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


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.

Produced by Shivani Parmar

Top Harris County Health Official to step down

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


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

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


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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Police acknowledge ‘wrong decision’ in delay in confronting Texas school shooter


Police made the “wrong decision” in waiting nearly an hour for additional officers before breaching the classroom where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers, a law enforcement official said on Friday (May 27), after days of mounting questions about the law enforcement response.

Survivors, including children, were calling the 911 emergency number from the classroom long after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos had entered with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, while police officers were in the hallway outside the room waiting for more assistance, according to Colonel Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

In hindsight, McCraw told reporters at a news briefing, “it was the wrong decision” for the onsite commander to wait for a specially trained tactical team before trying to enter the classroom.

Someone whom McCraw did not identify called 911 multiple times starting at 12:03 p.m., telling police in a whisper that there were multiple dead and that there were still “eight to nine” students alive, the colonel said. A student called at 12:47 p.m. and asked the operator to send police “now.”

Officers did not go into the classroom until 12:50 p.m., according to McCraw, when a U.S. Border Patrol tactical team used keys from a janitor to open the locked door and kill Ramos.

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‘Blood is on your hands’: Protesters berate gun violence at NRA convention


Protesters angered over the shooting deaths of Texas elementary school students, converged Friday (May 27) outside the gun-lobby National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston.

The protesters held signs, red splattered clothing and shouted, “NRA go away,” as hundreds of members of the nation’s biggest gun lobby arrived at the conventional hall.

Tuesday’s fatal shooting of 19 Uvalde, Texas, students and two teachers by an 18-year-old gunman equipped with an AR-15 style semiautomatic assault rife is expected to limit attendance at the group’s first convention in three years.

Inside the massive convention center in downtown Houston, attendees shopped for NRA-themed T-shirts and caps, whose sales help finance the group’s programs. The hall had hundreds of exhibits by gun manufacturers, showing off handguns, hunting rifles and assault rifles.

The weekend convention is the five million-member group’s first annual get together after two prior cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Supporters of former Pakistani PM Imran Khan clash with police during march for new elections


Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan clashed with security forces as they marched on Islamabad’s streets Wednesday calling for new elections.

The protest march came after Khan was ousted as Prime Minister by a parliamentary vote of no confidence on April 10, 2022.

According to reports, tear gas was used to disperse the crowds and many supporters of the former prime minister were detained.

“This is a call from Imran Khan to all of us to come out and support the Azadi (freedom) march. It’s a march that we want to be a part of because I remember when Gandhi was asked in South Africa why he are going to go back to India, and you have a successful place over here and you are a successful lawyer. So he said that if you want a change, you have to be a part of the change. So I’m here to be a part of the change ,” said Sadiqa Malik, an overseas Pakistani returning to the country to support the ousted Prime Minister.

“I’m here on the instructions of our chairman Imran Khan to reshape the history of Pakistan, to reshape the structure of Pakistan and to reshape the political system of Pakistan,” said Taqi Akhunzada, a member of the executive committee of Khan’s PTI Party.

Khan said he was glad that the nation had united against the “imported government” which he says is propped up by the United States.

Addressing the crowd, Khan said he was providing the coalition government with ample time to hold general elections in June.

He gave the government a six-day deadline to announce a date for new general elections, warning that he would once again march on the capital with the “entire nation” if the government failed to do so.

He accused the new government of seizing power to quash cases of corruption against their own members.

With Pakistan facing a severe economic crisis, many fear the consequences of further political turmoil.

Driver extricated after 2-vehicle crash


HOUSTON – A driver got seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of West Dallas Street and Montrose Street early Friday.

According to police, a pickup truck rolled over after hitting a small sedan at around 1:40 a.m.

The driver of the pickup was pinned inside the truck and the Houston Fire Department crews had to cut the roof off and extricate him from the wreck.

The driver sustained traumatic injuries, but is expected to survive.

All occupants of the small sedan appeared to have minor injuries.

HPD central is handling the investigation.

Man fatally struck by multiple vehicles on I-45


HOUSTON – Police are investigating after a male pedestrian was fatally struck on i-45 near N Main Street.

Authorities were informed that the man in his 30’s was struck by as many as ten vehicles while walking on the freeway.

It is not known how he ended up on the freeway.

After the incident, all lanes were closed on northbound 45.

Man critically wounded in shooting outside bar on Ojeman Road


HOUSTON – A man was shot and injured during an argument at a bar on Ojeman Road early Friday.

When officers arrived at the location, they found multiple bullet casings, a pool of blood, but there was no victim.

A short time later, police were informed about a gunshot victim at Greater Heights. Police told that the victim was shot in the arm, and was flown to the hospital through lifeflight where he remains in critical condition.

According to investigators, two men reportedly got into an argument inside the bar, which spilled into the parking lot before an exchange of gunfire.

Wall Street opens higher as economic data allays growth worries


U.S. stock indexes opened higher on Friday (May 27) as data showed strength in consumer spending and signs of peaking inflation, providing relief to investors worried about a sharp slowdown in economic growth.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 97.90 points, or 0.30%, at the open to 32,735.09.

The S&P 500 opened higher by 19.59 points, or 0.48%, at 4,077.43, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 129.04 points, or 1.10%, to 11,869.69 at the opening bell.

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Argentine young man mining cryptocurrencies to build his house


 Sebastian Carsorio, a 23-year-old Argentine young man overwhelmed by the economic situation amid the coronavirus pandemic, took advantage of a computer given to him and thought himself to mine cryptocurrencies to make extra money.

Carsorio, who works repairing appliances at a recycling foundation, grabbed hardware components donated to assemble a computer and started learning how to mine digital currency on Internet forums that he Google-translated into Spanish.

After one and a half years of mining with a handmade desktop computer, he went from living in a cardboard house to building a one-floor house in a slum 50 kilometres away from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Carsorio explained he started mining Monero, but as soon as he repaired a computer graphics card, he switched to Ethereum.

At first he was unaware of the value of cryptocurrencies but after researching, he found an opportunity to profit from what had become his hobby.

He made over 180,000 dollars.

He invested that money in a plot in the middle of a mountain where he moved into a wooden house, which flooded with rain and got cold with low temperatures. Gradually, he has been turning it into a brick-and-mortar place.

The house is still halfway done – it lacks a bathroom; the entrance has a wooden bridge over sewage, and he uses a water pump – but from the living room, Carsorio spends his free time in front of a computer desk mining digital currencies.

Carsorio, father of three, still works repairing appliances, but he says mining will always be there to avoid being money-strapped again.

Looking back at what he has achieved, the 23-year-old points out how good it feels to sleep without getting cold, under a non-leaking roof.

Cryptocurrency mining has become popular in Argentina due to the high profits that the activity provides.

According to a survey by Canada’s Fraser Institute, the South American country stands out as the fifth most attractive region worldwide for the mining industry.

Some cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, are created by a process called proof of work which requires computers to “mine” the currency by solving complex puzzles. Powering those computers involves large amounts of electricity.

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Amber Heard details death threats as testimony ends in Johnny Depp defamation case


“Aquaman” actor Amber Heard delivered the final testimony in the multimillion-dollar defamation battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp on Thursday (May 26), telling jurors she faces daily harassment and death threats since she accused the Hollywood star of abuse.

Heard returned to the stand at the request of her attorneys ahead of closing arguments on Friday (May 27).

Speaking through tears, Heard said she has been “harassed, humiliated, threatened every single day” since accusing the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star of physical and sexual abuse.

“People want to kill me and they tell me so every day,” Heard said.

Depp, 58, sued Heard in Virginia for $50 million and argued that she defamed him when she called herself “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” Heard, 36, has countersued for $100 million, saying Depp smeared her when his lawyer said her accusations were a “hoax.”

“Johnny has taken enough of my voice,” Heard told the jury. “I have the right to tell my story.”

Depp has denied hitting Heard or any woman and said she was the one who turned violent in their relationship.

The case is expected to go the jury on Friday after each side presents closing arguments.

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Finland’s PM Marin meets Ukrainian President Zelenskiy in Kyiv


Finish Prime Minister Sanna Marin met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv on Thursday (May 26).

The two state leaders met in the presidential palace before Marin went to visit Irpin and Bucha, towns heavily destroyed by fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces several weeks ago.

Zelenskiy thanked the Finnish government for their financial support and aid, local media reported.

He also noted Finland’s support for Ukraine’s plans to become a member of the European Union.

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