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Zaila Avant-garde from Harvey, Louisiana is the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion and the first Louisiana native to win the event.
The 14-year-old correctly spelled the word murraya.
She breezed to the championship at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night, becoming the first African American winner and only the second Black champion in the bee’s 96-year history.
Avant-garde is also a basketball star as well who has appeared in a commercial with Stephen Curry and owns three Guinness world records for dribbling multiple balls simultaneously. She also hopes to play in the WNBA someday.
An investigation is now underway following a deadly shooting at the aquarium in downtown Houston.
HPD Executive Chief Matt Slinkard said the call came in around 8:10 p.m. at 410 Bagby Street.
According to Slinkard, when officers arrived on the scene, two adult males were found dead inside the bar area of the aquarium restaurant.
Another woman was injured in the shooting and taken to the hospital where she is currently listed in stable condition, police said.
Preliminary investigation revealed one man, who was killed, and the woman, who was injured, were together having dinner at the bar and were paying their tab, Slinkard said.
Police stated surveillance video showed the couple was at one end of the bar and the suspect was on the other end of the bar.
Authorities said after reviewing the video, the suspect got up, went quickly around the bar toward the couple, and started firing rounds.
The man, who died on the scene, went down along with the female who was with him, Slinkard said.
After the shooting, authorities said the suspect committed suicide with one self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
It’s unclear how many shots were fired. One witness, who was inside the restaurant having dinner with her two children, told FOX 26 that multiple shots were fired during the incident.
Slinkard did say the bar area was not crowded at the moment of the shooting.
Police said the scene is secure and safe and they are not looking for any additional suspects.
It’s also unclear if there was any interaction between the couple and the suspect before the shooting occurred.
Police are still working to identify the families of the victims.
Authorities said they will be on the scene for the next several hours investigating and collecting evidence.
Here’s the video from the H-Town Artist Showcase put on by #RoyalEyeEntertainment to benefit the Dollie Rose Foundation. An organization that provides to the community! With Jatin Patel, Layton Hosford, Dom Frisko, Dwight Fernandez, Yoni Ramirez, Kiland Lee Kyham, Tc Thompkins, Emilian V White, and many more!Thanks to Staff: Meme Rodriguez, Eduardo Garcia, Jonathan Magee, Meghna Patel, and Mai Nguyen!
MORE ABOUT THE DOLLIE ROSE FOUNDATION: A non-profit organization designed to provide assistance in the community. The foundation has provided air conditioners to senior citizens, food for the homeless, and toys annually for children and teens.
A church in League City cancelled in-person services this week following a COVID-19 outbreak among their members.
In a Facebook post, Clear Creek Community Church confirms several of their members tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a summer camp.
“Upon return from camp, 125+ campers and adults reported to us that they tested positive for COVID-19,” said Bruce Welsey from Clear Creek Community Church. “Additionally, hundreds more were exposed to COVID-19 at camp. We seek to remain in contact with those impacted. If you, or someone in your family, begins to have symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately.”
“The church has cancelled their service this week,” said Dr. Philip Keiser from Galveston County Local Health Authority. “That way, people won’t be coming together and potentially spreading it more.”
While it currently remains unknown, Galveston County health officials are testing to see if these sick church members have the new COVID-19 Delta variant.
“We’re testing it for the Delta variant, to see if that’s the cause for it spreading so rapidly among that group,” said Dr. Keiser.
More than 400 middle school and high school students participated in the church sponsored camp last week in Giddings, Texas.
According to Dr. Keiser, some of the sick church members are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
“We knew there were going to be breakthrough [cases],” said Dr. Keiser. “If we’re lucky, we’ll be able to use this as an opportunity to learn more about the Delta variant and how well vaccines work.”
Clear Creek Community Church has cancelled in-person services for Sunday July 4 and Wednesday July 7.
“We anticipate that services will resume Sunday, July 11,” said Wesley. “From the beginning of the pandemic, we have sought to love our neighbors by practicing strict safety protocols. We are surprised and saddened by this turn of events. Our hearts break for those infected with the virus. Please pray for a speedy and complete recovery for all of those affected.”
A man unleashed a racist diatribe against a Black neighbor — and even invited protesters to his front door … but he might not have expected them to show up in droves, especially when he was being hauled off to jail.
Check out this wild encounter that was captured in Mount Laurel, NJ Friday, which led to an even crazier follow-up Monday … when scores of people landed on this guy’s driveway to decry a rant he’d gone on days earlier, who let him know what they thought of his venomous words.
The perp has reportedly been identified as Edward Cagney Mathews … and he now faces criminal charges for a heated confrontation he had with one of his Black community members — including alleged harassment and bias intimidation, over which the cops arrested him.
As for the initial face-off itself … it’s truly something to behold (in a bad way, we mean). Mathews hurls just about every epithet he can at the Black neighbor, including multiple uses of the n-word, “monkey” … and even questions whether the man knows America’s laws, saying “this isn’t Africa” … seemingly mocking what he perceived as a foreign accent.
It’s unclear what exactly this was all over — but in any case, you can tell Mathews took things way too far in what might amount to one of the most bigoted moments we’ve seen in a while. Even when his own community security guard shows up to calm things down, he ratchets up the tension again … demanding the guard put the “n******” in their place.
He told the person filming exactly where he lived, and encouraged people to show to find out “what (he’s) about” … and sure enough, they came rolling deep — apparently protesting him for the past couple days … to the point cops had to come escort Mathews away in custody.
That didn’t stop people from unloading, though … and we mean that literally. They chucked water bottles, garbage and debris at both Mathews and the police as they got into the squad car and drove away.
It made for an absolutely bonkers scene … and could very well be the very definition of rooting out and *driving out* racism.
AUSTIN, Texas – H-E-B says that certain H-E-B brand products are being recalled due to a recent possible Listeria contamination at Tyson Foods Inc.
Tyson Foods Inc says the recall involves approximately 8.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that may be contaminated with Listeria.
H-E-B says that Tyson’s recall involves some H-E-B brand products sold in their stores and at South Flo Pizza locations in Texas.
The possibly contaminated frozen, fully cooked chicken products were produced at one Tyson Foods plant in Dexter, Missouri, between Dec. 26, 2020, and April 13, 2021. The products were sold to food-service and retail customers and distributed nationwide. Each package of the affected retail products has the establishment code P-7089.
The affected H-E-B Meal Simple items were produced from Jan. 28 – July 4, 2021. The affected South Flo Pizza items were produced from Jan. 13 – July 4, 2021. All products related to this recall that were sold at H-E-B have been removed from production and store shelves, says the grocery chain.
The following products from H-E-B are subject to the recall issued by Tyson Foods:
H-E-B Meal Simple items (made in store)
- Buffalo chicken salad with UPC code 26934100000
- Pepper trio chicken salad with UPC code 26934300000
- BBQ chicken salad with UPC code 26933900000
- Curry chicken salad with UPC code 26648800000
- Curry chicken salad lettuce wrap with UPC code 26626800000
- White meat shredded chicken with UPC code 26625700000
- Buffalo chicken wrap with UPC code 26622600000
South Flo Pizza items (made in store)
- Buffalo chicken 16 inch pizza with UPC code 88869208311
- Buffalo chicken 8 inch pizza with UPC code 88869208312
- Crustless buffalo chicken pizza with UPC code 88869208313
- Add chicken option with UPC code 88869208265
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detected that three people had gotten sick from Tyson’s chicken products and one had died. H-E-B says that there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions to products from H-E-B stores.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Consumers who have questions can contact Tyson Foods customer relations at 855-382-3101.
H-E-B customers who purchased any of the products related to this recall can return them to the store for a full refund. Customers with any questions may contact H-E-B Customer Service at 1-855-432-4438 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the shooting of an off-duty HPD officer that occurred at 9757 Pine Lake Drive about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday (May 30).
The suspect, Josue Tomas Gallegos (H/m, 33), is charged with aggravated assault against a public servant in the 351st State District Court. A booking photo of Gallegos is attached to this news release.
Officer John Brown, 33, was transported to Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center where he was treated and released.
Officer Brown was sworn in as an HPD officer in June 2012 and is assigned to the Homicide Division.
HPD Special Investigations Unit Sergeant R. Flores and Detectives J. Turner, R. Anderson and A. Hurtado reported:
Officer Brown approached a suspicious male on the top floor of a parking garage at the apartment complex at the above address. As Officer Brown attempted to detain the suspect, the suspect brandished a firearm and fired several shots at the officer, striking him in the leg.
The suspect fled the scene on foot.
Further investigation led to the identification of Gallegos as a suspect in this case. Last Friday (June 4), he was arrested and charged for his role in this incident.
Amazon is shutting down construction at a facility in Connecticut after several noose-like ropes were discovered at the site in recent weeks.
The first incident was April 27 when a construction supervisor reported that a hangman’s noose had been found on a second-floor steel beam, Windsor police said.
The latest was Wednesday when officers on a private duty assignment “were made aware of the discovery of a rope which could be interpreted as a noose hanging within overhead beams on the site,” police said.
“We continue to be deeply disturbed by the incidents happening at the construction site in Windsor and have ordered its shut down until necessary security measures can be put in place,” Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said in a statement Thursday.
The rope found Wednesday will be sent to the state crime lab.
The FBI is involved in the investigation, David Sundberg, special agent in charge of the bureau’s New Haven field office, said, and lending its resources to Windsor.
Seven possible nooses have been discovered at the site. After the first was found, police said they were informed on April 29 that five others were found.