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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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Suspect stopped with spike strip after lengthy chase on Beltway 8

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HOUSTON – A driver running red lights has been caught after a lengthy chase overnight, according to Houston police.

The pursuit started after a driver refused to pull over. The suspect went south on 59, then east on 610, east on i10, then South on beltway 8 before turning around and taking the belt back to East freeway.

Early morning, police deployed a spike strip on the suspect’s SUV near 225, and the man was later stopped and arrested on 610 East near the ship channel.

Police said the man could be facing multiple charges.

No injuries were reported.   

Woman being questioned after man stabbed to death in west Houston hotel room

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HOUSTON – Authorities have launched investigation after a man who was found stabbed in the chest in a west Houston hotel Monday morning.

The incident was reported at the HomeTowne Studios Hotel near Westheimer.

Arriving units found a man stabbed, lying in a walkway on the third floor of the hotel. He man was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Reportedly, a woman called police and claimed that her husband fell and landed on a knife during a domestic dispute.

“What we know at this point is that there was a male that was deceased and a female that stayed in the same room here at this location,” Officer Jason Escobar said.

“What we do know from ear-witnesses is that there was a disturbance inside of the room that possibly led outside.”

At the moment, police are questioning the woman to ascertain how the victim died.

Man shot dead during car deal-turned-robbery in Humble neighborhood

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HARRIS COUNTY – A meeting to sell a car turned into a robbery and then a shooting in the Humble neighborhood, with one victim dead.

Harris County County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to 15100 block of Winter Dawn Way on the report of a shooting.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the victim identified as Kelvin Shepherd and his friend went to the location to look at a car up for sale. During the meeting, shots were fired as the two males allegedly attempted to rob Kelvin and his friend.

Kelvin was shot and killed at the scene, whereas, the suspects fled in Kelvin’s car.

Later, both surrendered before the police.

“Overnight, Brandon Harris turned himself in at the Brazoria County Sheriff’s office in connection with the shooting. A second male, Ahsim Taylor turn himself in at a HPD station, also in connection with the shooting,” Ed Gonzalez tweeted.

He said charges of capital murder were filed on Ashim Taylor and charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon were filed on Harris.

U.S. congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene apologizes for comparing COVID-19 masks to Holocaust

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Republican U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene publicly apologized on Monday (June 14) for her remarks last month comparing COVID-19 mask requirements and vaccinations to the Nazi Holocaust that killed 6 million Jews.

The news conference came amid calls from some Democrats to censure Greene for her Holocaust remarks. Her comments had also been denounced by Republican congressional leaders.

She said she had visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum earlier on Monday. She also mentioned that when she was 19 years old, she visited the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland where more than 1 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis.

It was not the first time the 47-year-old congresswoman from Georgia, who arrived in Congress in January, had roiled the waters in Washington.

In February, the Democratic-led House of Representatives stripped her of two high-profile committee assignments after her remarks that included support for violence against Democrats. Then, too, Greene distanced herself from such statements, saying: “These were words of the past and these things do not represent me.”

In response to reporters’ questions on Monday, Greene, an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump, refused to distance herself from a comment he made in 2017, following violent protests involving white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which he said there “were very fine people on both sides.”

Before arriving in Congress, Greene voiced support for unfounded conspiracy theories, including the QAnon claim that elite Democrats are part of a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles and cannibals, as well as an anti-Semitic claim suggesting a space laser was used to deliberately start a California wildfire.

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Messi free kick not enough as Argentina held to draw by Chile

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Argentina’s Lionel Messi scored one of his trademark free kicks in the first half but Eduardo Vargas equalised for Chile to leave honours even at 1-1 in their Copa America opener in Rio de Janeiro on Monday (June 14).

Messi curled a superb free kick into the corner of Claudio Bravo’s net from 25 metres after 33 minutes.

Chile equalised 13 minutes into the second half when Vargas followed up to head home the rebound after Arturo Vidal’s penalty was tipped on to the bar by Emiliano Martinez.

The result extended Argentina’s unbeaten run to 14 games under coach Lionel Scaloni, a sequence dating back to the 2019 Copa America semi-final.

Paraguay take on Bolivia in the second Group A game later on Monday, with Uruguay, the fifth team in the section, debuting on Friday.

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Biden says he had ‘positive and productive’ talks with Turkey’s Erdogan

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U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday (June 14) he held “positive and productive” talks with his Turkish counterpart on the sidelines of a NATO summit to discuss a number of issues between the two allies, at odds over Russian weapons, Syria and Libya.

Speaking after attending his first summit with the alliance in Brussels, Biden said his team and that of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan would now work on nailing down the detail of what the two agreed on.

Turkey, with NATO’s second-largest military, has angered its allies in the Western military alliance by buying Russian surface-to-air missiles and intervening in wars in Syria and Libya. It is also in a standoff with Greece and Cyprus over territory in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Biden said he had made it clear to European allies that the alliance’s mutual defence pact was a “sacred commitment” for the United States – a marked shift in tone from his predecessor, Donald Trump, who had threatened to withdraw from the alliance and accused Europeans of contributing too little to their own defence.

China and Russia were trying to split the transatlantic alliance, Biden added. The new U.S. president has urged his fellow NATO leaders to stand up to China’s authoritarianism and growing military might, a change of focus for an alliance created to defend Europe from the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Biden also pledged to support Ukraine in its conflict with Moscow, although he was non-committal on whether Kyiv could one day join NATO.

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Neymar, Brazil open Copa with 3-0 win over Venezuela

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Brazil opened the 2021 Copa America with a 3-0 win over a depleted Venezuela on Sunday (June 13), dominating their inexperienced opponents from start to finish in a one-sided match.

Defender Marquinhos scored the opening goal midway through the first half when he was fortunate to see his backheel squirm through a defender’s legs and into the net.

Neymar netted his 67th international goal from the penalty spot 19 minutes into the second half after Danilo was felled in the box.

Substitute Gabriel Barbosa made it three with two minutes remaining when he chested home a cross from Neymar after the tireless Paris St Germain player had rounded the keeper.

The Copa America was moved to Brazil with just two weeks notice after co-hosts Colombia were removed due to a wave of civil unrest and Argentina pulled out because of a COVID-19 surge there.

Nevertheless, players or officials from three countries have tested positive for the new coronavirus, with Venezuela losing eight players and calling up another 15 on the eve of the opener.

The changes meant Venezuela had two debutants in a line-up that included just three of the players who began their World Cup qualifier with Uruguay last Tuesday.

Venezuela have never beaten Brazil in a competitive match but they were not overawed on a rainy night in Brasilia and they were spared more blushes by a home side who, although they never looked like losing, were frequently wasteful in the last third of the field.

Richarlison in particular missed a series of half and full chances before making way for Gabriel Barbosa in 65 minutes.

Brazil’s next game is against Peru on June 17, while Venezuela take on Colombia the same day. Ecuador, the fifth team in Group B, face Colombia later on Sunday. 

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Biden: Democratic nations in a race to compete with autocratic governments

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Western democracies are in a race to compete with autocratic governments, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Sunday (June 13).

“We’re in a contest, not with China per se, … with autocrats, autocratic governments around the world, as to whether or not democracies can compete with them in a rapidly changing 21st century,” Biden told a news conference at the conclusion of a Group of Seven leaders’ summit in Britain.

He also said that “autocrat” Vladimir Putin was right to say that relations were at their lowest point in years though he suggested that Russia might be weaker than it seemed and that Moscow had overreached in the Middle East.

After attending a NATO summit on Monday, Biden will meet Putin on June 16 in Geneva for a meeting that promises to be a combative encounter after disputes over spying, hacking, election meddling, Ukraine, Belarus and human rights.

On China, Biden said Beijing had to provide access to investigators trying to determine whether the outbreak of coronavirus occurred in nature or was the result of “an experiment gone awry in a lab.”

“We have to have access,” he said, adding that a lack of transparency might produce another pandemic. 

On the G7’s pledge to fight climate change – which includes ending new government support for coal power by the end of this year – Biden said, “It is the existential problem facing humanity and is being treated that way.”

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Bidens attend mass before final day of G7 summit

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U.S. President Joe Biden and his wife Jill went to church on Sunday (June 13) morning before the final day of the Group of Seven summit in England, with his huge convoy of cars winding around the narrow lanes of Cornwall.

“Beautiful,” the president said, as he later emerged into the sunshine from the small Catholic church, The Sacred Heart and St. Ia, that sits above the bay of St Ives, located on the tip of southwest England.

With police outriders leading the way, a convoy of 17 mostly large black vehicles with flashing lights made their way along the quiet, tiny lanes of the Cornish fishing village before arriving at the church.

After leaving mass, Biden escorted his wife to her own vehicle before he returned to his, heading for the summit in the nearby village of Carbis Bay.

The G7 summit is due to finish in the early afternoon on Sunday and the couple will then travel to Windsor Castle to have tea with Queen.

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Boat rescued from hanging over edge of Texas dam

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Four people trapped in a boat were rescued from falling from the edge of Longhorn Dam in Austin, Texas on Thursday (June 10), dramatic video showed.

According to the official press release, the small boat was found “high centred” on the spillway and did not have enough power to get out of the situation.

A rescue helicopter, as well as an Austin Police Department lake patrol boat, were requested to the scene as the responding agencies began to formulate a rescue plan.

Finally, the lake patrol boat from the Austin Police was able to make its way to the scene first and was able to pull the stranded boat.

No fatalities or injuries were reported.

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