I GUESS SOME HOUSTON FIRE FIGHTERS GET IT WHILE OTHERS STILL DON’T!

HOUSTON FIRE FIGHTERS: WE’RE OUR OWN WORST ENEMY!

I took a stroll through a local Houston fire fighters’ website and read some interesting stuff. It appears while some Houston fire fighters understand the public relations nightmare their department faces others simply don’t get it. There is a thread written by fire fighters that claim they’re their ‘own worst enemy’. Some fire fighters are on the board chastising others for what some see as silly, immature, and racist comments. Now, while I was on the board I did not witness or see anything that would be considered racist. But I did see my name personally mentioned by fire fighters several times. But those who seem to be aware of their surroundings and the current climate in Houston sent the following warning to their colleagues. It indicates they should be careful what they say because those who are not in the department could read it. Here’s two of the firemen attempting to put some loose cannons on the right track on the web page:


FIREMAN #1:

More proof that we are our own worst enemies; look at the Chat Box on top of this page. That part is very public and here we go talking about the administration needing Tampax and Midol and what a piece of work OJ is. That stuff just fans the flames! We need to be smarter than this. Use a little tact when you post stuff guys. Things like that may not offend us, but we’re not the only ones reading this.


FIRMAN #2

Once again XXX, you hit the nail on the head. More proof that some of the guys just don’t get it. That stuff is ridiculous to be posting in the chat box. Post in the threads. Dang!

THE ONLY PLACE SHE FELT SAFE WAS AMONG OTHER MINORITIES!

SHE FEARED FOR HER LIFE AND SAFETY AROUND THE MAINLY WHITE STAFF NICKNAMED THE ASSHOLES!

Rose Arenas is now a senior captain with the office of emergency communications. But before arriving there the 15 year veteran of the force said her life was a nightmare at station 6 in the Heights. Arenas told council members her fellow male fire fighters, who were mainly White and nicknamed themselves the assholes, injected her food with bodily fluids and urine. The captain said her breathing apparatus used in fires was also sabotaged on at least one occasion. Arenas didn’t stop there. She says her locker was broken into and the tires on her personal vehicle were slashed by the men she trusted with her life. Arenas later told a group of Houston reporters the only time she felt safe was after a transfer. The fire fighter said it was until she was at a station where there were minorities that she felt piece of mind. Arenas says she filed at least 3 complaints and they fell on deaf ears. The communications captain says the type of hatred and discrimination she felt was unreal. Council member Jolanda Jones says this is an indication there are serious problems at the Houston Fire Department. Stay tuned there is more to come!

MORE EXPLOSIVE ALLEGATIONS COMING OUT OF THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT!


STATION #6 OUT OF THE HEIGHTS WAS A NIGHTMARE FOR A FEMALE CAPTAIN!

If you thought Jane Draycott and Paula Keyes allegedly had it bad in the Houston Fire Department then you may want to think again. Tuesday afternoon several Houston female fire fighters went before City Council and dropped some explosive bombs. Rose Arenas is now a senior captain with the office of emergency communications. But before arriving there the 15 year veteran of the force said her life was a nightmare at station 6 in the Heights. Arenas told council members her fellow male fire fighters injected her food with bodily fluids and urine. She said her breathing apparatus used in fires was stuffed with paper. Arenas says her locker was broken into and the tires on her personal vehicle were slashed by the men she trusted with her life. Arenas was just one of many more female fire fighters to come forward today and claim their are serious racial and sexist problems in the Houston fire department. There’s no word if a new investigation will be launched to address the latest allegations coming out of HFD!

HE’LL BE THERE TO GREET YOU AT THE NEW STORE!

JACOBY JONES TEAMS UP WITH KROGER!

Kroger will celebrate the grand opening of its West University store located at 5150 Buffalo Speedway with a number of community-oriented activities. To kick things off, Houston Texans Wide Receiver/Punt Returner Jacoby Jones will be part of the festivities from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, to get fans and customers alike excited about the upcoming NFL season.

Born on July 11, 1984, in New Orleans, LA, Jones attended Marion Abramson High School in New Orleans and was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. In basketball, and track he was an All-Metropolitan selection and an All-Area selection. In track, he was also a star sprinter before playing football as a junior in high school. The fleet-footed receiver showed exceptional promise at an early age and dreamed of playing professional sports in college. During the NFL Draft he was called one of the best-kept secrets in the collegiate ranks. He was drafted by the Texans in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Jones played college football at Lane College. He finished the 2008 season with 15 receptions for 149 yards. He had 30 punts for 286 yards, including a 74-yard return against Indianapolis Colts.

A FORMER GALLERY FURNITURE EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR ARSON!

HIS NAME IS ROBERT GILLHAM!

A former employee of Gallery Furniture has been arrested for the four-alarm fire that destroyed the store’s warehouse.

Officials made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday with store owner Jim McIngvale at their side.

The Houston Fire Department said first degree arson charges were filed against Robert Gillham, 66, who was taken into custody earlier in the day. Gillham is a former employee of the furniture store.

Both HFD arson investigators and agents from ATF worked to make the arrest.

“The initial investigation — we had about 15 or so investigators respond,” said Alison Stein from the Houston Arson Bureau. “We were able to get an arrest today.”

Stein said the charges would have been second degree, but an investigator suffered an injury to his hand while working the scene.

Over 150 firefighters responded to the large warehouse on Houston’s north side the night of May 21, and crews worked feverishly to keep the fire from spreading to the store’s show room.

“I witnessed things I probably hadn’t seen in my career. I saw him [McIngvale] praying with his employees,” said HFD Assistant Chief Rick Flannigan. “Our firefighters took a stand. The men and women of the Houston Fire Department did a very good job stopping the spread of this fire.”

Flannigan said the fire was one of the largest he had ever seen.

McIngvale, also known as “Mattress Mack,” added to Flannigan’s comments, but stopped short of discussing the investigation in detail.

“We’re here today to thank the incredible Houston Fire Department and the ATF arson division for the countless hours they put in to make this arrest 61 days later,” said McIngvale. “I had no doubt that they would find the perpetrator of this heinous crime. I’ll let the legal system take its course.”

Records show the suspect has two priors charges for criminal mischief that were dismissed in 2007.

AN ARREST HAS BEEN MADE IN THE GALLERY FURNITURE FIRE!

DETAILS RELEASED THIS AFTERNOON!

There has been an arrest in connection with the warehouse fire at Gallery Furniture, the Houston Fire Department said.

On Tuesday, officials confirmed first degree arson charges have been filed against one person, but they did not immediately release the suspect’s name.

The four-alarm fire destroyed the landmark company’s warehouse in north Houston back in May.

A press conference with more information will be held at 2:45 p.m. Watch it live at MyFoxHoustonLIVE.com later in the day.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: MICHAEL JACKSON DIED FROM THE DRUG!

THE FOCUS REMAINS ON THE HOUSTON BASED DOCTOR!

Michael Jackson’s personal doctor gave him a powerful anesthetic through an intravenous drip to help him sleep, and authorities believe the drug caused the pop singer’s death, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said Jackson regularly received the anesthetic propofol and relied on it like an alarm clock. A doctor would administer it when Jackson went to sleep, then stop the IV drip when the singer wanted to wake up.

On June 25, the day Jackson died, Dr. Conrad Murray gave him the drug through an IV sometime after midnight, the official said.

Murray’s lawyer, Edward Chernoff, has said the doctor “didn’t prescribe or administer anything that should have killed Michael Jackson.” When asked Monday about the law enforcement official’s statements he said: “We will not be commenting on rumors, innuendo or unnamed sources.”

In a more detailed statement posted online late Monday, Chernoff added that “things tend to shake out when all the facts are made known, and I’m sure that will happen here as well.”

Toxicology reports are still pending, but investigators are working under the theory that propofol caused Jackson’s heart to stop, the official said. Jackson is believed to have been using the drug for about two years and investigators are trying to determine how many other doctors administered it, the official said.

JANE WANTS TO STAY PUT AND PAULA WANTS TO GO!

WOULD YOU STAY OR WOULD YOU GO?

The Office of Inspector General investigation is still underway at state 54 in the Houston Fire Department. This is where two female fire fighters say they arrived to work one morning in July and found racist graffiti on the walls of the female dorm. This incident has launched a major investigation in the department. All of those who work at the station will likely be asked to take a polygraph test. But I hear one of the women who has been victimized doesn’t want to leave the station. The attorney for Jane Draycott says despite the trauma she allegedly endured at 54 she wants to remain at the station. Joseph Ahmad says Draycott would prefer working at this particular fire house because she doesn’t have to respond to car crashes. 54 is located at Bush Intercontinental Airport. This comes after Draycott’s daughter died in a car accident according to her attorney. In the meantime, Ahmad says Paula Keyes, the second female fire fighter, wants to move on. Her preference is to be transferred to another location in the Houston fire department. Both women as of last week remain at home!

GEEK ALERT!

GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT, RELEASED TUESDAY!

One of my favorite cartoon superheroes is Green Lantern. In the comics the baddest Lantern out there to protect earth is Hal Jordan. Anyway, DC comics is finally releasing a full feature movie on the Lantern. It tells the story of his origin and how he becomes one of the best galactic guardians in the Green Lantern corp. I will definitely be in line at Walmart Tuesday when the long awaited cartoon is released to the public. Are you a fan of Green Lantern or is this topic way too geekish for you?

I THINK IT’S TIME TO GET A MAP!

I WANTED TO GO TO RICHMOND BUT MY GPS SYSTEMS WERE DIRECTING ME TO CALIFORNIA!

I have tried to check my GPS to ensure it’s not an operator error. But no matter what I do my two GPS systems are taking me the long way or totally out of the way. On Saturday night I was trying to get to a birthday party in Richmond, Tx. I programmed the address in and it told me my final destination was in California. California even with the zip code. So I tried the GPS on my phone and it took me more than 2 hours to reach my destination from the midtown area. I’m wondering if anyone else out there is having problems with their global positioning satellite system in their car or phone. I may just pull out the old Texas street map and follow that when I’m not sure where I’m going!