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Fatal shooting outside a convenience store becomes the first homicide of 2021 in Fort Bend County

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A man was shot and killed after two separate groups exchanged gunshots outside a convenience store in Stafford late Monday night.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office received a call last night regarding a male who was found shot on the side of the road here at 812 FM 1092, also known as Murphy Road around 11:56 p.m.

Camerron Long was the 22-year-old victim who was shot several times and was immediately transported to the Sugar Land Methodist Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

This event marks the first homicide of 2021 in Fort Bend County, just four days into the new year where in the previous year, there were a total of 12 homicides in Fort Bend County.

No arrests or motives have been announced in the shooting at the moment, but The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet that authorities don’t have any further information.

Anyone with information that could help Fort Bend County investigators should call their Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS.


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Top Harris County Health Official to step down

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Dr. Umair Shah addresses the Houston public in a press conference with Fort Bend County Judge, KP George

In Harris County, throughout the pandemic, one key individual has assisted in advising the county on COVID-19 recovery. Dr. Umair Shah, the primary advisor to County Judge Lina Hidalgo on the coronavirus, is stepping down. 

Two county officials revealed this news to the Houston Chronicle earlier today. 

Shah has taken a job in Washington state, and this decision comes only days after Houston area-hospitalizations have hit a high since Labor Day.

Shah has been head of the Harris County health department since 2013. 

With his unexpected departure from the county, the Commissioners Court will appoint an interim public health authority at its Dec. 1st meeting. His last day will be December 18th. 

This is a developing story. More details to follow soon.

Two police officers shot, suspect found says HPD Chief Acevedo

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One officer has been injured, and another has died in a shooting with a suspect this morning in Southwest Houston.

The fallen officer, Sgt. Preston, served for the Houston Police Department for 41 years. The other officer who is endured non-fatal injuries is Officer Courtney Waller.

A press briefing with the police chief provided more details. The suspect, is a 51 year old Hispanic male, with a criminal history of family abuse. The family of the suspect called to report disturbances and reports of abuse multiple times before the incident.

The suspect has been transported to a Memorial Hermann hospital near the scene. His 14 year old son was also injured in this incident.

Police Chief Art Acevedo and Mayor Turner provide a press briefing for the shooting on Tuesday morning.

HPD Police Chief, Art Acevedo tweeted on Tuesday morning that a suspect is being searched for after two police officers have been shot.

The shooting occurred in the Southwest area of Houston, in the 2600 block of Hollyhall, according to reports from KPRC.

One officer was transported to the Memorial Hermann in the Texas Medical Center.

Lina Hidalgo and Mayor Sylvester Turner also tweeted at her followers asking for them to keep the officers in their thoughts.

The scene is no longer active. A criminal invesitigation is expected to take place in the coming weeks.

This is a developing story, check back for more information soon.

Bodies recovered from Monday building collapse

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A partial building collapse in West Houston with three confirmed fatalities, one victim transported to nearby hospital in stable condition.

On Monday afternoon around 2 p.m, a building collapsed near west Houston– resulting in the deaths of at least three people.

All bodies from this collapse were recovered on Wednesday.

The incident occured near the I-10 Katy Freeway in the area of Town & Country Boulevard.

Rescue technicians and a hazmat team cut through rubble mounting three-stories high in order to recover the bodies.

The collapse injured one person, however, the 240 construction workers on the scene were not injured.

Assistant Fire Chief Ruy Lozano said on Monday in a press briefing that the collapse appeared to involve newly constructed stairs that began at the 13th and 14th floor of the 15-story building.

Harvey Builders, the company hired to take on the project, issued the following statement to ABC13:

“Harvey Builders is working with the Houston Fire Department, our subcontractor East Texas Precast, and Hines, the project’s development manager, to investigate a fatal accident involving the collapse of a stairway on the construction site of the future Houston headquarters of Marathon Oil. Construction is an inherently dangerous activity and in recognition of this Harvey and its subcontractors observe very strict protocols on every project. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with each of the families involved during this difficult time.”

Trump says name of whistleblower in impeachment inquiry should be revealed

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday (November 3) said the name of the whistleblower whose concerns prompted an impeachment inquiry should be revealed because that individual had given false information.

Trump, without giving evidence, suggested the whistleblower could potentially be guilty of fraud. 

“The whistleblower should be revealed because the whistleblower gave false information,” Trump told reporters at the White House. 

Trump also took the opportunity to lash out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He said she “has lost her mind” and that “her district is going to hell.”

Trump’s comments came as the whistleblower offered to answer questions directly to Republicans on the intelligence committee leading the inquiry, one of his lawyers said on Sunday.

Mark Zaid said the action was taken to counter Republican efforts, led by Trump, to unmask the whistleblower, a member of the U.S. intelligence community whose identity has not been released.

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Houston Gives Tribute to Legendary Texas Governor

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September 23rd marks the 30th anniversary for the inauguration of former Texas Governor Ann Richards.  Fifty “Ann Banners” will be on display on downtown light poles located along Dallas Street near the George R. Brown Convention Center marked by Mayor Sylvester Turner, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, and other notables.

The “Ann Banners” made their first appearance last spring in downtown Austin and can now be seen in downtown Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The banners feature images of the Governor throughout her life and quotes that reflect her force-of-nature character and commitment to “make government look like the people of Texas.”

She is remembered in part for appointing an unprecedented number of women, people of color, Texans with disabilities, and LGBTQ community members to Texas boards and commissions, her bio notes.

Richards championed Texas prison reform, the environment, the arts, and hosted Queen Elizabeth II of England and the Duke of Edinburgh.

A one-woman play based on her life received rave reviews during its 2011 run at the Kennedy Center. Richards also bravely posed on the cover of Texas Monthly on a motorcycle. 

Houston Open Golf Tournament Tees Off This November

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The 2021 Houston Open Golf Tournament will begin this November with the Astros Golf Foundation. The foundation made additional renovations to Memorial Park which is now open for the public. Foundation President Giles Kibbe is looking forward to the upcoming games, “We’re going to have a great field. Today we’re honoring our past winner Carlos Ortiz who will be playing this year. We also have several of the top 25 players in the world who have already committed and we’ll be rolling those names out in the next few weeks.”

$7 million dollars worth of purse will be up for competition by top golfers. Kibbe says, “We have the largest purse of any PGA fall event. We obviously have a great city for them to visit. The players recognize the work that has been done here. The way the PGA scoring system works now, the fall events have a lot more importance than they have had in the past.”

Kibbe also announced a concert series set to come this year. “With all the synergies with the Houston Astros and Minute Maid Ball Park we see this as a great opportunity to have some big names come in.”  Jake Owen will perform on Friday, November 12 and Kygo will be here Saturday, November 13.

For updated information about The Houston Open and ticket informationclick here.

Mexican authorities raid hotels in search of Haitian migrants

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Two dozen Haitian migrants, including toddlers, were detained on Tuesday (September 21) by immigration authorities during hotel raids in Ciudad Acuna, a small Mexican town near the border with the US state of Texas.

Officers from Mexico’s national migration institute (INM) entered two budget hotels on a small street in Ciudad Acuna and escorted migrant families into vans.

Mexico and the United States were on Wednesday (September 22) preparing to fly more Haitian migrants away from chaotic U.S.-Mexico border camps.

U.S. authorities have deported more than 500 Haitians since Sunday from a camp housing thousands of mostly Haitian migrants on the U.S. side of border, by the small Texan city of Del Rio.

At the same time, Mexico has begun flying migrants away from the U.S. border, as well as sending some by bus, towards its border with Guatemala in the south.

The deportations came amid profound instability in the Caribbean nation, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, where a presidential assassination, rising gang violence, and a major earthquake have spread chaos in recent weeks.

Hundreds of the migrants have also gathered on the Mexican side by Ciudad Acuna, across from Del Rio. The migrants crossed back over the Rio Grande, to retreat from the U.S. camp because of shortages of food and poor conditions there.

On Tuesday, after talks with Haitian government representatives, Mexico said repatriation flights would be offered to those “who wish to return to their country.”

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New WHO air-quality guidelines aim to cut deaths linked to fossil fuels

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday (September 22) issued its first air quality guidelines since 2005 aimed at reducing deaths from key pollutants that cause cardiovascular and respiratory diseases by moving to clean energy.

The United Nations agency, in advice to its 194 member states, slashed the recommended maximum levels for several pollutants, including particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide, both of which are found in fossil fuel emissions.

“Since the update in 2005, a substantial new body of evidence has accumulated, further demonstrating the degree to which air pollution affects all parts of the body from the brain to a growing baby in a mother’s womb at even lower concentrations than previously observed”, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference.

The WHO cited “clear evidence” of the damage inflicted by air pollution on human health “at even lower concentrations than previously understood”.

“That’s why these new guidelines include lower recommended levels for pollutants, including particulate matter, nitrogen of dioxide, sulphur dioxide and ozone”, Tedros added.

Long-term exposure to even lower concentrations of ambient and household air pollution can cause diseases including lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke, resulting in an estimated 7 million premature deaths each year, according to the WHO.

Tedros urged governments to engage all economic sectors in reducing emissions and addressing climate change, noting that the guidelines came at an “important time” ahead of the COP26 climate change conference set to open in Glasgow on Oct 31.

People living in low- and middle-income countries are hit the hardest due to urbanisation and economic development heavily reliant on burning fossil fuels, it said.

Reducing exposure to particulate matter(PM) – capable of penetrating deep into the lungs and entering the bloodstream – is a priority, the WHO said. These are primarily generated by fuel combustion in sectors including transport, energy, households, industry, and from agriculture.

Under the new guidelines, WHO halved the recommended limit for average annual PM2.5 level from 10 micrograms per cubic meter to 5. It also lowered the recommended limit for PM10 from 20 micrograms to 15.

“If we put into place the levels recommended by the new guidelines and if we reduce those levels in particular of the particulate matter, PM 2.5 and that we re-adjust to what is recommended, then we could save 80% of those lives that unfortunately are being lost every year”, María Neira, WHO director of environment, climate change and health said.

(Cecile Mantovani)

“It feels extra special”: backstage with ‘The Crown’ team and other Emmy winners

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Royal drama “The Crown” and feel good comedy “Ted Lasso” nabbed the top prizes at television’s Emmy awards on Sunday on a night dominated by streaming shows, British talent and rare wins by women.

Chess drama “The Queen’s Gambit” was named best limited series and tied with “The Crown” for the most wins overall at 11 apiece.

The best drama series win for “The Crown” gave Netflix its biggest prize so far, while Apple TV+ entered streaming’s big league with the best comedy series win for “Ted Lasso.” Neither Netflix nor Apple TV+ had previously won a best comedy or best drama series Emmy.

Jason Sudeikis, the star and co-creator of “Ted Lasso,” was named best comedy actor. The show also brought statuettes for Britons Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein for their supporting roles in the tale of a struggling English soccer team that won over TV fans with its folksy humor during the dark days of the coronavirus pandemic

Despite a nominees list that boasted the strongest showing in years for people of color, only a handful emerged as winners.

They included Britain’s Michaela Coel, who won for writing the harrowing sexual assault drama “I May Destroy You” in which she also starred and directed; RuPaul, host of the competition show “RuPaul’s Drag Race;” and the cast of hip hop Broadway musical “Hamilton,” which won the Emmy for variety special after it was filmed for television.

Dancer, singer and actor Debbie Allen was given an honorary award celebrating 50 years in show business. “It’s taken a lot of courage to be the only woman in the room most of the time,” Allen said.

It was a good night for women, and for Britons.

Lucia Aniello got a rare directing win for a woman for the comedy series “Hacks” about a fading female comedian. She also was one of the winning co-writers. Britain’s Jessica Hobbs took home a directing Emmy for “The Crown.”

Seven of the 12 acting awards went to Britons, including Olivia Colman and Josh O’Connor for playing Queen Elizabeth and heir to the throne Prince Charles in a fourth season of “The Crown” that focused on the unhappy marriage of Charles and Princess Diana.

An exuberant Kate Winslet won for her role as a downtrodden detective in limited series “Mare of Easttown,” while Ewan McGregor was a surprise winner for playing fashion designer “Halston.”

Concerns over the Delta variant of the coronavirus forced Sunday’s ceremony to move to an outdoor tent in downtown Los Angeles, with a reduced guest list and mandatory vaccinations and testing but a red carpet that harked back to pre-pandemic times.

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Driver rescued from crashed 18-wheeler in north Houston

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HOUSTON – Traffic was disrupted on the westbound lanes of the 610 N Loop at I-45 after an 18-wheeler overturned near the Heights area early Wednesday morning. 

It took firefighters about 25 minutes to cut the big driver from the cab. He was transported to a nearby trauma center where his condition is said to be stable. 

A heavy-duty wrecker was called to move the 18-wheeler off the freeway.

The westbound lanes were cleared around 7 a.m. after remaining shut down for about four hours.

Suspect detained after deadly shooting in Third Ward

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HOUSTON – Police have detained a suspect after a man was shot and killed in the Third Ward Tuesday night.

The shooting was reported around 7:20 p.m. in the 2800 block of Blodgett Street.

Lt. Larry Crowson said the victim had some sort of dispute with the suspect. Shots were fired by the suspect when both got into an argument in front of an apartment building.

The alleged shooter has been detained at the scene, the officer confirmed. 

Investigation is underway. 

Man shot dead inside apartment in southeast Houston

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HOUSTON – Investigation has been launched after a man was shot and killed inside an apartment in southeast Houston Tuesday night. 

The incident took place in the 8800 block of Glenchrest Street around 10 p.m. 

Police said they found a deceased male with multiple gunshot wounds in a vacant upstairs apartment.

Several residents heard the gunfire and witnesses some people leaving the location, police added. 

No suspect description is available at the moment. 

Investigators in Gabby Petito case search her fiance’s family home

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Police and FBI agents investigating the disappearance of Gabby Petito searched the Florida home of her fiance’s parents for computer files on Monday (September 20), one day after finding a body in Wyoming that matched her description.

The search marked the latest turn in a story that has captivated Americans and made international headlines: the vanishing of 22-year-old Petitio during a cross-country road trip as she documented “van life” with her fiance Brian Laundrie on social media.

Local TV stations showed images of the yellow suburban house surrounded by police vehicles and marked off with crime scene tape. Officers could be seen loading cardboard boxes into the back of a police van.

Police have called Laundrie, who returned to Florida from the road trip on Sept. 1 without Petito, a “person of interest” in the case.

Laundrie’s family told police on Friday (September 16) that they had not seen him since the 23-year-old man left three days earlier, telling them he planned to hike in the nearly 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve, a wilderness area near North Port.

North Port police said on Monday that their efforts to find Laundrie had shifted away from the reserve.

In court documents seeking the search warrant, North Port police said they believed a felony had been committed and were looking to seize computer storage devices and hard drives from the home.

Search and rescue crews on Sunday (September 19) found a body in a remote area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, which an FBI spokesman said was “consistent” with the 5’5, 110-pound Petito.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday (September 21).

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Eight units damaged in commercial fire on W 34th Street

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HOUSTON – Firefighters battled a heavy fire at a storage facility on West 34th Street Monday night. 

After receiving reports of a commercial fire in the 2200 block of W 34th Street, HFD crews immediately arrived at the location and found heavy smoke rising from several storage units.

Firefighters made forcible entry into the units and got the fire under control.

As per details, eight units were damaged in the incident.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.