Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Stabbing at 12304 Fondren Road

Feb 27, 2021
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal stabbing of a man at 12304 Fondren Road that occurred about 9:40 a.m. on February 9.  

The suspect, Andre Jerome Ford (b/m, 28), is charged with murder in the 209th State District Court.  A booking photo of Ford is attached to this news release.  

He is accused in the death of Cedrick Cotton, 45.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C. Duncan and Detective L. Lovelace reported:

Mr. Cotton was involved in an argument with another male (suspect) outside the convenience store at the above address.  The two later argued inside the business.  The altercation continued to the front of the store where Ford stabbed Cotton in his left side.  Ford then led the scene and responding paramedics pronounced Cotton deceased.

Further investigation identified Ford as the suspect in this case and, Thursday (February 25), he was arrested by HPD South Gessner Patrol officers and subsequently charged for his role in Cotton’s death.  
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Charges Upgraded Against Suspect in Fatal Stabbing at 10950 Beaumont Highway

Feb 27, 2021
Charges Upgraded Against Suspect in Fatal Stabbing at 10950 Beaumont Highway
NOTE: Suspect initially charged under an alias name.

Charges have been upgraded against a suspect arrested in the stabbing of a man at 10950 Beaumont Highway about 10:45 a.m. on February 10 after investigators learned the victim later died.  

The suspect, David Luke Davis (w/m, 69), also known as Gilbert Nelson III, was initially charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  The charge has been upgraded to murder in the 174th State District Court.  A booking photo of Davis (Nelson) is attached to this news release.  

Davis is accused in the stabbing of Cody McCurley, 29, who was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased six days later (on Feb. 16). 

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Officers S. Hall and A. Johnson reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a stabbing at a halfway house at the above address and determined suspect Davis, a resident of the facility, had stabbed Mr. McCurley in the neck area while in a common shower room.  Houston Fire Department paramedics transported McCurley to the hospital.  

Davis was arrested at the scene and subsequently charged for his role in the incident.




        David Luke Davis (aka Gilbert Nelson III)
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Houston’s Strange Drinking Water Odor Explained

Feb 27, 2021
HOUSTON – Houston’s drinking water meets or exceeds all Federal and State standards and is safe for consumption. Houston Water has conducted over 100 tests on drinking water samples since the boil water notice was lifted on Sunday, February 21st to ensure the City’s drinking water remains safe.
 
Houston Public Works is aware that some customers are experiencing water with a strange or bad odor. Houston 311 saw an increase in calls to report the odor beginning on Tuesday, February 23rd.

The locations of these reports were mapped to help pinpoint the likely cause of these odors. They are generally west of downtown Houston and align with the zone where groundwater from the west and surface water from the east are blending in the system.



Chlorine and ammonia (chloramine) are used to disinfect surface water. For groundwater, the disinfectant is just chlorine. The combination of these disinfectants leads to the odors that people experience – “the stink”.  

“This is a harmless odor that we try to avoid in our water system, but right now Houston Water is disinfecting the drinking water at higher concentrations in response to last week’s water emergency,” explained Carol Haddock, PE, Director, Houston Public Works.

Houston Public Works continues to monitor and adjust disinfectant concentrations back to normal operating levels which will reduce and eliminate the stink in the next two to three days.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has stated, “when the chloraminated water first flushes out the chlorinated water there may be a slight taste and odor, and possibly discoloration for a short period of time. This will not compromise the safety of the water”. (TCEQ Publication RG-195)

Please report any water concerns (including strange odors) to: Houston 311 (713.837.0311), email 311@houstontx.gov, visit houstontx.gov/311 or through the Houston 311 app. A water quality service request will be issued.
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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Establish Houston-Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund

Feb 27, 2021
HOUSTON – Recognizing the dire hardships created by the extreme winter weather, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo have established the Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund to help our region’s most vulnerable neighbors during this critical time of need. The Fund will focus on relief and recovery efforts across the City of Houston and Harris County.
 
“Houstonians are strong and resilient, but many were already facing hardships with the COVID-19 pandemic before the historic winter freeze. People now need help recovering from the damage to their homes and other personal property, and this relief fund will provide that assistance,” said Mayor Turner. “I am grateful to the CenterPoint Energy Foundation and others for stepping up with their incredibly generous donations. We are blessed to have good corporate citizens at this critical time, and I encourage others to support the fund to help our neighbors recover.”


 
The distributions and grants will be made in support of The Fund’s charitable purposes: to provide relief efforts and recovery and to support aid to the individuals, families and communities affected by the impact of the 2021 Severe Winter Storm Emergency in Harris County and the City of Houston. Because of the immense need in and around Houston, the fund will focus on meeting unmet needs of families who need additional help to recover, supporting nonprofits who can help with plumbing and home repairs, temporary housing, and other basic needs relief. The Fund is dedicated to filling the gaps that may not met by other local and federal efforts.

“Here in Harris County when we get knocked down we get back up, dust ourselves off and get to work right away to help our neighbors. I’m pleased to partner with Mayor Turner, the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the United Way to provide another source of support for our community,” said Judge Hidalgo. “Our region has endured multiple, concurrent disasters – from Harvey to Imelda to COVID, and now a winter weather disaster. So many families were already experiencing hardship before this disaster blindsided us. This fund will lean on groups with deep experience providing recovery support to help as many people as we can, so if you’re in a position to donate, please do.”
 
A fund advisory board will be established to lead fundraising efforts and oversee the grant making process. Dave Lesar, President & CEO of CenterPoint Energy, will serve as Chair of the advisory board, which will consist of eight members; Ric Campo, Camden Property Trust; Jim Crane, Houston Astros; Bill Jackson, Harris County Precinct 4; Jason Johnson, MetroNational; Scott McClelland, HEB; Cal McNair, Houston Texans; Jacob Monty, Monty & Ramirez LLP; and Gretchen Watkins, Shell Oil Company. The Advisory Board’s charge is to get money to charitable groups and entities with a laser-like focus on home repair and related relief and recovery efforts.
 
The Greater Houston Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Houston have played a critical role in disaster response and recovery collectively for more than 30 years. Both organizations will jointly oversee and administer the grant distribution process with the help of a grants committee, which will include local philanthropic professionals. The Foundation and United Way are now accepting donations online at www.WinterStormReliefFund.org.


 
“The severe winter weather has impacted every corner of our community and the needs are immediate and significant. I am honored to partner with Mayor Turner, Judge Hidalgo, civic and community leaders and contributors to answer the call to support our neighbors in need,” said Lesar. “For CenterPoint Energy’s part, Houston and surrounding communities have been our homes for more than 150 years. We are proud to support our neighbors and communities in the aftermath of this unprecedented winter weather event.”
 
Those impacted by the storm and needing help now can text HoustonFreeze to 898211, or for Spanish, text HoustonAyuda to 898211 (TXT211 on iPhone). When assistance is available, individuals will be contacted regarding eligibility requirements and information on how to apply. There will be a concerted effort to complement FEMA federal assistance, and we encourage impacted families to apply to FEMA now at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/.
 
The Greater Houston Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Houston will share information about all grants publicly on the Fund’s website, www.WinterStormReliefFund.org, and through other communications for complete transparency about the expenditure of funds.
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250 TRABAJADORES ESENCIALES RECIBEN LA VACUNA DEL COVID19

Feb 21, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA.-En un evento realizado por la Unión de Trabajadores UFCW Local 770 en colaboración con el gobernador de California Gavin Newsom y la Agencia Federal de Manejo de Emergencias por sus siglas en inglés FEMA; con el propósito de abrir una clínica de vacunación móvil contra el virus COVID-19 para trabajadores de supermercados, farmacias y empacadoras.

El evento contó con 250 dosis de la vacuna contra el coronavirus o COVID-19 en un puesto con camiones móviles y mesas al aire libre; para atender las citas hechas con anticipación por trabajadores de supermercados del área de Los Angeles.

Al momento la vacuna contra el COVID ha escaseado en la ciudad de Los Angeles y dos centenares de unidades no son suficientes para atender a un gremio de 30 mil personas que pertenecen a uno de los sindicatos laborales mas grandes del país; como es la Union UFCW Local 770.

Cathy Finn tesorera del sindicato nos dijo que esperan y pronto puedan atender a mas trabajadores de UFCW con la vacuna y proteger a sus afiliados; ya que la mayoría de ellos están en un latente riesgo por atender a cientos de personas en los supermercados cada día.

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Mayor Turner Oversees Successful Citywide Water Distribution More than One Million Bottles of Water Distributed

Feb 21, 2021
Mayor Turner Oversees Successful Citywide Water Distribution
More than One Million Bottles of Water Distributed 
Video of water distribution and news conference with Mayor Turner, Fire Chief Pena, Public Works Director Haddock, Police Chief Acevedo and other partners.
HOUSTON –  Mayor Sylvester Turner joined employees and community volunteers to distribute bottled water Friday at Delmar Stadium.

The massive distribution assisted families struggling due to historic cold temperatures, frozen pipes, water leaks, and the city’s boil water notice. Volunteers handed out one-million water bottles to people during the drive-thru distribution in addition to senior centers and city council member districts throughout the city. The mayor thanked everyone who helped make the distribution possible, including Houston Public Works employees who assisted overnight to set up the distribution site, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, the Mayor’s Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Task Force and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. HPARD redeployed over 50 employees and vehicles to deliver pallets and assist with the distribution to the public.During his daily news update, the mayor provided the following update:Two weekend water distribution sites will be held over the weekend. Locations and times will bee announced soonThe situation is improving across Houston. The majority of Houstonians should have water by the end of  Friday, but residents will still need to boil the water until at least Monday, Feb. 22. Power should be restored to all customers by the end of the day.Houston Public Works has received 5,000 calls related to broken pipes.Call 311 and continue to report broken pipes.President Biden signed a major disaster declaration to provide funding and resourcesThe National Guard is assisting at the George R. Brown warming center.More details released soon on a Winter Storm Relief and Recovery Fund.”This past week has been a major event that disrupted many lives,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “As the lights come back on and water pressure goes up, we want to be sensitive to the fact that many families will be in crisis mode for weeks and months to come. We have to be very focused on doing everything we can to assist families within our city. Until the least of the people in our city recover, we are still not yet fully recovered.”
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Mayor Turner announces water distribution site and provides update on Houston’s energy and water

Feb 21, 2021
Watch the full news conference from Thursday, Feb. 18
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner announced this evening that the City of Houston will host a water distribution site beginning at 11:30 a.m., Friday, February 19 at Delmar Stadium, 2020 Mangum Rd.

The drive-thru location will provide bottled water to individuals who need water while the city remains on a boil water notice or because they lack water at home due to frozen pipes. 

Earlier today, the mayor and city leaders provided important information to help people recover from freezing temperatures and days without water or electricity. Houston will likely remain under a boil water notice through Monday, Feb. 22. People should not consume water from faucets until after boiling it in hot water for several minutes. It is safe to take showers.As  power is restored to more households and businesses, broken pipes and lack of water may create major damage. Please call 311 to report water leaks. All Houstonians can help by conserving water usage to increase water pressure throughout the city.All Solid Waste services are suspended except garbage collection. Neighborhood Depository locations will resume services Friday, February 19, 2021.The mayor directed a citywide plan to distribute water across Houston. Bottled water was provided to each district city council member to hand out in designated locations. The mayor announced he is partnering with corporate leaders to create a fund to assist people without insurance and seniors whose homes suffered damage as a result of frozen water pipes. “I am most concerned about people without insurance and have suffered a lot of water related damage in their home when frozen pipes burst and caused ceiling and damage throughout the home,” said Mayor Turner. “That’s why I am announcing a Relief Fund to help people repair their homes and be made a whole after suffering during some of the coldest temperatures in Houston’s history.”The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities is partnering with Crowd Source Rescue to deliver bottled water to people with disabilities who don’t have access to reliable transportation. You can sign up for delivery at crowdsourcerescue.org/freeze.The Houston Health Dept. will resume COVID-19 vaccinations this weekend with 4,784 second dose appointments on February 20-21, 2021. People who received their first dose during the week of Jan. 18-23 will be contacted to schedule appointments.Those who need help finding a warming center, are experiencing homelessness or who are medically dependent on power may call 3-1-1 for assistance. Those outside the city of Houston can call 713.837.0311.
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Shooting Incident at 11500 Keegans Ridge Drive

Feb 18, 2021
*RESENDING: CORRECTION ON DATE OF INCIDENT*

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a road rage shooting incident that ended at 11500 Keegans Ridge Drive about 2:05 p.m. on Tuesday (February 16).  

The suspect, Jesse Ramos (H/m, 26), is charged with aggravated assault against a public servant in the 209th State District Court.  A booking photo of Ramos is attached to this news release.

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Detective Thornton reported:

Ramos was driving a black pickup truck when he pointed a gun at an off-duty Houston police officer driving in his personal vehicle.  The officer followed the suspect vehicle to get the license plate.  It was then that Ramos stuck his arm out the window.  He was holding a gun and pointed it at the officer a second time and fired several shots into an open field.  The officer continued to follow the suspect vehicle as he was on the phone with 911 dispatch to request back up and give a direction of travel.  Ramos then drove into an apartment complex at the above address where the officer was able to take him into custody without further incident.

Officers recovered Ramos’ gun and several magazines from inside his vehicle.  He was subsequently charged.
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City urges all Houstonians to remain home, avoid travel, and conserve power and water as icy conditions worsen overnight

Feb 18, 2021
Mayor Turner urges all Houstonians to remain home, avoid travel, and conserve power and water as icy conditions worsen overnight
HOUSTON –  The City of Houston urges all Houstonians to remain home, avoid travel, and conserve power and water as icy conditions worsen overnight. Power outages will likely continue through tomorrow.

Those with electricity should try to conserve energy to help limit the possibility of more power outages in the area by:Turning off and unplugging non-essential lights and appliancesAvoid using large appliances (e.g. ovens, washing machines, etc.).Turn down thermostats to 68 degrees or lowerOpen blinds and shades to take advantage of the sun’s natural heat during the day.Close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.People should follow these steps to stay warm if they are experiencing a power outage:Stay under extra blankets during the day, layer clothing, hat, gloves, and socks.Use duct tape, blankets, and towels to cover your home’s windows.Roll up towels and place at exterior doorways and window seals to block drafts from coming inside your home.Close rooms that you are not using.Only heat rooms you frequently use.Open curtains during the day but close all the blinds and curtains at night.Houstonians are urged to limit water use for essential tasks and help conserve water by not running washing machines, dishwashers, or watering outdoors. Once temperatures rise above freezing and power is restored, these are the best ways to thaw frozen water pipes:Open cabinet doors to circulate heatUse hair dryers, heat lamps or portable space heatersDO NOT USE open flames and/or propane torches (fire hazard)Continue to conserve water after pipes have thawed“We are experiencing historic freezing temperatures, bitter cold weather, and power outages. Be safe, do not use open flames, stoves, or grills indoors as a heating source. If you are using a heater, provide ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning,” says Mayor Sylvester Turner. Those experiencing homelessness or who are medically dependent on power may call 3-1-1 for assistance.

The Houston Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues activated at Level 1, Full Activation. City departments and key partners continue to monitor the extreme winter weather affecting the Houston area. Coordination with our partners continues to support warming centers as need exceeds capacity.

The George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB) continues to serve as a warming center for our most vulnerable population and is currently housing 790 individuals and 7 pets as of 6:00 p.m.
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Mayor Turner Encourages Houstonians to Prepare for Winter Blast

Feb 18, 2021
Mayor Turner said city departments are coordinating to prepare for the freezing temperatures
HOUSTON –  Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and other leaders Friday afternoon to encourage the public to prepare for an arctic blast that forecasters say will impact the Houston area.”Extreme cold weather can threaten the health and safety of vulnerable Houstonians,” Mayor Turner said. “I am asking people to stay at home and off our streets and highways beginning Sunday evening because the roads will be iced over, and driving conditions will be dangerous.” As the temperature falls below freezing, bridge surfaces and overpasses freeze first. Beginning Saturday, Houston Public Works crews plan to put out a pre-treatment mixture of Magnesium Chloride with sand tomorrow on nearly 100 roads and bridges.  The mayor also announced the city is opening the George R. Brown Convention Center Sunday as an emergency shelter. “That site will be primarily for our homeless population,” Mayor Turner said. “We want to get them off of the streets. The City of Houston is coordinating with METRO to assist with the transportation to GRB.” For more information on preparing for the arctic weather, please watch the video and follow updates on the city’s Office of Emergency Management website.
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