The Houston Fire Department Recommends Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend Activities

May 24, 2019
The Houston Fire Department Recommends Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend Activities
As we remember those who have died in our Nation’s service, this Memorial Day Weekend, the Houston Fire Department urges citizens to follow some simple safety tips.

Barbecue Grill Safety Tips

◾Portable barbecue pits, charcoal grills and other open-flame cooking devices outside of a building should not be operated on combustible balconies or located within 10 feet of combustible walls or roofs or other combustible materials.

◾When igniting the barbecue charcoal, citizens should use a charcoal lighter, not gasoline. Gasoline can flash violently in and around the pit causing serious injuries to anyone in the area of the flash. A fire extinguisher or charged garden hose should be handy while the fire is burning. Check the pit frequently to insure that it is okay.

◾Hot ash and coals from barbecue pits and charcoal burners should be placed in a non-combustible container until cooled or thoroughly saturated with water, before being disposed of.
Heat Related Medical Emergencies

The Houston Fire Department reminds citizens about the importance of taking safety measures when outdoors to avoid heat-related medical emergencies, this also includes making sure caregivers “Look Before They Lock” for children left in vehicles. Also, remember that pets should never be left in a vehicle on a warm or hot day.

◾Before conducting outdoors activities and feeling thirsty, drink plenty of water and electrolyte-replacement beverages. Avoid beverages or food sources with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar because these can actually result in the loss of body fluid. Most popular sodas contain high levels of sugar and should be avoided when conducting strenuous activity. Avoid drinking alcohol the evening before conducting strenuous exercise as alcohol increases .

◾Conduct outdoor work or exercise in the early morning or evening when it is cooler. Individuals unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment need to start slowly and gradually increase heat exposure over several weeks. Take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned facility.

◾A wide-brimmed, loose-fitting hat that allows ventilation helps prevent sunburn and heat-related emergencies. A tight-fitting baseball cap is not the best choice when conducting strenuous outdoors activities. Sunscreen also helps protect injury from the sun’s rays and reduces the risk of sunburn.

◾Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that permits the evaporation of perspiration. Do not leave children, senior citizens or pets unattended in a vehicle.
Pool and Water Safety

◾Active, focused, adult supervision is the most important safety measure to prevent a water-related tragedy involving a child. The vast majority of children who drown in pools do so in the backyards of their own homes or of relatives.

◾Never leave a child alone near water, always watch your children around swimming pools

◾Enroll children over the age of 3 in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors. However, swimming lessons don’t make your child “drown proof.” Remember, flotation devices are not a substitute for supervision.

◾Use approved flotation devices

◾If your apartment has a pool, inspect the fence and gate. If the gate does not lock or you find any other defects with the fence, report it to the apartment management immediately.

◾Bring a cell phone to the pool in case of emergency

◾Standing water is the #1 cause of slips and falls around a pool. NO RUNNING on the pool deck!

◾Always have a first aid kit and emergency contacts handy

◾Watch for dangerous “TOOs”- Too Tired, Too Cold, Too Far from Safety, Too Much Sun, Too Much Strenuous Activity

◾Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. If lightning and thunder are nearby, get out until the storm has passed.

Teach Children these safety tips:

◾Always swim with a buddy

◾Don’t dive into unknown bodies of water. Jump in feet first to avoid hitting your head on the shallow bottom.

◾Don’t push or jump on others in or around water

◾Swim in supervised areas only

◾Obey all rules and posted signs
HFD also recommends parents and guardians learn CPR. Seconds count if a person drowns and performing CPR quickly and correctly can save their life. For more information on local CPR classes, please contact the American Red Cross , your local hospitals or medical schools.
Additional safety tips may be found on the HFD website
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Fire Chief Sam Pena Announces 5 New Ambulances

May 24, 2019
Fire Chief Sam Pena Announces Five New Ambulances Heading to Houston Fire Stations
HOUSTON –  Houston fire stations are set to receive 5 new Frazer built ambulances in the next few weeks.  Mayor Turner approved $900,000 in additional funds to purchase the ambulances.  The units will likely be housed at  Stations 12, 3, 24, 40 and 49. HFD has added 28 EMS units since July 2018. Mayor Turner has also approved funding for 5 additional EMS units.
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Suspect Charged, Wanted in Fatal Shooting at 12300 Aldine Westfield Road

May 22, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man that occurred at 12300 Aldine Westfield Road about 7:10 p.m. on May 14.

The suspect, Martin Vela (H/m, 26), is charged with murder in the 180th State District Court.  He is not in custody.  A previous booking photo of Vela is attached to this news release.

The victim, Arnoldo Moreno, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Detectives T. Fay and T. Terry reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting at Keith-Weiss Park at the above address and found Mr. Moreno deceased next to a pickup truck.  Witnesses reported the shooter fled on foot into the nearby park woods.  

Further information led to the identification of Vela as a suspect in this case and, on Tuesday (May 21), he was charged with murder.  He remains wanted at this time.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Vela or on this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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Conferencia de Prensa Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman

May 21, 2019

Bereavision Nueva York | New York City, Gotham Hall


Welterweight World Championship

Pacquiao vs Thurman

Super Middleweight Championship

Caleb Plant vs Mike Lee

La pelea tendrá lugar el dia  sabado 20, de Julio 2019, en el majestuoso inmueble de MGM GRAND en las Vegas Nevada.

Live on FOX Sports – PBC  PPV

Boletos a la venta en MGM Resorts

Caleb Plant vs Mike Lee (ambos invictos )

Mike Lee

“Respeto a todos los boxeadores pero el dia 20 de julio lo voy hacer mi momento, porque no me gusta hablar basura  y siento que he trabajado muy duro para llegar hasta donde estoy y el 20 de julio obtendré mi objetivo”

“No me deslumbran las cámaras, ni las luces, boxeo por amor a mi carrera “

Caleb Plant

“Llevo 18 años trabajando muy duro para ser quien soy, y este 20 de julio peleare por la memoria de mi madre que acaba de fallecer, pero sobre todo peleare porque a comparación de Mike, yo si tengo mucho , todo, por perder sin embargo él no!, defenderé este titulo a todo costa!”

“Me da lo mismo pelear en un estacionamiento como en el MGM GRAND, pero hare lo mejor para dar un buen espectáculo, pero sobre todo para mantenerme campeón”

Manny Pacquiao

“Estoy agradecido por la oportunidad de pelear nuevamente, estoy entusiasmado, me emociona  estar en este ambiente.

Me prepare muy duro para este 20 de julio y aunque tengo 40 años, utedes verán que eso queda aun lado.”

“Decidí pelear contra Thurman porque quiero demostrar que puedo vencer a alguien con él”

“Mi Carrera no esta terminada, esta carrera sigue para mi y lo demostrare”

“Thurman tu sabes lo que es estar en el ring, pero el 20 de julio vas a saber lo que es estar en el ring conmigo”

Keith Thurman

“Este es un sueno hecho realidad, porque desde hace mucho tiempo quería enfrentar grandes boxeadores  como Floyd o Pacquiao.

Esta es una nueva era, Floyd ya no está, Pacquiao si está, entonces vamos por esa pelea. No estoy bromeando, esto es serio y voy a ganar.”

“Con todo respeto a pacquiao y su equipo pero este es mi tiempo, mi momento y haré una muy buena pelea, porque esta será su última pelea, él lo hizo a de La Hoya, porque después que boxeo contra él, de la hoya ya no volvió a pelear, pueden buscarlo y verán que lo que digo es cierto, y yo lo haré lo mismo, él no volverá a boxear, Pacquiao es senador de Filipinas y allá es donde debe estar”.

Contra Josesito López solo fui Thurman, pero en este 20 de julio verán al mejor Thurman, al que esta listo para las grandes pelelas.”

“Este 20 de julio Pacquiao vera lo que es una verdadera pelea, y va a tener que demostrar lo mejor que tiene, diez años de diferencia va a ser notable en el ring”

Bereavision Nueva York
Iván Hernández
Fotografia/ Video: Manuel Mendieta 

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May 21, 2019
HOUSTON – Houston Public Works is seeking public input on the proposed2019 Water Conservation Plan. The Water Conservation Plan is a strategy to reduce water consumption in Houston. Water Conservation is important to ensure we have enough water for our growing population.

Houston’s population is projected to increase by 50% in the next 40-50 years. In addition, surrounding counties that have wholesale water accounts with Houston Water are also projected to double their population. 

Houston Water is committed to provide safe and reliable water supplies to all customers. To do this, the City must work to conserve water.

Feedback will help make sure the proposed Water Conservation Plan is right for our community and guide future investments in water conservation programs. Public input can be made through an online or by

The online survey closes Friday, May 31st @ 5PM and should take no more than 2 minutes to complete. 
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Books Alive! 10th Annual Children’s Book Celebration

May 17, 2019

WHAT:The Houston Public Library (HPL) is excited to invite children and teens to its 10th Annual Books Alive! Children’s Book Celebration. Families will  enjoy a day of entertaining activities including an author presentation, performances, interactive demonstrations, prizes, games, and much more. All activities are free! For more details visit: or call      832-393-1313.                        
Join the Books Alive! 10th Annual 
Children’s Book Celebration  

12:00 PM – 1:15 PMLarge group talk/presentation with children’s book author  Mac Barnett. Book sales & book signing by Blue Willow Bookshop in Gallery area. 
1 PM – 3:30 PM  
Exciting fun activities, games, craftsWHEN:Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 12 PM – 3 PM
 WHERE:Central Library | Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza 500 McKinney St., 77002
832-393-1313ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:About Children’s Book Author
Mac Barnett

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Persons of Interest Sought in Fatal Shooting at 3800 West 12th Street

May 17, 2019
Houston police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two persons of interest wanted for questioning in the fatal shooting of a man found at 3800 West 12th Street about 7:20 a.m. on April 26.  

The persons of interest, who are not charged at this time, are described only as two Hispanic males.  Surveillance photos of the males are attached to this news release.  

The victim, Mauro Martinez Barron, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene.  

HPD Homicide Division Detectives G. Sullivan and M. Condon reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to the above address after a passer-by discovered a male unresponsive and lying in a ditch.  He was bound and had been shot multiple times.  Paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced him deceased. 

An autopsy by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences identified the victim as Martinez Barron.  A preliminary investigation indicated family members’ last contact with Martinez Barron was on April 23.  He was then reported missing on April 24.  Further investigation developed information on two persons of interest, who remain unidentified at this time.   

Anyone with information on the identities of the persons of interest or in this case 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 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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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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Mayor Turner welcomes FedEx and other employers to the latest Turnaround Houston! Readiness Fair

May 14, 2019
WHAT:Community and business leaders connect the hard-to-employ with job opportunities at the 2nd Turnaround Houston! Readiness Fair of 2019, presented by Mayor Sylvester Turner, The City of Houston & Title Sponsor SKANSKA.
WHEN:9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
WHERE:Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Dr, Houston, TX 77074
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:Learn how the City of Houston is partnering with employers like FedEx to bring good-paying jobs to residents. Interview opportunities (including Spanish) from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with Office of Business Opportunity Director Carlecia D. Wright, Turnaround Houston! partners and clients.
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