Suspects Arrested, Charged in Man’s Death at 9700 Mesa Road

Jul 11, 2019
Houston police have arrested three suspects charged in the death of a man found at 9700 Mesa Road about 6:15 a.m. on Sunday (June 9).  

Marquise Da Shawn Bass (b/m, 24), Cordarrell Jamond Pickens (b/m, 25), and Louis Woods (b/m, 20) are all charged with murder in the 230th State District Court.  Booking photos of the three suspects are attached to this news release.

They are accused in the death of Gregory Brooks, 37, who suffered blunt force trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.  

HPD Homicide Division Detectives N. Sharp and K. Fregia reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a person down call on a sidewalk at the above address and found Mr. Brooks deceased.  A preliminary investigation determined Brooks had been assaulted by at least three to four unknown suspects and died from his injuries.  

Further investigation identified Bass, Pickens and Woods as suspects in this case and they were all arrested without incident.
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Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting at 3400 Liberty Road

Jul 10, 2019
 A suspect charged and wanted in the fatal shooting of one man and the wounding of two others that occurred at 3400 Liberty Road about 10 p.m. on June 8 has been arrested.

The suspect, Johnelle D. Johnson (b/m, 22), is charged with murder in the 185th State District Court for his role in the killing of Robert Givens, Jr., 30. 

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

Two other victims, Thomas Watson, 21, and Jovan Washington, 27, were transported to area hospitals.

HPD Homicide Division Detectives L. Patterson and E. Martinez reported:

Officers were dispatched to a shooting call and found three men with multiple gunshot wounds.  All three were taken to area hospitals.  Mr. Givens was pronounced deceased on June 21.  There were no known suspects in the shooting.

Further investigation identified Johnson as the suspect and he was charged last Friday (July 5).  He was taken into custody today (July 9) without incident. 
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 501 Greens Road

Jul 1, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a juvenile male at 501 Greens Road #605 about 8:45 p.m. on June 20.

The suspect, Marco Jason Ruiz (H/m, 17), is charged with manslaughter, burglary to commit aggravated assault and tampering/fabricating evidence in the 351st State District Court.  A booking photo of Ruiz is attached to this news release.

The male victim, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene.  His identity is pending notification to family members by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Homicide Division Detectives C. Lamont, R. Moss and E. May reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call at the above address.  Upon arrival, they found the victim deceased, lying on the apartment patio.  Witnessed reported seeing Ruiz flee the scene and enter another apartment in the same complex.  Officers took Ruiz into custody without incident and, following an interview with HPD Homicide Division detectives, he was charged in this case.
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HFD to Purchase Life-Saving Exit Locators

Jul 1, 2019

HFD to Purchase Exit Locators with Funds Requested by CM Mike Knox

Mayor Sylvester Turner approved CM Knox’s request for the use of unspent council funds to secure the purchase

HOUSTON – The Houston Fire Department can now begin the process of purchasing exit locators thanks to newly allocated funds from the City. These exit locators are called the “Fire Fighter’s Friend” and could save firefighter lives.  The devices are rugged pieces of equipment and have proven very valuable on fire scenes and would replace the HFD’s current devices.  Exit locators are placed just to the right of a door or opening during a fire attack and/or primary search. The strobe light and siren can be immediately activated so if a firefighter gets lost in a structure they can see or hear the exit locator and use it as a guide to safety. 

“These devices can make all the difference if a firefighter is lost or disoriented while inside a burning structure. A huge thank you to CM Knox and Mayor Turner’s administration for making taxpayer funds available for this purchase,” Sam Pena, Fire Chief.

The exit locators will be purchased from Safety Lamp of Houston for $25,000. This purchase is in support of the HFD’s Health and Safety Initiative spearheaded by Fire Chief Sam Pena.

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E-Scooters continúan siendo una opción popular entre los residentes de Atlanta.

Jun 29, 2019

En las recientes incorporaciones al transporte, el e-scooter ha se ha hecho muy popular debido a su bajo costo y accesibilidad.

Desde los estudiantes universitarios de Georgia State hasta los empleados de oficina, cualquier persona mayor de 18 años puede disfrutar de un paseo por el centro de Atlanta.

La introducción de los e-scooters en la ciudad se realizó en 2018, y atrajo la atención de personas de todas las edades. Compañías como Uber y Lyft incluso se unieron a la fabricación de sus propios scooters estacionados en áreas alrededor de Metro-Atlanta.

Birdlime, Jump y otras 5 compañías tienes casi el mismo rango de costos; una tarifa inicial de $1 y .15 ¢ por minuto. Pero su gran popularidad también ha comenzado a causar problemas. La gente deja los scooters dispersos por las calles donde a veces se dañan y son abandonados.

Recientemente se han promulgado nuevos reglamentos para mejorar los problemas surgidos llamada la Ordenanza 18-O-1322, establece que los usuarios de scooters deben usar carriles para bicicletas y no las banquetas peatonales, se recomienda que se use cascos pero no es obligatorios para las personas mayores de 16 años.

Se deben estacionar los scooters en áreas planas o en estacionamientos para bicicletas… No bloquear cualquier estacionamiento, cruces de peatones, puertas o caminos de acceso. Los pasajeros deben seguir las señales de tráfico y no pueden usar el teléfono celular mientras conducen.

Puede encontrar más información sobre las regulaciones del scooter en la ciudad de Atlanta en Los E-Scooters continúan siendo una opción popular entre los residentes de Atlanta e incluso los visitantes debido a que no afectan el medio ambiente y su costo es accesible.

Alejandra Garcia
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Mayor Turner thanks Gov. Abbott, releases statement on newly signed legislation related to disaster relief and preparedness

Jun 13, 2019
HOUSTON –  At Gov. Greg Abbott’s invitation, Mayor Sylvester Turner today attended the governor’s bill signing ceremony for legislation related to disaster relief and preparedness. 
Please attribute the following statement to Mayor Turner.

Mayor Turner greets Gov. Abbott this morning and thanks him for supporting disaster relief legislation)“Today is another important step in Houston’s long term recovery. Houston experienced one of the worst rain events in North American history. We knew if we were going to recover, we needed to have more resources, in this case the state’s Rainy Day Fund. I sincerely thank our local delegation, who from the beginning insisted on pushing for the Local Match.  
“Senator Creighton was key to this effort and I thank him for Senate Bill 7. My team worked with Rep. Huberty, Murphy, and Walle to provide a key amendment that made this bill work better for everyone in the City of Houston.  
“This is the first time the State of Texas has stepped up to provide the Local Match for federal disaster matching funds. Getting a $9 to $1 return on Public Assistance and $3 to $1 for Hazard Mitigation Grants is a very good return on investment for the state. 
“For Houston, this means over $200 million in investment in our recovery programs, maximizing our federal draw down. Making sure that every community affected by Harvey takes advantage of the federal matching funds is good policy for the State of Texas, and I thank all members of the Legislature, the Lt. Governor, and the Governor for their support.”
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Mayor Turner invites residents to commemorate Juneteenth, annual Acres Homes parade will take place Saturday, June 15

Jun 12, 2019
Mayor Turner invites residents to commemorate Juneteenth,
annual Acres Homes parade will take place Saturday, June 15
Houston — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner invites everyone to join him at the 8th Annual Juneteenth Parade in Acres Homes on Saturday, June 15. The parade will feature over 100 entries, including local marching bands, dancing groups, horses, floats, vintage cars and more.  Several special guests will also participate.

The excitement begins at 10 a.m. at the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, 6719 West Montgomery, and travels north up West Montgomery to turn left on Dolly Wright and disband at Greater Zion Baptist Church and Drew Academy.

“Every year, this event gets bigger and better because Juneteenth is an important day throughout Texas and in Houston,” Mayor Turner said.  “I invite everyone to watch along the parade route. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors. We’ll have a great time together as a community.”

Among the special guests joining the Mayor for this year’s event are:

Christina Wells – 2018 Semi-Finalist on America’s Got Talent, powerhouse vocalist, registered nurse, and motivational speaker

Trae the Truth – This Houston rapper is described as a musician, father, activist, and humanitarian. He assisted flood victims during Hurricane Harvey and has contributed to several community events and causes

Tobe Nwigwe –  a first-generation Nigerian American, is a visionary from Alief making waves in the hip hop world. An independent artist and lyricist; Nwigwe is known for his art, consistency, and singular goal in life—to make purpose popular.

Seun Adigun  — Seun is a Nigerian-American bobsledder who represented Nigeria at the 2018 Winter Olympics.  Seun ran track for the University of Houston and is the niece of former Houston Rockets and UH star Hakeem Olajuwon.

“Houston is the most diverse city in the nation and we are also inclusive. So, I invite residents from every neighborhood to attend the annual Juneteenth Parade in Acres Homes,” Mayor Turner said. “Juneteenth is about commemorating freedom, honoring our ancestors and building new relationships. I hope everyone will show up for this exciting event.”

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Houston Firefighters Equipped with Post-Fire Decontamination Kits to Fight Cancer Risk

Jun 12, 2019
Each kit includes a 5-gallon bucket, scrub brushes, detergents, hoses and spray bottles to help firefighter remove soot from their gear.
A Media Availability on this topic with Chief Peña is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 2pm.  1801 Smith 7th Floor.  Please,  RSVP
 HOUSTON-  Houston firefighters can now start the process of removing soot and other possible cancer-causing chemicals from their work gear while in the field.  All HFD engines have been issued post- fire decontamination kits.  The new decontamination kits allow for fast removal of soot and will also help prevent fire crews from tracking chemicals into their trucks, fire station and into or onto their personal belongings and eventually into their homes.A study done by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shows firefighters are nine percent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than the general population. They also have a 14 percent higher risk of dying from cancer.  Completing on-scene gross decontamination immediately upon exiting the fire ground has shown an 85% reduction of fire ground contaminates from firefighters work gear.  “With the increased use of plastics and synthetics in modern day buildings firefighters are more likely to encounter exposure to toxins.  Using decontamination methods in the field can play an integral role in preventing some of the cancer risks that firefighters face.  The HFD is committed to creating a safe and healthy work environment for Houston firefighters.  These kits are one component along with gear washers and diesel exhaust removal systems,” Sam Pena, Fire Chief. 
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Washers to Remove Toxins from Gear headed to 20 Houston Fire Stations

Jun 12, 2019
Specialized Washers that Remove Toxins from Gear are being Installed in 20 Houston Fire Stations
Firefighters will now be able to deep clean their bunker gear at district fire stations throughout the city. 

HOUSTON- As part of the Houston Fire Department’s  Health and Safety Initiative, Fire Chief Sam Peña is announcing the addition of commercial strength gear washing machines for 20 district fire stations. These extractors or “gear washers” are currently being installed and will enable firefighters to deep clean their gear after an incident.  

In eras past, it was considered a badge of honor to wear “seasoned” equipment. Today, however, we understand the risks firefighters face due to harmful carcinogens. Plastics and synthetics are more common in today’s households, making residential fires more dangerous due to an increase in toxic and carcinogenic combustion products. Unsafe contaminants and dangerous smoke particulates easily penetrate turnout gear and are promptly absorbed within the fabric. That’s why gear extractors are so important. 

Advanced cleaning is best accomplished with a minimum 30-lb-capacity washer extractor with fully programmable controls—including water-temperature control and a 100 g-force extraction setting. This meets today’s requirements while allowing the flexibility to ensure adherence to future requirements. Nationwide, fire departments large and small are focusing increasingly on cancer prevention in response to studies showing firefighters contract cancer at higher rates than the population at large.
“The health and safety of our firefighters is of the upmost importance.  It’s critical that we invest in equipment that is beneficial to their well-being.  The addition of commercial extractors to remove toxins from bunker gear is one part of that investment. It’s our goal to install extractors in every Houston fire station,” says Chief Peña.

These 20 extractors were funded through community donations.  The HFD is working to purchase additional extractors. 
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Mayor announces Safer Streets progress at site of pedestrian fatalities

Jun 12, 2019
Mayor Turner dedicated street safety work to the memory of Jesus “Jesse” Perez and Lesha Adams, who were were struck and killed as Adams helped Perez across a Heights area street. With him were Perez’s brother Dennis Perez, right, and Adams’ widow, Stefanie Marsh left, her children and her mother.

HOUSTON – Sparked by the deaths of two pedestrians crossing a street in the Heights area in March, Mayor Sylvester Turner today announced the completion of new street safety projects and plans for more as part of the city’s Safe Streets initiative.

With the pedestrians’ survivors looking on, the mayor reported the citywide upgrades and activated a newly installed traffic signal at North Shepherd Drive and West 10th Street, where the pair was killed. In her Good Samaritan style, Lesha White, 54, was driving with her daughters March 30 when she saw Jesus “Jesse” Perez struggling to cross the intersection in a wheelchair. She pulled over and was helping Perez when another vehicle struck the pair.

“Just because (Houston Public Works) upgraded this intersection does not mean we will forget Lesha Adams and Jesus Perez,” Mayor Turner said. “And just because we made this intersection safer for pedestrians and everyone else does not mean we need another horrific accident to take place before we improve other intersections.”

The city streamlined the way it addresses reports of dangerous intersection as of the mayor’s April 11 news conference at the site. As a result, Public Works made traffic light repairs, wheelchair ramp installations and other improvements at many of the 667 intersections reported by the public in the last two months.

As a symbol of the work underway, Mayor Turner today turned on the new pedestrian-activated traffic signal at the Shepherd intersection. The survivors and others then joined the mayor as he crossed the street.

Also since April 11, the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities logged and relayed to Public Works 20 requests for pedestrian access reviews, four times the usual amount. And Metro removed a bus stop three blocks south of the intersection to make it safer for bus riders to cross the street at stops.

Mayor Turner announced today that the city is joining the national Vision Zero network designed to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. He emphasized the network’s principles, including that all roadway fatalities are preventable.

Police Chief Art Acevedo, Metro board chair Carrin Patman, Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen, Public Works Director Carol Haddock and Office of People with Disabilities Director Maria Towns joined Mayor Turner to urge drivers to be more aware of pedestrians and cyclists.

“As the city doubles down on making streets safer for everyone, we always need residents, especially drivers, to work with us,” the mayor said. “Please take care, look out for your fellow Houstonians who are on foot, and avoid distractions such as cell phone use.”
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