Mayor Turner orders changes to operating procedures for restaurants, bars and clubs

Mar 17, 2020
Mayor Turner announces changes to operating procedures for city of Houston bars, nightclubs and restaurants;
Houston Health Department broadens COVID-19 social distancing guidance for all Houstonians
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and local health officials Monday afternoon to announce new measures to help contain and mitigate COVID-19.

Mayor Turner and Judge Hidalgo ordered bars and nightclubs to close and food-service establishments to stop in-service dining for 15 days, effective at 8 a.m. on March 17, 2020.

The order does not affect restaurant carry-out, delivery or drive-thru services, third-party delivery services, or grocery stores. The goal is to gain compliance, but violations could result in citations.

“We are making tough decisions in the best interest of the city of Houston,” Mayor Turner said. “We must take deliberative action to protect ourselves and our loved ones, and do everything possible to stop coronavirus from spreading.”
The Houston Health Department also broadened its COVID-19 social distancing guidance for the general public. The department now recommends all Houstonians stay away from groups of 10 or more people where there will be close contact with others.”While most healthy people will recover from COVID-19, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of serious health consequences,” said Dr. David Persse, local health authority for the Houston Health Department. “If everyone avoids large gatherings, we will reduce the likelihood of young, healthy people giving their grandparents or immune-compromised friends a virus from which they may not recover.”Last week, Mayor Turner signed a proclamation declaring a Local State of Disaster Due to a Public Health Emergency to help contain and mitigate COVID-19 spread. As a result of the emergency order, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo closed and city-sponsored, produced, and permitted events were postponed or canceled through the end of March.City council will meet in emergency session at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 17 to consider extending the order indefinitely. Mayor Turner and the Houston Health Department continue to encourage employers to allow their employees to work in ways that minimizes close contact with large groups of people. Suggestions include telecommute options, offering scheduling flexibility, and staggering start and end times.”This is not a lock-down,” Mayor Turner said. “Our goal is to flatten the curve and slow the progression of COVID-19 so that it does not overwhelm our health care system.”Most people with COVID-19 will feel like they have a bad cold or the flu. Some people will require hospitalization. People who are at most risk for severe illness are elderly or have other health conditions.While COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus, daily precautions recommended to prevent respiratory illnesses are the same:Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when you can’t wash your hands.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, use the elbow of your sleeve. Don’t use your hands to cover coughs and sneezes.Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Stay home when you are sick and keep children home when they are sick.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Get a flu shot. (Although the flu shot does not protect against COVID-19, it is flu season.)Houstonians should visit HoustonEmergency.org for updated information about local risk, routine protective actions, frequently asked questions, communication resources, rumor control, emergency preparedness tips, and more.
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Mayor Turner joins Gallery Furniture’s Mattress Mack to assist vulnerable communities

Mar 17, 2020
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee today to announce a donation drive to assist Houston’s most vulnerable populations during the city’s response to COVID-19.Mattress Mack is asking people to drop off non-perishable items like soup, protein bars, packages of tuna, and new toiletries such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, baby wipes, and diapers. 
Volunteers will deliver the collected items to housebound seniors and families with young children whose schools have temporarily closed. “We are looking forward to helping the vulnerable citizens of Houston as we pull together in the city of Houston,” said McIngvale. “We also are seeking volunteers to drop off donated items at the seniors’ front doors, so they do not have to fight traffic and crowds at local grocery stores.”

People who need supplies or wish to donate should call 713-694-5570 or drop off non-perishable items at Gallery Furniture’s three locations. More information is available on the company’s COVID-19 information web page. Mattress Mack also plans to partner with Ronnie Killen of KILLEN’S BBQ to prepare and make available “grab and go” meals. “Time and again when we face major challenges, Mattress Mack has stepped up,” Mayor Turner said. “While some people are bum-rushing stores and buying everything in sight, this is a way to help our seniors. We do not want to forget about them.” “This is a phenomenon and a time in our lives that could get worse before it gets better,” said U.S. Representative Jackson Lee. “The seniors are the most at-risk population. I am delighted Mattress Mack is creating this opportunity for people to help each other.”During the donation drive and supply drop-offs, volunteers will be encouraged to help contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Everyone will be required to practice social distancing, wash their hands, and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth. If someone is sick, they should not come to any of the donation sites. “Houstonians are generous, and we are going to work together to ease the stress of seniors and families with children,” Mayor Turner said. The donation drive is another example we are setting for the world and a reminder that we are #HoustonStrong.”

Houstonians may visit HoustonEmergency.org for updated information about local risk, routine protective actions, frequently asked questions, communication resources, rumor control, emergency preparedness tips and more.
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GOLDEN BOY Y EYE OF THE TIGER MANAGEMENT REALIZAN UNA GRAN ADICIÓN A SU TREMENDA ASOCIACIÓN

Mar 11, 2020

GOLDEN BOY Y EYE OF THE TIGER MANAGEMENT REALIZAN UNA GRAN ADICIÓN A SU TREMENDA ASOCIACIÓN 
ARSLANBEK ‘LION’ MAKHUMUDOV, CAMPEÓN NABF DE PESO COMPLETO, INGRESA A SU ESTABLO CO PROMOCIONAL  
            LOS ÁNGELES, California 9 de marzo de 2020.— Golden Boy Eye of the Tiger Management están orgullosos de presentar otro emocionante talento a audiencias estadounidenses al agregar a Arslanbek “Lion” Makhmudov (10-0, 10 nocáuts), campeón completo NABF, a su establo co promocional. Makhamudov se une a peleadores de la talla de  David Lemieux,Yves UlyssesErik Bazinyan y Steven Butler en ser parte de esta histórica asociación co promocional.
            Con una altura de seis pies y cinco pulgadas y media, Makhmudov es un monstruo ruso que pesa hasta 260 libras cuando entra al ring. Antes de convertirse en profesional en 2017, fue un destacado amateur internacional, donde participó en varios torneos incluyendo la Serie Mundial de Boxeo. Como profesional, el contendiente de 30 años de edad terminó todas sus peleas por nocaut, la última de ellas siendo una victoria en el primer episodio contra el ex campeón mundial Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter para agenciarse el título NABF de peso completo. Makhmudov, quien ahora reside en Montreal, Quebec, Canadá, aspira a conquistar la competitiva división de peso completo lo más pronto posible.
            “Estoy confiado en que, con la ayuda de mi equipo, Eye of the Tiger Promotions y Golden Boy Promotions, realizaré mi meta de ser campeón mundial del mundo en peso completo”, aseguró Arslanbek Makhmudov.
            “Estoy encantado de traer el mejor prospecto de peso completo del mundo a los Estados Unidos con Golden Boy Promotions”, dijo Camille Estephan, Presidente de Eye of the Tiger Management. “Planeamos enviar un mensaje a la división de los pesos completos con sus grandes actuaciones. Me estoy asociando con Óscar, Eric, Roberto, Bernard y su equipo, y creo que juntos tendremos un campeón mundial de peso”, puntualizó.             “Se puede decir que en los últimos años hemos tenido un renacimiento en la división completo”, afirmó Óscar De La Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Las grandes peleas, rivalidades fuertes y la publicidad constante en la división de los completos es muy saludable para el deporte. Estamos haciendo nuestra parte para continuar este impulso al firmar a peleadores como Arslan Makhmudov, un artista de nocaut quien ingresa a nuestro establo tras desarrollar un impresionante palmarés de 10 victorias con 10 nocauts junto con nuestros amigos en Eye of the Tiger Management. Esperamos con ansias trabajar con Camille Estephan y todo su equipo para desarrollar a Makhmudov en un campeón mundial”, finalizó.

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Investigation into Shooting Incident at 9585 Main Street

Mar 11, 2020
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the shooting of a man that occurred at 9585 Main Street about 7:45 p.m. last Friday (March 6).

The suspect, Lonell Junior Martel (b/m, 66), is charged with felon in possession of a weapon and tampering/fabricating evidence in the 209th State District Court.  A booking photo of Martel is attached to this news release.

The victim, Lionel Stanley, 36, was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. 

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Detectives Z. Brumley and M. Althaus reported:

Martel was a parking attendant for a bar at the above address.  Mr. Stanley became upset when Martel gave a parking space to another patron.  Stanley got out of his vehicle and began to argue with and, according to witnesses, threaten Martel.  At that time, Martel shot Stanley one time in the abdomen before fleeing in a vehicle. 

While fleeing, Martel threw the weapon to an unknown location along the 610 Loop (Interstate Highway 610).  He eventually returned to the shooting scene to surrender to officers.

Anyone with additional information on this case is urged to contact the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-3600.
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MAYOR’S TURNER’S STATEMENT ON CITY’S FIRST PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE CASE OF CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019

Mar 6, 2020
HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department announced today the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the city of Houston. The case is a male in the 60 to 70 age range with a history of international travel. 

The man is experiencing mild symptoms and is self-quarantine at home. He is part of the same group of travelers to Egypt associated with recent cases announced in Fort Bend County and Harris County. There is no evidence of community spread.

CDC is currently requesting COVID-19 specimens that test positive be sent to the CDC lab for further confirmation, but local testing is considered actionable.

The Houston Health Department laboratory this week began COVID-19 testing specimens collected by area medical providers from patients meeting COVID-19 testing criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“All the cases in the Houston area have international travel in common and we’ve been actively monitoring these individuals since they were identified as being at-risk,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “I encourage Houstonians to limit international travel for the time being and heed the advice of public health officials about healthy hygiene habits. If you are feeling sick, stay at home. But do not be paralyzed by fear.”

The health department has launched an investigation to identify any potential contacts exposed to the virus. The department will provide close contacts guidance about the virus and monitor them for the development of symptoms.

“The patient knew to monitor for symptoms and quickly sought medical care when he started feeling ill” said Dr. David Persse, local health authority for the Houston Health Department. “His quick action and the response of the public health system signifies that the potential for public exposure in Houston is minimal.”

People who recently returned to the United States from a COVID-19 outbreak area need to monitor for fever, cough and difficulty breathing for at least 14 days and seek medical care right away if they develop symptoms. Before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room, symptomatic people with a travel history to a COVID-19 outbreak area must call ahead to tell the healthcare professionals about their recent travel and symptoms.

If a person has not been around anyone with COVID-19 or has not visited an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak area, they are not at risk.

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; andWhile COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus, daily precautions recommended to prevent respiratory illnesses are the same:Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Stay home when you are sick.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use the elbow of your sleeve.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information. The health department is unable to release any additional patient information.
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2nd Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting in 2100 Johnson Street

Mar 6, 2020
2nd Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting in 2100 Johnson Street
Charges have been filed against a second suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of two men at 2100 Johnson Street about 11 p.m. on Sunday (March 1).  

The male juvenile suspect, 16, has been referred to Harris County Juvenile Probation authorities on a capital murder charge.  Another suspect, Daniel Puccio (w/m, 19), is in custody and charged with capital murder in the 180th State District Court.  

Both are accused in the death of Tristan Youngs, 23.  The second deceased male has been identified as Tomas Amieza-Mejia, 18.  

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

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Horn and Detective J. Escobar reported:  

Mr. Youngs agreed to meet with Puccio at the above address to sell narcotics.  During the transaction, Puccio fled on foot.  Youngs was confronted by Amiez-Mejia and the 16-year-old male, who ran up to the vehicle from a nearby vacant residence.  Youngs exchanged gunfire with Amiez-Mejia, who died at the scene.  Youngs was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.  

A preliminary investigation identified Puccio as a suspect in this case and he was later detained.  Puccio admitted to homicide investigators he contacted the victim to purchase narcotics and intended to rob the victim of his money.  

Further investigation identified the 16-year-old male as a second suspect in this case.  He was arrested today (March 5) and has been charged for his involvement in this incident.   

Anyone with additional 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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First African-American woman appointed to Port of Houston Authority board

Mar 6, 2020
First African-American woman appointed to Port of Houston Authority board
Mayor Turner and City Council approved historic nomination
 
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston City Council voted yesterday to approve the nomination of Cheryl Creuzot to serve as a member of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority.

Creuzot, a  highly respected business and civic leader, will be the first African-American female port commissioner in the nearly 116 year history once she is sworn in.

“I am confident Cheryl Creuzot will be outstanding as Port Commissioner and that she will be a uniter for the community,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “She brings a breadth of experience to her new role and I’m pleased to be a part of this historic moment.”

“I look forward to working diligently. I am not only proud, but understand the immense responsibility of this appointment and I will work very hard with the seated commissioners to enable the port to accomplish its strategic goals,” said Cheryl Creuzot, Port of Houston Authority Port Commissioner. “Going into a new position, I will first continue listening and learning, and then rolling up my sleeves to get to work along with the other commissioners.and staff to make our port a global leader.”
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Crash at 7100 South Gessner Road

Mar 6, 2020
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a fatal crash at 7100 South Gessner Road about 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday (March 3).  

The suspect, Abigail Annette Johnson (b/f, 25), is charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter in the 209th State District Court.  A booking photo of Johnson is attached to this news release.  

The identity of the male and female victims are pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.  

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant P. Lee and Officer C. Loring reported:  

The driver of a red Kia, traveling westbound on Neff Street, left a stop sign at the intersection of South Gessner and attempted to turn left.  Suspect Johnson was driving a gold Ford Expedition northbound on South Gessner, possibly at a high rate of speed, when her vehicle struck the Kia.  The Kia was pushed across the median and struck a silver Toyota Corolla traveling southbound on South Gessner.  The Ford spun and also struck the Corolla.  

The male driver and female passenger of the Kia were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Johnson was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in an unknown condition.  She was determined to be intoxicated and subsequently charged for her role in the crash.  The driver of the Corolla was not injured. 
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Shooting at 5971 Doolittle Boulevard

Mar 5, 2020
Suspect Arrested, Charged in Shooting at 5971 Doolittle Boulevard
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the shooting of a man at 5971 Doolittle Boulevard about 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday (March 3).

The suspect, Michael Alexander Torres (b/m, 49), is charged with aggravated assault of a family member in the 174th State District Court.  A booking photo of Torres is attached to this news release.

The victim, Davon Gaston, 42, was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Officer J. De La Torre reported:

Torres and a female companion drove to the residence at the above address so the female could pick up some of her personal property.  They were greeted by Mr. Gaston, who was in a dating relationship with the female.  At some point, Gaston picked up a brick and threw it at the windshield of Torres’ vehicle.  Torres then pulled out a pistol and fired several shots at Gaston, striking him in the chest.  

Paramedics transported Gaston to an area hospital where he underwent surgery.  Torres was detained and subsequently charged in the incident.  
 
Anyone with additional information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800.
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Mayor Sylvester Turner’s statement on today’s water line break

Feb 28, 2020
Mayor Sylvester Turner’s statement on today’s water line break
Boil water notice issued and Houstonians urged to conserve usage
HOUSTON –  Please attribute the following statement to Mayor Sylvester Turner.”In light of today’s wide-spread water outage, I have authorized Houston Public Works to take all necessary steps to isolate the water line break, drain the lines, and make the necessary repairs to return water pressure to normal levels as soon as possible. Repairs will take six to eight hours so we are asking the public to conserve water to help relive water pressure. We are currently under a boil water notice and you will be notified when it is rescinded.  

A City of Houston contractor was doing exploratory work for a City of Houston water line project in east Houston near 610 and Clinton Drive. When soil was moved from the line, the 96-inch line burst.Food service establishments without water or flushing toilets must cease operation. The Houston Health Department has dispatched sanitarians to the area.I want to thank our first responders for acting quickly and getting drivers to safety. Thankfully, no water entered any homes in the affected area.

Today’s water line break is a reminder of the aging infrastructure that Houston and other major cities face as we work to make improvements each day.”
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