Mayor Turner Gets a COVID-19 Vaccine Shot in the Arm and Encourages All Houstonians to Protect Their Health

Jan 5, 2021
Mayor Turner gets COVID-19 vaccine 
HOUSTON –  Leading by example to encourage Houstonians to protect their health during the global pandemic, Mayor Sylvester Turner rolled up his sleeve to get a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination Monday afternoon.

The mayor was joined by a diverse group of community members, health care personnel, and essential frontline workers. The doses were given by trained Houston Health Department staff to the mayor and others who are at least 65 and older or age 18 and older with at least one chronic medical condition putting them at increased risk of severe illness and death.

“I want everyone to know, especially people of color in this diverse community, that this is not the Tuskegee Project,” Mayor Turner. “This is not the time for people of color to stay away from the vaccine.”

Police Chief Art Acevedo, Fire Chief Sam Pena, Council Members Amy Peck, Michael Kubosh, Letitia Plummer, David Robinson and Judge R.K. Sandhill, Mary Ramos, William A. Lawson, Susannah Wong, Zhengyi Wu, and several frontline city workers also received the vaccine.

Ramos said she wanted to publicly get the vaccine to send a message to the Hispanic community. “I am asking all my people to take the vaccine. I just took it, and it does not hurt,” said Ramos. “You have a better chance of surviving this pandemic if you take the vaccine. If you care about your family, do it,” 

Darryl Flood, a Houston Public Works maintenance employee, also got the vaccine Monday. “I feel good, and I encourage everyone eligible to get vaccinated.”




Also on Monday, the Houston Health Department launched an online registration portal allowing Houstonians at the highest risk of coronavirus disease to schedule appointments to receive free COVID-19 vaccinations. 

While appointments are full for the rest of the month, Mayor Turner said he soon plans to announce a vaccination mega-site. A larger site would allow the health department to increase the number of daily vaccinations.  

“We know there are people reluctant to get the vaccine in certain communities,” said Mayor Turner. “But there is a lot of demand. Our goal is  to open more sites as we get increased vaccine supply.”

Contact:
 
Mary Benton
Director of Communications
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Press Secretary
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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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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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RYAN GARCÍA VS. LUKE CAMPBELL SE EFECTUARÁ EN EL AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER DE DALLAS, TEXAS

Dec 7, 2020

RYAN GARCÍA VS. LUKE CAMPBELL SE EFECTUARÁ EN EL AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER DE DALLAS, TEXAS LOS HERMANOS GEMELOS RENÉ Y FÉLIX ALVARADO DEFENDERÁN SUS CAMPEONATOS MUNDIALES ANTE EL VENEZOLANO ROGER GUTIÉRREZ Y DEEJAY KRIEL DE SUDÁFRICA
SÁBADO 2 DE ENERO Y TRANSMITIDO EN VIVO POR DAZN
¡Los boletos saldrán a la venta este viernes 11 de diciembre a las 10:00 a.m. CT! DALLAS, TEXAS  7 de diciembre de 2020.—Golden Boy está orgulloso de anunciar que García vs. Campbell se llevará a cabo en el American Airlines Center de Dallas, Texas y encabezará una completa y explosiva cartelera de corte internacional. El evento contará con los hermanos gemelos René Félix Alvarado defendiendo sus campeonatos mundiales ante contendientes de calidad universal, junto con el retorno de la campeona mundial Franchon Crews-Dezurn y una amplia gama de prospectos invictos.              Los combates se efectuarán el sábado 2 de enero, y serán transmitidos en vivo globalmente y exclusivamente por DAZN.              “El boxeo es un deporte que llega a todos los rincones del mapa”, dijo Óscar De La Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “¡Y después de casi un año en casa, qué mejor manera de abrir el 2021 con una cartelera llena de campeones, contendientes y prospectos de todo el mundo!”. ”Dicen que todo es más grande en Texas, así que no podría pensar en un mejor lugar para recibir al más nuevo súper estrella del boxeo”, puntualizó.             René “El Gemelo” Alvarado (32-8, 21 nocáuts) pondrá en juego su título superpluma de la AMB ante Roger “The Kid” Gutiérrez (24-3-1, 20 nocáuts) en la pelea co estelar a 12 rounds.             Alvarado es un campeón mundial de 31 años de edad quien ha peleador ante púgiles como Robinson “Robin Hood Castellanos, Jayson “La Maravilla” VélezDanis “Djingis Khan”ShafikovCarlos “The Solution” Morales y Andrew “El Chango” Cancio, el hombre que venció para convertirse en monarca universal. El nativo de Managua, Nicaragua espera retener su faja en lo que será una revancha de su duelo ante Gutiérrez en el 2017. ​         “A pesar de tantas demoras debido al COVID-19, traigo más ganas que nunca para defender mi título este 2 de enero”, dijo René Alvarado. “A la misma vez, estoy contento porque ahora sé que mi hermano estará conmigo esa noche en Dallas Texas defendiendo su cetro también. Será una noche histórica para Nicaragua al ver a un par de hermanos gemelos defendiendo sus campeonatos en el nivel más grande del deporte. Seguiré entrenando duro como siempre y vamos a buscar la victoria a cualquier costo para retener el título”, puntualizó.
         Gutiérrez es un contendiente venezolano quien dio nueva vida a su carrera al noquear al prospecto en ascenso mexicano Rocky Hernández. Después de dos victorias en fila, el púgil de 25 años de edad tendrá su primera oportunidad titular ante el hombre que le propino su primera derrota como profesional.           “Una vez más quiero agradecer a Dios, a la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo y a Golden Boy Promotions por esta gran oportunidad”, dijo Roger Gutiérrez. “Si bien hemos tenido muchos retrasos en cuanto a este combate, he utilizado el tiempo adicional para afinar detalles y estar más apto que nunca para derrotar a René Alvarado en esta revancha. Será un honor brindar a Venezuela un nuevo campeón mundial y vengar mi primera derrota en Dallas, Texas”, finalizó.             Félix “El Gemelo” Alvarado (35-2, 30 nocáuts) pondrá en la línea su corona mundial minimosca de la FIB ante DeeJay Kriel (16-1-1, 8 nocáuts) de Boksburg, Sudáfrica en un duelo a 12 asaltos. Félix, quien es el hermano gemelo de René, peleará por primera vez tras firmar con Golden Boy.            “Este año ha sido muy difícil para el mundo”, aseveró Félix Alvarado. “En lo personal, ha sido difícil porque no he podido realizar mi debut como peleador oficial de Golden Boy y defender mi campeonato mundial. Pero este 2 de enero tendré la oportunidad de hacerlo junto con mi hermano. Eso me llena de mucho orgullo y felicidad. Espero brindarles a todos los aficionados del mundo un gran combate para iniciar un año nuevo que sin duda será mejor para todos”, subrayó.          “Estoy listo para convertirme en campeón mundial en dos divisiones después de derrotar a Félix Alvarado”, amenazo Deejay Kriel. “Es mi tiempo para exhibir mis habilidades. El 2020 fue un año muy difícil para todos, pero no puedo esperar para iniciar el 2021 con el pie derecho. ¡No se pierdan el combate en vivo por DAZN!”, manifestó.             Franchon “The Heavy-Hitting Diva” Crews-Dezurn (6-1, 2 nocáuts), la campeona unificada de Baltimore, Maryland, se enfrentará a Ashleigh Curry (8-13-4, 1 nocáuts) de Saint Joseph, Missouri en una batalla no titular a ocho asaltos en peso supermediano.              Raúl “Cougar” Curiel (8-0, 6 nocáuts), el miembro de los juegos Olímpicos de 2016 y oriundo de Tampico, México y Ferdinand “Lucky Boy” Kerobyan (14-1, 9 nocáuts) de North Hollywood, California se enfrentarán en un duelo a 10 giros entre dos destacados pesos welter de Golden Boy. El ganador de esta pelea ciertamente empezará a causar un gran impacto en la división de las 147 libras.             Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (14-0-1, 9 nocáuts) de Las Vegas, Nevada defenderá su cinturón welter de la NABF en una batalla a 10 episodios ante Issouf Kinda (18-5, 7 nocáuts) del Bronx, Nueva York.             Sean García (5-0, 2 nocáuts), el nativo de Victorville, California y hermano menor de Ryan García, participará en un duelo a seis giros en peso ligero.              Asa Stevens, prospecto hawaiano, realizará su debut profesional en un combate a cuatro asaltos en peso gallo. Los oponentes para Stevens y García se anunciarán en breve.             García vs. Campbell es un duelo a 12 giros por el título ligero interino del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) presentado por Golden Boy en asociación con Matchroom Boxing. El evento es patrocinado por Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” y BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts.”  El combate se llevará a cabo el 2 de enero de 2021 y será trasmitido en vivo exclusivamente por DAZN en más de 200 países y territorios incluyendo Estados Unidos, México y el Reino Unido.

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The County Connection Lina Hidalgo | Harris County Judge

Dec 3, 2020

We all knew this was coming. The holidays are here, and we are simply not where we need to be to protect our community from COVID-19. Since late summer, there has been a deeply troubling loss in the momentum we’d begun to build as a community. Reopenings took place prematurely and, bit by bit, we’ve seen every indicator we use move in the wrong direction, again. No single day-to-day change has been dramatic, but, if you look at the trends, they are alarming and deadly:

  • Since mid-September, the 14-day average of daily new cases we report in Harris County has increased more than 4 times over to 1016 new cases reported per day. 
  • Over the past month, that same number of average daily new cases has more than doubled. 
  • We have seen our county positivity rate increase from its low in early October of 5.4%. We’re now at 9.4%.  
  • We’re adding as many patients to our ICUs every day as we were in early June. We are tracking trends in our hospitalized COVID population just like the ones we were seeing before the crisis in June and July. 

This is our wake-up call. These numbers don’t even take into account all of those that were inevitably infected at Thanksgiving gatherings, and don’t know it yet — we’ll see those numbers in the next few weeks. We’re eight months into this crisis, and I know we’ve all grown tired. But we can’t give in. We are in the middle of fighting a war against COVID-19, and if we care about our friends, family members, and neighbors, we must do more. 
First, cancel gatherings, large and small, with anyone outside your household. Right now we all have a desire to be together, I know. But now is not the time. By doing so, you put them, and yourself, at risk. 
Second, get tested, whether or not you have symptoms or believe you’ve been exposed. The only way we can contain the virus now is for those who are carrying the virus to quarantine, and no one knows whether they are carrying the virus or not until they get tested. Visit ReadyHarris.org for all the free options, or check with your medical provider. 
I understand all of this is a lot to ask of the community. But all of these measures will save lives, even if you don’t immediately see it in front of you. Just like the virus, these sacrifices are invisible, but nonetheless substantial. And, as we make these sacrifices consistently and dutifully, we should be asking our state and federal government to meet us halfway. We need more measures to mitigate the impacts of the virus, and we need more economic relief for families and for the businesses that are suffering in the wake of this crisis.  
Please try and enjoy the holidays despite this heavy weight we are all carrying. Take solace in knowing that as humans we’ve lived through much worse, and we will again. We are strong and we will get through this. Better days are coming.

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Person of Interest Identified, Sought in Fatal Shooting of HPD Officer at 7900 block of North Freeway

Nov 19, 2020
Person of Interest Identified, Sought in Fatal Shooting of HPD Officer at 7900 block of North Freeway
Houston police have learned the identity of a person of interest sought for questioning in the fatal shooting of an HPD officer that occurred in the 7900 block of the North Freeway (Interstate Highway 45 North) service road about 1:30 p.m. on November 9.  

The person of interest has been identified as Jason Frank Vazquez, 24.  A prior booking photo of Vazquez, who has not been charged at this time, is attached to this news release.  Surveillance photos of Vazquez, previously released on November 10, are also attached to this news release. 

The suspect, Robert Soliz, Jr. (H/m, 24), is charged with murder in the 179th State District Court.  A booking photo of Soliz is attached to this news release.

The person of interest was seen driving a black Chevrolet pickup truck and speaking with Soliz after the shooting. 

The victim, Sergeant Sean Rios, 47, was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Sergeant Rios was sworn in as an HPD officer in February 1996 and assigned to the Airport Division.

HPD Special Investigations Unit Sergeant G. Rodgers and Officers I. Ulloa, R. Lujan, M. Resnick, J. Brown reported:

Patrol officers were dispatched to a shooting in-progress call to the northbound service road at the above address.  Officers arrived and found a Kia Forte abandoned on nearby Stuebner Airline and a male with a gunshot wound inside a nearby hotel.  Witnesses came forward and claimed two Hispanic males had a confrontation with the male in the Kia Forte.  Witnesses told officers the driver of the Kia and the driver of the Mercedes fired shots at each other and stated one of the Hispanic males fled the scene in a light blue Mercedes, the other male in a black Chevrolet truck.

It was determined the wounded male had walked to a nearby hotel at 7766 North Freeway where he was pronounced deceased.  Upon further investigation, it was discovered the deceased male was an off-duty Houston Police Department Sergeant, Sean Rios.  Officers canvassing the area located the blue Mercedes and developed a primary suspect, Robert Soliz.

Soliz was taken into custody during a traffic stop on November 10 and subsequently charged for his role in the shooting. 

Further investigation developed information that identified the person of interest as Jason Frank Vazquez.  Vazquez remains at-large.  

Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything between the 3900 and 7900 blocks of the North Freeway, north of North Interstate Highway 610 and south of Gulf Bank Road, or know the whereabouts of the person of interest, Jason Frank Vazquez, to contact the HPD Special Investigations Unit at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

     Jason Frank Vazquez (2019)                   


                      Jason Frank Vazquez


               Robert Soliz, Jr.
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Mayor Turner announces winner of Mayor’s Early Vote College Challenge

Nov 4, 2020
Mayor Turner honors winning campus in the Mayor’s Early Vote College ChallengeMayor Sylvester Turner unveils the winner of the Mayor’s Early Vote College Challenge. HOUSTON – In an election year with record turnout, especially among young voters, Mayor Sylvester Turner joined student leaders from the University of Houston (UH), Texas Southern University (TSU), and Rice University this morning to announce the winner of the Mayor’s Early Vote College Challenge
 
The Mayor and student leaders were also joined by Rice University President David Leebron and Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins, who was visiting different polling locations in Harris County today. 
 
At the beginning of early voting for the 2020 election, Mayor Turner challenged students to mobilize and encourage their classmates, family and friends to participate in early voting on their respective campuses. 
 
 A total of 21,431 people voted early on the university campuses. Rice University won the challenge with 13,080 people using that site. Mayor Turner presented the Rice student leaders with a plaque in the shape of Texas to acknowledge their hard work.
 
He also commended UH and TSU students who worked tirelessly to increase voter turnout. At the University of Houston, 4,639 people voted and 3,712 voters used the polling location at Texas Southern University.
 
The Mayor presented all students with gift bags filled with Houston-themed memorabilia including face masks, t-shirts and notepads. “This election is like none other, and this generation has responded like no other. This means if you make voting accessible, if you put polling locations where the voters are, people will respond,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “We need good solid leaders to step forward like the student leaders at the University of Houston, Texas Southern, and Rice. They are not only the leaders of the future but the leaders of right now.”
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Houston Open Returns to Memorial Park for First Time Since 1963

Nov 4, 2020
CITY OF HOUSTON AND MEMORIAL PARK WELCOME THE RETURN OF THE HOUSTON OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENTInformation on Road Closures and Parking Information Available Online
Mayor Sylvester Turner, Astros Owner Jim Crane, and the Astros Golf Foundation kicked off the 2020 Vivint Houston Open Golf Tournament today at Memorial Park.  The tournament runs November 5-8.  To prepare for the event, the Memorial Park Golf Course underwent an 18-month, $34-million renovation, funded by the Astros Golf Foundation. This year’s tournament will feature an elite field of 132 golfers competing for a $7-million purse for the winner. The Houston Open last played at Memorial Park in 1963. 
 
“This is a momentous day in the City of Houston, and frankly for the entire region,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.  “Our City looks forward to hosting some of the best golfers in the world to play the newly renovated Memorial Park Golf Course.  I consider the international spotlight on Houston a hole-in-one.  It is incredible to think that for the first time in 57 years the Houston Open has returned to the Memorial Park Golf Course, and that could not have been accomplished without Astros Owner Jim Crane and Giles Kibbe with the Astros Golf Foundation.”
 
While the return of the Houston Open is warmly welcomed it will impact park visitors and surrounding neighborhoods.
 
“We worked with the neighborhood and residents to develop a parking and traffic plan to reduce the impact of traffic throughout the area,” said Steve Wright, Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department. “We hope that runners and visitors to the park will understand and take this opportunity to visit one of our other parks in the system, including over 165 miles of trails.” 
 
For complete information about the impact of the 2020 Houston Open on Memorial Park and surrounding neighborhoods, including full parking information, please visit www.houstontx.gov/parks/pdfs/2020/2020HoustonOpenMemorialPark_ParkingPlan.pdf. Park visitors without a tournament pass are urged to:
 Access Memorial Loop Drive between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.  Please do not use Memorial Loop Drive between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.Use Memorial Loop Drive after 11:00 p.m. to exit the park only.Park north of Memorial Drive between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Please do not park overnight or between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Event security will be on patrol.Use the Seymour Lieberman Trail between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.Visit the Clay Family Eastern Glades between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.Park south of Memorial Drive during normal park hours.  There will be no tournament parking south of Memorial Drive.Visit any of the City Houston’s other parks and trails during normal park hours.  A list can be found on www.HoustonParks.org
The Houston Open will be aired on The Golf Channel.  For more information, visit www.HoustonOpenGolf.com.  To view today’s Press Conference, visit https://youtu.be/J2RCrY2ftA8
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