Suspect Arrested, Charged in Stabbing Incident 5300 North Freeway

Mar 27, 2019
Suspect Arrested, Charged in Stabbing Incident 5300 North Freeway
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the stabbing of a man that occurred at 5300 North Freeway (North Interstate Highway 45) about 9:25 p.m. on Monday (March 26).

The suspect, Shelia Bruner (b/f, 49), is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 337th State District Court.  A photo of Bruner is attached to this news release.

The victim, Jeffrey Conway, 51, was transported to an area hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening wounds.

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Detectives R. Gonzales and A. Le reported:

Mr. Conway was washing windows on the corner of the North Freeway and Tidwell when he was approached by two females, including suspect Bruner, who produced a knife and stabbed him in the eye. 

Conway then produced his own knife and stabbed Bruner in return.  Both individuals were transported to the hospital for treatment and Bruner was subsequently arrested and charged in this incident.
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Mayor Turner establishes Complete Communities Improvement Fund to accelerate initiative’s progress

Mar 27, 2019

HOUSTON –  Mayor Sylvester Turner today accelerated the progress of his Complete Communities initiative by announcing the establishment of a fund to receive private donations and pledges for neighborhood improvements with an initial $25 million fundraising goal.  

Video highlights of the announcement are here.

The Complete Communities Improvement Fund already has $10 million in contributions and commitments, including a $500,000 donation from Cadence Bank announced today. 

“We are pleased to be part of this organization. Its plans are thoughtful and detailed, and we salute Mayor Turner for his leadership,” said Paul Murphy, Jr., Cadence’s chairman and CEO. 

Started by the mayor in April 2017, Complete Communities is a public-private collaboration leveraging government, non-profit and private sector funds to develop under-resourced neighborhoods with the guidance of their residents. More than 3,500 residents participated in 14 community engagement meetings after Hurricane Harvey to develop Community Actions Plans for the five (5) pilot communities of Acres Homes, Gulfton, Near Northside, Second Ward and Third Ward. 

Mayor Turner said he will soon announce the next four neighborhoods to come under the Complete Communities initiative.

“This process is on-going. It’s very ambitious. But you do not bring up communities that have been under-resourced for decades overnight,” he said. “For residents it’s important that they see us move forward, and that’s what today is about.”

The initiative focuses on increasing mixed-income housing stock, providing micro-lending and mortgage down-payment assistance, teaching job skills, awarding college scholarships, and growing retail and other forms of economic development. Residents identified 371 improvement projects and programs in the five pilot neighborhoods and collaborated with city planners to prioritize the work to be done. 


“Our bank is proud to work with a program that’s focused on leveling the playing field and creating more inclusive prosperity across Houston, said Mark Jacobs, Region Bank’s Houston market executive. “One of the most powerful ways we can make a difference at Regions is by connecting more people with financial skills that can help them save more, spend wisely and achieve financial security. We believe financial education leads to financial empowerment, and our local team is excited to connect with people through this initiative to help them define their financial futures.”  

The fund was started to identify and secure public and private resources to implement the residents’ action plans. It will be administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation and guided by an advisory board appointed by Mayor Turner. In the photo above, from left, are advisory board member Laura Jaramillo of Wells Fargo; Harris County Treasurer Dylan Osborne; council members David Robinson and Karla Cisneros; advisory board member Raamel Mitchell of Microsoft; Mayor Turner; Complete Communities Director Shannon Buggs; advisory board member David Kim of the Urban Land Institute; advisory board member Murphy of Cadence Bank; advisory board member Jacobs of Regions Bank; and Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve on the Complete Communities Improvement Fund advisory board, said Kim, executive director of the Urban Land Institute. “My colleagues on the advisory board and I are committed to being good stewards of the fund’s investments into the Complete Communities and to making wise decisions about how to use these funds to serve the best interests of the these neighborhoods’ residents and the entire city of Houston.” 

Additional fund donors include Wells Fargo, AT&T, United Arab Emirates, Houston Endowment, Comcast, Jack and Jill of America Foundation, and Cities for Financial Empowerment. 

Some of the accomplishments of the Complete Communities initiative include: 

  • Down-payment assistance and home-buying education events hosted separately by Wells Fargo and the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. 
  • The debut of the Gulfton Story Trail Mural Project, a showcase for 12 murals that celebrate the diversity of culture and food of the area. 
  • The Houston Building Institute Acres Home Training Program, thanks to a grant from the global manufacturing company Norbord. Young men and women ages 18- 24 years old completed 12 weeks of training to start their careers in the construction industry. 
  • Microsoft-hosted YouthSpark in Schools events sharing cutting-edge technology and teaching techniques with educators training the next generation of coders and engineers, as well as providing digital literacy workshops for parents, career-transitioning professionals and other adults. 
  • AT&T’s sponsorship of workshops on job-seeking skills to prepare Complete Communities residents for upcoming job fairs. AT&T also provided access to hiring managers who could fill jobs on the spot. 
  • The national Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund’s selected Houston to receive grant to establish a Financial Empowerment Center that offers professional, one-on-one financial counseling as a free public service. 
  • With funding from Wells Fargo, a single-family home development in Acres Home, a micro-lending program in Gulfton, college student internship stipends and renovation planning for the East End YMCA in Second Ward. 

Mayor Turner recently announced the creation of the Office of Complete Communities and named Shannon Buggs as director. Her position is funded by Houston Endowment. 

For more information on the Complete Communities initiative or to view each community Action Plan, visit online at http://www.houstontx.gov/completecommunities/. To contact the Mayor’s Office of Complete Communities, call 832-393-1085.

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Mayor Turner encourages Houstonians to learn about mortgage opportunities

Mar 26, 2019
Mayor Turner encourages Houstonians to learn about mortgage assistance programs. NACA’s “Achieve the Dream” event continues this weekend 
HOUSTON –  Mayor Sylvester Turner joined NACA’s CEO Bruce Marks, a Bank of America executive. to announce a commitment of $100 million of the Best Mortgage in America to Houston homebuyers. This will create unprecedented homeownership opportunities in Houston for low and moderate income buyers by breaking down the barriers that prevent many working people from buying a home.

The NACA program features no down payment, no closing costs, no PMI, a below market fixed rate, without consideration of one’s credit score. With Houston’s financial assistance and other funds, homebuyers can buy down the interest rate to virtually zero percent. Additionally, grants are available from the City of Houston to permanently buy down the interest rate on the loan. When combined with the $30,000 grant available from the City of Houston, a NACA homebuyer with a $200,000 mortgage can buy down the interest rate on the loan to a fixed rate of virtually zero percent for the life of the loan.
“This is one of my priorities. I want people to live and work in the City of Houston,” Mayor Turner said. “We are the fourth largest, and most diverse city in the country. We need the best and brightest to be able to afford to live in Houston and contribute to the city of the future.”
NACA’s Achieve the Dream Event continues each day through Sunday at Greenspoint Mall, with doors open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. All NACA services are free, and more information and event registration can be found at www.naca.com. Walk-ins are welcome. 
NACA provides the same terms for all borrowers, many of whom had previously given up on homeownership.  As Forbes magazine observed in their comparison of the best low down payment mortgages, “There is one exception, NACA, that charges the same rate regardless of the credit score”.  Bank of America has committed $10 Billion to the NACA mortgage program nationwide.   
Bruce Marks explained, “NACA believes homeownership is a right, and we are here to see that Houston’s woring people have the opportunity they deserve to achieve their piece of the American Dream.”
 
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Hire Houston Youth partnership announced, application deadline extended

Mar 26, 2019
Hire Houston Youth:
Mayor announces application extension, partnership with JP Morgan Chase and Lone Star College, encourages business participation.
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner joined business and community leaders Friday to announce his signature Hire Houston Youth program will provide 10,000 summer job opportunities for young people ages 16 to 24. 
“Hire Houston Youth offers young people access to training and connections to local resources. It is designed to build their social capital and empower them to succeed in today’s economy,” Mayor Turner said. “I am asking the business community’s help to spread the word, offer jobs and recruit young people into the program.”

The mayor was joined at the announcement by Dave Moss and the McDonald’s owners and operators of Greater Houston, Dr. Stephen Head, Lonestar College Chancellor and Carolyn Watson, JP Morgan Chase, VP of Global Philanthropy.

Other donors and partners attending included Aldine ISD, AT&T, BakerRipley, Burns BBQ, Chevron, Citgo, Comcast, Greater Houston Partnership, HGAC, Houston Airport System, Houston Food Bank, Houston Independent School District, Reliant, Student Conservation Association, Verizon, and Workforce Solutions and many others.
Partnership announcement with JP Morgan Chase and Lonestar College 
JP Morgan Chase has generously donated $100,000 to Hire Houston Youth (HHY) to create the HHY Healthcare Scholars program. Healthcare is one of seven sectors critical to the Greater Houston region’s economy, and while there is great student interest and demand for skilled healthcare workers, a disconnect remains between students, educational institutions, and employers.HHY Healthcare Scholars is an “earn and learn” program designed to empower vulnerable youth to explore healthcare careers through industry-specific curriculum at Lonestar Community College and paid work opportunities with local healthcare employers.
Application extension 
The Hire Houston Youth jobs program application deadline has now been extended. All youth ages 16 to 24 in the Houston area can apply for City of Houston positions through April 6, 2019 and both private and nonprofit businesses and organizations through May 3, 2019.
HHY Job Fairs 
In addition to the online applications, the McDonald’s Owners and Operators association partners with the City of Houston and Hire Houston Youth to conduct job fairs at various locations throughout Houston. Youth have the opportunity to interface with companies and organizations from various industries, some of which interview and hire on site.
For more information – https://www.houstontx.gov/
mayor/press/hire-houston-youth-applications-2019.html
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Elisha Barno de Kenia y Askale Merachi de Etiopía campeones del Maratón de Los Angeles 2019

Mar 25, 2019

Elisha Barno de Kenia y Askale Merachi de Etiopía campeones del Maratón de Los Angeles 2019

México dio la sorpresa al sacar un merecido tercer lugar; por la lucha que sostuvo Juan Luis Barrios con los africanos por los primeros puestos; y fue así que terminó con un tiempo de (2:11:59)

Elisha Barno (Kenia) y Askale Merachi (Etiopía) ganaron la edición 34ª del Maratón de Los Angeles patrocinado por Skechers Performance. 24,000 atletas registrados llenaron las calles en la icónica carrera que también es conocida como “Stadium to the Sea” que quiere decir del Dodger Stadium a la playa en Santa Mónica. Miles de participantes llegaron a muy tempranas horas de la mañana para ser parte de uno de los maratones más famosos del mundo el Maratón de Los Angeles patrocinado por Sketchers Performance.

Como ya es una costumbre la carrera comenzó a las 6:30 de la mañana con los corredores de silla de ruedas y unos minutos después arrancó la categoría de bicicleta de mano; ambas escuadras estuvieron desde temprano en la madrugada

Siguiendo el protocolo tradicional la rama femenil Profesional Elite; salieron a las 6:45am con toda la intención de hacer un buen papel contra las atletas de Etiopía y Kenia. La categoría varonil profesional Elite salió 10 minutos más tarde acompañados del resto de la multitud de participantes aficionados al Maratón de Los Angeles. Según la información oficial del evento asistieron atletas de los 50 estados de la union americana y representantes de 66 países del mundo hicieron acto de presencia.

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Suspect Charged, Wanted in 2018 Fatal Crash at 7800 Hammerly Boulevard

Mar 18, 2019
Suspect Charged, Wanted in 2018 Fatal Crash at 7800 Hammerly Boulevard
***Note Time & Location of Investigators’ Availability**
 Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in a fatal crash involving an 11-year-old boy that occurred at 7800 Hammerly Boulevard about 10:10 p.m. on June 8, 2018.
 
The suspect, Omar Aregnis Reyes-Ventura (H/m, 27), is charged with intoxication manslaughter, two counts aggravated assaulted causing serious bodily injury and two counts intoxicated assault in the 338th State District Court.  A photo of Reyes-Ventura, taken in 2014, is attached to this news release.  He remains at large at this time.

The victim, Alex Mendiola, 11, was pronounced dead at an area hospital. 
 
HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant S. Maness and Officer M. Nicotra reported:

The victim was a backseat passenger in a gray Honda Civic traveling southbound on Hammerly Boulevard as a black Ford F-150 pickup truck was traveling northbound.  The driver of the truck failed to yield the right of way while turning left and struck the Honda. 

Alex Mendiola was one of three juvenile backseat passengers not properly restrained in seat belts.  He was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital.  Another boy, 6, and the female front seat passenger 28, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.  A girl, 4, and the female driver, 28, were not seriously injured.
 
The driver of the Ford (Reyes-Ventura) was not injured.  He consented to a blood draw and was questioned and released. 
 
Following the return of the blood results, Reyes-Ventura was found to be intoxicated at the time of the crash and subsequently charged in this incident.
Suspect Reyes-Ventura remains charged and wanted at this time.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the HPD Traffic Enforcement Division at 713-247-5900 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
 
At 2:30 p.m. TODAY (Monday, March 18), officers with the HPD DWI Task Force and HPD Vehicular Crimes Division will be available to answer media questions about this incident in the first floor Media Briefing Room of the HPD Edward A. Thomas Building at 1200 Travis.
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“We stand as one.” Houston will honor the New Zealand shooting victims tonight.

Mar 18, 2019
“We stand as one.”
Houston will honor the New Zealand shooting victims tonight.
WHAT:In remembrance of the victims killed during the heinous attacks on two New Zealand mosques, Mayor Turner has authorized the lights of Houston city hall and the “Montrose” bridges over the Southwest Freeway to be turned dark blue with red and white accents, the colors of the country’s flag.
WHEN:This evening at dusk 
Friday, March 15, 2019
WHERE:Houston City Hall and the “Montrose” bridges over the Southwest Freeway.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:In a show of unity Friday afternoon, Mayor Sylvester Turner joined the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Interfaith Ministries, American Jewish Committee and HPD Chief Acevedo to condemn the deadly attacks on two New Zealand mosques.
“We stand as one,” Mayor Turner said during the news conference. “We say to hatred in the face of evil, you will not win.”
HPD also announced its officers would patrol near Houston area mosques and make contact with staff and members as a safety measure.
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Xolos termina con el invicto de Rayados

Mar 17, 2019

Tijuana, Baja California, 16 de marzo de 2019._ El Director Técnico del Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente, Óscar Pareja, destacó la participación de la afición Rojinegra como el jugador #12 en el Mictlán en el triunfo ante Rayados de Monterrey en la Fecha 11 de la LIGA MX-Clausura 2019.

“La afición nos provee la energía en el estadio para que las acciones fluyan en el campo”, expresó el Líder de la Jauría.

“Hemos recalcado la conexión que la afición y los jugadores han desarrollado conforme la temporada ha avanzado. No es solo sacar los buenos resultados, sino generar esa comunión con la gente. Hoy fue una de esas noches que no tienen precio para nosotros”, agregó.

Durante los 90 minutos, el orden en el sector defensivo de los Canes Aztecas prevaleció en el terreno de juego, logrando conservar el arco en cero ante los regios.

“Hoy le apostamos al orden”, reveló Pareja. “Sabíamos que iba a ser un partido complicado contra un equipo con muy buenos jugadores y la disciplina táctica estuvo hasta el final. Lógico que en algunas ocasiones ocupamos las capacidades de nuestro arquero (Lajud), pero fuimos muy sólidos y eso nos alegra mucho”, dijo.

El estratega colombiano se trazó desde su arribo al banquillo fronterizo, tener un equipo que reflejara la identidad de la ciudad.

“El trabajo le va dando los resultados a los grupos. Xolos se ha trazado un objetivo desde el momento en que llegamos, y es convertirnos en un equipo que reflejara la identidad de la ciudad. No lo decimos para beneficiarnos de nadie, lo decimos porque lo sentimos”, finalizó.

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“THE FANS’ SUPPORT IS PRICELESS.” -OSCAR PAREJA
Xoloitzcuintles coach praised home crowd for its endless support

Download Video: https://bit.ly/2FhXhxC

TIJUANA (March 16, 2019) –Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles coach Oscar Pareja praised the fans’ support during Saturday night’s 1-0 win against visiting Monterrey.

Pareja said he liked the atmosphere created by fans during the LIGA MX 2019 Clausura Week 11 match at a rowdy Estadio Caliente. He said the support was felt on the field.

“The fans give us the energy in the stadium and it influences the action,” Pareja said during his post-match news conference. “We can highlight the connection the fans and the players have developed throughout the season. It’s not just about getting good results but creating a bond with the fans. Tonight was one of those nights that was priceless.”

Miller Bolaños scored the game-winner in the 62nd minute off a Gustavo Bou assist but it was also a defensive team effort that helped seal the win.

“Today, we bet on being orderly,” Pareja said. “We knew it was going to be a tough team against a team with very good players who were tactically disciplined until the end. We obviously needed the help of our goalkeeper (Gibran Lajud) at times but we were solid and that makes us happy.”

The Colombian coach said he wanted a team that showed its identity since he arrived to manage the team. He has begun to see that.

“The hard work is giving the group results,” Pareja said. “Xolos has had a challenge since we got here. We wanted to become a team that reflected the team’s identity. We don’t say it do benefit from anyone, we say it because we feel it.”

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Mayor Sylvester Turner’s statement on action taken by HFD cadets

Mar 8, 2019
Mayor Sylvester Turner’s statement on action taken by HFD cadets 
HOUSTON –  Mayor Sylvester Turner issued the following statement today after HFD cadets filed discrimination and retaliation complaints against the mayor and fire chief.

“These are employment decisions based on the financial constraints of the city.  My efforts to save the city from the financial ruin posed by Prop B are solely responsive to the needs and desires of the residents of Houston. Complaints by fire cadets of discrimination and retaliation will be handled by the Office of Inspector General like any other complaint.

“But these theatrics are nothing more than a distraction and do not help us to solve real financial challenges. I am confident that people can see what the Fire Fighters Association is doing:  It is ironic that at the same time that we were sitting down with Council Members to discuss the implementation of Prop B, this demonstration was being held.  Nevertheless, I remain focused on protecting the interest of this city, because there is simply too much at stake.”
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REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD

Mar 8, 2019

REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD: BARC MICROCHIP HELPS REUNITE OWNER WITH PUP MISSING FOR OVER A YEAR – BARC OFFERING MICROCHIP SERVICES FOR $10 TOMORROW!

Thanks to a microchip and a kind BARC volunteer, a yellow lab named Max was reunited with his owner after going missing more than a year ago.

“Max was in the median about to be hit by a truck, licking a Styrofoam lid when I found him,” said Tina Stone, a volunteer at BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center.  “He walked right up to me, and I fed him a can of dog food which he practically inhaled.  I’m thrilled he’s been reunited with his family after all this time.”

Lucky for Max, his owner made sure he had a BARC-implanted microchip containing his pet licensing records and contact information for his owner. Upon contacting the owner, BARC staff learned that he had been looking for his lost pet for more than a year. Thanks to the implanted microchip, BARC was able to happily reunite Max with his family the same day.

“BARC wants every story to end as happy as Max’s,” said Greg Damianoff, shelter director. “Microchips are a quick and easy way to keep your pet safe and secure in the event you get separated. Every pet should have one.”

Microchip services are usually offered by the shelter for $15, however, BARC will have microchips available for the discounted price of $10 on March 8th, 15th and 29th at BARC’s wellness clinic located at 3200 Carr Street, Houston, TX 77026 from noon to 4 p.m.  Additional wellness services are available during regular scheduled clinic hours on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information please call 311.

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