Suspect Arrested, Charged in Shooting Incident at 2720 South Kirkwood Road

Jun 7, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a shooting incident at 2720 South Kirkwood Road about 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday (June 4).  

The suspect, Adam Jonathan Collins (b/m, 49), is charged with aggravated assault of a family member and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 179th State District Court.  A booking photo of Collins is attached to this news release.  

No one was injured in the shooting.  

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Officers A. Barker and M. Combs reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting at a parking lot at the above address and determined there had been a confrontation between Collins and his ex-girlfriend had gotten into a confrontation.  As the woman attempted to drive away, Collins repeatedly stopped his vehicle in front of her, causing her vehicle to strike his. Collins then fired a gun at his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle multiple times but did not strike her nor her 9-year-old son, who was a passenger in her vehicle,  Collins fled the scene.  He later met with officers, provided a statement and was subsequently arrested and charged. 
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in 2018 Fatal Stabbing at 3409 Cavalcade

Jun 7, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal stabbing of a man at 3409 Cavalcade about 2 a.m. on November 27, 2018.  

The suspect, Felix Terriel Esset (b/m, 46), is charged with murder in the 184th State District Court.  He is accused in the death of James Taylor, 72, who died at St. Joseph’s Medical Center.  

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

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Holbrook and Detective J. Roscoe reported:  

Two employees of a nightclub at the above address got into a dispute over fees paid to park cars outside the club.  One employee then stabbed the other..  The victim (Mr. Taylor) was transported by HFD paramedics to St Joseph’s Medical Center, where doctors pronounced him deceased on December 2.  Esset was detained at the scene and, following a preliminary investigation, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  

Further investigation and an autopsy conducted by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences determined Taylor’s cause of death and charges were upgraded to murder today (June 5).  
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Suspects Arrested, Other Victims Sought In “Wobbly Wheel” Scam Investigation

Jun 2, 2019
*NOTE TIME OF AVAILABILITY WITH INVESTIGATORS*

Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in a two-month- long investigation into fraudulent activity know as the “wobbly wheel” scam in the southwest areas of Houston.  

One suspect, Sam Yonko (w/m, 31), also know as “Angel””, is charged with three counts of felony theft in the 209th State District Court.  A second suspect, Nick Stanley (w/m, 29), also known as “Michael”, is charged with two counts of theft in Harris County Criminal Court #11.  Booking photos of both suspects are attached to this news release.  

Yonko and Stanley were known to operate in the area of Westheimer Road from the 610 West Loop to State Highway 6, Richmond Avenue inside the 610 Loop, and South Main Street near Braeswood Boulevard. 

The suspects follow a victim and honk or yell that the front wheel of the victim’s vehicle was loose.  If the victim pulls over and off the roadway, the suspects convince the victim the wheel could be fixed with a vehicle part they happened to have with them.  The suspects then ask to be reimbursed for the part.  After “repairing” the wheel, the suspects drive the victim, in vehicles resembling a white Subaru, a silver Ford or tan Toyota Camry, to a bank or ask for payment in gift cards. 

The suspects seemed friendly and helpful, however, if a victim told them that he or she had no money or the price was too high, the suspects became forceful and even threatening.  

Further investigation identified Yonko and Stanley as the suspects in this case and on Tuesday (May 28), they were taken into custody without incident.  

Investigators believe there are more victims and are asking anyone who may have had contact with Sam ” Angel” Yonko or Nick “Michael” Stanley to contact the HPD Major Offenders Division at 713-308-3100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. 
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Suspect Charged in March Fatal Shooting at 4700 Market Street

May 31, 2019
 
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of one man and the wounding of another man at 4700 Market Street about 9:10 a.m. on March 7.  

The suspect, Lavonie Demon Land (b/m, 35), is charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 228th State District Court.  A booking photo of Land is attached to this news release.

One victim, Jose Juvenal Gonzalez, 30, was transported to an area hospital where he died on March 9.  The second victim, Jose Miguel Gonzales, 20, was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant A. Turner and Officer J. Flores reported:

The victims, who are brothers, were at a convenience store at the above address when one of them began arguing with an unknown suspect.  The suspect then produced a gun and began shooting, striking both victims multiple times.  The suspect then fled the scene.

Further investigation led to the identity of Land as the suspect in this case.  Land was charged on Tuesday (May 28) while in the Harris County jail for a separate aggravated assault charge.
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The Houston Fire Department Announces 8th Annual “Operation: Save A Life” Safety Campaign

May 31, 2019
WFire Chief Samuel Peña and representatives from Kidde and Home Depot will announce the kick-off of the continued partnership “Operation Save a Life” public safety campaign.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) data, working smoke alarms in a reported fire cut the risk of dying in half and help prevent needless injuries to residents and emergency responders.

As part of the campaign, Kidde is donating its Worry-Free smoke alarms featuring a sealed-in 10-year battery that provides 24/7 fire safety protection. Kidde is also launching a series of public service announcements aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.As a joint sponsor in the Operation Save a Life initiative, The Home Depot will be hosting Save a Life Saturday events at select Houston-area stores.
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BARC TO HOST 3rd ANNUAL SENIOR PROM

May 29, 2019
HOUSTON – You are cordially invited to BARC’s 3rd Annual Senior Prom. Pet owners may bring their senior dogs and cats to partake in festivities. If you don’t have a silver haired furry friend, you may just leave the prom with a new roommate. BARC’s senior pets — dogs and cats 5 years and over — will be available for $5 adoption fees during the event.
 When: Friday May 31, 2019
            6 pm – 8 pm
               
Where: 3300 Carr St.
              Houston, TX 77026 
The Senior Prom Event highlights will include: $5 adoption fees for all adoptable senior pets Pets available for foster care   Official prom portraits by Nature Dog Photography  Gifts, giveaways, and prizes for senior pets donated by PetSmart, Kriser’sNatural Pet, Pur•E•Sense, and more!  Prom attire is encouraged but not required to participate in the “Best Dressed” prom costume contests for both human and pet attendees!  And of course, what prom would be complete without music, dancing, decorations, and refreshments? 
 
“We are very excited to host such a unique event for the community and for our own senior pets. We hope the community opens their homes to senior pets,” said Jennifer Barrera Wandrey, Outreach Manager at BARC.  
 
The simplest, but most powerful thing Houstonians can do to help BARC and pets throughout the community is to foster, volunteer, donate and adopt. If you are unable to permanently adopt a pet but would like to help animals in need, BARC encourages you to consider becoming a volunteer or a foster pet parent at BARC. By getting animals into foster homes, BARC has more space for additional animals as they enter the shelter.   
 
About BARC 
BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, takes in more than 25,000 animals annually regardless of behavior, breed, or medical condition.  BARC works each day to improve the health and safety of Houstonians and their pets by pioneering programs such as low cost and no cost spay/neuter services, mobile adoptions, transfer/rescue partnerships, and community outreach. Through these programs and with support from community partners, BARC’s live release rate has improved from single-digits in 2009 to an 85% in 2019. 
 
Visit www.houstonbarc.com or www.houstonbarcfoundation.org for more information. 
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Protesta en Contra de la nueva ley “Heart Beat” “Latido del corazón”

May 25, 2019

Atlanta, GA-Bereavision-En el Capitolio del estado de Georgia, más de mil mujeres y hombres de todas las edades se reunieron para protestar en contra de la nueva ley “Heart Beat” “Latido del corazón” que se aprobó el 7 de Mayo de este año.
Los oradores claves fueron algunos líderes locales y los activistas motivaron a las personas a seguir luchando contra de esta ley, la cuál al no bloquearse entrará en vigor el 1 de Enero del 2020.


El mitín estuvo lleno de energía por parte de los manifestantes que expresaron su oposición al gobernador Brian Kemp y a una de las leyes de aborto más estrictas de la nación.


Las mujeres expresaron sus opiniones sobre cómo el proyecto de ley promovería viejos métodos de aborto los cuales son fatales para las mujeres ” los abortos no se acabaran, solo pondrán en riesgo la vida de las mujeres” decían. Una de las organizadoras de la protesta también expresó su opinión de que el aborto es un derecho humano fundamental. Los derechos de la comunidad LGBTQ y minorías también han sufriendo del acceso a los abortos.

La coordinadora de Planned Parenthood expresó que las personas deberían tener Compasión para uno mismo y compasión para otros.
Y dejo el mensaje para Brian Kemp “nos vemos en la corte”.

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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 atwww.houstonfire.org
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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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