QUENTIN MEASE TO BE HONORED AT CITY HALL!

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF LIFE!

On December 9, 2008, Council Member Ronald C. Green will host a reception and present a proclamation to Mr. Quentin Mease in honor of his 100th birthday. The Reception will begin at 12:30 p.m. at City Hall Annex, 1st Floor followed by the City Hall presentation at 1:30 p.m. Mr. Mease graduated from West High School in 1924 and Des Moines University in 1928.During the same period Mr. Mease went from Crocker Branch YMCA volunteer to nineteen-year-old executive director in 1927. In 1942 Mr. Mease was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps. where he rose from the rank of enlisted man to Captain while serving in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. After earning a Masters degree in social work administration in 1948 from George Williams College in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Mease accepted the position of executive director of the Bagby Street YMCA in Houston, Texas. Mr. Mease has served on over thirty non-profit boards in Des Moines, Chicago and Houston and raised an estimated $270 million dollars. Mr. Mease was founder and chairman for nineteen years of the Harris County Hospital District and chaired the Harris County Hospital Foundation.

Mr. Quentin is Emeritus Member of the Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Medical Center. The naming of Houston’s Quentin R. Mease Community is one of many honors garnered by Mease’s community work.

The City of Houston salutes Quentin Mease on this auspicious occasion, and extends best wishes for continued success.

A GIFT TO THE HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT!

SOME POSITIVE NEWS OUT OF THE DISTRICT!

The HISD Athletic Department will receive free shoulder pads, footballs and other equipment from the Houston Texans, the NFL, and Douglas Pads & Sports.

Douglas Pads & Sports will donate 200 shoulder pads, the NFL will donate 200 footballs, and the Houston Texans will donate 200 planners.

HISD football players and coaches will join representatives from the Houston Texans, Douglas Pads & Sports, and NFL to receive the equipment. “The Texans are happy to team with Douglas Pads & Sports and the National Football League to provide equipment for the next generation of NFL stars,” Texans president Jamey Rootes said. “This is a continuing effort by the Texans to enhance the youth football in our community.”

“The Houston Texans have been valued partners of the HISD Athletic Department from day one,” said HISD Athletic Director Daryl Wade. “They have provided coaches clinics, clinics for our athletes, as well as many other programs that have assisted our schools and communities. This donation of equipment is just another example of their commitment to our young people and coaches. We look forward to our continued partnership.”

THE OFFICER MAY HAVE LIVED IF THE SUSPECT WASN’T ON PAROLE!

TIMOTHY ABERNETHY: HPD OFFICER KILLED!

A crime victims rights advocate tells FOX 26 News that the fatal shooting of a Houston police officer could have been avoided had the suspect not been on parole.

Mabry Joseph Landor III, 28, has been charged with capital murder of a police officer in the shooting death of Officer Timothy Abernethy following a Sunday morning traffic stop.

Landor is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. At the time of the shooting, Landor was on discretionary mandatory release, which means the parole board had the option to deny his release. When he was last arrested, Landor was on parole for a driving while intoxicated case, according to crime victims rights advocate Andy Kahan.

Police say that Landor shot Abernethy on Sunday at approximately 8:40 a.m. shortly after Abernathy stopped the suspect’s Dodge Durango at the Luxor Apartment Complex at the 5800 block of Sunforest Drive.

Landor jumped out of the SUV and ran into the complex with the officer following close behind, according to police. Witnesses told police that Landor then turned around and shot the officer several times.

Dozens of officers joined Abernethy’s family on Sunday at Memorial Hermann Hospital where the 11-year-veteran of the Houston Police Department, was pronounced dead.

He was rushed to the hospital by ambulance in critical condition.

Police have not confirmed if the officer was able to return fire.

Less than an hour after the shooting, Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended a person of interest near West Green’s Road and Veterans Memorial, but at the time, avoided calling him a suspect.

HPD says they have stepped up patrols in the area where the shooting occurred due to a high concentration of drug and gang activity.

Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt said Abernethy’s wife and adult daughter were notified. Police attempted to reach the fallen officer’s son, who serves in the military and is stationed in Italy.

Mayor Bill White also released a statement to the media, asking the community to support the officer’s family and fellow officers.

“I encourage all Houstonians to keep the officer’s family in their prayers. We are lucky to have people who risk their lives for our safety,” said Houston Mayor Bill White.

WHEN WILL IT STOP: THREE MORE TEACHERS ARRESTED MONDAY!


School district police have arrested two teachers and one custodian at a high school in southeast Houston. All three face various charges related to drug possession.

FOX 26 News has learned that the arrests took place after the principal of Jack Yates High School asked the Houston Independent School District Police Department to search the school parking lot for drugs.

Two men were arrested for marijuana possession while another man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, specifically, a prescription drug without a valid prescription.

The three arrests bring the amount of total drug-related arrests of HISD employees to twelve for 2008 with a total of 14 charges filed against them.

WHAT’S ON YOUR CHRISTMAS WISH LIST?

WHAT ARE YOU OBSESSING OVER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?

The question the Insite has is what’s on your Christmas wish list and I don’t want to hear peace on earth. I’m looking for your materialistic wants and needs. If you had the ability to splurge on one thing what would it be this year. The thing that sticks out in my mind is the 73 inch HD television I saw at Fry’s on Saturday. Surprisingly, it’s very affordable. I think I’m going to make my wish come true this year. The current television downstairs is a 60 inch but not HD. So I think I owe myself an upgrade. Now, the ball is back in your court. What is on your Christmas wish list this year?

WAS SHE DRUNK OR HIGH ON THE AIR?

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS SHOPPING CHANNEL HOST BEFORE?

I was channel surfacing Saturday night when I landed on Jewelry TV. It’s a shopping channel that caught my attention. The host of the show actually caught my attention. She was just incredible and I don’t mean that in a good way. The woman was stumbling all over herself, there was a lot of dead air and she just seemed confused. I was with a group of people who were just floored by her on air presence. She was sluring and very forgetful. I wasn’t quite sure if she was drunk, high, or just a bad host. You would have to see it to believe it. I can’t believe Jewelry TV execs didn’t have some tough questions for her once she got off the air. I never did get her name because of her antics. I hope she gets it together before she goes back on the air!

MICHAEL JACKSON STILL PULLING CROWDS IN HOUSTON!

PEOPLE STOPPED SHOPPING TO WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEOS AS IF THEY WERE JUST RELEASED!

It’s that time of the year when lots of busy people are out and about looking to buy Christmas gifts. One of the places I stopped on Saturday was Fry’s Electronics in Houston. As I entered the store I heard a familiar song blasting through the building. It was Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal. His greatest hits videos were being played on a big screen television in the middle of store. But what I noticed were all the people who stopped shopping and just watched the videos. At times more than a dozen people were gathered around watching Michael do the Moonwalk or several other signature moves. Some were bobbing their heads and others smiling with excitement as if they were seeing these videos for the first time. It was strange to see so many people embracing the entertainer’s music as if it were new and as if the recent criminal trial didn’t happen. I guess great art and great music will endure despite the adversity of the artist. And did I mention just how diverse the crowd of onlookers were. Black, White, Hispanic, young, old, male and female. Way to go Mike in 2008!

ARE VINYL ALBUMS MAKING A COMEBACK?

GET YOUR BACK UP NEEDLES TOGETHER THE RECORD PLAYER IS BACK OR IS IT?

I was in Best Buy last week when I noticed several shelves full of vinyl albums. It’s a sight I haven’t seen in a decade. In an age of digital downloads, cd’s and computers you’d never expect to find actual records at a music store. But in the Best Buy on Richmond there they were. The store had Vinyl albums by Dr. Dre, Madonna and many others. I’m not sure if anyone out there still has one of those phonographs or record players but apparently there is a market. When was the last time you purchased a vinyl album?

WHO WOULD BE STUPID ENOUGH TO BUY THIS?

THE ROLEX AIR KING CAN BE YOURS FOR $2,000!

I was searching around for Rolex watches. Not that I’m going to buy one but I stumbled upon an ad on Amazon. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Someone is actually trying to sell a 1960’s old Rolex without a band for more than $2,000. It looks like it’s in horrible shape. I just couldn’t imagine someone paying that much for a watch which appeared to have had it. I know the time pieces maintain value over time but this thing was ridiculous. Would you buy it?

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PAUL BETTENCOURT RESIGNS FROM THE TAX ASSESSOR’S OFFICE!

HE’S HEADED TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR!

FOX 26 News has learned Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Bettencourt has turned in his resignation to Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.

Sources told FOX 26 Bettencourt turned in his resignation letter Thursday, and it is effective Wednesday.

Betterncourt has been unavailable for comment.

Emmett told FOX 26 Friday night by phone he would have no comment until Bettencourt had something official to say.

Bettencourt held the position since 1998 and was recently re-elected to another term just last month.

Sources said Bettencourt has chosen to work in the private sector

NOT AGAIN!

BREAKING: ANOTHER HOUSTON TEACHER ARRESTED FRIDAY MORNING FOR DRUGS!

The Insite hears another teacher has been arrested for drugs. School officials say it happened this morning at Woodson Middle School here in Houston. The drug dog was brought out and alerted on a teachers car. That teacher, who’s name hasn’t been released just yet, has been arrested. This would officially be the seventh teacher arrested in 3 months in the district for possessing drugs on campus. Tune into FOX 26 News at Noon, 5, 5:30pm and 9:00pm for all the details. What do you think about another teacher being arrested for drugs?

CHRIS BELL RELEASES NEW TELEVISION AD!

BELL: HUFFMAN IS MORE OF THE SAME!

The Chris Bell for Texas Senate campaign launched a new television ad today in the run-off election for Senate District 17. The comparative spot addresses opponent Joan Huffman’s lack of understanding of the issues surrounding funding our public schools and her support of the status quo, contrasting it with Chris Bell’s record of reform. The ad focuses on comments made by Joan Huffman during a debate with Chris Bell last month, in which she said didn’t know how to reduce property taxes and claimed Texas is “very generous” in funding public schools, despite the sizable budget shortfalls facing school districts across the state.

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“This ad is exactly what the campaign is about – more of the same vs. real reform. Joan Huffman is supported by the same failed leaders in Austin who created many of the problems that need to be fixed,” said Chris Bell for Texas Senate spokeswoman Amber Moon. “Our schools are being shortchanged, college tuition is rising, utility rates are skyrocketing and affordable health care is on the decline. We need a problem-solver like Chris Bell in the Texas Senate to help bring real reform.”