Houston Boy Scouts Volunteer Arrested for Child Sexual Assault

A Houston Boy Scouts of America volunteer has been arrested and charged with continuous sexual assault of a child. Houston police investigators want to hear from more possible victims and anyone whose children were in contact with Ulf Gerrit Lueders.

Lueders, 41, is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child and online solicitation of a minor.  HPD says the suspect was involved in the Boy Scout of America’s Sam Houston Area Council and had access to children.

Photo courtesy: Houston Police Department

He also associated with Troop 11, Ship 846 and crew 762 in North Houston.

If you have information about Lueders, contact the HPD Special Victims Division at 713-830-32-54 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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Free Flu Shots Community Events

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.

Now through Oct. 31. 2017 – Light the Night.  Sign up at Houston’s First Baptist Church or visit http://www.HoustonsFirst.org

Monday, October 23, 2017 – A send-off reception and celebration in honor of Rogene Gee Calvert and her service to the Houston community is from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 222 West Loop South.  Calvert will receive the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity.  The Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health is presenting the award to Calvert on November 6, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.  RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2017.  For more information, call 713-992-6860 or email Szeto8282@gmail.com

Sunday, October 29, 2017 –Dinner in honor of Houston Police Department Assistant Chief Henry Gaw and fundraiser to help HPD officers recover from losses during Hurricane Harvey flooding. The dinner and Harvey Relief fundrasier is from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Ocean Palace Restaurant, 11215 Bellaire Blvd. in Houston, Texas.  Tables of 10 are $350.  The Gor Family Association of Houston request to RSVP with a check by Friday, October 20th.  Contact climgaw@gmail.com (713-878-8550) or sapling6@gmail.com (713-878-8550).

Sunday, November 12, 2017 –Chinese American Citizens Alliance Houston’s 63rd Anniversary Dinner  with keynote speaker Sandra Gin,  Emmy Award -winning professor and former television news anchor. The celebration and 10 course dinner is at Ocean Palace Restaurant, 11215 Bellaire Boulevard in Houston at 6 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person. For tickets, visit cacahouston.org.

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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Road to the World Series

On the road to the World Series, Houston Astros and New York Yankees fans and the teams can expect a few extra challenges.  Heightened security measures in place, ongoing downtown Houston street improvements and parking lots close to Minute Maid Park to charge $40 for event parking. Minute Maid Park is located at 501 Crawford Street.

Fans should arrive early for metered 3-hour street parking.  There are parking lots 3-5 blocks away that charge the early bird rates of $5-$7 Mondays through Fridays before 5:30 p.m.

Local news media advise to carpool or take public transportation.

The Houston Astros and legendary New York Yankees play game 1 of 4 for the American League Championship Series title in Houston at 7:08 p.m. Central Time.

Games 5, 6, and 7 are scheduled, if necessary, in New York or Houston.

The Annunciation Catholic Church at Texas and Crawford, across the street from the baseball park also has a double-header going–going to Mass before the game.

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California Fires

For latest on fires in northern and southern California, go to http://calfire.ca.gov and to see a state map of current fires.  



Photo Courtesy: WFDD Radio

Over 8,000 firefighters are fighting 21 wildfires that have burned 191,437 acres in California.  Most of the fires are in northern California and Napa Valley.  A red flag warning is in effect due to increased fire danger. Gusty northern winds and low humidity exist across the fire area, increasing the risk for new fires and hindering firefighting efforts to contain them, the Calfire summary said Thursday morning.

Thousands have fled their homes or were ordered to evacuate, the LA Times reported.

The massive blazes in northern California left some wineries  and vineyards in ruins. A new large wildfire broke out in Fresno County. The death toll has risen to 23 from across 4 fires. Calfire estimates 3,500 homes and other structures have been destroyed. Firefighters also are battling blazes in southern California near Anaheim.

A Santa Rosa, California homeowner sees what’s left of his house. The McCain Inmate Crew from San Diego clears brush along a road. Photos courtesy: Robyn Beck/Getty Images and Ben Margot/AP.

Manpower is stretched in fighting and containing the wildfires.

“Hundreds of additional fire engines and firefighters have been requested from other states, not only to help relieve crews on the frontlines, but to be ready for the possibility of new wildfires that may ignite during the Red Flag Warnings,” the Calfire summary stated around noon today.



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Missing Dallas Area Child

Sherin Mathews (3 years old) – Photo courtesy: Missing.com

An Amber Alert is in effect to find 3 year-old Sherin Mathews.  The child was last seen on Oct 7, 2017  today in Richardson, Texas near Dallas. Police believe Sherin Mathews to be in grave or immediate danger.  If you have any information regarding this child’s abduction, please call the Richardson Police Department at 972-744-4801 or 972-744-4800.

The National Missingand Exploited Children Hotline is 1-800-843-5678.

Sherin Mathews is Asian or Pacific American Islander, has black hair and brown eyes, 3 feet tall and weighs 22 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink top and black pajama bottoms.

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Hurricane Nate

Hurricane infrared  loop, NWS radar and Saturday night graphic courtesy: NHC, NOAA, NWS

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At 7 a.m. Central Time on Sunday, October 8, 2017–The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Nate is rapidly weakening, but the storm surge continues.  This morning the heavy rainfall is spreading over the southeastern United States. Hurricane Nate made landfall overnight at 12:30 a.m. as a Category 1 hurricane near Biloxi, Mississippi with 85 mph maximum winds.  Nate brought storm surge flooding and power outages across Louisiana and the southern Gulf Coast with it.

Tropical Storm Nate is 50 miles ESE of Meridian, Mississippi and 95 miles WSW of Montgomery, Alabama. Nate is moving NNE at 23 mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, the NHC says. On the current forecast track, Nate’s center is forecast to move inland across the deep south, Tennessee Valley and central Appalachian Mountains through Monday.

A storm surge warning is in effect for Mississippi/Alabama border to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line, Florida.

A tropical storm warning is in effect of Alabama/Florida border eastward to Indian Pass, Florida.

Posted earlier:

At 10 a.m. Central Time Saturday, the National Hurricane Center says category 2 Hurricane Nate is strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Nate is 180 miles SSE of the mouth of the Mississippi River and 265  miles S of Biloxi, Mississippi. Nate is briskly speeding NNW at 26 mph with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. The hurricane is forecast to make landfall tonight somewhere along the central Gulf coast.

A tropical storm warning also has been issued for parts of the Florida panhandle.

Nate is forecast to produce 3 to 6 inches of rain, a maximum of 10 inches from east of the Mississippi River from the central Gulf Coast into the Deep South (Tennessee Valley, the southern Appalachians).

New Orleans officials ordered a curfew starting at 7 p.m. Saturday ahead of Nate.  Voluntary and mandatory evacuations are in effect in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Lafourche and St. John the Baptist parishes.  Residents are advised to complete their storm preparations. Local meteorologists also warn of flooding, power outages, dangerous storm surge and wind damage. Tornadoes also are possible with this hurricane. The governors of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida also declared states of emergency.

Below is more from the 710 a.m. Saturday NHC public advisory:

“A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Grand Isle Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border
* Metropolitan New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…
* Morgan City Louisiana to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida
* Northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Lake Maurepas
* West of Grand Isle to Morgan City Louisiana
* East of the Alabama/Florida border to the Okaloosa/Walton County

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* Lake Maurepas
* East of the Alabama/Florida border to the Okaloosa/Walton County
* West of Grand Isle to Morgan City Louisiana

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for…
* East of the the Okaloosa/Walton County Line to Indian Pass Florida

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* West of Morgan City to Intracoastal City Louisiana

“On the forecast track, the center of Nate will move across the Gulf of Mexico today and will make landfall along the central U.S. Gulf coast tonight.” NHC public advisory stated.

” The water is expected to reach the following heights
above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide…

Mouth of the Mississippi River to the Alabama/Florida border…7 to 11 ft.

Mississippi/Alabama border to the Alabama border to Alabama/Florida border, including Mobile Bay…6 to 9  ft.

Morgan City, Louisiana to mouth of the Mississippi River….4 to 6 ft.

Alabama/Florida border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line…4 to 6 ft.

Okaloosa/Walton County line to Indian Pass, Florida….2 to 4 ft.

Indian Pass to Crystal River, Florida….1 to 3 ft.

For updates, stay tuned to local broadcast, cable, the National Weather Service, NHC, social media and follow instructions from local government and emergency management officials.

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Mid-Autumn Festival


Chinese are celebrating the end of the summer harvest this month or on October 4th.  It’s the Mid-Autumn Festival and also known as the Moon Festival or Lantern Festival –a time for family and friends to get together to celebrate the bountiful harvest in China or wherever you are. Here are some mini-moon cakes–$0.99 to $3 from Great Wall Super Market in Houston. Moon cakes made of a thin pastry crust and filled with ground Lotus seed or red bean paste are served during the festival and given as gifts to family and friends. Larger 2-3 inch moon cakes were $7-$8 a piece at a bakery in Houston’s Chinatown.

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