Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 2317 St. Charles Street

Dec 13, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man at 2317 St. Charles Street about 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday (Dec. 11).

The suspect, Denzell Dewayne Levi (b/m, 26), is charged with murder and aggravated assault of a family member in the 208th State District Court.  A booking photo of Levi is attached to this news release.

He is accused in the death of male, whose identity is pending notification to family members by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Homicide Division Detectives J. Stroble and K. Collier reported:

Officers responded to a reported shooting at a residence at the above residence and found a male with an apparent gunshot wound.  Houston Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the victim deceased.

Witnesses stated the victim was involved in a verbal confrontation with Levi, which quickly turned into a physical altercation.  Levi then shot the victim and threatened his (Levi’s) mother with the gun before fleeing the scene.  

Levi later contacted the Angleton Police Department and surrendered to officers at the Angleton Police Station.

Anyone with additional information about this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Shooting at 5350 West Gulf Bank Road

Dec 13, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the shooting of a man that occurred at 5350 West Gulf Bank Road about 8:50 p.m. on Tuesday (December 10).  

The suspect, Blanca Mariah Banda (H/f, 18), is charged with aggravated assault – serious bodily injury in the 208th State District Court.  She is accused in the shooting of Demone Bailey, 18, who was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.  

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

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Detectives M. Althaus and L. Bolmanski reported:  

Mr. Bailey was in his apartment at the above address with his girlfriend (Banda), who found a pistol.  Banda asked Bailey if the gun was loaded, to which he responded yes.  Banda then pointed the pistol at Bailey and shot him once in the head.  Paramedics transported Bailey to the hospital.  Banda was taken into custody at the scene and subsequently charged for her role in the shooting. 
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City Reaffirms Commitment to Arts and Culture Services

Dec 13, 2019

HOUSTON -The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs announces City Council approval of approximately $128 million of Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) revenue for arts and culture grants over the next five to seven years through a new contract with Houston Arts Alliance.

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) advises the mayor on cultural policy and sets the vision and goals for the City’s cultural investments. With the City’s adopted Arts and Cultural Plan as the guide, MOCA has achieved a high level of fairness, equity and transparency in the grants programs.

State law provides municipalities the use of some HOT revenues for the support of the arts to promote tourism and advance the convention and hotel industry.

Calendar year 2020 marks the 42nd year a Houston public/private partnership – exemplified by the contract with the Arts Alliance — in support of the arts in Houston. Collaboration has proved highly effective in developing the nonprofit arts community and providing vital services to residents and visitors in Houston.

“I commend and thank the arts community for working together to reach the contract approval to continue the City of Houston’s investment in cultural services,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “I see first-hand the diversity of creative expression available every day across our city and all of the ways the arts contribute to the image of Houston as a great place to live and visit.”

“The work we have done over the last four years has strengthened our systems because they reinforce our values and respond to community concerns,” said MOCA Director Debbie McNulty. “This is the fairest contract in the city’s recent history by instituting a new uniform grants application process that recognizes the contributions of nonprofit organizations of all sizes and disciplines as well as artists.”

Arts and culture offerings provide benefits to residents and improve quality of life through lifelong learning, student success, social and civic engagement, as well as significant economic benefits and jobs.

The local nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $1.2 billion industry that employs a wide range of professions, generates local and state government revenue and pumps more than half a billion dollars into restaurants, hotels, retail stores, parking garages, and other local businesses.

IHOT-funded groups draw total audiences of about 11 million people per year and over half of the events are free to the public.The new contract ensures residents and visitors will continue to have access to a full range of cultural offerings from the largest institutions to neighborhood-based groups throughout Houston, providing film, choir, literary works, visual art, jazz, dance, theatre, musicals, outdoor sculpture, classical music, opera, murals, poetry, craft, folk & traditional arts, photography, and more.

Houston Arts Alliance administers City-funded competitive peer review grant programs to support the delivery of cultural services through over 300 non-profit arts and cultural organizations, individual artists and special art projects.

As the local arts agency, HAA also administers a city-funded cultural calendar open to any organization or event. It will also serve the single point of contact for MOCA’s disaster-related communications going forward.

To learn more about the City’s cultural programs visit https://www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs/index.html and follow the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs on Facebook @HoustonMOCA.

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Suspect Charged, Wanted in Fatal Shooting at 3820 Rosemont Street

Dec 13, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man and woman and the wounding of another man that occurred at 3820 Rosemont Street about 5:10 a.m. on December 4.  

The suspect, Nyee Matalyo Duncan (b/m, 18), is charged with capital murder in the 232nd State District Court.  He is accused in the deaths of Romalius Mathews, 46, and Jaquilla Dixon, 47.  Another male victim, 50, was also wounded in the shooting.  

A prior booking photo of Duncan, who is not in custody at this time, is attached to this news release.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C. Sturdivant and Detective D. Nabors reported:

Officers responded to a shooting at a residence at the above address and learned a male victim had been shot and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in critical condition.  Officers then conducted a welfare check on the residence and found Mr. Mathews and Ms. Dixon deceased in a back bedroom.  Both had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Further investigation identified Duncan as the suspect in this case and he was charged today (December 11) for his role in the shooting.  

Anyone with information in this case or on the whereabouts of Nyee Matalyo Duncan is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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Second Suspect Sought in Fatal November 2018 Shooting at 1621 Witte Road

Dec 11, 2019
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Houston police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a second suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man at 1621 Witte Road about 8:30 p.m. on November 10, 2018.  

The suspect is described only as a Hispanic male in his late teens to early 20s and wearing a red hoodie.  

Another suspect, Jose L. Bonilla-Ortiz (H/m, 18), was arrested on November 17, 2018 and charged with murder in the 339th State District Court for his role in the killing of Faruk Bhuiya, 48.

A booking photo of Bonilla-Ortiz, previously released after his arrest, is attached to this news release.

Surveillance video of two wanted suspects was released on Nov. 13 on the HPD YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/1f2uJD_goVk.  Surveillance photos of the suspects were released on Nov. 11 and are attached to this news release.    

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant E. Attebury and Detective E. Rossow reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call at a convenience store at the above address and found Mr. Bhuiya, a store employee, deceased from gunshot wounds.  It is believed he was shot during an attempted robbery.

Further investigation led to the identity of Bonilla-Ortiz (pictured in the dark hoodie in video) as the shooter in this case.  He was taken into custody one week later and subsequently charged.  

Anyone with information on the identity of the wanted suspect (in the red hoodie in video) is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. 
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More Progress Made to Reduce Age of Fire Department Fleet

Dec 11, 2019

The City of Houston and the Houston Fire Department have been moving to increase the fleet’s capability. This week, the department has placed 4 new fire trucks in service. Three new ladder trucks and one new tower will replace existing trucks with an average age of over 10 years, thus reaching a milestone.  Once the new tower is placed in service, all 5 of the departments front-line towers will be 6 years old or less. The new trucks will be assigned to Stations 31, 51, 67 and 64. Crews from the stations receiving these trucks were trained on the use and maintenance of the new apparatus last week.

These trucks represent a nearly $4 Million investment approved by Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council. 

“The four new fire trucks come equipped with modern features that will allow first responders to more efficiently serve the public during their time of need,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “Over the last three years, the city has invested more than $31 million for fire truck replacements. We will continue to make public safety a priority,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. 

In order to maximize the City’s investment, Fire Chief Sam Peña implemented a department wide fleet replacement plan.  

“The Houston fire department has a sizable fleet made up of 88 frontline engine trucks, 35 ladder trucks, 5 tower trucks, 103 ambulances and over 200 light & medium duty vehicles and reserve apparatus.  We have been focused on properly resourcing the replacement and maintenance of our entire inventory. There will always be more needs than money, but our goal is to ensure we have appropriate turnover of the fleet.  Our firefighters and our residents deserve the best equipment we can provide,” Chief Sam Peña, Houston Fire. 

Since July of 2018, the department has received

  • 18 fire engines,
  • 5 ladder trucks
  • 2 tower trucks
  • 24 ambulances
  • 7 Incident command crew cab vehicles and
  • 10 emergency rescue/support 4×4 crew cab units
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IV CUMBRE MUNDIAL DE MUJERES y FERIA EXPO en New York

Dec 9, 2019

IV CUMBRE MUNDIAL DE MUJERES y FERIA EXPO en New York Desafíos de la Mujer en el Siglo XXI y el futuro.

En la primera semana del mes de noviembre se concentraron diversidad de personalidades mujeres de renombre tanto líderes empresarias ,gubernamentales,  licenciadas, abogadas, todas en  la celebración de la IV Cumbre Mundial de Mujeres realizado en Laguardia Plaza Hotel de East Elmhurst, NY.

Comenzando la Presentación a las 8:30 am. así  inaugurando este evento con la participación de la Senadora estatal de NY Jessica Ramos, y la líder Distrito A34 Liliana Melo, además se contó la participación de otras panelistas como la presidente de la Asociación  de Queens Womens Chambers Soledad Murillo, Jacqueline Camacho fundadora de los libros Today’s Inspired Latina, Majo Esquivel, Nancy Vergara,Gladys Ochoa, Ana Rosen, Alejandra Velez, Quenia Abreu, Sandra Betancourt, Blanca Garcia. 

Cada speaker contó con un tiempo de 15 minutos para compartir sus ideas , proyectos e historias de éxito, incluyendo debates de problemáticas, luchas y obstáculos que limitan a las mujeres en el mundo y su objetivo vencer todo barrera que se cruza en su carrera, no deteniéndose sino cumplir su sueño en la sociedad y ser un una motivante  para las mujeres que comienzan su carrera . 

El objetivo de esta cumbre es hacer parte de la agenda global para lograr la equidad de género en esta era.  El evento tuvo también una sección de premios entre los mas destacados fueron dos top premios como son el LEAWOMAN y EQUWOMAN entre otras prelaciones, reconocimientos al trabajo de hombres y mujeres por la inclusión de la mujer en la sociedad y todos los escenarios gubernamental y no gubernamental.

Este evento fue organizado por diferentes organizaciones y liderado por Nini L Gutiérrez G. Además en el lugar del evento se colocó al público una Expoferia , con workshops y asesorando a los invitados a conocer los pasos legales para crear su empresa en NY, además informar y saber el lenguaje administrativo en un negocio.

Bereavision/New York
Por Cesar Escamilla

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Suspect Charged, Wanted in Fatal Shooting at 5455 Court Road

Dec 6, 2019

Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man at 5455 Court Road about 9:05 p.m. on November 30.

The suspect, Cory Alexander Houck (b/m, 24), is charged by the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office with murder in the 250th State District Court.  He is not in custody.  A photo of Houck is attached to this news release.

The victim, Tremond Garrett, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Horn and Detectives K. McDonald and M. Condon reported:

Mr. Garrett and the suspect were involved in a verbal altercation in the parking lot of a corner store at the above address.  The altercation escalated and the suspect pulled a gun and shot at Garrett, who was struck in the chest.  

Further investigation identified Houck as the suspect and he was charged in Fort Bend County since the incident occurred in the county’s limits.  

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

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Houston Police Seize Large Crystal Methamphetamine Stash

Dec 6, 2019
Houston police narcotics officers seized a large amount of crystal methamphetamine from an empty northwest Houston home on Wednesday (December 4).

Through the course of their investigation, HPD Narcotics detectives found the crystal meth stash house.  Upon arrival, detectives found approximately 18 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and 131 kilograms of liquid methamphetamine.  The approximate street value of the narcotics is more than $15 million.

The crystal meth was found to be stored in cola bottles and thermoses.

At this time, the investigation is ongoing and police are searching for two suspects.  There are no arrests or charges in this case.  Due to the sensitivity of this investigation, the location of the residence is not being released at this time. 

Anyone with information in this case or any other narcotics cases is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS or Stop Drugs Houston at http://stopdrugshouston.org
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Composite Sketch, Surveillance Photos in Fatal Shooting at 4807 Raven Ridge Drive

Dec 6, 2019
Houston police have released a composite sketch of a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of one man and the wounding of two others that occurred at 4807 Raven Ridge Drive about 1:10 a.m. on December 1.  

The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a thin build.  He was wearing a hoodie and had much of his face covered.  A composite sketch of the suspect is attached to this news release.    

One victim, Juan Jose Medrano, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The two other victims, 45 and 25, were transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in stable condition.

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

Mr. Medrano was attending a party at a residence at the above residence when an unknown male suspect approached the house and began shooting, injuring the two victims.  The suspect then began shooting into the backyard and fatally struck Mr. Medrano. 

The suspect fled with two other suspects in a vehicle believed to be a Buick LeSabre or similar model.  Surveillance photos of the vehicle are attached to this news release.  

Anyone with information 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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