City of Houston Activates Emergency Operations Center in Response to Potential for Severe Weather

May 12, 2019

HOUSTON – To monitor this week’s potential for severe weather, including street flooding, the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has activated the City’s Emergency Operations Center to Level III, Increased Readiness.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the Houston region through 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Forecasted estimated rainfall totals are about 5 to 8 inches widespread, with isolated areas with 9 to 12 inches possible through the weekend.

Various City departments have been preparing for the potential of severe weather this week. This includes pre-staging barricades and high-water vehicles throughout Houston.

Houston OEM is maintaining contact with the National Weather Service and Harris County Flood Control District as additional storms approach Houston and begin impacting the area. OEM is also coordinating response activities and situational awareness with City departments and partner agencies.

In addition, the City of Houston has activated a Joint Information Center (JIC) to manage public information related to this week’s weather and the City’s response. JIC staff will provide weather updates and public safety messaging via AlertHoustonwww.houstonemergency.org, and OEM’s social media accounts: NextdoorTwitter,Facebook, and Instagram.

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Celebrate El Dia de los Niños at the Stanaker Neighborhood Library

Apr 26, 2019
WHAT:Join us in celebrating El Dia de los Niños at your library with traditional dances by “Las Américas Ballet Folklórico”, Mariachi band, face paint, photobooth, traditional dances, and delicious food.

This event is part of the Library’s Living Room Series Programs. This event is free and open to the public. For more details visit: www.houstonlibrary.org,
WHEN:Saturday, April 27 | 1:30 PM
 
WHERE:Stanaker Neighborhood Library | 611 S/Sgt. Macario Garcia, 770011 | 832-393-2080
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:About the Houston Public LibraryThe Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, four 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.
 
For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org, on Twitter @houstonlibrary, on Facebook – houstonlibrary or call 832-393-1313.
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Suspects Arrested, Charged in Shooting Incident at 4310 Gessner

Apr 26, 2019
Suspects Arrested, Charged in Shooting Incident at 4310 Gessner
Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in an incident in which a Harris County Precinct 6 deputy constable discharged his duty weapon at 4310 Gessner about 10:45 p.m. on Sunday (April 21).  

The suspects, Ramon Alonso Martinez (H/m, 19) and Arthur Jess Villarreal (H/m, 20), are charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in the 174th State District Court.  A booking photo of Martinez is attached to this news release.  A booking photo of Villarreal is not available at this time, as he remains hospitalized.  

The Harris County Precinct 6 deputy constable, who discharged his duty weapon, was not injured in the incident.  

HPD Special Investigations Unit Detectives R. Gonzales and E. Contreras reported:  

A Harris County Precinct 6 deputy constable, off-duty and in full uniform, was in his personal vehicle at the intersection of Gessner and Clay and saw four male suspects running into a gas station at the above address.  The deputy saw the store employee raise his hands and appear to be the victim of a robbery.  The deputy then saw the four suspects, armed with guns, run out of the store.  

The deputy gave the suspects verbal commands to stop and saw one of the suspects carrying a long-barrel firearm.  Fearing for his life, the deputy discharged his duty weapon at the suspect (Villareal) and struck him.  The deputy then detained him and a second suspect (Martinez) at the scene. 

Martinez was arrested at the scene and subsequently charged.  Villareal was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital with a gunshot wound to the torso in an unknown condition.  He was also charged for his role in the incident.  

The two other suspects fled the scene in a white Chevrolet Trailblazer waiting nearby, driven by an unknown fifth suspect. 

As is customary in officer-involved shooting incidents in the Houston city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Special Investigations Unit and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.  
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Suspect Wanted, Charged in 2018 Fatal Shooting at 6863 River Bluff Drive

Apr 22, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man at 6863 River Bluff Drive about 11:40 p.m. on December 10, 2018.  

The suspect, Richard A. Nico (b/m, 53), is charged with manslaughter in the 338th State District Court.  A photo of Nico, who is not in custody at this time, is attached to this news release.  

The victim, Drew Conley, 17, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants T. Simmons and J. Horn reported:  

Mr. Conley had been living with relatives for about a month when they told him he had to move out of the house.  Prior to Conley’s return, he and his uncle (Nico) got into a heated argument over the phone.  

After arriving at the residence to retrieve his belongings, Conley and Nico began arguing again and verbally threatened each other.  Nico went back inside the residence and up to his bedroom.  Conley later went upstairs to Nico’s bedroom to confront him.  Fearing for his safety, Nico shot Conley once in the leg as he approached.  Conley fled from the residence and was transported by private vehicle to a nearby emergency room, where he was later pronounced dead.  

Nico remained at the residence and was questioned by investigators.  The case was then referred to a Harris County grand jury.  

Following a review by the Harris County grand jury, Nico was subsequently charged for his role in Conley’s death. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of wanted suspect Richard Nico is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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Heartworm Awareness Month

Apr 22, 2019
CALLING ALL PET ADOPTERS 50% OFF HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVE AT BARC IN APRIL
HOUSTON –  BARC, the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, is offering discounted heartworm prevention to all dogs adopted during the month of April as part of Heartworm Awareness Month.

“Heartworm disease is easy to prevent but very expensive treat. Left untreated, it can be fatal for dogs and limit the length and quality of their lives. BARC encourages all dogs be kept on preventative heartworm medication to avoid illness,” said BARC spokesperson, Jennifer Barrera Wandrey.

All dogs adopted through the end of April are eligible to receive 50% off 6-month boxes of TriHeart or Trifexis (up to 1-year supply) when purchased at the time of adoption at BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions – 3300 Carr Street, Houston, Texas 77026. Puppy adopters may purchase less than 6-month supplies.

For more information about Heartworm disease, visit the Heartworm Society at https://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm-basics.

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 90% in 2019.

Visit www.houstonbarc.com or www.houstonbarcfoundation.org for more information.
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Two Suspects Charged, Wanted in Fatal Shooting at 7315 Parkes Street

Apr 22, 2019
Charges have been filed against two suspects wanted in the fatal shooting of a man at 7315 Parkes Street about 3 p.m. on Saturday (April 13).  

The suspects, Richard Nolan (b/m, 20) and Gary Logan (b/m, 20), are charged with murder in the 178th State District Court for their roles in the death of Deverrick Goodin, 44. 

A 2017 booking photo of Logan is attached to this news release.  A photo of Nolan is not available for release at this time. 

HPD Homicide Division Detectives M. Barrow and J. Stroble reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting at a residence at the above address and found Mr. Goodin deceased from multiple gunshot wounds.  Witnesses in the area reported seeing three young black males fleeing the scene after the shooting.  

Further investigation identified Nolan and Logan as suspects in this case.  They were both charged and are not in custody at this time.  A third unidentified male suspect also remains at large.  

Anyone with information in this case or on the whereabouts of suspects Richard Nolan and Gary Logan is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.  
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Surveillance Photos of Suspect Wanted in Man’s Death at 3801 Liberty Road

Apr 17, 2019
Houston police have released surveillance photos of a suspect wanted in the death of a man at 3801 Liberty Road about 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday (April 16).  

The suspect is described only as a black male in his early 20s who goes by the name “Colombia.”  He was wearing a red, white and blue FILA jacket and is believed to be driving a gray 2006-2008 Dodge Charger with no front license plate.  Surveillance photos of the suspect, including one with him holding a metal pipe are attached to this news release.  

The victim has been identified as Terry Calhoun, 46.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant T. Simmons and Detectives E. Aguilera, T. Colbert and R. Ridel reported:  

Mr. Calhoun was inside a neighborhood store at the above address by the front counter when an unknown suspect entered the store with a metal pipe (not a stick) in his hand.  The suspect approached Calhoun and struck him in the head at least once.  Paramedics transported Calhoun to Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  

At this time, there is no known motive.  

Anyone with information in this case or on the whereabouts of the wanted suspect is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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Houston Health Department competition encourages young musicians to become Houston Preparedness Icons

Apr 17, 2019

Young musicians are invited to showcase their talent at an upcoming Houston Health Department competition. Houston Preparedness Icon offers contestants ages 18-29 the opportunity to win prizes for writing and performing songs that encourage Houstonians to prepare for emergencies.

“We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to reach young people with important information about their health and well-being,” said John Fleming, chief of the Houston Health Department Bureau of Public Health Preparedness. “We think an event like Houston Preparedness Icon is a great way to connect with young people through music and performance.”

Contestants will perform 2-3 songs, all of which must be original compositions. At least one of the songs must promote an emergency preparedness message such as ways to prepare for hurricanes, how to prevent the flu, the importance of vaccinations, methods to prevent mosquito-borne illness, items needed in an emergency kit, etc.

Contestants may apply for the competition as individuals or groups. Applications will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. on April 25. Participants will be notified about their application status no later than April 29.

To apply, email the name(s) of contestants, ages, phone numbers, number of songs and length of set to php@houstontx.gov with “Houston Preparedness Icon” in the subject line.

The grand prize of the competition is a $250 gift card with $125, $75 and $50 gift cards for three runners up. Prizes are sponsored by City of Houston District J Council Member Mike Laster.

“Knowing what to do to prepare for emergencies can literally mean the difference between life and death,” Council Member Laster said. “That’s why I’m proud to support Houston Preparedness Icon. Contestants will have the chance to convey a serious and important message in a fun, exciting and creative way. It should be an entertaining evening.” 

Contestants must sign waivers that permits the Houston Health Department to post their likeness and songs on the department’s current or future social media platforms. Songs must not contain discriminatory, explicit or offensive language.

Houston Preparedness Icon will be held Saturday, May 4 from 7-10 p.m. at the Southwest Multi-Service Center, located at 6400 High Star Drive in Houston. Free tickets can be obtained at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/houston-preparedness-icon-tickets-60277493606

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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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