harris County Sheriff Deputies responded to a Home Invasion, located in the 11600 block of Alpine Vale Court in the Willow Springs subdivision in north Harris County, TX. 

Investigators stated that three black males forced their way into the residence and demanded money and valuables from the homeowner. 

One of the suspects shot the Javier Alonso. 

Deputies arrived on scene and found the victim deceased 

The suspects possibly fled in a red Pontiac Grand Am. 

The suspects were described as black males, wearing black masks, 17-25 years old.

Suspect #1 was wearing all white clothing and is about 5’7″ tall.

Suspect #2 was wearing all black clothing and is about 5’7″ tall.

Suspect #3 was wearing all red clothing and is about 6’0″ tall.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide division at 713-274-9100

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.


The City of Houston Municipal Courts Amnesty Program begins today and will be available on certain delinquent citations until 9:00 p.m., Friday, March 31, 2017. Court officials are encouraging anyone who has delinquent court matters to take advantage of this opportunity to resolve cases at a discounted rate.

 “This is a very limited time frame to save a lot of money, hundreds of dollars in some cases, so please don’t delay your decision to act on this great opportunity to resolve your court matters without fear of arrest. We are here to assist you and help eliminate your delinquent court cases. Citizens are urged to keep in mind that they may also come in and speak with a Judge during this Amnesty period,” stated Director and Presiding Judge, J. Elaine Marshall.

Most delinquent traffic and non-traffic citations that were delinquent before March 1, 2017 will be eligible for Amnesty discounts. To take advantage of this opportunity to resolve delinquent cases, individuals may pay by telephone, US mail or in person. Previously adjudicated criminal cases, parking citations, administrative violations, and civil case violations are not eligible for this Amnesty.

Court officials urge people to take advantage of this program because it may be a while before another amnesty is offered.

For more information about City of Houston warrants or citations, visit the website at www.houstontx.gov/courts or contact City’s Helpline at 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 if outside the City of Houston. 


Some parents and insiders at Kashmere High School in Houston took to social media to complain about flooding… 

On Face ook they posted pictures of the school’s first floor that showed signs of flooding. 

The post reads why isn’t HISD concerned about Kashmere. 

The Factor reached out to the school district and the spokesperson issued a statement. 

It reads: 

HISD is aware of flooding on the first floor of Kashmere HS (Monday) today. The school issued a message to parents/students earlier today to notify them of the situation. Below is the district’s statement.



The first floor of Kashmere High School flooded Sunday night due to heavy rainfall and the replacement of the roofing storm drain system. Classes were moved to the second floor of the building as well as other learning areas.


Ashley Anthony

HISD Media Relations


A Massachusetts man who formerly resided in McAllen has entered a guilty plea to one count of access with intent to view child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. James Patrick Burke, 39, was a former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Burke came to the attention of law enforcement after investigators found evidence he was accessing files from a website known to contain child pornography. A search warrant was executed at Burke’s McAllen residence on Aug. 14, 2015, at which time investigators seized a laptop computer and a desktop computer. Burke admitted downloaded and viewed child pornography from the Internet, but would use forensic wiping software to delete the images and movies.

The forensic examination revealed remnants of the TOR browser which Burke had used to access the child pornography website as well as forensic wiping software. Agents also found remnants of the movie titles that are suggestive of child pornography. 

An examination of what was collected from the server side of the website showed that Burke had accessed a total of 77 threads which contained 345 contact sheets with approximately eight images of child pornography per sheet. These images included children under the age of 12, bondage and acts of violence. Some of the images are of known victims as identified through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Burke entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett who set sentencing for Oct. 20, 2016. At that time, Burke faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. He was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the FBI.

This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly Ann Leo, Linda Requenez and Alexandro Benavides, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”