THE DRUG SUSPECT WHO SHOT A HOUSTON COP – IS HE ILLEGAL?

IMMIGRATION SERVICES HAD A HOLD ON HIM IN 2000, HIS PRE-TRIAL SERVICES PAPERWORK INDICATES HE WASN’T A CITIZEN OF THE U.S. AND WAS BORN IN EL SALVADOR!

FOX 26 News has learned there is a multi-agency investigation into the legal status of a man who allegedly shot a police officer during a drug raid.

That man is 29-year-old Joel Alfaro. Investigators were serving a warrant on his home in east Houston when detectives say he opened fire hitting officer Rick Salter in the face.

Salter remains hospitalized in critical condition. Alfaro was killed in the shootout with officers who were serving a drug warrant on his home.

Now FOX 26 has learned Alfaro was investigated by the federal immigration service for his legal status several years ago. Court records show back in 2000 Alfaro indicated he was not a US Citizen and was born in El Salavador when he was facing charges for possession of marijuana. He was denied bond in the case because there was also a hold placed on him by then INS. The case was handled by former Judge now Congressman Ted Poe.

A spokesperson for Immigration services, Gregory Palmore, also tells FOX 26 News a deportation order was filed on Alfaro that same year. However, Palmore says immigration must now do an archive search to determine Alfaro’s exact status at the time of his death.

Frank Michel with the Mayor’s office says there will be a press conference later this week addressing this issue among others.

Meanwhile, sources tell The Insite Officer Salter is fighting for his life in the hospital and is no where near out of the woods when it comes to the injuries he sustained in the shooting.

I also had a chance to speak with a young woman who identified herself as Alforo’s wife. She says while she’s extremely hurt she has lost her husband she’s very sorry for the pain the police officer and his wife have to go through. She says it will be tough for all of them to deal with this tragedy!

GOVERNOR JINDAL LOVES GIVNG AWAY TICKETS TO SEE THE STARS!

IS THERE ENOUGH ROOM IN THAT SUITE FOR ME?

Three legislators received free tickets from Gov. Bobby Jindal last week for Britney Spears’ comeback tour concert in New Orleans. The Governor’s Office said state Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, state Rep. Nickie Monica, R-LaPlace, and state Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, received tickets to Jindal’s suite at the New Orleans Arena. State Police Col. Mike Edmonson and National Guard members also got free tickets, said Kyle Plotkin, the governor’s press secretary.

Jindal pushed last year to restrict the free tickets that lawmakers can receive. However, Morrell said the law is aimed at preventing legislators from getting freebies from lobbyists, not from the governor. Morrell said he accepted tickets in the past to attend a Hornets game with the governor’s chief of staff.

Edmonson said he took his wife and their two high school-age children to the concert.

FLASHBACK-

Times Picayune by Robert Travis Scott, (Friday February 15, 2008)

BATON ROUGE — As the Hannah Montana hit song says, “Nobody’s Perfect.”

That might be one assessment this week after revelations that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s top aide and several legislators used free tickets from the governor’s New Orleans Arena suite to treat their daughters and other relatives to the teen idol’s recent live concert, at the same time the administration is pushing a bill to prohibit free entertainment tickets to lawmakers.

Jindal Chief of Staff Timmy Teepell gave tickets to his brother’s family to attend the sold-out Jan. 26 performance of Miley Cyrus, the 15-year-old sensation known by her TV-show rock star name, Hannah Montana. Although Teepell was doing what many other state officials have done for years in using the governor’s complimentary suite tickets for the show, the freebie struck some as a poorly timed contradiction given the standards the governor is trying to set during the current legislative session on ethics.

DO YOU AGREE WITH LIFTING THE STEM CELL BAN?

WILL THIS HELP THIS HELP SCIENTIST FIND CURES?

President Barack Obama is ending former President George W. Bush’s limits on using federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research, with advisers calling the move a clear signal that science — not political ideology — will guide the administration.

SHOULD THE FORMER FIRST FAMILY BE FORCED TO TESTIFY?

A PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY, CONDOS AND A LAWSUIT!

Attorneys for former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, are fighting efforts by two condominium owners to pull the Bushes into a lawsuit questioning whether Southern Methodist University used unfair tactics to buy out owners at low prices.

The condo owners want to question the Bushes about what SMU officials told them in private meetings before SMU was selected as the site of the presidential library.

“What he’s asking for is extraordinary,” Bush’s lawyer, John H. Martin, said in a Dallas newspaper, referring to plaintiff Gary Vodicka. “He has had ample opportunity to ask others questions. He does not need to get any information from the president.”

Bush’s attorneys have until 5 p.m. Monday to file papers in state court with their arguments on why the Bushes should not have to give depositions. They are expected to cite cases in which courts have said current and former presidents should not be pulled into civil disputes.

Plaintiffs are trying to determine whether SMU officials made a pitch for the library before the university purchased the condominiums. They say the timing is important because it could show that SMU officials did not disclose information that could have affected the value of the land. Plaintiffs say they need to hear from the Bushes.

CHRON.COM: MEXICAN GANG VIOLENCE HITTING THE STREETS OF HOUSTON!

THE VICTIMS ARE STARTING TO PILE UP!

The order was clear: Kill the guy in the Astros jersey.

But in a case of mistaken identity, Jose Perez ended up dead. The intended target — the Houston-based head of a Mexican drug cartel cell pumping millions of dollars of cocaine into the city — walked away.

Perez, 27, was just a working guy, out getting dinner late on a Friday with his wife and young children at Chilos, a seafood restaurant on the Gulf Freeway.

His murder and the assassination gone awry point to the perilous presence of Mexican organized crime and how cartel violence has seeped into the city.

Arrests came in December when police and federal agents got a break in the 2006 shooting as they charted the relationship and rivalries between at least five cartel cells operating in Houston. A rogue’s gallery of about 100 names and mug shots taken at Texas jails and morgues offers a blueprint for Mexican organized crime.

Houston has long been a major staging ground for importing illegal drugs from Mexico and shipping them to the rest of the United States, but a recent Department of Justice report notes it is one of 230 cities where cartels maintain distribution networks and supply lines.

At Chilos, the real crime boss was sitting at another table, as were two spotters. The hitman waited in the parking lot for Perez to leave the restaurant.

“I just remember that guy coming up to us and he started shooting and shooting and shooting and never stopped,” said Norma Gonzalez, Perez’s widow. He was hit twice.

“I know they will pay for what they have done, maybe in the next life,” she said of Perez’s killers. “I don’t know what is going to happen to them in this life.”

FULL STORY AT: WWW.CHRON.COM

WERE YOU A GARANIMALS KID LIKE THE INSITE!

WHAT CLOTHING LINE DID YOU WEAR AS A KID?

Apparently, the Garanimals clothing line is attempting to make a comeback. This issue only comes to mind because I was walking through the newsroom at FOX 26 the other day and someone said they liked what I had on. Then another person joked and asked if it was from the Garanimals line. I laughed and remembered I was actually a Garanimals kid. You just pick the animal and the color that matched. Dollie had me in a lot of Garanimals growing up. I actually still live by the Garanimals color code as an adult. Did you ever wear Garanimals? The Insite would like to hear from you on your dress and appearance!

Here’s another comment about my dress from Facebook:

Facebook Friend: “I love your style….Do you have a stylist??? If not I would LOOOVE to add to your already suave look…”

Isiah’s response:

Isiah Carey wrote at 9:48am
I just follow the Garanimals code….color with color. As far as television clothing. FOX has a lady who tells us what not to wear on camera.

MAKE SURE YOU SPRING FORWARD BEFORE YOU GO TO BED!

DO YOU LIKE TO SPRING FORWARD OR FALL BACK?

Heat up the grill and break out the badminton set: Daylight-saving time is returning to shift an hour of light from the morning to the evenings.

That means you push your clocks ahead – spring forward – before going to bed tonight. The official change occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, local time.

The shift also serves as a reminder to install new batteries in warning devices such as smoke detectors and hazard warning radios. /p>

Daylight-saving time ends Nov. 1., when it will be time to fall back.

THE AUDACITY OF A REPAIRMAN!

YOUR BILL IS $174.00 FOR 5 MINUTES!



First, I’m very upset I had to wait 9 full hours on a Saturday for a Sears repairman to show up at my house to fix my clothes dryer. When I set my appointment Tuesday a Sears rep told me it would be anywhere from 8am to 5pm Saturday. After waiting all day Saturday I called at about 2pm and was told I’d likely be last on the list. I asked why they couldn’t tell me that in the beginning. I got no answer. So around 3pm I got a call from the repairman who said he wouldn’t make it to my house until around 6pm. I then decided to go to the store and gym. I get a call around 4:45pm saying he would get to my house in 15 minutes. So I jumped in the car and headed home and about 5 minutes later the repairman asked where I was. I told him only minutes away. He called me again asking where I was. I told him after waiting 9 hours he could wait 5 minutes. Then after a 5 minute repair this joker gave me a bill for $174.00. He changed a simple dryer belt. The audacity of this repairman!

INSITE READER OF THE WEEK: SELAH KUMANI TELLS IT LIKE IT IS!

SHE’S THE QUEEN OF THE HILL!

Say hello to Selah Kumani. She’s been chosen as the Insite reader of the week. Each day she leaves enlightening comments that prompts readers on the blog to think. Kumani has been a reader for quite some time. She will publicly disagree with you and pat you on the back if she feels your comments makes since. The talented lady is more than just an internet junky, she’s a writer, a singer and professional. I’m very proud to have her as one of the dedicated readers who make her presence known here on the Insite. Hey Selah, thanks for dropping by!

And become her Facebook friend:

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HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TURN OUT FOR THE MAN THEY SAY SHOULD BE MAYOR!

GENE LOCKE FUNDRAISER: THE PARTY KING COVERS POLITICS TOO?




















If the numbers are an indicator Houston’s next Mayor could be former City Hall insider Gene Locke. A fundraiser was held for the local attorney Thursday night at Hotel Za Za in the Museum District. Locke has made it official and he’s running for Mayor of the 4th largest city in America. The event was put on by Houston businessman Ramon Manning and several others. Locke’s main competition in the bid for the Mayoral seat is Controller Annise Parker and Councilman Peter Brown. The field is likely to grow as we move closer to Bill White’s final days in office. Attending the Locke party were: Ramon Manning, Cynthia King, Gail Brown, John Guess, Ronald Green, Kalele ‘Party King’ Thumbutu, Jackie Chaumette, Carl ‘New Hammer’ Davis, David Anderson, Von McDaniel and the list goes on. Do you think you can support Locke for Mayor of Houston? The Insite would like to hear your opinion!

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Article by: Isiah ‘The Insite’ Carey
Pictures by: Kalele ‘Party King’ Thumbutu

POLICE SOURCE: DRUGS AND WEAPONS FOUND IN HOME OF MAN WHO SHOOTS POLICE OFFICER!

INSIDE THE DEADLY RAID IN EAST HOUSTON!

Sources in the Houston Police Department tell the Insite a narcotics raid that left a homeowner dead and a police officer in the hospital turned up a cache of weapons and a small amount of drugs. The Insite’s police sources would not say what type of drugs were allegedly found in the home of Joe Alfaro but they did find what they were looking for.  I’m also told they found guns in the house investigators say he shouldn’t have had in his possession.  Alfaro died in the shootout with cops. Family members of the man say he is nothing like the picture painted by the police department.  In the meantime, the officer – 54 year old Rick Salter – who was shot when he went into Alfaro’s home remains in critical condition.  Police say they were serving a warrant on the home located in the 9300 block of East Avenue O when Alfaro was alerted by what union officials call a $30,000 sophisticated surveillance system.  The Insite would love to hear more from the family of the man who lost his life in the raid!