THE WARRANT SWEEP IS COMING TO HOUSTON!
The Houston Police Department has a message to those who have ignored numerous warnings and have warrants out for their arrest: Pay your fines or be handcuffed by an officer at your place of business or home and be taken to jail.
Officers will begin a warrant sweep in neighborhoods and businesses throughout the city and urge anyone with an outstanding warrant to go to any of six Municipal Courts annexes to take care of their business, or take advantage of more convenient options by paying their fines online, over the phone or by postal mail.
“We prefer those individuals with warrants to avoid the embarrassment of an officer coming to their workplace or home to arrest them in front of their coworkers or family members,” said HPD Assistant Chief John Trevino. “Our goal of publicizing this warrant sweep is to avoid having our officers make such arrests and to have those with warrants come forward and clear their names before it’s too late,” he added.
“It is unfortunate that individuals with outstanding citations now face arrest,” said Judge Berta Mejia, director and presiding judge of the Municipal Courts. “The City of Houston Municipal Courts provides various options to individuals to assist them in resolving their delinquent traffic citations, including the recent amnesty period, which just concluded. With the impending Warrant Sweep announced by HPD, I strongly urge anyone with outstanding warrants to come in and resolve their citations instead of facing arrest.”
Director/Chief Clerk Sahira Abdool said Municipal Courts officials have mailed notices to all persons with active warrants pending against them. “We are here to assist individuals with clearing their warrants as quickly as possible,” Abdool said. “It is our priority to ensure that individuals who have cleared their warrants are not subject to arrest, and to support the HPD warrants sweep for those individuals refusing to take care of their business with us.”
For more information about warrants or citations, visit www.houstontx.gov/courts or contact the City of Houston’s Helpline at 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 if outside the City of Houston.
THE HPD EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT CHIEF COULD BE THE NEXT PASADENA POLICE CHIEF!
The Insite hears from a reliable source that HPD could lose one of the most respected officers in the department. That person says Executive Assistant Police Chief Mike Thaler could be leaving for the Pasadena Police Department. Thaler is one step closer to becoming the chief there I’m told by the anonymous source. Those in the department say Thaler is one of the best cops out there and his word is his bond. I’m also told he comes from a family of police officers who have committed their lives to public service. That source says if we lose Thaler it would be Houston’s loss and definitely Pasadena’s gain!
Update: Assistant Chief Thaler confirms through the Houston Police department that he has submitted an application to the Pasadena Police Department. That’s as much as he would say and that’s as much as I asked. The Insite doesn’t want to be too nosey!
DO YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF MONEY COULD BE MADE OFF OF THIS CHURCH EQUIPMENT?
I was interviewing legendary Houston Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell on Monday when I had a chance to see one of his editing stations. This particular room is used at Windsor Village to dub copies of his video sermons. The first thing that came to my mind was that a bootlegger would have a field day in that room. There are dozens of burning stations and with that kind of volume a bootlegger could make a killing. Just a thought from the Insite. But I’m sure the ‘church’ will have no part of the Insite’s illegal thoughts!
THE PASTOR WHO EMBRACES TECHNOLOGY!
After decades of resisting, prominent Houston pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell is giving in.
The leader of Windsor Village United Methodist Church has decided to venture into television.
“Living the Kingdom Experience” began airing in June in cities throughout the U.S., including on FOX 26.
“Not only did I not think we’d go on television, I never thought I’d be a pastor, but all of this is new to me and I’m excited about it,” said Caldwell.
Caldwell says he will be adding even more stations around the U.S. to carry his television ministry in July.
If that is not enough, he is also starting to participate in Twitter and Facebook pages.
Caldwell tells the Insite he’s a man who embraces technology to ensure he doesn’t lose his younger members of his congregation.
The prominent religious leader says he has at least 16,000 members in his church and he hopes to bring more into the flock.
Caldwell’s television program currently airs in such cities as Houston, Boston, and Orlando!
HOW MUCH RECEIPT DO I NEED FOR SPENDING A DOLLAR?
I was pretty excited a couple of weeks ago about the go green campaign and sale at Walgreens. They gave a 20% discount on all of their green products. They even gave out free green bags to its customers instead of those plastic ones that build up in your house. But what I didn’t notice until today was just how much paper they waste at that store. I got a receipt for a 96 cents purchase. The receipt was about 12 inches long. I wonder how many trees went into that 1 item dollar receipt. I think Walgreens needs to ask if customers want a receipt and if they do make sure it’s a small slip and not a thesis paper. Just the Insite venting!
I LOOKED LIKE A GROWN MAN WITH CHICKEN POX!
I had a chance to watch myself on high definition 1080p since the big switch over and I was disappointed. I hate the make-up I’ve been told I have to wear on air because of high definition. I usually just grab a towel or tissue and knock the 8 ball shine off my face. I don’t think that will work any more. I checked myself out Monday night and it looked like I had chicken pox. When I saw the anchors they looked like models because they followed instructions. I guess I will have to follow those instructions from now on. It’s really going to be difficult because of all the heat. I don’t know how women can stand that stuff on their faces during the heat. I guess it’s an art form. Would you wear make-up in the this heat? The Insite would like to hear your opinion!
THE REASON BEHIND THE SPLIT HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED!
Usher’s marriage is falling apart according to Hollywood sources. He has filed for divorce from Tameka Foster Raymond after less than two years of marriage. The court record did not give details. They have two sons under the age of 2, and Tameka has three children from a previous marriage.
As of now, the cause of separation has not yet been made public but, given the impressive amount of interest this is generating, it is believed Usher will be making a statement as regards it any hour now. Presumably, sources speculate, the divorce proceedings will be hushed, since both the singer and his wife are believed not to want to play the separation out in the media.
SHE WAS GIVEN ONE OF THE WORST REVIEWS EVER AS LEADER OF THE SCHOOL!
Texas A&M University System regents are meeting following the abrupt resignation of embattled A&M president Elsa Murano.
Murano was not in attendance Monday when the meeting began on the A&M campus. She announced her resignation Sunday, just 17 months after she became the first Hispanic and first female president in the school’s 132-year history.
The board of regents were expected to discuss Murano’s resignation in the afternoon.
A&M system Chancellor Mike McKinney gave Murano a scathing performance review of her first full year on the job, giving her the lowest possible marks for decisiveness and not being a team player.
More than 30 faculty and student members gathered outside near the meeting in support of Murano, who said she hopes to return to the faculty.
THIS IS A RELEASE FROM DR. SAAVEDRA!
“As everyone knows, we have just completed one of the most successful academic years for HISD. The work that you and your staffs have done this year has been extraordinary. I look forward to the official state accountability ratings that we should receive by August 1 and an opportunity to celebrate with all of you. When I announced in early February my intention to retire within the next year, I purposely did not identify my actual exit date. I wanted the board to have an opportunity to start the process of a superintendent search and have a successor ready to continue the work. The superintendent search is moving in earnest and the board expects to have a short list of candidates to interview by some time in July. I am sure they will be ready to make their selection soon after. Based on this projected timeline, I have informed the board that August 31, 2009 would be an appropriate exit date for me. I look forward to continuing our work together during the next two months and an opportunity to celebrate our successes on behalf of the children of Houston. Thank you.”