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  1. Following the murder of George Floyd, peaceful protests took place through the afternoon and evening yesterday. Unfortunately, as the night went on, it appears some people took advantage of the situation and vandalized some areas of downtown. See the images and videos from instagram below: These are sensitive times, and I don't mean to send any negative messages in posting these images. To me these actions seem to take on a more selfish nature than in support of any just cause, and it saddens me to think that anyone would believe that this destruction would result in a positive outcome for the cause.
  2. So I was driving down Studewood tonite and at the corner of 11th where they are rebuilding that historic building that was hit by a car, I noticed something that really pissed me off. All the bricks that are stacked outside from the original structure were tagged by guess who? It seems the crew that is working on the building was able to remove the majority of the paint but you can still see the outline of the name ROWDY. If anyone spots this moron, take a pic and call the cops. This idiot should be ashamed to call himself a Houstonian.
  3. This was approved by voters on Nov. 5th http://www.pgal.com/portfolio/harris-countycity-of-houston-joint-processing-cent/
  4. I went to look at a couple of houses in the sharpstown area...they were north of 59, north of fondren and west of the mall...I keep seeing postings like this is a dangerous area? It looked really nice...is there something I dont know about...and maybe its just the point of reference. I currently live off the intersection of Lawndale and Telephone. I classify this as a iffy area, not sharpstown. I am sure there are crappy apts over there, but I am talking about the nieghborhoods. I do notice houses are really cheap, so please enlighten me on whats going on over there.
  5. https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/09/11/houston-crime-lab-aims-to-move-to-new-downtown.html?s=print
  6. I'd read Kathryn Casey's Deliver Us: Three Decades of Murder and Redemption in the Infamous I-45/Texas Killing Fields a few years ago, particularly interested in the case of Kim Pitchford who was abducted January 3, 1973 from my alma mater, Dobie High School. Just a heads-up if you've followed any of these unsolved murders along I-45 during the early 70s, A&E is premiering a series on the man who has confessed to eleven of them. It's prompted the opening of two of the cold cases. The series starts this Thursday night if you're interested. http://www.aetv.com/blog/news/ae-network-to-premiere-new-nonfiction-limited-series-the-eleven-on-thursday-october-19-at-9p
  7. I read somewhere that the crime rate in Houston was going down and then a few weeks later I read a conflicting report that stated that the crime rate was actually going up. What is the real story?
  8. After the Spring High School stabbing, it is possible that more affluent families will leave Spring ISD for good. I know the demographics have been changing for a while but this will do it even more.
  9. Is it my imagination or has there been an armed crime on FM1960 reported on the local news nearly every day for the last week or so? This is getting completely ridiculous!! What's going on with law enforcement that criminals feel they can act with impunity in this corridor?! Something needs to be done!!
  10. New Territory becoming gang territory? What's the deal with all of the recent crimes in what appear to be decent neighborhoods? Are the assailants mostly Katrina people or local gangbangers? Ch. 13 says they seem to be targetting people of South Asian descent.
  11. This is the title of an upcoming book on the Houston Police Department. http://www.amazon.co...002122&sr=1-218 "Houston Blue offers the first comprehensive history of one of the nation’s largest police forces, the Houston Police Department. Through extensive archival research and more than one hundred interviews with prominent Houston police figures, politicians, news reporters, attorneys, and others, authors Mitchel P. Roth and Tom Kennedy chronicle the development of policing in the Bayou City from its days as a grimy trading post in the 1830s to its current status as the nation’s fourth largest city. Combining the skills of historian, criminologist, and journalist, Roth and Kennedy reconstruct the history of a police force that has been both innovative and controversial. Readers will be introduced to a colorful and unforgettable cast of police chiefs and officers who have made their mark on the department. Prominent historical figures who have brushed shoulders with Houston’s Finest over the past 175 years are also featured, including Houdini, Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, O. Henry, former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, hatchet wielding temperance leader Carrie Nation, the Hilton Siamese Twins, blues musician Leadbelly, oilman Silver Dollar Jim West, and many others. The Houston Police Department has been at the cutting edge of police innovation. It was one of the first departments in the South to adopt fingerprinting as an identification system and use the polygraph test, and under the leadership of its first African American police chief, Lee Brown, put the theory of neighborhood oriented policing into practice in the 1980s. The force has been embroiled in controversy and high profile criminal cases as well. Among the cases chronicled in the book are the Dean Corll and Dr. John Hill murders; controversial cases involving the department’s crime lab; the killings of Randy Webster and Joe Campos Torres; and the Camp Logan, Texas Southern University, and Moody Park Riots. Roth and Kennedy reveal that most of modern Houston’s issues and problems are rooted in many of the challenges that faced police officers in the nineteenth century. Anyone who drives in Houston will not be surprised that the city’s reputation for poor drivers was already cemented in the 1860s, when ordinances were passed to protect pedestrians from horse-drawn carriages. Likewise, the department’s efforts to overcome funding and manpower shortages, and political patronage, are a continuing battle that began a century ago. In the end it is a story about the men and women in blue and the role played by the Houston Police Officers Union in creating a modern 21st-century police force from its frontier roots."
  12. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headli...ro/5580519.html The chron comments are interesting. Many people think that she made the story up. Where are they getting that from? They're saying it sounds fishy. Also, many of the early comments were complaining that they didn't announce the color of the men, but yet now the article includes it. This is strange. Police have yet to determine a motive for the attempted kidnapping of a woman from her River Oaks neighborhood Thursday morning. The 39-year-old woman was walking along the 3800 block of Del Monte near the River Oaks Country Club when two men approached her in their car and forced her inside the trunk, Houston police said. "One of them struck her on top of the head," said Sgt. John Chomiak, a Houston Police Department spokesman. The woman found the escape lever to pop the trunk open, Chomiak said. "She was able to get out of the trunk and run away from the scene," he said. "That was smart thinking. She was able to keep cool." The pair reportedly drove off after the woman escaped and didn't try to recapture her. Police said there is no indication the woman knew the men.
  13. Received this release today from the Harris County Fire Marshal: ----------- Pranksters Set Off Acid Bombs Acid bombs exploded in a Baytown neighborhood in the 5400 block of Thyme just before midnight last night. Two men are in custody while a third is still being sought. The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office, Baytown Fire Department, Baytown Bomb Squad and the Harris County Sheriff's Department all responded to the home of an off-duty Baytown police officer. "The suspects set off two of the improvised devices in one of the suspect's own back yard," said Investigator James Bolton with the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office. "A third device was thrown in the officer's back yard. It did not go off and had to be "rendered safe' by the Baytown Bomb Squad." No one was injured and at least one of the suspects lives next door to the officer. All three will be charged with a third-degree felony involving an explosive weapon. "These men thought it was a prank," added Bolton. "But anyone within close proximity to the devices, when detonated, could have been seriously injured. This is a serious crime. "It's no laughing matter."
  14. Investigators in the Houston Police Department Robbery Division are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying five suspects believed responsible for at least six robberies in Houston's westside. The suspects are described only as five black males. One is believed to be in his 20s and a second is believed to be in his 40s. Surveillance photos of the suspect are attached to this news release. The incidents all occured at residences in which the suspects forcibly entered and took the home's safe with its contents inside. On May 29, the suspects entered a residence on the 10 block of Shady Lane and tied up a female housemaid. The suspects then used tools to remove the home's safe and secured contents, and fled the location. Another robbery occured on June 30 when the same group of suspects are believed to have entered a residence in the 300 block of Terrace and also tied up a housemaid. There were security cameras at the residence and images of the suspects entering and leaving the residence were captured. There are at least two more incidents linked to these suspects. Anyone with information on the identities of these suspects is urged to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
  15. Just a head's up: Since just after Christmas, at least two Cypress-area residents have given accounts of their family members being robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot outside of the Cinemark Theatres at 290 and Spring-Cypress. In each, guns were pointed at or pressed up to victims' heads and/or chests. In neither case was the victim alone, they were part of a pair or group of 3 who were accosted by 2 gunmen. Both incidents were at night.
  16. METRO SECURITY CAMERAS HELP CATCH PARK & RIDE VANDALS Two burglary suspects were arrested today, caught red-handed breaking into two vehicles at METRO’s Maxey Rd Park & Ride lot. An MPD officer monitoring the security cameras at the lot noticed the suspicious activity this morning and alerted MPD and HPD. An undercover HPD officer arrived at the scene as the two suspected vandals – one male, one female – were leaving one of the vehicles they attempted to hot wire. Investigators say the suspects broke into a red truck and a white truck by smashing a window in each vehicle. Police say nothing was taken from the vehicles as the two were reportedly trying to steal the trucks. According to investigators, the pair admitted to the break-ins and each is now facing two counts of burglary of a motor vehicle. Police believe they will be able to clear other Park & Ride vehicle burglary incidents, as well as cases in other jurisdictions with the arrest of these two suspects.
  17. Houston police have released a composite sketch of a suspect wanted in two robbery / sexual assault incidents that happened in less than one week in the Spring Branch area of the city. The suspect is described only as a Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build. A composite sketch of the suspect is attached to this news release. HPD Robbery Division Officer D. Gonzales and Sex Crimes Unit Senior Police Officer P. Moreno reported: The first incident occurred about 11:20 p.m. on November 28 in the victim’s apartment in the 1300 block of Witte. Two unknown Hispanic males armed with weapons forced their way inside an apartment, tied up male victims and demanded they give up their credit cards and PIN numbers. One suspect went to an ATM and retrieved money from the victim’s account while the second suspect stayed with the victims in the apartment. While inside the apartment, one female victim was sexually assaulted and another was fondled. The other incident happened about 2 a.m. on December 2 at the victim’s apartment in the 1700 block of Upland. Two unknown Hispanic males armed with weapons entered an apartment, tied up the male victim and ordered him to give up his PIN number. The suspects demanded money from the female victim and one of them then sexually assaulted her. Victims in both cases said the suspects spoke with a Honduran accent. Anyone with information on one or both of these incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
  18. METRO PARK & RIDE VANDAL CAUGHT BY K-9, SECURITY CAMERAS Security cameras at METRO’s Kingsland Park & Ride lot - with the help of a four-legged officer - led to the arrest of a 24-year old man, who is now facing burglary charges and a felony assault charge. Christopher Sean Burks (photo at left) was arrested Nov. 23 and charged with two counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, and interference with a police service animal, which is a felony. METRO police say one of their officers at TranStar spotted Burks on the security cameras walking through the lot, looking into the vehicles. Armed with a hand full of rocks, Burks smashed the window of one of the vehicles, and broke into another vehicle, according to investigators. MPD and Harris County Precinct 5 Constable units surrounded the area to search for Burks, who was seen fleeing the lot. METRO’s K-9 officer Vigo tracked the suspect, who was hiding along Mason Bayou. Investigators say Burks then attacked the dog, and after a brief struggle with both Vigo and its police handler, Officer John Wiggins, Burks was taken into custody and treated for dog bites. Police say Burks stole small items of little value and abandoned them at the lot before he fled. Investigators believe Burks may be responsible for two other vehicle break-ins at the same lot.
  19. PARK & RIDE SECURITY VIDEO HELPS METRO POLICE NAB VANDAL A 43-year old woman is behind bars, charged with burglary of a vehicle at METRO’s Eastex Park & Ride lot. The image to the left was captured Monday, Nov. 9 by METRO’s security cameras. It shows the suspect, Cynthia Lynn Brooks, entering the lot. The video helped METRO police track down Brooks, who confessed to having ransacked the patron’s silver Mitsubishi Galant. Brooks allegedly stole several items such as house keys, perfume, a phone charger, tennis shoes, a jacket, loose change and two purses – none of which has been recovered. MPD said the suspect has an extensive criminal history, and drug addiction. METRO police would like to remind customers to store their valuables such as wallets, purses, cell phones and electronic devices out of sight. Editor’s note: Attached are two security videos. The first shows the suspect entering the Eastex Park & Ride lot. The second, though difficult to see, shows someone inside the silver car (behind a white truck) where the victim’s vehicle was parked. 20091109-164340.mov 20091109-164920.mov
  20. I can't confirm these with police records, but I have received a few emails today about two robberies (one outside Visage Day Spa and the other outside the Planet Fitness at Grant). Apparently someone got a look at the robber at PF and said he was a white male with tattoos but there were no other details about the robbery at Visage. Either way, it seems to be a growing trend and this is just more reason to always be aware of your surroundings.
  21. Most of us work hard, always trying to make a better life for ourselves. We all understand that crime are like pests; you do the best you can, but it's just a part of life, no matter where you live. Anyway, I'm moving to Katy in about 4-5 weeks, and wanted to look up crime stats. The only thing I've found lately are these two links: http://blogs.chron.com/insidekaty/archives/2009/05/ http://www.katytimes.com/articles/2009/06/...63274340927.txt From the blog entries, the sentiment seems to be that there's plenty of crime in Katy, but it is generally kept hush. Do the members here at HAIF share this view?
  23. I was at the Koch Bldg on 4/16/09 when news came that a woman jumped to her death yet I havent seen any news about this.
  24. This happened Saturday. I remember seeing this woman in the halls at Klein High School. She smiled a lot. She graduated in 2000, a year behind me. Her maiden name was Sabrina Tolentino. The suspect also was in that graduating class, but I don't remember him. Her truck was found in the Kohl's parking lot on 249, and she was found in a ditch 15 miles away fully clothed. The kidnapping apparently happened at 2 in the afternoon. His prints were on the duct tape on her head. He says he's had no contact with her since graduating high school, and while they knew each other it is not clear what recent dealings they have had or why he would have done this. http://www.khou.com/news/local/brazoria/st...s.4bbe2a45.html This story is getting some national airplay. I saw it covered on Fox News.
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