HOUSTON HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR COVID-19 VACCINATIONS FOR HIGH RISK GROUPS

Jan 5, 2021
HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department launched today online registration allowing Houstonians at the highest risk of coronavirus disease to schedule appointments to receive free COVID-19 vaccinations. A Spanish version is anticipated to launch later in the day.

People age 65 and older and people age 18 and older with at least one chronic medical condition putting them at increased risk of severe illness and death may sign up to get the vaccine at HoustonEmergency.org/COVID19

These groups are prioritized as Phase 1B of the State of Texas’ vaccine distribution plan.

Frontlines healthcare workers who have yet to receive the vaccine also are eligible to sign up to get the shot through the health department. Healthcare workers are grouped as part of Phase 1A distribution.

Appointments are also available through the health department’s COVID-19 call center by calling 832-393-4220. The call center is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with hours extended until 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

“The Houston Health Department is doing a phenomenal job getting the vaccine directly to people. The new online registration, in addition to the call center, will make the process more efficient. While there is great public demand for the COVID-19 vaccine, there is also a lot of hesitancy. I understand the concerns, but  I encourage all eligible Houstonians to get vaccinated to help stop the spread of the deadly virus,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.

As additional doses become more plentiful in the coming weeks and months, the department will ramp up local vaccination efforts and announce other free vaccination opportunities.

Medical conditions placing people at high risk include cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart conditions, solid organ transplantation, obesity and severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease and type 2 diabetes.

The department currently offers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, recommended for people 18 years of age and older under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization.

People will receive an appointment time and the location of the vaccination clinic site during the registration process. Staff with the department will screen people when they first arrive at the clinic site, direct them to a secure area to receive the vaccination and monitor them for any adverse reaction for 15 minutes.

Information about COVID-19 vaccines, including safety and efficacy, is available online on the COVID-19 Vaccine page of HoustonEmergency.org/covid19.   
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Houston Health Vaccinates More than 1,000 People During the City’s First COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Jan 5, 2021
Mayor Turner holds a news conference on Saturday, January 2 to discuss the City’s first COVID-19 vaccination site
HOUSTON –  Mayor Sylvester Turner applauded the Houston Health Department for quickly establishing the City’s first COVID-19 vaccination site on Saturday, January 2, and providing the Moderna vaccine to more than one-thousand people. “After a slow start and some technical issues, the Health Department vaccinated more people than initially planned. Clinic staff vaccinated 1,008 people in one day at the first Houston vaccination clinic. In the coming days and weeks, there will be more providers at various locations throughout the City,” said Mayor Turner. The Houston Health Department plans to hold a second COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Sunday, January 3. A limited number of appointments remain open. Interested individuals who qualify to get the vaccine based on the state’s 1A and 1B criteria  must make an appointment through the COVID-19 call center at 832-393-4220 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. 4 p.m.

While the Health Department has limited daily capacity to provide vaccines, Mayor Turner said the city will establish additional COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites in the near future.

“My goal is to get the vaccines to people as soon as we get them, ” said Mayor Turner. “Even though there is a lot of vaccine hesitancy, people still have a strong desire to get the vaccine, and that is what today demonstrates.”The State of Texas’ Phase 1B distribution plan prioritizes people 65 and older and 16 and older who have at least one chronic medical condition, putting them at increased risk. The Houston Health Department received the Moderna vaccine, and it is recommended for persons 18 years of age and older in the U.S. population under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization. Per CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.Medical conditions placing people at high risk include cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart conditions, solid organ transplantation, obesity and severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, and type 2 diabetes. Frontline healthcare workers are also eligible for vaccination as part of the Phase 1A distribution plan.”Seven out of 10 people who die of COVID-19 are 65 and older. If you look in the line today, we see some of these folks, and I am grateful for that,” said Houston Health Department Director Stephen Williams. Information about COVID-19 vaccines, including safety and efficacy, is available at the HoustonEmergency.org/covid19
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RYAN GARCIA CAPTURES INTERIM WBC LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE WITH BODY SHOT KNOCKOUT OF LUKE CAMPBELL

Jan 5, 2021
RYAN GARCIA CAPTURES INTERIM WBC LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE WITH BODY SHOT KNOCKOUT OF LUKE CAMPBELL
SATURDAY, JAN. 2 AT AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER IN DALLAS, TEXAS AND STREAMED LIVE ON DAZN
for PhotosPhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

DALLAS, TEXAS (Jan. 2, 2021): Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) of Victorville, Calif. captured the interim WBC Lightweight Championship with a seventh-round body-shot knockout against Luke Campbell (20-4, 16 KOs) of Yorkshire, United Kingdom at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The bout was stopped at 1:58 of the aforementioned round. The fight was streamed live exclusively on DAZN in more than 200 countries and territories, including the U.S., Mexico and the UK. 
“This is the kind of fight where superstars are made,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “Down on the mat early for the first time in his career, Ryan got up, rallied, broke down his man and got the knockout. Everyone in the lightweight division should consider themselves on notice. 2021 will be the year of Ryan García.”
My performance definitely showed a lot of people who I really am,” said Ryan Garcia. “Going into this fight I wanted to show people that you are not what people call you. You are what you choose to be. I chose to be a champion tonight. I didn’t let anything stop me from being a champion tonight. Even when he dropped me, I knew that couldn’t stop me from being champion.”
“I got too excited in the moment,” Garcia said of being knocked down for the first time. “I felt I could just walk him down, but he ended up cracking me. So, I had to adjust and calm down. I was a little dizzy with the knockdown, but I wasn’t worried. He’s not used to going forward, so I just knew I had to cover up. He never fights coming forward, so I knew he would back up throughout the fight. I’m naturally a counterpuncher. But today I showed I can take it to somebody and knock them out. God told me that it would end with a body shot, and that’s what happened.”
“He’s very heavy handed,” said Luke Campbell. “Even when I was blocking the shots, I could feel them. That was the hardest shot I was ever hit with. I tried and tried to get up, but I couldn’t. I felt him coming on, and I was moving back. And when I moved back, my body relaxed a little bit and that’s the exact time he hit me.”
In the co-main event, Roger “The Kid” Gutierrez (25-3-1, 20 KOs) of Maracaibo, Venezuela scored an upset 12-round unanimous decision victory against Rene “El Gemelo” Alvarado of Managua, Nicaragua. Gutierrez won with three scores of 113-112.
I am so happy for this victory,” said Roger Gutierrez. “I did this for my mother. There’s not much more I can say. I had to look for the knockout. I knew I had to do that to win. I want to thank my manager Rafael Moron, the WBA and Golden Boy. This is for Venezuela and for my children.”
Felix “El Gemelo” Alvarado (36-2, 31 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua defended his IBF Junior Flyweight World Championship with a technical knockout victory against former 105-pound champion DeeJay Kriel (16-2-1, 8 KOs) of Gauteng, South Africa. The fight was stopped at 1:39 of the 10th round.
“I knew this would be a tough fight,” said Felix Alvarado. “He was a mandatory challenger and a former world champion, so I knew it would be tough. I got a bit tired, but that was because of his experience. I also dropped him with a hook, and I didn’t even expect for a punch like that to land. But rather than keep looking for that punch, I kept pushing him to the ropes to wear him down. I’m very happy to obtain this win because it is a dream come true for the Alvarado brothers to fight on the same card.”
Welterweight prospect Raul “Cougar” Curiel (9-0, 7 KOs) of Tampico, Mexico scored a second-round technical knockout victory against Ramses Agaton (22-13-3, 12 KOs) of Tlalnepantla, Mexico in a scheduled 10-round fight. The fight was stopped at 1:16 of the aforementioned round.
“I felt really good and strong,” said Raul Curiel. “I felt that my opponent was a bit heavy. But I’m happy that I was able to deliver a great performance. I’m ready for any opponent that they bring to me at welterweight.”
Sean Garcia (6-0, 2 KOs) of Victorville, Calif. opened the DAZN broadcast with a four-round unanimous decision win against Rene Marquez (5-6, 2 KOs) of Scottsbluff, Nebraska in a lightweight bout. One judge scored the bout a 36-36 draw, which was overruled by two scores of 39-37.
“There were so many things going as we went into this fight,” said Sean Garcia. “I was a bit nervous. I came off of a year-and-half layoff. I had to find my distance. It was also hard to land shots on him because of his unorthodox style.  Now, I just have to keep training hard and learn from my mistakes.”
Unified world champion Franchon Crews-Dezurn (7-1, 2 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland scored an eight-round unanimous decision win against Ashleigh Curry (8-14-4, 1 KO) of Saint Joseph, Missouri in a cruiserweight bout.
Alex Rincon (8-0, 6 KOs) of Dallas, Texas scored a six-round unanimous decision win against Sergio Gonzalez (6-8-1, 2 KOs) of Tamaulipas, Mexico in a middleweight battle. Rincon won with three scores of  60-54.
Tristan Kalkreuth (7-0, 5 KOs) of Duncanville, Texas scored a knockout win against Jorge Martinez (4-6, 1 KO) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a scheduled four-round cruiserweight battle. The fight was halted at :50 of the first round.
Hawaiian prospect Asa Stevens (1-0) made a successful pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision victory against Francisco Bonilla (6-8-3, 3 KOs) of Chihuahua, Mexico in a super bantamweight bout. Stevens won with scores of 58-55, 58-56 and 58-55.
Garcia vs. Campbell was a 12-round fight for the interim WBC Lightweight World Championship presented by Golden Boy in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event was sponsored by Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle,” “BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts,” and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Better Parts, Better Prices…everyday! The fight took take place on Jan. 2, 2021 at American Airlines Center in Dallas and was streamed live exclusively on DAZN in more than 200 countries and territories, including the U.S., Mexico and the UK. 
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Two Suspects Arrested, One Sought in Man’s Death at 3925 Arlington Square

Dec 23, 2020
Two Suspects Arrested, One Sought in Man’s Death at 3925 Arlington Square
Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in the death of a man at 3925 Arlington Square about 10 p.m. on October 24.  

The suspects, Eugene Mayes (b/m, 19) and Empress McIntosh (b/f, 18), are charged with murder in the 262nd State District Court for their roles in the death of Ramon Ramirez Medel, 36. 

Booking photos of both suspects are attached to this news release.  

HPD Homicide Division Detectives C. Sharp and E. May reported:  

On October 24, HPD patrol officers responded to a robbery call at the apartment complex at the above address.  Mr. Medel and witnesses saw three suspects stealing Medel’s pickup truck parked near his apartment.  In an attempt to stop the suspects, Medel grabbed on to the side of his pickup truck as a suspect drove away at a high rate of speed.  Medel was thrown from the truck and struck the ground.  Houston Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported Medel to HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake hospital where he never regained consciousness. Doctors pronounced him deceased on November 3 from injuries sustained in the robbery.  

Further investigation identified Mayes and McIntosh as suspects in this case.  McIntosh was taken into custody on December 3 without incident and charged for her role in the robbery.  Mayes was taken into custody on Monday (December 21) and charged for his role in the incident.  At this time, one unidentified suspect remains at large.  

Anyone with information in this case or on the identity of the wanted suspect is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.  
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Stabbing of Woman Found at 4500 Idaho Street

Dec 17, 2020
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal stabbing of a woman found at 4500 Idaho Street about 8:55 a.m. on October 28.  

The suspect, Felisha Washington (b/f, 26), is charged with murder in the 230th State District Court.  She is accused in the death of Ramona Jones, 51, who died at the scene.

A booking photo of Washington is attached to this news release.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants M. Brady and M. Casso reported:

Ms. Jones was found by a witness lying in a drainage ditch at the above address.  It was determined she had suffered multiple stab wounds.  

Further investigation determined Washington and Jones were next door neighbors.  The two had a long-running dispute, which ended with Washington stabbing Jones.  Washington was taken into custody on Wednesday (December 16) without incident. 
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Mayor Turner launches Vision Zero Action Plan to eliminate traffic deaths in Houston by 2030

Dec 17, 2020
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner today launched the Vision Zero Action Plan (VZAP) to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030 and improve street safety and equity for road users of all ages, abilities and modes of transportation.
 
The mayor was joined by representatives from the City of Houston Planning Department, Public Works, Mayor’s Office of Disabilities and the Houston Police Department.

More than 200 people die and nearly 1,000 people are seriously injured in crashes on Houston roadways every year. That means someone in Houston dies in a crash every other day and three people experience life-altering injuries each day. These are our family members and friends whose lives are forever changed by traffic violence.

In August 2019, the City of Houston committed to Vision Zero, a global network of cities with goals to end traffic deaths and serious injuries. After extensive data analysis, community engagement and multiagency collaboration, the City of Houston created the Vision Zero Action Plan.

 “We mapped out traffic deaths and serious injuries happening on Houston streets, and what we saw was unacceptable,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.  “So, we came up with a vision, a plan, and set the goal at zero, because zero is the only acceptable number of deaths. When you see folks crossing dangerous streets to walk their kids to school, or dodging traffic to get to the bus stop, or cyclists sharing road space with unyielding drivers, we have to make a hard left turn away from the mindset that Houston streets exist solely for cars. We need to expand our outlook on mobility to recognize that streets belong to everyone who walks, bikes, drives, uses a wheelchair, and takes public transit.”



Led by the City’s Planning and Development Department, the VZAP establishes four goals to reach zero: 1) create a safe, equitable, and accessible network of streets, 2) make walking, rolling, and biking safe, 3) make connecting to transit safe, and 4) make driving safe. The City will achieve each of these goals through measurable actions focused on communication, safe road systems, safe speeds, and programming. The plan outlines how and where to make proactive investments, prioritizing resources and action in vulnerable communities that have been disproportionately impacted by traffic deaths and serious injuries.

The VZAP draws input from multiple City departments and partner agencies including Houston Public Works, Health Department, Police, Fire, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities as well as our partners at Harris County, METRO, social justice and multimodal transportation advocates, the private sector, and more. The VZAP also builds on existing plans and policies, including Plan HoustonResilient HoustonClimate Action PlanComplete Streets and Transportation Plan, and the Walkable Places and Transit-Oriented Development ordinances.

“The work we do – planning for Houston’s future – improves the quality of life for residents, but the Vision Zero Action Plan does more. It saves lives,” said Planning and Development Department Director Margaret Wallace Brown, AICP. “The City has laid out this plan, and we have already begun work on implementation, but we all have a shared responsibility to improve traffic safety.  We will continue to collaborate with our partners to achieve our goal of zero deaths.”  

Based on five years of crash data, the VZAP focuses safety improvements on streets that have the highest density of traffic deaths and serious injuries, known as the High Injury Network, and in communities who are more vulnerable to both natural and man-made crises. Research shows that:Nearly 60% of traffic deaths and serious injuries occur on only 6% of our streets.Of those 6% of streets, 52% are in vulnerable communities who are, among other social and physical factors, mostly minority, experiencing poverty, lacking access to transportation, and living with older adults, young children or persons with a disability.One-third of traffic deaths involve a pedestrian even though less than 2% of residents walk to work. 
To open the dialogue about Vision Zero in the community, the city’s team of transportation planners hosted virtual open houses and socially-distanced outreach at transit centers, and launched an interactive community engagement platform over the course of the summer and fall 2020. Nearly 1,500 Houstonians used our interactive map to drop a pin on streets and intersections where they have a traffic safety concern. Residents commented on the action plan, took our safety survey and signed the pledge.

The plan identifies 50 actions with 13 priority actions that will be the first for implementation. The value and effectiveness of the remaining 37 actions are dependent upon the success of our top 13 actions. These actions will be continually informed by data from reports and community members. Among our 13 Vision Zero priority actions are redesigning 10 high injury traffic locations and implementing construction within the following fiscal year. We also plan to construct at least 50 miles of sidewalks a year and at least 25 miles of high-comfort bicycle facilities each year.

Read the full list of 13 priority actions. Read and download the full Vision Zero Action Plan. Follow our progress at LetsTalkHouston.org/vision-zero  and subscribe for Vision Zero updates and future events.
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SSA vacunará contra covid-19 en cinco etapas

Dec 9, 2020

(CDMX). Autoridades de la Secretaría de Salud mexicanas anunciaron el Plan Nacional de Vacunación contra Covid-19, el cual dará inicio en los próximos días de este mes de diciembre y se prolongará hasta marzo de 2022.

De acuerdo con el subsecretario de Salud, Hugo López-Gatell detalló que este plan se llevará a cabo en cinco etapas de inmunización:

La etapa 1 estará concentrada en el personal sanitario de primera línea en el combate al coronavirus.

La etapa 2 se llevará a cabo a partir de febrero a abril de 2021, para el resto del personal de salud, así como adultos mayores de 60 años.

La etapa 3 será de abril a mayo con las personas de 50 a 59 años. Posteriormente, la etapa 4 será de mayo a junio para personas de 40 a 49 años y finalmente, la etapa 5 se realizará de junio de 2021, prolongándose hasta marzo de 2022 para el resto de la población.

Los primeros estados en comenzar la vacunación serán Coahuila y la Ciudad de México, además se prevé que en los próximos días lleguen las primeras 250 mil dosis de la vacuna desarrollada por Pfizer.

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Houston Health Department, partners announce free COVID-19 testing schedule for week of December 7

Dec 7, 2020
Houston Health Department, partners announce free COVID-19 testing schedule for week of December 7
HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department and its agency partners are announcing the schedule for sites offering free COVID-19 tests the week of December 7, 2020. The week will offer 20 free testing sites across Houston.
 
Houston Health Department
The Houston Health Department will offer drive-thru testing at two surge sites affiliated with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Drive, and Houston Community College – North Forest, 6010 Little York Rd., will offer nasal self swab tests Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Appointments are available at doineedacovid19test.com and on-site registration is also available. Each site has a daily capacity of 1,250 tests. The department also offers free drive-thru testing via self-nasal swab at the Aramco Services Company, 9009 W. Loop South. The mega testing site will open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The site has a daily capacity of 1,000 tests. 

People wanting to get tested at the Aramco site can call the department’s COVID-19 Call Center at 832-393-4220.
 
The department will offer testing at five community sites that don’t require appointments and remain open until each reaches its daily capacity of 250 tests. The sites and their hours of operation are: Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center, 4014 Market St., Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., drive thru or walk up, self-nasal swab,Third Ward Multi-Service Center, 3611 Ennis St., Tuesday-Thursday. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., drive thru or walk up, self-nasal swab, Hiram Clark Multi-Service Center, 3810 Fuqua St., Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. drive thru or walk up, self-nasal swab,Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Dr., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., drive thru or walk up, self-nasal swab, andHartman Community Center, 9311 E. Ave. P, Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., walk up, self-nasal swab. The department will provide self-nasal swab testing at the METRO Addicks Park & Ride, 14230 Katy Freeway, and the Multicultural Center, 951 Tristar Drive, city of Webster. Appointments are available by calling the department’s call center at 832-393-4220. 
 
Texas Division of Emergency Management
Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Houston Astros offer self-oral swab tests daily at Minute Maid Park (Lot C), 2208 Preston. The testing site’s capacity is 1,200 tests per day.
 
The site features evening hours twice a week, eight drive-thru testing lanes and four walk-up testing lanes. It opens 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday and from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Spanish-speaking staff is available on-site. 
 
Visit curative.com to set an appointment or obtain more information. On-site registration is also available.
 
TDEM and the department will also operate drive-thru sites offering nasal swab tests administered by healthcare professionals Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at: HCC – Northeast Campus, 555 Community College Drive, andHCC – South Campus, 1990 Airport Blvd.TDEM and the department offer drive thru, nasal-swab tests administered by healthcare professionals at LeRoy Crump Stadium, 12321 Alief Clodine Rd. The site is open Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointments for TDEM sites are available at covidtest.tdem.texas.gov.On-site registration is also available.
 
United Memorial Medical Center
United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) will offer nasal-swab testing by healthcare professionals at drive-thru test sites at: Plaza Americas Mall, 7500 Bellaire Blvd.,Houston Community College – Southeast, 6815 Rustic, andUMMC Tidwell, 510 W. Tidwell Rd.  The sites don’t require appointments and offer testing weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until reaching daily capacity of 300 tests.  
 
People needing information about UMMC test sites can call 1-866-333-COVID or visit ummcscreening.com.

Curative
Curative will provide walk up, self-mouth swab tests daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at three locations, each with a 900 daily test capacity: Memorial Park Running Trails Center, 7575 N. Picnic Lane,Kroger, 1801 S. Voss Rd, andKroger, 9303 S. Highway 6. Appointments are not required but available at curative.com.
 
Federally Qualified Health Centers
The health department is providing test kits, lab access and equipment to local Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) so they can expand their COVID-19 testing capacity. The centers and phone numbers people can call to set up testing appointments are: HOPE Clinic, 713-773-0803Spring Branch Community Health Center, 713-462-6565El Centro de Corazon, 713-660-1880Avenue 360 Health and Wellness, 713-426-0027Lone Star Circle of Care at the University of Houston, 346-348-1200, andScarsdale Family Health Center, 281-824-1480. FQHC patients pay what they can afford, based on income and family size, and are not denied services due to inability to pay or lack of insurance.
 
The department and its agency partners may shift locations and schedules of test sites to better meet community needs. Houstonians can visit HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 for current Houston testing sites and information about stopping the spread of the virus.
 
Information obtained through testing, treatment or services will not be used against immigrants in their public charge evaluation.
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Mayor Turner Appoints New City Attorney to Replace Ron Lewis, Who Has Resigned to Accept a New Position

Dec 7, 2020
Mayor Turner Appoints New City Attorney to Replace Ron Lewis, Who Has Resigned to Accept a New Position
HOUSTON –  Mayor Sylvester Turner has selected a familiar name and a well-respected attorney to join the administration as the City’s chief legal counsel and advisor.
The mayor announced Thursday that Arturo G. Michel is returning to government as City Attorney for the City of Houston. Michel previously served as City Attorney from 2004 – 2010. He is currently a partner at Husch Blackwell LLP.

Before and after his public service, Arturo enjoyed a long and distinguished career in private practice, focusing on public governance, litigation, labor, elections, K-12 and higher education, contracts, and procurement. From 1986 to the present, except for his service as City Attorney, Arturo has represented school districts and other educational entities such as charter schools, private schools, state regional educational service centers, community colleges, and other colleges and universities.

“Arturo has an extensive amount of experience in the public and private sectors. He is a leader in training for public governing bodies in ethics, open government, and contracting and procurement. He is an outstanding lawyer who will be an asset to my administration and will work in the best interest of all Houstonians,” said Mayor Turner.  

Michel is a Northwestern University graduate and earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Michigan. Michel’s professional affiliations include membership in the Texas Municipal League, State Bar of Texas School Law Section, and theTexas Council of School Attorneys. He served as president of both the Texas Association of Community College Attorneys (TACCA) and the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston and is a past recipient of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund of Attorney of the Year award..

“I am honored to have the confidence of Mayor Turner.,” said Michel. “I am excited to become the City Attorney at this crucial period for our city and our country as a whole. This will be both a challenging and rewarding opportunity to serve the Houston community.”
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Suspects Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 7103 Eppes Street

Dec 3, 2020
Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in the fatal shooting of a man at 7103 Eppes Street about 1:30 a.m. on September 27.  

The suspects, Javier Hernandez (H/m, 22) and Anthony Aguilera (H/m, 17), are charged with capital murder for their roles in the death of Brandon Garcia, 29.  

Booking photos of both suspects are attached to this news release.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Holbrook and Detective J. Roscoe reported:  

Mr. Garcia’s father was awakened by a loud noise and Garcia screaming inside the residence at the above address.  The father then heard a gunshot and found his son shot.  Paramedics were called and transported Garcia to the hospital where he was pronounced deceaased.  

Further investigation identified Hernandez and Aguilera as suspects in this case.  Aguilera was taken into custody on Wednesday (December 2) following a vehicle pursuit with HPD officers and members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force.  

Hernandez was charged on Wednesday (December 2).  He was already in jail after being taken into custody on October 2 on an unrelated felon in possession of a weapon charge.    



               Javier Hernandez


              Anthony Aguilera
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