Suspect Arrested, Charged in Shooting at 9050 Mills Road

Apr 17, 2019

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the shooting of a juvenile male and a woman at 9050 Mills Road about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday (April 14).  

The suspect, Derrick Dewayne Gray (b/m, 18), is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 176th State District Court.  A booking photo of Gray is attached to this news release.  

The male victim, 16, and the female victim, Angela Grey, 37, were transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.  

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Detectives A. Hernandez and A. Ferrell reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a verbal altercation, which later became a shooting at a hotel at the above address.  The suspect was attending a birthday party at the hotel when he got into an argument with a juvenile male.  The adults present asked the suspect to leave.  He stated he did not have to leave and wanted to fight in the parking lot.  An adult male stated the suspect kept making movements as if he had a firearm.  The adult male, Ms. Grey and the juvenile male then walked away from the suspect to re-enter the hotel.  As the suspect drove away in his vehicle, he fired multiple shots.  Ms. Grey was struck in the right knee.  The juvenile victim was struck in the right leg.  Paramedics transported both victims to the hospital.  The adult male was not injured.  

Further investigation identified Derrick Gray as the suspect in this case and he was taken into custody on Monday (April 15) without incident.

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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Crash at 1801 South Voss Road

Apr 17, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a fatal crash at 1801 South Voss Road about 6:05 p.m. on Monday (April 15).

The suspect, Julivan Do Tran (A/f, 29), is charged with manslaughter in the 184th State District Court.  A booking photo of Tran is attached to this news release.

The identity of the female victim, 33, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant M. Warhol and Officer A. Mares reported:

The victim, operating a green Harley Davidson motorcycle, and suspect Tran, driving a gray Honda Accord, were involved in an earlier crash in which the victim left the scene and failed to stop and give information.  While Tran was waiting for police officers to arrive to take a report, she saw the victim on the motorcycle and the two had a conversation.  The victim then left the scene a second time. 

Tran then got into her vehicle and began to chase after the motorcycle behind the business at the above address.  When the motorcyclist lost control going around a corner of the business, Tran failed to control the speed of her vehicle and struck the motorcycle.  Paramedics transported the motorcyclist to Memorial Hermann Hospital where she was pronounced deceased. 

Tran was taken into custody and subsequently charged in the incident.
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Surveillance Photos of Suspects Wanted in Fatal Shooting at 9200 Main Street

Apr 17, 2019
Houston police are asking for the public’s help in identifying three suspects wanted in the fatal shooting of a man at 9200 Main Street about 1:05 a.m. today (April 16).  

The suspects are described only as three black males, one wearing a black hoodie with a red “USA” emblem on the front left side of his chest.  The other two suspects were armed with pistols and wore black hoodies; one of them was wearing a white skeletal mask.  Surveillance photos of the suspects are attached to this news release.  

The identity of the victim, 59, is pending notification to family members by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants K. Meek, J. Horn and Detective J. Escobar reported:   

Three male suspects entered a gas station at the above address wearing masks, hoodies and gloves and attempted to rob the location.  The victim, an employee of the business, appeared to comply with the suspects’ demands, but was shot multiple times.  Paramedics transported him to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  

Anyone with information in this case or on the identities of the wanted suspects is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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Investigation into Fatal Shooting at 11600 Village Place Drive

Apr 9, 2019
Surveillance Photos Released in Fatal Shooting at 11600 Village Place Drive
Houston police have released surveillance photos of two men believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of a man that occurred at 11600 Village Place about 11:55 p.m. on Monday (April 8).

The victim, 28, was transported to West Houston Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  His identity is pending notification to family members by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Homicide Division Detectives B. Evans and T. Tyler reported:

The victim and a friend were at a nearby convenience store when he got into an altercation with another male.  The victim and his friend then left the store and observed a vehicle following them.  Someone from the suspect’s vehicle then fired a shot, striking the victim.

The driver of the vehicle, described only as a dark-colored, four-door sedan with white lettering near the top of the windshield, fled the scene.

Surveillance video from the convenience store shows two males standing in line behind the victim at the time of the disturbance. 

Anyone with information on the identities of the two males or the suspect vehicle is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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Mayor celebrates first Turnaround Entrepreneurship class, announces second

Apr 9, 2019
Mayor celebrates first Turnaround Entrepreneurship class, announces second
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner and Office of Business Opportunity Director Carlecia D. Wright, with leaders from local and national organizations, celebated the first-ever Turnaround Entrepreneurship Program (TEP) graduation ceremony at Houston City Hall today.

The 13 graduates now have a business plan vetted by professionals to start a business designed to help them provide for themselves and their families. Mayor Turner also announced the continuation of the program, thanks to funding by Capital One.

The Office of Business Opportunity manages the program, which is part of the Turnaround Houston! initiative started by Mayor Turner started in 2016 to help Houstonians overcome barriers to employment. The program teaches previously incarcerated individuals how to start and operate a business. A construction firm, a tele-communications infrastructure installer and a ride service to get patients to medical appointments are just a few of the promising business ideas.
 
“Congratulations to these 13 extraordinary graduates for their dedication to the program and for producing viable small business plans,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “The Turnaround Entrepreneurship Program showcases my administration’s commitment to ensuring that all Houstonians benefit from the economic power of this great city and that all of its residents live in thriving, complete communities.”
 
The program was made possible by a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ DollarWise Campaign. Starting in January, students met on Saturdays at the Shepard-Acres Homes Neighborhood Library. More than 50 applications were received, 16 were chosen for the cohort, and 13 completed the program.
 
“It is exciting to see the powerful and positive impact that TEP has had on these students lives,” said OBO Director Carlecia D. Wright. “And thanks to our partners at Microsoft, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Staples, OBO is also helping them get started by providing them with technology, seed funds and office supplies.”
 
Thanks to the success of this first cohort, Capital One has committed $10,000 to fund a second Turnaround Entrepreneurship Program in 2019. For much more on the Turnaround Houston! initiative, visit turnaroundhouston.org
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Crash at 2400 Katy Freeway

Apr 9, 2019
Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Crash at 2400 Katy Freeway
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a fatal crash that occurred at 2400 Katy Freeway (West Interstate Highway 10) about  3 a.m. on Saturday (April 6).  

The suspect, Sheila Michelle Brown (b/f, 33), is charged with failure to stop and render aid and intoxication manslaughter in the 339th State District Court.  A booking photo of Brown is attached to this news release.  

The identity of the male victim, 46, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.  

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant J. Benavidez and Officer J. Johnson reported:  

A red Toyota Camry, driven by Brown, was traveling eastbound on the Katy Freeway when it struck a blue Mazda 3.  The Camry then struck a tractor-trailer truck that was stopped due to a prior crash that occurred in the 2100 block of the Katy Freeway.  Meanwhile, the Mazda struck a white GMC Canyon.  The driver of the Mazda died at the scene.  Brown fled on foot and was detained by responding patrol officers.  She was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital with minor leg injuries.  She was determined to be intoxicated and subsequently charged for her role in the crash.  
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in 2016 Fatal Shooting at 1312 Robin

Apr 9, 2019
 Suspect Arrested, Charged in 2016 Fatal Shooting at 1312 Robin
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of three men and the wounding of two other persons at 1312 Robin about 10:35 p.m. on July 4, 2016.

The suspect, Jerome Moore (b/m, 20), is charged with capital murder (multiple murder) in the 179th State District Court.  A photo of Moore is attached to this news release.

Three victims, Daquarius Tucker, 19, Charles Jackson, 29, and Jamal Dixon-Lackey, 26, were pronounced dead at the scene.  A fourth male, 37, and a juvenile male, 10, were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening wounds.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants J. Brooks and C. Cegielski reported:

Residents were having a neighborhood fireworks display at the above address.  During the gathering, Mr. Tucker was targeted by a rival gang and shots were fired.  Tucker was killed, as were two other bystanders (Jackson and Dixon-Lackey) who were in close proximity to him.  Two additional victims were wounded. 

Further information led to the development of Moore as the suspected shooter in this case and, on April 3, 2019, he was arrested without incident and subsequently charged.
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Fresh produce more affordable at Houston Health Department’s 2019 Get Moving Houston Farmers Markets

Apr 3, 2019
FRESH PRODUCE MORE AFFORDABLE AT HOUSTON HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S 2019 GET MOVING HOUSTON FARMERS MARKETS
HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department is making fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable with the launch of its eighth Get Moving Houston Farmers Markets season.

The 2019 markets will offer SNAP beneficiaries a dollar for dollar match up to $20 spent on fresh fruits and vegetables through the Urban Harvest Double Up Houston program. In addition to the new incentive, the markets will continue to offer:Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers to eligible WIC clients;The Fruit and vegetable prescription program FRESH RX to Houstonians participating in a health screening visit or a health education class available at a participating health center; andVarious deals and bundles to make local fruits and vegetables more affordable.“Fruits and vegetables help prevent or delay the start of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease while helping people maintain a healthy weight and just feel better,” said Dr. Faith Foreman-Hays, head of the health department’s Office of Chronic Disease, Health Education and Wellness. 

Get Moving Houston Farmers Markets bring fresh fruits and vegetables to communities with low access, also known as food deserts. Since launching in 2011, the markets have benefited more than 20,000 underserved families and distributed more than half a million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in Houston.

“These markets provide a mutual benefit to farmers, shoppers and local economies by allowing farmers to sell high quality fresh fruits and vegetables directly to the community, meeting the area’s demand for fresh produce,” Foreman-Hays continued.

The markets accept cash, credit, debit and SNAP/Lonestar EBT.

The 2019 Get Moving Houston Farmers Market season runs April 3 through September 26. Markets are held twice weekly at multi-service centers across the city. The 2019 schedule and more information about the markets, incentives and health programs is available at houstontx.gov/health/farmersmarkets or 832-393-4054.
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NUIT BLANCHE HOUSTON Art Exhibit and Festival

Mar 28, 2019

Internationally acclaimed Art Festival Nuit Blanche will be transforming Downtown Houston on Saturday, April 6th for its inaugural debut! Imagine Houston animated at night, transformed by the magic of art with unique installations dotted around City Hall and the Houston Public Library. The public gets to take part in creating a work of art inspired by French Architect Yona Friedman and view an exhibit of his artwork inside the Central Library gallery (on the first floor). This unique celebration will engage both highly regarded international artists and local luminaries as well as school children. Visit www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313 for more information.

Festival Nuit Blanche Activities
Saturday, April 6 | 12 PM – 9 PM
Central Library, Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza | 500 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1313
Julia Ideson Building | 550 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1313

“Space Chain Structure” Central Library Gallery
On Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza, visitors are invited to build a “space chain structure” with the help of art students and docents. Each installation, built using 1,500 hula hoops, is assembled spontaneously, creating new variations of space with each turn.

Specially trained docents will be available to offer tours that allow students to develop an understanding of art in both creative and historical contexts.

Movie: African Tales – Central Library Gallery 
Friedman’s second piece of art exhibited during Nuit Blanche is “African Tales,” a series of ten films produced by Yona Friedman and his wife Denise Charvein, between 1960 and 1963. The animations are constructed from wooden blocks, carved and assembled to create the different scenes. The soundtrack is taken from UNESCO African music library, and each film is inspired by an ancestral African tale. Broadcasted in Africa by ethnologist and moviemaker Jean Roch, the films encountered great success. Lost until 2007, the films were restored with the help of the National Center for Edition, Art and Image in France.

Olivier Modr art exhibit inside the Julia Ideson Building
“I can’t remember”

The Houston Public Library’s Community Engagement Team – Central Library
Paper Circuits and an Art Activity | 4 PM – 6 PM

The Houston Public Library’s Youth Services Team – Central Library
Arts and crafts

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 37 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. With more than eight million visits per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

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Houston Firefighters to Participate in MDA’s Fill the Boot

Mar 28, 2019
WHAT:Press Conference for MDA Campaign
WHEN: April 10, 2019 at 10:00 am
WHERE:Houston Fire Station 11 460 TC Jester Blvd. Houston, TX  77007
Houston, Texas – The Houston Fire Department and the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 341 are supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) by once again taking part in the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign. This campaign helps to raise critical funds to help transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.Continuing a 65-year tradition, thousands of dedicated Houston firefighters will hit the streets or storefronts with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to donate to MDA.Houston’s Fill the Boot drive is scheduled on the following Saturdays from 10am – 2pm:April 13April 20April 27May 4Press Conference: Wednesday, April 10 at 10 amHouston Fire Station 11460 TC Jester Blvd. Houston, TX 77007Funds raised through the 2019 Houston Fill the Boot campaign will empower families with life-enhancing resources and support that open new possibilities and maximize independence, so they can experience the world without any limits. Houston firefighters have raised more than $8 million for MDA which funds groundbreaking research, programs and services that enrich the lives of individuals living with neuromuscular disease. Additionally, dollars raised during Fill the Boot help to send local Houston kids to MDA Summer Camp at no cost to their families. Every June, more than 100 campers from the Houston area experience a week of barrier-free fun while gaining confidence and independence.
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