West Pearland Boil Water Order Cancelled

 

Updated 6:30 a.m., Jan. 18, 2018 –The City of Pearland tweeted late Thursday night at 11:03 p.m. that the boil water order is cancelled.  The boil water order was cancelled after water test results for bacteria levels indicated the water was safe to use and full water pressure was restored.  The boil water order affected residents and businesses west of Highway 288 due to major equipment failure at the city’s Kirby Water Production facility.

Graphic courtesy: City of Pearland, Twitter

The City of Pearland, Texas has ordered residents and businesses west of Highway 288 to boil their water until full water pressure is restored within the next 24 hours.  Customers are advised to boil their water before drinking it, cooking with it, brushing teeth, washing hands and face, etc.

The boil water order was issued “due to major equipment failure at the Kirby Water Production facility,” the City of Pearland tweeted Wednesday night.

Another option is to use bottled water until the boil water order is cancelled.

For more information, call the Pearland Public Works Department at 281-652-1900.

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Suspects Arrested in Lams Double Murder

 

Harris County Sheriff Office investigators have arrested 3 people in connection with the murders of Bao and Jenny Lam, a Spring, Texas couple. During a welfare check on Saturday night, January 13th, the Lams were found bound and shot to death inside their home at 16510 Glorietta Turn in the Village, a gated community in the Northgate Forest subdivision.

Photo Courtesy: Harris County Sheriff Office

After entering the locked home, investigators discovered the Lams’ house had been ransacked. An unknown number of guns, jewelry, other valuable items and the couple’s gray Porsche also were missing. The Lams’ Porsche was found in a parking lot off FM 1960 on Sunday afternoon.

On Tuesday, HCSO homicide investigators released surveillance video of the suspects, the 2007-2014  black Lincoln Navigator they were driving and asked for the public’s help in finding the suspects and the vehicle. The video also revealed the suspects entered and left the couple’s home and the gated community several times after the Lams were killed.

On Wednesday, investigators arrested  Khari Ty Kendrick, 23, Aakiel Ricardo Kendrick, 21, and Erick Alfredo Peralta, 20.  All three men were charged with capital murder and were booked into the Harris County Jail.

Khari Kendrick                           Aakiel Kendrick                      Erick Peralta

Photos courtesy: HCSO

“I want to thank the Harris County community for helping our dedicated investigators bring justice to the Lam family and get these dangerous criminals off our streets…We join the Lam family in grieving our entire community’s loss,”  Sheriff Gonzalez said in a news release.

After the suspects were captured, the Lams’ son said his family is relieved.

HCSO investigators want to know if other people were involved and if the three men charged were involved in other unsolved violent crimes.  Please contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 713-274-9100 or call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

 

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Hard Freeze Warning for Houston

Updated 9:55 p.m. CST, Jan. 17, 2018 — The hard freeze warning includes the following counties and cities in Texas.  See NWS details below:

“Brazos-Burleson-Chambers-Grimes-Harris-Houston-Liberty-Madison-
Montgomery-Polk-San Jacinto-Trinity-Walker-Waller-Washington-
Including the cities of Anahuac, Brenham, Brookshire, Bryan,
Caldwell, Cleveland, Coldspring, College Station, Conroe,
Corrigan, Crockett, Dayton, Groveton, Hempstead, Houston, Humble,
Huntsville, Katy, Lake Somerville, Liberty, Livingston,
Madisonville, Mont Belvieu, Navasota, Onalaska, Pasadena,
Prairie View, Shepherd, The Woodlands, Tomball, Trinity, Willis,
and Winnie
926 PM CST Wed Jan 17 2018

…HARD FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST
THURSDAY…

* EVENT…Hard freeze with temperatures ranging from 15 degrees
over the far north to the mid 20`s elsewhere.

* TIMING…Temperatures will remain below freezing through mid
Thursday morning.”

Posted earlier today

Another night of below freezing temperatures for the Houston area and surrounding counties. This afternoon the National Weather Service Houston Galveston issued this Hard Freeze Warning for Harris County and surrounding counties. Overnight temperatures are forecast to plunge into the low teens and low 20’s.  The hard freeze is from 9 p.m. Wednesday (tonight) through 9 a.m. Thursday.  NWS advises to protect people, pets, pipes and plants. The City of Houston and the American Red Cross, churches and nonprofit groups have opened warming centers. One is at South Main Baptist Church, 4100 South Main Street in Houston.  Call 311 for a ride to a warming center. Graphic courtesy: NWS Twitter

This afternoon Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted “Still need drivers to be careful with ice on the roads tonight, especially on bridges, overpasses.”

Planes continued to be de-iced at Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport Wednesday afternoon as airlines resume their normal schedules.

Houston Independent School District tweeted all schools and offices will reopen Thursday.

With clear, sunny skies today, Houston thawed a little. As the sun came out, people headed back out. Traffic on major highways came to a stop or was delayed due to icy conditions on sections of the Southwest Freeway, Highway 59. Traffic crawled around 9:45 a.m. today at 610 West South Loop near North and South Braeswood and Post Oak in Meyerland.

For a second day, many schools remained closed. Businesses like the Chick-Fil-A Meyerland closed yesterday and reopened later today. By this afternoon, it was business as usual in metro Houston. The Harris County Toll Road Authority waived fees until noon today due to the ice, snow and sleet that fell Tuesday. Houston’s Metro buses also resumed service Wednesday afternoon. Houston’s diverse, ethnic business communities along Bellaire Boulevard, Chinatown and Asia Town also were back up to speed this afternoon.

The Aguilar family got out to enjoy the sunshine and this frozen tree with icicles at 5920 Bellaire Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

For weather and school reopening updates, tune into local stations, the National Weather Service, NWS social media.

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Winter Storm Warning for Houston

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As the winter storm warning continues, Houston officials are asking people to stay off the roads and stay indoors to allow emergency vehicles to respond. Warming centers also have opened for the homeless, the elderly and Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston. Call 311 for a ride to a warming center. A homeless person died from exposure to the frigid weather.

Today the wet bitter cold formed icicles on vehicles, traffic signs, Metro busses and made Houston area roads treacherous. Many schools, universities, businesses and roads closed because of the icy conditions. Those who ventured out today drove carefully and at slower speeds on highways and Houston streets.

The National Weather Service says another round of snow and ice will impact the central and eastern United States. Nearly half of Texas is under a winter storm warning, hard freeze or winter advisory.  Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama also are under hard freeze warnings tonight.

For updates on closings and the weather, tune in to local stations, National Weather Service or NWS Twitter.

 

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Houston and Texas Brace for More Wintry Weather

Most of Texas is under a winter storm warning, freeze warning or winter advisory tonight.  Houston area officials say local schools, offices and services will be closed Tuesday, January 16th.  Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted “Municipal courts will be closed as wintry weather with snow, sleet and ice heads toward the Houston area Tuesday.”

“All HISD schools will be closed tomorrow due to developing inclement weather and the potential for hazardous road conditions,” Houston Independent School District tweeted Monday evening.  Spring Branch, Humble, Galena Park and Cypress-Fairbanks school districts also announced their schools and offices will be closed Tuesday.

The Texas Department of Transportation is pre-treating highways and bridges for the oncoming blast of artic weather and warns drivers to stay off the roads, if they can.

“As Texas braces for Winter Storm Inga, TxDOT continues to pre-treat roads in anticipation of freezing rain and ice. Ice can form even with this pre-treatment. It’s imperative for drivers to slow down and use extra caution if they absolutely need to drive.” TxDOT tweeted tonight.

The National Weather Service in Corpus Christi tweeted a wind advisory is in effect for coastal counties and Victoria Crossroads from 6 a.m. Tuesday until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

For weather updates, tune in to local stations and local National Weather Service Twitter.

For Texas road conditions, go to http://www.DriveTexxas.org or call 1-800-452-9292.

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MLK Day Parade 2018 in Houston

My 6th grade class at Kolter Elementary School in 1962-1963 in the Meyerland area of Houston, Texas. A few Hispanic students and one Chinese student in this class at the time. The American Civil Rights movement was from 1954 to 1968.

 

 

Many public schools and some businesses today have this federal holiday off to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and his legacy. During his lifetime,  King advocated racial and economic equality and peaceful means to change America for the better and to end segregation across America. King’s message and the civil rights movement encountered threats and violent opposition.

Click on link below to read the Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights leader’s “I Have A Dream” speech in 1963.

https://www.archives.gov/files/press/exhibits/dream-speech.pdf.

Today many Americans are celebrating the holiday honoring King. Hundreds of families and visitors lined San Jacinto Street in midtown Houston to celebrate MLK Day and see the 24th Annual Martin Luther King Grande Parade, one of two MLK parades in Houston.  It was a beautiful sunny, cool morning for the parade. Below are some highlights of the parade’s first hour. (Nat. Sound Video 3:56)

Fancy and vintage automobiles kicked off the one-mile parade of various youth dance groups, marching band and drill teams, community businesses and VIPS. During the first hour, Houston’s Charles Milby High School band and drill team and the Port Arthur, Texas ISD marching band and drill team rocked it on San Jacinto street. Christ the King Lutheran Church in Rice Village and other church groups also walked the parade route. Several parade groups tossed out candy to children or handed out salvation/gospel tracts along the parade route. The parade’s grand marshalls were champion boxer George Foreman and Grammy-winning Yolanda Adams.  Houston Police also were there to keep the parade safe for everyone.

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Community Events

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Now through Flu Season –Free flu shots at all Target and CVS pharmacies.  The Target free flu shots include a $5 Target coupon at Target only.

Friday, February 16, 2018 –Chinese New Year begins. 2018 is the year of the dog.

February 27-March 18, 2018 — The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For more on the rodeo entertainment and family-friendly events, visit http://www.rodeohouston.com.

Tuesday, March 6, 2017 – Primary Election Day.  Visit http://www.harrisvotes.com/. Check your current voter registration status and dates for early voting, deadlines to request mailed ballots and updating your voter registration information with Supervisor of Elections Offices where you live now.

Now through end of 2018 —Houston Astros World Series Championship Trophy Tour. For where you can see the trophy, visit https://www.mlb.com/astros/fans/world-series-trophy-tour

Now through April 2018 –The Houston Symphony has  family concerts on March 3, 2018 and April 21, 2018.  (Grinch Christmas, Be Our Guest and Fiesta).  Each is 50 minutes at Jones Hall on Saturday mornings.  Subscriptions to all 4 concerts as low as $61 for the family. Visit houstonsymphony.org/family or call 713-224-7575

Mondays through Saturdays – Harris County Community Centers in the Houston area offer free classes with volunteer teachers.  Learn Spanish, English, Mandarin, French, yoga, exercise, self defense, knitting, CPR and other things that interest you. Students may be required to pay for materials in the free classes.  For monthly class schedules at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, call 713- 956-0881 or visit http://www.pct3.com

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