Person of Interest Identified, Sought in Fatal Shooting of HPD Officer at 7900 block of North Freeway

Nov 19, 2020
Person of Interest Identified, Sought in Fatal Shooting of HPD Officer at 7900 block of North Freeway
Houston police have learned the identity of a person of interest sought for questioning in the fatal shooting of an HPD officer that occurred in the 7900 block of the North Freeway (Interstate Highway 45 North) service road about 1:30 p.m. on November 9.  

The person of interest has been identified as Jason Frank Vazquez, 24.  A prior booking photo of Vazquez, who has not been charged at this time, is attached to this news release.  Surveillance photos of Vazquez, previously released on November 10, are also attached to this news release. 

The suspect, Robert Soliz, Jr. (H/m, 24), is charged with murder in the 179th State District Court.  A booking photo of Soliz is attached to this news release.

The person of interest was seen driving a black Chevrolet pickup truck and speaking with Soliz after the shooting. 

The victim, Sergeant Sean Rios, 47, was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Sergeant Rios was sworn in as an HPD officer in February 1996 and assigned to the Airport Division.

HPD Special Investigations Unit Sergeant G. Rodgers and Officers I. Ulloa, R. Lujan, M. Resnick, J. Brown reported:

Patrol officers were dispatched to a shooting in-progress call to the northbound service road at the above address.  Officers arrived and found a Kia Forte abandoned on nearby Stuebner Airline and a male with a gunshot wound inside a nearby hotel.  Witnesses came forward and claimed two Hispanic males had a confrontation with the male in the Kia Forte.  Witnesses told officers the driver of the Kia and the driver of the Mercedes fired shots at each other and stated one of the Hispanic males fled the scene in a light blue Mercedes, the other male in a black Chevrolet truck.

It was determined the wounded male had walked to a nearby hotel at 7766 North Freeway where he was pronounced deceased.  Upon further investigation, it was discovered the deceased male was an off-duty Houston Police Department Sergeant, Sean Rios.  Officers canvassing the area located the blue Mercedes and developed a primary suspect, Robert Soliz.

Soliz was taken into custody during a traffic stop on November 10 and subsequently charged for his role in the shooting. 

Further investigation developed information that identified the person of interest as Jason Frank Vazquez.  Vazquez remains at-large.  

Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything between the 3900 and 7900 blocks of the North Freeway, north of North Interstate Highway 610 and south of Gulf Bank Road, or know the whereabouts of the person of interest, Jason Frank Vazquez, to contact the HPD Special Investigations Unit at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

     Jason Frank Vazquez (2019)                   


                      Jason Frank Vazquez


               Robert Soliz, Jr.
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Mayor Turner announces winner of Mayor’s Early Vote College Challenge

Nov 4, 2020
Mayor Turner honors winning campus in the Mayor’s Early Vote College ChallengeMayor Sylvester Turner unveils the winner of the Mayor’s Early Vote College Challenge. HOUSTON – In an election year with record turnout, especially among young voters, Mayor Sylvester Turner joined student leaders from the University of Houston (UH), Texas Southern University (TSU), and Rice University this morning to announce the winner of the Mayor’s Early Vote College Challenge
 
The Mayor and student leaders were also joined by Rice University President David Leebron and Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins, who was visiting different polling locations in Harris County today. 
 
At the beginning of early voting for the 2020 election, Mayor Turner challenged students to mobilize and encourage their classmates, family and friends to participate in early voting on their respective campuses. 
 
 A total of 21,431 people voted early on the university campuses. Rice University won the challenge with 13,080 people using that site. Mayor Turner presented the Rice student leaders with a plaque in the shape of Texas to acknowledge their hard work.
 
He also commended UH and TSU students who worked tirelessly to increase voter turnout. At the University of Houston, 4,639 people voted and 3,712 voters used the polling location at Texas Southern University.
 
The Mayor presented all students with gift bags filled with Houston-themed memorabilia including face masks, t-shirts and notepads. “This election is like none other, and this generation has responded like no other. This means if you make voting accessible, if you put polling locations where the voters are, people will respond,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “We need good solid leaders to step forward like the student leaders at the University of Houston, Texas Southern, and Rice. They are not only the leaders of the future but the leaders of right now.”
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Houston Open Returns to Memorial Park for First Time Since 1963

Nov 4, 2020
CITY OF HOUSTON AND MEMORIAL PARK WELCOME THE RETURN OF THE HOUSTON OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENTInformation on Road Closures and Parking Information Available Online
Mayor Sylvester Turner, Astros Owner Jim Crane, and the Astros Golf Foundation kicked off the 2020 Vivint Houston Open Golf Tournament today at Memorial Park.  The tournament runs November 5-8.  To prepare for the event, the Memorial Park Golf Course underwent an 18-month, $34-million renovation, funded by the Astros Golf Foundation. This year’s tournament will feature an elite field of 132 golfers competing for a $7-million purse for the winner. The Houston Open last played at Memorial Park in 1963. 
 
“This is a momentous day in the City of Houston, and frankly for the entire region,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.  “Our City looks forward to hosting some of the best golfers in the world to play the newly renovated Memorial Park Golf Course.  I consider the international spotlight on Houston a hole-in-one.  It is incredible to think that for the first time in 57 years the Houston Open has returned to the Memorial Park Golf Course, and that could not have been accomplished without Astros Owner Jim Crane and Giles Kibbe with the Astros Golf Foundation.”
 
While the return of the Houston Open is warmly welcomed it will impact park visitors and surrounding neighborhoods.
 
“We worked with the neighborhood and residents to develop a parking and traffic plan to reduce the impact of traffic throughout the area,” said Steve Wright, Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department. “We hope that runners and visitors to the park will understand and take this opportunity to visit one of our other parks in the system, including over 165 miles of trails.” 
 
For complete information about the impact of the 2020 Houston Open on Memorial Park and surrounding neighborhoods, including full parking information, please visit www.houstontx.gov/parks/pdfs/2020/2020HoustonOpenMemorialPark_ParkingPlan.pdf. Park visitors without a tournament pass are urged to:
 Access Memorial Loop Drive between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.  Please do not use Memorial Loop Drive between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.Use Memorial Loop Drive after 11:00 p.m. to exit the park only.Park north of Memorial Drive between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Please do not park overnight or between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Event security will be on patrol.Use the Seymour Lieberman Trail between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.Visit the Clay Family Eastern Glades between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.Park south of Memorial Drive during normal park hours.  There will be no tournament parking south of Memorial Drive.Visit any of the City Houston’s other parks and trails during normal park hours.  A list can be found on www.HoustonParks.org
The Houston Open will be aired on The Golf Channel.  For more information, visit www.HoustonOpenGolf.com.  To view today’s Press Conference, visit https://youtu.be/J2RCrY2ftA8
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Altísimo riesgo de contagio celebraciones del 12 de de diciembre

Nov 2, 2020

(CDMX). El subsecretario de Salud Hugo López-Gatell reiteró su llamado a evitar las aglomeraciones, principalmente por las próximas celebraciones religiosas católicas del 12 de diciembre, que señaló el funcionario son de altísimo riesgo de contagio.

López-Gatell indicó que se mantienen conversaciones con el Episcopado Mexicano para que estas celebraciones se acoplen a los lineamientos sanitarios, sin embargo, llamó a la población a no realizar movilizaciones ni acudan a la Ciudad de México.

Asimismo, consideró que por la cantidad de personas que se concentran en dicha fecha, podría poner en riesgo los avances al combate al Covid-19 en por lo menos 20 estados del país.

Tan sólo el pasado 28 de octubre se celebró a San Judas Tadeo por insistencia de los feligreses, que lograron que las autoridades abrieran el templo de San Hipólito a pesar de la estricta orden para no realizar este tipo de eventos.

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México adquirirá medicamentos a través de la ONU

Nov 2, 2020

(CDMX). El gobierno de México firmó un acuerdo de equivalencia para que por medio de la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas de Servicios para Proyectos (UNOPS) pueda adquirir medicamentos en todo el mundo y con ello terminar con el desabasto de medicinas en el país.

Desde Palacio Nacional el presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador firmó el decreto con el que aseguró que estas medicinas serán de buena calidad y de buen precio.

En ese sentido, el acuerdo suscribe que el gobierno no presentará restricciones para la entrada de los medicamentos y simplificará los trámites para aquellos que posean autorización en sus relativos países también la tengan en México para su distribución.

El primer mandatario refirió que ya no habrá limitación legal para que una empresa de prestigio internacional pueda vender medicamentos en el país, pues anteriormente se necesitaba una autorización de la Cofepris que podría tardar hasta un año.

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Comerciantes buscan reactivar ventas en Día de Muertos

Nov 2, 2020

(CDMX). Se acerca la celebración de Día de Muertos, la tradición mexicana que más llama la atención en el mundo por ser considerada por la Unesco como Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial de la humanidad por sus colores, comida y motivo de honra a los muertos.

Ante ello, cientos de personas ponen ofrendas con fotografías de sus difuntos y adornan con diferentes materiales, alimentos y flores para recordar a quienes ya no están.

Uno de los lugares donde precisamente se puede adquirir lo necesario para adornar, sin duda ha sido el mercado tradicional de Jamaica y donde a pesar de la pandemia de Covid-19, los comerciantes buscan reactivar su economía en esta temporada que se podría considerar como de las más altas.

Aquí se encuentran las calaveritas de azúcar y chocolate, catrines, catrinas, papel picado de diversos colores, cráneos, calabazas, camote, copales, por supuesto las flores de cempasúchil y demás artículos que se pueden agregar.

Aunque las ventas han sido un poco bajas durante estos días, los vendedores esperan que en la víspera del 1 de noviembre vengan más clientes y así, logren reactivar más su economía.

Los asistentes no deben olvidar que para poder acceder al mercado es necesario el uso obligatorio de cubrebocas, así como gel antibacterial y la sana distancia.

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Analiza AMLO plantear ante la ONU el regreso de piezas históricas a sus países de origen

Nov 2, 2020

(CDMX). El presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador expresó en su conferencia matutina que analiza presentar una iniciativa ante la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) para que las piezas históricas que se encuentran en otros países regresen a sus lugares de origen.

El titular del Ejecutivo federal propuso que los países que tienen piezas históricas de otras naciones deben devolverlas como un acto voluntario, pues señaló que esto es parte de una política colonialista que no debe permitirse.

“Las naciones que tienen estas piezas no quieren devolverlas, yo estoy pensando seriamente en que presentemos una iniciativa en la ONU para que todo ese patrimonio histórico regrese a los pueblos de donde son originarias esas piezas y que sea un acto voluntario de quienes poseen esas piezas porque es parte de una política colonialista que ya no debe permitirse en el mundo”.

“Lo estoy planteando por la actitud de algunos países, vamos a esperar, pero consideramos que la exhibición como algo mínimo, elemental de las piezas en los lugares de origen debe garantizarse como algo mínimo porque son piezas originarias de los pueblos y si están museos del extranjero pueden ser visitadas si acaso por las élites, por no por el pueblo. ¿Quién va a Londres, quién va a París, quién va a Madrid, quién va al Vaticano a los museos? No se pierde nada si hay exposiciones que la gente permita que pueda apreciarlas de donde son originarias las piezas”.

Esto, luego de que tras la gira de Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller para solicitar el préstamo de piezas para exhibirse en México el próximo año con motivo de la conmemoración de la consumación de independencia y 500 años de la caída de Tenochtitlán, algunas le fueran negadas.

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Halloween Bike Lane Demonstration Rolls Through Gulfton

Oct 29, 2020
Halloween Bike Lane Demonstration
Rolls Through Gulfton
HOUSTON – Grab Halloween by the handlebars at the Gulfton Pop-up Bike Lane Demonstration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Riders will meet at the Benavidez Elementary School parking lot, 6262 Gulfton Street.

This socially-distanced, outdoor event is part of the City’s efforts to educate the public about traffic management solutions. Houston continues to make strides in becoming a more bike-friendly city. There are currently 120 miles of bike lanes across the city, and earlier this month, Houston City Council approved an ordinance prohibiting parking of motor vehicles in dedicated bicycle lanes. Gulfton is one of ten communities selected for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Complete Communities initiative, and this event is a step toward fulfilling community input requesting safer mobility options.

The temporary transportation demonstration will allow Gulfton community members to get hands-on, real-life experiences with a bike lane and learn the benefits of using crosswalks, bike lanes, and other traffic mobility solutions. If community comments and feedback are favorable, bike lanes may be permanently installed. Leave your comments about the pop-up bike lane at the site or online at www.letstalkhouston.org/gulfton

The event is hosted by the City of Houston Planning and Development Department, Complete Communities, Bike Houston, BCycle, Council Member Edward Pollard, Gulfton Super Neighborhood and AARP. We practice safety first so, bring a mask, helmet, and wear your bicycle-safe Halloween costumes for a howling good time for the whole family. 

Support for the demonstration was provided in part by an AARP Community Challenge Grant. The Planning and Development Department was one of five Texas organizations – and among 184 organizations nationwide – receiving 2020 AARP Community Challenge grants, with more than $2.4 million awarded in total.
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Sin semáforo rojo; CDMX permanecerá en naranja con alerta

Oct 23, 2020

(CDMX). La jefa de Gobierno, Claudia Sheinbaum informó que por décima octaba semana, la Ciudad de México se mantendrá en semáforo naranja con alerta, ante la pandemia de Covid-19.

En ese sentido señaló que aunque hubo una tendencia al alza de hospitalizaciones del 10 al 19 de octubre, en los últimos tres días esta tendencia se detuvo y permanece estable, o sea que no sube, pero tampoco baja.

“Aunque el inicio de la semana fue crítico, ya que había 23 personas hospitalizadas al día, la tendencia hospitalaria se detuvo durante los últimos días. Hoy la CDMX se encuentra un 40% por debajo del punto más crítico que fue en mayo”.

“No estamos en el nivel de regresar a semáforo rojo, pero no estamos en la condición de abrir nuevas actividades. Estamos en alerta”.

Ante ello, la mandataria refirió que no habrá aperturas en los próximos días e invitó a la ciudadanía a mantener las medidas sanitarias para evitar contagiarse.

En el caso de los festejos próximos por el Día de Muertos, anunció que los panteones permanecerán cerrados y habrá eventos de manera virtual.

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