Suspect Charged, Wanted in Fatal Shooting at 12300 Aldine Westfield Road

May 22, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man that occurred at 12300 Aldine Westfield Road about 7:10 p.m. on May 14.

The suspect, Martin Vela (H/m, 26), is charged with murder in the 180th State District Court.  He is not in custody.  A previous booking photo of Vela is attached to this news release.

The victim, Arnoldo Moreno, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Detectives T. Fay and T. Terry reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting at Keith-Weiss Park at the above address and found Mr. Moreno deceased next to a pickup truck.  Witnesses reported the shooter fled on foot into the nearby park woods.  

Further information led to the identification of Vela as a suspect in this case and, on Tuesday (May 21), he was charged with murder.  He remains wanted at this time.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Vela or on 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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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 1400 East 36th Street

May 22, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man at 1400 East 36th Street about 4:05 p.m. on Saturday (May 18).  

The suspect, Joshua Ofaron Williams (b/m, 34), is charged with murder in the 209th State District Court.  He is accused in the death of Eugene B. Scott, 40, who was pronounced deceased at an area hospital.  

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

HPD Homicide Division Detectives L. Patterson and M. Arrington reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call at the above address.  A witness stated Mr. Scott was walking up the street when a suspect drove up in a white Dodge Avenger with the driver’s side window down.  The suspect pointed a gun out the window and fired several shots at Scott, striking him multiple times.  The suspect fled the scene in the vehicle.  Paramedics transported Scott to the hospital.  

At about 8:30 p.m. that same evening, Williams was found intoxicated behind the wheel of a wrecked white Dodge Avenger.  He was taken into custody and, at that time, charged with driving while intoxicated in Harris County Criminal Court #9.  Further investigation determined his involvement in Scott’s death and, on Sunday (May 19) he was charged with murder.  
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SHARE INPUT ON HOUSTON’S 2019 WATER CONSERVATION PLAN

May 21, 2019
SHARE INPUT ON HOUSTON’S 2019 WATER CONSERVATION PLAN
HOUSTON – Houston Public Works is seeking public input on the proposed2019 Water Conservation Plan. The Water Conservation Plan is a strategy to reduce water consumption in Houston. Water Conservation is important to ensure we have enough water for our growing population.

Houston’s population is projected to increase by 50% in the next 40-50 years. In addition, surrounding counties that have wholesale water accounts with Houston Water are also projected to double their population. 

Houston Water is committed to provide safe and reliable water supplies to all customers. To do this, the City must work to conserve water.

Feedback will help make sure the proposed Water Conservation Plan is right for our community and guide future investments in water conservation programs. Public input can be made through an online survey:www.surveymonkey.com/r/waterconservationplan or by emailingwaterconservation@houstontx.gov

The online survey closes Friday, May 31st @ 5PM and should take no more than 2 minutes to complete. 
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Surveillance Video Released in Fatal Shooting at 12300 Aldine Westfield Road

May 20, 2019
**Please note additional YouTube link to new surveillance video of the suspect**

Houston police have released surveillance video of a possible suspect wanted for questioning in the fatal shooting of a man that occurred at 12300 Aldine Westfield Road about 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday (May 14).

The possible suspect is described only as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, wearing a light-colored shirt and dark-colored shorts.  Surveillance video of the male seen running from the area is posted on the HPD YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/QwtrwwcKRUc (new video) and  https://youtu.be/GPDvNWNql3g (previously released video).

The identity of the victim, believed to be in his mid-20s, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Homicide Division Detectives T. Fay and T. Terry reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting at Keith-Weiss Park at the above address and found the victim deceased next to a pickup truck.  Witnesses reported the shooter fled on foot into the nearby park woods.  

Anyone with information on 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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Books Alive! 10th Annual Children’s Book Celebration

May 17, 2019


WHAT:The Houston Public Library (HPL) is excited to invite children and teens to its 10th Annual Books Alive! Children’s Book Celebration. Families will  enjoy a day of entertaining activities including an author presentation, performances, interactive demonstrations, prizes, games, and much more. All activities are free! For more details visit: www.houstonlibrary.org or call      832-393-1313.                        
Join the Books Alive! 10th Annual 
Children’s Book Celebration  

12:00 PM – 1:15 PMLarge group talk/presentation with children’s book author  Mac Barnett. Book sales & book signing by Blue Willow Bookshop in Gallery area. 
1 PM – 3:30 PM  
Exciting fun activities, games, craftsWHEN:Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 12 PM – 3 PM
 WHERE:Central Library | Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza 500 McKinney St., 77002
832-393-1313ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:About Children’s Book Author
Mac Barnett

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Persons of Interest Sought in Fatal Shooting at 3800 West 12th Street

May 17, 2019
Houston police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two persons of interest wanted for questioning in the fatal shooting of a man found at 3800 West 12th Street about 7:20 a.m. on April 26.  

The persons of interest, who are not charged at this time, are described only as two Hispanic males.  Surveillance photos of the males are attached to this news release.  

The victim, Mauro Martinez Barron, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene.  

HPD Homicide Division Detectives G. Sullivan and M. Condon reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to the above address after a passer-by discovered a male unresponsive and lying in a ditch.  He was bound and had been shot multiple times.  Paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced him deceased. 

An autopsy by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences identified the victim as Martinez Barron.  A preliminary investigation indicated family members’ last contact with Martinez Barron was on April 23.  He was then reported missing on April 24.  Further investigation developed information on two persons of interest, who remain unidentified at this time.   

Anyone with information on the identities of the persons of interest or 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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Suspect Arrested, Charged in January Death of Infant

May 17, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the death of a baby girl at a hospital at 1635 North Loop West about 4:20 a.m. on January 30.

The suspect, Adrian Lizcano (H/m, 21), is charged with murder in the 232nd State District Court for his role in the death of his daughter, 15 days old.  A booking photo of Lizcano is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Officers J. Flores and A. Turner reported:

Officers were dispatched to Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital at the above address regarding a deceased baby.  Hospital staff discovered the infant had several injuries, including bleeding to the brain and skull fractures described as being non-accidental. 
 
On Wednesday (May 15), the baby’s father, Lizcano, was charged with murder.  He was arrested today (May 16) without incident.
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City Awards Second Round of 2019 Let Creativity Happen! Arts Grants

May 16, 2019
City Awards Second Round of 2019 Let Creativity Happen! Arts Grants
HOUSTON – The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs today announced 22 recipients of the quarterly Let Creativity Happen! competitive grants for artists projects.
 
A total of $55,000 – 22 grants of $2,500 each – was awarded to 37 artists and three organizations


Funded by the City of Houston Hotel Occupancy Tax dedicated to the arts, Let Creativity Happen! is administered by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs with the Houston Arts Alliance.
 
“Our City flourishes with a wide range of arts experiences available every day,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said.  “It reminds each of us of the value of art and artists in the success of Houston. The City is proud to invest in the creative economy and the artists that are integral to its growth.” 
 
“The presentations are one of the most exciting components of the grant program,” said Debbie McNulty, director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “The projects culminate in a presentation where recipients talk about what they created, learned and have an opportunity to engage with other grant recipients. I invite everyone to join me at the next 8×8, eight artists x eight minutes. The artists will share their experience on Tuesday, June 11th at Aurora Picture Show, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Your creativity will be ignited.”
 
MOCA congratulates all award recipients and thanks them for their dedication and contributions to the expansive arts and cultural landscape of Houston.
 
To learn more about each of these grants, visit
http://houstonartsalliance.
com/images/uploads/main/2019_Recipient_List.pdf

 
The next deadline for grant applications is 5:30 pm July 1.
 
Grant recipients:Recipient
Project Title
Artistic Discipline
B. Lauren
Mercy, a film journal for the tender heart and mind.
Film / Photography
Carolina Borja
Zipper Merging your ducks in my row
Sculptural Installation
Cressandra Thibodeaux
Folk Songs of My Father
Multidisciplinary Arts
Cuyler Ballenger
2 Cards
Film / Video Art / Performance
Dance Houston
Hey There
Dance
David Politzer
Power Suit
Performance
Dennis Nance
“Summer Casual” – Exhibition and Auxiliary Programming at the Wedge Space at HCC Southeast
Visual Art
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Stabbing at 7800 Long Point Road

May 16, 2019
Houston police have arrested a suspect charged in the stabbing of a man that occurred at 7800 Long Point Road about 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday (May 14).

The suspect, Vanessa Constante (w/f, 30), is charged with aggravated assault of a family member in the 185th State District Court.  A photo of Constante is attached to this news release.

The victim, Juanito Vasquez, 41, was transported to an area hospital.

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Officers B. Salazar and A. Williams reported:

Constante and Mr. Vasquez, in a dating relationship for over two years, were arguing at a strip mall parking lot at the above address.  They were arguing over a flower Constante received from someone else.  The glass vase was broken on the ground near where the two were arguing.  Constante picked up a piece of the glass vase and used it to cut Vasquez across the left side of his neck.  Vasquez received a four-inch laceration that cut the artery in his neck.  He was transported to an area hospital where he is expected to survive.

Constante was arrested at the scene without incident.
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Missing Child Investigation

May 12, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the disappearance of a child reportedly abducted about 9 p.m. on Saturday (May 4).

The suspect, Derion Vence (b/m, 26), is charged with tampering with evidence in the 180th State District Court.  He is the step-father of missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis.  A photo of suspect Vence is not available at this time.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Horn, Detective K. McDonald and Officer J. Escobar reported:

Suspect Vence reported to police that on May 4, he was en route to George Bush Intercontinental Airport when he heard a sound that made him think his silver Nissan Altima had a flat tire.  He pulled over on the Eastex Freeway (North U.S. Highway 59) near Greens Road.  Vence told police Maleah was then taken by three Hispanic males in their 30s, driving a 2010 blue Chevrolet crew cab pickup truck.  Due to injuries he said he suffered during the abduction, he reportedly lost consciousness for about 24 hours, regaining it on Sunday (May 5).  He said he found himself on foot in Sugar Land and walked to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for treatment.  He then reported Maleah missing.

Although Vence reported his silver Nissan Altima was taken in the abduction, surveillance video showed someone in that Nissan Altima dropped Vence off at the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital on May 5.

Also, blood evidence obtained from Vence’s apartment has been linked to Maleah.  Vence was also observed carrying a full laundry basket from the apartment.  

On Thursday, Vence’s silver Nissan Altima was recovered in Missouri City, Texas.  The laundry basket was found in the trunk of the Nissan along with a gas can.

Today (Saturday, May 11), members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force arrested Vence without incident at a relative’s home in Sugar Land.

Anyone with information on this case, the whereabouts of Maleah Davis, or who knows who sold the gas can (pictured below) to Vence is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Any/all updates on this story will be disseminated on our HPD Twitt
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