Mayor Turner joins tribute to fallen heroes at the Houston Fire Dept. 2019 Memorial Ceremony

Mar 4, 2019
Mayor Turner joins tribute to fallen heroes at the Houston Fire Dept. 2019 Memorial Ceremony 
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 341, and many others to remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the Houston Fire Department.

The 2019 Houston Fire Department Memorial Program honored 73 individuals who served the City of Houston and died from injuries suffered in the line of duty. 


The first HFD line of duty death took place in 1899 and the most recent firefighter death happened in 2017.  The memorial service at the HFD Memorial Garden included a reading of each name and the placement of roses and helmets to honor their memory.

“This is one of the times the City comes together to pay respects to firefighters who gave their lives while serving. We also pay our respects to their family members who lost loved ones,” Mayor Turner said. “As a city, we will not forget and we’re forever grateful for their service and sacrifice.”

“When men and women in the line of duty give of themselves, I think we can all agree 100 percent that you take the time to remember, you never forget their sacrifice. I don’t care what battles we’re going through now, that should never get in the way of remembering firefighters, police officers or municipal workers who gave their life on behalf of the city,” the mayor continued.

“Tomorrow we can work on all those other things, it is important that our city maintain civility, respects and appreciation for those who give of themselves in the line of service,” the mayor said. “I separate this day, and that has nothing to do with all the other issues we’re tackling 
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Suspect Charged in Incident at 5219 Airline Drive

Mar 4, 2019
Suspect Charged in Incident at 5219 Airline Drive
Charges have been filed against an armed suspect arrested after exchanging gunfire with two Houston police officers exchanged gunfire with the armed suspect at 5219 Airline Drive about 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday (February 27).  

The male suspect, Carlos Caseres-Martinez (H/m, 20), is charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant and one count of burglary of a building in the 184th State District Court.  Caseres-Martinez sustained gunshot wounds to his left arm and was treated and released from Ben Taub General Hospital in stable condition.  

A booking photo of Caseres-Martinez is attached to this news release.  

HPD Officers C. Eskridge and R. Martin, who discharged their duty weapons, were not injured in the incident.  Officers Eskridge and Martin were sworn in as officers in January 2016 and December 2014, respectively, and are assigned to the North Patrol Division.  

HPD Special Investigations Unit Sergeant M. Ynosencio and Detectives E. Contreras, D. Hobson and M. Glover reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a burglary of a business call at the Cash America Pawn Shop at the above address and found a large hole cut in the back of the business.  Officers then saw a light shining and movement inside the business, indicating someone was inside.  As officers attempted to set up a perimeter, Officer Martin noticed the suspect’s( Caseres-Martinez) hand emerge from the hole in the building.  He gave Caseres-Martinez verbal commands to show his hands but instead, the suspect stuck a gun through the hole, pointed it toward Officer Martin and fired several shots.  Fearing for his life, Officer Martin discharged his duty weapon.  Caseres-Martinez and Officer Martin continued to exchange gunfire and the suspect then exited the building and attempted to flee on foot southbound.  

Officer Eskridge rushed to assist Officer Martin and located Caseres-Martinez running westbound on East Rodgers Street.  He gave the suspect verbal commands to show his hands but instead, Caseres-Martinez fired his weapon at the officer.  Fearing for his life, Officer Eskridge returned fire.  Caseres-Martinez continued to flee and attempted to hide under a nearby vehicle, but was quickly located and taken into custody.  Officers recovered a gun in his possession.  Caseres-Martinez was transported by HFD paramedics to the hospital. He was subsequently charged for his role in this incident.    

As is customary in HPD officer-involved shooting incidents in the Houston city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Special Investigations Unit, the Internal Affairs Division and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
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Suspect Charged, Wanted in Stabbing of Two Men at 4101 Parker Road

Mar 4, 2019
Suspect Charged, Wanted in Stabbing of Two Men at 4101 Parker Road
Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the stabbing of two men at 4101 Parker Road about 11 p.m. last Friday (Feb. 22).

The suspect, Larry Rodriguez (H/m, 40), is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault-serious bodily injury in the 178th State District Court.  He is not in custody.  

A 2015 booking photo of Rodriguez is attached to this news release.  

The victims, Luis Lopez, 44, and Aaron Hernandez, 46, were transported to an area hospital in stable condition.

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Officers B. Salazar and A. Williams reported:

Mssrs. Lopez and Hernandez were in the parking lot of a convenience store at the above address when a male suspect assaulted both of them with a knife.  Both victims are expected to survive their injuries.  The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Further investigation led to the identity of Rodriguez as the suspect in this case and he was subsequently charged on Wednesday (Feb. 27).  

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Larry Rodriguez is urged to contact the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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Meet the “Love Your Pet” Rescue Selfie Contest Winners

Feb 27, 2019
First Daughter Ashley Turner and Council Member Karla Cisneros to announce the “Love Your Pet” Rescue Selfie contest winners
 
HOUSTON – As part of the month-long “Love Your Pet” initiative, Council Member Cisneros held a Rescue Selfie Contest, encouraging pet owners to submit a picture with their spayed or neutered rescue pet.

The Rescue Selfie Contest winners will be announced Thursday, February 28 at 11 a.m. in the City Hall Legacy Room, 901 Bagby, 1st floor. 
Several of the winners will join Cisneros and Turner at the announcement. 


Ten winners were selected and will be featured on billboards across the Houston and Harris County area. Clear Channel Outdoor donated the billboards to promote spay and neuter efforts at BARC and the Harris County Animal Shelter.

“Love Your Pet” brought free spay and neuter opportunities and awareness to curb this serious public health, public safety, and quality of life concern facing residents of Houston and Harris County.

More information on “Love Your Pet” can be found at the website.
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Person of Interest Sought in Fatal Shooting at 6633 West Airport Boulevard

Feb 26, 2019
Person of Interest Sought in Fatal Shooting at 6633 West Airport Boulevard
Houston police have released surveillance photos of a person of interest sought in the fatal shooting of a man that occurred at 6633 West Airport Boulevard at 12:30  a.m. on January 29.  

The person of interest, who has not been charged at this time, is described only as a black male.  He was last seen driving a white SUV of unknown make and model.  Photos of the person of interest and the vehicle are attached to this news release.  

The victim is identified as Terry Clark, 44.  

HPD Homicide Division Detectives S. Spivey and R. Pemberton reported:

Mr. Clark was found deceased inside his apartment at the above address.  Witnesses reported hearing gunshots at about 12:30 a.m. and then saw two young-looking black males run from the victim’s apartment.  They then fled in a white SUV.  Investigators believe the motive may have been robbery.  

Investigators believe the person being sought may have information regarding this case.  

Anyone with information in this case or on the identity of the person of interest is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. 
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Mayor names Marissa Aho as city’s chief resilience officer in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities

Feb 26, 2019
Mayor names Marissa Aho as city’s chief resilience officer in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner has appointed Marissa Aho, AICP, as chief resilience officer for the City of Houston to lead the city’s partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation.

The position will play an essential role in leading city-wide resilience-building efforts to help Houston prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from the ‘’shocks’’ – catastrophic events like hurricanes, floods, and cyberattacks – and “stresses” – slow-moving disasters like aging infrastructure, homelessness, and economic inequality, which are increasingly part of 21st century life.

As chief resilience officer, Aho will report directly to Mayor Turner and oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive Resilience Strategy for the city.

CRO Aho comes to Houston from the City of Los Angeles, where she served as CRO for the past four years. Houston’s membership in the 100RC Network, including funding for the CRO position, is being sponsored through $1.8 million in funding by Shell Oil Company, which has a long history of applying technical and strategic solutions to some of the most complex projects and challenging environments in the world. Houston joined the 100RC Network in August 2018, joining other cities like New Orleans, Paris, Bangkok, and Mexico City. “As we ‘build forward’ to make Houston more resilient in the next storm or another kind of catastrophe, we are deeply fortunate to have Marissa Aho on our team starting today, the day that marks 18 months since Hurricane Harvey,’’ Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “I’m grateful to 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation and Shell for its generosity and support, which show once again how important partnerships with private and non-profit groups are as we guide Houston into a promising future.”



“As we ‘build forward’ to make Houston more resilient in the next storm or another kind of catastrophe, we are deeply fortunate to have Marissa Aho on our team starting today, the day that marks 18 months since Hurricane Harvey,’’ Mayor Sylvester Turner said.  “Marissa brings a wealth of knowledge and unique experience as a former CRO of a major city.

“I’m grateful to 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation and Shell for its generosity and support, which show once again how important partnerships with private and non-profit groups are as we guide Houston into a promising future,” the mayor added. “The 100 Resilient Cities initiative will allow Houston to embark on a comprehensive journey that brings together some of the city’s most thoughtful leaders and national experts to create a resiliency plan that that is uniquely Houston and helps us to grow and thrive.” 

 Appointing a CRO is an essential element of Houston’s resilience building partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, an organization dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. The City of Houston’s engagement with 100RC kicked off in November 2018 with a “Resilience Agenda-Setting Workshop,” beginning the process of bringing stakeholders within and outside government together to assess and prioritize the resilience challenges Houston faces. The CRO is an innovative feature of 100RC’s resilience-building program, specifically designed to break down existing barriers at the local level, account for pre-existing resilience plans, and create partnerships, alliances and financing mechanisms that will address the resilience vulnerabilities of all city residents, with a particular focus on low-income and vulnerable populations.

While serving in this role in Los Angeles, CRO Aho managed the successful release of Resilient Los Angeles, a comprehensive plan featuring 96 immediate actions which give residents the tools to plan and prepare for inevitable shocks and stresses. In the strategy’s implementation phase, Aho paved the way for Los Angeles to embed resilience as a value that guides municipal planning throughout the city, culminating in the appointment of over 30 departmental chief resilience officers (DCROs) who form an in-city network of resilience practitioners in each branch of city government.

Other innovative initiatives in Resilient Los Angeles include developing an urban heat vulnerability index and mitigation plan, placing an equity lens over the city’s response to increasing extreme heat. “Marissa has been a true leader in our network, and we expect great things from Houston with her at the resilience helm,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “Given the city’s unique geography and interplay of critical challenges, the resilience work coming out of Houston will be an asset to the resilience movement worldwide.” Jason Klein, Shell vice president for US Energy Transition Strategy, added, “We support Houston’s vision to become a more resilient city. Marissa Aho’s efforts to bring together the right people and ideas will help ensure Houston remains a global hub for energy and innovation for decades to come.” A diverse, thriving metropolis, Houston is driven by strong neighborhoods, renowned research institutions, and the large presence of the energy industry. The city’s location on the Gulf Coast has translated into significant preparation for extreme weather events and severe storms, most recently Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Houston nevertheless remains vulnerable to less-familiar shocks and stresses such as addressing environmental degradation, strengthening its transportation network, and improving access to economic opportunity. Aho will be charged with fostering a citywide dialogue on these types of challenges, and build partnerships and processes that ensure Houston’s ability to thrive in a rapidly-changing global economy. Aho will receive personnel and technical support provided by 100RC; and utilize resilience building tools from private, public, academic, and NGO sector organizations that have partnered with 100RC. Under her leaderships, Houston’s Resilience Strategy will be a holistic, action-oriented blueprint to build partnerships and alliances, financing mechanisms, and will pay particular attention to meeting the needs of all residents in the city
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Shooting at 3908 Woolworth

Feb 26, 2019
Suspect Arrested, Charged in Shooting at 3908 Woolworth
Houston police have arrested a suspect charged in the shooting of a man that occurred at 3908 Woolworth about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 23).

The suspect, Latoya Harvin (b/f, 27), is charged with aggravated assault of a family member and endangering a child in the 183rd State District Court.  A photo of Harvin is attached to this news release. 

Harvin is accused of shooting Adrian Sipsey, 38, who was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital. 

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Officers D. Morrison and J. Hasley reported:

Mr. Sipsey and Harvin, who are dating, got into an argument at their apartment at the above address.  During the argument, Harvin shot Sipsey as he was holding a 4-year-old child.  Harvin was arrested at the scene.  Paramedics transported Sipsey to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the torso.  The child was not injured.
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ADVANCED SCREENING OF FILM “THE PUBLIC” Followed by Question & Answer Session with Director and Actor Emilio Estevez

Feb 26, 2019
ADVANCED SCREENING OF FILM “THE PUBLIC”
Followed by Question & Answer Session with Director and Actor Emilio Estevez
HOUSTON – [Monday, February 25, 2019]The Houston Public Library (HPL) is hosting a pre-screening of the film “The Public written, directed,  produced and also starring Emilio Estevez.The movie provides a powerful perspective of the plight of the homeless and sheds light on how integral the library, its staff and services are to the entire community, particularly for vulnerable populations. 

“The Houston Public Library is pleased to host the advance screening of The Public.  The film highlights the important role that  libraries play in helping to meet the needs of those we serve,” states Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson, Director of the Houston Public Library. 

Emilio Estevez, along with Ryan Dowd, author of The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness, will visit the Houston Public Library’s Central Library on Monday, February 25, to attend the library’s weekly noon program, HPL Movie Series. Emilio Estevez and Ryan Dowd will meet and engage in conversations with library staff and customers to discuss the film.

The Movie Series program takes place weekly on Wednesdays at 12p. In addition to the movie, other components include guest appearances from speakers offering information on educational, health and workforce resources, as well as entertainment. Thanks to the generous support of organizations such as Random Acts of Kindness), customers also benefit from hot meals. Though open to the public at large, the program is immensely popular among Houston’s homeless population. For that reason, partnerships with organizations such as the Coalition for the Homeless are key to ensuring that assessments are available to direct customers to essential services.

The City of Houston (COH), including HPL, works with numerous organizations such a the Coalition for the Homeless, to provide resources and aid to this population. “Through the nationally-recognized The Way Home initiative, the city is working with over 100 organizations to provide permanent housing and supportive services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.  Since 2012, more than 16,000 homeless individuals have been permanently housed, resulting in a 55% reduction in homelessness.  For more information and to get involved, visit www.thewayhomehouston.org,” per the COH Homeless Initiative Office.  HPL has included training for staff, such as Ryan Dowd’s online Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness, and a Coffee and Conversation series. 

The library will host a special advanced screening for invited guests from library systems across the Greater City of Houston at the Edwards Marq’E Stadium 23 Imax and RPX Theater in the evening, followed by a question and answer session with Emilio Estevez and Ryan Dowd.
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Mayor’s Commission Against Gun Violence Releases Second Report

Feb 24, 2019
Mayor’s Commission Against Gun Violence Releases Second Report 
HOUSTON –   Mayor Sylvester Turner and Haley Carter, chair of the Mayor’s Commission Against Gun Violence, today announced details of the commission’s second report focusing on  legislative priorities to reduce gun violence, protect students and promote safe and responsible gun ownership. 
The recommendations for the 2019 Legislative Session are divided into sections: those requiring legislation, budget amendments, and state administrative action.

Commission’s Legislative RecommendationsLegislation that mandates the establishment of Active Shooter Building Codes:  This would keep our children and teachers safe by requiring, for example, doors that lock from the inside; schools should have a fully functional public address/PA system, along with active shooter medical kits available and security cameras.Universal Background Checks for all gun purchases to close the gun show loophole which currently allows purchases, including violent offender to avoid background check by purchasing guns.Ban on 3D Printed Firearms. 3D printed guns are firearms that can be made anywhere in the world, with inexpensive materials and a 3D printer. They are particularly dangerous and pose a threat because they allow for the acquisition of virtually untraceable firearms, which can be manufactured by someone who would not normally qualify for gun ownership. This “ghost market” of gun manufacturing circumvents gun purchasing laws and regulationsEstablish a Red Flag Law/Protective Order that would give law enforcement and family members to they need to suspend firearms access during periods of crises. This is the Commission’s second report and additional information and background may be found here.

Rhonda Hart, mother of Kimberly Vaughn, who was killed in the horrific Santa Fe High School shooting, was a special guest at Thursday’s news conference.

Last year, Mayor Turner appointed 37 individuals representing a cross section of the community to serve on the Commission after joining in March for Our Lives. One of the students’ requests was the formation of this Commission.
The mayor gave  the Commission a clear charge: to develop and propose specific recommendations to improve gun safety in our schools, neighborhoods and communities through action on the local, state and federal levels.

Last August, the Commission released its first report on a set of recommendations to reduce gun violence and address gun safety issues in our schools.  
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DIRREL VS YILDIRIM

Feb 24, 2019

DIRREL VS YILDIRIM 

El Armory de Minneapolis Minnesota  presencio uno noche de boxeo espectacular donde Anthony Dirrell obtuvo el titulo vacante de los pesos medios the la WBC

El mítico Armory en la ciudad de Minneapolis, MN fue sede de una noche de box donde el ex campeón de los pesos medios  Anthony “the dog” Dirrell (33-1-1, 24 KOs) se coronara al vencer en una controversial decisión técnica dividida a su oponente Avni “Mr Robot” Yildirim (21-2, 12 KOs) y así obtener el titulo vacante de los pesos medios del consejo mundial de box.

La pelea fue muy dividida donde ambos pugilistas no defraudaron y desde los primeros asaltos  enseñaron sus armas tirando golpes muy certeros en momentos pareciera que Yildirim ponía contra las cuerdas a Dirrell pero este siempre tenia para responder a su adversario.

La pelea se detuvo en el décimo round ya que Dirrell sufrió una cortada en su ojo izquierdo resultado de un choque de cabezas de ambos peleadores. La pelea se fue a las tarjetas de los jueces dandole la victoria a Dirrell con un puntaje de 96-94, 96-94 para Dirrell y 98-92 para Yildirim y así Anthony “the dog” Dirrell se llevo la vomitoria y el titulo de la WBC con una decisión técnica dividida 

En la pelea co-estelar de la noche el de casa y favorito Jamal James (25-1, 12KOs)  se enfrento al colombiano Janer Gonzalez 19-2-1, 15 KOs) en una pelea pactada a 10 Rounds. durante la pelea James hizo gran uso de su estatura y alcance aunque en momentos se le complicaba el estilo de pelea del Colombiano.

Para el final del  6to round Jamal castigo tanto el cuerpo de Gonzalez que lo hizo caer, Gonzalez pudo levantarse pero ya para el 7to asalto Gonzalez decidido no salir mas dandole la victoria por KO Técnico a Jamal James

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