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.



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.

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.


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).


Lawrence Taylor


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.


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.


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, Cosmopolitan, E! Online, MTV, Men’s Health Magazine, etc. At


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.

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. 



Cellar twenty four is your neighborhood wine bar with a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Whether you are stopping by for a glass of wine, meeting a group of old friends or making new ones, this place is for you!

We offer an ever changing selection of boutique, high quality wines that can be taken home to enjoy or opened in-house. Additionally, C24 has wines by the glass, craft beers and a fun menu with small bites that include: pizza, cheese plates, bruschetta, hummus and chocolates, plus fresh appetizers are added all the time!

C24 has daily specials that include half off wines by the glass, no corkage fees, wine tastings, and live music!

If you are looking for a party, either on-site or off premise, contact our C24 staff and we’ll be happy to help you! We love meeting new people and sharing our love of unique wines!



Our goal is to work in harmony and respect for the human spirit that endures in our US military and their families. We are committed to supporting and celebrating those that have served or are serving, and dedicated to the continued growth and development of our Brothers and Sisters in uniform by providing a premium wine selection in Honor of them. With every glass of Honor that is raised, we also raise and commemorate all those who proudly serve our country.



Some Houston employees of AT&T have taken to social media to complain.

Those workers say they have been subjected to a building with mold and it’s making them sick.

Some employees have even sported surgical masks to work at the facility located at 3900 Dacoma so they won’t breathe in the mold.


A spokesperson for AT&T issued this statement to the Factor:

The small, unused area of the building where non-toxic mold was discovered was completely closed off several days ago to avoid any contact with employees or the rest of the building. We’ve been working with licensed remediation experts and have been in contact with OSHA, which reviewed and accepted our remediation plan.  


At 6 p.m. TODAY (Thursday, September 25), members of the Houston Police Department’s DWI Task Force will teach 30 Citizens’ Police Academy members about the dangers of driving while intoxicated and how the department conducts DWI investigations. 

Media wishing to attend this evening’s class should meet in the parking lot at 33 Artesian, behind the Central Police Station at 61 Riesner.

The citizens are in the third week of a 10-week course in which they learn how HPD officers handle investigations, patrols and dangerous situations.

The Citizens’ Police Academy, in its 25th year (organized in 1989), is designed to give citizens from all walks of life a working knowledge of how HPD operates, and stresses the importance of their involvement in preventing and fighting crime in their neighborhoods.       


WHAT:    HPD DWI Task Force to Educate Citizens’ Police Academy Members

DATE:      TODAY (Thursday, September 25)

TIME:       6 p.m.

WHERE:   33 Artesian (behind the Central Police Station at 61 Riesner) 


Tyler Dunman


Kelly Blackburn

District Attorney Brett Ligon has selected two prosecutors in his office to fill the roles of Bureau Chiefs, effective October 1, 2014.  Mr. Kelly Blackburn will become the Trial Bureau Chief and Mr. Tyler Dunman will become the Specialized Prosecution Bureau Chief. 

Currently, both Blackburn and Dunman are Chief Prosecutors in the office.   

The Trial Bureau is comprised of four felony District Courts, three misdemeanor County Courts at Law, and five Justice of the Peace Courts. 

There are roughly 25 prosecutors assigned to this division, along with 20 investigators and support staff.  

The Trial Bureau handles the prosecution of all felony and misdemeanor cases, ranging from Capital Murder to traffic citations. 

Kelly Blackburn is currently assigned as the Chief Public Integrity Prosecutor and he has been at the District Attorney’s since 2010. 

Prior to joining this office, Blackburn spent nine years as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County, Texas, and two years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas.    The Specialized Prosecution Bureau is comprised of five separate divisions, including the Family Protection Division (Child Abuse & Family Violence), the Civil Litigation & White Collar Crime Division, the Internet Crimes Against Children Division, the Major Offenders Division, and the Vehicular Crimes Division. 

There are roughly 15 prosecutors assigned to this division, along with 8 investigators and support staff. 

The Specialized Prosecution Bureau handles the prosecution of all types of offenses, including Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Possession of Child Pornography, White Collar theft and fraud cases, bank robberies, major narcotics trafficking, and Intoxication Manslaughters. 

Tyler Dunman is currently assigned as the Chief Prosecutor in the 359th District Court and he has worked at the District Attorney’s Office since 2007.  Prior to joining the office, Dunman served as a Briefing Attorney on the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas.   

District Attorney Brett Ligon: “I am very excited to promote Kelly and Tyler into these two very important leadership positions within this office. 

I firmly believe that we have one of the most talented and professional offices in the State of Texas and I have tasked the leadership in this office to continue to maintain that status.  Both of these gentlemen are known throughout the office and legal community as professional prosecutors who place the integrity of this office and the pursuit of justice as its cornerstone.”