Community Events

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For Metro Houston’s Park and Ride fares:

https://www.ridemetro.org/Pages/ParkRide.aspx

For things to do and free activities in Houston, http://www.visithoustontexas.com.

Local churches and faith groups have events for the public and families. Check with your local church or group for times and dates.

February is American Heart Month and Black History Month.  For  Black History Month events in the Houston, Texas area, visit http://www.hcpl.net or http://houstonlibrary.org

Starting, February 20th, Wednesdays & Fridays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. –  AARP Tax Aide (free tax help) at Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, Texas  77055. For more info, 713-956-0881

Saturday, February 23 — New Police and Courts building is dedicated today at 10 a.m. in Bellaire, Texas.  The Bellaire Police Department celebrates its 100th year. Public tours of the new facility also offered today.

Saturday, February 23 — Houston Rodeo Parade at 10 a.m.  Parade starts at Bagby and Walker and ends at Bagby and Lamar in downtown Houston.  Houston Texas Quarterback Deshaun Watson is the Grand Marshall of the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Downtown Parade.  Conoco Phillips also presents the 32nd Annual Rodeo Run with a wheel chair race at 9:10 a.m., 9:20 a.m. 10 K race and 9:35 a.m. 5 K Fun Run/Walk.

For more information, visit: rodeohouston.com/Visit-the-Rodeo/Pre-Rodeo-Events/Parade.

Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. — AFRO X Festival
Northeast Multi-Service Center (Lakewood temporary location)

The Houston Public Library hosts its first expo to celebrate the life and culture of African Americans in Houston. There will be live demonstrations, workshops,  free health screenings, community organizations and vendors at this event.

February 25 to March 17th –Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show at NRG Park. For events, parking and tickets, visit https://www.rodeohouston.com

Open Now — Hurricane Harvey Recovery Centers in Houston, Texas area. The City of Houston wants to make sure eligible property owners still needing repairs from Harvey can still get federal aid. Here are the locations if you need federal aid to repair Hurricane Harvey damage to your home.

  • Online at https://recovery.houstontx.gov
  • By phone at 832-393-0550 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm)
  • Or in person at any of the new centers (Northeast, 9551 N. Wayside, Houston 77028; Northwest, 13101 Northwest Freeway [Hwy. 290], Suite 101, Houston 77040; Southwest, 6464 Savoy Drive, Suite 110, Houston 77036; Southeast, 11550 Fuqua St., 3rd floor, Houston 77036).

If you are homebound, don’t have transportation,  don’t have access to a computer or phone, the City of Houston says there are mobile outreach teams available.

Places to visit in Houston, Texas –Space Center Houston, the Galleria Shopping Mall, the Hines Water Wall Park near the Galleria, the Museum District, Downtown Houston, Hermann and Memorial Parks, the San Jacinto Monument in Baytown to name a few.  Galveston beaches are a 45-minute drive from metro Houston.  

 

 

Places to Eat and Shop:

On the go? Bucee’s is Texas’s favorite place to fuel up your vehicle and yourself. Buc-ees has food, gifts and gas at its Pearland, Katy, Houston area and Texas locations.

The Galleria in Houston offers high-end retail stores, Macys, Nordstroms, restaurants, food court and a cool ice skating rink. Memorial City in west Houston also a popular shopping and restaurant area for families and visitors.  Closer to the Texas Medical Center are Rice University Village and Highland Village for shopping and places to eat. Outside Houston city limits, take I-10 West for Designer Outlets at Katy Mills in Katy, Texas. Take Highway 290 in northwest Houston to the Houston Premium Outlets in Cypress, Texas.

For Texas Barbeque, foodies head to Killen’s in Pearland and Rudy’s in the outer suburbs of metro Houston. Pappas BBQ, Roegel’s on S. Voss, Spring Creek BBQ in Pearland and Katy and Brisket BBQ in Bellaire also are family favorites.

Houston families also dine at Cleburne’s Cafeteria in West University and Luby’s Cafeterias.

For Mexican food, the original Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant on Navigation Street  east of downtown Houston is a popular destination. Locals and visitors also head to Lopez Mexican restaurant at 11606 S. Wilcrest in SW Houston for Tex-Mex food. There are many family-owned Mexican restaurants and taquerias  throughout Houston. Fajita Pete’s café in West University also is good for close-to-home dining or takeout.

For Cuban food, La Vina Café at 9381 Richmond Avenue in southwest Houston. 

For Mediterranean food, Nikos Restaurant and Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill offer salads, humus, vegetarian and grilled entrees from gyros to lamb shanks.

For Asian food, Houston’s Chinatown, Vietnamese Town, Asian Town and in Katy, Texas have Asian food and shops. Many are on Bellaire Boulevard in southwest Houston.  There’s Fung’s Kitchen, Ocean Palace, Confucius, East Wall, Fu-Fu’s Café, Golden Dim Sum, Tan-Tan Westheimer, Seoul (Korean) in Spring Branch and Fadi’s (Mediterranean).

There’s also Kim Bo Chinese Restaurant in Sugarland, Texas which has an “A” in city health department restaurant inspections. 

Large Asian grocery stores like Ranch 99, Viet Hoa, Hong Kong Market, Welcome, Super H Market also offer box lunches and some have food courts. For Boba Tea, visit Star Snow Ice, Tapioca House in the Welcome shopping Center on Bellaire Boulevard and Tea House locations in Chinatown.  Tapioca House also serves combo bento box meals with Boba Tea for $7-$8.  Tapioca House has locations in Austin and Dallas.  For Thai food, Thai Gourmet Restaurant at 6324 Richmond Avenue west of the Galleria area.

For Turkey legs and Creole side dishes, the Turkey Leg Hut, 4830 Almeda Road, is famous for its stuffed turkey legs.  Turkey leg prices are $10-$28. We haven’t tried this place, but it is on our bucket list.

https://theturkeyleghut.com/

Visit national, state, local parks, beaches and indoor attractions. Visit http://www.nps.gov or http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks

Yosemite National Park                   Galveston, Texas

Mondays through Saturdays – Harris County Community Centers in the Houston area offer free classes with volunteer teachers.  Learn Spanish, English, French, Mandarin Chinese, 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 at the county community center near you, visit http://www.pct3.com

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Weather and Travel

“Areas of heavy snow and ice are ongoing from Minnesota into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will taper off overnight as the storm shifts into eastern Canada. To the south, heavy rainfall will continue river flooding and the risk for flash flooding from the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys to the Deep South on and off through this coming weekend. Snow returns to the Southwest with another storm.”–National Weather Service

For weather updates and local forecasts, tune into local broadcast stations and National Weather Service at www.weather.gov or NWS social media.

 https://www.galveston.com/seawallcam/

National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Forecast:

https://www.weather.gov/hgx/

Thursday:  70% showers, 58 degrees.  60% showers, 55 degrees at night.

Friday:  60% showers, 73 degrees daytime.  50% showers, 66 degrees in the evening.

Saturday: 70% showers, 73 degrees.  Partly cloudy, 49 degrees at night.

Sunday:  Sunny, 67 degrees.   Partly cloudy, 48 degrees in the evening.

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For pollen forecast in your area, visit http://www.pollen.com

Pollen forecast for Houston, Texas area: (Allergens: Oak, Juniper, Ash trees)

Thursday:  2.7 (low-medium) pollen

Friday:  5.5 (medium)

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Houston Police Deadly Raid Update

Update February 20, 2019

Courtesy: YouTube, Houston Mayor’s Office

The FBI is helping the Houston Police Department investigate the botched drug raid and police shooting at 7815 Harding Street. The deadly raid on Monday afternoon, January 28, 2019, killed 2 people living at the home and injured 5 police officers.  Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas died during the shootout.

During today’s news conference, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Mayor Sylvester Turner announced policy changes and more investigation into the Harding Street raid.

“From adversity comes opportunity and that opportunity has provided me, as your police chief, is to do a gut-check of our department,” Chief Acevedo said.

“Last night we met with Agent Turner and his team at headquarters. And based on our findings, I am pleased the FBI has opened a formal civil rights investigation into the actions of the officers.”  Chief Acevedo said.

“The No-Knock search warrant policy is effective immediately, February 20th….The Chief of Police must review and sign the request,” Chief Acevedo added. If he’s unavailable, 2 designated police commanders can approve the request.

The Houston Police Chief also announced moving swiftly to equip SWAT teams and officers serving warrants with body cameras.  According to the Houston Chronicle, 2,650  officers have body cameras. The city’s police department has 5,200 officers.

“We believe in our police department that when you do execute a search warrant, arrest warrant and forced entry into a residence, there’s a high potential for use of force, deadly force or even less deadly force. Having said that, we have come to the conclusion that our police department, that the best policy for us, is we will move quickly to actually have body worn camera in SWAT operation, in our warrant execution across the city,” Chief Acevedo said.

“I reached out to the ACLU. This is not a one-size fits all.” Chief Acevedo said.

“We believe we can accomplish what we want to –capture the actions of our police officers, the actions of the suspects and most importantly, have a record that people can form an opinion when questions are raised or when deadly or other force is taken,” Chief Acevedo said.

During today’s news conference, Mayor Turner said he supports Police Chief Acevedo and Acevedo’s actions during the ongoing investigations.

“All these questions and possibly others must be answered with a full complete, thorough honest and credible investigation. And only the facts that lead to the truth in holding people accountable will restore the trust of the police and the community they serve,” Mayor Turner said.

“He has been forthright. He has not shied away from the tough questions about his officers and publicly stated that if wrong doing is found that rise to the level of a crime, he will recommend that charges will be filed by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and I will support that,” Mayor Turner said.

“He is reviewing the policies and procedures of his own department surrounding the no-knock warrants and has already taken the position that their use should be substantially restricted and the procedure should be changed on who should authorize them. I wholeheartedly support that position,” Mayor Turner said.

“We have discussed the expansion of  body cams during the execution of search warrants by officers and forcible entries into locations. I support that,” Mayor Turner said.

“I brought Chief Acevedo to be a change agent to enhance our standard of policing. His presence, his commitment to our city, to every community, to the men and women in blue, as police chief of our city, is invaluable. And I fully support him,” Mayor Turner said.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office also is reviewing 1,400 cases involving Houston Police officer Gerald M. Goines, the case investigator of the Harding Street raid.

The mayor and police chief also asked for an investigation by a 21-member, independent Police and Citizens Oversight Advisory board.  Both officials also asked for everyone’s patience with the ongoing investigations.

“We want the investigations to move quickly so we can restore public trust and heal our city. The reality is we need each other.  I pray that each one will give us time to work through this investigation and this episode, this crisis and our city will come together even stronger on the other side,”  Mayor Turner said.

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Update February 15, 2019 —

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s response to Jan. 28th HPD narcotics raid in which two suspects were killed and five police officers were injured:

“I endorse a full and thorough investigation into this matter to determine what did and did not take place, and I stress that this be completed as soon as possible. I will refrain from commenting about it until I have all facts before me.”

Update:  February 15, 2019–Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said police had reason to investigate 7815 Harding Street.  Acevedo said the affidavit for a search warrant showed “there are some material untruths, lies” by a case investigator, who was shot during a deadly drug raid at the Harding Street home on January 28, 2019.

“It’s likely he will be charged with a serious crime at some point,” Chief Acevedo said.

The investigations continue, including search warrants for the officer’s cell phone records. Chief Acevedo said.

Chief Acevedo asked everyone not to make final judgments and vowed to get to the truth.

“Keep it in perspective. We have 52 hundred officers. Don’t paint our department with a broad brush because of the actions of an officer or officers,” Chief Acevedo said. “The community knows our heart.”

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Mayor Sylvester Turner on Monday night, January 28, 2019, the day of a deadly drug raid and shootout with officers.  Both asked the public for prayers for the injured officers. Photos Courtesy: Houston and National News Media

Updated 6 p.m. CST, January 31, 2019

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo thanked the public for their prayers and support for the 5 injured officers during a tough week for the police department. At a news conference this afternoon, Acevedo reported 3 officers remain in the hospital. The police officer with an injured knee is in good condition.

“He should be leaving the hospital pretty soon,” Chief Acevedo said.

One officer shot in the neck has been upgraded to fair condition. The family of the third officer didn’t want to be specific about his condition, according to Chief Acevedo.

“God is good,” Chief Acevedo said in thanking everyone for their prayers and support.

“From where we started to where we are today, prayers for all 3 officers are being answered. We just hope and pray and ask all the communities for their continued prayers,” Chief Acevedo said.

Chief Acevedo also reported he has spoken with and expressed his condolences to Dennis Tuttle’s brother, who lives in Austin.  Dennis Tuttle, 59, was one of the 2 suspects killed during the drug bust and shootout on Monday afternoon at 7815 Harding in southeast Houston.  Five undercover Houston Police officers were injured.  Four of the officers were shot during the drug raid in which investigators found marijuana and a white powder later identified as cocaine at the home.

“I’ve never ran away from the truth as a police chief and policeman. We never run away from the truth. Regardless of what that truth is….Our number one priority is to find out what happened… and be transparent,” Chief Avecedo said about being accountable and as the internal and other investigations continue into Monday’s deadly drug raid.

Updated 9:08 p.m. CST, January 29, 2019

At a news conference Tuesday morning, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo identified the 2 dead suspects who shot 4 police officers during an undercover drug investigation and shootout late Monday afternoon.

The deceased suspects were identified as 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle.  The police chief did not identify the wounded officers.

 

 

Dennis Tuttle                                              Rhogena Nicholas

Photos Courtesy:  Houston Police Department

On Tuesday, Houston Police confirmed the officers were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. A fifth police officer, 33 years old and 10-year veteran, also was shot and was released from the hospital Monday night.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Houston Police reported 2 officers in serious, but stable condition.  Both were shot in the neck.  One officer, 40, is a 9-year HPD veteran.  The other, 54, is a 32-year HPD veteran.

The other 2 officers are reported to be in good condition.  One is a 50 years old and a 25-year veteran.  The 25-year veteran was released from the hospital late Tuesday afternoon.

The other officer in good condition was not shot, but had a serious knee injury and is a 27-year veteran.   The officer remains hospitalized Tuesday.

Police Chief Acevedo said all the officers shot were undercover.

It all started shortly before 5 p.m. Monday when the undercover narcotics officers tried to serve a felony warrant at 7815 Harding Street in southeast Houston.

Chief Acevedo told reporters Tuesday that police knew black tar heroin was being sold at the home. Acevedo said none was found Monday, but officers found marijuana and an unidentified white powder.

Police say as the officers entered the home, the occupants in the house opened fire on the officers.  Police said several officers returned fire and killed both suspects.

Uniformed Houston Police in marked police cars with lights and sirens on also were outside, according to news reports.

HPD Special Investigations Unit, HPD Internal Affairs Division and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office are continuing their investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

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Houston Crime and Fire News

Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man Monday night.  It happened at 1300 Redford about 8:15 p.m. on February 18.

Houston Fire Department paramedics pronounced the man was dead at the scene.  His identity is unknown at this time, pending a Harris County Forensic examination.

HPD Homicide Division Detectives A. Lopez and I. Ulloa reported when HPD patrol officers responded to the shooting call at the apartment complex, they found the victim lying next to a vehicle in the parking lot.  A witness told police the dead man and another male were shooting at each other before the other male escaped on foot with a pistol.

“An unknown model sedan, possibly with three males inside, was also seen fleeing the scene,” HPD news release stated.

If you have any information on this case, you are urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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Houston police are investigating a fatal crash at 4900 West Bellfort Avenue about 7 p.m. on Saturday (February 16).  A 70-year-old woman was killed.  At this time, police can’t identify woman, pending verification by the Harris County medical examiner.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant R. Gonzales and Officer C. Dinh report the woman was driving a silver Lexus ES 350 sedan going south on Balmforth Lane.  After stopping at a stop sign at the intersection of West Bellfort, the woman’s car went into the intersection and failed to yield the right of way to a white Nissan Maxima going west. Police say the Nissan struck the Lexus’ driver’s side.

The Nissan’s male driver, 20, was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital.  A preliminary investigation showed the injured Nissan driver was not intoxicated.

So far, no charges in the fatal crash while the investigation continues.

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Houston Fire Department arson investigators ruled a 3-alarm apartment fire in Mid-West Houston was accidental.  It happened Monday, February 18th around 11:14 a.m. at 2777 Briargrove Drive.  The fire caused an estimated $350,000 in damage.

When firefighters arrived, smoke was coming from the second and third floors of the 3-story apartment building. They did preliminary searched and pulled the attic to expose the hot spots.

The fire was put out before 2 p.m. The American Red Cross also came to help the displaced residents.

Crews from Stations 2, 28, 69, 15, 23, 5, 8, 68, 83, 3, 10, 11, 16, 37, 38, 49, 51, 57, 60, 75, 76, 82, 31, 24, 33, Hazmat, Heavy Rescue 11, Rescue 10, Rehab and the Village Fire Department responded to the apartment complex fire.

 

 

 

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Fewer Lunch Specials in Houston’s Chinatown

The Houston Chinatown daily lunch specials appear to be disappearing from the menus of some restaurants.  Lunch specials are available weekdays at Fung’s Kitchen and daily at R House and as takeout at the large Asian grocery stores.  Some Asian American customers and retirees on fixed incomes say they are personally boycotting specific Houston Chinatown restaurants for not offering the lunch specials anymore.  The lunch specials also are popular with students and the employed who aren’t making a lot of money.

“They have lunch specials when they feel like it.  It’s President’s Day and a holiday,” said one dissatisfied Asian American couple when they showed at Confucius Restaurant on Bellaire Boulevard for the lunch special on Monday and left to go elsewhere.  Confucius staff posted a sign on the cash register that said “No lunch specials Monday.”   The couple said they also are boycotting Shanghai Restaurant in Chinatown.

Whether it’s flu season, changes in chefs, less staff or after a busy weekend, restaurant business was slow on Monday in Chinatown.

Other customers headed to Yuan Ten, described as one of the oldest bargain Chinese restaurants in Houston’s Chinatown. It was closed on Monday.

The weekday lunch specials also have disappeared from the menu at the remodeled Fu Fu Café on Bellaire Boulevard.

Here’s the daily  $4.50 (3 stir-fried items) lunch special at Welcome Grocery Store on Bellaire Boulevard.   The lunch specials are takeout only and come with steamed rice. We passed up on the rice to reduce our carbs. This lunch box has sweet/sour beef or pork ribs, vegetables and tofu with ground beef or pork in a mild soy sauce or oyster gravy.   The popular Welcome grocery store does not have a dining area for customers.

However, the larger Asian grocery stores with food courts  (Ranch 99, HMarts, Viet Hoa) have dining areas and offer daily lunch specials with barbeque roast pork, roasted duck, soy sauce chicken and other Asian dishes with rice or noodles and vegetable from $6.99 and up.

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CDC Flu View

This is the CDC Flu Report, ending February 9, 2019.

According to latest CDC FluView report, seasonal influenza activity increased and reached a new season high. Flu activity, mostly from influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus infections this season, is widespread in 48 states and Puerto Rico.

Outpatient flu-like illness (ILI) increased 4.8%. Flu activity is similar to what was seen during other H1N1-seasons, but remains well below what was seen last year. This week another six flu-related pediatric deaths were reported to CDC.

So far, there has been a total to 34 flu-related deaths in children for the 2018-2019 flu season. CDC expects flu activity to remain” elevated for a number of weeks.”

“The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was below the system-specific epidemic threshold in the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Mortality Surveillance System,” the CDC report said.

People 65 years and older with the flu or flu-like illnesses were hospitalized at the rate of 64 per 100,000.

The CDC also updated this year’s flu vaccine to make it more effective.

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Some nourishing home remedies  (chicken soup, tea, honey, lemon, juices, etc.) and plenty of rest to get through the coughing, sneezing, congestion of flu/pollen season. Drink water. Stay inside, if you can.

See a medical doctor to find out if you have the flu, pneumonia, bronchitis, measles, a respiratory infection, an allergy and get treatment.  Get well soon.

 

 

 

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African American Heritage Month Houston

Photos/Info Courtesy: missouricitytx.gov, City of Houston News Release

“Show Me The City.”

On December 17, 2018,  Yolanda Ford became the new mayor of Missouri City, Texas. Ford is the first woman and African American to become the city’s 11th mayor. In a close December 8. 2018 run-off election, Ford unseated Allen Owen, who was Missouri City’s mayor for 24 years and its tenth mayor.  Ford was elected with 51.95% of the citywide vote.

“I just want to take this opportunity, to one, thank God, my parents, my family and everyone who supported me to get to this point. I sincerely appreciate it,” said Ford after taking the oath of office.

“And I want to leave everyone with one remark: I know we have a lot of differences, but with that we have to learn to appreciate our differences so that we can work together to get things done. And, I also want to say that we have to learn to work together as brothers or we’ll perish as fools. So thank you, thank you!” Ford said.

Ford also was sworn in as Missouri City Mayor a second time on February 17, 2019.  Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner administered  the oath of office to Missouri City Mayor Yolanda Ford at Thurgood Marshall High School in Missouri City on Sunday.

Missouri City is within the Houston-Sugarland-Woodlands metro area and located mostly in Fort Bend County with a small portion in Harris County.  Missouri City’s 2017 population is 74,497 and growing.  Its neighborhoods include Quail Valley and Olympia Estates.

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Asia Society Texas Lunar New Year 2019

Asia Society Texas volunteers had free fun and a show for shoppers at the Galleria Mall in Houston, Texas last Sunday and this weekend to ring in the Year of the Pig and the Lunar New Year.

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Latest Bellaire Texas Crime Reports

Here are the latest Bellaire Texas Police Crime Reports for 02/04 – 02/10/2019.

2/4/2019 0:18   90Z   ALL OTHER OFFENSES   ESCAPE FROM CUSTODY   5130 BELLAIRE BLVD

2/4/2019 0:18   ICE DETAINER- IMMIGRATION VIOLATION    5130 BELLAIRE BLVD

2/4/2019 0:18   URINATING IN PUBLIC    5130 BELLAIRE BLVD

2/4/2019 1:08   90D   DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE   DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED   6100 IH 69 SB

2/4/2019 0:01   35A   DRUG/NARCOTIC VIOLATIONS   POSS CS PG 1 >= 1G < 4G   5300 BELLAIRE BOULEVARD

2/4/2019 17:28   280   STOLEN PROPERTY OFFENSES (RECEIVING, ETC.)   STEALING/RECEIVING STOLEN   5000 MIMOSA

2/4/2019 20:42   90Z   ALL OTHER OFFENSES   FAIL TO IDENTIFY FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE   6700 IH610 ESR

2/5/2019 4:01   90Z   ALL OTHER OFFENSES   EVADING ARREST/DET USING VEH   7500 IH610 SOUTHBOUND

2/5/2019 4:01   90D   DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE   DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED   7500 IH610 SOUTHBOUND

2/5/2019 4:01   35A   DRUG/NARCOTIC VIOLATIONS   POSS MARIJ < 2OZ   7500 IH610 SOUTHBOUND

2/5/2019 11:49   90Z   ALL OTHER OFFENSES   DRIVING WHILE LIC   SUSPENDED/INVALID   4800 BELLAIRE BLVD

2/5/2019 11:49   90Z   ALL OTHER OFFENSES   HPD WARRANTS   4800 BELLAIRE BLVD

2/5/2019 18:37   250   FORGERY/COUNTERFEITING   FORGERY FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT   51xx LOCUST STREET

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2/6/2019 9:45   290   DESTRUCTIVE/DAMAGE/VANDALISM OF PROPERTY   FAIL TO STOP AND GIVE INFO> =$200 DAMAGES   6800 IH 610 EAST SERVICE ROAD

2/6/2019 12:49   290   DESTRUCTIVE/DAMAGE/VANDALISM OF PROPERTY   CRIM MISCH>=$500<$1,500   52xx BRAEBURN DRIVE

2/5/2019 13:23   220   BURGLARY/BREAKING AND ENTERING   BURGLARY OF HABITATION   43xx COMPTON CIRCLE

2/6/2019 21:12   23F   THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE   BURGLARY OF VEHICLE   4601 GLENMONT DR

2/7/2019 15:35   35A   DRUG/NARCOTIC VIOLATIONS   POSS CS PG 1 >=4G < 200G   4700 CEDAR STREET

2/8/2019 14:10   IDENTITY THEFT   FRAUD USE/POSS OF IDENTIFYING INFO   45xx PIN OAK

2/8/2019 21:33   23F   THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE   BURGLARY OF VEHICLE   4601 BELLAIRE BLVD

2/8/2019 23:24   220   BURGLARY/BREAKING AND ENTERING   BURGLARY OF HABITATION   44xx MILDRED

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2/9/2019 4:53   90Z   ALL OTHER OFFENSES   EVADING ARREST/DET USING VEH   8400 INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 610 WEST LOOP SOUTH

2/9/2019 4:53   90D   DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE   DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED   8400 INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 610 WEST LOOP SOUTH

2/7/2019 13:59   290   DESTRUCTIVE/DAMAGE/VANDALISM OF PROPERTY   CRIMINAL MISCHIEF> =$500<$1,500   49xx BELLAIRE BLVD

2/8/2019 15:34   90Z   ALL OTHER OFFENSES   FAIL TO IDENTIFY-FALSE INFORMATION   4600 BELLAIRE BOULEVARD

2/9/2019 22:49   90Z   ALL OTHER OFFENSES   DRIVING WHILE LIC SUSPENDED/INVALID ENH   4700 BELLAIRE BLVD

2/9/2019 22:52   35A   DRUG/NARCOTIC VIOLATIONS   POSS CS PG 1 < 1G   4700 BISSONNET

2/9/2019 22:52   520   WEAPON LAW VIOLATIONS   UNL CARRYING WEAPON   4700 BISSONNET

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2/10/2019 2:37   90D   DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE   DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED 2ND   8400 INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 610 LOOP SOUTH W

2/10/2019 6:55   90D   DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE   DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED   4300 BELLAIRE BLVD

2/10/2019 6:55   90Z   ALL OTHER OFFENSES   RESIST ARREST SEARCH OR TRANSP   4300 BELLAIRE BLVD

2/10/2019 6:55   90E   DRUNKENNESS    PUBLIC INTOXICATION   4300 BELLAIRE BLVD

2/10/2019 20:50   90D   DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE   DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED   7500 WEST LOOP SOUTH

For further details, see link https://www.bellairetx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/22477/02-04_02-10

If you have questions, call 713.662.8103, although no additional information about the reports will be released.

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Government Stays Open as President Trump Declares National Emergency on Southern Border

Aware of court challenges ahead, President Trump declared a National Emergency to secure the southern border and to find $6.5 billion more for a wall, according to the Washington Post.

The president also signed the Congressional bi-partisan spending bill to keep the federal government open before funding expires today for some federal agencies.

Congress passed the $324 billion compromise bill on Thursday night, the Washington Post reported.

“We’re going to be signing today and registering a National Emergency . . . We have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people—and it’s unacceptable,” President Trump said during a White House news conference today.

The President signed the Declaration for a National Emergency to address the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border.

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“I expect to be sued, but I shouldn’ t be sued. Very rarely do you get sued for a national emergency and other people say if you do this, what are you using it for? We’re gonna get rid of drugs and gangs and people. It’s an invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country that we stop, but it’s hard to stop. With a wall, it will be very successful. I think we will be successful in court. I think it’s clear,” President Trump said today.

“And the people that say we create a precedent. Well, we’re 56 or a lot of times, well that’s real impressive.  And many of those are far less important than having a border. You don’t have a border, you don’t have a country,” President Trump said.

As of February 2019, there are 31 ongoing declared states of national emergency. President Gerald Ford signed the last national emergency declaration on September 14, 1976.  There have been 59  national emergencies declared.

President Trump said this declaration of national emergency for the southern border may go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California line the southern border along Mexico.

“President Trump is manufacturing a crisis and declaring a made-up “national emergency” in order to seize power. This “emergency” is a national disgrace — and the blame lays solely at the feet of the President. Our message to the White House is simple: CA will see you in court,”  tweeted California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat.

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This afternoon, the White House Press Secretary tweeted this statement:

“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action—including a national emergency—to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.”

Earlier this week, a bi-partisan congressional committee of leaders reached a tentative deal that included $1.375 billion for a barrier, 55 miles of fences for the southern border, more technology, security, customs officers for Homeland Security and no cap on the number of immigrants detained within the United States.

Another partial government shutdown loomed if President Trump didn’t sign  the Congressional tentative deal by Friday, February 15th.

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