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  • Prior police call to site of fatal HPD shooting raises questions

    10/21/2020 10:46:51 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 8 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | !0/20/20 | Samantha Ketterer & St. John Barned-Smith
    Houston Police chief Art Acevedo comforts Council Member Carolyn Evan Shabazz outside Memorial Hermann Hospital after the death of Sgt. Harold Preston on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Houston. Two officers were shot by a suspect during a domestic violence call at an apartment complex near El Rio and Holly Hall streets. Two officers were shot by a suspect during a domestic violence call at an apartment complex near El Rio and Holly Hall streets.Photo: Godofredo A. Vásquez/Staff photographer Houston Police officers watch as chief Art Acevedo talks to reporters about the death of Sgt. Harold Preston, at Memorial Hermann...

    10/20/2020 8:22:31 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 63 replies
    Montgomery County Police Reporter ^ | October 20 2020 | Scott Engle
    HPD Sergeant Harold Preston was killed in the line of duty today. Sgt. Preston has been with the Houston Police Department for 41-years and was due to retire at year-end. As tragic as that is, his death was 100% preventable. His partner also was shot and will survive his injuries. In addition, the shooters own 14-year-old son was shot. The suspect, Elmer Manzano, a convicted felon with multiple prior assaults on his record was in custody, detailed just a day before this tragedy occurred. On October 18, HPD Officers responded to a call from Mrs. Santos, stated that her ex-husband,...
  • Harris County tried to make voting easier during the pandemic. Why Texas Republicans fought every step of the way.

    10/17/2020 2:24:58 PM PDT · by DFG · 15 replies
    Texas Tribune via WFAA ^ | 10/17/2020 | Karen Brooks Harper & Emma Platoff
    A potential nightmare for Texas Republicans began to materialize early Tuesday, taking the form of tens of thousands of voters lined up at the polls in Harris County. By day's end, the number of ballots cast on the first day of early voting in Houston and its suburbs had shattered all records. Another record was set on Tuesday. The early numbers are almost certainly bad news for Texas Republicans, the Texas Tribune reports. Control of the White House depends on Republican domination of Texas, which in turn relies on containing a voting surge in the nation's third most populous county,...
  • HFD arson investigator dies after shooting with suspect in NW Houston.

    10/17/2020 12:14:20 AM PDT · by OldJoeClark · 5 replies
    The shots rang out around 3:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of W. 18th Street near Watercrest, according to HFD. According to ABC13 sources, the six arson investigators were in the Timbergrove area of The Heights, but they weren't looking for a suspect in particular and none of them was expecting to make a traffic stop in the neighborhood. While the group's primary objective was to surveil the area, the investigators had knowledge of a silver/grey car. According to sources, Bruce spotted a vehicle matching the description and proceeded to follow it. During the tailing of the car, Bruce, who...
  • CEO of Multibillion-dollar Software Company Indicted for Decades-long Tax Evasion and Wire Fraud Schemes

    10/16/2020 10:04:06 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 27 replies ^ | October 15, 2020 | Department of Justice
    Allegedly Used Secret Swiss and Bermudian Bank Accounts in Scheme to Conceal Approximately Two Billion Dollars of Capital Gains Income A federal grand jury in San Francisco, California, returned a 39 count indictment charging Robert T. Brockman, the Chief Executive Officer of an Ohio-based software company, with tax evasion, wire fraud, money laundering, and other offenses, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Tax Division, U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson for the Northern District of California, and Chief of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation Jim Lee. The charges stem from an alleged decades-long scheme...
  • Staten Island GOP hoodwinks Trump rally saboteurs into donating thousands to Republican Party

    10/12/2020 4:19:48 AM PDT · by gattaca · 16 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 11, 2020 | Paul Sacca
    The leadership of the Staten Island GOP definitely subscribes to the age-old adage, "Turnabout is fair play." When thousands of teens on TikTok attempted to sabotage a Trump rally, the organizers turned the tables and tricked them into donating to the Republican Party. POLL: Do you have faith that AG Bill Barr will prosecute the people involved in #Russiagate hoax? The Staten Island Republican Party organized the "TRiUMPh Rally," billed as the "largest pro-Trump, pro-Republican, pro-Law and Order rally in New York City this year." Originally, the event was free to all, as long as they RSVP'd before the Oct....
  • Court grants temporary stay, allowing Texas governor's directive for limited drop box locations to continue

    10/11/2020 9:53:55 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | October 10,2020 | Hollie Silverman
    A federal appeals court on Saturday granted a temporary administrative stay, allowing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's directive for one location per county for ballot drop boxes to remain in place for now. The grant from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit means the directive from Abbott, a Republican, will stand until the court has considered the state's motion for a stay on its merits. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had filed an emergency motion Saturday for a stay pending appeal to block a district court order that would have allowed county officials to accept hand delivery...
  • Federal judge blocks Gov. Abbott’s order limiting number of mail ballot drop-off sites in Texas

    10/09/2020 9:48:47 PM PDT · by Coronal · 25 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 9, 2020 | James Barragán
    AUSTIN -- A federal judge in Austin blocked Gov. Greg Abbott’s order limiting the number of mail ballot drop-off sites a county can have. In an order issued late Friday night, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman of Austin put on hold Abbott’s order thereby allowing counties to have multiple mail ballot drop-off sites. The order said agents of the state are blocked from taking any action to inhibit election administrators from offering more than one drop-off location for ballots in their respective counties. The decision, issued by a Barack Obama appointee, is a blow to Abbott who argued the drop-off...
  • These low-level offenses will now be a part of the city of Houston’s new cite-and-release program, mayor says

    10/01/2020 1:47:10 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 59 replies
    KPRC ^ | September 28, 2020, 8:40 pm | Brandon Walker, Reporter
    HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner signed an Executive Order Monday authorizing a cite-and-release program for certain low-level, non-violent offenses, allowing officers to issue tickets for some Class A and B misdemeanors, instead of making an arrest. The policy change will go into effect Tuesday at 6 a.m. “The cite-and-release program has been implemented in other cities where it has helped to reduce jail population,” Turner said in a press conference Monday. He added that the move would “improve response times by getting officers back into service, more quickly.” “Cite-and-release is a more humane method of dealing with low-level offenders...
  • Baytown (TX) police officer indicted in fatal shooting of Pamela Turner

    09/15/2020 2:22:05 PM PDT · by matt04 · 29 replies
    A Baytown police officer was indicted Monday in connection with the fatal shooting of Pamela Turner last year. A Harris County grand jury indicted Officer Juan Delacruz on a charge of first-degree aggravated assault by a public servant in the May 13, 2019, shooting. According to investigators, Delacruz encountered Turner, 44, while on patrol and knew that she had warrants out for her arrest. Turner resisted arrest and was able to get hold of Delacruz’s Taser and shock him with it, investigators said. Investigators said that was when Delacruz fired, killing Turner. Turner’s family said she suffered from mental illness....
  • Hundreds show up to Pres. Trump boat parade on Lake Houston

    09/13/2020 1:04:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    KRTK via MSN ^ | 9/13/20
    Hundreds of boaters showed up to Lake Houston on Saturday in support of a Trump boat parade. More than 700 boats were on the waters for the event titled, "Lake Houston Boat Parade Big T 2020 Trump Support," where participants decorated boats in red, white and blue, according to one participant. Video from the event, which started at 2 p.m., showed hundreds of cars lined up headed to the lake. Also, several boats were spotted decked out with American and Trump flags. The boat parade on Lake Houston was the latest in a number of similar events around the country...
  • Texas judge allows Harris County to send all voters applications for mail-in ballots

    09/11/2020 1:53:13 PM PDT · by Meatspace · 42 replies
    KHOU ^ | 9/11/20 | ALEXA URA
    HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A state district judge on Friday ruled that Harris County can move forward with its plan to send every registered voter an application to request a mail-in ballot for the November general election. Two days after a video conference hearing, Judge R.K. Sandill rejected the Texas attorney general’s request for a temporary injunction blocking the plan. In his ruling, Sandill shot down the state's claim that Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins was acting outside of his authority by sending out the applications and that the move would harm voters.
  • 4 Houston police officers fired after shooting man on the ground 21 times during alleged mental health crisis

    09/11/2020 8:32:09 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 37 replies
    ABC ^ | 09 11 2020 | Meredith Deliso
    Four Houston police officers were fired Thursday after a months-long investigation of a fatal shooting found that they were "objectively unreasonable" in discharging 21 rounds at a man in distress. On April 21 at around 9 p.m., multiple officers responded to several 911 calls about a man who was running through highway traffic. Officers approached Nicolas Chavez, 27, in a parking lot, where he was running while holding a metal object, police said. During a roughly 15-minute interaction, officers shot Chavez with stun guns and bean bags while attempting to "stop him from harming himself," Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo...
  • Chiefs take field for the national anthem, 'Lift Every Voice and Sing'; Texans stay in locker room

    09/10/2020 7:11:05 PM PDT · by familyop · 82 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 10, 2020 | Ryan Gaydos
    Most Chiefs players stood, locking arms on the sideline for the national anthem. At least one Chiefs player knelt and raised a fist. Players locked arm-and-arm across the goal line for the Black national anthem. Texans players were not on the field for either “The Star-Spangled Banner” or the Black national anthem.
  • Local man charged with making threat during university Zoom lecture

    09/09/2020 8:17:54 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 5 replies ^ | September 8, 2020 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas
    HOUSTON – A 19-year-old U.S. citizen residing in Richmond is set to appear in federal court on allegations he made a bomb threat against University of Houston (UH), announced U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick.Ibraheem Ahmed Al Bayati is charged with making threats or conveying false information to destroy by means of fire or explosives and making a threat over interstate commerce. He is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sam Sheldon today at 2 p.m.Federal authorities took him into custody late Friday, Sept. 4, upon the filing of a criminal complaint. According to those charges, Al...
  • Teen ISIS recruiter makes bomb threat during online college lecture: feds

    09/08/2020 12:51:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 8, 2020 | Kate Sheehy
    A teenage ISIS recruiter was busted for making a bomb threat during a live online lecture at the University of Houston in Texas, authorities say. Ibraheem Ahmed Al Bayati, 19, Zoom-bombed the college class Sept. 2 — and blurted out in the middle of it, “What does any of this have to do with the fact that UH is about to get bombed in a few days?,’’ federal authorities said. “Gasps from students can be heard after Al Bayati made his proclamation,” according to the case’s criminal complaint filed in Texas court last week.
  • Ex-Airline Employee Pleads Guilty to Charge for Role in Scheme Where Fake Airline IDs Were Manufactured to Obtain Free Flights

    09/01/2020 5:46:38 PM PDT · by ransomnote ^ | September 1, 2020 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Central District of California
              LOS ANGELES – A former Mesa Airlines employee pleaded guilty today to a federal criminal charge that he schemed to manufacture counterfeit Mesa employee identification badges that were used to obtain free flights for himself and others on another airline.          Hubbard Bell, 32, of Houston, Texas, pleaded guilty via videoconference to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.          According to his plea agreement, Bell worked at Mesa Airlines, a Phoenix-based regional airline, from June 2015 until October 2015. While a Mesa employee, Bell was provided access to free tickets as a job benefit. Mesa employees and their...
  • Laura's track shifts west again, putting Houston back in the cone; Marco weakens (tropical storm)

    08/24/2020 2:59:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    KHOU ^ | 8/24/20
    HOUSTON - In the 4 a.m. Monday update, the track of Laura moved back slightly to the west. The center of the forecast cone is now in western Louisiana, but Houston is back in the forecast cone on the far western edge. This storm has been very difficult to forecast, so it can easily shift and should be watched closely. It is still expected to pick up steam as it moves across the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. In Sunday's 10 p.m. update, Marco weakened to a tropical storm as it edged closer to the Louisiana coast. It...
  • Chinese Consulate in Houston Intervened in US Political Movement (ChiComs coordinated BLM Antfa via Tik Tok)

    08/20/2020 6:37:20 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 34 replies
    ChinaScope ^ | 8/18/20
    Radio Free Asia (RFA) published an article explaining the reason that the U.S. closed China’s Consulate in Houston. The article stated that the U.S. has known that the staff members at the consulate were conducting suspicious activities, but, for a while, it did not take any action. The Second Department of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which is the PLA’s intelligence unit, sent staff members from a large network company, with fake IDs, to China’s Consulate in Houston. Those technicians used a large video platform’s backend data to identify people who might participate in the Black Lives Matter (BLM) and...
  • Houston Police Chief Tells Officers In Defunded Depts ‘Come To Houston’

    08/19/2020 2:59:11 PM PDT · by Zenyatta · 32 replies
    LaCorte News ^ | 8/19/2020 | Damjan Tutarkov
    Art Acevedo, the police chief of the Houston Police Department (HPD), is calling on officers with the Austin Police Department unhappy over the recent budget cuts to come and work for him. The Austin City Council last week unanimously approved to slash about $150 million from its police department’s funding, or nearly a third of the department’s annual budget. “People of Houston, they don’t want less policing, they want better policing and well-trained police officers,” Chief Acevedo said. The HPD welcomed 44 new officers to the force during a Cadet Class #245 graduation ceremony Monday, Fox 26 Houston reported.