Houston Fire Department Investigators Make Arson Arrest connected to a fire at the Heights of 2121 Apartments

Jun 19, 2020

On Friday, June 12, 2020, Houston Arson Bureau Investigators responded to a fire incident and learned that suspect, 21-yr. old, Keaton Drenner was detained by HPD.  Drenner confessed to accidentally starting the fire. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office (HCDAO) accepted Reckless Arson charges. HFD Arson Investigators Nathaniel Gee and Norman Hicks are credited with the arrest.
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in 2018 Woman’s Death at 3806 Wipprecht Street

Jun 19, 2020
Suspect Arrested, Charged in 2018 Woman’s Death at 3806 Wipprecht Street
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the death of a woman at 3806 Wipprecht Street #17 about 1 p.m. on February 24, 2018.

The suspect, David Chalfant (w/m, 51) is charged with murder in the 179th State District Court.  A previous booking photo of Chalfant is attached to this news release.

The victim, Cynthia Johnson, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

HPD patrol officers arrived at the address following a report an individual was found deceased.  The victim was badly decomposed and the cause of death initially undetermined by an autopsy.

In February of 2020, HPD homicide detectives met with suspect Chalfant who was in a Texas prison on an unrelated conviction.  There, Chalfant confessed to killing Ms. Johnson by strangling and suffocating her.  

Further investigation led to Chalfant being charged in this case.
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Mayor Turner calls the SCOTUS DACA ruling “A Victory” for DREAMers and the City of Houston.

Jun 19, 2020
Mayor Turner calls the SCOTUS DACA ruling “A Victory” for DREAMers and the City of Houston.
HOUSTON – Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner applauds the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

Please attribute the following statement to Mayor Turner.

“The Supreme Court’s ruling that the Trump administration may not terminate DACA is a victory for DACA recipients and all Americans. Over 32,000 Houston DACA recipients and their families have built lives, pursued their education, and contribute to our city, including $1.1 billion to Houston’s economy each year. They represent Houston’s present and our future.

“I welcome the Supreme Court’s ruling, but Congress needs to work on a permanent solution to provide a path to citizenship for the 700,000 DREAMers who live in the United States.

“I will continue to stand not only for our DREAMers, but for all immigrants, regardless of their documentation status. We are proud to represent the future of America and proud that immigrants come here with dreams powered by hard work and resilience. Houston is the nation’s most diverse and welcoming city, and we are fortunate that DACA recipients have chosen to live here.

“Whether they are a business owner, a teacher, a nurse, or pursuing other opportunities, they make this city the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”

For legal information about DACA, please contact the Houston Immigrants’ Rights Hotline at 1-833-468-4664.
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Mayor Turner Accepts Donation of 500,000 Reusable Face Masks From Focus Humanitarian USA and Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US

Jun 19, 2020
Mayor Turner Accepts Donation of 500,000 Reusable Face Masks From Focus Humanitarian USA and Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US
HOUSTON – Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner accepted 500,000 reusable face masks from Focus Humanitarian USA (FOCUS USA) and the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States.

Mayor Turner encourages all Houstonians to wear a mask to protect each other from COVID-19. This donation of half a million masks will help get them into the hands of anyone who needs a mask.

“The City of Houston sincerely thanks Focus Humanitarian USA and the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States for making this generous donation. Both organizations have always supported the community during a time of need. We are in a public health crisis now, and face masks can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. 



“Whether it is donating and distributing protective face masks, organizing food and supply drives, restoring historic homes and buildings, or supporting access to the arts, the Ismaili Muslim community actualizes our common values by serving others,” said Murad Ajani, President of the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US.

“This donation is one more manifestation of a collaboration between the Ismaili Imamat and the State of Texas that calls for collaboration to reduce risk and respond to threats to public health, safety and the welfare of vulnerable communities,” said Shenila Momin, Chairperson of FOCUS USA.

The face masks will be distributed among residents and first responders as part of the City’s overall response efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
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