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A five-week operation, dubbed Project Shadowfire, netted 1,133 arrests, including more than 900 transnational criminal gang members and others associated with transnational criminal activity, like drug trafficking, human smuggling and sex trafficking, murder and racketeering. The nationwide operation was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and concluded March 21.

Texas statewide arrests during this operation totaled 266 individuals. In the Houston area of responsibility (AOR), HSI made 112 arrests. Of these arrests, 66 were made in the Corpus Christi – area. Within the AOR, 96 were arrested on active Texas criminal warrants, with 12 cases being pursued federally. Members and associates were arrested from 26 gang affiliations.

“This operation is the latest example of ICE’s ongoing efforts, begun more than a decade ago under Operation Community Shield, to target violent gang members and their associates, to eradicate the violence they inflict upon our communities and to stop the cash flow to transnational organized crime groups operating overseas,” said ICE Director Sarah R. Saldaña.

Since the inception of Operation Community Shield in February 2005, HSI special agents, working in conjunction with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, have made more than 40,000 gang-related arrests and seized more than 8,000 firearms.

Project Shadowfire was a surge operation conducted under Operation Community Shield, and led by the HSI National Gang Unit. Between Feb. 15 and March 21, HSI special agents worked with numerous state, local and federal law enforcement partners, including ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), to apprehend individuals from various gangs.

Most of the individuals arrested during Project Shadowfire were U.S. citizens, but 239 foreign nationals from 13 countries in Central America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean were also arrested.  Most of the U.S. citizens arrested had open warrants for their arrest and were turned over to the custody of local law enforcement agencies.

Following is the nationality breakdown of the 239 foreign nationals arrested:  Mexico (129), El Salvador (56), Honduras (22), Dominican Republic (11), Guatemala (9), India (3), Jamaica (2), Philippines (2), and one arrest each for Belize, China, Morocco, Peru and Spain.

Of the 1,133 arrests, 915 were gang members and associates, 1,001 were charged with criminal offenses and 132 were arrested administratively for immigration violations.  Some of those arrested on immigration violations had illegally re-entered the United States after having been previously deported, which is a felony.

The majority of arrestees were affiliated with gangs like MS-13, Sureños, Norteños, Bloods and several prison-based gangs. Enforcement actions occurred around the country, with the greatest activity taking place in the Los Angeles, San Juan, Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, and El Paso areas.

HSI special agents also seized 150 firearms, more than 20 kilograms of narcotics and more than $70,000 in U.S currency.

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3/23/16 at 12:30am Pct. 4 deputy stopped a white suburban for a traffic offense. The vehicle, though slowed down, continued miles down the road, throwing objects from the window. Once the vehicle stopped in the parking lot of the Palace Inn in Porter, TX it was found the driver Keith Golden II, 2/18/89 from Houston, TX threw marijuana, methamphetamines as well as a glass pipe from the vehicle, all of which was collected by a second Pct. 4 deputy. Golden was arrested for the alleged possession of methamphetamines as well as tampering with physical evidence, both 3rd degree felony charges.

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3/21/16 around 11am Pct. 4 deputy stopped a black passenger car for a traffic offense. The driver Jabari Lawson 3/21/88 and passenger Schenetra Holman 9/16/88, both from Memphis, TN were arrested for the alleged possession of codeine, a second degree felony, which they had disguised in a baby bottle as well as possession of marijuana.

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From WE TV:

The women of Sisters in Law are raising the bar for the next generation of female lawyers. This week, self-professed “Warrior Lawyer,” Jolanda Jones stood out as lady litigator of the week. Here are five reasons why Jolanda is a Boss Lady of the Week:

1. She takes it to heart.
Jolanda turns personal experience into power in the courtroom. She was born into poverty, her brother was murdered and she survived an abusive long-term relationship. All of which helps her put her heart and soul into each case she tries.

2. Next-level investigator.
She uses a methodological approach to coach her clients into creating the best defense possible – even if it means reliving a nightmare.

3. Fighter for equality.
She’s not just a lawyer, she’s a civil rights activist. Growing up in the Third Ward of Houston, Jolanda fights to be a voice for those who feel they may not have one. Especially as she prepares her son, Jiovanni’s defense as she suspects he’s been a victim of racial profiling.

4. Political aspirations.
As if being a mother, lawyer and civil rights activist isn’t enough, Jolanda is running a campaign to become a member of the Houston Board of Education. If that does not make her a #BossLady, WE don’t know what does!

5. Taking things to new heights.
Jolanda is quite tall and she’s fearless when it comes to wearing six-inch heels into the courtroom with dual purpose – style and intimidation!

Don’t forget to watch Sisters In Law every Thursday at 10|9c and check back here next week to find out who will be our next #BossLady!

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Mimi Perez says last week her apartment caught fire and her children lost all of their clothes and now she’s looking for help.

Ms. Perez says she’s not looking for cash handouts but clothes that you may want to donate to her children.

If you can help she has two boys and two girls.

How to contact Ms. Perez – (346) 314-6595

Perez has provided me with their sizes below:

Boy age 16. Shirts large shorts 36.
Boy age 12 shirt xlarge pands 36 by 28.
Girl age 15. Shirts xlarge shorts xlarge.
Girl age 13 pants 18 shirts xlarge

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Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued a warning to Spanish-speaking consumers, alerting them to scam artists posing as debt collectors calling on behalf of government entities. In recent cases, a caller claims to represent the Texas Supreme Court and demands payment of outstanding debts supposedly incurred by consumers sometime in the past.

“Every day, Texans unfortunately lose money to scams and frauds, and my office is committed to protecting consumers by spreading the word about such fraudulent activity, and informing them about what to do if they fall victim,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The first line of defense against scammers and con artists is education, and a wide variety of important topics are addressed in the consumer protection section of our website.”

According to complaints, the person calling says the consumer can either appear in court and pay the alleged debt – which varies from $1,000 to $7,000 – or resolve the matter immediately by sending funds directly to the scammers. How the debt was incurred is never explained. The form of payment requested by the caller is either through pre-paid cash cards or wired funds through Western Union.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office encourages every Texan who receives a similar call from a purported government debt collection agency to first verify that the request is legitimate. To do so, Texans should directly contact the government agency that is allegedly seeking the funds by using a phone number for the government agency that is independent of the one provided by the caller.

If you do receive a call from a debt collector claiming to be calling on behalf of a government or law enforcement entity, please try to copy the telephone number of the caller, then stop the call and contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office at (800) 621-0508 or (512) 463-2070.

General information regarding scams such as the one discussed above as well as other forms of fraud can be found in the Consumer Protection link at the website of the Texas Attorney General:  www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.

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Hundreds possibly thousands of people showed up to Houston’s Fifth Ward for a block party thrown by James Prince Jr. for his birthday.

Rapper Drake, Jas Prince, James Prince himself, and many more attended the event.

Believe it or not the VIP section was the roof of a building on Liberty street where the guest of honor and many of his celebrity friends camped out.

Here are the pictures and videos from the event!

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A newly released vendor contract performance audit by the Office of the City Controller’s Audit Division concludes the Genuine Parts Company (NAPA) overcharged the City of Houston (City) by more than $1 million in management fees, employee salaries, no-cost parts, and erroneous tax reimbursement. The primary objectives of this audit were to consider the processes and internal controls related to: 
• NAPA management fee invoicing and supporting documentation;
• Fleet Management Department contract oversight; and
• Issuance of Category 2 (zero cost) inventory.
The audit focused on just a single year (calendar year 2014) of a five-year contact. The City’s Fleet Management Department (FMD) is also cited in the audit for not providing adequate oversight of the contract (Contract 4600010761).

Background: In an effort to create efficiencies and eliminate redundancy, the City  created FMD in October 2010 to consolidate City fleet operations.  In December 2010, the City entered into a five-year contract with NAPA to assume responsibility for stocking and operating the City’s maintenance facility storerooms.  The contract began on January 18, 2011, with a five-year life span and a maximum spend amount of $95,068,804.  The initial consolidation consisted of moving fleet divisions within Houston Fire Department (HFD), Solid Waste Management Department (SWD) and the Houston Police Department (HPD) under the management of FMD and selling their existing parts inventory to NAPA. With the addition of the Houston Airport System’s (HAS) facilities in May 2013, the contract amount was increased by $23,767,201 to $118,836,005.
The audit findings:  The audit found that in 2014 NAPA overcharged the City $1,022,776 related to NAPA’s management fees and $24,426 for Category 2 parts (previously owned City parts deemed obsolete by NAPA but which could be issued in the future at zero-cost for older vehicles).
The overcharges in management fees were in three categories:
• The City was invoiced a total of $299,421 in management fees that were based on percentages of sales rather than actual operating costs as outlined in the contract;

• There was $147,521 in overcharges for NAPA storeroom employees and delivery drivers as well as $380,990 in overcharges for Jones Delivery vehicle delivery drivers. (Jones Delivery is a MWBE subcontractor.) Rates charged did not conform to the rate limits for storeroom employees and delivery drivers set in the contract, and in fact exceeded the labor rates set forth in the contract by 9 percent;

• The City was invoiced $182,166 for property taxes related to business inventory held at City maintenance facilities resulting in a reimbursement of taxes (tax refund) that was not approved by the City’s Legal Department or City Council.

“Clearly, large contracts like this five-year contract with NAPA are complex and involve a number of people in managing them, and we rate them as ‘high-risk,’” says City Controller Chris B. Brown. “NAPA is not in agreement with much of the audit’s findings, but it is troubling to us that a substantial amount of management overcharges have been found in just one year of the contract. I am glad to report that NAPA agrees the zero-cost parts were billed in error and a credit for those parts has been issued to the City. This audit additionally shows that the City—here, the Fleet Management Department—also needs to be more aware of a large contract’s intricacies and more diligent in monitoring its course.”
The entire audit report, “2016-07 Fleet Management Department (FMD) Vendor Contract
Performance Audit – Genuine Parts Company (NAPA),” can be seen online at:
http://www.houstontx.gov/controller/audit/

I received an email Wednesday from Belal Yousef (man in the report) saying he apologize for the call that’s being described as a racist rant…

The owner of Northway Wrecker Service went on to say the woman in our report, Michelle Green, started it first by calling him a sand n*****, terrorist and Isis.

However, keep in mind it was just yesterday when Yousef said it wasn’t him at all on the call.

Three of his former employees also called me after the report saying it was him on the call.

In the meantime, Yousef said he would consider apologizing on camera but he is nervous and I’m waiting to hear back if he will do it Thursday.

But once again he has apologized for the language used in the phone call saying he apologizes to the woman and all Black people who heard it.

Yousef says people have called and threatened to kill his family. Stay tuned!

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On 1/18/79, Bosier was convicted of rape in Robertson County, Texas and was sentenced to 10 years confinement.  The victim was identified as a 17 year old female.

On 12/23/15, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Bosier for Fail to Comply as a Sex Offender.  Bosier’s last known address was at 10950 Beaumont Highway, Houston, TX.  Bosier also has a violation of a parole warrant which was issued on 6/10/15 by the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole.  Bosier is currently on parole for aggravated Robbery.

Bosier is a black male, approximately 6’0” tall, 225 lbs with black hair (possibly shaved), brown eyes, with tattoos on the upper right arm, chest and right forearm.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect(s) 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) or via our mobile app (Crime Stoppers Houston). All tipsters remain anonymous.

HC WARRANT #1492840

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Mayor Sylvester Turner will announce the creation of Turnaround Houston, a new program to help residents in areas of high poverty, unemployment and crime overcome the barriers to employment.

When: Wednesday, March 16, 12:00 p.m.
Where: Mayor’s Proclamation Room, 3rd Floor, City Hall, Houston 77002

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The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a
suspect from a series of still photos. The individual pictured in the still photos is a suspect
involved in a credit/debit card abuse case.
A complainant contacted the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office on March 4, 2016, advising
he discovered that an unknown individual had fraudulently used his bank card information on
March 2, 2016 to purchase gift cards at a Walgreens in the 15000 block of Mason Road, in
Harris County. The complainant advised that he was in possession of his bank card and at home
at the time of the fraudulent transaction. It is believed the suspect had “cloned” a card to utilize
and swipe at the Walgreens. The suspect did not arrive or leave the Walgreens in a vehicle, but
was seen in surveillance video walking North on Mason Road, away from the store.
Attached are photos of the suspect on the date he utilized the cloned bank card mentioned above.
If you have information regarding the identification of the suspect in the still photos, please
contact Detective A. Terrell at 281-297-6510.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest or
indictment of a felony crime. Call 800-392-STOP (7867). Anonymous tips can also be
made through the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers WEB PAGE at
www.montgomerycountycrimestoppers.org