Suspect Arrested, Charged in January Death of Infant

May 17, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the death of a baby girl at a hospital at 1635 North Loop West about 4:20 a.m. on January 30.

The suspect, Adrian Lizcano (H/m, 21), is charged with murder in the 232nd State District Court for his role in the death of his daughter, 15 days old.  A booking photo of Lizcano is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Officers J. Flores and A. Turner reported:

Officers were dispatched to Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital at the above address regarding a deceased baby.  Hospital staff discovered the infant had several injuries, including bleeding to the brain and skull fractures described as being non-accidental. 
 
On Wednesday (May 15), the baby’s father, Lizcano, was charged with murder.  He was arrested today (May 16) without incident.
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MAYOR TURNER CELEBRATES TEAM UP HOUSTON’S SECOND YEAR WITH LOCAL STUDENTS AND HOUSTON PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS

May 16, 2019
In collaboration with the Houston Dynamo and Dash, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, Sugar Land Skeeters, and Houston Marathon Foundation, Team Up provided Houston youth with the opportunity to learn about off-the-field careers in sports.
HOUSTON – Today, Mayor Turner welcomed students from high schools based in the Complete Communities neighborhoods and Houston Health Department My Brother’s Keeper catchment areas to City Hall to celebrate their year-long achievements in the Team Up initiative. During the celebration, youth heard from Mayor Turner and former NFL player Spencer Tillman and received certificates honoring their accomplishments.
 
Team Up Houston provides Houston youth with the opportunity to learn about and participate in off-the-field careers in sports. Through collaboration with Houston areas sports teams, students are given the chance to see what careers exist in sports beyond being a professional athlete, which have included learning about sports careers in communications, graphic design, marketing, and sponsorship and sales, among others.
 
“Investing in our youth is one of the most important things we can do for our city,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.  “Team Up provides opportunities to young people in some of our most vulnerable communities, expanding their horizons and encouraging them to stay in school and pursue careers they might not have originally considered.  We are proud to have worked with our schools and sports partners and these young people to provide a unique and important program for Houston’s youth.”
 
After the City Hall celebration, the students attended the Houston Dynamo’s match at BBVA Compass Stadium. Throughout the match, Team Up youth were celebrated through a Team Up banner displayed in the stadium.
 
My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Houston, an initiative of the Houston Health Department, and Houston Health Foundation launched the Team Up initiative two years ago with the Houston Marathon Foundation and the Sugar Land Skeeters. For the 2018/2019 school year, the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority and the Houston Dynamo & Dash organization also joined as partners. These sports organizations have worked closely with the Urban Enrichment Institute, Scarborough High School, Sam Houston Math, Science and Technology Center High School, and YES Prep to encourage youth from the Kashmere, Wheatley, Northside, and Gulfton neighborhoods to improve attendance and behavior, and pursue college and careers. Whataburger, the food sponsor for Team Up, generously supported this initiative by donating lunches for Discovery Days, as well as meals for the year-end event. 
 
Since the beginning of Team Up, students have shown engagement across all campuses, with 80% of students involved in Team Up participating consistently in the monthly Discovery Days. Students in Team Up all strongly agreed that this program has increased their understanding of the sports business industry, as well as the degrees that they can pursue in college related to sports. 90% of students expressed a greater understanding of how to act in a professional setting and, 70% of students are more likely to aspire to go to college after participating in Team Up.
 
Houston’s Team Up initiative has received programmatic support from Bloomberg Associates, the international, philanthropic consulting arm of Bloomberg Philanthropies, since the launch of the initiative. Bloomberg Associates has been working closely with all Team Up partners to enhance collaboration and ensure all parties work together to provide the best opportunities and outcomes for students.
 
“Whether as an athlete, spectator, or casual fan, sports have a significant impact on young men and women,” said Mike Hopper of Bloomberg Associates. “Team Up leverages behind the scenes opportunities with the business and event presentation departments of program partners to positively impact classroom attendance, behavior, and interest in pursuing college and career. We have enjoyed working with our partners in Houston to bring this opportunity to young people who otherwise may not have received this exposure.”
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City Awards Second Round of 2019 Let Creativity Happen! Arts Grants

May 16, 2019
City Awards Second Round of 2019 Let Creativity Happen! Arts Grants
HOUSTON – The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs today announced 22 recipients of the quarterly Let Creativity Happen! competitive grants for artists projects.
 
A total of $55,000 – 22 grants of $2,500 each – was awarded to 37 artists and three organizations


Funded by the City of Houston Hotel Occupancy Tax dedicated to the arts, Let Creativity Happen! is administered by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs with the Houston Arts Alliance.
 
“Our City flourishes with a wide range of arts experiences available every day,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said.  “It reminds each of us of the value of art and artists in the success of Houston. The City is proud to invest in the creative economy and the artists that are integral to its growth.” 
 
“The presentations are one of the most exciting components of the grant program,” said Debbie McNulty, director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “The projects culminate in a presentation where recipients talk about what they created, learned and have an opportunity to engage with other grant recipients. I invite everyone to join me at the next 8×8, eight artists x eight minutes. The artists will share their experience on Tuesday, June 11th at Aurora Picture Show, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Your creativity will be ignited.”
 
MOCA congratulates all award recipients and thanks them for their dedication and contributions to the expansive arts and cultural landscape of Houston.
 
To learn more about each of these grants, visit
http://houstonartsalliance.
com/images/uploads/main/2019_Recipient_List.pdf

 
The next deadline for grant applications is 5:30 pm July 1.
 
Grant recipients:Recipient
Project Title
Artistic Discipline
B. Lauren
Mercy, a film journal for the tender heart and mind.
Film / Photography
Carolina Borja
Zipper Merging your ducks in my row
Sculptural Installation
Cressandra Thibodeaux
Folk Songs of My Father
Multidisciplinary Arts
Cuyler Ballenger
2 Cards
Film / Video Art / Performance
Dance Houston
Hey There
Dance
David Politzer
Power Suit
Performance
Dennis Nance
“Summer Casual” – Exhibition and Auxiliary Programming at the Wedge Space at HCC Southeast
Visual Art
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Stabbing at 7800 Long Point Road

May 16, 2019
Houston police have arrested a suspect charged in the stabbing of a man that occurred at 7800 Long Point Road about 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday (May 14).

The suspect, Vanessa Constante (w/f, 30), is charged with aggravated assault of a family member in the 185th State District Court.  A photo of Constante is attached to this news release.

The victim, Juanito Vasquez, 41, was transported to an area hospital.

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

Constante and Mr. Vasquez, in a dating relationship for over two years, were arguing at a strip mall parking lot at the above address.  They were arguing over a flower Constante received from someone else.  The glass vase was broken on the ground near where the two were arguing.  Constante picked up a piece of the glass vase and used it to cut Vasquez across the left side of his neck.  Vasquez received a four-inch laceration that cut the artery in his neck.  He was transported to an area hospital where he is expected to survive.

Constante was arrested at the scene without incident.
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Missing Child Investigation

May 12, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the disappearance of a child reportedly abducted about 9 p.m. on Saturday (May 4).

The suspect, Derion Vence (b/m, 26), is charged with tampering with evidence in the 180th State District Court.  He is the step-father of missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis.  A photo of suspect Vence is not available at this time.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Horn, Detective K. McDonald and Officer J. Escobar reported:

Suspect Vence reported to police that on May 4, he was en route to George Bush Intercontinental Airport when he heard a sound that made him think his silver Nissan Altima had a flat tire.  He pulled over on the Eastex Freeway (North U.S. Highway 59) near Greens Road.  Vence told police Maleah was then taken by three Hispanic males in their 30s, driving a 2010 blue Chevrolet crew cab pickup truck.  Due to injuries he said he suffered during the abduction, he reportedly lost consciousness for about 24 hours, regaining it on Sunday (May 5).  He said he found himself on foot in Sugar Land and walked to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for treatment.  He then reported Maleah missing.

Although Vence reported his silver Nissan Altima was taken in the abduction, surveillance video showed someone in that Nissan Altima dropped Vence off at the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital on May 5.

Also, blood evidence obtained from Vence’s apartment has been linked to Maleah.  Vence was also observed carrying a full laundry basket from the apartment.  

On Thursday, Vence’s silver Nissan Altima was recovered in Missouri City, Texas.  The laundry basket was found in the trunk of the Nissan along with a gas can.

Today (Saturday, May 11), members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force arrested Vence without incident at a relative’s home in Sugar Land.

Anyone with information on this case, the whereabouts of Maleah Davis, or who knows who sold the gas can (pictured below) to Vence is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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City of Houston Activates Emergency Operations Center in Response to Potential for Severe Weather

May 12, 2019

HOUSTON – To monitor this week’s potential for severe weather, including street flooding, the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has activated the City’s Emergency Operations Center to Level III, Increased Readiness.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the Houston region through 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Forecasted estimated rainfall totals are about 5 to 8 inches widespread, with isolated areas with 9 to 12 inches possible through the weekend.

Various City departments have been preparing for the potential of severe weather this week. This includes pre-staging barricades and high-water vehicles throughout Houston.

Houston OEM is maintaining contact with the National Weather Service and Harris County Flood Control District as additional storms approach Houston and begin impacting the area. OEM is also coordinating response activities and situational awareness with City departments and partner agencies.

In addition, the City of Houston has activated a Joint Information Center (JIC) to manage public information related to this week’s weather and the City’s response. JIC staff will provide weather updates and public safety messaging via AlertHoustonwww.houstonemergency.org, and OEM’s social media accounts: NextdoorTwitter,Facebook, and Instagram.

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En el día internacional del trabajo la clase obrera inmigrante pide una reforma migratoria

May 2, 2019

Bereavision TV Los Angeles, CA.- Al rededor de 3mil personas salieron a marchar desde McArthur Park hasta el centro de Los Angeles. Esta marcha fue convocada por La Coalición Primero de Mayo compuesta por más de 70 organizaciones y sindicatos que asistieron a la protesta con el tema de LA People Power.

Mario Cabrera Director de Comunicaciones de Chirla señalo que este día se honran las contribuciones de los trabajadores en Los Estados Unidos y añadió que la marcha también es para no quitar el dedo del renglón sobre los temas de la lucha por los derechos de los inmigrantes, el trato equitativo a las mujeres, mejores programas de salud y mejor educación para los estudiantes.

Entre las voces de los organizadores entrevistamos a:

Diana Escamilla Organizador en Chirla dijo que las cosas han cambiado ya no estamos en la resistencia.

Pablo Alvarado Co-director de la red de Jornaleros y Jornaleras asistieron a honrar la labor de los trabajadores inmigrantes.

Loyda Alvarado Vocalista de la banda Los Jornaleros del Norte.

Teresa Borden Vocera de Chirla dijo estamos aqui por solidaridad.

Angelica Salas Directora Ejecutiva de CHIRLA nos habló del tema de la marcha El poder del Pueblo de Los Angeles.

La Coalición Primero de Mayo promovió los siguientes temas a lo largo de la ruta de casi tres millas:

  1. Celebrar las victorias de los trabajadores y su derecho a organizarse en sindicatos
  2. Todas las personas deben ser contadas en el Censo 2020
  3. Ganarse el sustento es un derecho humano
  4. Alto a todas las formas de persecución en contra de los inmigrantes
  5. Derechos para que todas las personas puedan votar en elecciones municipales.

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Celebrate El Dia de los Niños at the Stanaker Neighborhood Library

Apr 26, 2019
WHAT:Join us in celebrating El Dia de los Niños at your library with traditional dances by “Las Américas Ballet Folklórico”, Mariachi band, face paint, photobooth, traditional dances, and delicious food.

This event is part of the Library’s Living Room Series Programs. This event is free and open to the public. For more details visit: www.houstonlibrary.org,
WHEN:Saturday, April 27 | 1:30 PM
 
WHERE:Stanaker Neighborhood Library | 611 S/Sgt. Macario Garcia, 770011 | 832-393-2080
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:About the Houston Public LibraryThe Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, four HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. With more than eight million visits per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.
 
For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org, on Twitter @houstonlibrary, on Facebook – houstonlibrary or call 832-393-1313.
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Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Carnegie Neighborhood Library

Apr 26, 2019

 
WHAT:Join us in celebrating the beauty and power of poetry from different countries while enjoying delicious food! Read and share a poem on an open mic.

This event is part of the Library’s Living Room Series Programs. This event is free and open to the public. For more details visit: www.houstonlibrary.org,

 
WHEN:Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 12 PM
 
WHERE:Carnegie Neighborhood Library | 1050 Quitman, 77009 832-393-1720
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:About the Houston Public LibraryThe Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, four HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. With more than eight million visits per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.
 
For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org, on Twitter @houstonlibrary, on Facebook – houstonlibrary or call 832-393-1313.
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Suspect Wanted, Charged in 2018 Fatal Shooting at 6863 River Bluff Drive

Apr 22, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man at 6863 River Bluff Drive about 11:40 p.m. on December 10, 2018.  

The suspect, Richard A. Nico (b/m, 53), is charged with manslaughter in the 338th State District Court.  A photo of Nico, who is not in custody at this time, is attached to this news release.  

The victim, Drew Conley, 17, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants T. Simmons and J. Horn reported:  

Mr. Conley had been living with relatives for about a month when they told him he had to move out of the house.  Prior to Conley’s return, he and his uncle (Nico) got into a heated argument over the phone.  

After arriving at the residence to retrieve his belongings, Conley and Nico began arguing again and verbally threatened each other.  Nico went back inside the residence and up to his bedroom.  Conley later went upstairs to Nico’s bedroom to confront him.  Fearing for his safety, Nico shot Conley once in the leg as he approached.  Conley fled from the residence and was transported by private vehicle to a nearby emergency room, where he was later pronounced dead.  

Nico remained at the residence and was questioned by investigators.  The case was then referred to a Harris County grand jury.  

Following a review by the Harris County grand jury, Nico was subsequently charged for his role in Conley’s death. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of wanted suspect Richard Nico is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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