Houston City Councilman Mike Sullivan has been on a tour of Houston fire stations as of late. His goal is to have breakfast with fire fighters and gauge their feelings on what’s happening in the department. Sullivan on Tuesday got a lot of flack at the public session meeting of council. According to Sullivan he wanted the public to know the female fire fighter who complained about harassment and sexism in the department had recently received an award. Many told Sullivan that wasn’t the point. Jolanda Jones, a fellow council member, said an award doesn’t make up for the pain the female captain endured. Rose Arenas said her male counterparts placed bodily fluids in her food, slashed her tires, and stuffed paper into her breathing apparatus she uses in fires. Sullivan said he didn’t want to seem insensitive to the female fire fighters but it’s more of the same. He says it’s best if those involved would allow the city to do an investigation before passing judgement. The Insite has obtained a letter indicating just how much the councilman supports the fire fighters and he wanted it passed around to the men and women in the light blue. Here’s that note:
I have spent the last 2 weeks having breakfast or dinner at every single fire station in my Council District (District E). I also toured the training academy, which is also in my district. The purpose of the visits were to tell each fire fighter, man to man, eye to eye, that I appreciate what they do, appreciate the work they do, and that I am proud of them and the job they do for my constituents. This message has been overwhelming received by the fire fighters who I have eaten with. At the end of the breakfast or dinner, I feel that I have made some life long friends. I hope it is mutual.
Houston City Council, District E
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.